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

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1,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 66
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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 Pegasus


4.03/5  rDev +2%

Appearance: Quite clear amber color with a small off-white head that fades to a paper-thin layer quickly; mild carbonation and slight lace.

Aroma: Rich, toasted malt aroma with strong caramel and some nut notes, and modest herbal hops.

Taste: Taste begins with caramel and toasty malt flavors, followed by mild herbal hop flavors which leave behind a little lingering bitterness. There is also a faint bitter cocoa note late in the taste, and a modest mineral water flavor.

Mouth feel: Seems quite light for this style.

Drinkability/notes: A quite good and very drinkable Oktoberfest beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a 330 ml (11.2 ounce) brown glass long neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

10-11-2002 19:12:03 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Murph


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a great looking clear copper color with a nice, creamy, dark tan head that shrinks to a thin film. Sweet caramel malts as well as a subtle toasty quality in the aroma. Smooth and sweet carmale malt opens the beer up. Much sweeter and stronger caramel qualities than most of the others of the style I've tried. Very smooth and almost creamy and not cloying or sticky, a big plus considering the increased caramel flavors. Excellent bier and it is definitely duking it out with the Brooklyn Ofest as far as my favorite so far this year.

10-08-2002 23:10:14 | More by Murph
Photo of bditty187


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

This Oktoberfest poured an auburn-orange with a compact, dense off-white head. Solid head retention. The nose had a wonderful mixture of spice (apples & cinnamon), sweet malt, and some hops. I was happy to see that the nose matched the flavors flawlessly. This Oktoberfest has qualities that make it unique and able to standout from a crowded pack. Overall it is very tasty and very drinkable!

10-06-2002 08:04:29 | More by bditty187
Photo of Longstaff


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%

Had the draft version at the Oktoberfest in Munich and it is much different than the bottle version we get here in the states. First off it is much lighter in color - closer to a Helles color. The creamy head piles up high and lasts forever. Smells a little cleaner - meaning less maltier than the bottle version. Taste is much cleaner also with less of the caramel flavors, but is a little sweeter and softer. Much easier to drink since I was able to drink about 5 liters in a session while hungover from the night before. It makes you feel real good. Suggest eating a big ass soft pretzle with it.

10-01-2002 14:06:20 | More by Longstaff
Photo of marc77


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Dark copper hue, w/ brilliant clarity from the lagering. Ivory white head leaves sparse lace. Soft, lightly toasty Munich and toffeeish malt nose, w/ a hint of caramelized fruit melanoidins in aroma. Trace herbal hop nose. Nutty sweetness upfront in flavor, followed a smooth, drying wave of toasty Munich. Sweetness derived from caramel malt reemerges mid palate, and is partially offset by hop bitterness, lending a balanced, crisp nature to this brew. Moderate bodied, w/ a agreeably smooth mouthfeel that helps facilitate excellent drinkability. Finishes lightly sweet w/ Munich malt briefly lingering. Although a touch shy in depth of malt profile, the pleasant sweetness and overall balance makes this a very quaffable oktoberfest. Enjoyable.

09-28-2002 17:30:52 | More by marc77
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.53/5  rDev +14.7%

Clear, copper in color with an off-white head that drops shortly but leaves a good collar and some very nice lace. The aroma is of Vienna malt: lightly sweet, toasty, and rich! There are some minimal background hops. The body is light-medium with a moderate carbonation and a smooth & creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a fresh, "juicy", Vienna malt with a gentle toasty quality, a light caramel note, and a present-but-not-imposing alcohol. Extremely well balanced with a light hop flavor, and an underlying bitterness for support. The finish is semi-dry with a gently lingering toasted malt note. Absolutely brilliant! Easily one of the best Oktoberfest beers available. In my book, in the top 3 with Paulaner and Spaten!

09-26-2002 18:13:25 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Suds


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%

Beautiful, sweet and slightly spicy aroma. Hint of alcohol in the taste. Wonderful biscuit malt taste throughout the beer. Unlike other beers in the style, the sweetness is genuine and not overpowering. Dark, golden color with a stable, substantial head. Terrifically drinkable! This is still the best Oktoberfest I’ve had.

09-21-2002 19:25:32 | More by Suds
Photo of ZAP


4.85/5  rDev +22.8%

Now here's an elite Octoberfest....dark gold in color with a puffy white head..nose is outstanding featuring caramel and biscuits...body is about perfect for this style...smooth texture too....the taste has to be the best in the style...a nice mellow caramel taste along with some breadiness....noble hops impart a nice balance...very drinkable...very tasty...very outstanding....

