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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 94 | 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 Stunner97
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +5.1%
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
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
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
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
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
3.88/5  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
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter · Fridge temp · 2008

Appearance: Pours a transparent ruby brown color with a 1/2" ivory head. Not much retention with little lace to speak of.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt. Almond and pecan nuttiness.

Taste: Slightly bitter but the malt flavors dominate. Caramel malt, almond and slight maple syrup. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth drinking, with some carbonation liveliness. Alcohol is not noticeable. Some bitterness in the front and back of the experience is nice.

Drinkability: Awesome. This is quite a drinkable beer. It is very millktoast, but is well crafted. I will revisit.

Photo of Vendetta
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
September 6, 2008

Smells malty, cereal. Doughy, yeasty. Pours beatiful reddish brown with a thick creamy head. Cloudy with normal carbonation. Tastes fabulous, light and sweet with a strong bready, woody, yeasty taste. Superb example of what a marzen should be. Easily the best I've ever had.

Photo of SargeC
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-gold brew with a beautifully constructed, off-white head.

Smell: Rich, smoky malt dominates. Minor touch of hops. Distinct aromas of caramel and sugar.

Taste: Rich malt flavor makes this brew. Sweet without overdoing it. A nice touch of bitterness provides good balance. The finish is smoky and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very smooth.

Drinkablity: This is a very tasty Oktoberfest. This will remain one of my favorite easily assessable examples of the style.

Photo of magictrokini
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apparently this IS the beer sold in North America. After having this, I hope the stuff they kept for Germany is better. Gold pour, big white head, lots of malt and mustiness in the aroma. Good, clean taste of sweet malt and sugary caramel. Decent, but these marzens keep getting weaker and weaker.

Photo of wl0307
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 500ml swing-top brown glass bottle, BB 04/09, served cold in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: dark amber with reddish glows, coming with a thick, creamy beige frothy head and constant streams of tiny bubbles at play.
S: barley-candy-ish sweet malts, caramel, really fine and aromatic toasted malts, ground boiled chestnuts and lightly sour prune-ish fruitiness all spring to mind, backed by a rather soothing aroma of grassy hops and a faint tinge of doughy sourness that is indispensable for a well-lagered bier. Not bad, true to a classic Märzen, and well integrated in terms of the overall aroma.
T: a sour-sweet prune-ish fruity as well as caramely + lightly-toasted malty taste precedes a grassy aftertaste of hops that deepens with a decent level of (almost herbal) bitterness to follow, rendering a semi-dry palate down the wings of the tongue. A light sourness of a well-lagered bier stays aside loyally, as a balancer against both semi-rich malts and mildly but lingeringly bitter hops.
M&D: surprisingly soft as well as refreshing on the carbonation, while the body is really light but holds well until the very end. Based on my limited experience with Märzen bier, I find this one a particularly drinkable example which is not too sweet and preserves a subtle but important element of hops and hop bitterness. Very decent overall.

Photo of colts9016
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A copper orange color with hues of yellow. and red. It had a good healthy head that had some retention.
Nose: A roasted malt caramelize, earthy musty hints of hops and citrus.
Taste A very balanced beer a nice malty caramelize earthy musty with a slight hops and citrus.
Overall: I was extremely pleased on how the beer tasted I was a pleasure to drink. Enjoyed this beer very much

Photo of bum732
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear light brown. Nice head, not much lacing. Smells like raw grain, wheat bread, brown sugar. Strong malt taste throughout, slight bitter grain aftertaste. Nice sweet bready taste, makes me crave cinnamon rolls. Hops are definitely present near the end that cuts through the sweetness. Finishes sweet. Good carbonation and medium thickness.

A fantastic traditional Marzen! I loved the huge malt flavor while still being light enough to drink multiples of. I'm not the biggest bock like beers, but this is great.

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

Pours a clear amber-orange-brown with dense two finger offwhite head which fades to a thin layer in a few minutes but leaves lacing all the way down the glass. Smell: toasted grain, munich malts, caramel sweetness, hints of grassy/herbal hops. Taste: malts upfront, toasted, toffee, slight caramel flavor, biscuity, also present are grassy, herbal, tea-like hops. Mouthfeel: crisp upfront with a smooth middle and slightly dry, clean finish. Extraordinarily drinkable. Great ofest, one of my favorites.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of eagles22
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i love oktoberfest beers and this beer is one of my favorites

Apperance: brownish color with a white head

Smell: roasted malts, caramel and also hints of hops, and wheat bread

Taste: lots of malts and biscuit kind of taste

Mouthfeel: is wonderful ...very moist leaves you wanting more

Drinkability: is very high..this is a great Ofest beer

Photo of StonyB
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know, it's time to bring in the winter beers, but let's give a last shout-out to a classic Octoberfest beer...

Appearance - The bottle boasts an attractive blue, white and gold label. "Produced On" date of 05/08 imprinted on lower right. This one pours a dark, translucent amber. Highly carbonated, the thick bubbly head soon fades to a thin cap. Looks like a marzen to me.

Smell - Sweet, lightly roasted malt. Toffee, mild spice, biscuits, hint of smoke. Aromatic.

Taste - Toffee, bready malt. Some butterscotch (not diacetyl), a little smoke in the background. Just a hint of alcohol as the beer warms. Tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, slightly crisp. Nothing unusual.

Drinkability - Very sessionable and enjoyable. Not overly filling or overpowering. This was made for Fall.

There's a reason (or two) why Hacker-Pschorr's Octoberfest is so popular, and it's not due to a slick marketing campaign. This is, simply, one of the standard-bearers for the Octoberfest/Marzen style. Period.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/15/2005 (bottle):

A moderate malty nut aroma, toasted and a little sour. Appearance is nice, golden brown with an average off-white head with quickly diminished almost completely, small bubbles. A slightly sweet, slightly bitter taste that has something I don't like. Average palate, a little watery.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a rich coppery orange color with a one inch cream colored head.

The aroma is bursting with sweet maltiness, much more so than the other Oktoberfests I have had this year. The caramel malts seem to dominate and there isn't much toastiness like many. There is a slight spiciness to it as well and some very light and clean noble hop aromas.

The taste again has lots of sweet caramel Munich maltiness at first then it gives way to a bit of toastiness followed by a light spiciness and some earthy and herbal hop flavors on the linger.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly thicker than some other O-fests. Still quite drinkable.

Pretty good Oktoberfest but much different than many of the others. It was very tasty and I would recommend it.

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

I had this one on tap at the Bavarian Lodge, in Lisle, IL.

A= This festbier poured a perfectly clear deep orange amber colour, with a 1/2" white head. The head dropped to a thin skim and left behind some decent lacing.

S= Clean aroma, dominated by caramel and pale malty sweetness. Some mild grassy/herbal hops in there too.

T= As you would expect of a traditional Oktoberfest, there were lots of malt flavors up front. I found delicious notes of caramel and toasted grains followed by faint hop bitterness. The finish was long and sweet, with a slight hint of alcohol warmth.

MF= Medium bodied, with a slick mouth feel and a crisp carbonation level.

D= A very good traditional example of the style and one I would surely drink again!

Photo of jkdrummer
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice foamy head that quickly dies, not much lace either. Smelled malty and a bit sour. The taste was nothing special. Almost metallic and lots of malt presence. It was practically flat by the time I got half way through it, not impressed at all. I can imagine how much this would be in a beer hall full of cleavage though! Not recommended.


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