Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,160
Reviews: 515
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Ratings: 1,160 | Reviews: 515
Photo of scootny
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The octoberfest stash is in need of attention along with my pumpkin ale as we move into the holiday ale season. With that a review of the last of this years batch. A pale golden fluid with a soft fluffy white head. Some lacing left after a gentle fade. Smell is toasted sweet and malty. Some light spiciness in the hops as well. Taste is caramel malt, mildly sweet with a good toasted breadiness. Clean hop bitterness in the finish has muted Sazz notes and light peppery zing. Alcohol is hidden at first but as it warms it gives notice. Feel is medium light crisp and refreshing. A decent thirst quencher. This goes down well and drinks like a session lager when cold but the abv is a little high so be careful. The thing is this is more like a malty pilsner than a marzen so a nice beer but not quite what I was expecting style wise..

Photo of KenC
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle code: L 147 K 07:34

A: Gold, pure and crystal clear. One finger of head, it lasted just a minute. Zero lacing.

S: Bread malt, plain and simple. Very much as expected.

T: Very even, almost flat toasted malt/bread taste. The higher than most Marzen ABV can’t be detected, which is a big plus. Just the right little hop tang at the finish.

M: Very thin with no/low carbonation. Again, it is much as expected per style.

O: Very drinkable, but not really noteworthy either.

Photo of Chaney
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap over at my friend and work collegue's place last weekend and one of my peeps brought me a sixer of this last night at a Halloween party that I hosted. Needless to say, I'm familiar with this beer.

I poured this into my "Dick's Last Resort", 24 oz. beer glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, soft golden color, without a big bubble content visually, and the head was about a 1/2 finger, which stuck around for a while.

S: Fresh baked bread.... of the cracked wheat variety. Not much sweetness except for the natural one found in bread.

T: Not syrupy (that would be blasphemy in the Marzen world!), but it was more sugar concentrated than I like for this style. The German malts present had sort of a "blah" character to them.

M: Very low carbonation. Actually, if I had a force carbonater in my possession, I'd gladly carbonated this one manually. That might turn this one into a world-class beer. The lacing was splotchy.

O: Neither offending nor very pleasing. I like this one okay.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in tall pilsner glass

A: really nice head; clear, light yellow; nice carbonation
S: unpleasant smell; machinery
T: spice; slightly hoppy; squash/pumpkin-friendly flavor; complex, but a bit soapy; heft flavor profile

It's an ok beer, nothing special

Photo of argock
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey golden with short quickly receding cap of off-white head and no lacing.

S: Nice caramel, nutty notes with soft herbal hoppiness.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is much lighter than the aroma with a basic grainy flavor with very little hopping aside from some light grassy herbal notes. Pretty disappointing.

M: Light-medium bodied with a fairly smooth feel. Easy drinker for sure.

O: Pretty run-of-the-mill marzen, maybe even slightly below average given the grainy, low-character malt contribution and dank grassy hoppiness.

Photo of mfigueroa713
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - light yellow color, light carbonation.

S - Neutral without ant distinct notes.

T - Bland upfront but had a slight bitter aftertaste. High ABV was barley detectable.

M - Light and watery, similar to a Budweiser.

O - This beer is an easy drinker with a fairly high ABV. Has refreshing properties but is very simple in structure.

Photo of ribby
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice clear bubbly yellow, with a good two fingers of not quite creamy foam. The aroma seems rather mild, mostly floral hops. The taste is weighted towards the hoppy end of the scale, but with a bit more than the minimum needed to balance the hops. The decent carbonation and hops combine to give a pleasing mouthfeel, very crisp. Aside from the slightly elevated alcohol, this is what US megalagers should aspire to, even though the thought seems like a bit of an abomination. But at $23 a case at Costco, the price isn't that far off.

Photo of mryuk
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear gold with several fingers of head and lots of carbonation.

smell is very sweet honey with some bite. very little hops.

taste is smooth sweet honey, no hops.

mouth is smooth and light with good carbonation.

overall fairly enjoyable light german beer.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.39/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Octoberfest: Say the word and you probably think of lederhosen, big parties with communal tables, beer girls dressed in traditional garb, and a brew like this. I sure did so when I saw this available via the single bottle, I figured that this would be a great brew to enjoy the season with, even if I couldn't get to a real event like those in Germany attend every year. Like so many others on here, I was let down by this beer from the moment I poured it out. I know that Marzens aren't the highest rated brews on here, but I do expect an imported offering like this to have some taste, body, and drinkability to it!

