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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

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown/orange color. Slight 1/4 head fades quickly leaving slight scattered remnants.

Smell is cotton candy, mint, molasses. Pretty faint though, really had to get my nose in there.

Tasted some citrus (orange), and floral overtones that I did not pick up on the smell. This is more complex than the smell had led me to believe. Taste's better that it smells.

there is adequate carbonation here, even though the appearance tells me otherwise. Has a fairly thick mouthfeel, but does leave a bit of sticky behind.

These are a bit too sticky sweet for me to session, so drinkability suffers a bit, but all in all a good Oktoborfest I'd drink again.

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Photo of nickss
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a thin white head.

Smells of minty maltiness... quite a strange combo, but very interesting. Smells deep and dark and musty.... not near as much brown sugar in this one as the Paulaner.

Tastes of tremendous maltiness, brown sugar and dark fruitiness. I would like something a bit more complex here, but I realize Marzens arent the best for complexity.

Mouthfeel is thick... not as active as the Paulaner, but more of what I would expect from an O-fest.... nice.

Very drinkable... I'm not sure why, but I like this more than the Paulaner.... maybe because its not so sweet.... anyway... nice example of the style.

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Photo of TongoRad
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Produced on 07.05

It pours a crystal clear copper color with a two-finger dense slightly tan head which eventually settles down to 1/4" atop the beer and leaves a thick layer of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Aroma is mild- toasted malt and caramel at faint levels. A lot of swirling brings the spicy hops to the surface; they are very well incorporated into the overall beer.

The palate, on the other hand, is far from mild. Melaniodin characteristics are at the forefront and the finish is all toasty malt. Though the malt characteristics dominate there are enough hops (flavor and bitterness) present to keep things from getting cloying. This is a quality beer.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearence: Pours a clear copper with a decent, bubbly off-white head this dies down to a decent collar. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: The smell has a strong bready feel to it with a nice amount of malt character, and some noble hops shining through.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is a wonderful mix of breads, caramel, and sweet malts with a tiny hiny of hay and grass. The hops balance it out nicely, aand create a quite tasty brew. It seems just a tiny bit watered down or I'd give it a 4.5. The mouthfeel is light but smooth.

Drinkability and Overall: An excellent Oktoberfest. One of my personal favorites, along with Penn Brewery's. This one is phenomenally drinkable, and one I could (and would love to) sit and drink all day and all night. An excellent choice for this time of year.

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Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light copper with a small whte head. Little bits of gentle lacing are left behind.
Smell is of caramel malts with a touch of sourdough and mild hops.
Taste is of a classic Marzen style. Nice and rich with the maltiness and sweet and slight sourness.
Mouthfeel is decent. A little fizzy and medium bodied lager.

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Photo of battlekow
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden, apple juice-ish color with a thin, fizzy head that's in a hurry to get somewhere, leaving only a small slick of bubbles behind. Smells sweet and bready with a hint of sour yeastiness. Tastes bready upfront, followed by a touch of sharp hop bitterness and some buttery diacetyl. Great toasted malt finish. Mouthfeel is thick with some sparkling carbonation. Very solid beer, extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of rowew
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Label has a woman on a horse bearing beer! Bottling date on the label.

Appearance: Red orange and lightly effervescent. Nice thick head that leaves a good lacing as it bubbles away.

Smell: Lots of sweet malt and noble hops. Aroma is full but not overpowering.

Taste: Very balanced. Starts just slightly sweet and then the bready malt takes over, with just a bit of yeast profile. Enough noble hops to leave a nice clean finish.

Overall impression: Great Oktoberfest - this one makes me look forward to autumn!

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Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber, tight white head forms, sticks around and laces real well on the glass. Smell is bready and malty, some citrus hops, little bit of roast, and a toasted bread finish. Crisp and clean citrus and malt up front, bready middle, some light toast, and some citrus in the finish. Smooth and crisp, medium body and medium carbonation. Very easy drinking and refreshing beer but with enough complexity to please.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear copper color with a big white head of big bubbles that holds pretty well and bubbling carbonation throughout.

