Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,163
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 21
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hofbräu Oktoberfest.

Getting started early this year. Mini keg is a bit old, but I found it for $10 so I said what the hell how bad can it actually be?.

Look - Clear copperish golden with a one finger slightly off-white head that sticks around for a few minutes and eventually turns into cloud formations around the glass. No lacing is left anywhere. 3

Smell - Bready and quite sweet. The Munich in this one really stands out and takes dominance. Grapes after it sits a minute or two. 2.75.

Taste - Wow this is one sweet beer. Not picking up much else of the bready malts in this aspect. It is virtually all straight up grape juice to be quite honest. 3.

Feel - Medium though well rounded body with medium to high carbonation. Finishes very dry. 3.5.

Overall - Something about authentic German beers always leads to a sweeter brew than its American counterpart. I have surely had better examples of the style, but it ain"t bad for the price I paid. 3.

Just because it's a German original style, from Germany doesn't make it fantastic. (1,042 characters)

Photo of pugbutter
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.75

The moment I opened the bottle, the carbonation poured over the top for about 3-4 straight minutes. No wonder it feels so flat when I actually get to drink it.

Tastes nice, though. (181 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 supervike
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color and good foaming. Slight skunk/sweet smell. Taste hops on the backend. Hardly any carbonation, almost flat. Not bad, but is outshined by many other Octoberfest type brews. (192 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been down to D.C. to visit my aunt and uncle this past summer and we visited on of their local Total Wine & More locations which is where I came across a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) of this beer. It is the website's policy that if it is not a pressurized mini-keg, then it is CANsidered a CAN, making it a CANdidate for The CANQuest (TM)! Yay! I brought it back to their house and since my mother and uncle were due for a visit in a few weeks, it fell to them to bring it back for me. I then made arrangements to bring it over to a local bottle shop to share as I did not want 5 Liters to myself and it was dated to expire "04.03.2015".

From the CAN: "Imported from Munich/Germany"; "The Original Brew of Bavarian Kings!"; "Since 1589"; "The world['s] biggest festival, the 'Munich Oktoberfest' attracts over 6 million visitors in the course of 16 days. Since 1810[,] this annual event in Munich, Germany, promotes the best in Bavarian food, entertainment and brews. Hofbräu München is an official supplier to this event. It uses the experience and knowledge of its brewmasters to create this special seasonal brew for just this event. It is brewed according to the German Purity Law containing only water, barley malt, Bavarian hop and culture yeast. This is the same product that HB serves in its tent at the Munich Oktoberfest and is now available to you." There were also instructions for tapping, but I am not going to transcribe them here.

Speaking of tapping, I had not had a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) for a while and this was only my third or fourth, so venting was initially problematic as I twisted it more than a quarter-turn, which was too far. When I realized my mistake, I backed it down and got a momentary spray of beer until it pressurized. I pulled out the spigot and readied my glass before twisting the spigot to the left. Beer began flowing unabated! This produced two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Pale-Yellow (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose had a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was malty, but not cloying as many beers in the style are. Instead, it had a bready, nutty flavor that was a pleasant surprise. Finish was semi-dry, not very sweet at all. Everyone who got a taste agreed that it was less sweet than expected, so whether a result of inadvertent aging or by design, I feel like it was quite worthwhile. (2,398 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: light malt for a moment, then sulfury;

T: grape nuts; sulfur comes at mid-palate; light bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: closer to a pilsner than an Oktoberfest; (312 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

In pint glass from mini-keg

Appearance: pours a thick frothy white head that slowly falls with mild lacing. Color is clear light golden with mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley malt, grass & floral hops
Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a pleasant mostly dry finish.
Flavor: bready malt, a bit of vanilla, some mild grass & floral hops.
Overall: not outstanding but nicely dine and enjoyable. (418 characters)

Photo of dabarton
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

A crisp, clean, excellent example of the German Octoberfest style. A lot of these reviews miss the fact that German Octoberfest beers are different from American versions. This beer is excellent to world class, not merely OK. (226 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Poured from the Euro-green bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces a big sticky off-white head that persists. The beer is a crystal clear, pale, slightly amber golden color, with light carbonation.

Wonderful aroma of light toasted malt- I'm thinking mainly Vienna malt. Grainy, bready and hint-of-honey aroma-flavors are the main highlights. A creamy mouthfeel complements just a hint of lingering hops bitterness with a light floral quality. Underlying everything is that unique mineral quality that never seems to be present in American beers.