Light pour to this was a good head and lacing that was better than expected. Those were the best aspects of this beer as the aroma was practically nonexistent and the head faded fairly quickly. Marzen's tend to be a bit thin in the mouthfeel for me but even this didn't match up to my less-than-lofty expectations. There was straw, grass, and floral notes to this beer but I couldn't wonder how much of the taste had to do with the green bottle. Sure enough, this tasted skunked as soon as I took a sip and because this hadn't been on the shelf that long, I think that spoke more about the beer than the presentation of it. Further tasting of this led me to wonder what style it was, since it reminded me of an Adjunct Lager in every aspect. The filler seemed less than up to standards and the aftertaste was sour enough to beg for a chaser - any type that would alleviate the lingering and uneasy bitterness.

I have no idea how something this bad could be so strong in the alcohol department. This is not the kind of beer I would want to get drunk on and even though the carbonation didn't detract from the taste, this wasn't something that I could down very quickly. Maybe I'm not up to snuff on my appreciation of this style but after seeing how low this was rated on here, I'm thinking that this beer is about a big a letdown as they get.

Photo of dorianmarley
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light, bright, translucent yellow; with a foamy head.

Nose has a bit of sweet malt, with a pungent pilsner-like sourness. The end has some harvest wheat and oak.

The taste is mostly just sweet malt, with some stale bitterness--not especially pleasant.

The mouthfeel is this beer's saving grace. It has a good amount of carbonation that fades sharply; very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, it is a great beer for drinking, but not for savoring.

Photo of claspada
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation and a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
Aromas begin with light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with a surprisingly ample amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops, but this is definitely one of the sweetest examples of the style I have had this month or ever.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish as well.
Overall this beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style. It is too sweet overall with not enough malt heft or hop bitterness or flavor to combat the overpowering pale sweet bready/biscuitness. There are much better examples out there so this is a one and done for me.

Photo of pvsob
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Crystal clear light yellow color with a half-inch head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

S- Bready/grainy German malts and straw. Little to no hop aroma. I'm having a hard time deciphering the exact fruit I'm smelling, but there's a sweet fruitiness to this beer as well.

T- Starts off sweet then moves to a dry grassiness and finishes off with some noble hops and just a touch of alcohol.

M- Medium feel with just enough carbonation to keep this beer from becoming too insipid.

D/O- Blond Oktoberfest, Munich Helles, or weak Pilsener? By no means is this my favorite O'Fest; there's just too many other great examples out there. I don't see myself revisiting this brew anytime soon. Prost!

Photo of
1.48/5  rDev -57%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Very excited to try this. Big letdown. This is a very boring beer. It tastes like an American Light Lager, but they have managed a higher ABV.

Appearance is a very light yellow.

There is a near odorless beer. It doesn't smell bad, it just has no aroma. This was less surprising after I tasted it. Extremely light flavor. Same amount of flavor as Coors. Barely discernible hops. Malt flavor is so light it is hard to figure out how they got to 6.3 ABV.

There is no mouthfeel. Water has more mouthfeel. The draft I had was overcarbonated. I let it sit a little bit, and it was very slightly better.

Overall, this is an extremely boring, bland beer.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Straw yellow with brilliant clarity. White, sticky, lacy head.

S- Huge skunk aroma blew off to reveal sweet caramel malt aroma, toasted honey-puffed cereal grains, and grassy noble hops.

T- Sweet tasty grainy malt flavor with a touch of dry, grassy hops on the finish.

Drinkable, light, crisp. Good CO2.

Green Bottle Disease is likely to be a problem, so pour & leave alone for 10 minutes first.

Photo of amphion1065
2.48/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft pour into a Hofbrau branded mug - this one was definitely over the 0.5 liter line. God I love Magoun's. Reviewed from notes.

Looks quite different from any oktoberfest I've ever seen; as the bartender was pouring my mug, I had to check twice to make sure she'd selected the correct tap. Pours a pale yellow that's quite clear, almost like an adjunct lager. A frothy, one-finger white head tops it off.

From smell alone this is quite reminiscent of a pilsner, though I would if that perception is just psychomatic. There is a very clear grassy, earthy hop aroma alongside what seems to be pilsner malt. A touch of pepper and spice reminds me of what style of beer I'm drinking.

The taste is surpsingly sweetness, almost to the point of being cloying and overpowering. There's a very clean bready, biscuit character to the malt bill that's actually quite refrshing, but that saccharine sweetness obscures it almost entirely. The hop profile from the aroma seems almost entirely absent in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a little dead, and more carbonation might help this. In any event, I couldn't imagine being able to drink too much of this.

Quite a departure from the style, and an unsuccessful departure at that. The mug, however, is awesome.

Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Clear orange and amber with a moderately sized near-white head. Lines and spots of lacing left down the glass. Nearly perfect per the style.

Grassy and earthy hop character combined with a touch of caramel malt. There's a hint of the dishrag/wet sponge aroma I despise, but it's faint.

Fortunately, I'm far more of a fan of this beer's taste than of it's aroma. There's quite a bit of toasted and caramel malt, a bit of sweetness, and some sharp, yet grassy hops. Overall, this seems like a classic, incredibly drinkable Oktoberfest.

Medium mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable. Near perfect per the style.

