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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 20
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 Evil_Pidde
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours pale golden with a really large white "fluffy" head - somewhat uneven. It sets pretty fast, leaving a lot of lacings.

S: Bready. Dry (with some faint sweetness) caramellmalt, together with some citric notes and faint both floral and bitter hops.

T: Light roasted dry malt (but also some faint sweetness). There is bitterhops, but also faint floral notes. Refreshing (but it gets kind of boring writing it, since this is my sixth oktoberfestbier in two nights).

M: The aftertaste is not long, but holds some dry bitterness. The body is weak/medium but also creamy with some moderate carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but there are better oktoberfestbiers on the market. You won't dislike it, but my guess is that you won't love it.

Evil_Pidde, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dimpled Hofbrau mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear bright medium golden amber color with a ¼" creamy lightly off-white head that recedes quickly to a ring of foam. Initially sipping leaves some modest speckled lacing but before long the lacing is very sparse. By about the middle of the beer the lacing is almost entirely gone and the ring of foam is barely visible.

Smell: The aroma is fresh, light, clean and bready with the malt and no real sign of hops or alcohol.

Taste: The nose predicts the flavor. There is lightly sweet bready pale malt with virtually no hop presence. When the hops do put in an appearance you can only tell it by the slight earthy bitterness in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length and begins with sweetness and then fades to a slight earthy presence with only dry light, soft bitterness at the end.

Drinkability: This one is clearly made for drinkability and is a nice average beer for an evening out for dinner and good conversation with friends. While not challenging in any way this is a reasonably well made beer that goes down easily and it would be very easy to have a second, a third, etc.

drtth, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of billybob
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright clear golden color with a one or two finger white head depending on your pour. good head retention and a light wispy lace to the finish. smells of fresh cut grass with a slight herbal earthy note that turns slightly metallic after it's exposed to the air for a while. slightly sweet, slightly salty malt taste with slight hops noted and lingering mild after taste. mouthfeel was more to medium and carbonation strong. nice beer though the color threw me off because most i have had were amber to brown in color.

billybob, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. Moderate amount of head that dissipates almost instantly. Tiny carbonation bubbles float to the top of my glass. No lacing on the rim at all. The aroma is sweet grain and a cracker like breadiness. That's all I can pick up even with deep whiffs. The flavor is much of the same. Sweet grain with a tart fininsh. Salty crackers and sour corn. Biting carbonation that beats the crap out of my tongue. Medium body. Not overly impressive. I had high hopes for this beer. Unfortunately it falls well below my expectations.

beerwolf77, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an unbranded nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow and translucent with a foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty good. Grainy with a bit of a noticeable alcohol scent.

Taste: Pretty average Oktoberfestbier territory here. A hoppy bitterness paired with a good amount of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery with just a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A slightly better-than-average Oktoberfestbier. Nothing too special but nothing to turn your nose up at.

wahhmaster, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Drew966
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier pours a golden yellow with an off white head from a five liter mini keg. The aroma is grainy, not very impressive. The flavor is decent, malty, biscuit and/or caramel dominate. Decent, but not my favorite of the style to be sure.

Drew966, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a nonic. I really only used the nonic to get a good look at the beer. If I have any more of these, I will be using my stein or at least a beer mug.

A = Crystal clear, bright golden yellow, with about a 3/4 inch head of white foam and small bubbles, good retention, light lacing, steady carbonation bubbling with small bubbles, light lacing.

S & T = Crisp earthy smells of noble hops, fresh grains, with a bready taste that is nonetheless balanced with a steady bitterness from the hops, finish is semi-dry as the hops are not too prevalent, but there in enough force to assert themselves.

M = Medium-light body, strong carbonation feel, tongue continue to feel like it had poprocks on it for a few minutes after each drink.

D = This is a very drinkable beer. I could easily see putting a few of these away at a beerhall.

Traquairlover, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Scandinavian Mug.

Clear straw hue with a one finger white head that settles to almost nothing.

The aroma is a very clean and grainy, light and sweet.

The flavor is light and sweet, just like the aroma. A the malts carry just a touch of toastiness. A little bit of sweet sugary/candy-like notes are in the background, which is pretty typical of the style. Full bodied.

On the lighter side for a Marzen, but still good. Recommended.

BeerSox, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Straw yellow. Two finger head dissolves to thin bubbly lace.
Very bubbly. Interestingly, when the head dissolved, the aroma all but left.

S - Smells of yeast, bread, grain, floral, metallic.

T - Creamed corn, grain, mild yeasty aftertaste. Pretzel in the middle. Light hop profile. Lightly full of flavor with a solid malty backbone.

M - Moderate body. Crisp carbonation, but balanced by the smoothness of the malt back bone.

D - A top notch drinakle lager. Very crisp, very refreshing. Very intersting. I have fallen in love with this beer. Everything is right where I want it to be. I wouldn't change a thing. Cheers to Oktoberfest!!!

