Oktoberfest Märzen
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #6
Ranked #8,469
3.98 | pDev: 11.31%
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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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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JohnnyK from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sep 15, 2013
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RoyalT from Ohio

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

Appearance – A decent head that laced the glass and sat atop a pretty, light-brown body.

Smell – The traditional toasty malt aroma abounds.

Taste – This one is smooth and creamy. The toasted malt has the texture of peanut butter, but is thirst-quenching. There may even be a hint of hops in there for balance, but mostly the creamy malt carries the day. The buttery character and smooth toasted malt flavor is a real standout.

Mouthfeel – Faint carbonation, medium-bodied, and smooth as silk. Excellent!

Drinkability – This is an exceptionally smooth bier. I could knock down a case of these if I had my heart set on it.

Comments – There is no fruit or sugar to the flavor, which is the same as the Oktoberfest beers that I pounded out in Munich. The comparison among the locals always boiled down to which one was the smoothest. Simplicity ruled the day with this style.

Now, drinking this from the bottle doesn’t touch some of the stuff that I had over there on tap, but for a bottled Oktoberfest available here in the US, this is topnotch.

Update – I decided to re-review this with a 2004 vintage. This one really is dead-on for the style. The brewery in Munich did an excellent job of getting an authentic Oktoberfest beer here to the US. Gott sei dank!

Update – I am re-reviewing again with a 2005 vintage. This seems to get better every year. The Appearance was much improved. The beer itself is a wonderful, clear, bright orange and the head was medium with good retention and left cool-looking pits. Awesome!

Sep 26, 2003
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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

I am continuing with the #OktoberfestChallenge2016, but it is back to bottles for the foreseeable future. I will miss The CANQuest (tm) in the interim.

From the bottle: "Brewed According to the German Law of Purity of 1516"; "Munchener Bier"; "*Protected Geographical Indication*"

I Pop!ped the cap on this mere 330-ml bottle & since I had a large vessel standing by, I nearly inverted the bottle during the pour. This created better than three fingers of foamy, rocky, tawny head that slowly fell back to wisps. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity & was discernably darker than the the previous ones in the style. Nose was quite malty, but very biscuity/toasty, underlain by a light grassiness. Hmmm, have I been misremembering the style's taste all of this time? Taste put that question to rest as it was not downright sweet, but it was much sweeter and meltier than the previous four or five. Still, I liked it for no other reason than it dovetailed with my remembered perception of the style. It had a sugariness to it that somehow managed to restrain itself from being cloying. I do not know if the extended aging process of making a lager allowed the yeast to dry it out while maintaining flavor, but this was pleasantly sweet. The hops were more muted than in the others, giving it a light grassiness, but nothing like or approaching hay. Finish was semi-sweet and despite its sweetness, it was not cloying. This was, to me, much more aligned to what an Oktoberfest/Märzen should taste like.

Oct 20, 2016
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 14, 2017... OCCASION: soccer Saturday in the books, yard work finished... time to officially welcome in fall... GLASSWARE: Orioles mug... pours a solid amber orange body with large, clumpy bubbles that rush hastily upward... the off-white head thins to an dirty, uneven snow cap... the aroma is a mellow, slightly roasted malt with equally soft, sweet caramel... the Hallertau is not too prominent in the mix either, leaving the overall experience insinuating a drinkable, accessible lager... first sip is fresh, medium-bodied, sweet and swift... at 5.8% ABV, not at all thin nor aggressive--a prefect companion for various fare... the throat senses a lingering toasted caramel, sharp and rewarding... besides the aforementioned caramel and sharp ping of hops, light honey, lemon grass, and dank, earthy malts make for a more complex sip than expected... among the giants of marzens, this one holds its own, with a balance and flavor that invites sip after sip while sneakily bringing its alcohol upon you... somewhere in the mix to be crowned the first in fest, but not sure it meets the heights of some more aggressive or interesting marzens...

Oct 14, 2017
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

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

11.2oz bottle enjoy before the end of 04 19 n shows a dark amber yellow-orange body and floats a persistent cap of off-white foam leaving spotted lacing.

Aroma is toasted bready malt with a touch of honey and flavors match.

Mouthfeel leans medium and soft.

Overall I am a fan. This is perfect with mustard.

Sep 15, 2018
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Todd from California

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 1 pint Euro-style brown bottle. Freshness on the front label.

Appearance: Clear and bright amber beer with a rather large foam head with decent retention. Carbonation bubbles are quite large.

Smell: Metallic, mineral, soft floral hops and toasted malts in the background.

Taste: Light-bodied, soft and smooth on the palate. Mildly malty with notes of caramel and loads of toasted malt flavour. Hops are also mild, with little bitterness and a flowery character that blends very complementary with the malt flavours to create a distinct tea-like flavour. Things go a bit bready as the beer warms. Then more metallic and mineral flavours fill in the gaps and fall into the finish, along with some malt and hop residuals.

Notes: This is Hacker-Pschorr's year round Oktoberfest offerning, not to be confused with their seasonal Oktoberfest-Märzen. It's a perfect Oktoberfest, brewed with enjoyment and a session of drinking in mind -- not strong and very drinkable.

May 19, 2002
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a moderate head of coarse, white suds. Mild aroma smells of biscuity malt, noble hops, and a pinch of caramel.

