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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%

Pours out a pale gold with an excellent head and lace. Looks way too pale for the style. Way to pale. Might be mislabled (style-wise) the label doesn't describe it as a marzen though. I'd say it still looks tasty.
Smells super crisp. Pale malts, some sweet sugar and earthy hops. Inviting but just above average.
Nice sweet, crisp taste with a bit o' hops to balance it.A little light on the mouth. Very drinkable, thank god I got a keg.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of HUXC
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A nice lighter golden orange color oktoberfest with a little over a fingers worth of white head with nice retention and a little bit of lacing.

S- Smells of fall spices and aromas. A very traditional style Oktoberfest.

T- Taste of malted fall spices and pumpkin. German style Oktoberfest.

M- Light carbonation and a crisp after taste.

D- Not too difficult to drink, not hard to knock back a few of these guys and still feel good.

HUXC, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Served in several full liter mugs, on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Pittsburgh, PA. Imported from the Munich location.

Hofbrau Octoberfest pours a clear golden-brown with a big, creamy, off-white head. Like every other Hofbrau beer that I have tried out of the liter mug, this beer has a pretty good look.

The aroma has subdued, sweet malts and that is about it.

The flavor is pretty similar to the aroma, and pretty disappointing also. The Maibock imported from Munich was excellent, and I was hoping for something of similar quality from the O-fest, but no such luck. A bit of biscuit flavored malt with a touch sweetness is accompanied by the thinnest of hop flavors.

The mouthfeel is fine, the body and carbonation are pretty appropriate for the style.

Drinkability is great, and I would argue that the same is true of any Octoberfest beer, especially if it is served in a liter. Compared to the best examples of the style, however, this one falls a little short.

Hojaminbag, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of ArcaneXor
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%

Was surprised to see this beer pour a bright golden color out of the green (sigh) 330 mL bottle. Closer examination of the label reveals this to be an ale, rather than the amber Oktoberfest/Maerzen lager that one would expect from a beer by this name. Overall, it is a drinkable light-colored ale sharing some characteristics with a Koelsch, but with a noticeably higher ABV, greater mouthfeel and somewhat subdued carbonation.

ArcaneXor, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Oktoberfestbier--2000 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear light bright golden color. Bavarian front with mild pilsner Saaz hop note. Smooth malty untoasted body. Pilsner Bock blend. Mild with light mouthfeel. Light dry hop fruit end. Sampled 9/9/2000.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear fizzy bright straw golden color. Mild floral hop front. Crisp mild Bavarian sweet smooth butter caramel rich Pils flavor. Clean mild tangy hop citrus end. Stank hint. Fest? Sampled 9/28/2004.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest--Munich Specialty. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. 11.2 oz. Bottle. $8.99 / 6-Pack. Thin mild lace foamy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Green bottle stank hint mild Noble hop front. Crisp dry sweet tangy caramel Pils thin textured malty butter fruit body. Mild hop cloying malt stank end. No toast & dry compared to US Fests. Sampled 12 20/2009. 6.30% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0).

Hofbrauhaus Munchen Staatliches Hofbrau Oktoberfest--Munich Specialty. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. since 1589--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy thin big mild lace white head. Clear bright light gold color. Mild hop floral malt mild dark green bottle Fest stank hint front. Fizzy tangy crisp mellow sweet fully fermented dry rich helles lager Pale Malt Fest body. Clean dry mild hop spice Fest end. Sampled 9/20/2010 from 6-Pack Purchased for $7.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle, Washington on 9/14/2010.

philbertk, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%

On tap at the hulmeville inn inside a pint glass.

This oktoberfest pours out a light golden color like a pilsner, the lightest october I've ever seen in the style. Smell include pale malt light caramel and nothingness. Taste is about the same, nothing to see here. Feel is light and lightly carbed. I drank it but won't again. If I wanted a malty pilsner I would of bought one.

BARFLYB, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of WanderingFool
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier pours a clear, pale golden yellow with a moderate, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly down to a thick sheet on the surface and leaves behind a fair amount of netted lace on the glass. From the bottom of the glass several streams of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface.

The aroma is flowery and a little skunky with a touch of pale malt mixed in. Very similar to a pilsner beer.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, lightly syrupy and has a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins sweet with a touch of caramel and bubblegum. Some bready pale malt is noticeable in the background. In the middle some floral hop notes and a little skunkyness move in. It finishes mildly bitter and slightly metalic. Once gone the sweet malt and bitter hops linger on the palate.

This beer is more like a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. It's very easy to drink, fairly well balanced and has a great appearance.

WanderingFool, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of bierenutz
2.42/5  rDev -29%

A-Pours a clear golden with less than a finger width of head and nice lacing on the glass.
S-A little funky, a little skunky and strangely a little hefe like (or I should say light).
T-Liquified cut grass is about as close as I can get with a sweet malty finish and woody oakey afternotes.
M-Medium bodied and moderately carbontated.
D-Maybe it's me, maybe I'm not a fan of Oktoberfest beers, maybe this is just not a good example of this beer. I was just not all that impressed with this brew.

bierenutz, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
3.65/5  rDev +7%

If you're searching for a good octoberfest...this isn't it. Its definitely not a bad beer, but it doesn't fit the category too well.

