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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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960 Ratings
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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of grain, lager yeast and a thin malt character that also brings some mild sweetness. The hops presence is faint but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, although this beer is a lot lighter than most O-fests it's a bit more poundable than most O-fests as well.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a freshly windexed window clear pilsner shade of gold with a two finger, foamy white head that leaves some decent lace. Vast amount of strong carbonation is clearly visible.

Upon opening straight from the fridge, it gave off a smell of freshly skunked adjunct, but as the beer began to warm, spoonfuls of grassy hops, light fruity esters, biscuit and some more grassy hops began to show.

Light fruity esters, biscuit, bready malts, and dry grassy hops is all I get in this beer. Seems to be quite bland and watered down.

Smooooth, well balanced (for the flavours that are there) and light bodied. Despite the large amount of carbonation visible, it isn't that noticeable. This beer is the definition, the embodiment, the epitome, the essence of a quaffer. Light, smooth, refreshing and crisp. This would be a sweet sessioner for me if it wasn't as pricey.

Being my first Oktoberfest, I wasn't all that impressed. The smell is funky and taste is lacking. The highlight of this beer, by far, is its drinkability. Highly recommended for sessioning, but nothing else.

ludachris, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 12 oz bottle only says Hofbrau Oktoberfest..so I suppose it is the same beer. Nice sweet malt aroma, with a tiouch of honey for some reason. Pretty average in appearance for a Marzen a deep gold with a small white head...nice carbonation and lacing. Flavour is a caramelly sweetness followed by a tangy bitter falavour. Pretty nice and smooth on the palate. Overall a nice Oktoberfest to drink in quantity..but no were near as good as Paulaner

Reidrover, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is clear pale yellow, a white head that settles slowly leaving rather little lacing.

The smell is mainly from the hops - hay, grass, nettles.

The taste has sweet biscuits, some orange, then a grassy sharp bitterness. Some alcohol hints as well.

Medium high carbonation, lots of small soft bubbles, a slightly dry finish.

A bit too high ABV, and a bit sharp bitterness.

rarbring, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of MrMalt27
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the Hofbrau reps, this is the same beer served in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, so it's going to be a little lighter in body, & alcohol because it's almost like a session beer.

Not as malty as I would like in the nose or flavor. Lighter color than most Oktoberfest beers, not much in aroma, but drinkable.

MrMalt27, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of oakaged88
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

oakaged88, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of ecoastman
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an easy drinking refreshing beer - surprising for 6% ABV. However, there was something in the aroma that turned me off a bit. I'm not sure how old the bottle was but I'm hoping it was meant for Oktoberfest 2009. This is more of an average Euro lager than a traditional Oktoberfest style.

It poured a clear yellow straw and gave a big pillowy head. As it receded it left some nice lacing on the sides of the stein and left a consistant surface layer from the good carbonation.

The smell was like a typical lager with some sweeter malt and honey. Unfortunately, there's a corny/peanut character that I wasn't fond about.

The beer goes down smooth enough with a little slickness to give it a nice mouthfeel. It's refreshing and there is no courseness from the alcohol level.

The taste is more prominent in the sweet malt but is balanced enough with hops but low bitterness. There's also a little diacetyl butteriness.

I might try again in case the aroma was not typical. Otherwise a fine summer biergarten session beer - just don't let the 6% add up too fast...

Post review note - looks like the aroma can be a common trait. I'll probably skip this beer in the future

ecoastman, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of Sixpack595
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost straw yellow with just a hint of coppery tinge. The head starts strong but goes down faster than a French prizefighter. Aroma is sweet and malty with a floral hop sneaking in. Sweet malty flavor with a very light bitterness. Not the best Oktoberfest I've had this year, but very drinkable.

Sixpack595, Sep 16, 2004
Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here we go, round three of the German Oktoberfest Invitational, and one that is officially part of the real German Oktoberfest in Munich. On to the beer:

The color screams more helles lager than amber O-fest. Bright straw yellow in the body, the head is thick, frothy, and continuting to hold up in my stange. The aroma is on the lgihter side. True, a littel skunk emerges, but look past that a get a little bit of sweet pale malt and fume of pineapple.