09-19-2002 21:42:28 | More by ZAP
Photo of Jason


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%

Bright tawny colour, the clarity is perfect. Great lacing with stickage almost all the way down the glass.

Smells fresh malt, sweet with a hint of caramel with in the highlight of toasted grain. All around clean with some light herbal hop also.

Lush and smooth mouth feel, crisp upfront and creamy in the back. Lots of fresh malt flavours bursting off the first sip. Trace hop flavour creeps in as the bitterness does a great job to balance the sweetness off. Waves of toasted grain, faint caramel and an alcohol warmth show that this brew has some depth. Finishes a bit sweet with a bitty toasted husk flavour.

This is one of the top Oktoberfest beers in my book, I get this by the case only though they have switched to sturdy 12oz long neck bottles. I guess for better shipping?

09-17-2002 20:51:02 | More by Jason
Photo of cokes


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Thows out an tan-amber liquid. Little to speak of in the way of a head. Vanishes in a matter of moments.
Grainy and slightly toasty on the nostrils. Dominant iced-tea impression. Odd, but ok.
Delightful blend of slightly toasted graininess, mixed with a delicately buttery carmel malt sweetness. Never oversweet (which is a huge plus in my oktoberfest fest book). Finishes with a wave of tea-like hops.
Medium-light bodied, gently carbonated. Works nicely in the mouth. A person could suck down a whole lot of these.

09-16-2002 20:57:13 | More by cokes
Photo of Reverand


3.83/5  rDev -3%

MIld hop bitterness with full malt flavor. Crystal clear amber color with a thin white head. A caramel taste that brings you back for more. Although I think this beer is a bit thin on body its still a must try.

09-14-2002 01:47:16 | More by Reverand
Photo of pbrian


4.83/5  rDev +22.3%

Deep dark orange, borders on red. Small, tight head, film remains to end. Clean carmelized malt aroma with some spicy hops. Flavor starts sweet, very malty, clean and rich. Turns oily, slick, slighty spicy and lasts forever. Reminds me of a Dobblebock. I finished this Okt twice as fast as all my others and will be going back to get a lot more.

09-12-2002 06:33:35 | More by pbrian
Photo of jackndan


3.83/5  rDev -3%

Hacker-Pschorr Original O-Fest, nice orange color, with very little head, and a tiny bit of lace down the sides. Clean aroma, very pleasant. The taste is of nicely balanced malt flavors in the traditional O-fest flavor, with a spicy flavor of hops rounding out the beer very nicely. Very nice.

09-11-2002 19:33:38 | More by jackndan
Photo of mophie


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%

H-P's year-round offering. Average looking, for an O'fest -- orangey/brown, with a rocky off-white head that vanishes (poof, it's gone). Aroma has subtle malty aspects (caramel, buttered cinnamon bread). The taste is also dominated by maltiness, but it's subtle, not syrupy-sweet. In fact, it's rather pleasant in its subtlety. Some mild hop flavors, mostly floral. And although I don't know what the abv is, I can tell you it's pretty low, making for an imminently drinkable festive session beer.

09-10-2002 15:22:38 | More by mophie
Photo of ryanocerus


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

Amber in color with minimal head and decent carbonation. The aroma is slightly caramel, mostly malt. The taste is a sweet malt with a slightly spicy/alcohol aftertaste. It is a bit thin for mouthfeel but very highly drinkable. One of the better Oktoberfests, although it is not my favorite style.

09-07-2002 15:49:38 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of brakspear


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%

Not a very distinctive Oktoberfest given its Munich roots. The body is a very nice dark amber color, but the slim whitish head disappeared too quickly. The aroma is a caramel malt mixture, but my bottle had a rather funky soapy odor on top. The taste has the necessary maltiness, but barely and the body seems a bit weak. Overall, I expected much more from this brewery.

09-05-2002 18:08:17 | More by brakspear
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a deep bright amber almost orange color, with a foamy off-white head with decent retention. On the nose there is the aroma of toasted malts & touch of caramel. On the palate it is medium bodied, toasted malts, caramel flavors, slight graininess, slight hop bitterness, and slightly metallic flavor which went away after it warmed up a bit. Overall this was a very good Oktoberfest brew...

