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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of billybob


4.4/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 14:17:58 | More by billybob
Photo of emsroth

New York

4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 19:42:56 | More by emsroth
Photo of techdiver


4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a sizeable frothy head that dissipates quickly.

Typical malt and hop nose.

Taste is smooth and well balanced, feels surprisingly light in the mouth.

Quite drinkable and refreshing. Haven't been a big fan of this style, but could easily put a few away.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 18:45:24 | More by techdiver
Photo of goindownsouth


4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 11:54:32 | More by goindownsouth
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

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Photo of PreacherBrewer


4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:45:14 | More by PreacherBrewer
Photo of lancecjohnson


4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this at BevMo, and consididering how much I've liked their other offerings, I figured that I'd probably like this one as well.

The first thing that caught my attention was that it wasn't as dark as the Oktoberfests that I'm used to (Spaten, Samuel Adams, Gordon Biersch). The second thing that I noticed was that it poured a nice, thick head, and I had to let it sit for a few moments before I started to drink away.

I drank this with a plate of homemade fried chicken, and it certainly went well with that. It's smooth, but not quite as malty as the aforementioned Oktoberfests that I've had before. The hop flavor is about what one would probably expect from this style - not too pronounced, but definitely there.

I really liked this, and would probably get it again, especially if it was on sale.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 23:09:04 | More by lancecjohnson
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with an active 1/4" head of very active white bubbles. The head only stuck around for about 30 seconds, and ended up as a small ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very sweet toasty malt leads the entire aroma profile with a very subtle addition of floral hops. This beer smells refreshing. Sweet buttery malts give this beer a really full impression.

Taste: The flavor is equally as refreshing as the aroma suggested. Man, this beer is malty! It has such a toasty quality that it has an almost "burnt popcorn" flavor deep within. Even though the aroma suggested that it was going to be really rich and heavy, the flavor finishes pretty attenuated with an almost dry finish. There is a bit of a contribution of the hops in the finish, but they let the malt leave a bit of sweetness to linger for some time after the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and I think that it is a great representation of this style. I think that I was fortunate to get a pretty fresh example. I didn't get a lot of alcohol in the flavor, but there is some subtle warming after drinking...letting you know that there is some power lurking within this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 22:20:50 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of jahred


4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 04:29:18 | More by jahred
Photo of sraimondi


4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting take on the style. Much lighter in color than other German O'Fests. Not much aroma, but traces of malt. Taste was the most interesting item here. Alot more balanced than the usual German O'Fest, which are usually over the top malt. This one is very nicely balanced with some hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than other O'Fests. Good drinkability. I like this one, even though it is not spot on for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 19:43:15 | More by sraimondi
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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