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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 80 | 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 unclejimbay
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

unclejimbay, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber, decent white head. My total impression is that the brew is on the side of a plain jane - aroma is subtle with gentle notes of spices. Quaff is also along those lines, it does have a bit of a hop kick in the finish, but overall well balanced - although kinda weak. Nothing outstanding with this brew, but easy drinking in the cool fall weather.

Vancer, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and pale...golden/yellow. Not much head to speak of, or even a cap. Color is unusual for an Oktoberfest.

Aroma: Again, unusual for the style. I can detect hops more so than anything else, reminding me more of a pilsner than a marzen. Some traces of malts.

Taste: Mostly hops, and very little malts, even though I can get a hint of it. As many other reviewers have pointed out, this is very much like a pilsner, rather than a marzen/oktoberfest. Then again, Erdinger makes one that is more like a hefeweizen, so deviation is fine I guess?

Mouthfeel: Light, and crisp. Goes down well, the hops basically finishing it off. Going down seems to have a lot more carbonation, again, something uncharacteristic of this style.

Drinkability: Crisp, light and refreshing with an unoffensive taste, albeit odd. I do like some deviation from the style in beers, but this one seems to be jumping ship completely. Still, I could have a few of these with ease.

kshankar, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle purchased at Little Raven Vineyards in Denver. Peter it's always a pleasure.

A- Very light for the style, straw yellow, clarity is very high. Small white head reduced to a skim, decent lacing.

S-Grains... and lots of them. A familiar green bottle skunky odor.

T-Very malty. Mostly what I am guessing is pale malt, slight toasty flavor, hints of biscuit. A bit skunky in the middle with a powdery/slate almost dry finish

M-Nice balance of gas and thickness. Probably the best part of this one for me.

D-Fairly high, it's a nice brew that I have no trouble drinking.

MinorThreat, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on draft, and the beer that was handed to me had a much lighter color than expected. A clear, slightly dark / tarnished gold appearance. I wanted to ask the bartender if he was sure he had poured from the right tap... but I'd seen him pour it. Slightly creamy looking white head, not that much of it. Nice lacing.

I think I detected some caramel malt to the nose. Cut grains and grass, with some apple tang as well.

Wait... this a märzen?!? Can't be. It tasted like a pilsener with the malt amped up a slight bit. Maybe - maybe - you could call it a helles. Grains, some sweetness from light fruits, grassiness, hop crispness.

Good carbonation, this is a fairly crisp and refreshing beer that is certainly drinkable. But... but... it would not be a standout in any style, let alone Oktoberfests, from which I expect different things (not that they should be or are carbon copies).

TheMistler, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Deep clear gold, quarter finger head.

S- Noble hops with a strong yet simple malty aroma.

T- Quite malty rich although simple. The hops come through quickly to bring balance without overpowering the malt.

M- Pretty decent, not over carbonated.

D- Quite approachable.

For a Helles Oktoberfest, this is pretty good.

Pauly2X, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Offa
4.63/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderfull Oktoberfest, with a nice raisiny- spicey alcoholic quality and zesty complexity along with a creamy feel.

Bright gold and somewhat bubbly, it has a very large faintly off-white head that shrinks very slowly to a thin, lasting top. It produces sme decent lace in foamy rings.

The aroma is wonderful, full-bodied bread crust quality with raisiny sweet alcohol, grass, herbs, hints of lemon and butter.

The taste is similar, zesty, sweetly and spicly alcoholic raisin and grape with a creamy butter quality, a lot of bread and some hay and grass, hints of grain, grass, herbs, lemon zest and pear. It's zesty, with great balance and a finish that's tingly, zesty, lightly bitter with warm alcoholic bite.

Offa, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden color, similar to a blonde ale or dare I say American Macro. Has zero taste to it at all and is just way too thin in the body and has average drinkability. It'd be hard to tell this from a Beck's or St. Pauli Girl, it's just that run-of-the-mill. I'm sure there's a lot of history with this beer but it's a big miss for me.

oriolesfan4, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orange color with a really nice white head that possesses great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma resembles a pilsner more than an Oktoberfest. The aroma is grainy malt with some hay and grassy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is closer to a pils than an O-fest. There is some faint grain flavors with a crisp moderately hoppy finish

D- Not a bad brew, but I feel it is lacking in the malt department for an Oktoberfest.

cjgator3, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured a clear light gold with white head. It smelled like lemon hops and cultured yeast, almost like a tripel, but with earthy caramel and nutty malts. It tasted like copper and lemon hops, with cultured yeast and a bit of bitter apples and barley malt. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was clean and drinkable, but it was certainly not the best tasting beer. It needed more classic European malt to give its character more depth and balance.

Pencible, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of CoalCellar
4.55/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the bottle...

A: Has a nice golden haze to it, appears much like other german oktoberfests from the region..

S: A sulfery nose of light hops and pilsner...crisp and refreshing

T: Exceptional...this is where this beer really shines....starts with a light hop bite and german pilsner flavor, and finishes with an unexpected sweet malt flavor, maybe the best oktoberfest I've had!

