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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 14
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17.6%

Labeled as Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier 6.3%ABV
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear deep golden colour with a big bubbly foamy head. The foam slowly reduced to a thin cap and some lacing.

S - Sweet at first with some fruity, spicy and floral aromas. As it warms up, citrus notes become more prominent.

T - Sweet malts upfront with a light caramel and honey profile. It's followed by a tangy fruity sourness with a light bitter hop finish. There's also a bit of a spicy note throughout. Surprisingly, I can't really taste the alcohol.

M - Sticky, tangy, bubbly with a crisp finish.

D - It's very drinkable.

I'm usually not a big fan of stronger Lagers but I like this one quite a bit.

12-05-2009 18:20:31 | More by decimator
Photo of laituegonflable


3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Had on tap at the Hahndorf Inn, South Australia.

Pours a pale golden colour with steady stream of bead. Nice foamy white head with medium bubbles, sinks quite quickly, leaving a thin crown and some nice webs of creamy lace behind. Impressive looking lager.

Very fresh blend of some slightly bready, biscuity malts on the nose with some light grassy hops and a slight lemongrass zing to it. Slightly tangy, mostly sweet. Good marzen smell, very celebratory.

Taste is quite tangy as well, with a nice complex palate profile. Hints of lemon, parsley and raspberry throughout with some figs coming through on the mid. Slight bready character comes through late but not cloying. Finish is a little too sweet, would like a little more hop character. There is a slight rounded tartness at the end but not too much finish, really. Nice but a bit lacking.

Has a good slippery feel. Kind of slick is probably a better word. Thin, but pleasant. Good tingle.

Very drinkable beer. Mild and pleasant lager.

12-03-2009 03:11:52 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of bunnyhustle


2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

A decent beer but amazingly boring. Wasn't fond of the appearance, very pale orange, fizzy head, no retention or lacing. Very macro-like. Smell was ok, dry malt, grain, nothing outstanding. Taste was about the same. Kinda macro-like. Grain, dry malt, straw, just kinda bland. Mouthfeel was light and somewhat crisp. Overall fine, just not memorable.

12-02-2009 02:06:08 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of Nezzy


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: wheat colored with mixes of gold and yellow while looking very carbonated. White foamy head at a decent size and little to no lacing.

Smell: Not going to lie, it reminded me of cheap beers that have a distinctive smell to them. But that was only upfront and then when you smell it more its sweet and hoppy.

Taste: Surprising. Much more hoppy then I expected it to be and more flavorful then a traditional oktoberfest. Good body to it and just a nice refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation and very light feel to it.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer and considering its meant to be had in quality it fits the role. Decent beer overall.

12-01-2009 23:30:49 | More by Nezzy
Photo of mtnbikerpa


4.13/5  rDev +21.5%

Golden amber rock color almost like a liquid gemstone. With a thick 2 inch marshmallow like head that disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass. Sweet almost straight from the honey comb and golden fields of wheat aroma with faint spice but not overwhelming. Again refreshingly sweet with a balance of complementary spice and honey overtone. A malty and nutty nature make this a well balanced pick for your fall season. Mouthfeel feel is very light making this very easy to drink and refreshing. After drinking one it would be essential to reach for another to flush down some late fall pork with crackling BBQ.

11-29-2009 01:42:26 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of ibbjamin


4.1/5  rDev +20.6%

Paid $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Festival Foods in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

Large head of about two inches after a standard pour. Head is white in color and consistent of very large bubbles. Nice rising carbonation bubbles. Transparent golden straw in color which I thought seemed very light for a beer deemed an Oktoberfest. Excellent half inch of fizzy retention. Good lacing.

Upon pouring, the immediate area is engulfed in classic German beer aromas. Leafy, citrus hops dominating the nose with clean, pale malts helping to balance. Some bready hints as well. Still confused as to how this is considered an Oktoberfest, but it has a pleasant aroma nonetheless.

Taste is similar to smell in all aspects.

Excellent mouthfeel. Medium body with a welcomed thick creaminess to it. Even a bit crisp, with a medium length finish.

I'm really starting to enjoy the subtle complexities of these staple Germans. Still am rather confused as to how this is an Oktoberfest though, so my review is as if this was a standard German Lager.

