Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest-Märzen


Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH


Märzen / Oktoberfest

5.80% ABV

Commercial Description:
Bavarian barley slow roasted, caramelized to a rich, red amber color combined with the purest spring waters from the Alps, exclusive yeast and the finest Hallertau hops.

General Pricing:
~$9.50 6 pack, ~$35.00 case

 This was another gift from my good friend Gene. It’s funny that I reviewed 22 Oktoberfest beers last year and I missed getting this one and I here it is one of the best. So lets get started and see what Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest has for us.

The beer pours a clear copper with amber hues and an off white head. The head was modest and faded fairly quickly

The nose nice with rich caramel almost toasted malt aromas and floral hops.

Ahhh that’s a nice Oktoberfest! There is a nice caramel malt sweetness upfront then a very pleasant almost creamy mouthfeel in the middle of the sip. The back-end is smooth and very easy to swallow. The finish is fairly dry but there is also a malt aspect to it as well. There are just enough hops to dry the finish a little but there is no bitterness to this beer whatsoever. The final aftertaste is more of a slight lingering malt flavor but this is also mild as well.

I’m not sure I did that any justice. This is really a very good tasking and easy drinking Oktoberfest.

The overall flavor is a little lighter than some of the other German Oktoberfest. That’s not necessary a negative, just an observation.

I can till you that I’m sorry I just have one of these beers. This is really one of those refreshing beers that as soon as you put the glass down you want to take a breath and pick it back up again. With that in mind I am running out of beer in my glass.

This is extremely easy drinking and at 5.8 percent it could catch up on you after a few.

We are now at 62 degrees and this beer is actually getting better as it warms. It is much smoother now and there is more of a malt aspect to it.  Even with it having richer malt flavor at this temperature it is still a very refreshing beer.

The last few sips were at room temperature and still very refreshing with an almost sweet malty finish.

I’m going to give this a B. It may be lacking just slightly in flavor from some other German Oktoberfest but it is still a very good beer. This is a very refreshing easy drinking Oktoberfest with a nice toasted malt flavor and a light floral hop finish.

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