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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 BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured in a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Best before 12/12.

A - A moderately harsh pour created a firm, light khaki-colored head with great retention above the brilliantly clear copper-amber colored beer. The two foam dropped down to a nice layer slowly while leaving rings of lace on the glass.

S - Toasty Vienna malts with a touch of Munich sweetness come together with a light touch of complimentary hops, which dry out the nose and gives it a bit of crispness. Most significant in it's aroma though, is the touch of sulfur that almost suggests skunkiness but is a classic trait.

T - A gently toasted Vienna malt base is clear while Munich malt imparts a mild sweetness along side a well-balanced hop feel that's barely tasted but felt in the dryness before a light metallic finish kicks in.

M - Medium-light bodied, Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest is creamy and smooth all the way down but still well carbonated, finishing dry and lightly metallic with a residual, delicately lingering sweetness. The feel is the crowning point of this beer which captures the essence of the style; drinkability.

O - Towards the end of Hacker-Pschorr's simple and understated Oktoberfest, the metallic flavor and mouthfeel go away, really increasing it's enjoyment but, regardless, this beer is brewed for sheer drinkability; something it truly excels at. (1,369 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2 FL.OZ. bottle into a pint glass. BEST BEFORE: 05/14.

Appearance: Pours a thin dark amber/brown body with a decent off-white head.

Smell: Best described as very nutty.

Taste: Again, very nutty, toasty malt flavor. Slight hop bitterness. Not sweet nor caramel-flavored like many Oktoberfest beers.

Mouthfeel: Appropriately crisp with a full mouthfeel despite the thin appearance.

Overall: Tastes like a well-crafted beer which I can appreciate. Not my favorite, however, drinks like a smoothed out nut brown ale. (535 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Amber with 2 fingers of loose, white head. Excellent clarity, light carbonation and poor retention.

Sweet breads, Pils malt, bubblegum and grass.

Stale lightly-toasted bread, Pils malt and wet grains. Hints of grassy Noble hops, skunky yeast and wet cement.

Light bodied, crisp and clean.

Cleaner and skunkier than most Oktoberfests. It's aiiiiggghhtt. (437 characters)

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

Bought a massive box of this from Costco. Seemed like a good investment. Served in a nonic.

A: Pours a bubbly copper brown color with a short off white head that lasts a short time leaving almost no lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, dark fruits, yeast, grains

T: excellent taste, light sweetness to it, dark fruits, brown sugar, yeast, wheat, grains, bit of hops, bit of malts

M: medium body with good amounts of carbonation, very light and airy, very well balanced.

O: This was damn good, I'm glad i got a 24 pack of these, should last me about a week. Quite cheap too but I bought it wholesale. I recommend this beer for sure. (630 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle
A - creamy ivory head tops an amber colored beer; good head retention
S - toasted grain, caramel, spicy, yeast
T - malty, toasted grain, caramel, toffee, spicy, bready yeast
M - Lighter side of medium; perfect carbonation; clean finish
O - One of the better Oktoberfest beers available at this time of year (320 characters)

Photo of JParlow
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Once again got a chance to return to this seasonal favorite. It poured with a 2 inch head that remained for well over 10 minutes. The lace on the side of the glass lasted the entire glass! The appearance was a beautiful dark amber. Allow this spirit to get to 50° and you'll really enjoy the malty goodness at the end. By far one of my top 20 beers and it's even better on tap if you can find it! (397 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper colored. Clear. White fizzy head fades to a ring after a minute. Looks promising.

Aroma is nice, but not very strong. Roasted grain character. Slight hops.

A dry grainy flavor dominates. A slightly spicy, earthy hop flavor comes through. I was hoping for more sweetness.

Average mouthfeel for my taste. A little on the thin and highly carbonated side with a sweet and dry finish.

