Oktoberfest Märzen
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Ranked #7
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3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Very Good
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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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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours light amber. White head. Aromas of floral and noble hops up front. Malt is overtaken by these - some honey like toast comes through as it warms. The taste is maltier than the nose; toast, brown bread, bread crust; finishes with a floral hoppy, moderate bitter bite. Feel is medium bodied - somewhat fuller than others I've had of this style. Overall, a good marzen style Oktoberfest.

Oct 15, 2021
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UrbanCaveman from Ohio

4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a nucleated teku at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours a crystal clear deep cherrywood red-copper, and forms over three fingers of dense white foam with great retention.

S: Redolent with toffee-sprinkled bread, with a tinge of petrichor and something cleanly herbal.

T: Toffee and bread indeed, with a quality not unlike if one were to scrape the dark brown crust off a hard pretzel and mix that in. Some damp earth lurks in the flavor profile, and something softly, undefinably herbal floats in the background. A faint peppery tingle lingers in the aftertaste, alongside damp earth and bread.

F: Medium, smooth, and creamy.

O: This is delicious.

Oct 04, 2021
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cold 11.2 oz bottle poured into my .5L dimple mug. Date stamp is 03.22 L06215E. Another brew that is part of my oktoberfest box from Half Time.
The beer pours a clear copper color with a creamy beige head of less than 1 cm. This foam fades to a thin edge layer soon after the pour.
the aroma is caramel, toasted grains and a little bit of a spicy hop character.
First sip reveals a lighter body with fine carbonation that is fairly gentle and rolls across my palate. The beer drinks very easy.
Flavor is some toasted grain and a good dose of caramel and some general fruity sweetness. I maybe get a little raisin or plum here, which is a surprise. The beer finishes with a bit of a sweeter finish flavorwise, but also dries out my palate after each sip.
This is definitely one of the sweeter beers Ive had for the Oktoberfest tasting. Glad to have tried it but wouldnt be my first choice coming back around again.

Oct 03, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle. Clear deep amber. Smells of some caramel and toasted bread. A little spicy hops. Tastes of stronger spicy hops and caramel malt. A little sweet. Medium body. It's good, but not my favorite.

Oct 02, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good. Pours a very small head, see through amber color. Tastes very clean, like the water used in it is elite. Slightly Thinner body than some American made marzens, but very refreshing. Slight bitterness but not much at all, a bit more than some of American styles. Overall my favorite marzen I've tried this year, over Sam and founders.

Sep 29, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by May 2022"; drank 9/26/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through copper appearance.

An even pour yielded a nice eggshell head; thick tree-rung lace.

Fresh bread, mild roasted corn & faint cream notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Roasted corn, cream & rye bread flavors. Solid marzen, but not spectacular.

Sep 27, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/22/21

Continuing on with the Oktoberfest tasting event, I’m coming to my third entry. This is one of the classics that they serve at the real fest, so I’m excited to see how it stands up to the rest. Once again, a big shoutout to Half Time for hooking it up with this one in the mixed pack. Let’s jump in

Pours a clear pale orange with 2 fingers of white head that quickly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

This one is fruitier in the nose than I’m used to for the style, but I kinda dig it. I’m picking up on aromas of golden raisin, pear skin, caramel malt, orange zest, toasty malt, and very light floral hops

There’s a bit more bite in the taste, but the sweet fruit notes still dominate this one. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting caramel malt, pear skin, earthy hops, clove, and light toast. The swallow brings notes of sticky sweet caramel, golden raisin, brown sugar, and earthy hops

A light medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a beer that’s crisp up front. Finishes a bit sticky and overly sweet

It’s not terrible, but I’m not a huge fan of this one. I tend to like my Märzen’s on the sweeter side too, but this was a bit too much for me

Sep 24, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is pretty good but I mainly just want to say Marzen and Festbier are 2 completely different styles guys. Anyways this is definitely quaffable but I can't say it's impressing

Sep 21, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a stemless wineglass. Dated 03.22q L06315. I assume March 2022 is the "best by" date.

Pours a clear light caramel color with a smallish, dense head and medium to high carbonation. Smell is primarily grain tea.

Taste is fairly sweet, kind of nutty, lots of grain, not much bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and clean, almost watery. Overall, it's not bad.

