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

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89
very good

1,313 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,313
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 70
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 Skidz
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright gold and sits a radiant golden-amber in the glass with a large off-white head. Fades to a thin skim on the surface with few lacings around the glass. Solid gradients on all sides, pale yellows to reddish-amber.

Smells majorly toasted, huge hunks of pie crust topped with caramel. Gooey malts mingle with rich, green leafy hops. Standard O-fest aroma, well-pronounced.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, big malt bombs drop off payloads of toasted goodness. Light caramel flavors and bread crusts. Hops intrude, dousing the tongue with vibrant leafy flavors, bits of spiciness here and there. Finish is completely clean with lingering hop greenery.

Medium in body with milt to moderate carbonation, extra fine bubble. Easy handling, built for ein maß.

This beer has major game, as it should, and easily fits in the list of Oktoberfests one should consider to be standards for measuring all other beers in the style. Drink it (with great ease) and be merry.

Skidz, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear amber with a nice white had that fades, but not entirely. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells crisp and malty, just as I expect in an Octoberfest.

Tastes rich and malty upfront with a nice clean aftertaste. Very crisp. Just like an Octoberfest should behave.

Nice body for the style, nothing out of the rdinary.

Nice and easy to drink. A solid example of the style, just not extraordinary. No problems drinking a few of these.

MaltyGoodness, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured it was a medium golden yellow with very little foam. The smell of lightly roasted malts and mild hops filled the nose with a pleasant aroma well balanced.

The taste was a balance of roasted malts and mild hops. This is a great beer that gets even better as it warms up a couple degrees.

BeerManDan, Nov 06, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a decent head that quickly declines to a ringlet but doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Nice malty, toasted aroma

Taste: Has a nice malty flavor, rich but not at all sweet; a nice balanced, dry finish from some bittering hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice degree of carbonation

Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy to drink

brentk56, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one pours a transparent copper color with very little head retention. The nose is malty, very commonplace for any marzen. The taste is good. I'm impressed with its excellently balanced flavor, not too sweet or syrupy. There is plenty of flavor without going overboard and it finishes dry and clean. Not that its thin or anything, the mouthfeel is a little more subtle than other oktoberfests I've tried. The drinkability is great. This is quite a nice beer to look forward to on a fall afternoon.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of ski271
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Schnitzel’s in Bellefonte, PA with a huge plate of kickass German food. Pours a medium copper with a small, white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a very thin film, and leaves only a light, stringy lacing. The aroma is malt-dominant, of course, with sweet caramel, molasses and doughy bread aromas, but there’s a nice mild hop aroma as well which adds an herbal and floral complexity to it. The taste follows suit by being nicely balanced. Too often, beers of this style become all about the malt with the hops staying too hidden, but this beer allows the hop presence to be known just enough to create the balance. A small, spicy zing leads you into to a wonderful, full, toasted, bready malty flavor and the finish introduces some light floral hops to take the edge off the sweet caramel and molasses. There’s a light citrus in there too that comes out late in the finish. Probably one of the best oktoberfests I’ve had this year. A wonderful fall beer.

ski271, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of shirfan
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich transparent orange with a thin sticky layer of foam, aroma of caramel malts.

Substantial body without being too chewy, medium sweetness. Typical oktoberfest malt flavors with a light nutty finish, backed by mild but detectable euro-lager style hops.

Flavors become slightly richer and more detectable as this warms a bit, picks up some leafy tones.

Nicely balanced for the style.

shirfan, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Illinick
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber colored, like apple juice with hints of reddish hue. Small foamy head that sticks around then shrinks to a ring and thin layer. Spider web-like lacing.
S: Flavorful smell-bready, yeasty, with sweet malt smells dominating. Hints of fruit bread and hints of roasted, sweet nutty smells (almost hazelnut-ish).
T: No surprises here, just solid Oktoberfest flavors. Sweet, roasted malts throughout with caramel, nutty and sweet bread flavors. Nice hops on the finish that offset the malt punch and sweetness nicely, giving this brew an added complexity to the finish. Allows the finish to be balanced and refreshing. Really nice, rich flavors throughout.
MF: Medium mouthfeel that holds up well with the full bodied flavors and structure.
Overall: One of the OGs of Oktoberfests. Solid example of the style that makes you feel like you are in Munich. A definate Fall-time pick up every year (and not a bad choice year-round either).