M: Standard body

D: I rate the drinkability very high on this beer because of all the great flavor, and the average alcohol content. Score yourself a case before I buy all of them up!

CoalCellar, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of hunteraw
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tis the season for Oktoberfest, might as well open one up. This wasn't available when when I visited the Munich Hofbrauhaus around Christmas.

Appearance: Very clear, golden in color. Thin head, with mediocre retention and no lacing.

Smell: Grainy, almost adjuncty, with some "green" and spicy hops underneath. I was expecting a lot more malt from this style. You might be forgiven for thinking this was supposed to be a pilsner.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet on the palate. A bit of cooked vegetable or sweet corn - can't be adjunct, due to the rheinhetsgebot. Alcohol comes through a bit strong, considering it's just 6%.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, actually quite creamy. Lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not very impressed with this one. I was expecting something more.

hunteraw, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my 24oz stein. Beer 2 of 6 of my BotO.

A: Straw yellow with a massive white head with one of my eyelashes added as garnish. Removing said hair reveals a very appealing beer, nowhere as dark as most but solid.

S: Well, I'll be damned if this isn't a helles or a pilsener. The nose is hoppy with lemon and grassy notes and this beer smells crisp. There's a definite butterscotch component in the back, something i don't really care for.

T/M: Light and crisp on the palate with most of the hop flavors forming the basis for this beer. There's a mild grassy note which is fresh and tasty and is followed by sweet malt flavor, kinda like sweet corn but nowhere as gross. Unfortunately, there's a fair bit of butterscotch in this and the refreshing, drying finish is marred by a metallic feel. Carbonation is ample and solid.

D: This is a really easy drinking beer that I don't have a problem drinking but there's definitely better beers out there

DefenCorps, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having taken German in middle and high school, I am familiar with the hofbrauhaus brewery from the oktoberfest songs that we used to sing while downing root beer and pretzels. This one was my first actual taste, though, and sad to say it was a disappointment. 12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug.

Color is a suprisingly pale, clear gold. Modest white head that settles to a thin film and leaves sparse lacing.

Smell is slightly grainy but pretty weak. Taste is similar. This seems more like a german pilsner than an festbier. Mouthfeel is medium light, no complaints. Drinkability is moderate, I wouldn't go back for another one of these but if it was offered to me I would never turn it down.

wheelinshirt, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a gorgeous mid-September afternoon, and we've just closed the pool for the season. A dark green cover now drapes what was, just a few short hours ago, a crystal blue liquid paradise.

Served in this year's Spaten Oktoberfest glass at just over fridge temperature, I'm pairing this with pork bratwurst with mustard on a roll. Freshness date is L 184 H.

Appearance- Much more yellow than amber, this supports an incredibly sustaining four finger crown. Lacing is outrageous, draping the inside of the entire glass.

Smell- Clean and quite hoppy, this exhibits just a smattering of malt in the nose. No caramel or toffee aromas that one might expect from other beers of the style.

Taste- Simple, honest, and very good. More bitter and zippy than its malt-driven peers, this is perfectly suited to my meal.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- While the carbonation is aggressive, it really is perfect for the sausage... lifting the grease and fat from the tongue and leaving a gripping, dry bitterness for the next sip. The lighter body of this example really adds points for drinkability, and this will absolutely be a contender for the upcoming all-day festivals for this season.

yelterdow, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of TKempe
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden and clear appearance with a good but frail head; good lacing.

Smells very malty: grainy and fresh, yet sweet and full. A fruity orange-like note pops up every now and again. Hop presence is quite strong fot the style.

Flavour is dominantly malty and rather sweet at that. After a short while, the flavour mellows out and becomes dry and slightly bitter. Alcohol is quite evident at this point too. A beautiful and very complex after-taste and again a nice hoppy touch to the whole beer.

Mouthfeel is good, but maybe just a bit too strongly carbonated. Body is medium.

A nice malty lager, a little less "festive" than I expected.

TKempe, Sep 17, 2008
Photo of BWH3
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Very good for a light larger. Golden, clear, puffy creamy head that slowly fades into the still waters. Not as amber as most Octoberfest beers is one slight.

S: Weak hint of musty noble German hops. And that is it.

T: It got worse. The taste has a nice effervescence to it but the malt character is minimal and the hops are only slightly more present. I hate to criticize one of the Big Six Octoberfest brewers but this just seems all wrong. It's only saving grace is that is not overtly offensive. I would be hard pressed to pick this over Bud or MGB although the water is of high quality

M: The carbonation is very pleasing to the mouth (unlike the above mentioned US macros). The carbonation lasts enough.

D: If you are on a quest to consume all the Octoberfest beer you can get your hands on this fall (my personal goal), then by all means drink away. If you are looking for a good beer, pass it over.

BWH3, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little white head, yellow color. Like a a yellow cloud.

Smells very bready, malty goodness. Like the pilsbury doughgirl in heat...

tastes of sugary malty goodness, like sugar smacks with hops and alcohol.

Smack, smack, sugar smacks, give me a smack and i'll smack you back.

Good beer ya.

