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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 101 | 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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Photo of Minkybut
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this strange beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very pale and did not look at all like a Octoberfestt beer. It poured a fine white bubbly head that decayed rather quicky. lacing was non-existant. The beer smelled skunky and sweet. Taste was not bad though. It was light and reffreshing but not very Octoberfestish at all. I would buy again but not in the fall !! This is like a summer beer.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured 2 bottles into a 1 liter Hofbräu maß.

Appearance: Golden, with a large but relatively thin white head. Lot's of large bubbles and lace.

Smell: Smells kind of grassy with some citric hops, but not exactly what I wanted to smell with this style.

Taste: Starts off with a slight malt sweetness, finishing with a citrus hop character.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, and also pretty flat- but the flatness might be my own fault.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but far from my favorite in this style. I would drink it again, but it's not my first choice.

Photo of herrburgess
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Clydesdale
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear, brassy golden color. The ivory head is very tall, dense, and foamy. Retention is impressive, with some above average lacing.

S: Faintly skunky, with grainy Euro lager malt up front. Hops are herbal, spicy, and vegetal.

T: Pale malt up front. Sweetness is low. Musty, herbal noble hop flavor is definitely present. Unfortunately, there's a bit of skunkiness a la Heineken and other Euro lagers. A bit of lingering alcohol...odd and somewhat unwelcome for such a pale lager.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is soft. Somewhat astringent into the finish.

D: This is a lackluster Oktoberfest. Pale, grainy, skunky...too bad. Lacks character and drinkability. Not really worth seeking out, unless you're a huge fan of the style. So many better examples out there.

Photo of Ngntjp
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a nonic. I really only used the nonic to get a good look at the beer. If I have any more of these, I will be using my stein or at least a beer mug.

A = Crystal clear, bright golden yellow, with about a 3/4 inch head of white foam and small bubbles, good retention, light lacing, steady carbonation bubbling with small bubbles, light lacing.

S & T = Crisp earthy smells of noble hops, fresh grains, with a bready taste that is nonetheless balanced with a steady bitterness from the hops, finish is semi-dry as the hops are not too prevalent, but there in enough force to assert themselves.

M = Medium-light body, strong carbonation feel, tongue continue to feel like it had poprocks on it for a few minutes after each drink.

D = This is a very drinkable beer. I could easily see putting a few of these away at a beerhall.

Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LarryMyers
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of brbrocc
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a nice white foam head that quickly dissipates. There is some minimal spotted lacing.

S: Not much happening here, some vague hints of malt with a slight bitterness of hops.

T: A little better than the smell. There was a nice mild malt character that blends nicely with the hops, but nothing stands out.

M: Very clean crisp and dry.

D: This Oktoberfest is quite easy to drink. Not very complex. Not something I would seek out but would not pass it up.

Added this to my beer bread recipe and the beer bread was quite nice.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at two locations in the last couple of weeks, so this is a mix of the two reviews. Golden clear color, aroma is like smelling a candy factory, with some floral hop notes. Nice frothy white head. Taste is a bit bready to start, there's some sweetness, and a grassy note from the hops. Not hard to drink, but not one I needed to keep drinking either. pat

Photo of nebula1999
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ChipMurray
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of ajs4bd
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle. Looked more like 10 oz in my glass!

For an Oktoberfest beer, pours a surprising straw yellow with a decent white head. Smell is of biscuits and fresh-cut grass. Taste is immediately malty and sweet, with that green-bottle skunkedness which soon morphs into an edgy bitter finish. A burning sensation lasts for a while after the sip, quite odd. Feel is perhaps a bit too spiky, and that suffers the drinkability as well. Always glad to try a new beer, but this is a weird Märzen..

Photo of vancurly
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) Strongly bubbled, whipped white head, clear pale gold/yellow. Very appealing.
s) Initial whiff of barnyard, supported by grain husk, vegetal hop, green capsicum.
f) Strawlike maltiness, rich & enjoyable. Light caramel notes, restrained bitterness. Quite a festival of malt.
m) Medium weight, good length.
d) Could put a couple away, quite moreish

Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Moose90
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of tpauer
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of RobinLee
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 5L keg into a .5L Lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: clear golden color with a thick white head that sticks to the sides of the mug. i'm glad it isn't an amber octoberfest. i was looking for a German-style marzen (pale instead of amber) and i got it.

s: sweet, bready malt aromas. mild hop grassy notes. has that unique German smell that many good German brews have (like Weihenstephan) very good.

t: balanced and flavorful. full bodied malt flavor with notes of bread and very subtle caramel flavor. grassy hop flavor balances the beer nicely.

m: nice and smooth mouthfeel

i seem to disagree with almost everyone here on this one. this is a great marzen. maybe some users think the pale color makes this a poor example of the Oktoberfest style, but they couldn't be more wrong. go to Munich during the last week of September and tell me this isn't a genuine fest bier. you can't!

recommended.

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.