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

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1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
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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 PittBeerGirl
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Transparent caramel color that doesn't produce much of a head and fades quickly to a thin collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass. Bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Decent for the style. Doesn't appear watered down.

S- Nose is mild and consists of caramel malt, pale malt, and hops. I can't really identify what type of hops...but they are definately there.

T- Much like the smell initial flavor of caramel and German pale malt with a touch of hoppy flavor overtone. The finish is much like the initial flavor but the hops come out just a wee bit more. Nothing lingers which makes you want more.

M- Nice lightweight lager mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Goes down really easy. Not too thin.

D- This is another good O-fest beer. Very drinkable and good. Nothing particularly special but I was happy to finally try an O-fest made in Germany.

PittBeerGirl, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of mullenite
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a tumbler. Very dark amber with a one finger head that left almost no lacing behind.

Smelled of sweet malts, caramel stuck out with a bit of spice behind it that I could not put my finger on.

Taste was very sweet, lots of sweet malts and good o-fest flavors. Almost no bitterness to it and just a very good beer all around.

The body of this was a little heavy, it had the carbonation to make up for it in the mouthfeel but I could not see myself drinking a lot of this. While this tasted slightly better than my usual Spaten Oktoberfest, if given a choice between the two I would choose Spaten for it's lighter body.

mullenite, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a short living head.

Scent is malty with a good amount of grain and some cherry as well.

Taste is similar to the scent, starts out with mats and grain with some cherry coming in. Finish is grainy with a bit more cherry. It is a little watery though and too thin for my taste.

Mouthfeel is clean with and slightly dry.

Not my first choice for a Marzen, but I did enjoy it.

paco1029384756, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of enfield249
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a light brown, very clear, small head of white foam.

S - Slight lager smell, slight roast. Very little smell.

T - Meh. Best thing to say is that it is slightly sweet on the tail end.

M - Lots of sparkle from the co2, thin to medium.

D - Not bad for a Oktoberfest, but not awesome.

enfield249, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of oneeye
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.
A. Pours a beautiful clear amber. Plenty of carbonation. A small fluffy white head with good amount of lacing.
S. Smells of sweet caramel malts. A floral hop aroma.
T. This is the best tasting Oktoberfest I experienced. A great mixture of caramel biscuity malts. Roasted/toasted sweet malts. A nice hop presence with floral notes.A slightly bitter hop bite. Crisp and clean.
M.The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. A smooth drinker.
D. Drinkability is sky high. Smooth, crisp and clean. This beer is easy to drink. It tastes great with a lot of flavor. Next time I will definitely drink more than one.

oneeye, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of USCTrojanBrian
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish/orange/amber in color, a bit frothy at the start, settled into a fine, cask-like head.

Transparent, lager-y look, and smell. Slight spice in the nose, nothing crazy. Sort of bored by this. Weird background taste, sweet up front. Not my favorite Marzen around, and I enjoy the style in general.

USCTrojanBrian, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber/burgandy color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a bubbly, tan, two-finger head that left a little lace.

S - I smelled of caramel, earthy hops and grains.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt and toffee. There was also a light grassy hop kick.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice o-fest. A nice sweet flavor with a good balance of hops.

zeff80, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a soapy 1 finger head, offering minimal lacing, into my 1L hacker pschorr fest mug. After about 1 minute, the head is pretty much a thin cap. The body has no sediment, but is a nice amber color.

S- Has a serious cleaning product smell. Light hops, citrus, touch of caramel. A little odd..

T- Starts nice and full with notes of caramel, biscuit, dry hops and has a nice dry finish. Nice.

M- Medium mouthfeel is great. I can see it being excellent at scrubbing the schnitzel off my tongue.

D- 5.8% is a touch high, but, what the hell, it's oktoberfest. Drink up!

Greggy, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Tucquan
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle in Columbia, PA

The beer pours a lovely, amber-brown with a 2-finger head into a 16 oz glass.

The smells are of mild yeast and grain.

The taste is quite nice with hints of chocolate, caramel and toasted grain. There is a bit of hop bitterness that really balances nicely with the sweetness of the malt. There is a bit of warming-alcohol taste and a clean finish.

The beer has a light mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

This is a tasty, quaffable brew but nowhere near as remarkable as their Hefe Weisse.

Tucquan, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Produced, so I imagine it's still fairly fresh, though not as fresh as getting it right from the source.

Appearance: Lighter amber color with a soapy off-white head going down fairly quickly, leaving not a lot of carbonation and little head retention. I'm pretty sure this glass needs to be cleaned a bit more, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.

