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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 522
Hads: 1,188
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 24
Gots: 132 | 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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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (510 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of kels
3.89/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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 (287 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Had on tap at the hofbrauhaus tent at Oktoberfest 2010.

Very yellow color with a medium fluffy white head that had some lacing but really off color for an Oktoberfest. The aromas were muted a bit but had a cornbread and honey like aroma. The flavors were light and crisp, but a little dull in comparison to that freshness note you get with the other marzens. Carbonation was spot on, though there was a slight alcohol bite that followed and made the beer have a dry finish. Overall, it was a good lager, but there are better example of the style especially when compared to it's German counterparts. (602 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I was to shut my eyes and smell this beer I would say it was a pils, because that's what it smells like.
If I was to open my eyes up again and look at this beer in a glass I would think it's a pils.
The look and smell suggests a pilsner. The body is light in color like a golden yellow pils. The head was tall and white. The carbs were strong.
The aroma was malty and spicy.
Now if I were to close my eyes and take a long deep sip i would say, yeah, oktoberfest.
Though it's lighter in color and sports a more pils like aroma the taste is quite malty.
There is some toasted malts in there maybe even Vienna malts which start the taste off sweet it finishes sharp and dry with some lingering bitterness at the end. Overall it's clean and swims easily over the palate.
Overall a good easy drinking beer. (804 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw/ slightly orange golden with a small white head that drops into nice lacing.

smell. An interesting smell that at first is a bit metallic. But as the beer settles, i get more of the malts, oaty and sweet honey.

Taste. I get a very natural sweetness. Lots of honey and sweet malts. It's quite nice. It has a small characteristic of honey nut cheerios. But the swallow and aftertaste is a touch dryer, but still a little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel. there is a good body here, has a nice smoothness, probably from the 6% alc. It fills my mouth quite nicely. Nice amount of carbonation and good balance.

Overall. This isn't my favorite oktoberfest, but is still solid and quite nice. (707 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light malt sweet aroma that is quite pleasant. Medium gold color that is a little light for style. Nice frothy head that has good retention. Lighter steady malt flavor with slight roast characteristics. Dryness from start to finish, and lasts but is pleasing. Somewhat full mouthfeel with it's sufficient carbonation. Would be easy to drink several in one sitting and probably enjoyable too. (400 characters)

Photo of steveh
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying a bounty of fresh HB Oktoberfest this season, so I thought I'd update my review from 6 years ago.

L -- Clear, bright gold with a long-lasting, firm white head.

S -- Mild DMS, yeasty bread, light spicy hops.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malts up front and through the middle, finishing with a dry, lightly spicy hop character that lingers to the aftertaste with some very mild citrus notes. Yeastiness also lingers thru the aftertaste.

F -- The mouthfeel is soft and smooth up front to dry in the finish with a light-medium body.

O -- Freshness is key and definitely brings out flavor and body in this true Wies'n Festbier. It's definitely bigger and more complex than the HB Helles (of which I accused this beer of really being back in '09). This is a refreshing, highly drinkable beer -- even at 6.3 ABV.

*****
9, 16 2009 bottling. Definitely toward the Wies'n Fest style of Oktoberfest, but I already had a couple earlier in the week and was a little disappointed in the character -- so here's notes on a direct focus for review.

A -- Clear, pale straw gold color with a dense white head that holds well. 4

S -- Eek. Can smell some skunk at arm's length -- green bottle trouble. The skunk dissipated with the vigorous pour, but there's only some vague breadiness and hop spiciness coming through, maybe a hint of alcohol -- but it's more fusel or solvent than we'd like. Though it's light. Mild DMS with warming. 2

T -- Light, bready malt character up front that fades into the quickest hop note then the bread lingers and a mild touch of citrus. Not really rich in flavor as would be expected -- more Helles in character than a Festbier -- which isn't bad, just not what to expect from the label. 3

M -- Light body with a soft mouthfeel that turns very dry in the finish. Not impressed to style. 2

D -- Drinkability is definitely good, for a Munich Helles. Just a little disappointed in the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus on this one. I had a draft version at a bar that I thought was a little richer in flavor, but didn't take notes. I wonder if H-B pasteurizes their bottles, but not their kegs? 3.5
Total: 2.82 (2,141 characters)

Photo of Duttonic
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/06/10. On-tap at the Dancing Bear.

A- Very light copper/dark yellow, 1 finger white head, no bubbling or lacing.

S- Medium malt (not overpowering or too strong), pecan, light brown sugar.

T/M- light/medium body, creamy, smooth, rich texture.

D- Excellent. This may be arguably the best Oktoberfest I've ever had, if not it is in my top three. You won't regret trying it. (388 characters)

Photo of textycoon
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in April....not exactly Oktoberfest season, but i guess they are making it year round now. Poured into a mug (ironically made in Germany). Less than impressive color (light golden, almost like Miller Lite). Nice frothy head with decent lacing.
Great aroma with pleasant sweet maltiness. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but very nice malt profile with a hint of sweetnes, finishing with light hoppiness. Very typical for the Oktoberfest style of beer.
Overall, my main criticism is for the average color/appearance of this beer. However, the taste and overall drinkability was quite good. Represents the style well. (622 characters)

Photo of IndolentReader
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a lighter appearance than I would have expected. Nice aroma, pleasant, but by no means overwhelming. The taste is a bit milder that other Oktoberfest beers I've experienced. This did not knock my socks off, but it was pretty decent for the year's first cool day. (276 characters)

Photo of thespaceman
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I know it's late for Octoberfests but they're my favorite and I found this at the local store.