11-27-2009 22:42:20 | More by ibbjamin
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Very gold for an Oktoberfest. Very bubbly with a thick head and some lacing.
S- Looks and smells like a regular Hofbrau lager.
T- It has a smooth, caramel taste. Sweet. It has a slight spice to it. To be honest, I'm not sure this tastes much different from a regular Hofbrau. I would like to try side by side to see the difference, . It's a good beer, but not what I'm looking for in a Oktoberfest.

11-27-2009 21:40:57 | More by Amalak
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Quebec (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -18.2%

Bottle: Poured a light golden color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal with more dry notes then expected. Taste is also dominated by the cereal malt bill that is not as enchanting as I had expected. Body is thinner then expected with good carbonation. A bit drier and astringent then I was expecting with malt bill not as refreshing as expected.

11-27-2009 03:01:44 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev 0%

Style is really somewhere between an Export & Helles.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Awesome Germanic hop aroma, but it's not really to style. Plenty of grass, herbal, peppery, steelie & floral. Hints of underlying toffee-like sweetness from the malt.

T: Nice Germanic hopping, that really isn't to style. Quite herbal, grassy, peppery & floral. Biscuity malt has some residual sweetness. Hints of sulphury mineral from the lager yeast. Alcohol is slightly warming & a little too perceptible.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a smooth protein feel, with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: A couple litres of this in a fest hall could be trouble.

11-25-2009 01:00:49 | More by Derek
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -25%

Appearance: A rather tan colored gold for a body that doesn't boast too much in the way of carbonation. The head however was a good solid two fingers that laced and retained modestly.

Smell: Took some warming to come out, but even when it's come out, I would not call it appealing. Grassy with citrus and mixed with light rotten egg smell. I suppose it's not offensive, but still I'm not looking forward to it.

Taste: In a word, bleck as it starts with a very boring and subdued malt character with a hint of clementine. In then shifts to a slight caramel taste that turns to earthy and grassy hops. Not especially bad, but certainly not my cup of tea.

Mouthfeel: Well, it does leave a bit of a caramel and malt aftertaste, that doesn't linger for too long. However the it seems a bit, dry the front and moist in the back of the mouth. That and the carbonation needs a bit of work and doesn't seem to really help bring out many aspects of the beer.

Drinkability: It's going down, it's refreshing and it's sitting well but this is a case where the other factors conspire against the brew. Besides that, I wouldn't say it's all that smooth.

Final Thoughts: As my first Oktoberfest, I am disappointed, to say the least. I was expecting a much fuller and much richer experience. I've had many a bad import lager, and while it is by no means as generic as they are, that doesn't make it good. I'd have to say my biggest problem, is it seems to be unable to decide if it is a sweeter malty beer or a richer hoppy beer. Thumbs down on this one.

11-12-2009 07:43:24 | More by TheHammer
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3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

This beer pours a clear pale amber hue with nice carbonation that leaves a nice one finger head and some sporadic lacing,the aroma is definately very sweet and malty with only a little hop aroma in the background,it has an average mouthfeel for the style which lets it down in my opinion with the aroma definately coming thru on taste with sweet caramel malts first up followed by a slight feint hop finish but for me evem tho its very easy to drink its definately not the best example of this style.

11-09-2009 14:12:34 | More by ADZA
Photo of mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -5%

Medium gold with an orange tint; of shining clarity. Topped by a pillow of fizzy white head the quickly recedes to a thin coating over the body, leaving no lace behind. Grassy aroma with crackers, hints of lemon, and kiss of sulphur. A very faint whiff of caramel buried below. Tastes of biscuity pale malt with a touch of caramel. Sweet. A mild, but firm, grassy bitterness dries things out a bit in the finish. Approaching medium bodied, with spritzy carbonation. Not sure how well this fits the style, but as a strong pale lager it's really not bad.

11-09-2009 05:40:20 | More by mintjellie
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

Clear gold/straw with a big, stiff white head. Nose is grassy with a slight sweet edge and lots of herbal notes. Surprisingly dry, quite grassy and somewhat spicy, with a big husky grain and a faint hint of citrus. Decent body has some heft and a sharp carbonation. Finish has a solid, lingering bitterness. Clean and drinkable.

11-08-2009 01:44:24 | More by allergictomacros
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

An interesting find, This poured a yellow/amber much like a strong lager, smell is of malt which is very reminiscent of a Munich Helles lager. Taste has a bit of bite, delicate hop and malt flavor, and an aroma much like a Polish "Mocne".

