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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 520
Hads: 1,181
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 23
Gots: 129 | 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: 520 | Hads: 1,181
Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass, golden slightly orange with a short white head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing, clear

S: light malt and mineral water, biscuit, cereal grain

T: light flavors of grain and noble hops, sweet, cereal grains, malt

M: light and a little sticky

O: OK Marzen, malty with good flavor (343 characters)

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

Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfest!

I have been looking for this style of beer as of late and stumbled across this recognizing the HB from the fest pics on the net.

Serving this from two 12 oz bottles into my 240z mug. it pours clear and golden as your first morning pee after a night of drinking! A nice white whispy ehad which leaves very little lace down the sides of the mug. Smells of Malt Hay and german hops! Reinheitsgebot it states on the bottle following the tradition from 1516. Taste is sweet malt hay hitting you with on style (lets be honest this beer is the style) Hops and a tiny bit of bitterness at the end that mellows into a sticky mouth feel!

Great beer wish I was in Germany But alas I have to settle for my imagination! (740 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier has a medium, white head and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, full, and pungent barley malt and sweetness, and the flavor is of sweet, hearty, and bold malt, with a fairly moderate hop bite to balance out the malt liquor-like sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit slick, and Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier finishes wet, refreshing, and easily drinkable. This beer so much reminds me of major label American malt liquors, but without the corn adjunct or the background cloying sweetness. Overall, I think it’s a very enjoyable one. RJT (612 characters)

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

Amazing to think this is the first real Ok fest beer from Germany to come into BC. A lighter version of the style but still over 6% , this is a easy drinking clean marzen that a pleasant bready finish. While not as malty as I like for the style this is typical of the OK fest beers being served these days in Munich, lighter in colour and taste. I will buy more of this but other German Pils at around $2 a tall can present a better value. (439 characters)

Photo of jafaircloth
3.29/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a .5L Octoberfest stein. Golden in color with a medium white head. Crystal clear clarity. Appropriate for a domestic Octoberfest.

Aroma: Moderate Grainy Malts with moderate lager yeast sulfur on the back end.

Taste: Malty sweet upfront, some bread in the middle and finishes with a light noble hop bite at the end and some faint caramel. I wish I was getting more Munich and Vienna malt character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation finishes slightly sweet, moderate attenuation but not dry.

Overall: It was an average Octoberfest beer - but not quite the Marzen profile I was looking for. I felt it leaned more towards a full bodied & malty pils. I'll finish the six pack - CHEERS! (736 characters)

Photo of gr0g
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, looking more like a Helles than the amber Marzens of olde. Two-finger head with pretty good retention. Some spotty lacing. The honeyed, malty aroma is nice, if unspectacular. A floral, slightly zesty hop note rounds it out.

Flavor has the traits of a good festbier: solid, slightly sweet maltiness with the right amount of hoppiness to keep it from being bland and one-dimensional. Well-balanced from start to finish. Slick texture, carbonation seems to fall flat in relatively short order. Clean flavor profile, though just like the aroma, it's nothing earth-shattering.

While not one of the top Oktoberfest beers, Hofbrau's is simple, tasty, and something I could easily see myself having a one liter stein of. (732 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, used an HB Festbier glass.

A: Golden, clear, medium head, good retention, lively looking.

S: Hay, malt, more orange as it warms.

T: Malty sweetness, well balanced out by some fruity notes. Hints of sour tangerine, some apple, slightly wheaty finish.

M: Smooth, soft carbonation, slightly thick body.

O: Not cloying or sickly, better this year than in previous years. (395 characters)

Photo of tkelley
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

2 bottles poured into a big mug.

A - dark straw color. Little to no head.

N - sweet and malty. A little hoppy for a marzen.

T - follows the nose. Malty. More hoppy than your common ofest.

M - not bad. Tangy and slightly fizzy.

O - better than I remember. Good enough. Prost! (279 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's hard to write a review for this beer as it resembles the Hoffbrau Original too much. Do I write one that compares it to other Oktoberfest' s or do I rate it according to its own merit? All I'll do is so simply say that I liked the Original a lot and could session it to death. This Oktoberfest may not compare to some others but I could session this one all September long. (378 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I was to shut my eyes and smell this beer I would say it was a pils, because that's what it smells like.
If I was to open my eyes up again and look at this beer in a glass I would think it's a pils.
The look and smell suggests a pilsner. The body is light in color like a golden yellow pils. The head was tall and white. The carbs were strong.
The aroma was malty and spicy.
Now if I were to close my eyes and take a long deep sip i would say, yeah, oktoberfest.
Though it's lighter in color and sports a more pils like aroma the taste is quite malty.
There is some toasted malts in there maybe even Vienna malts which start the taste off sweet it finishes sharp and dry with some lingering bitterness at the end. Overall it's clean and swims easily over the palate.
Overall a good easy drinking beer. (804 characters)

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

The oktoberfest poured a lighter golden color than most German versions. The aroma is all caramel malt with a hint of earthy grassiness. The taste follows with a strong malt profile that has caramel and honey with a slight hoppiness in the middle that keeps it from being overly sweet. This was my first Oktoberfest of the season and I was thoroughly enjoying it. (363 characters)

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

What I like about this Oktoberfest is that for a relatively high ABV %, it's a very easy to drink beer. It pours an unimpressive, bubbly straw color with a slight foamy head. The smell is grainy, slightly fruity, a subtle aroma of malt with a good amount of carbonation, but it's not overwhelming. The taste is grainy/malty -- a slight kick to it, but again, just a very easy to drink beer. All in all, a very good session beer for the late summer/early fall months. (466 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a clear golden body with a white head that leaves some lacing and sticks around fairly well.

