Oktoberfest Märzen
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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From:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
 
Germany
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #14
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
89
Ranked #12,929
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Reviews:
945
Ratings:
1,196
Status:
Active
Rated:
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Added:
Sep 04, 2001
Wants:
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Gots:
  296
SCORE
89
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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Rated: 4.73 by Billptrs from Massachusetts

Yesterday at 09:44 PM
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa earlier this evening.

Looks pretty good, lighter amber body with a decent slightly off white head. Streams of lacing.

Malty aroma, some caramel, but not much.

On tasting, clean, sweet, but.....

While the mouth is a decent medium, the finish is very drying and leaves a rather unpleasant bitterness laying on the tongue.

Overall, the finish makes you want to quickly reach for the next mouthful. Spoils an otherwise decent drink
Saturday at 01:02 AM
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
1.5 x 333 ml bottle
Bottle Date 05 2023
Glassware: 0.5 L Festmug
Temp at Pour: 51.6 F
ABV: 5.8 %


Look:
The color is a rich and clear medium copper with an off-white to cream-colored head. The head starts at less than 1 finger of fizzy foam and quickly dissipates to a ring with some islands. But these stay. And stay. And stay. Not much lacing is on the glass. A lot of bubbles can be seen rising in the beer.

Smell:
Toasted bread, both white bread and wheat with toasted grains hiding in the background. If I try, I can pick up a very faint walnut character. Fresh grass, hay, and an understated spiciness keeps everything in balance.

Taste:
A big dose of bready and toasty malts that has some initial sweetness like toffee or caramel. Grass and hay flit about. Then a non-understated spiciness shows up and starts drying things out. The spiciness is definitely stronger here than in the nose, but it doesn't overwhelm. Things finish malty but spicy and quite dry with some earth.

Feel:
Crisp, clean, and smooth. The body is medium.

Overall:
A very nice Märzen Oktoberfest and a pretty good drinking beer. Nice and flavorful. The sweet(er) start and fairly dry and almost-tannic finish makes for an interesting and tasty juxtaposition.
Thursday at 02:59 AM
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The pour was dark honey color and the head was a no show, which surprised me a bit.
The aroma was faint for my nose, but nothing stuck out either so all is good.
The taste is where this Märzen shines. Smooth bready malts and some caramel sweetness (but just a little) - no hops bitterness that I could taste.
The feel was excellent, may have been outstanding if the head had been able to form. Smooth and thirst quenching and waaay too quaffable. Yea, I could drink this one by the liter.
Wednesday at 11:34 PM
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Rated by G-Style from New York

4.37/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Good beer. Light bitterness. Nice amber color. A tab nit dry, nice malt flavor. Smooth. A worthy Oktoberfest beer.
Sep 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by Eman17 from Illinois

Sep 21, 2022
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Reviewed by WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Rated 89? I would say yes to this beer. The bottle is metric so it did not fill my beer mug correctly. It was smooth but it was not exciting or bread heavy or that dark. Nice amber color, but the flavor was good for Oktoberfest.
Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Emichaelbray from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I have actually never tried this. Ich habe drei Jahre in Deutschland gelebt, but I don’t remember it.
If you have ever been drunk in a beer garden, however, you know I could easily have forgotten or overlooked it.
Amber gold with good retention to the last sip.
I’m not being a jerk but the word is lager. Aromas of hearty breads, mineral water, kinda caramel sweetness. A tiny hint of hops.
Definitely “natural” earthy malt flavors with a respectable but subdued (as it should be) hop bite. A few reviews mention minerals and, man, that’s right on. That water… you will never taste it outside of bottled beverages unless you visit Europe.
I’m calling it medium. Easy to take long draws off of this. It’s all marzen, a real feel for the style and I would have guessed the ABV at 5% tops.
This is an excellent beer if you like the style and a pleasant, fun beer if you are kinda ambivalent about it. Nothing world class here but definitely close to outstanding and really makes me pine for October coolness.
Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by DamionP93 from Mississippi

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.52 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.34 by Overtonjd from New Jersey

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.61 by BlueShepard19 from Kentucky

Sep 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass. The beer is semi dark clear amber with 2 fingers of white foam. Retention is good leaving a nice cap.
The aroma is slightly less than medium in strength. There's bready malt, a slight hop aroma and a light yeast smell.
The taste is somewhat above medium in strength. The taste has complex bready malt, light caramel, a moderately bitter and somewhat grassy hop flaver and a mineral taste that blends well with the overall taste.
The feel is closer to medium than high in thickness. It's slightly creamy. Carbonation is medium and tickles the tongue. Astringency is slightly less than medium. It's a fairly dry beer with a great mouth feel..
Overall, it's outstanding with a world class feel.
Sep 05, 2022
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Reviewed by champ103 from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a perfectly clear ruby/amber color. A two finger white head forms with good retention initially. That recedes to a ring after a minute with some lace left behind.
S: A biting mineral quality up front in the nose. That I'm pleased with, and leads to a bit of grape like esters. Toasted malts and grains. Light earthy, Noble hops in the finish.
T: Again, that minerality is up front, and I like that. Toasted malts, grains, sweet English biscuits. A Noble hop earthiness. Fairly simple, but very enjoyable.
M/O: A medium body with effervescent carbonation. Crisp, supper clean and finishes semi dry. Incredibly moreish, and I can down this in big gulps.

