Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München
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3.15/5 rDev -7.1%
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..
11-20-2011 05:06:14 | More by scootny
3.15/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
11-02-2011 13:28:34 | More by KenC
District of Columbia
3.45/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
10-31-2011 03:14:17 | More by Chaney
3.75/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
10-25-2011 00:21:45 | More by Pintofbrown
3.1/5 rDev -8.6%
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
10-23-2011 18:29:56 | More by Arithmeticus
3.15/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
10-23-2011 14:27:06 | More by argock
2.9/5 rDev -14.5%
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.
10-22-2011 13:10:27 | More by mfigueroa713
3.85/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
10-18-2011 01:48:35 | More by ribby
3.78/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
10-16-2011 14:22:36 | More by mryuk
2.38/5 rDev -29.8%
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.
10-12-2011 20:28:55 | More by JerzDevl2000
3.08/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
10-12-2011 00:39:57 | More by dorianmarley
2.98/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
10-10-2011 13:52:00 | More by claspada
3.13/5 rDev -7.7%
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!
10-07-2011 19:04:46 | More by pvsob
1.48/5 rDev -56.3%
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.
10-07-2011 02:32:14 | More by
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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