It turns out I’ve reviewed one of the world class examples of the style, Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen, twice already: in 2006 and in 2007. From my 2007 review, my "Overall" note reads: "Like I said, it exemplifies the style. One of the best."
|Appearance:||Perfectly clear amber-orange topped with smooth and creamy off-white head.||Very clear, darkish red-orange. Fluffy white head.|
|Smell:||Caramel maltiness. The malt dominates the nose, not much in the way of hops.||Very mild profile, but sweet with a very light hint of roasted malts….|
|Taste:||Rich and malty… wheat/grain, grass; earthy. Light hops—very crisp and clean of the Noble variety….||Malty and clean—mild caramel, crystallized sugars. Some caramelized sugars too….|
|Mouthfeel:||Smooth, medium-bodied. Creamy rich.||Smooth, a tad light, very well balanced, very drinkable.|
It seems fairly consistent to me, which really should be no surprise—this truly is one of the world classics.
On BeerAdvocate, the up-to-date overall grade it receives is B+, and it’s on their Top 10 beers for the Oktoberfest style. On RateBeer, well, I can’t give you their current rating because as of this writing, the page is down and Google has the site red-flagged as a "site that may harm your computer." Uh-oh.