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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 851
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rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%


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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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Drew966

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier pours a golden yellow with an off white head from a five liter mini keg. The aroma is grainy, not very impressive. The flavor is decent, malty, biscuit and/or caramel dominate. Decent, but not my favorite of the style to be sure.

Serving type: can

08-30-2009 23:59:57 | More by Drew966
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We tried this beer out at our pub. For those that have visited Munch, it's tough to find a much more recognizable noun than Hofbrau. It's easier to say and spell than the Marienplatz Glockenspiel, is it not? And it's just a few blocks away.

So I think that's part of why this beer's special. It's not the most flavorful German Oktoberfest. I'd give that nod to Spaten. But, still, it's solid. Marzen beer's don't have to be amber and caramelly. They're the brewer's idea of what should be drank during Oktoberfest. And here's Hofbrau's version.

A light-honey colored body. a decent, bright white head. Smells of barley malt with a hint of grass. Taste is smooth yet full. There are definitely some hops that hit the back of the tongue. A nice balance, indeed.

No, this is not the most flavorful Marzen around, but if I were in Germany on a hot summer day, listening to um-pa-pa bands and swaying side to side with the other people at my table, this is probably what I'd be drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 15:07:25 | More by DaveFL1976
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hofbräuhaus Newport - JPH
JP Henley's, 10/4/08 on draft, 20 oz pub glass, 5.8 ABV
A 2.5, light and golden yellow, little to no head or lacing
S 3.0, notes of honey, sweet notes for a Marzen
T 3.0, mediocre, different than most Marzen, semi bitter balanced with sweetness
MF 3.5 Semi syrupy, medium body, weird for a Marzen
D 3.0, I would drink this, I like it, but it is not my first pick for a Marzen/Ofest beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 21:12:39 | More by unclejimbay
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Vancer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber, decent white head. My total impression is that the brew is on the side of a plain jane - aroma is subtle with gentle notes of spices. Quaff is also along those lines, it does have a bit of a hop kick in the finish, but overall well balanced - although kinda weak. Nothing outstanding with this brew, but easy drinking in the cool fall weather.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2008 15:53:24 | More by Vancer
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on draft, and the beer that was handed to me had a much lighter color than expected. A clear, slightly dark / tarnished gold appearance. I wanted to ask the bartender if he was sure he had poured from the right tap... but I'd seen him pour it. Slightly creamy looking white head, not that much of it. Nice lacing.

I think I detected some caramel malt to the nose. Cut grains and grass, with some apple tang as well.

Wait... this a märzen?!? Can't be. It tasted like a pilsener with the malt amped up a slight bit. Maybe - maybe - you could call it a helles. Grains, some sweetness from light fruits, grassiness, hop crispness.

Good carbonation, this is a fairly crisp and refreshing beer that is certainly drinkable. But... but... it would not be a standout in any style, let alone Oktoberfests, from which I expect different things (not that they should be or are carbon copies).

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2008 03:34:27 | More by TheMistler
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright golden color. Poured a slightly cream-colored head that dissipated pretty quickly before settlin to a skim that thickened around the edges. Very light lacing. Decanted slowly and steadily throughout.

S: Pale malt and slightly bitter Saaz hops with a light grassy note.

T: Very consistent with aroma; crisp pale malt and grassy hops. Finished very crisp and clean.

M: Medium thin body. Ample carbonation, but not overdone. Fresh, crisp hop bite cleansed finish.

D: Very drinkable. A solid choice for the style. Had a liter during the keg-tapping at the Hofbrau House in Milwaukee.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2008 14:54:09 | More by Haybeerman
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tedsox31

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at an Octoberfest in Chicago.

Poured a very pale golden color with minimal head, and left almost no lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell is very slightly citrusy to me, and also a bit of yeast, although I cannot detect much more than that.

Taste is of yeast, and some hops, and a whole bunch of carbonation that probably masks whatever else is in there. Really not very impressed with the taste.

Very carbonated mouthfeel, although it is light-tasting and nothing lingers on the palate after you are done swallowing.

A drinkable beer; certainly not near the best. I would call this mediocre, but a fine beer for an outdoor festival with lots of people milling around. I don't think I would ever consume it at home.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2008 14:54:29 | More by tedsox31
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chileman13

New Mexico

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I ran across this beer while I visited the House of Brews in Manhattan, NYC. I was really looking for the Pschorr, however they were out. Thinking yaaa the Germans know beer I went for this.
A- Really light Gold to straw in color. No head
S- Lightly Hopsy
T- Not like any Octoberfest. Really this is a very tasty summer beer.Balanced
M- Thin acceptable level of carbonation.
D- Drinkable, of course it's drinkable, just not what I was expecting.
I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2007 21:09:43 | More by chileman13
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Lupe

New York

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden colored and crystal clear with a small white head. Some lacing left behind the sides of the glass. Surprised by the appearance of this beer, as I am accustomed to orange or amber Oktoberfests.

