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

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Reviews: 737
Hads: 1,538
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11%
Wants: 93
Gots: 136 | 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 BaalDagon
4/5  rDev +2.3%

This was my first true, straight from Deutschland, German beer. So, I will do my best to rate this accordingly:

A- As I poured it into a beer snifter, the color was of a strong tea with a redish hue. Head was large and billowy white in color and didn't seem to last long leaving behind a thin, but well developed lace. There seems to be tons of carbonation.

S- The nose was a full on loaf of Bavarian bread that, like a quality loaf of Bavarian bread, had a sweet end note that ended in an ever so light floral note.

T- Much like the nose, I felt as though I were drinking a perfectly buttered piece of fresh whole grain dark-bread. It finished with a slight hopieness that cleaned the palate well in preparation for the next sip. I felt that the build and balance of the beer was spot on as I was not overwhelmed at any point, nor left lacking as though something were missing. An interesting aftereffect that hit me minutes later was a strong taste of cereal that seemed to come out of nowhere, but was in no way unpleasant.

M- The feel is light, thin, smooth, and rather refreshing. The carbonation was not what I expected and seemed to die down quickly. As it warmed some... it almost seemed to go flat.

O- I am normally a double baltic porter or stout man, so if my wife had not brought this back from Germany... I might have never tried it. Once again, the wonderful world of beer has impressed me, and I have found another style to add to my growing list of "MUST DO AGAIN" beers. I think it was a well put together beer from a well reputed brewer. Next time... I'll have to enjoy more than one! (1,607 characters)

Photo of ClutchyHopkins
4/5  rDev +2.3%

picked up a 24 pack at costco not knowing what it was. 22 bucks....can't beat the deal
pleasantly surprised. a delicious, light Oktoberfest....pretty refreshing on a hot day (174 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Deep damn amber, deeper than most without finding a new adjective. Just a bit of white head. Nice looker. Soft on the nose (compared to GL Oktober for example). Shined though on the taste... such a sophisticated balance. Mouthfeel was v. appropriate to style. Such a balance and enjoyability I may have not experienced in Oktoberfest... opening some eyes as we speak. (367 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really tasty oktoberfest. Pours a medium brown with very little to speak of in terms of head or lacing along the glass. Smell is sweet, malty -- hints of raisin. Taste is also sweet -- raisin, slight caramel, slight chocolate, almost syrupy. All in all - pretty delicious. Great session beer for the fall. (305 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toasted malts, grassy hops, and lager yeast.

Taste: Sweet caramel and toasted malts, biscuit, yeasty, and mild grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, malty, a little chewy, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Its a good Oktoberfest, but more yeasty and grassy than I would like. (512 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: translucent reddish amber; off-white head, fades quickly;
S: malty, slightly yeasty, floral, a bit papery
T: roasted malt, yeast, hops
M:medium-bodied, smooth, coating, just a touch savory
O: a pure marzen, smooth and just a bit savory. I think my rDev's going to be a bit low, but that's not a knock on a remarkable marzen..

250mL / Tulip Glass / Schmankerl Stube, Hagerstown, MD (385 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 0,5l H-P mug at Horseshoe Pub in Hudson, MA.

A: Beautiful amber copper color with an off white head.

S: As you'd expect...super malty with plenty of roasted and sweet aromas. Some dried fruit in there as well. Smells like a cool, fall night.

T: Bready, slightly fruity, and big on the malt. Not cloying and not too sweet, the roasted malt is spot on.

M: Smooth, clean, and delicious. Not at all cloying as some beers of this style can be. Great body and carbonation.

