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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 520
Hads: 1,179
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 23
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
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Germany

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: 520 | Hads: 1,179
Photo of heebes
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up from LCBO as part of the fall releases.

Pours a pale, clear yellow. Plenty of head produced which dissipates quickly. Good carbonation with minimal lacing.
Nose is rather bland. Smells like a pale ale would. Alcohol scent dominates.
Tastes much the same, a light bitterness and a distinct ale flavour. Hops are listed in the ingrediants but are almost non-existant. Some presence of the barley malt is noticeable.
Mouthfeel is light and watery.
Overall I would say dissapointing. Very bland offering that I'll avoid in the future. (548 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

6 pack acquired at Lukas Liquor near me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery and style. 6.3% ABV confirmed. 11.2 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a slender paulaner weissbier glass. "Brewed & bottled by: Staatliches Hofbrauhaus In München, Germany."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an eight finger wide head of white colour. Good thickness and frothiness. Nice creaminess. No lacing as the head recedes. Retention is superb - about 8+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty standard for a festbier. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Grains and cereals are definitely dominate here at the expense of the other notes (of which there aren't many). Straw, clean barley, munich malts, pilsner malts, and a minimal presence of neutral hops - saaz, maybe? I'm bad at guessing specific hops. A mediocre aroma of average strength.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

T: Grainy and cereal-laden - true to the aroma. Munich and pilsner malts. Very minimal (hardly noticeable) neural/lightly floral hop character. Straw. Clean barley. Flavour profile is somewhat balanced, if painfully simple. Certainly bland and boring for the style. Definitely comes across as a phoned-in representation of the style. Zero complexity or subtlety here.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Below average depth of flavour. Pretty average intensity and duration thereof.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and somewhat undercarbonated. Kind of refreshing. Body is a bit subpar. Okay thickness. Chewy. Presence on the palate is merely okay. There's a lot of room for improvement, but execution is okay overall. Suits the flavour profile alright in a general sense.

Dr: A tourist, internationally exported version of a style meant to be endemic. Worth trying? Sure, as a middle ground representation of a festbier. But it's far from great and I wouldn't buy it again. That said, I'll have little trouble killing the 6 pack and it might make a good beer for luring macro drinkers towards craft - even if the "ooh, it's German" effect is all that works for it. It's certainly drinkable - any self-respecting beer fanatic could easily kill a litre of it. But boy does it have ways to go.

Low C (2,474 characters)

Photo of erz316
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

green bottle into old spec pint glass

A - golden straw body with a big white head. the foam retains for a decent amount of time, but that body colour is just all wrong.

S - I smell something distinctively like a skunk when I opened the bottle. I can still smell it when the beer isnt to my nose. when it is held up to my nose the brew has a blast of somethign like a cheap pine air freshner, which goes away as soon as the kind of bland malts set in. I also distinctively smell unripe mango, which is very weird; maybe this is what skunked hops smell like, I wonder how i think it is mango?

T - despite the smell, the taste isnt as bad as I thought it would be; overall it is just kind of bland and boring. the initial is a decent balance of hops and malts, the hops only pinch with a bit of bitterness. the finish is malty and slightly sweet. the aftertaste is a faint maltiness. quite boring, and not a festbier.

MF&D - a decently thick brew with enough carbonation, the only problem is that it isnt a very good tasting brew for an oktoberfest beer. this would, however, make an excellent euro lager. (1,106 characters)

Photo of aerozeppl
2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear golden color with a half finger of white head. A total miss on appearance for me.

S: It has that green bottle musty nose. The apples and fruit is there but way in the back.

T: Very clean and crisp. Only downside is that it should be deep and rich. Not bad but more like a euro lager than a Marzen.

M: Light on the tongue. No syrupy tone I like to get in this style.