Sep 20, 2021
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Beer_Economicus from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Disclaimer: I am using Oktoberfest to refer to any of the many styles brewed for Oktoberfest. I understand that Oktoberfest is not a style in and of itself.

Tonight is a new beer to me. (Will be cross posted with New Beer Sunday and WBAYDN)

Hacker-Pschorr Brau GmbH – Oktoberfest Marzen

5.8 %ABV

The beer is listed as “Original – Festbier – Filtered” on the label, and a “Lager – Marzen” on BA.

No dates.

The beer was removed from a 45ish degree temp fridge after having been refrigerated for approximately 2 weeks. Beer poured into a classic Haufbrauhaus dimpled mug.

First Impression: Beer pours about right, but perhaps a little light (more opaque than expected). No immediate aromatics.

Appearance: Nothing special, but strikes me as accurate to style. This is subjective; I’m never quite sure how to rate appearance if it is ‘right’. Is that a 5? Feels wrong if I don’t think it is “pretty” within the category. 4.0

Smell: This beer is not extremely aromatic. Nor are any Oktoberfest beers, not really – at least not like a stout or an IPA. This beer has quite the heady smell – very yeasty/bready by comparison to, say, the Great Lakes Oktoberfest I drank earlier. And, as I alluded to earlier, it has that great “bier” smell character. Given that I am giving this a 4.25, this begs the question of what a 5 would look like for an Oktoberfest. Would I want an Ipa-style aromatic level of Oktoberfest smell? I don’t think so. It’s not intoxicating enough (for me). 4.25

Taste: A distinctively ‘bier’ taste that is not as pale as other Marzens that I have had, but more pale than others. I’d argue this is very middle of the road. It has more of that heady characteristic that I associate with many Oktoberfest beers. I wouldn’t say that it’s bread in a glass or anything (which my BIL used to describe Guinness as), but it is awfully bready. I like that characteristic. No “over malt” shall we say. 4.15

Mouthfeel: Nothing unique or special. It feels (get it) true to style. Really, the mouth feel is quite spot on for what it is. 4.5

Overall: This is a fine Oktoberfest. It’s probably one of my favorites among the 6 I have tried this year, although I didn’t expect it to be. I expected it to be quite pale, and just not quite my style. I was wrong. That said, I don’t know if it is the “best” of the style that I have tried so far, and no doubt I don’t think it is probably the “best” out there. 4.50

BA Review Score: 4.27

This is pairing quite well with my bier bratwurst and knockwurst I had to fry up over the first beer…

Sep 19, 2021
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officerbill from New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An almost see through copper with a thin tan head and the aroma of caramel and fresh dark bread.
Malty sweetness on top of the dark bread with a slightly hoppy, slightly bitter, slightly peppery finish.
A very good example of the style

Sep 18, 2021
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is an 11.2oz. bottle gently poured into my Paulaner beer glass. This is a darker Marzen, clear, with light carbonation. The head was a one finger white lid that receded rather quickly with no lacing left behind.
The aroma is a very nice caramel, sweet, with a nice touch of malty bread. (perfect)
The flavor follows the nose, caramel, fresh bread, very light on the bitterness, with a light peppery hop finish.
This is a smooth and creamy beer. I am certain they will be filling.
This is a very good Marzen, the only knock I have is the head receded rather quick, but this is tasty stuff. I would buy, serve, and drink this myself every Oktoberfest.

Sep 13, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. White head with a little lace. Clear copper color.

Biscuity and bready with caramel malts. Floral and earthy hops. A little zesty of a hop profile. Toasted crackers.

Solid fest bier.

Sep 12, 2021
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Crystal clear, rich amber color. Medium, off-white head faded quickly to a cap and left good lacing.

S---Malty. Caramel and a bakery scent.

T---The caramel and bakery notes follow through. Minimal hops.

F---Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Almost a creaminess to it.

O---A proper example of what an Oktoberfest Bier should be. Those Germans are good at what they do.

