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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 555
Hads: 1,303
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 24.56%
Wants: 27
Gots: 170 | FT: 0
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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 WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little bit too hoppy, spicy, yeasty for a Marzen. There is a lot more grain flavor here than Vienna malt. It looks more like a Helles, and drinks like a combination of a Pilsner-Helles. A very good lager, but it doesnt strike me as an Oktoberfest. I would swear it was a Helles.

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Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Freshness is key to enjoying this beer in a green glass bottle. I bought some as soon as it hit the shelves. Had a slight skunkiness when I popped the top, but it was not present in the flavor. It has a nice bready malt character, with some grain and yeasty notes. Not overly sweet and a bit dry. Light hopping adds a touch of citrus and earthy spice. Very easy to drink large quantities of this beer.

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Photo of Buck89
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden clear color with a frothy white head that lingered. The aroma was subdued - pale biscuity malt with some yeast and subtle spicy noble hop character and some grassiness. Taste was better - bright sweet bready malt with faint floral hop flavor at the end. Medium bodied with more carbonation that I expected. Very quaffable, but not a robust as others in the style.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Best before 2016-06-24. Poured into tulip.

A: Clear yellow. Poured with some foam but sank soon.
S: Little grainy sweet notes.
T: Malty sweet. Mildly bitterness. Dry finish.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: The first German brewed Oktoberfest I have had. It looks and smells like many pale lagers, but of taste-wise it is slightly stronger, in the right direction.

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Photo of claminat420
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on a hardy pour into a pilsner glass.

Appearence- solid golden color with super transparency. white frothy head that leaves barely any lacing. looking like some basic grains but good non the less

Aroma- super basic malt. even tho I don't have a nose with range this smells basic as in cereal grains..maybe biscuity?

Taste- much on the malt side. like I said with the aroma there's a cereal- biscuity action going on. like corn flake water. prob some earthy german hops that don't do sh#t but tame the sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel- medium/light in body.

Drinkability- as i'm going on the sixth soon it's not that bad.

Overall- are there better Oktoberfest brews out there? hell yeah. as I was feeling something different and in a lager category this def hit the spot. I could see any bud and miller fans attempting to take the training wheels off accepting this brew.

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Photo of dacoit
3.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps not the gold standard, but certainly the silver or bronze standard for German Oktoberfest beers. If you are expecting the overly sweet and heavily malted brown yank style look elsewhere, but this is a fine beer,

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the .51L brown bottle a surprisingly pale colour for the style, a gold with only hints of caramel around the edges, and two fingers of white foam that recedes quickly down to a couple of islands but leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

Smell is pale malt, biscuit, cracker. Faintly herbal, grassy. A hint of caramel? Good, but less malt forward than I expect from the style.Taste has a touch more toasted and caramel malt quotient, more biscuit and a touch of cracker. Some floral hop bitterness, grassiness, hay, vegetal (bitter greens). Given that this is on the lighter side of the style, the body is a bit heavy, and the carbonation is pretty vigorous.

A decent, if unspectacular, Oktoberfest beer. Competent, and the taste delivers more than the smell promises, but it's a heavy beer whose heaviness doesn't really manifest in all that much more flavour. I *really* like Hofbrau's standard Helles lager, but this is a bit middling.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mini keg tapped at a Labor Day party

Golden orange with a frothy white foam two finger cap

Biscuity and grassy malts

Malt biscuit flavor

Light body, meant to be quaffed


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Photo of TopherBreski
1.92/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow, this is a Marzen? It looks slightly heavier than Coors light. It seriously smells like shandy; no wheat or caramel I'm upset. A Marzen brewed in Germany and its puss water; I feel ripped off. Taste is not bad; it's like Stella but compared to an Oktoberfest, it's shit. How is this a Marzen?

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light yellow-ish orange, with a long lasting half inch foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like crackery and bready sweet malt, with some fruitiness as well.

This isn't as bad as the ratings suggest, but it's definitely not the best Oktoberfest on the market. It's pretty sweet, and thin, with some crackery and caramelly malt flavor, and a really subdued hop character. There's some sweet almost grapey fruitiness, as well.

This is fairly thin bodied, very drinkable, but I do wish it was a little fuller.

