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

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Reviews: 759
Hads: 1,614
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 17.09%
Wants: 103
Gots: 163 | 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 pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant copper gold under a 1” cream colored foam cap.
S: Bready nose with hints of butterscotch or caramel.
T: Big malt flavors with a touch of malt sweetness transitions to a mile hop bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A smooth, clean malt driven beer.

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Photo of mchegash
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.75/5
A fairly nice light orange-brown. Fairly clear. About 1 finger of head when initially poured, then dissipates down to minimal hea presence (but still some). Can see a small amount of carbonation rising at average speed.

Smell - 3.4/5
An slightly hoppy malt character. A little bit of alcohol smell

Taste - 4.2/5
A very nice balance between sweet malts and fresh crisp lager taste. The malts are slightly fruity, slightly earthy, and moderately sweet. The lager taste is at first perhaps a little strange, but I think it's just that I'm not used to oktoberfest beers being this lager-y (even though this is more what an actual authentic oktoberfest is supposed to taste like). Once I get used to it, the taste is quite nice. I really love the balance between the sweet malts and lager taste.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium to full-bodied, very crisp, even level of moderate carbonation throughout the sip. Truly a delight to the mouth.

Overall - 4/5
I love all things authentic, so knowing this is a quite authentic Oktoberfest beer earns some automatic points for me. I have come to really love the taste, and the mouthfeel is great as well. It would be nice it the aroma was a little stronger, but overall this is a great beer, and definitely one of the best oktoberfest beers I have tried.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Woo. It's been awhile. Lots of life changes, sorry to let you guys down.

Appearance : Pillowy, fluffy two fingered head atop a beautiful amber tint of a body, which is mostly transparent.

Aroma : some light wet earth, crisp chlorine, caramel and roasted malts. A slight metallic smell also accompanies it, to the point of me tasting a penny in my mouth when I smell it.

Flavor : a high hop presence with a quick nip of Maltiness. I taste nut, caramel, and alkaline. Some roasted caramel, a bit of clean copper, and ends with a high malt presence.

Mouthfeel : like any other beer really. Just clean and creamy.

Overall : ill pass on it next time. It's not bad but whatever, it's okay.

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Photo of magpieken
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. 04/15. Pours a bright, golden amber colour with a frothy, off white head which reduced to a collar and left a trace of lacing. Pleasantly malty aroma with a hint of grassy hops. Mildly sweet with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Smooth, medium bodied and quite easy to drink. Decent enough but didn't leave me craving more.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick cap; light lacing;

S: toast; earthy hops;

T: graham crackers; sweet malt at mid-palate; a touch of bitterness at the end, but it's almost unnoticeable;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation;

O: right on for the style;

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the best Octoberfest/Marzen I've had so far, by far.

Malty, caramelly, fruity, floral, smooth, and immensely drinkable. I wonder if I'll ever find one that I like more?

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Photo of JTuomi
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle (bb 05/15) into a lager glass. Clear deep amber body, big white foamy head, good retention, little lacing. Sweet smell of toasted caramel malt. Taste begins with sweet caramel malt, followed by a toasted taste, ending dry with a slight floral hop bitterness to balance out the taste. The aftertaste has toasted malt and floral hop. Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Overall a very smooth and drinkable beer with nice flavor, I could easily have a couple more of these.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, best by 5/15 on label

pours a bright clear copper color, with fluffy bone-white head. decent head retention. aroma is grainy, a bit nutty. same with taste, decent balance, just a bit sweet. bready, no real hop flavor. thin to medium body, higher carbonation.

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Photo of brureview
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured a dark copper color in a mug with a 2F head.

Apple-fruit aroma. Different than other Oktoberfests which I have tasted- usually there is a stronger malt presence in the aroma.

Very carbonated and tart.

The aroma carries to the taste which finishes with a tart bitter finish. The fruit deepens with warming.

Overall, a very good Ocktoberfest.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBD 05/15 (Original Oktoberfest version). Clear medium amber pour with just a touch of ruby. Exceptional head, lacing and retention. Light nose of biscuit with a touch of caramel and an almost imperceptible noble hop note. Almost medium bodied with a nice almost creamy texture. Above normal carbonation with a very good amount of effervescence on the finish. The exceptional flavor profile is superbly balanced, complex and very flavorful (intensity). It begins with an effervescent explosion of malt - mostly biscuit over a light caramel sweetness. In the middle, a light hop bitterness and noble hop flavor predominate. In the somewhat crisp finish as the bitterness fades, comes the final effervescent burst of lingering hop flavor. This one just edged Ayinger out as my favorite import.

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Photo of RyanK252
4/5  rDev +2%

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours a redish golden amber with a white head.

S: Sweet malt, some floral hops with a hint of apple.

T: Fruity floral hops, lots of apple, caramel malt sweetness, and a little spice.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, but a little sweet.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Sampled this evening on 9/27/14. Comes in a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. From Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH in Munich, Germany. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "Texas Boot".

Pours a nice darker amber in color with a good 2-finger foamy off-white head that last while before settling down to a good 3mm head. Lots of sticky lacing is seen when sipped that sticks to the sides of the 'Texas Boot'. The aroma is of roasted malts, some spice, with a slight metallic/mineral aroma as well. The taste has even a bit more going on with some bready yeast and some caramel malts in the mix as well. Crisp and clean and goes down pretty easy and you don't taste the metallic / mineral aroma. Medium bodied with good carbonation as there are some large bubbles rising up from the bottom and sides of the boot. Overall, a very good Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

A: This beer poured a nice golden amber with a tent of red in it, but crystal clear and good transparency. This brew had a nice off white ring at the top that went away quickly, some minimal lacing as well.