The taste is clean and crisp, featuring caramel, apple skin, and a little burst of spice from the ops. Nuts and grain husk come through on the back end, as does some trace alcohol after the requisite warming. Medium body and mild carbonation afford a creamy mouthfeel that’s just right for the style.

Overall, this is a well-executed Oktoberfest that has everything you’d expect and nothing you woudn’t.

Oct 13, 2015
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emmbrook from England

4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried on draft in Partenkirchen, nice head, well carbonated, a nice chestnut colour, very tasty, cracking beer. Also tried in bottle acquired in Bavaria - almost as good as on draft.

Sep 09, 2016
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slym from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.6%

A much lighter and MUCH sweeter version of the Marzen style than I am used to. A little watery on the mouthfeel for the style as well. Overall, a decent beer, but so far my least-favourite Oktoberfest yet.

Sep 02, 2014
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hopsputin from New Jersey

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

a: clear amber color with some light purple/dark ruby red notes towards the center of the glass, like caramel. 1/2 finger solid white head

s: caramel, lemongrass, a nice earthy herbal aroma (not bitter), and a touch of brown sugar

t: caramel, lemongrass, a very slight berry sweetness. there is a big fresh dough flavor in here as the backbone, as well as a real crisp lager presence that cuts the sweetness at just the right time.

m: lighter side of medium on the mouthfeel, carbonation level is about 6/10.

o: clean, crisp, sweet, and not over doing anything. just what i look for in and Oktoberfest. One of my favorites of the season

Sep 25, 2016
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished orange-amber, much more the former than the latter, topped by a creamyfrothy head of dewy beige that picks up the suggestion of orange from the beer beneath. The crown is persisting nicely with only a few bubbly scraps of lace seen on the glass when the head finally does relent.

The nose is relatively balanced and is of moderate intensity. A lightly toasted maltiness is evident, as is a floral-fruity hoppiness. In fact, hops are at least as prominent as malt; unusual in a beer of this style (in my still somewhat limited experience).

Oktoberfest-Marzen tastes like a jack-of-all-trades Oktoberfest; all aspects of the flavor profile are given equal emphasis. As in the nose... sweet, lightly toasted, lightly nutty malt is offset by floral-fruity German hops. The beer tastes sweet, bitter, dry, malty and hoppy all at once. Some might say that, as a consequence, it lacks a distinct personality. I'd say that it has a refined, well-integrated one.

The bottom of the bottle came much too quickly. Although I've had better versions, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Marzen is quality beer that I'll be sure to look for again. Next year I'll drink it in season since I'm sure that it's even better in autumn when it's super fresh.

Jan 15, 2005
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Zorro from California

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

Pours an ultra-clear bronze colored brew.

Smell is sweet malt and a toasted grain smell like toasted whole-wheat toast.

Taste is very malty with a full grain flavor too. Bittering hops provide a balance to the brew and the malt fades from the flavor as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable brew, I could easily see me drinking a large mug of this at Oktoberfest.

May 11, 2004
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morimech from Minnesota

4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Produced on 05/08
Pours a dark copper with 2" of white head that had relatively good retention. Not much lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

Has a nice toasted malt aroma. There is a definate hop presence with spice and an earthiness filling the nose.

Nicely balance flavor of malt and hops. The hops are more assertive in this beer than other Oktoberfests. Finishes with a spice note but otherwise very clean with little aftertaste.

Lighter body and the carbonation seems a little harsh but otherwise nothing to point out.

I like the hops in this beer. Easier for me to drink than the heavier, malty Oktoberfests.

Aug 30, 2008
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EdFed from Illinois

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

Oct 07, 2014
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +3%

Oct 20, 2014
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brewerang from Florida

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

This is a near perfect example of the style. Deep amber in color, toasted and caramel malt, with a decent level of carbonation that makes it pop on the tongue. My only knock is that the head disappears pretty quickly, but the taste is exactly what I crave on an early autumn day.

Sep 18, 2016
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KOP_Beer_OUtlet from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Apr 26, 2014
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dmberger from Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Sep 25, 2014
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HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois

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

Nov 08, 2020
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JackTheRipper from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: I may have gotten a bad bottle, this one had zero head on it. Very nice amber color.

S: Initial smell is a bit malty sweet smell. Just a hint of hops lurking somewhere in the background. The smell on this one is very subdued when it was just out of the cooler, but got much better as the beer got a bit warmer.

T: Mostly a nicely done dark maltiness. Again, after it warmed up a bit, the more subtle hop flavors started showing themselves and balanced this one out nicely. A pretty good beer for the style.

M: Smooth, medium bodied and just a bit on the dry side. CO2 and ETOH are in good levels.

D&N: Not the best Marzen out there, but a beer I'd definitely recommend someone try.

May 10, 2004
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Tone from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber/orange color. 1/3 inch head of a pale tan color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, yeast cleanliness, slight grass, and hints of roasted malt in the finish. Overall, a smooth a drinkable beer. The sweetness level is not too high either. It does seem to rely too heavily on the yeast and lacks hop.

Jun 24, 2009
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millelacsmark from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Apr 28, 2014
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PhillyNole from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

May 12, 2014
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Zach136 from Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Sep 11, 2013
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CJRubes from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Jan 04, 2014
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