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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold or dark yellow, take your pick, as this is not impressive looking Octoberfest beer. A decent aroma with a nice malt sense despite the light body. The flavor is clean and crisp, but lacks Marzen sweetness. The body is a bit thin and unimpressive. This beer is a bit disappointing given its brewer's heritage.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2003 22:15:05 | More by AtLagerHeads
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Hofbräu München Oktoberfest poured a clear, golden-amber color, with long-lasting, creamy white foam. The smell was malty with elements of bread and biscuit with a bit of floral hops. The taste was malty with bread and biscuit malt flavors, slightly sweet (though less sweet than many other oktoberfest beers), and with some floral hop notes in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation and with some sweetness up front but a more dry finish. This was a very tasty beer on tap and was very easy and enjoyable to drink. If you get a chance to try this on tap, do so.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2003 15:26:10 | More by UncleJimbo
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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

Pours very well, with a foamy German type head. Has a nice roasted malt aspect to it, which actually calls to mind a well-made Vienna lager (guess I don't have my expectations for the Okto style set in my mind). In other words, this is a pretty okay beer. The texture and mouthfeel come across like a standard American "dark beer," which can get in the way of one's enjoyment.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2003 15:16:43 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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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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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quaffed a few litres of this in "The Pit" in the Hofbrau tent at the O-Fest! Medium-copper in color, with a big, white, rocky head. The head lasts nicely, and produces good lace. Has a mild malt nose - definitely needs more "ooomph" here. Not quite medium in the body department, yet ok over the tongue. Has a malty start, a bit bready, yet it finishes on the bitter side. Somewhat better tasting as it warms slightly. Seems to taste even better as you are getting spanked by an Aussie lass...

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2002 10:08:21 | More by Bierman9
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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
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