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 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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Photo of GreenWBush
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Maple syrup in color with no real head but a few swarths of lace.

Major undercutting of noble hop with carmelized rich, if not a bit generic malt presence and a hint of plastic. Wort-y and rich.

Clean and wicked poundable - especially at $2.50 a pint.

This has to be the beer Boston Brewing Company has been trying to reduplicate since it began with little success ... Sam's Octoberfest is a degenerate off-shoot of this simple beauty.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden amber color with a small head that fals to barely ring the beer. The nose is nice caramel sweetness with the marzen character I have learned to enjoy. The flavor is much more of that marzen bready character, with a hint of caramel. The feel is a bit thin as well. Drinkability is not as bad as the Tabernash, but its a close second. I don't really like this one either very much.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice orange-ish yellow with a thing coarse bubble head, and large bubbles shooting to the top. Nose is sweet sweet malt with the smell of those candy-corn candies you can get at halloween. There is also a faint smell of grapes, not a wine smell, but, something more like welch's grape juice. Upon drinking, there is a quick burst of rapid carbonation, and then sweet malts all the way down. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, very smooth. Finish a bit bitter, but nice.
Hands down good oktoberfest, I prefer it over the Paulaner.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had an Octoberfest tasting last night, and this was the winner. A little more flavor than the Paulaner, IMO (and much better than the Spaten). I've never had a bad beer from this brewery, but this is the first one that stood out. The usual characteristics, amber in color, smooth body, carmel flavors. Still somewhat thin, but a very good brew overall.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

We had an Ocktoberfest party in honor of our late great German friend Jody. Picked up a German version of a bomber for 2.19 at my local AJ's.

This beer was orange amber colored. The nose was of toasted malts yet there is a hint of sweetness. Taste was slightly sweet, perhaps caramel, yet finished slightly bitter yet cleansing. Overall I thought this was very drinkable, one to be picked up for future Ocktoberfest's. Our gang also gave this one a thumbs up!

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Photo of usualpulp
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber color with a nice white head that leaves lacing down the glass slightly.

The smell is very sweet, nice malty and inviting. Slight nutty and fruity smells are present, and a minimal hop smell.

The taste of this brew is good, but nothing really stands out, its quite balanced, the malt is sweet but not overly sweet, and there is just a light hop bitterness to battle the sweetness. Good nutty flavor to the malt, crisp and clean flavors.

Overall this is a good beer, not terrific, but it is one of the better oktoberfest brews out there, definately worth a try.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 500 ml bottle, dated at the lower right with 06 05, paid $2.69 at Whip In.
Aroma: Sweet light malt, candy sweet, with apple and bread aroma mixed in with a slight coppery/blood like smell that seems to fit. Very powerful; Very inviting.
Appearance: Drop dead gorgeous clear orange copper color with a quarter finger off-white/tan head dropping to a thin cover that left trace lacing.
Flavor: The metallic smell is amplified in the taste. It really has that copper penny sensation. I’m working hard to get past that taste, and I am getting underlying goodness: lightly roasted malt, bready yeast, mild apple and grape tastes, but it is really work to get there. The metallic flavor faded a bit as it warmed, but faded to the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, sparkling carbonation, lingering mouthfeel that is slightly oily.
Overall Impression: It’s like there is an Oomph Pa band in my mouth, and all the good and bad that go with that analogy. The cymbals are a bit loud, and the tuba player called in sick. I’m pretty disappointed, I love Oktoberfests, and Hacker-Pschorr is a respected brewer, this one just didn’t click. I’m going to give a moderate review in hopes I got a bad bottle somehow. I’ll revisit, probably next season.

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Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous head (for a bottle) provides for a line of lace for each level as I drink this. The color is a clear, neutral amber that's closer to tan than orange. Very attractive

An aroma that reminds me of cooked cabbage and melted cheese comes through on first whiff. Lightly hopped, the malt is more dominant.

Multi-dimensional in flavors--the profile starts with malt (very dry), but quickly switches to hop bitterness. Unlike a pale ale, the hop is more like a spice. Nice body for a lager with a above average carbonation. This is a nice lager with a clean aftertaste that fades fairly quickly.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle. Freshness date for 05.05 marked on the bottle of the label. Plenty of life left on this beer. I picked up a 12 pack for $13.99 at a local supermarket.

Appearance is an amber-brown. Fluffy white head rises on top.

Aroma toasted and sweet malt. Hot caramel drizzle over a vanilla sundae smell. Slight hop presence in the nose as well.