Sep 06, 2021
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a glass bottle best by 3/2022. Amber color with a quarter inch of white head. Smells of caramel malt and straw. Medium body. Smooth, caramel malt flavors with some peppery hops on the finish. Very nice

Aug 28, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a translucent honey/copper color with a white creamy/foamy head. Smell is toasted grains and a toffee like sweetness. Taste spicy hops with a caramel malt finish that lingers. Feels well balanced , ample carbonation gives the beer a more flavorful profile. Overall an icon of Oktoberfest beer, Delicious-

Aug 21, 2021
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k1001001 from Tennessee

4.89/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is part of a 2021 series of reviewing Oktoberfest marzens and festbiers.

The color on this one is a little dark, but it more than makes up for everything by the flavor. If you want the best traditional marzen available, this would be the one. The malts are rather heavy, but the sweetness balances it out well. Carbonation in the bottle is also well-done. I had a liter of this in a stein and loved every bit of it. Prost!

Aug 18, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice clear golden amber with a wonderful two finger width sized head that leaves some good lacing.

Your nose is immediately infiltrated with caramel, malt, and the smell of a multi grain bread. Not my favorite smell but lovely nonetheless

The malt is what hits my pallet right away. There is a smooth caramel sweetness that comes in soon after. And finally you’re left with a bit of hoppiness to round it all out.

This beer is very smooth. Carbonation isn’t overwhelming. This one goes down easily. It just feels pure and clean.

Overall, this is a beautiful, warm yet crisp, classic traditional European lager. Very versatile beer here. I will be drinking this one again soon.

Aug 04, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.23/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml swingtop bottle, from Rewe Getränkemarkt, Erding. ABV is 5.8%. Deep golden to amber colour, moderate head, slightly off-white. Moderate aroma of grassy and herbal hops, a hint of caramel. The flavour is fairly malty with hints of caramel, notes of grassy and herbal hops again. Spritzy mouthfeel. A decent Märzen this one.

Apr 20, 2021
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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hacker Pschorr Octoberfest Marzen
label dated 3/21
Aggressive pour into a Pilsner glass makes a fluffy cream colored head that slowly dissipates to a thin veil, slight lacing. Crystal clear amber color
Aroma of malt, caramel and biscotti. A tick of yeast and toast

Taste is caramel malt forward, sweet cookie, toast and a hint of hops

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, medium carbonation, sweet but not sticky sweet. Kind of dry finish that lingers and a tad prickly

Overall it is a refreshing thirst quenching beer, nicely caramelized malt flavor and classic tasting

Mar 06, 2021
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

Hard pour produces three fingers of cream colored head that lasts forever. Chunky lacing. Amber colored with brown hues and perfect clarity. Nose is toasty malt, bit of treacle, vague fruit skins, hay, and hop spice. Taste is a great toasted malt foundation with melanoidin sweetness, hay, bread crust, and oily/herbal hop spice. Sweet yet slightly drying on the finish. Medium bodied with a full and firm malt feel. Crisp carbonation, very clean, scrubbing. Sits well in the stomach and isn't too filling. Excellent darker Munich malt ofest that showcases great balance.

Jan 01, 2021
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secondtooth from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Deep ruddy amber, clean and pristine. Huge off-white head of suds. Clouds of lace.

AROMA: Caramel malts, toasty goodness.

TASTE: Clean, not-too-sweet malty with a zing hops gently in the mix. Super-balanced. Superb!

Nov 29, 2020
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Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells good; taste good: malty upfront, slightly hoppy on the backend. Definitely easy to drink. Overall, the malty, hoppy, & 5.8 ABV melds well. Very good!

Nov 13, 2020
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scootny from New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the hallmarks of a good Marzen is its thirst quenching drinkability and smooth malty flavor. This one hits that target beautifully. Deep copper color with two fingers of foam. Nice lacing and a crystal clear liquid. A thin head restrained on top as I drink. Nose is malty with you toasted grains and caramel. Clean yeast profile lets the mild hops offer a gentle floral bite. Taste is perfect. Deep malt notes, mild hops, clean short finish. Feel is crisp and quenching. Smooth and refreshing carbonation. Superbly drinkable. One of the great session beers.

Oct 28, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper on the pour with some head and ample lace. Slight bready aroma. Taste is toasted malt, caramel, toffee and hops. Finish is smooth, creamy and semi-dry. Haven't rated too many of this style, but this is a tasty brew that I would buy again....

Oct 23, 2020
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