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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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851 Ratings
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Ratings: 851
Reviews: 479
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

1.63/5  rDev -51.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Very light straw color; crystal clear. A little too light for my expectations. Very impressive white head. Also, it leaves nice lace on the glass.

Aw, nuts, this beer has skunked. (Rant ahead) Why do beer companies put beers (especially exports to USA) in green bottles? I took a chance knowing that it was a new offering, but still it is ruined.

The taste reflects the skunking. Sorry guys, you deserve this score. I'll give it a shot, anyway. I'm surprised to see that this is an ale, which is not true to style. I'm pleased to report that it does have a crisp mouthfeel with a full body. It has some hops and I'm sure when it was fresh that it was more pronounce.

Unfortunately, under it's current state, it's really undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 23:26:32 | More by smcolw
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

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

12oz green bottle. No freshness date on bottle.
It pours a light gold color with a medium-sized snow-white head and some sheets of sliding lace.
The aroma is mild. There's a light smell of sweet malt and an ever so faint smell of over- ripe fruit.
It's not very malty for the style, although this brew is slightly heavier than the HB lager. A taste of bread dough and a mild herbal quality add a rounded flavor and mouthfeel.
A Euro-hop metallic tang and weak citrus bitterness are more upfront than is normally expected for the style.
Not a bad brew, just a different, less malt-driven, slightly more alcoholic presentation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 23:22:20 | More by BeerResearcher
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texashammer

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Sorry, I just can't get into this. First of all, this beer is colored like a pilsner: light straw yellow. Good head, but I am unimpressed by this un-oktoberfest color. Smells like an unpleasant pilsner at first (mass produced, yuck). At this point I am very disappointed in Hofbrau. However, as it warms, there is some citrus and even a little spice on the nose (cloves?), so I am pleased that there is something interesting going on. Tastes better than it smells, with the smooth citrus, cloves, and at the end, honey. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant, smooth, easy. However, I can't get into this as an oktoberfest. Certainly does not fit the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 20:16:13 | More by texashammer
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle: boo, hiss. Alright, now on to the beer.

Pours a bright yellow-gold. Yes, yellow-gold. I thought I opened the bottle of Helles that was next to it in the fridge, but no, this is the Oktoberfest. It's actually far more yellow than the helles. Billowing white head, nice and soft, whip cream above the glass. Good lacing. This would make a damn fine good looking helles. It is a hell of an odd looking O'fest. I'm scoring it a 3 based on my confusion.

Nose is heavy on fresh mowed grass, with a hint of hops lurking about the edges.

Inviting soft malty overture. Solid, not overly sweet. But not deep, no chocolate-like leanings. Late arriving hops sneak into the back of the theatre. They balance the malt into a clean finish, and hang around for the encores.

Nice soft mouthfeel. Refreshing.

A solid session beer suitable for all audiences. A good gateway beer: use a German import instead of one of those "weird microbreweries" to expand horizons.

An ok, nice little helles perhaps. An Oktoberfest only on Bizarro World.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2004 04:50:58 | More by RonfromJersey
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Suds

Pennsylvania

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

This beer pours a clear, deep golden color with a thin white head. The color is a little lighter than a typical marzen, but the head does produce considerable lacing. The aroma has an expected, lightly toasted malt aroma, but also has a distinct hop smell. The beer is malty, light, and very smooth...this is extraordinarily easy to drink. Again, there's more hops in the beer than ususal for the style, but they don't hurt the flavor at all. Soft, and very drinkable. Quite tastey.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 11:51:09 | More by Suds
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jahred

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the Goose Island Oktoberfest Beer Academy. I can see why this beer gets such low ratings - I don't understand, at all, how it can be labelled an O-fest beer. But after I threw this aside, and tasted it not as a particular style, but based on its own generally merits, I loved the beer.

Pours a very light, extremely yellow color (the first clue that something is up with this beer's categorization), with a nice white head and a very large amount of carbonation. The scent is malty and a bit hoppy.

