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Hofbräu Festbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 16
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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a 1/2L glass. LOL The brew is a light copper with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is strong and hopy with a bit of alcohol washing over a dark multi-grain bread.

The taste follows good strong brew full of life and flavor. Grains, raisins, and fruit rinds, quite hearty.

The mouthfeel is good bigger and better then medium body. good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good I like this Mai bock & Martzen Had a baby. Prosit. MK

Photo of drmeto
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-very spicy black pepper and floral upfront
-caramel and honey sweetness
-well carbonated
-fairly hoppy for a Märzen
-sweet,bready and spicy finish
Nice and quite different Märzen

Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice coppery brown with a creamy white head, great retention and beautiful lacing. The smell is earthy with honey notes and caramels. A sweet caramel and honey with earthy tones of hops. A touch of spice, nutmeg and bready pumpernickle notes. Slightly watery on the mouthfeel, very easy to drink. A great example of the style.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear, straw-coloured to golden beer with a thin, creamy but totally vanishing head. Malty aroma is sweet, fruity and slightly alcoholic. Some strawberreies and, unfortunately, vegetables in the finish wiht fine, grassy hoppiness. Malty taste is sweet, slightly fruity and honeyish and a bit alcoholic. Quite straightforward. Medium bodied palate with alcoholic warmth. Still quite fresh. Soft carbonation.

Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have not been that impressed with other Hofbrau's I've had in the past. However, as I'm inclined to try new things out, gave the brewery another shot with their marzen.

A; poured into on on mug glass to show an opaque ruby red. There was almost no head except the fizz that was created with the initial pour. Reminded me of on on soda when the carbonation burns itself away very quickly. At best a tiny ring of a cap around the glass. I'm pretty sure I got any old bottle here.

A; The nose was far off and barely distinguishable sweet malt and distant biscuit.

T; The taste is a small step above the nose. A crisp light delivery of a carbonated hop surrounded by sweet malts. Nothing really stands out in the flavors.

M; Very thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D: A good session beer with on on light body and creamy and sweet delivery. Something I would go for again to verify if the bottle was the culprit or if Hofbrau does not release this in large quantities because of it's mediocrity.

Photo of atis
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Munich

Pours clear pale golden with small, but dense head, very small and patchy downsliding lacing. Small is malty, some bits of lemon as well, it is quite weak.

Taste is rather bittery and crisp hops at the very first moment, then turns into sweetish malt. Nice bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thin and I guess a bit too much of carbonation.

Overall, I expected much more from Hofbräu. The beer is not bad and very easily drinkable, but not much above average Märzen.

Photo of seanyfo
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle poured into seidel

BBE 2 August 2011

A- Golden body with excellent clarity, the 3 finger tight creamy white head reduces quickly to a crown, lacing is minimal.

S- Intially a little doughy bread, hint of vanilla, little hop note creeping in. All very subtle

T- Initially hop bitterness is the first thing that comes through, toasty malts follow to give some balance resulting in a semi dry finish.

M- Medium/high carbonation, medium body

D- More hop profile than expected from a Munich beer. Doesnt have the malt domination of a Marzen/Festbier hence the lower rating. However, it has good balance with the malt coming through toward the end on the tongue, its crisp, enjoyable and refreshing.

Photo of Uniobrew31
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: straw colored beer with a nice thick head
S: Bready with a sweet aroma
T: Sweet malts with an almost Pilsner like hop character. Bready and spicy all at the same time.
M: Great carbonation cives this beer a refreshing quenching mouthfeel
O: My favorite of all the fest beers I tried this year. It has a lighter taste but higher alcohol than most. sneaky beer that requires one to monitor intake closely. this beer slides down easy, very festive

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish body, clear; big, frothy head

Aroma: Grassy, spicy, hoppy

Taste: Spicy, tart, citrusy, hoppy; ok, but not as good as the hype

Remarks: initially had this beer in bottle, but did get to try it with dinner at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. No real change in the rating.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of jonb5
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half litre bottle, poured into matching glass. Light colour, clear. Fair bit of carbonation. Smells of nuts (like all HB beers) Tastes like hb oktoberfest but a bit smoother and sweeter. You know the 6.3 abv is there. Like other HB beers I've drunk it gives you a thirst and you have to drink lots of water with it.

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Normal beer but a nothing special

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, I can't believe I'm the first to review this fantastic beer...

Again, I have to thank my wife's step-father for getting me this beer straight from Germany, although I'm kind of pissed that he only brought me 2-17.5oz samples.

It looks and smells like an Oktoberfest/Marzen beer. I rated the domestic Hofbräu Oktoberfest a 3.5 in these catagories.

Wow, this is the best Marzen I've ever tasted.
Why isn't this imported on a regular basis?

It goes down nice, sweet malty Marzen taste, and at only 6% abv I could do quite a few of these. I only had 2, +sized pints and wish I had 2(dozen) more!

Photo of Overlord
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a familiar dark amber. Smells like ... malt. Taste is mostly sweet malt, a bit of caramel, and maybe a sprig of earthiness. Mouthfeel is decent, perhaps a bit thin.

Nothing terribly overwhelming, but quite satisfying. Could drink for a long, long time. And I did.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bierhaus in a .5L mug

A - Amber gold, very clear is a nice head that sticks around for a while

S - Malt and bitter floral hops, sugar esthers

T - Rich earthy malts, bitter hops keep the beer from being overly sweet

M - Rather quaffable, good level of carbonation

O - One of the lighter Oktoberfest Marzens I've had, but none the less enjoyable

Photo of stevoj
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, poured into German half litre lager glass. Golden colour, with a lot of carbonation. Smells of nuts (like all HB beers) Tastes like Munich Oktoberfest biers with a bit of the Christmas spiciness. Not as spicy as some of the other German Christmas beers, but the carbonation and warming alcohol leave a tingle on the tongue.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this fine beverage on tap at the Gast Haus.

Arrived in a 22 oz beer stein.

A) Golden/Blonde body, with plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. About a finger of white foam that settled into a nice little cap. Decent lacing too.

S) Mostly a caramel maltiness. Just slight floral fragrance from the hops. Really just a sweet aroma.

T) Follows the nose pretty well. A slight hop bitterness hits the taste buds, but this is really all about the sweetness provided by the malt. There is a little bit of an earthy or oaky/woody taste that comes through. The ABV on this is higher than many of the O-Fests I've had recently, but you wouldn't know it.

M) A medium to medium/light body. This is pretty well carbonated, but not overly so. Rests well on the palate, pretty smooth. Aftertaste is fine.

O) I've never had an Oktoberfest this light in color, but all the qualities I expected were there. I paired this with some delicious German cuisine, and it really hit the spot.

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