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

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89
very good

1,172 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1172
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%


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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Found this mid-November at Woolich Arms in Guelph. Floral aroma. Good Creamy middle plus mouthfeel, white head followed by abundant lace..toasty. Distinct bitterness comes through at end of subtle malting. A very good lager.Easy drinking is the key to this.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2006 01:14:51 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark amber/copper with a 2 inch puffy odd-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of sweet malt/grains, caramel, grape juice, and some citrus zest on the finish. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good marzen but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 04:24:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Polished orange-amber, much more the former than the latter, topped by a creamyfrothy head of dewy beige that picks up the suggestion of orange from the beer beneath. The crown is persisting nicely with only a few bubbly scraps of lace seen on the glass when the head finally does relent.

The nose is relatively balanced and is of moderate intensity. A lightly toasted maltiness is evident, as is a floral-fruity hoppiness. In fact, hops are at least as prominent as malt; unusual in a beer of this style (in my still somewhat limited experience).

Oktoberfest-Marzen tastes like a jack-of-all-trades Oktoberfest; all aspects of the flavor profile are given equal emphasis. As in the nose... sweet, lightly toasted, lightly nutty malt is offset by floral-fruity German hops. The beer tastes sweet, bitter, dry, malty and hoppy all at once. Some might say that, as a consequence, it lacks a distinct personality. I'd say that it has a refined, well-integrated one.

The bottom of the bottle came much too quickly. Although I've had better versions, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Marzen is quality beer that I'll be sure to look for again. Next year I'll drink it in season since I'm sure that it's even better in autumn when it's super fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2005 00:04:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of my Oktoberfest beers for the year, expect alot more of these reviews as I fullt intend to try everyone that I can find this year. Poured a deep amber color which actually suprised me a bit, thought it would be lighter. No real head after the initial two inch pour foam. Nice side glass lace and ample carbonation coming up. Smell wa alot of grain, nothing really special just alot of cereal grains. Taste was light, lots of malts, with great carbonation made for a nice profile, very drinkable as most Mazen are. Could have drank this one all night. So overall I would have to say this was a damn fine Oktoberfest anda decent way to start my fall season. I look forward to alot more ofthem in the coming months.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 01:28:55 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

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

A: The pour is a deep, dark copper color with a couple of fingers worth of off-white head.

S: Lots of sweet and bready malts to begin with. Earthy hop notes along with a slight spice quality. I get nutmeg and all-spice for the most part, and there is a fair amount of yeast.

T: The bread and hops are at the forefront. Semi-sweet malts along with floral and earthy hops. The bitterness is quite light, but a lot of the same spices that the nose had.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation to it. Really refreshing, actually.

D: Another top German tick, and it's on the list with good reason. I liked this one quite a lot and will make sure to pick some up each year.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 19:03:34 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a decent head that quickly declines to a ringlet but doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Nice malty, toasted aroma

Taste: Has a nice malty flavor, rich but not at all sweet; a nice balanced, dry finish from some bittering hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice degree of carbonation

Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 20:12:26 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess its an 'as-expected' Oktoberfest. One of my favorite German styles of beer. Easy to drink with lots of character. A rich caramel color with firm and solid head retention and soft carbonation. Smells very nice with bready / toasty richness and a medium caramel / malt aroma. Tastes much the same with a viscosity that confirms the bready / yeasty characters. Sweetness is consistant and firm along with a light estery / fruity flavor that was not present in the nose. Hopped for a good balance that still weighs on the malt side. Medium and full in the mouth with a growing bread and caramel flavor and feel. Finishes with more bready / yeasty than sweet, with an increasingly bitter-bitey feel late. Great with a hearty German dinner.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 03:28:15 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a moderate brown-bronze with a good white head. Nose is toasted malt with some caramel and toffee plus a slight nutty character. Taste is toasted bread with a bit of caramel. Slightly sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Light-to-medium body with nice carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good and this is one of my more-preferred German marzens.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 18:02:01 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of toasted, biscuity malts in the nose and some hints of noble hops.
T: The taste is very malty, yet is also nicely balanced by a mild amount of hop bitterness. There is a slight bit of sweetness and the flavors have some notes of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and I would definitely have another one of these because it is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 23:24:50 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best Before: 6/12.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tan body with a goodly-sized, white head.

Smell: Bready maltiness, very little implied sweetness, a floral-honey scent, albeit light, and a hint of old spice (not men's cologne).

Taste: Sweetish, bready maltiness. Flavors lighten, then, some thinned honey, floral, faintly spicy German hops and a small bit of bitterness. Hint of metallic yeastiness. Finishes fairly dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Just a hair thinner and flatter than I'd care for.

