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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering at the Pittsburgh location. The menu described this as the beer imported from Munich and the same beer served during Octoberfest, so I assume this is the correct listing. Offered up in a large dimbled mug, it appears a polished clear copper clor with a sudsy white froth. Some spotty lace is left clinging on the glass.

The aroma is fresh and malty sweet with a backing of buttered bread. Despite swirling and taking plenty of whiffs, I dont get a whole lot more character beyond that. Pretty simple and straight forward without fault.

The taste is buttery sweet with diacetyl imparting plenty of buttery notes that blend into a taste of fresh bready grain. A faint noble hop character provides enough bitterness to contrast. There is a persistent sweetness lasting into the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. In true octoberfest fashion, this is pretty crushable and something you could drink effortlessly if you dont focus too much on what is going on with it. Nice to say I had it, but I doubt I would opt to try this again if presented with other options.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2013 19:48:59 | More by stakem
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Zackcavalier

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you like miller lite, this beer is for you. Scary how similar this is to mL for me anyways. Sweet, fairly one dimensional and watery. Light amber/yellow...seems like a pils. Smells pils-y. Clear as yellow glass. I would not drink again. Sweet, breadlike finish. I assume, based on the german nature of this beer, there are no adjucts, but it tastes corny to me. I am not sure why the others in my group loved it so.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 23:38:36 | More by Zackcavalier
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oktoberfestbier pours a golden straw color with no head. There is a sweet apple juice like aroma. The taste is rather pale, light, and has a strong apple juice like flavor. Flavor is present but rather light and watery, and a little too much of the sweet side. Overall its a sweet light fruity Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 23:38:39 | More by vette2006c5r
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a: Surprisingly light pale golden; served with a small whispy head.

s: Lightly sweey cereal, not much else.

t: Pretty muted overall, sweet, bready grains and a muddled, lightly bitter finish.

m: Crisp body but not a very clean finish.

o: Bland and a bit off, not a good example of the style imo.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 04:15:10 | More by DIM
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden with a tiny white head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Not much here at all. Faint whiffs of bread and cereal grains.

Taste
Hints of bread, cereal grains and Munich malts. A sprinkling of brown sugar. There is a strong off-flavor of green apple or something.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and well carbonated.

Overall
Weak.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2013 15:06:24 | More by justintcoons
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas. That place is amazing. The food is extremely authentic and the beer/pretzels are shipped directly from Germany to this location. They say that these kegs are in the same family as the ones from the tents in Munchen.

I shared this beer with my wife, and she gave me the usual comment of: "It tastes like beer." I feel that she is eminently correct on this one. Based on the purity laws, this beer is as much a proper base as is possible (look it up, one to grow on).

This beer is simple, clean, and very drinkable. It epitomizes a true Oktoberfest beer. The smell and taste are preminently in the lager style.
On the end of each drink you get a little sweetness.

This is a very good example for the style, as it one of the originals.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2012 20:40:34 | More by ummswimmin
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deebo

Minnesota

2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-served in a stein this one has much less color than most-definitely more golden than amber. The white head quickly is gone leaving hints of lace on the glass.
S-not a lot going on here-very light on the sweet malt, very pale
T-same as aroma
M-fairly clean finish, otherwise pretty average across the board
O-Really surprised that even on tap this one has some hints of skunk. One of my least favorite marzens

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2012 02:12:52 | More by deebo
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mdfb79

New York

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

From 09/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore at their German beerfest. Served in a big ass liter stein.

a - Pours a dark amber-brown color with one fniger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, grains, bready malts, burnt malts, light caramel malts, and some light nuts. Super malty, just as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, bready malts, light dark fruit, and light toffee/caramel. A little bit better than the nose, but again, super malty.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. A little bit thicker and the body would be great. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very solid Oktoberfest beer, if that is what you are looking for. Nothing that outstanding about it, but it's a good, solid made Oktoberfest beer. Looks like people have had big problems with bottles of it but it was fine on tap; not skunky at all. If you're looking for an easy drinking Oktoberfest beer worth checking out, though I liked their Dunkel a lot more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 16:10:27 | More by mdfb79
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Axismundi

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a half liter of this on tap at Schnitzel Platz - a nice German restaurant in the Chicagoland area. I've had this one a long time ago, before I really learned to enjoy beer and thought it was wickedly bitter. It's been 6 years since that time and I really enjoyed it this time around - quite a surprise.
A - Came with a thick frothy head, almost aproaching the consistency of shaving cream, lol. Quite clear yellow gold color.