Nose is malty as it should be with lots of biscuit aromas and dark fruit, maybe even some plum. Some caramel comes through with the malt as well.

Flavor is big with the same caramel and bready malts, and nicely toasted grains. It's quite a nice flavor that ends kind of dry with some lingering caramel tastes.

Overall: Nice Oktoberfest, one of the best I've tried so far this year.

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

Okay- I'm on a nostalgia roll here.
Back in 1980 Hacker Pschorr was one of the few decent beers you could get on tap in a handful of Milwaukee area bars. So I am writing partly under the influence of memory.

The color looks what I thought Bass used to be- a lovely fall like red.

Aroma is subdued, some whiffs of malt, not much hop evidence.

It's the mildly nutty, sweet baked goods taste that clicks with me as the signature.

This brewer for me has remained true over time.

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

Had this along with some other Oktos over the last couple of weeks. This is supposed to be the "original" Oktoberfest? Nice light malt/bread aroma accompanying a gold/amber color. I'm a malty kind of guy and this one really packs a good, solid malt flavor with some subtle trailing hops. Of the German Oktos I have tried this year, this one is I think the best one by far. Prosit!!

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours copper golden with fluffy off white head. Little lacing.
Not much smell, but light malting present. Tastes of lightly bitter malts with a bit of roastiness. Some alcohol present as well.

Full body with an average amount of carbonation.

This is my second Oktoberfest and I have to say there isn't too much to this style. Goes well with food. The other day I enjoyed some Indian curry and it went well. After this tasting and write up I tried a hot dog with some chili. The malty bitterness goes well. This brew lacks the carbonation present in the Spaten.

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Photo of DevilDogBeer
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr pours a clean copper color and foams to a tight bubbled head that lasts for the duration of the brew. The smell presents a sweet caramel nose offset by a slight hop bitterness. The taste matches thte smell well, the abundant flavor is a sweet caramel malt flvor with a hint of sourness. The hops are earthy and just enough bitterness to balance the sweet character. The mouthfeel of this fall offerieng is clean and smooth, but not over-heavy. This is a very drinkable beer, but too good to be a session beer.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz long-neck bottle. Freshness noted clearly on the outside of the case from which it was taken.

Appearance: Crisp and clean looking, a rich amber in color, and an impressive head to boot.

Smell: Balance between the toasted malts and perfectly faint notes of floral hops.

Taste: Medium to light in body, this one is super smooth going down. Not overly malty which, again, can be the downfall of some Oktoberfest Bier offerings. The hops, like so often done with well-made German Biers, are blended in so well. They are barely noticeable, yet add that extra flora something on the palate that balances the maltiness so well.

Notes: I went Bier shopping with the intentions of picking up Hacker-Pschorr's Oktoberfest-Märzen, but came home with some of this instead, and I was not disappointed. Well constructed, this Bier has a lot of good, old fashioned, German love in it, that's for sure. One of the best Oktoberfest Biers being imported today.


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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a good dark color for a modern German Okto. A little bit lighter in malt character, but it more than makes up for it in a nice hoppy nose. There are some melanoidins in the bigger malt bill, and a little sourness. Also note a bit of hard water which helps bring out the hops.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clean amber beer with orange highlights. Has a nice foamy off white head. The aroma has a strong grainy and biscuit character. The taste starts with a nice light carmel malt sweetness and slowly fades with an easy hop finish. An easy drinking O'fest but I was put of by the strong grain aroma.

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Photo of Joey7F
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the best Oktoberfest beer, EVER. (Or that I have tried so far ;) )

Paulaner was the previous king. It starts of roasty and then sweet then dry. Its appearance is a deep amber and it smells fantastic. Best of all, you can drink this all day long. Highly Recommended


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

Polished orange-amber, much more the former than the latter, topped by a creamyfrothy head of dewy beige that picks up the suggestion of orange from the beer beneath. The crown is persisting nicely with only a few bubbly scraps of lace seen on the glass when the head finally does relent.