Not bad, could definitely see having a few of these.

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Photo of teromous
3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green glass 12oz bottles. A mark on the label says L 147 0 11:17
Imported to the U.S.

Appearance: It is a very light golden color. Absolutely crystal clear with lots of visible carbonation and a thick fluffy head. It's much lighter than other Oktoberfest beers that I've had but it looks fantastic.

Aroma: There was this skunky aroma I could pick out as soon as I opened the bottle. It had me really worried because even as I poured it into the glass it started to fill the room with a skunky aroma and I was afraid it would be a skunk bomb. I don't know where that scent went because when I approach the glass I get a large spicy and slightly floral hop aroma. There's a bit of a cereal scent in there too.

Taste: It has a very nice slight biscuit flavor accompanied by a light touch of alcohol. There is a light skunky flavor to the beer that comes out at odd moments like burping or every few sips. The flavor of the beer is pretty bland as well.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty decent mouthfeel. It's light and drinkable with only the slightest pinch of hop bite. It has no real presence on the palate.

Overall: Get this in a beer tent or on tap somewhere that stores their kegs properly. As an import bottle I would not recommend this.The skunky aroma and flavor is not overwhelming but for an Oktoberfest beer which is supposed to be festive it's hard to really sit down and enjoy it. I tried another bottle and it was the same as the first. Now if you can get past that minor glitch you are left with an average tasting beer no matter what the style. It does have some pleasant spicy noble hop character which really is nice but the base of the beer just empty. There is no malt character aside from this very faint cereal flavor. I would most certainly try it again on tap, especially in Munich, but as it stands this is a no-go for the import bottles.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a hefeweizen, and not at all what I expected. Very mild and very crisp, although I could see this going skunky very easily due to the fact that it's an import in a green bottle. Good and drinkable, but not your typical oktoberfest.

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Photo of dar482
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a pale golden color.

The flavor hits of grass hops, biscuity malt, a bit of sweetness and pale malts, onto a medium bitterness with some spicy character.

A decent crisp lager for 6.3%.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear (filtered) with a bit of a weak head. Nose is clean, with a bit of bread and light malt. Flavor is crisp. A little light on malt flavor, but also little in the way of off flavors. Actually, better than I expected from this brewery. Not a thinking beer, but we'll designed for throwing back in quantity at the fest.

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Photo of steveh
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying a bounty of fresh HB Oktoberfest this season, so I thought I'd update my review from 6 years ago.

L -- Clear, bright gold with a long-lasting, firm white head.

S -- Mild DMS, yeasty bread, light spicy hops.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malts up front and through the middle, finishing with a dry, lightly spicy hop character that lingers to the aftertaste with some very mild citrus notes. Yeastiness also lingers thru the aftertaste.

F -- The mouthfeel is soft and smooth up front to dry in the finish with a light-medium body.

O -- Freshness is key and definitely brings out flavor and body in this true Wies'n Festbier. It's definitely bigger and more complex than the HB Helles (of which I accused this beer of really being back in '09). This is a refreshing, highly drinkable beer -- even at 6.3 ABV.

9, 16 2009 bottling. Definitely toward the Wies'n Fest style of Oktoberfest, but I already had a couple earlier in the week and was a little disappointed in the character -- so here's notes on a direct focus for review.

A -- Clear, pale straw gold color with a dense white head that holds well. 4

S -- Eek. Can smell some skunk at arm's length -- green bottle trouble. The skunk dissipated with the vigorous pour, but there's only some vague breadiness and hop spiciness coming through, maybe a hint of alcohol -- but it's more fusel or solvent than we'd like. Though it's light. Mild DMS with warming. 2

T -- Light, bready malt character up front that fades into the quickest hop note then the bread lingers and a mild touch of citrus. Not really rich in flavor as would be expected -- more Helles in character than a Festbier -- which isn't bad, just not what to expect from the label. 3

M -- Light body with a soft mouthfeel that turns very dry in the finish. Not impressed to style. 2

D -- Drinkability is definitely good, for a Munich Helles. Just a little disappointed in the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus on this one. I had a draft version at a bar that I thought was a little richer in flavor, but didn't take notes. I wonder if H-B pasteurizes their bottles, but not their kegs? 3.5
Total: 2.82

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.37/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one came in a pony keg that we found in the beer cave at a local Virginia Total Wine. It was an easy choice to make after we discovered the other options only included watery brews with less than 4.5% ABV. This Oktoberfest was imported from Germany and arrived in a 5 liter mini-keg as I call it with 6.3% ABV.

