Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München
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4.43/5 rDev +30.3%
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.
11-15-2004 02:55:20 | More by tomthumbsblues
4.4/5 rDev +29.4%
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.
09-01-2009 14:17:58 | More by billybob
4.35/5 rDev +27.9%
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
09-22-2009 19:42:56 | More by emsroth
4.35/5 rDev +27.9%
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.
12-30-2006 18:45:24 | More by techdiver
4.33/5 rDev +27.4%
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.
10-18-2003 11:54:32 | More by goindownsouth
4.2/5 rDev +23.5%
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!!!
08-29-2009 00:45:14 | More by PreacherBrewer
4.2/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
09-17-2006 23:09:04 | More by lancecjohnson
4.2/5 rDev +23.5%
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.
07-24-2006 22:20:50 | More by SkeeterHawk
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.