O: I've been waiting to have this again for a while and I'm glad I had it on tap. Such a great example of the style. Perfectly executed. (620 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a seriously dark amber color. Nice, fluffy, white head atop. Decent retention, drops to a very thick film.
Smell is malt, caramel, biscuity, and a wee hint of light fruit, pears probably, maybe somegreen grapes. Good balance.
Taste is malt, biscuit, grapes, apple and pear, yeast. Nice balance.
Less than medium body, light effervescence, drying finish, fruit and malt take over the aftertaste. Good and mellow. (420 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a clear deep amber with a full white head. The aroma was malt and malt only with caramel malt as the dominant aroma. The taste followed suit with a perfect sweet malt that was fully committed to the nutty caramel malt profile with little to no hop presence. It’s was a fully malt embraced beer that makes me want to be in the big tents in Munich hoisting a stein. Hacker-Pschorr is excellent Oktoberfest that is a signature of the season. (450 characters)

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a SA Lager glass. Thick head with great retention and lacing with each sip. This marzen style lager is spot on. great Munich Malt up front flavor and lower hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I make a point to pick up a rack or two of this each year and look forward to it above most Octoberfests. One of my favorite beers period. This is my top non-weisn style of the season and yes I have had Ayinger! (411 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, golden-amber color with 2 fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, but with a pronounced floral hops aroma as well. I also get some caramel sweetness.

Taste: Malty backbone, but a much higher hops presence that other Oktoberfest beers that I’ve had, especially from a German brewery. There’s also a pronounced sweetness to the beer, as well as some citrus notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium, but a little on the thinner side, and with little to no carbonation. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good Oktoberfest from one of Munich’s breweries, but it’s not my favorite, which is Paulaner. That being said, I’d still drink this beer all day and love doing it! (982 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass, color amber, transparent, great finely bubbled head that presents 1/2" thick then dissipates with light lacing and leaving a ring.

Smell is just as you would expect, light sweet malt, vienna and/or munich, fresh clean hops, no off flavors.

Taste is clean, wonderful pleasant flavors, vienna and/or munich malts, hints of biscuit or toast, clean grassy hops, nice light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is where this beer out performs, great light lingering flavors, nice bitterness and carbonation combination. Very easily drinkable.

Overall, a great marzen, one of the best in terms of balance and subtle flavors. (642 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

A- Copper kettle brown color. Nice white head and lacing.

S-Strong bready nose; toast, caramel malt, spice. It smells a bit sweet but...

T...it's not sweet at all. Bready, some spice and minimal hops.

M- Light carbonation, smooth and easy. Long dry finish.

O- Marzen-Octoberfest is a favorite lager style of mine. This is a good example why. (370 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle. Best before May 2014. Served in a standard pint.

Appearance: Pours a copper orange color with 2 fingers of an off white head. Body is clear with some light carbonation visible.

Smell: Sweet bready malt, slightly spicy, walnuts, slightly grainy.

Taste: Follows the aroma. Nice malt sweetness upfront balanced in the finish by a light dose of earthy hops. In the middle of the mouth are flavors of dark bread, slight roast and a distinct nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and smooth. Virtually no alcohol presence. Drinkability very high.

Overall: Solid Oktoberfest beer. Not the best of the bunch, but still worth a try. (650 characters)

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer makes you wish every fest was Oktoberfest. Sweet yet full-bodied. Amber colored yet wheat like. Light yet satisfying. Goes great with food (like brats at my next tailgate next Saturday) or by itself. And it's fun to try in different glasses--from steins to a weizen glass--to compare. Life is good. Prost! (315 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 05/14
Served in a Hacker-Pschorr Bräurosl-Weisse fest glass.

Transparent copper amber color, slow trails of rising carb visible. Long lasting head of frothy foam, lacing all around the glass. A brief swirl rekindles the head immediately, and it remains for the duration of the glass.

Wet grains and toast in the aroma.

