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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
77
okay

882 Ratings
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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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zipyth3pinhead

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +47.5%

12-06-2011 06:25:38 | More by zipyth3pinhead
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to a tulip.

Appearance: Well serves a transparent gold with a thick 1/2" white head.

Smell: Smells of dry hops, nothing that will overwhelm you though. Comes and leaves as quick as you inhale it.

Taste: Hofbrau makes up for it in this portion. "HBO" comes off extremely creamy and super and I do mean super smooth. Taste is truly impossibly to hate regardless of the occasion. It has everything to offer stickiness, texture, and believe me satisfaction.

Mouth: Medium carbonation which mat come off heavy to some drinkers but easy to swallow. Definitely designed to be a every person's beer, with flavor intact and the appearance of sweet hops.

Overall: My second favorite "Marzen", sure there are alot out there, but HB has given me a true beer with absolutely no hassles. Drinks smooth they way it should be, not debatable, and incredible taste to comfort the soul. Take it with love and cheers to all!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 08:00:15 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

Yellow straw with a big head reducing to thin one after a couple minutes.

Lager malts, bread, honey and mild hops aroma. Some hints off nuts and overall sweetness.

Sweet malts to kick things off with followed by a little grain, some grassy hops and a hint of alcohol right at the very end. The finish is sticky and has a touch of bitterness.

Crisp and light bodied with a touch of bitterness and alcohol at the end although it isn't anything particularly special.

This one was a fairly enjoyable beer although it didn't exactly blow me away. It struck me as being a lot like a strong lager but no in a bad way. I enjoyed the simplicity of this one, it was a nice beer & a good introduction to the style.

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Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 22:21:52 | More by flyingpig
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jlb502

California

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-02-2011 07:15:29 | More by jlb502
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nh2032

New York

3/5  rDev -11.5%

12-01-2011 03:35:18 | More by nh2032
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

11-30-2011 22:12:19 | More by brandoman63
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Burt

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +18%

11-29-2011 16:27:43 | More by Burt
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jfstilling

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +18%

11-29-2011 00:32:35 | More by jfstilling
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

11-21-2011 02:57:13 | More by dbrauneis
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scootny

New York

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

The octoberfest stash is in need of attention along with my pumpkin ale as we move into the holiday ale season. With that a review of the last of this years batch. A pale golden fluid with a soft fluffy white head. Some lacing left after a gentle fade. Smell is toasted sweet and malty. Some light spiciness in the hops as well. Taste is caramel malt, mildly sweet with a good toasted breadiness. Clean hop bitterness in the finish has muted Sazz notes and light peppery zing. Alcohol is hidden at first but as it warms it gives notice. Feel is medium light crisp and refreshing. A decent thirst quencher. This goes down well and drinks like a session lager when cold but the abv is a little high so be careful. The thing is this is more like a malty pilsner than a marzen so a nice beer but not quite what I was expecting style wise..

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 05:06:14 | More by scootny
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Eastsideinside

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +47.5%

11-19-2011 01:34:40 | More by Eastsideinside
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codynevels

California

4/5  rDev +18%

11-16-2011 21:10:44 | More by codynevels
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jrutigs

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-16-2011 04:29:12 | More by jrutigs
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imperialking

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-15-2011 21:11:32 | More by imperialking
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seth72104

Missouri

3/5  rDev -11.5%

11-15-2011 04:06:31 | More by seth72104
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harrylee773

Illinois

5/5  rDev +47.5%

11-15-2011 02:40:24 | More by harrylee773
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millelacsmark

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +18%

11-14-2011 19:30:09 | More by millelacsmark
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -41%

11-14-2011 15:46:33 | More by Jspriest
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KenC

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle code: L 147 K 07:34

A: Gold, pure and crystal clear. One finger of head, it lasted just a minute. Zero lacing.

S: Bread malt, plain and simple. Very much as expected.

T: Very even, almost flat toasted malt/bread taste. The higher than most Marzen ABV can’t be detected, which is a big plus. Just the right little hop tang at the finish.

M: Very thin with no/low carbonation. Again, it is much as expected per style.

O: Very drinkable, but not really noteworthy either.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 13:28:34 | More by KenC
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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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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in tall pilsner glass

A: really nice head; clear, light yellow; nice carbonation
S: unpleasant smell; machinery
T: spice; slightly hoppy; squash/pumpkin-friendly flavor; complex, but a bit soapy; heft flavor profile

It's an ok beer, nothing special

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:29:56 | More by Arithmeticus
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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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mfigueroa713

New York

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - light yellow color, light carbonation.

S - Neutral without ant distinct notes.

T - Bland upfront but had a slight bitter aftertaste. High ABV was barley detectable.

M - Light and watery, similar to a Budweiser.

O - This beer is an easy drinker with a fairly high ABV. Has refreshing properties but is very simple in structure.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 13:10:27 | More by mfigueroa713
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ribby

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice clear bubbly yellow, with a good two fingers of not quite creamy foam. The aroma seems rather mild, mostly floral hops. The taste is weighted towards the hoppy end of the scale, but with a bit more than the minimum needed to balance the hops. The decent carbonation and hops combine to give a pleasing mouthfeel, very crisp. Aside from the slightly elevated alcohol, this is what US megalagers should aspire to, even though the thought seems like a bit of an abomination. But at $23 a case at Costco, the price isn't that far off.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:48:35 | More by ribby
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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