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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 522
Hads: 1,188
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 24
Gots: 132 | 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: 522 | Hads: 1,188
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw golden yellow with a fairly thick head that descends to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of sweet grain with a hint of Contintental-type hops and a touch of caramel. Slight "Euro-skunk" is noticeable, but vanishes pretty quickly.

The taste is of sweet grain/grass and a touch of caramel. Subtle Continental-type hop bitterness balances it out. The malt is rather on the light side for the style. Finishes clean.

The body is light-to-medium. Smooth. Inoffensive. This is a mild, easy drinking O-fest. It's an all-round lighter interpretation of the style. While this is decent, there are better, tastier O-fests to choose over this one, IMO. (657 characters)

Photo of JanM
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess Hofbräu's Oktoberfest 2007 deviates a little bit from the mainstream oktoberfest beer. For one thing it has a little higher ABV (6.5%) but it's also more plain yellow as compared to a the usual copper yellow colour of Märzenbier. The smell is citric and bready and with that dishrag whiff this kind of beer should have. The taste is bitter, fruity and with a lot of bread. There is a slight sweetness and a some alcohol too. Lots of carbonation. I had expected a thinner oktoberfest from Hofbräu but it's really fruity and similar to the Czech Starobrno's Baron Trenck. The higher ABV does the trick, I think. My oktoberfest favourite this year. (656 characters)

Photo of BBM
2.76/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light golden yellow into the pint gl-- wait, light golden yellow? I thought this was supposed to be an Oktoberfest. This was the first thing that gave me skepticism. The aroma was actually a pleasant blend of fruitiness and earth-like spiciness, with a healthy smell of caramel malts.

Unfortunately none of that really transferred into the flavor. There was plenty of malt, but also a generous amount of grassy hops, and that slight Euro-lager skunkiness to the finish. I wanted to make sure it was in fact the Oktoberfest and not the traditional lager, so I double-checked the tap handle. And sure enough... this beer honestly has no inclination that it is an oktoberfest beer, which is really disappointing. You'd think a brewery from MUNCHEN would be able to nail this one pretty well.

Mouthfeel was thin and slightly carbonated, but not bad. To be honest, this serves as a decent Euro lager, something that's certainly drinkable if you want a lighter beer. But as an Oktoberfest it's unacceptable. (1,023 characters)

Photo of ChuckMartel37
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is probably one of the lightest colored oktoberfests i've seen. It pours bright golden, almost strawlike with minimal lacing. The little bit of head it does have disappears rather quickly. It has a sweet smelling munich malt aroma at first, but the noble hops start to become more apparent after a while. The hops give it a nice bite once it hits your mouth, but it ends with that malty sweetness. Not very fully bodied, but this makes it very quaffable. As a beer, it's amazing for session drinking. I could see this being my go-to drink for say, several games of beer pong, for example. However I'm disappointed inasmuch as this is considered a Marzen (allow me to be a slave to the style for a moment). I was really hoping for that dark, heavy roast and malt flavor for the season. Overall, a decent beer, but I've had better Oktoberfests. (847 characters)

Photo of kmo1030
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours with a fluffy white head, but fades after a minute. it's a very attractive bright golden color. not oktoberfest-like, but hey, it's pretty.
the aroma is grainy, with bits of caramel, and noble hops. a hint of skunk actually adds a bit of character. some raw malt. it's also got a little bit of an astringent soapy smell that's sort of harsh.
the taste is sweet and grainy, with some traces of sweet caramel. pale pilsner type malt flavors, except in a little more of an abundance. maybe a little bicuity. bitterness at the back, but rather undefined aside from some herbal qualities. a little bit of alcoholic burn. a little too sweet in the wrong ways.
fuller side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. i would like it to be a little lighter in the mouth.
decent enough drinkability, and decent anough beeer, but i'm not sure what this is, it sure isn't an oktoberfest. (883 characters)

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden/straw color. Active carbonation. Thin retention. Decent lacing.

Smell - Honey, coriander, oats, other citrus?

Taste - Sour citrus, honey, and malts then a hoppiness comes through.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Dry finish

Drinkability - Easy to drink, but I'd rather have other octoberfest beers. (346 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours unlike any other Oktoberfest I have tried, which makes me leery right off the bat. Clear dark golden color with a thick and fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Lager-ish aroma of mild hops and malt. Light-bodied with hops and grainy malt flavors that don’t have much staying power. The finish is mildly bitter with touches of citrus. Below average across the board. (388 characters)

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

This beer poured a clear yellow with a thick rocky head. The smell is strong of hops. The taste is initially bitter from the hops, but the sweetness from the malt is quickly tasted – resulting in a nicely balanced beer. The mouthfeel is on the thin side and has a slight carbonation bite. I was quite pleased with this brew and find it light and very drinkable. (362 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden in color, with a large, persistent white head, profuse fine lacing, and numerous streams of small, slow-rising bubbles. This example seems to a Helles rather than an Oktoberfest

Aroma: Rather clean, with slight yeast and malt notes.

Taste: Tart malt at the open, with a moderate herbal hop presence,m which increases a bit in intensity as the taste progresses, turning to a lingering metallic note at the close. The finish is somewhat dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with slight carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Well-crafted to be sure, but a bit of a disappointment for those expecting an Oktoberfest, as the label states. That being said, this is competently brewed. (721 characters)

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)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.