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

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-MärzenHacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen

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1,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 1172
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%

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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of AdrianRP


5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


9/9/2012.. The beer is ESPECIALLY good this year! Its the best batch since 2006. This is quickly becoming my favorite beer of all time!

Not much to say other then this is in my lengthy experience of beer drinking, one of the finest beers EVER...

It IS my favorite...

Every year around the end of August I get very excited about the return of my favorite beer.

I can only say that I HOPE the brewery of this fine product does not cheapen its nature for greater profits...and just CHARGE more as I will gladly pay it..

Read the EXCELLENT subsequent reviews of this beer..I can do not better then what has already been written.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:31:08 | More by AdrianRP
Photo of AmberMan22


4.97/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a brown .5L bottle (cage/cork) in Munich back during Oktoberfest. God I love how cheap beer is in Germany.

Pours a dusky/tawny color with a creamy colored head which dissipated rapidly. It seemed like the bottle was under an immense amount of pressure when I uncorked it -- maybe I messed something up.
Either way, the color is unlike any other Märzen I've seen -- it's beautiful.

The smell is what's been missing from modern Oktoberfest styles as well. It smells delectably malty and toasty.

The taste is exactly how I want every märzen to taste. It actually has a solid malt backbone, some hoppy bitterness to back it up, with a light touch of alcohol.

Its a bit heavier than any other I've tried, including several at Oktoberfest itself. Carbonation appears constant and steady in the glass, producing a wonderful balance between too much and too little.

I know I'm a young'un, and I haven't even tried plenty of STYLES of beer, but right now I could drink this and only this the rest of my life and be very happy.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 14:38:56 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I had to drink one beer in 1L quantities, this would be it.

Pours an orange color with a nice white 1 inch head. Cabronation is nice. beautiful looking Oktoberfest.

Smells sweet, and airy. Lots of adjunct grains and caramel malt. And even legit caramel.

Tastes fantastic. Very light body, and the caramel sweetness is really the highlight. That sweetness is almost candy smoothness, which makes it very drinkable. Very light and airy, but not to a fault.

This is oktoberfest at its best. Almost perfect for style. PS I was told Spaten is year round, so minus points for Spaten for screwing Oktobefest up.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 02:14:02 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of ZAP


4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now here's an elite Octoberfest....dark gold in color with a puffy white head..nose is outstanding featuring caramel and biscuits...body is about perfect for this style...smooth texture too....the taste has to be the best in the style...a nice mellow caramel taste along with some breadiness....noble hops impart a nice balance...very drinkable...very tasty...very outstanding....

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2002 21:42:28 | More by ZAP
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhhh, my favorite time of the year... Why? Marzen beer of course. The Hacker-Pschorr is one of my absolute favorite Marzens. Well make that my favorite with the Paulaner coming in a close second. It is the perfect Marzen... Malty as can be!!! The hops are there, but barely noticable. It has a really nice body and it is very easy to drink. It may have a bit much alcohol for a session beer, but it makes a damn fine fall session beer IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 04:07:58 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for years and finally decided to write a review.
When poured properly, either out of the bottle or out of the tap, the beer is a "Mona Lisa" in a glass--almost makes you tear up when you see it. The head stays a good long time and is a pleasurable buffer between you and the body of the beer.
Taste wise, this is the best Munich-born (and best overall) Oktoberfest I have had. It is a tad sweet, but pure and enjoyable. The alcohol content is round 5.8%, but the beer is a joy to drink in half liters, liters, or many liters.
You would do yourself a favor to have this beer anytime of the year, but especially in September to get into the Oktoberfest spirit. Ein Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 04:36:39 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of pbrian


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep dark orange, borders on red. Small, tight head, film remains to end. Clean carmelized malt aroma with some spicy hops. Flavor starts sweet, very malty, clean and rich. Turns oily, slick, slighty spicy and lasts forever. Reminds me of a Dobblebock. I finished this Okt twice as fast as all my others and will be going back to get a lot more.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2002 06:33:35 | More by pbrian
Photo of BarrelBrother


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I won't mince words here. We've had an Oktoberfest Party with beer competiton for the last 8 years with over 25 judges (male & female) comparing Oktoberfest brews from everywhere in the world and this one is the reigning champ. We bring in new challengers every year, but this brew still captures most of the praise at our annual Oktoberfest. I could drink this beer everyday and so could most of my friends. An all time favorite in our large circle of friends!!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 04:55:05 | More by BarrelBrother
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 16:53:04 | More by muskiecf
Photo of MacCherry


4.74/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass; bottle at roughly 47F.

