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

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1,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 78
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 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.

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

L: burnt amber body with a quickly dissapating 1/2" head.
S: Lively malts, giving off a robust aroma.
T: Very well balanced Marzen lager. Malty brew, with a very slight sweet woody taste. There is a hint of citrus hopiness in the aftertaste. This one unfortunately has a bit of a glassy/metallic taste to it, though I am sure that would not be present out of a tap.
M: Medium to high carbonation, I like that it gives this rich malty beer a more refreshing presence.
D: quite drinkable - almost the definition of sessionable: light enough to drink a few of, but a rich flavor profile makes it highly enjoyable.

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

On-tap at Beer Bistro, in Toronto.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen has the appearance of an old wooden table; it appears antiquated as if coated in a fine layer of dust. Still, its deep, coppered orange colour does well to keep clarity intact and the beer's soft glint shows that it's no stranger to daylight. Besides that, its head is fully restored and leaves lacing that absolutely flourishes.

The aroma is that typical of Oktoberfest beers, which is not an easy one to describe. It is considerably sweet - although to even imply a caramel-like presence would be a huge exaggeration - and while it is significantly toasty there isn't a hint of bread, but rather only that of rich, distinct malt. There is also the impression of a nutty, roast pecan-like flavour.

Despite the trace of sulfur (common in fresh lagers) the beer is exceptionally clean, so much so that its heavy, mineral-rich water is not only noted but still appreciated long into the aftertaste. The mouthfeel otherwise is grainy, without any esters less you count the snippet of apple taste, and is rounded out by coffee cake-like flavour and sweetness.

This is the kind of beer that I could not appreciate 5 years ago. On the surface its plain, conventional lager character appears to be all there is to it; but once you become more keen to it, once you've really explored the depth of this rich and distinct maltiness, a whole realm of delicious flavour (on top of the unhindered drinkability) really opens itself up.

Beers are pure in style only in the eyes of their reviewers - unless they were brewed by Germans in which case they were likely copied to the letter out of the style rulebook. This Oktoberfest provides the basic, fundamental guidelines for the style and does well to showcase a proud tradition in German brewing heritage. Anybody looking to replicate or familiarize themselves with the style are advised to start here.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 333 ml bottle into a pint glass. Pours an amber gold with a thin head that rapidly reduces to a thin lid.

Has a faint, yet definite, sweet malt smell. Underlying notes of wet grain are present, mized with a very slight sour smell.

Taste starts slightly tart, with decent malt, little to no bitterness, and fairly grainy complexion. Lemon flits with an almost metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium; medium-bodied.

Drinkable enough. however, at a recent beer tasting I hosted, the consensus put this one in at last among five other Oktoberfest styles (including Spaten, Ayinger, Great Lakes, Harpoon and Avery's Kaiser).

Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a moderate brown-bronze with a good white head. Nose is toasted malt with some caramel and toffee plus a slight nutty character. Taste is toasted bread with a bit of caramel. Slightly sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Light-to-medium body with nice carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good and this is one of my more-preferred German marzens.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel.

A - Just a nice deep brown ale. One inch head with a good amount of sticky lacing.

S - Malty smell with a bit of caramel in there? Has a nice toasty aroma.

T - Very smooth and creamy on the palate. Nice indeed. Has just a bit of a sweet taste but its excellent.

M - Light bodied beer. Just like the taste this one is damn smooth.

D - This is the best Fest beer I have had for straight drinkability.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle from a German deli, on to the beer:

The color is a lighter amber color mixed with washed out yellow hues. The head on top doesn't form as I was hoping, it caves into a thin white sheet on top. The nose is herbal, sweet and malty as I hoped, light woody nose too.

The surpising part of this beer is the relatively light body despite the 5.8% ABV. The flavor has some power though. Sweet breads and a hint of raisin are imparted from the generous dose of malts from the style, a moderate fruity ester flavor makes some noise. Light in the body, relatively clean with a little bread crust flavor in the aftertaste.

Another pleasant Oktoberfest from Munich. Traditonal and pleasing.

