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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 523
Hads: 1,189
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 23
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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Germany

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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Reviews: 523 | Hads: 1,189
Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Crisp and perfectly balanced, with plenty of honey and flower nectar notes. A little green and spicy on the finish - nice use of noble hops. Much more floral than you would expect an Octoberfest beer to be. This one is my favorite of the style, just a little above Weihenstephan's. (281 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head, some of which remains on top and as a collar until the end. Good carbonation.

The smell is straw and wet hay; grassy spicy hops and earthy.

The taste follows the nose with straw and lemongrass. There is a light caramel malt background and light peppery hops on the back end. The aftertaste is crisp and clean with a little grassy grittiness in the background.

Overall this is a good, crisp tasting lager however it tastes more like a Pilsner than an Oktoberfest brew. That being said I would drink it again. (563 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden yellow looking like thousands of other beers.
Two inch white head that became hilly. OK carbonation. Very good lacking and retention.

Fresh, mild German hops aroma.

Tastes of mild grassy hops over a light carmely malt.

On the light side of a medium feel. Nice and crisp.

Overall just OK. (304 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%

Definitely on the paler side of the festbier family. Golden bright and exceptionally clear. Pours a good sized head with reasonable retention.

Complex nose with a fair amount of hops. Smells like a maltier pilsner.

Malty but balanced from the start, nice level of bitterness in the finish that isn't overpowering but encourages another sip. Slight lingering bitterness, but otherwise very clean.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming. Clean on tongue as it is in the flavor.

Not what comes to mind with an Oktoberfest kind of beer, but a super drinkable stronger lager. Green bottle makes it seem a little bush league, though. (670 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A golden straw color with a light film of white bubbles on top and a pleasing enough aroma, notably floral hops with an unexpected whiff of tropical fruit (lychee?), grapes, corn flake, and rather bready malts. Unfortunately, the taste was more pedestrian, subdued, and dare I say "macro" ... An understated graininess, maybe a very light pear fruitiness, crisp and dry with aggressive carbonation, thin body, and vaguely grassy noble finish. I agree that it is not really anyone's place to claim that this beer somehow fails to capture style guidelines. There are lighter Oktoberfests. However, to my palate this compares unfavorably with other German examples such as Ayinger. I'd prefer the flavors to pop more after the tease on the nose. (785 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.82/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz (GREEN >_<) bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade and a creamy texture. Retention isn't that good, but it leaves behind nice lacing. (3.75)

Smell: *sigh* It's fairly skunked. When I try to focus away from the skunk (it's hard to do), it smells like a pretty typical wiesn, which means it has a combination of sweet, bready malts and a minor noble hoppiness. For those of you who don't know what a wiesn is, it's basically a light-colored oktoberfest and bears a resemblance to a stronger Munich helles lager, whereas the marzen (AKA the variant most people think of when told to describe a fest beer) is amber-colored and very caramel-esque in its flavor tones.

Anyways, skunk bad, skunk real bad. (2.25)

Taste: A fairly simple beer: it starts with notes of white bread and table sugar, while the finish is vaguely hoppy. I'm also getting touches of bubblegum. The flavor doesn't seem as badly skunked here; in general, it's not my kind of mar...oops, I mean wiesn. But by no means is it a bad fest beer. (3)

Mouthfeel: When I don't focus on its initial sweetness, I find it to be dry. Really dry, actually. And that's good! This is the kind of beer that should be easy to put down. Carbonation is medium. (3)

Overall: I really dig a good fest beer: they're all about drinking mug after mug in rapid succession, without a care in the world. This can get the job done, but you'd have to overlook the skunk first, and that's hard to do. But hey, a keg will be skunk-free...just saying in case those of you reading this review still want to try it. (2.75)

2.84/5: Even without taking the skunk into consideration, I'd still prefer a good marzen over this one (1,744 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden yellow with a slight amber hue. Very clear and pours a one head that dissipates into a thin layer of soapy looking foam resting on the surface.

Aroma- Very bland, but sweet caramel and toasted malts can be detected.

Taste- A nice snap of herbal/spice hops upfront that give way to toasted malts and caramel flavors. Either this is a skunked beer or there is a unpleasant grainy flavor to this, which really knocks down the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean with a smooth, almost chewy texture that becomes a saving grace for this beer.

