Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 513
Hads: 1,163
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 21
Gots: 120 | 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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Photo of techdiver
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a sizeable frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Typical malt and hop nose.

Taste is smooth and well balanced, feels surprisingly light in the mouth.

Quite drinkable and refreshing. Haven't been a big fan of this style, but could easily put a few away. (292 characters)

Photo of gpcollen1
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice simple pour into my Imperial Pint - a little bit of a head that quickly settles down.

Subtle aromas of the Marzen malts. ubtle flavors as well. A nice light, crisp easy drinking brew. Not too much going on but just enough that I could sit around and suck these down. (277 characters)

Photo of doppelmeup
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I wasn't at all impressed with this beer.

Pale yellow color with a fizzy head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing at all.

It was skunky, and I don't know if it was from the green bottles or if the hops used lent the skunky smell. Either way, the aroma was quite unappealing.

Taste was on the sweet side, with a hint of hoppy bitterness. I didn't care for the flavor, especially when this is compared to other beers of the marzen style.

Left a cloying stickiness in the mouth.

Overall, this was not a good beer, whether from poor storage or poor brewing, I don't know. But either way, I won't drink it again. (630 characters)

Photo of peabody
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out clear as a budweiser with about the same amount of suds.
Smell is very subtle. Can smell slight yeast and citrus.
taste is grapefruit and wheat.No alcohol here to mention.
Mouthfeel is clean but leaves a whole lot to be desired.
While you could session this beer I would choose a better beer. (306 characters)

Photo of
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Hofbrau in Vegas, 11/4/06.

Clear gold color, with a large white head.

Smell was fairly mild, hops were light and floral and malt came across as a mild caramel.

Taste was mainly malt, caramel again dominating. Hops came through as a nice balance.

Light in body with medium carbonation. A bit drying, but just enough to keep you drinking it.

Overall, not terribly impressed. Drinkable, but nothing I would seek out. (442 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a burgundy orange color with a smallish white head, but nice lacing. Smells quite grainy and a touch spicy, but mostly grainy. Taste is light on the mouth. Sweet malts but they seem a touch muted. Smooth though and enjoyable. Bitter hops provide a dry finish. Some alcohol notes creep in as this beer warms a bit. Not the most robust or flavorful O-fests but one of the more drinkable, sessionable O-fests I have had, even with the abv level. I think tap must be way better than bottles for this beer and most Hofbrau beers. (532 characters)

Photo of skizziks
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Note that this is absolutely definitely NOT a marzen. Not even close. It would appear to be the stuff they actually serve at Oktoberfest, a pale yellow lager somewhere in the Pils/Helles neighborhood. Since it was clearly not intended to be a marzen I have not reviewed it as such.

1.5" white fizzy head over a very clear light golden body.

Aroma is of bread, citrus and herbal hop with a little metallic lager bite.

Flavor begins with some grain and floral herbal hop, a little straw. Slightly balanced to sweet malt. No bad, but finishes with a coarse bitterness.

Light body and high carbonation in standard euro-lager fashion. Overall a pretty boring and inoffensive beer. (723 characters)

Photo of RedChrome
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a crystal clear light yellow color. A almost non existant head had turned to just a streak across the top immediatly. Handful of slow rising carbonation bubbles. No lacing.

Aroma had a very bitter quality the was underscored by malt. A light floral sense helped fill the nose with something to appreciate. Nothing that I could say was really identifiable as any particular quality.

A very weak bready quality to the taste. The first sip seemed watered down. Crisp nature in second sip has a bittersweet flavor that is most like white raisins. Nothing to exciting and a little weak.

Decent tingle from carbonation was nice. The beer was slightly watery.

Just an average beer. There are definitly better in the style, this one just had nothing to stand out. Good for a very heavy german meal as an offset in tastes. If you see this on a shelf, look for a different beer in the style. (908 characters)

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From my notes. This one has been readily available throughout my area (southern CT) since late summer.

Pours a completely transparent, straw yellow color, heavy carbonation, with a creamy crown. About one finger thick.

Malty, bready aroma. Lots of straw, grass, and soap, some diacetyl. More sweet malts, a little sugary. Quite heavy on the straw.

Extreme rush of carbonation on the tongue gives way to a crisp, lager taste. More straw on the tongue, a little tart, like lemons. Hop bitterness defined in the finish, lingering, but a light bitterness.

