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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,077
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 78 | 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 DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here we go, round three of the German Oktoberfest Invitational, and one that is officially part of the real German Oktoberfest in Munich. On to the beer:

The color screams more helles lager than amber O-fest. Bright straw yellow in the body, the head is thick, frothy, and continuting to hold up in my stange. The aroma is on the lgihter side. True, a littel skunk emerges, but look past that a get a little bit of sweet pale malt and fume of pineapple.

It's certainly sweeter tasting than the brand's helles, but not quite alcoholic enough to be a maibock. Slightly grassy hops mixed with a sweet pale malt. Pretty straightforward, though the green bottle makes the hops a little more rough in the beer. I would still give it a go.

Three beers down, one to go in the German Oktoberfest Invitational. See you tomorrow for the conclusion.

DoubleJ, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of Auspice
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green glass into my SA Perfect Pint glass with a finger and a half head and a clear very light golden color. Much lighter than expected from an Oktoberfest/Marzen to be sure.

A strong lemony/grassy hop aroma pervades the nose reminding me more of a pilsner beer than an Oktoberfest. Am I going to be extremely disappointed here?

Strangely enough the first taste is very familiar; malty sweetness and biscuit flavors I've come to expect in an Oktoberfest but definitely getting a strong Euro Lager feel from it too with the lemony hops. The body is medium to slightly thin with slight carbonation.

Totally not what I'm used to in an Oktoberfest lager but pleasant nonetheless.

Auspice, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much paler than normal for the style. Very bad sign to begin with.

Is that slight skunk or is that hops I'm smelling? I'm going with hops.

Taste is clean. Not much caramel notes to speak of. Slight amount of butter. Almost like a "Munich lager" than an Oktoberfest.

Personally, I would take a pass with this and try out other offerings.

GeoffFromSJ, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a green 11.2 ounce bottle with a copper colored cap. This one is a lighter style than most Oktoberfests, brewed to be consumed in the tents in Munich, similar to Warsteiner's Oktoberfest in color.

Pours gold with the slightest hint of orange and a soapy looking 2 finger head. The head dissipates rather quickly, not the finest looking head. The body looks stunning and crystal clear though.

Hints of Original Hofbrau dot the nose along with a nice Oktoberfest biscuity, nutty malt scent. The hops are a bit more prevalent in this Oktoberfest than most. No hints of skunkage, I'm confident this bottle is about as fresh as they get.

The taste is a lot like the regular Hofbrau with that nice hop bite but with nuttier malts. If you blindfolded me I could have easily guessed this as a Hofbrau product. It isn't the dark Oktoberfest style Americans have come to know, but it holds its own in the field of beers consumed during Oktoberfest.

It is a lot like regular Hofbrau, if you like that you will like this, if you are a fan of darker Okroberfests you might want to wait on it.

crossovert, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Schnitzel Platz - Glendale Heights, IL. Served in a giants-sized 2.0 liter boot. Poured pale gold in color with a tall, frothy white head. Aromas were sweet with some bread and caramel hints. Tastes were rather weak for the style - probably sacrificed flavor for drinkability here - some bready malt, slight caramel, little hops. It was worth it to say I've drank out of a giant boot, but this beer was lacking character.

barnzy78, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has "euro pale lager" written all over it. I don't know how they can call it an oktoberfest: it pours a straw gold with a tiny white head that smells of honey sweetness. Taste is also honeylike with a light lemony hop. I'm a big fan of Hofbrau's maibock but this beer is ordinary and unexciting in every regard.

droomyster, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear, brassy golden color. The ivory head is very tall, dense, and foamy. Retention is impressive, with some above average lacing.

S: Faintly skunky, with grainy Euro lager malt up front. Hops are herbal, spicy, and vegetal.

T: Pale malt up front. Sweetness is low. Musty, herbal noble hop flavor is definitely present. Unfortunately, there's a bit of skunkiness a la Heineken and other Euro lagers. A bit of lingering alcohol...odd and somewhat unwelcome for such a pale lager.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is soft. Somewhat astringent into the finish.

D: This is a lackluster Oktoberfest. Pale, grainy, skunky...too bad. Lacks character and drinkability. Not really worth seeking out, unless you're a huge fan of the style. So many better examples out there.

Clydesdale, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Beer is light and golden color, not what i expected for an octoberfest. The smell is lightly hoppy and grainy. The taste is quite refreshing, hops, yeast, some maltyness. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. This is not what i expected from an octoberfest beer but i was still quite satisfied.