The taste starts out with a nice honey, slightly sweet beginning that moves to an earthy hop finish that lingers for a really long time on my palate. Nothing too sophisticated or complex, but damn is that drinkable and tasty. It's just not an Oktoberfest beer as I know them.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 04:29:18 | More by jahred
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maxpower

Missouri

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

Clear pale golden color with a nice white frothy head that last, good lacing in the glass. Sweet, huge hoppy floral aromas, mild bready flavors, finishes with some bitterness. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel, seems a bit hoppy for the style, still a very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 22:56:43 | More by maxpower
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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

Pours a golden straw color-lighter than many of the style. The head and lace are moderate at best. Aromas are all about the malt-sweet and extracted. In the mouth the beer shows good crispness and a medium body. Flavors ring true to the style, again with a good dose of malt. Worth a try though a rather restrained version of the classic.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 16:58:57 | More by moulefrite
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, nutty malt with bright, grassy hops. German Pilsner-influenced finish with great structured Vienna malt on the midpalate. Honey, light biscuit, hints of grain. Model body. Balanced, highlighting fresh malt and hops. Crisp. Archetypal.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 23:06:59 | More by ngandhi
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2004 08:51:22 | More by Sixpack595
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

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

I picked up a six pack of this last night. I had the beer out a 12 oz green bottle. There is a freshness date label on the back, it reads L134D 1050. I have no idea what that translates to.

This beer appears a light golden color. Lighter then most of the other Oktoberfests I have been trying recently. Decent head, but disappears fairly quickly. Noticable lacings.

Sweet malt flavor with a grassy finish. Nice beer that reminds me of a German Pilsner. Not sure if I would get this again with all of the other options out there for this style, but this was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 18:37:11 | More by Hibernator
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carln26

Missouri

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really excited to try this beer. I’ve been to the beer hall. I’ve danced on the table. I’ve sang with the band. I quaffed dunkel from a stone stein. That said, I’m deeply disappointed with this beer. The color was golden, not amber, or copper but golden. It does put a nice head on it, but no lace to speak of. The nose is hops, not malt. The taste is crisp with some malt sweetness coming in the middle of the experience, but this tastes more of a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. It has a light mouth feel, and is generally drinkable, but it is NOT an Oktoberfest. What gives? I love their lager and Maibock. I was pleasantly surprised by their Hefeweizen, but this is way off.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 00:35:42 | More by carln26
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light gold color with half a finger of head. The smell is light and grassy, with saaz hops present. The taste is almost pils-like, fairly grassy and malty. The mouthfeel is pretty watery though. The drinkability isn't bad. A little off from the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 01:35:29 | More by SheepNutz
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very light in color. Appears as a Lager or Pilsner. Pours with a 1” head, but has minimal lace. Very clear. Grassy hop aroma is very present. Flavor is a very acid, grassy hop. Rests very lightly on the palate, and goes almost unnoticeable. However, finishes again with the acidic overtones. Overall a very disappointing Oktoberfest bier. Would be a very pleasing Lager, but as an Oktoberfest, it leaves a lot to be desired.
Green Bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 03:22:05 | More by BobLuvBeer
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intriguing green 12oz bottle, freshness date clearly marked. A great thing.

This bier poured out an almost hypnotic golden color. Quite effervescent with a head that is present, lingers, then fades gracefully.

I was impressed with the aroma...earthy, slightly bready, but all German, without a doubt.

The flavor of this brew is amazing, in so much that one swig of this bier (poured into a Munich-style mug, by the way) and I could almost hear the Oompah bands...

I was very skeptical given the name and the fact that it was in a bottle, but this bier impressed the hell out of me. I would love to try the Hofbrau biers when I scoot over to Germany next October. Well worth trying.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 11:54:32 | More by goindownsouth
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winomark

Missouri

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

Appearance: Quite light color for an Oktoberfest. Golden with a thin creamy head.

Aroma: Slightly malty tones on the nose, with a good balance of hops.

Taste: Very mild palate that is well balanced, but with little character. Tastes like any other German lager.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and bitterness gives this beer a crisp mouthfeel. Nice balance.