The measuring stick for marzen.

I almost imagine the standards for good brewing being discussed over a few pints from this ancient brewery. This beer opened my eyes to the genius of German styles. Don't start here, end here.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 19:34:27 | More by MacCherry
Photo of cabsandking


4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orange brown, copper color. Lots of malt aromas in the nose; toffee, honey smoked malts, oranges, buttery, tea. The taste is sharp and full of spice. Full flavored hops, floral, herbal. Toasted barley malt, buttery toffee. Yeasty grain tones in the finish. Medium body with a terrific mouth feel that coats nicely and with a little carbonation to accompany. All around very excellent beer with a lot of depth and character combined with an excellent balance. I will be looking foreward to the next!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 19:19:36 | More by cabsandking
Photo of jpkoch1962


4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best Maerzens out there. Pours a clean, bright, deep amber with a sticky longlasting head. A very malty aroma floats from the glass. This a a big-malty Bavarian beer -as a sweet malty taste dominates throughout. Yet, this a very smooth lager with no cloying in the aftertaste. The finish is surprisingly dry and smooth. If you are looking for a classic Munich Lager, then this is it.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 12:06:45 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of josephbrewha


4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Beer was absent from the Pacific Northwest for a year. Finally found it at my favorite store (Malt & Vine). Previously available in bomber sized bottles, now in a 6-pack of 11.2 oz bottles. I'm not complaining. This is the perfect beer, in my humble opinion. Certainly the best of the Oktoberfests I have tried and probably the best beer, apologies to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 02:49:20 | More by josephbrewha
Photo of Uniobrew31


4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a SA Lager glass. Thick head with great retention and lacing with each sip. This marzen style lager is spot on. great Munich Malt up front flavor and lower hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I make a point to pick up a rack or two of this each year and look forward to it above most Octoberfests. One of my favorite beers period. This is my top non-weisn style of the season and yes I have had Ayinger!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 17:23:52 | More by Uniobrew31
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at FireWaters in Hackensack, on a cool, rainy October night. It Just so happens they were serving this in the brewery's authentic 1L jalopy of a glass, with a German oom-pah band playing in the background. $20 for a fill, and the glass came home with me. Check, please!

Appearance- I've never actually drank a beer out of a vessel this large before... but watching the shapely, blonde bartender pour it tonight was a bonus. Deep copper-gold the entire way, then finally the ornamental two-finger cap. Lacing was consistent and present the entire time. I can't get over the fact that I'm about to finally *own* this frigging glass. I'm a fourth-grader on Christmas Eve.

Smell- Clean, honest malts and hops are all that's detected here... so much better though on tap!

Taste- Impeccable balance from the tap... I love this year's bottled version, but ***WOW***... on draft... one full liter went down in thirty minutes! Superb in its elegant simplicity, the quintissential Oktoberfest IMO. Soft, subdued hops gingerly balance out the malts, which have all of the character and a restrained sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For this true session beer, the mouthfeel was excellent... alive and modest. The bar was packed tonight... but rather than belly up to the bar itself I elected to cozy up to a small round table, beer in hand, and listen to a band play German folk songs. Time went quickly, and moments later I was driving home with my new favorite glass.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 03:56:08 | More by yelterdow
Photo of Getinthevan


4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October has come early this year! This stuff certainly takes out the hot as hell summer weather and brings a nice, refreshing flavor overall.

Appearance is a nice, beautiful amber red with lots of thick lacing. This is certainly a beer that just gives and gives lots of great things to look at.

Smell is very fresh and pure with a nice touch of sweetness at the end. Certainly a nice palate going on here.

Taste is beyond awesome. There's a nice bitter beginning, then a sweet middle, and a nice creamy ending with a magnificent aftertaste. This brew by far has a nice order of flavors without compromising too much for too little. A magnificent beer.

Mouthfeel is good, frothy and watery. By far very refreshing after a long, hot day.

