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

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1,462 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 76
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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Photo of KTCamm
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark amber, starting touches of foam that settle out to nothing. Malty smell. Caramel/toffee notes.

Full on malt taste, loads of caramel. Sweetness throughout, german pilsy finish. Minimal hop through and through.

Firm enough carbonation and good mouthfeel. Really drinkable. Smooth, tasty, the whole nine yards. This is what the fall is all about.

KTCamm, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy head that fades semi quickly over clear copper tan brown colored beer.

Nose has light toasty malts, reddish copper malts, light cracked straw, hint of lager yeast fruit, light sweet lager aromas.

Taste comes clean and crisp, light cereal malts, cracked straw, light toasty malts, little sweet lager flavor and some definitive lager yeast fruits. Then comes the hops, light earthy slight grassy hops come through late on the finish adding a bit of bitterness and light spicy hop. Finish lingering more of the copper malts and semi dry crisp lager taste.

Mouth is med to a but lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty standard for a good German marzen. nice toasty malts, crisp lager flavors, no bad lager flavors, hint of hops on the finish. Nicely done.

jlindros, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark amber/copper with a 2 inch puffy odd-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of sweet malt/grains, caramel, grape juice, and some citrus zest on the finish. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good marzen but nothing too special.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/12.

A-Pours a clear, dark copper color with a finger of white head.

S-Smells slightly skunky, spicy, and some caramelly malt with light aromas of dark fruit.

T-Crisp and light caramel and bready malts with some herbal hops.

M-Crisp and light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat slick feel.

D-Pretty easy drinking but I wish this had a little bit more of a malt backbone to it. The search for my ideal German Oktoberfest continues...

samie85, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Already in the mood for great fall seasonal brew, already kicked started with pumpkin ale, not time to start with a good, authentic German Oktoberfest. Having some German blood in me, I make it mandatory every season and and at least a few times in other parts of the year to have a real, independent German brew. Seeing as I haven't had this one yet, I picked it up.

Enjoy by date: 05/2012

Pours a nice light amber/copper.orange, enabling you to see through it. Very weak head, very little to no lacing.

Light aromas of grain(s), malt and grassiness, with faint tea-like scents. Pretty mediocre on the nose.

Grains, some tea-like and maybe light nuts land on the tongue. Malt is present, but less noticeable than it should be. Low carbonation. Body is rather thin.

It's probably the least Oktoberfest Marzen I've had to date. Less malty, thin body and weak head and lacing hurts the credentials of this brew. it's decent, but you can do a lot better. Many great German Oktoberfest brews out there, this one is a little less.

happy4hoppybeer, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2 finger white head sits on dark copper clear body

Light caramel and bread.

Tastes are slightly sweet bread and some light caramel notes with grain. Light hops noted and a nice spiciness. Easy drinkin.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, light.

Overall, better than other german oktoberfests I've has thus far and it's pretty good.

Sensaray, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of silentjay
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden caramel color with a two-fingered pure white head that sticks around for a bit and laces pretty well.

smells of toasted bread, caramel, tofee. pretty simple, pretty nice.

taste follows with toasted bread, grains, lots of caramel and toffee and a slight herbal hop bitterness on the finish. very clean, tasty, and smooth without being too sweet.

a bit syrupy with very good carbonation level and feel which is expected for German brews. fills the mouth, but finishes clean.

very good example of a style I tend to overlook. I figured I'd try an "authentic" German Oktoberfest this year. Definitely a step or two above most American examples.

silentjay, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep brown with a one inch head...good amount of sticky lacing.

S - Malty smell with a bit of caramel...toasted bread...slight hops noted.

T - Slight sweet...toasted bread...grainy. The malt takes top bill with just a bit of hops to balance things.

M - Medium bodied beer...creamy...smooth.

O - This is the nice Fest beer, Better than most American renditions I have sampled.

Brunite, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/12; consumed 8/27/11

A - pours clear copper with one finger of tan head. Head fades pretty quickly without leaving much lacing.

S - smells very bready with some nice toasted malt. Also some subtle sweet malts and a faint amount of hops.

T - Similar the smell. Again very nice taste of fresh baked bread. Hops more prominent in taste than smell, but still clearly playing a supporting role. Really no sweetness in the taste that I picked up in the smell. Relatively straightforward but very good. Nice toastiness.

M - medium mouthfeel with just enough hop presence to yield a slightly bitter dry finish.

O - I always look forward to this one. I like the Ayinger Oktoberest a bit more, but this is one of my favorites in the style.

warnerry, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Tballz420
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest-Marzen is a very clear darker-amber colored beer, small white head which doesn't last too long. Nice amount of Vienna malt on the nose, fairly toasty and pretty sweet. Very rich scent. Ooh, here we go. Just a full on smattering of Vienna malts, nice and toasty, quite bready, a bit of caramel, nice and clean lagered taste. Hops are minimal but play a nice balance with their bitterness. Very nice and smooth mouth, pretty creamy and soft on the tongue.

Tballz420, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear slightly dark amber color with a nice head. The nose offers hints of cookie dough and flowers.

Just the right amount of smooth toasted maltiness for this style and a creamy, well-balanced palate. There's a nice subtle hoppy assertiveness and a hint of allspice on the finish. Silky-smooth and wonderfully drinkable. Recommended. Mehr, bitte!

deadonhisfeet, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic clean, molten copper. Crystal clear with a light, filmy, three finger head that gradually fades into a muffin top with some sticky lace abound.

Woderful aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, caramel, noble hops, and light cereal grains emanate from my glass.

Taste follows through. Very bready and doughy. Fresh baked, toffee, light residual sugars in the middle are dried out with earthy noble hops. A bit spicy and lingering. The slightest bit of dried fig. Love the bready middle and finish light and fluffy on the tongue. So malty and delicious. Fantastic!!

