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

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1,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 1172
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%

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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of mjurney


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber-gold color. Good amount of bubble rising up to the top. Small foamy head that disappears fast.

Toasted malts, bready, brown sugar, there some slight hop bitterness in the nose.

Bready malt up front. Lots of toasted malts, sweet caramel, biscuit, honey. Slight grassy-herbal towards the finish. Body is medium, crisp, nice carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:24:47 | More by mjurney
Photo of IronLover


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orangish ambler in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a thick off-white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Earthy grain and toasted malt aromas with sweet caramel malt aromas beneath. Velvety smooth delicate feel with lazy tight carbonation. Grainy, caramel malt flavor up front followed by sweet toasted malt thru the middle to the end. After a tangy hop bite near the end, finishes semi-dry with a toasted, bready aftertaste. A fabulous marzen.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 22:51:39 | More by IronLover
Photo of alexgash


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best before 06/13.

Dark copper body. Clean and clear. Small, pinkie finger of dense, eggshell white head. Some lacing. Sweetbread dough, caramel, cookies, and spicy, vegetal hops on the nose. Classic marzen :).

Toasted malts quickly give way to cookie dough, bready malts, and slight fruitiness. Some spicy, peppery hop bitterness hides in the background. Lingering caramel/cookie malt and leafy, spicy hop bitterness. Moderate body, with a slick feel. Nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 00:52:52 | More by alexgash
Photo of jak3676


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hacker-Pschorr - Original Oktoberfest (Amber Märzen)

Another great Oktoberfest bier! It was a shade more bitter than some, but it had the maltiness to go with it. For me it came across more as more flavorful than bitter (the Hofbräu Oktoberfest crossed this line for me).

It poured a nice reddish-brown, which was a shade darker than most, but still crystal clear. Decent head to start with, but it faded fairly quickly.

5.8% ABV on the bottle and a "Best Before" date of 06/13, which I guessing is a year from bottling date. Still this does seem to have survived the slow boat from Munich, Germany better than most.

Overall this is one that I'll look for again.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 23:19:51 | More by jak3676
Photo of Zraly


4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with the color being a bit more brown than the usual Oktoberfest. Nice, slightly off-white head. Fragrant with cereal notes. Bottle has a drink by date of 6/2013. Purchased at Total Wine in Newport News for $9.99 a six pack. Slightly on the pricey side, but as I've discovered, well worth the few extra pennies. Love the label of a lass on a what looks to be a warhorse of some type -- pretty and bad ass at the same time. Can't argue with the Germanic marketing theme.

Whoa -- very tasty! Sweet, malty goodness that has a really nice bread note. A pinch of caramel and a touch of spice in the hops. Smooth finish; not bone dry, but crisp and leaves a an herbal note lingering on the palate; it is actually a bit numbing -- a wonderful sensation. Light to medium-bodied and well-balanced. I could drink a trough of this. One of the better Oktoberfests on the shelves, and given it is an import, I am thoroughly impressed that it tastes this fresh.

Great with pretzels and mustard, brats and burgers -- would probably cut through a spicy pepperoni pizza. Perfect beer for a late summer evening in SE Virginia, with the Weber fired up.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 21:25:20 | More by Zraly
Photo of tzieser


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: poured into a .5L Lowenbrau dimple mug. deep amber in color with a fluffy white head that slowly settles into a thin lacing.

s: lots of toasted sweet and bready malt aroma

t: very nice. caramel like malty flavor with notes of biscuits and cracker. finishes strong with a pleasant grassy hop bitterness. expertly balanced and very flavorful.

m: smooth mouthfeel. dry finish makes you want more.

o: i think this just replaced paulaner marzen as my favorite oktoberfestbier. cant remember if i have tried this before but i will definitely buy it again. recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:36:42 | More by tzieser
Photo of claytri


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pleasant medium amber with a nice white head that holds and laces throughout the consumption. The aroma is of sweet malt, with a hint of fruit on the edges. The taste is straight up sweet malt from start to finish. Not much variety, but done very well. The feel is medium and a bit wet as expected. This is a great example of an Oktoberfest, if I could get it fresher it could go higher in rating.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 21:05:17 | More by claytri
Photo of rangerred


4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a tow finger thick tan head. Great head retention and decent lacing.

Aroma has a slight metallic note but it is very minute. Otherwise, caramel and biscuit malt along with some grassy hops. Smells very malty.

Flavor has some grassy hops up front but tons of caramel behind that. A little bit of roast and some biscuit as well. Bitterness is light but it is enough to keep the beer from being too much on the sweet side. Finish is somewhat dry with a lingering caramel note.

