Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 512
Hads: 1,162
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 10.48%
Wants: 21
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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 liamt07
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before June 20, 2013.

Orange body, white head with moderate retention and some webbed lacing. Nose has various cereals, toasty grains, light veggie and some drying malt and mineral character. Taste has sweet malts, light caramel, more toasty cereals and some veg. Good bit of hop bitterness, but too much for my liking. Medium feel, higher med carbonation. Probably won't revisit this. (433 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore at their German beerfest. Served in a big ass liter stein.

a - Pours a dark amber-brown color with one fniger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, grains, bready malts, burnt malts, light caramel malts, and some light nuts. Super malty, just as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, bready malts, light dark fruit, and light toffee/caramel. A little bit better than the nose, but again, super malty.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. A little bit thicker and the body would be great. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very solid Oktoberfest beer, if that is what you are looking for. Nothing that outstanding about it, but it's a good, solid made Oktoberfest beer. Looks like people have had big problems with bottles of it but it was fine on tap; not skunky at all. If you're looking for an easy drinking Oktoberfest beer worth checking out, though I liked their Dunkel a lot more. (1,052 characters)

Photo of Axismundi
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a half liter of this on tap at Schnitzel Platz - a nice German restaurant in the Chicagoland area. I've had this one a long time ago, before I really learned to enjoy beer and thought it was wickedly bitter. It's been 6 years since that time and I really enjoyed it this time around - quite a surprise.
A - Came with a thick frothy head, almost aproaching the consistency of shaving cream, lol. Quite clear yellow gold color.

S- Pretty general german beer smell, you know that that this is an old school german beer, nothing experimental or extreme here, just the smell of good quality german beer.

T - Crisp, refreshing, well-balanced. The moderately bitter hops and the sweeter malts of oktoberfest come at you all at once, and the alcohol is very faintly perceivable. A very classic, agreeable taste (if you like beer)

M- Perfectly carbonated for this style. Moderately high, but seems very well suited for it. Seems to break up the heavier grain bill of the oktoberfest style.

Overall - 4.5- 5. Refreshing, clean, yummy and satisfying. Don't miss out on this one ON-TAP. Don't seek out the bottles. They're green and skunk too easily. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with several billowy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with nearly 2 rich fingers of froth, which rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is fresh in the nose with notes of must, spice and a touch of crisp citrus. A light sweet graininess just hangs on the edges.

The taste is crisp up front with spice and citrus, which gives way to flush of sweetness along the middle portion of the profile. Thankfully more hops swoop in before this gets overly cloying finishing things this dry and lightly spicy and bitter on the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up front, more of a bubbly creaminess in the middle and then more crispness on the tongue before it goes down. You do feel that 6% just a bit, with a touch of lingering warmth on the end of each swallow.

The alcohol and sweetness in the middle of the flavor profile were the main distractions here but there was enough Noble hop character to mostly keep this crisp and drinkable. This was decent but I think there are some better imported examples of the style out there. (1,142 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. green bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Pretty grainy. Bready and moderately toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, cereal grains, hay, grass, and crackers. Decent amount of noble hops add a little spice. Has a moderate skunked scent from the green bottle. Decent smell overall.

Taste: Has that bready, caramel driven taste typical of Marzens. Toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and crackers. Notes of grass, hay, and husk. Decent earthy hop presence with some spicy noble hops. A little bit of skunk lingers throughout.

Mouthfeel: Body on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is moderate. Crisp and pretty smooth.

Overall: A decent tasting Marzen, but its held back by the skunking from the green bottle. I would be interested to see how this tastes from the tap. (1,031 characters)

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

11.2oz green bottle served in a pilsner glass. Batch/date stamp L165L 09:56

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. 1/8" persistent white head. Some lacing hear and there, mostly small islands.

Smell: Malt, German noble hops.