Overall- An okay beer, but there are clearly some off flavors in this beer that detract from the enjoyment. I've had this multiple time in the past and this was much better on draft, so maybe the green bottles screwed with, but even then I never really have that problem with Spaten beers. For what this is right now, its a okay oktoberfest that I'd give another chance, but if the off flavors persist then there's better alternatives out there. (70/100) (1,025 characters)

Photo of wiscokid920
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

If I was handed this blind, I would have thought it was a Euro Pils.
First thing I noticed was the musty, skunk nose (Green Bottle?). Flavor seems to be more of the same, but honey sweet. Reminds me of sweetened version of a Heineken.
Not what I hoped it to be, but ya never know unless you give it a shot. (309 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Sampling right now on 9/25/14. Comes in a pretty 330ml (11.2 ounce) green bottle. Just bought a single one to try but comes in a 6-pack. From the Staattliches Hofbräuhaus in München (Munich) Germany. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a .3l glass 'boot'.

Pours a straw-yellow with a good 1/2+ finger foamy white head that settles down to about a 2mm head. Some spotty lacing was seen when sipped. Lots of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the .3l (about 11.5 ounce) 'boot'. The aroma is of German grains with a slight floral hops. A bit more going on with the taste with some spicy hops in there as well. Very slightly dry but lightly sweet finish as well. Overall, not as good as some of the other Oktoberfest brews I have tried recently but was decent. (812 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Bottle from a six pack from Market Basket. Green bottles, huge display in the store so I dug down to an unopened case and selected one form there.
Pale golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists for a bit. aromas of spicy floral hops, rich bready crackery pilsner with just a hint of melanoid. The flavor is rich and malty with a hint of sweetness. Light spicy hop provides balance and a touch of pruney cooked sugars adds some complexity. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I'd drink these all day long given half the chance. Clean well made with some subtle flavors, I like. (602 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.09/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World on 09/20/14. Served at fridge temp in a dimpled mug.

appearance: Old Gold with a one finger white head. Not much lacing.

smell: fragrant spicy hops dominate:

taste: clean, biscuity malt with an assertive spicy hoppiness. Finishes clean. This is a Helles brewed to Bock strength.

mouthfeel: solid, good.

overall: a solid, well made strong beer. (395 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier brewed by Hofbrauhaus Munchen with an ABV of 6.30% Keep in mind this brew comes out of a green bottle. This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. The smell is skunky with some grains. I''m not big on the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is skunky with some grains. This brew goes down smooth but you have to get over the skunkyness of this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 2.5 out of 5.
If I can find this brew in a can or brown bottle I think it would be a lot better. The skunky smell and taste is the killer of this brew. (592 characters)

Photo of Tomais
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

I gave this a 3.75 the other day and I now see it shows as a 5.
Maybe it was the extra alcohol - which wasnt very noticable - it was very drinkable, but too much carbonation (in spite of a very agressive pouring with a huge head). I do like the hoppiness though. Will try review properly next time. (298 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of grassy, maybe a touch skunky. Taste is very light, some malts, some light grassiness, more pilsner like than oktoberfest in flavor profile. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while a drinkable and decent beer, there are way to many better examples of this style to recommend this one. (393 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

10/16/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This obviously travels very well. Smooth & perfectly balanced. Not sure about a Maß bier but this sure would serve well as a full session companion. (188 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Not my favorite German Oktoberfest, but a good beer all the same. Hofbrau's version comes in clear and gold, with a thinner white head. The head lingers on aided by moderate carbonation. THe aroma is very mild, but just hints of malt sweetness and grass. The taste is a little more robust, with more depth to the sweetness, a little bit of biscuit, and a nice hit from the hops. The body is a little thinner and with some carbonation. (435 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with a thin head
S: Malt, a bit of caramel and a bit of spice
P: Matches the aromas. Fairly light-bodied with slightly sweet malt, spice and caramel
M: Light-bodied, a bit sweet but pleasant
O: No flaws and pleasant flavors overall, fits the style well just not that complex (329 characters)

