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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
78
okay

914 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 914
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15.88%
Wants: 14
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

This one pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of head that falls to nothing. The nose is initially skunky like a heineken. The nose clears to be a bit grassy and sweet caramel. The flavor is definately grassy with a caramel tone that comes through late. The feel is just a bit thin. Drinkability is also just okay. probably the worst O-fest I've had his year, but give it a try, you may like it.

10-25-2004 01:51:53 | More by kmpitz2
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smcolw

Massachusetts

1.63/5  rDev -52.1%

Very light straw color; crystal clear. A little too light for my expectations. Very impressive white head. Also, it leaves nice lace on the glass.

Aw, nuts, this beer has skunked. (Rant ahead) Why do beer companies put beers (especially exports to USA) in green bottles? I took a chance knowing that it was a new offering, but still it is ruined.

The taste reflects the skunking. Sorry guys, you deserve this score. I'll give it a shot, anyway. I'm surprised to see that this is an ale, which is not true to style. I'm pleased to report that it does have a crisp mouthfeel with a full body. It has some hops and I'm sure when it was fresh that it was more pronounce.

Unfortunately, under it's current state, it's really undrinkable.

10-16-2004 23:26:32 | More by smcolw
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

12oz green bottle. No freshness date on bottle.
It pours a light gold color with a medium-sized snow-white head and some sheets of sliding lace.
The aroma is mild. There's a light smell of sweet malt and an ever so faint smell of over- ripe fruit.
It's not very malty for the style, although this brew is slightly heavier than the HB lager. A taste of bread dough and a mild herbal quality add a rounded flavor and mouthfeel.
A Euro-hop metallic tang and weak citrus bitterness are more upfront than is normally expected for the style.
Not a bad brew, just a different, less malt-driven, slightly more alcoholic presentation of the style.

10-13-2004 23:22:20 | More by BeerResearcher
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texashammer

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

Sorry, I just can't get into this. First of all, this beer is colored like a pilsner: light straw yellow. Good head, but I am unimpressed by this un-oktoberfest color. Smells like an unpleasant pilsner at first (mass produced, yuck). At this point I am very disappointed in Hofbrau. However, as it warms, there is some citrus and even a little spice on the nose (cloves?), so I am pleased that there is something interesting going on. Tastes better than it smells, with the smooth citrus, cloves, and at the end, honey. Mouthfeel is quite pleasant, smooth, easy. However, I can't get into this as an oktoberfest. Certainly does not fit the style.

10-13-2004 20:16:13 | More by texashammer
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thegiggy86

New York

3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

I just had this beer over at Shaefer's Bar and grill over in Staten Island New York. They had an advertisement for the beer on the table, so I decided to give it a shot.

Appearance: The beer had a very attractive golden color. Very inviting. Small head on top.

Smell: I'm not an expert, but the beer smelled fresh.

Taste: Not too strong, not too light. Just right.

Mouthfeel: Good, crisp.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability. I had a few.

10-09-2004 22:40:02 | More by thegiggy86
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -2.9%

Green bottle: boo, hiss. Alright, now on to the beer.

Pours a bright yellow-gold. Yes, yellow-gold. I thought I opened the bottle of Helles that was next to it in the fridge, but no, this is the Oktoberfest. It's actually far more yellow than the helles. Billowing white head, nice and soft, whip cream above the glass. Good lacing. This would make a damn fine good looking helles. It is a hell of an odd looking O'fest. I'm scoring it a 3 based on my confusion.

Nose is heavy on fresh mowed grass, with a hint of hops lurking about the edges.

Inviting soft malty overture. Solid, not overly sweet. But not deep, no chocolate-like leanings. Late arriving hops sneak into the back of the theatre. They balance the malt into a clean finish, and hang around for the encores.

Nice soft mouthfeel. Refreshing.

A solid session beer suitable for all audiences. A good gateway beer: use a German import instead of one of those "weird microbreweries" to expand horizons.

An ok, nice little helles perhaps. An Oktoberfest only on Bizarro World.

10-09-2004 04:50:58 | More by RonfromJersey
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

This beer pours a clear, deep golden color with a thin white head. The color is a little lighter than a typical marzen, but the head does produce considerable lacing. The aroma has an expected, lightly toasted malt aroma, but also has a distinct hop smell. The beer is malty, light, and very smooth...this is extraordinarily easy to drink. Again, there's more hops in the beer than ususal for the style, but they don't hurt the flavor at all. Soft, and very drinkable. Quite tastey.

10-08-2004 11:51:09 | More by Suds
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jahred

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

Tried this beer at the Goose Island Oktoberfest Beer Academy. I can see why this beer gets such low ratings - I don't understand, at all, how it can be labelled an O-fest beer. But after I threw this aside, and tasted it not as a particular style, but based on its own generally merits, I loved the beer.

