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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
77
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882 Ratings
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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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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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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
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dorianmarley

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a light, bright, translucent yellow; with a foamy head.

Nose has a bit of sweet malt, with a pungent pilsner-like sourness. The end has some harvest wheat and oak.

The taste is mostly just sweet malt, with some stale bitterness--not especially pleasant.

The mouthfeel is this beer's saving grace. It has a good amount of carbonation that fades sharply; very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall, it is a great beer for drinking, but not for savoring.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:39:57 | More by dorianmarley
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claspada

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation and a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
Aromas begin with light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with a surprisingly ample amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops, but this is definitely one of the sweetest examples of the style I have had this month or ever.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish as well.
Overall this beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style. It is too sweet overall with not enough malt heft or hop bitterness or flavor to combat the overpowering pale sweet bready/biscuitness. There are much better examples out there so this is a one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 13:52:00 | More by claspada
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pvsob

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Crystal clear light yellow color with a half-inch head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing.

S- Bready/grainy German malts and straw. Little to no hop aroma. I'm having a hard time deciphering the exact fruit I'm smelling, but there's a sweet fruitiness to this beer as well.

T- Starts off sweet then moves to a dry grassiness and finishes off with some noble hops and just a touch of alcohol.

M- Medium feel with just enough carbonation to keep this beer from becoming too insipid.

D/O- Blond Oktoberfest, Munich Helles, or weak Pilsener? By no means is this my favorite O'Fest; there's just too many other great examples out there. I don't see myself revisiting this brew anytime soon. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:04:46 | More by pvsob
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1.48/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Very excited to try this. Big letdown. This is a very boring beer. It tastes like an American Light Lager, but they have managed a higher ABV.

Appearance is a very light yellow.

There is a near odorless beer. It doesn't smell bad, it just has no aroma. This was less surprising after I tasted it. Extremely light flavor. Same amount of flavor as Coors. Barely discernible hops. Malt flavor is so light it is hard to figure out how they got to 6.3 ABV.

There is no mouthfeel. Water has more mouthfeel. The draft I had was overcarbonated. I let it sit a little bit, and it was very slightly better.

Overall, this is an extremely boring, bland beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2011 02:32:14 | More by
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Straw yellow with brilliant clarity. White, sticky, lacy head.

S- Huge skunk aroma blew off to reveal sweet caramel malt aroma, toasted honey-puffed cereal grains, and grassy noble hops.

T- Sweet tasty grainy malt flavor with a touch of dry, grassy hops on the finish.

Drinkable, light, crisp. Good CO2.

Green Bottle Disease is likely to be a problem, so pour & leave alone for 10 minutes first.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:53:49 | More by WhiteOak
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amphion1065

Massachusetts

2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Draft pour into a Hofbrau branded mug - this one was definitely over the 0.5 liter line. God I love Magoun's. Reviewed from notes.

Looks quite different from any oktoberfest I've ever seen; as the bartender was pouring my mug, I had to check twice to make sure she'd selected the correct tap. Pours a pale yellow that's quite clear, almost like an adjunct lager. A frothy, one-finger white head tops it off.

From smell alone this is quite reminiscent of a pilsner, though I would if that perception is just psychomatic. There is a very clear grassy, earthy hop aroma alongside what seems to be pilsner malt. A touch of pepper and spice reminds me of what style of beer I'm drinking.

The taste is surpsingly sweetness, almost to the point of being cloying and overpowering. There's a very clean bready, biscuit character to the malt bill that's actually quite refrshing, but that saccharine sweetness obscures it almost entirely. The hop profile from the aroma seems almost entirely absent in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a little dead, and more carbonation might help this. In any event, I couldn't imagine being able to drink too much of this.

Quite a departure from the style, and an unsuccessful departure at that. The mug, however, is awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 20:41:30 | More by amphion1065
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ehammond1


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Clear orange and amber with a moderately sized near-white head. Lines and spots of lacing left down the glass. Nearly perfect per the style.

Grassy and earthy hop character combined with a touch of caramel malt. There's a hint of the dishrag/wet sponge aroma I despise, but it's faint.

Fortunately, I'm far more of a fan of this beer's taste than of it's aroma. There's quite a bit of toasted and caramel malt, a bit of sweetness, and some sharp, yet grassy hops. Overall, this seems like a classic, incredibly drinkable Oktoberfest.

Medium mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable. Near perfect per the style.

A simple, classic Oktoberfest. I would happily drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2011 02:36:00 | More by ehammond1
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jar2574

Missouri

2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light copper color. Very little head and no lacing to speak of. Not a great looking beer, frankly.

Smell is syrupy sweet malts, but subdued, not overwhelming.

Taste is sweet malts, a touch cloying.

