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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,092 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,092
Reviews: 504
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 20
Gots: 82 | 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 rxdrewthejew
3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my pilsner glass.

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

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

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

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

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

rxdrewthejew, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of bkilpatr
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 10/27/08.

Pours a clear bright golden yellow color with almost two fingers of whitish head. The head dropped quickly, no lacing. Aroma is light malt and hops with a touch of honey.

Taste is sweet malt balanced by light hops. Very faint bitterness in the finish. Feel is clean, crisp, and well-carbonated. Dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good - I could drink several of these easily.

Decent, but not spectacular for the style.

bkilpatr, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, clear sunshine with an argueable toasted hue. Not much ofa head, but sme good bubbling. The color makesno distinction between an octoberfest and a german pilsner. Hardly any toasted malt flavors in this beer. No sweetness, and a lot more tetnanger hops than should be. Crisp palate, but no sweetess or sooth. Very dissapointed.

scruffwhor, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of germanbeerluvr
1.5/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was very disappointed with this beer, especially since my favorite beer is Hofbrau Dunkel (on tap). I'm not sure if it is because of light/heat damage, but I had to force myself to finish two bottles (the other four went down the drain). The thick carbonated head and citrus smell quickly gave way to pure skunk and bitterness, with a horrible aftertaste. I assume that I just got a bad six-pack. On the brighter side, I'm going to the Hofbrauhaus in Munich in two week's and will try one on tap to give it another chance.

germanbeerluvr, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried at homebrew club meeting.

A - Light golden in color, dish soap white head, which sticks around. No lacing.

S - Bready, malty, slight hop profile.

T - Super bready, with light hops.

M - Good balance, but slightly bitter from the hops. Due to green bottle, may have light/heat damage.

D - Drinks closer to pilsner urquell versus an oktoberfest. Not very drinkable for an okto.

MisterClean, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of schuim
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer yesterday in a tasting session. A fresh bottle that poured a filtered blond beer with a malty flavour. A little fruityness in it to.

The taste was a little warming and started with sweet malt followed by a hoppy dry bitterness. A beer that is made for drinking in half liters, it becomes well.

schuim, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear, golden beer with a steady stream of small carbonation bubbles rising to the top. A creamy head that leaves lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet and malty with notes of honey and straw. A clean bottom fermented smell.

Taste is not as sweet as the smell would expect. A light pilsner maltiness. This beer is subtle in it's character, mostly malt driven. Clean fermentation. A short, dry aftertaste.

Absumaster, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of vancurly
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) Strongly bubbled, whipped white head, clear pale gold/yellow. Very appealing.
s) Initial whiff of barnyard, supported by grain husk, vegetal hop, green capsicum.
f) Strawlike maltiness, rich & enjoyable. Light caramel notes, restrained bitterness. Quite a festival of malt.
m) Medium weight, good length.
d) Could put a couple away, quite moreish

vancurly, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: Light golden orange body with a fluffy white head. Head retention is rather decent.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts, and hops. Very light smell, like other German marzens. Little bit of skunk.

Taste: Similar to Spaten's Marzen. Caramel malts and hops. Twang of skunk.

Overall it's a decent beer and the slight skunk didn't derail my enjoyment.

BierFan, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of unclejimbay
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 -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 -3.2%
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 +4.1%
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 +34.6%
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 -14.2%
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 -5.5%
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 -8.4%
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 +32.3%
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 -17.2%
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 -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 -9%
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 +16.3%
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 +20.1%
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
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.