Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 542
Hads: 1,254
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 24.26%
Wants: 28
Gots: 154 | 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 TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on draft at the South Wedge Harvest Hootenanny beer garden tent in Rochester, New York. Coloring sat somewhere near a glowing pumpkin orange. It put up a one finger head of bobbing white foam that crashed around the glass like an iceberg in too small a vessel. This retained nicely before leaving clinging sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. A mild haze cut clarity, but no sediment was otherwise noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma showed wheaty earthiness, bittered European amber grain soak, burnt wheat bagels, light cloven and plastic phenols, harsher fruity esters, tinny yeast, black pepper, vegetal zucchini breadiness, dark clover honey, wet straw, and light but oily noble hop bitterness. Flavors included big bready dark wheatiness, sugary and toasty Munich maltiness, soft buttery diacetyls, distant bittered banana esters, toasted oats, oily orange peel, savory salted European lager yeastiness, India ink, rusted bronze, tattered and dusty cotton weave, faint grassy hoppiness, light booziness, and some toasted almond fruitiness. The body was on the full side of medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave very hearty slurp and smack, but sitting even further forward was the frothiness and creaminess that you’re met with. The mouth is coated only briefly in this before settling away into a gentle tannic, astringent spread. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks back without trouble.

Overall, this beer helped keep us warm on the first bitterly cold, windy day of the year. We met a group of pals out at our neighborhood’s outdoor fall festival, and were collectively happy to find a beer garden towards the back of the festival. They had a few local guys and a general smattering of Oktoberfest style beers, and we ended up landing on this one. In this setting, we found it to be hearty, warming, and generally clean for the style, giving off that bready and toasty classic maltiness that makes the style great. It equally conjured thoughts of steins and lederhosen as it did visions of a roaring fire. While the aroma was perhaps a bit dulled, thinned, and perhaps a bit too fruity, we thought the rest of it to be relatively solidly knocked together. We were pretty surprised to see how low a rating it got on here, and feel it to be deserving of a slot at least in the 80’s.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at an Oktoberfest celebration at the Student Prince in Springfield, MA. The beer had a golden, straw-like appearance with a medium-sized white head. Aromas were a bit wheat and bread-based with some spice flavoring. The beer had an earthy and bready tone with its taste mixed with some light malts. Good, medium body and carbonation. Overall, not too bad of a drink for the evening.

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Photo of drmeto
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-pours a clear golden with a medium, frothy, white head
-high carbonation visible
-honey,grainy,spicy,biscuity,bready,faint diacetyl
-medium carbonation
-medium,oily body
-no alcohol detectable
Way underrated Oktoberfestbier

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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 James954
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Clear golden and with good carbonation coming from bottom with lacing on the rim.
S: faint and unremarkable staw and bread
T: Like an upgraded American Adjunct beer with better carbonation.
F: perfect mouthfeel and carbonation for what it is...

O: After having other well-known Oktoberfest offerings from Germany, Hofbrau is at the bottom of the totem pole in that regard. It performs well versus American adjunct lagers (and Becks).

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Photo of vinicole
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow with thick frothy head.
Clean refreshing but muted aroma of hops.
Sweet turning to mild grain. Some malt. Short in flavour.
Reasonably easy to drink.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.14/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Apparently Hofbrau sold out to brewing a pale in color Oktoberfest. For a brewery with high standards this disappointed me. It finished dead last in our recent Waterstone Beer Club Oktoberfest event.

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Photo of The_Kings_Thirst
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Yellow and clear with a quickly vanishing white head.
S: Bready, grassy, earthy.
T: Sweet. Bready/biscuit and grass. A little tartness on back.
F: Light and well carbonated.

O: Easy drinking. Could put a few liters away without a problem. Reminiscent of the Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn which I slightly prefer.

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Photo of RickyS
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow, clear, bubbly, nice froth that goes away leaving only a thin layer of foam that sticks around for a long time. On the nose immediate hay and grass, very very typical of the sytle. Taste is bready and malty. The alcohol is well subdued, I ve seen other examples of the style where it is not. Thin mouthfeel and no persistance of the taste. Ok beer but nothing that will blow your socks away.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a pale yellow with really good clarity. White head that disappears throughout.

S - Yeast, grains, wheat, euro - skunk smell.

T - low to medium bodied, yeast, lemon grass, dank, crisp on the palate, finishes with a touch of dry bitterness, but not before some malts come through.

O -Solid offering and in this style. I always get an appreciation for how many different clicks on the spectrum a brewer can go on the Oktoberfest style. This definitely leans to the more mild and less malty sweetness. Easy to quaff this back so I would def recommend.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.29/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. I was scared off from purchasing for quite some time due to the green bottle. However, my love for Märzen took over and I decided to give it a shot. As soon as I popped the cap, my fears were justified.

Gold color with brilliant clarity and a decent amount of white head. The skunky aroma seemed to jump out of the bottle immediately upon opening. Hard to pick out anything else beyond the skunkiness. Sweet and grainy upon tasting with spicy hops and that awful skunkiness again. It really made it hard to get past. Light to medium body. Clearly there is a quality issue going on here that needs to be resolved. Not much more to say.

I'm sure this is actually a nice Weis'n style Oktoberfest when served on-tap. I've been to the Hofbräuhaus in Munich and I've had their Helles and Dunkel Lagers on-tap, both of which are very enjoyable. Safe to say I will not be purchasing any more Hofbrau bottles in the future until the problems are fixed.