Light malty aroma - very clean with toasted grain and mild hops. Faint hint of alcohol spice as well.

Sweet pale malt flavor - clean and light with toasted grain, bread, and crackers. Hops add a grassy flavor, some spice, and a nice bite. Finishes slightly dry. Flavors are fairly muted.

Medium bodied, super smooth, soft, and creamy. Much fuller mouthfeel than expected. Easy to drink with a straight forward maltiness. Good session beer.

Definitely not the best Oktoberfest out there, but not bad at all - At least on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2007 04:28:04 | More by Lupe
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BBM

New York

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light golden yellow into the pint gl-- wait, light golden yellow? I thought this was supposed to be an Oktoberfest. This was the first thing that gave me skepticism. The aroma was actually a pleasant blend of fruitiness and earth-like spiciness, with a healthy smell of caramel malts.

Unfortunately none of that really transferred into the flavor. There was plenty of malt, but also a generous amount of grassy hops, and that slight Euro-lager skunkiness to the finish. I wanted to make sure it was in fact the Oktoberfest and not the traditional lager, so I double-checked the tap handle. And sure enough... this beer honestly has no inclination that it is an oktoberfest beer, which is really disappointing. You'd think a brewery from MUNCHEN would be able to nail this one pretty well.

Mouthfeel was thin and slightly carbonated, but not bad. To be honest, this serves as a decent Euro lager, something that's certainly drinkable if you want a lighter beer. But as an Oktoberfest it's unacceptable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 16:37:17 | More by BBM
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3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Hofbrau in Vegas, 11/4/06.

Clear gold color, with a large white head.

Smell was fairly mild, hops were light and floral and malt came across as a mild caramel.

Taste was mainly malt, caramel again dominating. Hops came through as a nice balance.

Light in body with medium carbonation. A bit drying, but just enough to keep you drinking it.

Overall, not terribly impressed. Drinkable, but nothing I would seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 16:54:00 | More by
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a burgundy orange color with a smallish white head, but nice lacing. Smells quite grainy and a touch spicy, but mostly grainy. Taste is light on the mouth. Sweet malts but they seem a touch muted. Smooth though and enjoyable. Bitter hops provide a dry finish. Some alcohol notes creep in as this beer warms a bit. Not the most robust or flavorful O-fests but one of the more drinkable, sessionable O-fests I have had, even with the abv level. I think tap must be way better than bottles for this beer and most Hofbrau beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2006 16:16:07 | More by granger10
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atigerlife

Hawaii

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a large, foamy white head that lasts. Small amount of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is of lager yeast, sweet, and light hops.

Taste is quite light with some mild hops, malts and a sweet bready taste underlying its character.

Mouthfeel is also light and some light carbonation.

Overall, it is very drinkable. Not the most enjoyable beer as it lacks some defining character, but one that you could sit around and drink for a while. Nothing offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2006 23:09:54 | More by atigerlife
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jasonjlewis

Texas

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was recommended by the bar tender. I was excited as the head was nice as well as the retention. However, the color was pale for an October fest. The smell was somewhat faint, small malts came through, it was hard to distinguish.
Taste: Balanced, but not a lot going on. I want thicker malts.
Mouthfeel: was somewhat crisp, but wasn't really clingy.
Drinkability: Easy to drink, I'd rather make a session out of another octoberfest brew though.

Revisited this 10-9-08. Not good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2006 00:12:17 | More by jasonjlewis
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teg8612

Texas

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear yellow with thin white lace

S- Clean with a slight hint of alcohol. Thin malts. More Euro Pale lager without the funk.

T&M- Malts are more pale malt than caramel. Very crisp and on the light end of medium bodied. Grainy and slightly toasted malts give way to some hop bitterness that leaves a clean, kinda dry finish with only a slight bit of alcohol burn.

