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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,119
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Photo of hosehead83
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from green bottle (UH,oh)into a standard pint glass.
Clear gold in color, with a two-inch head of bright white foam that starts to fade rather quickly.
Aroma-Faint skunkiness(green bottle anyone?), cracker malt.
Taste-Faintly sweet at the onset,followed by a short pilsner hop bite. Not bad, but not what I expected from an actual German oktoberfest beer.

hosehead83, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of thecheapies
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pretty pale in color. Bright gold beer with a sliver of white head that quickly dissipated. Pretty much looks like a light lager.

Pilsner malts with a light toast. Not as amped-up in the malt department as it should be. Slight earthy skunk. Grassy hops aren't particularly overwhelmed, which is a nice change of pace.

Musty grains, simple dose of bitterness, tart apple skin, grassy hops, and light metallic note. Perhaps, slightly skunked. Tasty in a 'dry and brisk and very slightly fruity and very slightly toasty' kind of way. Still, it's not fully-realized.

Thin, but not watery. Spicy effect of carbonation, especially around the gums. A so-so mouthfeel, overall.

I still like it for what it is; a paler and hoppier Oktoberfest without that generous toast character to the grain. Not a top-notch German example, however. Still passable, and very drinkable.

thecheapies, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Foyle
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%

In pint glass from mini-keg

Appearance: pours a thick frothy white head that slowly falls with mild lacing. Color is clear light golden with mild streaming carbonation.
Aroma: lightly toasted barley malt, grass & floral hops
Mouthfeel: light and crisp with a pleasant mostly dry finish.
Flavor: bready malt, a bit of vanilla, some mild grass & floral hops.
Overall: not outstanding but nicely dine and enjoyable.

Foyle, Yesterday at 07:35 PM
Photo of RuudJH
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another quite strong oktoberfest beer I picked up in Germany today.
I can imagine they'll actually use it as the sessionbeer: a few jugs of this and you'll be yodeling through the streets.

Pale golden, modest carbonation, thin head.
Common smell of citrus and grassy hops.
Taste is rather spicy, actually. The alcohol isn't completely covered though.
As said: quite strong as pilsners/lagers go. The flavour is ok, but it should be more complex.

RuudJH, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger of short-lived white head.

S: Smells skunky (already!). A bit of lager yeast and some light, fruity esters along with the sweet bready malt aromas. There is a a light hoppiness to it, mostly floral, with some hints of grass.

T: Sweet with a touch of grassy hop flavor. There is a soft floral note and bitterness, but overall it's mostly bready malt providing the flavor and sweetness. Faint apple esters and a mild skunk to the flavor.

M: Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Sort of disappointing as their helles is quite good. Might have to try to get this one on-tap.

womencantsail, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my pilsner glass.

A: Translucent mustardy yellow with a nice fluffy white 2 finger head. Tiny bubbles support the head but it fades to a film pretty rapidly.

S: Big golden malty smell with a touch of sweetness and some mild hopping.

T: Again the taste up front is malty and a bit yeasty, but there's quite a bit of sweetness. Tough to really characterize the sweetness, it doesn't really have a fruity or sugary flavor. Almost like a sweet dough of some sort. The finish is just a tad bitter and very crisp.

MF: Thin bodied but not watery. Decent carbonation bite, but not overpowering. Finish is mostly wet, but there is a tiny bit of dryness from the hops.

D: Very drinkable beer, but not really one of the best oktoberfest beers out there. The flavor is fine but it doesn't seem as dark and rich as a lot of the other beers in the style. Drinks more like a standard lager to me with maybe a bit more sweetness. Would be great for tailgating though.

rxdrewthejew, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer looks great. Brilliant gold color has lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The generous and firm head sticks around for the duration and leaves a generous lace. On the downside, this beer is awfully pale for an Oktoberfest.

S: Not much is going on here. Some pepper and clove to the nose, plus dry malts.

T: The peppery bitterness is what struck me first. As the beer warms, a bittersweet toffee flavor works its way into the picture. There is a very faint alcohol bite at work as well. The overall experience isn't terribly complex.

M: Medium body is a little sticky. Carbonation level is right.

D: A nice session beer, but there are much better examples of this style out there.

Rayek, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of pthompson26
3.44/5  rDev 0%

pthompson26, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A golden straw color with a light film of white bubbles on top and a pleasing enough aroma, notably floral hops with an unexpected whiff of tropical fruit (lychee?), grapes, corn flake, and rather bready malts. Unfortunately, the taste was more pedestrian, subdued, and dare I say "macro" ... An understated graininess, maybe a very light pear fruitiness, crisp and dry with aggressive carbonation, thin body, and vaguely grassy noble finish. I agree that it is not really anyone's place to claim that this beer somehow fails to capture style guidelines. There are lighter Oktoberfests. However, to my palate this compares unfavorably with other German examples such as Ayinger. I'd prefer the flavors to pop more after the tease on the nose.