Smell: Sweeter malt flavors with a brown sugar and caramel edge, along with mild toasted grain and bread dough and crust flavors, mild twang from what I assume to be some hop bitterness.

Taste: Sweetness all around, but nothing too sweet, and it's balanced. Maple, caramel, and vanilla flavors with I think a hint of smoke, some doughy and bread crust flavors, and bit of toasted grain. Finish could be longer and richer, but it's nice, and lets the hops come through a bit in a lighter sense, letting the malt flavors pretty much do their thing.

Mouthfeel: More medium-bodied than many I've had, and a bit welcomingly meaty, though there's too much of a slickness to this, as you can see the carbonation's not as much as I'd hoped, and it lends that watery feel to the body.

Drinkability: I'm glad I got to try this, as I bought a 12-pack in excitement for the upcoming fall, and I'm glad I did. I had it out of the bottle and it seems to be less tasty, oddly, in the glass. Maybe, again, it's the glass, I'm not sure. But you really can't go wrong with a brew from the masters, especially one I've yet to see in Richmond (I think) until now, even though it's seemingly pretty popular.

asabreed, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of morimech
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Produced on 05/08
Pours a dark copper with 2" of white head that had relatively good retention. Not much lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

Has a nice toasted malt aroma. There is a definate hop presence with spice and an earthiness filling the nose.

Nicely balance flavor of malt and hops. The hops are more assertive in this beer than other Oktoberfests. Finishes with a spice note but otherwise very clean with little aftertaste.

Lighter body and the carbonation seems a little harsh but otherwise nothing to point out.

I like the hops in this beer. Easier for me to drink than the heavier, malty Oktoberfests.

morimech, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1pt. Euro-style bottle into a Weiss glass.

A - Clear amber color. The pour produced a decent head of slightly off-white foam. Good carbonation and lacing also noted.

S - Yeasty/bready. Slightly metallic with hints of herbs.

T - Malty with slightly fruity/herbal hop notes.

MF&D - Crisp and easy drinking. An enjoyable session beer.

nasty15108, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Served on tap into a large beer mug. Light brown with a bit of head that dissipated to nothing.

S. Malts, as it warms, some light fruit as well.

T. Initially just a malt bomb, after warming a bit the malts provided a fruity taste almost like berries. It was interesting. Hops are overshadowed by the impessive malt character.

M. Medium bodied and smooth.

D. For 3 bucks on tap you can't really beat it. Its pretty good stuff too, one of the better O-fests Ive come accross.

Stinkypuss, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange with a light, sticky off white head that quickly blends back into the beer but retains an obvious viscosity. No visible lacing. The color is maybe a little darker and a little less vibrant than I like my Oktoberfests but still very good. The aroma is like mellow, unsweetened cornbread. Medium mouthfeel. I like it heavy and Munich saturated and this is a little less extreme. The taste is, like most other aspects of the beer, malty and moderate. Well balanced Munich, Pils, and Vienna.. well maybe unbalanced towards the Pils side. It's like a Pils painted Oktoberfest colors. Interesting hop profile working with the sweetness- just enough bitterness to create a little play between the two. My only issue is that I like my Oktoberfests thick and malty like you're swimming in a mash tun filled with Munich malt in Bamberg and this takes it a little easy. Unfortunately, Oktoberfests are like my heroin- I had a Sam Adams Oktoberfest a couple years ago and it blew my mind. Now it sort of tastes like a lot of the rest and I can't recreate that experience so it looks like I'm doomed to chase the Oktoberfest dragon for eternity.

wiseguy142, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Mitchster
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.25 for a 12oz bottle, packed in brown glass, so hopefully no skunk like the spaten oktoberfest. 5.8% ABV. Pours out to a brilliantly clear light amber, forming a modest white head with good retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is of faint caramel, freshly mown hay, a little cellar dust, a clean ferment, and distant delicate hops (Saaz?). Very pilsner-esque. Light to medium bodied, with a crisp mouthfeel.The taste opens with a little suggestion of caramel, really caramelized malts, as though they just scorched the wort a little, followed by a little bit of grass, some moderate herbal bitterness, a watery finish and a woodsy and unpleasant chemical bitter aftertaste.

