1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-MärzenHacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,443 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,443 | Reviews: 728 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one heck of a session beer. The abv is a bit high for that title, but damn this beer is easy to drink and tasty. It's a nice amber-red with a bit of head and lacing. The aroma and taste are a simple, but delicious mix of mellow roasted malt and caramel with a touch of hops. The carbonation is a bit light, but that doesn't take away from anything and allows for great drinkability. Yummy.

tempest, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this was a solid but not fabulous o-fest. copper/amber in color with beatiful clarity and a minimal creamy white diminishing head. subtle aromas of caramel malts and nutty notes in the nose along with a hint of alcohol and vegetal hops. taste is dominated by the malt character as per style with the hops playing a background role. the sweet malt dries out quickly on the finish. creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable.

MrMcGibblets, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear bronze color with amber hues. The head is large, fluffy and white. It recedes into nice thick lacing. The aroma is of biscuity malt with a mild floral hint. The taste is of like the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Oktoberfest. It is lighter than most American versions I have had, but it is makes up for it with its exceptional sessionability.

KarlHungus, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of slyke
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest pours an amber-orange color with 3/4 inch of white head that fades to a cap after about three minutes and laces pretty nicely.

The smell doesn't jump out of the glass, but it is dominated by sweet caramel malt.

The taste is also dominated by the same sweet caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is thinner than many Octoberfests, but the label says this brewery has been around since 1417, so I'd guess they know what they are doing.

This beer is pretty drinkable. Paired with the right food, this beer would sing. If you see it, try it.

slyke, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was a nice amber color much as one would expect an Octoberfest beer to be. The head was decent but nothing to get crazy over, it was tan. The smell was sweet and yeasty. The tase iof this beer was also a little sweet but vety good and it was a tad spicy. I liked it and will buy again.

Minkybut, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of berserker256
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a nice deep amber color with a medium off white head. I love the smell. I detect carmel, malt, and a yeast presence. Somewhat earthy but in a good way. It tastes like a delicious Märzen beer that would be enjoyed under an Oktoberfest tent only cold because it was in my fridge as opposed to being scooped from a trough by a Popeye-forearmed fräulein. The taste and smell almost have a Werther Original butterscotch hard candy element. Not too heavy and not too thin. Just about right. Perfect carbonation. Very good beer.

berserker256, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter tapered bottle is dated Feb '07. Typical H-P regalia. Pours an un-feisty, clear-as-day copper. Head takes constant coaxing and lace is light if present.

Smell is lots of honey and something akin to soymilk. Highly-worked german yeast rounds it off. More honey all around. Hopping is night unnoticable until just before the first sip . . .

Full body and more honey. Malt becomes clear and hopping just eeks out a presence. Slightly herbal in the middle, parsley and chives. Finish is dark German bread.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and cloying, and the texture just isn't there for me. Still, drinkable for a Marzen and would go down just fine by the half-gallon, thanks.

ojiikun, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was served a 4 ounce sample at a tasting sponsored by the distributor at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington.

A: It had a light copper body with a respectable head that supported an abundant and consistent lacing.

S: It had a well defined toasted malt aroma.

T: It was creamy and smooth, as well as gently sweet throughout. There was a hint of herbal hops but its the malts that define this brew.

M: It was medium bodied with a smooth sweet profile and a clean finish and aftertaste.

D: It is a creamy silky smooth brew with a low ABV and sweet profile that make it easy to consume long into the night.

dnichols, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of iceball585
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber/copper color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin lacy cover, a few carbonation bubbles rising

S- Malts, sweet, toasted nuts, caramel, grains

T- Caramel, roasted malts, nutty, grains, honey, sweet, mild bite of hops near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth, clean, crisp yet slight oily finish

D- Very good oktoberfest

This beer ranks in the upper end of oktoberfest beers that I've had this year. Good flavors, good smell, good over all.

iceball585, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On tap at Lionheart in Albany. Body is clear, dark amber with fine bubbles and a 1-finger ivory head that settles pretty quickly. Some rings of lacing left behind.

S: Light in the nose, especially when it's cold. What's there is all malt -- toasted grain and cereal and a hint of sugary sweetness or caramel malt.

