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

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1,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 78
Gots: 92 | 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 saintwarrick
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.98/5  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
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

Photo of Ieatlambfries
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in my new style Sam Adams glass.

Poured a light copper color with a billowing 2 finger head of off white foamy bubbles. Each sip left a nice blanket of lacing, which quickly disappeared.

Toasty malts on the nose with slight burned caramel notes.

A lot of toasty malt up front, followed by a faint burnt caramel sweetness which ends with a mild hop twang and granny smith like tartness.

Crisp mouthfeel with some biting carbonation. Medium bodied.

Super drinkable, this is a great end of summer session brew. To me it's one of the benchmarks for the style.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of my Oktoberfest beers for the year, expect alot more of these reviews as I fullt intend to try everyone that I can find this year. Poured a deep amber color which actually suprised me a bit, thought it would be lighter. No real head after the initial two inch pour foam. Nice side glass lace and ample carbonation coming up. Smell wa alot of grain, nothing really special just alot of cereal grains. Taste was light, lots of malts, with great carbonation made for a nice profile, very drinkable as most Mazen are. Could have drank this one all night. So overall I would have to say this was a damn fine Oktoberfest anda decent way to start my fall season. I look forward to alot more ofthem in the coming months.

Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with an average tan head, plenty of carbonation bubbles racing to the top. The smell is bready, noble hops, very similar to their Munchen Helles. The taste is of caramel malt, doughy munich malt, and noble hops. Could use a touch more caramel/toasted malt to balance out the sweety doughy malt. Tastes too similar to their helles. The feel is moderately bodied, well carbonated yet smooth. A good German Oktoberfest offering, always enjoyable.

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle cold into a goblet.

A - Decants a deep copper w/ a vanilla cream 2 finger head w/ a speckling of lace up the glass.

S - Fruit scents w/ some citrus along w/ a grainy woody malt scent. A milky cream scent w/ light sulfur similar to dry powdered milk.

M - Sweet, crisp and nutty like a malted cereal w/ a nice dry texture.

T - Nuttiness and a sllightly sweet caramel aspect w/ hints of wheat and pilsner malt. Gentle woody hops have a pleasant interplay with the malts. Mild yeast allows malt to shine here.

D - A very drinkable amber fest that is a great representation of the style.

Photo of mjc410
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour into my Mahr's mug results in a head that just didn't turn up for the show - just a slight ring of bubbles. Below, the body is a slightly red-tinged copper, and only slightly transparent.

The nose is quite mild, almost to the point of being nonexistent. Not too happy about that.

The taste, though, is all that I like about this style. Rich, malty, and easy. The caramel is light in this one, but is definite throughout, and lingers long into the aftertaste. There's a fresh white bread component, too.

The mouth is medium, with marvelously smooth carbonation. Very nice here!

Another fine O-fest. I wonder which will be my favorite this season?

Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another year+? old beer which i decided i better drink after cleaning out one of my beer cupboards.

Looks nice on the pour. An almost two finger pale tan head formed on a vigorous pour. Tight head fell back to leave a thin cap atop this mildly carbonated marzen. Decent, thin sheets of lacing intially present.

Aroma is somewhat muted, more carbonation might have helped that out, as well as being slightly warmer than fridge temperature. Toasty bread, some melanoidin (from decoction mashing, malt bill, or age?) with its hints of rich and buttery dark fruit. Not much going on for hops, but hints of dried grass present. Seems to have survived somewhat intact.

No surprises in the taste, much like above description, although the melanoidin characteristics are really only hinted at, and provide a pleasant layer of depth to the toasted malt backbone.

Somewhat creamy, almost medium bodied lager. Carbonation a touch low, but could be due to the age on this bottle. Some malt sweetness, but toasty character comes through for a dry finish. Hint of grassy hops allows for full enjoyment of the malt and is to style.