Light acidity, with moderate carbonation. Just a classic example of the style.

mcallister, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of wowbagger
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent color, but a little thin looking. Very full flavor with a tiny hint of sweetness. The aftertaste is hoppier but doesn't linger long. I could see drinking a good bit of it, and it's a solid beer but it doesn't do much do distinguish itself in my mind from other specimens I've had.

wowbagger, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the platt in franlin square at the umternational talkbass annual get together. Showed up in a mug, nice ruby chestnut color. Malty festive smell. Not the best smelling octoberfest, but not the worst. Great body and nice flavor, grape dominant. A little heavy, but very enjoyable. Overall very good.

cosmicevan, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out as an amber color with a head that comes and goes leaving a decent lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer has a light sweetness to it along with some autumn aromas. The taste is decent, it's got some earthy spice flavors with a tiny bit of sweetness from the malts. The mouthfeel was medium or at least close to medium. Overall it's not a bad beer, I've had better though.

Knapp85, May 29, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice coppery color with a creamy white head that fades fast but leaves nice walls of lace. Teh smell is of caramels, honey, cereal, and some earthy, herbal, peppery notes. The taste follows the nose with rich caramel dominating. Notes of earthy hops, herbal and peppery hints, and some fruity qualities like apricot, peach, and a touch of lemon. A bit on the watery side, but nice rich caramel swirls balance things out. A nice balance between sweet caramel and peppery hops. Overall, easy to drink and enjoyable.

JayS2629, May 27, 2011
Photo of Ziro
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in a liter mug. That's right, a liter mug. Poured 3 bottles into it. Not the wisest thing to do but I never get to use the damn thing.

Pours a nice, copper color and slightly darker for the style. Has a two finger pearl white head dissipates quick but about half a finger is sticking around. Carbonation is a constant.

Sweet caramel malts but also with some wheat in there. Just the faintest hint of spice and hops. Nothing jumps out but that allows for everything to blend together nicely.

Bready and very malty with a bit of fruit. Also, has some hops Aftertaste has a caramel sweetness. As it warms everything seems to quiet down. It's all still there just overtaken by the malts.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. When it's cold it's very crisp and you can feel the carbonation but after it warms it's smoother and the malts settle it down.

A good beer definitely worth trying. A bit too malty for me but I'm just not in the Oktoberfest mood this time of year. Not one I would go looking for but if a friend had it in the fridge I definitely wouldn't say no.

Ziro, May 23, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scored this from Koppa's in Milwaukee, about the best HackerPschorr selection I've ever seen.
About the brightest amber pour from a non ipa I've ever seen. Aroma was plain, cereal grainish.

Taste, mild, smooth. No bitterness hopping evident, as to style pretty much. Bready at times despite the high clarity. Mild spice lingers at the back of the mouth. Caramel with light bread. Toasted bread. Slight metallic aftertaste.

Beerandraiderfan, May 09, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Washington House, Sellersville, PA

One of the first märzens I remember having, and still probably one of my favorites.

Poured bronzed amber with some carbonation, and a nice finger of white head that retains fairly well. Smooth malts hit your nose, with a touch of spice. Biscuity taste with caramel malts accompanying, nutty, earthy, with a tad of spice and a hint of hop bitterness. Medium body, smooth and very drinkable.

Rifugium, May 09, 2011
Photo of delboy1203
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is a deep copper colour with a 3 finger off-white head that flattens quickly.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt with a little hops.

T: The taste is malty and not too sweet with flavors of caramel and a little hop bitterness. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation.

D: Easy drinking Oktoberfest.

delboy1203, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Pours a deep, clear copper with a dense, frothy, beige head that reduces to a thin cap of bubbles. The aroma is bready malt with caramel and fruity hops rounding out the nose. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium-bodied with a slick almost creamy mouthfeel that concludes in a clean, lightly dry finish. The flavor is of toasted bread, caramel and lightly fruity hops.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a deep, dark copper color with a couple of fingers worth of off-white head.

S: Lots of sweet and bready malts to begin with. Earthy hop notes along with a slight spice quality. I get nutmeg and all-spice for the most part, and there is a fair amount of yeast.

T: The bread and hops are at the forefront. Semi-sweet malts along with floral and earthy hops. The bitterness is quite light, but a lot of the same spices that the nose had.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation to it. Really refreshing, actually.

D: Another top German tick, and it's on the list with good reason. I liked this one quite a lot and will make sure to pick some up each year.

womencantsail, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got super cheap at my local favorite liquor store.

A-Amber pour with a liquidy head. Bubbles slowly rise to the top of the brew.

S-Spicey with some caramel maltiness. Not very bold but I like it. Hope for this to be an easy drinker.

T-Quite malty. Spicey and a little bit hoppy as well. Nothing crazy, but still pretty decent.

M-Light to medium body. Smooth and easy.

D-Drinks pretty nice for a beer I paid so little for.

Happy to try it.

VelvetExtract, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of clamper1069
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had this beer on Tap at Shoeless Joe's in Rosemont. An exceptionally smooth high quality beer poured in a 20 ounce glass. This time picked up two bottles and poured them into a 12 ounce beer glass. A thick head that takes a while to dissipate. It is a smooth drink that is excellent as a session beer.

clamper1069, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of loren01
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice looking bronze color, good sized head with excellent lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of fruity and bicutty malts. Slight spice in there as well as Marzen lager yeast
T: Sweet, fruity malts....pineapple/pear. Biscuty as well
M: Medium bodied beer finishes slighly dry
D: Very good beer...would love to go to Oktoberfest and drink many of these

loren01, Dec 22, 2010
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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