Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen
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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #7
Ranked #7,439
3.97 | pDev: 11.34%
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Very Good
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest MärzenHacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen
Notes: Forbidden as it was to brew in summer, a stronger beer – the Märzen – was brewed earlier in March. It would finally be served at the Oktoberfest, under the “Heaven of Bavaria”. We have returned once again to the age-old recipe and recreated that gloriously smooth, honey-coloured piece of history from times gone by. And all is brewed with due reverence to the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516.
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.29/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L- Between very dark amber and pale chestnut, clear, 3mm fine white head. [Holds well, and forms lacing].
S- Notably bready, and slightly toasty.
T- Bready again, mild medium-dry hop note going into the finish.
F- It's quite rich so comes over as 'meaty'. Carbonation in the mouth is appropriate (decent) for this style of beer.
O- The somewhat richer style suits colder months. It could be sessionable if you can source it at or close to German prices (ie cheap :)). The above said, the striking thing is that it looks great, tastes ok, but to me there's nothing distinctive about it, nothing specific I'd recognise by in a line-up of Marzens, and nothing that would make me buy it again, ie sadly rather underwhelming.
Bought from Wholefoods, London W8, 330ml bottle/£1.79. BB: 05/2020.
ps. The lable has evolved from that feated here in the headers^. The chequered gold area on the lable is now chequered pale blue and white (very trad. Bavarian!). The Oktoberfest Marzen' illustrated is now 'Original Oktoberfest' with a smaller sub-script 'Amber Marzen'.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Deep amber - almost brown - with a ton of clarity and a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving behind no real lacing to speak of
S - Bready malts and yeast along with sweet spices and caramel
T - Follows the nose with a ton of bready malts and yeast up front and throughout followed by caramel notes, brown sugar, and spices.
F - Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Clean and crisp. Maybe a little heavier than most German marzens
O - A really fantastic 'fest beer with a little more darker notes - a little more toasted notes - in color as well as flavors - than others but still really great.

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Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.76/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Pint Defiance tulip.the body is a clear amber, with a finger white head. Aromas consist of baked bread, toffee, spice, and a hint of pear. Flavors are the same. The feel is medium bodied with high carbonation.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with a thin white head. Smells of tater skins and nana's bunions with a faint hint of my uncle on a bender. Tastes like a 'fest beer. Imagine that! 870 reviews for this beer on this site and this one is the least essential!

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a decent looking marzen with a thin lacing head, pretty much see through as well. Amber brown in color.
S- Yeasty cracker bread, caramel, and sweet malt. Very nice aroma.
T- The taste follows the nose. A very nice caramel sweetness is there followed by a nice cracker flavor. A butteriness is also there followed again by a nice molasses flavor. Toasted bread malts, and wheat are present. Very nice. Interesting nuances in this beer for sure.
F-Medium bodied with nice light carbonation. Complements the beer well.
O-Overall very nice marzen. Hits the nail on the mark. Everything you'd expect and a little bit more. Thoroughly enjoyed. I'd get again.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - nice frothy head and good retention - crystal clear gold/amber color but lighter
Smell - slight bread and yeast - hint of caramel - very low aroma - disappointing
Taste - caramel and some dark brown sugar - almost a caramel corn flavor - very light on flavor as well as the color - slight sweetness that doesn't last long - not very impressive
Feel - pretty thin - really light bodied compared to others
Overall - I have had this on tap and thought it was pretty good at Oktoberfests but this just doesn't do it for me. I am hitting as many O-fest beers as I can - 'tis the season - and this so far is towards the bottom of the list - not bad, but just uninteresting

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Photo of RJLarse
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six-pack at Total Wine and More. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours an amber color, clear with a modest white head.

Smell is a sweet grain aroma.

Tastes like bitter bread, with a dry bitter finish.

Mouth feel is clean and dry.

Overall a good marzen style beer. Authentic.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber and clear under and off-white head in a dimpled mug... Lots of toasted brown bread, turned from sweet to dry, with a bit of chewy shellac and stickiness, mildly bitter, smooth and amply carbonated, with a nice semi-sweet aftertaste and a bittering edge... Really dug it...

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Photo of SFC21
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I think this is my favorite Oktobfest. Slightly edges out Ayinger. Smooth as silk, perfectly balance sweetness and earthy hops. Like drinking a warm loaf of dark bread.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle with an April 2020 BB date stamp on the label - from the Wall of Beer in Clemson ($1.89).
Served in a lager glass.
Pours with a clear copper colored body that is topped with a semi-durable off-white head.
Mild aroma that suggests caramel and earthy hops. The flavor, true to style, follows.
Smooth medium-full body with medium-light carbonation.
Overall: well balanced, solid version of the style.

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Photo of lastmango
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice copper with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly to a film. Moderate lacing was present. Nose is a very light caramel malt with a bit of fresh baked bread. Taste follows the nose but more pronounced with a bit of honey and and lingering light grass hops. Moderate light body and carbonation. Mouthfeel is very smooth. This is soooo drinkable. I could sit here all day with this marzen.

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Photo of gentlystewed
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The rich copper colored hue gives up an off white head that doesn't stick around for long, just meagerly hangs on at the edges.

The nose is dominated by raw cookie dough, and brown sugar, with a subtle grassy wiff. There's also a lot of fresh baked bread notes.

The flavor follows the nose to a tee and it's absolutely fantastic.

Mouthfeel is moderate and smooth with a satisfying and traditionally mellow hop kiss on the ass end.

