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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 479
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%


Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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jak3676

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hofbräu - Oktoberfest

Brewed and bottled in Munich, Germany. This is another one I've dranken by the barrel over the years. But unlike the Weihenstephaner, I'm dissapointed in this one - at least the first 6-pack I picked up this year. I'm still trying to figure out if it's intentional, or if my beer went skunk - either way, it was suprisingly bitter. It had the very hoppy bitterness that I always dislike in an IPA. My Dad was over last weekend and he commented that this one had the "typical Hofbräu Hause bitter hops taste too. Maybe it's more of an aquired taste? I've been to the actual Hofbräu Hause in Munich probably a dozen times and I've always loved the beer, so I'm not sure what's up here. I will say that poping a few more later in the evening seemed to get much better. Maybe I was letting them breathe more, or maybe the 6.3% ABV was starting to kick in. Maybe it's intentionally bitter to hide the high ABV and I just never noticed before?

This was another crystal clear, blondish-yellow beer. I'm going to try to have to dig up some more of my old pics from Germany, because I remember these being much darker in color too. There are some numbers stamped on the label, but nothing I can discern as a date. In any case I think I'll be passing on this one until I can find my way back to Germany again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 20:05:21 | More by jak3676
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P:  Crystal clear golden body with steaming effervescence and a small thin layer of fading white head. 

S:  As expected the nose is full of skunky aroma but does still have faint notes of toasted caramel, canned dog food, subtle spicy hops. 

T/M:  Prickly medium body that follows the nose but the flavors are more toasted malts and powdery yeast rather than the overpowering skunk funk in the nose.  Sour apples, and citrus bitterness to compliment the sweet caramel and malt base. Finish is semi dry and clean that lingers apple peels and citrus bitterness.  Subtle lactic acid tartness shows up once warmed. 

O:  The smell was pretty awful and I was expecting to hate this buy it turned out the taste was much better than the nose. The flavors worked well together and the mouthfeel was pretty good. 

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 21:33:17 | More by Hopswagger
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tophers

Michigan

2.15/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Green bottle...can't wait. Hoping it wasn't sunked, but alas no such luck. Moderate amount of skunkiness in the aroma with some malt background. The skunkiness came over in the flavor too. Would like to try this from the tap in Germany as I think it would be a really great beer if it was packaged better.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 22:30:55 | More by tophers
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear medium golden color with a huge thick white head. The head has fantastic retention, eventually fading to give a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – While it looked fantastic, it was not the best smelling. A strong skunky aroma was mixed with some malt, lemon and slightly sweet smell.

Taste – The taste begins of some caramel sweetness with a strong malty backbone. These flavors last the entire of the taste and mix with some lighter citrus flavors as well as a light hop bitterness that comes to the tongue more toward the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness/creaminess with a slightly higher than average carbonation level. The carbonation is actually quite good for the style and makes for one very refreshing feel.

Overall – Nothing too special here. They should ditch the green bottle to get rid of some of the skunky nose. While rather easy drinking, there are definitely better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 01:20:05 | More by Darkmagus82
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into Weizen

Two finger fast reducing off-white head, dark gold in color, just a little cloudy and pale than what I was expecting.

Smells: Wet grain, slight skunk, and malt

Taste: Grassy, malt, bread, and boozy finish

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but not too watery.

I am liking these oktoberfest beers. I cannot wait to try more.
My fiancee and I loved it!

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 13:40:13 | More by BierStein711
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eriktoyra

Sweden

3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is golden colored with a pale white head at about one finger's height. The head is creamy and leaves some nice lacings after it dissolves.

S: It smells of white bread, toasted malts, some spicy hops and some grassy tones.

T: The taste has typical German hops in it. The toasted malt is dominant at the end. I also noticed the alcohol.

O: Somewhat oily in texture. Medium body with medium to strong carbonation.

O: A nice Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 07:40:50 | More by eriktoyra
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 02:09:51 | More by thecheapies
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a half inch thick, creamy white head. Dissipates after a minute and leaves nice lacing.

Smell - Caramel, toasted malts, some spices, grains, and bread.