Murchmac, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of TheycallmeTim
2.88/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A--Pours a decent two and a half finger frothy snow-white head that lasted pretty well and left some lacing. Body=do what now? This is the color of Budweiser, whih is to say pale goldenrod. Much, much lighter than I thought it would be, and than the style I thought dictated. Oh well.

S--Mostly sweetly alcoholic with hints of corn, pretty much a cloying astringency on the nose. I couldn't detect any hops.

T--Um, huh? I don't get it--this tastes like a slightly more hoppy, less watery MGD to me. Lots of corn and rice without much of a toast or roast in the malt coming through. The six pack tells me this was brewed under the German purity law, but I taste Crispix up front and throughout. Finishes clean and crisp with a hint of hop bitterness, but really, the complexity here is almost nil. Lots of sweet with the alcohol peeking through toward the end.

M--Thicker than an American macro, and less carbonated. Less metallic, too, though the generic flavor suggests this was made in steel tanks the size of Eastern Iowa. Actually the mouthfeel wasn't too bad, though thinner than I would expect for the style.

D--Well, yeah, I could polish off more than my fair share of these, but for about half the price I could have about the same experience with what I can find around the corner at a Bodega.

I paid ten bucks for six of these? Oh well, it's better than Corona.

TheycallmeTim, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a green bottle with no freshness date, but a code L156H1002. this had just arrived at total wine and i got a six out of a case i opened myself for fear of lightstruck green bottles...
clear golden--slightly deeper color than a Helles. 2 finger head leaves decent cap and very sparse temporary lace.
smells of fresh grain and noble hops, the hops not as predominant as in a pilsner. seems appropriate.
the hops are there in the taste (these are hops i generally don't care for) but are careful to take a backseat to the malty, very slightly toasty qualities of the smooth medium body every swallow both satisfies and leaves you favorably disposed toward going for another. quaffable but with a substantial backbone. just looked up at the 6% (after downing two bottles)--very incognito.
finally a real oktoberfest that i can buy locally! i can see how this makes sense in litres. the beer is fully there yet invites you to take huge pulls of velvety goodness. guess many people are downrating due to this not matching what they think of as an oktoberfest, yet this is what they've been serving in munich for quite some time as i understand. represents positive progress imo. those other styles (toastier, hoppier, darker, heavier, etc.) of octoberfest will serve as occasional changes of pace from now on.
but why do they have to put it in green bottles, and why does the label say ALE?

28.99/24

v: oz3 al4 3.85

brewmudgeon, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah that time again for Oktoberfestbiers. Poured this one into my pint glass...

A: Extremely Munich-Helles looking...very clear, very carbonated, and coming packed with a huge snowblind white head. Looks very good for a pilsner, not so much for an oktoberfestbier.

S: Smells exactly like Hofbrau Original, except with slight hits of spices maybe, but thats a stretch. Nice German hops in the nose.

T: Give me a vertical tasting of this and Hofbrau Original and I may be able to tell the different. They are extremely similar, which is so surprising. There is a mild spice note on the finish, but that is all that differentiates it.

Overall, this beer is not bad and I could drink a few, but I am confused as to where the "Oktoberfestbier" part comes into play. Give it a shot if you have the chance.

treyrab, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright golden color. Poured a slightly cream-colored head that dissipated pretty quickly before settlin to a skim that thickened around the edges. Very light lacing. Decanted slowly and steadily throughout.

S: Pale malt and slightly bitter Saaz hops with a light grassy note.

T: Very consistent with aroma; crisp pale malt and grassy hops. Finished very crisp and clean.

M: Medium thin body. Ample carbonation, but not overdone. Fresh, crisp hop bite cleansed finish.

D: Very drinkable. A solid choice for the style. Had a liter during the keg-tapping at the Hofbrau House in Milwaukee.

Haybeerman, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.43/5  rDev 0%
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 Rennpferd
2.45/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

It poured nearly crystal clear with a slightly yellow tinge. It had a nice level of activity and a frothy three finger head that receded and left a nice lacing on the stein.

It smelled slightly malty and slightly hoppy. There was an undertone of a lesser ingrediant that was used to brew the beer, perhaps corn or rice.

It had a well balanced but lite taste of malt and hops. It really had no body and was a bit watery. For a moment I thought I was drinking an American Macro Lager.

I could drink this all night. No body, no flavor, to texture. Carbinated water mixed with alcohol. However I do not believe this to be a good representation of this style.

Rennpferd, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of tedsox31
2.95/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at an Octoberfest in Chicago.

Poured a very pale golden color with minimal head, and left almost no lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell is very slightly citrusy to me, and also a bit of yeast, although I cannot detect much more than that.

Taste is of yeast, and some hops, and a whole bunch of carbonation that probably masks whatever else is in there. Really not very impressed with the taste.

Very carbonated mouthfeel, although it is light-tasting and nothing lingers on the palate after you are done swallowing.

A drinkable beer; certainly not near the best. I would call this mediocre, but a fine beer for an outdoor festival with lots of people milling around. I don't think I would ever consume it at home.

tedsox31, Sep 07, 2008
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.