Pours a very light, extremely yellow color (the first clue that something is up with this beer's categorization), with a nice white head and a very large amount of carbonation. The scent is malty and a bit hoppy.

The taste starts out with a nice honey, slightly sweet beginning that moves to an earthy hop finish that lingers for a really long time on my palate. Nothing too sophisticated or complex, but damn is that drinkable and tasty. It's just not an Oktoberfest beer as I know them.

10-04-2004 04:29:18 | More by jahred
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maxpower

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Clear pale golden color with a nice white frothy head that last, good lacing in the glass. Sweet, huge hoppy floral aromas, mild bready flavors, finishes with some bitterness. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel, seems a bit hoppy for the style, still a very tasty brew.

10-01-2004 22:56:43 | More by maxpower
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a golden straw color-lighter than many of the style. The head and lace are moderate at best. Aromas are all about the malt-sweet and extracted. In the mouth the beer shows good crispness and a medium body. Flavors ring true to the style, again with a good dose of malt. Worth a try though a rather restrained version of the classic.

09-21-2004 16:58:57 | More by moulefrite
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

Sweet, nutty malt with bright, grassy hops. German Pilsner-influenced finish with great structured Vienna malt on the midpalate. Honey, light biscuit, hints of grain. Model body. Balanced, highlighting fresh malt and hops. Crisp. Archetypal.

Relax, relax.
ng

09-19-2004 23:06:59 | More by ngandhi
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Sixpack595

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Almost straw yellow with just a hint of coppery tinge. The head starts strong but goes down faster than a French prizefighter. Aroma is sweet and malty with a floral hop sneaking in. Sweet malty flavor with a very light bitterness. Not the best Oktoberfest I've had this year, but very drinkable.

09-16-2004 08:51:22 | More by Sixpack595
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

I picked up a six pack of this last night. I had the beer out a 12 oz green bottle. There is a freshness date label on the back, it reads L134D 1050. I have no idea what that translates to.

This beer appears a light golden color. Lighter then most of the other Oktoberfests I have been trying recently. Decent head, but disappears fairly quickly. Noticable lacings.

Sweet malt flavor with a grassy finish. Nice beer that reminds me of a German Pilsner. Not sure if I would get this again with all of the other options out there for this style, but this was enjoyable.

09-11-2004 18:37:11 | More by Hibernator
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carln26

Missouri

2.85/5  rDev -16.2%

I was really excited to try this beer. I’ve been to the beer hall. I’ve danced on the table. I’ve sang with the band. I quaffed dunkel from a stone stein. That said, I’m deeply disappointed with this beer. The color was golden, not amber, or copper but golden. It does put a nice head on it, but no lace to speak of. The nose is hops, not malt. The taste is crisp with some malt sweetness coming in the middle of the experience, but this tastes more of a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. It has a light mouth feel, and is generally drinkable, but it is NOT an Oktoberfest. What gives? I love their lager and Maibock. I was pleasantly surprised by their Hefeweizen, but this is way off.

09-07-2004 00:35:42 | More by carln26
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -7.4%

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light gold color with half a finger of head. The smell is light and grassy, with saaz hops present. The taste is almost pils-like, fairly grassy and malty. The mouthfeel is pretty watery though. The drinkability isn't bad. A little off from the style.

11-07-2003 01:35:29 | More by SheepNutz
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Jon

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Pale golden hue with a huge, fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing down the half-liter mug. Quite subdued in the nose with some mild malt and somewhat of an off hop flavor. Flavor is a nice balance between sweet, caramel maltiness and a restrained bitterness that becomes evident on the prolonged finish. Full-bodied marzen lager, this is smooth and drinkable. Decent.

10-28-2003 22:36:10 | More by Jon
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BobLuvBeer

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -25%

Very light in color. Appears as a Lager or Pilsner. Pours with a 1” head, but has minimal lace. Very clear. Grassy hop aroma is very present. Flavor is a very acid, grassy hop. Rests very lightly on the palate, and goes almost unnoticeable. However, finishes again with the acidic overtones. Overall a very disappointing Oktoberfest bier. Would be a very pleasing Lager, but as an Oktoberfest, it leaves a lot to be desired.
Green Bottle.

10-22-2003 03:22:05 | More by BobLuvBeer
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +27.4%

An intriguing green 12oz bottle, freshness date clearly marked. A great thing.

This bier poured out an almost hypnotic golden color. Quite effervescent with a head that is present, lingers, then fades gracefully.

I was impressed with the aroma...earthy, slightly bready, but all German, without a doubt.

The flavor of this brew is amazing, in so much that one swig of this bier (poured into a Munich-style mug, by the way) and I could almost hear the Oompah bands...

I was very skeptical given the name and the fact that it was in a bottle, but this bier impressed the hell out of me. I would love to try the Hofbrau biers when I scoot over to Germany next October. Well worth trying.

Zum wohl!