PreacherBrewer, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of rgrholmes168
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The beer is a nice clear straw yellow. It poured a two finger head that did not completely disappear, but left a nice bit of lace on the side of the glass.

The taste is a little more bitter than what I expected from this beer, and left me desiring a little more.

The beer is light on the palate and very drinkable.

rgrholmes168, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a seethru gold body with one-finger white head that quickly died and left no lacing. A trace amount of caramel and roasted malts in the smell along with tea-like hop bitterness. Light-bodied and easy drinking, there are trace amounts of roasted malts along with caramel and heavier fruity hops. A rather nondescript marzen that is drying on the pallete and for some reason (I really don't give such low scores all the time) I had trouble finishing one. It just became more bitter and dry as I drank it and was not a pleasant beer at all.

clayrock81, May 16, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Honey blonde golden with a fluffy pock marked head that melts slowly and leaves blobs of sliding lace on the glass. Soft lemon with a big whiff of grassy euro hops and toasted grain. Tastes light and less malty than most of the style with nice mild hop bittering in the finish. This tastes more like a dortmunder lager than oktoberfest. Light medium bodied. A nice sessionable beer that seems a little light for the style.

biggred1, May 15, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a finger of creamy white head that reduced to a very thin layer over a deep gold body with a tinge of copper.

Smell - 4.0
A tempting, spicy aroma of sweet bready malt, herbal hops, mixed spice and slightly fruity phenols.

Taste - 3.5
Seriously tasty beer this one, although the alcohol is very noticeable, perhaps overly so. Sweet bready pale malt is balanced by lightly spicy and herbal hops, finishes quite boozy with a fruitiness akin to dried apricots.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Very smooth with warming alcohol and a low level of carbonation.

Drinkability - 3.0
Over booziness and 6.0% strength reduces sessionability, but also makes it a suitable light coloured beer for a cold climate.

OVERALL - 3.55
A decent Oktoberfest and a good beer for cold weather.

LittleCreature, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of sholland119
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-A disturbingly light golden color. I was hoping for at least a hint of amber.

S-Light maltiness and a whiff of hops.

T-Uh, light maltiness and a whiff of hops in the finish.

M-Crisp, light, fizzy.

D-Yeah, unmemorable and unspectacular. I had two cause I was not in the mood for Yuengling Lager, which was the only other choice. Nothing wrong with the Yuengling, nothing wrong with this beer. Nothing special either though.

HV

sholland119, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/4/2008 (Bottle @ Stag's Head):

Pours a body that is a very clear yellow color, extremely pale yellow, with a foamy white colored head, lasting-ish. Has a malty aroma, nutty almost grass-like. Malty taste, nutty, lawn-like. Some fizziness. Not very good.

jujubeast6000, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

We tried this beer out at our pub. For those that have visited Munch, it's tough to find a much more recognizable noun than Hofbrau. It's easier to say and spell than the Marienplatz Glockenspiel, is it not? And it's just a few blocks away.

So I think that's part of why this beer's special. It's not the most flavorful German Oktoberfest. I'd give that nod to Spaten. But, still, it's solid. Marzen beer's don't have to be amber and caramelly. They're the brewer's idea of what should be drank during Oktoberfest. And here's Hofbrau's version.

A light-honey colored body. a decent, bright white head. Smells of barley malt with a hint of grass. Taste is smooth yet full. There are definitely some hops that hit the back of the tongue. A nice balance, indeed.

No, this is not the most flavorful Marzen around, but if I were in Germany on a hot summer day, listening to um-pa-pa bands and swaying side to side with the other people at my table, this is probably what I'd be drinking.

DaveFL1976, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is golden with lots of active carbonation that forms a an inch and a half white head. Sinks to a cap and leave nice lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some toastiness and grassy/herbal hops. Not very complex, but pleasant.

Taste sweet initially with a bit of toasted malt midway through with a finish that consists of some grassy, herbal hops. Basically the same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a clean and smooth touch, nice level of carbonation.

Overall, it's not the best Oktoberfest, but it's a lot better than the ratings would suggest.

roadhouse, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1 inch head with decent retention and decent lacing. There's a lot of suspended particles in this brew. Smells strongly of sweet/earthy malts. A little light in color to be a common Oktoberfest. A smooth, crisp mouth feel that leaves a dryness on the tongue. Tastes of malt with a lot of yeast lager taste. There's a metallic taste as well, that is not very pleasing on the palate. Overall, not that great at all.

Tone, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of mwa423
1.88/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured into a pint glass with small head, very little retention and a slightly county pale straw color

S - Combination of malt and skunk. Very similar to Beck's

T - Some nut, some malt, the same skunk that was in the aroma.

M - Smooth, but can't really get too interested.

