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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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905 Ratings
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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Can you believe it? Hofbrauhaus Newport's Octoberfest available at TGIF's in Cincinnati! Word is that they own 10% of the HB so they can carry the line in the restaurants. This year's brew is a special recipe being made here and in Munich to honor the opening of the HB Newport. It's time for Monday Night Football at TGIF, so let's give it a try!

Appearance - pours a light gold into a pint glass. Soda-like white head forms up about a finger thick. Leaves a solid ring of lace around the top of the glass, but not much more as the beer disappears. This doesn't look like your typical fall Octoberfest as one look tells you it is evidently void of any Vienna or caramel malts.

Aroma - Has a clean malt smell with some light spiciness.

Taste - well, I know it's not an amber style, but I was still kind of expecting a fuller taste. What I got was a much lighter, but tasty malt start. At first, it's very similar to a German pilsener in flavor. A mild bitterness on the finish provides pretty good balance. I even pick up a hint of honey sweetness for a bit, once I get accustomed to the primary taste. A nicely done Octoberfest, I guess it's only fair that I not deduct for its being as light as it is, after all, the fest-tents in Bavaria are full of similar style beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp, clean, and most bubbly.
Drinkability - I must have salted away about 5 or 6 of these during the game, so that speaks for itself. It goes down easily and almost too quickly. Even after several, the flavor is still right there.

10-01-2003 14:38:18 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Yellow straw with a big head reducing to thin one after a couple minutes.

Lager malts, bread, honey and mild hops aroma. Some hints off nuts and overall sweetness.

Sweet malts to kick things off with followed by a little grain, some grassy hops and a hint of alcohol right at the very end. The finish is sticky and has a touch of bitterness.

Crisp and light bodied with a touch of bitterness and alcohol at the end although it isn't anything particularly special.

This one was a fairly enjoyable beer although it didn't exactly blow me away. It struck me as being a lot like a strong lager but no in a bad way. I enjoyed the simplicity of this one, it was a nice beer & a good introduction to the style.

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12-02-2011 22:21:52 | More by flyingpig
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

I had this on tap over at my friend and work collegue's place last weekend and one of my peeps brought me a sixer of this last night at a Halloween party that I hosted. Needless to say, I'm familiar with this beer.

I poured this into my "Dick's Last Resort", 24 oz. beer glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, soft golden color, without a big bubble content visually, and the head was about a 1/2 finger, which stuck around for a while.

S: Fresh baked bread.... of the cracked wheat variety. Not much sweetness except for the natural one found in bread.

T: Not syrupy (that would be blasphemy in the Marzen world!), but it was more sugar concentrated than I like for this style. The German malts present had sort of a "blah" character to them.

M: Very low carbonation. Actually, if I had a force carbonater in my possession, I'd gladly carbonated this one manually. That might turn this one into a world-class beer. The lacing was splotchy.

O: Neither offending nor very pleasing. I like this one okay.

10-31-2011 03:14:17 | More by Chaney
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heygeebee

Australia

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

Poued a one finger head, straw/gold, not a lot of lacing. Nice carbonation and bubbling.

Aromas - euro-lager ish, with extra lemon zing.

Taste - again in Euro-lager territory, however, some nice citrus balances out the earthier tatses that I suspect come with the higher ABV

Mouthfeel is the highlight. Zesty carbonation bubbles away. Nice full body.

Overall, pleasant drinking.

06-24-2011 11:12:26 | More by heygeebee
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

A: This beer pours pale golden with a really large white "fluffy" head - somewhat uneven. It sets pretty fast, leaving a lot of lacings.

S: Bready. Dry (with some faint sweetness) caramellmalt, together with some citric notes and faint both floral and bitter hops.

T: Light roasted dry malt (but also some faint sweetness). There is bitterhops, but also faint floral notes. Refreshing (but it gets kind of boring writing it, since this is my sixth oktoberfestbier in two nights).

M: The aftertaste is not long, but holds some dry bitterness. The body is weak/medium but also creamy with some moderate carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but there are better oktoberfestbiers on the market. You won't dislike it, but my guess is that you won't love it.

09-04-2009 19:39:16 | More by Evil_Pidde
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

A nice simple pour into my Imperial Pint - a little bit of a head that quickly settles down.

Subtle aromas of the Marzen malts. ubtle flavors as well. A nice light, crisp easy drinking brew. Not too much going on but just enough that I could sit around and suck these down.

11-28-2006 23:31:32 | More by gpcollen1
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

Another quite strong oktoberfest beer I picked up in Germany today.
I can imagine they'll actually use it as the sessionbeer: a few jugs of this and you'll be yodeling through the streets.

Pale golden, modest carbonation, thin head.
Common smell of citrus and grassy hops.
Taste is rather spicy, actually. The alcohol isn't completely covered though.
As said: quite strong as pilsners/lagers go. The flavour is ok, but it should be more complex.

08-19-2011 13:58:10 | More by RuudJH
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womencantsail

California

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger of short-lived white head.

