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

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1,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 80
Gots: 103 | FT: 0
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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 gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought a mixed six pack of marzens and this one is just ok its not bad it pours a little darker then the rest the smell is burnt malts and hops some bready malts a little funky its ok ....maybe i had to many of the style lately but it still ok and recommended for fall but not one i will buy in 6 pak of

Photo of claminat420
3/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a dark transparent amber color with a white medium lacing head.

S- a slightly malty scent. nothing else scented.

T- has a very sweet but tame taste with a slight belgium style aftertaste. ( fruity) definitely a unique oktoberfest i've had so far.

M- light to medium bodied. great carbonation. (not so much but just right)

D- don't know what to say. this has a unique taste. it's not necessarily a bad thing.

Overall- this is one unique oktoberfest. maybe i'm just use to the american style of them. if you haven't tried this one i say give it a try.

Photo of tronester
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yo, its ya boy, I'm here to talk about boozin, my bro and I are gonna do a joint review.

Pours a clear, reddish amber with zero head. Smells of toasted malt. Taste is malty, a hint of saltiness, and diaycetal. Finish is slightly vinegary and bitter. Mouthfeel is average, low carbonation. Pretty drinkable, though there are better examples out there.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nearly transparent amber-brown. head is slight and not espcially long lasting.

S- malty-hoppy-bittersweet, almost cheesy aroma

T- crisp, not the most fully devoloping malt characteristics, but a very smooth cookie flavor. Hops are faint, but not under-done. Vanilla cookie aftertaste is a big seller. Fairly close to a Vienna lager, but a bit lighter, a bit more crisp, not much more hops.

M- slightly light body, but not watery.

D- high. Of course it's high, this beer is served in massive tankards, it needs to be quaffable, and it is.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thick tan head that fades slowly. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of toasted malt, caramel sweetness, and some herbal hops.

Tastes of the malty sweetness upfront, with a little herbal and earthy hop profile on the backend. There are also some fruity type flavors in there. The hops are very mild and complement the sweetness.

Smooth feel with a slightly dry finish.

Photo of gfreed
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this all day, and not just in the fall. It begins with an inviting dark amber appearance with a decent head that sticks around for the ride to the bottom of the glass. The smell is loaded with caramel; a tad hoppy but nicely fruity. The hops aren't evident in the taste until the very end: the malt carries a soft sweetness and then there's the bite (also from the carbonation) from the hops that settles into a fruit basket that has endless amounts of orange and cherries. If only there were vitamin C in this, you could have it for breakfast. Easily one of the better Oktoberfests I've had.

Photo of BeerSox
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Scandinavian Mug.

The beer is dark amber, which is toward the darker side for the style, and more like a bock. A one finger off-white head slowly settles to a thin cap.

A little bit of caramel along with some sweet dark sugar aromas. On the lighter side, with a little bit of toastiness.

The malts have more of a toasty flavor, along with more of the sweet candy flavors. The caramel evolves into molasses as the beer warms. Full bodied.

Definitely a fine example of the style, recommended.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.65/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of steveh
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Amber Märzen of the '09 season -- only one I've actually seen so far. Bottled 05/09.

A -- Deep, clear amber with orange highlights and a thick, off-white head.

S -- Light DMS with some spicy hops back, very low aroma all around. A little disappointing.

T -- The flavor makes up for the aroma -- big hit of that bready, toasty, malt character so expected in a Bavarian Oktoberfest. Sweet at the start, finishing dry with the quick hit of spicy hops. H-P always seems to get their Okto to finish dryer than most, giving it an almost tannin note to it, but not to a point of distraction. Very good.

M -- Medium body with a soft to crisp mouthfeel.

D -- Oh yeah. While not great on an end-of-summer day, you know this will be the type of beer to reach for when the days start to shorten into fall and winter.

Photo of engisch
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper/golden color with a light white head. The smell is of sweet malts, almost honey like.

The taste is sweet of malts with a nice herbal/earthy hoppy balance. A very nice brew. I could sit down some evening and just keep drinking these. They are tastey and not overpowering, making them perfect for a long session.

Just a note, I got my bottle in Europe which I'm not sure if it makes a difference for this octoberfest, but it certainly does for Paulaner's. Very good beer.

Photo of tr4nc3d
2.98/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass from a 12fl oz bottle

Has a clear very light amber color with some orange and slight brown added in. Huge three inch light brown head with average head retention that fades and leaves a nice top layer of foam on top of the beer and on the edges. Slight lacing clings to the side of my glass.

Sweet malts dominate the smell with some sugar, molasses and spices. This reminds me of pumpkin pie.

Very mild sweet sugary taste upfront with a hint of caramel and slight minimal hop bitterness which is barely noticeable. Kind of lacks flavor if you ask me.

Very light bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth and is an easy drinker.

This is probably my first Marzen/Octoberfest beer and its decent, nothing special to go out of the way to get it again. I will probably get me one and save it for when thanksgiving comes around. I would love to pair this with pumpkin pie.

Photo of DerBayer
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just ahd this at home but it s real Biergarten bier

Pours a lovely-chubbly amber to ruby colour with perfect white head

Smell of hops cut grasss spice and prevalent floral notes

Tastes bitter hops, malted bread and some spicy and floral notes just the slightest hint of fruitiness

Medium carbonation m,edium body and really refreshing

This is Biergarten in a glass

Photo of BirdFlu
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice auburn with darker hues and cloudier areas towards the center. Foamy head settles quickly. Not much aroma to pick out.. a slight pale malt character if you smell it directly from the bottle but theres not much from the glass. Flavors are a mild, typical marzen with a pale malt backbone and a very slight hop presence in the end finishing it. Slightly butterscotch-ish/caramel-like character . These qualities are all fairly moderate-to-light though, and you have to look a bit for them. The mouth is on the lighter side of full-bodied with carbonation that isn't too assertive. Very drinkable, you could easily have several of these without being weighed down or such. Could probably go well with many foods, also.

