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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,140
Reviews: 511
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
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 sixerofelixir
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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..

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

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.

Photo of puboflyons
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of KTCamm
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of jsh420
2.09/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

Photo of IndolentReader
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of boss302
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of DrJay
2.1/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

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

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

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

Served on Tap into a pint glass.

Appearance - was a nice clear and golden brew with a moderately thick white head. Minimal lacing noted.

Smell - Very puristic. Mild hoppiness with a slight alcohol scent.

Taste - very faint taste of malt and hops. A lingering bitterness that mellows with a semi-sweet presence.

Mouthfeel - relatively thin in comparison to other Marzen's I have had in the past. Large amount of carbonation with a watery-feel.

Drikability - A realtively smooth, drinkable brew, however, the taste and smell are lacking. I would be willing to give it another try.

Photo of pootz
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle:

Clear Gold , big puffy bone white cap. Great lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is on mark for style: Bready and wet hay with a light sulphur must.

Front side is malty with sweet and bitter in perfect balance, herbal noble hop bite, longer finish with moderate drying light bitterness and that wonderful Munich malt breadiness and nobel hopping leave a lemon like impression.

Decent deviation to the style by a big commercial brewer. This is a rich Munich fest Helles....not a trasitional Oktoberfest marzen

Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear gold, white stark head, small bubbled disk remains after 5 minutes. Some cling lace and cascading bubbles at the rim.

S - Perfume grain and some bitter hop.

T - Hmm... Sweet, cloying, adjunct flavors fall into hops that try to corral the taste. Very simple and not my favorite.

M - Medium to thin, balance is not what I would expect. Kinda cloying in and a little nasty bitter out.

D - In a pinch, sure. I would not go out of my way to session.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a strange little curvy Hofbrau (pint?) glass.

A: Crystal clear pure golden with a big, pure white head and a little sea of rising bubbles throughout.

S: Funky, sweet, pungent skunkiness with notes of grains and corn.

T: Thankfully, it's better than the taste here. Creamy mouthfeel with whiskey grains, a corny middle and a caramel malt and floral hop finish.

D: Seems like a decent beer to get a sixer of for a ball game or something.

Value: Not great, this should be a buck or so cheaper a sixer.

Photo of textycoon
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in April....not exactly Oktoberfest season, but i guess they are making it year round now. Poured into a mug (ironically made in Germany). Less than impressive color (light golden, almost like Miller Lite). Nice frothy head with decent lacing.
Great aroma with pleasant sweet maltiness. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but very nice malt profile with a hint of sweetnes, finishing with light hoppiness. Very typical for the Oktoberfest style of beer.
Overall, my main criticism is for the average color/appearance of this beer. However, the taste and overall drinkability was quite good. Represents the style well.

Photo of bgreg3
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is obviously from the october, november months, but I don't think it should change the taste that much in 3-4 months.

App.-Very light and pilsner looking in appearance. This beer has a nice white foamy lacing.

Smell- Very basic. Light barely malt, a tad bit of hops and a little boozy smell. Not much there.

Taste- Similar to the smell. Sweet pilsner malts dominate throughout most of the drink. Hops come to balance half way through to balance. Barely noticable though.

MF- I am disapointed with a lack of carbonation. Medium mouthfeel that doesn't swim well in the mouth.

Drink- Dry finish. Very quenching. I do not think this should be an octoberfest beer but instead a summer release. It would serve me much better on the hottest of days.

My biggest issue is the price of this beer. I think it cost me about 11.99 or 12.99 (It's rare I forget how much beer costs because money is a big issure for me) I think you can get a much better 6-pack of pils or summer beers for 5 dollars less.

You can skip this one. I'll give this brewery another chance when I have the money because it seems like there could be potential.

Photo of JohnnyP3
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has no discernible freshness dating on it.

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a white head about 2 fingers in width. Head mitigates after a few minutes to a thin layer. Looks more like a pilsner than an oktoberfest. Minimal lace accumulation on the glass.

S: Primarily a malty biscuit-like smell. Some hops there too. Also has a bit of that imported scent to it.

T: Not what I was expecting for an oktoberfest. Unlike most others I have tried in this style category. Here, the sweet malts are pretty much absent. There are some malt flavors there, but tastes like this one is more hopped and perhaps balanced out more? Somewhat of a grass or straw-like taste as well. Maybe the overseas journey took a toll on this oktoberfest. Whatever the case may be, this one does not stand out in any manner, and strikes me as having more in common with a pilsner than an oktoberfest. If I squint my eyes and concentrate, I can pick up a faint sweet malt taste (honey or maybe caramel), but it seems almost like an afterthought in the overall taste.

