Once again it’s Deutsch Bier Wednesday, and this week we’re taking a look at Hacker-Pschorr’s Original Oktoberfest. I’ve seen this bier over the years in the grocery store, and it wasn’t until now that I finally got around to trying it. The issue I run into when I look at Deutsch biers in the grocery store or specialty beer store is that the bottles are so simplistic. The Deutsch biers have the brand and the style, and nothing else - I want a description of the bier, even if it’s in German. Either way it doesn’t take away from the bier itself, which is why we’re here – to review this bier!
You can check out the Hacker-Pschorr website, but be warned it’s all in German.
The Oktoberfest pours a thick, somewhat strong, slightly off-white head that slowly dissipates. The color is a clear amber, i.e. very easy to see through, and the carbonation is very strong. Head - 8, Look - 11. There’s a sweet hop aroma that surrounds the malt presence, and a slight yeast smell also comes through. The smell is very similar to darker American macros, and not something I was very impressed with. Smell - 18.
My expectations for this bier were pretty low, and after the first sip my opinion didn’t change much. It hits the tongue with a smooth light, very light, taste with a strong presence of carbonation, and a slight sweetness from the hops and yeasty malt. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and dry with a tartness, which is almost sour. Palate - 6, Aftertaste - 6. Upfront this bier tastes heavily of water, but then the sweetness of the hops makes its way through with the malts bread-like (yeasty) taste. All in all pretty simple. Flavor - 18.
There isn’t much to this bier, or, at least, nothing that makes it stand out. This probably the most average/boring amber I’ve ever had, but its lightness makes it drinkable. I don’t recommend buying this beer unless your only choice is some American macro, because it’s a slight step above. I don’t see myself buying this beer again. With an Overall Flavor of 30/50 the Beer Fusion gives Hacker-Pschorr’s Original Oktoberfest...