D: An easy drinker for sure but a total miss style wise for me. Glad I only grabbed a single. (481 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light coloured body with initial significant foam. Aroma initially a bit repelling, but is normal after the bottle has been open, warmed up, and sampled somewhat. A bit of lace foam sits in the glass. Carbonation is deterimental, and adds to the drying out of the palate by the finish, and beyond in the aftertaste. Some malts, a hint of roast, some decent features. Still, all in all, 500 ml is too much, rarely have I said this about a German beer. (458 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal with more dry notes then expected. Taste is also dominated by the cereal malt bill that is not as enchanting as I had expected. Body is thinner then expected with good carbonation. A bit drier and astringent then I was expecting with malt bill not as refreshing as expected. (400 characters)

Photo of BBM
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light golden yellow into the pint gl-- wait, light golden yellow? I thought this was supposed to be an Oktoberfest. This was the first thing that gave me skepticism. The aroma was actually a pleasant blend of fruitiness and earth-like spiciness, with a healthy smell of caramel malts.

Unfortunately none of that really transferred into the flavor. There was plenty of malt, but also a generous amount of grassy hops, and that slight Euro-lager skunkiness to the finish. I wanted to make sure it was in fact the Oktoberfest and not the traditional lager, so I double-checked the tap handle. And sure enough... this beer honestly has no inclination that it is an oktoberfest beer, which is really disappointing. You'd think a brewery from MUNCHEN would be able to nail this one pretty well.

Mouthfeel was thin and slightly carbonated, but not bad. To be honest, this serves as a decent Euro lager, something that's certainly drinkable if you want a lighter beer. But as an Oktoberfest it's unacceptable. (1,023 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow color with a small head that dies off quickly. Very pale for a Marzen. The aroma was very skunky. Not much more. The flavor has some of the same skunkiness and caramel. The caramel is pretty strong, actually. Slight maltiness. I think this beer could be a lot better. Might have been skunked, but this is a poor Oktoberfestbier. (343 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the hulmeville inn inside a pint glass.

This oktoberfest pours out a light golden color like a pilsner, the lightest october I've ever seen in the style. Smell include pale malt light caramel and nothingness. Taste is about the same, nothing to see here. Feel is light and lightly carbed. I drank it but won't again. If I wanted a malty pilsner I would of bought one. (378 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

If I was handed this blind, I would have thought it was a Euro Pils.
First thing I noticed was the musty, skunk nose (Green Bottle?). Flavor seems to be more of the same, but honey sweet. Reminds me of sweetened version of a Heineken.
Not what I hoped it to be, but ya never know unless you give it a shot. (309 characters)

Photo of phisig137
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color, with a small head with no retention. No lacing or ring around the glass. Looks fizzy and yellow to me.

Aroma is very light, and grainy. You can tell it is a lager from the aroma, but doesn't have much else. Almost smells like adjunct.

Flavor is again light and mild. None of the caramel and toasty notes that I look for in an oktoberfest. Slightly sweet hint of corn. Tastes like it's fizzy and yellow too. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability decent.

I'm really dissapointed by this one. Usually Hofbrauhaus has some nice beers, but this just doesn't do it. This borderline tastes like a macro offering. Perhaps this is the lighter oktoberfest that is served traditionaly in German, as opposed to the heavier version we get. Perhaps it just isn't that good of a beer. (805 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-yellow bodied. Head poofs up, then is gone forever.
Nose is subdued but contains faintly sweet munich maltiness with some grain, with fainter hints of sulphur and hops.
Taste is benign and boring. Lacks any toastedness, which is what I look for first and foremost in my festbiers. Lightly malty with apple- or grape-skin sweetness. Somewhat bready. Ends with a brief visit from the hops.
Just shy of medium bodied. Not enough malt heft, but alright otherwise.
This is a decent, semi-generic euro-lager, but not what I'm looking for in a marzen. (567 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was recommended by the bar tender. I was excited as the head was nice as well as the retention. However, the color was pale for an October fest. The smell was somewhat faint, small malts came through, it was hard to distinguish.
Taste: Balanced, but not a lot going on. I want thicker malts.
Mouthfeel: was somewhat crisp, but wasn't really clingy.
Drinkability: Easy to drink, I'd rather make a session out of another octoberfest brew though.

