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

BA SCORE
88
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1,798 Ratings
Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber MärzenHacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany
hacker-pschorr.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,798
Reviews:
817
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
232
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this mid-November at Woolich Arms in Guelph. Floral aroma. Good Creamy middle plus mouthfeel, white head followed by abundant lace..toasty. Distinct bitterness comes through at end of subtle malting. A very good lager.Easy drinking is the key to this.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear dark amber/copper with a 2 inch puffy odd-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some citrus aromas. Taste is of sweet malt/grains, caramel, grape juice, and some citrus zest on the finish. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good marzen but nothing too special.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the best of the german oktoberfests in my opinion. pours a perfectly clear copper color with a picturesque white head. smells earthy and malty. big rich malt character on the palate with a big enough body to stand up to the season, but not so big as to limit drinkability. notes of caramel sweetness are present in the crisp finish. perfect with some grilled chicken and roasted squash.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out as an amber color with a head that comes and goes leaving a decent lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer has a light sweetness to it along with some autumn aromas. The taste is decent, it's got some earthy spice flavors with a tiny bit of sweetness from the malts. The mouthfeel was medium or at least close to medium. Overall it's not a bad beer, I've had better though.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles floating on the surface. A medium amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of toasted, biscuity malts in the nose and some hints of noble hops.
T: The taste is very malty, yet is also nicely balanced by a mild amount of hop bitterness. There is a slight bit of sweetness and the flavors have some notes of caramel.
M: It feels medium-bodied, creamy and smooth on the palate.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and I would definitely have another one of these because it is a good representation of the style.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went on an Octoberfest binge the last time at the store and picked up a few of the German originals such as this one. I was pretty disappointed to be honest. Had barely any taste or good flavor to it, didn't look too appealing in the glass, and was just boring/bland overall. I wish it made more of an impression on me but it was just lackluster.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess its an 'as-expected' Oktoberfest. One of my favorite German styles of beer. Easy to drink with lots of character. A rich caramel color with firm and solid head retention and soft carbonation. Smells very nice with bready / toasty richness and a medium caramel / malt aroma. Tastes much the same with a viscosity that confirms the bready / yeasty characters. Sweetness is consistant and firm along with a light estery / fruity flavor that was not present in the nose. Hopped for a good balance that still weighs on the malt side. Medium and full in the mouth with a growing bread and caramel flavor and feel. Finishes with more bready / yeasty than sweet, with an increasingly bitter-bitey feel late. Great with a hearty German dinner.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pint at Craft Beer Market in Cowtown, served in a solid Hacker-Pschorr stein, embossed with "Himmel der Bayern" - Heavenly Bavaria, or something to that effect.

This beer appears a clear, medium golden hay colour, with one portly finger of fine foamy eggshell white head, which settles evenly and in a timely manner, leaving a low rising shoreline of lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy, biscuity malt, with a touch of caramel, a subtle sour breadiness, a mild orchard fruitiness, and soft leafy, earthy noble hops. The taste is a hefty bready, biscuity, grainy maltiness, straight-up, large and in charge, with some mild apple turnover fruitiness, and decent, given the focus here, softly grassy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is rather sedate, but with a dull edge to at least keep in the game, the body a sturdy, broad-shouldered medium weight, and a bit tacky, but generally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, but in a nice cereal, and almost raw cookie dough way - the hops just hanging on to provide some near unseen (and mostly unappreciated, I'd wager) balance.

A prototypical Oktoberfest lager - big and malty, easy to gulp or sip (who am I kidding?), a nod given to actual balance, and a smidge of extra booze to sneakily keep the party going. Prost, prost indeed.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a decent head that quickly declines to a ringlet but doesn't leave much lacing

Smell: Nice malty, toasted aroma

Taste: Has a nice malty flavor, rich but not at all sweet; a nice balanced, dry finish from some bittering hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a nice degree of carbonation

Drinkability: Very refreshing and easy to drink

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 05/14
Served in a Hacker-Pschorr Bräurosl-Weisse fest glass.

Transparent copper amber color, slow trails of rising carb visible. Long lasting head of frothy foam, lacing all around the glass. A brief swirl rekindles the head immediately, and it remains for the duration of the glass.

Wet grains and toast in the aroma.

Clean and smooth, lightly toasted bready grains, maybe sunflower seeds, and a very mild hint of bitterness in the aftertaste that is barely there. Easily drinkable. Simple and classic, a traditional example to judge others against I suppose.

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Photo of largadeer
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear, but very dark, amber. An off-white two finger head forms and retains reasonably well, eventually dissipating to a ring. This beer pours darker than most, perhaps truer to the origins of the style.

Smell: Fruity; dates and plums. Slightly mineral. Spicy; cinnamon and nutmeg. Malty, but not overly sweet. Complex and difficult to pick apart.

Taste & mouthfeel: Curiously fruity compared to other examples of the style I've had, but it works. This isn't an estery Belgian or anything; rather, it's got a clean, malty flavor up front with a bit of date and raisin to support it. The texture is pleasingly light and crisp, and the finish is perfectly dry. Lots of flavor on display here for the moderate ABV, and drinkability is through the roof.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, amber/burgandy color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a bubbly, tan, two-finger head that left a little lace.

S - I smelled of caramel, earthy hops and grains.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt and toffee. There was also a light grassy hop kick.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice o-fest. A nice sweet flavor with a good balance of hops.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled 7/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, biscuit, toast, toffee, nuttiness, apple, molasses, and light herbal hops. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, apple, nuttiness, molasses, and light herbal hops. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, toffee, apple, and nuttiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice flavor balance with good complexity. No cloying sweetness at all; quite clean on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. No alcohol warming noticed at all on the taste or finish. Overall this is a damn nice Oktoberfest. Very well balanced and very smooth to drink. I really have no complaints, very well done.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pilsner glass. Color is a moderate brown-bronze with a good white head. Nose is toasted malt with some caramel and toffee plus a slight nutty character. Taste is toasted bread with a bit of caramel. Slightly sweet with just a touch of bitterness. Light-to-medium body with nice carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good and this is one of my more-preferred German marzens.

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