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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 fank2788
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle produced 05/08 served in a seidel
In the glass this is a bright, super clear red copper with a thin head and a bit of lace. The smell is all caramel malts with a bit of toast and grain and just a touch of spicy noble hop. The taste is smooth maltiness, fairly full but not sweet and not too dry either enough hop bitterness and aroma in the taste to keep the malt from being the only thing going on, great balance. Great smoothness and surprising complexity in this lager it's not too heavy nor too light and the carbonation is at a low enough level to keep things lively without making anything taste too harsh. A great drinking highly sessionable oktoberfest this is a beer that you can pull out the liter mug for very good stuff.

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

Whadda beer!! Pours a semi-dark amber color with a somewhat nice frothy head (doesnt last too long) Even carbonation throughout (figure that one out). Aroma is sweet malty/toffee heaven goodness. Taste is sweet but not over powering, taste of malt/toffee with a little hop (a little). At first, I thought this beer was a medium body, but it was too easy to drink, but yet, I needed more of it. Very easy to drink. Great beer!!

Photo of BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear amber with a nice whitish head which fades quickly with oily curtains of lacing which dissapear as they sheet down the glass.

The aroma is immediately of a rich, caramel honey with some earthy or grassy undertones.

Taste is of the same sweet caramelized honeylike malt with a fair amount of earthy hop bitterness on the finish. It's a bold flavor profile actually with a slight metallic tone as well. On warming the flavors become more integrated with each other and are quite nice.

Mouthfeel seems more medium than light, perhaps light-medium, definitely not heavy at all. Carbonation seems just right. Very smooth and creamy.

Very drinkable, the bolder flavor profile doesn't detract from drinking this at all and I could easily see drinking a liter stein (or more) of this! Much better than the Spaten I tried.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a honey amber. A decent sized head with a small foamy lace.
The aroma is of caramel,malts and some grains.

The taste is sweet,malts,hops with caramel and butter notes.There were some metallic notes,but they were done so right. I mean this did not hurt the beer at all.

The feel was light,easy to drink with a creamy finish. I also felt that this beer was well balanced and the smooth carbonation made this one the type to have six of.

Notes: Picked this up on a whim and it was not much of a surprise that it was an outstanding beer.Very drinkable.

Photo of Antilochus
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Chaucer's Pub in London, Ontario, as part of their Oktoberfest promotion. Served in a 1L glass Maskrug - YEAH!

Amberish yellow body, transparent with a nice frothy white head. Looks great, laces the hell out of the Maskrug. No complaints here...

Floral noble hop notes, light caramel, grain. Simple, as it should be.

Palate is well balanced, rather grainy, spice, slight bitterness rounds it out to make it a very easy drinker, in contrast to other german lagers I've had. Superb feel. Highly recommended.

Photo of thespaceman
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle Into Pint Glass

A: Holy crap the head was thick, it took me a couple minutes to see the actual color over the top of the glass, pale amberish/brown, very nice lacing.

S: Earthy comes to mind at first. Not really expected with an Octoberfest but it works, sweet caramel erupts as well.

T: Rich tasting for an October, on first sip you can tell it's a German bred beer, very flavorful on both ends, sweet caramel and toffee spice this one nicely, but it's very sublimial, has a very pilsner taste to it which makes it alot different then other Octoberfests

M: High carbonation but it works perfect with this brew, light on the tongue.

D: Not one of my all time favorite Octoberfests but this one is definetley worth checking out. Easy to drink, not too heavy for what it's worth. A good example how why Germany crafts such good Marzens. If you find this one in your package store, grab it.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest - @ HOME
tasted 9/20/08, bottle > tapered bottom mug, 5.8 ABV
reviewed as Oktoberfest = should be a full body, rich malty beer
A 4.0, Dark caramel copper color, great head & lacing
S 4.0 malty, notes of caramel & nuts
T 4.5 Super malty, subtle sweetness, good rich body, notes of nuttiness, smooth & balanced well w/ hop
MF 4.0 good body, very mild on carbo, smooth with nice aftertaste of malt
D 5.0 - I am learning to like Ofest Marzens more and more, and I really dig this one so far, so I get it a 5 on drinkability! Enjoy one...

Photo of popery
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a pleasing shade of amber with a light, quickly dissipating head. There is some lacing and a bubbles linger around the edge of the glass.

It smells mostly of malt with some fruity hops in the background. There are sweet and roasted notes but nothing comes through with intensity.

