Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,163
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 21
Gots: 120 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of smcolw
1.63/5  rDev -51.2%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore at their German beerfest. Served in a big ass liter stein.

a - Pours a dark amber-brown color with one fniger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, grains, bready malts, burnt malts, light caramel malts, and some light nuts. Super malty, just as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, bready malts, light dark fruit, and light toffee/caramel. A little bit better than the nose, but again, super malty.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. A little bit thicker and the body would be great. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very solid Oktoberfest beer, if that is what you are looking for. Nothing that outstanding about it, but it's a good, solid made Oktoberfest beer. Looks like people have had big problems with bottles of it but it was fine on tap; not skunky at all. If you're looking for an easy drinking Oktoberfest beer worth checking out, though I liked their Dunkel a lot more. (1,052 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled 5/25/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of apple, pear, caramel, biscuit, toasted grain, light nuttiness, pepper, grass, floral, herbal, and light skunkiness. Ok aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of apple, pear, caramel, toasted grain, bread, grass, floral, pepper, herbal, earthy spiciness, and light skunkiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toasted grain, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a bit. Ok flavor balance and complexity; with a good balance of malt and peppery spiciness from the hops; a fair amount of cloying astringency is present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a mediocre Oktoberfest. Skunked flavors and aromas; with flavor astringency on the finish make this much less enjoyable. Quite easy to drink, though. (1,165 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw golden yellow with a fairly thick head that descends to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of sweet grain with a hint of Contintental-type hops and a touch of caramel. Slight "Euro-skunk" is noticeable, but vanishes pretty quickly.

The taste is of sweet grain/grass and a touch of caramel. Subtle Continental-type hop bitterness balances it out. The malt is rather on the light side for the style. Finishes clean.

The body is light-to-medium. Smooth. Inoffensive. This is a mild, easy drinking O-fest. It's an all-round lighter interpretation of the style. While this is decent, there are better, tastier O-fests to choose over this one, IMO. (657 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, pilsner malt scent with a hint of Munich malt sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a crisp, pilsner malt flavor with a touch of Munich malt sweetness. It's quite simplistic and lacking in depth. These is a faint bready character in the finish. It goes down easy with some prickly carbonation and a bone dry finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a forgettable Oktoberfest. It's too bland for my tastes. (590 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.69/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strongly skunky with nothing else coming through. There is clearly something wrong with the beer, but if the brewer chooses to use green bottles, they deserve the bad reviews when the green bottle causes skunking. The flavor is not as skunky and I get some grain and corn. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Disappointing. (433 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering at the Pittsburgh location. The menu described this as the beer imported from Munich and the same beer served during Octoberfest, so I assume this is the correct listing. Offered up in a large dimbled mug, it appears a polished clear copper clor with a sudsy white froth. Some spotty lace is left clinging on the glass.

The aroma is fresh and malty sweet with a backing of buttered bread. Despite swirling and taking plenty of whiffs, I dont get a whole lot more character beyond that. Pretty simple and straight forward without fault.

The taste is buttery sweet with diacetyl imparting plenty of buttery notes that blend into a taste of fresh bready grain. A faint noble hop character provides enough bitterness to contrast. There is a persistent sweetness lasting into the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. In true octoberfest fashion, this is pretty crushable and something you could drink effortlessly if you dont focus too much on what is going on with it. Nice to say I had it, but I doubt I would opt to try this again if presented with other options. (1,119 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been down to D.C. to visit my aunt and uncle this past summer and we visited on of their local Total Wine & More locations which is where I came across a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) of this beer. It is the website's policy that if it is not a pressurized mini-keg, then it is CANsidered a CAN, making it a CANdidate for The CANQuest (TM)! Yay! I brought it back to their house and since my mother and uncle were due for a visit in a few weeks, it fell to them to bring it back for me. I then made arrangements to bring it over to a local bottle shop to share as I did not want 5 Liters to myself and it was dated to expire "04.03.2015".

From the CAN: "Imported from Munich/Germany"; "The Original Brew of Bavarian Kings!"; "Since 1589"; "The world['s] biggest festival, the 'Munich Oktoberfest' attracts over 6 million visitors in the course of 16 days. Since 1810[,] this annual event in Munich, Germany, promotes the best in Bavarian food, entertainment and brews. Hofbräu München is an official supplier to this event. It uses the experience and knowledge of its brewmasters to create this special seasonal brew for just this event. It is brewed according to the German Purity Law containing only water, barley malt, Bavarian hop and culture yeast. This is the same product that HB serves in its tent at the Munich Oktoberfest and is now available to you." There were also instructions for tapping, but I am not going to transcribe them here.

Speaking of tapping, I had not had a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) for a while and this was only my third or fourth, so venting was initially problematic as I twisted it more than a quarter-turn, which was too far. When I realized my mistake, I backed it down and got a momentary spray of beer until it pressurized. I pulled out the spigot and readied my glass before twisting the spigot to the left. Beer began flowing unabated! This produced two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Pale-Yellow (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose had a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was malty, but not cloying as many beers in the style are. Instead, it had a bready, nutty flavor that was a pleasant surprise. Finish was semi-dry, not very sweet at all. Everyone who got a taste agreed that it was less sweet than expected, so whether a result of inadvertent aging or by design, I feel like it was quite worthwhile. (2,398 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the hulmeville inn inside a pint glass.

