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

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89
very good

1,213 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,213
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 63
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

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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winomark

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep copper/amber hue with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Good maltiness, but also some tea tannin aromas.

Taste: Malt, hops, and caramel flavors. Quite dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation gives a lighter mouthfeel. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: An average Oktoberfest. Would be willing to try again next year for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 22:40:11 | More by winomark
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jcalabre

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours absolutely crystal clear amber color with a two fingered white head that quickly disappears.
Aroma: The nose is nice and malty with a touch of sweetness.
Flavor: It's slightly bitter upfront but finishes malty.

This is a very nice O'fest beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2003 02:35:18 | More by jcalabre
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kbub6f

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium-sized, cream-colored, dense-but-coarse (?) head sits on top the dark amber/reddish clear beer. Vanilla and peanuts are strange complements in the tangy, malty nose. The taste starts tangy, moves through malty with chocolate highlights and settles on a zingy, almost rye-like, nutty finish. This is a very flavorful beer. Tasty, but really needs to warm to show its full, sweet body.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 00:31:28 | More by kbub6f
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Globetrotter

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Russian tourist who indulged in this year's Oktoberfest was kind enough to bring this gem back for me. Came in a long neck brown half-liter bottle with a pop-top and a nice classy label featuring a crowd of O'fest revelers under a crown of what I assume are hops plants.

Poured a beautiful clear copper under a small off-white head that fizzled quickly and left no discernible lace. The nose was very malty, with a touch of nuts and caramel. There is lots of carbonation here to offset a fairly heavy mouth. The tongue detects sweet malt and a touch of caramel, followed by a very nice hoppy bite that just gets more insistent as the brew warms. The aftertaste is a lovely combination of sweet malt and hoppy tones. I sure could see myself downing a few Mass of this elixir. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 19:34:57 | More by Globetrotter
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Clear light copper in color. Little head turns into no head in seconds. Some light toasted and biscuit notes on the nose. Body is about medium. Taste is lacking something. It has subdued notes of toastiness and biscuit and hop bitterness. But it lacks depth. It's not bad, just another average ofest. The bottled german marzens this year were very unimpressive overall

Re-Rate (October 4, 2003).

I must have had an old bottle last year, cuz this year The Hacker Pschorr Ofest is very solid. Nice clear copper color. Minimal off white head. Aroma of toasted malt is dominant and pleasing. The body of the beer is damn near full. Chewy. Thick. Flavor is dominated by a vienna like toastiness and underlying biscuit. Toffee tones in the background add to the subtle complexity. This is a good one ladies and gents.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 03:24:52 | More by Bighuge
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Clear orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass. Aroma of caramel and roasted nuts, sweet bready and malty caramel flavors, light to medium body with a roasted and sweet finish, this is a very good Oktoberfest, I think I will have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 21:51:36 | More by maxpower
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silks636

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date stamped.

Very appealing reddish amber color... crystal clear with a quickly dissipating head. Little lacing. Smells of sweet malt very faint floral hop scent is noticible as well. Starts off with a wonderful toasted malt taste which is pleasantly balanced with light hops to keep things balanced. Warms into a more bready malt with a bitter twangy hop aftertaste. Complex enough to hold your attention, but no so much so that it becomes overbearing. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Probably the benchmark Oktoberfest beer as far as I am concerned. A fall staple without a doubt. Highly drinkable and highly enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2003 03:00:45 | More by silks636
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper amber hue with a nice two finger sized cream off white colored head, and a perfectly even pattern of specks scattered equidistantly. Aroma: Caramel malts toasted to perfection wow this is my go to German Oktoberfest bier, simply kicks ass some light German hops going on in there but perfect blend. Taste: A creamy edge of caramel toasted malts so good but the bitter streak running through it is perfect the German lager stands out from the rest that I have tried really good stuff here I must say, after trying all of these back to back amazing Ofests I'm about to call it my favorite style for awhile. Mouthfeel: Clean crisp refreshing lighter body not as much texture as some but still very good and smooth. Drinkability: Just as good as any classic representations I like the extra bitterness compared to some other malt monsters of this style, not overly hopped just more prevalent than others I have tasted.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 22:55:07 | More by WVbeergeek
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange brew with a tannish head, which pours very large but settles, becoming thin and scattered. Aroma of sourdough bread malt and spicy hops with a grainy undertone. The taste is mainly of malts, but hops provide a good crisp and spicy backbone. Starts off with lots of bready and grainy malt and a good hop bite. Just a little caramel is noticeable. Finishes very crisp with some bitterness, but not without a little sweetness to balance things out. Very crisp and refreshing. Not as big-bodied as some other märzens, but still very good in its own way. This is second only to Paulaner's among my favorite Oktoberfestbiers.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 06:08:51 | More by hyuga
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light red color that lacked a head. Nose of malt and spice. Taste is very subtle and low in carbonation. Bready malts show but no flavor really come out and shows itself to me. Slight hoppiness towards the end along with some spice. This one was alright but lacked didn't have the characteristics that would make it a good oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2003 21:58:23 | More by granger10
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