Illinick, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have very pleasant memories of ol' HP from my Munich travels a few years back so I have very high hopes for this bevo. Light copper color with a tinge of blonde. Smells caramel sweet but also adds a decent nutty maltiness to counterbalance. Tastes crisp with surprising hoopiness and a bitter aftertaste. I wish the mouthfeel was a little dryer but it's still not bad. This one grows on you and I could easily see downing several on a brisk fall day. A full bore but slightly different interpretation of Oktoberfest by one of its past masters, give this one a try.

daliandragon, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light brown color topped with a silky off white head that leaves lace scattered along its way. clear and crisp looking apperance. Medium lethargic carbonation.

whiffed some sweet malts / caramel slight alcohol. seems inviting enough for me.

Amazingly crisp up front giving way to the depth of the beer which turns out to be a toasted earthy malt that is mildly sweet and a dash of hop freshness balances but is the malts bitch overall. Carbonation was perfectly subtle during the drink but snaps at the end.

I couldn't put this beer to bed so to speak. It somehow kept re-appearing in my weizen glass fresh and poured to perfection. It has a nice kick at 5.8%. I could see this as a great BBQ type brew. Enjoy and buy alot.

DogFood11, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours to a light amber color with a nice fluffy off white head that has fair retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aromas are of malt with some spice like smells. Has strong flavors of malt that seem to have slight toasted notes along with a sweet molasses like flavor and a slight nuttiness. This is one of my favorite October brews, always look for it at the end of August through October.

Stimack, Oct 18, 2005
Photo of Redrover
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating, but you’ve got to love that girl on the horse! Beer pours a bight, clear copper with a decent and dense white head.

The nose is of malts and caramel. A touch of alcohol lurks in the background.

Great sweet and malty taste. The hops add a nice bit of bittering & spice that emerges after a sip or two. The beer also has a touch of molasses taste that comes late to the party.

Great soft mouth that is complemented by the subdued carbonation . Extremely easy to drink. This is a great festival or session beer.

I had plenty of this in Munich and I’m glad it travels so well to the states. Very easy to pair with German food. This one is a keeper!

Redrover, Oct 13, 2005
Photo of BitterBrian
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Bought from Shangy's in Emmaus, PA. Other distributors had an $8 send in rebate coupon available. Never have the patience for these but some may find it useful.

Poured an inviting amber color with medium carbonation. No head on this one.

Smells like sweet toasted malts and some grassy hops. First tastes: Wow, I have been saving my Octoberfests until now to drink and this one is great. Slight hint of toffee taste. I could drink it all day. Very well balanced, hardly an aftertaste and I will definitely have to have it again.

BitterBrian, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber is the color best to describe this brew. There is a light off white head that has exploded in my glass. The head fades into a nice lace and slowly leaves by the end of the brew. Aroma is malt, caramel and a slight nut aroma coming from somewhere. Taste is sweet malt, caramel a bready feel with the bitterness of hops coming in just a bit in the end. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is great. One of my favorites of the style.

Stubbie1, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of Shiredave
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly clear, medium amber color with a tall off white head that diminishes quickly to a frothy film. Light and lazy carbonation.

Aroma is all classic Munich malt - caramel and flower petals.

Flavor is a soft blend of toffee and toasted bread with subtle hop spice. Bittering is gentle but not lost, and balances the rich malt perfectly. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium. Finish is Lager clean with some lingering sweetness and bitterness.

IMHO this beer sets the standard for the Marzen style. In a recent side by side Oktofest tasting w/ friends, this beer was the favorite of all involved.

Shiredave, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Smittysguinness
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer. It had a great beery smell, definitely sweet, like maybe creme brulee'. Got some fragrant hops, just slightly bitter here, a little grassy even, to balance how sweet the malts smelled. Upon pouring, it had a great, deep amber color, bordering on red. Nice foamy pure white head.

The initial taste is really quite sweet, almost syrupy, like maple syrup, but not so powerful and definitely not thick. Definietely light on the carbonation, which made it that much more smooth. From start to finish, though sweet right off the bat, the hops balanced it in the end. No aftertaste, save an urgent need to keep drinking it!

Drank it nice and chilled, like I like a lager. I will definitely buy this beer again.

Smittysguinness, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle an orangish-amber with a foam white one finger head that settles down into thick lacing. Medium carbonation, a few bubbles, but not overly fizzy. I smell bready malts & hints of toffee/vanilla. Malts and hops work together nicely in the flavor department. They tend to complement each other rather than trying to overpower each other. Nice medium mouthfeel, just a lingering hint of bitterness on the swallow. Very well done!!!