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

Poured from a 50cl botttle into a Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

A - Thick creamy head. Copper/chocolate colour.

S - Chocolate & caramel with a barrage of wheat & malt.

T - Malt explosion!! Spicy with some oaky-nut flavours.

M - Lots of fizz, very smooth all the way down.

D - Good with a very strong and robust flavour.

Have always been a fan of Hacker-Pschorr beers and this is no exception. Definitely the best of the big 4 Oktoberfest offerings. Must point out here that this is by far the one with the most strong and robust flavour - a couple of the others tend to be slightly weak-flavoured lagers.

Photo of tewaris
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
5.8% ABV
330 ml bottle with a freshness date of July 2011 poured into a Lion mug on Nov. 04, 2010.

Appearance 4/5
Brilliantly clear, dark honey amber colored, with a good off white head, decent retention and excellent lacing.

Aroma 4/5
Nice and soft malty aroma with toasted elements and some sweetness. Spot on, and inviting.

Taste 4/5
Slightly sweet, full of flavor, with some clean bitterness in the end. Only a touch of hops and some creamy malt flavor remains after the medium finish.

Mouthfeel 4/5
Refreshing and crisp, but not overly so, with a medium body, this is a classic Oktoberfest.

Drinkability 4/5
Very good, but the alcohol is a little high.

Good representation of the style. Must have if you like Oktoberfests or malty, yet light, beers.

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

appearance - dark copper color with fluffy tan head

smell - molasses, malts, graham cracker

taste - malt, molasses, hint of cherries

mouthfeel - medium body, medium carbonation, crisp, really well balanced, slightly sweet, but not cloying, flavor really linger on the palate on the aftertaste

drinkability - really well done Marzen, I will seek this out next season

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

Nice malty aroma. Pours a deep amber clear brew with a short head.

Flavor is on the crisp side for an Oktoberfest. Nice crisp carbonation. Excellent malt/hops balance. Slight maple and caramel notes in the background. Nice grain aftertaste.

Very drinkable.

This is a tough category (Oktoberfest beers) and one that I really like, so it is average for the category but compared to beers generally this one ranks pretty high.

Photo of weller1js
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a clear brownish-yellow amber with little carbonation, little foam, slight ring of lacing.

smell: rich earthy malt scent, complemented with notes of tangy hop aroma that linger.

taste: begins clean and mellow, malty notes become prevalent and enhanced by the adequately light sweet/lightly tangy hops, finishing with a light earthy bittersweetness.

drinkability: very pleasant to drink, all of the elements come together well, and for the style, it is mellow and consistent, making it quite drinkable. If it had a slightly higher abv, it would be exceptional.

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

I can't believe I've never reviewed this beer. OK, into the malestorm. Pours copper-brown with a dense off-white head that leaves beautiful lacing. I really can't figure out how this could look better. The smell is slightly sour, slightly carmelly, with a touch of flowers and a slight metallic whiff. Taste is pleasantly mildly sour, balanced by an immediate slightly sweet maltiness. There is a slight sharpness to the finish that balances the rest out well. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and delightfully soft. Drinkability is just fantastic. This isn't so much a beer as a day-long project. Definitely my favorite Oktoberfest. Prost, baby, prost!

Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

18th review on BA
Bottle poured to pint glass

App- A oak light brown. Had a nice 1 finger off tan head, quickly leaving to a wonderful swirl pattern.

Smell-A malty smell with a bit of sugar, vanilla but not a dry smell, like its fresh pressed into the bottle.

Taste- Very earthy and balanced flavors. Little nutty and a touch of bitter but still balanced as mentioned before.

Mouth- Little on the lighter side of what I was expecting but not bad at all.

Drink- Could easily put back a few of these in a session. Good beer.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a clumpy sticky eggshell white head. Treacle, flowers and butterscotch on the nose. Raisin bread and brown sugar malts with herbal, minty, spicy hops. Light to medium, prickly, sticky.

Closer to a Vienna lager than some of the more pilsener-like Oktoberfests. Malt over hops, but still balanced with everything you'd expect in place.