This is just an awesome lager beer and a brand that literally defines the style. A must have/try. (669 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden straw color. A fingernail length head. Aroma is malty sweet. Taste of light malt and light hops. The feel is perhaps my favorite aspect of this beer. It has a lively carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing and light bodied. Not very complex, yet overall, a decent beer. (295 characters)

Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

What sobuf posted is nearly 100% accurate. My only correction is that Warsteiner should not be on the list of Bavarian beers. It's from the North, not Munich. Otherwise, the comments are spot on. Criticizing any of the Munich Märzen beers as "not representative of the style" is laugh out loud absurd. An apt comparison would be claiming that Maker's Mark or Woodcord Reserve don't represent Kentucky bourbon - they ARE Kentucky bourbon, for crying out loud. Same for Chimay and Belgian Trappist Ale, Bavarian breweries and Hefeweizens, etc.

This is an excellent example of an Oktoberfest beer. I'm having one at this very moment, and it's delicious. (653 characters)

Photo of Reegze79
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured perfectly clear and golden. Aroma was malty and earthy. The body was a bit lighter than the typical American renditions but the beer was perfectly balanced and the familiar with the malty sweetness and noble hops coming through nicely. (242 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: September 20, 2014... GLASSWARE: Saranac willbecker...OCCASION: PSU/UMass--a Mass-acre to be?... APPEARANCE: hazy golden yellow body akin to a pilsener; steady upward bubbles; quite light for a fest; pale white head laces in tongues... AROMA: highly hopped in Saaz, apparently; besides the ping, some floral hops and grassy notes; not the fest expected... PALATE: active, vibrant and commanding--the aftertaste lingers with sweetness.....TASTE: sweet as a corn and biscuit combo can be; malty to the taste buds, but not as round as it is metallic to the nostrils; some wheat grass ...OVERALL: as Oktoberfests go, a surprise--much lighter and less malty than expected in its finish; perhaps drinking too many American fests has misled my expectations; still, balanced and worthwhile.... (798 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.21/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

yep. these ARE the original brews we drank years ago while America was languishing in Zima and Bartles n Jaymes....... I have had poor opinion of these recently but they truly are the originals. I miss being able to guzzle a hugely tasteful, hearty brew like this. gulping this down, I had a flashback to my Spaten days at Old World in Huntington Beach. anyone remember Club-Weisse? this aint it, but dang it provided a great flashback! prosit! (444 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 microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head, some of which remains on top and as a collar until the end. Good carbonation.

The smell is straw and wet hay; grassy spicy hops and earthy.

The taste follows the nose with straw and lemongrass. There is a light caramel malt background and light peppery hops on the back end. The aftertaste is crisp and clean with a little grassy grittiness in the background.

Overall this is a good, crisp tasting lager however it tastes more like a Pilsner than an Oktoberfest brew. That being said I would drink it again. (563 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden yellow looking like thousands of other beers.
Two inch white head that became hilly. OK carbonation. Very good lacking and retention.

Fresh, mild German hops aroma.

Tastes of mild grassy hops over a light carmely malt.

On the light side of a medium feel. Nice and crisp.

Overall just OK. (304 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%

Definitely on the paler side of the festbier family. Golden bright and exceptionally clear. Pours a good sized head with reasonable retention.

Complex nose with a fair amount of hops. Smells like a maltier pilsner.

Malty but balanced from the start, nice level of bitterness in the finish that isn't overpowering but encourages another sip. Slight lingering bitterness, but otherwise very clean.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming. Clean on tongue as it is in the flavor.

Not what comes to mind with an Oktoberfest kind of beer, but a super drinkable stronger lager. Green bottle makes it seem a little bush league, though. (670 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A golden straw color with a light film of white bubbles on top and a pleasing enough aroma, notably floral hops with an unexpected whiff of tropical fruit (lychee?), grapes, corn flake, and rather bready malts. Unfortunately, the taste was more pedestrian, subdued, and dare I say "macro" ... An understated graininess, maybe a very light pear fruitiness, crisp and dry with aggressive carbonation, thin body, and vaguely grassy noble finish. I agree that it is not really anyone's place to claim that this beer somehow fails to capture style guidelines. There are lighter Oktoberfests. However, to my palate this compares unfavorably with other German examples such as Ayinger. I'd prefer the flavors to pop more after the tease on the nose. (785 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz (GREEN >_<) bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade and a creamy texture. Retention isn't that good, but it leaves behind nice lacing. (3.75)

