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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 542
Hads: 1,258
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 24.26%
Wants: 28
Gots: 156 | 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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Reviews: 542 | Hads: 1,258
Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green bottle. Code on the back label is L152F 1121. Pours a clear golden color, with lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Not exactly what you may picture for an Oktoberfest. Thick frothy white head holds very well. Slight sulfur and grassy aroma, along with pale, bready malt. Good amount of bready malt greets you, then gives way to a bit of herbal and grassy hops. A bit sweet. Pretty clean and balanced. Leans toward medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinakble.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a straw brass yellow body which is weird for a Marzen from Munich. The head is just barely off-white. It smells sweet and grassy and maybe just a little skunk. It has a grainy and oddly sweet taste that is followed by a great but mild hoppy flavor. It has an average thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Freshness is key to enjoying this beer in a green glass bottle. I bought some as soon as it hit the shelves. Had a slight skunkiness when I popped the top, but it was not present in the flavor. It has a nice bready malt character, with some grain and yeasty notes. Not overly sweet and a bit dry. Light hopping adds a touch of citrus and earthy spice. Very easy to drink large quantities of this beer.

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Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Hofbräuhaus in Las Vegas. The beer was a yellow/gold with a a dense and clingy white head.

The nose is of slightly roasted grains (think bagel) with a nice bit of floral smell thrown into the mix.

The taste is clean, fresh and slightly sweet. The hopping seems perfect for this beer as they add a nice bite and balance. I get some apple & bread flavor as well.

The mouth is decent with good carbonation. Very easy drinker. While this may be a bit on the light side and an example of the new style Oktoberfest, it is still very tasty and well done.

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Photo of ribby
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice clear bubbly yellow, with a good two fingers of not quite creamy foam. The aroma seems rather mild, mostly floral hops. The taste is weighted towards the hoppy end of the scale, but with a bit more than the minimum needed to balance the hops. The decent carbonation and hops combine to give a pleasing mouthfeel, very crisp. Aside from the slightly elevated alcohol, this is what US megalagers should aspire to, even though the thought seems like a bit of an abomination. But at $23 a case at Costco, the price isn't that far off.

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Photo of CMW
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a half liter mug a dark yellowish/orange color with a fluffy white head. Crystal clear throughout and the carbonation can be seen floating to the top.

S - Caramel malt, caramel malt, and more caramel malt.

T - Similar to the nose in that the malt dominates as you might expect. A little bit of bread flavors and some other earthly tinges.

M - Light and crisp, just what I would expect in a marzen.

D - Extremely drinkable, this is a beer that is much better on-tap due to the lack of green bottle skunkiness.

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Photo of taigor
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into .5L mug.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight hint of malts but mostly skunk, very characteristic of German beer.

T - Malts and bready yeast upfront with slight earthy tones and bitterness towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable oktoberfest beer. Would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of dacoit
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps not the gold standard, but certainly the silver or bronze standard for German Oktoberfest beers. If you are expecting the overly sweet and heavily malted brown yank style look elsewhere, but this is a fine beer,

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Photo of diabecktic
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to have to describe this from "the pour on up." One of the most noticible characteristics is something remniscent of a "cascade" effect. Excellent (3 finger) head formation stays around for a while as carbonation continuously rises - retention and lacing are quite good. The beer is colored a translucent yellow/gold.

Malt aromas are very sharp with a hint of citrus tones. I can't discern too much in terms of hoppiness, but there seems to be a mild trace of grass or grain. It's just very fresh overall - like autumn.

I'd say that the taste matches the nose pretty well. Maltiness hits quickly and fades into mild bitterness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and almost buttery. The flavor is pretty nice and actually quite crisp.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the creamy side but not too thick. Slight dryness complements the bitter aftertaste nicely.

The beer goes down smoothly; as stated above, it's crisp and finishes well. It's a bit too thick to "pound," but I feel like doing so wouldn't allow you to appreciate the flavor as much.

For what it's worth, I think this is a great "fall" beer. It's got a nice, full flavor and it's pretty crisp. I don't know how I would describe it as an "Oktoberfest" beer, though. If I recall, I thought those were supposed to be a bit thicker/more dense. That's not the case with this beer, but it's still worth checking out.

