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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 95 | 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 heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poued a one finger head, straw/gold, not a lot of lacing. Nice carbonation and bubbling.

Aromas - euro-lager ish, with extra lemon zing.

Taste - again in Euro-lager territory, however, some nice citrus balances out the earthier tatses that I suspect come with the higher ABV

Mouthfeel is the highlight. Zesty carbonation bubbles away. Nice full body.

Overall, pleasant drinking.

Photo of Rifugium
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Uberstein, Chicago, IL

Pretty typical beer for this style. Poured a clear amber with a decent finger of white head. Light roasty malts on the nose, kind of weak. Generally malty flavor, light caramel and sugar, nutty, with a touch of hop bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

Photo of patra7
2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Thick white head about 1 inch, yellow/gold color. Clear.
Smell: Hops, grassy and perhaps slightly acidic.
Taste: Hoppy / bitter at first but then more malty and definitely semi-sweet. The two tastes (sweetness and bitterness… or was it acidity?) didn’t seem to complement but rather… fight each other in an “unbalanced” / weird short of way. As if both were there but without any willingness to work together
Mouthfeel: First feel, at the tip of the tongue, is rather sharp, but then it gets smoother. Overall medium body.
Drinkability: The more I got down to it the less I liked it. Maybe it had gone bad, although the expiration date was still 3-4 months away.

Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as an amber colored brew. with a fluffy head that settles down a little after a few sips. The beer to me tasted much like any other German Pilsner. I was hoping that it would have had some other more festive flavors in it but I wasn't able to get much from it. The mouthfeel was medium to light and the smell was fresh and yeasty.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap poured in a 1L stein at the Hofbrahusaus in Las Vegas and from a 12oz bottle numerous times. Pours clear light golden with lots of fine bubbles and a thick smooth creamy white head. Sweet malty aroma with some grassy noble hops. Medium sweet upfront caramel malty taste, almost like a mai-bock, followed by light grassy hops and a distinctive alcohol finish. Medium body very crisp and a bit creamy.

Photo of WesWes
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, pilsner malt scent with a hint of Munich malt sweetness. The taste is decent. It has a crisp, pilsner malt flavor with a touch of Munich malt sweetness. It's quite simplistic and lacking in depth. These is a faint bready character in the finish. It goes down easy with some prickly carbonation and a bone dry finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a forgettable Oktoberfest. It's too bland for my tastes.

Photo of Bouleboubier
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

You'd think they (HB) would be going for drinkability and not drunkability with this Marzen. The bottle wasn't old nor the quality compromised, as far as I can tell. This beer was just simply a struggle to get through.

A pale yellow-gold color (lightest of the lot) and pouring with next to no head. The smell is less than inviting - sweet, vaguely champagne fruity maltiness and potent hot fusel. Not appealing. These aromas concentrate in the flavor, with the sweetness near cloying and quite juicy. Acutely dry, stingy hot finish. Overall, a cheap, high-gravity malt liquor tone to this drink. A little more depth to the flavor than the corn-fed American malt liquors, but not much better. Disappointing.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - thin pearly cloud white head. Decient continued carbonation. Slightly apple juice amber color. Deeper than an AAL but not quite a marzen

S - weak pale malts and sadly a bit of aluminum smell despite being from a bottle. Hop and yeast not there.

T - flavor is a bit more exciting some subtle hop play comes out. The hops flash a liitle leg or maybe some cleavage but never gives away too much. Still dominate flavor is pale malt but not strong enough or sweet enough to really satisfy

M - So far the best part of this beer frothy and smooth. Pleasant.

D - pretty good smooth anytime lager. It's a shame it comes out in fall this would be so refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of bminor7
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pilsner yellow. a sudsy head that looks like soap.

s - a touch of skunky hoppiness. note, green bottle.

t - crisp flavors. light malts with that certain oktoberfest-something. not particularly flavorful, though this helps with M/D...

m - thin. not terribly carbonated, which helps.

d - easy...a 6 pack of these could be accidentally consumed. almost like drinking water, comparable to a kolsch.

Photo of Duttonic
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/06/10. On-tap at the Dancing Bear.

A- Very light copper/dark yellow, 1 finger white head, no bubbling or lacing.

S- Medium malt (not overpowering or too strong), pecan, light brown sugar.

T/M- light/medium body, creamy, smooth, rich texture.

D- Excellent. This may be arguably the best Oktoberfest I've ever had, if not it is in my top three. You won't regret trying it.

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle in a mixed 6er of Oktoberfests from Abe's Cold Beer. This is a simple, but tasty O-fest. I'd take this over Spaten any day. There's a spicy bitter finish with a hint of citrus rind. The malts are a smooth bready taste with a brown crust note. The aroma is less impressive, just a cheap, soapy sort of lager smell. Still, I'd be happy to drink a stein of this any time.

Photo of GallowsThief
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Nice light golden ale. Pours with just a small bit of a head.

S - Has just a touch of a sweet smell. Malty for sure.

T - Crisp. Has a bit of sweetness to it. It has a bit of a toasty taste as well. Quite good.

