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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 542
Hads: 1,254
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 24.26%
Wants: 28
Gots: 155 | FT: 0
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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 michaelc916
4.13/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I actually had a mass of this at the Chinese Tower beer garden in Munchen just before Oktoberfest began. It was a fantastic beer to go along with the experience of riding a bike around the English Garden.

The bottle: Pours with a quickly fading fluffy white head. Smells of Munich malt and Haller hops with an almost skunk but not quite. The Malt really comes through in the flavor, and the hops take the back seat. Overall a great session beer.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 08-06-06. White head and clear golden beer. Nose has good maltyness, litle lemon/sour orange like yeastfruit and low hopnose in the back completing the overal fresh nose. In taste malt is dominating giving it a full flavour. Alcoholic and dry caracter but with sweet hint from maltyness. Mouthfeel is great as almost all "real" Oktoberfestbeers from Munich are; ultra clean and good but not to high carbonisation but with full hoppy and malty taste. Drinkability is then off course also fine IMO.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.11/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, straw yellow body permeated with tiny bubbles flowing up to a one-inch creamy white head. Excellent retention and lacing. The aroma is softly toasted malt with a nice hay hop aroma. Upfront, you get toasted malt and a hint of honey sweetness. The finish is dry and hoppy with big hay notes. Love the grassy hops. Medium bodied with a brisk crispness. Excellent balance.

I have been drinking a ton of lagers recently looking for the perfect go-to session beer for my palate. So far, this is the closest I have come. Love the hops on this one. Grassy, but not skunky. Refreshing, but not dull. I will be drinking a TON of this.

This is unlike any other beer calling itself an Octoberfest. Others seem to use Vienna or Munich malts leading to a darker color, and more caramel malt sweetness. I am told that is because other Octoberfests became darker and maltier to adapt to the American palate, while HB has stayed true to style with a more traditional recipe. Don't know if this is true, but I do know I really like this beer, Octoberfest or not.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Axismundi
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a half liter of this on tap at Schnitzel Platz - a nice German restaurant in the Chicagoland area. I've had this one a long time ago, before I really learned to enjoy beer and thought it was wickedly bitter. It's been 6 years since that time and I really enjoyed it this time around - quite a surprise.
A - Came with a thick frothy head, almost aproaching the consistency of shaving cream, lol. Quite clear yellow gold color.

S- Pretty general german beer smell, you know that that this is an old school german beer, nothing experimental or extreme here, just the smell of good quality german beer.

T - Crisp, refreshing, well-balanced. The moderately bitter hops and the sweeter malts of oktoberfest come at you all at once, and the alcohol is very faintly perceivable. A very classic, agreeable taste (if you like beer)

M- Perfectly carbonated for this style. Moderately high, but seems very well suited for it. Seems to break up the heavier grain bill of the oktoberfest style.

Overall - 4.5- 5. Refreshing, clean, yummy and satisfying. Don't miss out on this one ON-TAP. Don't seek out the bottles. They're green and skunk too easily.

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Photo of TKempe
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden and clear appearance with a good but frail head; good lacing.

Smells very malty: grainy and fresh, yet sweet and full. A fruity orange-like note pops up every now and again. Hop presence is quite strong fot the style.

Flavour is dominantly malty and rather sweet at that. After a short while, the flavour mellows out and becomes dry and slightly bitter. Alcohol is quite evident at this point too. A beautiful and very complex after-taste and again a nice hoppy touch to the whole beer.

Mouthfeel is good, but maybe just a bit too strongly carbonated. Body is medium.

A nice malty lager, a little less "festive" than I expected.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been down to D.C. to visit my aunt and uncle this past summer and we visited on of their local Total Wine & More locations which is where I came across a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) of this beer. It is the website's policy that if it is not a pressurized mini-keg, then it is CANsidered a CAN, making it a CANdidate for The CANQuest (TM)! Yay! I brought it back to their house and since my mother and uncle were due for a visit in a few weeks, it fell to them to bring it back for me. I then made arrangements to bring it over to a local bottle shop to share as I did not want 5 Liters to myself and it was dated to expire "04.03.2015".

From the CAN: "Imported from Munich/Germany"; "The Original Brew of Bavarian Kings!"; "Since 1589"; "The world['s] biggest festival, the 'Munich Oktoberfest' attracts over 6 million visitors in the course of 16 days. Since 1810[,] this annual event in Munich, Germany, promotes the best in Bavarian food, entertainment and brews. Hofbräu München is an official supplier to this event. It uses the experience and knowledge of its brewmasters to create this special seasonal brew for just this event. It is brewed according to the German Purity Law containing only water, barley malt, Bavarian hop and culture yeast. This is the same product that HB serves in its tent at the Munich Oktoberfest and is now available to you." There were also instructions for tapping, but I am not going to transcribe them here.

Speaking of tapping, I had not had a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) for a while and this was only my third or fourth, so venting was initially problematic as I twisted it more than a quarter-turn, which was too far. When I realized my mistake, I backed it down and got a momentary spray of beer until it pressurized. I pulled out the spigot and readied my glass before twisting the spigot to the left. Beer began flowing unabated! This produced two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Pale-Yellow (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose had a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was malty, but not cloying as many beers in the style are. Instead, it had a bready, nutty flavor that was a pleasant surprise. Finish was semi-dry, not very sweet at all. Everyone who got a taste agreed that it was less sweet than expected, so whether a result of inadvertent aging or by design, I feel like it was quite worthwhile.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A persistent white head over a clear light to mid gold beer.Bubbles were relatively large sticking to the side of the glass and were regularly released to feed the foam.
An even malt smell that a\has a hint of sweetness but not overly so and is tempered by a hoppiness that is a little grassy.
The taste was pretty impressive.
For a Lager it is as complex as I have had.There is a smoothness combining the none too sweet malts and the hoppy bitterness that has an orange/chocolate liquer finish to it.
There is plenty of carbonation and bitterness making it a stimulating drink to have in your mouth
How can macro lagers be so far away from this?
lagers get pretty shitty PR and I think this beer redresses the issues in an ever so small way

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Worst thing about it is, it doesn't smell like much. Doesn't look like a typical Oktoberfest either. Looks like a pilser. Pours a decent head though...but it tastes OUTSTANDING! I was impressed with this one. Banana-caramel malts round this one out with a crisp, smooth taste. No metalic background, an outstanding brew here. Very malty and sweet and different than other Oktobers in it's own right.

