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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 88 | 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 FreshHawk
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
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
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of ecoastman
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an easy drinking refreshing beer - surprising for 6% ABV. However, there was something in the aroma that turned me off a bit. I'm not sure how old the bottle was but I'm hoping it was meant for Oktoberfest 2009. This is more of an average Euro lager than a traditional Oktoberfest style.

It poured a clear yellow straw and gave a big pillowy head. As it receded it left some nice lacing on the sides of the stein and left a consistant surface layer from the good carbonation.

The smell was like a typical lager with some sweeter malt and honey. Unfortunately, there's a corny/peanut character that I wasn't fond about.

The beer goes down smooth enough with a little slickness to give it a nice mouthfeel. It's refreshing and there is no courseness from the alcohol level.

The taste is more prominent in the sweet malt but is balanced enough with hops but low bitterness. There's also a little diacetyl butteriness.

I might try again in case the aroma was not typical. Otherwise a fine summer biergarten session beer - just don't let the 6% add up too fast...

Post review note - looks like the aroma can be a common trait. I'll probably skip this beer in the future

Photo of strictly4DK
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle poured into a hefewiezen glass.

A - Pours a clear straw color, 1 finger fizzy head from a vigorous pour. Small amount of lacing and a collar of retention. Constant stream of carbonation bubbles.

S - Hints of light caramel, sweet spice, malted barley. Rounded out with some floral hops, very faint. About half way through the glass, a few swirls brought out some fruit esters.

T - Dominant flavor is soft caramel with some sweet honey. A little on the sweeter side of this style. Not too much else here besides some malted barley which tastes a little out of place and light floral hops.

M - Quite thin even for the style but the carbonation is spot on. Creamy up front and slightly biting at the end. Caramel lingers on the palate.

D - Nothing mind blowing here but pleasant throughout. Slightly exceeded my expectations then again I half assumed it would be skunked because of the green bottle.

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

Labeled as Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier 6.3%ABV
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear deep golden colour with a big bubbly foamy head. The foam slowly reduced to a thin cap and some lacing.

S - Sweet at first with some fruity, spicy and floral aromas. As it warms up, citrus notes become more prominent.

T - Sweet malts upfront with a light caramel and honey profile. It's followed by a tangy fruity sourness with a light bitter hop finish. There's also a bit of a spicy note throughout. Surprisingly, I can't really taste the alcohol.

M - Sticky, tangy, bubbly with a crisp finish.

D - It's very drinkable.

I'm usually not a big fan of stronger Lagers but I like this one quite a bit.

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

Had on tap at the Hahndorf Inn, South Australia.

Pours a pale golden colour with steady stream of bead. Nice foamy white head with medium bubbles, sinks quite quickly, leaving a thin crown and some nice webs of creamy lace behind. Impressive looking lager.

Very fresh blend of some slightly bready, biscuity malts on the nose with some light grassy hops and a slight lemongrass zing to it. Slightly tangy, mostly sweet. Good marzen smell, very celebratory.

Taste is quite tangy as well, with a nice complex palate profile. Hints of lemon, parsley and raspberry throughout with some figs coming through on the mid. Slight bready character comes through late but not cloying. Finish is a little too sweet, would like a little more hop character. There is a slight rounded tartness at the end but not too much finish, really. Nice but a bit lacking.

Has a good slippery feel. Kind of slick is probably a better word. Thin, but pleasant. Good tingle.

Very drinkable beer. Mild and pleasant lager.

Photo of bunnyhustle
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer but amazingly boring. Wasn't fond of the appearance, very pale orange, fizzy head, no retention or lacing. Very macro-like. Smell was ok, dry malt, grain, nothing outstanding. Taste was about the same. Kinda macro-like. Grain, dry malt, straw, just kinda bland. Mouthfeel was light and somewhat crisp. Overall fine, just not memorable.

Photo of Nezzy
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: wheat colored with mixes of gold and yellow while looking very carbonated. White foamy head at a decent size and little to no lacing.

Smell: Not going to lie, it reminded me of cheap beers that have a distinctive smell to them. But that was only upfront and then when you smell it more its sweet and hoppy.

Taste: Surprising. Much more hoppy then I expected it to be and more flavorful then a traditional oktoberfest. Good body to it and just a nice refreshing beer.

Mouthfeel: Decent amount of carbonation and very light feel to it.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer and considering its meant to be had in quality it fits the role. Decent beer overall.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber rock color almost like a liquid gemstone. With a thick 2 inch marshmallow like head that disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing on the glass. Sweet almost straight from the honey comb and golden fields of wheat aroma with faint spice but not overwhelming. Again refreshingly sweet with a balance of complementary spice and honey overtone. A malty and nutty nature make this a well balanced pick for your fall season. Mouthfeel feel is very light making this very easy to drink and refreshing. After drinking one it would be essential to reach for another to flush down some late fall pork with crackling BBQ.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Paid $1.33 for a 12oz bottle from Festival Foods in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

Large head of about two inches after a standard pour. Head is white in color and consistent of very large bubbles. Nice rising carbonation bubbles. Transparent golden straw in color which I thought seemed very light for a beer deemed an Oktoberfest. Excellent half inch of fizzy retention. Good lacing.

Upon pouring, the immediate area is engulfed in classic German beer aromas. Leafy, citrus hops dominating the nose with clean, pale malts helping to balance. Some bready hints as well. Still confused as to how this is considered an Oktoberfest, but it has a pleasant aroma nonetheless.

Taste is similar to smell in all aspects.

Excellent mouthfeel. Medium body with a welcomed thick creaminess to it. Even a bit crisp, with a medium length finish.

I'm really starting to enjoy the subtle complexities of these staple Germans. Still am rather confused as to how this is an Oktoberfest though, so my review is as if this was a standard German Lager.

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
79 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.