Appearance: Clear golden in color, poured out a nice head with decent lacing. Lacing seemed to stick to the top of the glas and became less prevalent on the way down.

Smell: Nice typical German smelling beer, earthy/grass tones are here, as well as a nice bite of some malt and some roastiness.

Taste: Pretty robust for such a light bodied beer, nut, a bit of fruit and some more grass tones pop through, a touch of raw honey in the finish and some small malt tones make this one a pleasure to drink.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, light in body for the typical Marzen yet it's perfectly balanced for what it is.

Drinkability: This is very sessionable, I wish I picked this up in the earlier months because I overlooked it too much. This one is easy to drink, smooth and satisfying. For the last October for the year, I'm going to miss them, but I'm glad I had this one to top off some great Marzens I've had the pleasure of trying this year. (1,041 characters)

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To get into the real spirit of things with this beer I figured why not grill up some Oktoberfest sausages, braise some Savoy cabbage and boil up some nice mash, everything short of polka.

Well now that I had my spread in front of me time to bring my attention to the golden honey coloured Märzen with its froth off white head awaiting my consumption.

The smell was first off very bisucty and bready as I would expect from the amount of malt used in this style. Following were the refreshing, and definitely appropriate for fall, scents of apple and grape. A slight grassy note from the hops rounded out the bouquet nicely.

After a few mouthfuls of my Bavarian platter it was time to see Hofbräu washed down the fine fare of its homeland. A big punch of sweet yet crisp malt initially quenched my thirst with a surprisingly smooth and full mouth feel lingering on to a mild hoppy, alcohol bite in the end. Continuing on with my mini Oktoberfest the head had long since dissipated but the rest remained true to my first impressions getting slightly breadier as it warmed up.

With my stomach full and my thirst quenched id have to say this was a good beer especially along with its atypical food accompaniments. I would have liked it to be a bit darker and maybe a bit more complex malt in the profile but otherwise a decent beer for the style. (1,350 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter on tap at hofbrau restaurant in Panama City Beach, Florida. I have already tried this from bottle.

The beer arrived with a slightly cloudy, golden color with a fluffy white head.

As with most oktoberfests I have tried, this one lacked in aroma. Some faint malty, bready aromas.

Very restrained gentle malty flavor with hints of European hops coming through. This is a mild fest beer, and I must say it does not taste any better on draft than in the bottle.

Medium bodied with lighter than expected carbonation.

This is an excellent quaffer even at 6.0 ABV. It goes down extremely well and has enough character and taste to keep your interest. (659 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Nice light golden ale. Pours with just a small bit of a head.

S - Has just a touch of a sweet smell. Malty for sure.

T - Crisp. Has a bit of sweetness to it. It has a bit of a toasty taste as well. Quite good.

M - Light bodied. Has just a bit of carbonation to it.

D - Hell yes. Extremely drinkable. (355 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a gorgeous mid-September afternoon, and we've just closed the pool for the season. A dark green cover now drapes what was, just a few short hours ago, a crystal blue liquid paradise.

Served in this year's Spaten Oktoberfest glass at just over fridge temperature, I'm pairing this with pork bratwurst with mustard on a roll. Freshness date is L 184 H.

Appearance- Much more yellow than amber, this supports an incredibly sustaining four finger crown. Lacing is outrageous, draping the inside of the entire glass.

Smell- Clean and quite hoppy, this exhibits just a smattering of malt in the nose. No caramel or toffee aromas that one might expect from other beers of the style.

Taste- Simple, honest, and very good. More bitter and zippy than its malt-driven peers, this is perfectly suited to my meal.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- While the carbonation is aggressive, it really is perfect for the sausage... lifting the grease and fat from the tongue and leaving a gripping, dry bitterness for the next sip. The lighter body of this example really adds points for drinkability, and this will absolutely be a contender for the upcoming all-day festivals for this season. (1,175 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has light bread crust nose, pouring brilliant gold to almost straw. 1” snow white foam cap dissipates to a film. Good lace. Creamy smooth, lighter body, medium to a little less, carbonation a little above medium. Crisp. (221 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Oktoberfest: Well this is as close as it’ll come to reminding me of my trip to Weis’n in Munich. Not a deeply colored Marzen, but rather a Crystal clear golden beer with a very nice and creamy head, and mouthfeel. Exceptional smoothness and drinkability. Fairly nice malts, nicely balanced with almost citrus-y hops. Nice and easy to drink, but I come to find out a fairly dangerous amount of alcohol in such a tasty, light and satisfying beer. Very nice. (465 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Crisp and perfectly balanced, with plenty of honey and flower nectar notes. A little green and spicy on the finish - nice use of noble hops. Much more floral than you would expect an Octoberfest beer to be. This one is my favorite of the style, just a little above Weihenstephan's. (281 characters)

Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 5L keg into a .5L Lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: clear golden color with a thick white head that sticks to the sides of the mug. i'm glad it isn't an amber octoberfest. i was looking for a German-style marzen (pale instead of amber) and i got it.

s: sweet, bready malt aromas. mild hop grassy notes. has that unique German smell that many good German brews have (like Weihenstephan) very good.

t: balanced and flavorful. full bodied malt flavor with notes of bread and very subtle caramel flavor. grassy hop flavor balances the beer nicely.

m: nice and smooth mouthfeel

i seem to disagree with almost everyone here on this one. this is a great marzen. maybe some users think the pale color makes this a poor example of the Oktoberfest style, but they couldn't be more wrong. go to Munich during the last week of September and tell me this isn't a genuine fest bier. you can't!

recommended. (904 characters)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.