Look-This is the first beer I’ve ever given a 5 out of 5 on the look, because it has the most beautiful golden color ever. If you would turn the lights off and shine a flashlight through this brew you will see something more beautiful than 18k gold glinting in the fresh autumn light at sunset. The clarity of this elixir is complete and would even inspire the bards and muses to vibrate and tingle with joy as the perfect autumn colors induced frolicking and merry-making.

Smell-The smell jumps from the glass and is definitely malt-forward, but with a thick honey-based malt backbone flecked with roasted walnut and ancient yeast strains. It has a very indistinct smell of grassy dank hops that float high above the malty beauty and even as a hop head, I must say that this brew is perfect.

Taste-The taste is a wet dream. It is wet, because it is moist and refreshing, but it is a dream because it is much more than I had anticipated. I literally thought that the taste would be dominated by a watery yeast flavor that was unsatisfying. Instead, I got honey-suckle and molasses, toasted walnut, and subtle dank grassy hops. The Germans really know how to make a great celebration brew for Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel-It is so smooth that it makes Egyptian silk feel like sandpaper and this is a hyperbole that I would scarcely employ. The carbonation is fine-tuned and pleasant as well as fizzy and appropriately timed in its release towards the end when the hops are the most notable.

Overall-I would give this beer an extraordinarily high score, because it is unique and refreshing, well-balanced, and crisp. It is refreshing, moist, golden, delicious, mildly sweet, smooth, silky, beautiful, unique, and inspires joy. I’d buy more of this as the weather turns from humid heat to cool refreshing happiness that inspires dancing in the light of a full moon and the aroma of the reds and oranges of the falling autumn leaves. Cheers!

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Photo of hophead723
4.32/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Me and my brother got a 5 Liter pony keg from a Total Wine in Virginia. We enthusiastically tapped it with the integrated taps and began gulping it down soon after. It was dispensed into clear glass mugs that gave justice to its clarity and color.

Look: The most clear and beautiful beer I have ever encountered. It pours an astounding gilded amber gold color with a smooth white head that perches atop the brew like a royal crown. When held to the light there are beautiful tendrils of light that dance on the wall mystically. It casts a golden hue reminiscent of the setting sun, with a clarity that mocks the finest of diamonds. Amber itself is mocked by this beer's amazing appearance.

Smell: The malt-forward aroma bursts from the glass, yielding a plethora of honey like aromas that represent the excellence of the brew itself. At first I perceive an unfiltered honey aroma with flourishes of grassy noble hops which were undoubtedly used in the brewing of this beer. The smell provokes thoughts of festivity and joy.

Taste: An upfront rush of honey and sunshine are followed by a backbone of delicate grassy noble hops. Well balanced yet somewhat sweet, this beer sports a laundry list of malty deliciousness which is best enjoyed with the company of good friends.

Feel: Crisp, smooth, refreshing, juicy, and mildly dry with a bony end and succulent beginning. At the end of each enjoyable gulp this beer begs you to take another drink. An overall refreshing and quenching beer that really is made for festivals.

Overall: Yet another literally shining example of the excellence of Hofbrau. They really know how to brew an excellent beer. They use centuries old yeast and know-how that invariably results in masterpiece after masterpiece. This particular example is best enjoyed in the company of friends, with an easy of drink ability that is unsurpassed worldwide.

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Photo of paco1029384756
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Scent of somewhat sweet malt and mild spicy hops. Taste of the same sweet malt, corn and a bit of a metallic flavor on the finish. Bland and thin bodied.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hofbräu Oktoberfest.

Getting started early this year. Mini keg is a bit old, but I found it for $10 so I said what the hell how bad can it actually be?.

Look - Clear copperish golden with a one finger slightly off-white head that sticks around for a few minutes and eventually turns into cloud formations around the glass. No lacing is left anywhere. 3

Smell - Bready and quite sweet. The Munich in this one really stands out and takes dominance. Grapes after it sits a minute or two. 2.75.

