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

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

Maple syrup in color with no real head but a few swarths of lace.

Major undercutting of noble hop with carmelized rich, if not a bit generic malt presence and a hint of plastic. Wort-y and rich.

Clean and wicked poundable - especially at $2.50 a pint.

This has to be the beer Boston Brewing Company has been trying to reduplicate since it began with little success ... Sam's Octoberfest is a degenerate off-shoot of this simple beauty.

GreenWBush, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden amber color with a small head that fals to barely ring the beer. The nose is nice caramel sweetness with the marzen character I have learned to enjoy. The flavor is much more of that marzen bready character, with a hint of caramel. The feel is a bit thin as well. Drinkability is not as bad as the Tabernash, but its a close second. I don't really like this one either very much.

kmpitz2, Nov 02, 2004
Photo of trancefishy
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice orange-ish yellow with a thing coarse bubble head, and large bubbles shooting to the top. Nose is sweet sweet malt with the smell of those candy-corn candies you can get at halloween. There is also a faint smell of grapes, not a wine smell, but, something more like welch's grape juice. Upon drinking, there is a quick burst of rapid carbonation, and then sweet malts all the way down. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, very smooth. Finish a bit bitter, but nice.
Hands down good oktoberfest, I prefer it over the Paulaner.

trancefishy, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had an Octoberfest tasting last night, and this was the winner. A little more flavor than the Paulaner, IMO (and much better than the Spaten). I've never had a bad beer from this brewery, but this is the first one that stood out. The usual characteristics, amber in color, smooth body, carmel flavors. Still somewhat thin, but a very good brew overall.

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We had an Ocktoberfest party in honor of our late great German friend Jody. Picked up a German version of a bomber for 2.19 at my local AJ's.

This beer was orange amber colored. The nose was of toasted malts yet there is a hint of sweetness. Taste was slightly sweet, perhaps caramel, yet finished slightly bitter yet cleansing. Overall I thought this was very drinkable, one to be picked up for future Ocktoberfest's. Our gang also gave this one a thumbs up!

arizcards, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of usualpulp
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a nice white head that leaves lacing down the glass slightly.

The smell is very sweet, nice malty and inviting. Slight nutty and fruity smells are present, and a minimal hop smell.

The taste of this brew is good, but nothing really stands out, its quite balanced, the malt is sweet but not overly sweet, and there is just a light hop bitterness to battle the sweetness. Good nutty flavor to the malt, crisp and clean flavors.

Overall this is a good beer, not terrific, but it is one of the better oktoberfest brews out there, definately worth a try.

usualpulp, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 500 ml bottle, dated at the lower right with 06 05, paid $2.69 at Whip In.
Aroma: Sweet light malt, candy sweet, with apple and bread aroma mixed in with a slight coppery/blood like smell that seems to fit. Very powerful; Very inviting.
Appearance: Drop dead gorgeous clear orange copper color with a quarter finger off-white/tan head dropping to a thin cover that left trace lacing.
Flavor: The metallic smell is amplified in the taste. It really has that copper penny sensation. I’m working hard to get past that taste, and I am getting underlying goodness: lightly roasted malt, bready yeast, mild apple and grape tastes, but it is really work to get there. The metallic flavor faded a bit as it warmed, but faded to the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, sparkling carbonation, lingering mouthfeel that is slightly oily.
Overall Impression: It’s like there is an Oomph Pa band in my mouth, and all the good and bad that go with that analogy. The cymbals are a bit loud, and the tuba player called in sick. I’m pretty disappointed, I love Oktoberfests, and Hacker-Pschorr is a respected brewer, this one just didn’t click. I’m going to give a moderate review in hopes I got a bad bottle somehow. I’ll revisit, probably next season.

HardTarget, Oct 20, 2004
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous head (for a bottle) provides for a line of lace for each level as I drink this. The color is a clear, neutral amber that's closer to tan than orange. Very attractive

An aroma that reminds me of cooked cabbage and melted cheese comes through on first whiff. Lightly hopped, the malt is more dominant.

Multi-dimensional in flavors--the profile starts with malt (very dry), but quickly switches to hop bitterness. Unlike a pale ale, the hop is more like a spice. Nice body for a lager with a above average carbonation. This is a nice lager with a clean aftertaste that fades fairly quickly.

smcolw, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date for 05.05 marked on the bottle of the label. Plenty of life left on this beer. I picked up a 12 pack for $13.99 at a local supermarket.

Appearance is an amber-brown. Fluffy white head rises on top.

Aroma toasted and sweet malt. Hot caramel drizzle over a vanilla sundae smell. Slight hop presence in the nose as well.

Awesome Oktoberfest and one of the best I've had yet this season. Major malt character in each tasting. Caramel sweetness blends perfectly with a bready malt profile.

Incredibly smooth and drinkable for a beer that is 5.8% ABV. Recommended.

* I paired this beer up with some gruyere cheese (as suggested on BA) from Switzerland and the pairing was AMAZING. The flavors of the cheese and maltiness of this beer blended perfectly.