I'm not very impressed. Oktoberfest's aren't really my favorite style, and this doesn't have alot going for it. I would much prefer a true marzen or vienna-style lager over this, and I recall Ayinger having a very solid offering in this cateogry. Then again, maybe it needs to be drunk in mass quantities in order to bolster it's appeal:)

Mitchster, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy dark orange body with golden highlights supports two fingers of the slightest tan head that disappears in a flash; no lacing, either. The nose has a hazelnut and caramel malt aroma that is nice but should be stronger. Delicious taste, full of caramel and a hint of chocolate, with a fine nutty finish. Smooth and good, I was concerned that the beer would be too soda-like after the foamy pour, but the carbonation was more restrained while never flat. Eminently drinkable, this is a Marzen I would consider somewhat inferior to Samuel Adams's version. However, this is still solid, delicious, and a fine representative of the style. Certainly worth a try.

Gehrig, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Born on date for bottle shows 02/08 assuming the date format is European this is a very fresh beer.

Tasting on 8/23/08

Pours a clear copper color with decent bit of head retention and lacing.

Smell is earthy with a bit of fresh leather and caramel. After it warms it becomes a bit salty much like beef broth.

Taste is sweet and smooth with bits of caramel, nuts and hops.

Mouthfeel is full and rich without being too thick. Almost metallic finish.

gonzo46and2, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date of Tasting: 08/22/2008

A: Pours an orange/amber color that produces a nice billowy head that is slightly off-white. The lacing is decent on the glass

S: The nose is unique: a very dominant hop presence for this style of beer, but the toasted malts definitely balance this beer

T: Toasted malts, molasses or maybe brown sugar, and a nutty note are all balanced by a nice floral hop presence

MF: Very clean, medium/light in body, very smooth

D: High...this beer is very refreshing and light enough to drink many of these. I think it makes a great session beer

scottyshades, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer.

I didn't like it as much as the Paulaner Oktoberfest though. It was very similar.. great malt taste, very smooth, not too heavy but it had some spices and hops that I didn't care for. Left a slight awkward aftertaste from the hops. Easy to drink and I could of had another. I recommend it, but try the Paulaner too.

nrpellegrini, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of hooligan
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours to a rich deep crystal clear brown with copper highlights and a thick tightly bubbled stark white head.

Smell is clean, noble hops upfront with a caramel and rye bread.

I am loving this lager. Clean, crisp noble hops flood the palate with hints of coriander and yeasty rye bread. Beer finishes with a subdued sweetness that faintly whispers cherries and plums.

Near perfect mouthfeel, this beer coats the entire palate, then cleanly washes away.

I can see why, and how, thousands of people drink thousands of liters of this beer every year in Bavaria. A true mark of a few hundred years of "German Engineering".

hooligan, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.99...
Was looking forward to the Oktoberfest beers this year, and this was the first one I saw for the new, upcoming season...
Pours a deep, reddish-copper hue with a modest-sized foamy head that soon receded and left hardly any lacing behind...
Flavorful, malt-based aroma, with notes of caramel and vanilla...
A thick, bread and butter taste dominates this quality German brew, along with notes of molasses, syrups, and caramelized sugars...
Nice stuff...

dsa7783, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery orange amber with a nice creamy head with good lace.Caramel and a fresh pumpernickel bread aroma is nice.Tasty toffee and roasted malt lead to a faint herbal bitter dark chocolate finish.Medium bodied and highly drinkable.This is a fine beer any time of the year.

biggred1, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October has come early this year! This stuff certainly takes out the hot as hell summer weather and brings a nice, refreshing flavor overall.

Appearance is a nice, beautiful amber red with lots of thick lacing. This is certainly a beer that just gives and gives lots of great things to look at.

Smell is very fresh and pure with a nice touch of sweetness at the end. Certainly a nice palate going on here.

Taste is beyond awesome. There's a nice bitter beginning, then a sweet middle, and a nice creamy ending with a magnificent aftertaste. This brew by far has a nice order of flavors without compromising too much for too little. A magnificent beer.

Mouthfeel is good, frothy and watery. By far very refreshing after a long, hot day.

Drinkability is spot on. While it is a bit pricy, it doesn't compare to how rewarding this is. One of the best beers I've ever had, hands down!

Getinthevan, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Small head on a dark amber body. Smells and tastes were sweet, and subtle, caramel being the most noticeable. Even the hop bitterness was subtle. Nothing overpowering in this, just everything nicely balanced, and the feel very smooth. Not typically a fan of Oktober's, but this is a good beer.

ibashmuck, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear amber. Nice one inch head that disapated to a skim, good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Ample, sweet/caramel malt aroma. Also a slight smokey presence.

Taste: Crisp and clean and without marginalizing the malt presence. I really liket the grain flavor. Significant hop bite that balanced well with malt. Prolonged aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body; very enjoyable. Overall, clean finish.

Drinkability: I really liked everything abouit this beer and will look forward to the next one.

Haybeerman, Jul 08, 2008
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.