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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: Okay, here we go again with the prefacing. I think, perhaps, I should give an epilogue. It reveals less at the get go.

Appearance: Much lighter than I would have expected of an Oktoberfest beer -- not necessarily a bad thing. I would say it was an extremely pale amber or a nice golden yellow.

Smell: A nice yeast scent, not dissimilar to the original HB brew.

Taste: This is where I was unpleasantly surprised. The original HB brew is so wonderful that I had high expectations for the Oktoberfest variety. Unfortunately, the difference between the two brews was minimal at best. At worst, I would call the difference barely perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Can't complain, but it suffers from the same thing the taste suffers from.

Drinkability: Very yummy for an Oktoberfest. Can't complain.

Epilogue: What happened here? I was expecting to give a rave review. Hofbrau's Original is so tasty, but the Oktoberfest wagers little. I mean I have heard the expression, "Play it safe", but come on. At some point you have to risk something. Try again, Hofbrau.

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3.52/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a golden straw yellow crystal clear body with a thin soapy head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- This beer has a slight sweet but mostly dry honey malt smell with a faint Munich malt smell and a noble hops and sulfur finish that makes me think of a good Kolsch beer. As it warms the hops bitterness and sulfur dominate over the grain smells.

T- The bitey noble hop taste has a fresh Munich malt taste following it. There is a slight sweet sulfur note with a tangy bitterness of hops in the finish. It is a little bit of club soda in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a fizz finish that boost the hop bitterness a bit.

D- This beer has a fresh malt flavor but it is overpowered by the noble hop bitterness that doesn't have much depth. I like the malt flavors and if the hops were a little lighter or had some depth to them this would be a good session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Clear and golden with a slight amber tint, this is pale for a marzen. Head retention is weak, but it looks solid otherwise. The nose is mild and malty, reminiscent of amber honey, apricots and fresh bread. There's the slightest hint of sulfur beneath. Pleasantly malty and clean on the tongue, honey and lightly toasted bread with a touch of stonefruit sweetness. Light bodied, dry and crisp finish with a mild grassy hop bitterness. Good, but not particularly special for the style.

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
79 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.