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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-MärzenHacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen

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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-04-2001

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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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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely, the classiest and most complex, of the three German Oktoberfest biers I sampled on 9-30-04. Not necessarily the most drinkable.
Pours a very attractive, clear, apricot/orange, body with a one finger, tightknit, beige, head that eventually deposits silky, sheet lace all over the glass.
Mouthfeel is exceptional, being creamy, almost chewy, very smooth, with a mild hops bite for the tongue.
Taste is malty, with toffee notes leading into hints of molasses, and figs, suggestive of a Bavarian doppelbock. Floral and herbal hops bitterness come on strong, toward the finish, to lend a bit of balance, and clean aftertaste.
Very satisfying, Marzen here.. a hint of doppelbock characteristics adds a heaviness, that is flavorful, but hurts drinkability. Bottle label is, most likely, the most attractive of the Munich, festbiers.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first marzen purchase of 2004.

Aroma shows mix of slight roastiness with a caramel quality. Sweet water. Light, fresh and enjoyable.
Orange-amber clear. Big fizzy head that settles in time.
Taste much like the aroma. Fair amount of malt dryness on finish.
Smooth and moderately crisp. Soft carbonation
I've been please with all samples from this brewery. This one continues that trend.

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Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness dating to be found, pours typical light coppery amber. Malty nose. slim white head, dissolving to tiny bubbles, just a wee bit of lacing. Medium bodied, moderate depth of malt flavor. Not the most exciting style, IMHO, but usually tasty and highly drinkable. This one is a respectable sessioner

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

Rich reddish amber color, without a lasting head to speak of. Malty sweet smell. Mostly sweet and malty taste with a hint of floral hops and a light soda like mouthfeel. After taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sour, with a hint of something astringent. Over all its really decent and highly drinkable. One of my favorite oktoberfests, I buy this almost every year.

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

12 oz longneck bottle, capped. Best By date on front label (month & year).

This oktoberfest poured a clear, amber color with tall, creamy, yellow-tinted foam that settled but left some lace. The smell was malty with notes of cocoa and caramel and some sweetness. The taste was richly malty with light sweetness. There were hints of caramel and cocoa with a nice hoppy sharpness in the finish. There was also a bit off Munich malt flavor in the background. The mouthfeel was smooth with a crisp finish. The body was medium with medium carbonation. This was a very nice and enjoyable oktoberfest bier.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big soda style, orangish cream colored head becomes creamy as is continues to hold like a champ. Swarming clouds of bubbles rise through the orange tinged golden beer. Broken rings of lace as the beer disappears. Well rounded malty aroma with a bit of caramel. The aroma carries over into the flavor which is just on the sweet side. Medium body, light and smooth on the mouth.

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

Clear lighter copper color with a head that starts like frothy milk but dissipates fairly quickly. Big but scant looping laces. Nice caramel nose, mostly on the malt side. Mouthfeel is relativley full for style, medium and slightly sticky in impression. Lower carbonation. Flavor is fine if slightly unidimensional, aspects of the aroma are emphasized again, slightest toastiness, speck of spiciness throughout. Sits comfortably as representative of style, but lately, fresher American examples on tap are motivating me more. I was surprised I haven't reviewed this beer before, I've picked up six packs of this for years and years.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I won't mince words here. We've had an Oktoberfest Party with beer competiton for the last 8 years with over 25 judges (male & female) comparing Oktoberfest brews from everywhere in the world and this one is the reigning champ. We bring in new challengers every year, but this brew still captures most of the praise at our annual Oktoberfest. I could drink this beer everyday and so could most of my friends. An all time favorite in our large circle of friends!!

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Photo of shippos
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what a beautiful beer this is while it's being poured into the glass, excellent copper color that's clear and brilliant. nice dense tan head. mild aromas of malt and hops just a balanced and clean aroma. great malty mouthfeel, hints of being thick and syrupy but i could definetly knock back a few liters of this any day.

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

Finally picked this beer up after passing it a number of times over the years and was glad that I finally did it. The beer had a wonderful malty aroma that went down very smooth with a mild taste with not much of a strong aftertaste. If there is hops in this brew I could not taste them. Beer was a dark copper that gave way to a nice head. Would definately drink this beer again and the best Octoberfest I have had this season.

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

An exceptional Oktoberfest from Hacker-Pschorr brewers for 2004(Germany).
Dave from ONE STOP in Haverill, Ma highly recommends this one
as his favorite OKTOBERFEST to the beer lovers who stop in for the latest new
brews or old favorites. Nice beer stock! I love the beers that come out at this
point through winter so I give this high marks for its nice toasty-
malt, beautiful chestnut color and the taste is just what you'd want from
a amber marzen style beer, light in hops and carbonation slowy receeds down along with the
nice head, its perfect to drink several of these, wow, this is
just what I've been looking for.

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

Very nice,crystal clear coppery color.Little or no head but a decent carbonation level. Nice aroma-somewhat toasted malt. Slightly grainy. Malty flavor up front. Vey slight hop bitterness. Nice malty mouthfeel as well. An extremely drinkable beer-would reccomend this to any macro drinker as a good "training wheel beer". Vey well balanced overall indeed.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copperish-amber with a nice beige head that leaves spots of lace on the glass.

There is a gentle malt aroma that is slightly sweet but not overwhelming. The malt is joined by a touch of doughy yeast. Very nice.

The taste is more mild than I thought it would be. There is, however, a fairly assertive aftertaste is sweet and hoppy. Not bad.

This beer is pretty thin, like a lager, but is thick and bitter in the finish. The malts assert themselves in the final swallow leaving a trace of sweetness in the mouth.

This is a good beer that is easy to drink, but a little too strong in the finish. But not a bad beer to drink anytime of the year.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored beer with a good head. Nice, pleasant aroma of malts. A touch of alcohol hits the nose too. Very malty taste yet slightly hoppy. This beer is especially smooth and feels silky and enjoyable in your mouth. Drinkability is very high.

I had one of these while jamming with a friend of my Dad's, and this beer was perfect for the occasion. A great German Oktoberfest brew that holds true to the style. Highly recommended.

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

Pours an ultra-clear bronze colored brew.

Smell is sweet malt and a toasted grain smell like toasted whole-wheat toast.

Taste is very malty with a full grain flavor too. Bittering hops provide a balance to the brew and the malt fades from the flavor as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very drinkable brew, I could easily see me drinking a large mug of this at Oktoberfest.

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Photo of crawfow
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty/Amber color.
Wow, the smell...awesome hints of Vienna and Munich malt...what a combination!
Taste was sexy! What a beer. One of the better Oktoberfests that I have tasted.
Body was appropriate for style, nothing to write home about but is finished well on the palate.
Overall a classic Oktoberfrest. If you find it...buy it over Paulaner!

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Photo of JackTheRipper
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: I may have gotten a bad bottle, this one had zero head on it. Very nice amber color.

S: Initial smell is a bit malty sweet smell. Just a hint of hops lurking somewhere in the background. The smell on this one is very subdued when it was just out of the cooler, but got much better as the beer got a bit warmer.

T: Mostly a nicely done dark maltiness. Again, after it warmed up a bit, the more subtle hop flavors started showing themselves and balanced this one out nicely. A pretty good beer for the style.

M: Smooth, medium bodied and just a bit on the dry side. CO2 and ETOH are in good levels.

D&N: Not the best Marzen out there, but a beer I'd definitely recommend someone try.

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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 779 ratings.
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