Photo of sobuf
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Just a general comment and observation on some of the reviews of the German Oktoberfest on here. To say Spaten-Franziskaner, Paulaner, Warsteiner, Hofbrau, etc "are not good representations of the style" is an erroneous and quite snobbish, ignorant American view. Although all large breweries, those companies ARE Oktoberfest and are all that's served in the Munich beer tents. Far, far before American micro-breweries, craft brewers, and snobbish beer geeks, these styles epitomized what not only an Oktoberfest brew is, but their main line epitomized what German beer is. Before Papa Joe's IPA shack was sold all over the place, going to a German restaurant and having a Spaten on draft was beyond a treat. Now that we're all so spoiled, and 5000 beers in a store still isn't enough, we've cast off some of these larger European breweries to the curb and put them in the same class as a Miller. These companies ARE "the style". Some backyard hipsters operating in a 1000 sqft facility craft brewing are not "the experts" and leading what an Oktoberfest is. In fact no American brewery is. There's a huge difference between the German style and the American version. I look for authentic beers, and when it comes to Oktoberfest, the ONLY beers to drink are from Munich. The American versions are drain-pour. Sometimes it's just about the drinkability and being able to pound liter after liter and have fun. Not jack up the ABV to heightened levels, sell it for a premium, and make every bottle some ride on the wild side. Tis the Gemütlichkeit - ein prosit! (1,572 characters)

Photo of Zach136
2.26/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Crystal clear pale, looks like a pilsner. Paper thin head not great lacing.

S/T - Faint pilsner malt, virtually no hop. Very little going on. Completely lacking in any malt complexity you'd expect from an Oktoberfest.

M - Medium bodied, creamy, still refreshing.

O - Almost feel that I got a mislabeled bottle, but reading other reviews it appears that this is just an extremely poor example of the style. Completely off in color, malt complexity. Nothing wrong if it were categorized as a pale lager, but this is just not an Oktoberfest. (546 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another beer I'm shocked I haven't gotten around to reviewing.

On tap at The Seehund. Pours a translucent light amber color with an inch of head. Lots of lacing. The aroma is malty with some honey, sweet bread, caramel and floral hop notes. The taste is floral hops followed by the malts. Caramel and honey towards the end with a bit of floral hops. Medium bodied. Overall, great representation of the style. (409 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, soft-hued, light yellow body with a small, short-lived, white head. No lacing.

Smell: Quick sniff of skunkiness, though it fades out quickly. A tad grainy pils malts with an edge of anticipated sweetness. Faintly bready. Minor hop character.

Taste: Some cereal sweetness greets the tongue with light hint of honey atop the underlying pilsner maltiness. Slightly leafy, herbal-toned hops with little albeit ample bitterness. Faintly fruity. Drying finish with a gentle hint of alcohol on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not horrible, no, but, a lackluster example of the style. (716 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. The titular celebration is well over for another year, but the beer lives on.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, aggressively foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some decent random webbed lace around the glass as it evenly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, slightly bready pale malt, stale lemon juice, a hint of further drupe fruit, and rather perfume-heavy earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, cereal malt, a mixed bag of apple, pear, and lemon fruitiness, a more prominent leafy, grassy hoppiness, and a subtle metallic booziness.

The carbonation is soft, but tightly so, the body medium-light in weight, and maybe a tad watery in its perfunctory smoothness, all of which bears strange witness to a mild creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the hovering pilsner malts still doing their thing, bolstered by some lingering fruit salad, while the hops seem content in their day at the alcohol spa, Baden-Baden-style, the place so nice, they named it twice!

Another one of those German standards, where differentiation seems like a hard row to hew - it's difficult to not just proclaim 'yup, tastes very much like a real Bavarian Marzen', and leave it at that. But no, we have to go and talk about the headier than normal orchard fruit notes, the barely contained booze (which is technically a fair bit higher than average, no?), and the general zeitgeist of an offering that slowly, but surely grew on me by the end of the (import, hence the time lag) bottle. (1,549 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering at the Pittsburgh location. The menu described this as the beer imported from Munich and the same beer served during Octoberfest, so I assume this is the correct listing. Offered up in a large dimbled mug, it appears a polished clear copper clor with a sudsy white froth. Some spotty lace is left clinging on the glass.

The aroma is fresh and malty sweet with a backing of buttered bread. Despite swirling and taking plenty of whiffs, I dont get a whole lot more character beyond that. Pretty simple and straight forward without fault.

The taste is buttery sweet with diacetyl imparting plenty of buttery notes that blend into a taste of fresh bready grain. A faint noble hop character provides enough bitterness to contrast. There is a persistent sweetness lasting into the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. In true octoberfest fashion, this is pretty crushable and something you could drink effortlessly if you dont focus too much on what is going on with it. Nice to say I had it, but I doubt I would opt to try this again if presented with other options. (1,119 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (2,551 characters)

Photo of Zackcavalier
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (418 characters)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.