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

Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber MärzenHacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

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Photo of fo5s
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a tumbler as part of marzen month. Best by date of 5-12 clearly visible on the bottle. Sampled 10/19/11.

A- pours a dull brown. Minimal head.

S- caramel, dry malt (uncharacteristically so). Very smooth.

T- Sweet, toasty finish. Really needs 1 more dimension of depth here...

M- above-average amount of body for the style. Could use a bit more carbonation.

O- a pretty decent marzen. Labeled "amber" and I'll buy into that. Not a lot of faults with this one, but fails to wow me.

edit- I'm surprised to see this ranked as high as it is. I didn't find many flaws, but found this a bit bland. I'll likely revisit this in the future to see if I was off when tasting.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at a local bar to celebrate the season.

The waiter dropped off this beer in a pint glass. I had about one finger of foam, but it went away pretty quickly. And, the coloring was a ruddy yellow... kind of dirty looking.

Coming up from the bottle there was a decent amount of carbonation.

There wasn't much in the nose, but the flavor was pretty strong. I get a lot of lager over-whelming the other flavors. There wasn't much spice. On swishing the beer around my mouth I was able to pick up caramel and a little bit of nuttiness. This beer had very little after-taste.

It was a decent Oktoberfest, but not my favorite of the season. Sorry grandaddy, other labels hae passed you up.

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Photo of DrinkinTim
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. longneck to a glass.
A - This is the way beer should look! It pours a brilliant reddish amber color, clear as can be. You can see the light carbonation and the bubbles rising to the surface. A very pretty beer. A decent, foamy head with a lot of stickage on the glass.
S - Malty. That's what comes to mind first. But one can also detect a little bit of hoppiness in the nose. I can already tell this is going to be a well-balanced beer.
T - Wow! The taste is fantastic. Really a lot like the smell. Very well balanced with a bit of sweetness.
M - Really pretty light, but not too light. Moderate carbonation.
O - For me, this is one of those beers where you mourn seeing the bottom of the glass. I loved it and could really seeing kicking back a few liter-sized glass mugs of it in Munich! If only I had a big, chewy pretzel to go with it...

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive auburn body with a white head.

Butterscotch and caramel form a malt driven aroma. Diacetyl is noticeable, but not problematic.

Malt continues on the palate, but is light enough to allow for a balanced beer. Nutty, lightly caramelized malt pairs with grassy hops and soft bitterness. Some diacetyl here too.

A highly drinkable, enjoyable Oktoberfest. Not overly complex, built for simple everyday drinking.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hacker Pschorr's Oktoberfest pours a golden clear in color with a very thin white head. The smell is common to most Marzens...malty with hints of sweetness. The taste is very similar to the nose....mostly malt flavor with slight sweetness. The mouthfeel is good...light bodied with a medium carbonation. Overall a decent oktoberfest. The flavor is very clean, refreshing, and simple.

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Photo of FickleBeast
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Stange glass.

Pours a ruddy brown color with two fingers of foam that fades pretty quickly without lacing. Aroma is quite malty, with a bit of cardboardy oxidation in the nose as well.

First sip is quite malty, sweet, with a very crisp, clean finish. Nice sweet Munich malt flavor. Nice little kick of German hops, and a decently bitter bite on the back end.

A very fine German Marzen. Better than most I've had - it certainly made the journey across the ocean in great shape.

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Photo of WhiteOak
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Transparent dark copper color with a very thin, off-white head.

S- Simple aroma of caramel malt.

T- Light, thin caramel malt flavor and a hint of raisinated dark fruit. A touch of earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Clean but slightly boring.

M, D- Light/medium, drinkable, proper CO2.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at David Copperfields; served in a 1L stein.

A: Pours a nice caramel brown with that beautiful Oktoberfest monster head.

S: Sweet nut and baking bread flavours with some medicinal hops and the slightest hint of diacetyl.

T: Nice and sweet German maltiness with a wonderful Noble hop depth and a clean and spicy finish.

D: Drinkability is off the books! This is just full of complexity, but at the same time has a really high level of refreshment.

Overall: An excellent Märzen! I never though I could finish a liter and wish I had more...guess I was wrong. This makes me glad that Americans really don't know when Oktoberfest ends ;)

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle purchased at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a crystal-clear amber with a good half-inch of off-white head. Caramel and toffee dominate with just enough herbal hops to balance the aroma. Caramel and toffee dominate the flavor too, with honey-like notes as well, and just enough herbal earthy hops to balance. On the heavier side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly quaffable, though the robust complex flavors make this a bit more of a sipper than it might otherwise be, and after a couple of bottles I'd be done.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear reddish brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing which somewhat stuck to the glass.