T: Similar to the nose at first -- grainy cereal and caramel malt up front, followed by a minerally hop bitterness at the finish. Nicely balanced between the malts, which appropriately dominate given the style, and the hop bitterness at the finish.

M: Light-bodied, appropriate carbonation levels make this one pretty smooth

D: Very good. Goes down pretty quickly.

Kendo, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ginger Man in Manhattan.

Pours a golden/red color with a small white head. Light lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty.

Taste had a sweet honey flavor with a nice amount of malts. Nutty and some light spices.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, I was nicely surprised by this brew. Very drinkable. Well balanced and quite enjoyable.

atigerlife, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of mpyle
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App - Brilliant pale amber color. Whitish head with modest retention.

Aroma - sweet, caramel, malty nose. No hop, and generally quite clean.

Flav - Gentle malty flavor, but well attenuated and balanced. Finishes with a very slight hop bitterness, but quite clean.

MF - highly carbonated, with medium body. Carbonation a bit unpleasant and prickly. No distinct alcohol warming.

D'ability - aside from the carbonation, a nice run of the mill malty brew. The heavy carbonation really drops its drinkability for me.

mpyle, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of Lupe
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark amber-orange in color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick sticky lace on the glass.

Clean malt aroma with some caramel, hops, and a bit of spice.

Very well balanced - toasty & caramel malt, a little nuttiness, spice, and mild hops. Finishes a little dry with a light lingering hop bitterness. Simple yet very tasty.

Crisp and smooth, medium in body with moderate carbonation. Not cloying like some O-Fest's can be.

Very easy to drink. Could down these all day. Nice example of the style.

Lupe, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest beer in the traditionnal style.
Appearence : Amber lager (marzen)
Smell : Malt aroma
Taste : A mixture of nutty maltiness and Hop bitterness
Mouthfeel :
Drinkability : A good Oktoberfest brewered by Hacker-Pschorr (temperature of drink 9°C)

Thierry (13/10/2007).

thierrynantes, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at British Beer Company on 10/11/07, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a dark orange/brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice and nuts with a little hops, but overall the smell seemed pretty faint.

T: The taste is malty but well-balanced and not too sweet with flavors of caramel, spice and nuts. There's a mild hops presence as well. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation but light for the style, finish is dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I could drink a few of them, but there are other O-fests that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of yelterdow
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at FireWaters in Hackensack, on a cool, rainy October night. It Just so happens they were serving this in the brewery's authentic 1L jalopy of a glass, with a German oom-pah band playing in the background. $20 for a fill, and the glass came home with me. Check, please!

Appearance- I've never actually drank a beer out of a vessel this large before... but watching the shapely, blonde bartender pour it tonight was a bonus. Deep copper-gold the entire way, then finally the ornamental two-finger cap. Lacing was consistent and present the entire time. I can't get over the fact that I'm about to finally *own* this frigging glass. I'm a fourth-grader on Christmas Eve.

Smell- Clean, honest malts and hops are all that's detected here... so much better though on tap!

Taste- Impeccable balance from the tap... I love this year's bottled version, but ***WOW***... on draft... one full liter went down in thirty minutes! Superb in its elegant simplicity, the quintissential Oktoberfest IMO. Soft, subdued hops gingerly balance out the malts, which have all of the character and a restrained sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For this true session beer, the mouthfeel was excellent... alive and modest. The bar was packed tonight... but rather than belly up to the bar itself I elected to cozy up to a small round table, beer in hand, and listen to a band play German folk songs. Time went quickly, and moments later I was driving home with my new favorite glass.

yelterdow, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of number1bum
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a perfectly clear, light amber color with a few bubbles rising to the top. Only about 1/2 a finger of off-white head sits on top, and leaves only a very thin lace around the rim of the glass.

Smell is a perfect combo of toasted grain and sweet caramel malt. Touch of grassy hops.

Tastes of toasted malt and a husky sort of grain flavor. Not as much caramel sweetness as in the nose. I'm not wild about the grainy flavor here. There's a quick snap of hop bitterness toward the end, along with some grassy flavor, and then moves into a dryish finish with some lingering toasted grain on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, crisp but appropriate carbonation.