Taste - Toasted malts up front, a little bit of caramel, grains and bread, some spices I can't really point out, and leaves a strong bitter and floral aftertaste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Overall - This beer isn't bad. Although I'm not too fond of floral flavors.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 03:37:41 | More by jsisko01
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MNJR

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 5 liter mini-keg for $10.99 so I'm not complaining too much. Good beer, not exceptional but solid. Pretty thin appearance for a fest beer - gold like a lager. Smells of caramel mostly and a bit toasty, cookie dough, malty, spicy. Tastes of vanilla, caramel, slight hops, alcohol is hardly noteceable, even though 6.3 is relatively strong. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a spiky finish. This is treating me right. I don't get any off flavors. Not the best Oktoberfest ever made, but in the class of very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 01:42:23 | More by MNJR
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours gold. Head is decently large. Leaves mild lacing. Pours mostly clear too.

S-German hops. Some skunkiness. Malt balances out the hops and the skunk. Lightly watery but there isn't much of an alcohol presence.

T-Spicy and German hoppy. Slight metallic twang along with a bit of skunk too. The negative aforementioned flavors are minimal though. Finishes malty and pretty crisp.

M-Lighter side of medium body. Alcohol masked well. Plenty of carbonation. Sessionable feel.

O/D-Pretty easy drinking Oktoberfest. Had it a bit out of date but this isn't a hop bomb so I don't think the flavor degraded much. Pretty mild; the skunk/metallic taste is off-putting but it is very minimal. Had a single, and that was enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 01:42:49 | More by VelvetExtract
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eric5bellies

Australia

3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 15:41:03 | More by eric5bellies
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Beejay

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a mini-draft Keg. Not sure if that counts as a "draft" "Cask" or "Can" But anyway, here goes..

A: A slightly dirty yellow in color. Plenty thick white head on top.

S: There is a nice malty and bready smell right off the bat. Behind that there is a very sweet smell that I can’t quite put my finger on. Possibly a pancakes and syrup thing.

T: There is a toast flavor at first. There is a slight herbal note in the finish, as well as a hint of spice. The finish is more toasty malt.

M: Medium light in body, the carbonation is quite active.

O: Overall a decent beer, tasty but nothing remarkably striking about it.

Serving type: cask

12-26-2011 21:20:07 | More by Beejay
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer exits the 11.2 ounce green bottle a crystal clear golden color with a towering cap of white foam above. The aroma is mainly consists of bready notes with some husky grains mixed in. Lots of lightly toasted malt on the palate. The barley is clean and thorough. A touch of grassy hops at the end rounds it out. A fine beer, nothing outstanding, but nothing particularly to complain about either.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:24:51 | More by BeardedBoffin
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to a tulip.

Appearance: Well serves a transparent gold with a thick 1/2" white head.

Smell: Smells of dry hops, nothing that will overwhelm you though. Comes and leaves as quick as you inhale it.

Taste: Hofbrau makes up for it in this portion. "HBO" comes off extremely creamy and super and I do mean super smooth. Taste is truly impossibly to hate regardless of the occasion. It has everything to offer stickiness, texture, and believe me satisfaction.

Mouth: Medium carbonation which mat come off heavy to some drinkers but easy to swallow. Definitely designed to be a every person's beer, with flavor intact and the appearance of sweet hops.

Overall: My second favorite "Marzen", sure there are alot out there, but HB has given me a true beer with absolutely no hassles. Drinks smooth they way it should be, not debatable, and incredible taste to comfort the soul. Take it with love and cheers to all!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 08:00:15 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 22:21:52 | More by flyingpig
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scootny

New York

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The octoberfest stash is in need of attention along with my pumpkin ale as we move into the holiday ale season. With that a review of the last of this years batch. A pale golden fluid with a soft fluffy white head. Some lacing left after a gentle fade. Smell is toasted sweet and malty. Some light spiciness in the hops as well. Taste is caramel malt, mildly sweet with a good toasted breadiness. Clean hop bitterness in the finish has muted Sazz notes and light peppery zing. Alcohol is hidden at first but as it warms it gives notice. Feel is medium light crisp and refreshing. A decent thirst quencher. This goes down well and drinks like a session lager when cold but the abv is a little high so be careful. The thing is this is more like a malty pilsner than a marzen so a nice beer but not quite what I was expecting style wise..

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 05:06:14 | More by scootny
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KenC

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle code: L 147 K 07:34

A: Gold, pure and crystal clear. One finger of head, it lasted just a minute. Zero lacing.

S: Bread malt, plain and simple. Very much as expected.

