1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

Not Rated.
Hofbräu OktoberfestbierHofbräu Oktoberfestbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

1,122 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,122
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 88 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,122 | Reviews: 509 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of LutherBrau
4.42/5  rDev +28.5%

LutherBrau, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of hunteraw
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tis the season for Oktoberfest, might as well open one up. This wasn't available when when I visited the Munich Hofbrauhaus around Christmas.

Appearance: Very clear, golden in color. Thin head, with mediocre retention and no lacing.

Smell: Grainy, almost adjuncty, with some "green" and spicy hops underneath. I was expecting a lot more malt from this style. You might be forgiven for thinking this was supposed to be a pilsner.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet on the palate. A bit of cooked vegetable or sweet corn - can't be adjunct, due to the rheinhetsgebot. Alcohol comes through a bit strong, considering it's just 6%.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, actually quite creamy. Lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not very impressed with this one. I was expecting something more.

hunteraw, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear light golden color body with a thick short lasting white head , medium carbonation . Aroma of grassy hops, light bread dough and light skunk notes. Flavor is slightly sweeter than the aroma suggests , cereal grains , floral hops , corn lager , with a hint of honey and hey. Short dry finish,medium body with a crisp mouthfeel . Very drinkable but nothing special .

WakeandBake, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Sspeer1, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

slimntubbs, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of FickleBeast
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a DFH glass.

Pours slightly orange with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is a kind of minerally, with a hint of skunkiness.

First sip is better than expected. Some nice sweetness followed by a dry crisp finish. Lingering minerally aftertaste. Quite drinkable.

All in all, this isn't too bad. The aftertaste is a bit harsh, but it drinks very well. A nice thirst quencher.

FickleBeast, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of scootercrabb
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

scootercrabb, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of webmanspidey
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green bottle poured into a pint glass. This is a fizzy pale yellow: from appearance alone you wouldn't be able to differentiate this from the typical American pale lager. Smell is slightly skunky with some sweet brown sugarish undertones. Taste has a mild sweetness with a buttered biscuit flavor. Decent drinkability, but not much of a wow-factor otherwise.

webmanspidey, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has "euro pale lager" written all over it. I don't know how they can call it an oktoberfest: it pours a straw gold with a tiny white head that smells of honey sweetness. Taste is also honeylike with a light lemony hop. I'm a big fan of Hofbrau's maibock but this beer is ordinary and unexciting in every regard.

droomyster, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: September 20, 2014... GLASSWARE: Saranac willbecker...OCCASION: PSU/UMass--a Mass-acre to be?... APPEARANCE: hazy golden yellow body akin to a pilsener; steady upward bubbles; quite light for a fest; pale white head laces in tongues... AROMA: highly hopped in Saaz, apparently; besides the ping, some floral hops and grassy notes; not the fest expected... PALATE: active, vibrant and commanding--the aftertaste lingers with sweetness.....TASTE: sweet as a corn and biscuit combo can be; malty to the taste buds, but not as round as it is metallic to the nostrils; some wheat grass ...OVERALL: as Oktoberfests go, a surprise--much lighter and less malty than expected in its finish; perhaps drinking too many American fests has misled my expectations; still, balanced and worthwhile....

dacrza1, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Yellolab2010
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Yellolab2010, May 28, 2014
Photo of LittleCreature
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a finger of creamy white head that reduced to a very thin layer over a deep gold body with a tinge of copper.

Smell - 4.0
A tempting, spicy aroma of sweet bready malt, herbal hops, mixed spice and slightly fruity phenols.

Taste - 3.5
Seriously tasty beer this one, although the alcohol is very noticeable, perhaps overly so. Sweet bready pale malt is balanced by lightly spicy and herbal hops, finishes quite boozy with a fruitiness akin to dried apricots.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Very smooth with warming alcohol and a low level of carbonation.

Drinkability - 3.0
Over booziness and 6.0% strength reduces sessionability, but also makes it a suitable light coloured beer for a cold climate.

OVERALL - 3.55
A decent Oktoberfest and a good beer for cold weather.

LittleCreature, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +16.3%

throwback, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -12.8%

MidwestBA, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of nitter
3/5  rDev -12.8%

nitter, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of acrawf6
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw/ slightly orange golden with a small white head that drops into nice lacing.

smell. An interesting smell that at first is a bit metallic. But as the beer settles, i get more of the malts, oaty and sweet honey.

Taste. I get a very natural sweetness. Lots of honey and sweet malts. It's quite nice. It has a small characteristic of honey nut cheerios. But the swallow and aftertaste is a touch dryer, but still a little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel. there is a good body here, has a nice smoothness, probably from the 6% alc. It fills my mouth quite nicely. Nice amount of carbonation and good balance.

Overall. This isn't my favorite oktoberfest, but is still solid and quite nice.

acrawf6, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of heerboth
3.75/5  rDev +9%

heerboth, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of atigerlife
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a large, foamy white head that lasts. Small amount of carbonation seen rising.

Aroma is of lager yeast, sweet, and light hops.

Taste is quite light with some mild hops, malts and a sweet bready taste underlying its character.

Mouthfeel is also light and some light carbonation.

Overall, it is very drinkable. Not the most enjoyable beer as it lacks some defining character, but one that you could sit around and drink for a while. Nothing offensive.

atigerlife, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of csmalley
3/5  rDev -12.8%

csmalley, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

ShepardCommander, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Skidz
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a crystal clear, pale gold and sits a crisp golden yellow in the glass with a large white, frothy head. Leaves a nice, thick layer of head and lacings around the glass.

Aroma is sweet, full malty aromas, lightly toasted. Hints of honey and a light herbal hop aroma.

Tastes quite sweet, full of thick, creamy malt flavors. Faint hints of sweet apples. Toasty, dry crackery flavors come out and set up a nice, crisp hop spiciness complimented with a slight twang of alcohol on the sides of the toungue. Finish is fairly dry and nicely bittered.

Creamy and smooth in the mouth with thick, soft carbonation massaging your entire mouth. A nice treat for your mouth.

It's a very nice O-fest indeed. Plain and simple, but gets the job done, makes itself very easy to drink.

Skidz, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Standard looking macro-gold body, it has one finger of dense, whipped head. No lace on the glass at all.

Smell- The nose is slightly herbal, a little more on the vegetal side with a grassy hop present, not very strong.

Taste- This one is incredibly crisp and clean. Orange comes out with the herbal notes on the tongue, heavy wheat backbone. This is one of the more refreshing Fest offerings.

Mouth feel- That crisp nature is helped by the slight carbonation of this beer, and it really does feel nice. It is quite smooth for being more on the lighter side.

Overall- Again, just a really refreshing drink, but as far as a Fest profile goes, it remains fairly average.

Pintofbrown, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Sound_Explorer, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of logicalparadox
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

logicalparadox, Nov 08, 2014
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 29, 2014
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
79 out of 100 based on 1,122 ratings.