Overall, one of the better Oktoberfests out there. One I could easily drink several liters of.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:11:20 | More by rangerred
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at Craft Beer Market in Cowtown, served in a solid Hacker-Pschorr stein, embossed with "Himmel der Bayern" - Heavenly Bavaria, or something to that effect.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden hay colour, with one portly finger of fine foamy eggshell white head, which settles evenly and in a timely manner, leaving a low rising shoreline of lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, biscuity malt, with a touch of caramel, a subtle sour breadiness, a mild orchard fruitiness, and soft leafy, earthy noble hops. The taste is a hefty bready, biscuity, grainy maltiness, straight-up, large and in charge, with some mild apple turnover fruitiness, and decent, given the focus here, softly grassy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is rather sedate, but with a dull edge to at least keep in the game, the body a sturdy, broad-shouldered medium weight, and a bit tacky, but generally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a nice cereal, and almost raw cookie dough way - the hops just hanging on to provide some near unseen (and mostly unappreciated, I'd wager) balance.

A prototypical Oktoberfest lager - big and malty, easy to gulp or sip (who am I kidding?), a nod given to actual balance, and a smidge of extra booze to sneakily keep the party going. Prost, prost indeed.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2012 20:22:33 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Bung

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. Gold/brown pour, thin layer and ring of white.

Aroma, quite German macro smelling to me. Kind of like a Beck's. Some herbal bitter, light toffee. Alright so maybe a little better than Beck's.

Taste, some toffee, light red fruit or red apple. Light herbal back and grainy bread.
So better than the aroma, but pretty basic.

Lighter side, solid easy drinking. A Marzen for the masses kind of thing. Pretty true to the German style though.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 02:18:10 | More by Bung
Photo of superspak


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled 7/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, apple, molasses, and light herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, apple, nuttiness, molasses, and light herbal hops. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, toffee, apple, and nuttiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor balance with good complexity. No cloying sweetness at all; quite clean on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. No alcohol warming noticed at all on the taste or finish. Overall this is a damn nice Oktoberfest. Very well balanced and very smooth to drink. I really have no complaints, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 04:11:25 | More by superspak
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear, dark golden amber with a robust 3 finger head, decent retention, and a lace that's thin but sticky.

Smell - Toasted grain with a sweet caramel or toffee undertone.

Taste - Starts with sweet, lightly toasted bready malts with a touch of honey, followed quickly by hints of grassy and floral hoppiness. and then... the finish! Comes back with a renewed sense of purpose. Smooth, buttery toffee which slowly smooths out into the aftertaste. Yum!

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, silky smooth and buttery. Decent carbonation.

Overall - What's that Sir-Mix-a-Lot song? I like big butts and I cannot lie? Yeah, the back end on this beauty makes this beer. Beautiful, complex, assertive finish. Probably my favorite Octoberfest brew to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 02:39:04 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of tophers


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark gold with an off-white head. Head was moderately long lasting.

Very rich malt aroma with no presence of hops.

Clean lager character with a low level of hop bitterness. Malt forward with the bitterness coming at the end. Finishes dry.

I really enjoyed the lingering malt flavor in the finish. I'm guessing it's Vienna malt based on the style - but can't quite pinpoint it..

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:36:34 | More by tophers
Photo of troysoy2


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Lagunitas mason jar. Light copper body, and 2 fingers of fluffy, white head. Decent retention, but not a while lot of lacing.

Smells of sweet, grainy malt and a light herbal hoppiness.

The taste is crisp and bready. Lightly sweet, with herbal hops and a flavor reminiscent of apple. Caramel hides in the background. The dry, grainy malt really shines in this beer, complimented by a medium-light body and a lightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:34:45 | More by troysoy2
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance –Served a clear orange amber colored beer with a tiny white head. The head faded quite fast to leave only the tiniest amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell was light. It consisted largely of some toasted malt, a bready aroma, and some sweet caramel.

Taste – A roasted malt flavor greets the tongue. It begins of a smooth light toast flavor mixed with a hint of breadines and caramel sweetness. Toward the middle the sweetness from the caramel increases which is accompanied by some loss of the roasted flavor. Toward the end however some roasted malt taste comes back, accompanied by some toast flavors and a light citrus hop flavor, which in the end leave a nice light roasted sweetness to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the light to medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess, with a very average carbonation level. Very good for the style and very easy drinking.

Overall – Mostly a pretty good Octoberfest. It has a decent roasted and bready flavor and is quite easy drinking and refreshing. Not a bad choice.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2012 00:07:30 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Jimmys


3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl. oz. bottle into flying dog chalice. best before 06/13.

A: very clear. dark copper color. not really as bright as most marzen's. sort of an ugly color in my opinion. white bubbly head, but doesnt hang around for long.

S: burnt bread. raisin rye bread. caramel. this thing is pretty sweet smelling. virtually no hop aroma, this one is all grain.

T: the malt starts sharp and sweet. a little brown sugar. not much hop bitterness, but enough to balance some of the sweet residual sugar sweetness. lingering sweet bread flavor. reminds me of a whole wheat bread.

