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

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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Reviews: 814 | Ratings: 1,792
Photo of AdrianRP
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


9/9/2012.. The beer is ESPECIALLY good this year! Its the best batch since 2006. This is quickly becoming my favorite beer of all time!

Not much to say other then this is in my lengthy experience of beer drinking, one of the finest beers EVER...

It IS my favorite...

Every year around the end of August I get very excited about the return of my favorite beer.

I can only say that I HOPE the brewery of this fine product does not cheapen its nature for greater profits...and just CHARGE more as I will gladly pay it..

Read the EXCELLENT subsequent reviews of this beer..I can do not better then what has already been written.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got a brown .5L bottle (cage/cork) in Munich back during Oktoberfest. God I love how cheap beer is in Germany.

Pours a dusky/tawny color with a creamy colored head which dissipated rapidly. It seemed like the bottle was under an immense amount of pressure when I uncorked it -- maybe I messed something up.
Either way, the color is unlike any other Märzen I've seen -- it's beautiful.

The smell is what's been missing from modern Oktoberfest styles as well. It smells delectably malty and toasty.

The taste is exactly how I want every märzen to taste. It actually has a solid malt backbone, some hoppy bitterness to back it up, with a light touch of alcohol.

Its a bit heavier than any other I've tried, including several at Oktoberfest itself. Carbonation appears constant and steady in the glass, producing a wonderful balance between too much and too little.

I know I'm a young'un, and I haven't even tried plenty of STYLES of beer, but right now I could drink this and only this the rest of my life and be very happy.

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Photo of brewerang
4.89/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If I had to drink one beer in 1L quantities, this would be it.

Pours an orange color with a nice white 1 inch head. Cabronation is nice. beautiful looking Oktoberfest.

Smells sweet, and airy. Lots of adjunct grains and caramel malt. And even legit caramel.

Tastes fantastic. Very light body, and the caramel sweetness is really the highlight. That sweetness is almost candy smoothness, which makes it very drinkable. Very light and airy, but not to a fault.

This is oktoberfest at its best. Almost perfect for style. PS I was told Spaten is year round, so minus points for Spaten for screwing Oktobefest up.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer, fresh, poured from a keg is about as good as it gets. It doesn't have the wild, or ambitious flavors of a barrel aged stout, or an IPA, but it's the quintessential german beer, well made, perfect, full bodied, smooth, rich, but not too filling. Its absolutely incredible. Having it in a bottle is a step down, but still great.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have been drinking this beer for years and finally decided to write a review.
When poured properly, either out of the bottle or out of the tap, the beer is a "Mona Lisa" in a glass--almost makes you tear up when you see it. The head stays a good long time and is a pleasurable buffer between you and the body of the beer.
Taste wise, this is the best Munich-born (and best overall) Oktoberfest I have had. It is a tad sweet, but pure and enjoyable. The alcohol content is round 5.8%, but the beer is a joy to drink in half liters, liters, or many liters.
You would do yourself a favor to have this beer anytime of the year, but especially in September to get into the Oktoberfest spirit. Ein Prosit!

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ahhhh, my favorite time of the year... Why? Marzen beer of course. The Hacker-Pschorr is one of my absolute favorite Marzens. Well make that my favorite with the Paulaner coming in a close second. It is the perfect Marzen... Malty as can be!!! The hops are there, but barely noticable. It has a really nice body and it is very easy to drink. It may have a bit much alcohol for a session beer, but it makes a damn fine fall session beer IMHO.

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Photo of ZAP
4.82/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now here's an elite Octoberfest....dark gold in color with a puffy white head..nose is outstanding featuring caramel and biscuits...body is about perfect for this style...smooth texture too....the taste has to be the best in the style...a nice mellow caramel taste along with some breadiness....noble hops impart a nice balance...very drinkable...very tasty...very outstanding....

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Photo of pbrian
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep dark orange, borders on red. Small, tight head, film remains to end. Clean carmelized malt aroma with some spicy hops. Flavor starts sweet, very malty, clean and rich. Turns oily, slick, slighty spicy and lasts forever. Reminds me of a Dobblebock. I finished this Okt twice as fast as all my others and will be going back to get a lot more.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I won't mince words here. We've had an Oktoberfest Party with beer competiton for the last 8 years with over 25 judges (male & female) comparing Oktoberfest brews from everywhere in the world and this one is the reigning champ. We bring in new challengers every year, but this brew still captures most of the praise at our annual Oktoberfest. I could drink this beer everyday and so could most of my friends. An all time favorite in our large circle of friends!!

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was the best Octoberfest/Marzen I've had so far, by far.

Malty, caramelly, fruity, floral, smooth, and immensely drinkable. I wonder if I'll ever find one that I like more?

