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

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1,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 70
Gots: 52 | 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 gdogalishus
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The serving temperature was a little on the cold side, but it is a lager so that should be OK. The golor is a medium copper with a nice looking head of small bubbles. The aroma was distinctly heavy on the malt. Admiring this beer in the glass is abut all I can say for it. The flavor was not in line with the arome and the mouthfeel was thin and non-distict. As the desciption in BA says,"has a mild hop profile" .. nope. Try NO hop profile.
I want to enjoy this beer, but the lack of any hop character at all turns me off.

gdogalishus, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 edition: Fiery red/cooper with a nice dishwasher water coloured head of foam. Aromas are all German malts, with only a *slight* twinge of hop activity in the background. The taste is malty as all hell, bean-like and over the top with malt for an o-fest, but nice and good. The hops shiver in the background barely noticed. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, drinkability is good. This is a solid o-fest choice. Hat's off.

francisweizen, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Octoberfest sampled in January

A- orange, copper body with some chill haze. White head became sparce rather quickly. Would have liked a deeper copper body.

S- Malty sweetness is predominant in the nose. Rich caramel and toffee made a nice roundout.

T&M- A little off balance to me. It seemed to be out of its peak and suffered from the effects of oxidation. A sharp, but thin, unneccesary bitterness seems to be an off-flavor as opposed to a hop presence. This was lacking the malt backbone that I hope for in a marzen.

D- Not terrible or tough to consume, but with so many other great beers, this will not be on my list again.

ALESwhatCURESya, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of bearrunner44
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Coppery amber color. A moderate pour provides a thick head of tan foam; it dissipates slowly.

Smell- Malt and alcohol, with flutters of peppery hops.

Taste- Exceptionally smooth and balanced. Sticky-sweet malt taste with light hopping throughout. The malt is almost caramel-like in its sweetness, and it's balanced nicely by the hops.

Verdict- Excellent brew.

bearrunner44, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of ChiSox05
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Frothing apple meal colored head deflating on a pumpkin orange beer of near perfect clarity. Good retention, light lacing.

Sweet kiwi banana. Ripe orange toffee malt. Dried fruit.

Caramel maltiness. Spicy, lightly citric hops show through, a flat bitterness. There was breadiness and a metallic character in the aftertaste. Smooth in the beginning, could pick up the pace to move the medium body. Carbonation adds needed texture in the end, goes down well.

A good pint, though the flat beginning and lingering aftertaste make the next sip necessary to clean up the palate some. Good lunch complement, after a few I'd move to something with big hops to freshen the palate.

ChiSox05, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of JISurfer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably the best Oktoberfest I've had to date. Ofcourse, it's better as it warms up.

A - Solid copper color w/ very thick white head. The head had great retention and stayed around for quite sometime.
S - Very strong smell of roasted malts, then some raisins, faint spice, and some hops.
T - Very similar to the smell. Almost carbon copy to be exact. The hops did leave a little bit of a bitter aftertaste though.
D - Since it's one of the better Oktoberfest's I've had, it's very easily drinkable for me. I thought it had a very refreshing quality to it.

JISurfer, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of falloutsnow
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest is a lightly, pleasantly crisp Oktoberfest with a mild toasted malt and baked cereal flavor, accentuated by some caramel and cracker-like flavors with mild hopping using German varieties. Enjoyable, but this wasn't as deep or robust as I remembered it being, though also not as cloying as some US examples can be.

Pours a 2.5cm head of beige colored bubbles, with slightly above average retention at 1.5 minutes. The head fades to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass with small islands of thin residual foam resting, scattered, atop the body. Lacing is quite good, with substantially large blotches and dots clinging to all sides of the glass. Body is a deep golden orange in color, with light bringing out pale golden orange hues. Carbonation is readily visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is of very mild cereal-like graininess (like heavily diluted baked barley cereal) with light yeastiness and noble hop character. Not very robust or deep at present experience, my memory distorted this significantly.

Major flavors are of dilute baked barley cereal, light caramel, faint toasted bread crust, light yeast, and modest + clean German hops. Front of palate is of moderately diluted baked barley cereal, light caramel sweetness, and light yeastiness. Mid-palate experiences increased toasted malt sweetness, light caramel characters, slight grape ester, and light hop bitterness. Back of palate notes continued moderate toasted malt sweetness, increased grape ester (to moderate), light caramel characters, and mild hop bitterness. Aftertaste of pleasantly cracker-like grains, some biscuit and toasted bread, light hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a slightly foamy (1/3) and smooth (2/3) mouthfeel that manages to come across as pleasantly crisp. Closes dry with substantial stickiness coating the palate and lips.

falloutsnow, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of FenwaySquid
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, freshness date on the front, poured into a pint glass. Note: the date on the bottle said produced on 07.04.