FrothyBeverage, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of emsroth
4.35/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

App: Light gold. White frothy head with a thick lace.

Smell: Slightly sweet with hints of grassy, euro hops

Taste: Sweet malt upfront greeted with a rush of bitterness that I love about the marzen style. Not many brewers make them bitter enough.

Light-medium body with crisp, perfect carbonation.

This beer really is not a marzen. This tastes like they took a helles and messed up the labels. It is an amazing beer, but falls flat in the realm of the marzen.

Re-review after reading Brewer's Association guideline for German-Style Octoberfest/wiesen. Changed taste from 2 to 5 an app from 2 to 4. 9/22/09

emsroth, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very transparent slightly-amber color with a small white head. The smell has some caramel and roasted malt with a tinge of European hops. The taste is somewhat malty and there are some faded pilsner-type hops. Mouthfeel is quite light without much going on. Low carbonation. Drinkability is quite low--too thin of a mouthfeel without much taste.

Thorpe429, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a clear golden color. Decent head and carbonation.

S - Grassy with hints of citrus.

T - Slightly sweet and bready up front. Definite hints of grass and citrus. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.

MF&D - Crisp and easy to drink. Not bad, just not what I had expected from something labled Oktoberfest. More like a quality European lager (without the skunkiness). Reminded me of Sam Smiths Pure Brewed lager.

nasty15108, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, straw yellow body permeated with tiny bubbles flowing up to a one-inch creamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is softly toasted malt with a nice hay hop aroma. Upfront, you get toasted malt and a hint of honey sweetness. The finish is dry and hoppy with big hay notes. Love the grassy hops. Medium bodied with a brisk crispness. Excellent balance.

I have been drinking a ton of lagers recently looking for the perfect go-to session beer for my palate. So far, this is the closest I have come. Love the hops on this one. Grassy, but not skunky. Refreshing, but not dull. I will be drinking a TON of this.

This is unlike any other beer calling itself an Octoberfest. Others seem to use Vienna or Munich malts leading to a darker color, and more caramel malt sweetness. I am told that is because other Octoberfests became darker and maltier to adapt to the American palate, while HB has stayed true to style with a more traditional recipe. Don't know if this is true, but I do know I really like this beer, Octoberfest or not.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of kels
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest continues! This one seemed to have an obvious spot in the lineup. Review on the bottle poured into my pint.

Appearance: This is a marzen? Pours a deceptively light straw yellow with a short, foamy white head, looking just like an American lager. Completely clear with lots of CO2 bubbles and very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very crisp with hints of toasty, crunchy grain and a very light, slightly floral hop note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Despite the light look of this beer, the taste is definitely of a marzen. It's not terribly special, but it hits the spot and generally meets expectations. The hearty, bready grains definitely make up most of the profile, and there's an ever so slight caramelly sweetness from the malt. The hops sneak in only slightly, as to be expected, and are light and floral. Feel is well carbonated and refreshing.

Drinkability: All day...that's really all I need to say. Might not be the most popular style on BA, but definitely good this time of year.

kels, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's octoberfest season so many of the local beer bars have Octoberfest beers. One of my favorites, House of Brews on West 51st Street in Manhattan, had a list of octoberfest beer and food options. Of course I had to get a litre of HB Oktoberfest for lunch.

This was so heffeweisen like i had to ask and make sure it wasn't one. It had a slightly blurry color and a somewhat esthery aroma and flavor. In general a very good beer and a great seasonal drink, especially in the early, warmer octoberfest season.

david18, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of babaracas
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color, fast fading one finger white head, not much lacing to speak of. Smell: import character, lightly toasted, grainy. Taste: sweetish pale malts, lightly buttery cracker, white grape, grainy, grassy/spicy. Not what I'm looking for in an ofest. The import character hurts here more than in a "sturdier" imported ofest such as Spaten.

babaracas, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
2.63/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured light golden color, not what I think of when I think oktoberfest. white 2 finger white head. A= skunky smell as soon as i opened the bottle, so a big skunk smell in the nose with some toasted malt hiding in there somewhere. T= again it has a skunky taste, but not nearly as offensive as it was in the nose. Get a malt flavor up front, but this is not real sweet, taste like some faint nobel hops in there as well, but not really noticeable. doesnt have that oktoberfest flavor profile through really, it taste more like a euro lager. mouthfeel is pretty good however, with a nice medium feel.