Malty/bready, a bit syrupy even, with crisp-tasting water struggling in the background. Overall, feels unbalanced, too much carbonation and a little too dull. Easy to drink. (739 characters)

Photo of Kulrak
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with fluffy white head that clings to the glass all the way down. There's some citrusy notes to the hop aroma. There's also some skunkiness there, damn green bottles. Tastes fairly dry with a lot of hoppy flavor, but not a lot of sweetness of any kind. Still very refreshing. Mouthfeel is heavy and sort of creamy. It sorta bubbles up on the back of the tongue, very nice. All in all a very drinkable beer, I'd get it again. (450 characters)

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a glass.

A - Yellow and somewhat hazy. Carbonation coming nicely up the side of the glass. Shart white head. More of a yellow-orange color actually, though far more on the yellow side.

S - Malt, grain, and hops really come through nicely. Very strong and extremely pleasant. Smells like a well made beer should taste.

T - So I fear this may not have journeyed overseas in the best of manners. Smooth for sure, but very alcoholy in the mouth. Just not a lot more going on than that. Truly dissapointing.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation. Quite average.

D - Not reccomended. A decent beer but the alcoholic aftertaste very much hurts the overall score in this category. (709 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a straw gold color, a bit paler than most examples of the style. Grainy sweet malt smell. Taste is slightly maltier but still fairly light. Bitterness is low with no hop flavor. Average mouthfeel, a bit thin.

Like all the Hofbrau beers I've tried, this is absolutely unexceptional. (294 characters)

Photo of atigerlife
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.43/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a lovely example of a true classic in German beer. I bought a case of this stuff--advised, as a 6 pack in green glass--will defintely spoil if on the shelf in the light....(this may be the problem with other reviews...)--, after trying it at the local Oktoberfest on tap. It pours a very light color...looks like a pilsner actually, but that's where the resemblance ends. Nice frothy head--that stays there--typically German. Smells with a pleasent grainy distinctly barley, grassy air. Nice smooth taste, with a wonderful malty taste, balanced perfectly by the noble hops. Goes down smoothly, with a clean crisp, typically German again, hop aftertaste. A great session beer--but with a lot more flavor than typical pilsners. Having lived in Germany, I know good German beer. This is my favorite Oktoberfest by far...try it, if you want to taste what the Germans like in beer.

Just be careful to get it OUT OF THE CASE as the green glass bottles will allow it to be light struck and ruin the aroma and flavor quickly, if the bottles are exposed to light. (1,066 characters)

Photo of AChamberlain
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz green bottle. It had no freshness date.

A: Light yellow, gold color. Very thin head
S: It had a sort of skunky smell.
T: Sharp tingly taste. Sparkly, word?
MF: Loose, light body.
D: Pretty drinkable.

Overall my least favorite Oktoberfest brew, but it is fairly easy to drink. (304 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a golden straw yellow crystal clear body with a thin soapy head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- This beer has a slight sweet but mostly dry honey malt smell with a faint Munich malt smell and a noble hops and sulfur finish that makes me think of a good Kolsch beer. As it warms the hops bitterness and sulfur dominate over the grain smells.

T- The bitey noble hop taste has a fresh Munich malt taste following it. There is a slight sweet sulfur note with a tangy bitterness of hops in the finish. It is a little bit of club soda in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a fizz finish that boost the hop bitterness a bit.

D- This beer has a fresh malt flavor but it is overpowered by the noble hop bitterness that doesn't have much depth. I like the malt flavors and if the hops were a little lighter or had some depth to them this would be a good session beer. (966 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
2.73/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was recommended by the bar tender. I was excited as the head was nice as well as the retention. However, the color was pale for an October fest. The smell was somewhat faint, small malts came through, it was hard to distinguish.
Taste: Balanced, but not a lot going on. I want thicker malts.
Mouthfeel: was somewhat crisp, but wasn't really clingy.
Drinkability: Easy to drink, I'd rather make a session out of another octoberfest brew though.

Revisited this 10-9-08. Not good stuff. (494 characters)

Photo of BlackJeremiah
1.84/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: A very light golden, surprisingly light. Lots and lots of streamers feeding a thin, white, foamy head. Some lacing, despite the thin head.

S: Ugh. BMC scents--corn, wheat, unsourced bitter smells. No center, no fullness. Smells bad, really bad--not skunked, just bad. Freshness code is L152F 0939, so if this sucker is really old, please disregard. I haven't seen any issues of "held" O-fests around here, though, so I doubt it's a freshness issue.

