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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 russpowell
2.61/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up a the local store was told this was fresh, not so sure...

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Soapyness & cereal

T: Soapyness, cereal sweetness & dryness up front. Soapyness & diathechyl (sic) & cereal sweetness as this warms. Finishes cloying with soapyness & a bit of booze

MF: Light /medium bodied, semi crisp with low carbonation

Drinks slow, might buy this as a Pilsner, but this so riddled with flaws, why is any one still using green glass? Will try again, if I can find it von fass. Avoid this unless you KNOW it's fresh

Photo of Viggo
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO.

Pours a crystal clear light amber, fizzy white head forms and quickly disappears down to almost nothing, no lace on the glass, looks a little light in colour for a marzen.

Smell is very light, kind of fruity, a bit of skunk, honey, almost no malt presence, light bit of grassy and floral hops but almost no aroma going on.

Taste is slightly better but still not very good, some sweet malts, caramel and honey, a bit of biscuit, some floral and grass, lightly skunky, has a funny metallic finish to it, hard to describe but this isn't very good either.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy feeling, medium carbonation. Flavour is a little better but still not a very good marzen. 0 for 2 tonight it looks like.

Photo of bobsy
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In which world this is an oktoberfest I do not know.

Pours a brilliant gold with an eggshell white head, which leaves a few streaks of lace as it settles to a collar. Lazy bubbles rise to the surface before bursting into free air. No dark coloured o-fest here, more of a helles or pils than anything, but moving on.

The aroma is grassy, and one would say, almost skunky. Its hard to tell whether this is intentional or a result of the green bottle, but either way its how the beer arrived to me (green bottles be damned). Beyond the grassiness there is a robust maltiness to be found, but we're still far removed from the nose of your regular oktoberfest.

The clincher is the taste. Serve me this blind and I'd say it was a decent Czech Pils. Give it to me in the context of an Oktoberfest and I'd ask whether your joking. A strong grassiness overlays sweet pale malts. The finish is sweet and mildly bready. The body is medium light with carbonation at about the same level, but at this point the beer has already lost the plot and been derailed by its pure inability to carry the style off.

For some reason I imagined that Hofbrau's Oktoberfest would have been one of the greats for the style, but I'm sadly disappointed. This was crap.

Photo of Cs1987
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Fairly dark gold, poured 4 fingers of head which reduced.

Smell - Pretty sweet and malty for a lager.

Taste - Munich malts dominate the taste. The main flaw is that this beer is quite bitter, but does not have the flavour to back it up. The bottle I had was within expiry, but not very fresh.

Mouthfeel - Fairly heavy for the style, low carbonation.

Drinkability - Would be better when fresh.

Overall - Not a good export beer. Although I haven't been to Munich Oktoberfest, I suggest trying it there instead.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 10/17/2009- from notes.

Green 11.2oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Very pale gold with a two finger white head that settled to a thick skim that lasted the rest of the glass. Good lacing, pretty active carbination. Definitely the palest Oktoberfest I've had.

S- Sweet, grassy and a touch skunky.

T- Floral, light fruits, a little hop bite at the end. Virtually no aftertaste.

M- Light body, smooth and crisp.

D- Very easily sessionable. Makes me wish I had picked up a six instead of a single.

Photo of DerBayer
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a slightly darker Helles but not as much as you would expect - no copper tinge...

Smell is of Munich malts and not much else - the tatste follows suit!

Mouthfeel is refreshing and rich with minimal aftertaste - very good.

Despite the deficiencies in look and smell I d have another one

Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with a decent fluffy white head. Decent head retention. The colour here is just far too pale.

Solid sulphur edge to the aroma. Maybe a light malt sweetness also comes through.

Good clean lager with plenty of bitterness. The balance between bitterness and malt seems to be out of kilter with the style with the beer coming across more as a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. There are some reasonable sweet malts in the attack but they really fall back to a supporting role through the mid and back palates. Medium dry finish.

Light to medium, well attenuated body with a lively, crisp carbonation. Nice and refreshing.

A decent lager just not the epitome of the Oktoberfest style. I can see it being quite easy to drink a few of these.

Photo of mnrider
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 oz green bottle. No freshness date. Pint Glass

A: Pours a light golden yellow with a large white fluffy head. When the head goes down it leaves good looking lacing.

