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

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1,431 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,431
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 83 | 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 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
Photo of jwc215
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled 07/06

Pours orange/amber with a cream-colored head that descends to a thin covering. Leaves some lacing.

The smell is of sweet caramel with an earthy breadiness and a touch of fruity hops.

The taste is of sweet malt (barley/caramel?) with crisp/mild hops. Some earthy breadiness emerges. It's very well-balanced. Though the tastes seem typical, they emerge so fully that you can't quite describe them.

It's wonderfully smooth and the flavors hang on without being overwhelming, making this a great oktoberfest "session" and a great brew to have at an Oktoberfest party. Every autumn I stack up on this. One of the best (if not the best) of the style!

jwc215, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with one inch of off-white head lasting well over one minute. Nice copper and amber body with a great deal of clarity. Good head retention.

Sweet, malty aromas rush through the nose. Candied sugars, toffee, caramel, raisins and maple syrup. Smells of sweet breads before a light hop presence. Very sugary and sweet. Slight musty finish.

Loads of sweet flavors lead off this beer. Brown sugar and maple syrup sweetness with a taste of over-ripe peaches. Biscuity and bread-like qualities show off some malt complexity. Faint hoppy notes on the finish. A slightly stronger hop presence would balance this beer a little better.

Mouthfeel is crisp at the finish but a little oily. There is a strange coating on the teeth after finishing one of these.

Drinkability is just better than average. This is a good beer but not a great beer. It is just too sweet.

Budlum, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of cabsandking
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orange brown, copper color. Lots of malt aromas in the nose; toffee, honey smoked malts, oranges, buttery, tea. The taste is sharp and full of spice. Full flavored hops, floral, herbal. Toasted barley malt, buttery toffee. Yeasty grain tones in the finish. Medium body with a terrific mouth feel that coats nicely and with a little carbonation to accompany. All around very excellent beer with a lot of depth and character combined with an excellent balance. I will be looking foreward to the next!

cabsandking, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

coppery amber with thin but tightly packed tan head.
very earthy malt aroma, with caramel, biscuit, and floral notes.
malty sweet taste, with a very raw quality to it, not raw as in harsh, but raw as in it tastes similar to the way unfermented wort smells. toasted carmel and biscuit are again present here, nutty and grainy as well. herbal bitterness. very balanced. some toffee with warmth in the end.
medium body with active carbonation, a little too carbonated for my liking.
good drinkability, easy finish a couple glasses before you know it,

kmo1030, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of Bouncingsoul1682
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the spirit of Oktoberfest I recently purchased several six-packs of Hacker-Psorr, Ayinger, and Paulaner's Oktoberfest and thought it time to rate them all.

Appearance: light amber color, lighter than Paulaner's version with decent amount of carbonation
Smell: slightly fruity notes and a little bit of hops come out as I swirled the brew in my glass.
Taste: light flavor fruity flavor, almost reminds me of a light cider
Mouthfeel: carbonation adds to the mouthfeel and makes the tasting that much more enjoyable
Drinkability: recommended in the spirit of Oktoberfest...if it was available year round, i'd recommend it as an everyday libation.

Bouncingsoul1682, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of gonzo138
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a rich amber color, head dissapates very quickly, absolutely no lacing

S-nice caramel malt sweetness, very crisp and light on the nostrils

T- starts off with a caramel malted taste and finishes with a slight hop bitterness

M-feels fairly carbonated, taste does not linger too long, light airy feel in mouth, good clean feel

D- a nice drinking beer, If I were in germany right now, I would be drinking it out of a 2 liter stien, dancing, being gregarious, and most likely drunk, this is the first oktoberfest I've had besides sam adams, and this one totally blows it out of the water, from now on I will be looking forward to this time year alot more

gonzo138, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon further review, I will say this is an above average Marzen. Very kindly priced, too. Smell, slightly metallic..no lacing on glass, but most marzens don't. Nice caramel and burnt orange taste in the flavor. Very drinkable and a medium to light bodied brew. A good one.

bigdeuce, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice orange with a big head.

aroma is caremel and noble hops.

taste matches the aroma, caramel and nice hop touch.

mouthfeel is on the thin side, very smooth, easy drinking.

overall, a very solid Octoberfest, very easy to drink and would be enjoyable in a party setting. Definitely one i look forward to every autumn.

evanackerman, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a creamy off white head which it retains quite well. Aroma is mostly carmel like malts with a faint roastiness. The taste is carmel like malt, the roastiness is evident in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with lots of carbonation. This is very drinkable, I could easily down several of these. This is my favorite Marzen so far this year.

Dizzy, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of Oxymoron
1.63/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hacker the slacker. Poured a very clear, lighter orange color with a decent head. Quickly dissipated and next to no lacing to talk about.

The smell was not good. Well bad. Stronger notes of what I can best describe as cat urine. I had to look a little into my guess…p-menthane-8-thiol-3-one. Not much of malt nor hop aromas.

The taste continues to be disappointing. On the positive side, the malt notes are more detectable and there is a somewhat smooth flavor. Negative notes are easy to detect, oxidation and cardboard come out strong. Chalky yeast aftertones as well.

The body is light but not watery. The flavor is noticeable but questionable if that is a good thing or bad. Overall, pass.

Oxymoron, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of kelticblood
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice clear gold color when poured. Not much of a head remained but had enough traces of thin lacing. Almost near perfect mouthfeel. Might be a touch too carbonated which takes away from its creamy texture. Nice slight hop and heavy malt aroma. Finish is dry and bitter. I find these to be very drinkable. Sweet light malt taste. Overall very good.

kelticblood, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear coper color with a huge ivory head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Toasty malts and sweet grain aroma with a hint of caramel and a splash of friut jiuce loft through the nose.