10-18-2003 11:54:32 | More by goindownsouth
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Had this at two locations in the last couple of weeks, so this is a mix of the two reviews. Golden clear color, aroma is like smelling a candy factory, with some floral hop notes. Nice frothy white head. Taste is a bit bready to start, there's some sweetness, and a grassy note from the hops. Not hard to drink, but not one I needed to keep drinking either. pat

10-12-2003 15:44:15 | More by PatandDavid
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winomark

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Quite light color for an Oktoberfest. Golden with a thin creamy head.

Aroma: Slightly malty tones on the nose, with a good balance of hops.

Taste: Very mild palate that is well balanced, but with little character. Tastes like any other German lager.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and bitterness gives this beer a crisp mouthfeel. Nice balance.

Drinkability: A good session beer; smooth and easy-drinking. Would try again next year to compare notes.

10-08-2003 14:52:29 | More by winomark
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woemad

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -22.1%

Apparently Germans have picked up on quality brews like... Kokanee. Not to trash Kokanee, as its often my choice cheap massive-quantity beer, but I was hoping for something more. When poured from it's green bottle it looked like a highly carbonated glass of apple juice. The head was big, white and vanished quicker than Trent Lott at an NAACP meeting. The smell is of... well, the main odor is that scent which most macro drinkers describe as "beer-like." I can pick out some corn odor in there - that's fine when eating, say corn on the cob, but its not welcome emanating from my beverage! The taste is similarly macro-pilsnerish. Very thin mouthfeel. It's drinkable, I supose, if one is not bothered by a need for flavor.

10-08-2003 03:51:35 | More by woemad
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +1.5%

Can you believe it? Hofbrauhaus Newport's Octoberfest available at TGIF's in Cincinnati! Word is that they own 10% of the HB so they can carry the line in the restaurants. This year's brew is a special recipe being made here and in Munich to honor the opening of the HB Newport. It's time for Monday Night Football at TGIF, so let's give it a try!

Appearance - pours a light gold into a pint glass. Soda-like white head forms up about a finger thick. Leaves a solid ring of lace around the top of the glass, but not much more as the beer disappears. This doesn't look like your typical fall Octoberfest as one look tells you it is evidently void of any Vienna or caramel malts.

Aroma - Has a clean malt smell with some light spiciness.

Taste - well, I know it's not an amber style, but I was still kind of expecting a fuller taste. What I got was a much lighter, but tasty malt start. At first, it's very similar to a German pilsener in flavor. A mild bitterness on the finish provides pretty good balance. I even pick up a hint of honey sweetness for a bit, once I get accustomed to the primary taste. A nicely done Octoberfest, I guess it's only fair that I not deduct for its being as light as it is, after all, the fest-tents in Bavaria are full of similar style beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp, clean, and most bubbly.
Drinkability - I must have salted away about 5 or 6 of these during the game, so that speaks for itself. It goes down easily and almost too quickly. Even after several, the flavor is still right there.

10-01-2003 14:38:18 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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jackndan

Illinois

4/5  rDev +17.6%

Hofbrau Oktoberfest: Well this is as close as it’ll come to reminding me of my trip to Weis’n in Munich. Not a deeply colored Marzen, but rather a Crystal clear golden beer with a very nice and creamy head, and mouthfeel. Exceptional smoothness and drinkability. Fairly nice malts, nicely balanced with almost citrus-y hops. Nice and easy to drink, but I come to find out a fairly dangerous amount of alcohol in such a tasty, light and satisfying beer. Very nice.

09-26-2003 22:00:43 | More by jackndan
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

A crystal-clear golden body reveals just a few widespread streams of steadily rising average-sized bubbles beneath a bright-white foamy cap. The head drops shortly after pouring to a wide, creamy collar; yet it still leaves some impressive lace throughout the glass. The nose is clean and enjoyable but not impressive for the style with just some light grainy malt and a hint of alcohol. The body is medium falling towards light with a gently crisp carbonation. The flavor offers a clean, grainy malt that's nice but doesn't offer the richness of Vienna and/or Munich malts that the darker versions do; and it's well-balanced with a firm bitterness and spicy character (alcohol, hops, or both?) but the alcohol is a bit noticeable which is odd for a beer of just 6%abv. It finishes dry with some gently lingering malt and a touch of bitterness. A well-made, refreshingly dry helles Oktoberfestbier.

09-25-2003 20:52:05 | More by NeroFiddled
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francisweizen

Alaska

4/5  rDev +17.6%

This is a fresh 2003 sample. Brown glass bottle with no skunk! This stuff pours a lighter-than-average golden colour with a small, white head. The aromas are all bready malts, with no hops to be found. The taste is the same as the nose hints at. Malty, with not much complexity...a good quaffer to be sure. The mouthfeel is light for an o-fest and the drinkability is excellent.

Prost!

09-22-2003 18:19:07 | More by francisweizen
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.