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

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1,425 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 74
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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

I had this at Chaucer's pub in London Ontario. The style is definitely questionable. It's certainly not a Marzen like the traditional Octoberfest. I'm not really sure what to make of the style... it's drier like an export, yet fairly malty with plenty of hops... more like a Munich Helles with the hops of a German Pils.

A: Clear, golden-bronze; fluffy white head, minimal retention, good lace.

S: Hoppy (grassy, floral & a little earth); underlying sweet maltyness (caramel, toffee, touch of bread).

T: Continental nobel hops (grassy, metallic & slightly earthy); assertive bitterness is crisp.

M: Moderate body, well attenuated (relatively dry), very digestable; moderate carbonation.

D: Quite good.

The 2007 version is apparantly 6%. It seemed even closer to the export style (well-attenuated, less malty & dry).

Derek, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of therica
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We had a keg for our Oktoberfest last night. Wow-- great.

Appearance-- nothing enough to shock, head bubbly and large, pooling after a brief while, slight clouding. "Just right," but nothing shocking. "As it should be" for a perfect beer.

Smell-- really nice, no nasal bite, an inviting mild bouquet.

Taste-- superb, just superb, a very drinkable smooth beer with great balance, nothing obtrusive or annoying to find, whatsoever. Really smooth and with a nice smooth finish. A kindly aftertaste that wasn't overly memorable but it shouldn't be, either-- just a nice pleasureable souvenir to enjoy until the next round.

Mouthfeel-- somewhat of a delicate beer-fizz that was "just right."

Drinkability-- I need only say that this keg was tapped and gone in record time for any of our six fests in 3 years. Uninitiated first-time guests who showed up carrying packs of Bud or Bud Light abandoned their bring-along's and jumped on the keg, instead-- and also left their bring-along's for the trash.

therica, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber with an initially frothy head that melts to a ring pretty quickly. Aromas are very worty, kind of like the smell you get when you walk into a brewery. On the palate, big carbonation, less rich in the flavor department. Bracing bitterness up front, then softening to something a little bit sweeter, but still a bit watery and metallic, not soft like some other examples of the style. Still not as snappy and bitter as many American Oktoberfests (see this year's Brooklyn Oktoberfest). Overall, a very good, flavorful Oktoberfest that is rich compared to many, but not as "Marzen style" as other examples, and not as much as I like.

geexploitation, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Hacker-pschorr Original Oktoberfest was amber in color with an off-white head. The head had decent retention and left a little lacing behind. The aroma was a good mix of malts. The taste was malty, but not sweet. Good balance of malt and hops with a fairly dry finish. It was medium in body and carbonation. Drinkability was very good. This is a very good oktoberfest.

afinepilsner, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of dmowen
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice dark amber color with a nice head that dissapates to a fine lace that pretty much stays all the way down.
Smell is a very pleasent sweet caramel and hops smell.
This brew for me goes down only fairly well due to it's bitter after-taste which only gets worse as it warms to room temp.
I will say this isn't the best October-fest style beer I have tried but
certainly not the worst.

dmowen, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Had an appealing deep amber and brown color, but no head and not much lacing at all.

S: Toasty malt notes with some spice, a clean aroma, and a tiny hop smell to it as well.

T: Watery and malty, lacking a bit of body. Malt notes came toward the end, somewhat lackluster Marzen. Hint of spice, not much in terms of hops as the smell let on.

M: Again, watery, not very enticing on the palate. Lower carbonation, didn't seem to fit as well with the style. Really expected a bit more.

D: Overall, to have one of these again would be feasible, but not for flavor. Tasted a bit too bland for my tastes, even for a straight-up malty Marzen.

CharlieMopps, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of 4thoseabout2bock
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tasted in octoberfestoff with Paulaner and Ayinger. All were very good.

Poured caramel into glass, bright and clear, with think creamy off white head. Semll promised sweet toffee and malt. Taste, less sweet than others (and smell), bready and malty with signature german ending (a little dry nutty, fruity). Good body and quite drinkable.

4thoseabout2bock, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of NolateM
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug. Color is a clear orangish-brown, head is thick and generous, and dissipated into a pleasant ring.

Aroma consists of toffee-like malts, rusty water, and... do I detect bourbon or whiskey???

The flavor is dominated by the caramel/toffee malts... at first. There's no hop profile to speak of, but there is this certain bitterness, and a certain funky sourness somewhere. Eventually I figured it out... it's that whiskey I detected. I noticed it halfway through the mug, and once I noticed it, it was practically all I could taste... so if you like whiskey, more power to ya.

