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

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 81
Gots: 98 | 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 unclejimbay
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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 -7.6%
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 +3.8%
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 +3.8%
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 -20.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +2.5%
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 -6.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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%
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 +1.3%
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
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +13.2%
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
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +1.3%
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.

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

Had this on tap the other night. On tap is makes the bottle seem bad. The bottle is still great.

A: Just about perfect amber/copper Marzen color. Poured with a finger of white head that quickly disapated to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S: Wonderful mix of spices and apples. A bit muted in the bottle but still there and great. Hacker-Pschorr has the most distinct apple taste and nose.

T: Follows the nose. The apple really comes through. Nothing beats watching the Giants play while drinking this beer. Just a really nice Marzen. Just a nice bouquet of fall flavors. I always pick up fresh wet leaves when I drink this style.

M: Very nice crisp taste. Solid lager.

D: Super drinkable. I love this time of year and beers like this are one reason. Just make sure to get them in season.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a glass handled mug.

A: Poured a clean, copper amber-orange with a wisp of tight, white foam lacing.

S: Smells of sweet, toasted grain and caramel malts, with a dose of floral hop bitterness, not to be outdone by the bready maltiness.

T: A sweet, subtle toasted caramel malt flavor rolls into a mediocre level of hop bitterness, before mellowing out into a semisweet, drying bready malt finish.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a little sweet around the edges.

D: This is a premier drinbkable Oktoberfest/Marzen. Good, sessionable ABV, with a distinct caramel malt flavor which will beckon you back for more.

A very good German Oktoberfest biere, and one which might get overlooked as a nice, sessionable fall lager. I look forward to having this one again in the crisp, cool days heading through the fall season.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the six official beers of Oktoberfest in Germany. The "sister" brewery of Paulaner.

12oz bottle served in a mug.

L - clear copper color with a beige head that stayed as a light layer/ring.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - sweet and malty, a delicious example of the style.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - it doesn't get much better than this.

Photo of Proteus93
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A deep, crisp and clear honey colour... head is a little thin, but what is there is somewhat creamy.

S: A soft, warm malt aroma. A spot of herb and spice.

T: A malt graininess, a hint of spiciness, and a soft kiss of hops. A rather straight-forward flavour.

M + D: Fairly crisp, lighter body... refreshing and smooth finish. An easy drinker, perhaps not extraordinary, but solid.

Photo of MDekker
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids.

A: Came in a pint glass, although I was expecting a "lager stick" as the beer menu described it. Brown orange in color, with a little bit of head. Totally clear.

S: Mostly malty. Like bread, some rich cheese (?).

T: Tastes of dark colored bread, other grain, and other generic dark malts.

M: The carbonation is OK. It feels watery, but crisp.

D: Pleasant enough, but nothing special.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. This is surely the best Oktoberfest brew I have had to date.

A- Light brown/tan/amber color with an off white head that dissipated quickly. No lace. Nice carbonation. Good looking ofest.

S- Smell was very bready and slightly malty. Reminded me of sweet candy and sugar mixed with muffins and biscuits.

T- First off: sweet and metallic, almost grainy and medicinal. Then the flavors kicked in. Similar to the nose. Tons of malt and a really refreshing dried fruit taste. Very balanced.

M- Slick and oily. Nice texture going on here, not too carbonated.

D- I could put these down all night. I love this ofest and its the first one that I have felt this way about. I will seek this out again and its readily available.

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