Dismiss Notice
Hello, is it beer you're looking for?

Learn more about beer. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for as low as 68% off the single issue price.

Subscribe now →

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

Not Rated.
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-MärzenHacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

759 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 759
Hads: 1,614
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 103
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (19) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 759 | Hads: 1,614
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  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.

 257 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

 515 characters

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 604 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the best of the german oktoberfests in my opinion. pours a perfectly clear copper color with a picturesque white head. smells earthy and malty. big rich malt character on the palate with a big enough body to stand up to the season, but not so big as to limit drinkability. notes of caramel sweetness are present in the crisp finish. perfect with some grilled chicken and roasted squash.

 386 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

 407 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

 397 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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

 377 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 742 characters

Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear, but very dark, amber. An off-white two finger head forms and retains reasonably well, eventually dissipating to a ring. This beer pours darker than most, perhaps truer to the origins of the style.

Smell: Fruity; dates and plums. Slightly mineral. Spicy; cinnamon and nutmeg. Malty, but not overly sweet. Complex and difficult to pick apart.

Taste & mouthfeel: Curiously fruity compared to other examples of the style I've had, but it works. This isn't an estery Belgian or anything; rather, it's got a clean, malty flavor up front with a bit of date and raisin to support it. The texture is pleasingly light and crisp, and the finish is perfectly dry. Lots of flavor on display here for the moderate ABV, and drinkability is through the roof.

 773 characters

Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

 1,289 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

 572 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  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.

 1,245 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

 422 characters

Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 289 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

 724 characters

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

 675 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

 693 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Less than one finger of foam and it settles down quickly to a thin film with a few big bubbles around the edge. The body is clear and dark amber-orange.

S - Lots of sweet malt and caramel with a hint of toasted grain. The hops are subtle, but if you look carefully, there is some spicy, Noble German goodness behind all that malt.

T - It is all sweet caramel malt up front. Bready, toasty malt flavors appear in the middle along with a fairly strong, earthy European hop flavor. Toasted malt flavors dominate the finish and moderate bitterness struggles to balance the hefty malt character of the beer.

M - Thick, creamy body, moderate to high carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Very drinkable for such a thick, rich beer. The malt character is excellent, especially in the aroma. The flavor is a bit weaker, but still nice.

 843 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

 676 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

 723 characters

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a clear golden amber with 2 solid fingers of creamy eggshell white colored head. Thin, sturdy layer of retention that stays strong, leaving a nice cascade of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a rich smelling mix of caramel sweetness, bready malts, spice, and floral tones.

The taste is a solid blend of caramel sweetness and citrus, wrapped up in a toasted bready shell, with a tingling profile of Noble hops in the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp carbonation, and clean feel.

Probably my favorite import O-Fest, this packs some tasty flavors with a crisp body and HUGE drinkibility. Great for the style and one that I look forward to every fall.

 720 characters

Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

 778 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  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.

 760 characters

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went on an Octoberfest binge the last time at the store and picked up a few of the German originals such as this one. I was pretty disappointed to be honest. Had barely any taste or good flavor to it, didn't look too appealing in the glass, and was just boring/bland overall. I wish it made more of an impression on me but it was just lackluster.

 346 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle cold into a goblet.

A - Decants a deep copper w/ a vanilla cream 2 finger head w/ a speckling of lace up the glass.

S - Fruit scents w/ some citrus along w/ a grainy woody malt scent. A milky cream scent w/ light sulfur similar to dry powdered milk.

M - Sweet, crisp and nutty like a malted cereal w/ a nice dry texture.

T - Nuttiness and a sllightly sweet caramel aspect w/ hints of wheat and pilsner malt. Gentle woody hops have a pleasant interplay with the malts. Mild yeast allows malt to shine here.

D - A very drinkable amber fest that is a great representation of the style.

 620 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.