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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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877 Ratings
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Ratings: 877
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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hops4me

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lays straw gold and pale. Very little head to speak of and no lacing. Smell is perfumy and a bready grain. Taste is light in the malt department with some graininess. There is a good hop spice in there much like a German Pils. It is light on the mouth and light on the flavor for an Octoberfest. Good drinkability. Reminds me of the Weinhenstpehaner I had last week. Good just not what I would consider an Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 21:29:19 | More by hops4me
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civilizedpsycho

Michigan

2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color that is quite clear and has a very small head.

Smell: While it has a slight malt aroma, I found the smell to be rather bland.

Taste: It has a strong kick, but it's not just a bitter kick. It's a little hard to describe and hard to tell if it's really a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, but not too much.

Drinkability: Not the worst thing I've ever had, but it's not something I'm going to get all excited about.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 18:34:28 | More by civilizedpsycho
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Light gold in appearance with a massive foamy head that leaves chunks of lace. Looks a bit light for the style.

S. Strong aroma of Tettnang euro style hop. Also slightly yeasty.

T. Nice munich malts backed by a moderate hoppy bitterness for perfect balance. This is a damn tasty beer. Lightly toasted malt and a good hop character. Freshness is the key word.

M. Sprizty and superior feel. Light and crisp.

D. A very fine Octoberfest brew here from Hofbrau house, would I expect any less. Just bought a case and its already depleted.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 00:57:04 | More by Stinkypuss
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light yellow color with a massive cap of sticky white foam. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. Good looking beer, though much lighter than us Americans are used to seeing in an oktoberfest.

Nose is very grainy with whiffs of alcohol. Sweet malts mingle with a perfumey hop aroma. Very similar to the Hofbrau Original lager.

Taste is of lightly kilned malts and floral hop flavor. Both have a tough time keeping up with the relatively high ABV. The beer is nice, crisp and fresh but I think I like all four of the other Hofbrau offerings I have tried better. Not to mention it is not very marzen-esque. Worth a try and certainly not a bad beer, but there are too many better oktoberfests out there to buy this one more than once every year or two.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 21:48:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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Mosstrooper

California

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured 2 bottles into a 1 liter Hofbräu maß.

Appearance: Golden, with a large but relatively thin white head. Lot's of large bubbles and lace.

Smell: Smells kind of grassy with some citric hops, but not exactly what I wanted to smell with this style.

Taste: Starts off with a slight malt sweetness, finishing with a citrus hop character.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, and also pretty flat- but the flatness might be my own fault.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but far from my favorite in this style. I would drink it again, but it's not my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 20:56:57 | More by Mosstrooper
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass
A: light gold, one finger head on pour, with minimal lacing
S: hops, light roast malt
T: light hop bitterness, very slight malt sweetness
M: medium carbonation, light on tongue
D: could easily put a few down

the clear green bottle caught me off guard

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 06:52:03 | More by rootbeerman
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WakeandBake

Michigan

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear light golden color body with a thick short lasting white head , medium carbonation . Aroma of grassy hops, light bread dough and light skunk notes. Flavor is slightly sweeter than the aroma suggests , cereal grains , floral hops , corn lager , with a hint of honey and hey. Short dry finish,medium body with a crisp mouthfeel . Very drinkable but nothing special .

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 20:08:47 | More by WakeandBake
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours pale golden with a really large white "fluffy" head - somewhat uneven. It sets pretty fast, leaving a lot of lacings.

S: Bready. Dry (with some faint sweetness) caramellmalt, together with some citric notes and faint both floral and bitter hops.

T: Light roasted dry malt (but also some faint sweetness). There is bitterhops, but also faint floral notes. Refreshing (but it gets kind of boring writing it, since this is my sixth oktoberfestbier in two nights).

M: The aftertaste is not long, but holds some dry bitterness. The body is weak/medium but also creamy with some moderate carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but there are better oktoberfestbiers on the market. You won't dislike it, but my guess is that you won't love it.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 19:39:16 | More by Evil_Pidde
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dimpled Hofbrau mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear bright medium golden amber color with a ¼" creamy lightly off-white head that recedes quickly to a ring of foam. Initially sipping leaves some modest speckled lacing but before long the lacing is very sparse. By about the middle of the beer the lacing is almost entirely gone and the ring of foam is barely visible.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, light, clean and bready with the malt and no real sign of hops or alcohol.