CJfromPhilly, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says produced on 05.05

Pours a gorgeous copper-gold with a delicious smelling malty aroma. Again, the head was large at first but settled into a fine layer across the entire body of the beer.

Taste is a wonderful mix of malt up front, hops in the middle and end, and a bit of sourness at the very end. Yummy!

This one definitely changes my perception about the style. A real winner!

Bitterbill, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of paterlodie
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 22-05-06. Good presentation with amberbrown clear beer and lasting head. nose is overwelmingly malty with the sweet munich caracter. Litle green hops and a slight papernote. Taste is very malty, litle cardboard, litle sweet and strong. Clean light bitter aftertaste. Well balanced brew though maybe litle overdone is munichmalts but with fine and not too highly dosed carbonisation an enjyable mouthfeel. Drinkability is like the other Munich oktoberfests, just runs down fine.

paterlodie, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Oktoberfests that I've had this year and definitely the most drinkable.

Bright henna color, crystal clear and shimmering.

Smells faintly of caramel, much more subtle then other Oktoberfests, also toasted grains and very light herbal hops

Minerals, tea, and toasted malts

Super crisp front, creamy and refreshing finish

Very sessionable

DaPeculierDane, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle. Produced on 02/05 stamped on bottom right corner of label
Pours out light amber with a small quickly disappearing tan head.
Aroma is caramel and sweet dough.
Body is flat
Flavor is sweet carmel, sugar, with a very light bittering finish. I expected better

Padron4KM, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden coppery color with a smooth whitish cap of medium to thin height. Laces out in gooey string and some larger groups of spotting.

Aroma is pretty standard and welcome with a good Vienna malt sweetness in soft bread tones and has small amounts of German spicy-like hops adding a bit of wild grasses and flowers. Tends to have a sweet but toasted edge to it.

Taste is just that and more. Sweet, bready, with a slight toasted edge to its finish. Picks up some spicy floral hops late. Mainstay of malts here with a leading in thickness of doughy breads, very light and chewy molasses-like touches parade underneath with a small lending marmalade fruit touch. Very light but well hinted to toasty grainyness flirts into the finishing areas. Well rounded flavors, as for mentioned...sweet, bready, with a slight toasted edge. Quite good.

Feel is moderately build from its Vienna malt in thickness and bready-like richness. Solid medium body with a chewy slick center and smooth character. Cuts right down and is seemingly way to easy to drink.

tavernjef, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of Melchizedek
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with a light beige-ish head supported by carbonation; it forms a nice thin lasting layer after it subsides a bit--it clings to the glass some, in small patches.

Sweet malty perfume in the nose, a bit of a toast-and-honey, slightly burnt aroma as well. This character is dominant when the beer hits the tongue, moderated by a slight bitterness that balances but doesn't distract. The aforementioned carbonation helps out the light-medium body and creates a delightful mouthfeel. Towards the finish, earthy and slightly mineral notes come out, and the sweetness takes on something of a sap/resin character as it warms.

This is a very drinkable beer--refreshing despite the lack of bitter bite, and I love how it feels going down. Had this in my room on the first cool day of autumn (today) and would have gladly had another if I'd had time.

Melchizedek, Sep 29, 2005
Photo of malty
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear golden amber color with visible carbonation, which builds-up a loose 1/2" off-white head.

Very interesting nose of raw and zesty toasted malts. At first it kinda reminded me of sharp cheese. After a more careful whiff or two, it resembled more of a mineral/earthy type of smell. Can't quite put my finger on it.

Clean, clean, clean amber lager flavors - toasted malts and a nice dryness to compliment the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is superb. Light-med. body with a clean and slightly dusty/dry finish.

Drinkability is very nice. I can picture myself at an O'fest with my 1/2 liter dimpled mug filled with this all day.

Overall a fine example of the style. I'll say it again - CLEAN. The flavors are very fresh and balanced, and they never build-up on the tongue - clean (OK, enough already). One of my favorite O'fests for sure.

malty, Sep 26, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a clear brownish color with a half inch head. The aroma is toasted malt and caramel. Toasted malt flavor. The malt is a little nutty too. Not as fruity as other Oktoberfests. Spicy hops provide the balance. Mouthfeel is medium. Good drinkability. This is a very tasty Oktoberfest, but beware that it is not uncommon to get a less than fresh bottle.

beveragecaptain, Sep 25, 2005
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 1,313 ratings.