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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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 shockrocker65


4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

09-27-2012 15:07:23 | More by shockrocker65
Photo of rootbeerman


3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass
A: light gold, one finger head on pour, with minimal lacing
S: hops, light roast malt
T: light hop bitterness, very slight malt sweetness
M: medium carbonation, light on tongue
D: could easily put a few down

the clear green bottle caught me off guard

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 06:52:03 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of harrylee773


5/5  rDev +47.5%

11-15-2011 02:40:24 | More by harrylee773
Photo of lilsmizzul1225


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-30-2013 20:46:43 | More by lilsmizzul1225
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much paler than normal for the style. Very bad sign to begin with.

Is that slight skunk or is that hops I'm smelling? I'm going with hops.

Taste is clean. Not much caramel notes to speak of. Slight amount of butter. Almost like a "Munich lager" than an Oktoberfest.

Personally, I would take a pass with this and try out other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:24:00 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of jadler16


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-02-2014 17:49:30 | More by jadler16
Photo of rcjennings


2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

09-22-2013 20:24:05 | More by rcjennings
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

08-08-2013 15:54:27 | More by magpieken
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United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, used an HB Festbier glass. A: Golden, clear, medium head, good retention, lively looking S: Hay, malt, more orange as it warms. T: Malty sweetness, well balanced out by some fruity notes. Hints of sour tangerine, some apple, slightly wheaty finish. M: Smooth, soft carbonation, slightly thick body. O: Not cloying or sickly, better this year than in previous years.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 13:22:39 | More by jonb5
Photo of lic217


2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

10-13-2013 00:23:55 | More by lic217
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

12-01-2012 01:32:52 | More by RandyKemka
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3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an unbranded nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow and translucent with a foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty good. Grainy with a bit of a noticeable alcohol scent.

Taste: Pretty average Oktoberfestbier territory here. A hoppy bitterness paired with a good amount of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery with just a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A slightly better-than-average Oktoberfestbier. Nothing too special but nothing to turn your nose up at.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:12:54 | More by wahhmaster
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New York

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of ivory head over a really pale translucent golden. Great retention and good lacing. Aromas are basic, with straightforward honey malt and grassy hops, rounded out with a bit of spice. Flavors are grassy and floral, a notable hop presence. Fresh and pretty delicious with all these Bavarian hop characteristics. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, meanwhile creamy and smooth. A nice brew for a hot day. Doesn't really scream "marzen" to me at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 04:54:07 | More by washburnkid
Photo of arguemaniac


3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One easy-drinking brew with that great buttery malt character, some nice grassiness and a firm caramel note. A faithful and nearly flawless example of the style.

Very nice, I still like the roastier, richer American Octoberfests out there, but this one is very enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 20:48:48 | More by arguemaniac
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

02-01-2014 15:46:28 | More by ShepardCommander
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1.88/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured into a pint glass with small head, very little retention and a slightly county pale straw color

S - Combination of malt and skunk. Very similar to Beck's

T - Some nut, some malt, the same skunk that was in the aroma.

M - Smooth, but can't really get too interested.

Overall, if you're contemplating picking this up, save a couple bucks and buy Heinekin or Beck's. This is almost dead on Beck's.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 06:37:04 | More by mwa423
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South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P:  Crystal clear golden body with steaming effervescence and a small thin layer of fading white head. 

S:  As expected the nose is full of skunky aroma but does still have faint notes of toasted caramel, canned dog food, subtle spicy hops. 

T/M:  Prickly medium body that follows the nose but the flavors are more toasted malts and powdery yeast rather than the overpowering skunk funk in the nose.  Sour apples, and citrus bitterness to compliment the sweet caramel and malt base. Finish is semi dry and clean that lingers apple peels and citrus bitterness.  Subtle lactic acid tartness shows up once warmed. 

O:  The smell was pretty awful and I was expecting to hate this buy it turned out the taste was much better than the nose. The flavors worked well together and the mouthfeel was pretty good. 

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:33:17 | More by Hopswagger
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting find, This poured a yellow/amber much like a strong lager, smell is of malt which is very reminiscent of a Munich Helles lager. Taste has a bit of bite, delicate hop and malt flavor, and an aroma much like a Polish "Mocne".

It's fairly smooth, easy to drink, a good beer, but a little expensive at $3 a bottle. But this a good start for the LCBO, and i'm hoping to see other offerings from this brewery in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 23:14:07 | More by funkengruven
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

06-26-2012 13:22:05 | More by Tracker83
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3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color (a bit light for the style), with a nice off-white, frothy head, with good retention. On the nose there is a sweet malt aroma. On the palate there is a steady malt flavor with a ever so slight roastiness, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Easy drinking, but could be better for a O'fest...still a very drinkable O'fest.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2002 11:44:43 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-30-2013 04:47:55 | More by FadetoBock
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

03-04-2014 16:33:53 | More by EF4
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New York

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light golden yellow into the pint gl-- wait, light golden yellow? I thought this was supposed to be an Oktoberfest. This was the first thing that gave me skepticism. The aroma was actually a pleasant blend of fruitiness and earth-like spiciness, with a healthy smell of caramel malts.

Unfortunately none of that really transferred into the flavor. There was plenty of malt, but also a generous amount of grassy hops, and that slight Euro-lager skunkiness to the finish. I wanted to make sure it was in fact the Oktoberfest and not the traditional lager, so I double-checked the tap handle. And sure enough... this beer honestly has no inclination that it is an oktoberfest beer, which is really disappointing. You'd think a brewery from MUNCHEN would be able to nail this one pretty well.

Mouthfeel was thin and slightly carbonated, but not bad. To be honest, this serves as a decent Euro lager, something that's certainly drinkable if you want a lighter beer. But as an Oktoberfest it's unacceptable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2007 16:37:17 | More by BBM
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-10-2014 00:25:09 | More by Goldndomer
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-23-2012 19:25:12 | More by kobeer
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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