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

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89
very good

1,431 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,431
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

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

Appearance- A little darker than most marzens. It is a deeper bronze. It pours to form a HUGE of white head. There is also a large dose of lace.

Smell- It smells bean like more than anything but slightly fruity and spicy.

Taste- I think this is a little more bitter than the other Oktoberfest coming out Munich. It is still a very well balanced. There is a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thin bodied.

Drinkability- It is a great beer to knock back and have a great time with.

MTNboy, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of Mudpuppet
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a 23oz tall thin beer mug at Big City in Allston. Poured a reddish-orange with no head to speak of.

S- Very sweet smell. Some taffy and anise coming through.

T- I think taffy is the best I have come up with on this one. I knew the taste but could not put my finger on it. I tasted like the black/purple taffy that you get in the mixed box and you cannot tell what it is. There was definite sweet malts in this one also. It was mostly overpowered by the taffy though. It was almost like a barley-wine in flavor at times.

M- Good carbonation and mouthfeel for a Marzen. Nice and bubbly but not overly.

D- Pretty easy to drink. I am just not sure I could have more thank 23oz. That taffy got to me after a while. An interesting one to try though.

Mudpuppet, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 4-JAN-08, leftover from mixed Oktoberfest stash

pours a perfectly clear, light brown color with a nice 3/4 inch light tan head that falls to a few splotches and a short collar. The lace left after the fall is quite nice

Aroma is of biscuit and caramel malt and that clean lager scent.

Tastes og lage, almost light in flavor. As it warms the caramel and toasted grains do shine through. There is a mild herbal bitterness that tries to keep the malt in check, but make no mistake this is a mlty beer.

I guess I could have a couple

jackorain, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for years and finally decided to write a review.
When poured properly, either out of the bottle or out of the tap, the beer is a "Mona Lisa" in a glass--almost makes you tear up when you see it. The head stays a good long time and is a pleasurable buffer between you and the body of the beer.
Taste wise, this is the best Munich-born (and best overall) Oktoberfest I have had. It is a tad sweet, but pure and enjoyable. The alcohol content is round 5.8%, but the beer is a joy to drink in half liters, liters, or many liters.
You would do yourself a favor to have this beer anytime of the year, but especially in September to get into the Oktoberfest spirit. Ein Prosit!

nocheinsbitte, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of stephendr
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of light amber, with a thick white colored head - nose of sweet malts, blueberries, slight earthiness, and bananas– taste of sweet maltyness, and fruity- body is medium, and with medium to high carbonation – aftertaste of sweet malts, some fruit, and lingering

stephendr, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Nesued
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Stamped with a "produced on" date listed as 05/07. Reviewed on 27 Dec 07.

Appearance - Amber in color, clear in nature. Poured with a nice one-inch head that resolved to a slight ring. Ample lacing from the reminants. Slight to moderate carbonation, not overly robust.

Smell - Candy/malt nose fills out this ample sweet presence/presentation. I would equate a caramel assocation. A nice smokey presence as well.

Taste - What first hits me (ironically) is the finish of this offering. It's crisp and clean and doesn't detract from feeling like the malt presence is too overwhelming (which was my first hesitation). I did greatly enjoy the grain-like quality present mid-way through this beer. There is a most excellent hop bite that provides a nice balance to the malt. Very subtle and making its presence known as at the prolonged aftertaste. Not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel - I enjoyed the body on this one. Dense feel without becoming too syrup-like. The finishing bite leaves an overall clean feeling, getting you ready for the next sip.

Drinkability - A very nice celebratory Octoberfest offering. Holds up nicely in my pantheon of Octoberfests. Near the top. I will be looking for this one next year as well.

Nesued, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of JonB1958
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a lot of this during the fall; I had a keg of it at my annual Oktoberfest party, as well as a couple of 12 packs with friends while I was trying to decide. I actually wanted to get Paulaner, but it was not available, so the beer guy got me this instead, saying Hacker Pschorr was the sister brewery of Paulaner.

It's a good bier but not as good as the Paulaner. It pours a nice color like other Oktoberfests, although it's a little lighter than others. The smell is carmelly/bready/malty and makes you anticipate a great first sip. The head is thin, as it typical of the style, and it disappears quickly.

The flavor is full and engages your whole mouth, but it loses points because it's noticeably more bitter--both on first taste and as after taste--than the Paulaner or Ayinger.

I like it, but only one or two at a sitting (not a bad thing, I guess). But I'll have something better next September at my annual party.

JonB1958, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of dfried
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orangish toffee color, thin bone colored head quickly dropped to a ring. A lot of malty sweetness jumps out of the aroma, brown sugar caramelly notes, toasted malt with a slight biscuity touch. Slight spiciness that sets it apart from something like a brown ale. The taste-more sweetness, crisp clean, caramel malt, some grainy/breadiness, and more spicy alcohol, almost like pumpkin spice in a way, maybe its just the season talking.