Awesome Oktoberfest and one of the best I've had yet this season. Major malt character in each tasting. Caramel sweetness blends perfectly with a bready malt profile.

Incredibly smooth and drinkable for a beer that is 5.8% ABV. Recommended.

* I paired this beer up with some gruyere cheese (as suggested on BA) from Switzerland and the pairing was AMAZING. The flavors of the cheese and maltiness of this beer blended perfectly.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Original Oktoberfest smells of fresh Vienna malt just extracted and beginning to caramelize on a high-BTU burner off the cool German hills in the fall. Sweet, nutty German essence mixed with fallen leaves, alcohol, and crisp air.

The hop presence is fresh and does its job by doing more than just flavoring this otherwise malt-sturdy beer; the drying finish from these hops is virtually flavorless and not entirely flavorful, but pressingly structured.

This beer comes in movements, decidely showing off the initial sweetness, the broad midpalate, and the poweful, yet elegant swallow.

Plummy Salvator-like fruit, some raw grain, and an ethereal hoppiness make this is a clear standard -- whether you grew up in Munich or have never tasted a Marzen in your life.

Relax, relax.

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

Nice amber hue with an offwhite head that consists of tiny tight bubbles that dissapates quickly and leaves very little lacing. Doesn't seem to be much hop aroma.Clear ,medium bodied with smooth mouthfeel.Softly carbonated and easy drinking.So far my favorite of this style. All in all a very pleasant brew.

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Photo of Guinness4me
2.36/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

As a child, I remember that on some restaurant tables was a bottle of saccharin, that sickly-sweet fluid that just begged to be tasted but made you recoil as a kid. Add some yeast, hops and malt, and you've got this beer in my humble opinion.

It poured as most marzens with a lovely amber color and a pretty head. The head seemed creamy with very tiny bubbles.

The first thought that entered my mind was canteloupe when I smelled this beer, or maybe just sweet melon and sugar.

The taste started ok, but quickly went down hill, not leaving the confines of my mouth until a quick swish of bottled water. The sweet, lingering, saccharin-like aftertaste blanketed the inside of my mouth and just would NOT die.

Drinkability? Not impressed here. Not my taste.

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Photo of Onceeven
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of seven Oktoberfest 2004 reviews (haven't posted them all yet) and certainly one of the best.
Poured a very clear, bright amber with a finger-thick head. Not much in the way of carbonation, but nice lacing nonetheless. Smells crisp and clean with a soft floral hop bouquet. Initial taste reveals a rich maltiness reminiscent of a few bocks I've had, with a mildly hopped note. There's a lingering metallic flavor that seems to go away after a bit.
Flavorful but not assertively so. A quintessential Oktoberfest in my book.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured virtually flat from the tap, this stuff looked like it was squeezed form a blood orange, with a cool reddish-amber color. Has that telltale German malt smell (my girlfriend thought it smelled like a "ham, honey and tomato sandwich",) tastes like caramel birch beer with a teaspoon of C&H brown sugar. Despite its near-flatness its still got some carbonation in there, has a strange but good tingly mouthfeel, goes down a bit watery and finishes a tad sour and dry. Definitely interesting, worth a try but not one of my favorites.

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

Straight out of the growler, this Oktoberfest pours a crystal-clear copper color with a suitable white head that receded slowly and left a thin, sticky lace. The smell is mostly malts (but only lightly roasted) with a sneaky lemon background. The taste is relatively flat--some nuttiness but not much to balance the light plum sweetness. Hops are distant. The finish is dull and has a slightly rubbery tone. The mouthfeel, however, is smooth and the amount of carbonation is right on.

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

Tried this at the Goose Island O-Fest Beer Academy. To cut to the chase/finish, before the rest of my review, this beer was the clear winner in my book. The beer pours a very pretty crystal clear orange color, and gives off a very strong, very nice toasted malt scent. The toasted malt scent continues into a rich, toasted malt, fairly think and sweet taste that's got just enough hops to balance the richness of the beer. Absolutely delicious and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of oracle
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in shaker style glass.

Clear medium-copper color, nice white foamy head that leaves a no lacing at all. Aroma of caramel and roasted nuts, sweet bready and malty caramel flavors. Minimal hops and a weak finish
Mouthfeel has a touch light for an Octoberfest beer. I expected a stronger flavor for an Octoberfest.

Not bad, but not great

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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
3.92 out of 5 based on 1,731 ratings.
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