Drinkability: A good session beer; smooth and easy-drinking. Would try again next year to compare notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 14:52:29 | More by winomark
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woemad

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apparently Germans have picked up on quality brews like... Kokanee. Not to trash Kokanee, as its often my choice cheap massive-quantity beer, but I was hoping for something more. When poured from it's green bottle it looked like a highly carbonated glass of apple juice. The head was big, white and vanished quicker than Trent Lott at an NAACP meeting. The smell is of... well, the main odor is that scent which most macro drinkers describe as "beer-like." I can pick out some corn odor in there - that's fine when eating, say corn on the cob, but its not welcome emanating from my beverage! The taste is similarly macro-pilsnerish. Very thin mouthfeel. It's drinkable, I supose, if one is not bothered by a need for flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 03:51:35 | More by woemad
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jackndan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Oktoberfest: Well this is as close as it’ll come to reminding me of my trip to Weis’n in Munich. Not a deeply colored Marzen, but rather a Crystal clear golden beer with a very nice and creamy head, and mouthfeel. Exceptional smoothness and drinkability. Fairly nice malts, nicely balanced with almost citrus-y hops. Nice and easy to drink, but I come to find out a fairly dangerous amount of alcohol in such a tasty, light and satisfying beer. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 22:00:43 | More by jackndan
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

A crystal-clear golden body reveals just a few widespread streams of steadily rising average-sized bubbles beneath a bright-white foamy cap. The head drops shortly after pouring to a wide, creamy collar; yet it still leaves some impressive lace throughout the glass. The nose is clean and enjoyable but not impressive for the style with just some light grainy malt and a hint of alcohol. The body is medium falling towards light with a gently crisp carbonation. The flavor offers a clean, grainy malt that's nice but doesn't offer the richness of Vienna and/or Munich malts that the darker versions do; and it's well-balanced with a firm bitterness and spicy character (alcohol, hops, or both?) but the alcohol is a bit noticeable which is odd for a beer of just 6%abv. It finishes dry with some gently lingering malt and a touch of bitterness. A well-made, refreshingly dry helles Oktoberfestbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 20:52:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fresh 2003 sample. Brown glass bottle with no skunk! This stuff pours a lighter-than-average golden colour with a small, white head. The aromas are all bready malts, with no hops to be found. The taste is the same as the nose hints at. Malty, with not much complexity...a good quaffer to be sure. The mouthfeel is light for an o-fest and the drinkability is excellent.

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 18:19:07 | More by francisweizen
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kgmurphy13

New York

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light-golden in color, with a nice head off the pour, but dissipated in a short time. Corn and a bit of barley on the nose, with a yeasty, bready taste on the palette. Good, light mouthfeel and nice drinkability. I guess the problem with this beer is that it's not your typical oktoberfest. It's a much lighter style, both in color and in body, and doesn't have any malty sweetness or amber hue. A beer that I enjoyed, but if your looking for an octoberfest, look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2003 00:19:54 | More by kgmurphy13
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Golden-yellow bodied. Head poofs up, then is gone forever.
Nose is subdued but contains faintly sweet munich maltiness with some grain, with fainter hints of sulphur and hops.
Taste is benign and boring. Lacks any toastedness, which is what I look for first and foremost in my festbiers. Lightly malty with apple- or grape-skin sweetness. Somewhat bready. Ends with a brief visit from the hops.
Just shy of medium bodied. Not enough malt heft, but alright otherwise.
This is a decent, semi-generic euro-lager, but not what I'm looking for in a marzen.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2002 23:12:00 | More by cokes
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budgood1

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pale straw in color, no head and no lace. euro skunk aroma with very little head and no lace. this is an o-fest? seems more like mass produced euro-crap with a hint of some munich malt. this is not a bad beer in general but an abomination of an o-fest. in fact it tastes nothing like an o-fest. i'd have trouble discerning between this most other euro lagers. nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2002 17:26:21 | More by budgood1
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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As other reviewers have noted this is at the extreme end on the lightness scale for Marzen/Oktoberfests: a golden body with a soft white head that lingers. The aroma has some skunkiness from the green bottle, but there is also some spiciness from the hops. The taste is mildly sweet, but the nice caramel notes are present for the style; the body has the appropriate carbonation and mouthfeel. This is a nice oktoberfest beer for longer drinking sessions into the night.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 18:50:31 | More by brakspear
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Bighuge

Minnesota

1.85/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It is unbelievable how light colored this oktoberfest is. I've had close to 20 ofests this year and nothing comes close to being this light. It's a pale, pale straw color. Reminds me of a braggot I had last winter. This beer smells light-struck because it is. It comes in a green bottle. Skunky smell. There is no resemblence of a ofest in taste either. There's some of that skunky taste. And after cutting through that, it tastes more like a light lager than an Ofest. The skunkiness isn't overwhelming, thus I gave the drinkability the highest rating of the 5 categories, a 2.5. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 20:05:03 | More by Bighuge
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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