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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 PatandDavid
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at two locations in the last couple of weeks, so this is a mix of the two reviews. Golden clear color, aroma is like smelling a candy factory, with some floral hop notes. Nice frothy white head. Taste is a bit bready to start, there's some sweetness, and a grassy note from the hops. Not hard to drink, but not one I needed to keep drinking either. pat (361 characters)

Photo of winomark
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite light color for an Oktoberfest. Golden with a thin creamy head.

Aroma: Slightly malty tones on the nose, with a good balance of hops.

Taste: Very mild palate that is well balanced, but with little character. Tastes like any other German lager.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and bitterness gives this beer a crisp mouthfeel. Nice balance.

Drinkability: A good session beer; smooth and easy-drinking. Would try again next year to compare notes. (470 characters)

Photo of woemad
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Apparently Germans have picked up on quality brews like... Kokanee. Not to trash Kokanee, as its often my choice cheap massive-quantity beer, but I was hoping for something more. When poured from it's green bottle it looked like a highly carbonated glass of apple juice. The head was big, white and vanished quicker than Trent Lott at an NAACP meeting. The smell is of... well, the main odor is that scent which most macro drinkers describe as "beer-like." I can pick out some corn odor in there - that's fine when eating, say corn on the cob, but its not welcome emanating from my beverage! The taste is similarly macro-pilsnerish. Very thin mouthfeel. It's drinkable, I supose, if one is not bothered by a need for flavor. (724 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can you believe it? Hofbrauhaus Newport's Octoberfest available at TGIF's in Cincinnati! Word is that they own 10% of the HB so they can carry the line in the restaurants. This year's brew is a special recipe being made here and in Munich to honor the opening of the HB Newport. It's time for Monday Night Football at TGIF, so let's give it a try!

Appearance - pours a light gold into a pint glass. Soda-like white head forms up about a finger thick. Leaves a solid ring of lace around the top of the glass, but not much more as the beer disappears. This doesn't look like your typical fall Octoberfest as one look tells you it is evidently void of any Vienna or caramel malts.

Aroma - Has a clean malt smell with some light spiciness.

Taste - well, I know it's not an amber style, but I was still kind of expecting a fuller taste. What I got was a much lighter, but tasty malt start. At first, it's very similar to a German pilsener in flavor. A mild bitterness on the finish provides pretty good balance. I even pick up a hint of honey sweetness for a bit, once I get accustomed to the primary taste. A nicely done Octoberfest, I guess it's only fair that I not deduct for its being as light as it is, after all, the fest-tents in Bavaria are full of similar style beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp, clean, and most bubbly.
Drinkability - I must have salted away about 5 or 6 of these during the game, so that speaks for itself. It goes down easily and almost too quickly. Even after several, the flavor is still right there. (1,530 characters)

Photo of jackndan
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Oktoberfest: Well this is as close as it’ll come to reminding me of my trip to Weis’n in Munich. Not a deeply colored Marzen, but rather a Crystal clear golden beer with a very nice and creamy head, and mouthfeel. Exceptional smoothness and drinkability. Fairly nice malts, nicely balanced with almost citrus-y hops. Nice and easy to drink, but I come to find out a fairly dangerous amount of alcohol in such a tasty, light and satisfying beer. Very nice. (465 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear golden body reveals just a few widespread streams of steadily rising average-sized bubbles beneath a bright-white foamy cap. The head drops shortly after pouring to a wide, creamy collar; yet it still leaves some impressive lace throughout the glass. The nose is clean and enjoyable but not impressive for the style with just some light grainy malt and a hint of alcohol. The body is medium falling towards light with a gently crisp carbonation. The flavor offers a clean, grainy malt that's nice but doesn't offer the richness of Vienna and/or Munich malts that the darker versions do; and it's well-balanced with a firm bitterness and spicy character (alcohol, hops, or both?) but the alcohol is a bit noticeable which is odd for a beer of just 6%abv. It finishes dry with some gently lingering malt and a touch of bitterness. A well-made, refreshingly dry helles Oktoberfestbier. (898 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fresh 2003 sample. Brown glass bottle with no skunk! This stuff pours a lighter-than-average golden colour with a small, white head. The aromas are all bready malts, with no hops to be found. The taste is the same as the nose hints at. Malty, with not much complexity...a good quaffer to be sure. The mouthfeel is light for an o-fest and the drinkability is excellent.

