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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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78
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960 Ratings
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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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Photo of ruckus232
3.75/5  rDev +10%

ruckus232, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -12%

Sspeer1, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.03/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a surprisingly pale orangey yellow topped by an ample, rocky white head that laces and retains wonderfully.

It smells like a pint of Stella Artois that is sitting on a table in another room. Floral. Sweet. Skunky. But it's subtle and somewhat artificial.

The taste is very Czech pilsner. Sweet biscuity malt against floral, grassy hops with something approaching lemon rind in the finish. Some breadiness creeps in as things go along as does some corn. It's not quite awful, but it's close.

It's a medium mouthfeel, well carbonated and yeah. Not bad in this regard I suppose.

I was excited to see the LCBO offering an Oktoberfestbier, but it turns out they didn't. At least, to me this beer has more in common with the myriad of generic Euro lagers they already carry--light struck skunkiness and all--than any of the Oktoberfestbier I have ever had.

Huge disappointment.

MeisterBurger, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of RobinLee
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

RobinLee, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -12%

Bieniek30, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of PeteRiz
3/5  rDev -12%

PeteRiz, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev +17.3%

1Sundown2C, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of biggmike
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/yellow color with a white head that didnt last too long. Aroma had a bit of skunk to it. Also was kind of grainy with a bit of alcohol to the nose. Flavor was malty with just a small bit of hops coming through. Not much lacing. Mouthfeel was a tad thin. Drinkability was ok. Decent beer.

biggmike, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of nitter
3/5  rDev -12%

nitter, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intriguing green 12oz bottle, freshness date clearly marked. A great thing.

This bier poured out an almost hypnotic golden color. Quite effervescent with a head that is present, lingers, then fades gracefully.

I was impressed with the aroma...earthy, slightly bready, but all German, without a doubt.

The flavor of this brew is amazing, in so much that one swig of this bier (poured into a Munich-style mug, by the way) and I could almost hear the Oompah bands...

I was very skeptical given the name and the fact that it was in a bottle, but this bier impressed the hell out of me. I would love to try the Hofbrau biers when I scoot over to Germany next October. Well worth trying.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

ShepardCommander, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of mjurney
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pale gold-straw color, clear. A little carbonation. Thin head.

Aroma:
Light malt, a little fruitiness.

Taste:
Malt up front along with slight bitter finish. Rich maltiness, sweet biscuity, a little caramel and grassy. Hop character is mild, spicy-herbal. There some dryness in my plate, a little fruity like, green grape skin. Medium bodied and carabonation.

Finish:
Bitter finish (in the good way), dry aftertaste.

Overall:
Taste more like a Helles than a typical Oktoberfest, otherwise it's pretty good beer.

mjurney, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Not my favorite German Oktoberfest, but a good beer all the same. Hofbrau's version comes in clear and gold, with a thinner white head. The head lingers on aided by moderate carbonation. THe aroma is very mild, but just hints of malt sweetness and grass. The taste is a little more robust, with more depth to the sweetness, a little bit of biscuit, and a nice hit from the hops. The body is a little thinner and with some carbonation.

delta490, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of steveh
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling. Definitely toward the Wies'n Fest style of Oktoberfest, but I already had a couple earlier in the week and was a little disappointed in the character -- so here's notes on a direct focus for review.

A -- Clear, pale straw gold color with a dense white head that holds well.

S -- Eek. Can smell some skunk at arm's length -- green bottle trouble. The skunk dissipated with the vigorous pour, but there's only some vague breadiness and hop spiciness coming through, maybe a hint of alcohol -- but it's more fusel or solvent than we'd like. Though it's light. Mild DMS with warming.

T -- Light, bready malt character up front that fades into the quickest hop note then the bread lingers and a mild touch of citrus. Not really rich in flavor as would be expected -- more Helles in character than a Festbier -- which isn't bad, just not what to expect from the label.

M -- Light body with a soft mouthfeel that turns very dry in the finish. Not impressed to style.

D -- Drinkability is definitely good, for a Munich Helles. Just a little disappointed in the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus on this one. I had a draft version at a bar that I thought was a little richer in flavor, but didn't take notes. I wonder if H-B pasteurizes their bottles, but not their kegs?

steveh, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of treyrab
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

treyrab, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of phisig137
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

phisig137, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

lilsmizzul1225, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of GreenWBush
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

GreenWBush, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +10%

tbeer40, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of LutherBrau
4.42/5  rDev +29.6%

LutherBrau, Today at 09:58 PM
Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

warpedrevolution, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of RuudJH
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

RuudJH, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of lic217
2.25/5  rDev -34%

lic217, Oct 13, 2013
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.