The taste is similar to the smell. There is mostly malt, caramel and roasted flavors, and some hoppiness to balance. It is a well-balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is good. It has a relatively small amount of prickly carbonation and a good aftertaste. It's certainly a drinkable beer, an important quality for an Oktoberfest.

I enjoy it more than the few Oktoberfests that I've had, but I'm still not a convert. I imagine it is better in the brewery's tent in Munich with a few thousand friendly revelers. At home, it's a bit boring, ultimately. I strongly prefer it to the Sam Adams entry that I last reviewed in this style.

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

Deep brown color, but with a lot of clarity. Crates a small-medium sized head that settles to a little lace. Toasted malt aroma. Crispness upfront with a malty taste. Some hop bitternes at the end dries up the palate.

Nice beer to drink one after another and another. I feel it fits perfectly in the style. Fun beer.

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

This is a very tasty Oktoberfest-marzen that seems more like the typical US take on the style than do many other German ones. In overall character, it's similar, for example, to the Gordon Biersch marzen, but to me much more flavourful, complex, and interesting.

Reddish amber, it has a medium off-white head that slowly shrinks to a wispy top and ring with a little nice lace.

The aroma is toasted bread, and grain, hint of caramel, minerals, leaves, and a wisp of iron.

The taste is light caramelly bread, mineral, and leaves with a hint of alcoholic warmth and a light leraf-caramel-bread finish. It is mostly lightly sweet with a lively zestiness and only a very light leafy-mineral bitterness near the end to somewhat balance the overall sweetness and help keep it interesting. One drawback to me is that although the flavours and overall character are nice, it seems to ride on a somewhat thin, minerally body. It is very drinkable, though.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of flaminghomer
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finding this one in my little town came as a surprise! It's a Munich original Oktoberfest so it probably deserves 5's across the board wouldn't you say? Nah, it's good but not as good as there other beers, which I really enjoy. I was amazed that there was zero head retention or lacing. I should research my style, maybe it's suppose to be that way? Long story short, it tastes good.

Photo of Pencible
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear dark copper with a bit of off-white head. It smelled like earthy barley malt, blended with some molasses and caramel malts, and a bit of copper hops. It tasted like a wide variety of malts including nutty, caramel, and roasted barley, as well as a bit of copper hops. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a brief bitter aftertaste. Overall this had a very clean and tasty flavor. It was quite refreshing and easy to drink. Very nice!

Photo of drxandy
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz to standard pint, pours a foamy orangish amber, creamy white head, decent carbonation

smells of sweet malts, slight funkiness, light

tastes of smooth malts, light body, bitter hops, roasty, easy to drink, slight metallic untill temprature warms/has some time to breathe, sessionable

mouthfeel is bitter, saaz hops? easy drinking, light with a great amount of flavor

Photo of Rayek
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber color with very active carbonation and a nice dense head. Good head retention, but leaves only a little lace.

S: Toffee, caramel and a bit of grass.

T: Bittersweet toffee malt flavor up front. Nice pepper and clove bitterness follows. Finishes somewhat dry with lingering pepper and toffee aftertaste.

M: Medium body is slick and a bit syrupy. Carbonation level is just right.

D: Great example of the style. Moderate strength makes this a good session brew.

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

Appearance: Deep amber color, clear, with nice head that tapers off.

Aroma: Malts, honey, and a bready scent take up most of this. Very good.

Taste: Malts and the bready flavor comes through here. There is somewhat of a hop bitterness, but the malts take up most of the character of this beer, with the bready taste coming in as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation, goes down well.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, not too heavy and is a great Oktoberfest beer.

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

This is das motherload.

Starts off a beautiful dark amber/ruby with not much of a head.

Sweet bready malt smell dominates this puppy with some honey smells thrown in.

Full bodied sweet malty goodness. I could chug a whole one of these.

Ich bin ein Oktoberfestian.

Photo of BWH3
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Flawless crystal clear amber color. Head is bone colored and average sized but is consumed quickly.

S: Pure toasted malt character of Marzen malt. If aerated well, the mineral/metallic hops come to the nose. They are not the musty/skunky noble hops I had hoped for/

T: Not as sweet or toasty as the aroma lets on, which frankly was not all that powerful to begin with. The hops provide bitterness, but nothing in the way of taste. The bitterness does cleanse the palate very smoothly.

M: The beer appears still but the suds come out on the palate from a bubbly quaff. The head retention is poor.

