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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 555
Hads: 1,304
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 24.56%
Wants: 27
Gots: 170 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Reviews: 555 | Hads: 1,304
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from the Wellington & Bradley LCBO in London, ON. Part of the Fall 2010 Autumn Ales release (even though it's a lager!). Pours a bright golden yellow with a thin ring of bubbly white head and spots of lacing on the lager glass. Smell and taste are fresh cereal grains, bready and doughy malts, some skunk, toasted wheat, a touch of sweetness, light Noble hop bitterness, and a boozy sting in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spicy and drying finish. Drinkability suffers from the high ABV, especially for the style. A marzen is meant to be quaffed with ease, but this is a single serving brew. Just okay as an oktoberfest. I won't buy again.

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Photo of sobuf
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Just a general comment and observation on some of the reviews of the German Oktoberfest on here. To say Spaten-Franziskaner, Paulaner, Warsteiner, Hofbrau, etc "are not good representations of the style" is an erroneous and quite snobbish, ignorant American view. Although all large breweries, those companies ARE Oktoberfest and are all that's served in the Munich beer tents. Far, far before American micro-breweries, craft brewers, and snobbish beer geeks, these styles epitomized what not only an Oktoberfest brew is, but their main line epitomized what German beer is. Before Papa Joe's IPA shack was sold all over the place, going to a German restaurant and having a Spaten on draft was beyond a treat. Now that we're all so spoiled, and 5000 beers in a store still isn't enough, we've cast off some of these larger European breweries to the curb and put them in the same class as a Miller. These companies ARE "the style". Some backyard hipsters operating in a 1000 sqft facility craft brewing are not "the experts" and leading what an Oktoberfest is. In fact no American brewery is. There's a huge difference between the German style and the American version. I look for authentic beers, and when it comes to Oktoberfest, the ONLY beers to drink are from Munich. The American versions are drain-pour. Sometimes it's just about the drinkability and being able to pound liter after liter and have fun. Not jack up the ABV to heightened levels, sell it for a premium, and make every bottle some ride on the wild side. Tis the Gemütlichkeit - ein prosit!

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Photo of dacoit
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps not the gold standard, but certainly the silver or bronze standard for German Oktoberfest beers. If you are expecting the overly sweet and heavily malted brown yank style look elsewhere, but this is a fine beer,

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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with some mild carbonation. It looks more like a Helles Lager than an Oktoberfest. The head was modest and went down rather quickly.

Smell – This one smells like a grainy Helles, too. Where are the toasty malts?

Taste – Ah, a bit more in line with the style at the taste, but not much. There are some good caramel notes here but the grain is out of place.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than light-bodied. This one is almost refreshing and crisp.

Drinkability – This really wasn’t a bad bier, but it’s not even close to an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.19/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Japan, poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tall glass.

Look: Pours a crystal transparent pale golden straw color. A deep and compact head formed of tiny white bubbles springs up and then slowly falls down to a thin film. The bubbles cling to the walls of the glass forming a thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: Initially a bit of skunk and dusty, then searching deeper reveals pale hops, maltyness and straw/honey undertones.

Taste: Malty sweet on the palate with a hop bitter afterkick. Undercurrents of honey and straw are perceptible. Not terribly complex, but pleasant.

Feel: A very gentle mouthfeel here with the malt and hops balancing each other nicely. Medium carbonation plays across the tongue with a mild prickly sensation.

Overall: A nice octoberfest beer and exemplifying the style very well. Nothing unexpected present and an easy to drink brew. A few flaws present that might be attributable to improper storage, but overall very solid.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a .5 liter mug.

With slowly rising bubbles, a clear golden body holds up a nice white frothy head that retains well. Thick, random patches of foam stick to the glass. The aroma is spicy from hops and really buttery from malts with a faint skunk aroma from the green bottle. The taste is spicy as well and it covers up any malt presence although there is a very basic toasted grain and buttery element. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall: Really comes off as more of a Helles style of beer with a bit too much spice from hops.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little bit too hoppy, spicy, yeasty for a Marzen. There is a lot more grain flavor here than Vienna malt. It looks more like a Helles, and drinks like a combination of a Pilsner-Helles. A very good lager, but it doesnt strike me as an Oktoberfest. I would swear it was a Helles.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

Photo of JMD71
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with little head. Looks effervescent...

Smell: Malty, earthy with hints of fresh mown hay

Taste: Yeasty & crisp with solid malty base. Slight hop bite in the finish...

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean feeling. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Can see these going down fairly quickly.

Comments: This was an average Oktoberfestbier. I've had many better, but I think a lot of the problem with this one was its freshness. I questioned its freshness, but there was no date on the bottle to tell. I think this would be a much different beer had it been sampled in Munich fresh. By the time it made it to my LBS, it tasted sort of tired....

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
2/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of joel_bou
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.48/5  rDev +3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a small mug. The bottle has no freshness date or ABV but on the back label there is a short description of the Munich Oktoberfest and how Hofbrau Munchen (HB) is one of the breweries granted the privilege of supplying beer at the fest.

Appearance: It has a golden clear body with some carbonation and a tall bright white head on top. The head is light and soapy so it settles quickly. As I drink it does make some lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is pale and biscuity with lots of dried leafy hop notes.

Taste/Palate: Mostly I get the dry leafy hops with some very light pale biscuity maltiness with just a slight nutty character. The finish is dry with lots of leafy hop spice and mild nutty notes hanging onto the tongue of a bit.

Notes: Overall it was a nice but an average Oktoberfest beer in my opinion. For me it was a little bit of a let down since I really enjoyed their Dunkel, Hefeweizen and Hells.

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Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle pours a clear, pale yellow body with a one inch white head. Retention is fair, and there are some streaks of patchy lace left on the glass. Aroma is hoppy for an O'fest, with spicy and floral notes dominating a subdued caramel malt base. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with considerable carbonation and a slight hops bite. Taste is somewhat like a pils or helles, with a dominant floral bitterness. Caramel maltiness is very understated. Not exactly to style, but very drinkable. No skunky character from the green bottle, thankfully.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow/golden, minor head and lacing. Nose is toasted malt. Not the most exciting style for me. This one has less malt and more hops then expected. Notes of spicy honey and maybe some melon. Balanced and quite drinkable. Quite full bodied. Reasonably enjoyable sessioner, fairly tasty brew.

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Photo of ctodda
2.25/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of reitzbrewing
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mora2000
2.69/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strongly skunky with nothing else coming through. There is clearly something wrong with the beer, but if the brewer chooses to use green bottles, they deserve the bad reviews when the green bottle causes skunking. The flavor is not as skunky and I get some grain and corn. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Disappointing.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.