The beer was incredibly drinkable and easy going down... until I noticed the whiskey thing (I have negative flavor-associations with whiskey), but that's a personal issue and I wouldn't take off points from it, plus no other reviewers seemed to have mentioned it, so it could just be this particular batch. Hopefully I can get past that issue, because before I noticed it, I found this to be one of the best of the Octoberfest beers that I had sampled.

NolateM, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of sweet caramel and an excellent doughy grain.

The taste featured a light and clean sweet caramel malt with a smattering of floral hop. An excellent light tasting Oktober. Not overly sweet.

The mouthfeel was light and a bit chewy.

Overall a very drinkable Oktoberfest. Clean and crisp. A nice alternative to its to sweet counterparts.

plaid75, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Hollignshead Deli in Orange, CA in Sept. 2006 for $1.99 (12 oz. bottle). Label dated as bottled on 07.05, so this is over 1 year old.

Pours a medium orange-copper that's pretty typcial of the style, with minimal head (there should be more).

Aroma is malty sweet, kind of weak. Flavor is more of the same- sweetbread malts, a little orange, a slight hop bite at the end.

It's quite possible it's because of this particular bottle's age, but it is an OK but not at all exciting version of the style. It will do, but I'll go after others first. I'd love to try it fresh and see how it does.

Dukeofearl, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass,an off white head about an inch thick,releasing very tiny bubbles,a thick coat of foam the entire beer.A medium coppery color.
The aroma was raisiney,caramelly,toffee,bisquity,slight chocolate,complex malty tones.A fruityness also in there.
Tastes of sweet malt,caramell,slight choclate,a bit fruitty.Clean and well balanced.The mouthfeel was cloying,medium body,with a sharp.tangy,dry finish.
A very tastey beer,a little on the filling side,could only drink a couple of these.An Octoberfest worth a try.

jcdiflorio, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours an amber color with a thin head that leaves a small ring behind on the glass.

Smell is strong caramellic and malty with some huskiness and some of that typical German sulfuric smell.

Taste is caramellic and sticky, lightly roasted and bitter. This beer leans heavily on the malt and bitterness is balancing it nicely.
All is very mild and clean fermented, without leaving any signature of the yeast. In the end the husky taste is back, but does not disturb me. Mouthfeel is a little too sweet and drinkability is good.

Absumaster, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy and dusky coppery gold. Two fingers of creamy beige head settle gradually to a puffy foam quilt. Axes of lacing graph the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a down-home air of lightly toasted malt, with caramel, toffee, berry and raisin. A gentle dusting of peppery hops feathers the periphery.

Upon tasting, the toasted malt seems a bit less dimensional than in the aroma, with a muted sweetness, and baked bread crust, a smattering of toffee, and a slight yeastiness. Muted hop spiciness further dries the ebbing malt presence. A crisp bitterness lingers along with a mild grain vestige. While a bit thin in spots, it's nicely enjoyable.

A bit more than light bodied, the malt sets some tangibility upon the palate.

It's a pleasant, fairly tasty example of a classic style. It's like a worn, comfy sofa that you know will deliver the good feeling, despite its lack of flash or panache. It goes down smooth and easy, and it's a breeze to imagine draining a krug or two of this. I might not think to request it, but I'd never say no if offered.

Foxman, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of stouty1
2.35/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a creme colored ceramc mug. When I got it from the waitress there was no head and no lacing. Not a sign that there ever was a head! Smell was of hops and that was all. Taste was very bland, some lemon. I could taste less than I could smell. Overly carbonated with no taste. I hope it was just a bad pour and I believe it had some to do with the pour.

stouty1, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of riversider76
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice gold/amber. Nice white head, with good retention and lacing. Smell is of fruit, carmel,and malt. Body is medium and carbonated.Taste is smooth,and sweet at the start, with a little hops in th finish.Good balance. I recommemnd this beer.

riversider76, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle which had a bottled date of June 2006. It poured a typical oktoberfest color, dark orange/gold. Nice head that lasted. Lacing left along the glass as it emptied. It had a malty, honey smell (again typical). Medium bodied. Highly drinkable with a very smooth flavor, which makes it stand out from a lot of other oktoberfest. One of my favorites.

AChamberlain, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves a one finger head, recedes to surface skim with some retention, and some lacing. Body is a clear orange amber.

Smell - apples, plums, and hints of toast and caramel.

Taste - malt bread, plums, apricot, some caramel, and some lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, somewhat fizzy.

