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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

1,483 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,483
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 77
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Appearance
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.

Smell
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Overall
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

A - This pours a crystal clear bronze-type color.

S - Aroma is of sweet cereal grains, slight caramel malts and not much else.

T- The flavor is rather light, a bit fruity, slightly grainy, and sweet.

M - Fairly light body, as it should be.

D - Pretty simple. There really wasn't anything special about this beer. Pretty average run-of-the-mill wheat beer.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11-30-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, nice lacing ring with a good amount of carbonation present, clear copper color

S - Light roasted malts, caramel, and hints of hops

T/M - Lighter bodied brew, sweet caramel notes, and slight hop bitterness

D - Pretty drinkable brew, a lighter bodied brew over some of the octoberfest's I have had. A brew that I could drink more than one of. I recommend trying this brew if you like the style

Photo of mikeg67
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with a big, off white, short lived head. Lively carbonation. The best quality of the beer is its nice aroma of caramel malts, perfume hops and some dough. The flavor is similar to aroma, but much weaker. Finish is short and unremarkable. The body is medium and crisp. OK Octoberfest but there are much better choices.

Photo of SickGnar
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Tawny copper that is ever so slightly orangey. Clear with some sedately rising bubbles. Ok size off-white head that leave decent lacing.

S: Toasty and faintly german, yet grainy malts with minimal sweetness. Some vaguely fruity euro-lager esters. Not really picking up any hops. Pretty clean overall.

T: Disappointingly restrained munich / vienna malt on a toasty grain and crackery base with just the barest hint of sweetness. Rather taut malt profile with out much depth, richness or sweetness. Hops are rather anodyne as well - general german/noble hop flavor with maybe a minty edge and a bitterness that matches the restrained malts. If you let the beer warm a bit the flavor becomes more robust all the way around, but a rough and rustic quality comes out too. Alcohol comes out and the different flavor components go their own way. It has more flavor warm, but just sort of falls apart. Better cold even with less flavor.

M: A little big under medium body with less than average CO2 to match. The carbonation is however finely textured in a way that helps show off what dextrins can be found. Pretty smooth overall, but lighter and dryer than I was expecting.

D: Doesn't say, "party in a glass," like a good o-fest should. All the elements are there, but it feels a bit stretched and less than robust. Letting it warm just a little brings out more flavor, but the beer also becomes rough and less drinkable. While there is nothing truly offensive about it, this one is just not going to get me dancin' the polka.

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

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

This is certainly a standout example of the style, almost in a class of its own. Not sure what may be different as far as the ingredients or process involved in brewing this, but some really out there flavors are featured here.

Artful look: Huge, billowy, cottony and milk-foamy porcelain-hued head - blankets of lacing - in stark contrast to the deep, dark reddish-brown color below. The aroma is like no other O-Fest in the lot - fresh, clean spearmint/wintergreen mixed with some faintly toasty, crystal-sweet malt. Makes me think of alpine winter - snow-capped mountains, skiers in colorful wool hats, twinkling X-mas lights. The flavor is equally bizarre: toasted malt sweetness - nearly nougaty - with those refreshing minty/herbaceous qualities, a vaguely licorice (Mike N Ike) tone, finishing with powdered bubblegum first, developing quick into a malt liquor spice in the way after. The drinking is lovely smooth, ending dry. Quite a lot going on here - unique, to say the least.

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

1pt9oz/500mL bottle purchased at the Alpine Deli in Spokane for $2.75. According to the label, this is best before May of next year.

A burnt orange-amber color, with a sudsy, white head. Spotty lace.

Fruity and malty in the nose. There's a very toasty scent as well.

Fruity and malty flavored, with an aftertaste of toasted malt. Very slightly dry at the swallow, but nothing compared to, say, an IPA.

Medium bodied, with a coating yet dry mouthfeel, if that makes any sense.

Not a bad beer at all, lots of flavor, but a little too sweet for repeated pints. As a stand-alone beer it makes a pretty decent example of the style, though.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
89 out of 100 based on 1,483 ratings.