Taste: Simple malt, a hint of honey and apple, nice solid hop bitter finish which is crisp at the end. Spicy noble hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good and lively carbonation, nice thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: A simple beer, but very solidly put together such that all the simplicity equals one very drinkable beer. I had this at the Dayton German Fest earlier this year and again now, and in both cases I could easily knock back another, and I would not mind doing so. Not a rich in flavor Marzen, nor is it my favorite as I think the malt is a bit on the weak side - but - it works as a good beer. If I cannot get some of my other favorites, I think I'll look to this one as my backup for large amounts with pork and other typical German Oktoberfest favorites. (999 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from V&B and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : clear yellow color, with white foamy head.
Smell : grass and malty araomas.
Taste & mouthfeel : grassy and light toasted malt flavors, and hoppy finish.
Drinkabililty : an average beer in the German style Oktoberfest. (291 characters)

Photo of jak3676
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hofbräu - Oktoberfest

Brewed and bottled in Munich, Germany. This is another one I've dranken by the barrel over the years. But unlike the Weihenstephaner, I'm dissapointed in this one - at least the first 6-pack I picked up this year. I'm still trying to figure out if it's intentional, or if my beer went skunk - either way, it was suprisingly bitter. It had the very hoppy bitterness that I always dislike in an IPA. My Dad was over last weekend and he commented that this one had the "typical Hofbräu Hause bitter hops taste too. Maybe it's more of an aquired taste? I've been to the actual Hofbräu Hause in Munich probably a dozen times and I've always loved the beer, so I'm not sure what's up here. I will say that poping a few more later in the evening seemed to get much better. Maybe I was letting them breathe more, or maybe the 6.3% ABV was starting to kick in. Maybe it's intentionally bitter to hide the high ABV and I just never noticed before?

This was another crystal clear, blondish-yellow beer. I'm going to try to have to dig up some more of my old pics from Germany, because I remember these being much darker in color too. There are some numbers stamped on the label, but nothing I can discern as a date. In any case I think I'll be passing on this one until I can find my way back to Germany again. (1,328 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P:  Crystal clear golden body with steaming effervescence and a small thin layer of fading white head. 

S:  As expected the nose is full of skunky aroma but does still have faint notes of toasted caramel, canned dog food, subtle spicy hops. 

T/M:  Prickly medium body that follows the nose but the flavors are more toasted malts and powdery yeast rather than the overpowering skunk funk in the nose.  Sour apples, and citrus bitterness to compliment the sweet caramel and malt base. Finish is semi dry and clean that lingers apple peels and citrus bitterness.  Subtle lactic acid tartness shows up once warmed. 

O:  The smell was pretty awful and I was expecting to hate this buy it turned out the taste was much better than the nose. The flavors worked well together and the mouthfeel was pretty good.  (816 characters)

Photo of tophers
2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Green bottle...can't wait. Hoping it wasn't sunked, but alas no such luck. Moderate amount of skunkiness in the aroma with some malt background. The skunkiness came over in the flavor too. Would like to try this from the tap in Germany as I think it would be a really great beer if it was packaged better. (305 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear medium golden color with a huge thick white head. The head has fantastic retention, eventually fading to give a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – While it looked fantastic, it was not the best smelling. A strong skunky aroma was mixed with some malt, lemon and slightly sweet smell.

Taste – The taste begins of some caramel sweetness with a strong malty backbone. These flavors last the entire of the taste and mix with some lighter citrus flavors as well as a light hop bitterness that comes to the tongue more toward the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness/creaminess with a slightly higher than average carbonation level. The carbonation is actually quite good for the style and makes for one very refreshing feel.

Overall – Nothing too special here. They should ditch the green bottle to get rid of some of the skunky nose. While rather easy drinking, there are definitely better ones out there. (1,038 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.77/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into Weizen

Two finger fast reducing off-white head, dark gold in color, just a little cloudy and pale than what I was expecting.