Hibernator, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest smells of fresh Vienna malt just extracted and beginning to caramelize on a high-BTU burner off the cool German hills in the fall. Sweet, nutty German essence mixed with fallen leaves, alcohol, and crisp air.

The hop presence is fresh and does its job by doing more than just flavoring this otherwise malt-sturdy beer; the drying finish from these hops is virtually flavorless and not entirely flavorful, but pressingly structured.

This beer comes in movements, decidely showing off the initial sweetness, the broad midpalate, and the poweful, yet elegant swallow.

Plummy Salvator-like fruit, some raw grain, and an ethereal hoppiness make this is a clear standard -- whether you grew up in Munich or have never tasted a Marzen in your life.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of mrfosters
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber hue with an offwhite head that consists of tiny tight bubbles that dissapates quickly and leaves very little lacing. Doesn't seem to be much hop aroma.Clear ,medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel.Softly carbonated and easy drinking.So far my favorite of this style. All in all a very pleasant brew.

mrfosters, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of Guinness4me
2.35/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

As a child, I remember that on some restaurant tables was a bottle of saccharin, that sickly-sweet fluid that just begged to be tasted but made you recoil as a kid. Add some yeast, hops and malt, and you've got this beer in my humble opinion.

It poured as most marzens with a lovely amber color and a pretty head. The head seemed creamy with very tiny bubbles.

The first thought that entered my mind was canteloupe when I smelled this beer, or maybe just sweet melon and sugar.

The taste started ok, but quickly went down hill, not leaving the confines of my mouth until a quick swish of bottled water. The sweet, lingering, saccharin-like aftertaste blanketed the inside of my mouth and just would NOT die.

Drinkability? Not impressed here. Not my taste.

Guinness4me, Oct 10, 2004
Photo of Onceeven
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of seven Oktoberfest 2004 reviews (haven't posted them all yet) and certainly one of the best.
Poured a very clear, bright amber with a finger-thick head. Not much in the way of carbonation, but nice lacing nonetheless. Smells crisp and clean with a soft floral hop bouquet. Initial taste reveals a rich maltiness reminiscent of a few bocks I've had, with a mildly hopped note. There's a lingering metallic flavor that seems to go away after a bit.
Flavorful but not assertively so. A quintessential Oktoberfest in my book.

Onceeven, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured virtually flat from the tap, this stuff looked like it was squeezed form a blood orange, with a cool reddish-amber color. Has that telltale German malt smell (my girlfriend thought it smelled like a "ham, honey and tomato sandwich",) tastes like caramel birch beer with a teaspoon of C&H brown sugar. Despite its near-flatness its still got some carbonation in there, has a strange but good tingly mouthfeel, goes down a bit watery and finishes a tad sour and dry. Definitely interesting, worth a try but not one of my favorites.

PopeJonPaul, Oct 06, 2004
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight out of the growler, this Oktoberfest pours a crystal-clear copper color with a suitable white head that receded slowly and left a thin, sticky lace. The smell is mostly malts (but only lightly roasted) with a sneaky lemon background. The taste is relatively flat--some nuttiness but not much to balance the light plum sweetness. Hops are distant. The finish is dull and has a slightly rubbery tone. The mouthfeel, however, is smooth and the amount of carbonation is right on.

longpondbeerman, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of jahred
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at the Goose Island O-Fest Beer Academy. To cut to the chase/finish, before the rest of my review, this beer was the clear winner in my book. The beer pours a very pretty crystal clear orange color, and gives off a very strong, very nice toasted malt scent. The toasted malt scent continues into a rich, toasted malt, fairly think and sweet taste that's got just enough hops to balance the richness of the beer. Absolutely delicious and quite easy to drink.

jahred, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of oracle
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in shaker style glass.

Clear medium-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a no lacing at all. Aroma of caramel and roasted nuts, sweet bready and malty caramel flavors. Minimal hops and a weak finish
Mouthfeel has a touch light for an Octoberfest beer. I expected a stronger flavor for an Octoberfest.

Not bad, but not great

oracle, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely, the classiest and most complex, of the three German Oktoberfest biers I sampled on 9-30-04. Not necessarily the most drinkable.
Pours a very attractive, clear, apricot/orange, body with a one finger, tightknit, beige, head that eventually deposits silky, sheet lace all over the glass.
Mouthfeel is exceptional, being creamy, almost chewy, very smooth, with a mild hops bite for the tongue.
Taste is malty, with toffee notes leading into hints of molasses, and figs, suggestive of a Bavarian doppelbock. Floral and herbal hops bitterness come on strong, toward the finish, to lend a bit of balance, and clean aftertaste.
Very satisfying, Marzen here.. a hint of doppelbock characteristics adds a heaviness, that is flavorful, but hurts drinkability. Bottle label is, most likely, the most attractive of the Munich, festbiers.

merlin48, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

garymuchow, Sep 26, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Billolick, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of zjungleist
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

zjungleist, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

UncleJimbo, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

HappyHourHero, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

ADR, Sep 15, 2004
Photo of BarrelBrother
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!

BarrelBrother, Sep 11, 2004
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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