S: Smells skunky (already!). A bit of lager yeast and some light, fruity esters along with the sweet bready malt aromas. There is a a light hoppiness to it, mostly floral, with some hints of grass.

T: Sweet with a touch of grassy hop flavor. There is a soft floral note and bitterness, but overall it's mostly bready malt providing the flavor and sweetness. Faint apple esters and a mild skunk to the flavor.

M: Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Sort of disappointing as their helles is quite good. Might have to try to get this one on-tap.

09-04-2011 19:40:20 | More by womencantsail
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rxdrewthejew

California

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from the bottle into my pilsner glass.

A: Translucent mustardy yellow with a nice fluffy white 2 finger head. Tiny bubbles support the head but it fades to a film pretty rapidly.

S: Big golden malty smell with a touch of sweetness and some mild hopping.

T: Again the taste up front is malty and a bit yeasty, but there's quite a bit of sweetness. Tough to really characterize the sweetness, it doesn't really have a fruity or sugary flavor. Almost like a sweet dough of some sort. The finish is just a tad bitter and very crisp.

MF: Thin bodied but not watery. Decent carbonation bite, but not overpowering. Finish is mostly wet, but there is a tiny bit of dryness from the hops.

D: Very drinkable beer, but not really one of the best oktoberfest beers out there. The flavor is fine but it doesn't seem as dark and rich as a lot of the other beers in the style. Drinks more like a standard lager to me with maybe a bit more sweetness. Would be great for tailgating though.

11-01-2008 01:14:51 | More by rxdrewthejew
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Rayek

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%

A: This beer looks great. Brilliant gold color has lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The generous and firm head sticks around for the duration and leaves a generous lace. On the downside, this beer is awfully pale for an Oktoberfest.

S: Not much is going on here. Some pepper and clove to the nose, plus dry malts.

T: The peppery bitterness is what struck me first. As the beer warms, a bittersweet toffee flavor works its way into the picture. There is a very faint alcohol bite at work as well. The overall experience isn't terribly complex.

M: Medium body is a little sticky. Carbonation level is right.

D: A nice session beer, but there are much better examples of this style out there.

09-08-2008 15:44:55 | More by Rayek
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

A: A straw yellowish pour, foamy white head with some cascading going on. Retention is fine, with a touch of stick.

S: Light on the maltiness, and rather grassy. A little grainy and earthy.

T: Again, the malts are a bit easy going, and not as warm as others. Hops offer a bit of herbal flavour.

M + D: Crisp and refreshing, fairly straight forward. Not too bad, but among the style choices, not anything extraordinary.

08-17-2008 02:16:17 | More by Proteus93
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

pours with a fluffy white head, but fades after a minute. it's a very attractive bright golden color. not oktoberfest-like, but hey, it's pretty.
the aroma is grainy, with bits of caramel, and noble hops. a hint of skunk actually adds a bit of character. some raw malt. it's also got a little bit of an astringent soapy smell that's sort of harsh.
the taste is sweet and grainy, with some traces of sweet caramel. pale pilsner type malt flavors, except in a little more of an abundance. maybe a little bicuity. bitterness at the back, but rather undefined aside from some herbal qualities. a little bit of alcoholic burn. a little too sweet in the wrong ways.
fuller side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. i would like it to be a little lighter in the mouth.
decent enough drinkability, and decent anough beeer, but i'm not sure what this is, it sure isn't an oktoberfest.

09-06-2007 01:01:11 | More by kmo1030
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

First had: on tap at Uberstein, Chicago, IL

Pretty typical beer for this style. Poured a clear amber with a decent finger of white head. Light roasty malts on the nose, kind of weak. Generally malty flavor, light caramel and sugar, nutty, with a touch of hop bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

05-11-2011 22:51:19 | More by Rifugium
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Style is really somewhere between an Export & Helles.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Awesome Germanic hop aroma, but it's not really to style. Plenty of grass, herbal, peppery, steelie & floral. Hints of underlying toffee-like sweetness from the malt.

T: Nice Germanic hopping, that really isn't to style. Quite herbal, grassy, peppery & floral. Biscuity malt has some residual sweetness. Hints of sulphury mineral from the lager yeast. Alcohol is slightly warming & a little too perceptible.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a smooth protein feel, with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: A couple litres of this in a fest hall could be trouble.

11-25-2009 01:00:49 | More by Derek
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allengarvin

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours out a straw gold color, a bit paler than most examples of the style. Grainy sweet malt smell. Taste is slightly maltier but still fairly light. Bitterness is low with no hop flavor. Average mouthfeel, a bit thin.

Like all the Hofbrau beers I've tried, this is absolutely unexceptional.

10-13-2006 00:09:06 | More by allengarvin
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mjurney

Texas

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Appearance:
Pale gold-straw color, clear. A little carbonation. Thin head.

Aroma:
Light malt, a little fruitiness.

Taste:
Malt up front along with slight bitter finish. Rich maltiness, sweet biscuity, a little caramel and grassy. Hop character is mild, spicy-herbal. There some dryness in my plate, a little fruity like, green grape skin. Medium bodied and carabonation.