Drinkability is spot on. While it is a bit pricy, it doesn't compare to how rewarding this is. One of the best beers I've ever had, hands down!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 05:34:03 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of WhatsNewinBooze


4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite Oktoberfest beer ever! i can't wait for it to come out every year then I drink the hell out of it. Gives off aromas of bavarian hops and carmal malts. This is how Oktoberfest beers should taste the barley and hops are very well balanced that take you to a crisp dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 21:18:22 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
Photo of Pauly2X


4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick two finger head that fades fast, very typical of the style. The color is a very rich amber .

S- Smells of sweet carmel malts followed by a faint spicy hop aroma.

T- Solid malt profile that is sweet but not too sweet. This is held in check by hops that "know thier place" and do thier job exceptionally.

M- Extremely smooth with just the right amount of effervescence.

D- I've put down a 12 pack in a night on several occasions. Nuf' said.

Fantastic, this beer IS the reason I love fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 23:05:37 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of mccarltone


4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite Oktoberfest beer out of Germany. Terrific clarity, light body, sweet and malty aroma and taste. A bit "bready" taste with a very smooth finish. This is the beer other Oktoberfests need to be compared to. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 16:50:24 | More by mccarltone
Photo of Zraly


4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with the color being a bit more brown than the usual Oktoberfest. Nice, slightly off-white head. Fragrant with cereal notes. Bottle has a drink by date of 6/2013. Purchased at Total Wine in Newport News for $9.99 a six pack. Slightly on the pricey side, but as I've discovered, well worth the few extra pennies. Love the label of a lass on a what looks to be a warhorse of some type -- pretty and bad ass at the same time. Can't argue with the Germanic marketing theme.

Whoa -- very tasty! Sweet, malty goodness that has a really nice bread note. A pinch of caramel and a touch of spice in the hops. Smooth finish; not bone dry, but crisp and leaves a an herbal note lingering on the palate; it is actually a bit numbing -- a wonderful sensation. Light to medium-bodied and well-balanced. I could drink a trough of this. One of the better Oktoberfests on the shelves, and given it is an import, I am thoroughly impressed that it tastes this fresh.

Great with pretzels and mustard, brats and burgers -- would probably cut through a spicy pepperoni pizza. Perfect beer for a late summer evening in SE Virginia, with the Weber fired up.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 21:25:20 | More by Zraly
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear amber with full head that disappears down to a healthy cover. Looks beautiful in my glass mug. Tasty toasty notes fill the aroma which provides an excellent introduction. Taste builds up on aroma. Same malty notes in the foreground with some hops for balance. Lighter than I imagined.

Well crafted beer. It is no surprise this beer is around "since 1417." Very drinkable and makes me want to move to Munich (well, maybe not move, but definitely start booking my tickets for Oktoberfest).

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 01:59:10 | More by ikats
Photo of techdiver


4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice golden orange color with a decent head that lingers, at least for a while. Smells and tastes well balanced, nothing overwhelming here, and all leading to the smoothest finish I've found yet for this style. Very drinkable and ranks as the best Oktoberfest I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 16:35:27 | More by techdiver
Photo of loren01


4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice looking bronze color, good sized head with excellent lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of fruity and bicutty malts. Slight spice in there as well as Marzen lager yeast
T: Sweet, fruity malts....pineapple/pear. Biscuty as well
M: Medium bodied beer finishes slighly dry
D: Very good beer...would love to go to Oktoberfest and drink many of these

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 01:40:40 | More by loren01
Photo of jwc215


4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 07/06

Pours orange/amber with a cream-colored head that descends to a thin covering. Leaves some lacing.

The smell is of sweet caramel with an earthy breadiness and a touch of fruity hops.

The taste is of sweet malt (barley/caramel?) with crisp/mild hops. Some earthy breadiness emerges. It's very well-balanced. Though the tastes seem typical, they emerge so fully that you can't quite describe them.

It's wonderfully smooth and the flavors hang on without being overwhelming, making this a great oktoberfest "session" and a great brew to have at an Oktoberfest party. Every autumn I stack up on this. One of the best (if not the best) of the style!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 05:06:49 | More by jwc215
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the six official beers of Oktoberfest in Germany. The "sister" brewery of Paulaner.

12oz bottle served in a mug.

L - clear copper color with a beige head that stayed as a light layer/ring.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - sweet and malty, a delicious example of the style.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - it doesn't get much better than this.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 21:51:34 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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