It's certainly sweeter tasting than the brand's helles, but not quite alcoholic enough to be a maibock. Slightly grassy hops mixed with a sweet pale malt. Pretty straightforward, though the green bottle makes the hops a little more rough in the beer. I would still give it a go.

Three beers down, one to go in the German Oktoberfest Invitational. See you tomorrow for the conclusion.

DoubleJ, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfestbier--2000 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear light bright golden color. Bavarian front with mild pilsner Saaz hop note. Smooth malty untoasted body. Pilsner Bock blend. Mild with light mouthfeel. Light dry hop fruit end. Sampled 9/9/2000.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear fizzy bright straw golden color. Mild floral hop front. Crisp mild Bavarian sweet smooth butter caramel rich Pils flavor. Clean mild tangy hop citrus end. Stank hint. Fest? Sampled 9/28/2004.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest--Munich Specialty. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. 11.2 oz. Bottle. $8.99 / 6-Pack. Thin mild lace foamy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Green bottle stank hint mild Noble hop front. Crisp dry sweet tangy caramel Pils thin textured malty butter fruit body. Mild hop cloying malt stank end. No toast & dry compared to US Fests. Sampled 12 20/2009. 6.30% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0).

Hofbrauhaus Munchen Staatliches Hofbrau Oktoberfest--Munich Specialty. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. since 1589--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy thin big mild lace white head. Clear bright light gold color. Mild hop floral malt mild dark green bottle Fest stank hint front. Fizzy tangy crisp mellow sweet fully fermented dry rich helles lager Pale Malt Fest body. Clean dry mild hop spice Fest end. Sampled 9/20/2010 from 6-Pack Purchased for $7.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle, Washington on 9/14/2010.

philbertk, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a fizzy pale yellow: from appearance alone you wouldn't be able to differentiate this from the typical American pale lager. Smell is slightly skunky with some sweet brown sugarish undertones. Taste has a mild sweetness with a buttered biscuit flavor. Decent drinkability, but not much of a wow-factor otherwise.

webmanspidey, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of PatandDavid
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at two locations in the last couple of weeks, so this is a mix of the two reviews. Golden clear color, aroma is like smelling a candy factory, with some floral hop notes. Nice frothy white head. Taste is a bit bready to start, there's some sweetness, and a grassy note from the hops. Not hard to drink, but not one I needed to keep drinking either. pat

PatandDavid, Oct 12, 2003
Photo of Jmc986
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Jmc986, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of kmpitz2
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to nothing. The nose is initially skunky like a heineken. The nose clears to be a bit grassy and sweet caramel. The flavor is definately grassy with a caramel tone that comes through late. The feel is just a bit thin. Drinkability is also just okay. probably the worst O-fest I've had his year, but give it a try, you may like it.

kmpitz2, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of MNJR
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 5 liter mini-keg for $10.99 so I'm not complaining too much. Good beer, not exceptional but solid. Pretty thin appearance for a fest beer - gold like a lager. Smells of caramel mostly and a bit toasty, cookie dough, malty, spicy. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, slight hops, alcohol is hardly noteceable, even though 6.3 is relatively strong. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a spiky finish. This is treating me right. I don't get any off flavors. Not the best Oktoberfest ever made, but in the class of very good beer.

MNJR, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Blakaeris
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a modest white head that dissipates quickly. Lighter in color than I had expected for an Oktoberfest style brew.

Aroma is Clean hops and pale malt. Grassy, with a hint of lemon.

Taste is initially light and crisp with a surprising hop bitterness. lemon grass, then a touch of bready malt in the minerally finish.

Mouthfeel is Light to medium bodied.

This is not what I have come to expect from an Oktoberfest. I can not find any of the toasted, nutty, malty quality as in most Oktoberfest brews. Instead I'm thinking of an uber pilsner. Flavor is crisp and light, making this one drinkable and worth a try even if it falls short of the style.

Blakaeris, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of JMD71
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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....

JMD71, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

FadetoBock, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

innominat, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Milkysunshine, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of prdstmnky
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

whatname, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of tclipse
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

tclipse, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

cliff1066, Dec 10, 2012
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.