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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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954 Ratings
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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%

Pours a light coloured body with initial significant foam. Aroma initially a bit repelling, but is normal after the bottle has been open, warmed up, and sampled somewhat. A bit of lace foam sits in the glass. Carbonation is deterimental, and adds to the drying out of the palate by the finish, and beyond in the aftertaste. Some malts, a hint of roast, some decent features. Still, all in all, 500 ml is too much, rarely have I said this about a German beer.

Sammy, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy bands of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, and some grape juice. Taste is of sweet grains, honey, and grape juice. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good example of the style. A pretty easy beer to drink and I could see this fitting right in at an Oktoberfest event.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

djrn2, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours a very transparent slightly-amber color with a small white head. The smell has some caramel and roasted malt with a tinge of European hops. The taste is somewhat malty and there are some faded pilsner-type hops. Mouthfeel is quite light without much going on. Low carbonation. Drinkability is quite low--too thin of a mouthfeel without much taste.

Thorpe429, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -12%

nmann08, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

metter98, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.03/5  rDev -40.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a very modest head; not much lacing, either

Smell: Skunky aroma - what would you expect from a green bottle?

Taste: The initial malt flavor, which is not bad, makes way for the skunky aspects, with a lager twang, to boot; overall, this does not taste much like an Oktoberfest after the initial moments

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I hate to say it but this is an abomination of the style; steer clear

brentk56, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%

Medium gold topped by an eggshell colored head that has better than average persistence even though the bubbles look to be popping at a rapid rate. Unfortunately, there's almost no lace. I have never seen an Oktoberfest this light; it looks nothing like what it's 'supposed' to look like.

I'm beginning to wonder if Hofbrau Munchen mislabeled this bottle. Oktoberfestbier smells absolutely nothing like the stated style either. First of all, I got a huge whiff of skunk after popping the cap (thanks for the green bottle guys). That nastiness has faded for the most part, but I'm left with something that smells for all the world like an average Euro pale lager. The nose is dominated by musty, still slightly skunky hops, with no appreciable maltiness. Smelling like Heineken is not a good thing.

Malt has appeared on the palate, although it has none of that earthy, toasted, slightly dark flavor that the style demands. The flavor profile is equal parts pale malt, musty noble hops and alcohol. I'm amazed to see that the ABV is only 6%, it tastes like it's at least 8%, if not higher. Something is seriously amiss when a beer labeled as an Oktoberfest tastes like a dead ringer for a maibock or even a Euro strong lager.

Despite the maltiness, the beer isn't all that sweet. Neither is it all that bitter. Slightly harsh alcohol is the only flavor sensation that makes an impact on the tongue. Again, not a good thing. Despite a mouthfeel that's a few clicks more full than medium, and is slick and clingy, the flavor doesn't hang around very long. Now *that's* definitely a good thing.

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier, to beat a dead horse, is a lousy example of the style. I wouldn't have picked it as an Oktoberfest if given five guesses. In spite of all that, the only thing that matters is whether or not it's good beer. As far as I'm concerned... not.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%

Bottle: Poured a light golden color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal with more dry notes then expected. Taste is also dominated by the cereal malt bill that is not as enchanting as I had expected. Body is thinner then expected with good carbonation. A bit drier and astringent then I was expecting with malt bill not as refreshing as expected.

Phyl21ca, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev +5%

Good to see the Oktoberfests back in session. Though Hofbrauhaus' left me a bit disapointed. I was expecting a rich bready, malty, strong, flavorful brew. Thought the strength shined, the bready, medium-full texture, rich malts left me wanting more. Paler straw than expected, but the head retention and lacing is on par. Aromas of majorily grain and an estery fruitiness that was unexpected. Tastes more fruity and grain-like than that classic rich bready, caramel malt that I really wanted. The beer is left a little too standard-pilsner-like. The strength was there, leaving an alcohol flavor and mild heat in the finish. Just a touch of grain-bite in the finish and aftertaste.

BEERchitect, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

kjkinsey, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger of short-lived white head.

S: Smells skunky (already!). A bit of lager yeast and some light, fruity esters along with the sweet bready malt aromas. There is a a light hoppiness to it, mostly floral, with some hints of grass.

T: Sweet with a touch of grassy hop flavor. There is a soft floral note and bitterness, but overall it's mostly bready malt providing the flavor and sweetness. Faint apple esters and a mild skunk to the flavor.

M: Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Sort of disappointing as their helles is quite good. Might have to try to get this one on-tap.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -12%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, soft-hued, light yellow body with a small, short-lived, white head. No lacing.

Smell: Quick sniff of skunkiness, though it fades out quickly. A tad grainy pils malts with an edge of anticipated sweetness. Faintly bready. Minor hop character.

Taste: Some cereal sweetness greets the tongue with light hint of honey atop the underlying pilsner maltiness. Slightly leafy, herbal-toned hops with little albeit ample bitterness. Faintly fruity. Drying finish with a gentle hint of alcohol on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not horrible, no, but, a lackluster example of the style.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%

This poured out as an amber colored brew. with a fluffy head that settles down a little after a few sips. The beer to me tasted much like any other German Pilsner. I was hoping that it would have had some other more festive flavors in it but I wasn't able to get much from it. The mouthfeel was medium to light and the smell was fresh and yeasty.

Knapp85, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev +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.

TMoney2591, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Clear and golden with a slight amber tint, this is pale for a marzen. Head retention is weak, but it looks solid otherwise. The nose is mild and malty, reminiscent of amber honey, apricots and fresh bread. There's the slightest hint of sulfur beneath. Pleasantly malty and clean on the tongue, honey and lightly toasted bread with a touch of stonefruit sweetness. Light bodied, dry and crisp finish with a mild grassy hop bitterness. Good, but not particularly special for the style.

largadeer, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted of malt and some spicy hops. There was also a corn and grain taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a fairly average oktoberfest. It smelled and looked like an average Euro Pale Lager, but it tasted better than that.

zeff80, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

500ml bottle. The titular celebration is well over for another year, but the beer lives on.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, aggressively foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some decent random webbed lace around the glass as it evenly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, slightly bready pale malt, stale lemon juice, a hint of further drupe fruit, and rather perfume-heavy earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, cereal malt, a mixed bag of apple, pear, and lemon fruitiness, a more prominent leafy, grassy hoppiness, and a subtle metallic booziness.

The carbonation is soft, but tightly so, the body medium-light in weight, and maybe a tad watery in its perfunctory smoothness, all of which bears strange witness to a mild creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the hovering pilsner malts still doing their thing, bolstered by some lingering fruit salad, while the hops seem content in their day at the alcohol spa, Baden-Baden-style, the place so nice, they named it twice!

Another one of those German standards, where differentiation seems like a hard row to hew - it's difficult to not just proclaim 'yup, tastes very much like a real Bavarian Marzen', and leave it at that. But no, we have to go and talk about the headier than normal orchard fruit notes, the barely contained booze (which is technically a fair bit higher than average, no?), and the general zeitgeist of an offering that slowly, but surely grew on me by the end of the (import, hence the time lag) bottle.

biboergosum, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of grain, lager yeast and a thin malt character that also brings some mild sweetness. The hops presence is faint but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, although this beer is a lot lighter than most O-fests it's a bit more poundable than most O-fests as well.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 27, 2010
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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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