Overall, if you're contemplating picking this up, save a couple bucks and buy Heinekin or Beck's. This is almost dead on Beck's.

mwa423, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6.3%abv. for this 500ml brown bottle, BB 16/04/09, served lightly-chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a dark golden to light amber hue, a creamy off-white head sustains well, on top of lively carbonation full of medium-size bubbles.
S: full-bodied grainy and semi-syrupy lager malts come with a rich lemon-tart-like sour citrusness; the "pure" maltiness transmits a very "focused" tinge of grainy aroma, while a little floral hops stays in the background. Overall very rich and malty, surprisingly pleasant!
T: delicious and integrated - starting from a slightly "quiet", compact taste of lemony+doughy sourness through the dried-grassy taste of hops, towards a slowly expanding wave of grainy+lightly-toasted malts and a moderate level of lingering & chewy bitterness in the aftertaste. A quite aromatic undertone comes from the "pure malts", lingering in the finish and prolongs the pleasure on the palate.
M&D: surprisingly smooth on the palate, way less fizzy as the appearance suggests, while the flavour comes at an equal level as the body, about medium to full. Overall I find this a well-crafted and deliciously malty strong Helles lager balanced by an impressive input of German hops. In a sense, this is a super-quaffable lager to me, thanks to the lovely hoppiness and a soft texture.

wl0307, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright gold pour with a fizzy white head. Metal, caramel, sugar, and grass in the aroma. Butter, wheat, malt, and a slight Heineken hop skunkiness. Look, I know this beer is not supposd to be as full-bodied as the others as this is to be drunk is large quantities at Oktoberfest. I just wish it tasted better.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of thespaceman
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I know it's late for Octoberfests but they're my favorite and I found this at the local store.

Appearance: Clear golden in color, poured out a nice head with decent lacing. Lacing seemed to stick to the top of the glas and became less prevalent on the way down.

Smell: Nice typical German smelling beer, earthy/grass tones are here, as well as a nice bite of some malt and some roastiness.

Taste: Pretty robust for such a light bodied beer, nut, a bit of fruit and some more grass tones pop through, a touch of raw honey in the finish and some small malt tones make this one a pleasure to drink.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, light in body for the typical Marzen yet it's perfectly balanced for what it is.

Drinkability: This is very sessionable, I wish I picked this up in the earlier months because I overlooked it too much. This one is easy to drink, smooth and satisfying. For the last October for the year, I'm going to miss them, but I'm glad I had this one to top off some great Marzens I've had the pleasure of trying this year.

thespaceman, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
I'm going to have to describe this from "the pour on up." One of the most noticible characteristics is something remniscent of a "cascade" effect. Excellent (3 finger) head formation stays around for a while as carbonation continuously rises - retention and lacing are quite good. The beer is colored a translucent yellow/gold.

Smell:
Malt aromas are very sharp with a hint of citrus tones. I can't discern too much in terms of hoppiness, but there seems to be a mild trace of grass or grain. It's just very fresh overall - like autumn.

Taste:
I'd say that the taste matches the nose pretty well. Maltiness hits quickly and fades into mild bitterness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and almost buttery. The flavor is pretty nice and actually quite crisp.

Mouthfeel:
Mouthfeel is a bit on the creamy side but not too thick. Slight dryness complements the bitter aftertaste nicely.

Drinkability:
The beer goes down smoothly; as stated above, it's crisp and finishes well. It's a bit too thick to "pound," but I feel like doing so wouldn't allow you to appreciate the flavor as much.

Summary:
For what it's worth, I think this is a great "fall" beer. It's got a nice, full flavor and it's pretty crisp. I don't know how I would describe it as an "Oktoberfest" beer, though. If I recall, I thought those were supposed to be a bit thicker/more dense. That's not the case with this beer, but it's still worth checking out.

diabecktic, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a modest white head that dissipates quickly. Lighter in color than I had expected for an Oktoberfest style brew.

Aroma is Clean hops and pale malt. Grassy, with a hint of lemon.

Taste is initially light and crisp with a surprising hop bitterness. lemon grass, then a touch of bready malt in the minerally finish.

Mouthfeel is Light to medium bodied.

This is not what I have come to expect from an Oktoberfest. I can not find any of the toasted, nutty, malty quality as in most Oktoberfest brews. Instead I'm thinking of an uber pilsner. Flavor is crisp and light, making this one drinkable and worth a try even if it falls short of the style.

Blakaeris, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice crystal clear golden yellow with bright orange highlights. Lots of carbonation running through the beer leading to a big thick and creamy tan head, decent retention with some mild lacing.

The smell was sweet and corny with a touch of grain.

The flavor followed the smell perfectly with a sweet corny grain flavor up front that mellowed to a light toasty grain with just a touch of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel had a lot of zip from the carbonation with a touch of oilyness in the finish.

Not bad, but a little to sweet for my liking on this style.

bashiba, Nov 23, 2008
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
79 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.