Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Ratings: 1,160 | Reviews: 515
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Munchen Oktoberfest is another one of the beers served at Munich’s Oktoberfest that is available here in the U.S. It comes in a green bottle, which normally isn’t a good sign. The appearance once poured threw me off as well. It was a pale golden color that appeared (and smelled) much more like a pilsner than the more common coppery-hued Fest brews. However, the taste was amazingly complex and enjoyable. It was tangy, with honey sweetness, tea-like tannins providing a contrasting earthiness, and decisively German hops providing a mildly bitter finish. The tiny bubbles of carbonation danced in my mouth, and the result was altogether quite impressive. I can only imagine how much better it would be straight from the tap in Munich.

Photo of falloutsnow
2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original review 11-14-2005
Revised 2011-10-04

Pours a golden yellow color, surprising for this style. 2cm head of dense bubbles that dissipates in less than thirty seconds, but a perpetual white froth remains with some lacing streaking the sides of the glass. Very visible and active carbonation with no murkiness or visible sediment.

Initial aroma is of light skunkiness (green bottles, why?), but after this, some faint hints of malt sweetness. That's about it.

The taste opens with an extremely slight touch of vanilla that blends into a hot, grainy cereal flavor. This transitions to a sweetness that borders on cloying. Begins close with a light, but upfront grain-laden bread and very mild bittering hops at the end. Aftertaste is fairly bland, mildly sweet.

Light to medium mouthfeel, slightly watery. Carbonation vigorous at first, but fades as the beer warms. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall, the Hofbrau is drinkable in the sense that it's gentle on the palate and is flavorful enough to be mildly enjoyable. My two reviews have generally not been kind to this, and I don't see a need to revisit for a third. I might try again if on tap, that's it. There are other Oktoberfests available (even locally) that I vastly prefer over this one.

Photo of joecast
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed as a side-by-side with paulaner.

green 355ml (12oz) ale bottle with best before 2006 on back label

pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head.

aroma is strong and grassy. much more "euro lager" than the paulaner. definitely hop accented. almost no sweetness at all.

taste as well has some "euro lager" in it. light maltiness with a sharp cutting bitterness to finish it off. i would never pick this as being 6%abv. taste (which obviously can be deceiving) would lead me to guess 5% or less. grassiness makes its presence known again in the finish.

overall, an enjoyable brew. didnt make quite the impression that the paulaner did, but enjoyable none the less.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle pours a clear, pale yellow body with a one inch white head. Retention is fair, and there are some streaks of patchy lace left on the glass. Aroma is hoppy for an O'fest, with spicy and floral notes dominating a subdued caramel malt base. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with considerable carbonation and a slight hops bite. Taste is somewhat like a pils or helles, with a dominant floral bitterness. Caramel maltiness is very understated. Not exactly to style, but very drinkable. No skunky character from the green bottle, thankfully.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color, looks a little weaker than I had expected. The nose has a malty presence, maybe kind of grassy or grainy, and I'm actually pulling some hops scents out of this one as well. The taste is great. Malty and quite hoppy for an oktoberfest. I'm not sure it tastes true to its style, but beer-for-beer, it tastes pretty darn good. Pleasant aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation. It goes down the hatch pretty well too. I'm impressed with this beer, and I really love the flavor. I'm sure its not a good example of the style its supposed to portray, but its refreshing and tastes good nonetheless.

Photo of DogFood11
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow. Ivory 1 finger fizz that fades quickly. The label has the oktoberfest setup in the background with a beer tent and a ferris wheel....I never saw the horses and carriage when I was there but I'd imagine anything is possible at this party.

Crisp Crisp Crisp. Starts with a subtle malt but this one is rather hopped up for the style. Grains give it that clean crisp flavor that is very refreshing.

For me it was an average representation if not slightly below average. Still very drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of GreenWBush
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine gold with substantial lace rings. Never seen an Oktoberfest bier that looks like this.

The expected husky paper-bag scent of Munich malts is overpowering on the nose with a sizeable blast of skunk. Damned green bottles. More skunky, euro-lager blends with grainy, husky malt and things get better at a warmer temperature.

The flavor profile echoes a little more meatiness of malt content and a nice level of bittering that wasn't at first apparent on the nose. The mouthfeel is definetely the best aspect of this beer.