Overall: An easy-drinking German brew, sure, though I found it to be a bit bland.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 22:02:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 17:10:02 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Somehow this O-Fest has eluded me for years. Not no more... It pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises white bread, light caramel, light grass, and a very light touch of Belgian candi sugar. The taste follows this fairly closely, but the caramel is more pronounced, and a decent amount of mandarin orange finds its way in as well, providing a nice fruitiness to compliment the enhanced malt. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a very solid O-Fest, one definitely worthy of that Bavarian flag emblazoned around the label.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:09:45 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear, copper in color with an off-white head that drops shortly but leaves a good collar and some very nice lace. The aroma is of Vienna malt: lightly sweet, toasty, and rich! There are some minimal background hops. The body is light-medium with a moderate carbonation and a smooth & creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a fresh, "juicy", Vienna malt with a gentle toasty quality, a light caramel note, and a present-but-not-imposing alcohol. Extremely well balanced with a light hop flavor, and an underlying bitterness for support. The finish is semi-dry with a gently lingering toasted malt note. Absolutely brilliant! Easily one of the best Oktoberfest beers available. In my book, in the top 3 with Paulaner and Spaten!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2002 18:13:25 | More by NeroFiddled
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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
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

Amber color, with a lacey, tannish head. Highly aromatic : spicy, cloves, cinnamon, herbal. Malty, but not overmuch. Some sweetness, but, again, just enough. Delicate hop, solid body, slight sharpness and a coppery edge in the mouthfeel. Very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2003 22:31:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

On-tap at British Beer Company on 10/11/07, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a dark orange/brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice and nuts with a little hops, but overall the smell seemed pretty faint.

T: The taste is malty but well-balanced and not too sweet with flavors of caramel, spice and nuts. There's a mild hops presence as well. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation but light for the style, finish is dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I could drink a few of them, but there are other O-fests that I would choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 14:06:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 05/14
Served in a Hacker-Pschorr Bräurosl-Weisse fest glass.

Transparent copper amber color, slow trails of rising carb visible. Long lasting head of frothy foam, lacing all around the glass. A brief swirl rekindles the head immediately, and it remains for the duration of the glass.

Wet grains and toast in the aroma.

Clean and smooth, lightly toasted bready grains, maybe sunflower seeds, and a very mild hint of bitterness in the aftertaste that is barely there. Easily drinkable. Simple and classic, a traditional example to judge others against I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 19:51:45 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

States it was on 0607
18763.
Since this is a new beer in a store that doesn't try to sell old stuff (from what I can tell), I'm guessing this is this year's batch:

Pours amber/caramel with a 4 fingers+ sandy head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Caramel notes, Slight hop features as it warms

T: Caramel & hops bitterness up front with a slight tanin note (??). Some brown sugar notes follow. A lttle tobbacco &maple syrups follows, this beer is al over the place to it determent. Finish with a hoppy/fruitty caramel edge

MF: Light to medium with good carbonation levels, pretty good balance. All the same if not in germany, get a local micro & you'll do just as well IMO

Drinks okay, too much out of style to reccomend as an oktoberfest,more like a amber to me. Still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2006 02:37:08 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours an amber color with a spotty lace head. The aroma is sweet from the mixture of pale and crystal malts. The taste is sweet, but not overpowering. This is a darker version of a lager beer. It is medium bodied and very drinkable. This isn't one of my favorite Octoberfests, but it's pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 02:31:13 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Happy Oktoberfest everyone. Beer poured from a 12 ounce bottle, this years release I assume, into a Bruery tulip. Beer is brown and clear with a big head that settles to a little diffuse head that leaves no lacing on the glass. Carbonation is of tiny bubbles that feeds the head slowly. Looks pretty good.

Mildly malty aroma with mild sweetness and some lagerish almost mild sulfur notes to the whole thing. Smells pretty good too.

Beer is light in body with a mild caramel and a nice malt lead off. Mildly sweet and finishes clean with a nice silky mouth-feel and some great drinkability. This is probably the best Oktoberfest I've had so far, I generally like the beers Hacker makes, check out their hefe sometime. I am glad I have a 6 pack of this now.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:34:45 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber/burgandy color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a bubbly, tan, two-finger head that left a little lace.

S - I smelled of caramel, earthy hops and grains.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt and toffee. There was also a light grassy hop kick.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice o-fest. A nice sweet flavor with a good balance of hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 21:08:27 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy head that fades semi quickly over clear copper tan brown colored beer.

Nose has light toasty malts, reddish copper malts, light cracked straw, hint of lager yeast fruit, light sweet lager aromas.

Taste comes clean and crisp, light cereal malts, cracked straw, light toasty malts, little sweet lager flavor and some definitive lager yeast fruits. Then comes the hops, light earthy slight grassy hops come through late on the finish adding a bit of bitterness and light spicy hop. Finish lingering more of the copper malts and semi dry crisp lager taste.

Mouth is med to a but lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty standard for a good German marzen. nice toasty malts, crisp lager flavors, no bad lager flavors, hint of hops on the finish. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:38:47 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out as an amber color with a head that comes and goes leaving a decent lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer has a light sweetness to it along with some autumn aromas. The taste is decent, it's got some earthy spice flavors with a tiny bit of sweetness from the malts. The mouthfeel was medium or at least close to medium. Overall it's not a bad beer, I've had better though.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 15:39:52 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown flip-top bottle containing 0.5 litres of Marzen. Poured into a pint sized vase shaped glass (Old Speckled Hen branded).

Lovely copper body with an off-white head on top.

Caramel and toffee esters in the aroma, but it isn't a sweet smelling beer by any means. Malted biscuits come in to play as the beer warmed a little.

Toffee again in the taste, a lot going on though, some cereal flavours are also present, then hazel nuts came to mind as I sipped my way down the glass. So hazel nuts dipped in a semi-sweet toffee mix liquified and then fermented with some yeast, hops and malts is what I've come up with to describe this beer!

A warmth, depth, and richness just exude from this beer, very, very drinkable indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 19:33:53 | More by BlackHaddock
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