Hacker-Pschorr Festbier

Reviewed by on September 30, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

  • Origin: Munich, Germany

  • Rated On: September 29, 2014

  • Best Before: March 2015

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

While Munich brewer Hacker-Pschorr has traditionally produced an Oktoberfest lager for export markets, they have recently made available this Limited Edition Series Festbier, purportedly the same stuff they serve at the Oktoberfest proper, available in North America.

This 500ml swing-top bottle pours a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and densely foamy bone-white head, which leaves a decent wall of pockmarked concrete lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of bready, doughy, and slightly biscuity pale malt, a bit of red apple skin, a soft twinge of caramel/toffee sweetness, and earthy, leafy, and mildly floral noble hops. The taste is more of the same – bready, lightly caramelized and grainy malt, a touch of doughy yeast, muddled underripe apple and pear, and reserved earthy, weedy hops.  The carbonation is plain in its rendition, but plainly effective at the same time, the body medium-light in weight, well smooth, and perhaps a tad creamy. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the already tame hops kicking off entirely.

In the marketing blurb on the back label, this is touted as a ‘drier’ version of the original Oktoberfest-Marzen – hard to believe that, as I’m not getting a whole lot of hop or alcohol essence, or any other kind of drying potential. Besides, that, this is a simple, easy-drinking, and moderately booze up-ticked lager – nice for the brewer to let we Oktoberfest non-attendees in on what’s goin’ on.

Brady White

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