Low level of carbonation, watery consistency, combined with the sweetness reminds me of a flat soda pop.

I didn't hate this one, but the appearance and mouthfeel left so much to be desired that I don't think I'd get it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 23:43:01 | More by jar2574
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MP72

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy yellow with no head

S- Grains,and grass with a hint of mustiness.

T-Struggling with this one ,, I love almost all Hofbrau varieties but I dont know what I'm tasing here. A bitter pilsner that is too thick and slick to the tongue if that makes sense.
Since this isnt a pilsner I'm lost.

M- Slick and heavy

O- Sorry Hofbrau this one didnt do it for me. The dunkels and helles kick ass but this one is odd for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 17:37:14 | More by MP72
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ScorpyX

Colorado

1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light golden pour with a thin white head. It came in a green bottle which I somehow failed to notice when I bought. That's worrying.

S: Smells of light damage. Light, lagery scent. Grains apparent.

T: Overcomes the light damage at first, but that skunkiness is in the aftertaste. Darn. Light bread and grain start it off, though, and a little bit of malt. Tastes like a lot of other green-bottled lagers out of Europe. I'm starting to prefer American-style Oktobers. At least out of bottles.

M: Light, crisp mouthfeel. Fairly carbonated, though some of it sticks around on the palate.

D: Pretty much a one and done. Might be better out of a tap, but I won't be taking this out of a bottle again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 04:51:42 | More by ScorpyX
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

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

A - Two fingers worth of slightly creamy airy whipped off-white colored head... Modestly good retention... What's left is a think creamy lacing... Loaded with medium sized carbonation bubbles which start slowly bit reach a crescendo pace before hitting the surface... The color is a pale golden yellow...

S - Some toasted malts.... Some adjunct grains... Touches of seltzer water... A bit nutty... Banana notes... Very faint toffee... Some floral notes as well... Kind of a muddled mess for the for the style...

T - Diacytel... Toasted malts... A bit grainy... Some grassy notes... A bit salty... A touch of metallic... Light toffee... Some floral notes... A touch of hoppiness on the finish...

M - Medium bodied... Sturdy... Light carbonation... Fairly smooth... A touch of creaminess... Not bad...

D - Not a bad beer, but something is a bit of with this one in almost all facets... I could drink this again in the future if given no alternative, but I will neither seek out nor recommend... There are many better Marzens out there and I'm not sure this is a solid representation of the style...

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 22:06:56 | More by philbe311
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metter98

New York

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pilsner Haus, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 14:35:01 | More by metter98
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A- Light yellow, while most marzens tend to be a little darker than standard helles this one does not. Good looking medium head, quite little retention and lacing though. Carbonation is clearly visible

S- Grainy/bready malts, on the fresh side due to some light grassy hop notes. Quite standard

T- Crisp grainy malts with the slightest hint of roastiness. Some lemonish hints on the tongue. Fresh grassy hop notes, with a distinctly bitter finish (sure this beer is more bitter than the average for the style). Aftertaste is a bit metallic

M- Medium to light in body, quite crisp, not because of carbonation (which is actually quite low) but more due to it's raw grainy feel. Refreshing

O- Drinkabilty is good, but this beer looks pretty much like a standard Helles. It is actually almost identical to Hofbrau's Original (maybe just a bit more "assertive" because of higher alcohol content), which failed to impress me as well

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 15:19:31 | More by Cozzatoad
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Boto

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught @ Hofbrauhaus Pittsburgh: This one pours a clear, somewhat darker golden color. There was a good sized white head on it that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. The aroma is lighter, with notes of malt, graininess and some spice. The taste is good. Malty, slightly earthy. A touch sweet with a hint of bitterness and pepper in the finish. Smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 00:14:05 | More by Boto
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Dave128

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure if this is even the right brew. Comparing the bottle pictures, mine is green 11.2oz and the BA picture is a brown bottle. Also on my bottle, it's just called oktoberfest and not oktoberfestbier. However, this is the closest I could find for my review considering most opinions of previous reviewers reflect my own. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Rigorous pour brings out a nice fluffy white head that dissipates pretty quickly. Clear and dark straw colored. Looks a lot like pee. Lacing is pretty much nonexistent.

S - Phew grainy, grassy, and musty. It smells a little skunky but I'm not sure if my brain is just trained to smell that from anything out of a green bottle.

T - Is a little more complex than the smell. My first few sips were harsh when it was pretty cold. It tasted a lot like pale euro lagers. As it warmed, it began to build different flavors. The sharp grainy smell that was putting me off in the beginning is more of a sweet biscuity base. I can start to taste the hops but they are very faint.

M - Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. Carbonation in the beginning was a little much when I had it cold. But after sitting a while it gets to the right level.

