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

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1,246 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 714
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 68
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website

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 garymuchow


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

My first marzen purchase of 2004.

Aroma shows mix of slight roastiness with a caramel quality. Sweet water. Light, fresh and enjoyable.
Orange-amber clear. Big fizzy head that settles in time.
Taste much like the aroma. Fair amount of malt dryness on finish.
Smooth and moderately crisp. Soft carbonation
I've been please with all samples from this brewery. This one continues that trend.

09-26-2004 21:04:02 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev -3%

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating to be found, pours typical light coppery amber. Malty nose. slim white head, dissolving to tiny bubbles, just a wee bit of lacing. Medium bodied, moderate depth of malt flavor. Not the most exciting style, IMHO, but usually tasty and highly drinkable. This one is a respectable sessioner

09-23-2004 00:10:43 | More by Billolick
Photo of zjungleist


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%

Rich reddish amber color, without a lasting head to speak of. Malty sweet smell. Mostly sweet and malty taste with a hint of floral hops and a light soda like mouthfeel. After taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sour, with a hint of something astringent. Over all its really decent and highly drinkable. One of my favorite oktoberfests, I buy this almost every year.

09-21-2004 02:01:29 | More by zjungleist
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.22/5  rDev +6.8%

12 oz longneck bottle, capped. Best By date on front label (month & year).

This oktoberfest poured a clear, amber color with tall, creamy, yellow-tinted foam that settled but left some lace. The smell was malty with notes of cocoa and caramel and some sweetness. The taste was richly malty with light sweetness. There were hints of caramel and cocoa with a nice hoppy sharpness in the finish. There was also a bit off Munich malt flavor in the background. The mouthfeel was smooth with a crisp finish. The body was medium with medium carbonation. This was a very nice and enjoyable oktoberfest bier.

09-20-2004 06:24:41 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%

Big soda style, orangish cream colored head becomes creamy as is continues to hold like a champ. Swarming clouds of bubbles rise through the orange tinged golden beer. Broken rings of lace as the beer disappears. Well rounded malty aroma with a bit of caramel. The aroma carries over into the flavor which is just on the sweet side. Medium body, light and smooth on the mouth.

09-19-2004 17:46:07 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of ADR


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

Clear lighter copper color with a head that starts like frothy milk but dissipates fairly quickly. Big but scant looping laces. Nice caramel nose, mostly on the malt side. Mouthfeel is relativley full for style, medium and slightly sticky in impression. Lower carbonation. Flavor is fine if slightly unidimensional, aspects of the aroma are emphasized again, slightest toastiness, speck of spiciness throughout. Sits comfortably as representative of style, but lately, fresher American examples on tap are motivating me more. I was surprised I haven't reviewed this beer before, I've picked up six packs of this for years and years.

09-15-2004 14:27:24 | More by ADR
Photo of BarrelBrother


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%

I won't mince words here. We've had an Oktoberfest Party with beer competiton for the last 8 years with over 25 judges (male & female) comparing Oktoberfest brews from everywhere in the world and this one is the reigning champ. We bring in new challengers every year, but this brew still captures most of the praise at our annual Oktoberfest. I could drink this beer everyday and so could most of my friends. An all time favorite in our large circle of friends!!

09-11-2004 04:55:05 | More by BarrelBrother
Photo of shippos

New York

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

what a beautiful beer this is while it's being poured into the glass, excellent copper color that's clear and brilliant. nice dense tan head. mild aromas of malt and hops just a balanced and clean aroma. great malty mouthfeel, hints of being thick and syrupy but i could definetly knock back a few liters of this any day.

09-07-2004 16:32:51 | More by shippos
Photo of lampkins


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%

Finally picked this beer up after passing it a number of times over the years and was glad that I finally did it. The beer had a wonderful malty aroma that went down very smooth with a mild taste with not much of a strong aftertaste. If there is hops in this brew I could not taste them. Beer was a dark copper that gave way to a nice head. Would definately drink this beer again and the best Octoberfest I have had this season.