Smells: Wet grain, slight skunk, and malt

Taste: Grassy, malt, bread, and boozy finish

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but not too watery.

I am liking these oktoberfest beers. I cannot wait to try more.
My fiancee and I loved it! (383 characters)

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

A: The beer is golden colored with a pale white head at about one finger's height. The head is creamy and leaves some nice lacings after it dissolves.

S: It smells of white bread, toasted malts, some spicy hops and some grassy tones.

T: The taste has typical German hops in it. The toasted malt is dominant at the end. I also noticed the alcohol.

O: Somewhat oily in texture. Medium body with medium to strong carbonation.

O: A nice Oktoberfest beer. (454 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pretty pale in color. Bright gold beer with a sliver of white head that quickly dissipated. Pretty much looks like a light lager.

Pilsner malts with a light toast. Not as amped-up in the malt department as it should be. Slight earthy skunk. Grassy hops aren't particularly overwhelmed, which is a nice change of pace.

Musty grains, simple dose of bitterness, tart apple skin, grassy hops, and light metallic note. Perhaps, slightly skunked. Tasty in a 'dry and brisk and very slightly fruity and very slightly toasty' kind of way. Still, it's not fully-realized.

Thin, but not watery. Spicy effect of carbonation, especially around the gums. A so-so mouthfeel, overall.

I still like it for what it is; a paler and hoppier Oktoberfest without that generous toast character to the grain. Not a top-notch German example, however. Still passable, and very drinkable. (907 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a half inch thick, creamy white head. Dissipates after a minute and leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Caramel, toasted malts, some spices, grains, and bread.

Taste - Toasted malts up front, a little bit of caramel, grains and bread, some spices I can't really point out, and leaves a strong bitter and floral aftertaste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This beer isn't bad. Although I'm not too fond of floral flavors. (502 characters)

Photo of MNJR
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 5 liter mini-keg for $10.99 so I'm not complaining too much. Good beer, not exceptional but solid. Pretty thin appearance for a fest beer - gold like a lager. Smells of caramel mostly and a bit toasty, cookie dough, malty, spicy. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, slight hops, alcohol is hardly noteceable, even though 6.3 is relatively strong. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a spiky finish. This is treating me right. I don't get any off flavors. Not the best Oktoberfest ever made, but in the class of very good beer. (531 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours gold. Head is decently large. Leaves mild lacing. Pours mostly clear too.

S-German hops. Some skunkiness. Malt balances out the hops and the skunk. Lightly watery but there isn't much of an alcohol presence.

T-Spicy and German hoppy. Slight metallic twang along with a bit of skunk too. The negative aforementioned flavors are minimal though. Finishes malty and pretty crisp.

M-Lighter side of medium body. Alcohol masked well. Plenty of carbonation. Sessionable feel.

O/D-Pretty easy drinking Oktoberfest. Had it a bit out of date but this isn't a hop bomb so I don't think the flavor degraded much. Pretty mild; the skunk/metallic taste is off-putting but it is very minimal. Had a single, and that was enough. (724 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen glass

A - Pours a pale Golden colour with a tight White head the reduces to a film

S - Aromas of small hops not much else

T - Hops come thorugh with some metallic flavours
has the Marzen like flavour.

M - Medium carbonation and carbonation.

O - A drinkable beer without being spectacular. (323 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a mini-draft Keg. Not sure if that counts as a "draft" "Cask" or "Can" But anyway, here goes..

A: A slightly dirty yellow in color. Plenty thick white head on top.

S: There is a nice malty and bready smell right off the bat. Behind that there is a very sweet smell that I can’t quite put my finger on. Possibly a pancakes and syrup thing.

T: There is a toast flavor at first. There is a slight herbal note in the finish, as well as a hint of spice. The finish is more toasty malt.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation is quite active.

