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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,009 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,009
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 17
Gots: 57 | 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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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

warpedrevolution, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of steveh
2.85/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

steveh, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of lic217
2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

lic217, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.5/5  rDev +2%

lilsmizzul1225, Oct 30, 2013
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 phisig137
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color, with a small head with no retention. No lacing or ring around the glass. Looks fizzy and yellow to me.

Aroma is very light, and grainy. You can tell it is a lager from the aroma, but doesn't have much else. Almost smells like adjunct.

Flavor is again light and mild. None of the caramel and toasty notes that I look for in an oktoberfest. Slightly sweet hint of corn. Tastes like it's fizzy and yellow too. Mouthfeel is thin, and drinkability decent.

I'm really dissapointed by this one. Usually Hofbrauhaus has some nice beers, but this just doesn't do it. This borderline tastes like a macro offering. Perhaps this is the lighter oktoberfest that is served traditionaly in German, as opposed to the heavier version we get. Perhaps it just isn't that good of a beer.

phisig137, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -12.5%

MidwestBA, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Sound_Explorer, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of tbeer40
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

tbeer40, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of GreenWBush
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine gold with substantial lace rings. Never seen an Oktoberfest bier that looks like this.

The expected husky paper-bag scent of Munich malts is overpowering on the nose with a sizeable blast of skunk. Damned green bottles. More skunky, euro-lager blends with grainy, husky malt and things get better at a warmer temperature.

The flavor profile echoes a little more meatiness of malt content and a nice level of bittering that wasn't at first apparent on the nose. The mouthfeel is definetely the best aspect of this beer.

I'd like to try this one from a keg, or at least a light shielded bottle...but as this was a "guaranteed" fresh sample I just cannot rate it higher even though I can sort of see what this beer wants to be.

GreenWBush, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Punisher, Friday at 11:55 PM
Photo of RuudJH
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another quite strong oktoberfest beer I picked up in Germany today.
I can imagine they'll actually use it as the sessionbeer: a few jugs of this and you'll be yodeling through the streets.

Pale golden, modest carbonation, thin head.
Common smell of citrus and grassy hops.
Taste is rather spicy, actually. The alcohol isn't completely covered though.
As said: quite strong as pilsners/lagers go. The flavour is ok, but it should be more complex.

RuudJH, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +2%

FadetoBock, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfestbier--2000 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Clear light bright golden color. Bavarian front with mild pilsner Saaz hop note. Smooth malty untoasted body. Pilsner Bock blend. Mild with light mouthfeel. Light dry hop fruit end. Sampled 9/9/2000.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy mild lace head. Clear fizzy bright straw golden color. Mild floral hop front. Crisp mild Bavarian sweet smooth butter caramel rich Pils flavor. Clean mild tangy hop citrus end. Stank hint. Fest? Sampled 9/28/2004.

Hofbrau Oktoberfest--Munich Specialty. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. 11.2 oz. Bottle. $8.99 / 6-Pack. Thin mild lace foamy white head. Clear thin bright light gold color. Green bottle stank hint mild Noble hop front. Crisp dry sweet tangy caramel Pils thin textured malty butter fruit body. Mild hop cloying malt stank end. No toast & dry compared to US Fests. Sampled 12 20/2009. 6.30% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.25 / 5.0).

Hofbrauhaus Munchen Staatliches Hofbrau Oktoberfest--Munich Specialty. Brewed according to the German Purity Law. since 1589--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 20 IBU's? (3.75 / 5.0) Foamy thin big mild lace white head. Clear bright light gold color. Mild hop floral malt mild dark green bottle Fest stank hint front. Fizzy tangy crisp mellow sweet fully fermented dry rich helles lager Pale Malt Fest body. Clean dry mild hop spice Fest end. Sampled 9/20/2010 from 6-Pack Purchased for $7.99 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle, Washington on 9/14/2010.

philbertk, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of MrBoh
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

MrBoh, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very well, with a foamy German type head. Has a nice roasted malt aspect to it, which actually calls to mind a well-made Vienna lager (guess I don't have my expectations for the Okto style set in my mind). In other words, this is a pretty okay beer. The texture and mouthfeel come across like a standard American "dark beer," which can get in the way of one's enjoyment.

DrunkMcDermott, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of jonb5
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, used an HB Festbier glass. A: Golden, clear, medium head, good retention, lively looking S: Hay, malt, more orange as it warms. T: Malty sweetness, well balanced out by some fruity notes. Hints of sour tangerine, some apple, slightly wheaty finish. M: Smooth, soft carbonation, slightly thick body. O: Not cloying or sickly, better this year than in previous years.

jonb5, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

magpieken, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of jarmby1711
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A persistent white head over a clear light to mid gold beer.Bubbles were relatively large sticking to the side of the glass and were regularly released to feed the foam.
An even malt smell that a\has a hint of sweetness but not overly so and is tempered by a hoppiness that is a little grassy.
The taste was pretty impressive.
For a Lager it is as complex as I have had.There is a smoothness combining the none too sweet malts and the hoppy bitterness that has an orange/chocolate liquer finish to it.
There is plenty of carbonation and bitterness making it a stimulating drink to have in your mouth
How can macro lagers be so far away from this?
lagers get pretty shitty PR and I think this beer redresses the issues in an ever so small way

jarmby1711, May 26, 2006
Photo of taigor
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into .5L mug.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight hint of malts but mostly skunk, very characteristic of German beer.

T - Malts and bready yeast upfront with slight earthy tones and bitterness towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable oktoberfest beer. Would definitely recommend it.

taigor, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of Yellolab2010
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Yellolab2010, May 28, 2014
Photo of kguard
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

kguard, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of rcjennings
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%

rcjennings, Sep 22, 2013
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.