Smell: *sigh* It's fairly skunked. When I try to focus away from the skunk (it's hard to do), it smells like a pretty typical wiesn, which means it has a combination of sweet, bready malts and a minor noble hoppiness. For those of you who don't know what a wiesn is, it's basically a light-colored oktoberfest and bears a resemblance to a stronger Munich helles lager, whereas the marzen (AKA the variant most people think of when told to describe a fest beer) is amber-colored and very caramel-esque in its flavor tones.

Anyways, skunk bad, skunk real bad. (2.25)

Taste: A fairly simple beer: it starts with notes of white bread and table sugar, while the finish is vaguely hoppy. I'm also getting touches of bubblegum. The flavor doesn't seem as badly skunked here; in general, it's not my kind of mar...oops, I mean wiesn. But by no means is it a bad fest beer. (3)

Mouthfeel: When I don't focus on its initial sweetness, I find it to be dry. Really dry, actually. And that's good! This is the kind of beer that should be easy to put down. Carbonation is medium. (3)

Overall: I really dig a good fest beer: they're all about drinking mug after mug in rapid succession, without a care in the world. This can get the job done, but you'd have to overlook the skunk first, and that's hard to do. But hey, a keg will be skunk-free...just saying in case those of you reading this review still want to try it. (2.75)

2.84/5: Even without taking the skunk into consideration, I'd still prefer a good marzen over this one (1,744 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden yellow with a slight amber hue. Very clear and pours a one head that dissipates into a thin layer of soapy looking foam resting on the surface.

Aroma- Very bland, but sweet caramel and toasted malts can be detected.

Taste- A nice snap of herbal/spice hops upfront that give way to toasted malts and caramel flavors. Either this is a skunked beer or there is a unpleasant grainy flavor to this, which really knocks down the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean with a smooth, almost chewy texture that becomes a saving grace for this beer.

Overall- An okay beer, but there are clearly some off flavors in this beer that detract from the enjoyment. I've had this multiple time in the past and this was much better on draft, so maybe the green bottles screwed with, but even then I never really have that problem with Spaten beers. For what this is right now, its a okay oktoberfest that I'd give another chance, but if the off flavors persist then there's better alternatives out there. (70/100) (1,025 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

If I was handed this blind, I would have thought it was a Euro Pils.
First thing I noticed was the musty, skunk nose (Green Bottle?). Flavor seems to be more of the same, but honey sweet. Reminds me of sweetened version of a Heineken.
Not what I hoped it to be, but ya never know unless you give it a shot. (309 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Sampling right now on 9/25/14. Comes in a pretty 330ml (11.2 ounce) green bottle. Just bought a single one to try but comes in a 6-pack. From the Staattliches Hofbräuhaus in München (Munich) Germany. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a .3l glass 'boot'.

Pours a straw-yellow with a good 1/2+ finger foamy white head that settles down to about a 2mm head. Some spotty lacing was seen when sipped. Lots of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the .3l (about 11.5 ounce) 'boot'. The aroma is of German grains with a slight floral hops. A bit more going on with the taste with some spicy hops in there as well. Very slightly dry but lightly sweet finish as well. Overall, not as good as some of the other Oktoberfest brews I have tried recently but was decent. (812 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Bottle from a six pack from Market Basket. Green bottles, huge display in the store so I dug down to an unopened case and selected one form there.
Pale golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists for a bit. aromas of spicy floral hops, rich bready crackery pilsner with just a hint of melanoid. The flavor is rich and malty with a hint of sweetness. Light spicy hop provides balance and a touch of pruney cooked sugars adds some complexity. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I'd drink these all day long given half the chance. Clean well made with some subtle flavors, I like. (602 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 09/20/14. Served at fridge temp in a dimpled mug.

appearance: Old Gold with a one finger white head. Not much lacing.

smell: fragrant spicy hops dominate:

taste: clean, biscuity malt with an assertive spicy hoppiness. Finishes clean. This is a Helles brewed to Bock strength.

mouthfeel: solid, good.

overall: a solid, well made strong beer. (395 characters)

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