D: I expected more. Perhaps after my tour of the Octoberfest, it is not that amazing or versatile.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lager bite, with a bit of biscuit hints and toasty notes come through on the nose, it's pretty mellow, like most Oktoberfest beers, a sweetness eventually creep out as well. The colour is a dark amber, and a small head that dissipates rather quickly. It looks pretty though. Initially I tasted a great sweet flavour followed by a bit of biscuit flavours; as expected, the lager bit is at the end, but it's pretty subtle. The mouth feel is quite crisp and dry from the carbonation, but less watery than I expected from an O-fest beer. This is the most drinkable Ofest I had yet, and probably my favourite!

Photo of SiphonKing
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a reddish/copper color. Not much in the way of head retention but possibly a detergent "clean" glass is the culprit. Malt dominated taste (do I detect Munich?) with a pleasant lager, dry finish. A well-rounded example of the style, if only the weather was more fall like...

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

12oz bottle (produced May 2008) into my excuse for a stein. Beer 6 of 6 of my BotO. I've had this on tap twice in the past two weeks and it's time i review this and well

A: Deep copper with brilliant clarity and a massive, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a disk. There's some carbonation present but not as much as the Victory Festbier that preceded this one.

S: A massive bready aroma is prominent with some caramel sweetness as well as some honey-on-toast, figs and raisins. Excellent

T: Starts off with a lot of bready and raisin notes - liquid raisin bread isn't too far off from a description of this beer. There's a hint of figs and dried apricots too (no tartness, though). The sweetness is more delicate and jaggery-like, before a drying finish takes over. Excellent

M: Wonderful carbonation and great finish

D: This one wins my BotO. This is insanely drinkable

Photo of Atron67
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a thin white head with a copper body. pretty highly carbonated.

s- malty scents all around. smoother than you would expect.

T- very malty, tasty, full of great flavors. smoother and maltier than your average.

M- thick body, high carbonation,

D- a good choice, a great fest beer, though still not my top

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with "Produced on 06-08" on the label into a pint glass.

A--Beautiful looking body, all amber and chestnut. Deep reddish brown. Almost no white head that dies quickly without lacing.

S--Pineapple. Lots and lots of pineapple--like canned pineapple in syrup, I should say, or pineapple served with caramel. Some floral notes at the end of the sniff. Great nose on this one.

T--The fruit disappears in the mouth as there's a big malt punch here. Tons of toasted grain breadiness in the middle with a decent bite toward the finish to clean and balance the palate. It's not until the end that you get that maraschino cherry, candied fruit flavor again.

M&D--Fine, a little thin if anything. Carbonation works well and the alcohol doesn't sting a bit. Drinkability is good at 5.8 with a crisp, clean taste.

This and Paulaner are my favorites so far, in an admittedly limited sample size of mostly German Marzens.

Photo of becktone
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes 9-8-08

Done back-to-back with Paulaner Oktoberfest

Eye: This is one sexy looking brew. Nut brown and perfectly clear in appearance. Dark red highlights in this beer. Nice head retention and formation, creamy and slightly dirty tannish white in color. Looks beautiful in the glass. Lacing is ok.

Nose: Sweet, sweet malt aroma. I'm already in love with this beer and I've only taken one sniff. Lots of caramel notes here, Munich malt is very prominent. Toasted malt aroma as well. Nutty notes come through as well. So much aroma is packed into this beer. Very nice.

Tongue: Sweet malt aroma dominates this brew. Nut and caramel notes are really prominent. Lightly toasted notes as well. Munich malt comes through. This is a good Oktoberfest but I have had better. Definitely one to pick up and try, however I must say that even though it does have great flavor, it's a bit watered down compared to others that I've drank. Still quality though. Hop bitterness is present, noticeable and tries to give some balance to this brew. I'm getting something I can't quite put a finger on, very recognizable but I'm not sure how to put it... Something spicy perhaps but not in a spice sense....something that my great granny puts on the assorted tray of Christmas cookies that she gives us each year, something like macadamia nuts or vanilla...right at the finish, it comes through the strongest.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: As I've already mentioned it feels a bit light on the palate, sure the body is medium but there is just a watery type quality to it that cheapens it for me. I would like a bit more body here, but I guess this'll suffice. This is one that I look forward to drinking the rest of, nice O-fest in my opinion. As far as my opinion goes this is one of the better imported O-fests I've drank. GLBC and Moerlein O-fests are great, and this is right up there with them. Give it a shot, you'll not be disappointed.

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

L: Pours a copper-orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white head that laces the glass nicely as it fades.
S: Smells of very sweet malts, some spices, a hint of hops, and a very sweet overall aroma.
T: Sweet malts and some caramel sweetness under a slight hoppy flavor and then a sweet malty finish.
M: Very refreshing, lighter feeling than it looks, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer.

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