*from notes

Photo of Onenote81
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one was at the top of my list of Festbiers to try this fall. 12oz bottle poured into a mug. Pours a transparent dark ferric rusty color. A small off-white head rests atop. No lace. Scents of bread, caramel, and light minerals.

The mouth is moderately full. Good carbonation. Refreshingly wet. Excellent bounty of sweet malts and fresh bread. This beer nails the Festbier flavor dead on. Hints of caramel, toffee, and just a wisp of bitterness. I could drink this all day, or month for that matter. This'll be the one I stock my fridge with every autumn from here on out. Great beer.

Photo of muskiecf
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a great oktoberfest beer should be. Balanced, smooth, easy to drink. It has a slight sweet aftertaste but not too sweet. The carmel is balanced by the hops. Get it fresh and serve around 45 degrees. At this temp the flavor is amazing. The malt comes forward. My personal favorite fest beer. I've found the german styles of these beers to be a bit lighter and easier to session vs. most of the craft brewed versions. I love them all but this one seems hit the mark. Bullseye. Enjoy!

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

A: Light brown-tea colored-with a slight light amber hue; thin head that quickly turns into a steady film; bubbles shoot up through the middle of the glass; lacing is minimal

S: A subdued sweet malty quality; hints of brown sugar, molasses, and vanilla all on top of a wet grainy quality

T: Nice balance of sweet malts and wet grains with just a touch of citrus and tea leaves from the hops; simple with not much complexities--but still a crisp, slightly sweet lager

F: Nice even mouth feel with all the crispness that a lager should have

D: A nice, traditional Oktoberfest; just about all you could ask for on a brisk late September evening

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

Chilled bottle into a 0.5L stein.

A: Pours a light, rust-tinted amber body with 2" of off-white head. It retains well, leaving washes of sticky lace down the sides of the dimpled stein.

S: Overripe apples, cinnamon, toast, bread, and a touch of earth and flowers.

T: A clean, simple flavor of toast, bread. Overripe apples and cinnamon give the impression of apple cider. Noble hops manifest as earth and a small floral flavor. It's rich and malty, but not particularly sweet.

M: Light-medium bodied. Carbonation is low, making for a nice, smooth feel. It is not dry, but drying in the finish.

D: Very drinkable. Simple in flavor, compared to the Ayinger that has a similar ABV, but this goes down much easier.

Photo of mralphabet
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a amber brown with hints of red, very clear. Nice 1 1/2 fingers worth off white head. Little lacing here.

S: I'm getting 2 things here.... Sweet caramel malt & toffee... Next I'm getting a grainy astringent.. The sweetness is sticking out a bit more that the grainy.

T: The sweet malts hits you right up front, but fades quickly... then I'm getting a little nutty note with some bitterness. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Light to mid bodied.. Little to no carbonation and a little lighter than I was expecting.

D: Not a bad ABV.. Pretty drinkable.... Very interesting Oktoberfest, not what I was expecting... I have to say not as good as I was expecting. Never the less it is a Germany Oktoberfest Marzen so it is worth a try.

Photo of zoso1967
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty brown tinged medium amber with a very small white head that sticks around as a thin layer of bubbles for quite some time. Only small splashes of lace are left on the sides of my glass.

The aroma is quite potent and I can smell the wonderful toasty and bready malts without even getting my nose too close the glass. Caramel, toffee and sweet breadiness are noticeable, as well as some floral hop aromas. This beer has a very balanced nose.

The flavor is super clean, refreshing and balanced. Smooth caramel and slightly toasted malt blend with a sort of white bread toast or cracker malt base. There is also a pretty hefty amount of fruity and floral hop character in this beer that was unexpected, but enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with fairly low carbonation. The finish is balanced, but a little bit sticky for my taste.

This is a very drinkable Marzen, and not nearly as filling as some of the others I have had. I could see having a couple liters of this along with some schnitzel or sausages and kraut. Not the most exciting of the style, but a good go to beer if you want a German brewed example.

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