Not a bad oktoberfest, but not my favorite either. I'm not wild about the husky sort of grain flavor, and that affects the drinkability for me. I would choose other oktoberfests if I had the choice, but wouldn't pass one up if I didn't.

number1bum, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours an orange and caramel color, a big fluffy head building up, two fingers worth. A dotted ring of lace high on the Belgian glass and some stray lacing angling down here and there. The head recedes to a thin cover in about a minute.

Aroma - lots or bready, caramel, and roasty stuff going on. Some moderate grain sweetness, even a bit of grassiness.

Taste - heavy caramel and roasted malt flavor, pretty much on par with the nose. The swallow allows just a tickle of hops through before resolving to a warm sweet roastiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth and solid feel, ample carbonation but not bubbly feeling. Glides across the mouth and throat quite easily.

Drinkability - one of the better OFests I've had and will likely grab more.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of nickynick
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a good amber color. Pretty good lacing. The smell seemed a bit weak to me. Thought I should have smelled a bit more malt. Taste was good. Tradition Oktoberfest. Sweet, and malty, but with very good balance in the finish. Mouthfeel seems right for an Oktoberfest. Drinkability is very good. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest, one that I will look for every year, when it comes available.

nickynick, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with a very Teutonic looking label, cool,

A: Pours a beautiful, light amber colour, the head is a nice, off-white, 2-finger head, good retention, the overall colour and clarity are very nice for an Oktoberfest-marzen.

S: Very sweet, caramel and toffee, some apple, and hint of roastiness and smoke.

T: One of the better tasting Oktoberfests I have had in a long time, full of caramel and sweet malt, some gingerbread notes, and dark bread, with the slightest hint of noble hops, earthy and grassy to back the malt, but overall, a beautiful, simple malt flavour.

M: Light and smooth, refreshing, though a tad on the watery side of things.

D: A great marzen to drink, tradtional and different from the many pale marzens on the market today, this one and Paulaner are on the top of my list for world-class marzens, top 2 definitely.

Halcyondays, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of GRPunk
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It pours a rich amber color with a 1 finger off-white/tan head. The head turns into a light lacing that gently sticks to the side of the mug. It had light carbonation.

S- The scent is mostly of sweet malts (mostly caramel tones). There was a light grassy hop aroma.

T- The flavor was mostly of sweet and roasted malts. It tasted of sweet bread and caramel.

M- It had a light carbonation and nice full feel.

D- Very drinkable. It was on the sweet end of the spectrum, but not too overpowering to be enjoyable.

Overall- I feel this is a great example of the style. It's easy to drink a number of these in a sitting. I picked up a case and it's been one of my "go-to" beers of the early fall.

GRPunk, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of pweis909
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber from the bottle, with white head, thick at first, but dissipates over the course of the glass. This beer is all about malt smell and aroma. Excellent. It is sweet up front with a crisp finish. Its sweetness might feel cloying after multiple bottles, though. I love it, but one seems like enough.

pweis909, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of HugoGrim
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When looking for a Märzen to enjoy on this , the last day of Oktoberfest, I came across this selection. The label states it was produced on 08/07, so it is quite fresh.

Deep copper/amber body. Aggressive pour produces a nice head and copious amounts of visible carbonation.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel. Nice fullness to the nose, though it fades to virtual nothingness after approx two minutes.

Excellent smooth malts. Holds a caramel sweetness, though not at all overly sweet. Light hops make a showing, and give way to a fresh bread finish. Flavor is nicely balanced between the rich malts and faint crisp bitterness to the hops.

An excellent choice for watching FC Bayern Munich get a win in Munich during the Fest.

HugoGrim, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-ish / copper color with an off -white head. Aromas that are fruity and just a tad bit earthy. In the taste, a smooth small dry fruitiness and a bit earthy again. A smooth malty mouthfeel, with a dry fruity aftertaste. A bit more fruit than expected in an Oktoberfest, but a nice dy end as well.

OWSLEY069, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Marzen pours an orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is toasted malt with caramel being noticeable. The flavor is much the same, toasted malt and caramel notes standing out the most. This is a pretty good beer, but just seemed a bit lacking in comparison to some of the other Oktoberfest beers I've tried.

Drew966, Oct 04, 2007
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.