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Würzburger Oktoberfest - Würzburger Hofbräu AG

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BA SCORE
85
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Würzburger Hofbräu AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  ABV ?

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-22-2002)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Durandal_777
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Durandal_777, May 08, 2014
Photo of AlMarzo
3/5  rDev -20.2%

AlMarzo, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of sleazo
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A_On the soapier end of the spectrum head wise. Liquid is golden with hints of brown. A bit too light for the style.

S. Rather mild. Some bread dough. Bits of sun dried grain. A little noble type hop

T. Sweet biscuits up front. Lots of medicinal hops at the end give this a very bitter finish. There is some pineapple estery quity as well. More malt comes through as this warms. Too hoppy perhaps

M_on the lighter side of medium.

D_This drinks as more of a Pilsener than a Marzen. This is very similar to the syles of some of the brewers(Hofbrau) in Munich rather than the more traditional ones(Spaten). Not a bad beer but not what I look for in an Oktoberfest.

sleazo, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of tigerpaws
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a golden almost clear color with almost no head or lace. Skunky smell probably due to the green bottle and had the taste of a poor German pilsner. Not much on the mouthfeel dept. either. A very drinkable beer for the average American beer drinker but not something for the educated palate IMO................CHEERS

tigerpaws, Oct 15, 2002
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light brown body with lively carbonation bubbles. Slight head, no lacing, almost no retention.

Smells pretty damn hoppy for an Oktoberfest, some malts come through in the background.

Tastes pretty hoppy too. Lots of grassy, earthy, spicy flavors along with a good amount of bitterness. Malt is an afterthought with some toffee and caramel notes.

Mouthfeel is very thin, almost watery.

Fairly drinkable, definitely not one of my favorite O-fest beers.

Hojaminbag, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of DarthMalt
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay, this is the first iconoclastic Ok-Fest I've tried. I've come to expect a certain reverence from the beer community in the way they strictly adhere to the Marzen/Oktoberfest style--specifically SRM, IBU, and what have you. But this beer totally blows the mark way off course, and it is surprising, considering it is a German beer.

It is WAAAAAY lighter than all the other Oktoberfests I've tried--almost a straw color. It does redeem in the aroma and mouthfeel profiles however.

Tastewise, it's a smidgen tart on the tongue, and leaves little to be desired in the, "Thank you, Sir, may I have another!?" category.

As a beer, "Wurzie for Ok-ee" is fine, but as an Oktobrfest, it's a party crasher.

If it comes down to it, put your money on an American micro or a revered German brand before picking up this one.

DarthMalt, Sep 20, 2002
Photo of ark57
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pale copper in color with a somewhat hoppy aroma. It has a creamy malt body, but it tastes like a generic lager. Better than American macros, but it tastes like a stereotypical import lager. IMO, it is too hoppy and does not have enough maltiness to be an Octoberfest. It is drinkable, just not to style.

ark57, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of taigor
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Filled up growler at New Beer on 10/29/11. Review from notes:

Poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Poured slightly hazy bright orange color with medium white head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Grains with citrus zest and light floral scents.

T - Grains with light amount of malts and light honey sweetness. Has a slight bitter citrus finish.

M - Light bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very crisp and refreshing but resembles more of a pilsner than oktoberfest. Other than that a good brew.

taigor, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

PhillyStyle, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first tasting this marzen prior to the Bronx Ale House's Oktoberfest starting the day following.

A_Head was finger plus of soapy white with golden tints and a lighter color than I would expect from the style.

S. The nose was full of bread, grain and Saaz.

T. Following the nose with a crisp cracker biscuit followed by hops and a quick bitter end. Dashes of malty and sweetness but overall more and the bitter side.

M: Light and crisp.

D: The ligher side of the spectrum and good benchmark for the style that does not want to overload you. Nice bready beer for the most part with mild buckering bite at the end.

Brianmerrilyn, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Saturday at 04:00 AM
Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been trying to take advantage of the availability of Octoberfest beers these days although it is not my favorite style. This is among the better ones as it is lighter. Golden copper color with great carbonation and aroma. Nice flavor and easy to drink, perhaps too easy.

Enjoy this beer if you see it on draft.

david18, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz green long neck bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Deep yet light and bright golden in colour, delicate white lace lays on top.