S- Pretty general german beer smell, you know that that this is an old school german beer, nothing experimental or extreme here, just the smell of good quality german beer.

T - Crisp, refreshing, well-balanced. The moderately bitter hops and the sweeter malts of oktoberfest come at you all at once, and the alcohol is very faintly perceivable. A very classic, agreeable taste (if you like beer)

M- Perfectly carbonated for this style. Moderately high, but seems very well suited for it. Seems to break up the heavier grain bill of the oktoberfest style.

Overall - 4.5- 5. Refreshing, clean, yummy and satisfying. Don't miss out on this one ON-TAP. Don't seek out the bottles. They're green and skunk too easily.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 01:10:52 | More by Axismundi
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MNJR

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 01:42:23 | More by MNJR
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Chaney

District of Columbia

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

I had this on tap over at my friend and work collegue's place last weekend and one of my peeps brought me a sixer of this last night at a Halloween party that I hosted. Needless to say, I'm familiar with this beer.

I poured this into my "Dick's Last Resort", 24 oz. beer glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, soft golden color, without a big bubble content visually, and the head was about a 1/2 finger, which stuck around for a while.

S: Fresh baked bread.... of the cracked wheat variety. Not much sweetness except for the natural one found in bread.

T: Not syrupy (that would be blasphemy in the Marzen world!), but it was more sugar concentrated than I like for this style. The German malts present had sort of a "blah" character to them.

M: Very low carbonation. Actually, if I had a force carbonater in my possession, I'd gladly carbonated this one manually. That might turn this one into a world-class beer. The lacing was splotchy.

O: Neither offending nor very pleasing. I like this one okay.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 03:14:17 | More by Chaney
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Standard looking macro-gold body, it has one finger of dense, whipped head. No lace on the glass at all.

Smell- The nose is slightly herbal, a little more on the vegetal side with a grassy hop present, not very strong.

Taste- This one is incredibly crisp and clean. Orange comes out with the herbal notes on the tongue, heavy wheat backbone. This is one of the more refreshing Fest offerings.

Mouth feel- That crisp nature is helped by the slight carbonation of this beer, and it really does feel nice. It is quite smooth for being more on the lighter side.

Overall- Again, just a really refreshing drink, but as far as a Fest profile goes, it remains fairly average.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 00:21:45 | More by Pintofbrown
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argock

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey golden with short quickly receding cap of off-white head and no lacing.

S: Nice caramel, nutty notes with soft herbal hoppiness.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is much lighter than the aroma with a basic grainy flavor with very little hopping aside from some light grassy herbal notes. Pretty disappointing.

M: Light-medium bodied with a fairly smooth feel. Easy drinker for sure.

O: Pretty run-of-the-mill marzen, maybe even slightly below average given the grainy, low-character malt contribution and dank grassy hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 14:27:06 | More by argock
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claspada

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation and a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
Aromas begin with light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with a surprisingly ample amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops, but this is definitely one of the sweetest examples of the style I have had this month or ever.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish as well.
Overall this beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style. It is too sweet overall with not enough malt heft or hop bitterness or flavor to combat the overpowering pale sweet bready/biscuitness. There are much better examples out there so this is a one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 13:52:00 | More by claspada
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1.48/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Very excited to try this. Big letdown. This is a very boring beer. It tastes like an American Light Lager, but they have managed a higher ABV.

Appearance is a very light yellow.

There is a near odorless beer. It doesn't smell bad, it just has no aroma. This was less surprising after I tasted it. Extremely light flavor. Same amount of flavor as Coors. Barely discernible hops. Malt flavor is so light it is hard to figure out how they got to 6.3 ABV.

There is no mouthfeel. Water has more mouthfeel. The draft I had was overcarbonated. I let it sit a little bit, and it was very slightly better.

Overall, this is an extremely boring, bland beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 02:32:14 | More by
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft pour into a Hofbrau branded mug - this one was definitely over the 0.5 liter line. God I love Magoun's. Reviewed from notes.