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Photo of JanM
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess Hofbräu's Oktoberfest 2007 deviates a little bit from the mainstream oktoberfest beer. For one thing it has a little higher ABV (6.5%) but it's also more plain yellow as compared to a the usual copper yellow colour of Märzenbier. The smell is citric and bready and with that dishrag whiff this kind of beer should have. The taste is bitter, fruity and with a lot of bread. There is a slight sweetness and a some alcohol too. Lots of carbonation. I had expected a thinner oktoberfest from Hofbräu but it's really fruity and similar to the Czech Starobrno's Baron Trenck. The higher ABV does the trick, I think. My oktoberfest favourite this year.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Light gold in appearance with a massive foamy head that leaves chunks of lace. Looks a bit light for the style.

S. Strong aroma of Tettnang euro style hop. Also slightly yeasty.

T. Nice munich malts backed by a moderate hoppy bitterness for perfect balance. This is a damn tasty beer. Lightly toasted malt and a good hop character. Freshness is the key word.

M. Sprizty and superior feel. Light and crisp.

D. A very fine Octoberfest brew here from Hofbrau house, would I expect any less. Just bought a case and its already depleted.

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Photo of treque
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale amber hue, permanent small bubble carbonation generates an average foam with rapid dissipation, with no noticeable residue.

S: Honeyed aroma and a touch of species.

T:Slightly sweet taste at first, with a prolonged bitter final and honey.

My first Oktoberfest and will drink it again if i had the chance

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Photo of olegv40
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw to golden yellow with a creamy white head that laced all the way down the glass.

Smells of fresh hops, citrus and just a touch of malt, a little bit of everything, not much of anything particular.

Taste, see smell, knocks out all the major checkpoints, malty, slightly bitter, just a touch of citrus.

I liked the balance of this beer very much and it makes for an easy one to drink all day.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a green bottle with no freshness date, but a code L156H1002. this had just arrived at total wine and i got a six out of a case i opened myself for fear of lightstruck green bottles...
clear golden--slightly deeper color than a Helles. 2 finger head leaves decent cap and very sparse temporary lace.
smells of fresh grain and noble hops, the hops not as predominant as in a pilsner. seems appropriate.
the hops are there in the taste (these are hops i generally don't care for) but are careful to take a backseat to the malty, very slightly toasty qualities of the smooth medium body every swallow both satisfies and leaves you favorably disposed toward going for another. quaffable but with a substantial backbone. just looked up at the 6% (after downing two bottles)--very incognito.
finally a real oktoberfest that i can buy locally! i can see how this makes sense in litres. the beer is fully there yet invites you to take huge pulls of velvety goodness. guess many people are downrating due to this not matching what they think of as an oktoberfest, yet this is what they've been serving in munich for quite some time as i understand. represents positive progress imo. those other styles (toastier, hoppier, darker, heavier, etc.) of octoberfest will serve as occasional changes of pace from now on.
but why do they have to put it in green bottles, and why does the label say ALE?


v: oz3 al4 3.85

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear golden body reveals just a few widespread streams of steadily rising average-sized bubbles beneath a bright-white foamy cap. The head drops shortly after pouring to a wide, creamy collar; yet it still leaves some impressive lace throughout the glass. The nose is clean and enjoyable but not impressive for the style with just some light grainy malt and a hint of alcohol. The body is medium falling towards light with a gently crisp carbonation. The flavor offers a clean, grainy malt that's nice but doesn't offer the richness of Vienna and/or Munich malts that the darker versions do; and it's well-balanced with a firm bitterness and spicy character (alcohol, hops, or both?) but the alcohol is a bit noticeable which is odd for a beer of just 6%abv. It finishes dry with some gently lingering malt and a touch of bitterness. A well-made, refreshingly dry helles Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice subtle sweet maltiness and a very nice soft doughiness.

The taste was also subtly sweet with an excellent grainy body and mild hint of caramel.

The mouthfeel was medium in fullness and mildly chewy.

Overall a very drinkable Oktober. Not as sweet as some of its German bretheren, which really appealed to me.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's octoberfest season so many of the local beer bars have Octoberfest beers. One of my favorites, House of Brews on West 51st Street in Manhattan, had a list of octoberfest beer and food options. Of course I had to get a litre of HB Oktoberfest for lunch.

