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

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1,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 85
Gots: 123 | 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 josephbrewha
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of BierStein711
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

Photo of gr0g
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of adevans
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of ranger7
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of mccarltone
4.62/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of justintcoons
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Mavigo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Photo of JParlow
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Photo of UnderPressure
3.17/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of dertyd
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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

Photo of Retta123
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of sbauer
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of jonb5
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of smalenberg
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 1,518 ratings.