Overall: I need to go to Germany I think. I have been trying this style for the better part of a decade now every year and I still just don't get it, and by it I mean why people like this style so much. I am not sure if I just need a more fresh sample or what, but almost every one I have had of any brand has disappointed me. Typically the body is too thin, and overall its too cloyingly sweet. Boo.

dfried, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of Procrastinator
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. brown bottle produced on 06/07 as noted on front label. Poured into a tall slim mug.

Appearance: coppery orange in color with a beige colored head which dies rather quickly to form a thin layer of foam at the top of my glass. Few lines of carbonation ascend to the layer above.

Smell: nutty and caramel sweetness with a lemony and floral background.

Taste: slightly sweet and floral balanced by hops and what I perceive as citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: well balanced with an agreeable carbonation that helps to compliment the gentle flavors.

Drinkability: very sessionable with mild alcohol and subtle flavors.
Definitely not the best Ofest of the year, but I will seek out again next year.

Procrastinator, Nov 28, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this one a few nights ago and took some notes. Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. The label says this brew was "produced on 7/07".
A: Clean dark-copper in color, with slow-rising carbonation visible. Thin but smooth off-white head that recedes to the sides of the glass rather quickly. Thin lacing that slides back down the glass and into the beer.
S: Crisp and clean, with some subtle hops and malts in a pleasant combination. Notably grainy and woody, as well. A slight sugary/caramel scent comes up after warming a bit and if I try to find it.
T: Crisp hops lead the way and yield a kinda fruity, smooth malt flavor in the middle. The finish is a nice mix of the first few flavors along with a grassy taste, letting the hops mellow out and fade away. Overall, a solid taste; I really have nothing to complain about, but nevertheless it didn't wow me.
M: Tingly at first, but more clean and watery later on. A tiny bitter nip in the finish but it fades.
D: Actually, one of the highlights of this beer. Everything else about it is above average but not outstanding or overpowering, which makes it all the easier to drink a bunch of these.

LeftyBWS, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of albern
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is about a typical Octoberfest as you'll find. It starts as an amber with some head, practically no lacing, some retention but not much. The smell is subdued and that's too bad given the beers other fine qualities. In the smell I'm getting some sweet malts, some caramel, some lager smells, and others which are too subdued to make them out, perhaps a whiff of tobacco. The taste is all malt, moderate carbonation, moderate dryness. You'll get hints of caramel, cherry, and bready yeasts. The mouthfeel is light and watery, the consistency is on the light to medium bodied side, more light than anything. The aftertaste is mild. This is a nice caramel malty Octoberfest if there ever was one. If you like the style, you can't go wrong here. It brings me back to Munich in late September.

albern, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger white head with little retention & lacing. Copper with great clarity.

S: Biscuity and caramel malt and lots of it.

T: Malt, malt, and more malt. Caramel, toasted, bready. Very tasty & somehow not out of balance. Hops finally become noticeable just for a second at the finish, but this one is about the malt.

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Smooth with a dry finish and a lasting, sweet & toasted malt aftertaste.

D: Delicious & easy to drink. An excellent session beer.

OKCNittany, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golddish red color with a small head of tan bubbles that fell within about 30 seconds. There were very few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: My first impression is of strong sweet malt so much that the beer smells like a milkshake to an extent. I don't get any hops to speak of except as a very subtle floral contribution. The malt is in charge and is so strong that it almost smells perfumy all on it own.

Taste: The flavor is also very malt driven, but the finish is more balanced than I would have suspected from the aroma. The beer has malt out the wazoo, but manages to finish up clean and a little dry due to attenuation. The alcohol is only noticeable in the warming in the belly after drinking most of the bottle.

Opinion: This is a really good beer and has a wonderfully malty balance the whole way through. A lot of Oktoberfest beers fall short of this all out onslaught on the palate with Munich malt. This beer has malt in spades and I would certainly drink this beer again.

SkeeterHawk, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one heck of a session beer. The abv is a bit high for that title, but damn this beer is easy to drink and tasty. It's a nice amber-red with a bit of head and lacing. The aroma and taste are a simple, but delicious mix of mellow roasted malt and caramel with a touch of hops. The carbonation is a bit light, but that doesn't take away from anything and allows for great drinkability. Yummy.

tempest, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this was a solid but not fabulous o-fest. copper/amber in color with beatiful clarity and a minimal creamy white diminishing head. subtle aromas of caramel malts and nutty notes in the nose along with a hint of alcohol and vegetal hops. taste is dominated by the malt character as per style with the hops playing a background role. the sweet malt dries out quickly on the finish. creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable.