Taste - Wow this is one sweet beer. Not picking up much else besides bready malts and straight up grape juice to be quite honest. 3.

Feel - Medium though well rounded body with medium to high carbonation. Finishes very dry. 3.5.

Overall - Something about authentic German beers always leads to a sweeter brew than its American counterpart. I have surely had better examples of the style, but it ain"t bad for the price I paid. 3.

Just because it's a German original style, from Germany doesn't make it fantastic.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.75

The moment I opened the bottle, the carbonation poured over the top for about 3-4 straight minutes. No wonder it feels so flat when I actually get to drink it.

Tastes nice, though.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has light bread crust nose, pouring brilliant gold to almost straw. 1” snow white foam cap dissipates to a film. Good lace. Creamy smooth, lighter body, medium to a little less, carbonation a little above medium. Crisp.

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Photo of supervike
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color and good foaming. Slight skunk/sweet smell. Taste hops on the backend. Hardly any carbonation, almost flat. Not bad, but is outshined by many other Octoberfest type brews.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been down to D.C. to visit my aunt and uncle this past summer and we visited on of their local Total Wine & More locations which is where I came across a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) of this beer. It is the website's policy that if it is not a pressurized mini-keg, then it is CANsidered a CAN, making it a CANdidate for The CANQuest (TM)! Yay! I brought it back to their house and since my mother and uncle were due for a visit in a few weeks, it fell to them to bring it back for me. I then made arrangements to bring it over to a local bottle shop to share as I did not want 5 Liters to myself and it was dated to expire "04.03.2015".

From the CAN: "Imported from Munich/Germany"; "The Original Brew of Bavarian Kings!"; "Since 1589"; "The world['s] biggest festival, the 'Munich Oktoberfest' attracts over 6 million visitors in the course of 16 days. Since 1810[,] this annual event in Munich, Germany, promotes the best in Bavarian food, entertainment and brews. Hofbräu München is an official supplier to this event. It uses the experience and knowledge of its brewmasters to create this special seasonal brew for just this event. It is brewed according to the German Purity Law containing only water, barley malt, Bavarian hop and culture yeast. This is the same product that HB serves in its tent at the Munich Oktoberfest and is now available to you." There were also instructions for tapping, but I am not going to transcribe them here.

Speaking of tapping, I had not had a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) for a while and this was only my third or fourth, so venting was initially problematic as I twisted it more than a quarter-turn, which was too far. When I realized my mistake, I backed it down and got a momentary spray of beer until it pressurized. I pulled out the spigot and readied my glass before twisting the spigot to the left. Beer began flowing unabated! This produced two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Pale-Yellow (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose had a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was malty, but not cloying as many beers in the style are. Instead, it had a bready, nutty flavor that was a pleasant surprise. Finish was semi-dry, not very sweet at all. Everyone who got a taste agreed that it was less sweet than expected, so whether a result of inadvertent aging or by design, I feel like it was quite worthwhile.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, this is a re-rate for me. Last year, this was one of my least favorite festbiers. I'm sure several things explain the difference in experiences: shifting palate, fresher bottles, etc. This year's bottle was about as fresh as we can get German imports in my part of the country, seven weeks old or so. Gorgeous beaming gold body. People talk about "glowing" hazy IPAs. No, this is glowing. Just gorgeous, nice dollop of foam atop that settles to an ever-so-thin layer with little lacing. Smell is a touch of DMS at first, mixed in with some nice bready malt and a dash of lager yeast. Palate is excellent, just excellent, tons of rich barley malt, like you can almost imagine the dry, cracked malt sitting in the palm of your hand, smelling its bready goodness, crunching it between your teeth. There's a hint of sweetness within the malt, but it's ably countered by a light dose of hops. Like so many well done German brews, it goes down like water. Really delicious water. This is an exceptional brew when found fresh. I can only imagine what it must be like to drink it by the liter in a tent in Munich.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: light malt for a moment, then sulfury;

T: grape nuts; sulfur comes at mid-palate; light bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: closer to a pilsner than an Oktoberfest;

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.