CalgaryFMC, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a medium toned honey with sufficient bubble action and a thinnish white head with quite a lot of staying power. Leaves some streaks of thick lace. Smells of light, cracker maltiness, faint sulphur/DMS, and a bit of earthy hops. Flavor is rather straightforward, clean, malty, bready, and with a nice touch of finishing bitter. Sweetish overall with a simple syrup flavor somewhere in there. Mouthfeel is light in body, but a bit sticky, and the carbonation is a bit too obtrusive. Solid overall, but I'll spend my money on other Oktoberfests in the future.

goochpunch, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can you believe it? Hofbrauhaus Newport's Octoberfest available at TGIF's in Cincinnati! Word is that they own 10% of the HB so they can carry the line in the restaurants. This year's brew is a special recipe being made here and in Munich to honor the opening of the HB Newport. It's time for Monday Night Football at TGIF, so let's give it a try!

Appearance - pours a light gold into a pint glass. Soda-like white head forms up about a finger thick. Leaves a solid ring of lace around the top of the glass, but not much more as the beer disappears. This doesn't look like your typical fall Octoberfest as one look tells you it is evidently void of any Vienna or caramel malts.

Aroma - Has a clean malt smell with some light spiciness.

Taste - well, I know it's not an amber style, but I was still kind of expecting a fuller taste. What I got was a much lighter, but tasty malt start. At first, it's very similar to a German pilsener in flavor. A mild bitterness on the finish provides pretty good balance. I even pick up a hint of honey sweetness for a bit, once I get accustomed to the primary taste. A nicely done Octoberfest, I guess it's only fair that I not deduct for its being as light as it is, after all, the fest-tents in Bavaria are full of similar style beer.

Mouthfeel - crisp, clean, and most bubbly.
Drinkability - I must have salted away about 5 or 6 of these during the game, so that speaks for itself. It goes down easily and almost too quickly. Even after several, the flavor is still right there.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of mattbrat1
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

mattbrat1, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of flyingpig
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow straw with a big head reducing to thin one after a couple minutes.

Lager malts, bread, honey and mild hops aroma. Some hints off nuts and overall sweetness.

Sweet malts to kick things off with followed by a little grain, some grassy hops and a hint of alcohol right at the very end. The finish is sticky and has a touch of bitterness.

Crisp and light bodied with a touch of bitterness and alcohol at the end although it isn't anything particularly special.

This one was a fairly enjoyable beer although it didn't exactly blow me away. It struck me as being a lot like a strong lager but no in a bad way. I enjoyed the simplicity of this one, it was a nice beer & a good introduction to the style.

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flyingpig, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap over at my friend and work collegue's place last weekend and one of my peeps brought me a sixer of this last night at a Halloween party that I hosted. Needless to say, I'm familiar with this beer.

I poured this into my "Dick's Last Resort", 24 oz. beer glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear, soft golden color, without a big bubble content visually, and the head was about a 1/2 finger, which stuck around for a while.

S: Fresh baked bread.... of the cracked wheat variety. Not much sweetness except for the natural one found in bread.

T: Not syrupy (that would be blasphemy in the Marzen world!), but it was more sugar concentrated than I like for this style. The German malts present had sort of a "blah" character to them.

M: Very low carbonation. Actually, if I had a force carbonater in my possession, I'd gladly carbonated this one manually. That might turn this one into a world-class beer. The lacing was splotchy.

O: Neither offending nor very pleasing. I like this one okay.

Chaney, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of KrisDLSmith
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%

KrisDLSmith, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of heygeebee
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poued a one finger head, straw/gold, not a lot of lacing. Nice carbonation and bubbling.

Aromas - euro-lager ish, with extra lemon zing.

Taste - again in Euro-lager territory, however, some nice citrus balances out the earthier tatses that I suspect come with the higher ABV

Mouthfeel is the highlight. Zesty carbonation bubbles away. Nice full body.

Overall, pleasant drinking.

heygeebee, Jun 24, 2011
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.

Evil_Pidde, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of gpcollen1
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice simple pour into my Imperial Pint - a little bit of a head that quickly settles down.

Subtle aromas of the Marzen malts. ubtle flavors as well. A nice light, crisp easy drinking brew. Not too much going on but just enough that I could sit around and suck these down.

gpcollen1, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of buschbeer
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in an imperial nonic pint glass

A - It is golden with a little off-white head. At least I think it was. It disappeared before I could tell.

S - Since it was in a green bottle, I expected a skunked smell. I really don't get that. Instead I get some grassy, sweet malt aromas.

T - The taste is sweet and malty with a slight metallic aftertaste.

M - Pretty thin.

O - It was better than expected. It has been awhile since I have had this style of beer. I think I would rather have Great Lakes, but this is not bad.

buschbeer, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of brurevu
3.46/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The oktoberfest poured a lighter golden color than most German versions. The aroma is all caramel malt with a hint of earthy grassiness. The taste follows with a strong malt profile that has caramel and honey with a slight hoppiness in the middle that keeps it from being overly sweet. This was my first Oktoberfest of the season and I was thoroughly enjoying it.

brurevu, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of BigMarty1980
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

BigMarty1980, Monday at 09:05 PM
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
79 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.