I'm surprised I haven't reviewed this before, but I have it most every year. A spot on example of the style IMO, and should be expected. Less is definitely more here, and I just want to keep coming back. Well done as always.
Sep 03, 2022
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Rated by DFred from California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Surprisingly thin head but overall a great marzen. Golden amber color, great nose, malty goodness. Fantastic Oktoberfest beer!
Sep 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.87 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

Sep 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a burnt golden with great clarity and transparency; small white head that fades leaving solid retention and lacing. Nice color.

The aromas are on the mild side. Hints of bread and caramel. Malts are there. It doesn't smell bad or anything, it just doesn't have much going on.

The flavors are are very clean, crisp and refreshing. More caramel coming through. Some grains. Subtle sweetness. Moderate to low bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes clean. Alcohol is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp and fluffy.

This is a really nice Oktoberfest. Besides mild aromas there's really nothing to complain about. The craftsmanship is on point. It's a very smooth, clean, and classic example of the style. Well done.
Aug 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by TP2MSU from Michigan

Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Jimmyvail from Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Anyone who rates this Octoberfest beer under 4 doesn’t know or like Octoberfest beers .
This is one of the gold standards folks .Up there with Ayinger and a few others .
Aug 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Martin194 from Iowa

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Clear reddish-gold with a white head that dissipated quickly.

Smell: Bready, malts, hints of citrus-y hops.

Taste: Follows smell; pleasantly bitter with rather earthy bread notes up front; more of the hops in the aftertaste. I detected spicy notes, more so once I'd had a few swallows.

Feel: Medium body, normal carbonation, leaves a dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Pleasant, easy drinking. I can imagine really enjoying this even more in autumn, preferably with a football game or a bonfire and a burger or brat alongside.
Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Kelby777 from Iowa

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
Bought this one on sale; may be a bit old, but not past expiration.

A: Thin head, nice lacing on the glass, decent carbonation, beautiful gold copper color. Looks like a good beer.

S: Bready, malt, stale hops. Maybe a touch of citrus.

T: Sharp, tangy. Aftertaste of spice.

M: Silky mouthfeel, feel of spice and hops. Pleasant consistency.

Overall, not a bad fest beer. Anything German is a good deal for me. But there are better German beers out there.
Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours rich dark amber/copper (SRM 12-14) and gem clear. Occasional large bubbles of carbonation race upward toward a light almond head. The head briefly forms one inch of foam and leaves no lace on a double-walled pint glass.

The lightly toasted malt tends more toward toasted white bread than malt. While simple, the aroma is elegant.

The flavor opens with delicate white bread and malt. Light sweetness is equally balanced by bitterness. Other flavors include mild Brazil nuts and possibly pine nuts. The finish is mild and lingering. In general, this beer has an earthy, Autumnal quality. Warmth brings out toffee.

A medium body and smooth, warn-cotton texture. There is no hint of alcohol and light astringency is barely noticeable. Carbonation is soft.

This is just a great drinking beer. It would be equally well-suited for the tail-gate party as well as the game. I found it to be exceptionally well-paired with Autumnal weather and aromas.
Mar 20, 2022
 
 
Rated: 4.03 by Satsuma from Florida

Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is a solid marzen - great dark bock coloration, a slight, distant citrus smell that very lightly translator the tongue. Mouthfeel was astringent with a sticky after effect. Overall, a very good offering of the style.
Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.62 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by SSS from Canada (QC)

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A-Golden clear straw yellow with a half finger of white head
S-Aroma of lager and wonderful aged lager
M-High end carbonation, with watery mouthfeel with a malt sweetness
T-Malty sweet with a subtle bitterness that is smooth and classy
O-Solid lager.
Jan 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.84 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Jan 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.71 by huntlee17

Dec 23, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Dec 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.2 by Slyde180 from Texas

Dec 01, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Nov 26, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by JimKochFan from New Jersey

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
On tap hundreds of times, bottles, cans. Today: 11.2oz bottle into a .03L mug.
L: Pours clear orange amber w good carbo, a thin off white head w skin retention, spotty lacing.
S: Bready, caramelized malts, brown bread, a hint of honey, lightly earthy.
T: Lightly toasted caramelized malts, light citrus zest, light tea leaf, very gently earthy, flavors drop off sharply in the finish.
F: A little hop bite & snap then pleasantly smooth, fairly clean med-lite bodied mouthfeel w a very gently drying med-length finish. Rather soft feeling water.
O: This is my personal favorite German Oktoberfest Marzen. It is expertly rounded with superb balance and a soft edge. It finishes with a sweet whisper. Extremely palpable, easy drinking and easily pairs with a wide variety of foods. It is world class in it's style.
Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by hankp59 from New York

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Nice “American Marzen” beer. This beer is dark amber in color and a rich bready malt flavor. These were made for our slightly hoppier beer compared to a Wiesen Oktoberfest beer in Munich. The malt and hops balance each other nicely and the alcohol is well hidden for 5.8% in a lager. Try some.
Nov 11, 2021
 
Rated: 3.95 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Nov 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.29 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Oct 31, 2021
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