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 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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Photo of sokol_1993
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good marzen, a true representative of the kind!
Look: brownish, unfortunately with little head.
Smell: Really sweet and malty, no metallic smell whatsoever as I've seen in some other marzen
Taste: Sweet maltiness, but well balanced by an excellently-added amount of hop.
Feel: light body, refreshing with seafood.

Great, great brew. Really recommend it.

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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really tasty Oktoberfest. Clear amber color. The smell is nice toasty toffee and caramel malt with very faint dark fruits. The taste follows with good flavor balance. Crisp and easy drinking. yb

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Photo of TH28
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. 10/16 best by date. Appearance: Deep Amber, perfectly clear, with a moderate white foam head and nice lacing. Aroma: Rich caramel maltiness, a touch of toast, and a strong dark fruit of plum and cherry. Taste: Deep, rich caramel and bready maltiness, a light toasted bread, and a moderate fruitiness that’s a blend of cherry and raisin. Tastes like tea on the finish. Low bitterness is just enough to prevent this beer from being too sweet Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, definitely heavier than some fellow Marzens, with a low to moderate carbonation. Finish: Very bready with a touch of toast on the finish, and tea leaves. Overall: Top notch Marzen. Leaves a fruity and tea like flavor that is typical for a German made Marzen, and less emphasis on the toast and roast qualities. Very easy drinking

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 L Hacker-Pschorr mug.

Look: Clear copper/amber colored body under a light cream colored head that recedes to a nice film. Lacing is light and watery.

Aroma: Slightly toasted malts, toffee, caramel.

Taste: Toasted grains and malts with a toffee body and a slightly spicy cinnamon finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Right up there with Paulaner as my favorite non-American marzen, this ones a bit spicier but has a great toffee-caramel body.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend at work---Thanks Randy
This fine Oktoberfest pours a nice clear orange dominant amber with a
nice head of white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thick layer, and nice light
lacing. Nose of caramel malts, toasted breaded malts, and subtle floral hops.
Flavors exceed the nose with toasted malts featuring caramel, light toffee, and
light full grained bread touched lightly by a floral hop that lightly lingers on the
back providing a nice spice to this malt forward brew. Excellent mouth feel; crisp,
lightly coating, and refreshing. A near perfect Oktoberfest brew.

Excellence from Germany!


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Photo of mkh012
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, best by October 2016. Amber with a short-lived white head.

A nice nose for an Oktoberfest. Chocolate, coffee, and some milky sweetness, mixed with a kiss of hops.

The taste follows the nose, with a little clove, bread crust, and caramel. Mild bitterness on the aftertase. Gets better as it warms.

A very good Oktoberfest, but not as smooth as their hefeweizen.

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Photo of defilli2
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured with a dark, caramel color and creamy bubbles. The smell was very light, but I could sense malt and small hops in it. It was a very pleasant beer, not too carbonated as I sense from the bubbles, but also not too creamy. Full flavor, I would definitely recommend.

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Photo of tomakara
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark yellow, looked like it would taste malty/coffee.
Smell: Refreshing, a tad like coffee
Taste: A bit of a coffee aftertaste, went down smoothly & was refreshing.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very vibrant amber color comes out of here, has that almost orange glow like some dank ipa. Aroma was mild, sweet grain.

Taste, more mild smooth grains and unsweetened caramel. Bready without bitterness. Almost a rye like quality to the malt.

Good for style.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml flip top bottle brought from Kris Wines in Islington, London. Pours a clear amber colour with a thick off white head which leaves lacing. Aromas of amber malt, honey & caramel. Tastes is dry, nutty, and savoury with flavours of honey, bread & caramel leading to nice bittersweet hopped tail. Overall this is a great beer & reminds me I need a return visit to Munich!

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