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

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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

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Photo of defilli2
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured with a dark, caramel color and creamy bubbles. The smell was very light, but I could sense malt and small hops in it. It was a very pleasant beer, not too carbonated as I sense from the bubbles, but also not too creamy. Full flavor, I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of tomakara
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark yellow, looked like it would taste malty/coffee.
Smell: Refreshing, a tad like coffee
Taste: A bit of a coffee aftertaste, went down smoothly & was refreshing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very vibrant amber color comes out of here, has that almost orange glow like some dank ipa. Aroma was mild, sweet grain.

Taste, more mild smooth grains and unsweetened caramel. Bready without bitterness. Almost a rye like quality to the malt.

Good for style.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml flip top bottle brought from Kris Wines in Islington, London. Pours a clear amber colour with a thick off white head which leaves lacing. Aromas of amber malt, honey & caramel. Tastes is dry, nutty, and savoury with flavours of honey, bread & caramel leading to nice bittersweet hopped tail. Overall this is a great beer & reminds me I need a return visit to Munich!

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Photo of CraigP83
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In between Amber and golden, a rusty iron color. Smell is a bit sweet, appley. Seems like a marzen for the masses, not a huge fan as far as flavor and complexity, but you could pound these easy enough

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma is mainly malty with some alcohol. Taste starts with bread crust and some caramel. Overall it's really balanced between sweet and bitter. Body is medium and carbonation is quite low for the style. Really simple and boring.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer, fresh, poured from a keg is about as good as it gets. It doesn't have the wild, or ambitious flavors of a barrel aged stout, or an IPA, but it's the quintessential german beer, well made, perfect, full bodied, smooth, rich, but not too filling. Its absolutely incredible. Having it in a bottle is a step down, but still great.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml flip-top bottle into tall mug.

L) Amber-copper colour, clear, lots of bubbles rising, dense white 2cm head, fades quickly to 1cm.

S) Sweetish bready Munich malt is right there. Warm fruity tones, raisins / sultanas perhaps.

T) Lightly toasted lager malt, thankfully sweetness isn't as prominent as it is in the nose. Barely any hop bitterness, except right at the end in the aftertaste, and even then it is slight. The high carbonation gives acidity for balance.

F) Nicely fizzy, a bit of drying bitterness in the aftertaste.

O) A tasty malty lager, doesn' try to do anything complicated, a real easy drinker.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great appearance. Good head retention and lovely amber colour.

Aroma is rich and malty for a lager.

The taste is full bodied and malty with some metallic (in a good way) hops. Very well balanced sweet with herbal hops and german lager goodness.

Overall a very fine oktoberfest/marzen beer. Hacker Pschorr are incredibly consistent and always deliver quality lagers.


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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with minimal white skim. Aroma is bready malt, as is the flavor with a light sweentess. Very smooth, and quite a nice example of the style. Not my favorite, but it's up there.

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Photo of MorganJ
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: little head after poured into glass. Settled nicely and had a beautiful uniform brown, reddish color like a marzen should.
S: nose in glass -- not much at all but a faint malt and lager. No hops -- which is how this style should smell.
T: perfect balance of Carmel and malt with a slightly sweet finish in a perfect way. No hops, as there shouldn't be for this style. So easy to drink.
F: so smooth and easy to drink. No bite or bitterness in back of throat after each drink.
O: solid, delicious, smooth and a benchmark for all other Octoberfest beers. Octoberfest and Christmas are my favorite styles, and I get why this original six Munich classic is so good. And at $24 a case from Costco, I drank a lot this Fall. It was my seasonal session beer -- pairs well with so many foods. I can't wait until next year.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Tastes of caramel malt, which is a sweet taste that I don't seek in beer. Had a fairly modest head with very little lacing. I'm not a big fan of the style, but this seems to be a reasonable exemplar.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Octoberfest beer. No hops to make mention of, thankfully. I am sure it is there, but it is hidden behind the great beer taste. This is what beer should taste like. All those watered down. flavorless, colorless, OVER-HOPPED beers that have ads going 24/7 need to take note of this beer. Very good taste, no bad aftertaste or lingering odd flavors like with some others. Just a good, solid, wonderful tasting beer that makes you cry when you see the bottle is empty.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a moderate head of coarse, white suds. Mild aroma smells of biscuity malt, noble hops, and a pinch of caramel.

The taste is clean and crisp, featuring caramel, apple skin, and a little burst of spice from the ops. Nuts and grain husk come through on the back end, as does some trace alcohol after the requisite warming. Medium body and mild carbonation afford a creamy mouthfeel that’s just right for the style.

Overall, this is a well-executed Oktoberfest that has everything you’d expect and nothing you woudn’t.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My current favorite Oktoberfest; an amazing, silky smooth, carmel-flavored, pleasantly crisp, and thoroughly consistent offering that doesn't lean too heavily into one particular, overpowering flavor. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured 11.2 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.8% abv

Appearance- Amber in color with a very loftly white head. Crystal clear in clarity.

