Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #6
Ranked #7,953
3.98 | pDev: 11.31%
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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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.

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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....

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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
date stamped 05.21
L: thinner ivory head caps a crystal clear copper colored bier
S: toasty/nutty grain, intriguing bready yeast, herbal hops
T: toasted malt, caramel, toffee, herbal/spicy hops
F: smooth, ample carbonation, well balanced, crisp and semi-dry finish
O: a very good Märzen - lots of good things going on with this one

Oct 16, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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

L: Pours copper. It looks roasty toasty. Moderate carbonation. Buttery surface. Crystal clear. The packaging looks nice. The 6pack looks big and manly despite the bottles themselves being 11.2oz. The 6pack fits nicely in my hand and looks wonderful in my beer cooler.

S: Tangy on the nose. Fresh authentic hops. A bit of caramel from the roast.

T: Bready, tangy, grassy. Tastes right. I don't suspect any hop extract or the like. Easily the best marzen I've ever had. There's a sophisticated bitterness about the beverage.

F: Remarkably smooth. Finishes mostly dry.

O: To my understanding, this is one of the 6 beers allowed at Munichs Oktoberfest. Also, there are many reviews on this website recommending Hacker-Pschorr over other German breweries.

Oct 14, 2020
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Dufus from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

sorry I'm no beer judge but an enthusiast for this beer. It has a wonderful malt/lime sort of taste and is very smooth. Sounds weird but to me this beer is what a Mexican amber lager wants to be. Recommended.

Oct 14, 2020
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz aka 330ml bottle, it says '03.22' onnit

Very clear, full amber color, pretty. Smells warm, full, bready. A decent oktoberfest, scratch that, a fantastic one that just slightly underdelivers. Very clean 'toberfest flavor, sweet caramel malts that are somehow vegetal and remind me of the fall and pumpkins. Herbal hops linger in the background of a very well-rounded flavor profile that is fronted by a honey-sweetness

Excellent stuff made by masters.. but could be slightly better

Oct 12, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect for relaxing after exercise (biking in my case) on a perfect Autumn day.
This may be my favorite lager style; so I am glad finally to have had H-S's O-Fest; ranked #6 in its style.

And much of that high-rank makes sense. This O-fest offers a very pretty amber, especially in a late afternoon sun at a lower angle. Smells are classic malt. Tastes are balanced. Their choice of hops leaves a constant finish; but does not create the attack-and-recede salivation of the best O-Fests IMHO. Feel is fine, bubbly and cleans the sweet malt away.

Hacker-Pschorr is part of a big distribution operation in the U.S. (owned by its sister, Paulaner.) I give H-S some pretty good OA Hugs because of their dedication to quality mass production in the early 20th Century and, with Paulaner, showing American crafters in this Century how the hefe- style is done properly.

Oct 07, 2020
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laquebrada from California

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from 33 cl bottle. Clear orange color, minimal head, clean malty melanoiden aroma, clean flavor, but thin. Finish is long and bitter. Highly drinkable, but I wonder if this is the best sample.

Oct 07, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper with a thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is strong caramel malty. Taste follows aroma with malty caramel notes with solid hop bitterness. Feel is better than I’m used to for a marzen, nice body and feel. Overall it’s tasty and smooth, give it a go.

Oct 03, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber appearance with a large off white head and little lacing. Toasty malt aroma with a hint of caramel. Smooth, rounded earthy taste, with the modest sweetness of the malts providing depth. Hops are discreet, borderline floral. Softly carbonated mouthfeel while the finish lingers.

Oct 03, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber, light copper with brief head that quickly dissipates to a light ring. Nose is very malt forward - brown bread, baking spice, light toffee. Hop character isn't too pronounced, but enough to rein in the sweetness. Finish is mild bread dough, biscut. Mouthfeel is thin side of moderate, refreshing carbonation. Sessionable malty offering.

Sep 28, 2020
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Sheppard from Virginia

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

Pours an amber kind of faint copper color. Crystal clear. Light amounts of toasted bread on the nose. Light caramel, lightly toasted bread, honey wheat. Not much in the form of hops, but that isn't a bad thing. Maybe a little bit on the finish which provides some nice texture, but this is a malt show. That's how I like it. This isn't my favorite in the realm of Marzens, but it's solid.

Sep 26, 2020
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bret27 from California

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle from lupulo Santa Cruz.
clear brown color. Minimal white head with lacing.
Smells like some kind of honey biscuit, Graham cracker. Molasses?
Medium - light carbonation And mouthfeel.
honey, biscuit taste, caramel, slight toastiness. Very minimal grassy/herbal noble hop taste.
Overall a solid beer in the arena of authentic European Oktoberfest style.