Smell: Slightly peppery hop aroma from the noble hops, a tad herbal and spicy. Fresh smelling grain on the nose also.

Taste: Crisp and medium bodied with a pale biscuity malt palate, sweet and grainy. Hops leave a spicy bite for bitterness though it fades quickly to leave only a peppery herbal flavour with a vagueness tangerine. Mild dry husk and grain make up the finish.

Notes: This seems to be brewed specifically for Americans being that the name is "Wurzburger for Oktoberfest" and is not seen on their web site at all. None the less this is a "better than Beck's" German Pilsner.

Jason, May 22, 2002
Photo of goz
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw color, large white head leaves excellent lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted bread with a spicy hop spread on top. Flavor is of lightly toasted grain, followed with a short but nice snap of hops spice. Medium body, slightly more than medium carbonation. Tasty, smooth and good, but not quite the O-fest that the label says it is.

goz, Sep 22, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an ohk beer, but I can definitely see how this is not tops by any means. It poured a cloudy yellow with very little white head and almost no lace just some bubbles. The smell was skunky like a lot of the macro imitations of these various styles. It tasted better than it smelled I will say. It had a fair bit of complexity with an interesting smokey coffee flavor dormant among the malts and bitterness. This is definitely a beer I would use to slowly convert some of the more ignorant to craft beer.

GreatPondBrewer, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow-gold with a white frothy head that stuck around for a lone time. Smell is of sweet pale malts shrouded with noble hops. The taste has a very smooth malt character, and I think I can detect a hint of caramel before the hops overwhelm the profile. Mouthfeel is watery at first, but builds up steam pretty quickly for a full flavor. Good drinkability, and great for washing down schnitzel and wurst.

jlervine, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of VernonKell
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of NiceTaps
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

NiceTaps, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of AnalogErik
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

AnalogErik, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of szmnnl99
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

szmnnl99, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of wcintula
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears to be a pale marzen. Poured into a Wurzburger mug, a large head is produced over the pale yellow/orange body. The smell is like marzen-llite, a little biscuit-y. The taste is crisp and less sweet than your typical marzen, hops are a little more noticeable in this dry take on the style. With a velvety mouthfeel and just the right carbonation, the beer drinks nicely.

wcintula, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Home Tavern in Chicago, served in a dimpled BBK mug. The bartender was drinking Stuttgarter Hofbräu Volksfestbier, but told me I had to drink this since the keg cost over $100. Lucky me ;)

Golden color with a soapy head that fluffed up over the top, momentarily defying gravity. The foam trickled down the side in slow motion, like a beer commercial. Aroma was a little grainy, pretty light and nondescript. Flavor was light and biscuity, buttered bread and dry saltine cracker with an easy bitter finish. The body was light and very drinkable, almost too much so. It was finished in no time, leaving crescent rings of lace in the empty glass. This was a serviceable festbier, lighter than most and well put together.

emerge077, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of UnionMade
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale, mellowed gold. Excellent clarity, topped with a thick froth of white head. The head dies out very quickly, leaving the beer with a thick film for the remainder of glass. Not much in the way of lace, but the head sticks around.
The aroma is pleasantly malty, with a distinct munich malt aroma. Mildly skunky hops, with some spicy saaz aroma. Nice and clean, with some lightly bready, toasty maltiness, and perhaps some pils malt.
The flavor starts out with clean, toasty munich malt. Just a touch of caramel and breadiness, with some apparent pils malt. Sweetish, with snappy carbonation, traveling into a lightly spicy saaz finish. Only a touch of sour skunkiness, not as much as the aroma suggested. Some peppery hoppiness, with a little herbal flavor. Bitterness is mild, mostly just a hop flavor. Very clean flavors, with a bready malt aftertaste. Medium bodied, with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.
I prefer the lighter versions of marzen, like this one. They seem a bit fresher feeling, without that heavy caramel muddiness present in most of the darker varieties. Aside from the faint skunkiness, this is a great marzen.

UnionMade, Feb 04, 2004
Photo of MaineBrewing
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

MaineBrewing, Sep 10, 2014
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Würzburger Oktoberfest from Würzburger Hofbräu AG
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