Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München
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3.93/5 rDev +15.6%
poured from bottle into pint glass
A: light gold, one finger head on pour, with minimal lacing
S: hops, light roast malt
T: light hop bitterness, very slight malt sweetness
M: medium carbonation, light on tongue
D: could easily put a few down
the clear green bottle caught me off guard
09-05-2009 06:52:03 | More by rootbeerman
United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
09-23-2013 13:22:39 | More by jonb5
3.38/5 rDev -0.6%
Much paler than normal for the style. Very bad sign to begin with.
Is that slight skunk or is that hops I'm smelling? I'm going with hops.
Taste is clean. Not much caramel notes to speak of. Slight amount of butter. Almost like a "Munich lager" than an Oktoberfest.
Personally, I would take a pass with this and try out other offerings.
09-29-2009 03:24:00 | More by GeoffFromSJ
3.28/5 rDev -3.5%
Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an unbranded nonic pint glass.
Appearance: Yellow and translucent with a foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing.
Smell: Smells pretty good. Grainy with a bit of a noticeable alcohol scent.
Taste: Pretty average Oktoberfestbier territory here. A hoppy bitterness paired with a good amount of sweetness as well.
Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery with just a bit too much carbonation.
Drinkability: A slightly better-than-average Oktoberfestbier. Nothing too special but nothing to turn your nose up at.
08-31-2009 03:12:54 | More by wahhmaster
3.65/5 rDev +7.4%
Three fingers of ivory head over a really pale translucent golden. Great retention and good lacing. Aromas are basic, with straightforward honey malt and grassy hops, rounded out with a bit of spice. Flavors are grassy and floral, a notable hop presence. Fresh and pretty delicious with all these Bavarian hop characteristics. Mouthfeel is light and crisp, meanwhile creamy and smooth. A nice brew for a hot day. Doesn't really scream "marzen" to me at all.
01-17-2010 04:54:07 | More by washburnkid
2.55/5 rDev -25%
Appearance: A rather tan colored gold for a body that doesn't boast too much in the way of carbonation. The head however was a good solid two fingers that laced and retained modestly.
Smell: Took some warming to come out, but even when it's come out, I would not call it appealing. Grassy with citrus and mixed with light rotten egg smell. I suppose it's not offensive, but still I'm not looking forward to it.
Taste: In a word, bleck as it starts with a very boring and subdued malt character with a hint of clementine. In then shifts to a slight caramel taste that turns to earthy and grassy hops. Not especially bad, but certainly not my cup of tea.
Mouthfeel: Well, it does leave a bit of a caramel and malt aftertaste, that doesn't linger for too long. However the it seems a bit, dry the front and moist in the back of the mouth. That and the carbonation needs a bit of work and doesn't seem to really help bring out many aspects of the beer.
Drinkability: It's going down, it's refreshing and it's sitting well but this is a case where the other factors conspire against the brew. Besides that, I wouldn't say it's all that smooth.
Final Thoughts: As my first Oktoberfest, I am disappointed, to say the least. I was expecting a much fuller and much richer experience. I've had many a bad import lager, and while it is by no means as generic as they are, that doesn't make it good. I'd have to say my biggest problem, is it seems to be unable to decide if it is a sweeter malty beer or a richer hoppy beer. Thumbs down on this one.
11-12-2009 07:43:24 | More by TheHammer
3.73/5 rDev +9.7%
One easy-drinking brew with that great buttery malt character, some nice grassiness and a firm caramel note. A faithful and nearly flawless example of the style.
Very nice, I still like the roastier, richer American Octoberfests out there, but this one is very enjoyable.
10-06-2007 20:48:48 | More by arguemaniac
3.33/5 rDev -2.1%
P: Crystal clear golden body with steaming effervescence and a small thin layer of fading white head.
S: As expected the nose is full of skunky aroma but does still have faint notes of toasted caramel, canned dog food, subtle spicy hops.
T/M: Prickly medium body that follows the nose but the flavors are more toasted malts and powdery yeast rather than the overpowering skunk funk in the nose. Sour apples, and citrus bitterness to compliment the sweet caramel and malt base. Finish is semi dry and clean that lingers apple peels and citrus bitterness. Subtle lactic acid tartness shows up once warmed.
O: The smell was pretty awful and I was expecting to hate this buy it turned out the taste was much better than the nose. The flavors worked well together and the mouthfeel was pretty good.
09-15-2012 21:33:17 | More by Hopswagger
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
An interesting find, This poured a yellow/amber much like a strong lager, smell is of malt which is very reminiscent of a Munich Helles lager. Taste has a bit of bite, delicate hop and malt flavor, and an aroma much like a Polish "Mocne".
It's fairly smooth, easy to drink, a good beer, but a little expensive at $3 a bottle. But this a good start for the LCBO, and i'm hoping to see other offerings from this brewery in the future.
11-07-2009 23:14:07 | More by funkengruven
1.88/5 rDev -44.7%
A - Poured into a pint glass with small head, very little retention and a slightly county pale straw color
S - Combination of malt and skunk. Very similar to Beck's
T - Some nut, some malt, the same skunk that was in the aroma.
M - Smooth, but can't really get too interested.
Overall, if you're contemplating picking this up, save a couple bucks and buy Heinekin or Beck's. This is almost dead on Beck's.
01-12-2009 06:37:04 | More by mwa423
3.63/5 rDev +6.8%
Pours a golden color (a bit light for the style), with a nice off-white, frothy head, with good retention. On the nose there is a sweet malt aroma. On the palate there is a steady malt flavor with a ever so slight roastiness, slightly chewy mouthfeel. Easy drinking, but could be better for a O'fest...still a very drinkable O'fest.
08-31-2002 11:44:43 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
2.7/5 rDev -20.6%
This beer poured a light golden yellow into the pint gl-- wait, light golden yellow? I thought this was supposed to be an Oktoberfest. This was the first thing that gave me skepticism. The aroma was actually a pleasant blend of fruitiness and earth-like spiciness, with a healthy smell of caramel malts.
Unfortunately none of that really transferred into the flavor. There was plenty of malt, but also a generous amount of grassy hops, and that slight Euro-lager skunkiness to the finish. I wanted to make sure it was in fact the Oktoberfest and not the traditional lager, so I double-checked the tap handle. And sure enough... this beer honestly has no inclination that it is an oktoberfest beer, which is really disappointing. You'd think a brewery from MUNCHEN would be able to nail this one pretty well.
Mouthfeel was thin and slightly carbonated, but not bad. To be honest, this serves as a decent Euro lager, something that's certainly drinkable if you want a lighter beer. But as an Oktoberfest it's unacceptable.
09-06-2007 16:37:17 | More by BBM
3.3/5 rDev -2.9%
500ml bottle from the Wellington & Bradley LCBO in London, ON. Part of the Fall 2010 Autumn Ales release (even though it's a lager!). Pours a bright golden yellow with a thin ring of bubbly white head and spots of lacing on the lager glass. Smell and taste are fresh cereal grains, bready and doughy malts, some skunk, toasted wheat, a touch of sweetness, light Noble hop bitterness, and a boozy sting in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spicy and drying finish. Drinkability suffers from the high ABV, especially for the style. A marzen is meant to be quaffed with ease, but this is a single serving brew. Just okay as an oktoberfest. I won't buy again.
09-13-2010 06:00:31 | More by cratez
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-05-2008 07:54:37 | More by kshankar
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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