The nose is relatively balanced and is of moderate intensity. A lightly toasted maltiness is evident, as is a floral-fruity hoppiness. In fact, hops are at least as prominent as malt; unusual in a beer of this style (in my still somewhat limited experience).

Oktoberfest-Marzen tastes like a jack-of-all-trades Oktoberfest; all aspects of the flavor profile are given equal emphasis. As in the nose... sweet, lightly toasted, lightly nutty malt is offset by floral-fruity German hops. The beer tastes sweet, bitter, dry, malty and hoppy all at once. Some might say that, as a consequence, it lacks a distinct personality. I'd say that it has a refined, well-integrated one.

The bottom of the bottle came much too quickly. Although I've had better versions, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Marzen is quality beer that I'll be sure to look for again. Next year I'll drink it in season since I'm sure that it's even better in autumn when it's super fresh.

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Photo of rousee
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love these Hacker-Pschorr people. Everything they do is an excellent example of that style. This is a beer thats even better on-tap but I am reviewing the bottled version.

A-coppery cedar type hue--no head or lace on glass.
S-very "beer"-like--malty with some hops and a slight sour bitter biscuit profile.
T-for a marzen, this is right up there with the best. I wish I could try it from a freshly-tapped keg in Munich. It has the nice biscuit profile which I love. Very mild--this is a good "operation--drink better beer" conversion tool. Most BMC drinkers would like this.
Some woody elements are also present in this very autuminal offering.
MF-pleasantly wet and quenching.
D--quite easy to drink especially for a seasonal. It is a session beer and thats exactly what it is trying to be.

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

H-P Original Oktoberfest is amber-orange in color. Not hazy like the Ayinger O-Fest I had earlier tonight. Head is adequate and lightly creamy. Aroma is typical of what you'd espect from an marzen: malty with a touch of caramel. Taste is nicely balanced with minimal graininess. Primarily toasted malted sweetness is noticed with just a bit of hops for balance and crispness. Of course like every other Bavarian brew this is an easy-drinker and recommended for sessions.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a nice golden amber with a white head that quickly disappeared. The smell was sweet and malty with a trace presence of hops. It had decent crispness and a slight sweetness, this was a very easy drinking beer. This was not as strong as I expected, but still a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of ken3c
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There is thick poofy head. The beer was served in a ceramic mug but I pour some in a water glass to notice that it is Light amber. There is ring of foam with wisps of foam over the top and gentle lacing.

Smell sweetly carmelly.

There is sweet carmel taste that gets sweeter until it turns slightly roasty bitter at the end.

Smooth and slightly creamy.

Nice easy drinking.

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Photo of DrJay
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear, light gold colour. The head was bright white and very dense. It had good retention and stickage to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Standard lager bite (or crispness) and light DMS sweetness was balanced by a grainy malt character and noble hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet with moderate hop bitterness and a very light peppery spiciness. The finish was a combination of hop bitterness and grainy dryness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body and medium-high carbonation. Slightly dry, grainy texture.

Drinkability: Good for a session, or in a large stein. The balance is good particularly at the finish, which helps the palate.

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

Crystal clear orange/amber color, with minial head. Looks like many a fest beers. Smel is sweet with carmel malts and floral hops. Taste has a big malt flavor, slightly grassy, yet also sweet at the same time. After having this o-fest and spaten's offering back-to-back, this is the one I prefer greatly. Not the best fest beer, but is above average.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, in a pint glass.

Appearance: Very clear orangish-amber color, with big frothy head.

Aroma: Lots of toasty, bready munich malt aroma.

Flavor: Sweet up front, again bread-like as in the aroma. Bitterness is slightly low for the style, but comes through a bit at the end, drying out the finish.

A very clean and crisp, yet tasty and distinctive beer.

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