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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 14
Gots: 32 | 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 nitter


3/5  rDev -11.8%

11-07-2012 10:54:47 | More by nitter
Photo of Bieniek30

New York

3/5  rDev -11.8%

04-02-2014 23:12:12 | More by Bieniek30
Photo of treyrab


3.38/5  rDev -0.6%

Ah that time again for Oktoberfestbiers. Poured this one into my pint glass...

A: Extremely Munich-Helles looking...very clear, very carbonated, and coming packed with a huge snowblind white head. Looks very good for a pilsner, not so much for an oktoberfestbier.

S: Smells exactly like Hofbrau Original, except with slight hits of spices maybe, but thats a stretch. Nice German hops in the nose.

T: Give me a vertical tasting of this and Hofbrau Original and I may be able to tell the different. They are extremely similar, which is so surprising. There is a mild spice note on the finish, but that is all that differentiates it.

Overall, this beer is not bad and I could drink a few, but I am confused as to where the "Oktoberfestbier" part comes into play. Give it a shot if you have the chance.

09-14-2008 00:34:40 | More by treyrab
Photo of phisig137


2.73/5  rDev -19.7%

Pours a light golden color, with a small head with no retention. No lacing or ring around the glass. Looks fizzy and yellow to me.

Aroma is very light, and grainy. You can tell it is a lager from the aroma, but doesn't have much else. Almost smells like adjunct.

Flavor is again light and mild. None of the caramel and toasty notes that I look for in an oktoberfest. Slightly sweet hint of corn. Tastes like it's fizzy and yellow too. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability decent.

I'm really dissapointed by this one. Usually Hofbrauhaus has some nice beers, but this just doesn't do it. This borderline tastes like a macro offering. Perhaps this is the lighter oktoberfest that is served traditionaly in German, as opposed to the heavier version we get. Perhaps it just isn't that good of a beer.

09-18-2006 02:55:00 | More by phisig137
Photo of GreenWBush


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

10-14-2005 15:31:57 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of RuudJH


3.43/5  rDev +0.9%

Another quite strong oktoberfest beer I picked up in Germany today.
I can imagine they'll actually use it as the sessionbeer: a few jugs of this and you'll be yodeling through the streets.

Pale golden, modest carbonation, thin head.
Common smell of citrus and grassy hops.
Taste is rather spicy, actually. The alcohol isn't completely covered though.
As said: quite strong as pilsners/lagers go. The flavour is ok, but it should be more complex.

08-19-2011 13:58:10 | More by RuudJH
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

03-03-2012 00:40:40 | More by tbeer40
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

08-14-2012 08:19:51 | More by warpedrevolution
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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

10-13-2013 00:23:55 | More by lic217
Photo of philbertk


3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Oktoberfestbier--2000 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear light bright golden color. Bavarian front with mild pilsner Saaz hop note. Smooth malty untoasted body. Pilsner Bock blend. Mild with light mouthfeel. Light dry hop fruit end. Sampled 9/9/2000.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear fizzy bright straw golden color. Mild floral hop front. Crisp mild Bavarian sweet smooth butter caramel rich Pils flavor. Clean mild tangy hop citrus end. Stank hint. Fest? Sampled 9/28/2004.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest--Munich Specialty. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. 11.2 oz. Bottle. $8.99 / 6-Pack. Thin mild lace foamy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Green bottle stank hint mild Noble hop front. Crisp dry sweet tangy caramel Pils thin textured malty butter fruit body. Mild hop cloying malt stank end. No toast & dry compared to US Fests. Sampled 12 20/2009. 6.30% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0).

Hofbrauhaus Munchen Staatliches Hofbrau Oktoberfest--Munich Specialty. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. since 1589--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy thin big mild lace white head. Clear bright light gold color. Mild hop floral malt mild dark green bottle Fest stank hint front. Fizzy tangy crisp mellow sweet fully fermented dry rich helles lager Pale Malt Fest body. Clean dry mild hop spice Fest end. Sampled 9/20/2010 from 6-Pack Purchased for $7.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle, Washington on 9/14/2010.

09-21-2010 06:21:27 | More by philbertk
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-30-2013 20:46:43 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

02-01-2014 15:46:28 | More by ShepardCommander
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

10-22-2012 16:13:14 | More by MrBoh
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours very well, with a foamy German type head. Has a nice roasted malt aspect to it, which actually calls to mind a well-made Vienna lager (guess I don't have my expectations for the Okto style set in my mind). In other words, this is a pretty okay beer. The texture and mouthfeel come across like a standard American "dark beer," which can get in the way of one's enjoyment.

09-15-2003 15:16:43 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-27-2013 22:55:55 | More by prdstmnky
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4.05/5  rDev +19.1%

A persistent white head over a clear light to mid gold beer.Bubbles were relatively large sticking to the side of the glass and were regularly released to feed the foam.
An even malt smell that a\has a hint of sweetness but not overly so and is tempered by a hoppiness that is a little grassy.
The taste was pretty impressive.
For a Lager it is as complex as I have had.There is a smoothness combining the none too sweet malts and the hoppy bitterness that has an orange/chocolate liquer finish to it.
There is plenty of carbonation and bitterness making it a stimulating drink to have in your mouth
How can macro lagers be so far away from this?
lagers get pretty shitty PR and I think this beer redresses the issues in an ever so small way

05-26-2006 00:35:48 | More by jarmby1711
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

08-08-2013 15:54:27 | More by magpieken
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

Poured into .5L mug.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight hint of malts but mostly skunk, very characteristic of German beer.

T - Malts and bready yeast upfront with slight earthy tones and bitterness towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable oktoberfest beer. Would definitely recommend it.

10-26-2010 18:12:12 | More by taigor
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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

09-22-2013 20:24:05 | More by rcjennings
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

06-26-2012 13:22:05 | More by Tracker83
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

01-05-2014 21:22:04 | More by kguard
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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


3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

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

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


5/5  rDev +47.1%

11-15-2011 02:40:24 | More by harrylee773
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

10-30-2013 04:47:55 | More by FadetoBock
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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