Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 512
Hads: 1,162
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of Offa
4.62/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderfull Oktoberfest, with a nice raisiny- spicey alcoholic quality and zesty complexity along with a creamy feel.

Bright gold and somewhat bubbly, it has a very large faintly off-white head that shrinks very slowly to a thin, lasting top. It produces sme decent lace in foamy rings.

The aroma is wonderful, full-bodied bread crust quality with raisiny sweet alcohol, grass, herbs, hints of lemon and butter.

The taste is similar, zesty, sweetly and spicly alcoholic raisin and grape with a creamy butter quality, a lot of bread and some hay and grass, hints of grain, grass, herbs, lemon zest and pear. It's zesty, with great balance and a finish that's tingly, zesty, lightly bitter with warm alcoholic bite. (727 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.79 for a 11.2oz green bottle @ BevCo. Pours out to a sparkingly clear golden, forming a voluminous creamy white head no thanks to it's brisk carbonation. Retention and lacing are superior. Great looking beer. The nose is that of Heiniken...fresh hay and skunk. The mouthfeel is pleasantly fizzy, crisp, clean and with a medium-light body. The taste is that of a Munich Helles Lager more than an Oktoberfest, as it is light in color, with a more pronounced hop bitterness and bite, and no toasty munich malt flavor. The hop bitterness is well-balanced and spritely. My GF thought it tasted like a strong Heiniken as well.

While I wouldn't quite call this an Oktoberfest, it is a delicious beer, and I would buy it again. (723 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Poured from the Euro-green bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces a big sticky off-white head that persists. The beer is a crystal clear, pale, slightly amber golden color, with light carbonation.

Wonderful aroma of light toasted malt- I'm thinking mainly Vienna malt. Grainy, bready and hint-of-honey aroma-flavors are the main highlights. A creamy mouthfeel complements just a hint of lingering hops bitterness with a light floral quality. Underlying everything is that unique mineral quality that never seems to be present in American beers.

This is just an awesome lager beer and a brand that literally defines the style. A must have/try. (669 characters)

Photo of CoalCellar
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the bottle...

A: Has a nice golden haze to it, appears much like other german oktoberfests from the region..

S: A sulfery nose of light hops and pilsner...crisp and refreshing

T: Exceptional...this is where this beer really shines....starts with a light hop bite and german pilsner flavor, and finishes with an unexpected sweet malt flavor, maybe the best oktoberfest I've had!

M: Standard body

D: I rate the drinkability very high on this beer because of all the great flavor, and the average alcohol content. Score yourself a case before I buy all of them up! (577 characters)

Photo of xare
4.45/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a very very light straw yellow with about 1 cm of white head that dissipates quickly but it looks pretty good to me. Smell is of hops and a bit of skunk but it's a very minor smell.

Tastes like a lager and goes down very smooth, just as smooth as Bud Light but with flavor that doesn't fizz in your mouth. It's just an outstanding beer to drink easily. It has flavor but it's more of a subdued one and the best comparison I can make would be to a light lager but that isn't fair to this beer since it goes down even smoother than those do and doesn't feel heavy at all. All in all, I wish I had bought more of this beer to store because I'm going to have to wait until next year to buy some more! (706 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.43/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a lovely example of a true classic in German beer. I bought a case of this stuff--advised, as a 6 pack in green glass--will defintely spoil if on the shelf in the light....(this may be the problem with other reviews...)--, after trying it at the local Oktoberfest on tap. It pours a very light color...looks like a pilsner actually, but that's where the resemblance ends. Nice frothy head--that stays there--typically German. Smells with a pleasent grainy distinctly barley, grassy air. Nice smooth taste, with a wonderful malty taste, balanced perfectly by the noble hops. Goes down smoothly, with a clean crisp, typically German again, hop aftertaste. A great session beer--but with a lot more flavor than typical pilsners. Having lived in Germany, I know good German beer. This is my favorite Oktoberfest by far...try it, if you want to taste what the Germans like in beer.

