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

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1,800 Ratings
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 ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
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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Photo of xnicknj
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an auburn caramel color with a very thin, wispy head. Almost no lacing or retention to speak of.

Richer scents of caramel in the nose with lighter touches of dark fruit. Slightly sweet and bready. A note of hoppy bitterness as well.

Lightly sweet up front with some fruit tones. Caramel and bready malts, slightly roasty and nutty. Nice hop bitterness towards the finish.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, chewy and bubbly on the tongue. Drinks pretty nice, although it felt a little flat - I've definitely had some better Marzens.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a brown-amber with a one finger eggshell head.
S- Smell is caramel, a touch of toffee, a bit of nuttiness.
T- The taste is quite odd to me. At first it's got a good toffee, slightly vanilla flavor, but it finishes with this flavor that I could only describe as papery. Really offputting in the finish.
M- Medium body, slightly undercarbed.
O- Yeah, at first I was into it, but the finish was offputting and at the end of it, I couldn't think of this as a great marzen. Kinda underwhelmed by it.

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Photo of clint1019
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold in color with a very thin white head.

S - Very clean, crisp malt aroma.

T - Same as the nose. Nothing but a clean, crisp malt flavor.

M - light bodied with a medium carbonation.

O - A pretty nice oktoberfest. The flavor is very clean, refreshing, and simple.

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Photo of powellmg
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with a white head that disappeared quickly. Very clear. Subtle, nutty, malty aroma. Tastes of malt, bread with pleasant sherry flavors. Hops contribute a dry finish but are otherwise not assertive. Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very classy Oktoberfest.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oktoberfest session during sunday football, into my mug pours an amber hue, big foamy ofrf white head, tons of retention. Malt, noble hop, and alchohol in the nose. Taste is similar, bends to the sweet side. YUM. drinkable and enjoyable, best Marzen I had today.

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

Appearance-Pours a light amber color with a small white head that quickly disappears.

Smell-Smell is mostly just malt.

Taste-Light caramel and malty flavors.

Mouthfeel-Light-bodied and smooth.

Overall-Nothing to complain about just not perfect. Maybe a little more sweetness would help.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into my Cheers drinking mug.

A) Deep amber, with about a 1/2 inch of slightly off white head. The foam dissolved into a light ring around the edges of the mug. No lacing noted.

S) It is not strong, but there is a malty sweetness and a little leafy, earthy quality.

T) A toasted malt start with some nice sweetness. There is just a touch of hops that creates the slightest bitter/grassy finish.

M) A medium body that is moderately carbonated. This has a very clean and smooth feel to it.

O) This is always a solid choice when weighing out your Oktoberfest options. For me, it brings back fond memories of visiting Munich for Oktoberfest. I was in the Hacker Pschorr tent with a giant pretzel around my neck, singing Country Roads with my new drinking buddies from Italy and Austria. Good times...

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Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330mL bottle (best before 6/12; probably bottled 6/11) poured into a weizen glass. Clear amber color with a 1-finger white head. Typical great German carbonation.

Aroma is pretty faint; just picking up some mild bready malt and ripe fruit.

Taste is dry, fruity, and clean. Light caramel malt and clean water. Crisp, cleansing mouthfeel.

Overall this is a pretty average Oktoberfest bier. I'm sure it's better fresh on tap in Munich.

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Photo of yankeej13
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was having a tasting and I wanted to try a German Oktoberfest.

A- A nice light amber almost caramel color. A mellow ring of foam. Tiny amount of carbonation.

S- Has a good aroma, pretty light in the balance of malt to hop flavor. Get a nice tiny hint of sweetness.

T- Has a nice smooth flavor. Nice amount of sweet malts that is followed by a nice floral hop taste. Get a mild amount of a caramel finish.

M- Nice drinkability, has a really nice smooth well rounded flavor. A good mid- palette when if finished leaves you with a nice sweet finish.

Overall- I really enjoyed the beer. Was exactly what I was looking for, for a traditional German Oktoberfest. Cheers!

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Photo of airforbes1
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the first beer in a three-beer horizontal taste test of Oktoberfest offerings, with the others being Brooklyn Oktoberfest and Flying Dog's Dogtoberfest.

This beer is the darkest of the three, with some brown hues mixed in with the red. It also hsd the head that dissipated the quickest. The aroma is the weakest, with toasted malt and even a touch of skunkiness. The poor smell is probably the result of it being shipped across the Atlantic, but unless someone is willing to pay my way to Bavaria, it's all I have to work with.

Of the trio, this beer has the strongest caramel taste, which flirts with being too sweet but just avoids crossing that line. There's a lot of toasted malt as well. It has the best mouthfeel by far. It's so smooth and velvety.

Even though the appearance and smell had me leery, this is a very good beer, although the sweetness might catch up to me after a while. As a Yank, I probably wouldn't be able to have several of these while partying in a Bavarian beer hall.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice dark amber, starting touches of foam that settle out to nothing. Malty smell. Caramel/toffee notes.

Full on malt taste, loads of caramel. Sweetness throughout, german pilsy finish. Minimal hop through and through.

Firm enough carbonation and good mouthfeel. Really drinkable. Smooth, tasty, the whole nine yards. This is what the fall is all about.

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Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light fizzy head that fades semi quickly over clear copper tan brown colored beer.

Nose has light toasty malts, reddish copper malts, light cracked straw, hint of lager yeast fruit, light sweet lager aromas.

