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Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber MärzenHacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

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Reviews by Skidz:
Photo of Skidz
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out bright gold and sits a radiant golden-amber in the glass with a large off-white head. Fades to a thin skim on the surface with few lacings around the glass. Solid gradients on all sides, pale yellows to reddish-amber.

Smells majorly toasted, huge hunks of pie crust topped with caramel. Gooey malts mingle with rich, green leafy hops. Standard O-fest aroma, well-pronounced.

Tastes mildly sweet up front, big malt bombs drop off payloads of toasted goodness. Light caramel flavors and bread crusts. Hops intrude, dousing the tongue with vibrant leafy flavors, bits of spiciness here and there. Finish is completely clean with lingering hop greenery.

Medium in body with milt to moderate carbonation, extra fine bubble. Easy handling, built for ein maß.

This beer has major game, as it should, and easily fits in the list of Oktoberfests one should consider to be standards for measuring all other beers in the style. Drink it (with great ease) and be merry.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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

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Photo of woodychandler
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of slym
3/5  rDev -23.5%

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.

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Photo of emmbrook
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a light head definent high carbonation on this one,aroma is very malty and slightly sweet.Taste is bread-like with some light sweetness with a somewhat dry finish.Has a slight burnt tinge to it,a real nice fest beer to drink alot of.Nice to see in mid August.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best Oktoberfests that I've had this year and definitely the most drinkable.

Bright henna color, crystal clear and shimmering.

Smells faintly of caramel, much more subtle then other Oktoberfests, also toasted grains and very light herbal hops

Minerals, tea, and toasted malts

Super crisp front, creamy and refreshing finish

Very sessionable

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Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of wrycon
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark appearance, but light reveals the shiny copper. Smells expectantly malty, but also has some sweeter caramel notes. Comes on heavy at the start - malty and resinous. The flavor continues, but the thickness dissipates, leaving a clean, tasty finish.

Like It? I Do

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of nickadams2
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours bronze/amber with a thin white head that dissipates into a thin ring of lace. Little lacing.

S_Carmel malt,toasted grain, Slight hops.

T_Caramel malt, toasted grain,spice, and slight presence of floral hops.

M_Medium bodied and creamy.

D_Very. Perfect example of an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of muskiecf
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is what a great oktoberfest beer should be. Balanced, smooth, easy to drink. It has a slight sweet aftertaste but not too sweet. The carmel is balanced by the hops. Get it fresh and serve around 45 degrees. At this temp the flavor is amazing. The malt comes forward. My personal favorite fest beer. I've found the german styles of these beers to be a bit lighter and easier to session vs. most of the craft brewed versions. I love them all but this one seems hit the mark. Bullseye. Enjoy!

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Photo of kevrob802
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/12; consumed 8/27/11

A - pours clear copper with one finger of tan head. Head fades pretty quickly without leaving much lacing.

S - smells very bready with some nice toasted malt. Also some subtle sweet malts and a faint amount of hops.

T - Similar the smell. Again very nice taste of fresh baked bread. Hops more prominent in taste than smell, but still clearly playing a supporting role. Really no sweetness in the taste that I picked up in the smell. Relatively straightforward but very good. Nice toastiness.

M - medium mouthfeel with just enough hop presence to yield a slightly bitter dry finish.

O - I always look forward to this one. I like the Ayinger Oktoberest a bit more, but this is one of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of generallee
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body has a nice coppery amber color with good clarity and some visible carbonation moving thought the inviting liquid. It’s topped off with a light soapy head that quickly settles down to just a light covering of foam hangs on well and adds some spotty lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is light overall and offers sweet bready malt notes up front and center with mild hops in the background.
Taste/Palate: I get a nice, very drinkable mix of sweet bready and toasty notes with a touch of caramel like sweetness just coming though. The hops just come out lightly in the finish and add a touch of floral and grassy bitterness. The palate has a light medium feel with soft carbonation.

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Photo of MorganJ
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: little head after poured into glass. Settled nicely and had a beautiful uniform brown, reddish color like a marzen should.
S: nose in glass -- not much at all but a faint malt and lager. No hops -- which is how this style should smell.
T: perfect balance of Carmel and malt with a slightly sweet finish in a perfect way. No hops, as there shouldn't be for this style. So easy to drink.
F: so smooth and easy to drink. No bite or bitterness in back of throat after each drink.
O: solid, delicious, smooth and a benchmark for all other Octoberfest beers. Octoberfest and Christmas are my favorite styles, and I get why this original six Munich classic is so good. And at $24 a case from Costco, I drank a lot this Fall. It was my seasonal session beer -- pairs well with so many foods. I can't wait until next year.

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Photo of mattt317
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a litre last night at the Baltic in Point Richmond, CA..... my fave Octoberfest so far..... smooth.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a crystal-clear amber/golden hue color with a nice creamy, off-white head that lingers for a bit. Nice lacing.

Smell - very pleasant. no off-smells...nice caramel maltiness, breadiness, sweet.

Taste - sweet caramel maltiness, bready, extremely smooth, crisp, just a hint of hop finish. Hints of yeast.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, velvety, nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Excellent. I could take these down all day long. One of the better Oktoberfests out there imho. Great indeed. Very refreshing and clean.

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Photo of Guden
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jason
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright tawny colour, the clarity is perfect. Great lacing with stickage almost all the way down the glass.

Smells fresh malt, sweet with a hint of caramel with in the highlight of toasted grain. All around clean with some light herbal hop also.

Lush and smooth mouth feel, crisp upfront and creamy in the back. Lots of fresh malt flavours bursting off the first sip. Trace hop flavour creeps in as the bitterness does a great job to balance the sweetness off. Waves of toasted grain, faint caramel and an alcohol warmth show that this brew has some depth. Finishes a bit sweet with a bitty toasted husk flavour.

This is one of the top Oktoberfest beers in my book, I get this by the case only though they have switched to sturdy 12oz long neck bottles. I guess for better shipping?

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