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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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899 Ratings
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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 13
Gots: 22 | 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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kguard

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2014 21:22:04 | More by kguard
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +10%

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.

Recommended…

10-06-2007 20:48:48 | More by arguemaniac
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%

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. 

09-15-2012 21:33:17 | More by Hopswagger
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

11-07-2009 23:14:07 | More by funkengruven
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mwa423

Ohio

1.88/5  rDev -44.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

08-31-2002 11:44:43 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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EF4

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -24.8%

Appearance: A rather tan colored gold for a body that doesn't boast too much in the way of carbonation. The head however was a good solid two fingers that laced and retained modestly.

Smell: Took some warming to come out, but even when it's come out, I would not call it appealing. Grassy with citrus and mixed with light rotten egg smell. I suppose it's not offensive, but still I'm not looking forward to it.

Taste: In a word, bleck as it starts with a very boring and subdued malt character with a hint of clementine. In then shifts to a slight caramel taste that turns to earthy and grassy hops. Not especially bad, but certainly not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel: Well, it does leave a bit of a caramel and malt aftertaste, that doesn't linger for too long. However the it seems a bit, dry the front and moist in the back of the mouth. That and the carbonation needs a bit of work and doesn't seem to really help bring out many aspects of the beer.

Drinkability: It's going down, it's refreshing and it's sitting well but this is a case where the other factors conspire against the brew. Besides that, I wouldn't say it's all that smooth.

Final Thoughts: As my first Oktoberfest, I am disappointed, to say the least. I was expecting a much fuller and much richer experience. I've had many a bad import lager, and while it is by no means as generic as they are, that doesn't make it good. I'd have to say my biggest problem, is it seems to be unable to decide if it is a sweeter malty beer or a richer hoppy beer. Thumbs down on this one.

11-12-2009 07:43:24 | More by TheHammer
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BBM

New York

2.7/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

09-06-2007 16:37:17 | More by BBM
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javlin624

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

05-08-2014 02:22:38 | More by javlin624
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-10-2014 00:25:09 | More by Goldndomer
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kobeer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-23-2012 19:25:12 | More by kobeer
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%

500ml bottle from the Wellington & Bradley LCBO in London, ON. Part of the Fall 2010 Autumn Ales release (even though it's a lager!). Pours a bright golden yellow with a thin ring of bubbly white head and spots of lacing on the lager glass. Smell and taste are fresh cereal grains, bready and doughy malts, some skunk, toasted wheat, a touch of sweetness, light Noble hop bitterness, and a boozy sting in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spicy and drying finish. Drinkability suffers from the high ABV, especially for the style. A marzen is meant to be quaffed with ease, but this is a single serving brew. Just okay as an oktoberfest. I won't buy again.

09-13-2010 06:00:31 | More by cratez
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-05-2013 23:22:09 | More by SonOfKyuss
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aflies

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-08-2013 04:11:50 | More by aflies
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Clear and pale...golden/yellow. Not much head to speak of, or even a cap. Color is unusual for an Oktoberfest.

Aroma: Again, unusual for the style. I can detect hops more so than anything else, reminding me more of a pilsner than a marzen. Some traces of malts.

Taste: Mostly hops, and very little malts, even though I can get a hint of it. As many other reviewers have pointed out, this is very much like a pilsner, rather than a marzen/oktoberfest. Then again, Erdinger makes one that is more like a hefeweizen, so deviation is fine I guess?

Mouthfeel: Light, and crisp. Goes down well, the hops basically finishing it off. Going down seems to have a lot more carbonation, again, something uncharacteristic of this style.

Drinkability: Crisp, light and refreshing with an unoffensive taste, albeit odd. I do like some deviation from the style in beers, but this one seems to be jumping ship completely. Still, I could have a few of these with ease.

10-05-2008 07:54:37 | More by kshankar
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Luiz0930

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-31-2013 07:18:45 | More by Luiz0930
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malty

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%

Clear golden color with a thin white halo head.

Fleeting scent of bread dough and clean notes of earth.

The faintest of maltiness on the palate along with a crisp and somewhat dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel was somewhat effervescent and a tad bitey. Light bodied with a lightning quick finish.

Drinkability is good. No hearty flavors to get in the way of some serious swillin' (if that's what your into).

Overall I was very disappointed with this (my first this year) Oktoberfest. I guess I expected MUCH more malty backbone and a touch of caramel toasted sweetness - none to be found. I have to give credit to the cleanliness of this beer though. To think I picked this over a Sam Adams O'fest. Oh well, it's gotta get better than this.

08-30-2005 01:23:38 | More by malty
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%

A - 1" white foamy head that retains well at 1/4". Honey gold (unexpected color for the style). Slow rising bubbles. Light lace.

S - Sweet malt. Spicy hop. Simple, basic, good.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front. A little metallic at first. Mineral. Light spicy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Clean finish. Medium carbonation.

D - Good flavor, easy to drink. Not far off from Hofbrau Original. Not what I expect from an Oktoberfest, but a good solid beer.

01-17-2006 02:38:19 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +10%

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head, great lacing mix of bubles and lace, straw yellow color, very light coloring for an oktoberfest.

s- grass, clean, grainy, not roasty at all or overall malty for that matter.

t- grainy, grassy, light malt, i didn't like this for an oktoberfest, to me it's much more like a munich helles.

m- light and crisp in the mouth.

d- good drinkability, the most off-style oktoberfest in my opinion, but as a beer it was enjoyable, just not as an oktoberfest.

10-01-2009 04:43:28 | More by thecarster1
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-08-2012 20:12:52 | More by Hopdaemon39
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%

Hofbräuhaus Newport - JPH
JP Henley's, 10/4/08 on draft, 20 oz pub glass, 5.8 ABV
A 2.5, light and golden yellow, little to no head or lacing
S 3.0, notes of honey, sweet notes for a Marzen
T 3.0, mediocre, different than most Marzen, semi bitter balanced with sweetness
MF 3.5 Semi syrupy, medium body, weird for a Marzen
D 3.0, I would drink this, I like it, but it is not my first pick for a Marzen/Ofest beer.

10-10-2008 21:12:39 | More by unclejimbay
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18%

02-10-2012 02:40:22 | More by rusty3335
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-14-2013 11:33:53 | More by IPAFrankieH
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-12-2012 01:45:21 | More by dugly2ugly
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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