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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
78
okay

966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 17
Gots: 45 | 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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3/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Maiacetus, Oct 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +24.3%

beerhunter13, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a light and transparent pale straw color with a flash head and no lacing. Light body and medium-light carbonation levels.

It does smell slightly of skunkiness but mostly has a medium-level soft bread dough and floral hopping aroma. The flavor follows suit, but has a garnish twist of apple esters at the back end with some light amount of boozy heat. It's not a bold or amazing beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it suffers badly from style mismatch to the expected marzen standard. (Where are the toasted nutty qualities?) And the green glass bottle certainly doesn't help in terms of skunkiness. I can't really recommend this one, sadly. It might have been better than average when it began it's journey across the Atlantic, but it certainly didn't stay that way.

WastingFreetime, Oct 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before June 20, 2013.

Orange body, white head with moderate retention and some webbed lacing. Nose has various cereals, toasty grains, light veggie and some drying malt and mineral character. Taste has sweet malts, light caramel, more toasty cereals and some veg. Good bit of hop bitterness, but too much for my liking. Medium feel, higher med carbonation. Probably won't revisit this.

liamt07, Oct 01, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

kbrown, Oct 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Chokobo, Sep 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

jrpapajcik, Sep 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

kwarn, Sep 29, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -56.1%

blameo, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore at their German beerfest. Served in a big ass liter stein.

a - Pours a dark amber-brown color with one fniger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, grains, bready malts, burnt malts, light caramel malts, and some light nuts. Super malty, just as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, bready malts, light dark fruit, and light toffee/caramel. A little bit better than the nose, but again, super malty.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. A little bit thicker and the body would be great. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very solid Oktoberfest beer, if that is what you are looking for. Nothing that outstanding about it, but it's a good, solid made Oktoberfest beer. Looks like people have had big problems with bottles of it but it was fine on tap; not skunky at all. If you're looking for an easy drinking Oktoberfest beer worth checking out, though I liked their Dunkel a lot more.

mdfb79, Sep 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +31.6%

shockrocker65, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Axismundi
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a half liter of this on tap at Schnitzel Platz - a nice German restaurant in the Chicagoland area. I've had this one a long time ago, before I really learned to enjoy beer and thought it was wickedly bitter. It's been 6 years since that time and I really enjoyed it this time around - quite a surprise.
A - Came with a thick frothy head, almost aproaching the consistency of shaving cream, lol. Quite clear yellow gold color.

S- Pretty general german beer smell, you know that that this is an old school german beer, nothing experimental or extreme here, just the smell of good quality german beer.

T - Crisp, refreshing, well-balanced. The moderately bitter hops and the sweeter malts of oktoberfest come at you all at once, and the alcohol is very faintly perceivable. A very classic, agreeable taste (if you like beer)

M- Perfectly carbonated for this style. Moderately high, but seems very well suited for it. Seems to break up the heavier grain bill of the oktoberfest style.

Overall - 4.5- 5. Refreshing, clean, yummy and satisfying. Don't miss out on this one ON-TAP. Don't seek out the bottles. They're green and skunk too easily.

Axismundi, Sep 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

ryanpj, Sep 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

pirmannt1, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with several billowy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with nearly 2 rich fingers of froth, which rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is fresh in the nose with notes of must, spice and a touch of crisp citrus. A light sweet graininess just hangs on the edges.

The taste is crisp up front with spice and citrus, which gives way to flush of sweetness along the middle portion of the profile. Thankfully more hops swoop in before this gets overly cloying finishing things this dry and lightly spicy and bitter on the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up front, more of a bubbly creaminess in the middle and then more crispness on the tongue before it goes down. You do feel that 6% just a bit, with a touch of lingering warmth on the end of each swallow.

The alcohol and sweetness in the middle of the flavor profile were the main distractions here but there was enough Noble hop character to mostly keep this crisp and drinkable. This was decent but I think there are some better imported examples of the style out there.

Kegatron, Sep 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.