Smell- Quite grainy, barley, bready aroma.

Taste- Lightly toasted malt and caramel blend together. The grain flavor comes through sharply. Hints of toffee and and very light herbal hop bitterness round out the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A fine German Oktoberfest that is smooth and flavorful. Lighter drinking than most in this style may make this more appealing to some. Well crafted.

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Photo of kpoole25
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle, best before 6/16. Brilliantly clear amber, off white head. Muted cracker and herbals in the nose. Taste is honey and caramel, drops off quickly in the finish, fairly good amount of bitterness compared to most Okto beers I've tried, a bit watery. Fairly standard to me, well made but nothing too exciting.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a single into a willi becher (tasted side-by-side with Great Lakes Octo)
a: pours a clear sepia with a 2 finger off-white head that subsides fairly quickly, leaving little lacing
s: some wet leaves, mineral notes, earthy and nutty, very round breadiness, some mellow floweriness
t & m: like the nose, but more bready and also some banana and caramel that tries to pair up with the mineral flavors. Ends with some gentle flowery hoppiness tingling on the tongue at the end...but that ending also feels/tastes a little to close to seltzer. A little thin from mid-point on. Quite distinct from the other Bavarian Ofests, but not for the better.

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Photo of vinicole
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yellow/orange colour. Initial thick head which reduces quickly.
Wheat and metal aroma.
Tastes of lightly toasted brown bread. Moderate sweetness.
Standard carbonation and feel.

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Photo of maedhros09
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear dark dullish amber with 2-3 fingers off-white head that settle to a slight film without leaving any lacing
Smell: Bready sweet, slightly mineral, perfumy
Taste: Semi-sweet bready caramel with a slightly tart drying floral finish. Minimal bitterness. Great balance.
Feel: Light to medium body, average carbonation

Overall: A pretty tasty märzen that is also mild and drinkable. I appreciated the balance - many US Oktoberfest beers go overboard with the malt - and the subtlety as well, although it was almost too subtle for my own taste - intended for putting down a few at a time versus just savoring one (I guess this is the point of an Oktoberfest beer).

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Photo of smakawhat
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Dirty brown to rust light copper, with a very crystal clear body. Some good lines of carbonation but a lot of stuck bubbles as well. Head is quite creamy white and bright, but with a good two fingers and some decent retention.

Grainy malts , with a faint airy toffee note. Slightly subtle but also kind of powdery sensing. Light senses of brown sugar, and a bit of icing like sugar. Fairly nice grows on me after awhile.

Palate is a big surprise. Mid palate is extremely watery almost and papery and hardly and flavor at all. Hardly any depth or body to this marzen or thickness of malt. Mid palate is lacking classic toffee and mixes with a seltzery oddness and club soda like flavor. Really odd aftertaste mixing strange phenols and unbalanced bitterness with banana. Hop angle seems very forward on the finish with a bitter wooden burnt ash quality mixing in.

This is really not what I expected, drinkable but I'll probably pass on this for the next time.

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Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. Best by 05/16.

A: Copper-colored body with good clarity. 1 finger of white head with average retention. Light lacing.

S: Bready malts with nutty overtones. Hay. Underlying fruit with notes of apple and grape that expand as it warms.

T: Faintly sweet, doughy malts kick things off. Nicely balancing hops build to a fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol presence. Lingering noble hops and a light floral bitterness in a mostly clean aftertaste.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a medium body. Quite quaffable, but with a satisfying substance.

O: Very nice, balanced Marzen that improves as it sits in the glass, which is a desirable characteristic, indeed.


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Photo of OldManMetal
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This Märzen pours to a briefly-lived, slightly pebbly medium off-white head on a singularly dusky medium-amber body, which is clear and slightly sparkling. The nose is expectedly moderate in intensity: bready malt and apples with a slight noble hops spiciness. On the palate, it presents itself as a well-balanced blend of spicy hops and lightly-toasted bready malt, with hints of apples and green grapes. The finish is sweetish bready malt and hints of alcohol, followed by a mild spicy hop bitterness that lingers until the next sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and the texture is smooth and creamy with a moderate pepperiness from the fizzy carbonation. (11.2 oz bottle, 187 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Buck89
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark amber color with a thick white head. Nose full of slightly toasted malt with a hint of hoppy spice. Taste is less bright, with muted malt and an ?oxidized finish. A faint hop presence. Medium bodies and carbed with a clean finish.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark Amber with yellow hues on the bottom of the glass, not much of a head or lacing
S- I get some fruity esters, sweet malt, very light caramel, faint grassiness
T- Malty, fruity, herbal/earthiness, nutty, light hops, this very well balanced with all the different flavors going on.
M- light/medium body somewhat higher carbonation than other Oktoberfest
O- very well balanced with malts more foward, finishes crisp & smooth and light. I could have too many of these because I think the carbonation is a bit high.

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