Overall, a fantastic märzen by a brewery doing it right for 600 years. Just damn.

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Photo of fumobici
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 33cl bottle bought at the Food Co-OP Bellingham, WA into a pilsner tulip.

L: Deep amber, slightly dark for the type, medium bone head with sloppy lacing.

S: Earthy, stonefruit, honey, a hint of pfeffernüsse .

T: Like honeyed bread baked with hops, malt almost Czech.

F: a little thick, with enough effervescence to balance that. Clean, not unctuous.

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Photo of defunksta
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a a bronze color that is relatively clear with an off-white head. SRM of 13. (3.75)

Aroma: Lemon and grass upfront. Then comes a very bready, Munich bready aromas. Extremely fresh bread. (4.00)

Flavor: Tons of toasty German bready flavors upfront. then some tart lemon citrus and grass peeks through in the middle. Finishes with some lingering toasty bread malts on the tongue. Ends with a touch of sweetness. Relatively simple in terms of flavor. (3.75)

Feel: Medium and appropriate body for a festbier. Good carbonation. (4.00)

Overall: Brewed the standard festbier style. Nothing out of the ordinary or spectacular. Relatively simple flavors. Nonetheless, a great German style and authentic representation. (Final rating: 3.94)

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, deep, dark amber coloration with a huge, fluffy head. Smells of bready, slightly grainy and caramelly malt and lighter grassy, herbal hops. Taste is a good balance of bready, grainy and slightly caramelly malt and rather herbal, grassy hops, with a light mineral note as well. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some bready malt and lighter herbal hops lingering in the aftertaste, with a certain mineral note developing as well. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This has quite a nice balance of bready, grainy malt and grassy, herbal hops going on which keeps the sweetness in check and gives this a bit more depth and balance than other Oktoberfests I've tried so far. One of the better examples of the style as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of Nass
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is a mix between an amber & light brown color. The aroma is full of rich bready malts. The taste is reminiscent fo the aroma along with some caramel. Furthermore, this beer is just too rich & sweet for me to get into, it's okay but 1 bottle is more than enough for me to handle. Cheers! B-

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Photo of jrc1093
3.59/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/2019

Pours a clear light copper with a finger of slightly off-white foam; decent retention fades to a frothy collar, splotchy, paper-thin cap, and thin strands of dense lacing spread around the glass.

Aromas of rounded pear and light apple open strongly toasty malts and rye bread, with a light undertone of grassy hops maintained throughout; fruity, but with a subtle, malty nuance.

Taste opens with bread crust and some rye spice, shifting to a fruity hop undertone highlighting familiar pear and apple peel notes from the aroma; vague bready malt sweetness on the swallow.

Mouthfeel is medium-full verging on robust, evened by a sturdy moderate carbonation; drying, malty consistency along the palate until the finish, where a fruity lingering hangs maybe a bit too long but remains fairly clean as the palate shifts evenly through the swallow.

A unique märzen for those more accustomed to a more straightforward bready profile, though the brighter hops do mesh into the fold over time; while I'm still wavering as to how overbearing the fruitier tones can become here, this is nonetheless a well-built, easily quenching Oktoberfest.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very nice amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had caramel malt and spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a caramel malt and spice flavor
M-A smooth medium bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Oktoberfest

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oktoberfest pours a darker copper color, with a very small, long lasting head. Sweet and sugary aroma. Flavor is sweet, hints of apple, dry spices, and a sweet finish. Good body and feel. Overall, a very sweet beer, nice spice bill, great full flavors. A well build German Oktoberfest.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Perfectly clear amber. One finger of foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Mild amber malt. Very little scent.

Taste: Like the smell, mild bready malt.

Mouthfeel: Good body, high carbonation.

Overall: An easy drinker with little to it.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Having this beer on-tap the Sachaenheim. Served to me in a half liter mug, this beer draws a clear medium to dark copper color with a creamy looking head that’s about 1/3 of an inch thick when first drawn and served. Head settles to a medium sized ring lining inside the glass along with some decent lacing. Aromas of toasted, bready, biscuity, caramel malt sweetness. The taste is exactly the same, and that works just fine here indeed. Just the slightest hint of floral, herbal hops at the very end of the flavor profile after each swig. Has a crisp, also quite smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and sweet finish and aftertaste. A very nice beer all around here.


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Photo of MercInc
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going through the last of my holiday brews. Poured into a pilsner glass at 43 degrees. Light amber color with a thin whitish head. Malty flavors up front, with that hop bitterness in the back. Not overpowering though. Clean, drinkable lighter than I normally drink, but a great late fall and winter brew.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, amber in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big white and wheat bready malt and a touch of honey. Medium-light bodied, moderate carbonation, sweet. Makes for an excellent, sessionable, clean lager. Will get more of this next year.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into perfect pint glass
Bb 4/2019
Pours a bright clear amber with surprisingly a very small head
Aroma is fruity
Taste is toffee followed by the fruit again,  with a bitter finish
Feel is medium bodied,  average carbonation
Overall this doesn't cut it for me as if falls short on the malty side plus is quite bitter

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Photo of Wattie83
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great in the glass. A nice honey color, nice head that seemed to drop out too quickly. Smell is malty, bready, with a bit of hop spice mixed in. Really pleasant inviting smell. Taste follows with bready, malty flavor. Early sweetness is cleaned up nicely with the hops leaving a clean aftertaste. Body is medium, holds up nicely so the sweet malt never seems flabby. Overall, I like O-fests and this is an obvious classic!

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