Overall, this is just okay as a beer, but not really in the same category as really good oktoberfests. In a blind taste test, i dont even know that i would have even guessed it was an oktoberfest to be honest.

webbcreative, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow color. A small white cap of foam forms with light spotty lace.
S: Clean, sweet malt, and grain. Dry crackers. Nothing else really.
T: Again, sweet malt with cereal and grain. No depth of flavor, but nothing that is really bad.
M/D: A light body with medium carbonation. Not hard to drink, though I don't think I would make a session of this.

Average in every way. Nothing bad, but uninspired. Not the worst think in the world. Though I would seek this out again.

champ103, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of JMD
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with small white head that fades quickly.

S: Very light aroma of sweet malt, and a hint of spice. Light fruity notes as well.

T: Sweet and fruity. Light malt upfront with hints of fresh apple. Very grainy as well. Some mild spice and very light touch of hops. Flavor is not bad, just very mild.

M: Very light bodied, with ample carbonation.

D: This Oktoberfest is a little dissapointing. Not much flavor or character. There are far better Marzens out there

JMD, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Brenden
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing about this beer is the appearance. A big, thick mass of a head looks like bubble bath and has good retention. It fades after a time, leaving some lacing that's respectable, though thinner and less voluminous than I'd expect from the head. The color is a very clear dark yellow.
I've never had one of there and not gotten a skunky aroma. Grains form the back with a weak malt.
The outright flavor is grains, pretty crisp and clean, but the skunk remains. There's a light malt presence and minimal hops.
The body is on the light side of medium. There's a nip of crispness, but otherwise no real impression in the mouthfeel. Pretty tame.

Brenden, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of steveh
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottling. Definitely toward the Wies'n Fest style of Oktoberfest, but I already had a couple earlier in the week and was a little disappointed in the character -- so here's notes on a direct focus for review.

A -- Clear, pale straw gold color with a dense white head that holds well.

S -- Eek. Can smell some skunk at arm's length -- green bottle trouble. The skunk dissipated with the vigorous pour, but there's only some vague breadiness and hop spiciness coming through, maybe a hint of alcohol -- but it's more fusel or solvent than we'd like. Though it's light. Mild DMS with warming.

T -- Light, bready malt character up front that fades into the quickest hop note then the bread lingers and a mild touch of citrus. Not really rich in flavor as would be expected -- more Helles in character than a Festbier -- which isn't bad, just not what to expect from the label.

M -- Light body with a soft mouthfeel that turns very dry in the finish. Not impressed to style.

D -- Drinkability is definitely good, for a Munich Helles. Just a little disappointed in the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus on this one. I had a draft version at a bar that I thought was a little richer in flavor, but didn't take notes. I wonder if H-B pasteurizes their bottles, but not their kegs?

steveh, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tyrolean Inn in Ben Lomond. Poured into a cool Hofbrau dimpled mug. Orangey gold color with a nice fluffy white head. Aroma is cereal grains, tangy malt, and a bit of grassy hop character. Flavor is similar, grainy with an almost citric tanginess to it. Mineral finish, somewhat watery. Really easy to drink.

illidurit, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of charliedango
2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know how this beer maintains a B+ average. This isn't a Märzen, it's just a lager. I guess this is the kind of Oktoberfest beer a Heineken drinker would consider a seasonal brew, but for the avid drinker this isn't the type of Märzen one expects. I don't recommend this beer for Oktoberfest, but it's not a bad beer by any means.

charliedango, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Darkhorse09
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden color with a large, foamy white head. Big portions of lace left behind on the glass.

Has a strong bitter hop smell, with the usual marzen malts in as well. Not floral at all. crisp, tight nose.

Nice munich malts backed by an averqage bitterness. Not bitter enough however. It really doesnt taste much like a marzen. Fresh and crisp, I would drink this on a hot day, but it misses the mark for the style.

MJust a tad overcarbonated. Light body.

Quite drinkable. But nothing really to get excited about.

Darkhorse09, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of jpkoch1962
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is no Oktoberfest Bier. It pours a straw yellow with a quick disappearing head. The aroma was a mix of flowery hops, some dry crackers and a bit of toffee. The body was thin with little mouth feel. The tast was the same as the body, thin, slightly sweet with just a tinge of dry bitterness at the end. This so-called Oktoberfest Bier was, in other words, just a normal Industrial Euro-Lager with an Oktoberfest label.

jpkoch1962, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of hops4me
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

hops4me, Sep 13, 2009
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,077 ratings.