MrMcGibblets, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bronze color with amber hues. The head is large, fluffy and white. It recedes into nice thick lacing. The aroma is of biscuity malt with a mild floral hint. The taste is of like the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Oktoberfest. It is lighter than most American versions I have had, but it is makes up for it with its exceptional sessionability.

KarlHungus, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of slyke
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest pours an amber-orange color with 3/4 inch of white head that fades to a cap after about three minutes and laces pretty nicely.

The smell doesn't jump out of the glass, but it is dominated by sweet caramel malt.

The taste is also dominated by the same sweet caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is thinner than many Octoberfests, but the label says this brewery has been around since 1417, so I'd guess they know what they are doing.

This beer is pretty drinkable. Paired with the right food, this beer would sing. If you see it, try it.

slyke, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was a nice amber color much as one would expect an Octoberfest beer to be. The head was decent but nothing to get crazy over, it was tan. The smell was sweet and yeasty. The tase iof this beer was also a little sweet but vety good and it was a tad spicy. I liked it and will buy again.

Minkybut, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of berserker256
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a nice deep amber color with a medium off white head. I love the smell. I detect carmel, malt, and a yeast presence. Somewhat earthy but in a good way. It tastes like a delicious Märzen beer that would be enjoyed under an Oktoberfest tent only cold because it was in my fridge as opposed to being scooped from a trough by a Popeye-forearmed fräulein. The taste and smell almost have a Werther Original butterscotch hard candy element. Not too heavy and not too thin. Just about right. Perfect carbonation. Very good beer.

berserker256, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter tapered bottle is dated Feb '07. Typical H-P regalia. Pours an un-feisty, clear-as-day copper. Head takes constant coaxing and lace is light if present.

Smell is lots of honey and something akin to soymilk. Highly-worked german yeast rounds it off. More honey all around. Hopping is night unnoticable until just before the first sip . . .

Full body and more honey. Malt becomes clear and hopping just eeks out a presence. Slightly herbal in the middle, parsley and chives. Finish is dark German bread.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and cloying, and the texture just isn't there for me. Still, drinkable for a Marzen and would go down just fine by the half-gallon, thanks.

ojiikun, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was served a 4 ounce sample at a tasting sponsored by the distributor at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington.

A: It had a light copper body with a respectable head that supported an abundant and consistent lacing.

S: It had a well defined toasted malt aroma.

T: It was creamy and smooth, as well as gently sweet throughout. There was a hint of herbal hops but its the malts that define this brew.

M: It was medium bodied with a smooth sweet profile and a clean finish and aftertaste.

D: It is a creamy silky smooth brew with a low ABV and sweet profile that make it easy to consume long into the night.

dnichols, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of iceball585
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber/copper color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin lacy cover, a few carbonation bubbles rising

S- Malts, sweet, toasted nuts, caramel, grains

T- Caramel, roasted malts, nutty, grains, honey, sweet, mild bite of hops near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth, clean, crisp yet slight oily finish

D- Very good oktoberfest

This beer ranks in the upper end of oktoberfest beers that I've had this year. Good flavors, good smell, good over all.

iceball585, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On tap at Lionheart in Albany. Body is clear, dark amber with fine bubbles and a 1-finger ivory head that settles pretty quickly. Some rings of lacing left behind.

S: Light in the nose, especially when it's cold. What's there is all malt -- toasted grain and cereal and a hint of sugary sweetness or caramel malt.

T: Similar to the nose at first -- grainy cereal and caramel malt up front, followed by a minerally hop bitterness at the finish. Nicely balanced between the malts, which appropriately dominate given the style, and the hop bitterness at the finish.

M: Light-bodied, appropriate carbonation levels make this one pretty smooth

D: Very good. Goes down pretty quickly.

Kendo, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ginger Man in Manhattan.

Pours a golden/red color with a small white head. Light lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty.

Taste had a sweet honey flavor with a nice amount of malts. Nutty and some light spices.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, I was nicely surprised by this brew. Very drinkable. Well balanced and quite enjoyable.

atigerlife, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App - Brilliant pale amber color. Whitish head with modest retention.

Aroma - sweet, caramel, malty nose. No hop, and generally quite clean.

Flav - Gentle malty flavor, but well attenuated and balanced. Finishes with a very slight hop bitterness, but quite clean.

MF - highly carbonated, with medium body. Carbonation a bit unpleasant and prickly. No distinct alcohol warming.

D'ability - aside from the carbonation, a nice run of the mill malty brew. The heavy carbonation really drops its drinkability for me.

mpyle, Oct 14, 2007
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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