It's fairly smooth, easy to drink, a good beer, but a little expensive at $3 a bottle. But this a good start for the LCBO, and i'm hoping to see other offerings from this brewery in the future.

11-07-2009 23:14:07 | More by funkengruven
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Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -18.2%

Pours a light coloured body with initial significant foam. Aroma initially a bit repelling, but is normal after the bottle has been open, warmed up, and sampled somewhat. A bit of lace foam sits in the glass. Carbonation is deterimental, and adds to the drying out of the palate by the finish, and beyond in the aftertaste. Some malts, a hint of roast, some decent features. Still, all in all, 500 ml is too much, rarely have I said this about a German beer.

11-05-2009 03:02:41 | More by Sammy
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New York

3.55/5  rDev +4.4%

'Mini-Keg' aka on BA as a 'Large Can' served in a glass beer mug.

Clear golden yellow color (lighter than most in this style) with a fluffy white head that left good lacing.
Sweet grainy aroma, again it's different than most other O-fest beers.
A decent tasting brew, sweet malt prevails with a slight bittering tossed in towards and after the finish.
Medium bodied, with a crisp feel.
It goes down easy enough to have a few.

11-04-2009 22:45:49 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +6.8%

Pours a very clear yellow with a thick foamy white head that dies down, some lacing.

Smells of honey, biscuity malts, grassy hops with a bit of lemon.

Tastes of sweet biscuity malts, honey, very grassy and a strange bitter aftertaste. Not a terrible beer, but nothing special either.

Has a somewhat thick mouthfeel, and a pretty drinkable and refreshing beer, but I wouldn't buy this one again.

11-03-2009 01:32:48 | More by GodOfBeer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a freshly windexed window clear pilsner shade of gold with a two finger, foamy white head that leaves some decent lace. Vast amount of strong carbonation is clearly visible.

Upon opening straight from the fridge, it gave off a smell of freshly skunked adjunct, but as the beer began to warm, spoonfuls of grassy hops, light fruity esters, biscuit and some more grassy hops began to show.

Light fruity esters, biscuit, bready malts, and dry grassy hops is all I get in this beer. Seems to be quite bland and watered down.

Smooooth, well balanced (for the flavours that are there) and light bodied. Despite the large amount of carbonation visible, it isn't that noticeable. This beer is the definition, the embodiment, the epitome, the essence of a quaffer. Light, smooth, refreshing and crisp. This would be a sweet sessioner for me if it wasn't as pricey.

Being my first Oktoberfest, I wasn't all that impressed. The smell is funky and taste is lacking. The highlight of this beer, by far, is its drinkability. Highly recommended for sessioning, but nothing else.

10-28-2009 03:03:43 | More by ludachris
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Ontario (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -40.3%

Pours a surprisingly pale orangey yellow topped by an ample, rocky white head that laces and retains wonderfully.

It smells like a pint of Stella Artois that is sitting on a table in another room. Floral. Sweet. Skunky. But it's subtle and somewhat artificial.

The taste is very Czech pilsner. Sweet biscuity malt against floral, grassy hops with something approaching lemon rind in the finish. Some breadiness creeps in as things go along as does some corn. It's not quite awful, but it's close.

It's a medium mouthfeel, well carbonated and yeah. Not bad in this regard I suppose.

I was excited to see the LCBO offering an Oktoberfestbier, but it turns out they didn't. At least, to me this beer has more in common with the myriad of generic Euro lagers they already carry--light struck skunkiness and all--than any of the Oktoberfestbier I have ever had.

Huge disappointment.

10-27-2009 00:32:09 | More by MeisterBurger
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3.28/5  rDev -3.5%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. "Ale" on the back...whatever that means. Numbers too, but nothing that looks like a date.

A - Clear pale yellow golden in color with a huge three-finger cream-colored head. Fantastic retention and as it went down it got rocky and left lots of lacing on the glass.

S - A bit sulfury on the nose but not skunked by any means. More of a Euro lager nose. Pale malts with a bit of caramel sweetness in the background. A finish of mild hops in the aroma.

T - It starts off with a cloying sweetness from pale malts and moves right into a dry hoppy flavor that has a very light touch of citrus.

M - A bit thin feeling but closer to medium in body than light. Dry to the finish and just a touch more carbonation that I'd like to feel.