This oktoberfest pours out a light golden color like a pilsner, the lightest october I've ever seen in the style. Smell include pale malt light caramel and nothingness. Taste is about the same, nothing to see here. Feel is light and lightly carbed. I drank it but won't again. If I wanted a malty pilsner I would of bought one. (378 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours a typical yellow, light for an Okotoberfest, small, white head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Light maltiness, is there, some nut, and a bit of fruit, though faint.

T: Similar to the smell, this tasted better cold, as it warmed up, the malt flavour became cloying, overall, a good flavour, dominated by caramel malt, and noble hops, a spicy hop character, creates a good balance.

M: Nice and crisp, light, easy to drink, became syrupy when warmer, but overall, a nice lager feel.

D: A fair Oktoberfest, not a bad beer, but pretty average and standard, but I wouldn't have a problem drinking a six-pack of this stuff, it's better than a lot of the stuff you're going to find out there. (718 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here we go, round three of the German Oktoberfest Invitational, and one that is officially part of the real German Oktoberfest in Munich. On to the beer:

The color screams more helles lager than amber O-fest. Bright straw yellow in the body, the head is thick, frothy, and continuting to hold up in my stange. The aroma is on the lgihter side. True, a littel skunk emerges, but look past that a get a little bit of sweet pale malt and fume of pineapple.

It's certainly sweeter tasting than the brand's helles, but not quite alcoholic enough to be a maibock. Slightly grassy hops mixed with a sweet pale malt. Pretty straightforward, though the green bottle makes the hops a little more rough in the beer. I would still give it a go.

Three beers down, one to go in the German Oktoberfest Invitational. See you tomorrow for the conclusion. (841 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in a mixed 6er of Oktoberfests from Abe's Cold Beer. This is a simple, but tasty O-fest. I'd take this over Spaten any day. There's a spicy bitter finish with a hint of citrus rind. The malts are a smooth bready taste with a brown crust note. The aroma is less impressive, just a cheap, soapy sort of lager smell. Still, I'd be happy to drink a stein of this any time. (387 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Light gold in appearance with a massive foamy head that leaves chunks of lace. Looks a bit light for the style.

S. Strong aroma of Tettnang euro style hop. Also slightly yeasty.

T. Nice munich malts backed by a moderate hoppy bitterness for perfect balance. This is a damn tasty beer. Lightly toasted malt and a good hop character. Freshness is the key word.

M. Sprizty and superior feel. Light and crisp.

D. A very fine Octoberfest brew here from Hofbrau house, would I expect any less. Just bought a case and its already depleted. (539 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Bottle from a six pack from Market Basket. Green bottles, huge display in the store so I dug down to an unopened case and selected one form there.
Pale golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists for a bit. aromas of spicy floral hops, rich bready crackery pilsner with just a hint of melanoid. The flavor is rich and malty with a hint of sweetness. Light spicy hop provides balance and a touch of pruney cooked sugars adds some complexity. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I'd drink these all day long given half the chance. Clean well made with some subtle flavors, I like. (602 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.07/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.3%abv. for this 500ml brown bottle, BB 16/04/09, served lightly-chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark golden to light amber hue, a creamy off-white head sustains well, on top of lively carbonation full of medium-size bubbles.
S: full-bodied grainy and semi-syrupy lager malts come with a rich lemon-tart-like sour citrusness; the "pure" maltiness transmits a very "focused" tinge of grainy aroma, while a little floral hops stays in the background. Overall very rich and malty, surprisingly pleasant!
T: delicious and integrated - starting from a slightly "quiet", compact taste of lemony+doughy sourness through the dried-grassy taste of hops, towards a slowly expanding wave of grainy+lightly-toasted malts and a moderate level of lingering & chewy bitterness in the aftertaste. A quite aromatic undertone comes from the "pure malts", lingering in the finish and prolongs the pleasure on the palate.
M&D: surprisingly smooth on the palate, way less fizzy as the appearance suggests, while the flavour comes at an equal level as the body, about medium to full. Overall I find this a well-crafted and deliciously malty strong Helles lager balanced by an impressive input of German hops. In a sense, this is a super-quaffable lager to me, thanks to the lovely hoppiness and a soft texture. (1,306 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, the Germans just can't get over this blonde hair thing, can they? Even their Oktoberfest beers have to look Aryan. What should be a dark gold to deep orange-red colour is actually a pale, sparkling clear yellow a la pilsner. It's also missing its characteristically solid, off-white, foamy stand. All species of vertebrates can be affected by missing melanin pigment and apparently so too can beers: this is an albino Oktoberfest.

And it smells like it's missing more than just melanin pigment - Vienna and Munich malts are nowhere to be found. There is not a trace of toast nor any reason to believe the grist was comprised of any malts darker than pale/pilsner. It is a clean lager aroma, I'll grant it that, but it's far better suited to a pilsner or Munich helles. Did they bottle the wrong thing?

