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

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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 mickeymac
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle with a side-saddle fraulein (sp?) atop a big black horse on the label, it's a very eye-pleasing copper with a white head that's initially thick and leaves a layer on top of the beer. Toffee sweetness and a bit of nuttiness dominate the smell. At first, it almost seems too sweet but things end up balancing nicely after a few sips. This stuff is really easy to drink. Good thing it's brewed year-round.

Photo of beergeek279
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with a good, bubbly white head. The smell is sweet malt. The taste is a nice caramel malt, fairly strong, with a very nice hop backing. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have many of these!

A great Oktoberfest from a great Munchen brewery. Well-balanced and full of taste, this certainly stands up with the best of the season. Hopefully, I'll have this one again next year!!!

Photo of TAMU99
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a keeper.

A: Medium brown with a thin white head that lingers 'till about halfway through the glass

S: Molasses and butter

T: No, it's butterscotch and molasses, mild simple malty profile. Slightly bitter hops, but they aren't unpleasant

M: lingers for a long while, but it's not obnoxious

D: Good. It's sweet, but worth a couple - especially with a plate of wurst.

A pretty good Oktoberfest.

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

A descent, standard Oktoberfest brew.

Appearance: Pours a medium-amber with clean sheen and allowing ample light to glisten though. Overall good lacing as well.

Smell: A medium pronouncement of malt hits the senses -- quite a sweet and caramel-malt nose (although not quite as strong as with some other festbiers).

Taste: Nice malt attributes contribute a fine start and finish. Very enjoyable flavor with a bit of hops in the taste to balance things out, especially in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: True to style and nicely done -- medium creaminess while still "thin" in the perfect way.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent example of the style, and one I seem to like better than their seasonal Marzen. Has a rather luscious and creamy texture, golden ruby in color with a nice think foamy head atop. Nice malty aroma with some caramel and nuts in the nose as well. Flavor has a great malt base, with a touch of sweetness and that nuttiness again. Smooth and easy to drink. Light enough that you could drink many, and flavorful enough that you would want to.

Photo of marcobrau
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored as described on the label. This is one of the darker Octoerfests from Germany. Starts with the emphasis on the light caramel malt flavors with big malt nose. Balanced between malt and hops in the middle followed with a lightly dry finish. A bit light bodied for the style. A very drinkable lager beer with a little bit of strength to it. Probably my favorite German Octoberfest.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brownish copper in color with an off-white head.
Has a malty, sweet fruity aroma.

Taste shows a sweet, biscuity, caramel malt backbone. Toasty, with a slight burnt character. Slight fruit notes. Hops for balance, but malty overall. Sweetness lingers a bit.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall, a solid octoberfest.

Photo of winomark
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep copper/amber hue with a thin off-white head.

Aroma: Good maltiness, but also some tea tannin aromas.

Taste: Malt, hops, and caramel flavors. Quite dry on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation gives a lighter mouthfeel. Crisp and dry.

Drinkability: An average Oktoberfest. Would be willing to try again next year for comparison.

Photo of jcalabre
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This pours absolutely crystal clear amber color with a two fingered white head that quickly disappears.
Aroma: The nose is nice and malty with a touch of sweetness.
Flavor: It's slightly bitter upfront but finishes malty.

This is a very nice O'fest beer.

Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium-sized, cream-colored, dense-but-coarse (?) head sits on top the dark amber/reddish clear beer. Vanilla and peanuts are strange complements in the tangy, malty nose. The taste starts tangy, moves through malty with chocolate highlights and settles on a zingy, almost rye-like, nutty finish. This is a very flavorful beer. Tasty, but really needs to warm to show its full, sweet body.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A Russian tourist who indulged in this year's Oktoberfest was kind enough to bring this gem back for me. Came in a long neck brown half-liter bottle with a pop-top and a nice classy label featuring a crowd of O'fest revelers under a crown of what I assume are hops plants.