M - Light bodied. Has just a bit of carbonation to it.

D - Hell yes. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20th review on BA
Bottle poured to pint glass

App- Straw colored yellow. Very thin head that left almost instantly. Left no lacing at all.

Smell- Smells a bit skunky like all german beers do. Its hard to pick up on a lot of scents in the glass. It's very hard to discern this from a lot of other German Macro lagers.

Taste- Slightly malty and a bit yeasty all at the same time. Has a taste of bread to me. Its crisp in the first sip then gets a little bitter.

Mouth- Leaves a slight taste on the back of the tounge. Its very light with very little carbonation to speak of.

Drink- Pretty decent but not up to the standards of the other very good Oktoberfest beers that I have had.

Photo of taigor
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into .5L mug.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight hint of malts but mostly skunk, very characteristic of German beer.

T - Malts and bready yeast upfront with slight earthy tones and bitterness towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable oktoberfest beer. Would definitely recommend it.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Oktoberfest hangover is nearly over in Kitchener-Waterloo, but there is still evidence of the festival lingering around the cities. Case in point, a large stash of this Oktoberfest brew still available at pretty much every LCBO in town.

Poured into a nonic. Pale golden, with visible carbonation lasting for quite some time. A 1/2 inch head that survives quite well in the form of a ring and thin layer. Some flecks of lacing - decent retention actually. Not the robust brew I was hoping for, but it still looks just fine.

The nose is extremely mild and hard to discern. Cereals, malty sweetness, a touch of hop bitterness. Truth be told, there's not much separating this brew's nose from that of the many Eastern European macro lagers that grace the LCBO's shelves.

Surprisingly sweet and fruity, with notes of apple and pear. The sweetness is quite overpowering, but eventually diminishes to a tart, peppery hop finish. A touch of warming alcohol here. Drinkable, nothing offensive or artificial, but the sweetness is almost cloying.

Thin, watery (actually a plus for an Oktoberfest brew), but with tart, aggressive carbonation that nips at the back of the tongue.

I had this last year and wasn't that impressed with it; after a year, my tastes haven't changed much on this brew. For me, it struggles with the basic test of an Oktoberfestbier: "Would I want to drink a LOT of this in one sitting (i.e., a stein or MaB worth)?" A big no on that one - the sweetness is simply too much, and there isn't much else to distinguish this brew from other Euro lagers to make it worth my while. I can drink this, and a pint isn't bad, but marking for the style, it's not one I'd pick up again.

Photo of SkunkWorks
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at J&R's Steakhouse in Stony Brook, NY.

Look: deep golden color, but fairly light for a Marzen. One finger head that is egg shell colored and lacks retention and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: again, kind of light for a Marzen. There's some malty goodness but, I hate to say it, it has hints of an adjunct lager in there.

Taste: very malty and very sweet but not what I'd expect from a Marzen in terms of depth of toasted malts. No hints of adjunct though. Alcohol is present especially when the beer approaches room temperature.

Feel: thin and not much bitterness. Some alcohol bite towards the end. Lots of carbonation.

Drink: could probably be sessioned but this is a case of "Would I want to?" and I wouldn't.

Overall, this isn't a very good Oktoberfest. Much better examples of the style exist and I'd seek those out rather than go for this one.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden-umber hue with initially plentiful ecru froth and lace, subsiding into a nice, robust brew.

S - Sweetness is immediately apparent in the form of caramel and toffee notes, but it is quickly tempered by some continental hoppiness. Pretty straightforward for the style.

T - The taste is basically as the nose would indicate, and is generally quite nice. The toffee and caramel notes are pleasant, not overly sweet. There is also a prevalent mineral quality and some roastiness.

M - Soft mouthfeel is quite enhancing.

D - One of the better Marzen/Oktoberfest brews.

Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a small mug. The bottle has no freshness date or ABV but on the back label there is a short description of the Munich Oktoberfest and how Hofbrau Munchen (HB) is one of the breweries granted the privilege of supplying beer at the fest.

Appearance: It has a golden clear body with some carbonation and a tall bright white head on top. The head is light and soapy so it settles quickly. As I drink it does make some lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is pale and biscuity with lots of dried leafy hop notes.

Taste/Palate: Mostly I get the dry leafy hops with some very light pale biscuity maltiness with just a slight nutty character. The finish is dry with lots of leafy hop spice and mild nutty notes hanging onto the tongue of a bit.

Notes: Overall it was a nice but an average Oktoberfest beer in my opinion. For me it was a little bit of a let down since I really enjoyed their Dunkel, Hefeweizen and Hells.

Photo of jampics2
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Beer Engine.  Served in a pint glass.    

When the waitress brought me the pint, I was sure she had made some sort of mistake.  I ordered an Oktoberfest and I got a pale gold beer.  On further examination, it was evident she didn't mess up, but some would say Hofbrau did.  The beer looks nothing like just about every other beer in this style, and has just a small film of head and poor lace.  The pale, clear look had me saying aloud - "WTF"?   

