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

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1,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,201
Reviews: 709
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 61
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of JonB1958


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

I had a lot of this during the fall; I had a keg of it at my annual Oktoberfest party, as well as a couple of 12 packs with friends while I was trying to decide. I actually wanted to get Paulaner, but it was not available, so the beer guy got me this instead, saying Hacker Pschorr was the sister brewery of Paulaner.

It's a good bier but not as good as the Paulaner. It pours a nice color like other Oktoberfests, although it's a little lighter than others. The smell is carmelly/bready/malty and makes you anticipate a great first sip. The head is thin, as it typical of the style, and it disappears quickly.

The flavor is full and engages your whole mouth, but it loses points because it's noticeably more bitter--both on first taste and as after taste--than the Paulaner or Ayinger.

I like it, but only one or two at a sitting (not a bad thing, I guess). But I'll have something better next September at my annual party.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2007 03:23:41 | More by JonB1958
Photo of dfried


3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orangish toffee color, thin bone colored head quickly dropped to a ring. A lot of malty sweetness jumps out of the aroma, brown sugar caramelly notes, toasted malt with a slight biscuity touch. Slight spiciness that sets it apart from something like a brown ale. The taste-more sweetness, crisp clean, caramel malt, some grainy/breadiness, and more spicy alcohol, almost like pumpkin spice in a way, maybe its just the season talking.

Overall: I need to go to Germany I think. I have been trying this style for the better part of a decade now every year and I still just don't get it, and by it I mean why people like this style so much. I am not sure if I just need a more fresh sample or what, but almost every one I have had of any brand has disappointed me. Typically the body is too thin, and overall its too cloyingly sweet. Boo.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2007 23:06:44 | More by dfried
Photo of Procrastinator


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz. brown bottle produced on 06/07 as noted on front label. Poured into a tall slim mug.

Appearance: coppery orange in color with a beige colored head which dies rather quickly to form a thin layer of foam at the top of my glass. Few lines of carbonation ascend to the layer above.

Smell: nutty and caramel sweetness with a lemony and floral background.

Taste: slightly sweet and floral balanced by hops and what I perceive as citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: well balanced with an agreeable carbonation that helps to compliment the gentle flavors.

Drinkability: very sessionable with mild alcohol and subtle flavors.
Definitely not the best Ofest of the year, but I will seek out again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2007 18:45:25 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of LeftyBWS


4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this one a few nights ago and took some notes. Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. The label says this brew was "produced on 7/07".
A: Clean dark-copper in color, with slow-rising carbonation visible. Thin but smooth off-white head that recedes to the sides of the glass rather quickly. Thin lacing that slides back down the glass and into the beer.
S: Crisp and clean, with some subtle hops and malts in a pleasant combination. Notably grainy and woody, as well. A slight sugary/caramel scent comes up after warming a bit and if I try to find it.
T: Crisp hops lead the way and yield a kinda fruity, smooth malt flavor in the middle. The finish is a nice mix of the first few flavors along with a grassy taste, letting the hops mellow out and fade away. Overall, a solid taste; I really have nothing to complain about, but nevertheless it didn't wow me.
M: Tingly at first, but more clean and watery later on. A tiny bitter nip in the finish but it fades.
D: Actually, one of the highlights of this beer. Everything else about it is above average but not outstanding or overpowering, which makes it all the easier to drink a bunch of these.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 22:59:09 | More by LeftyBWS
Photo of albern


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

This is about a typical Octoberfest as you'll find. It starts as an amber with some head, practically no lacing, some retention but not much. The smell is subdued and that's too bad given the beers other fine qualities. In the smell I'm getting some sweet malts, some caramel, some lager smells, and others which are too subdued to make them out, perhaps a whiff of tobacco. The taste is all malt, moderate carbonation, moderate dryness. You'll get hints of caramel, cherry, and bready yeasts. The mouthfeel is light and watery, the consistency is on the light to medium bodied side, more light than anything. The aftertaste is mild. This is a nice caramel malty Octoberfest if there ever was one. If you like the style, you can't go wrong here. It brings me back to Munich in late September.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 00:36:45 | More by albern
Photo of OKCNittany


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1 finger white head with little retention & lacing. Copper with great clarity.

S: Biscuity and caramel malt and lots of it.

T: Malt, malt, and more malt. Caramel, toasted, bready. Very tasty & somehow not out of balance. Hops finally become noticeable just for a second at the finish, but this one is about the malt.

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Smooth with a dry finish and a lasting, sweet & toasted malt aftertaste.

D: Delicious & easy to drink. An excellent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 04:26:25 | More by OKCNittany
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golddish red color with a small head of tan bubbles that fell within about 30 seconds. There were very few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: My first impression is of strong sweet malt so much that the beer smells like a milkshake to an extent. I don't get any hops to speak of except as a very subtle floral contribution. The malt is in charge and is so strong that it almost smells perfumy all on it own.

Taste: The flavor is also very malt driven, but the finish is more balanced than I would have suspected from the aroma. The beer has malt out the wazoo, but manages to finish up clean and a little dry due to attenuation. The alcohol is only noticeable in the warming in the belly after drinking most of the bottle.