09-06-2004 20:56:14 | More by lampkins
Photo of littlebibs

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

An exceptional Oktoberfest from Hacker-Pschorr brewers for 2004(Germany).
Dave from ONE STOP in Haverill, Ma highly recommends this one
as his favorite OKTOBERFEST to the beer lovers who stop in for the latest new
brews or old favorites. Nice beer stock! I love the beers that come out at this
point through winter so I give this high marks for its nice toasty-
malt, beautiful chestnut color and the taste is just what you'd want from
a amber marzen style beer, light in hops and carbonation slowy receeds down along with the
nice head, its perfect to drink several of these, wow, this is
just what I've been looking for.

09-04-2004 19:24:18 | More by littlebibs
Photo of lackenhauser


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Very nice,crystal clear coppery color.Little or no head but a decent carbonation level. Nice aroma-somewhat toasted malt. Slightly grainy. Malty flavor up front. Vey slight hop bitterness. Nice malty mouthfeel as well. An extremely drinkable beer-would reccomend this to any macro drinker as a good "training wheel beer". Vey well balanced overall indeed.

08-20-2004 22:06:21 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of filabrazilia


3.63/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a copperish-amber with a nice beige head that leaves spots of lace on the glass.

There is a gentle malt aroma that is slightly sweet but not overwhelming. The malt is joined by a touch of doughy yeast. Very nice.

The taste is more mild than I thought it would be. There is, however, a fairly assertive aftertaste is sweet and hoppy. Not bad.

This beer is pretty thin, like a lager, but is thick and bitter in the finish. The malts assert themselves in the final swallow leaving a trace of sweetness in the mouth.

This is a good beer that is easy to drink, but a little too strong in the finish. But not a bad beer to drink anytime of the year.

07-29-2004 01:53:39 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

Amber colored beer with a good head. Nice, pleasant aroma of malts. A touch of alcohol hits the nose too. Very malty taste yet slightly hoppy. This beer is especially smooth and feels silky and enjoyable in your mouth. Drinkability is very high.

I had one of these while jamming with a friend of my Dad's, and this beer was perfect for the occasion. A great German Oktoberfest brew that holds true to the style. Highly recommended.

06-24-2004 22:11:02 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours an ultra-clear bronze colored brew.

Smell is sweet malt and a toasted grain smell like toasted whole-wheat toast.

Taste is very malty with a full grain flavor too. Bittering hops provide a balance to the brew and the malt fades from the flavor as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable brew, I could easily see me drinking a large mug of this at Oktoberfest.

05-11-2004 02:38:46 | More by Zorro
Photo of crawfow


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Rusty/Amber color.
Wow, the smell...awesome hints of Vienna and Munich malt...what a combination!
Taste was sexy! What a beer. One of the better Oktoberfests that I have tasted.
Body was appropriate for style, nothing to write home about but is finished well on the palate.
Overall a classic Oktoberfrest. If you find it...buy it over Paulaner!

05-10-2004 22:58:49 | More by crawfow
Photo of JackTheRipper


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

A: I may have gotten a bad bottle, this one had zero head on it. Very nice amber color.

S: Initial smell is a bit malty sweet smell. Just a hint of hops lurking somewhere in the background. The smell on this one is very subdued when it was just out of the cooler, but got much better as the beer got a bit warmer.

T: Mostly a nicely done dark maltiness. Again, after it warmed up a bit, the more subtle hop flavors started showing themselves and balanced this one out nicely. A pretty good beer for the style.

M: Smooth, medium bodied and just a bit on the dry side. CO2 and ETOH are in good levels.

D&N: Not the best Marzen out there, but a beer I'd definitely recommend someone try.

05-10-2004 16:48:45 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Hacker-Pschorr's year-round Oktoberfest offering is indeed a pretty good example of the style. This brew is rather simple in its approach and won't cause massive amounts of upheaval in the beer community, but it is a solid offering nonetheless.

