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: 816 | Ratings: 1,795
Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a copper color with over a finger of head. The nose is malty and bready. The flavor follows the nose. The body is not quite up to my expectations for the style.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours a nice burnished brown amber color with a small head. Initial hints of malty sweetness, biscuits and caramel. Minimal bitterness. Soft on the palate.

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Photo of Flachs
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We bought this last fall and enjoyed it a lot. I like the taste and the color. I like their wheat beer more but this was good. I will buy it next fall when it comes out.

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

From the bottle, it pours a darkish amber with a modest head. Definite malt in the nose. Definite malt in the mouth. Some lace like stuff on the sides as the beer is enjoyed. Yum!

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Photo of q33jeff
3.04/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a Bottle into a Brandy snifter
AROMA: Hops and Malt.
LOOK: Copper Color with a decent head
TASTE: Easy Drinking, but lacking in flavor besides barley, hops.
FEEL: Weak carbonation, head faded.


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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel. A little fizz, but no head. A bit of lace. Pale amber color.

Malt nose with crisp spice background, classic Märzenbier.

Bready caramel malt up front, spice (hop?) faint on the end. A little honey.

A straightforward Märzen , one of the official Munich brews, more in the classic aged lager style of the original fests. Great malty brew. As delightful to drink as its name is to say.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After having a couple of lesser oktoberfests this year i started to question if i still really liked them, well this one reminded me again how great of a beer an oktoberfest can be and should be.

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Photo of ordybill
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light brown color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is all malt. The taste is rich toasted malt. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Beric
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into can glass
Served: 16 Sept 2016

A beer I think gets unfortunately caught up in the ownership nonsense-- sure Hacker-Pschorr is owned by one of the big dogs, but that does not mean that all Hacker-Pschorr brews are garbage. This is really an excellent märzen and one that I was happy to see was easily available this fall. Nice caramel malt body, good bready notes, and a subtle hint of herbal bitterness on the very back end. A very drinkable märzen and one I definitely would not hesitate getting again.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into mug. It pours a deep amber with one finger of fluffy, milk-white head and lacing with nice retention. It's a beautiful pour. It smells of roasted malt, biscuit, nuts, and a whiff of caramel. The taste opens with some caramel sweetness along with a nice malty base. It also features toast, nuts, grass, and just a hint of bitterness at the finish. It is medium-bodied, pleasantly carbonated, and built for drinking with its moderate ABV of 5.8%. Overall, it's a really good Marzen. It's flavorful but light enough to enjoy during a Fall activity.

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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 dbl_delta
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Enjoy By 05/17 into pint glass. Pours a beautiful, crystal-clear amber with a modest off-white head that dissipates rapidly. Initial impression is sweet roasted malts, perhaps a touch of caramel, little to no hops bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Finish is dry and refreshing. Although it's probably not the best representative of the style, it's quite enjoyable.

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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 LiquidAmber
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a half finger white head the great retention and lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with light caramel and grain, light grassy hops. Flavor is balanced caramel and biscuit malt, light toffee, grassy hops. Nice medium body with light, pleasant creaminess. A nice classic Oktoberfest ale, none of the flavors stand out, but everything is mellow and balanced. The malt base has an excellent integration of biscuit and caramel flavors and the grassy hops are firm and not aggressive. Hacker-Pschorr is a good brewery for well made, accurately made to style beers and this is one of them.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear caramel with a frothy collar. Spritzy carbonation is visible.
Aroma is sweet and consists of toasted caramel malt and orchard fruit.
The mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation, clean, medium bodied but hearty. The palate feels dry at first. As it warms, the flavors open up; bready, caramel malt, harvest fruit, including apple sweetness in the finish. A touch of peppery hops adds a nice balance.
A solid authentic German Octoberfest.

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Photo of Drogon
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another Great Octoberfest beer. If you can get it on tap it's even better. I would say it is up there with Ayinger in taste but a little more bitter with more of a hoppy taste. Clean finish, but Ayinger was more malty with a sweet after taste.

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Photo of 1angrydwarf
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: light Amber, no head
S: roasted grain
T: Very Balanced roasted grain with slight malt sweetness that is barely there. Hops balance it but don't stand out in any way. Lingering roasted grain flavor that fades quickly
F: Tiny bubbles that soft carbonation that reminds me of their Hefe. Very Smooth. Drys my palate just enough to want another sip
O: This would be easy to have several. A very good example of the style even if it is not my favorite one. This is neck and neck with the Paulaner marzen. Honestly couldn't go wrong with this one.

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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 hman43
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: It pours clear with a copper color and an off white moderate head.

Smell: It has caramel aromas with low fruit and some sweetness to it.

Taste: There are sweet flavors, but not overly. There is a slight plum-like flavoring to it with the caramel and a hint of cherry.

Feel: It has a moderate body with low bitterness and a clean finish.

Overall, this is one of the better Marzen’s that I have had with a clear flavor with a malt forward flavor and well done hop compliments.

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Photo of MNAle
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber with active carbonation. 3/4 inch bubbly, creamy-white head, receding somewhat slowly leaving thick lacing that slides down the glass just behind the receding head. Fairly strong aroma of bread, herbal and floral. Good feel, decent carbonation on the tongue, not at all thin. Initial taste follows the aroma with a bit of bittering to start. A mild middle with lots of complexity in the flavor. Finish is moderately clean with just enough bittering to balance the malts.

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Photo of dcotom
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of the best maerzens I have ever had. Beautiful clear dark amber in color with a substantial white head. Notes of biscuit, light toffee, and yeast on the nose. Nicely balanced, malt forward on the palate with a slightly sweet and pleasantly bitter finish. Easy drinking, malty, a great fall beer.

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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 thebeers
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber with tan tinted head that leaves solid lacing. Sweet malt aroma continues to the taste with almost an apple cider thing going and a very mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied with a hint of syrupyness to the mouthfeel. Definitely one of the sweeter festbiers. Not bad.

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Photo of Vixie
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a really nice looking copper or amber color. Forms a bit of a white head which settles down fairly quickly, leaving some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is malty and bread like at first.Also some floral and cut grass in there, a nice outdoors type of smell.

Roasted barley and caramel seem to dominate the taste. It almost has a rye like flavor to it. It finishes with just a touch of lingering bitterness.

The feel is not too heavy, the carbonation makes it tingle going down. Pretty much what I expected from the style.

I haven't had many Oktoberfest beers, and if this one is any indication, my loss. Very drinkable with a lot of flavor, and well balanced. What a good beer should be.

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Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper color nice two finger light tan head that falls to a cap and laces pretty well.

Aroma is nice and clean toasted malts, lightly bread notes, floral and herbal hints all mingled.

Taste is like the nose, nice clean toasted malts not really bready more like toasted grains. Finish is nice clean lingering toasted malts floral notes and herbal hints.

Mouthfeel is light and so is the carbonation just enough kick to make it right.

Overall a well done brew that you could not go wrong with.

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