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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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78
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956 Ratings
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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Clear pale golden color with a nice white frothy head that last, good lacing in the glass. Sweet, huge hoppy floral aromas, mild bready flavors, finishes with some bitterness. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel, seems a bit hoppy for the style, still a very tasty brew.

maxpower, Oct 01, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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Kingcurio, May 27, 2013
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

6 pack picked up at my local (La Bodega, Riverside, CA.) in late Sept. 2006 for $8.99. Let me start this by saying that I love Oktoberfest beers, and I am a big fan of the fun of Hofbrauhaus (at least the one in Vegas, my only chance so far).

Pours a surprisingly pale yellow with just a touch of orange, much lighter than typical for the style.

Aroma is sweet malts. As a previous reviewer said, smells like beer. Good, but nothing exciting.

Flavor of creamed corn. Not suggesting that corn is an ingredient, just that this has the same sweet flavor and creamy mouthfeel of creamed corn. It's saved by a nice little hop twang at the end of the swallow.

Overall, I can drink this beer. But I much rather go after one or two others of the style. I hope to get a chance to try it on draft soon- maybe it's better that way.

FOLLOW UP: I had a chance to try this on draft, fresh, at Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas this past weekend. Far superior to the bottled version, I'm sure a lot of that is atmosphere (that's why I'm not fully reviewing it), but generally much better. Still not my favorite, though.

Dukeofearl, Sep 28, 2006
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3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

A clear, golden beer with a steady stream of small carbonation bubbles rising to the top. A creamy head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with notes of honey and straw. A clean bottom fermented smell.

Taste is not as sweet as the smell would expect. A light pilsner maltiness. This beer is subtle in it's character, mostly malt driven. Clean fermentation. A short, dry aftertaste.

Absumaster, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of grain, lager yeast and a thin malt character that also brings some mild sweetness. The hops presence is faint but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, although this beer is a lot lighter than most O-fests it's a bit more poundable than most O-fests as well.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of ludachris
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a freshly windexed window clear pilsner shade of gold with a two finger, foamy white head that leaves some decent lace. Vast amount of strong carbonation is clearly visible.

Upon opening straight from the fridge, it gave off a smell of freshly skunked adjunct, but as the beer began to warm, spoonfuls of grassy hops, light fruity esters, biscuit and some more grassy hops began to show.

Light fruity esters, biscuit, bready malts, and dry grassy hops is all I get in this beer. Seems to be quite bland and watered down.

Smooooth, well balanced (for the flavours that are there) and light bodied. Despite the large amount of carbonation visible, it isn't that noticeable. This beer is the definition, the embodiment, the epitome, the essence of a quaffer. Light, smooth, refreshing and crisp. This would be a sweet sessioner for me if it wasn't as pricey.

Being my first Oktoberfest, I wasn't all that impressed. The smell is funky and taste is lacking. The highlight of this beer, by far, is its drinkability. Highly recommended for sessioning, but nothing else.

ludachris, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Bought in the 12 oz bottle only says Hofbrau Oktoberfest..so I suppose it is the same beer. Nice sweet malt aroma, with a tiouch of honey for some reason. Pretty average in appearance for a Marzen a deep gold with a small white head...nice carbonation and lacing. Flavour is a caramelly sweetness followed by a tangy bitter falavour. Pretty nice and smooth on the palate. Overall a nice Oktoberfest to drink in quantity..but no were near as good as Paulaner

Reidrover, Nov 16, 2004
Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

The color is clear pale yellow, a white head that settles slowly leaving rather little lacing.

The smell is mainly from the hops - hay, grass, nettles.

The taste has sweet biscuits, some orange, then a grassy sharp bitterness. Some alcohol hints as well.

Medium high carbonation, lots of small soft bubbles, a slightly dry finish.

A bit too high ABV, and a bit sharp bitterness.

rarbring, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of MrMalt27
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

According to the Hofbrau reps, this is the same beer served in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, so it's going to be a little lighter in body, & alcohol because it's almost like a session beer.

Not as malty as I would like in the nose or flavor. Lighter color than most Oktoberfest beers, not much in aroma, but drinkable.

MrMalt27, Aug 15, 2008
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3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

oakaged88, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of ecoastman
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

This was an easy drinking refreshing beer - surprising for 6% ABV. However, there was something in the aroma that turned me off a bit. I'm not sure how old the bottle was but I'm hoping it was meant for Oktoberfest 2009. This is more of an average Euro lager than a traditional Oktoberfest style.

It poured a clear yellow straw and gave a big pillowy head. As it receded it left some nice lacing on the sides of the stein and left a consistant surface layer from the good carbonation.

The smell was like a typical lager with some sweeter malt and honey. Unfortunately, there's a corny/peanut character that I wasn't fond about.

The beer goes down smooth enough with a little slickness to give it a nice mouthfeel. It's refreshing and there is no courseness from the alcohol level.

The taste is more prominent in the sweet malt but is balanced enough with hops but low bitterness. There's also a little diacetyl butteriness.

I might try again in case the aroma was not typical. Otherwise a fine summer biergarten session beer - just don't let the 6% add up too fast...

Post review note - looks like the aroma can be a common trait. I'll probably skip this beer in the future

ecoastman, Dec 20, 2009
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 956 ratings.