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

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-MärzenHacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen

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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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of RandomExile


3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: translucent reddish amber; off-white head, fades quickly;
S: malty, slightly yeasty, floral, a bit papery
T: roasted malt, yeast, hops
M:medium-bodied, smooth, coating, just a touch savory
O: a pure marzen, smooth and just a bit savory. I think my rDev's going to be a bit low, but that's not a knock on a remarkable marzen..

250mL / Tulip Glass / Schmankerl Stube, Hagerstown, MD

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2013 01:06:45 | More by RandomExile
Photo of Gatch


4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 0,5l H-P mug at Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

A: Beautiful amber copper color with an off white head.

S: As you'd expect...super malty with plenty of roasted and sweet aromas. Some dried fruit in there as well. Smells like a cool, fall night.

T: Bready, slightly fruity, and big on the malt. Not cloying and not too sweet, the roasted malt is spot on.

M: Smooth, clean, and delicious. Not at all cloying as some beers of this style can be. Great body and carbonation.

O: I've been waiting to have this again for a while and I'm glad I had it on tap. Such a great example of the style. Perfectly executed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2013 21:27:16 | More by Gatch
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Copper kettle brown color. Nice white head and lacing.

S-Strong bready nose; toast, caramel malt, spice. It smells a bit sweet but...

T...it's not sweet at all. Bready, some spice and minimal hops.

M- Light carbonation, smooth and easy. Long dry finish.

O- Marzen-Octoberfest is a favorite lager style of mine. This is a good example why.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2013 14:53:02 | More by NiceTaps
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2013 01:49:35 | More by BierStein711
Photo of Retta123


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving: on tap

appearance: light golden reddish brown, little to no head

mouthfeel: low carbonation, smooth

taste: honey... maybe some very very light pumpkin. No fall spices.

overall: very drinkable. could have a few of these since they are not overly sweet or strong.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 04:50:44 | More by Retta123
Photo of Cyberkedi


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a dark golden amber with a fairly good fine-bubbled pale amber-tan head. Malty aroma has an overtone of cloves and a firm apple note, almost like a cider. Flavor has a malty core with firm notes of cloves and apple and hints of caramel and horehound. Texture is crisp, smooth and fairly fizzy, very refreshing. All around a good, if not remarkable, beer. Prost!

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2013 22:47:19 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at Craft Beer Market in Cowtown, served in a solid Hacker-Pschorr stein, embossed with "Himmel der Bayern" - Heavenly Bavaria, or something to that effect.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden hay colour, with one portly finger of fine foamy eggshell white head, which settles evenly and in a timely manner, leaving a low rising shoreline of lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, biscuity malt, with a touch of caramel, a subtle sour breadiness, a mild orchard fruitiness, and soft leafy, earthy noble hops. The taste is a hefty bready, biscuity, grainy maltiness, straight-up, large and in charge, with some mild apple turnover fruitiness, and decent, given the focus here, softly grassy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is rather sedate, but with a dull edge to at least keep in the game, the body a sturdy, broad-shouldered medium weight, and a bit tacky, but generally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a nice cereal, and almost raw cookie dough way - the hops just hanging on to provide some near unseen (and mostly unappreciated, I'd wager) balance.

A prototypical Oktoberfest lager - big and malty, easy to gulp or sip (who am I kidding?), a nod given to actual balance, and a smidge of extra booze to sneakily keep the party going. Prost, prost indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 20:22:33 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a clear orange amber colored beer with a tiny white head. The head faded quite fast to leave only the tiniest amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell was light. It consisted largely of some toasted malt, a bready aroma, and some sweet caramel.

Taste – A roasted malt flavor greets the tongue. It begins of a smooth light toast flavor mixed with a hint of breadines and caramel sweetness. Toward the middle the sweetness from the caramel increases which is accompanied by some loss of the roasted flavor. Toward the end however some roasted malt taste comes back, accompanied by some toast flavors and a light citrus hop flavor, which in the end leave a nice light roasted sweetness to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess, with a very average carbonation level. Very good for the style and very easy drinking.

Overall – Mostly a pretty good Octoberfest. It has a decent roasted and bready flavor and is quite easy drinking and refreshing. Not a bad choice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 00:07:30 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of adam42381


3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes at World of Beer - Fort Myers on 11/17/11.

Poured on draft into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark caramel with gold highlights and a 1/2 finger off-white head. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet German malt with a touch of earthy notes.

Taste: Sweet German malt up front followed by lightly bitter earthy hops in the middle ending with sweet malt at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. You wouldn't want more than a couple.