Sep 25, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drinking this at The European Street Cafe in Jacksonville Florida.
Poured from a tap into a large Pilsner glass.
Appears light amber, with a nice tight foamy head that lasted the entire beer.
Smells malty, sweet, bready.
Taste follows the nose, light spice, not overly malty, enough hops to keep my interest.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice Octoberfest beer that I would definitely order again.

Sep 24, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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

Medium bodied with about average carbonation.
Arona is malt, dark bread, toast, caramel, toasted caramel.
Taste is toasted dark bread, caramel, floral, malt. Some malt sweetness but really not a malt bomb at all. Has a slight hop bitterness that shows up mostly in the aftertaste.
A classic oktoberfest beer thats completely worth trying.

Sep 20, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

L: Clear amber, showing sparse rising bubbles, one inch antique-white frothy head that hangs around and leaves lace.
S: Subdued malty biscuit.
T: Opens with semi-sweet bread and toast, finishes dry with a shot of spicy hop flavor.
F: Medium body, medium-high carbonation, crisp over soft, somewhat creamy.
O: Decent offering, one I enjoy every year.

Sep 19, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best before 3/2021

Pours a clear, deep honey-gold body topped with two and a half fingers of rocky, dense, off-white foam; great head retention recedes to a half-finger of creamy cap, a thick, frothy collar, and a diverse, comprehensive spattering of moderate, webby/spotty lacing around the glass.

Aroma flows with notes of honeyed bread to open, allowed to develop and then touched with softer tones of toast/bread crust and hints of clean lager yeast in between; a refined, charry malt texture invites fresh bread crusts packing over the middle, accented with deft caramel malts and a floral hop touch on the close.

Taste brings light honeysuckle upfront, with brown bread and toasted malts accenting; a calming, floral yeast proceeds over the mid-palate before dried toffee on the back end phasing into a soft, bready lingering.

Mouthfeel features a taut, light body balances against an even-keeled, slightly prickly, moderate carbonation; impressively clean and consistent across the palate before welcoming distant hints of a malty astringency overpowered by an overtly bright finish.

Delicate, expressive, and steadfast in its approach, this brew shows a level of touch refined to a point where a lack of intensity is entirely forgivable; this is beautiful example of the most approachable aspects of a Märzen.

Sep 17, 2020
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sethmeister from New Hampshire

4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle marked 05/21 L12505Q. Just appeared in local stores so should be fresh.

Poured into my shaker pint glass this beer is a crystal clear brownish amber shade with a very small head which drops immediately leaving only a bubbly ring and a film.

Nose is caramel, characteristic German herbal/floral hop note, doughy bread and a sweet warm almost orangey note. Digging in there is a darker toasty note as well.

Taste is biscuits and caramel. Toffee. A minor nutty note. Very crisp bittering hops with a very light herbal flavor. As the beer warms I pick up an apple flavor.

Mouthfeel is really nice. Prickly effervescent carbonation followed by a medium body and ending in a very dry finish leaving you wanting another.

Drinkability is impressively high. The beer is very refreshing, subtle and restrained. I could easily see downing a iltre Maßkrug of this and not getting tired of it.

This is certainly one of the better Marzens I have tried. Tremendous drinkability and an excellent example of the style in my opinion.

Edited to add: after comparing with Bitburger, Paulaner, Ayinger, Bell's, Jack's Abbey, Spaten I think this is the best example of a classic German Marzen of the bunch. The crisply delineated finish in particular is just spectacular. Adjusted rating values to account for this. I may have rated Ayinger even higher simply because that beer, being a bit richer and more intense really rings my bell, though I think HP is probably more true to the style. Either way a fantastic Marzen.

Sep 16, 2020
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AJM_Beers from California

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

Light brown with a touch of straw or amber, depending on the light source. Smell of nuts and bread and caramel. Dangerously delicious taste and feel. This is now my quintessential marzen, but I still need to try Ayinger's and Great Lakes' versions.

Sep 12, 2020
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from an 11.2 oz btl.

Color is in the range of bronze-copper. Head was slightly off-white, consistently layered and tightly formed. Found the retention to be fair to midland.

Aroma of freshly baked dark pretzels straight from the oven, honey-nut braided snack, old raisins, walnut shells and fig. Very little hops.