Smells of pilsner malt, earth, grass, and herb.

Grainy bready sweet malt taste. Slight bitterness with the hop flavor being a little muted.

Crisp and refreshing lower bodied beer.

Seems like it has taken on a touch of skunk. It's a decent enough beer but I won't be revisiting it with better options in the style like Paulaner and Weihenstephaner. (455 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a standard pint.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Slight rising effervescence. Settles quickly, but not completely. Slight lacing.

S: Sourdough and yeast.

T: Yeast is prominent. Some lemon and orange citrus. A little clove and coriander. Buttery.

M: Light and crisp. Pungent throughout. Bitter finish.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is okay. Fair head, and some slight lacing; and a golden hue not really characteristic. Nose is very yeasty, not really characteristic of the style, either. Yeasty, with some citrus, and spice. Overall, this is an okay quaff. (612 characters)

Photo of DeFaz
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light golden color (much lighter than most Marzens) with a fluffy head that quickly fades into a slight ring.

Smell: Well, it's skunky, and of course that's at least somewhat intentional, but the malt and hop flavors, which I can detect only somewhat, are muted. and that's not good for a style that I particularly expect to find a nice sweet, and autumn-inviting smell. Think Heineken (and that's not a good thing).

Taste: Bread, pleasant malt flavor with some alcohol and a touch of hops coming in. Nice, but not what I generally look for in an Oktoberfest beer.

Mouthfeel: A little bit sticky, but otherwise the medium thickness and carbonation are fine.

Overall: There isn't much for me to like here even though Hofbrauhaus beers are usual reliably exceptional. It'd make for a good session beer but it's not extraordinary and is easily forgettable. (872 characters)

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

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

A - It is golden with a little off-white head. At least I think it was. It disappeared before I could tell.

S - Since it was in a green bottle, I expected a skunked smell. I really don't get that. Instead I get some grassy, sweet malt aromas.

T - The taste is sweet and malty with a slight metallic aftertaste.

M - Pretty thin.

O - It was better than expected. It has been awhile since I have had this style of beer. I think I would rather have Great Lakes, but this is not bad. (545 characters)

Photo of rx-beer
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml (11.2 fl oz) poured into a 0.5ml dimpled stein

A: Pours a light golden color with about an inch and a half of head that quickly fades into a thin ribbon. Thin lacing that readily dissipates. Not very interesting.

S: Mildly boozy smell with a hint of malt.

T: Matches the aroma upfront but quickly fades. Mildly boozy.

M: Carbonation is nearly imperceptible. The combination of smoothness coupled with a very light body borders on the bland side.

O: Nothing to write home about. Quite drinkable but not very memorable beer. Was very excited when I picked this one up but don't think I'll be having any more of these. (627 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Brilliant golden color, nice white creamy head with about 1.5 fingers of head that lingers for awhile. Minimal lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Mild malts mostly some form of grainy element and definitely a sweetness as well. Hops virtually invisible.

Taste - Bready grains are most evident, as well as the sweetness which is a bit too strong, faint hop presence and mild bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Definitely a rich feel , lower carbonation. A bit syrupy and doesn't quite have the crisp clean finish that other styles present. Nonetheless the richness makes this an attractive sipping beer.

Overall - A tasty beer, but the sweetness while not artificial I find is a bit overdone. (754 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

6 pack acquired at Lukas Liquor near me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery and style. 6.3% ABV confirmed. 11.2 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a slender paulaner weissbier glass. "Brewed & bottled by: Staatliches Hofbrauhaus In München, Germany."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an eight finger wide head of white colour. Good thickness and frothiness. Nice creaminess. No lacing as the head recedes. Retention is superb - about 8+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty standard for a festbier. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Grains and cereals are definitely dominate here at the expense of the other notes (of which there aren't many). Straw, clean barley, munich malts, pilsner malts, and a minimal presence of neutral hops - saaz, maybe? I'm bad at guessing specific hops. A mediocre aroma of average strength.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

T: Grainy and cereal-laden - true to the aroma. Munich and pilsner malts. Very minimal (hardly noticeable) neural/lightly floral hop character. Straw. Clean barley. Flavour profile is somewhat balanced, if painfully simple. Certainly bland and boring for the style. Definitely comes across as a phoned-in representation of the style. Zero complexity or subtlety here.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Below average depth of flavour. Pretty average intensity and duration thereof.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and somewhat undercarbonated. Kind of refreshing. Body is a bit subpar. Okay thickness. Chewy. Presence on the palate is merely okay. There's a lot of room for improvement, but execution is okay overall. Suits the flavour profile alright in a general sense.