Taste: The nose predicts the flavor. There is lightly sweet bready pale malt with virtually no hop presence. When the hops do put in an appearance you can only tell it by the slight earthy bitterness in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length and begins with sweetness and then fades to a slight earthy presence with only dry light, soft bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: This one is clearly made for drinkability and is a nice average beer for an evening out for dinner and good conversation with friends. While not challenging in any way this is a reasonably well made beer that goes down easily and it would be very easy to have a second, a third, etc.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 18:36:43 | More by drtth
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright clear golden color with a one or two finger white head depending on your pour. good head retention and a light wispy lace to the finish. smells of fresh cut grass with a slight herbal earthy note that turns slightly metallic after it's exposed to the air for a while. slightly sweet, slightly salty malt taste with slight hops noted and lingering mild after taste. mouthfeel was more to medium and carbonation strong. nice beer though the color threw me off because most i have had were amber to brown in color.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 14:17:58 | More by billybob
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. Moderate amount of head that dissipates almost instantly. Tiny carbonation bubbles float to the top of my glass. No lacing on the rim at all. The aroma is sweet grain and a cracker like breadiness. That's all I can pick up even with deep whiffs. The flavor is much of the same. Sweet grain with a tart fininsh. Salty crackers and sour corn. Biting carbonation that beats the crap out of my tongue. Medium body. Not overly impressive. I had high hopes for this beer. Unfortunately it falls well below my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 23:53:09 | More by beerwolf77
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wahhmaster

Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an unbranded nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow and translucent with a foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty good. Grainy with a bit of a noticeable alcohol scent.

Taste: Pretty average Oktoberfestbier territory here. A hoppy bitterness paired with a good amount of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery with just a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A slightly better-than-average Oktoberfestbier. Nothing too special but nothing to turn your nose up at.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 03:12:54 | More by wahhmaster
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Drew966

Florida

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier pours a golden yellow with an off white head from a five liter mini keg. The aroma is grainy, not very impressive. The flavor is decent, malty, biscuit and/or caramel dominate. Decent, but not my favorite of the style to be sure.

Serving type: can

08-30-2009 23:59:57 | More by Drew966
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a nonic. I really only used the nonic to get a good look at the beer. If I have any more of these, I will be using my stein or at least a beer mug.

A = Crystal clear, bright golden yellow, with about a 3/4 inch head of white foam and small bubbles, good retention, light lacing, steady carbonation bubbling with small bubbles, light lacing.

S & T = Crisp earthy smells of noble hops, fresh grains, with a bready taste that is nonetheless balanced with a steady bitterness from the hops, finish is semi-dry as the hops are not too prevalent, but there in enough force to assert themselves.

M = Medium-light body, strong carbonation feel, tongue continue to feel like it had poprocks on it for a few minutes after each drink.

D = This is a very drinkable beer. I could easily see putting a few of these away at a beerhall.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 18:11:37 | More by Traquairlover
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BeerSox

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Scandinavian Mug.

Clear straw hue with a one finger white head that settles to almost nothing.

The aroma is a very clean and grainy, light and sweet.

The flavor is light and sweet, just like the aroma. A the malts carry just a touch of toastiness. A little bit of sweet sugary/candy-like notes are in the background, which is pretty typical of the style. Full bodied.

On the lighter side for a Marzen, but still good. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:04:35 | More by BeerSox
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PreacherBrewer

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow. Two finger head dissolves to thin bubbly lace.
Very bubbly. Interestingly, when the head dissolved, the aroma all but left.

S - Smells of yeast, bread, grain, floral, metallic.

T - Creamed corn, grain, mild yeasty aftertaste. Pretzel in the middle. Light hop profile. Lightly full of flavor with a solid malty backbone.

M - Moderate body. Crisp carbonation, but balanced by the smoothness of the malt back bone.

D - A top notch drinakle lager. Very crisp, very refreshing. Very intersting. I have fallen in love with this beer. Everything is right where I want it to be. I wouldn't change a thing. Cheers to Oktoberfest!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:45:14 | More by PreacherBrewer
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rgrholmes168

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The beer is a nice clear straw yellow. It poured a two finger head that did not completely disappear, but left a nice bit of lace on the side of the glass.

The taste is a little more bitter than what I expected from this beer, and left me desiring a little more.