The beer started to make up ground on the smell.  It has some hints of grainy malt and some floral hops, but no real toasted character.  Honestly, it's much more in line with the German Pilsner style than the Oktoberfest/Marzen style of beer. 

The taste is equally confusing - grain, floral noble hops, and a kiss of caramel in the finish.  But, like the smell, one of the biggest components is missing - there is no toast.  It's not rich either.  It's just sweet and light and really missing the mark IMO.

The beer features a lower carbonation than I would like and a medium body.  The mouthfeel is ok, but the finish is sweet and that looses point from what could have been at least one redeeming aspect of this weird bird.   So, this beer is not bad.  It's not offensive, and it's fresh and decent without the style guidelines in focus.  But, to review this properly, I have to refer to how an Oktoberfest beer should taste, smell, and look.  This just completely misses that mark.

Photo of CMW
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a half liter mug a dark yellowish/orange color with a fluffy white head. Crystal clear throughout and the carbonation can be seen floating to the top.

S - Caramel malt, caramel malt, and more caramel malt.

T - Similar to the nose in that the malt dominates as you might expect. A little bit of bread flavors and some other earthly tinges.

M - Light and crisp, just what I would expect in a marzen.

D - Extremely drinkable, this is a beer that is much better on-tap due to the lack of green bottle skunkiness.

Photo of KonigObHops
2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After enjoying Sam Adams's Oktoberfest this year, I had a craving for an old friend... Spaten Oktoberfest... but I live in Columbus, OH and it is not easy to find a good selection of imports. Anderson's had Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier so I decided to give it a try... especially since my wife and I have had a few at the actual Hofbrauhaus.

As soon as I poured the beer I knew that I was in trouble. The beer is a medium straw color with a fluffy white head.

The Oktoberfestbier smells like a pilsner. There is nothing toasted at all in there, and I should be smelling some caramel notes at this point, but I've got nothing except a slight citris smell.

The initial taste has a slightly toasted taste to it, but otherwise it is very light and pilsneresque.

The middle is slghtly heavier and not as dry as a pilsner, but there is nothing to the body that makes this beer stand out as an Oktoberfest.

The end of the beer is where I would really hope for a hevier feel and some nice caramel notes. They just aren't there. This beer starts and finishes as your standard Pilsner would.

What a shame. This beer is from the home of Oktoberfest, but it just isn't as good as the Sam Adams I had earlier in the month... and I am still craving my Spaten. I would not reccomend this beer.

Photo of ritzkiss
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml from the LCBO, felt like an oktoberfest and this is one of the few available.

Pours a slightly cloudy light golden hay color, first sign this was not your average Oktoberfest. Good head, leaves some patches of lacing.

Nose is full of grain and hint of sweetness, touch of floral hopping, touch of toasted oats.

This is pretty much just a sweeter pilsner. Sweet biscuit caramel malt with a hint of toasted O's, sweet floral and apple notes, grassy hops with an ok bite and dry finish, crisp and clean, slightly fuller body than a pils. None of the caramel toastiness I want in an oktoberfest.

Not a terrible pils, though still not great, and a rather ridiculous oktoberfest.

Photo of Kendo
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from the green bottle (foreshadowing) into a mug. Body is dark yellow/light golden with a small off-white head that disappears quickly.

S: Skunky. Some sweet malt, but mainly skunky.

T: Follows the nose - reminds me of so many other green-bottled beers in that the main taste I get is skunked beer. Some sweetness as well, though it finishes fairly clean - and skunky.

M: Just heavier than light in heft, slightly syrupy in feel.

D: Not so good. Considered a drain-pour, but I'm gonna muscle through the 11.2 oz.

Notes: I just bought this at Olivers in Albany (a single bottle, thankfully). It was out front in their "new arrival" or "seasonal" section. Looking at the code on the bottle, and given the taste, I can't help but wonder if this one was last year's edition - it says: L 139 J 08:24. . . .

Photo of Vdubb86
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a .5L Hofbräu mug
On-tap at Schnitzel Platz in Glendale Heights, IL for Oktoberfest

This beer was served a light orange color with a nice finger of white foam adorning the surface. The aromas were a nice balance of hops and malts but in all honesty it was weak on both of them and didn't really remind of any other flavors at all. The taste had that distinct Oktoberfest maltiness, but as is more traditional it had more of the bite of the hops to go along with it. It's a fairly decent representation of the style as they are serving it in Munich, but I have to think that it's so much fresher having it there. It was a rather solid brew and I could have drank a few and sang along with the Om-pa band all night.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Had on tap at the hofbrauhaus tent at Oktoberfest 2010.

Very yellow color with a medium fluffy white head that had some lacing but really off color for an Oktoberfest. The aromas were muted a bit but had a cornbread and honey like aroma. The flavors were light and crisp, but a little dull in comparison to that freshness note you get with the other marzens. Carbonation was spot on, though there was a slight alcohol bite that followed and made the beer have a dry finish. Overall, it was a good lager, but there are better example of the style especially when compared to it's German counterparts.

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.