Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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Reviews by 2xHops:
4.33/5 rDev +9.6%
I got the opportunity to drink this in a 1 liter stein!
The appearance is as good as it can get with, what do you call the color, dark amber? It is a typical color you see in a Marzen, what else can I say?
The taste was great. Right off the bat, you could taste the malts coming through, which makes it slightly sweet. It accentuates the hops that is mildly present. There isn't a lot of aftertaste, which I thought was great. With some of the American Oktoberfest beers, there are some lingering aftertaste that makes me not think highly of them. It's not the case with this beer.
I thought the beer was well-balanced. It has its own character that stands on its own. I think it's one of many good examples of this style. I particularly like Ayinger, but I think this one is pretty dang good.
09-29-2011 04:05:51 | More by 2xHops
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3.95/5 rDev 0%
Pours a nice amber color with a light head definent high carbonation on this one,aroma is very malty and slightly sweet.Taste is bread-like with some light sweetness with a somewhat dry finish.Has a slight burnt tinge to it,a real nice fest beer to drink alot of.Nice to see in mid August.
08-24-2003 17:10:02 | More by oberon
4.38/5 rDev +10.9%
Appearance A decent head that laced the glass and sat atop a pretty, light-brown body.
Smell The traditional toasty malt aroma abounds.
Taste This one is smooth and creamy. The toasted malt has the texture of peanut butter, but is thirst-quenching. There may even be a hint of hops in there for balance, but mostly the creamy malt carries the day. The buttery character and smooth toasted malt flavor is a real standout.
Mouthfeel Faint carbonation, medium-bodied, and smooth as silk. Excellent!
Drinkability This is an exceptionally smooth bier. I could knock down a case of these if I had my heart set on it.
Comments There is no fruit or sugar to the flavor, which is the same as the Oktoberfest beers that I pounded out in Munich. The comparison among the locals always boiled down to which one was the smoothest. Simplicity ruled the day with this style.
Now, drinking this from the bottle doesnt touch some of the stuff that I had over there on tap, but for a bottled Oktoberfest available here in the US, this is topnotch.
Update I decided to re-review this with a 2004 vintage. This one really is dead-on for the style. The brewery in Munich did an excellent job of getting an authentic Oktoberfest beer here to the US. Gott sei dank!
Update I am re-reviewing again with a 2005 vintage. This seems to get better every year. The Appearance was much improved. The beer itself is a wonderful, clear, bright orange and the head was medium with good retention and left cool-looking pits. Awesome!
09-26-2003 01:41:11 | More by RoyalT
3.83/5 rDev -3%
One of the best Oktoberfests that I've had this year and definitely the most drinkable.
Bright henna color, crystal clear and shimmering.
Smells faintly of caramel, much more subtle then other Oktoberfests, also toasted grains and very light herbal hops
Minerals, tea, and toasted malts
Super crisp front, creamy and refreshing finish
10-04-2005 20:27:36 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.63/5 rDev -8.1%
Dark appearance, but light reveals the shiny copper. Smells expectantly malty, but also has some sweeter caramel notes. Comes on heavy at the start - malty and resinous. The flavor continues, but the thickness dissipates, leaving a clean, tasty finish.
Like It? I Do
11-08-2011 03:44:19 | More by wrycon
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
A_ Pours bronze/amber with a thin white head that dissipates into a thin ring of lace. Little lacing.
S_Carmel malt,toasted grain, Slight hops.
T_Caramel malt, toasted grain,spice, and slight presence of floral hops.
M_Medium bodied and creamy.
D_Very. Perfect example of an Oktoberfest.
09-26-2010 02:41:32 | More by nickadams2
4.75/5 rDev +20.3%
This is what a great oktoberfest beer should be. Balanced, smooth, easy to drink. It has a slight sweet aftertaste but not too sweet. The carmel is balanced by the hops. Get it fresh and serve around 45 degrees. At this temp the flavor is amazing. The malt comes forward. My personal favorite fest beer. I've found the german styles of these beers to be a bit lighter and easier to session vs. most of the craft brewed versions. I love them all but this one seems hit the mark. Bullseye. Enjoy!
10-23-2010 16:53:04 | More by muskiecf
4.13/5 rDev +4.6%
Best by 5/12; consumed 8/27/11
A - pours clear copper with one finger of tan head. Head fades pretty quickly without leaving much lacing.
S - smells very bready with some nice toasted malt. Also some subtle sweet malts and a faint amount of hops.
T - Similar the smell. Again very nice taste of fresh baked bread. Hops more prominent in taste than smell, but still clearly playing a supporting role. Really no sweetness in the taste that I picked up in the smell. Relatively straightforward but very good. Nice toastiness.
M - medium mouthfeel with just enough hop presence to yield a slightly bitter dry finish.
O - I always look forward to this one. I like the Ayinger Oktoberest a bit more, but this is one of my favorites in the style.
08-27-2011 17:35:56 | More by warnerry
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
Presentation: 1 pint Euro-style brown bottle. Freshness on the front label.
Appearance: Clear and bright amber beer with a rather large foam head with decent retention. Carbonation bubbles are quite large.
Smell: Metallic, mineral, soft floral hops and toasted malts in the background.
Taste: Light-bodied, soft and smooth on the palate. Mildly malty with notes of caramel and loads of toasted malt flavour. Hops are also mild, with little bitterness and a flowery character that blends very complementary with the malt flavours to create a distinct tea-like flavour. Things go a bit bready as the beer warms. Then more metallic and mineral flavours fill in the gaps and fall into the finish, along with some malt and hop residuals.
