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 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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Photo of CraigP83
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In between Amber and golden, a rusty iron color. Smell is a bit sweet, appley. Seems like a marzen for the masses, not a huge fan as far as flavor and complexity, but you could pound these easy enough

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

Clear amber color with off-white head. Aroma is mainly malty with some alcohol. Taste starts with bread crust and some caramel. Overall it's really balanced between sweet and bitter. Body is medium and carbonation is quite low for the style. Really simple and boring.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer, fresh, poured from a keg is about as good as it gets. It doesn't have the wild, or ambitious flavors of a barrel aged stout, or an IPA, but it's the quintessential german beer, well made, perfect, full bodied, smooth, rich, but not too filling. Its absolutely incredible. Having it in a bottle is a step down, but still great.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml flip-top bottle into tall mug.

L) Amber-copper colour, clear, lots of bubbles rising, dense white 2cm head, fades quickly to 1cm.

S) Sweetish bready Munich malt is right there. Warm fruity tones, raisins / sultanas perhaps.

T) Lightly toasted lager malt, thankfully sweetness isn't as prominent as it is in the nose. Barely any hop bitterness, except right at the end in the aftertaste, and even then it is slight. The high carbonation gives acidity for balance.

F) Nicely fizzy, a bit of drying bitterness in the aftertaste.

O) A tasty malty lager, doesn' try to do anything complicated, a real easy drinker.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great appearance. Good head retention and lovely amber colour.

Aroma is rich and malty for a lager.

The taste is full bodied and malty with some metallic (in a good way) hops. Very well balanced sweet with herbal hops and german lager goodness.

Overall a very fine oktoberfest/marzen beer. Hacker Pschorr are incredibly consistent and always deliver quality lagers.


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Photo of tekstr1der
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with minimal white skim. Aroma is bready malt, as is the flavor with a light sweentess. Very smooth, and quite a nice example of the style. Not my favorite, but it's up there.

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Photo of MorganJ
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: little head after poured into glass. Settled nicely and had a beautiful uniform brown, reddish color like a marzen should.
S: nose in glass -- not much at all but a faint malt and lager. No hops -- which is how this style should smell.
T: perfect balance of Carmel and malt with a slightly sweet finish in a perfect way. No hops, as there shouldn't be for this style. So easy to drink.
F: so smooth and easy to drink. No bite or bitterness in back of throat after each drink.
O: solid, delicious, smooth and a benchmark for all other Octoberfest beers. Octoberfest and Christmas are my favorite styles, and I get why this original six Munich classic is so good. And at $24 a case from Costco, I drank a lot this Fall. It was my seasonal session beer -- pairs well with so many foods. I can't wait until next year.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Tastes of caramel malt, which is a sweet taste that I don't seek in beer. Had a fairly modest head with very little lacing. I'm not a big fan of the style, but this seems to be a reasonable exemplar.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good Octoberfest beer. No hops to make mention of, thankfully. I am sure it is there, but it is hidden behind the great beer taste.

This is what beer should taste like. All those watered down. flavorless, colorless, OVER-HOPPED beers that have ads going 24/7 need to take note of this beer.

Very good taste, no bad aftertaste or lingering odd flavors like with some others. Just a good, solid, wonderful tasting beer that makes you cry when you see the bottle is empty.

9/3/2016 update - as awesome as ever, smooth, rich, nicely malty and tasteful, German - wonderful!!!!!

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Photo of MaximalC
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper color with a moderate head of coarse, white suds. Mild aroma smells of biscuity malt, noble hops, and a pinch of caramel.

The taste is clean and crisp, featuring caramel, apple skin, and a little burst of spice from the ops. Nuts and grain husk come through on the back end, as does some trace alcohol after the requisite warming. Medium body and mild carbonation afford a creamy mouthfeel that’s just right for the style.

Overall, this is a well-executed Oktoberfest that has everything you’d expect and nothing you woudn’t.

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

My current favorite Oktoberfest; an amazing, silky smooth, carmel-flavored, pleasantly crisp, and thoroughly consistent offering that doesn't lean too heavily into one particular, overpowering flavor. Absolutely delicious.

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