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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München
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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Reviews: 557 | Ratings: 1,320
Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with light, airy foam that dissolves rapidly.Hayloft aroma and taste of bread (white bread). Not as good as I thought it would be....(or should be)

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with white head. Aroma has grains, bread crust and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet at first, grainy and bready but gets more bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Easy drinking and quite refreshing.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of grainy biscuit and a subtle airy floral hop presence.

Light medium body with a very smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding - slight alcohol traces are evident near the finish. Reasonably intense for the style with a balance near perfection. Complexity is a bit lacking. Grainy biscuit leads off with a surprisingly slightly sweet background that only hints at caramel. The middle brings a very mild bitterness that perfectly balances the biscuit. Hop flavor is subtle and is herbal and floral in nature. As the finish fades, a slight alcohol flavor becomes uncovered.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split six pack from Winter Haven ABC in 11.2 ounce bottles. This tasted like a really good Euro-Lager...did not pick up anything especially Oktoberfestish about it. Not complaining, though, because it tasted delish!

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Photo of Antc2382
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a unique Oktoberfest. A: I drank this straight out of the bottle, so it is skewed. It appears as a typical Grolsch style. Bottle is very unassuming/international. S: super-skunky, more powerful than most. Good if you dig that. T: this really is non-traditional Oktoberfest. I can not stress that enough. This is way more of a Czech Pilsner/ Kolsch style than any American or German style Oktoberfest. That being said, I enjoyed the beer for what it is. F: again, not typical of style, but good. Fairly crisp, carbonated goodness. O: caution, I like this beer but it does not signify what I have known about Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the quintessential Oktoberfest IMO. Pours pristine with clarity. bright and gold. Creamy white head that fell well enough and left rings of lace. Nose is toasty bread crust. No hops. Only a light backing from herbal and a mild, I mean very mild spice. Taste is outstanding. Rich breaddy malt envelops the palate as hops are lilting gently in the background. generous malt is the star of the show as it caresses the palate and finishes with justa light kiss from bubbles. Hops balance this beer to perfection as only a slight bitterness comes forward as you drink to remind you to put that glass down for just a minute!

The best in this style this year next to Spaten and because it did not rely on hops to make a "sensation" on the palate. Soft hearty bread.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When all is said and done this is just an ok Oktoberfest. Very light in appearance but holds onto some good qualities for this style. Slightly skunky but enjoyable.

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Photo of Steelocation
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a six pack in bottles but the bottles were only 11.2 oz. Bottle number reads: L 211 0 10:09 on the label but the bottle itself reads: 180 15 23:26 R. Could not find the expiration date. Don't know if it's important but the label looks exactly like the Ba picture except its labeled Oktoberfest, instead of Oktoberfestbier (I guess I'm drinking the American counterpart). Poured it into a pint style glass.

Appearance: golden, clear, lively, and had a nice foamy head but that head didn't last long

Smell: roasty

Taste: nice and dry but a little malty

Mouth feel: crisp and very carbonated

Overall: I enjoyed this beer but it seem a little lite to me (even though the ABV is 6.3%). The color is not as dark as I was expecting and that reflected how it taste. If this was a blind taste test, I would have thought this was a lager. Still, a drinkable beer that you can have regularly.

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Photo of rwest
4.63/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I don't really like Oktoberfests, but I love this beer. One of my Fall favorites. Doesn't really match the style, though. Probably why I like it so much!

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Photo of beerboy21
4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modern style Oktoberfest. Like a Helles brewed to "Fest" strength. Blonde in color. Spicy, noble hops along with some maltiness. Enjoyable, honey-like finish. Excellent beer. Not enough lager lovers on this site.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.19/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Japan, poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tall glass.

Look: Pours a crystal transparent pale golden straw color. A deep and compact head formed of tiny white bubbles springs up and then slowly falls down to a thin film. The bubbles cling to the walls of the glass forming a thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: Initially a bit of skunk and dusty, then searching deeper reveals pale hops, maltyness and straw/honey undertones.

Taste: Malty sweet on the palate with a hop bitter afterkick. Undercurrents of honey and straw are perceptible. Not terribly complex, but pleasant.

Feel: A very gentle mouthfeel here with the malt and hops balancing each other nicely. Medium carbonation plays across the tongue with a mild prickly sensation.

Overall: A nice octoberfest beer and exemplifying the style very well. Nothing unexpected present and an easy to drink brew. A few flaws present that might be attributable to improper storage, but overall very solid.

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Photo of dd43
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too thin of body and too lacking of aromatic malt pungency to be recommendable as an marzen when you can readily get Ayinger and Sierra Nevada octoberfest in most areas. This isn't a bad beer, but it's entirely unremarkable.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There are so many good German Octoberfest beers out there, why waste time on this one??!!! Their green bottle, as do all green bottles, needs to be eliminated. It does NOTHING for the taste. There is nothing I care to say about this beer that is positive.

There are so many good German beers, go get one of them that you like and leave this one alone.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a .5 liter mug.

