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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
77
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882 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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csmartin6

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-26-2013 15:11:32 | More by csmartin6
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magictacosinus

California

3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Erik. Poured into a wine glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a golden amber color complete with 2 fingers worth of a frothy white head. Leaves behind minimal lacing on the glass, but it does look a little bit more syrupy and thickened than the average offering from Hofbräuhaus. Definitely more on the viscous side, and the extra booze is definitely at fault here. Pretty good in terms of its simple presentation, but hardly any difference between this and their normal lager offering.

Smells exactly as I'd expect this brewery's offerings to be - the unmistakable German malty sweetness, combined with light citrus and fruit. There's notes of white grapes, pears, and green apple, which combine with the grassy, citrus laden (think tangerines) herbal edge. There's definitely more sweetness than usual with the extra ABV here, which enhances those toffee and sugar cane flavors that I find classic in the style. Perhaps what makes this more different then other run-of-the-mill pilsners is the increased sweetness and earthy, hoppy flavors? Not so sure, but it's definitely not bad.

The flavor is the exact same, except for the fact that it's a little creamier and thicker than I anticipated. Notes of white grapes, raisins, and pears are a little explosive here from the pilsen malts, and the finish is most definitely filled with notes of lemon peel, grass, and orange blossom notes that are still oily and sticky by this point. The sweetness is great at the finish, with the alcohol becoming increasingly present. The notes of toffee continue to rise in sweetness, but it's luckily cut by the crisp grainy finish. Drinks like a charm - creamy, well carbonated, and refreshing, as any good German pilsner should. I do think the booziness detracts from the subtle nuances, but it's otherwise a refreshing offering.

Here's my last Oktoberfest offering perhaps for the remainder of the year. It's sad how a lot of these beers gather dust, yet it's even sadder that whatever a lot of these breweries are making in Germany for Oktoberfest are no different from their standard offerings. This is an example of that, but it still ends up being enjoyable. Due to the strict brewing regulation that goes on during the summer months in Germany, these older beers have been lagering sur lie for a longer period of time, and the booze is expected. Also, due to the inordinate amount of people that attend the festival, they have to get them off of the seats somehow! While I've had better Oktoberfest seasonal offerings, this one is still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:40:30 | More by magictacosinus
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sonorb7

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-24-2013 12:44:15 | More by sonorb7
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-22-2013 01:49:54 | More by ssimpson89
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Zackcavalier

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you like miller lite, this beer is for you. Scary how similar this is to mL for me anyways. Sweet, fairly one dimensional and watery. Light amber/yellow...seems like a pils. Smells pils-y. Clear as yellow glass. I would not drink again. Sweet, breadlike finish. I assume, based on the german nature of this beer, there are no adjucts, but it tastes corny to me. I am not sure why the others in my group loved it so.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2013 23:38:36 | More by Zackcavalier
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

10-21-2013 00:50:12 | More by jjboesen
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RobinLee

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-20-2013 21:31:02 | More by RobinLee
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Apotheosis

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

10-20-2013 02:44:40 | More by Apotheosis
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KingSlayer

California

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

10-20-2013 00:37:45 | More by KingSlayer
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oktoberfestbier pours a golden straw color with no head. There is a sweet apple juice like aroma. The taste is rather pale, light, and has a strong apple juice like flavor. Flavor is present but rather light and watery, and a little too much of the sweet side. Overall its a sweet light fruity Marzen.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 23:38:39 | More by vette2006c5r
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MidwestBA

Illinois

3/5  rDev -11.5%

10-19-2013 22:27:24 | More by MidwestBA
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Didier

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

10-19-2013 00:36:10 | More by Didier
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Hairrrrrrrr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18%

10-18-2013 01:07:12 | More by Hairrrrrrrr
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tpauer

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-17-2013 00:40:04 | More by tpauer
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Sspeer1

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -11.5%

10-17-2013 00:06:01 | More by Sspeer1
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John_Squires

New York

4/5  rDev +18%

10-16-2013 23:50:16 | More by John_Squires
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Fargrow

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

10-16-2013 23:25:13 | More by Fargrow
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-15-2013 22:36:40 | More by rale
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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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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a: Surprisingly light pale golden; served with a small whispy head.

s: Lightly sweey cereal, not much else.

t: Pretty muted overall, sweet, bready grains and a muddled, lightly bitter finish.

m: Crisp body but not a very clean finish.

o: Bland and a bit off, not a good example of the style imo.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2013 04:15:10 | More by DIM
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kushlash23

Georgia

3/5  rDev -11.5%

10-14-2013 01:03:04 | More by kushlash23
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kinmundy77

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-13-2013 21:59:06 | More by kinmundy77
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lic217

Connecticut

2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

10-13-2013 00:23:55 | More by lic217
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 5 L party can. One and half fingers of head on a clear, straw colored body.
The aroma is grainy. Nice and straightforward.
The taste is light overall, mild bitterness and a little banana and malt sweetness. Not great, but not horrible.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
The big can it came in looks neat.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 22:16:50 | More by Fatehunter
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -11.5%

10-12-2013 15:07:40 | More by jaydoc
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.