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

On tap at Capital Ale House.

Medium-copper in color with a white head that stitched a patchwork quilt of lace on the sides of the glass. Good dose of malt and caramel in the nose. Brief hints of spicy hops noted as well. Also, a bit of "pumpkin" scent escapes from the glass. Flavor is a nice mix of "pumpkin pie", mixed with a strong dose of malt sweetness. Not to be outdone, there is also a good balacing by the bittering from the hops. Finished with a very slight bitter aftertaste. Kept me reaching for more. Fairly smooth. Medium-bodied. Very drinkable. An Oktoberfest I could easily come back to year after year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2003 15:01:34 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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RoyalT

Ohio

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

Appearance – A decent head that laced the glass and sat atop a pretty, light-brown body.

Smell – The traditional toasty malt aroma abounds.

Taste – This one is smooth and creamy. The toasted malt has the texture of peanut butter, but is thirst-quenching. There may even be a hint of hops in there for balance, but mostly the creamy malt carries the day. The buttery character and smooth toasted malt flavor is a real standout.

Mouthfeel – Faint carbonation, medium-bodied, and smooth as silk. Excellent!

Drinkability – This is an exceptionally smooth bier. I could knock down a case of these if I had my heart set on it.

Comments – There is no fruit or sugar to the flavor, which is the same as the Oktoberfest beers that I pounded out in Munich. The comparison among the locals always boiled down to which one was the smoothest. Simplicity ruled the day with this style.

Now, drinking this from the bottle doesn’t touch some of the stuff that I had over there on tap, but for a bottled Oktoberfest available here in the US, this is topnotch.

Update – I decided to re-review this with a 2004 vintage. This one really is dead-on for the style. The brewery in Munich did an excellent job of getting an authentic Oktoberfest beer here to the US. Gott sei dank!

Update – I am re-reviewing again with a 2005 vintage. This seems to get better every year. The Appearance was much improved. The beer itself is a wonderful, clear, bright orange and the head was medium with good retention and left cool-looking pits. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 01:41:11 | More by RoyalT
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TinusTime

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a brownish orange colour with a decent enough head. The smell is of caramel with a little spice. The taste is nice and very malty with roasted grain and caramel notes with a little dry spice to balance the sweetness.on the finish. Mouth feel is nice with a nice light bite of carbonation. Drinkability is high. A very nice Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 17:13:13 | More by TinusTime
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goz

Massachusetts

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

Pours a clear copper, with a small off-white head that quickly diminshes, but leaves good lace all the way down. Aroma is all malt, mostly caramel and some toasted malts. Flavor is fairly sweet, some toasted/maybe a bit smokey flavors, and some slight chocolate sneaking in at the end. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 01:17:57 | More by goz
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice lace to this. creamy. to say the least I so dug this beer. I could keep drinking it all through the year. Very much a malty taste to it. has little spice, but more malt then anything else. has a tatse of tea to it, but still very bread like. I like the feel to this ock-fest and I recomedn it.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2003 04:07:42 | More by PSUDREW
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Gusler

