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

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1,499 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,499
Reviews: 738
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 81
Gots: 99 | 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 GRPunk
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- It pours a rich amber color with a 1 finger off-white/tan head. The head turns into a light lacing that gently sticks to the side of the mug. It had light carbonation.

S- The scent is mostly of sweet malts (mostly caramel tones). There was a light grassy hop aroma.

T- The flavor was mostly of sweet and roasted malts. It tasted of sweet bread and caramel.

M- It had a light carbonation and nice full feel.

D- Very drinkable. It was on the sweet end of the spectrum, but not too overpowering to be enjoyable.

Overall- I feel this is a great example of the style. It's easy to drink a number of these in a sitting. I picked up a case and it's been one of my "go-to" beers of the early fall.

Photo of pweis909
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange amber from the bottle, with white head, thick at first, but dissipates over the course of the glass. This beer is all about malt smell and aroma. Excellent. It is sweet up front with a crisp finish. Its sweetness might feel cloying after multiple bottles, though. I love it, but one seems like enough.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When looking for a Märzen to enjoy on this , the last day of Oktoberfest, I came across this selection. The label states it was produced on 08/07, so it is quite fresh.

Deep copper/amber body. Aggressive pour produces a nice head and copious amounts of visible carbonation.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel. Nice fullness to the nose, though it fades to virtual nothingness after approx two minutes.

Excellent smooth malts. Holds a caramel sweetness, though not at all overly sweet. Light hops make a showing, and give way to a fresh bread finish. Flavor is nicely balanced between the rich malts and faint crisp bitterness to the hops.

An excellent choice for watching FC Bayern Munich get a win in Munich during the Fest.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an orange-ish / copper color with an off -white head. Aromas that are fruity and just a tad bit earthy. In the taste, a smooth small dry fruitiness and a bit earthy again. A smooth malty mouthfeel, with a dry fruity aftertaste. A bit more fruit than expected in an Oktoberfest, but a nice dy end as well.

Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Marzen pours an orange color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is toasted malt with caramel being noticeable. The flavor is much the same, toasted malt and caramel notes standing out the most. This is a pretty good beer, but just seemed a bit lacking in comparison to some of the other Oktoberfest beers I've tried.

Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Rich amber orange with a foamy head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malts and fruity hops.

Taste: Rich sweet toasty malt and medium hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: Very nice tasting beer and has the German edge over the American counterparts with a slightly stronger hops flavor. I liked this one a lot.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick two finger head that fades fast, very typical of the style. The color is a very rich amber .

S- Smells of sweet carmel malts followed by a faint spicy hop aroma.

T- Solid malt profile that is sweet but not too sweet. This is held in check by hops that "know thier place" and do thier job exceptionally.

M- Extremely smooth with just the right amount of effervescence.

D- I've put down a 12 pack in a night on several occasions. Nuf' said.

Fantastic, this beer IS the reason I love fall.

Photo of Homerbag
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the bottle a good dark, but trasnsparent brown, excellent head that stays the whole time. Smell like malty and puts me in the mood for fall and a trip back to Germany. The taste is as good as it gets. Good malty taste with the right amount of carbonation that makes this go down very good and sometimes too fast. This is a very good beer for the ultimate session. I am sure this is better closer to Germany, but I will make do. I know there are better Octoberfests out there, but this should be the standard to which they are compared.

Photo of John_M
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Duda's the other day. Have not seen this beer on tap any place else here in town (including Max's and Mahaffey's), and was quite surprised to see it on tap here.

The beer pours a lovely orange copper color with very good head retention and decent lacing. On the nose... ahhhh.... this is the real thing. The beer comes across as very rich and malty, with an almost graininess to it. This beer smells fantastic. On the palate once again this is a very rich marzen, loaded with sweet malt. There are lovely flavors of cherry and baked apple. This beer glides across the palate and is so very, very drinkable.

Just superb. Would love to be able to drink the draft version of this all the time.

Photo of marcpal
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Old Bay, New Brunswick. Not impressed by this beer at all, perhaps high expectations.

A- Amber with a typical head.

S- Piney typical smell of an Octoberfest fall beer. Nothing beyond the run of the mill.

T- Very indescript and malty, hoppy taste that didnt blow me away or overdo it. Some sense of pine/woodsy flavor but not all that much from what I had hoped for.

M- Crisp as you would expect.

D- Very very drinkable as you would hope from a "fest" beer.

Photo of usmittymc
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a room temperature pub glass from a 12 oz brown bottle with a brewed on date of June 2007.

A- Perfectly clear dark amber color with an airy slightly off white two-finger thick head

S- Caramel and toffee malts, perfect for the style

T- Same as the smell with a very faint fruitiness in the middle, and again perfect for the style

M- Smooth with a slight crispness in the finish

D- Definitely one of the top Oktoberfest biers in my book. These brews are brewed to be consumed in generous quantities (hence the lower ABV), and this one takes the boat

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at CK Diggs in Rochester MI. The beer was crystal clear and dark orange colored, thin head of foam. The aroma was predominantly malty, toasty and sweet. The flavor was toasted malts and some caramel. A little bitterness in the after-taste is the only hint of the hops. Very easy to drink, an extremely tasty malt-bomb.

Photo of MiScusi
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear burnt orange color with an off white head that was pretty substantial for a couple minutes before it settled into a thin foamy cap. The smell is classic light toasted malt. The taste starts with sharp malt flavor, not sweet, but sharp and toasty, which fades into a sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is good, light, carbonated to the right level.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brew pours a deep red amber with a head that laces the top of the glass but eventually disappears. Aroma is dry and malty, grainy like wheat toast. Taste is very smooth, slightly fruity with a pleasant but not overwhelming sweetness. Hops keep it from being too sweet, with a nice dryness at the end.