Appearance: poured a bright amber color, small head that faded quickly, almost no retention.

Aroma: Some hops, but mainly a sweet malty aroma.

Taste: The initial taste is sweet, then the malty flavors really explode along with a warming alcohol taste. The finish is nice and malty as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, carbonation is in good balance.

Overall: An excellent Oktoberfest beer.

FenwaySquid, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of mynie
2.4/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Made in Februrary of 2005 and drank some 200 days later. The kind of uberbavarian bottle art that makes me proud to be white in a completely non racist way. I mean, damn, look at that chick on that horse!

Nice pour. Tawny ripe pumpkin orange with a solid white head.

Smells of processed, pasturized beer. Caramel malt mixed with 7Up citrus and oregano. Not nice, but not horrendous.

Tastes is about the same--lots of processing covering hints of a marzen that would have been MOR without pasturization and aging. Doesn't taste spoilt, though, just tastes plain old not good.

Good thing this is the last of this year's marzens--now I can start on the warmers!


Hmmm....don't want to review a bad bottle, and after reading other reviews I think I might be drinking one that's too old, but this honestly does not have an expired taste to it. I dunno.

mynie, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of JayQue
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. Great appearance. Clear pure amber color, nice head that dissipated quckly but covered the glass and left some lacing. Good smell. Very good taste. Nicely balanced, light but with good flavor with no unpleasant aftertaste. Drinkability is exceptional, very flavorful, leaves you wanting more than one!!! This is a good beer to accompany food, to slowly enjoy or as a session beer. Easily the best of the four Marzens I have tried.

JayQue, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of burnstar
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint at Zeno's. This beer has an amber color with a medium sized head and nice lacing. Smell is lots of sweet malt. Taste is dominated by sweet malt with some caramel complexities. There is also just a bit of hops which add some bitterness. Mouthfeel is great- smooth and creamy. Definitely drinkable and a very nice oktoberfest.

burnstar, Nov 18, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest is a classic straight from Oktoberfest in Germany. It pours a deep mahogany and smells sweet with a subtle spiciness. The taste, however, is pure honey. The sweetness dominates, and even the subtle floral flavor of the hops makes one think of the clover in clover honey. There’s a mild presence of bitter, earthy tannins (like those in red wine and black tea) that helps to balance the sweetness. Altogether, a great example of what this style should be.

apintofknowledge, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely amber color, minimal head and lacing. Aroma is lakcing, but a slight hint of carmel/crystal malts. Taste is malty with a slight hint of hops in the background. Mouthfeel is okay, a touch thin though. This is a quaffable beer though, so I have to give it props for that.

deejaydan, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright gold and sits a radiant golden-amber in the glass with a large off-white head. Fades to a thin skim on the surface with few lacings around the glass. Solid gradients on all sides, pale yellows to reddish-amber.

Smells majorly toasted, huge hunks of pie crust topped with caramel. Gooey malts mingle with rich, green leafy hops. Standard O-fest aroma, well-pronounced.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, big malt bombs drop off payloads of toasted goodness. Light caramel flavors and bread crusts. Hops intrude, dousing the tongue with vibrant leafy flavors, bits of spiciness here and there. Finish is completely clean with lingering hop greenery.

Medium in body with milt to moderate carbonation, extra fine bubble. Easy handling, built for ein maß.

This beer has major game, as it should, and easily fits in the list of Oktoberfests one should consider to be standards for measuring all other beers in the style. Drink it (with great ease) and be merry.

Skidz, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber with a nice white had that fades, but not entirely. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells crisp and malty, just as I expect in an Octoberfest.

Tastes rich and malty upfront with a nice clean aftertaste. Very crisp. Just like an Octoberfest should behave.

Nice body for the style, nothing out of the rdinary.

Nice and easy to drink. A solid example of the style, just not extraordinary. No problems drinking a few of these.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured it was a medium golden yellow with very little foam. The smell of lightly roasted malts and mild hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma well balanced.

The taste was a balance of roasted malts and mild hops. This is a great beer that gets even better as it warms up a couple degrees.