Revisited this 10-9-08. Not good stuff. (494 characters)

Photo of stjaernstoft
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, ABV: 6.3%.
500 ml bottle, 19.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: The liquid is clear, and the colour is gold to amber. The head is big, white, airy and soapy, and leaves decent retention.

S: A kind of dry, lightly malty aroma, with hay, white bread and some citric notes.

T: Sour notes of bread, butter, lemons, oranges, herbs and hints of alcohol.

M: A balanced, somewhat sticky feel, with some bite, medium body and bitterness, and a relatively dry finish. This beer benefits from its drinkabilities.

O: OK, a decent and drinkable festbier, but again with some sour off-flavours.

(Notes from yesterday.) (629 characters)

Photo of AltBock
2.72/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. green bottle with a yellowish oval shape label with a picture of a German Oktoberfest in the center. The Oktoberfest on the label is happening in front of Hofbräu München with horses pulling a cart full of beer and with a Roller Coaster in the background. The back label had the history of the Oktobefest, US Govt. warning, and a bin or batch number on the back. Since it was in a green bottle I would have liked a date instead of a batch number, but I guess not.

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was a light golden color with a fizzy head of white foam. I didn't know how big the head of foam was because it just dissipated away too fast. It left a couple of rings and no lace around the glass.

Smell: Thanks to the green bottle, the aroma was a bit skunky when I first popped the cap, but luckily that went away when I poured into the mug. What the aroma had turned into, was a grassy, grainy, malty with a pinch of hops aroma. I can say that that aroma was better then skunk, but not by much.

Taste: I thought that when I smelled skunk when I opened the bottle, that the taste would also be skunky and just a bad bottle. Well, the taste wasn't skunky. The taste that I got was sweet malts and with some crisp bitter hops at the end. Not much going on in the taste, but it was still ok.

Mouthfeel: It was light, crisp, and with a clean aftertaste of mild bitter hops. It was just glad that it wasn't watery at all.

Drinkability: I really can't say that much about this beer because there wasn't much going on in this beer. It was ok, but if you want a bottle, just be a little cautious because it's a green bottle and could have been exposed to too much light. Not a beer that I would pick up again! (1,739 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear, brassy golden color. The ivory head is very tall, dense, and foamy. Retention is impressive, with some above average lacing.

S: Faintly skunky, with grainy Euro lager malt up front. Hops are herbal, spicy, and vegetal.

T: Pale malt up front. Sweetness is low. Musty, herbal noble hop flavor is definitely present. Unfortunately, there's a bit of skunkiness a la Heineken and other Euro lagers. A bit of lingering alcohol...odd and somewhat unwelcome for such a pale lager.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is soft. Somewhat astringent into the finish.

D: This is a lackluster Oktoberfest. Pale, grainy, skunky...too bad. Lacks character and drinkability. Not really worth seeking out, unless you're a huge fan of the style. So many better examples out there. (779 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.69/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't at all impressed with this beer.

Pale yellow color with a fizzy head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing at all.

It was skunky, and I don't know if it was from the green bottles or if the hops used lent the skunky smell. Either way, the aroma was quite unappealing.

Taste was on the sweet side, with a hint of hoppy bitterness. I didn't care for the flavor, especially when this is compared to other beers of the marzen style.

Left a cloying stickiness in the mouth.