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Photo of cabsandking
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Orange brown, copper color. Lots of malt aromas in the nose; toffee, honey smoked malts, oranges, buttery, tea. The taste is sharp and full of spice. Full flavored hops, floral, herbal. Toasted barley malt, buttery toffee. Yeasty grain tones in the finish. Medium body with a terrific mouth feel that coats nicely and with a little carbonation to accompany. All around very excellent beer with a lot of depth and character combined with an excellent balance. I will be looking foreward to the next!

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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 josephbrewha
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Beer was absent from the Pacific Northwest for a year. Finally found it at my favorite store (Malt & Vine). Previously available in bomber sized bottles, now in a 6-pack of 11.2 oz bottles. I'm not complaining. This is the perfect beer, in my humble opinion. Certainly the best of the Oktoberfests I have tried and probably the best beer, apologies to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

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Photo of Uniobrew31
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured in a SA Lager glass. Thick head with great retention and lacing with each sip. This marzen style lager is spot on. great Munich Malt up front flavor and lower hop bitterness in the aftertaste. I make a point to pick up a rack or two of this each year and look forward to it above most Octoberfests. One of my favorite beers period. This is my top non-weisn style of the season and yes I have had Ayinger!

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 2 bottles into a tall 22oz wheat glass. The head is creamy, bubbly with deliciousness all around it. Color is a caramel, copper brown Marzen perfect for watching football or baseball playoffs, screams October. Only better Oktoberfest is paulsner. Slow tiny bubbles rising to top, tastes delicious. Taste is malted caramel toffee mixed with alcohol delight that sizzles on the tongue.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best Maerzens out there. Pours a clean, bright, deep amber with a sticky longlasting head. A very malty aroma floats from the glass. This a a big-malty Bavarian beer -as a sweet malty taste dominates throughout. Yet, this a very smooth lager with no cloying in the aftertaste. The finish is surprisingly dry and smooth. If you are looking for a classic Munich Lager, then this is it.

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

October has come early this year! This stuff certainly takes out the hot as hell summer weather and brings a nice, refreshing flavor overall.

Appearance is a nice, beautiful amber red with lots of thick lacing. This is certainly a beer that just gives and gives lots of great things to look at.

Smell is very fresh and pure with a nice touch of sweetness at the end. Certainly a nice palate going on here.

Taste is beyond awesome. There's a nice bitter beginning, then a sweet middle, and a nice creamy ending with a magnificent aftertaste. This brew by far has a nice order of flavors without compromising too much for too little. A magnificent beer.

Mouthfeel is good, frothy and watery. By far very refreshing after a long, hot day.

Drinkability is spot on. While it is a bit pricy, it doesn't compare to how rewarding this is. One of the best beers I've ever had, hands down!

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant copper gold under a 1” cream colored foam cap.
S: Bready nose with hints of butterscotch or caramel.
T: Big malt flavors with a touch of malt sweetness transitions to a mile hop bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A smooth, clean malt driven beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From cervezasespeciales. In Bavaria glass. Watching Los Soprano 4x02. Deliciously malty, sweet with a good bite of hops to compensate and a superb drinkability. My new prefered marzen

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Photo of yelterdow
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at FireWaters in Hackensack, on a cool, rainy October night. It Just so happens they were serving this in the brewery's authentic 1L jalopy of a glass, with a German oom-pah band playing in the background. $20 for a fill, and the glass came home with me. Check, please!

Appearance- I've never actually drank a beer out of a vessel this large before... but watching the shapely, blonde bartender pour it tonight was a bonus. Deep copper-gold the entire way, then finally the ornamental two-finger cap. Lacing was consistent and present the entire time. I can't get over the fact that I'm about to finally *own* this frigging glass. I'm a fourth-grader on Christmas Eve.

Smell- Clean, honest malts and hops are all that's detected here... so much better though on tap!

Taste- Impeccable balance from the tap... I love this year's bottled version, but ***WOW***... on draft... one full liter went down in thirty minutes! Superb in its elegant simplicity, the quintissential Oktoberfest IMO. Soft, subdued hops gingerly balance out the malts, which have all of the character and a restrained sweetness.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- For this true session beer, the mouthfeel was excellent... alive and modest. The bar was packed tonight... but rather than belly up to the bar itself I elected to cozy up to a small round table, beer in hand, and listen to a band play German folk songs. Time went quickly, and moments later I was driving home with my new favorite glass.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite Oktoberfest beer ever! i can't wait for it to come out every year then I drink the hell out of it. Gives off aromas of bavarian hops and carmal malts. This is how Oktoberfest beers should taste the barley and hops are very well balanced that take you to a crisp dry finish.

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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 mccarltone
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably my favorite Oktoberfest beer out of Germany. Terrific clarity, light body, sweet and malty aroma and taste. A bit "bready" taste with a very smooth finish. This is the beer other Oktoberfests need to be compared to. Well done.

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Photo of techdiver
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice golden orange color with a decent head that lingers, at least for a while. Smells and tastes well balanced, nothing overwhelming here, and all leading to the smoothest finish I've found yet for this style. Very drinkable and ranks as the best Oktoberfest I've tried.

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