09-05-2002 08:16:57 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -21.5%

It pours with a white head...nothing special here, over gently carbonated clear medium amber liquid. Nose is quite malty, quite sweet smelling. Taste is medium-bodied mouthfeel with a surge of malt, then fading into a blandish finish...pretty one-dimensional beer here, although good for quaffing in mass quantities...sort of the lawnmower beer of Oktoberfests. Not putting it down, I just feel there are more out there that offer more flavor.

09-02-2002 17:38:06 | More by beerluvr
Photo of DarthMalt


3.95/5  rDev 0%

This one's a keeper.

More ruby-colored than the orange of other Ok-fests. Mild aroma. Great fruitwood, smoky flavor jumps in right away. Crisp hops pop out midway, but dissipate just as quickly. Each sip encourages more next time around.

Very festive!


08-21-2002 19:37:02 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of StevieW


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Bright nearly glowing orangish-copper hue. Faint off white head, oily resiny, bubbles bust through, head didn't last, some tiny remants laced the glass. Very rich, malty, and sweet inviting smell. Rich, warm sweet malty taste, lots of positive tastes on the finish. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and other sweets. I wish it was a little cooler, maybe I would enjoy it a bit more. This one seemd a touch thin, overall very good. Available year round, I worry about it's freshness. Couldn't locate a freshness date on it.

08-10-2002 12:20:28 | More by StevieW
Photo of BillyBrew


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

German's make some damn good brew. This speciman has a deep amber colour with a heay, thick, creamy head that retains well and keeps a full cover. Nice caramel lamt scent with a shade of minerals. Subtle, but full caramel malt with smooth nolble hops, perhaps, great balance. Full figured, light-medium body, hella smooth and rich. This brew drank super slick and smooth. Slips down the hatch, good for the whole night and into the next morning. Cheers!

07-13-2002 08:26:59 | More by BillyBrew
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.1%

i dont' know if something was up with this on draught, but it tasted really funny. it had a somewhat strong taste of vinegar in it. the quality oktoberfest was hidden in the back, and it was still a decent brew, but it was just not the same beer i was so accustomed to. i can't imagine how it was so much different especially that it was not as good on draught

07-09-2002 20:02:24 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of psugrad98


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Clear, light amber in color. Large loosely packed bubbles. Clean tasting, with a pleasant malt taste. Less bitter than some other similar beers. Quite drinkable. I sampled this on Draught. Very nice!

05-23-2002 19:36:21 | More by psugrad98
Photo of Todd


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Presentation: 1 pint Euro-style brown bottle. Freshness on the front label.

Appearance: Clear and bright amber beer with a rather large foam head with decent retention. Carbonation bubbles are quite large.

Smell: Metallic, mineral, soft floral hops and toasted malts in the background.

Taste: Light-bodied, soft and smooth on the palate. Mildly malty with notes of caramel and loads of toasted malt flavour. Hops are also mild, with little bitterness and a flowery character that blends very complementary with the malt flavours to create a distinct tea-like flavour. Things go a bit bready as the beer warms. Then more metallic and mineral flavours fill in the gaps and fall into the finish, along with some malt and hop residuals.

Notes: This is Hacker-Pschorr's year round Oktoberfest offerning, not to be confused with their seasonal Oktoberfest-Märzen. It's a perfect Oktoberfest, brewed with enjoyment and a session of drinking in mind -- not strong and very drinkable.

05-19-2002 12:35:09 | More by Todd
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

Got some of this at my Bro's urging...skeptical at first about freshness, but said good to Jun02 on the label... Put three 12oz bottles into a liter Hacker-Pschorr Mass Stein ("appropriated" from the Munchen Oktoberfest), sat out on the deck as the temp approached 70, and enjoyed! Dark golden, copper color, with a big frothy head from a hard-pour. Head fades, but leaves a tad of lace on the glass. Nose is a lovely malty, toasty aroma...just like in Munchen!! Medium body and tongue are preludes to it's semi-sweet, malty-toasty flavor... has a slight hop-bitter finish, maybe a bit dry.... All-in-all, very drinkable... could have a few more! Was sampling this with my Daughter Caitlin nearby. Suggested to her that she should try this style of bier, since we will be hitting the Fest again sometime soon... She had a couple of sips, declaring "actually, not that bad..." Future BA, I reckon...

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


03-31-2002 17:38:40 | More by Bierman9
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