Dr: A tourist, internationally exported version of a style meant to be endemic. Worth trying? Sure, as a middle ground representation of a festbier. But it's far from great and I wouldn't buy it again. That said, I'll have little trouble killing the 6 pack and it might make a good beer for luring macro drinkers towards craft - even if the "ooh, it's German" effect is all that works for it. It's certainly drinkable - any self-respecting beer fanatic could easily kill a litre of it. But boy does it have ways to go.

Low C (2,474 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Golden with a tiny white head. Excellent clarity and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Not much here at all. Faint whiffs of bread and cereal grains.

Taste
Hints of bread, cereal grains and Munich malts. A sprinkling of brown sugar. There is a strong off-flavor of green apple or something.

Mouthfeel
Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean and well carbonated.

Overall
Weak. (412 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a crystal clear pale golden color. Thick 3 fingers worth of pearly white foam dissipates slowly to a ring around the rim leaving behind spotty lacing.

S - skunky and herbal European hops dominate the nose. Probably in part to this being packaged in a green glass. Beyond the pungent dead skunk there are notes of pleasant leafy greens and crispy bread crust.

T - grainy and doughy flavors mingle on the tip of the tongue. Skunk in the middle. Leafy green hop notes on the backend.

M - crisp texture. Medium bodied. High carbonation.

O - an average mass produced lager. Didnt cost me anything so thats a plus. But the skunk flavor/aroma is just way to pervasive to be a pleasurable beverage. (704 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled 5/25/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of apple, pear, caramel, biscuit, toasted grain, light nuttiness, pepper, grass, floral, herbal, and light skunkiness. Ok aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of apple, pear, caramel, toasted grain, bread, grass, floral, pepper, herbal, earthy spiciness, and light skunkiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toasted grain, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a bit. Ok flavor balance and complexity; with a good balance of malt and peppery spiciness from the hops; a fair amount of cloying astringency is present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a mediocre Oktoberfest. Skunked flavors and aromas; with flavor astringency on the finish make this much less enjoyable. Quite easy to drink, though. (1,165 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly lucid straw color with a moderate amount of white froth. Carbonation bubbles are readily visible as they make their continuous migration toward the surface. The aroma has an appreciable skunkiness that masks earthy hops and trace amounts of malt sweetness. The exceedingly thin and light appearance would lead one to believe the flavor would match, but that is not the case at all. The flavor is surprisingly robust, with some caramel, brown sugar, and a distinctive nuttiness that I would never have suspected. Just enough hops are present to balance the malt sweetness, and the carbonation is spot-on, lending a creamy mouthfeel that complements the flavor profile well. I think I'm detecting trace amounts of apple peel near the back end as well. The sticky malt residue lingers on the lips, denoting a body belied by the thin visage. As far as criticisms are concerned, the hops overstay their welcome a bit in the finish, and the sweetness comes off a tad artificial, but there's no denying this is highly sessionable brew with more robustness than I'd expect to find in an oktoberfest. One of the more intriguing festbiers I've tried. (1,158 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a solid 1 inch dense ivory head that lingers, slowly dissipating and leaving touches of lacing.

Skunky aroma when first opened, with grainy malt and caramelly melanoidins accompanying lightly floral hops.

Flavor is fairly sweet, dominated by caramelization, bready malt, and a slightly bitter, dry finish. There's a bit of graininess, as well as some herbal hop notes. Cracker-like character is a but reminiscent of oxidation.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's some astringency and a touch of alcohol warmth present.

Overall, a bit too sweet to be sessionable. Good caramelization, but the skunky aroma also detracts from the experience. BROWN bottles! Nothing to write home about. (742 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 20 2013. Not something I was expecting to find on the shelf, but I've been intending to seek out more marzens recently and I'd be surprised if I see any more available locally this year. Unlike all the others I've tried, this one is actually from Germany, so it has that going for it. Which is nice.

Pours a transparent golden yellow colour, topped with about one finger of sparkling, foamy, fairly resilient white head. It recedes gradually over a period of a few minutes, leaving a smeared coat of lacing behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma is clean but meek, dominated by bready malts, citrus, grass and an underlying honey sweetness. Not necessarily unappealing, but too subdued.

The flavour is dominated at first by the barley malt, giving it a bready, almost doughy flavour that is eventually overtaken by a sweeter citrus and brown sugar sweetness. Some grassy hay notes provide a bit of dryness toward the finish, but the aftertaste is mostly sweet. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a bit of stickiness that lingers briefly with the sweetness on the palate. The alcohol never really rears its head, making this a highly drinkable, if unimaginative marzen.

Final Grade: 3.33, a somewhat acceptable B-. Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is tasty stuff, though it's certainly not interesting or unique stuff. It's still a refreshing, reliable brew in its own right - unfortunately, it's one that this Euro Lager fan merely likes, rather than loves. One thing I will say is that this is a perfect pairing for the first week of genuinely cold weather we've had all year here - it's light enough to be session-worthy, but hot enough to warm you a little as the night goes on. Worth a try if you have the chance to, but not a particularly memorable marzen by any metric. (1,829 characters)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.