The aroma was of a toasted bread malt, a mild grassy hop and a earthy yeast with a hint of caramel.

The taste was moderately sweet with a light hint of caramel in the beginning and finished with a nice malty sweet flavor that had a mild hoppiness to it at the end. The flavor stayed with you for a decent amount of time allowing for the taste buds to fully enjoy all this brew has to offer.

Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and dry yet just a little oily in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall the maltiness and mild sweetness of this brew works so wonderfully together. No wonder they call it the original. This just so happens to be the first Oktoberfest I ever tasted many years ago and in my opinion still is one of the best.

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Photo of maximum12
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Single picked up in honor of Oktoberfest, which was the worst single beer experience of my life. I'm trying to get over holding it against the whole style. Baby steps.

Pours that clear amber that I always associate with lots of malt. Smell is sweet malt & lager yeast, spittoon of caramel.

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest might define that style, but I prefer the Americanized versions (I like Leann Chin chinese, too). Bare bones scaffolding of sweet malts & caramel, handful of acorns. Watery. Drinkable, but only if you're engaged in an activity that diverts all of your attention from your taste buds.

Barely decent & very disappointing. Just had another Octoberfest from an unmarked keg at a party, & it was very good. This is dull.

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Photo of aidanskinner
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, swing top poured into a Brewdog pint glass, cause I'm a rebel like that.

a - reddish browny copper, gold flecks where the light bends at the base. Some sparse but energetic carbonation. Thick head that quickly dissipates leaving a thin trace, no lacing.

s - lovely malty bready smell, a bit of hop fruityness, slight yeast, some sweetness

t - spicy hops carried along on a big sweet malt base, lovely dry bitter finish that cuts through the malt

m - light but not thin, good carbonation

o - decent beer, wouldn't seek it out but would go "ooh, that's nice!" if I saw it on a beer list.

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Photo of sommersb
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 10-06-2011
Freshness: Best by 12-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Seidel
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Appearance is a clear, dark copper color topped with an off-white head maybe 3 fingers high. A good amount of carbonation is seen in the glass. Good lacing as this beer goes down.

Aromas are mainly of bready, caramel malts, with a nice restrained sweetness. The taste matches the smells. The rich, malty flavors are kept in check by a little earth hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. The finish is refreshing and continues with the caramel toasted malt flavors.

Overall a great Märzen that does not disappoint.

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Photo of hardy008
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark amber with a one finger off white head with decent retention. Smells like toasted bread malt with a little caramel and floral hops.

The toasted bread malt, caramel, and floral hops are also present in the taste. The caramel malt comes through more than the other flavors, and there is a light pleasant sweetness.

Light to medium bodied with slightly below average carbonation. There is a slightly sweet aftertaste from the caramel malt. Overall I am glad I gave this Oktoberfest a try. A very nice beer.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pint glass.

a - pours a clear amber liquid with a finger of foamy tan head. retention is good and leaves some leggy lacing in the glass.

s - toffeeish malt, dark fruits and a hint of spice.

t - rich carmel malt with a bit of brown sugar sweetness. nicely balanced by spicy hop character and a crisp, lightly bitter finish.

m - firmly medium in body with the right amount of carbonation. smooth and slightly mouth coating.

o - enjoyable and goes down easy. may be the best example of the style i have had yet this year. a very well built beer. recommended.

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Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear golden colour with a big, fluffy, smooth, off-white head. Great head retention.

Lightly bready malt aroma with a hint of nuttiness. Otherwise, very clean and straightforward.

Lovely bready Munich malt with a touch of fruitiness and hint of sweetness. Crisp, clean lager finish. Classic Oktoberfest.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp. Very good.

A lovely example of the style with it's rich malt yet it finishes cleanly and rests lightly on the palate.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redd's in Roslindale, MA.

Pours a very clean and clear copper color with minimal head. Hunch says that's the pour.

Nose of pilsen malts, a little rust, peanuts.

Mouth is simple but very drinkable. Malty, few hops, prune, raisin, with a very clean and lingering finish.

Overall pleasant, though unremarkable.

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

Pours a nice golden caramel colour with good head and nice lacing. Head dies down a bit quickly but the lacing is really good.

Smell is tea leaves and pungent fresh apple. Some caramel. Nice

Taste is more apple and fruitiness with more caramel. Small but refreshing hop and alcohol in the end.

Mouthfeel is watery and appropriate for the style.

Wow this stuff is incredibly drinkable and quite subtle but a little expensive to throw it back.