This was so heffeweisen like i had to ask and make sure it wasn't one. It had a slightly blurry color and a somewhat esthery aroma and flavor. In general a very good beer and a great seasonal drink, especially in the early, warmer octoberfest season.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, clear copper-gold with the thinnest of white caps.

Lighter aroma of apples, berries, floral soap and a touch of skunkiness which faded away after a few minutes.

The taste opened up with floral hops, cinnamon, apples, and light grains and malts. Finish is quite clean.

Lighter bodied, crisp and dry, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Clean, crisp, and flavorful.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Beer is light and golden color, not what i expected for an octoberfest. The smell is lightly hoppy and grainy. The taste is quite refreshing, hops, yeast, some maltyness. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. This is not what i expected from an octoberfest beer but i was still quite satisfied.

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Photo of crossovert
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a green 11.2 ounce bottle with a copper colored cap. This one is a lighter style than most Oktoberfests, brewed to be consumed in the tents in Munich, similar to Warsteiner's Oktoberfest in color.

Pours gold with the slightest hint of orange and a soapy looking 2 finger head. The head dissipates rather quickly, not the finest looking head. The body looks stunning and crystal clear though.

Hints of Original Hofbrau dot the nose along with a nice Oktoberfest biscuity, nutty malt scent. The hops are a bit more prevalent in this Oktoberfest than most. No hints of skunkage, I'm confident this bottle is about as fresh as they get.

The taste is a lot like the regular Hofbrau with that nice hop bite but with nuttier malts. If you blindfolded me I could have easily guessed this as a Hofbrau product. It isn't the dark Oktoberfest style Americans have come to know, but it holds its own in the field of beers consumed during Oktoberfest.

It is a lot like regular Hofbrau, if you like that you will like this, if you are a fan of darker Okroberfests you might want to wait on it.

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Photo of kels
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest continues! This one seemed to have an obvious spot in the lineup. Review on the bottle poured into my pint.

Appearance: This is a marzen? Pours a deceptively light straw yellow with a short, foamy white head, looking just like an American lager. Completely clear with lots of CO2 bubbles and very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very crisp with hints of toasty, crunchy grain and a very light, slightly floral hop note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Despite the light look of this beer, the taste is definitely of a marzen. It's not terribly special, but it hits the spot and generally meets expectations. The hearty, bready grains definitely make up most of the profile, and there's an ever so slight caramelly sweetness from the malt. The hops sneak in only slightly, as to be expected, and are light and floral. Feel is well carbonated and refreshing.

Drinkability: All day...that's really all I need to say. Might not be the most popular style on BA, but definitely good this time of year.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a nonic. I really only used the nonic to get a good look at the beer. If I have any more of these, I will be using my stein or at least a beer mug.

A = Crystal clear, bright golden yellow, with about a 3/4 inch head of white foam and small bubbles, good retention, light lacing, steady carbonation bubbling with small bubbles, light lacing.

S & T = Crisp earthy smells of noble hops, fresh grains, with a bready taste that is nonetheless balanced with a steady bitterness from the hops, finish is semi-dry as the hops are not too prevalent, but there in enough force to assert themselves.

M = Medium-light body, strong carbonation feel, tongue continue to feel like it had poprocks on it for a few minutes after each drink.

D = This is a very drinkable beer. I could easily see putting a few of these away at a beerhall.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass
A: light gold, one finger head on pour, with minimal lacing
S: hops, light roast malt
T: light hop bitterness, very slight malt sweetness
M: medium carbonation, light on tongue
D: could easily put a few down

the clear green bottle caught me off guard

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle. Pours Clear golden, small white head with almost no lacing. Aroma is bready and grainy with grassy hops. Taste is grainy and bready with caramel sweetness and grass.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold/straw with a big, stiff white head. Nose is grassy with a slight sweet edge and lots of herbal notes. Surprisingly dry, quite grassy and somewhat spicy, with a big husky grain and a faint hint of citrus. Decent body has some heft and a sharp carbonation. Finish has a solid, lingering bitterness. Clean and drinkable.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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