Overall: Slightly above average beer overall. There are far better Oktoberfest beers available.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 16:23:16 | More by adam42381
Photo of tobelerone


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal clear amber colored beer with a big white head that has good retention. Solid lacing remains. The aroma is a mix of bready and caramel malts, faint mineral notes, and a hint of floral hops in the background.

Classic marzen flavors, with chewy and toasty malt, again followed by a light floral and grassy hoppiness and just a trace of mineral/metallic notes underneath. Straightforward and easy drinking.

Medium carbonation on a medium-thin body, just the slightest stickiness and creaminess but generally pretty clean and refreshing. Light lingering bitterness in the finish. Very nice take on the style.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 14:43:25 | More by tobelerone
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 woosterbill


3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Delaney's into a fancy Köstriker mug.

A: Clear deep amber body topped with a 1/2" of fine tan head. Mediocre retention and lacing. Pretty average.

S: A little understated, but pleasantly balanced between nutty malt and herbal hops. All right.

T: Follows the nose, but with greater intensity. Hops are impressively forceful up front, lending a nice bit of grassy, floral herbalness ahead of some heavier, sweeter malts on the tail end. Tasty.

M: Medium body with high, prickly carbonation. A bit too spiky.

O: I enjoyed this one, and consider it above average for the style, but it's definitely not in the top tier. I found it a trifle too sweet, and hence not as drinkable as I'd like a Mårzen to be.


Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 16:31:35 | More by woosterbill
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at a local bar to celebrate the season.

The waiter dropped off this beer in a pint glass. I had about one finger of foam, but it went away pretty quickly. And, the coloring was a ruddy yellow... kind of dirty looking.

Coming up from the bottle there was a decent amount of carbonation.

There wasn't much in the nose, but the flavor was pretty strong. I get a lot of lager over-whelming the other flavors. There wasn't much spice. On swishing the beer around my mouth I was able to pick up caramel and a little bit of nuttiness. This beer had very little after-taste.

It was a decent Oktoberfest, but not my favorite of the season. Sorry grandaddy, other labels hae passed you up.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 00:20:13 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at David Copperfields; served in a 1L stein.

A: Pours a nice caramel brown with that beautiful Oktoberfest monster head.

S: Sweet nut and baking bread flavours with some medicinal hops and the slightest hint of diacetyl.

T: Nice and sweet German maltiness with a wonderful Noble hop depth and a clean and spicy finish.

D: Drinkability is off the books! This is just full of complexity, but at the same time has a really high level of refreshment.

Overall: An excellent Märzen! I never though I could finish a liter and wish I had more...guess I was wrong. This makes me glad that Americans really don't know when Oktoberfest ends ;)

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 13:15:26 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of rinhaak


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redd's in Roslindale, MA.

Pours a very clean and clear copper color with minimal head. Hunch says that's the pour.

Nose of pilsen malts, a little rust, peanuts.

Mouth is simple but very drinkable. Malty, few hops, prune, raisin, with a very clean and lingering finish.

Overall pleasant, though unremarkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 00:03:15 | More by rinhaak
Photo of 2xHops


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 04:05:51 | More by 2xHops
Photo of xnicknj


3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an auburn caramel color with a very thin, wispy head. Almost no lacing or retention to speak of.

Richer scents of caramel in the nose with lighter touches of dark fruit. Slightly sweet and bready. A note of hoppy bitterness as well.

Lightly sweet up front with some fruit tones. Caramel and bready malts, slightly roasty and nutty. Nice hop bitterness towards the finish.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, chewy and bubbly on the tongue. Drinks pretty nice, although it felt a little flat - I've definitely had some better Marzens.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 04:51:25 | More by xnicknj
Photo of jsprain1


2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a brown-amber with a one finger eggshell head.
S- Smell is caramel, a touch of toffee, a bit of nuttiness.
T- The taste is quite odd to me. At first it's got a good toffee, slightly vanilla flavor, but it finishes with this flavor that I could only describe as papery. Really offputting in the finish.
M- Medium body, slightly undercarbed.
O- Yeah, at first I was into it, but the finish was offputting and at the end of it, I couldn't think of this as a great marzen. Kinda underwhelmed by it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 03:54:22 | More by jsprain1
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the platt in franlin square at the umternational talkbass annual get together. Showed up in a mug, nice ruby chestnut color. Malty festive smell. Not the best smelling octoberfest, but not the worst. Great body and nice flavor, grape dominant. A little heavy, but very enjoyable. Overall very good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 18:01:31 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of Rifugium


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

One of the first märzens I remember having, and still probably one of my favorites.