Just be careful to get it OUT OF THE CASE as the green glass bottles will allow it to be light struck and ruin the aroma and flavor quickly, if the bottles are exposed to light. (1,066 characters)

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.4/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to get this beer on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA. It came to me with a slight creamy head with dissipated. The color was light golden. The smell was hops and malt with some fruit hints. Taste revealed a good solid malt base with some sweetness and fruity notes. A pleasant bitterness arises in the center of the tongue in the aftertaste. This beer left a good coating on the tongue. Definitely one I'd drink again if I have the chance. (475 characters)

Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright clear golden color with a one or two finger white head depending on your pour. good head retention and a light wispy lace to the finish. smells of fresh cut grass with a slight herbal earthy note that turns slightly metallic after it's exposed to the air for a while. slightly sweet, slightly salty malt taste with slight hops noted and lingering mild after taste. mouthfeel was more to medium and carbonation strong. nice beer though the color threw me off because most i have had were amber to brown in color. (526 characters)

Photo of techdiver
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a sizeable frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Typical malt and hop nose.

Taste is smooth and well balanced, feels surprisingly light in the mouth.

Quite drinkable and refreshing. Haven't been a big fan of this style, but could easily put a few away. (292 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intriguing green 12oz bottle, freshness date clearly marked. A great thing.

This bier poured out an almost hypnotic golden color. Quite effervescent with a head that is present, lingers, then fades gracefully.

I was impressed with the aroma...earthy, slightly bready, but all German, without a doubt.

The flavor of this brew is amazing, in so much that one swig of this bier (poured into a Munich-style mug, by the way) and I could almost hear the Oompah bands...

I was very skeptical given the name and the fact that it was in a bottle, but this bier impressed the hell out of me. I would love to try the Hofbrau biers when I scoot over to Germany next October. Well worth trying.

Zum wohl! (709 characters)

Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

What sobuf posted is nearly 100% accurate. My only correction is that Warsteiner should not be on the list of Bavarian beers. It's from the North, not Munich. Otherwise, the comments are spot on. Criticizing any of the Munich Märzen beers as "not representative of the style" is laugh out loud absurd. An apt comparison would be claiming that Maker's Mark or Woodcord Reserve don't represent Kentucky bourbon - they ARE Kentucky bourbon, for crying out loud. Same for Chimay and Belgian Trappist Ale, Bavarian breweries and Hefeweizens, etc.

This is an excellent example of an Oktoberfest beer. I'm having one at this very moment, and it's delicious. (653 characters)

Photo of emsroth
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

App: Light gold. White frothy head with a thick lace.

Smell: Slightly sweet with hints of grassy, euro hops

Taste: Sweet malt upfront greeted with a rush of bitterness that I love about the marzen style. Not many brewers make them bitter enough.

Light-medium body with crisp, perfect carbonation.

This beer really is not a marzen. This tastes like they took a helles and messed up the labels. It is an amazing beer, but falls flat in the realm of the marzen.

Re-review after reading Brewer's Association guideline for German-Style Octoberfest/wiesen. Changed taste from 2 to 5 an app from 2 to 4. 9/22/09 (622 characters)

Photo of lancecjohnson
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this at BevMo, and consididering how much I've liked their other offerings, I figured that I'd probably like this one as well.

The first thing that caught my attention was that it wasn't as dark as the Oktoberfests that I'm used to (Spaten, Samuel Adams, Gordon Biersch). The second thing that I noticed was that it poured a nice, thick head, and I had to let it sit for a few moments before I started to drink away.

I drank this with a plate of homemade fried chicken, and it certainly went well with that. It's smooth, but not quite as malty as the aforementioned Oktoberfests that I've had before. The hop flavor is about what one would probably expect from this style - not too pronounced, but definitely there.