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a perspicuous burnished copper color, the head mountainous in size, spumescent in texture, the color a beauteous light tan and as it disjoins the lace forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of sweet malted grain greets you first, then a bit of molasses, crisp and clean, a treat for the eyes and the nose, start is quite sweet, thickly malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops pleasantly mild in their spiciness, dry and lingering aftertaste, quite a quaffable brew tis’ true.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2003 23:30:06 | More by Gusler
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edchicma

Massachusetts

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

Beautiful appearance ...coppery amber with a nice head that dissipates in a very nice lace. Nice malty aroma. Taste has a nice strong up front presence with a bit of bite in the end. Mouthfeel is substantial with a hint of alcohol presence. Nice drinkability if you like to sip your brew. Malty presence a bit more pronounced upon warming. Different from other Oktoberfests I've sampled..but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 23:59:15 | More by edchicma
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putnam

Michigan

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

A lighter, more subdued style versus the Spaten and Beck's conterparts sampled recently.
Orange/amber color with an airy, scorched cream-colored head that hastens to a gentle ring of fuzz on the border of the liquid's surface.
Lightly aromatic with blanched, toasted split grain fragrances. Later, banana bread and cream emerge to round it out.
In the mouth it warms to release flavors of toasted grains and nuts with the slightest possible surge of hoppy, peppery bitterness in the mid-palate.
Highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2003 16:35:57 | More by putnam
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Pours a nice amber color with a light head definent high carbonation on this one,aroma is very malty and slightly sweet.Taste is bread-like with some light sweetness with a somewhat dry finish.Has a slight burnt tinge to it,a real nice fest beer to drink alot of.Nice to see in mid August.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2003 17:10:02 | More by oberon
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Bruiser81

Kansas

3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this was the first Octoberfest I've ever had. Color was a perfectly clear amber color. The bubbly head quickly bubbled itself away, but there was some lacing.
The aroma was very sweet, consisted of lots of malt, and some caramel. Not very complex but quite strong.
The taste was full of sweet malt. A raisin type taste is also present. Besides the malt not much else is real noticeable. Has a definately sweet finish, a little too much for my tastes.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2003 02:05:20 | More by Bruiser81
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beerguy101

California

3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold color, large head, kind of creamy. Spicy malty aroma. A medium bodied marzen. Malty and slightly spicy. Touch of smoke/toast. Nice flavored marzen. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and a little dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 17:00:22 | More by beerguy101
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice amber color with a large creamy head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of roasted malts and sweet also. The taste is fairly smooth and I has hints of caramel with sweetness and some light spices as well. Solid taste. Very well representative of the style. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 05:02:35 | More by clvand0
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daledeee

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice 1" head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smells a little fruity and sweet. Clear orange color. Roasted malt, with good hop finish; malt is also there. Very drinkable. If you compare this to American lagers..well...Nice balanced profile. Good session beer. To my recollection this is a top Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 19:35:45 | More by daledeee
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IMHO, one of the very best representations of the true Oktoberfest beers. Deep Gold/Amber with orange hues in color with a sweet off-white lasting head and sticky, clingy lace. Lightly caramel sweet aroma with a hint of citrus. Slightly citrus, lightly tea-like and a touch of metallic hop bitterness. Rounded malt and hop balance. Honey and fresh fruit notes. Really velvety smooth. Rich, Bold, Tasty! Wow!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2003 21:41:26 | More by BeerResearcher
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a deep amber; not quite light enough to be called copper. It poured with a tall, coarse head that disappeared very quickly, leaving just a ring around the edge. There was hardly any lace left on the glass.

Smell: A sweet, malty aroma dominated the smell of this beer. Not much else was present. It was rather one-dimensional.

Mouthfell: Not quite big enough for my tastes, this beer was rough and thin bodied.

Taste: This beers flavor was almost as one-dimensional as the aroma. There was an initial malt sweetness (not too sweet, though) that gave way to a little bit of bitterness on the finish. There was a residual burnt caramel flavor as well.

This is a beer that I have looked forward to every Fall since the first time I tried it at the Wichita Beer Festival. It is not an outstanding brew by any means, but it is better than a lot of the other widely available Oktoberfest beers that I have had. I would consider this a good Fall session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 16:51:16 | More by Quaffer
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