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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 556
Hads: 1,307
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 24.56%
Wants: 27
Gots: 169 | 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 rwest
4.63/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I don't really like Oktoberfests, but I love this beer. One of my Fall favorites. Doesn't really match the style, though. Probably why I like it so much!

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Photo of Offa
4.62/5  rDev +36.7%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +34%
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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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.

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Photo of CoalCellar
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
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!

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Photo of xare
4.45/5  rDev +31.7%
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!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.43/5  rDev +31.1%
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.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
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.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, this is a re-rate for me. Last year, this was one of my least favorite festbiers. I'm sure several things explain the difference in experiences: shifting palate, fresher bottles, etc. This year's bottle was about as fresh as we can get German imports in my part of the country, seven weeks old or so. Gorgeous beaming gold body. People talk about "glowing" hazy IPAs. No, this is glowing. Just gorgeous, nice dollop of foam atop that settles to an ever-so-thin layer with little lacing. Smell is a touch of DMS at first, mixed in with some nice bready malt and a dash of lager yeast. Palate is excellent, just excellent, tons of rich barley malt, like you can almost imagine the dry, cracked malt sitting in the palm of your hand, smelling its bready goodness, crunching it between your teeth. There's a hint of sweetness within the malt, but it's ably countered by a light dose of hops. Like so many well done German brews, it goes down like water. Really delicious water. This is an exceptional brew when found fresh. I can only imagine what it must be like to drink it by the liter in a tent in Munich.

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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.37/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one came in a pony keg that we found in the beer cave at a local Virginia Total Wine. It was an easy choice to make after we discovered the other options only included watery brews with less than 4.5% ABV. This Oktoberfest was imported from Germany and arrived in a 5 liter mini-keg as I call it with 6.3% ABV.

Look-This is the first beer I’ve ever given a 5 out of 5 on the look, because it has the most beautiful golden color ever. If you would turn the lights off and shine a flashlight through this brew you will see something more beautiful than 18k gold glinting in the fresh autumn light at sunset. The clarity of this elixir is complete and would even inspire the bards and muses to vibrate and tingle with joy as the perfect autumn colors induced frolicking and merry-making.

Smell-The smell jumps from the glass and is definitely malt-forward, but with a thick honey-based malt backbone flecked with roasted walnut and ancient yeast strains. It has a very indistinct smell of grassy dank hops that float high above the malty beauty and even as a hop head, I must say that this brew is perfect.

Taste-The taste is a wet dream. It is wet, because it is moist and refreshing, but it is a dream because it is much more than I had anticipated. I literally thought that the taste would be dominated by a watery yeast flavor that was unsatisfying. Instead, I got honey-suckle and molasses, toasted walnut, and subtle dank grassy hops. The Germans really know how to make a great celebration brew for Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel-It is so smooth that it makes Egyptian silk feel like sandpaper and this is a hyperbole that I would scarcely employ. The carbonation is fine-tuned and pleasant as well as fizzy and appropriately timed in its release towards the end when the hops are the most notable.

Overall-I would give this beer an extraordinarily high score, because it is unique and refreshing, well-balanced, and crisp. It is refreshing, moist, golden, delicious, mildly sweet, smooth, silky, beautiful, unique, and inspires joy. I’d buy more of this as the weather turns from humid heat to cool refreshing happiness that inspires dancing in the light of a full moon and the aroma of the reds and oranges of the falling autumn leaves. Cheers!

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Photo of fx20736
4.36/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 09/20/14. Served at fridge temp in a dimpled mug.

appearance: Old Gold with a thick white head. Not much lacing.

smell: fragrant spicy hops dominate:

taste: clean, biscuity malt with an assertive spicy hoppiness. Finishes clean. This is a Helles brewed to Bock strength.

mouthfeel: solid, good.

overall: a solid, well made strong beer.

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Photo of techdiver
4.33/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

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Photo of hophead723
4.32/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me and my brother got a 5 Liter pony keg from a Total Wine in Virginia. We enthusiastically tapped it with the integrated taps and began gulping it down soon after. It was dispensed into clear glass mugs that gave justice to its clarity and color.

Look: The most clear and beautiful beer I have ever encountered. It pours an astounding gilded amber gold color with a smooth white head that perches atop the brew like a royal crown. When held to the light there are beautiful tendrils of light that dance on the wall mystically. It casts a golden hue reminiscent of the setting sun, with a clarity that mocks the finest of diamonds. Amber itself is mocked by this beer's amazing appearance.

Smell: The malt-forward aroma bursts from the glass, yielding a plethora of honey like aromas that represent the excellence of the brew itself. At first I perceive an unfiltered honey aroma with flourishes of grassy noble hops which were undoubtedly used in the brewing of this beer. The smell provokes thoughts of festivity and joy.

Taste: An upfront rush of honey and sunshine are followed by a backbone of delicate grassy noble hops. Well balanced yet somewhat sweet, this beer sports a laundry list of malty deliciousness which is best enjoyed with the company of good friends.

Feel: Crisp, smooth, refreshing, juicy, and mildly dry with a bony end and succulent beginning. At the end of each enjoyable gulp this beer begs you to take another drink. An overall refreshing and quenching beer that really is made for festivals.

Overall: Yet another literally shining example of the excellence of Hofbrau. They really know how to brew an excellent beer. They use centuries old yeast and know-how that invariably results in masterpiece after masterpiece. This particular example is best enjoyed in the company of friends, with an easy of drink ability that is unsurpassed worldwide.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
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!

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Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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.

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Photo of emsroth
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
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

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Photo of lancecjohnson
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
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!

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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 jahred
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
4.18/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
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!!!

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Photo of sraimondi
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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