D- This isn't what I think of when I want a Oktoberfest. This looks too pale and not very sweet. ABV is there but this smacks of Euro Pale Lager rather than Marzen. We shall call this O-Fest Light.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 13:57:15 | More by teg8612
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medic25

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an authentic half-liter stein. Golden yellow color with a foamy white head. Crisp malty aroma. Taste did not strike me a being a Marzen. To be honest I thought I was drinking a pilsener. Clean, light flavor, with a hint of maltiness. Fairly drinkable,but it tasted closer to a Stella Artois than an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2006 01:49:51 | More by medic25
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good to see the Oktoberfests back in session. Though Hofbrauhaus' left me a bit disapointed. I was expecting a rich bready, malty, strong, flavorful brew. Thought the strength shined, the bready, medium-full texture, rich malts left me wanting more. Paler straw than expected, but the head retention and lacing is on par. Aromas of majorily grain and an estery fruitiness that was unexpected. Tastes more fruity and grain-like than that classic rich bready, caramel malt that I really wanted. The beer is left a little too standard-pilsner-like. The strength was there, leaving an alcohol flavor and mild heat in the finish. Just a touch of grain-bite in the finish and aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2006 14:12:02 | More by BEERchitect
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a light copper with a thin white head leaves specks of lacing around my pint. Aroma has sweet apple notes with German noble grassy hop notes not the typical roastier nutty American interpretation of this style but okay. Flavor has a clean mild sweetness low hop bitterness but with some good hop flavor that grassy herbal character is great with a touch of cereal presence, I think I could drink this by the liter at an actual O fest much more so than the caramel malt infused versions. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied good sturdy carbonation flows smoothly. Drinkability is quality like I said not as complex as or quaffable as some but you could put a few of these away with no worries.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2006 13:13:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice subtle sweet maltiness and a very nice soft doughiness.

The taste was also subtly sweet with an excellent grainy body and mild hint of caramel.

The mouthfeel was medium in fullness and mildly chewy.

Overall a very drinkable Oktober. Not as sweet as some of its German bretheren, which really appealed to me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 23:12:06 | More by plaid75
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Redrover

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2005 19:57:27 | More by Redrover
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tomthumbsblues

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was fortunate enough to get this beer on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Charlottesville, VA. It came to me with a slight creamy head with dissipated. The color was light golden. The smell was hops and malt with some fruit hints. Taste revealed a good solid malt base with some sweetness and fruity notes. A pleasant bitterness arises in the center of the tongue in the aftertaste. This beer left a good coating on the tongue. Definitely one I'd drink again if I have the chance.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2004 02:55:20 | More by tomthumbsblues
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thegiggy86

New York

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just had this beer over at Shaefer's Bar and grill over in Staten Island New York. They had an advertisement for the beer on the table, so I decided to give it a shot.

Appearance: The beer had a very attractive golden color. Very inviting. Small head on top.

Smell: I'm not an expert, but the beer smelled fresh.

Taste: Not too strong, not too light. Just right.

Mouthfeel: Good, crisp.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. I had a few.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2004 22:40:02 | More by thegiggy86
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Jon

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden hue with a huge, fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing down the half-liter mug. Quite subdued in the nose with some mild malt and somewhat of an off hop flavor. Flavor is a nice balance between sweet, caramel maltiness and a restrained bitterness that becomes evident on the prolonged finish. Full-bodied marzen lager, this is smooth and drinkable. Decent.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2003 22:36:10 | More by Jon
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2003 15:44:15 | More by PatandDavid
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can you believe it? Hofbrauhaus Newport's Octoberfest available at TGIF's in Cincinnati! Word is that they own 10% of the HB so they can carry the line in the restaurants. This year's brew is a special recipe being made here and in Munich to honor the opening of the HB Newport. It's time for Monday Night Football at TGIF, so let's give it a try!

Appearance - pours a light gold into a pint glass. Soda-like white head forms up about a finger thick. Leaves a solid ring of lace around the top of the glass, but not much more as the beer disappears. This doesn't look like your typical fall Octoberfest as one look tells you it is evidently void of any Vienna or caramel malts.

Aroma - Has a clean malt smell with some light spiciness.

Taste - well, I know it's not an amber style, but I was still kind of expecting a fuller taste. What I got was a much lighter, but tasty malt start. At first, it's very similar to a German pilsener in flavor. A mild bitterness on the finish provides pretty good balance. I even pick up a hint of honey sweetness for a bit, once I get accustomed to the primary taste. A nicely done Octoberfest, I guess it's only fair that I not deduct for its being as light as it is, after all, the fest-tents in Bavaria are full of similar style beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp, clean, and most bubbly.
Drinkability - I must have salted away about 5 or 6 of these during the game, so that speaks for itself. It goes down easily and almost too quickly. Even after several, the flavor is still right there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2003 14:38:18 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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