The beer is light on the palate and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 23:47:19 | More by rgrholmes168
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a seethru gold body with one-finger white head that quickly died and left no lacing. A trace amount of caramel and roasted malts in the smell along with tea-like hop bitterness. Light-bodied and easy drinking, there are trace amounts of roasted malts along with caramel and heavier fruity hops. A rather nondescript marzen that is drying on the pallete and for some reason (I really don't give such low scores all the time) I had trouble finishing one. It just became more bitter and dry as I drank it and was not a pleasant beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 12:22:47 | More by clayrock81
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biggred1

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey blonde golden with a fluffy pock marked head that melts slowly and leaves blobs of sliding lace on the glass. Soft lemon with a big whiff of grassy euro hops and toasted grain. Tastes light and less malty than most of the style with nice mild hop bittering in the finish. This tastes more like a dortmunder lager than oktoberfest. Light medium bodied. A nice sessionable beer that seems a little light for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 23:07:15 | More by biggred1
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LittleCreature

Australia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a finger of creamy white head that reduced to a very thin layer over a deep gold body with a tinge of copper.

Smell - 4.0
A tempting, spicy aroma of sweet bready malt, herbal hops, mixed spice and slightly fruity phenols.

Taste - 3.5
Seriously tasty beer this one, although the alcohol is very noticeable, perhaps overly so. Sweet bready pale malt is balanced by lightly spicy and herbal hops, finishes quite boozy with a fruitiness akin to dried apricots.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Very smooth with warming alcohol and a low level of carbonation.

Drinkability - 3.0
Over booziness and 6.0% strength reduces sessionability, but also makes it a suitable light coloured beer for a cold climate.

OVERALL - 3.55
A decent Oktoberfest and a good beer for cold weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 10:48:41 | More by LittleCreature
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-A disturbingly light golden color. I was hoping for at least a hint of amber.

S-Light maltiness and a whiff of hops.

T-Uh, light maltiness and a whiff of hops in the finish.

M-Crisp, light, fizzy.

D-Yeah, unmemorable and unspectacular. I had two cause I was not in the mood for Yuengling Lager, which was the only other choice. Nothing wrong with the Yuengling, nothing wrong with this beer. Nothing special either though.

HV

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 17:52:49 | More by sholland119
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jujubeast6000

Texas

1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/4/2008 (Bottle @ Stag's Head):

Pours a body that is a very clear yellow color, extremely pale yellow, with a foamy white colored head, lasting-ish. Has a malty aroma, nutty almost grass-like. Malty taste, nutty, lawn-like. Some fizziness. Not very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 00:49:44 | More by jujubeast6000
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.08/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We tried this beer out at our pub. For those that have visited Munch, it's tough to find a much more recognizable noun than Hofbrau. It's easier to say and spell than the Marienplatz Glockenspiel, is it not? And it's just a few blocks away.

So I think that's part of why this beer's special. It's not the most flavorful German Oktoberfest. I'd give that nod to Spaten. But, still, it's solid. Marzen beer's don't have to be amber and caramelly. They're the brewer's idea of what should be drank during Oktoberfest. And here's Hofbrau's version.

A light-honey colored body. a decent, bright white head. Smells of barley malt with a hint of grass. Taste is smooth yet full. There are definitely some hops that hit the back of the tongue. A nice balance, indeed.

No, this is not the most flavorful Marzen around, but if I were in Germany on a hot summer day, listening to um-pa-pa bands and swaying side to side with the other people at my table, this is probably what I'd be drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 15:07:25 | More by DaveFL1976
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roadhouse

Florida

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is golden with lots of active carbonation that forms a an inch and a half white head. Sinks to a cap and leave nice lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some toastiness and grassy/herbal hops. Not very complex, but pleasant.

Taste sweet initially with a bit of toasted malt midway through with a finish that consists of some grassy, herbal hops. Basically the same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a clean and smooth touch, nice level of carbonation.

Overall, it's not the best Oktoberfest, but it's a lot better than the ratings would suggest.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 04:11:17 | More by roadhouse
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Tone

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1 inch head with decent retention and decent lacing. There's a lot of suspended particles in this brew. Smells strongly of sweet/earthy malts. A little light in color to be a common Oktoberfest. A smooth, crisp mouth feel that leaves a dryness on the tongue. Tastes of malt with a lot of yeast lager taste. There's a metallic taste as well, that is not very pleasing on the palate. Overall, not that great at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 21:55:38 | More by Tone
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