A-extremely pale gold, good amount of white head

S-decent amount of honey wheat

T-good honey upfront but then deviates in to more of a pilsner like beer with a slightly bitter after-taste.

M-medium carbonation, smooth finish

D-not too many bad qualities but something about the after-taste means i couldn't drink more than one of these.

AdamBear, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of bierbirrabeer
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%

Preface: Okay, here we go again with the prefacing. I think, perhaps, I should give an epilogue. It reveals less at the get go.

Appearance: Much lighter than I would have expected of an Oktoberfest beer -- not necessarily a bad thing. I would say it was an extremely pale amber or a nice golden yellow.

Smell: A nice yeast scent, not dissimilar to the original HB brew.

Taste: This is where I was unpleasantly surprised. The original HB brew is so wonderful that I had high expectations for the Oktoberfest variety. Unfortunately, the difference between the two brews was minimal at best. At worst, I would call the difference barely perceptible.

Mouthfeel: Can't complain, but it suffers from the same thing the taste suffers from.

Drinkability: Very yummy for an Oktoberfest. Can't complain.

Epilogue: What happened here? I was expecting to give a rave review. Hofbrau's Original is so tasty, but the Oktoberfest wagers little. I mean I have heard the expression, "Play it safe", but come on. At some point you have to risk something. Try again, Hofbrau.

bierbirrabeer, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

A pasty white fluffy and fizzy head rises about a finger and fades at a decent rate, over crystal clear piss-golden yellow colored very light colored beer.

The nose is light, some toasty malts, light crisp lager fruit aromas, a little lemon and fruit aroma, a little yeasty as well. Very light!

The taste is almost non-existant. It has a little toasty malt flavor, some Munich malts and wheat, a very light banana and lemon flavors also there. Touch of yeast, fruit, and lager crispness. It finishes slightly bitter with a little sweetness, and lingering lager flavors and toasty malts. This is almost as light as a beer can get and still have some flavor. I wouldn't call this anything near an Oktoberfest, especially from Munich.

The mouth is very light with lower but decent carbonation.

It has a huge drinkability as it's like having sex in a canoe... f*ing close to water. Almost no alcohol feel/taste (which is OK since it's over 6%), but also not much flavor, some crispness, light sweetness.

jlindros, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Serving type - Bottle

A - Pours a slightly deeper than pilsner gold hue, with a white single-finger head that persists briefly, then fades to minimal lacing.

S - Smells like a maltier pilsner - Light, toasted caramel malts, slightly floral/grassy hop notes, and a slightly lemon character.

T - Taste is a bit unusual compared other Marzens I've had. This one is more like a German or Czech Pilsner, but a bit maltier. Good degree of balance between light, toasty, caramel malts, and a slightly citric, floral hop character. Pretty refreshing!

M - Light/Medium mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Crisp, refreshing.

D - Between a lighter body, and a not too heavy flavor or alcohol profile, this one isn't taking me too long to drink. I could have several of these, no problem.

Overall - Not quite what I think of when I think of Marzen, but a pretty good, sessionable lager nonetheless.

Flightoficarus, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

.5L bottle, Germany.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a short-lived frothy head.

Aroma is of grassy hops and haystack grains.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with plenty of sweet grains and a light, tea-like bitterness. Metallic tinge, but not too obvious. The alcohol, unfortunately, becomes a bit noticeable in this beer, but the drink is not necessarily belabored because of it. Not a whole lot of depth in flavor or mouthfeel, which has a sort of forced medium carbonation that prickles the palate.

Drinkable, but not great. There's something cheap about this beer, and it borders on malt liquor territory. In the end though, it does the trick.

dasenebler, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

11.2 oz bottle. Looked more like 10 oz in my glass!

For an Oktoberfest beer, pours a surprising straw yellow with a decent white head. Smell is of biscuits and fresh-cut grass. Taste is immediately malty and sweet, with that green-bottle skunkedness which soon morphs into an edgy bitter finish. A burning sensation lasts for a while after the sip, quite odd. Feel is perhaps a bit too spiky, and that suffers the drinkability as well. Always glad to try a new beer, but this is a weird Märzen..

sixerofelixir, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%

500ml bottle from the Wellington & Bradley LCBO in London, ON. Part of the Fall 2010 Autumn Ales release (even though it's a lager!). Pours a bright golden yellow with a thin ring of bubbly white head and spots of lacing on the lager glass. Smell and taste are fresh cereal grains, bready and doughy malts, some skunk, toasted wheat, a touch of sweetness, light Noble hop bitterness, and a boozy sting in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spicy and drying finish. Drinkability suffers from the high ABV, especially for the style. A marzen is meant to be quaffed with ease, but this is a single serving brew. Just okay as an oktoberfest. I won't buy again.

cratez, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%

330 ml. green bottle no. L186J-14:18. Sampled on September 8, 2010. It pours a well carbonated pale yellow with a fizzy two-inch thick white head that lingers for a bit but fades away. Aromas of grains and some malts but little else. The taste is a sharp, grainy bitterness much like a pilsener. The experience was unexpected.

puboflyons, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours golden yellow, clear, very light for an Octoberfest. No foam, no lacing.

