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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 556
Hads: 1,307
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 27
Gots: 168 | 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: 556 | Hads: 1,307
Photo of bminor7
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pilsner yellow. a sudsy head that looks like soap.

s - a touch of skunky hoppiness. note, green bottle.

t - crisp flavors. light malts with that certain oktoberfest-something. not particularly flavorful, though this helps with M/D...

m - thin. not terribly carbonated, which helps.

d - easy...a 6 pack of these could be accidentally consumed. almost like drinking water, comparable to a kolsch.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Hahndorf Inn, South Australia.

Pours a pale golden colour with steady stream of bead. Nice foamy white head with medium bubbles, sinks quite quickly, leaving a thin crown and some nice webs of creamy lace behind. Impressive looking lager.

Very fresh blend of some slightly bready, biscuity malts on the nose with some light grassy hops and a slight lemongrass zing to it. Slightly tangy, mostly sweet. Good marzen smell, very celebratory.

Taste is quite tangy as well, with a nice complex palate profile. Hints of lemon, parsley and raspberry throughout with some figs coming through on the mid. Slight bready character comes through late but not cloying. Finish is a little too sweet, would like a little more hop character. There is a slight rounded tartness at the end but not too much finish, really. Nice but a bit lacking.

Has a good slippery feel. Kind of slick is probably a better word. Thin, but pleasant. Good tingle.

Very drinkable beer. Mild and pleasant lager.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear and golden in colour, with a huge foamy white head, and heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Noticeable maltiness, with a sweet grain aroma, lots of flowery German hops, and a touch of caramel.

Taste: Lots of bready malts at the top, with subtle sweetness, followed by a boraderline bitterness with a earthy twang, and finished with a creamy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: very lively and fresh in the palete, with a smoothish feel.

Drinkability: Very good Oktoberfest beer, with a nice mix of flavours and a impressive drinkability.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow color, looks a little weaker than I had expected. The nose has a malty presence, maybe kind of grassy or grainy, and I'm actually pulling some hops scents out of this one as well. The taste is great. Malty and quite hoppy for an oktoberfest. I'm not sure it tastes true to its style, but beer-for-beer, it tastes pretty darn good. Pleasant aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a hefeweizen, and not at all what I expected. Very mild and very crisp, although I could see this going skunky very easily due to the fact that it's an import in a green bottle. Good and drinkable, but not your typical oktoberfest.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a half liter brown bottle. When poured this neer produces a good amount of bright white head. It is amber gold in color with a quite clear body.

Aromas are sweet and somewhat honey like. There are also slight hints of an apple like fragrance.

The taste is quite light and slightly bitter at the same time, but sweet up front. A bit like cracker and caramel at first, but finishes quite toasty.

This is a pretty good beer, obviously meant as a session beer. It's got a good kick for a session beer with the 6% ABV, it warms the palate a bit... HALLO OKTOBERFEST!

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Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale gold; the two finger head is white, airy and uneven. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell malty and a bit bitter. Clean and fresh, with some flowery notes.

The taste is very malty with notes of dough and fresh yeast. There are some bitter notes that grow stronger in the aftertaste, although the malty notes and hints of alcohol are present too. Well balanced.

The carbonation is quite strong. Large bubbles. The liquid is creamy.

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Photo of mryuk
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear gold with several fingers of head and lots of carbonation.

smell is very sweet honey with some bite. very little hops.

taste is smooth sweet honey, no hops.

mouth is smooth and light with good carbonation.

overall fairly enjoyable light german beer.

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Photo of DeadGuyRising_54
3.81/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Just had a sample, but a pleasant surprise. Looks like it would be light and and weak but not at all. Very tasty, in fact I'm gonna get a couple before the game

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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 tillmac62
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of grainy biscuit and a subtle airy floral hop presence.

Light medium body with a very smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding - slight alcohol traces are evident near the finish. Reasonably intense for the style with a balance near perfection. Complexity is a bit lacking. Grainy biscuit leads off with a surprisingly slightly sweet background that only hints at caramel. The middle brings a very mild bitterness that perfectly balances the biscuit. Hop flavor is subtle and is herbal and floral in nature. As the finish fades, a slight alcohol flavor becomes uncovered.

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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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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.