O - Not really what I was looking for in a Marzen, but I enjoyed it a bit more as it warmed up. I just had to put myself in a different mindset than the rich malty oktoberfests I had been drinking, and its not that bad. However, I must rate to style, and this one is not a very good showing.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 05:20:44 | More by Dave128
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not sure how to classify this as it was out of a mini-keg

A: This beer pours a clear, lighter to medium shade of yellow. A two finger of foamy, sudsy head that retains quite well. Minor clumps of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Nose is grain, malt, with light grassy notes.

T: Taste starts with a bit of grassy sweetness, and a large grainy, bready flavoring that really pulls through the middle. Finish has a more malty presence, with a bit more of grassy hop notes.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, somewhat thin but crisp.

O: Goes down easily, ok tasting, not filling, mild kick, ok representation of style. I've had better of the style. That being said, it is a highly drinkable beer, nice flavor and perfect for tailgating!

Serving type: nitro-can

09-20-2011 00:51:10 | More by Jayli
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codfeast

California

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle to pint.

A: Urine yellow, no head, little carbination.

S: Cereal grains, hints of hops.

T: Malt, and yeast with a bitter little finish.

M: A bit fizzy despite the utter lack of carbination bubbles.

O: It is what it is. easy to drink, no great flavor profile. To be enjoyed outside in the sun on a nice sunny afternoon, think I'll have another before the fog rolls in.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 23:12:21 | More by codfeast
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Sachsenfreude

Germany

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A; clear light honey colored. White pillowy head with great retention and lacing.

S; Nice sting of grassy and herbal hops up front but really dominated by moist slightly roasted malts with a bit of sweetness. Some faint citrus notes pop up after the malts phase out.

T; Some citrusy hops from start to finish almost orange like but finishing with a lemon rind bitterness. Not as malty as expected but still a solid backbone. The best flavors of barley come out in the finish.

M; medium bodied but not quite chewy. Some nice finishing burn with a slick finish just touching on dry.

O; apretty good example of the style but nothing to go crazy over.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 22:10:55 | More by Sachsenfreude
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StJamesGate

New York

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

Sunshine yellow with creamy lumpy snow white head with good lace. Nose is flinty grain and sweet malts - not much in the way of hops.
Toasted grain, cut hay and a bit of golden syrup sweetness then grassy hops with the small hint of ginger.
Pear cake finish, some sourness and lingering zestiness. Round, light, slight chew, no heat.

Lighter on the hops than some other Marzen, and the sweetness cloys a bit. Don't get the skunk other reviews are talking about. Middle of the road all around, but a good reference for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 18:28:48 | More by StJamesGate
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a DFH glass.

Pours slightly orange with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is a kind of minerally, with a hint of skunkiness.

First sip is better than expected. Some nice sweetness followed by a dry crisp finish. Lingering minerally aftertaste. Quite drinkable.

All in all, this isn't too bad. The aftertaste is a bit harsh, but it drinks very well. A nice thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 00:09:57 | More by FickleBeast
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kilustration

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale, mild cloudiness. Grassy flavor. Weak lacing. Slightly bitter aftertaste - but not overwhelming.

Hard to believe this is an official octoberfest beer. Its decent, but would not think is it of that caliber.

Has a nice smooth mouthfeel, almost creamy. Taste grows on you with each sip.

Very confusing beer. First taste is somewhat disappointing - then it gets better as you drink.

Bottom line: Not in my top 10 German beers; but would not turn down. Taste an appearance gives me the impression that this is the "Coors" of German beers (light years ahead of the American BMCs)...hmmmm.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 00:23:07 | More by kilustration
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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a lame, non-oktoberfest pale, Americanized-like urine straw yellow, with foamy white head about half a finger thick. Decent retention, solid lacing. I wanted this to have a darker appearance.

Boring, grainy and weak aromas, no hop presence, light on malts. Very grassy. Not impressed.

Stupid grainy taste, very little malts, no hop areas at all. Thin body with heavy carbonation.

The supposed 6.3% ABV is about all this is good for. Oktoberfest-Marzen my butt, this really just a pale lager, and not very good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-12-2011 20:22:16 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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slassy

Ohio

2.2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours single finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving little foam on top. A golden honey color.

S: Very grainy, almost sour even.

T: Sour and leafy tasting. Almost makes your chin pucker half way through if you drink it too fast.

M: Lightly carbonated, extremely smooth, goes down effortlessly. Clean and dry finish.

O: My first Marzen, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. However, not really what I was expecting from an Okotoberfest beer (weak in my mind). One plus I will give it is that it wouldn't be bad for a long, all-day drinking session, as it wouldn't be hard to put many of these away.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 03:48:08 | More by slassy
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.