If this was available in six packs for a decent price I would rip through it. Really puts Little Creatures' version to shame, and cements my thoughts on that effort.

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Photo of 2xHops
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got the opportunity to drink this in a 1 liter stein!

The appearance is as good as it can get with, what do you call the color, dark amber? It is a typical color you see in a Marzen, what else can I say?

The taste was great. Right off the bat, you could taste the malts coming through, which makes it slightly sweet. It accentuates the hops that is mildly present. There isn't a lot of aftertaste, which I thought was great. With some of the American Oktoberfest beers, there are some lingering aftertaste that makes me not think highly of them. It's not the case with this beer.

I thought the beer was well-balanced. It has its own character that stands on its own. I think it's one of many good examples of this style. I particularly like Ayinger, but I think this one is pretty dang good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Somehow this O-Fest has eluded me for years. Not no more... It pours a clear tawny-amber topped by a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises white bread, light caramel, light grass, and a very light touch of Belgian candi sugar. The taste follows this fairly closely, but the caramel is more pronounced, and a decent amount of mandarin orange finds its way in as well, providing a nice fruitiness to compliment the enhanced malt. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a very solid O-Fest, one definitely worthy of that Bavarian flag emblazoned around the label.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

A- Deep amber colour with a hint of haziness. Medium, richly foamy white head; not much retention or lacing though

S- Raw grainy aroma, not so much on the sweet side with maybe just a hint of caramel. A slight herbal note on the back

T- Quite rich, expecially if compared to the aroma. Fresh, crisp malts with a slight toasted hint upfront, bringing rich caramel and fruity notes (apple?) on the palate. Nicely refreshing on the tongue as well, with light floral hints and lemon. Finishes slightly bitter (which is quite surprising given the beer's overall sweetness) with that faint tea-like aftertaste that you usually find in english ales. That's really peculiar for a german lager but it somehow fits perfectly, as it balances sweetness and leaves you longing for another sip

M- Medium body. Carbonation is not as high as i expected but the beer still feels crisp cause the grainy malts are quite on the raw side

O- As for many german lagers, the overall grade is higher than the average. The beer is perfectly balanced, refreshing and extremely drinkable, and thanks to it's subtle complexity you never get tired of it

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Deep and rich amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid four fingers of off white head with good retention. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Lots of bready and sweet malts. Plenty of caramel and toffee. Some wheat grains and lager yeast. Hints of nuts and fruit. Also a light hint of earthy hops.

Taste: Sweet lightly toasted caramel malts with toffee and lots of bready biscuit flavor. Some lager yeast adds a bit of spicy funk. Hints of apple fruit and nuts. Light hints of floral hops adding some bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, crisp, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good Marzen. Pretty much everything you would expect from the style.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 11.2oz poured into a stein. It has both the ABV and a drink by date listed.

A: Amber golden and very clear with slight carbonation. The head is half-a-finger fluffy white with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Sweet malt, hops, and nuts.

T: Sweet malt, nuts, light bitterness from hops rounds out the finish.

M: Medium

O: I have had this beer for the last three years. I only realized recently that I had never reviewed it. September and fall are one of the best times of the year to be a beer drinker. Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest delivers a beautiful color matched by nice mellow and balanced flavors. If you enjoy Oktoberfest and fall seasonal beers, try this.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 50cl bottles poured into a masskrug.

BBE March 2012

A- Very dark amber with excellent clarity. Head is a rocky 3 finger head that reduces to 1 finger which is persistent and produces good lacing.


T- Doughy bread malts throughout. Toffee malts come through and are accompanied by a subtle toasted malt note in the finish.

M- Medium carbonation, full chewy mouthfeel. Lager clean.

D- I really felt like i chewed this beer rather than drank it but it still retained its great lager cleanliness. Liquid doughy bread with a subtle toffee sweetness. Superb. This is far darker than the beer in the Hacker Festzelt at Oktoberfest though, wonder whats going on there??

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle - $2.29 at Total Wine & More in Alpharetta, Georgia. Best Before: 6/12.

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber-tan body with a goodly-sized, white head.

Smell: Bready maltiness, very little implied sweetness, a floral-honey scent, albeit light, and a hint of old spice (not men's cologne).

Taste: Sweetish, bready maltiness. Flavors lighten, then, some thinned honey, floral, faintly spicy German hops and a small bit of bitterness. Hint of metallic yeastiness. Finishes fairly dry and clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation. Just a hair thinner and flatter than I'd care for.

Overall: An easy-drinking German brew, sure, though I found it to be a bit bland.

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Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 78.2% out of 100 with 1,824 ratings
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