The Original Oktoberfest pours a nice orange/rust amber color with a decent off-white foam head that lasts for about a minute and a half. The aroma wasn't too pervasive and was surprisingly mellow, but nice scents of caramel-malt and citric hoppiness were detectable. This O-Fest feels crisp and is moderately carbonated. In terms of flavor, this brew aims for balance and achieves it nicely. The malt flavors, which include some caramel-like notes and a distinct nuttiness blend well with the slightly bitter citric hoppiness in this brew. This beer is moderately dry in the finish. Some dryness is in the aftertaste along with some continuing nuttiness and citric notes before ending with no alcohoic warmth.

The beer is simple flavor-wise, but what is here is quite enjoyable and is very easy to drink. It may not be too memorable by some, but I will remember this as being a good, easy to drink amber lager whether it be early Fall or late-Spring.

05-04-2004 23:15:48 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%

The Oktoberfest is on tap year round at a local eatery. Sometimes it can get really aged and lose a lot of flavor, not to mention carbonation, but when they have tapped a new keg, it's really good. It pours a cloudy amber with a large head. The smell is maltiness with a hops background. The taste is smoky malt with a kicker of hoppiness. Just a slight bitterness at the end. It has a clean, moderately thick feel in the mouth. When fresh it is hard to stop at one.

03-13-2004 23:05:53 | More by rdrummer
Photo of BierManVA


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

I will dispense with most of the asthetics around this bier. Suffice it to say that it is decently carbonated, nicely colored, smooth and delicious.

My opinion is that most bier's were originally more malty than hoppy. That is why I like this style, it's an original creation before extremes. Although brewed originally as a seasonal brew, this bier can be savored year round and goes down as good in the hot summer months as it does in the winter.

Strangely, in the summer, it is cool and refreshing and in the winter, warm and smooth!



02-28-2004 22:44:05 | More by BierManVA
Photo of CRJMellor


3.83/5  rDev -3%

Pours a deep amber with reddish tints. Little head with no retention and minor lace. Aroma is caramel malt, some bread or yeast hints with minor hop bitterings. Flavor is smooth malt with minor bitter hint. Somehat one dimensional but very tasty. Very smooth in the mouth, just made to drink out a litr stein. I find that the caramel taste stays fairly true even as the beer warms up some.

01-07-2004 00:13:56 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of dmarch


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%

After tasting this beer, I figure that this is what an oktoberfest should be. Amber-orange in appearence with a beautiful head. Sweet caramel with very subtle hops, but the sweetness dominates. After finishing a pint it only leaves you thirsty for more. This is definately an authentic oktoberfest.

12-27-2003 04:13:44 | More by dmarch
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

The beer pours an amber color with a spotty lace head. The aroma is sweet from the mixture of pale and crystal malts. The taste is sweet, but not overpowering. This is a darker version of a lager beer. It is medium bodied and very drinkable. This isn't one of my favorite Octoberfests, but it's pretty decent.

12-02-2003 02:31:13 | More by WesWes
Photo of Rumrunner


3.63/5  rDev -8.1%

12oz. bottle.

A pretty mild and simple Oktoberfest beer.

Pours a clear amber color. A decent head and excellent lacing. Scents are bread, grain and floral hops. There is a dryness on the nose as well.

Flavors are breaded malts. Some syrup and mild floral hops. A tiny bite but not much else. A tangy finish leads to a dry flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp yet uninspired. A good medium body. An ending tangyness to the mouthfeel is not good but not a beer buster either. It drinks easy. A fine Oktoberfest. It is just not my favorite. It is definately worth trying one.

11-26-2003 08:23:21 | More by Rumrunner
Photo of BeerBuilder


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Sampled on 8/14/03

Pours to a clear copper color with a tan head. The aroma is sweet and malty, bready with hints of grain. The flaovr is malty and somewhat bready and toffee-like. It is also a tad bit astringent. It is a medium bodied beer that has a drying finish. Not a bad Oktoberfest.

11-16-2003 21:17:03 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of SheepNutz


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

One pint bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light amber color with two fingers of head. There is nice lacing present. The smell is sweet and malty with caramel and toffee. The taste is also fairly sweet with a good hops finish. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both above average. A darn solid brew.

11-07-2003 01:42:44 | More by SheepNutz
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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