I'd like to try this one from a keg, or at least a light shielded bottle...but as this was a "guaranteed" fresh sample I just cannot rate it higher even though I can sort of see what this beer wants to be.

Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Date code, green 12 oz bottle, not much info.

Aroma: Bready with some malt in the nose. A very light grassy note as well.

Appearance: Very clear yellow glass with a nice white head that collared, lasted, but didn’t really lace much. Surprisingly light colored for the style.

Flavor: Solid, clean, balanced, which for me is a distracter, I think it should have a lot more malt working for style, some more roastiness, something.

Mouthfeel: Light body, bit bubbly in texture, moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fine beer, very drinkable, clean, well crafted, just not very festive. Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

Photo of paterlodie
4.12/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 08-06-06. White head and clear golden beer. Nose has good maltyness, litle lemon/sour orange like yeastfruit and low hopnose in the back completing the overal fresh nose. In taste malt is dominating giving it a full flavour. Alcoholic and dry caracter but with sweet hint from maltyness. Mouthfeel is great as almost all "real" Oktoberfestbeers from Munich are; ultra clean and good but not to high carbonisation but with full hoppy and malty taste. Drinkability is then off course also fine IMO.

Photo of stodbrew
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very pale gold color, not quite what I was expecting, but still looked good. Head disappeared very quickly.

Aroma is sweet malt, maybe slightly bready.

Flavor is not quite what I was expecting, either. Some sweet malt is there, but its got a quite bitter finish. Unexpected, but in a good way.

Overall, I'd say this is a pretty good beer, and one that I'm sure I'll have several of.

Photo of littlebibs
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was recommended to me as being one of the best but
I felt although its a well rounded lager type ale, it just doesn't
have the characteristics I look forward to in an Oktoberfest style
beer in the fall, that being, caramel malty, darker color, this
I'm somewhat dissapointed with but I try as many beers when I can. The
one high point is it does taste good for a lighter type ale.

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is honey golden with a nice level of carbonation. The head is average-sized and creamy white. The aroma is of sweet grainy malts, seems more like a mixture of German pils and helles aromas than the maltiness of an marzen. The taste is of lighter bodied malt sweetness with grain flavor running throughout. A touch of minty hops gives this a little more personality. This seems more like a "big" helles than an true O-fest. Not bad at all, but don't expect a big, bready marzen.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of what will be many Oktoberfest beers this year. Poured out to a medium yellow color with a 1 1/2 inch head. Some minor and unconformed lacing in the glass. Odor was slightly skunky, but that is not unusual for the style. Malt, watery sweetness and some light cooked hops were present. Taste was very nice. Quite palatable. Flavors of malt, grass, and hops were present, as was a slightly bitter character. Finished smooth, with a note of bitterness and some dryness. This could be a easy pick for a session oktoberfest. Recommended.

Photo of malty
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thin white halo head.

Fleeting scent of bread dough and clean notes of earth.

The faintest of maltiness on the palate along with a crisp and somewhat dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel was somewhat effervescent and a tad bitey. Light bodied with a lightning quick finish.

Drinkability is good. No hearty flavors to get in the way of some serious swillin' (if that's what your into).

Overall I was very disappointed with this (my first this year) Oktoberfest. I guess I expected MUCH more malty backbone and a touch of caramel toasted sweetness - none to be found. I have to give credit to the cleanliness of this beer though. To think I picked this over a Sam Adams O'fest. Oh well, it's gotta get better than this.

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow/golden, minor head and lacing. Nose is toasted malt. Not the most exciting style for me. This one has less malt and more hops then expected. Notes of spicy honey and maybe some melon. Balanced and quite drinkable. Quite full bodied. Reasonably enjoyable sessioner, fairly tasty brew.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps an overlooked, underrated style of beer. I certainly don't have a whole lot of experience with it.
This one strikes me as a solid, German beer, if anything.
No freshness date to speak of, though I'd bet it's probably older than it should be.
Pours a light copper color with not much head to speak of (which was white, maybe barely offwhite when present); some mild lacing on the glass.
Some mild, sweet-ish malt smells come through in the nose (this was served on the colder side of the spectrum).
The flavor speaks of what the smell whispers; a sweet, quite German, malty profile. Some hops bite finishes off the flavor and mouthfeel.
Quite smooth over all.
It might be better as per style than I know; there was nothing very striking about this brew to my palate but I found everything to be, at least, better than average.
This is pretty good bread in a bottle.