With slowly rising bubbles, a clear golden body holds up a nice white frothy head that retains well. Thick, random patches of foam stick to the glass. The aroma is spicy from hops and really buttery from malts with a faint skunk aroma from the green bottle. The taste is spicy as well and it covers up any malt presence although there is a very basic toasted grain and buttery element. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall: Really comes off as more of a Helles style of beer with a bit too much spice from hops.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Worst oktoberfest i've tried, with none of the elements typical to the style. Smells like a Heineken, which I find nasty. Clear golden color looks like adjunct swill. Taste has some redeeming malt character, and it finishes smooth. Glad I only picked up a single.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on draft at the South Wedge Harvest Hootenanny beer garden tent in Rochester, New York. Coloring sat somewhere near a glowing pumpkin orange. It put up a one finger head of bobbing white foam that crashed around the glass like an iceberg in too small a vessel. This retained nicely before leaving clinging sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. A mild haze cut clarity, but no sediment was otherwise noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma showed wheaty earthiness, bittered European amber grain soak, burnt wheat bagels, light cloven and plastic phenols, harsher fruity esters, tinny yeast, black pepper, vegetal zucchini breadiness, dark clover honey, wet straw, and light but oily noble hop bitterness. Flavors included big bready dark wheatiness, sugary and toasty Munich maltiness, soft buttery diacetyls, distant bittered banana esters, toasted oats, oily orange peel, savory salted European lager yeastiness, India ink, rusted bronze, tattered and dusty cotton weave, faint grassy hoppiness, light booziness, and some toasted almond fruitiness. The body was on the full side of medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave very hearty slurp and smack, but sitting even further forward was the frothiness and creaminess that you’re met with. The mouth is coated only briefly in this before settling away into a gentle tannic, astringent spread. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks back without trouble.

Overall, this beer helped keep us warm on the first bitterly cold, windy day of the year. We met a group of pals out at our neighborhood’s outdoor fall festival, and were collectively happy to find a beer garden towards the back of the festival. They had a few local guys and a general smattering of Oktoberfest style beers, and we ended up landing on this one. In this setting, we found it to be hearty, warming, and generally clean for the style, giving off that bready and toasty classic maltiness that makes the style great. It equally conjured thoughts of steins and lederhosen as it did visions of a roaring fire. While the aroma was perhaps a bit dulled, thinned, and perhaps a bit too fruity, we thought the rest of it to be relatively solidly knocked together. We were pretty surprised to see how low a rating it got on here, and feel it to be deserving of a slot at least in the 80’s.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at an Oktoberfest celebration at the Student Prince in Springfield, MA. The beer had a golden, straw-like appearance with a medium-sized white head. Aromas were a bit wheat and bread-based with some spice flavoring. The beer had an earthy and bready tone with its taste mixed with some light malts. Good, medium body and carbonation. Overall, not too bad of a drink for the evening.

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Photo of drmeto
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-pours a clear golden with a medium, frothy, white head
-high carbonation visible
-honey,grainy,spicy,biscuity,bready,faint diacetyl
-medium carbonation
-medium,oily body
-no alcohol detectable
Way underrated Oktoberfestbier

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle. Pours Clear golden, small white head with almost no lacing. Aroma is bready and grainy with grassy hops. Taste is grainy and bready with caramel sweetness and grass.

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Photo of James954
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear golden and with good carbonation coming from bottom with lacing on the rim.
S: faint and unremarkable straw and bread and biscuit. A light skunk smell may be due to the green bottle?
T: Like an upgraded American Adjunct beer with better carbonation.
F: perfect mouthfeel and carbonation for what it is...

O: After having other well-known Oktoberfest offerings from Germany, Hofbrau is at the bottom of the totem pole in that regard. It performs well versus American adjunct lagers (and Becks).

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Photo of vinicole
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow with thick frothy head.
Clean refreshing but muted aroma of hops.
Sweet turning to mild grain. Some malt. Short in flavour.
Reasonably easy to drink.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Apparently Hofbrau sold out to brewing a pale in color Oktoberfest. For a brewery with high standards this disappointed me. It finished dead last in our recent Waterstone Beer Club Oktoberfest event.

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Photo of The_Kings_Thirst
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Yellow and clear with a quickly vanishing white head.
S: Bready, grassy, earthy.
T: Sweet. Bready/biscuit and grass. A little tartness on back.
F: Light and well carbonated.

O: Easy drinking. Could put a few liters away without a problem. Reminiscent of the Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn which I slightly prefer.

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Photo of RickyS
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow, clear, bubbly, nice froth that goes away leaving only a thin layer of foam that sticks around for a long time. On the nose immediate hay and grass, very very typical of the sytle. Taste is bready and malty. The alcohol is well subdued, I ve seen other examples of the style where it is not. Thin mouthfeel and no persistance of the taste. Ok beer but nothing that will blow your socks away.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a pale yellow with really good clarity. White head that disappears throughout.

S - Yeast, grains, wheat, euro - skunk smell.

T - low to medium bodied, yeast, lemon grass, dank, crisp on the palate, finishes with a touch of dry bitterness, but not before some malts come through.

O -Solid offering and in this style. I always get an appreciation for how many different clicks on the spectrum a brewer can go on the Oktoberfest style. This definitely leans to the more mild and less malty sweetness. Easy to quaff this back so I would def recommend.

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