Notes: This is Hacker-Pschorr's year round Oktoberfest offerning, not to be confused with their seasonal Oktoberfest-Märzen. It's a perfect Oktoberfest, brewed with enjoyment and a session of drinking in mind -- not strong and very drinkable.
05-19-2002 12:35:09 | More by Todd
4.22/5 rDev +6.8%
Appearance - Pours a crystal-clear amber/golden hue color with a nice creamy, off-white head that lingers for a bit. Nice lacing.
Smell - very pleasant. no off-smells...nice caramel maltiness, breadiness, sweet.
Taste - sweet caramel maltiness, bready, extremely smooth, crisp, just a hint of hop finish. Hints of yeast.
Mouthfeel - medium bodied, velvety, nice carbonation.
Drinkability - Excellent. I could take these down all day long. One of the better Oktoberfests out there imho. Great indeed. Very refreshing and clean.
09-08-2007 18:56:51 | More by Doomcifer
4.47/5 rDev +13.2%
Bright tawny colour, the clarity is perfect. Great lacing with stickage almost all the way down the glass.
Smells fresh malt, sweet with a hint of caramel with in the highlight of toasted grain. All around clean with some light herbal hop also.
Lush and smooth mouth feel, crisp upfront and creamy in the back. Lots of fresh malt flavours bursting off the first sip. Trace hop flavour creeps in as the bitterness does a great job to balance the sweetness off. Waves of toasted grain, faint caramel and an alcohol warmth show that this brew has some depth. Finishes a bit sweet with a bitty toasted husk flavour.
This is one of the top Oktoberfest beers in my book, I get this by the case only though they have switched to sturdy 12oz long neck bottles. I guess for better shipping?
09-17-2002 20:51:02 | More by Jason
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
Definitely, the classiest and most complex, of the three German Oktoberfest biers I sampled on 9-30-04. Not necessarily the most drinkable.
Pours a very attractive, clear, apricot/orange, body with a one finger, tightknit, beige, head that eventually deposits silky, sheet lace all over the glass.
Mouthfeel is exceptional, being creamy, almost chewy, very smooth, with a mild hops bite for the tongue.
Taste is malty, with toffee notes leading into hints of molasses, and figs, suggestive of a Bavarian doppelbock. Floral and herbal hops bitterness come on strong, toward the finish, to lend a bit of balance, and clean aftertaste.
Very satisfying, Marzen here.. a hint of doppelbock characteristics adds a heaviness, that is flavorful, but hurts drinkability. Bottle label is, most likely, the most attractive of the Munich, festbiers.
10-01-2004 06:08:24 | More by merlin48
3.83/5 rDev -3%
12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating to be found, pours typical light coppery amber. Malty nose. slim white head, dissolving to tiny bubbles, just a wee bit of lacing. Medium bodied, moderate depth of malt flavor. Not the most exciting style, IMHO, but usually tasty and highly drinkable. This one is a respectable sessioner
09-23-2004 00:10:43 | More by Billolick
4.08/5 rDev +3.3%
A:Deep orange with off white head, disappeared pretty quickly with no real lacing to speak of
S: Rich german malt aroma, very slightly toasted with a touch of caramel sweetness
T: Initial malty sweetness followed by a big malty flavor. Toasted bread crust comes to mind. very subtle hop flavor (floral)
M: medium body, silky smooth, Beer finishes very dry and a subtle bitterness linger through
D: Very drinkable Oktoberfest. It is not cloying at all and the beer really rolls around the tongue nicely. Wonderful balance with the focus on the Malt profile. All around a very good beer, they hit the mark on this one
02-11-2010 22:27:46 | More by LyonsHead
4.18/5 rDev +5.8%
A: very clear , bright/lighter copper , head dissipated quickly to almost nothing, some lacing left on the glass.
S: smell is very nice and typical of oktoberfest marzen, this beer reminds me of october and fal sooo much, slightly sweet , bit of roasted character , nice fresh malty scents and grains , hint of clove and cinnamon, and a bit of slightly spicy/herbal hops.
T: smooth and slightly roasty , full maltiness and nice toasted grains , bit of a crisp twang in there , balancing touch of herbal hops , an edge of caramel sweetness in the finish.
M: slightly creamy and smooth.
D: A very drinkable Oktoberfest , true to the style. The finish is on the sweeter side of the ones iv'e tried after the hops. A great beer that goes down super easy throughout the night. Love the images of fall and october this beer brings to my mind.
09-11-2006 06:19:22 | More by Byeast
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
On tap at Capital Ale House.
Medium-copper in color with a white head that stitched a patchwork quilt of lace on the sides of the glass. Good dose of malt and caramel in the nose. Brief hints of spicy hops noted as well. Also, a bit of "pumpkin" scent escapes from the glass. Flavor is a nice mix of "pumpkin pie", mixed with a strong dose of malt sweetness. Not to be outdone, there is also a good balacing by the bittering from the hops. Finished with a very slight bitter aftertaste. Kept me reaching for more. Fairly smooth. Medium-bodied. Very drinkable. An Oktoberfest I could easily come back to year after year.
09-28-2003 15:01:34 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into clear cup.
Appearance: Clear coppery-amber with thin white head and light lacing.
Smell: Caramel, cherry, noble hops and a touch of toast.
Taste: Malty mix of caramel, cherry and biscuit - the caramel is dominant but is surprisingly not sweet (as US caramel versions are). Ends with some light spicy noble hops.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, crisp and semi-dry finish.
Drinkability: Very drinkable and more than solid Marzen that shows how to focus on caramel without being cloying. US brewers - take note.
09-26-2010 18:42:04 | More by bsp77
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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