T: Very even, almost flat toasted malt/bread taste. The higher than most Marzen ABV can’t be detected, which is a big plus. Just the right little hop tang at the finish.

M: Very thin with no/low carbonation. Again, it is much as expected per style.

O: Very drinkable, but not really noteworthy either.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 13:28:34 | More by KenC
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 03:14:17 | More by Chaney
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Standard looking macro-gold body, it has one finger of dense, whipped head. No lace on the glass at all.

Smell- The nose is slightly herbal, a little more on the vegetal side with a grassy hop present, not very strong.

Taste- This one is incredibly crisp and clean. Orange comes out with the herbal notes on the tongue, heavy wheat backbone. This is one of the more refreshing Fest offerings.

Mouth feel- That crisp nature is helped by the slight carbonation of this beer, and it really does feel nice. It is quite smooth for being more on the lighter side.

Overall- Again, just a really refreshing drink, but as far as a Fest profile goes, it remains fairly average.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 00:21:45 | More by Pintofbrown
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:29:56 | More by Arithmeticus
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argock

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a clear Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Honey golden with short quickly receding cap of off-white head and no lacing.

S: Nice caramel, nutty notes with soft herbal hoppiness.

T: Unfortunately, the flavor is much lighter than the aroma with a basic grainy flavor with very little hopping aside from some light grassy herbal notes. Pretty disappointing.

M: Light-medium bodied with a fairly smooth feel. Easy drinker for sure.

O: Pretty run-of-the-mill marzen, maybe even slightly below average given the grainy, low-character malt contribution and dank grassy hoppiness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 14:27:06 | More by argock
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mfigueroa713

New York

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - light yellow color, light carbonation.

S - Neutral without ant distinct notes.

T - Bland upfront but had a slight bitter aftertaste. High ABV was barley detectable.

M - Light and watery, similar to a Budweiser.

O - This beer is an easy drinker with a fairly high ABV. Has refreshing properties but is very simple in structure.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 13:10:27 | More by mfigueroa713
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ribby

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nice clear bubbly yellow, with a good two fingers of not quite creamy foam. The aroma seems rather mild, mostly floral hops. The taste is weighted towards the hoppy end of the scale, but with a bit more than the minimum needed to balance the hops. The decent carbonation and hops combine to give a pleasing mouthfeel, very crisp. Aside from the slightly elevated alcohol, this is what US megalagers should aspire to, even though the thought seems like a bit of an abomination. But at $23 a case at Costco, the price isn't that far off.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 01:48:35 | More by ribby
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mryuk

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear gold with several fingers of head and lots of carbonation.

smell is very sweet honey with some bite. very little hops.

taste is smooth sweet honey, no hops.

mouth is smooth and light with good carbonation.

overall fairly enjoyable light german beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 14:22:36 | More by mryuk
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Octoberfest: Say the word and you probably think of lederhosen, big parties with communal tables, beer girls dressed in traditional garb, and a brew like this. I sure did so when I saw this available via the single bottle, I figured that this would be a great brew to enjoy the season with, even if I couldn't get to a real event like those in Germany attend every year. Like so many others on here, I was let down by this beer from the moment I poured it out. I know that Marzens aren't the highest rated brews on here, but I do expect an imported offering like this to have some taste, body, and drinkability to it!

Light pour to this was a good head and lacing that was better than expected. Those were the best aspects of this beer as the aroma was practically nonexistent and the head faded fairly quickly. Marzen's tend to be a bit thin in the mouthfeel for me but even this didn't match up to my less-than-lofty expectations. There was straw, grass, and floral notes to this beer but I couldn't wonder how much of the taste had to do with the green bottle. Sure enough, this tasted skunked as soon as I took a sip and because this hadn't been on the shelf that long, I think that spoke more about the beer than the presentation of it. Further tasting of this led me to wonder what style it was, since it reminded me of an Adjunct Lager in every aspect. The filler seemed less than up to standards and the aftertaste was sour enough to beg for a chaser - any type that would alleviate the lingering and uneasy bitterness.

I have no idea how something this bad could be so strong in the alcohol department. This is not the kind of beer I would want to get drunk on and even though the carbonation didn't detract from the taste, this wasn't something that I could down very quickly. Maybe I'm not up to snuff on my appreciation of this style but after seeing how low this was rated on here, I'm thinking that this beer is about a big a letdown as they get.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 20:28:55 | More by JerzDevl2000
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.