Poured a beautiful clear copper under a small off-white head that fizzled quickly and left no discernible lace. The nose was very malty, with a touch of nuts and caramel. There is lots of carbonation here to offset a fairly heavy mouth. The tongue detects sweet malt and a touch of caramel, followed by a very nice hoppy bite that just gets more insistent as the brew warms. The aftertaste is a lovely combination of sweet malt and hoppy tones. I sure could see myself downing a few Mass of this elixir. Yum!

Photo of Bighuge
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear light copper in color. Little head turns into no head in seconds. Some light toasted and biscuit notes on the nose. Body is about medium. Taste is lacking something. It has subdued notes of toastiness and biscuit and hop bitterness. But it lacks depth. It's not bad, just another average ofest. The bottled german marzens this year were very unimpressive overall

Re-Rate (October 4, 2003).

I must have had an old bottle last year, cuz this year The Hacker Pschorr Ofest is very solid. Nice clear copper color. Minimal off white head. Aroma of toasted malt is dominant and pleasing. The body of the beer is damn near full. Chewy. Thick. Flavor is dominated by a vienna like toastiness and underlying biscuit. Toffee tones in the background add to the subtle complexity. This is a good one ladies and gents.

Photo of maxpower
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear orange-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a nice lacing in my glass. Aroma of caramel and roasted nuts, sweet bready and malty caramel flavors, light to medium body with a roasted and sweet finish, this is a very good Oktoberfest, I think I will have another.

Photo of silks636
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle. Freshness date stamped.

Very appealing reddish amber color... crystal clear with a quickly dissipating head. Little lacing. Smells of sweet malt very faint floral hop scent is noticible as well. Starts off with a wonderful toasted malt taste which is pleasantly balanced with light hops to keep things balanced. Warms into a more bready malt with a bitter twangy hop aftertaste. Complex enough to hold your attention, but no so much so that it becomes overbearing. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is very smooth with moderate carbonation.

Probably the benchmark Oktoberfest beer as far as I am concerned. A fall staple without a doubt. Highly drinkable and highly enjoyable!

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper amber hue with a nice two finger sized cream off white colored head, and a perfectly even pattern of specks scattered equidistantly. Aroma: Caramel malts toasted to perfection wow this is my go to German Oktoberfest bier, simply kicks ass some light German hops going on in there but perfect blend. Taste: A creamy edge of caramel toasted malts so good but the bitter streak running through it is perfect the German lager stands out from the rest that I have tried really good stuff here I must say, after trying all of these back to back amazing Ofests I'm about to call it my favorite style for awhile. Mouthfeel: Clean crisp refreshing lighter body not as much texture as some but still very good and smooth. Drinkability: Just as good as any classic representations I like the extra bitterness compared to some other malt monsters of this style, not overly hopped just more prevalent than others I have tasted.

Photo of hyuga
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange brew with a tannish head, which pours very large but settles, becoming thin and scattered. Aroma of sourdough bread malt and spicy hops with a grainy undertone. The taste is mainly of malts, but hops provide a good crisp and spicy backbone. Starts off with lots of bready and grainy malt and a good hop bite. Just a little caramel is noticeable. Finishes very crisp with some bitterness, but not without a little sweetness to balance things out. Very crisp and refreshing. Not as big-bodied as some other märzens, but still very good in its own way. This is second only to Paulaner's among my favorite Oktoberfestbiers.

Photo of granger10
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light red color that lacked a head. Nose of malt and spice. Taste is very subtle and low in carbonation. Bready malts show but no flavor really come out and shows itself to me. Slight hoppiness towards the end along with some spice. This one was alright but lacked didn't have the characteristics that would make it a good oktoberfest.

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

On tap at Capital Ale House.