M: moderate, almost sharp carbonation. drinks pretty light bodied to me.

D: pretty classic example. heavy on the malt, great autumn beer. not any direct complaints (sans appearance), but there are some american samples that i prefer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 00:36:53 | More by Jimmys
Photo of JWU


4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a curved pint glass.

A- Beautiful. Completely clear amber with very muted ruby tones. A fizzy off white head sits on top and laces pretty well down the glass.

S- Saltines, a bit of caramel, a hint of toffee and herbal hops.

T- Follows the nose to a T. Not overly sweet, and just a hint dry on the back end.

M- Light to medium. Decent carbonation, and dry on the finish.

O- There are only a few better than this example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:15:45 | More by JWU
Photo of NStLincoln


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer. Amber colored with a fizzy white head. The color of fall.

Sweet bread and caramel on the nose.

Crisp crackers, refreshing and easy drinking. A treat on a cool day.

A sessionable beer that is the best Oktoberfest I've tried this year.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:37:23 | More by NStLincoln
Photo of Josiah2729


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Hacker-Pschorr Dimple 1 liter mug...

Appearance: Dark copper with effervescence and fairly clear, one finger head which dissipates fairly quickly, minimal lacing.

Smell: Sweet roasted grains, with hint of hoppy bitterness

Taste: Somewhat sweet roasted malts and slight bitterness, smooth finish

Mouthfeel: Medium light thickness, medium carbonation

Overall: Great Oktoberfest Beer, very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 13:55:04 | More by Josiah2729
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by afdempse. Thanks Adam.

The beer is copper hued with an inch of thick, creamy head. The aroma offers malt, fairly sweet, a bit fruity. A nice drinkable seasonal brew. A bit of grain with a balance of fruity lager and a light bitterness in the finish. Light to medium in body with solid carbonation. Hooray beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 20:52:38 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of thecheapies


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty dark copper color with a whole lotta visible effervescence seen through exceptional clarity. The head petered out pretty quickly. The surface bubbles are already starting to part and sputter out.

The aroma is tinny and a bit briny. A minerally waft comes up from the beer. Toasty malts and German hops are pretty well balanced.

Only mildly bitter with a lot of great Euro hop mustiness and gritty toast. Mineral-like quality to the water and also from the malt contributions. Perhaps, I'm picking up a bit of herbal twang from the hops, which are more apparent on the tongue than in the nose. Impeccably balanced Oktoberfest brew. What I want in this style.

Bigger mouth on this one. The carbonation is deceptive in that it's pushing past medium. Alright for a body. Thickened, as if almost starchy.

A very quality German Oktoberfest for the season. Will suit you just fine cold or warmed up a little bit. One o'those beers that carry over from the dog days of summer right up to the snowy front stoop of wintry days.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 04:05:22 | More by thecheapies
Photo of miker57

4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am new to this craft beer scene. my 24 year old son says the commercial beer i drink is boring and basically water. i have tried a few cases of different craft type beers and found this one to be very good. as a novice i like the amber color and the smooth taste. the slight sweetness and medium body finish with a crispness and dryness not too bitter. frankly after trying one i went back and bought another 6-pack.
i know this a commercial beer but now when i go out to the brew pubs there is one type of non-american style beer i like. my son says next i'm going to try some summer-lemony beers. doesn't sound too a-peeling (pun intended).

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 17:28:22 | More by miker57
Photo of phishsihq


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest pours a deep, dark copper, capped by one-inch of white head that has little retention. Rich, toasted malt aromas are met with some spiciness. sweet malt flavors are out front, followed by slight hop bitterness and a dry finish. Medium in body and carbonation, this is a classic lager, and our personal favorite lager style.


Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 00:24:14 | More by phishsihq
Photo of AdrianRP


5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


9/9/2012.. The beer is ESPECIALLY good this year! Its the best batch since 2006. This is quickly becoming my favorite beer of all time!

Not much to say other then this is in my lengthy experience of beer drinking, one of the finest beers EVER...

It IS my favorite...

Every year around the end of August I get very excited about the return of my favorite beer.

I can only say that I HOPE the brewery of this fine product does not cheapen its nature for greater profits...and just CHARGE more as I will gladly pay it..

Read the EXCELLENT subsequent reviews of this beer..I can do not better then what has already been written.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 21:31:08 | More by AdrianRP
Photo of Sternfels

4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Decent malty 1 inch head

S: Malt bomb with caramel

T: Nuts and cherries slight apple, slight brown sugar. thens mild bitter sweet ending.

M: Slight carbonation light bodied sessionabilty greatness

O: Year round oktoberfest?? fucking great. summer days feeling that marzen style is awesome. They are part of setting the style standard. Worth the try and to me worth a case a week.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 05:22:04 | More by Sternfels
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