This is better than most of the German Oktoberfests I've tried. I prefer more body and sweetness, but I would drink this again. (518 characters)

Photo of dertyd
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle to a stien

A: pours a light rootbeer brown with a nice white foamy head that goes away quickly not much laceing lots of bubble.realy a beautyfull looking beer

S:sweet and sour malts,figs,grassy smell

T:well ballanced beer was hopeing for more of a malt presence that I get from a lot of other marzen beers and overly carbonated but is still a verry drinkable beer

M:crisp and refreshing

Overall: a good beer realy drinkable I can put theese back all night but I was just hopeing for a lil more going on (519 characters)

Photo of Retta123
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

serving: on tap

appearance: light golden reddish brown, little to no head

mouthfeel: low carbonation, smooth

taste: honey... maybe some very very light pumpkin. No fall spices.

overall: very drinkable. could have a few of these since they are not overly sweet or strong. (275 characters)

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

Comes out of the tap a dark golden amber with a fairly good fine-bubbled pale amber-tan head. Malty aroma has an overtone of cloves and a firm apple note, almost like a cider. Flavor has a malty core with firm notes of cloves and apple and hints of caramel and horehound. Texture is crisp, smooth and fairly fizzy, very refreshing. All around a good, if not remarkable, beer. Prost! (382 characters)

Photo of sbauer
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a

A: Very clear, amber-brown. Light lacing and head.

S: Brown sugar, grainy bread,

T: Balanced bready malt, slightly nutty with noticeable gentle hop bitters. Very crisp and balanced. Slight sweetness, but not cloying at all.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: VERY drinkable oktoberfest marzen. (318 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from 330mL bottle into a clear plastic cup, dark amber with 1.5" white head, clear
S: caramel malts, coriander, cereal grains
T: on the sweeter side with a big malt presence, finish dries and is very clean
M: medium bodied with good carbonation
O: a good Marzen representative of the style (299 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colour, fairly large thick head, clear. Aroma was Munich malts was also slightly grassy. Tasted Munich malt and cranberry, finish was long and wheaty, fairly sweet but balanced. Body was slightly thick, smooth texture, moderate carbonation. Understated, not complex or as in your face as other Munich Oktoberfest beers but very drinkable. (344 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes prior to the beer dinner co-hosted with JLindros. Poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Pours a nice clear copper hue with a light fizzy off white head that fades semi quickly to leave a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light toasty malts, a hint of lager yeast fruit, and light sweet lager aromas. Very nice.

T - Taste is clean and crisp with light bready/toasty malts, little sweet lager flavor and some definitive lager yeast fruits. Slightly earthy/grassy hops along with light fruity finishing flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is good carbonation with a nice crisp finish.

O - Overall pretty standard for the style. Good crisp lager characteristics with a hint of hops. Nice. (694 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks on par for the style. A deep shade of amber brown and a full inch of rocky head that sticks around throughout the entire beer as a sticky lace ring.

S - Decent smell of bread crust, hops, and lager yeasts. Yet still keeping with a sweet caramel like malt.

T - Slightly sour and bread like, almost like a pretzel. Toffee and caramel like sweet finish and the hops make themselves known mid palate. Crisp, clean and refreshing,

M - Light to medium, somewhat chewy. Great beer.

Overall I can't think of anything better after a hard day at work. These guys make some great dunkel and lager beers so I expected the same quality. Great brew. (649 characters)

Photo of smalenberg
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Parchment-like color to the head with slightly reddish cast to a medium brown body.

S - Malty sweetness of the melanoidins present with a slight toasty character almost, but not quite, masking a bit of floral notes from the hops.

T - Reminiscent of sweet breads with a bit of lingering tartness in the aftertaste. The melanoidin character that helps defines the style is pronounced and enjoyable. The slight floral note from the hops in the nose isn't really present in the flavor.

M - Moderately high carbonation with a medium body, this isn't a smooth as some examples of the style. Somewhat drier on the finish, it left me feeling thirsty.

O - Dry finish balances well with the caramel-like melanoidin and mild hops. (727 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent red amber with a decent white head. Smells of caramel and dark roasted malt, but with the normal "import smell." Tastes of some dark roast malt with caramel taste overtone. Beer is perfectly carbonated for its light body and finishes crisp. Overall, a very good beer. (342 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A perfect 10 as far as beers go. Solid brown with lots of yeast particles and champagne carbonation floating all throughout the beer.

Smell: Yeast and caramel. Not unique, but it's refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Cinnamon, caramel, and yeast. Very mild flavor overall, but the flavors definitely stand out, especially when compared to other Märzen. The cinnamon is really what's unique. Mouthfeel is close to perfect. It is extremely zesty.