I really liked this, and would probably get it again, especially if it was on sale. (814 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

yep. these ARE the original brews we drank years ago while America was languishing in Zima and Bartles n Jaymes....... I have had poor opinion of these recently but they truly are the originals. I miss being able to guzzle a hugely tasteful, hearty brew like this. gulping this down, I had a flashback to my Spaten days at Old World in Huntington Beach. anyone remember Club-Weisse? this aint it, but dang it provided a great flashback! prosit! (444 characters)

Photo of jahred
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the Goose Island Oktoberfest Beer Academy. I can see why this beer gets such low ratings - I don't understand, at all, how it can be labelled an O-fest beer. But after I threw this aside, and tasted it not as a particular style, but based on its own generally merits, I loved the beer.

Pours a very light, extremely yellow color (the first clue that something is up with this beer's categorization), with a nice white head and a very large amount of carbonation. The scent is malty and a bit hoppy.

The taste starts out with a nice honey, slightly sweet beginning that moves to an earthy hop finish that lingers for a really long time on my palate. Nothing too sophisticated or complex, but damn is that drinkable and tasty. It's just not an Oktoberfest beer as I know them. (800 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a crystal clear, pale gold and sits a crisp golden yellow in the glass with a large white, frothy head. Leaves a nice, thick layer of head and lacings around the glass.

Aroma is sweet, full malty aromas, lightly toasted. Hints of honey and a light herbal hop aroma.

Tastes quite sweet, full of thick, creamy malt flavors. Faint hints of sweet apples. Toasty, dry crackery flavors come out and set up a nice, crisp hop spiciness complimented with a slight twang of alcohol on the sides of the toungue. Finish is fairly dry and nicely bittered.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth with thick, soft carbonation massaging your entire mouth. A nice treat for your mouth.

It's a very nice O-fest indeed. Plain and simple, but gets the job done, makes itself very easy to drink. (788 characters)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with an active 1/4" head of very active white bubbles. The head only stuck around for about 30 seconds, and ended up as a small ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very sweet toasty malt leads the entire aroma profile with a very subtle addition of floral hops. This beer smells refreshing. Sweet buttery malts give this beer a really full impression.

Taste: The flavor is equally as refreshing as the aroma suggested. Man, this beer is malty! It has such a toasty quality that it has an almost "burnt popcorn" flavor deep within. Even though the aroma suggested that it was going to be really rich and heavy, the flavor finishes pretty attenuated with an almost dry finish. There is a bit of a contribution of the hops in the finish, but they let the malt leave a bit of sweetness to linger for some time after the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and I think that it is a great representation of this style. I think that I was fortunate to get a pretty fresh example. I didn't get a lot of alcohol in the flavor, but there is some subtle warming after drinking...letting you know that there is some power lurking within this beer. (1,212 characters)

Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow. Two finger head dissolves to thin bubbly lace.
Very bubbly. Interestingly, when the head dissolved, the aroma all but left.

S - Smells of yeast, bread, grain, floral, metallic.

T - Creamed corn, grain, mild yeasty aftertaste. Pretzel in the middle. Light hop profile. Lightly full of flavor with a solid malty backbone.

M - Moderate body. Crisp carbonation, but balanced by the smoothness of the malt back bone.

D - A top notch drinakle lager. Very crisp, very refreshing. Very intersting. I have fallen in love with this beer. Everything is right where I want it to be. I wouldn't change a thing. Cheers to Oktoberfest!!! (647 characters)

Photo of sraimondi
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting take on the style. Much lighter in color than other German O'Fests. Not much aroma, but traces of malt. Taste was the most interesting item here. Alot more balanced than the usual German O'Fest, which are usually over the top malt. This one is very nicely balanced with some hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than other O'Fests. Good drinkability. I like this one, even though it is not spot on for the style. (438 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Hofbräu München Oktoberfest poured a clear, golden-amber color, with long-lasting, creamy white foam. The smell was malty with elements of bread and biscuit with a bit of floral hops. The taste was malty with bread and biscuit malt flavors, slightly sweet (though less sweet than many other oktoberfest beers), and with some floral hop notes in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation and with some sweetness up front but a more dry finish. This was a very tasty beer on tap and was very easy and enjoyable to drink. If you get a chance to try this on tap, do so. (616 characters)

Photo of michaelc916
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I actually had a mass of this at the Chinese Tower beer garden in Munchen just before Oktoberfest began. It was a fantastic beer to go along with the experience of riding a bike around the English Garden.