Finish:
Bitter finish (in the good way), dry aftertaste.

Overall:
Taste more like a Helles than a typical Oktoberfest, otherwise it's pretty good beer.

08-27-2011 07:32:27 | More by mjurney
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from green bottle (UH,oh)into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a two-inch head of bright white foam that starts to fade rather quickly.
Aroma-Faint skunkiness(green bottle anyone?), cracker malt.
Taste-Faintly sweet at the onset,followed by a short pilsner hop bite. Not bad, but not what I expected from an actual German oktoberfest beer.

08-29-2011 16:59:46 | More by hosehead83
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pretty pale in color. Bright gold beer with a sliver of white head that quickly dissipated. Pretty much looks like a light lager.

Pilsner malts with a light toast. Not as amped-up in the malt department as it should be. Slight earthy skunk. Grassy hops aren't particularly overwhelmed, which is a nice change of pace.

Musty grains, simple dose of bitterness, tart apple skin, grassy hops, and light metallic note. Perhaps, slightly skunked. Tasty in a 'dry and brisk and very slightly fruity and very slightly toasty' kind of way. Still, it's not fully-realized.

Thin, but not watery. Spicy effect of carbonation, especially around the gums. A so-so mouthfeel, overall.

I still like it for what it is; a paler and hoppier Oktoberfest without that generous toast character to the grain. Not a top-notch German example, however. Still passable, and very drinkable.

08-27-2012 02:09:51 | More by thecheapies
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a very light yellow color with a massive cap of sticky white foam. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. Good looking beer, though much lighter than us Americans are used to seeing in an oktoberfest.

Nose is very grainy with whiffs of alcohol. Sweet malts mingle with a perfumey hop aroma. Very similar to the Hofbrau Original lager.

Taste is of lightly kilned malts and floral hop flavor. Both have a tough time keeping up with the relatively high ABV. The beer is nice, crisp and fresh but I think I like all four of the other Hofbrau offerings I have tried better. Not to mention it is not very marzen-esque. Worth a try and certainly not a bad beer, but there are too many better oktoberfests out there to buy this one more than once every year or two.

09-05-2009 21:48:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, golden slightly orange with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: light malt and mineral water, biscuit, cereal grain

T: light flavors of grain and noble hops, sweet, cereal grains, malt

M: light and a little sticky

O: OK Marzen, malty with good flavor

10-05-2013 19:41:13 | More by M_C_Hampton
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier pours a clear, pale golden yellow with a moderate, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly down to a thick sheet on the surface and leaves behind a fair amount of netted lace on the glass. From the bottom of the glass several streams of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface.

The aroma is flowery and a little skunky with a touch of pale malt mixed in. Very similar to a pilsner beer.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, lightly syrupy and has a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins sweet with a touch of caramel and bubblegum. Some bready pale malt is noticeable in the background. In the middle some floral hop notes and a little skunkyness move in. It finishes mildly bitter and slightly metalic. Once gone the sweet malt and bitter hops linger on the palate.

This beer is more like a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. It's very easy to drink, fairly well balanced and has a great appearance.

09-19-2010 17:57:46 | More by WanderingFool
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jimbotrost

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Very drinkable, not what I expect an Oktoberfest to be like. More Helles like. Pours a clear gold, medium size white head and light in carbonation. Nose shows yeast predonimately with some malt. Flavor is yeasty and malty both, lacks the malt sweetness of an oktoberfest. Flavor is very clean, but not what I expected.

06-12-2005 20:13:31 | More by jimbotrost
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shererjt

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a clear yellow with a frothy white head. Color was very light for an Oktoberfest; seemed to be more of the helles-ish variety of this style. Aroma was primarily hops and skunkiness with some malt in the background, but not nearly as much as expected. Still, not bad except for the skunk. Medium body with moderate bitterness and relatively dry. Definitely a Bavarian beer but light on the sweetness. Mouthfeel was lively and well-balanced with things leaning towards the bitter side, but not by much. Drinkability was decent and appropriate for style.

Okay, but not really what I want when picking a Märzen. Seems to be a helles-like beer with a bit of additional bitterness and hop flavor. The malt does come out a bit as it warms, though, but it still needs more.

09-16-2007 00:20:31 | More by shererjt
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Drew966

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier pours a golden yellow with an off white head from a five liter mini keg. The aroma is grainy, not very impressive. The flavor is decent, malty, biscuit and/or caramel dominate. Decent, but not my favorite of the style to be sure.

08-30-2009 23:59:57 | More by Drew966
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%

This was recommended to me as being one of the best but
I felt although its a well rounded lager type ale, it just doesn't
have the characteristics I look forward to in an Oktoberfest style
beer in the fall, that being, caramel malty, darker color, this
I'm somewhat dissapointed with but I try as many beers when I can. The
one high point is it does taste good for a lighter type ale.

09-17-2005 22:19:16 | More by littlebibs
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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