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

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1,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 78
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 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.

Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Light brown leather color with ample off-white 1-2 finger head and a few strands of lace.

S: Lovely nutty and mild leafy hops aromas

T: Very drinkable with rich, malty, nutty flavors that are blended nicely with fresh hoppy marzen flavor that is not overly bitter but attention-getting.

M: Medium-bodied with lingering sweet aftertaste.

D: One of the best marzen's from the German collection -- of the darker variation which I enjoy better than the lighter version (see Spaten and Hofbrau).

Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear, but very dark, amber. An off-white two finger head forms and retains reasonably well, eventually dissipating to a ring. This beer pours darker than most, perhaps truer to the origins of the style.

Smell: Fruity; dates and plums. Slightly mineral. Spicy; cinnamon and nutmeg. Malty, but not overly sweet. Complex and difficult to pick apart.

Taste & mouthfeel: Curiously fruity compared to other examples of the style I've had, but it works. This isn't an estery Belgian or anything; rather, it's got a clean, malty flavor up front with a bit of date and raisin to support it. The texture is pleasingly light and crisp, and the finish is perfectly dry. Lots of flavor on display here for the moderate ABV, and drinkability is through the roof.

Photo of DeepSix
2.2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this at Max's German Beer feast. A dark cooper to light amber color. No head, agitation yields nothing, and no lacing.

A mostly malt smell with some hops packed in the, overall not much here.

I thought I would have liked the taste of this much better, not the case. The semi-sweet malt and the bitter hopness did not mix well for my palette. In my mouth it was medium body with a hint of carbonation.

Of the 5 beers I had at the fest I would have said I liked this one the least. Wouldn't have another.

Photo of loosey
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber color with yellow highlights around the edges of a large dimpled stein, nice foamy head... beautiful enough to smash over the heads of even the lowliest invaders of the fatherland

smell cereal and honey, heavy malt aroma, the fatherland is calling

taste is honey, toasted grain, caramel and then some slight almost imperceptible bitterness leftover from the mistakes of our youth in the fatherland, a reminder perhaps that does not leave us ourselves bitter, but wise enough to celebrate the times that are sweet with more vigor in the fatherland

mouthfeel is medium to light... carbonation is present but minor, id say well balanced in this case

this is like eating breakfast, which is the most important meal of the day and enables us to approach our duty and labor towards glory in das vaterland!

German women, German loyalty,
German wine and German song
Shall retain in the world
Their old beautiful Chime
And inspire us to noble deeds
During all of our life.
|: German women, German loyalty,
German wine and German song! :|

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear, light brown with a nice offwhite head.

smell is of toasted malts, maybe some floral, and caramel.

Nice malty taste that is not dopplebock sweet, but balanced by some light hopping.

Nice creamy mouthfeel and the balance make this a very easy to drink beer. What I expect in an Octoberfest.

Photo of Reanimator
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of sweet bread and pours a dark, burnt orange. One of the darkest O-fest beers I've seen. The flavor is fairly weak, like burnt raisins with some ESB type bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel seems a bit light for the style.

Not one of the best O-fest's I've had, but drinkable.

Photo of cjgator3
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark copper colored amber with an off-white head.

S- Now this is how Oktoberfests are supposed to smell. The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and toasted grain.

T- The taste is definitely on the malty side like an Oktoberfest should be with a mild hop presence in the finish. There is a lot of toasted malt and caramel in the taste, very nice.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very tasty Oktoberfest that is borderline sessionable.

Overall, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest is a really solid brew. After having two supbar domestic O-Fests earlier in the day, this brew really stands out as one of the better examples of the style.

Photo of Jwale73
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in my SA Sensory pint. 05/08 printed on the label. Poured a translucent copper with a quarter inch loose, off-white head the quickly dissipated; remnants coalesced around the shoulders and also coagulated in the center of the glass. Nose was caramel, malt, grains and a toasted/nutty aroma. Taste consistent with nose, with the caramel coming forth a little bolder. Some slight hops bittering detectable towards the back. Mouthfeel is between light and medium with a balanced level of carbonation throughout the mouth. Nice marzen. Not my favorite style, but this is a solid example of what an Oktoberfest beer should be. Prost!

Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, 5.8% ABV. Bottled 06/08. Pours a clear, darker amber color. Tan foamy head holds together well for a few minutes.

Toasty, bready malt aroma. A bit of earthy hops in the background. Pretty clean, and appropriate nose.

Caramel malt up front. Malt is bready, and just a bit toasty. Just a bit of sweetness. Just enough earthy hops at the finish to keep things well balanced.

Light to medium body, with a fair amount of carbonation. Very easy to drink. Very enjoyable. This just screams Oktoberfest to me. Very good.

Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is a clear light orange with a small off-white head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, caramel, few hops, subtle malts, some grain, and touch of roasted nuts.

taste is crisp, light caramel, nutty, and malts, ends dry and just a touch bitter.

nice oktoberfest.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.