O: Overall a decent beer, tasty but nothing remarkably striking about it. (634 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer exits the 11.2 ounce green bottle a crystal clear golden color with a towering cap of white foam above. The aroma is mainly consists of bready notes with some husky grains mixed in. Lots of lightly toasted malt on the palate. The barley is clean and thorough. A touch of grassy hops at the end rounds it out. A fine beer, nothing outstanding, but nothing particularly to complain about either. (402 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to a tulip.

Appearance: Well serves a transparent gold with a thick 1/2" white head.

Smell: Smells of dry hops, nothing that will overwhelm you though. Comes and leaves as quick as you inhale it.

Taste: Hofbrau makes up for it in this portion. "HBO" comes off extremely creamy and super and I do mean super smooth. Taste is truly impossibly to hate regardless of the occasion. It has everything to offer stickiness, texture, and believe me satisfaction.

Mouth: Medium carbonation which mat come off heavy to some drinkers but easy to swallow. Definitely designed to be a every person's beer, with flavor intact and the appearance of sweet hops.

Overall: My second favorite "Marzen", sure there are alot out there, but HB has given me a true beer with absolutely no hassles. Drinks smooth they way it should be, not debatable, and incredible taste to comfort the soul. Take it with love and cheers to all! (921 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow straw with a big head reducing to thin one after a couple minutes.

Lager malts, bread, honey and mild hops aroma. Some hints off nuts and overall sweetness.

Sweet malts to kick things off with followed by a little grain, some grassy hops and a hint of alcohol right at the very end. The finish is sticky and has a touch of bitterness.

Crisp and light bodied with a touch of bitterness and alcohol at the end although it isn't anything particularly special.

This one was a fairly enjoyable beer although it didn't exactly blow me away. It struck me as being a lot like a strong lager but no in a bad way. I enjoyed the simplicity of this one, it was a nice beer & a good introduction to the style.

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Photo of scootny
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The octoberfest stash is in need of attention along with my pumpkin ale as we move into the holiday ale season. With that a review of the last of this years batch. A pale golden fluid with a soft fluffy white head. Some lacing left after a gentle fade. Smell is toasted sweet and malty. Some light spiciness in the hops as well. Taste is caramel malt, mildly sweet with a good toasted breadiness. Clean hop bitterness in the finish has muted Sazz notes and light peppery zing. Alcohol is hidden at first but as it warms it gives notice. Feel is medium light crisp and refreshing. A decent thirst quencher. This goes down well and drinks like a session lager when cold but the abv is a little high so be careful. The thing is this is more like a malty pilsner than a marzen so a nice beer but not quite what I was expecting style wise.. (835 characters)

Photo of KenC
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle code: L 147 K 07:34

A: Gold, pure and crystal clear. One finger of head, it lasted just a minute. Zero lacing.

S: Bread malt, plain and simple. Very much as expected.

T: Very even, almost flat toasted malt/bread taste. The higher than most Marzen ABV can’t be detected, which is a big plus. Just the right little hop tang at the finish.

M: Very thin with no/low carbonation. Again, it is much as expected per style.

O: Very drinkable, but not really noteworthy either. (483 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap over at my friend and work collegue's place last weekend and one of my peeps brought me a sixer of this last night at a Halloween party that I hosted. Needless to say, I'm familiar with this beer.

I poured this into my "Dick's Last Resort", 24 oz. beer glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, soft golden color, without a big bubble content visually, and the head was about a 1/2 finger, which stuck around for a while.

S: Fresh baked bread.... of the cracked wheat variety. Not much sweetness except for the natural one found in bread.

T: Not syrupy (that would be blasphemy in the Marzen world!), but it was more sugar concentrated than I like for this style. The German malts present had sort of a "blah" character to them.

M: Very low carbonation. Actually, if I had a force carbonater in my possession, I'd gladly carbonated this one manually. That might turn this one into a world-class beer. The lacing was splotchy.

O: Neither offending nor very pleasing. I like this one okay. (1,003 characters)

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 512 ratings.