Taste comes clean and crisp, light cereal malts, cracked straw, light toasty malts, little sweet lager flavor and some definitive lager yeast fruits. Then comes the hops, light earthy slight grassy hops come through late on the finish adding a bit of bitterness and light spicy hop. Finish lingering more of the copper malts and semi dry crisp lager taste.

Mouth is med to a but lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty standard for a good German marzen. nice toasty malts, crisp lager flavors, no bad lager flavors, hint of hops on the finish. Nicely done.

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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 samie85
3.34/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/12.

A-Pours a clear, dark copper color with a finger of white head.

S-Smells slightly skunky, spicy, and some caramelly malt with light aromas of dark fruit.

T-Crisp and light caramel and bready malts with some herbal hops.

M-Crisp and light-bodied with moderate carbonation and a somewhat slick feel.

D-Pretty easy drinking but I wish this had a little bit more of a malt backbone to it. The search for my ideal German Oktoberfest continues...

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Already in the mood for great fall seasonal brew, already kicked started with pumpkin ale, not time to start with a good, authentic German Oktoberfest. Having some German blood in me, I make it mandatory every season and and at least a few times in other parts of the year to have a real, independent German brew. Seeing as I haven't had this one yet, I picked it up.

Enjoy by date: 05/2012

Pours a nice light amber/copper.orange, enabling you to see through it. Very weak head, very little to no lacing.

Light aromas of grain(s), malt and grassiness, with faint tea-like scents. Pretty mediocre on the nose.

Grains, some tea-like and maybe light nuts land on the tongue. Malt is present, but less noticeable than it should be. Low carbonation. Body is rather thin.

It's probably the least Oktoberfest Marzen I've had to date. Less malty, thin body and weak head and lacing hurts the credentials of this brew. it's decent, but you can do a lot better. Many great German Oktoberfest brews out there, this one is a little less.

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Photo of Sensaray
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2 finger white head sits on dark copper clear body

Light caramel and bread.

Tastes are slightly sweet bread and some light caramel notes with grain. Light hops noted and a nice spiciness. Easy drinkin.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, light.

Overall, better than other german oktoberfests I've has thus far and it's pretty good.

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Photo of silentjay
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

golden caramel color with a two-fingered pure white head that sticks around for a bit and laces pretty well.

smells of toasted bread, caramel, tofee. pretty simple, pretty nice.

taste follows with toasted bread, grains, lots of caramel and toffee and a slight herbal hop bitterness on the finish. very clean, tasty, and smooth without being too sweet.

a bit syrupy with very good carbonation level and feel which is expected for German brews. fills the mouth, but finishes clean.

very good example of a style I tend to overlook. I figured I'd try an "authentic" German Oktoberfest this year. Definitely a step or two above most American examples.

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Photo of Brunite
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep brown with a one inch head...good amount of sticky lacing.

S - Malty smell with a bit of caramel...toasted bread...slight hops noted.

T - Slight sweet...toasted bread...grainy. The malt takes top bill with just a bit of hops to balance things.

M - Medium bodied beer...creamy...smooth.

O - This is the nice Fest beer, Better than most American renditions I have sampled.

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Photo of warnerry
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 5/12; consumed 8/27/11

A - pours clear copper with one finger of tan head. Head fades pretty quickly without leaving much lacing.

S - smells very bready with some nice toasted malt. Also some subtle sweet malts and a faint amount of hops.

T - Similar the smell. Again very nice taste of fresh baked bread. Hops more prominent in taste than smell, but still clearly playing a supporting role. Really no sweetness in the taste that I picked up in the smell. Relatively straightforward but very good. Nice toastiness.

M - medium mouthfeel with just enough hop presence to yield a slightly bitter dry finish.

O - I always look forward to this one. I like the Ayinger Oktoberest a bit more, but this is one of my favorites in the style.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest-Marzen is a very clear darker-amber colored beer, small white head which doesn't last too long. Nice amount of Vienna malt on the nose, fairly toasty and pretty sweet. Very rich scent. Ooh, here we go. Just a full on smattering of Vienna malts, nice and toasty, quite bready, a bit of caramel, nice and clean lagered taste. Hops are minimal but play a nice balance with their bitterness. Very nice and smooth mouth, pretty creamy and soft on the tongue.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear slightly dark amber color with a nice head. The nose offers hints of cookie dough and flowers.

Just the right amount of smooth toasted maltiness for this style and a creamy, well-balanced palate. There's a nice subtle hoppy assertiveness and a hint of allspice on the finish. Silky-smooth and wonderfully drinkable. Recommended. Mehr, bitte!

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Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic clean, molten copper. Crystal clear with a light, filmy, three finger head that gradually fades into a muffin top with some sticky lace abound.

Woderful aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, caramel, noble hops, and light cereal grains emanate from my glass.

Taste follows through. Very bready and doughy. Fresh baked, toffee, light residual sugars in the middle are dried out with earthy noble hops. A bit spicy and lingering. The slightest bit of dried fig. Love the bready middle and finish light and fluffy on the tongue. So malty and delicious. Fantastic!!

Light acidity, with moderate carbonation. Just a classic example of the style.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent color, but a little thin looking. Very full flavor with a tiny hint of sweetness. The aftertaste is hoppier but doesn't linger long. I could see drinking a good bit of it, and it's a solid beer but it doesn't do much do distinguish itself in my mind from other specimens I've had.

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

Had on tap at the platt in franlin square at the umternational talkbass annual get together. Showed up in a mug, nice ruby chestnut color. Malty festive smell. Not the best smelling octoberfest, but not the worst. Great body and nice flavor, grape dominant. A little heavy, but very enjoyable. Overall very good.

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Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest Amber Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,800 ratings.
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