A simple, classic Oktoberfest. I would happily drink this again.

Photo of jar2574
2.54/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light copper color. Very little head and no lacing to speak of. Not a great looking beer, frankly.

Smell is syrupy sweet malts, but subdued, not overwhelming.

Taste is sweet malts, a touch cloying.

Low level of carbonation, watery consistency, combined with the sweetness reminds me of a flat soda pop.

I didn't hate this one, but the appearance and mouthfeel left so much to be desired that I don't think I'd get it again.

Photo of MP72
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy yellow with no head

S- Grains,and grass with a hint of mustiness.

T-Struggling with this one ,, I love almost all Hofbrau varieties but I dont know what I'm tasing here. A bitter pilsner that is too thick and slick to the tongue if that makes sense.
Since this isnt a pilsner I'm lost.

M- Slick and heavy

O- Sorry Hofbrau this one didnt do it for me. The dunkels and helles kick ass but this one is odd for sure.

Photo of ScorpyX
2.02/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light golden pour with a thin white head. It came in a green bottle which I somehow failed to notice when I bought. That's worrying.

S: Smells of light damage. Light, lagery scent. Grains apparent.

T: Overcomes the light damage at first, but that skunkiness is in the aftertaste. Darn. Light bread and grain start it off, though, and a little bit of malt. Tastes like a lot of other green-bottled lagers out of Europe. I'm starting to prefer American-style Oktobers. At least out of bottles.

M: Light, crisp mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated, though some of it sticks around on the palate.

D: Pretty much a one and done. Might be better out of a tap, but I won't be taking this out of a bottle again.

Photo of philbe311
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers worth of slightly creamy airy whipped off-white colored head... Modestly good retention... What's left is a think creamy lacing... Loaded with medium sized carbonation bubbles which start slowly bit reach a crescendo pace before hitting the surface... The color is a pale golden yellow...

S - Some toasted malts.... Some adjunct grains... Touches of seltzer water... A bit nutty... Banana notes... Very faint toffee... Some floral notes as well... Kind of a muddled mess for the for the style...

T - Diacytel... Toasted malts... A bit grainy... Some grassy notes... A bit salty... A touch of metallic... Light toffee... Some floral notes... A touch of hoppiness on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light carbonation... Fairly smooth... A touch of creaminess... Not bad...

D - Not a bad beer, but something is a bit of with this one in almost all facets... I could drink this again in the future if given no alternative, but I will neither seek out nor recommend... There are many better Marzens out there and I'm not sure this is a solid representation of the style...

Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pilsner Haus, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Light yellow, while most marzens tend to be a little darker than standard helles this one does not. Good looking medium head, quite little retention and lacing though. Carbonation is clearly visible

S- Grainy/bready malts, on the fresh side due to some light grassy hop notes. Quite standard

T- Crisp grainy malts with the slightest hint of roastiness. Some lemonish hints on the tongue. Fresh grassy hop notes, with a distinctly bitter finish (sure this beer is more bitter than the average for the style). Aftertaste is a bit metallic

M- Medium to light in body, quite crisp, not because of carbonation (which is actually quite low) but more due to it's raw grainy feel. Refreshing

O- Drinkabilty is good, but this beer looks pretty much like a standard Helles. It is actually almost identical to Hofbrau's Original (maybe just a bit more "assertive" because of higher alcohol content), which failed to impress me as well

Photo of Boto
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh: This one pours a clear, somewhat darker golden color. There was a good sized white head on it that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. The aroma is lighter, with notes of malt, graininess and some spice. The taste is good. Malty, slightly earthy. A touch sweet with a hint of bitterness and pepper in the finish. Smooth.

Photo of Dave128
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure if this is even the right brew. Comparing the bottle pictures, mine is green 11.2oz and the BA picture is a brown bottle. Also on my bottle, it's just called oktoberfest and not oktoberfestbier. However, this is the closest I could find for my review considering most opinions of previous reviewers reflect my own. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Rigorous pour brings out a nice fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Clear and dark straw colored. Looks a lot like pee. Lacing is pretty much nonexistent.

S - Phew grainy, grassy, and musty. It smells a little skunky but I'm not sure if my brain is just trained to smell that from anything out of a green bottle.

T - Is a little more complex than the smell. My first few sips were harsh when it was pretty cold. It tasted a lot like pale euro lagers. As it warmed, it began to build different flavors. The sharp grainy smell that was putting me off in the beginning is more of a sweet biscuity base. I can start to taste the hops but they are very faint.

M - Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Carbonation in the beginning was a little much when I had it cold. But after sitting a while it gets to the right level.

O - Not really what I was looking for in a Marzen, but I enjoyed it a bit more as it warmed up. I just had to put myself in a different mindset than the rich malty oktoberfests I had been drinking, and its not that bad. However, I must rate to style, and this one is not a very good showing.

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,160 ratings.