Opinion: This is a really good beer and has a wonderfully malty balance the whole way through. A lot of Oktoberfest beers fall short of this all out onslaught on the palate with Munich malt. This beer has malt in spades and I would certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 23:31:57 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of tempest


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

This is one heck of a session beer. The abv is a bit high for that title, but damn this beer is easy to drink and tasty. It's a nice amber-red with a bit of head and lacing. The aroma and taste are a simple, but delicious mix of mellow roasted malt and caramel with a touch of hops. The carbonation is a bit light, but that doesn't take away from anything and allows for great drinkability. Yummy.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2007 15:52:01 | More by tempest
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this was a solid but not fabulous o-fest. copper/amber in color with beatiful clarity and a minimal creamy white diminishing head. subtle aromas of caramel malts and nutty notes in the nose along with a hint of alcohol and vegetal hops. taste is dominated by the malt character as per style with the hops playing a background role. the sweet malt dries out quickly on the finish. creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 01:14:11 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of KarlHungus


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

This beer pours a clear bronze color with amber hues. The head is large, fluffy and white. It recedes into nice thick lacing. The aroma is of biscuity malt with a mild floral hint. The taste is of like the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice Oktoberfest. It is lighter than most American versions I have had, but it is makes up for it with its exceptional sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 18:13:39 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of slyke


3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest pours an amber-orange color with 3/4 inch of white head that fades to a cap after about three minutes and laces pretty nicely.

The smell doesn't jump out of the glass, but it is dominated by sweet caramel malt.

The taste is also dominated by the same sweet caramel malt flavor.

Mouthfeel is thinner than many Octoberfests, but the label says this brewery has been around since 1417, so I'd guess they know what they are doing.

This beer is pretty drinkable. Paired with the right food, this beer would sing. If you see it, try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 17:24:32 | More by slyke
Photo of Minkybut


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. This beer was a nice amber color much as one would expect an Octoberfest beer to be. The head was decent but nothing to get crazy over, it was tan. The smell was sweet and yeasty. The tase iof this beer was also a little sweet but vety good and it was a tad spicy. I liked it and will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 17:09:25 | More by Minkybut
Photo of berserker256


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a nice deep amber color with a medium off white head. I love the smell. I detect carmel, malt, and a yeast presence. Somewhat earthy but in a good way. It tastes like a delicious Märzen beer that would be enjoyed under an Oktoberfest tent only cold because it was in my fridge as opposed to being scooped from a trough by a Popeye-forearmed fräulein. The taste and smell almost have a Werther Original butterscotch hard candy element. Not too heavy and not too thin. Just about right. Perfect carbonation. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 00:22:01 | More by berserker256
Photo of ojiikun


3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter tapered bottle is dated Feb '07. Typical H-P regalia. Pours an un-feisty, clear-as-day copper. Head takes constant coaxing and lace is light if present.

Smell is lots of honey and something akin to soymilk. Highly-worked german yeast rounds it off. More honey all around. Hopping is night unnoticable until just before the first sip . . .

Full body and more honey. Malt becomes clear and hopping just eeks out a presence. Slightly herbal in the middle, parsley and chives. Finish is dark German bread.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and cloying, and the texture just isn't there for me. Still, drinkable for a Marzen and would go down just fine by the half-gallon, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 01:24:23 | More by ojiikun
Photo of dnichols


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was served a 4 ounce sample at a tasting sponsored by the distributor at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington.

A: It had a light copper body with a respectable head that supported an abundant and consistent lacing.

S: It had a well defined toasted malt aroma.

T: It was creamy and smooth, as well as gently sweet throughout. There was a hint of herbal hops but its the malts that define this brew.

M: It was medium bodied with a smooth sweet profile and a clean finish and aftertaste.

D: It is a creamy silky smooth brew with a low ABV and sweet profile that make it easy to consume long into the night.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 15:55:50 | More by dnichols
Photo of iceball585

New York

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

A- Amber/copper color, semi-clear, one finger thick head that lowered to a thin lacy cover, a few carbonation bubbles rising

S- Malts, sweet, toasted nuts, caramel, grains

T- Caramel, roasted malts, nutty, grains, honey, sweet, mild bite of hops near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth, clean, crisp yet slight oily finish

D- Very good oktoberfest

This beer ranks in the upper end of oktoberfest beers that I've had this year. Good flavors, good smell, good over all.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 22:03:07 | More by iceball585
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On tap at Lionheart in Albany. Body is clear, dark amber with fine bubbles and a 1-finger ivory head that settles pretty quickly. Some rings of lacing left behind.

S: Light in the nose, especially when it's cold. What's there is all malt -- toasted grain and cereal and a hint of sugary sweetness or caramel malt.

T: Similar to the nose at first -- grainy cereal and caramel malt up front, followed by a minerally hop bitterness at the finish. Nicely balanced between the malts, which appropriately dominate given the style, and the hop bitterness at the finish.

M: Light-bodied, appropriate carbonation levels make this one pretty smooth

D: Very good. Goes down pretty quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2007 14:17:04 | More by Kendo
Photo of atigerlife


3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Ginger Man in Manhattan.

