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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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89
very good

1,427 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,427
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 74
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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Reviews by BierStein711:
Photo of BierStein711
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at a local Oktoberfest! One liter stein

Three finger beige head, with a light brown body! Moderate carbonation

Smell: Biscuits, raisins, malt, and cinnamon

Taste: Malt, biscuits, bread, and a spicy hop finish at the end

Mouthfeel: Thick

Overall, this is a brilliant beer! This could be my favorite Oktoberfest bier!

Ein Prosit!

BierStein711, Sep 23, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Todd, May 19, 2002
Photo of slym
3/5  rDev -24.1%

A much lighter and MUCH sweeter version of the Marzen style than I am used to. A little watery on the mouthfeel for the style as well. Overall, a decent beer, but so far my least-favourite Oktoberfest yet.

slym, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 doesn’t 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!

RoyalT, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Very sessionable

DaPeculierDane, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of wrycon
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

wrycon, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +1.3%

SuomiHobbit, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of nickadams2
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

nickadams2, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of muskiecf
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

muskiecf, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of kevrob802
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

kevrob802, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

warnerry, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of generallee
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

generallee, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Doomcifer
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Doomcifer, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Guden
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Guden, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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?

Jason, Sep 17, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

merlin48, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Billolick, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of ctodda
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ctodda, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of JayEvans813
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

JayEvans813, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of LyonsHead
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

LyonsHead, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Byeast
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Byeast, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of Apotheosis
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Apotheosis, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 28, 2003
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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 1,427 ratings.