S: Not crazy aroma but the fall is definitely in there, some roasted malts and spice come through right off the bat, a nice scent of cinnamon as well.

T: Upfront like the nose, with some biscuit very present on the tongue as you drink it, some spices are there as well and nice nutmeg notes.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium bodied and a little sticky.

O: Pretty good brew, very well balanced, with nice notes of fall, and the spice comes through all over on this brew, thoroughly enjoyed this one.

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

One of my favorite Oktoberfests. I am always a little turned off initially by the nose...I always pick up something metallic/mineral-ish. The body and taste always makes up for it. Crisp and creamy with lots of toasted malt, tea-like sweetness, and bready with enough hop bitterness to give it some depth.


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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4/5  rDev +2%

Pretty good. Definite traditional octofest. A little thin on body but hard to beat how everything comes together. Very smooth. An alcohol bite in the end along with German twang. Gets better as I work down the das boot.

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Photo of delta490
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

Pours a beautiful amber with a short-lasting fizzy white head. No lacing at all. The aroma is mild, bready and lightly sweet. The taste is equally mild and similar in profile with a little earthy hops on the finish. The body is a little thinner, heading towards watery but not quite there. A decent amount of carbonation throughout. Not my favorite German Marzen.

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Photo of slym
3/5  rDev -23.5%

A much lighter and MUCH sweeter version of the Marzen style than I am used to. A little watery on the mouthfeel for the style as well. Overall, a decent beer, but so far my least-favourite Oktoberfest yet.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4/5  rDev +2%

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall foamy beige head that slowly reduces to a mottled thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of medium sized thinner spots and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas with toasted and biscuit malts with light aromas of herbal + spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of toasted malts as well. Slightly sweet but that is quickly overtaken by the light flavors of the herbal + spicy hops which contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and almost creamy.

O: A very nice representation of the style, very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. I could easily have a few of these in an afternoon/evening.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

I picked up a bottle of Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest-Marzen last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I was trying to pick up a few Oktoberfests that I've never tired and I realized I haven't had this one before and I thought it was worth a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a good Oktoberfest theme to it and I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a fairly clear burnt orange amber color that took on more of amber color when held to the light with two fingers of off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some small patchy lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart some light caramel, light toffee, light toasted and sweet malt like aromas. Up next comes a light apple cider like aroma that's followed by a light doughy malt aroma with some bready aromas coming through. This beer had a nice aroma, that seemed to be true to style.

T- The taste seems to be very similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. Up next comes that same apple cider aspect that I got in the aroma and this time it seems to show up slightly more and it;s followed by a light amount of doughy yeast. On the finish there isn't any bitterness with some more sweet malt flavors coming through with a bready, light caramel and apple cider like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting beer, but I could have gone without the apple cider like flavor.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, crisp, on the thicker side of being light bodied with a medium amount of the carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was a solid example of a traditional Oktoberfest beer, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style and everything seemed to be pretty inline with the style. This beer had decent drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, crisp, not too filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention and I think two would be my limit, any more than that and the apple cider aspect might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was good and it was just what I expect from the style. What I like the least about this beer was the apple cider aspect in the taste and aroma, I think I would like this beer a little more if it didn't have that. I might buy this beer again when looking for a traditional Oktoberfest, but it's not something I'm going to keep my fridge stocked up and I would say it's worth a try, but I don't think it's a great example of the style. All in all I thought this was a solid beer, but it was just slightly rough around the edges and I think if it was cleaned up just it little it would be a pretty good example of the style. This wasn't my favorite Oktoberfest, but it's not a bad one and this beer made a decent first impression of this brewery and I would be interested in trying more of there beer. Solid job guys, keep up the consistent work.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper color. The head is a finger high, and slightly off-white in shade. The texture is quite good - soft and frothy, with decent retention. Some nice lacing is left on the glass, as well. (3.5)

Smell: Balance is the key word here. Slight caramel maltiness melds very well with a touch of noble hops. There are also some fruity hints. If anything, it's perhaps too subtle for its own good. I imagine it will still be tasty at least. (3.25)

Taste: And it is! Caramel malts open it up, while it ends with a subtle yet lingering hoppiness. Hints of fruitiness are also found. I can't fault this beer's balance at all. Maybe, though, it's a bit TOO balanced for its own good - the individual notes seem to blend together, meaning nothing is really defined that well. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry, helping to counteract the malty sweetness. The carbonation is nicely restrained, also. As a result, this achieves the drinkability I crave from the style. (3.5)

Overall: Slightly disappointing for a German-brewed marzen. It's a solid enough beer, to be fair, just not a great one. This is definitely a worthy example of the style, but I can also think of other German marzens (and some American ones too!) that I'd rather drink by the pitcher. (3.5)

3.34/5: Pretty good, but I expected more from Ze Fatherland

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Photo of Naugled
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

An amber colored octoberfest beer. Good balance of bitter and malt, malt toast and sweetness come through, but well balanced with the hops which keep this from being a malt forward beer. A medium light body makes this beer very drinkable.

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Photo of BaalDagon
4/5  rDev +2%

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!

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Photo of ClutchyHopkins
4/5  rDev +2%

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

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.