Pretzel flavor is re-iterated in the taste kept in balance by a grassy/herbal hoppiness. Mild fruity in the finish gives a slight impression of sweetness and more richness; it edges towards a Dunkel in color and sweetness.

The dry, crisp, refreshing feel reaffirms the beer as a marzen. However, it still seems to have more body than other German examples probably because of the fruitiness I'm associating with this.

Sep 11, 2020
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Hacker–Pschorr, however, is now a brand without a brewery, because its brewery was closed in 1998, and all its labels are now brewed by Paulaner." -The Oxford Companion To Beer

Currently ranked #7 in the Top Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest beers list.

BOTTLE: 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown cap. "06.21" is the only thing on the label resembling a bottled on date I can find. Consumed the day after it hit my local market (New Orleans, LA). $9.99 USD per sixer plus tax.

5.8% ABV. Märzen. "Festbeer." "Filtered."

Served cold into a shaker pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Clear gold body of average vibrance. Obviously filtered; its clarity is excellent. Head is an off-white in colour, ~8-9cm in height. ~5 minute head retention. Head could be frothier and fuller...this isn't exactly what one imagines when they picture a German lager at a beer festival.

Appears well carbonated. Looks typical of the style but doesn't dazzle.

AROMA: Amber malt, Munich malt, clean 2-row malted barley, hints of treacle and breadiness. Not toasty or crust-redolent. Has no overt hop aromatics...no Noble hop grassiness or Saaz-specific spiciness.

Promises a filling but drinkable lager with a clean flavour profile and a medium body. I can't say it's remarkable fresh in its maltiness nor is it as evocative as the best beers in the style.

TASTE & TEXTURE: A remarkably quenching lager with a high drinkability...yes, this is the kind of beer I could down a litrekrug of at a beer festival while munching on a soft pretzel. Slightly bready without being too filling. Scintillae of treacle. Amber malt sweetness...Munich malts definitely, but I don't find any of the toastiness or bread crust flavour I'd associate with Vienna malt when used in a Märzen. Not doughy or "raw" in its maltiness.

Yeast is clean, screaming German lager despite the presence of some minor fruity hints that one might mistake as ale yeast esters.

Medium-bodied. Firmly carbonated. Smooth, wet, not unrefreshing. Of above average thickness for a bright German lager that isn't in the bock family.

OVERALL: A near perfect mouthfeel for the style and an undeniably balanced flavour profile make this a real winner, and its impressive depth of flavour elevate beyond its competition. Aside from Ayinger's Märzen, this is probably the best German brewed expression of the style I've tried to date. I can see why it's gotten such accolades on BeerAdvocate, but I do think Ayinger's stab at the style is a bit better. Easily one of the best beers in the Märzen style I've tried, in any case, and factoring in pricing, it might be a better buy than Ayinger's even if that's slightly better in terms of quality alone.

Almost certainly better fresh on-draught. Absolutely a better brew than Paulaner's own Paulaner-branded Märzen...

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

Sep 10, 2020
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Mortal_Wombat from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold into a standard pint glass. A golden copper/amber in the glass with a thin white head that disappears quickly with no lacing noted. Moderate carbonation as it sits.

Smells like a standard Marzen, bready and slightly sweet malt coming through. Up front it has all the classic hallmarks of the style: bread, light grains, caramel, and some dark fruits. Where this one differs is that the malt leans a bit sweeter than the other Munich-based brewers. Very enjoyable mouthfeel to go along with the nice malt. Finishes very smoothly with the ever so slightest bit of hops/spice. While H-P is not my go to for an Oktoberfest, it is a solid representation of the style and an easy drinking beer.

Sep 10, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: nice medium amber color with a white head

Smell: bready malt smell

Taste: malt, bread, very rich and deep flavor, a nice Märzen

Feel: smooth bubbles

Sep 09, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice golden brown with little head. Nose is extremely smooth and inviting. Lots of malty notes. Raisin, nuts, bread, some apple, and a nice layer of toffee. Wow - this is just an incredible amount of smell coming from this one. Taste is exceptional. A nice malty kick up front. Candy, raisins, plums, apricots, toffee, bread, molasses, and a bit of earthy grass. Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation. The aftertaste is relatively sweet. Overall, this is a fantastic Marzen, and one that I will most definitely buy again.

Sep 05, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one tasty Oktoberfest Marzen! It has a great look, and pours very dark amber. It tastes malty when you first drink it and has a nice, slightly bitter, aftertaste. Recommend everyone give this one a try!

Aug 28, 2020
Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 2052 ratings