Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,134
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 JMD
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Photo of Brenden
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of steveh
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
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?

Photo of illidurit
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of charliedango
2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Photo of Darkhorse09
3.13/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of jpkoch1962
2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Photo of hops4me
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale golden color that is quite clear and has a very small head.

Smell: While it has a slight malt aroma, I found the smell to be rather bland.

Taste: It has a strong kick, but it's not just a bitter kick. It's a little hard to describe and hard to tell if it's really a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, but not too much.

Drinkability: Not the worst thing I've ever had, but it's not something I'm going to get all excited about.

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

A. Light gold in appearance with a massive foamy head that leaves chunks of lace. Looks a bit light for the style.

S. Strong aroma of Tettnang euro style hop. Also slightly yeasty.

T. Nice munich malts backed by a moderate hoppy bitterness for perfect balance. This is a damn tasty beer. Lightly toasted malt and a good hop character. Freshness is the key word.

M. Sprizty and superior feel. Light and crisp.

D. A very fine Octoberfest brew here from Hofbrau house, would I expect any less. Just bought a case and its already depleted.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light yellow color with a massive cap of sticky white foam. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. Good looking beer, though much lighter than us Americans are used to seeing in an oktoberfest.

Nose is very grainy with whiffs of alcohol. Sweet malts mingle with a perfumey hop aroma. Very similar to the Hofbrau Original lager.

Taste is of lightly kilned malts and floral hop flavor. Both have a tough time keeping up with the relatively high ABV. The beer is nice, crisp and fresh but I think I like all four of the other Hofbrau offerings I have tried better. Not to mention it is not very marzen-esque. Worth a try and certainly not a bad beer, but there are too many better oktoberfests out there to buy this one more than once every year or two.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured 2 bottles into a 1 liter Hofbräu maß.

Appearance: Golden, with a large but relatively thin white head. Lot's of large bubbles and lace.

Smell: Smells kind of grassy with some citric hops, but not exactly what I wanted to smell with this style.

Taste: Starts off with a slight malt sweetness, finishing with a citrus hop character.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, and also pretty flat- but the flatness might be my own fault.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer, but far from my favorite in this style. I would drink it again, but it's not my first choice.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass
A: light gold, one finger head on pour, with minimal lacing
S: hops, light roast malt
T: light hop bitterness, very slight malt sweetness
M: medium carbonation, light on tongue
D: could easily put a few down

the clear green bottle caught me off guard

Photo of WakeandBake
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A clear light golden color body with a thick short lasting white head , medium carbonation . Aroma of grassy hops, light bread dough and light skunk notes. Flavor is slightly sweeter than the aroma suggests , cereal grains , floral hops , corn lager , with a hint of honey and hey. Short dry finish,medium body with a crisp mouthfeel . Very drinkable but nothing special .

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.

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.

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.