BeerManDan, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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

brentk56, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours a transparent copper color with very little head retention. The nose is malty, very commonplace for any marzen. The taste is good. I'm impressed with its excellently balanced flavor, not too sweet or syrupy. There is plenty of flavor without going overboard and it finishes dry and clean. Not that its thin or anything, the mouthfeel is a little more subtle than other oktoberfests I've tried. The drinkability is great. This is quite a nice beer to look forward to on a fall afternoon.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schnitzel’s in Bellefonte, PA with a huge plate of kickass German food. Pours a medium copper with a small, white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a very thin film, and leaves only a light, stringy lacing. The aroma is malt-dominant, of course, with sweet caramel, molasses and doughy bread aromas, but there’s a nice mild hop aroma as well which adds an herbal and floral complexity to it. The taste follows suit by being nicely balanced. Too often, beers of this style become all about the malt with the hops staying too hidden, but this beer allows the hop presence to be known just enough to create the balance. A small, spicy zing leads you into to a wonderful, full, toasted, bready malty flavor and the finish introduces some light floral hops to take the edge off the sweet caramel and molasses. There’s a light citrus in there too that comes out late in the finish. Probably one of the best oktoberfests I’ve had this year. A wonderful fall beer.

ski271, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich transparent orange with a thin sticky layer of foam, aroma of caramel malts.

Substantial body without being too chewy, medium sweetness. Typical oktoberfest malt flavors with a light nutty finish, backed by mild but detectable euro-lager style hops.

Flavors become slightly richer and more detectable as this warms a bit, picks up some leafy tones.

Nicely balanced for the style.

shirfan, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Illinick
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored, like apple juice with hints of reddish hue. Small foamy head that sticks around then shrinks to a ring and thin layer. Spider web-like lacing.
S: Flavorful smell-bready, yeasty, with sweet malt smells dominating. Hints of fruit bread and hints of roasted, sweet nutty smells (almost hazelnut-ish).
T: No surprises here, just solid Oktoberfest flavors. Sweet, roasted malts throughout with caramel, nutty and sweet bread flavors. Nice hops on the finish that offset the malt punch and sweetness nicely, giving this brew an added complexity to the finish. Allows the finish to be balanced and refreshing. Really nice, rich flavors throughout.
MF: Medium mouthfeel that holds up well with the full bodied flavors and structure.
Overall: One of the OGs of Oktoberfests. Solid example of the style that makes you feel like you are in Munich. A definate Fall-time pick up every year (and not a bad choice year-round either).

Illinick, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have very pleasant memories of ol' HP from my Munich travels a few years back so I have very high hopes for this bevo. Light copper color with a tinge of blonde. Smells caramel sweet but also adds a decent nutty maltiness to counterbalance. Tastes crisp with surprising hoopiness and a bitter aftertaste. I wish the mouthfeel was a little dryer but it's still not bad. This one grows on you and I could easily see downing several on a brisk fall day. A full bore but slightly different interpretation of Oktoberfest by one of its past masters, give this one a try.

daliandragon, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light brown color topped with a silky off white head that leaves lace scattered along its way. clear and crisp looking apperance. Medium lethargic carbonation.

whiffed some sweet malts / caramel slight alcohol. seems inviting enough for me.

Amazingly crisp up front giving way to the depth of the beer which turns out to be a toasted earthy malt that is mildly sweet and a dash of hop freshness balances but is the malts bitch overall. Carbonation was perfectly subtle during the drink but snaps at the end.

I couldn't put this beer to bed so to speak. It somehow kept re-appearing in my weizen glass fresh and poured to perfection. It has a nice kick at 5.8%. I could see this as a great BBQ type brew. Enjoy and buy alot.

DogFood11, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a light amber color with a nice fluffy off white head that has fair retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aromas are of malt with some spice like smells. Has strong flavors of malt that seem to have slight toasted notes along with a sweet molasses like flavor and a slight nuttiness. This is one of my favorite October brews, always look for it at the end of August through October.

Stimack, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating, but you’ve got to love that girl on the horse! Beer pours a bight, clear copper with a decent and dense white head.

The nose is of malts and caramel. A touch of alcohol lurks in the background.

Great sweet and malty taste. The hops add a nice bit of bittering & spice that emerges after a sip or two. The beer also has a touch of molasses taste that comes late to the party.

Great soft mouth that is complemented by the subdued carbonation . Extremely easy to drink. This is a great festival or session beer.

I had plenty of this in Munich and I’m glad it travels so well to the states. Very easy to pair with German food. This one is a keeper!

Redrover, Oct 13, 2005
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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