Taste: It has a rich malty flavor that is smooth and quaffable. it is easily apoarchable but well constructed with malty grain fruit brown sugar and caramel balanced by a gentle floral hop grain dryness that makes this beer so beutifully balanced. The aftertaste quick pinch of dry then a lingering light syrupy sweetness that unique but quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel: More sticky and chewy then many in the style and I like that big rich feel.

Drinkability: This one sits in the stomach a bit more than a few others I have had this season. Nonetheless, it goes down very easy and the addition flavor and mouthfel is a worthy trade off so, mm m mm m mmm! That my rating!

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fresh sample - the first I've encountered of the '06 season.
Pours a burnt orange/copper color. Not THE darkest Oktoberfest I've seen, but definitely one of them.
Smell is the lager crispness and hearty malt that makes me know that fall is around the corner. Not quite as potent as I recall, but still a good smell.
Taste is malty, but with some bavarian-style hops in the finish. Not as sweet as some years I've had, but still a little sweetness in the initial flavor. Goes down very easy and the first thing you want is more. This is the sign of a good Oktoberfest brew.
Not the absolute best O-fest out there, but one of them. If there was a line-up of the best offerings, it would be in the top 5 I'd guess.

Domingo, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of Byeast
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: very clear , bright/lighter copper , head dissipated quickly to almost nothing, some lacing left on the glass.

S: smell is very nice and typical of oktoberfest marzen, this beer reminds me of october and fal sooo much, slightly sweet , bit of roasted character , nice fresh malty scents and grains , hint of clove and cinnamon, and a bit of slightly spicy/herbal hops.

T: smooth and slightly roasty , full maltiness and nice toasted grains , bit of a crisp twang in there , balancing touch of herbal hops , an edge of caramel sweetness in the finish.

M: slightly creamy and smooth.

D: A very drinkable Oktoberfest , true to the style. The finish is on the sweeter side of the ones iv'e tried after the hops. A great beer that goes down super easy throughout the night. Love the images of fall and october this beer brings to my mind.

Byeast, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much to say about this one. Decent looking amber beer with a large head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing. Smell is malty-hoppy nice. Taste is malty-hoppy nice. Mouthfeel is okay. Best part -- easy to drink.

Wish I could have this in Munich -- I'm sure it's much better there.

ColoradoBobs, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

States it was on 0607
Since this is a new beer in a store that doesn't try to sell old stuff (from what I can tell), I'm guessing this is this year's batch:

Pours amber/caramel with a 4 fingers+ sandy head. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Caramel notes, Slight hop features as it warms

T: Caramel & hops bitterness up front with a slight tanin note (??). Some brown sugar notes follow. A lttle tobbacco &maple syrups follows, this beer is al over the place to it determent. Finish with a hoppy/fruitty caramel edge

MF: Light to medium with good carbonation levels, pretty good balance. All the same if not in germany, get a local micro & you'll do just as well IMO

Drinks okay, too much out of style to reccomend as an oktoberfest,more like a amber to me. Still worth a try.

russpowell, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of indy169
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest is one of my favorites. This was the beer that turned me on to German beers, all those years ago.
This Oktoberfest is respectably rich and malty without sacrificing drinkability. My bottle sample poured to a deep amber with wonderful lacing, even well past the produced on date. There is very little hops noticable, and not much sweetness to speak of. Aftertaste is mild, but holds long enough to tide you over between quaffs.
This beer is great for what it is, a German Oktoberfest pasteurized and sold in America. Perfection would be Munchen in September.

indy169, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of KFaulkner
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to try this on-top at Hagerstown, Maryland's annual Augustoberfest; a celebration of their German heritage and relationship with Sister-City Wesel, Germany.

I got this on-top in a ceramic mug I purchased at the festival for $15 (ouch). The beer was excellent, particulary with a Bavarian Bratwurst. I couldn't see it very well in my opaque mug, but the smell was fresh, as many German beers are. Touted as the original Oktoberfest, it was my favorite of the three Hacker-Pschorr beers I sampled at the festival.

KFaulkner, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 355ml (12 fl.oz) thin bodied brown glass standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle sealed with a white crown cap which has the colorful Hacker-Pschorr logo on it. My bottle looks just like the one in the Database, blue and white checked background with a lovely looking Fraulien on horseback holding aloft a glass of beer. Bottled date of “07.05” with a packaging code of L20753. Listed at 5.8% ABV.

Appearance: Dark amber body with a large dirty-white head on the pour, this sadly all too quickly disappeared and finished up as a small blob of froth floating like an island on top of a lifeless brown pond. Smattered lacing is few and far between, with some weak looking patches here and there.

Nose: Toasted caramel, lightly baked pears in brown sugar and a smidgeon of Vienna malt with a sweetness that is middling but detectable in the start and finish.

Taste: More caramel, toasted malts, sly slicks of Devon toffee and a gentle sweet-bitterness in the finish. Dry and sweet with a damp aspect. Wet tissue feel with a brown sugar and molasses dimension that detracts from the clarity of the tastes. Lacks the angular crispness from the malts that I am used to and prefer.

Mouthfeel: Does the business and supports the taste profile where it needs to, even so it can tend to have a soggy feel as you work your way through it. Long term it becomes flaccid and cardboard breaks into the finish as it warms.

Drinkability: The toasted malts and sweetness becoming a little too overpowering, I like my Oktobefests to have a crisper feel, this one is sugary and too sweet, with the malts a little soggy. Too squelchy for me to enjoy more than the one bottle.

Overall: Not as impressive as the earlier HP Munich Edelhell, but not a bad effort. However, I think that there are many better Oktoberfests out there though (like Spaten and Paulaner) for the same money, so I don’t think that I would pick this one up again. Not bad but nothing special.

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 21, 2006
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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