S: Strong crisp aroma with lots of grain and sweet malts. A little skunky with an alcohol aroma.

T/M: Crisp at first then hops turn bitter. Dry at the end. A light alcohol taste is their with grains and malt sweetness.

D: Not like the american style oktobers. This is how the Germans make em. It's like a euro lager. The taste is different at first but the higher ABV makes me want more. Although I still prefer more complex darker Oktoberfests.

Cheers!!

Photo of squirrelpirate
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hobrauhaus Munchen Oktoberfest poured a brilliantly clear golden hue with a sustained thick white head. Very active carbonation throughout the pint. The aroma consists mostly of grainy notes, a slight hint of hops and a bit of skunkiness as well.

Lots of pale malt in the taste with a bit of alcohol and fruitiness. Hop bitterness present in a faintly dry finish. A pleasant taste the defied my expectations after noting the appearance and smell.

Medium-bodied with ample carbonaton. A good, crisp and clean beer. A drinkable beer and much better than I expected after the pour.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, clear copper-gold with the thinnest of white caps.

Lighter aroma of apples, berries, floral soap and a touch of skunkiness which faded away after a few minutes.

The taste opened up with floral hops, cinnamon, apples, and light grains and malts. Finish is quite clean.

Lighter bodied, crisp and dry, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Clean, crisp, and flavorful.

Photo of Kooz
1.65/5  rDev -52%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Had this right after the Berkshire Oktoberfest, which may have negatively affected my scoring on this one.

Poured a pale yellow into a liter mug. Not appealing in the least, especially after so many other Oktoberfest beers are gorgeous deep browns and oranges. The color of this beer does not make me want to drink it?

The smell was so weak that I couldn't discern notes of much of anything from it.

Tasted and felt watery and bland. Slight bitter aftertaste, but not in a pleasant way. I struggled to finish this beer. Also, no malt?

I will have to try this again as the first beer of the night some time. If I do, I will re-review. But, I don't think I'll actively seek this out.

Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter on tap at hofbrau restaurant in Panama City Beach, Florida. I have already tried this from bottle.

The beer arrived with a slightly cloudy, golden color with a fluffy white head.

As with most oktoberfests I have tried, this one lacked in aroma. Some faint malty, bready aromas.

Very restrained gentle malty flavor with hints of European hops coming through. This is a mild fest beer, and I must say it does not taste any better on draft than in the bottle.

Medium bodied with lighter than expected carbonation.

This is an excellent quaffer even at 6.0 ABV. It goes down extremely well and has enough character and taste to keep your interest.

Photo of sweemzander
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No recognized bottle date.

(A)- Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow color that produced a great 2+finger white bubbly head that left lacing behind as it quickly dissipated. Whats with the color? Doesnt look like an oktoberfest.

(S)- A very dry pale ale character of a woody very subdued pine with a bit of lemon peel. Where's the malt?

(T)- Very dry with an ample hop bitterness with a light twinge of lemon and a mineral funk. I thought this was an Oktoberfest, not a pale ale?!

(M)- Dry, bitter, sweet, and funky with good carbonation. Tastes great, but is nowhere near what an Oktoberfest should be like.

(D)- Is this really an oktoberfest? Its more like a pale ale to me. . . . Its good, but doesnt fit the style at all. I would have given it better scores in both appearance, smell,and taste, but this beer just doesnt fit its declared style at all. At first I thought it was just old, but then there would be alot of malt characters, instead its totally dry and hoppy :/
Definitely not what I would choose when picking out a good oktoberfest.

Photo of thecarster1
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head, great lacing mix of bubles and lace, straw yellow color, very light coloring for an oktoberfest.

s- grass, clean, grainy, not roasty at all or overall malty for that matter.

t- grainy, grassy, light malt, i didn't like this for an oktoberfest, to me it's much more like a munich helles.

m- light and crisp in the mouth.

d- good drinkability, the most off-style oktoberfest in my opinion, but as a beer it was enjoyable, just not as an oktoberfest.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of Auspice
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.89/5  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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of droomyster
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of emsroth
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
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

Photo of Thorpe429
2.89/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of nasty15108
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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