Pilsener taste, very sharp.

Taste is like a slightly more malty german pils. Hops stand out more than malt does. Moderately carbonated in the mothfeel.

Not deep or rich like American versions of Octoberfests, but still a good drinker.

KTCamm, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a nice white foam head that quickly dissipates. There is some minimal spotted lacing.

S: Not much happening here, some vague hints of malt with a slight bitterness of hops.

T: A little better than the smell. There was a nice mild malt character that blends nicely with the hops, but nothing stands out.

M: Very clean crisp and dry.

D: This Oktoberfest is quite easy to drink. Not very complex. Not something I would seek out but would not pass it up.

Added this to my beer bread recipe and the beer bread was quite nice.

IronCitySteve, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strongly skunky with nothing else coming through. There is clearly something wrong with the beer, but if the brewer chooses to use green bottles, they deserve the bad reviews when the green bottle causes skunking. The flavor is not as skunky and I get some grain and corn. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Disappointing.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of jsh420
2.08/5  rDev -39%

pours bright clear golden yellow with a 2 finger fizzy white head that faded to a film and left some spotted lacing

smells just like a german pils?? light grains and lemon citus hops

taste - where is the toasted malts?(did they forget to do that) again tastes just like a normal pils - very disappointing

mouthfeel is light/medium body with good carbonation but not the medium to full body i am expecting

drinkability is not good if you are wanting an marzen on a cool fall night

i dont know whats going on but this is the second german oktoberfest i have had tonight that has not been as good as SA interpretation

jsh420, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of IndolentReader
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%

This beer has a lighter appearance than I would have expected. Nice aroma, pleasant, but by no means overwhelming. The taste is a bit milder that other Oktoberfest beers I've experienced. This did not knock my socks off, but it was pretty decent for the year's first cool day.

IndolentReader, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%

A - Light clear gold with a fairly large, foamy, cloud-like, white head. Pretty good retention with a thin, foamy layer of lace left.

S - Pale malt with some bready flavors. Also good amount of grainy aroma. Hints of some grassy hops, but not much. Some mineral type aroma and a good amount of sulfur/skunky aroma.

T - Similar to the nose. A lot of sweet pale malt with some cracker/bread malt taste. Pretty sweet. Sulfur and skunky flavors are also fairly present. Very faint hop presence. Finishes with a touch more hop flavor and a bit of a mineral taste as well.

M - Lighter body with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat crisp, but a little thin and watery.

D - Not too bad to drink, but it doesn't inspire me to drink more. Easy to drink, and not very offensive lighter beer.

Notes: Definitely not a Märzen. For what it is, it is average at best. Not really that great, and really it is just a lower end German Pilsner. Green bottle no doubt lead to the slightly skunked taste.

FreshHawk, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

Hofbrau O'fest, draft

A Golden color clear, looks a lot like the original. Good thick head, lasted the whole glass. A little lighter than I would expect for an Oktoberfest beer. 3.5

S Not a lot to aroma here, perhaps the absence of aroma is more telling than the presence. There are no aroma faults to note, it is crisp and clean. There may be some hop, but it's tough to tell. Lacks a big malt aroma that should be there for this style, however there is a touch of malty breadiness if you really concentrate. 3

T A little sweet is the predominant flavor. Hops show up more assertively here than on the nose. Not off-putting, but also not spectacular. A well heeled mild mannered beer. There is some malty sweetness on the finish that gets to be too much toward the end of the glass. Not appropriate for an O'fest and should be drier. 3

M light body, thin, good carbonation. 3

O This a beer worth having, but like all Hofbrau beers I'm left thinking it could have been so much better. It simply lacks character. More malt, more hops, more body...give me something! 3

boss302, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of DrJay
2.1/5  rDev -38.4%

Crystal clear straw yellow with a short white cap of fine bubbles. Spotty lacing, decent head retention. My first impression is not very good -- this looks way too light in colour for a proper Oktoberfest. Very mild aroma, grainy malt, very faint toast and bread, hint of grassy hops. The flavour was similarly disappointing. The bitterness was alright, on the light side but with good presence, but the malt character was very thin and echoed the aroma. Slightly fruity, but mild flavour overall. The texture was decent, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation and not overly dry. While I had no problem drinking a bottle of this, it's a poor marzen.

DrJay, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of treque
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

A: Pale amber hue, permanent small bubble carbonation generates an average foam with rapid dissipation, with no noticeable residue.

S: Honeyed aroma and a touch of species.

T:Slightly sweet taste at first, with a prolonged bitter final and honey.

My first Oktoberfest and will drink it again if i had the chance

treque, Aug 12, 2010
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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