T: This tastes like Miller High Life. Bland, over-carbonated, corn-flavored water. There's little to no complexity in the malt character at all, no disparate flavors, no hop quality at all. A thin abomination. Really just awful. I would have actually preferred High Life.

M: Light, unnoticeable, watery and weak. I'm so disappointed.

D: Rare drain pour. Could have finished it--it was merely insipid rather than offensive--but I'd much rather spend my time on something else. (989 characters)

Photo of zjungleist
2.87/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours yellow with a poor white head. Smells grainy, with a hint of apples, and some skunk is present too. The taste is slightly tart and sweet, with some bitterness, and some skunk and sulphur tones in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is suprisingly heavy, but not extremely so. Drinkability is decent despite it's flaws. Ok, so this is oktoberfest beer, right? This beer would pass for pilsner. Probably a pretty fair pilsner, but oktoberfest? This almost seems like a mix up at the brewery to me. I gotta give low marks, just based on style, not so much because it's a bad beer. (573 characters)

Photo of LarryV
2.67/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale golden color with a thin head that dissipates almost immediately. Light grainy aroma with a bit of off-putting skunkiness. As others have mentioned, the taste is more like your average Euro-lager. I found the sweetness to be a bit too heavy, and the skunkiness was present enough to not be enjoyable. This beer is a chore to drink, I don't recommend it. (371 characters)

Photo of teg8612
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear yellow with thin white lace

S- Clean with a slight hint of alcohol. Thin malts. More Euro Pale lager without the funk.

T&M- Malts are more pale malt than caramel. Very crisp and on the light end of medium bodied. Grainy and slightly toasted malts give way to some hop bitterness that leaves a clean, kinda dry finish with only a slight bit of alcohol burn.

D- This isn't what I think of when I want a Oktoberfest. This looks too pale and not very sweet. ABV is there but this smacks of Euro Pale Lager rather than Marzen. We shall call this O-Fest Light. (572 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green bottle. Code on the back label is L152F 1121. Pours a clear golden color, with lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Not exactly what you may picture for an Oktoberfest. Thick frothy white head holds very well. Slight sulfur and grassy aroma, along with pale, bready malt. Good amount of bready malt greets you, then gives way to a bit of herbal and grassy hops. A bit sweet. Pretty clean and balanced. Leans toward medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinakble. (514 characters)

Photo of beakerboy
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Part of Liquor Barns Ultimate Brew Crew Sept '06-Oktoberfest

A: Very pale yellow color, not the burnt orange of other Oktoberfest beers. A small head receeded quikly leaving little foam.

S: Less malt aroma than expected...actually it's a very plain smell. Nothing stands out.

T: Flavor is dominated by hop bitterness. This beer seems more like a Pilsner than an Oktoberfest. I also tast a hint of plain alcohol flavors.

M: Good balance of body for the hop level.

D: Not bad, but not at all what I was expecting from the style. (541 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 pack picked up at my local (La Bodega, Riverside, CA.) in late Sept. 2006 for $8.99. Let me start this by saying that I love Oktoberfest beers, and I am a big fan of the fun of Hofbrauhaus (at least the one in Vegas, my only chance so far).

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow with just a touch of orange, much lighter than typical for the style.

Aroma is sweet malts. As a previous reviewer said, smells like beer. Good, but nothing exciting.

Flavor of creamed corn. Not suggesting that corn is an ingredient, just that this has the same sweet flavor and creamy mouthfeel of creamed corn. It's saved by a nice little hop twang at the end of the swallow.

Overall, I can drink this beer. But I much rather go after one or two others of the style. I hope to get a chance to try it on draft soon- maybe it's better that way.

FOLLOW UP: I had a chance to try this on draft, fresh, at Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas this past weekend. Far superior to the bottled version, I'm sure a lot of that is atmosphere (that's why I'm not fully reviewing it), but generally much better. Still not my favorite, though. (1,110 characters)

Photo of karengarys
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours amber, like beer, leaving a few bubbles, like beer.

Smells like... beer. Bit of malt and hop, that is about it.

Taste is... beer... touch of malt, touch of hop, and.. um... smoke maybe?

Mouthfeel is like... beer..

Finish is like... beer...

Did they put the wrong beer in this oktoberfest bottle? It doesn't taste very special, it tastes like any boring bland beer. I don't recommend looking for this, if it is in front of you it is okay to consume, but it isn't worth going out of your way for. (520 characters)

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