M: Mouthfeel is fine. Smooth with good carbonation.

D: Fairly easy drinking, although the taste does not inspire me to pour another.

Photo of Long813
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dated: Best before L 210 I 08:17
From LCBO, 500ml

G: Chalice

A: Clear golden body much like a lager (adjunct at that) with two fingers of foamy white head. Poor head retention as it settles into a thin blotchy film almost instantly. Leaves moderate lacing.

S: Find it very hard to smell to much of anything here. Sweet malts, hint of citrus. Extremely weak.

T: Grainy hops and caramel malts mix together quite nice. Hints of citrus appear well after. Again quite a weak taste.

M: Medium-light body and high carbonation. The carbonation creates the typical 'sparkling or burning' down the throat while the caramel malts leave a sticky sweet feeling.

D: I was interested to try an Oktoberfest styled beer, but this does not seem to tied over with me to well. Seems like a maltier adjunct to me. None the less the alcohol is not noticeable and it is somewhat refreshing.

Photo of washburnkid
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of ivory head over a really pale translucent golden. Great retention and good lacing. Aromas are basic, with straightforward honey malt and grassy hops, rounded out with a bit of spice. Flavors are grassy and floral, a notable hop presence. Fresh and pretty delicious with all these Bavarian hop characteristics. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, meanwhile creamy and smooth. A nice brew for a hot day. Doesn't really scream "marzen" to me at all.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with plenty of large carbonation bubbles surging to the surface in tight streams. The head is dense and pure white, leaving extensive patches of glass all over the glass. Bready malts and subtle spicey hops make up the nose. The taste is very well balanced with fresh bread and cookie dough malt being kept in check by a backing of leafy, noble hops. The mouthfeel is full bodied for a pale lager, with a brisk carbonation level. The finish is straightforward with a long lasting, light bitterness.

Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, the Germans just can't get over this blonde hair thing, can they? Even their Oktoberfest beers have to look Aryan. What should be a dark gold to deep orange-red colour is actually a pale, sparkling clear yellow a la pilsner. It's also missing its characteristically solid, off-white, foamy stand. All species of vertebrates can be affected by missing melanin pigment and apparently so too can beers: this is an albino Oktoberfest.

And it smells like it's missing more than just melanin pigment - Vienna and Munich malts are nowhere to be found. There is not a trace of toast nor any reason to believe the grist was comprised of any malts darker than pale/pilsner. It is a clean lager aroma, I'll grant it that, but it's far better suited to a pilsner or Munich helles. Did they bottle the wrong thing?

Here's what I'm used to tasting from a Märzen: a distinct malty sweetness, with significant dryness, a smooth lagered texture, a definite toasted aspect and an earthy, moderate hop bitterness. Here's what I'm tasting from this: pale malts. And water. Maybe a hint of white bread. That's it. There's definitely not much flavour...

But that doesn't make it a bad beer; on the contrary it makes it a great beer (for easy, heavy consumption drinking). Its brisk carbonation, feather-light bitterness and crisp maltiness make it supremely well suited for hot, summertime weather. It may not make a great Oktoberfest but it sure as hell makes one hell of a quenching beverage!

I would love Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier if only it were labeled something else. You'd think with almost 500 years of brewing experience the Hofbräu people could get the recipe right; it isn't, after all, that complex of a style. (Note: the BJCP does explain that most domestic German examples are commonly golden and, like this, more like a Pils or Helles.)

And indeed it also lists this as a leading commercial example. Still, it's nothing like what I'm familiar with for the Märzen/Oktoberfest style (then again, who should know better, them or me?) And it's likely nothing like what most North American drinkers would be used to either. It should, however, be something they find agreeable, if not pleasant. Never mind the colour and celebrate October as if it were July or August.

Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third beer from this Brauerei for me.
ABV 6,3!
Pale gold liquid with high retentionable monolithic froth (2-finger). Pleasant hop aroma essentially overlays malt sensations. Bitter taste is moderate, low carbonation, major grain tones, decent additional bouquet. Calm pleasant mouthfeeling, you won't never say it answers its ABV, good non-typical Maerzen, recommended!

Photo of TerryW
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good looking beer. Pours a moderate head that settles to a heavy film that surrenders good lace. Crystal clear gold colour with lots of carbonation action. Classic appearance.

Nice aroma where hops overlay the malt. No real hint of the slightly higher than normal alcohol content.

Simple taste dominated by sweet malt to the point where it is almost too sweet. Finishes with slight hop bitterness, but the hops are not as present as you might figure from the aroma. Somewhat oily mouthfeel, but overall a fairly clean drinking beer.

Decent enough, but doesn't blow me away.

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