Clean and smooth, lightly toasted bready grains, maybe sunflower seeds, and a very mild hint of bitterness in the aftertaste that is barely there. Easily drinkable. Simple and classic, a traditional example to judge others against I suppose. (572 characters)

Photo of mmmbirra
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

0.5 liter bottle into dimpled mug.
Deep deep amber bordering on brown. Perfectly white head holds strong all the way down the glass.
Toasted bread and minerals and toasted cashews and chestnuts and brown sugar with a little whiff of some grassy herbal hops. Winderfully aromatic.
The taste isn't quite as top notch as the aroma, but it isn't all that far off. Again with the toasty flavor but it's not as sweet and as full bodied and flavoured as the nose might suggest. Still nice and rich. After a good dose of these deeply toasted malts the hop bitterness clips it off. Then, of course, with a beer as good as this one, you need to go back for another gulp. Pretty dry for the style.
Easily the best amber oktoberfest, and for me the best oktoberfest period. Paulaner's amber version I suppose has some similarities but it's much much sweeter and not quite as layered.
Fantasic drink. Autumn in a glass. (909 characters)

Photo of Bertman
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I wait all year for this beer and the 5 other Oktoberfest beers arrive in my local store. I only acknowledge the 6 beers from Munich as true Oktoberfest beers the others are someone’s interpretation of a fest beer. This one is great, every aspect is pleasing, as a matter of fact the only way it could be better would be having served in the Hacker & Pschorr tent in Munich. (376 characters)

Photo of josephbrewha
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Beer was absent from the Pacific Northwest for a year. Finally found it at my favorite store (Malt & Vine). Previously available in bomber sized bottles, now in a 6-pack of 11.2 oz bottles. I'm not complaining. This is the perfect beer, in my humble opinion. Certainly the best of the Oktoberfests I have tried and probably the best beer, apologies to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. (380 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draught at a local Oktoberfest! One liter stein

Three finger beige head, with a light brown body! Moderate carbonation

Smell: Biscuits, raisins, malt, and cinnamon

Taste: Malt, biscuits, bread, and a spicy hop finish at the end

Mouthfeel: Thick

Overall, this is a brilliant beer! This could be my favorite Oktoberfest bier!

Ein Prosit! (345 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep amber but not quite copper in color. Good head formation and retention. Aroma is both biscuity-malty and fragrantly hoppy. Butterscotch malt presence with floral notes from noble hops.

While malt-forward as is the norm for the style, there's a moderate bitterness (as far as Marzens go) that lends a crisp, refreshing flavor. Bready, cracker-like grain flavor. Slick, smooth texture with just enough carbonation. Clean, simple, versatile, and just plain tasty.

H-P's Oktoberfest is one of those rare beers that you can enjoy glass after glass of. One of my go-to 'fests and a top pick among the many Marzens that flood the shelves each fall. (648 characters)

Photo of adevans
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- nice copper color, little lacing

S - Sweet. Bready.

T - Nice caramel nuttiness. Good roasty malt aftertaste. Light grassy hops leave you with a touch of spice.

M - Smooth. Really smooth.

O - When it comes to the style, this is highly recommended. (253 characters)

Photo of ranger7
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up from Central Market as part of a Pick 6.
From the bottle into a Rahr "Come and Drink It" pint glass.
(Review from notes)

A - A dark amber, some bubbles, nice off-white head.

S - Carmel, malt.

T - Smooth, no hops. Very good.

M - No carbonation, malty aftertaste. Good taste.

Summary - Delicious and somewhat malty. One of the best Oktoberfests I've had. (372 characters)

Photo of mccarltone
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite Oktoberfest beer out of Germany. Terrific clarity, light body, sweet and malty aroma and taste. A bit "bready" taste with a very smooth finish. This is the beer other Oktoberfests need to be compared to. Well done. (243 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours out as one of the darker Oktoberfests I have seen. Clear and deep deep orange.

The nose presents a rich malty profile of slightly toasted bread, caramel, and a toffee like character. The hops seem to get a bit lost in the shuffle.

Drinks smooth. A bit on the lighter side on the body. Great carbonation. There is a touch of bitterness. Herbal hop flavor seems to pop more in the taste than on the nose. Big bready malt character with some sweetness.

One of the best out there. (485 characters)

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.