Medium-copper in color with a white head that stitched a patchwork quilt of lace on the sides of the glass. Good dose of malt and caramel in the nose. Brief hints of spicy hops noted as well. Also, a bit of "pumpkin" scent escapes from the glass. Flavor is a nice mix of "pumpkin pie", mixed with a strong dose of malt sweetness. Not to be outdone, there is also a good balacing by the bittering from the hops. Finished with a very slight bitter aftertaste. Kept me reaching for more. Fairly smooth. Medium-bodied. Very drinkable. An Oktoberfest I could easily come back to year after year.

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

Appearance – A decent head that laced the glass and sat atop a pretty, light-brown body.

Smell – The traditional toasty malt aroma abounds.

Taste – This one is smooth and creamy. The toasted malt has the texture of peanut butter, but is thirst-quenching. There may even be a hint of hops in there for balance, but mostly the creamy malt carries the day. The buttery character and smooth toasted malt flavor is a real standout.

Mouthfeel – Faint carbonation, medium-bodied, and smooth as silk. Excellent!

Drinkability – This is an exceptionally smooth bier. I could knock down a case of these if I had my heart set on it.

Comments – There is no fruit or sugar to the flavor, which is the same as the Oktoberfest beers that I pounded out in Munich. The comparison among the locals always boiled down to which one was the smoothest. Simplicity ruled the day with this style.

Now, drinking this from the bottle doesn’t touch some of the stuff that I had over there on tap, but for a bottled Oktoberfest available here in the US, this is topnotch.

Update – I decided to re-review this with a 2004 vintage. This one really is dead-on for the style. The brewery in Munich did an excellent job of getting an authentic Oktoberfest beer here to the US. Gott sei dank!

Update – I am re-reviewing again with a 2005 vintage. This seems to get better every year. The Appearance was much improved. The beer itself is a wonderful, clear, bright orange and the head was medium with good retention and left cool-looking pits. Awesome!

Photo of TinusTime
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a brownish orange colour with a decent enough head. The smell is of caramel with a little spice. The taste is nice and very malty with roasted grain and caramel notes with a little dry spice to balance the sweetness.on the finish. Mouth feel is nice with a nice light bite of carbonation. Drinkability is high. A very nice Oktoberfest beer.

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

Pours a clear copper, with a small off-white head that quickly diminshes, but leaves good lace all the way down. Aroma is all malt, mostly caramel and some toasted malts. Flavor is fairly sweet, some toasted/maybe a bit smokey flavors, and some slight chocolate sneaking in at the end. Medium body, medium carbonation.

Photo of PSUDREW
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice lace to this. creamy. to say the least I so dug this beer. I could keep drinking it all through the year. Very much a malty taste to it. has little spice, but more malt then anything else. has a tatse of tea to it, but still very bread like. I like the feel to this ock-fest and I recomedn it.

Photo of Gusler
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a perspicuous burnished copper color, the head mountainous in size, spumescent in texture, the color a beauteous light tan and as it disjoins the lace forms a concealing sheet upon the glass. The aroma of sweet malted grain greets you first, then a bit of molasses, crisp and clean, a treat for the eyes and the nose, start is quite sweet, thickly malt with the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is lenient in its acidity, the hops pleasantly mild in their spiciness, dry and lingering aftertaste, quite a quaffable brew tis’ true.

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

Beautiful appearance ...coppery amber with a nice head that dissipates in a very nice lace. Nice malty aroma. Taste has a nice strong up front presence with a bit of bite in the end. Mouthfeel is substantial with a hint of alcohol presence. Nice drinkability if you like to sip your brew. Malty presence a bit more pronounced upon warming. Different from other Oktoberfests I've sampled..but definitely worth a try.

Photo of putnam
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter, more subdued style versus the Spaten and Beck's conterparts sampled recently.
Orange/amber color with an airy, scorched cream-colored head that hastens to a gentle ring of fuzz on the border of the liquid's surface.
Lightly aromatic with blanched, toasted split grain fragrances. Later, banana bread and cream emerge to round it out.
In the mouth it warms to release flavors of toasted grains and nuts with the slightest possible surge of hoppy, peppery bitterness in the mid-palate.
Highly drinkable.

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