D - A bit below average for the Oktoberfests I've had this season. It's a fantastic looking beer but has a mediocre delivery in all other categories. I wouldn't ever pass up a free one but would never hunt it down.

10-26-2009 21:43:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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2.78/5  rDev -18.2%

green bottle into old spec pint glass

A - golden straw body with a big white head. the foam retains for a decent amount of time, but that body colour is just all wrong.

S - I smell something distinctively like a skunk when I opened the bottle. I can still smell it when the beer isnt to my nose. when it is held up to my nose the brew has a blast of somethign like a cheap pine air freshner, which goes away as soon as the kind of bland malts set in. I also distinctively smell unripe mango, which is very weird; maybe this is what skunked hops smell like, I wonder how i think it is mango?

T - despite the smell, the taste isnt as bad as I thought it would be; overall it is just kind of bland and boring. the initial is a decent balance of hops and malts, the hops only pinch with a bit of bitterness. the finish is malty and slightly sweet. the aftertaste is a faint maltiness. quite boring, and not a festbier.

MF&D - a decently thick brew with enough carbonation, the only problem is that it isnt a very good tasting brew for an oktoberfest beer. this would, however, make an excellent euro lager.

10-23-2009 23:58:46 | More by erz316
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17.6%

To get into the real spirit of things with this beer I figured why not grill up some Oktoberfest sausages, braise some Savoy cabbage and boil up some nice mash, everything short of polka.

Well now that I had my spread in front of me time to bring my attention to the golden honey coloured Märzen with its froth off white head awaiting my consumption.

The smell was first off very bisucty and bready as I would expect from the amount of malt used in this style. Following were the refreshing, and definitely appropriate for fall, scents of apple and grape. A slight grassy note from the hops rounded out the bouquet nicely.

After a few mouthfuls of my Bavarian platter it was time to see Hofbräu washed down the fine fare of its homeland. A big punch of sweet yet crisp malt initially quenched my thirst with a surprisingly smooth and full mouth feel lingering on to a mild hoppy, alcohol bite in the end. Continuing on with my mini Oktoberfest the head had long since dissipated but the rest remained true to my first impressions getting slightly breadier as it warmed up.

With my stomach full and my thirst quenched id have to say this was a good beer especially along with its atypical food accompaniments. I would have liked it to be a bit darker and maybe a bit more complex malt in the profile but otherwise a decent beer for the style.

10-22-2009 20:24:39 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +11.8%

Appearance: Crystal clear and golden in colour, with a huge foamy white head, and heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Noticeable maltiness, with a sweet grain aroma, lots of flowery German hops, and a touch of caramel.

Taste: Lots of bready malts at the top, with subtle sweetness, followed by a boraderline bitterness with a earthy twang, and finished with a creamy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: very lively and fresh in the palete, with a smoothish feel.

Drinkability: Very good Oktoberfest beer, with a nice mix of flavours and a impressive drinkability.

10-21-2009 19:54:05 | More by PartyBear
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2.55/5  rDev -25%

Picked this up a the local store was told this was fresh, not so sure...

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Soapyness & cereal

T: Soapyness, cereal sweetness & dryness up front. Soapyness & diathechyl (sic) & cereal sweetness as this warms. Finishes cloying with soapyness & a bit of booze

MF: Light /medium bodied, semi crisp with low carbonation

Drinks slow, might buy this as a Pilsner, but this so riddled with flaws, why is any one still using green glass? Will try again, if I can find it von fass. Avoid this unless you KNOW it's fresh

10-21-2009 04:48:29 | More by russpowell
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Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -28.8%

500 ml bottle from LCBO.

Pours a crystal clear light amber, fizzy white head forms and quickly disappears down to almost nothing, no lace on the glass, looks a little light in colour for a marzen.

Smell is very light, kind of fruity, a bit of skunk, honey, almost no malt presence, light bit of grassy and floral hops but almost no aroma going on.

Taste is slightly better but still not very good, some sweet malts, caramel and honey, a bit of biscuit, some floral and grass, lightly skunky, has a funny metallic finish to it, hard to describe but this isn't very good either.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy feeling, medium carbonation. Flavour is a little better but still not a very good marzen. 0 for 2 tonight it looks like.

10-21-2009 01:24:00 | More by Viggo
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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