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

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Ratings: 1,508
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 82
Gots: 109 | 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 mpyle
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App - Brilliant pale amber color. Whitish head with modest retention.

Aroma - sweet, caramel, malty nose. No hop, and generally quite clean.

Flav - Gentle malty flavor, but well attenuated and balanced. Finishes with a very slight hop bitterness, but quite clean.

MF - highly carbonated, with medium body. Carbonation a bit unpleasant and prickly. No distinct alcohol warming.

D'ability - aside from the carbonation, a nice run of the mill malty brew. The heavy carbonation really drops its drinkability for me.

Photo of Lupe
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark amber-orange in color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick sticky lace on the glass.

Clean malt aroma with some caramel, hops, and a bit of spice.

Very well balanced - toasty & caramel malt, a little nuttiness, spice, and mild hops. Finishes a little dry with a light lingering hop bitterness. Simple yet very tasty.

Crisp and smooth, medium in body with moderate carbonation. Not cloying like some O-Fest's can be.

Very easy to drink. Could down these all day. Nice example of the style.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest beer in the traditionnal style.
Appearence : Amber lager (marzen)
Smell : Malt aroma
Taste : A mixture of nutty maltiness and Hop bitterness
Mouthfeel :
Drinkability : A good Oktoberfest brewered by Hacker-Pschorr (temperature of drink 9°C)

Thierry (13/10/2007).

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at British Beer Company on 10/11/07, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a dark orange/brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice and nuts with a little hops, but overall the smell seemed pretty faint.

T: The taste is malty but well-balanced and not too sweet with flavors of caramel, spice and nuts. There's a mild hops presence as well. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation but light for the style, finish is dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I could drink a few of them, but there are other O-fests that I would choose first.

Photo of yelterdow
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at FireWaters in Hackensack, on a cool, rainy October night. It Just so happens they were serving this in the brewery's authentic 1L jalopy of a glass, with a German oom-pah band playing in the background. $20 for a fill, and the glass came home with me. Check, please!

Appearance- I've never actually drank a beer out of a vessel this large before... but watching the shapely, blonde bartender pour it tonight was a bonus. Deep copper-gold the entire way, then finally the ornamental two-finger cap. Lacing was consistent and present the entire time. I can't get over the fact that I'm about to finally *own* this frigging glass. I'm a fourth-grader on Christmas Eve.

Smell- Clean, honest malts and hops are all that's detected here... so much better though on tap!

Taste- Impeccable balance from the tap... I love this year's bottled version, but ***WOW***... on draft... one full liter went down in thirty minutes! Superb in its elegant simplicity, the quintissential Oktoberfest IMO. Soft, subdued hops gingerly balance out the malts, which have all of the character and a restrained sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For this true session beer, the mouthfeel was excellent... alive and modest. The bar was packed tonight... but rather than belly up to the bar itself I elected to cozy up to a small round table, beer in hand, and listen to a band play German folk songs. Time went quickly, and moments later I was driving home with my new favorite glass.

Photo of number1bum
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a perfectly clear, light amber color with a few bubbles rising to the top. Only about 1/2 a finger of off-white head sits on top, and leaves only a very thin lace around the rim of the glass.

Smell is a perfect combo of toasted grain and sweet caramel malt. Touch of grassy hops.

Tastes of toasted malt and a husky sort of grain flavor. Not as much caramel sweetness as in the nose. I'm not wild about the grainy flavor here. There's a quick snap of hop bitterness toward the end, along with some grassy flavor, and then moves into a dryish finish with some lingering toasted grain on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, crisp but appropriate carbonation.

Not a bad oktoberfest, but not my favorite either. I'm not wild about the husky sort of grain flavor, and that affects the drinkability for me. I would choose other oktoberfests if I had the choice, but wouldn't pass one up if I didn't.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours an orange and caramel color, a big fluffy head building up, two fingers worth. A dotted ring of lace high on the Belgian glass and some stray lacing angling down here and there. The head recedes to a thin cover in about a minute.

Aroma - lots or bready, caramel, and roasty stuff going on. Some moderate grain sweetness, even a bit of grassiness.

Taste - heavy caramel and roasted malt flavor, pretty much on par with the nose. The swallow allows just a tickle of hops through before resolving to a warm sweet roastiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth and solid feel, ample carbonation but not bubbly feeling. Glides across the mouth and throat quite easily.

Drinkability - one of the better OFests I've had and will likely grab more.

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

This has a good amber color. Pretty good lacing. The smell seemed a bit weak to me. Thought I should have smelled a bit more malt. Taste was good. Tradition Oktoberfest. Sweet, and malty, but with very good balance in the finish. Mouthfeel seems right for an Oktoberfest. Drinkability is very good. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest, one that I will look for every year, when it comes available.

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

12 oz. bottle, with a very Teutonic looking label, cool,

A: Pours a beautiful, light amber colour, the head is a nice, off-white, 2-finger head, good retention, the overall colour and clarity are very nice for an Oktoberfest-marzen.

S: Very sweet, caramel and toffee, some apple, and hint of roastiness and smoke.

T: One of the better tasting Oktoberfests I have had in a long time, full of caramel and sweet malt, some gingerbread notes, and dark bread, with the slightest hint of noble hops, earthy and grassy to back the malt, but overall, a beautiful, simple malt flavour.

M: Light and smooth, refreshing, though a tad on the watery side of things.

D: A great marzen to drink, tradtional and different from the many pale marzens on the market today, this one and Paulaner are on the top of my list for world-class marzens, top 2 definitely.

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!!!

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