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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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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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 AZBeerDude72
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a deep amber/brown with decent head and lacing. Smells of sugary malt and carmel with a light flowery scent but very subdued. Taste is nice, malty carmel mix with little zest and mild hops and wheat and slight bitterness on back side. Overall a nice clean beer with a good flavor profile, would drink more of this for sure.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from a Lazy Dog
Deep golden color bordering on amber with a frothy off white head that persists. Rich caramelized maltiness with bits of floral hops and crackery pilsner to round it out. Pretty tasty Oktoberfest.

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Photo of aleigator
3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a vibrant golden-amber colored beer with a huge, creamy white head.

Smells of fresh cut grass, dried garden herbs and a cookie dough malt backbone with a note of wild honey instead of chocolate, wrapped up by straw.

Has a lively, well fitting mouthfeel, adding a refrehing feel to the light bodied, otherwise malty and straw defined beer.

Tastes of sweet straw, with a fizziness from the bubbly carbonation, which adds a coppery hint, blending into the malts. Turns even sweeter during the mid palate with a late dry quality, bringing forest leafes to the palate, adding some depth to the so far one dimensional drinking experience.

An easy drinker, which turns out to be a tad too sweet to convince entirely. Its malty straw profile defines the taste from the beginning till the end, with not much else going on.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very traditional concoction - a little flat on the pour but that could have been the tapline. Ruby malts, milled barley & toasted cracker on the nose. Picked-up a bit more hops than I anticipated, but it by no means overpowers the classic marzen flavors. Pumpernickel, deep caramel malt & all the other earthy malt flavors you'd except, balanced & smooth.

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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 ABabbidge
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark amber body. Foamy head with some lacing on the glass.

S: Roasted malt and caramel. Slightly metallic, maybe a hint of booze.

T: Similar to the nose. A lot of toasted malt. Some caramel and bitterness in the middle. Followed by a little sweetness at the end.

F: Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

O: Very drinkable, just like it was designed to be. Not bad but not my favorite Octoberfest.

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

This is one of those look up in the dictionary and you will find a picture of this. Just a real solid example of an Oktoberfest beer. Smooth and easy drinking. I could drink lost of these

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Photo of sjccmd
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Floral and malty aroma. Bready and somewhat woody. A hint of honey. Fruity hops and bread doughy malts. Toast. A touch grainy.

Pours a light copper. Clear with a decent-sized white head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Rich, toasty bread, a hint of fruit. Somewhat earthy, almost tea like. Dry and somewhat bitter finish. Roasty flavors add a touch of bitterness.

Medium light body with medium high carbonation. Some creaminess. Dry crackery finish..

Rich malts with a clean finish. Not my favorite of the märzens, but it's solid.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a wonderful copper color with a fluffy off white head that persists. Aroma is caramel and toffee sweetness, bready, toast malts, and slight grass. Taste follows with caramel and toffee sweetness, bready malt, a bit of glass and floral. Mouthfeel is light and clean, with just a touch of stickiness. Overall, this is a very good oktoberfest. A classic representation of the amber marzen style.

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Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,795 ratings.
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