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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,147 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,147
Reviews: 512
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 101 | 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 eric5bellies
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen glass

A - Pours a pale Golden colour with a tight White head the reduces to a film

S - Aromas of small hops not much else

T - Hops come thorugh with some metallic flavours
has the Marzen like flavour.

M - Medium carbonation and carbonation.

O - A drinkable beer without being spectacular.

Photo of moulefrite
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden straw color-lighter than many of the style. The head and lace are moderate at best. Aromas are all about the malt-sweet and extracted. In the mouth the beer shows good crispness and a medium body. Flavors ring true to the style, again with a good dose of malt. Worth a try though a rather restrained version of the classic.

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

Photo of clayrock81
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden yellow with a slight amber hue. Very clear and pours a one head that dissipates into a thin layer of soapy looking foam resting on the surface.

Aroma- Very bland, but sweet caramel and toasted malts can be detected.

Taste- A nice snap of herbal/spice hops upfront that give way to toasted malts and caramel flavors. Either this is a skunked beer or there is a unpleasant grainy flavor to this, which really knocks down the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean with a smooth, almost chewy texture that becomes a saving grace for this beer.

Overall- An okay beer, but there are clearly some off flavors in this beer that detract from the enjoyment. I've had this multiple time in the past and this was much better on draft, so maybe the green bottles screwed with, but even then I never really have that problem with Spaten beers. For what this is right now, its a okay oktoberfest that I'd give another chance, but if the off flavors persist then there's better alternatives out there. (70/100)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in tall pilsner glass

A: really nice head; clear, light yellow; nice carbonation
S: unpleasant smell; machinery
T: spice; slightly hoppy; squash/pumpkin-friendly flavor; complex, but a bit soapy; heft flavor profile

It's an ok beer, nothing special

Photo of Gbgbrouge
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Oktoberfest hangover is nearly over in Kitchener-Waterloo, but there is still evidence of the festival lingering around the cities. Case in point, a large stash of this Oktoberfest brew still available at pretty much every LCBO in town.

Poured into a nonic. Pale golden, with visible carbonation lasting for quite some time. A 1/2 inch head that survives quite well in the form of a ring and thin layer. Some flecks of lacing - decent retention actually. Not the robust brew I was hoping for, but it still looks just fine.

The nose is extremely mild and hard to discern. Cereals, malty sweetness, a touch of hop bitterness. Truth be told, there's not much separating this brew's nose from that of the many Eastern European macro lagers that grace the LCBO's shelves.

Surprisingly sweet and fruity, with notes of apple and pear. The sweetness is quite overpowering, but eventually diminishes to a tart, peppery hop finish. A touch of warming alcohol here. Drinkable, nothing offensive or artificial, but the sweetness is almost cloying.

Thin, watery (actually a plus for an Oktoberfest brew), but with tart, aggressive carbonation that nips at the back of the tongue.

I had this last year and wasn't that impressed with it; after a year, my tastes haven't changed much on this brew. For me, it struggles with the basic test of an Oktoberfestbier: "Would I want to drink a LOT of this in one sitting (i.e., a stein or MaB worth)?" A big no on that one - the sweetness is simply too much, and there isn't much else to distinguish this brew from other Euro lagers to make it worth my while. I can drink this, and a pint isn't bad, but marking for the style, it's not one I'd pick up again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear pale straw color with a creamy white head.

S: some pale malting and light herbal hopping.

T: The body and flavor is more like a light lager/fest bier then an typical octoberfest style with a light cereal grain base. There was some buttery vegetables and an earthy herbal hop bite and fade on the finish.

M: light, and slightly oily.

D: Overall I was a tad bit disappointed by this. The flavor was rather bland. Theres a good herbal hop bite in the end, which is one of the few highlights of this beer. Drinks more like a festbier.

Photo of boss302
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hofbrau O'fest, draft

A Golden color clear, looks a lot like the original. Good thick head, lasted the whole glass. A little lighter than I would expect for an Oktoberfest beer. 3.5

S Not a lot to aroma here, perhaps the absence of aroma is more telling than the presence. There are no aroma faults to note, it is crisp and clean. There may be some hop, but it's tough to tell. Lacks a big malt aroma that should be there for this style, however there is a touch of malty breadiness if you really concentrate. 3

T A little sweet is the predominant flavor. Hops show up more assertively here than on the nose. Not off-putting, but also not spectacular. A well heeled mild mannered beer. There is some malty sweetness on the finish that gets to be too much toward the end of the glass. Not appropriate for an O'fest and should be drier. 3

M light body, thin, good carbonation. 3

O This a beer worth having, but like all Hofbrau beers I'm left thinking it could have been so much better. It simply lacks character. More malt, more hops, more body...give me something! 3

Photo of bigbodybussey
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on Tap into a pint glass.

Appearance - was a nice clear and golden brew with a moderately thick white head. Minimal lacing noted.

Smell - Very puristic. Mild hoppiness with a slight alcohol scent.

Taste - very faint taste of malt and hops. A lingering bitterness that mellows with a semi-sweet presence.

Mouthfeel - relatively thin in comparison to other Marzen's I have had in the past. Large amount of carbonation with a watery-feel.

Drikability - A realtively smooth, drinkable brew, however, the taste and smell are lacking. I would be willing to give it another try.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hofbräuhaus Newport - JPH
JP Henley's, 10/4/08 on draft, 20 oz pub glass, 5.8 ABV
A 2.5, light and golden yellow, little to no head or lacing
S 3.0, notes of honey, sweet notes for a Marzen
T 3.0, mediocre, different than most Marzen, semi bitter balanced with sweetness
MF 3.5 Semi syrupy, medium body, weird for a Marzen
D 3.0, I would drink this, I like it, but it is not my first pick for a Marzen/Ofest beer.

Photo of RTHKI
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of veggiemafia
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. into an Impy pint.

Pours a dark straw-gold color with a fluffy white head. I guess this is the color of new-school OFests from Deutschland.

Smell is faintly skunky, but like someone else said, I think it's just a yeast strain I'm not used to. Other than that, some biscuity things, but not a lot of aroma from this one.

Taste is similar, biscuit malt, no real caramel to speak of, just kind of boring. This beer doesn't say much.

Mouthfeel is good at least, not spiky, but still lively. Pretty smooth.

This beer is just kind of blah, for me, so accordingly, I don't have much desire to drink more. Also, the smell is a bit off-putting.

Photo of TerryW
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A good looking beer. Pours a moderate head that settles to a heavy film that surrenders good lace. Crystal clear gold colour with lots of carbonation action. Classic appearance.

Nice aroma where hops overlay the malt. No real hint of the slightly higher than normal alcohol content.

Simple taste dominated by sweet malt to the point where it is almost too sweet. Finishes with slight hop bitterness, but the hops are not as present as you might figure from the aroma. Somewhat oily mouthfeel, but overall a fairly clean drinking beer.

Decent enough, but doesn't blow me away.

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of BFC84
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of jomer10
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of chim52chim
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Bieniek30
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of robotiks
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,147 ratings.