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

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1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 92 | 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 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.

beeroclock, Feb 04, 2007
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.

AustinBeerLvr, Jan 08, 2007
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.

EPICAC, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of uwmgdman
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Oktoberfest pours brilliant copper into my pint glass, much like the color of copper piping. The thin white head diminished into a thin skim after a few sips. The aroma of the beer is rather sweet and malty with some bready notes and hints of spicyness from toasted grain. The taste is sweet, yet there is a solid hop bitterness that provides good balance, very well done. The carbonation is moderate, medium bodied, and quite smooth. Overall I enjoyed this Oktoberfest very much. For the style I feel this beer is perfectly balanced. I also enjoyed its smoothness, a solid example of the style, highly recommended.

uwmgdman, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is Carmel/copper with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, rocky, & off white and leaves good lace.

The smell of lightly toasted, & caramel Malt.

The taste is Sweet malt lightly toasted. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

The drinkability is good, a solid Marzen. Too long and far in between, Thank you and Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Chaucer’s Pub in London, Ontario. Pours deep gold, with a 2 finger white foam. Awesome retention. This head lasts and lasts. Mild grass/hay with subtle malts. Very mildly hopped and slightly perfumey. Tastes are right in line with the aroma. Soft malt spine with mild grassy/hoppy flavours and a spalsh of rose petals. Very soft and subtle, very sessionable, very drinkable. Once you can learn to appreciate the subtlities in this one, it all opens up. Thanks for getting this one in Milos!

mrmanning, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, with 07.06 on the label - brewed in Munich. It pours a caramel/bronze with high carbonation and two fingers of biege head. The aroma smells toasted with caramel and pale malts - mild but good. It tastes lightly sweet with the same malt profile and spicy/grassy/skunky/piney hops that leave a mild bitterness. The body is medium to light, smooth and almost creamy, with medium to high carbonation that settles too quickly. A good session beer that I drank way too fast - always good to have an authentic märzen.

mmmbeer, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this mid-November at Woolich Arms in Guelph. Floral aroma. Good Creamy middle plus mouthfeel, white head followed by abundant lace..toasty. Distinct bitterness comes through at end of subtle malting. A very good lager.Easy drinking is the key to this.

Sammy, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light shade of orange-brown, with a hazed clarity. Creamy, off-white head of two and a half fingers holds very well leaving sticky patches of lacing. Dextrinous nose, full of Munich malts, wheat, and noble hops. The taste begins sweet with pale malt, wheat and toasty Munich malts, then ends with a faint Pilsener sharpness. Drying aftertaste presents a mild but balanced hallertau hop flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is dextrinous from specialty grain and wheat, but not cloying or residual. Soft carbonation and medium body are rather creamy and inviting. Finishes with traces of wheat and munich malt and a lingering hallertau acidity. A true-to-form Marzen with remarable drinkabiltiy.

PBRstreetgang, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of peabody
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear amber ice tea color with very little head. Some lacing.
Smell is caramel yeast and malt.
Taste is the same but with a slight hoppiness that turns the sweetness into a bitter delight.
Mouthfeel is clean at first then the hop taste and the sugar are left. Kinda nice.
I could drink a lot of this so I will rate it high on the drinkability scale.

peabody, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium amber color with modest slightly off-white puffy head.
Smell is a light sweet malt with the background of a mild fruitiness.
Taste is more malt with modest caramel notes.
Finished rich and creamy with a sloght dryness at the end.
Very easy drinkabailty. Nice and refreshing. Good session beer.

tgbljb, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of kernalklink
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first choice for a new Oktoberfest brew this year- poured golden into the mug with an enticing aroma; almost berry-like with some malt in the background. The berry-malt was the first to hit my tongue followed by a pleasant dry hop finish. Very well balanced flavors with a clean refreshing finish; so clean that the higher alcohol content just sneaks up with no real warning- worthy of any Oktoberfest celebration.

kernalklink, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color with great clarity. The head is a nice 1/2 inch but drops quickly. Appears to be weak on carbonation. The aroma has some light caramel notes but mostly a strong flavor like corn or unfermented malt which detracts some. The taste is free of this DMS flavor though, and is pleasantly toasty/bready with a light bitterness. The alcohol isn't noticible, good for almost 6% ABV. Overall this beer was very drinkable The only thing that I didn't like was the aroma, but regardless I could still have a few of these...

bennetj17, Oct 27, 2006
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
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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
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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
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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
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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