Looks quite different from any oktoberfest I've ever seen; as the bartender was pouring my mug, I had to check twice to make sure she'd selected the correct tap. Pours a pale yellow that's quite clear, almost like an adjunct lager. A frothy, one-finger white head tops it off.

From smell alone this is quite reminiscent of a pilsner, though I would if that perception is just psychomatic. There is a very clear grassy, earthy hop aroma alongside what seems to be pilsner malt. A touch of pepper and spice reminds me of what style of beer I'm drinking.

The taste is surpsingly sweetness, almost to the point of being cloying and overpowering. There's a very clean bready, biscuit character to the malt bill that's actually quite refrshing, but that saccharine sweetness obscures it almost entirely. The hop profile from the aroma seems almost entirely absent in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a little dead, and more carbonation might help this. In any event, I couldn't imagine being able to drink too much of this.

Quite a departure from the style, and an unsuccessful departure at that. The mug, however, is awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 20:41:30 | More by amphion1065
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ehammond1


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Clear orange and amber with a moderately sized near-white head. Lines and spots of lacing left down the glass. Nearly perfect per the style.

Grassy and earthy hop character combined with a touch of caramel malt. There's a hint of the dishrag/wet sponge aroma I despise, but it's faint.

Fortunately, I'm far more of a fan of this beer's taste than of it's aroma. There's quite a bit of toasted and caramel malt, a bit of sweetness, and some sharp, yet grassy hops. Overall, this seems like a classic, incredibly drinkable Oktoberfest.

Medium mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable. Near perfect per the style.

A simple, classic Oktoberfest. I would happily drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 02:36:00 | More by ehammond1
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metter98

New York

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pilsner Haus, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 14:35:01 | More by metter98
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Boto

Connecticut

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

Draught @ Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh: This one pours a clear, somewhat darker golden color. There was a good sized white head on it that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. The aroma is lighter, with notes of malt, graininess and some spice. The taste is good. Malty, slightly earthy. A touch sweet with a hint of bitterness and pepper in the finish. Smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 00:14:05 | More by Boto
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a tall pokal at The Firkin.

My final beer of the night, one I missed out on a couple weeks ago in Chi-Town. It pours a clear pale amber-straw topped by over a finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel, grass, flowers, and light orange zest (the aroma borders on mandarin orange). The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel is even lighter now, the orange zest is increased, and some very light cinnamon is added for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty solid O-Fest: not really the best of the bunch, but nowhere near the bottom of the pile. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 04:55:40 | More by TMoney2591
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

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

Dark yellow in color with an orange hue and excellent clarity. Poured with a dense, frothy white head with respectable staying power that left a few sticky lacings on the glass. Sweet bready and caramel malt aromas are dominant. Smooth, refreshing, delicate feel with light carbonation. Bready caramel malt flavors up front and through the middle with bitter hoppy notes toward the finish. Finishes crisp and clean. Very easy to drink. A very nice Octoberfest.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 02:21:52 | More by IronLover
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Uberstein, Chicago, IL

Pretty typical beer for this style. Poured a clear amber with a decent finger of white head. Light roasty malts on the nose, kind of weak. Generally malty flavor, light caramel and sugar, nutty, with a touch of hop bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 22:51:19 | More by Rifugium
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap poured in a 1L stein at the Hofbrahusaus in Las Vegas and from a 12oz bottle numerous times. Pours clear light golden with lots of fine bubbles and a thick smooth creamy white head. Sweet malty aroma with some grassy noble hops. Medium sweet upfront caramel malty taste, almost like a mai-bock, followed by light grassy hops and a distinctive alcohol finish. Medium body very crisp and a bit creamy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2011 20:06:48 | More by CuriousMonk
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Duttonic

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/06/10. On-tap at the Dancing Bear.

A- Very light copper/dark yellow, 1 finger white head, no bubbling or lacing.

S- Medium malt (not overpowering or too strong), pecan, light brown sugar.

T/M- light/medium body, creamy, smooth, rich texture.

D- Excellent. This may be arguably the best Oktoberfest I've ever had, if not it is in my top three. You won't regret trying it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 02:16:11 | More by Duttonic
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taigor

New York

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 18:12:12 | More by taigor
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