Overall Drinkability: Most likely my favorite Oktoberfest. (512 characters)

Photo of andrewjraab
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden dark brown. Excellent clarity, bubbles racing the entire drink. Nice foamy and creamy head. Not much stick or lacing.

S - Caramel, toasted malts. Not overpowering, but a wonderful smelling beer.

T - This beer epitomized what the Oktoberfest Marzen should be all about in my opinion. Nice balance of maltiness, sweet, nice crisp drink that you can enjoy over and over again.

O - Looks great, smells great, tastes great. The quintessential marzen style oktoberfest. (479 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from last night.

A- Poured into a pint glass. Two finger egg shell head that dissappeared quickly bit left a thin ring with some lacing. Clear light brown color.

S- Clean fresh roasty malt with some hops.

T- Great toasted malt flavor with a little hop bitterness to balance it. I keep coming back to the word fresh to describe the malty taste. I've had some that had a stale note in the malt.

M- Moderate carbonation, medium body and very smooth.

O- A lot of complexity for a lager. I enjoyed the malt forward quality as a nice change of pace from the hoppy beers I usually drink. (606 characters)

Photo of mnrider
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. Brown bottle. Freshness date printed on label.

A: Pours a clear amber orange with a small white head. Large carbonation
bubbles float to the top. Leaves little lacing. Both the weak lacing and small
head are due to a bad pour.

S: Crisp and fresh. Sweet toasted caramel malts. Hints of hops. Just what I
would expect from an Oktober/Marzen.

T/M: Smooth and creamy, yet crisp. Sweet toasty malts start this beer off nice.
This leads to a light hop presence which helps balance out the sweet malts.
Mild caramel comes through with a hint of a metallic taste. The finish is sweet
and not too bitter or dry. An alcohol warmth also pops up towards the finish.

O: One of the better Oktoberfest beers I've had. Easy to drink, tastes great
and needs to be tried by all. I need a case of this stuff.

Cheers!!! (818 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of May 2013. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York - they are currently stocking a range of fest biers.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A dark amber with crystal clarity and light carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light caramel malt with hints of grain and crisp noble hops. Nice.

Tastes of caramel malt with a crisp, dry finish. Notes of grain, mild caramel and peppery noble hop aromas. A hint of carbonic acid and a subtle hoppy bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and unusually tingly. Nice body, though rather light. Aftertaste of caramel malt and a whisper of noble hops.

Tasty; goes down all too easily. Crisp and refreshing, with the hops adding a pleasant spicy twang to the flavour. A quality brew - I could imagine sinking more than a few of these at a German fest. Well worth trying. (935 characters)

Photo of MacCherry
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured into a pint glass; bottle at roughly 47F.

The measuring stick for marzen.

I almost imagine the standards for good brewing being discussed over a few pints from this ancient brewery. This beer opened my eyes to the genius of German styles. Don't start here, end here. (275 characters)

Photo of alexipa
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear orange with a brilliant thick white head. Dissipates to a film quickly and laces nicely.

S: Bready and oktoberfest-y... yep, I'm going with that. Can smell some booze in there too.

T: Perfectly balanced between lager yeast taste, malt, and bitterness. Lots of caramel, toasty bread, some other stuff...

M: Slightly hot and slightly over carbonated for me. Very creamy, almost coats the mouth with deliciousness.

O: Wow, great beer. One of my favorite versions of my favorite style. "One" could drink many of these in succession, and right now I am the "one". (579 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a dark orange to amber color forming a big yellow creamy and bubbled head. Medium retention. A very thin layer remains for a moment and many lacings are formed and left around

S: Very grainy and toffee in the nose. Lager yeasts makes it quite bready and biscuity. Notes of flowery hops

T: Sweet and toffee upfront. Caramel malts, bread, biscuits, Lager yeasts, citrus hops, good smooth hops bitterness

M: Light to medium body. Slightly molasses. Medium carbonation. Excellent grainy and little bit hoppy aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Excellent Oktoberfest specimens. Hacker-Pschorr quality. Prost! (658 characters)

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