Overall, this was not a good beer, whether from poor storage or poor brewing, I don't know. But either way, I won't drink it again. (630 characters)

Photo of LarryV
2.67/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale golden color with a thin head that dissipates almost immediately. Light grainy aroma with a bit of off-putting skunkiness. As others have mentioned, the taste is more like your average Euro-lager. I found the sweetness to be a bit too heavy, and the skunkiness was present enough to not be enjoyable. This beer is a chore to drink, I don't recommend it. (371 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apparently Germans have picked up on quality brews like... Kokanee. Not to trash Kokanee, as its often my choice cheap massive-quantity beer, but I was hoping for something more. When poured from it's green bottle it looked like a highly carbonated glass of apple juice. The head was big, white and vanished quicker than Trent Lott at an NAACP meeting. The smell is of... well, the main odor is that scent which most macro drinkers describe as "beer-like." I can pick out some corn odor in there - that's fine when eating, say corn on the cob, but its not welcome emanating from my beverage! The taste is similarly macro-pilsnerish. Very thin mouthfeel. It's drinkable, I supose, if one is not bothered by a need for flavor. (724 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold topped by an eggshell colored head that has better than average persistence even though the bubbles look to be popping at a rapid rate. Unfortunately, there's almost no lace. I have never seen an Oktoberfest this light; it looks nothing like what it's 'supposed' to look like.

I'm beginning to wonder if Hofbrau Munchen mislabeled this bottle. Oktoberfestbier smells absolutely nothing like the stated style either. First of all, I got a huge whiff of skunk after popping the cap (thanks for the green bottle guys). That nastiness has faded for the most part, but I'm left with something that smells for all the world like an average Euro pale lager. The nose is dominated by musty, still slightly skunky hops, with no appreciable maltiness. Smelling like Heineken is not a good thing.

Malt has appeared on the palate, although it has none of that earthy, toasted, slightly dark flavor that the style demands. The flavor profile is equal parts pale malt, musty noble hops and alcohol. I'm amazed to see that the ABV is only 6%, it tastes like it's at least 8%, if not higher. Something is seriously amiss when a beer labeled as an Oktoberfest tastes like a dead ringer for a maibock or even a Euro strong lager.

Despite the maltiness, the beer isn't all that sweet. Neither is it all that bitter. Slightly harsh alcohol is the only flavor sensation that makes an impact on the tongue. Again, not a good thing. Despite a mouthfeel that's a few clicks more full than medium, and is slick and clingy, the flavor doesn't hang around very long. Now *that's* definitely a good thing.

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier, to beat a dead horse, is a lousy example of the style. I wouldn't have picked it as an Oktoberfest if given five guesses. In spite of all that, the only thing that matters is whether or not it's good beer. As far as I'm concerned... not. (1,864 characters)

Photo of russpowell
2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up a the local store was told this was fresh, not so sure...

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Soapyness & cereal

T: Soapyness, cereal sweetness & dryness up front. Soapyness & diathechyl (sic) & cereal sweetness as this warms. Finishes cloying with soapyness & a bit of booze

MF: Light /medium bodied, semi crisp with low carbonation

Drinks slow, might buy this as a Pilsner, but this so riddled with flaws, why is any one still using green glass? Will try again, if I can find it von fass. Avoid this unless you KNOW it's fresh (610 characters)

Photo of webbcreative
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured light golden color, not what I think of when I think oktoberfest. white 2 finger white head. A= skunky smell as soon as i opened the bottle, so a big skunk smell in the nose with some toasted malt hiding in there somewhere. T= again it has a skunky taste, but not nearly as offensive as it was in the nose. Get a malt flavor up front, but this is not real sweet, taste like some faint nobel hops in there as well, but not really noticeable. doesnt have that oktoberfest flavor profile through really, it taste more like a euro lager. mouthfeel is pretty good however, with a nice medium feel.

Overall, this is just okay as a beer, but not really in the same category as really good oktoberfests. In a blind taste test, i dont even know that i would have even guessed it was an oktoberfest to be honest. (811 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours unlike any other Oktoberfest I have tried, which makes me leery right off the bat. Clear dark golden color with a thick and fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Lager-ish aroma of mild hops and malt. Light-bodied with hops and grainy malt flavors that don’t have much staying power. The finish is mildly bitter with touches of citrus. Below average across the board. (388 characters)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.