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Photo of granger10
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a burgundy orange color with a smallish white head, but nice lacing. Smells quite grainy and a touch spicy, but mostly grainy. Taste is light on the mouth. Sweet malts but they seem a touch muted. Smooth though and enjoyable. Bitter hops provide a dry finish. Some alcohol notes creep in as this beer warms a bit. Not the most robust or flavorful O-fests but one of the more drinkable, sessionable O-fests I have had, even with the abv level. I think tap must be way better than bottles for this beer and most Hofbrau beers.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright golden color. Poured a slightly cream-colored head that dissipated pretty quickly before settlin to a skim that thickened around the edges. Very light lacing. Decanted slowly and steadily throughout.

S: Pale malt and slightly bitter Saaz hops with a light grassy note.

T: Very consistent with aroma; crisp pale malt and grassy hops. Finished very crisp and clean.

M: Medium thin body. Ample carbonation, but not overdone. Fresh, crisp hop bite cleansed finish.

D: Very drinkable. A solid choice for the style. Had a liter during the keg-tapping at the Hofbrau House in Milwaukee.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has light bread crust nose, pouring brilliant gold to almost straw. 1” snow white foam cap dissipates to a film. Good lace. Creamy smooth, lighter body, medium to a little less, carbonation a little above medium. Crisp.

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Photo of jackndan
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Crisp and perfectly balanced, with plenty of honey and flower nectar notes. A little green and spicy on the finish - nice use of noble hops. Much more floral than you would expect an Octoberfest beer to be. This one is my favorite of the style, just a little above Weihenstephan's.

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Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 5L keg into a .5L Lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: clear golden color with a thick white head that sticks to the sides of the mug. i'm glad it isn't an amber octoberfest. i was looking for a German-style marzen (pale instead of amber) and i got it.

s: sweet, bready malt aromas. mild hop grassy notes. has that unique German smell that many good German brews have (like Weihenstephan) very good.

t: balanced and flavorful. full bodied malt flavor with notes of bread and very subtle caramel flavor. grassy hop flavor balances the beer nicely.

m: nice and smooth mouthfeel

i seem to disagree with almost everyone here on this one. this is a great marzen. maybe some users think the pale color makes this a poor example of the Oktoberfest style, but they couldn't be more wrong. go to Munich during the last week of September and tell me this isn't a genuine fest bier. you can't!


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden-umber hue with initially plentiful ecru froth and lace, subsiding into a nice, robust brew.

S - Sweetness is immediately apparent in the form of caramel and toffee notes, but it is quickly tempered by some continental hoppiness. Pretty straightforward for the style.

T - The taste is basically as the nose would indicate, and is generally quite nice. The toffee and caramel notes are pleasant, not overly sweet. There is also a prevalent mineral quality and some roastiness.

M - Soft mouthfeel is quite enhancing.

D - One of the better Marzen/Oktoberfest brews.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Bottle from a six pack from Market Basket. Green bottles, huge display in the store so I dug down to an unopened case and selected one form there.
Pale golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists for a bit. aromas of spicy floral hops, rich bready crackery pilsner with just a hint of melanoid. The flavor is rich and malty with a hint of sweetness. Light spicy hop provides balance and a touch of pruney cooked sugars adds some complexity. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I'd drink these all day long given half the chance. Clean well made with some subtle flavors, I like.

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Photo of sobuf
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Just a general comment and observation on some of the reviews of the German Oktoberfest on here. To say Spaten-Franziskaner, Paulaner, Warsteiner, Hofbrau, etc "are not good representations of the style" is an erroneous and quite snobbish, ignorant American view. Although all large breweries, those companies ARE Oktoberfest and are all that's served in the Munich beer tents. Far, far before American micro-breweries, craft brewers, and snobbish beer geeks, these styles epitomized what not only an Oktoberfest brew is, but their main line epitomized what German beer is. Before Papa Joe's IPA shack was sold all over the place, going to a German restaurant and having a Spaten on draft was beyond a treat. Now that we're all so spoiled, and 5000 beers in a store still isn't enough, we've cast off some of these larger European breweries to the curb and put them in the same class as a Miller. These companies ARE "the style". Some backyard hipsters operating in a 1000 sqft facility craft brewing are not "the experts" and leading what an Oktoberfest is. In fact no American brewery is. There's a huge difference between the German style and the American version. I look for authentic beers, and when it comes to Oktoberfest, the ONLY beers to drink are from Munich. The American versions are drain-pour. Sometimes it's just about the drinkability and being able to pound liter after liter and have fun. Not jack up the ABV to heightened levels, sell it for a premium, and make every bottle some ride on the wild side. Tis the Gemütlichkeit - ein prosit!

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Photo of Reegze79
4/5  rDev +18.3%

Poured perfectly clear and golden. Aroma was malty and earthy. The body was a bit lighter than the typical American renditions but the beer was perfectly balanced and the familiar with the malty sweetness and noble hops coming through nicely.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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