Pours a golden/red color with a small white head. Light lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty.

Taste had a sweet honey flavor with a nice amount of malts. Nutty and some light spices.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and nicely cleansing.

Overall, I was nicely surprised by this brew. Very drinkable. Well balanced and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2007 23:52:26 | More by atigerlife
Photo of mpyle


3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App - Brilliant pale amber color. Whitish head with modest retention.

Aroma - sweet, caramel, malty nose. No hop, and generally quite clean.

Flav - Gentle malty flavor, but well attenuated and balanced. Finishes with a very slight hop bitterness, but quite clean.

MF - highly carbonated, with medium body. Carbonation a bit unpleasant and prickly. No distinct alcohol warming.

D'ability - aside from the carbonation, a nice run of the mill malty brew. The heavy carbonation really drops its drinkability for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 04:32:19 | More by mpyle
Photo of Lupe

New York

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

Dark amber-orange in color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick sticky lace on the glass.

Clean malt aroma with some caramel, hops, and a bit of spice.

Very well balanced - toasty & caramel malt, a little nuttiness, spice, and mild hops. Finishes a little dry with a light lingering hop bitterness. Simple yet very tasty.

Crisp and smooth, medium in body with moderate carbonation. Not cloying like some O-Fest's can be.

Very easy to drink. Could down these all day. Nice example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2007 23:58:50 | More by Lupe
Photo of thierrynantes


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

Oktoberfest beer in the traditionnal style.
Appearence : Amber lager (marzen)
Smell : Malt aroma
Taste : A mixture of nutty maltiness and Hop bitterness
Mouthfeel :
Drinkability : A good Oktoberfest brewered by Hacker-Pschorr (temperature of drink 9°C)

Thierry (13/10/2007).

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 19:26:43 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at British Beer Company on 10/11/07, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a dark orange/brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice and nuts with a little hops, but overall the smell seemed pretty faint.

T: The taste is malty but well-balanced and not too sweet with flavors of caramel, spice and nuts. There's a mild hops presence as well. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation but light for the style, finish is dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, I could drink a few of them, but there are other O-fests that I would choose first.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 14:06:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at FireWaters in Hackensack, on a cool, rainy October night. It Just so happens they were serving this in the brewery's authentic 1L jalopy of a glass, with a German oom-pah band playing in the background. $20 for a fill, and the glass came home with me. Check, please!

Appearance- I've never actually drank a beer out of a vessel this large before... but watching the shapely, blonde bartender pour it tonight was a bonus. Deep copper-gold the entire way, then finally the ornamental two-finger cap. Lacing was consistent and present the entire time. I can't get over the fact that I'm about to finally *own* this frigging glass. I'm a fourth-grader on Christmas Eve.

Smell- Clean, honest malts and hops are all that's detected here... so much better though on tap!

Taste- Impeccable balance from the tap... I love this year's bottled version, but ***WOW***... on draft... one full liter went down in thirty minutes! Superb in its elegant simplicity, the quintissential Oktoberfest IMO. Soft, subdued hops gingerly balance out the malts, which have all of the character and a restrained sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For this true session beer, the mouthfeel was excellent... alive and modest. The bar was packed tonight... but rather than belly up to the bar itself I elected to cozy up to a small round table, beer in hand, and listen to a band play German folk songs. Time went quickly, and moments later I was driving home with my new favorite glass.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2007 03:56:08 | More by yelterdow
Photo of number1bum


3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of NEPA BC split #8.

Pours a perfectly clear, light amber color with a few bubbles rising to the top. Only about 1/2 a finger of off-white head sits on top, and leaves only a very thin lace around the rim of the glass.

Smell is a perfect combo of toasted grain and sweet caramel malt. Touch of grassy hops.

Tastes of toasted malt and a husky sort of grain flavor. Not as much caramel sweetness as in the nose. I'm not wild about the grainy flavor here. There's a quick snap of hop bitterness toward the end, along with some grassy flavor, and then moves into a dryish finish with some lingering toasted grain on the palate. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-bodied, crisp but appropriate carbonation.

Not a bad oktoberfest, but not my favorite either. I'm not wild about the husky sort of grain flavor, and that affects the drinkability for me. I would choose other oktoberfests if I had the choice, but wouldn't pass one up if I didn't.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 18:26:06 | More by number1bum
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours an orange and caramel color, a big fluffy head building up, two fingers worth. A dotted ring of lace high on the Belgian glass and some stray lacing angling down here and there. The head recedes to a thin cover in about a minute.

Aroma - lots or bready, caramel, and roasty stuff going on. Some moderate grain sweetness, even a bit of grassiness.

Taste - heavy caramel and roasted malt flavor, pretty much on par with the nose. The swallow allows just a tickle of hops through before resolving to a warm sweet roastiness.

Mouthfeel - smooth and solid feel, ample carbonation but not bubbly feeling. Glides across the mouth and throat quite easily.

Drinkability - one of the better OFests I've had and will likely grab more.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 03:43:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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