This is a nice beer, and managed to age fairly well, not that i would recommend cellaring it or anything. A very approachable and somewhat sessionable style. Malt complexity gets in the way of it cleanliness, but the other characteristics of this brew make for a refreshing lager. Will have to find a few fresh bottles this fall to take head to head with NGs staghorn, which has been a favorite of mine since stumbling across it. Still an enjoyable brew after sitting on my cupboard for far too long, one that ill enjoy again someday as well.

Photo of jim102864
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A must have at your favorite Oktoberfest party or during the hot summer months since it's so refeshing.

Served from a chilled bottle while vacationing at the Jersey shore recently. Appearance is harvest wheat yellow with moderate bubbly.

Wheaty nose with hints of grass.

Taste is grassy, mild and malty sweet with moderate carbonation and no hop bitterness.

Very crisp, clean mouthfeel. Refreshing.

A very drinkable brew and an Oktoberfest must. Great to pair with BBQ of any kind, but obviously brats or steaks would make the best mathc.

Photo of maddogruss
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first Oktoberfest brew, so bear with me. Had this on-tap at Cloverleaf. It poured a nice, amber color with a minimal amount of head with ok retention that slowed to a decent lacing, but was gone by the finish. The smell was nice and malty. The taste again was malty with a nice, sweet honey mix and aftertaste. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and pretty solid. The beer, overall, was nice and drinkable. Smooth, easy-going, good mouthfeel, and great taste made for a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of Blupoet03
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

This beer has an amber color and no head. I even splashed the beer (or "poured vigorously," if you prefer) a bit in an attempt to form one, but no dice with this beer.

The nose consists of a faint apple aroma and taste with a hint of wheat with a hops' bitterness aftertaste. The carbonation is noticeable on the pallet as well (in a good way).

Overall, this bear was very crisp and smooth. I don't have a lot to say about it, but this is due more to the fact that it felt like a good relaxing drink with nothing to detract from the experience, but nothing complex to make me want to type on and on.

Worth a try.

I drank it on one of our hottest days this June and it came off as very drinkable, very refreshing.

Photo of Fugazme
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

Caramel/orange in color with a slight head and very nice lacing.

Aroma is super malty and wonderful.. lots of spicey overtones and a sugary sweet background. Awesome.

Flavor is pretty good and malty... lots of grain and a small bitter finish... Grassy and hay-like... I like it.

Mouthfeel is good... nothing special to note about it... I'd call it average.

The best thing about this beer is the nose... it is very inviting to me. I'll be searching this one out next year for sure. One of the best "major" Oktoberfests I've tried.

Photo of beeroclock
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I gave this 3.5 across the board. It poured the amber/copper color with white head, about a fingers worth. Smelled of caramel. Tasted like a toasty latte without the coffee... How much sense does that make? It had some sweet to it and some bitter. I liked it though, I just can't explain it fully. I will drink this again, kind of surprised that it's affiliated in any way to Heinekin. It's really good compared to the green skunk heiny.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Very nice copper/amber color, decent amound ot head, not much lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is caramel malt and kind of a little bit unpleasant metallic scent to it as well.

T & M: Starts off with a sweet malt but then fades to an odd metallic a little oversweet metallic aftertaste I wasn't a huge fan of. It's not overpowering, but its presence isn't all that great. The mouthfeel of this brew is good for an O-fest, as it's not too heavy or too light.

D: Not as high as most O-fests, and this is actually one of my favorite beer styles. Too much of a stange off flavor going on that just doesn't do it for me. I remember having this on tap having the same tastes as well. Not a horrible beer by any means, but there are a lot better O-Fests brews out there.

Photo of EPICAC
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Cricket's in Waco.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with an off-white head that thins to a film.

Smell: Rich and malty with lots of caramel and toffee and a little bit of a tart fruitiness.

Taste: Some light toasty malts that meld with sweet caramel and toffee flavors. There's a very light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and creamy with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Nice, but a little rich.

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