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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 WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little bit too hoppy, spicy, yeasty for a Marzen. There is a lot more grain flavor here than Vienna malt. It looks more like a Helles, and drinks like a combination of a Pilsner-Helles. A very good lager, but it doesnt strike me as an Oktoberfest. I would swear it was a Helles.

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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 Buck89
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden clear color with a frothy white head that lingered. The aroma was subdued - pale biscuity malt with some yeast and subtle spicy noble hop character and some grassiness. Taste was better - bright sweet bready malt with faint floral hop flavor at the end. Medium bodied with more carbonation that I expected. Very quaffable, but not a robust as others in the style.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Best before 2016-06-24. Poured into tulip.

A: Clear yellow. Poured with some foam but sank soon.
S: Little grainy sweet notes.
T: Malty sweet. Mildly bitterness. Dry finish.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: The first German brewed Oktoberfest I have had. It looks and smells like many pale lagers, but of taste-wise it is slightly stronger, in the right direction.

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Photo of claminat420
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on a hardy pour into a pilsner glass.

Appearence- solid golden color with super transparency. white frothy head that leaves barely any lacing. looking like some basic grains but good non the less

Aroma- super basic malt. even tho I don't have a nose with range this smells basic as in cereal grains..maybe biscuity?

Taste- much on the malt side. like I said with the aroma there's a cereal- biscuity action going on. like corn flake water. prob some earthy german hops that don't do sh#t but tame the sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel- medium/light in body.

Drinkability- as i'm going on the sixth soon it's not that bad.

Overall- are there better Oktoberfest brews out there? hell yeah. as I was feeling something different and in a lager category this def hit the spot. I could see any bud and miller fans attempting to take the training wheels off accepting this brew.

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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 headlessparrot
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the .51L brown bottle a surprisingly pale colour for the style, a gold with only hints of caramel around the edges, and two fingers of white foam that recedes quickly down to a couple of islands but leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

Smell is pale malt, biscuit, cracker. Faintly herbal, grassy. A hint of caramel? Good, but less malt forward than I expect from the style.Taste has a touch more toasted and caramel malt quotient, more biscuit and a touch of cracker. Some floral hop bitterness, grassiness, hay, vegetal (bitter greens). Given that this is on the lighter side of the style, the body is a bit heavy, and the carbonation is pretty vigorous.

A decent, if unspectacular, Oktoberfest beer. Competent, and the taste delivers more than the smell promises, but it's a heavy beer whose heaviness doesn't really manifest in all that much more flavour. I *really* like Hofbrau's standard Helles lager, but this is a bit middling.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mini keg tapped at a Labor Day party

Golden orange with a frothy white foam two finger cap

Biscuity and grassy malts

Malt biscuit flavor

Light body, meant to be quaffed


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Photo of TopherBreski
1.92/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, this is a Marzen? It looks slightly heavier than Coors light. It seriously smells like shandy; no wheat or caramel I'm upset. A Marzen brewed in Germany and its puss water; I feel ripped off. Taste is not bad; it's like Stella but compared to an Oktoberfest, it's shit. How is this a Marzen?

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light yellow-ish orange, with a long lasting half inch foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like crackery and bready sweet malt, with some fruitiness as well.

This isn't as bad as the ratings suggest, but it's definitely not the best Oktoberfest on the market. It's pretty sweet, and thin, with some crackery and caramelly malt flavor, and a really subdued hop character. There's some sweet almost grapey fruitiness, as well.

This is fairly thin bodied, very drinkable, but I do wish it was a little fuller.

Not bad, could definitely see having a few of these.

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Photo of teromous
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green glass 12oz bottles. A mark on the label says L 147 0 11:17
Imported to the U.S.

Appearance: It is a very light golden color. Absolutely crystal clear with lots of visible carbonation and a thick fluffy head. It's much lighter than other Oktoberfest beers that I've had but it looks fantastic.

Aroma: There was this skunky aroma I could pick out as soon as I opened the bottle. It had me really worried because even as I poured it into the glass it started to fill the room with a skunky aroma and I was afraid it would be a skunk bomb. I don't know where that scent went because when I approach the glass I get a large spicy and slightly floral hop aroma. There's a bit of a cereal scent in there too.

Taste: It has a very nice slight biscuit flavor accompanied by a light touch of alcohol. There is a light skunky flavor to the beer that comes out at odd moments like burping or every few sips. The flavor of the beer is pretty bland as well.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty decent mouthfeel. It's light and drinkable with only the slightest pinch of hop bite. It has no real presence on the palate.

Overall: Get this in a beer tent or on tap somewhere that stores their kegs properly. As an import bottle I would not recommend this.The skunky aroma and flavor is not overwhelming but for an Oktoberfest beer which is supposed to be festive it's hard to really sit down and enjoy it. I tried another bottle and it was the same as the first. Now if you can get past that minor glitch you are left with an average tasting beer no matter what the style. It does have some pleasant spicy noble hop character which really is nice but the base of the beer just empty. There is no malt character aside from this very faint cereal flavor. I would most certainly try it again on tap, especially in Munich, but as it stands this is a no-go for the import bottles.

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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 dar482
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a pale golden color.

The flavor hits of grass hops, biscuity malt, a bit of sweetness and pale malts, onto a medium bitterness with some spicy character.

A decent crisp lager for 6.3%.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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