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Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest is one of six Oktoberfest beers permitted at the annual Oktoberfest festival in Munich, Germany, brewed by the Hacker-Pschorr Brewery (Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH) also located in Munich. It is a traditional Bavarian Amber Oktoberfest that strictly follows the Reinheitsgebot Purity Law of 1516 and brewed with natural Spring Water, caramelized Barley, a traditional Hacker-Pschorr Yeast and noble Hallertau Hops for an alcohol content of 5.8% ABV and 28 IBUs over an original gravity of 13.7% by volume, packing in 185 calories per serving.
The Hacker-Pschorr website claims the earliest mention of the brewery dates back to 1417 when the Hacker brewery was originally founded. During the late 1700s, son-in-law Joseph Pschorr purchased the brewery and left each wing, the Hacker and the Pschorr, separately to each of his two sons. During the 1970s, Hacker-Pschorr became a united brewery again and is currently part of the Heineken International family.
Onto The Method
8.0/10 – The Classic
2.0 – Appearance – Pours a rich dark amber with a large tan head over excellent carbonation and moderate lacing.
1.5 – Taste – The caramelized malt dominates the flavor profiledisplaying a husky and low mean persona that is slightly balanced by a mild hop presence.
1.5 – Palate – A bold body enters the soul with assertion while going down with a crisp, smooth edge over a somewhat oily disposition created by the sweetness.
1.5 – Overall – Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest is one of the best examples of a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest created for the spirit of the season. Its amber colorand bold flavors exemplify the style and enhances the feelings of old world life and tradition.
6.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – This traditional Oktoberfest starts off with a higher than usual 5.8% abv for the regional offerings andoffers a well reserved, well behaved character that doesn’t overbear.
7.0/10 Blades – The Knife –digestibility – Its caramel sweetness dulls an otherwise sharp disposition, though only slightly and doesn’t fully interfere with the other fine ingredients.
6.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – A mild uplifting sensation slowly enters the spiritthroughout theduration of the third serve and settles at a comfortable height right at the end of the serve without rising higher beyond.
5.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – While its easy to follow one serve after another for the first three drinks, the sweetness builds on the palate and the flavor is ultimately compromised – making a switch over to a lighter colored, equally strong Oktoberfest a good idea immediately after the third.
25/50 Blades – The Buzz – Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest is a well crafted, quality brew that is an excellent representation of a Bavarian Oktoberfest, deeply rooted in history and tradition.
Its amber body, bold flavors and masculine character deserve praise and admiration as well as a standard for aspiring brewers to achieve as a style.
Ultimately, Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest is challenged as a sessional beer because the sweetness of the caramelized malt builds over the palate and compromise the flavors of its succeeding serves, even with ample water and festive food.
While an excellent beer, the session would be well balanced by a lighter Oktoberfest lager of the region with a similar alcohol content and a much lighter body and possibly a higher hop note.