Prost! (388 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.09/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold or dark yellow, take your pick, as this is not impressive looking Octoberfest beer. A decent aroma with a nice malt sense despite the light body. The flavor is clean and crisp, but lacks Marzen sweetness. The body is a bit thin and unimpressive. This beer is a bit disappointing given its brewer's heritage. (317 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Hofbräu München Oktoberfest poured a clear, golden-amber color, with long-lasting, creamy white foam. The smell was malty with elements of bread and biscuit with a bit of floral hops. The taste was malty with bread and biscuit malt flavors, slightly sweet (though less sweet than many other oktoberfest beers), and with some floral hop notes in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and good carbonation and with some sweetness up front but a more dry finish. This was a very tasty beer on tap and was very easy and enjoyable to drink. If you get a chance to try this on tap, do so. (616 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.32/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very well, with a foamy German type head. Has a nice roasted malt aspect to it, which actually calls to mind a well-made Vienna lager (guess I don't have my expectations for the Okto style set in my mind). In other words, this is a pretty okay beer. The texture and mouthfeel come across like a standard American "dark beer," which can get in the way of one's enjoyment. (376 characters)

Photo of kgmurphy13
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light-golden in color, with a nice head off the pour, but dissipated in a short time. Corn and a bit of barley on the nose, with a yeasty, bready taste on the palette. Good, light mouthfeel and nice drinkability. I guess the problem with this beer is that it's not your typical oktoberfest. It's a much lighter style, both in color and in body, and doesn't have any malty sweetness or amber hue. A beer that I enjoyed, but if your looking for an octoberfest, look elsewhere. (474 characters)

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

Golden-yellow bodied. Head poofs up, then is gone forever.
Nose is subdued but contains faintly sweet munich maltiness with some grain, with fainter hints of sulphur and hops.
Taste is benign and boring. Lacks any toastedness, which is what I look for first and foremost in my festbiers. Lightly malty with apple- or grape-skin sweetness. Somewhat bready. Ends with a brief visit from the hops.
Just shy of medium bodied. Not enough malt heft, but alright otherwise.
This is a decent, semi-generic euro-lager, but not what I'm looking for in a marzen. (567 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pale straw in color, no head and no lace. euro skunk aroma with very little head and no lace. this is an o-fest? seems more like mass produced euro-crap with a hint of some munich malt. this is not a bad beer in general but an abomination of an o-fest. in fact it tastes nothing like an o-fest. i'd have trouble discerning between this most other euro lagers. nothing special. (385 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quaffed a few litres of this in "The Pit" in the Hofbrau tent at the O-Fest! Medium-copper in color, with a big, white, rocky head. The head lasts nicely, and produces good lace. Has a mild malt nose - definitely needs more "ooomph" here. Not quite medium in the body department, yet ok over the tongue. Has a malty start, a bit bready, yet it finishes on the bitter side. Somewhat better tasting as it warms slightly. Seems to taste even better as you are getting spanked by an Aussie lass...

overall: 3.7
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of brakspear
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As other reviewers have noted this is at the extreme end on the lightness scale for Marzen/Oktoberfests: a golden body with a soft white head that lingers. The aroma has some skunkiness from the green bottle, but there is also some spiciness from the hops. The taste is mildly sweet, but the nice caramel notes are present for the style; the body has the appropriate carbonation and mouthfeel. This is a nice oktoberfest beer for longer drinking sessions into the night. (473 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
1.8/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It is unbelievable how light colored this oktoberfest is. I've had close to 20 ofests this year and nothing comes close to being this light. It's a pale, pale straw color. Reminds me of a braggot I had last winter. This beer smells light-struck because it is. It comes in a green bottle. Skunky smell. There is no resemblence of a ofest in taste either. There's some of that skunky taste. And after cutting through that, it tastes more like a light lager than an Ofest. The skunkiness isn't overwhelming, thus I gave the drinkability the highest rating of the 5 categories, a 2.5. Not recommended. (609 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color (a bit light for the style), with a nice off-white, frothy head, with good retention. On the nose there is a sweet malt aroma. On the palate there is a steady malt flavor with a ever so slight roastiness, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Easy drinking, but could be better for a O'fest...still a very drinkable O'fest. (332 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

alright, but by no means fantastic oktoberfest. i would have to say that this is one of my least favorite oktobers yet. it is still a good beer to drink. it goes down very well. a bit malty and sweet, it will be fine to throw back, but there are much better oktobers out there (276 characters)

Photo of rastaman
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent little beer, but for me it was a bit too sweet. Very sweet maltyiness, almost has a honeyed flavour, low bitterness, and lacks any bite to the flavour, quite good however, but yes, a little sweet, probably not the best example of the style. (249 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light malt sweet aroma that is quite pleasant. Medium gold color that is a little light for style. Nice frothy head that has good retention. Lighter steady malt flavor with slight roast characteristics. Dryness from start to finish, and lasts but is pleasing. Somewhat full mouthfeel with it's sufficient carbonation. Would be easy to drink several in one sitting and probably enjoyable too. (400 characters)

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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