Here's what I'm used to tasting from a Märzen: a distinct malty sweetness, with significant dryness, a smooth lagered texture, a definite toasted aspect and an earthy, moderate hop bitterness. Here's what I'm tasting from this: pale malts. And water. Maybe a hint of white bread. That's it. There's definitely not much flavour...

But that doesn't make it a bad beer; on the contrary it makes it a great beer (for easy, heavy consumption drinking). Its brisk carbonation, feather-light bitterness and crisp maltiness make it supremely well suited for hot, summertime weather. It may not make a great Oktoberfest but it sure as hell makes one hell of a quenching beverage!

I would love Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier if only it were labeled something else. You'd think with almost 500 years of brewing experience the Hofbräu people could get the recipe right; it isn't, after all, that complex of a style. (Note: the BJCP does explain that most domestic German examples are commonly golden and, like this, more like a Pils or Helles.)

And indeed it also lists this as a leading commercial example. Still, it's nothing like what I'm familiar with for the Märzen/Oktoberfest style (then again, who should know better, them or me?) And it's likely nothing like what most North American drinkers would be used to either. It should, however, be something they find agreeable, if not pleasant. Never mind the colour and celebrate October as if it were July or August. (2,270 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a golden straw yellow crystal clear body with a thin soapy head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- This beer has a slight sweet but mostly dry honey malt smell with a faint Munich malt smell and a noble hops and sulfur finish that makes me think of a good Kolsch beer. As it warms the hops bitterness and sulfur dominate over the grain smells.

T- The bitey noble hop taste has a fresh Munich malt taste following it. There is a slight sweet sulfur note with a tangy bitterness of hops in the finish. It is a little bit of club soda in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a fizz finish that boost the hop bitterness a bit.

D- This beer has a fresh malt flavor but it is overpowered by the noble hop bitterness that doesn't have much depth. I like the malt flavors and if the hops were a little lighter or had some depth to them this would be a good session beer. (966 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice subtle sweet maltiness and a very nice soft doughiness.

The taste was also subtly sweet with an excellent grainy body and mild hint of caramel.

The mouthfeel was medium in fullness and mildly chewy.

Overall a very drinkable Oktober. Not as sweet as some of its German bretheren, which really appealed to me. (452 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before June 20, 2013.

Orange body, white head with moderate retention and some webbed lacing. Nose has various cereals, toasty grains, light veggie and some drying malt and mineral character. Taste has sweet malts, light caramel, more toasty cereals and some veg. Good bit of hop bitterness, but too much for my liking. Medium feel, higher med carbonation. Probably won't revisit this. (433 characters)

Photo of aasher
2.06/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I poured this one against my better judgment. I normally NEVER drink anything out of a green bottle but I took a leap of faith. It pours a watery piss, straw yellow with a light white head. It smells just like Coors Light. The taste isn't quite as bad, but it's not very good. It's got very little character and is slightly sweet, as if they poored honey into a lager. The mouthfeel is very light and crisp. It has good carbonation. Overall this is a very poor Oktoberfest and not very drinkable. I expect better from Hofbrau. (526 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear pale straw color with a creamy white head.

S: some pale malting and light herbal hopping.

T: The body and flavor is more like a light lager/fest bier then an typical octoberfest style with a light cereal grain base. There was some buttery vegetables and an earthy herbal hop bite and fade on the finish.

M: light, and slightly oily.

D: Overall I was a tad bit disappointed by this. The flavor was rather bland. Theres a good herbal hop bite in the end, which is one of the few highlights of this beer. Drinks more like a festbier. (554 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1 inch head with decent retention and decent lacing. There's a lot of suspended particles in this brew. Smells strongly of sweet/earthy malts. A little light in color to be a common Oktoberfest. A smooth, crisp mouth feel that leaves a dryness on the tongue. Tastes of malt with a lot of yeast lager taste. There's a metallic taste as well, that is not very pleasing on the palate. Overall, not that great at all. (441 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Style is really somewhere between an Export & Helles.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Awesome Germanic hop aroma, but it's not really to style. Plenty of grass, herbal, peppery, steelie & floral. Hints of underlying toffee-like sweetness from the malt.

T: Nice Germanic hopping, that really isn't to style. Quite herbal, grassy, peppery & floral. Biscuity malt has some residual sweetness. Hints of sulphury mineral from the lager yeast. Alcohol is slightly warming & a little too perceptible.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a smooth protein feel, with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: A couple litres of this in a fest hall could be trouble. (696 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours pale golden with a really large white "fluffy" head - somewhat uneven. It sets pretty fast, leaving a lot of lacings.

S: Bready. Dry (with some faint sweetness) caramellmalt, together with some citric notes and faint both floral and bitter hops.

T: Light roasted dry malt (but also some faint sweetness). There is bitterhops, but also faint floral notes. Refreshing (but it gets kind of boring writing it, since this is my sixth oktoberfestbier in two nights).

M: The aftertaste is not long, but holds some dry bitterness. The body is weak/medium but also creamy with some moderate carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but there are better oktoberfestbiers on the market. You won't dislike it, but my guess is that you won't love it. (753 characters)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 513 ratings.