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

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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-MärzenHacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen

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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of smakawhat
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Dirty brown to rust light copper, with a very crystal clear body. Some good lines of carbonation but a lot of stuck bubbles as well. Head is quite creamy white and bright, but with a good two fingers and some decent retention.

Grainy malts , with a faint airy toffee note. Slightly subtle but also kind of powdery sensing. Light senses of brown sugar, and a bit of icing like sugar. Fairly nice grows on me after awhile.

Palate is a big surprise. Mid palate is extremely watery almost and papery and hardly and flavor at all. Hardly any depth or body to this marzen or thickness of malt. Mid palate is lacking classic toffee and mixes with a seltzery oddness and club soda like flavor. Really odd aftertaste mixing strange phenols and unbalanced bitterness with banana. Hop angle seems very forward on the finish with a bitter wooden burnt ash quality mixing in.

This is really not what I expected, drinkable but I'll probably pass on this for the next time.

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Photo of fourstringer
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. Best by 05/16.

A: Copper-colored body with good clarity. 1 finger of white head with average retention. Light lacing.

S: Bready malts with nutty overtones. Hay. Underlying fruit with notes of apple and grape that expand as it warms.

T: Faintly sweet, doughy malts kick things off. Nicely balancing hops build to a fairly dry finish. Minimal alcohol presence. Lingering noble hops and a light floral bitterness in a mostly clean aftertaste.

M: Moderate to light carbonation with a medium body. Quite quaffable, but with a satisfying substance.

O: Very nice, balanced Marzen that improves as it sits in the glass, which is a desirable characteristic, indeed.


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

This Märzen pours to a briefly-lived, slightly pebbly medium off-white head on a singularly dusky medium-amber body, which is clear and slightly sparkling. The nose is expectedly moderate in intensity: bready malt and apples with a slight noble hops spiciness. On the palate, it presents itself as a well-balanced blend of spicy hops and lightly-toasted bready malt, with hints of apples and green grapes. The finish is sweetish bready malt and hints of alcohol, followed by a mild spicy hop bitterness that lingers until the next sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and the texture is smooth and creamy with a moderate pepperiness from the fizzy carbonation. (11.2 oz bottle, 187 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Buck89
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice dark amber color with a thick white head. Nose full of slightly toasted malt with a hint of hoppy spice. Taste is less bright, with muted malt and an ?oxidized finish. A faint hop presence. Medium bodies and carbed with a clean finish.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark Amber with yellow hues on the bottom of the glass, not much of a head or lacing
S- I get some fruity esters, sweet malt, very light caramel, faint grassiness
T- Malty, fruity, herbal/earthiness, nutty, light hops, this very well balanced with all the different flavors going on.
M- light/medium body somewhat higher carbonation than other Oktoberfest
O- very well balanced with malts more foward, finishes crisp & smooth and light. I could have too many of these because I think the carbonation is a bit high.

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Photo of teromous
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imported bottle. On the label, Best Before: 06/16 L17851M

Appearance: It's a darker bronze color with a short white foamy head. It leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Light grassy hop aroma with the sweet scent of cereal grains.

Taste: Sweet honey nut Cheerio's flavor with a light bit of caramel sweetness. This is balanced very nicely with a faint grassy hop flavor that ends with a good amount of bitterness. It is very nice!

Mouthfeel: It's a good easy drinking beer that gives just enough hop bitterness to cleanse the palate and bring in another drink of well carbonated medium bodied beer.

Overall: This is an excellent Oktoberfest. I want to especially point out that this is an imported beer and it maintains itself as a quality beer. I really enjoyed it and I would recommend it.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a perfectly haze free golden brown with a solid head. The aroma is very bready with a touch of spice, mostly nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. The flavor leads with a spicy, peppery hop character, followed by the flavor of buttered brown bread. The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing. This is an awesome oktoberfest, full flavored without being too filling.

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

The beer puts a nice white head that dissipates moderately and leaves a nice white ring around the inside of the stein. The beer itself is a medium amber that has a nice copper appearance to it. It's not as dark as the American Oktoberfests but still looks pretty nice.

The beer smell has a nice balance between the hops and malt notes. The malt notes consist of a sweet caramel note and the hops are fairly bitter and light pine note. The caramel is the stronger note here but the hops are not overwhelmed.

The taste is good but not as good as the smell. Conversely, the hops are stronger in the taste than the malt notes in the taste. The hop taste is a bit light and not as strong but is still nice. Despite the other notes, there is a slight metallic taste that runs through the beer that works with the other notes (makes the hop stronger).

The feel is medium bodied but on the lighter side. The carbonation is biting and plentiful. A fairly smooth beer but feels a bit metallic. The metallic feel leaves the impression that I'm drinking water without the light body feel and that the beer has weight to it but not too much weight..

Overall, not a bad Oktoberfest. Although, this seems to be geared more towards drinking more than one and feels significantly lighter and tastes more hoppy than the American ones.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into an antique German pilsener glass, prosit!

Clear Amber, steady stream of carbonation, settles to a solid site prncil thin layer, good lacings

Aroma of malt, bread, biscuity

Taste of bready sweet malts

Low sudsing, imminently quaffable , not a full body, just good beer drinking

Yeah, I can picture myself in a Munich beer garden drinking liter after liter of this stuff

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pils glass. Clear, golden brown liquid with a here-and-gone head that settles to a ring around the rim; no lacing. Carbonation rises in streams consistently. Aroma and taste is malty, sweet. Creamy smooth. A touch of floral bitter, just a kiss. Refreshing and wonderful.