Photo of Tone
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/orange color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast cleanliness, slight grass, and hints of roasted malt in the finish. Overall, a smooth a drinkable beer. The sweetness level is not too high either. It does seem to rely too heavily on the yeast and lacks hop.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a dimpled mug, this marzen appears a clear deep copper color with about an inch of lingering off white foam. Smells and tastes of medium toasted bready grains, sweet malt, nice caramelized flavor, a tad fruity, mostly apples. A notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. Worth your time.

Photo of Stunner97
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review of a 2009 edition Octoberfest on 10/6/09

Appearance- a very beautiful appearance off the pour, a bright amber copper color with streaming bubbles rushing up to a full thick head very radiant and lively appearance, couldnt look any better honestly 5.0

Smell- toffee, caramel, and lots of sweet amber toasted roasty malts on the nose, Nice smell but not overwhelming 3.5

Taste- lots of sweet malts with a slightly hoppy bitter kick that provides a nice balance, malts are the dominate thing but has more of a hop presence to it then I remember, nice long lingering finish, 4.0

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and thick, full bodied with a nice carbonation to the body,

Drinkability- very nice drinkability, defintely much more balance to this one then the previous version, nice balance and an enjoyable example of they style, 4.5

Original review of a 2008 on 4/27/2009

Appearance- copper to brown in appearance, white thin white head that slowly fades away, rather clear with small bubbles in the glass, 3.5

Smell- Nice malts on the nose with tones of sweetness and molasses completely dominating the nose, slight caramel and sugar, 4

Taste- tasty flavor is the first impression, pretty rich and sweet, plenty of molasses and malts, the caramel from nose can also be noted, very rich enjoyable sweet flavor, 4

Mouthfeel- Smooth rich and creamy, has nice soft feel on the palate, 4

Drinkabilty- if anything its one downside to me is its still a bit overally sweet at points thought its overall enjoyable, this is definitely one i look forward to trying again next fall, as it seem to have a nice rich flavor and beautiful mouthfeel, 3.5

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glasss, golden amber color with a light head. Smells of strong malt and some caramel. Initially slightly bitter taste, hops very apparent then balanced by a mellow malty with a lingering hoppy finish. Very smooth and drinkable, one of the more pleasant of this type that I've had. Definitely one to keep around.

Photo of nickfl
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of danielharper
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in June of '08.

Appearance: Clear brown-black body, thick white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves no lacing. Hints of effervescence, but only hints.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, a hint of alcohol astringency (but only a hint). Very bready. No notes of hops.

Taste: Clean malty flavor, sweet on the finish, with a bit of a bready aftertaste. Somewhat yeasty. Hints of apples and cherries. A bit cloying as the beer goes on, but good.

Mouthfeel: Thin for an Oktoberfest, coats the tongue slightly.

Drinkability: A good Oktoberfest, but not my favorite (that would probably be Paulaner).

Photo of hoplover82
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a crystal clear amber golden color with a small of white fleeting head with very little lace.

S-Light on aroma, very bland. Just some pale sweet malts with hints of spicy hops.

T-Peppery spicy hops hit you first, with a good amount of caramel malts.

M-Very smooth medium bodied.

D-Not very impressive but a session beer indeed.

Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a auburn ruby red with frothy head and lacing. A mellow, sweet malt smell with touches of hops. Thin-bodied and passing smoothly over the tongue, caramel malt along with other sweetness pass over and there are minor hops notes that balance the beer and allow it to finish with a little prick on the back of the tongue. A rather simple but enjoyable beer and it is nice to have an Oktoberfest outside of October.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
2.83/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: 500ml/9fl oz produced on 02/07 L64671

A: Poured into mug to show a thin burnt amber/brown body with a half finger dirty sheets head even with a vigorous pour could not keep up for more than a few moments and the same to the lace slip sliding down fast.

S: The nose was of toasted caramel, some cooked green apples, dark sugar, but minor vienna malts which I would have expected more of from Hacker.

T: Follows the nose with the caramel, but metallic musty presence ruining the toasted malts and tofee in the background. Perhaps almost two years was too much for this cellared one?

M: Very light with alternating sweet-bitterness dry finish. Dry and sweet with a damp aspect. Sting touched but not very crisp overall from the malts. Breaks down as you move through the glass and gets thinner and watery.

D: What appears as a weak flat beer is in fact a think overly malsted Oktobefests, too much sugar and groggy malts. A weak Marzen I won't try again.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.56/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 8/25/08. Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small light tan head. Aroma of cardboard and sweet roasted malt. Flavor of very sweet malt (some brown sugar) and cardboard still. Bland. Not digging this one...
Aroma: 5/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 5/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 10/20

Photo of beerthulhu
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rich coppery-amber color with a slight off white head. Retention was fair at best while the lacing was scarce.

S: a rich sweet Vienna malting, sweet toffee and a very soft flowery hopping.

T: The initial flavor was very sweet upfront from Vienna malt. A rich sweet palate with light bread notes, light raisins, and a soft flowery hopping. Very smooth flavor wise though comes off really sweet.

M: very creamy and smooth coating the tongue with a light carbonation presence.

D: A nice drink by itself but comes off overbearing sweet at times thus limiting multiples in true octoberfest style.

Photo of mikereaser
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear copper color with very little foam, just a few small bubbles on the surface

S - smells of grain, bread and some brown sugar

T - strong malt taste with caramel and citrus

M/D - I find this one to be very drinkable, definitely something i'll search out in the future. One of the better versions of this style i have had.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 1,505 ratings.