Poured bronzed amber with some carbonation, and a nice finger of white head that retains fairly well. Smooth malts hit your nose, with a touch of spice. Biscuity taste with caramel malts accompanying, nutty, earthy, with a tad of spice and a hint of hop bitterness. Medium body, smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2011 17:45:44 | More by Rifugium
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen has the appearance of an old wooden table; it appears antiquated as if coated in a fine layer of dust. Still, its deep, coppered orange colour does well to keep clarity intact and the beer's soft glint shows that it's no stranger to daylight. Besides that, its head is fully restored and leaves lacing that absolutely flourishes.

The aroma is that typical of Oktoberfest beers, which is not an easy one to describe. It is considerably sweet - although to even imply a caramel-like presence would be a huge exaggeration - and while it is significantly toasty there isn't a hint of bread, but rather only that of rich, distinct malt. There is also the impression of a nutty, roast pecan-like flavour.

Despite the trace of sulfur (common in fresh lagers) the beer is exceptionally clean, so much so that its heavy, mineral-rich water is not only noted but still appreciated long into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel otherwise is grainy, without any esters less you count the snippet of apple taste, and is rounded out by coffee cake-like flavour and sweetness.

This is the kind of beer that I could not appreciate 5 years ago. On the surface its plain, conventional lager character appears to be all there is to it; but once you become more keen to it, once you've really explored the depth of this rich and distinct maltiness, a whole realm of delicious flavour (on top of the unhindered drinkability) really opens itself up.

Beers are pure in style only in the eyes of their reviewers - unless they were brewed by Germans in which case they were likely copied to the letter out of the style rulebook. This Oktoberfest provides the basic, fundamental guidelines for the style and does well to showcase a proud tradition in German brewing heritage. Anybody looking to replicate or familiarize themselves with the style are advised to start here.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 19:06:09 | More by biegaman
Photo of roblowther


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I've never reviewed this beer. OK, into the malestorm. Pours copper-brown with a dense off-white head that leaves beautiful lacing. I really can't figure out how this could look better. The smell is slightly sour, slightly carmelly, with a touch of flowers and a slight metallic whiff. Taste is pleasantly mildly sour, balanced by an immediate slightly sweet maltiness. There is a slight sharpness to the finish that balances the rest out well. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and delightfully soft. Drinkability is just fantastic. This isn't so much a beer as a day-long project. Definitely my favorite Oktoberfest. Prost, baby, prost!

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 23:58:35 | More by roblowther
Photo of bigrzman


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This truly a classic. I poured it into my mass krug and enjoyed it. The beer is a clear brown color with a thick off white head that stays with the beer. Just the right amount of carbonation. It smells like roasted munich malt and hallertau hops off the bat. It smells great. Next, I take a sip and it has a nice roasted flavor with bready notes and a drying hop backblast. I picture it like a thick crusty bread in a glass. The mouthfeel is sharp and drying yet thirstquenching all at the same time. It is very well balanced. Drinkability is simply phenominal. I wish I was in Munchen right now guzzling mass after mass of beer!

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2010 20:44:49 | More by bigrzman
Photo of thekanna


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at the Quarry House Tavern in Silver Spring, MD on 9/13/10

A: Dark apricot bordering on amber; fantastic effervescence with almost not head.

S: Light and sweet toasted malts, some hints of citrus, not much more.

T: Light sweet malts balanced with a bit of apricot, tangerine, and citrus zest, rounded out by enough hop presence to know that it's there, but by far not overwhelming. Great toasted, sweet taste with slight fruitiness.

M: Quite juicy and refreshing, with medium carbonation.

D: Usually I'm not a big fan of Oktoberfest beers, but this one is quite drinkable, I must say.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 01:55:48 | More by thekanna
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr O-fest has a light brown body that is translucent and filled with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles. The head is a thin, creamy, off-white ring of foam. The retention is fairly good, but only a few scraps of lacing are left behind.

The aroma balances lightly toasted sweet malts, and a fruity hops. Or is it fruity yeast? Tough to tell, partially because the aroma is a bit under-stated, which is no surprise for the style.

This is a balanced Octoberfest/Marzen. The toasted malt with a good bit of sweetness mixes with a hop profile that is rather floral and a little bit fruity. I think most of the fruit character in this one comes from the yeast though, adding an array of generic fruit flavor. Like I said, this one is quite balanced, but the combination of the hops and yeast might make it the fruitiest flavored version of the style that I have ever encountered.

The mouthfeel is a bit fuller than most O-fests, but I guess that is to be expected if this isn't a true O-fest.

This is a pretty good beer that I would probably try again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 00:29:30 | More by Hojaminbag
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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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