Drinkability - this is good, and very sessionable. A little less fizzy would be nice, but this is good beer nonetheless.

ultralarry2006, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer that they serve only at Oktoberfest. It is NOT sold in North America. It is a much lighter beer than the common Oktoberfest-Marzen.Limited quantities have found their way to Canada's Oktoberfest celebrations.

On tap at the castle in Kitchener Ontario Canada....so much for the Europe-only exclusivity of this beer.

Tapped a brilliant gold with a tight 2 finger white cap...laced the glass well.

Aromas of bread and wet hay, some light citrus

Sufficient malt spine, creamy mouth feel, medium body, rounded malty character.

Bready malts up front have a light toast to them... some sweetness which is quickly balanced with herbal-lemony nobel hopping...wet finish is malt pronounced with a biscuity-lemon after taste.

This is not a true Oktoberfest marzen as it is too light in taste, color and body....to be truthful, this is a heavier maltier version of H-S edelhell...a sort of golden Munich lager...and although it is a good lager it is still not an Oktoberfest marzen in character.

pootz, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of joe1510
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle

Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest poured a very light copper. This is one of the clearest beers I have ever seen. 1 finger micro bubble head that took a little time to dissolve. What make this beer look good Is how clear it is.

The smell is malty and sweet.That's about all I'm getting from it. It has a pretty weak nose on it.

The taste is alright It's a little lacking as well but there's bready qualities followed by just a touch of sweetness and it seems like a little fruit. There's a bitterness at the end that is coming from roasted malt.

The mouthfeel is good. It's medium bodied with that chalky texture. One of the better aspects of this brew.

Drinkability is a little above average but nothing special. It's a beer you could drink a lot of considering the texture and mouthfeel but when you bring the taste and smell into it would you really want to?

Overall Hacher-Pschorr's Oktoberfest is a little above average. It just seemed weak. Nothing really came through like I would have liked.


joe1510, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of donchata
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Octoberfest produces a traditional Octoberfest batch with it's rich cherry amber color and fruity malty aroma. The head dissipates in a smooth quiet manner. A flower smoked malt mouthfeel is smooth and everlasting. This is a very drinkable selection that can leave you requiring a few more before the night is over.

donchata, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice golden orange color with a decent head that lingers, at least for a while. Smells and tastes well balanced, nothing overwhelming here, and all leading to the smoothest finish I've found yet for this style. Very drinkable and ranks as the best Oktoberfest I've tried.

techdiver, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of MillRat
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden color with a touch of orane. Off white head that take a vigorous pour to achieve any depth, and then it fades quickly anyway.

S: Noble hops with a bit of grassiness.

T: Classic oktoberfest lager (even though the label states "ale") the malt that is present isn't quite enough, with hops playing a bit part that balances it out.

M: A bit on the thin side for a European lager. Certainly correct for the style, though

D: There's nothing about this beer to impair drinkability, except the 5.8% ABV will catch up with you.

MillRat, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhhh, my favorite time of the year... Why? Marzen beer of course. The Hacker-Pschorr is one of my absolute favorite Marzens. Well make that my favorite with the Paulaner coming in a close second. It is the perfect Marzen... Malty as can be!!! The hops are there, but barely noticable. It has a really nice body and it is very easy to drink. It may have a bit much alcohol for a session beer, but it makes a damn fine fall session beer IMHO.

RushLimbmalt, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of afdempse
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium amber with a slight orange hue. Pours a frothy egg white head of 2 cm that gives way to a thin veil. Decent lacing

S - Apple cider with grape and grain overtones

T - Nice choice of malts, however I could use quite a bit more in that department. Hop balance is OK but it doesn't matter since the malt is taking so much of a backseat role. Slight sour notes throughout.

M - The carbonation level is right on. I definitely want more depth of body for this style, though.

D - I could see myself drinking a few of these provided there weren't any Paulaners around... Not a bad showing for this style, however. I think the Americans may be edging out the Germans for this year's best Oktoberfests, Paulaner notwithstanding.

afdempse, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of edbeered
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is from one of the original Munich breweries, so one would think it would be as authentic as any of the style. I had posted on the beer forum that American Octoberfests are now better than their German counterparts, and, for me, this is exhibit A. The color is the most pleasant thing about this beer. It pours a beautiful clear coppery amber color. There is a small white head that vanishes quickly and no lacing on the glass. One notices a slight grassy smell that is echoed in the taste, along with a mild caramel flavor. The mouthfeel is watery and thin. I suppose that, if one is to drink liter mugs, something along the line of this is preferable to a richer beer, but I prefer a smaller serving of something I would actually enjoy. This is a bit of a disappointment.

edbeered, Sep 28, 2006
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