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Photo of TooGood
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow, with 3 inch head and leaves minimal lacing. Smell is slight with bready malt most significant. Taste is more bitter than sweet, unexpected for the style.

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Photo of laketang
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a clear amber with a white cap reducing to a slick foam

nice malt aroma with scents of hops picked up, but not in your face.

the Bavarian malt gives it a caramel character, smooth sip, light hop presence.slight sweetness.

goes in smooth and wet,not much carbonation , almost a flat feel, no real aftertaste either.

I thought it was a notch better than the spaten I reviewed last week, i'll buy again for sure, very drinkable, so watch out!

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

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest has a thick, frothy, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, with lots of powdery sediment throughout and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet bread crust and toasted malt, with slight cream. Taste is of those elements, with a noticeable bitterness, which perfectly balances the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is high medium, and Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest finishes crisp and smooth.


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Photo of Nickholland
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty typical, if not average Marzen-Oktoberfest. Clear amber pour, but seems lacking in carbonation and head retention. Mostly malt profile flavors, but there's a metallic aftertaste that I didn't really care for. Honestly for my money there are better options out there. Maybe I just had a bad bottle, but it was fairly fresh.

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Photo of jancona
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite Marzen beers. Pours a beautiful copper color with off white foam. The smell is of sweet bread malt and caramel. The taste follows with a touch of ripe apple and a hint of hops to finish. My only complaint is that the feel is a touch on the watery side - I would like a bit more carb. Overall an amazing brew.

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

Fresh new batch picked up while in Germany. Honestly, I'm not too impresssed with other Hacker-Pschorr offerings I've had, but this one was pretty good. Pours a deep gold with a large foamy head. Nose has lots of malt, obviously, with chewy caramel and bread dough. Taste is very malt forward, again obviously for a marzen. Some sweetness, toasty malt flavors, but retains a crisp aspect. Close to being heavy, but stays in the realm of drinkable. Overall, just a solid marzen and probably the best H-P offering I've had.

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Photo of drmeto
2.99/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

-pours a clear golden-amber with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-clean finish
-light to medium body
-medium carbonation
I expected a lot more

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Photo of puck1225
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear yellow gold, but not much of a head. No lacing. Nice bread smell. Taste was crisp and a hint of spiciness. A good beer, but the current Sierra Nevada Octoberfest has spoiled me for others.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
2.41/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Maybe I got an off batch, but I did not enjoy this beer much at all. I am picking up a medicinal / band aid like flavor in the beer. I could see this beer as having some promise if it weren't for the off flavor that I believe I am perceiving. That is why I gave a poor rating. I will have to revisit this at a later date.....

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Photo of fx20736
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a single bottle from Premier Gourmet Aug 14, 2015. Served at fridge temp in a dimpled mug. Medium orange-amber, natural linen white head. Aroma is caramel sweetness with a faint spiciness, I'm guessing from the hops. Flavor is burnt toast with some spicy hops. Mouthfeel is dull. Overall this is an uninspired Marzen.

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Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Brilliant copper gold under a 1” cream colored foam cap.
S: Bready nose with hints of butterscotch or caramel.
T: Big malt flavors with a touch of malt sweetness transitions to a mile hop bitterness.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A smooth, clean malt driven beer.

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Photo of mchegash
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.75/5
A fairly nice light orange-brown. Fairly clear. About 1 finger of head when initially poured, then dissipates down to minimal hea presence (but still some). Can see a small amount of carbonation rising at average speed.

Smell - 3.4/5
An slightly hoppy malt character. A little bit of alcohol smell

Taste - 4.2/5
A very nice balance between sweet malts and fresh crisp lager taste. The malts are slightly fruity, slightly earthy, and moderately sweet. The lager taste is at first perhaps a little strange, but I think it's just that I'm not used to oktoberfest beers being this lager-y (even though this is more what an actual authentic oktoberfest is supposed to taste like). Once I get used to it, the taste is quite nice. I really love the balance between the sweet malts and lager taste.

Mouthfeel - 4.25/5
Medium to full-bodied, very crisp, even level of moderate carbonation throughout the sip. Truly a delight to the mouth.

Overall - 4/5
I love all things authentic, so knowing this is a quite authentic Oktoberfest beer earns some automatic points for me. I have come to really love the taste, and the mouthfeel is great as well. It would be nice it the aroma was a little stronger, but overall this is a great beer, and definitely one of the best oktoberfest beers I have tried.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Woo. It's been awhile. Lots of life changes, sorry to let you guys down.

Appearance : Pillowy, fluffy two fingered head atop a beautiful amber tint of a body, which is mostly transparent.

Aroma : some light wet earth, crisp chlorine, caramel and roasted malts. A slight metallic smell also accompanies it, to the point of me tasting a penny in my mouth when I smell it.

Flavor : a high hop presence with a quick nip of Maltiness. I taste nut, caramel, and alkaline. Some roasted caramel, a bit of clean copper, and ends with a high malt presence.

Mouthfeel : like any other beer really. Just clean and creamy.

Overall : ill pass on it next time. It's not bad but whatever, it's okay.

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Photo of magpieken
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. 04/15. Pours a bright, golden amber colour with a frothy, off white head which reduced to a collar and left a trace of lacing. Pleasantly malty aroma with a hint of grassy hops. Mildly sweet with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Smooth, medium bodied and quite easy to drink. Decent enough but didn't leave me craving more.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thick cap; light lacing;

S: toast; earthy hops;

T: graham crackers; sweet malt at mid-palate; a touch of bitterness at the end, but it's almost unnoticeable;

M: medium bodied; creamy carbonation;

O: right on for the style;

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