By far the best Octoberfest I have had, perfect for the season and eminently drinkable.

Photo of Durge
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear copper color with no head to speak of and no lacing present on this pour from a new local restaurant (Sophie's in Watertown, CT). I have to assume that this was unfortunately a flat batch which I tried to consider in my grading. None the less, it had a modest aroma that nicely combined a mild maltiness with a sharper grassy quality. This beer felt a bit dead, but there was a fine carbonation present to give it some life and it worked well with the spicey wheat and malt notes that came through. Very easy to drink but again, this one was probably just flat so it seemed a bit watery. Had some decent touches in the flavor so I would like to try it again under better circumstances.

Photo of BDIMike
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I decided on the eve of the German Beerfest here is Boston that I would compare the top two Oktoberfest beers, in my mind: Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest and Paulaner Oktoberfest-Marzen. I tried the H-P version first. It has a clear, amber color with a small head. The aroma is very sweet, malty, and carmelized smell. It tastes very full-bodied and rich. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth with the drinkibility to last alll day....what it was brewed to do. The Paulaner version is very similar in appearance, with a slightly larger head, and also in aroma, but a slightly stronger smell. The taste is much the same, along with the mouthfeel and drinkibility. As far as I can see, you can't go wrong with either one!!!

Photo of shererjt
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, deep amber with a large, thick, light tan head. Nose was rich malt with some toast and mostly Vienna (as opposed to Munich) malt. Nice and bready. Body was on the light side of medium. Decent taste with the malt being balanced by a lingering bitterness. Slightly raisin-y. Clean. Good mouthfeel and drinkability.

Another very nice, authentic Märzen. This is among the better ones.

Photo of flexabull
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a decent but fading white head.

Aroma is spicy, kind of skunky, and a bit sweet.

Taste is a bit tea like, creamy, and sweet. There is also a spicy bread like taste, and a crisp and floral hop bite on the finish. Hops are muted, but they give a bit of a zing.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A touch thin, with a light carbonated quality. But the malts give it a decent body.

Drinkability is above average. Not my favorite Marzen / Oktoberfest beer, but it's fairly tasty, and light enough to be sessionable.

Photo of Freshie
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, nice wispy head.

Smell is malty sweet.

The taste is crisp, with nice malt back bone. The toasted flavor gives a unique edge to this brew. Finishes sweet, with a nice.

Quite the tasty Marzen. Makes my eagerness for my passport to arrive in the mail, to come sooner, so I can get to Oktoberfest.

Photo of jpkoch1962
4.68/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best Maerzens out there. Pours a clean, bright, deep amber with a sticky longlasting head. A very malty aroma floats from the glass. This a a big-malty Bavarian beer -as a sweet malty taste dominates throughout. Yet, this a very smooth lager with no cloying in the aftertaste. The finish is surprisingly dry and smooth. If you are looking for a classic Munich Lager, then this is it.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Hacker Pschorr Oktoberfest poured a clear, clean bright amber color with a good size head. Nose and taste is of malt, sweet and a little ‘caramely’. There is slight hop bitterness with a bittersweet finish – a little more flavor than Spaten Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is crisp with medium body and semi-dry. Good size carbonation bubbles.

A good session brew - can see why Hacker Pschorr is one of only six brewers that are allowed to serve at Munich’s Oktoberfest. Hacker Pschorr is my favorite Oktoberfest to date.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an ambery copper color with not much in the way of head retention.

Smell is hard to pick up. Maybe some grainy aromas?

Taste makes up for the lack of a nose. Very classic Marzen flavors. Grainy, but in a good way. Some vegetable like notes as well. I find those in many Oktoberfest beers, but that may just be me. A nice caramel malt backbone to keep this one balanced.

Overall, this is a tasty brew if you like the Oktoberfest style. Goes great with football by the way. Highly drinkable.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal-clear amber/golden hue color with a nice creamy, off-white head that lingers for a bit. Nice lacing.

Smell - very pleasant. no off-smells...nice caramel maltiness, breadiness, sweet.

Taste - sweet caramel maltiness, bready, extremely smooth, crisp, just a hint of hop finish. Hints of yeast.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, velvety, nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Excellent. I could take these down all day long. One of the better Oktoberfests out there imho. Great indeed. Very refreshing and clean.

Photo of phishgator
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass. The head was a nice carbonated fluff, but that left as quickly as it rose. The color is a deep amber with a clear, clean body. The aroma is sweet caramel and slight toffee/roasted barley. The taste is big malty sweet. The caramel and roasted tones show through completely. There is a little hop bitterness in the back, but this is a malt brew. The body is full and smooth, a great lager quality. This is one that I could have on hand through the fall season. I think this is a good example of Marzen, IMO.

Photo of 77suburban
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - according to date, bottled 3 months ago.

Appearance: Amber, slightly reddish. Lacing is very white with smallish bubble, dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: A bit like apricot with a bit of yeast.

Taste: Apple, apricot, caramel malt, definitely malty with very little bitterness. Finish is pretty clean and exhibits an oak-like character comparable to red wine.

Mouth Feel: Mild and smooth. Fully flavor is realized after a few seconds making for a very pleasing, easy-drinking beer.

One of the best Oktoberfests I've tried. Tends to the sweet, malty side a bit more than others. An excellent beer!

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