The bottle: Pours with a quickly fading fluffy white head. Smells of Munich malt and Haller hops with an almost skunk but not quite. The Malt really comes through in the flavor, and the hops take the back seat. Overall a great session beer. (446 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
4.12/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 08-06-06. White head and clear golden beer. Nose has good maltyness, litle lemon/sour orange like yeastfruit and low hopnose in the back completing the overal fresh nose. In taste malt is dominating giving it a full flavour. Alcoholic and dry caracter but with sweet hint from maltyness. Mouthfeel is great as almost all "real" Oktoberfestbeers from Munich are; ultra clean and good but not to high carbonisation but with full hoppy and malty taste. Drinkability is then off course also fine IMO. (508 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.11/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, straw yellow body permeated with tiny bubbles flowing up to a one-inch creamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is softly toasted malt with a nice hay hop aroma. Upfront, you get toasted malt and a hint of honey sweetness. The finish is dry and hoppy with big hay notes. Love the grassy hops. Medium bodied with a brisk crispness. Excellent balance.

I have been drinking a ton of lagers recently looking for the perfect go-to session beer for my palate. So far, this is the closest I have come. Love the hops on this one. Grassy, but not skunky. Refreshing, but not dull. I will be drinking a TON of this.

This is unlike any other beer calling itself an Octoberfest. Others seem to use Vienna or Munich malts leading to a darker color, and more caramel malt sweetness. I am told that is because other Octoberfests became darker and maltier to adapt to the American palate, while HB has stayed true to style with a more traditional recipe. Don't know if this is true, but I do know I really like this beer, Octoberfest or not. (1,063 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Festival Foods in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

Large head of about two inches after a standard pour. Head is white in color and consistent of very large bubbles. Nice rising carbonation bubbles. Transparent golden straw in color which I thought seemed very light for a beer deemed an Oktoberfest. Excellent half inch of fizzy retention. Good lacing.

Upon pouring, the immediate area is engulfed in classic German beer aromas. Leafy, citrus hops dominating the nose with clean, pale malts helping to balance. Some bready hints as well. Still confused as to how this is considered an Oktoberfest, but it has a pleasant aroma nonetheless.

Taste is similar to smell in all aspects.

Excellent mouthfeel. Medium body with a welcomed thick creaminess to it. Even a bit crisp, with a medium length finish.

I'm really starting to enjoy the subtle complexities of these staple Germans. Still am rather confused as to how this is an Oktoberfest though, so my review is as if this was a standard German Lager. (1,061 characters)

Photo of Axismundi
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a half liter of this on tap at Schnitzel Platz - a nice German restaurant in the Chicagoland area. I've had this one a long time ago, before I really learned to enjoy beer and thought it was wickedly bitter. It's been 6 years since that time and I really enjoyed it this time around - quite a surprise.
A - Came with a thick frothy head, almost aproaching the consistency of shaving cream, lol. Quite clear yellow gold color.

S- Pretty general german beer smell, you know that that this is an old school german beer, nothing experimental or extreme here, just the smell of good quality german beer.

T - Crisp, refreshing, well-balanced. The moderately bitter hops and the sweeter malts of oktoberfest come at you all at once, and the alcohol is very faintly perceivable. A very classic, agreeable taste (if you like beer)

M- Perfectly carbonated for this style. Moderately high, but seems very well suited for it. Seems to break up the heavier grain bill of the oktoberfest style.

Overall - 4.5- 5. Refreshing, clean, yummy and satisfying. Don't miss out on this one ON-TAP. Don't seek out the bottles. They're green and skunk too easily. (1,148 characters)

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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