Photo of jimbotrost
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable, not what I expect an Oktoberfest to be like. More Helles like. Pours a clear gold, medium size white head and light in carbonation. Nose shows yeast predonimately with some malt. Flavor is yeasty and malty both, lacks the malt sweetness of an oktoberfest. Flavor is very clean, but not what I expected.

Photo of BeerNutta
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. Just doesnt really come accross as an Oktoberfest beer.

Poured a light straw colour. There was a medium head which quickly dissapated. The beer tasted very sweet with a hop aftertaste. not a bad beer. Just not a great one. At least its cheap.

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out dark gold in color, almost lite amber, aroma of malt very prevaulent, slight toastiness after warming, some toastiness in flavor with malt being the dominant, distinctive flavor some hop bitterness present but no hop flavor noted to me. Some what sweet after the bitterness subsides. Body medium to high, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. The head retention (being the two finger size or what ever the standard pour is) is low but it keeps a skim of head throughout the remainer of the session. Overall it is an one or two beer per session drinkable german amber lager. Recommend off the tap though, had it in Las Vegas at the HofBrauHaus there.

Photo of LarryKemp
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was telling my friend about the Oktoberfest beers I have drank and was explaining how pretty they were all dark and red and then out comes this Helles looking beer. WOW was I surprised. It poured a clear, bright yellow that was not quite golden with a firm stand of bright white head.

The aroma was not as rich as I expected. The malts were there but not very strong. Of course, no hop aroma or off smells were present either.

The flavor was more what I was expecting. The beer started sweet but quickly turned a little dry. Once the hop bitterness subsided the sweetness took control again and a sweetness, almost cloying sweetness, lingers.

The mouthfeel is a little too light. It is smooth but again off the mark. And oh yea, the more I drink it the more it is just cloying.

This is an okay beer. I would not recommend it to someone who is trying to get their hands around this style of beer. If you want something by HB buy their Helles.

Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with some mild carbonation. It looks more like a Helles Lager than an Oktoberfest. The head was modest and went down rather quickly.

Smell – This one smells like a grainy Helles, too. Where are the toasty malts?

Taste – Ah, a bit more in line with the style at the taste, but not much. There are some good caramel notes here but the grain is out of place.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than light-bodied. This one is almost refreshing and crisp.

Drinkability – This really wasn’t a bad bier, but it’s not even close to an Oktoberfest.

Photo of Brent
3.26/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a sparkling gold tinged with bronze. Green bottle and a tad skunky in the aroma. A little of the same in the initial sip, then it faded. Malt was promient, but a little thin. Fruity flavors - apple and grape, were noteworthy. Seemed to be on the lighter side of the style. Not at all bad, but I like Ofests a little more beefy in the malt.

Photo of Skidz
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a crystal clear, pale gold and sits a crisp golden yellow in the glass with a large white, frothy head. Leaves a nice, thick layer of head and lacings around the glass.

Aroma is sweet, full malty aromas, lightly toasted. Hints of honey and a light herbal hop aroma.

Tastes quite sweet, full of thick, creamy malt flavors. Faint hints of sweet apples. Toasty, dry crackery flavors come out and set up a nice, crisp hop spiciness complimented with a slight twang of alcohol on the sides of the toungue. Finish is fairly dry and nicely bittered.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth with thick, soft carbonation massaging your entire mouth. A nice treat for your mouth.

It's a very nice O-fest indeed. Plain and simple, but gets the job done, makes itself very easy to drink.

Photo of Reidrover
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the 12 oz bottle only says Hofbrau Oktoberfest..so I suppose it is the same beer. Nice sweet malt aroma, with a tiouch of honey for some reason. Pretty average in appearance for a Marzen a deep gold with a small white head...nice carbonation and lacing. Flavour is a caramelly sweetness followed by a tangy bitter falavour. Pretty nice and smooth on the palate. Overall a nice Oktoberfest to drink in quantity..but no were near as good as Paulaner

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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