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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,079 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,079
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 16.03%
Wants: 20
Gots: 79 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

ruckus232, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Standard looking macro-gold body, it has one finger of dense, whipped head. No lace on the glass at all.

Smell- The nose is slightly herbal, a little more on the vegetal side with a grassy hop present, not very strong.

Taste- This one is incredibly crisp and clean. Orange comes out with the herbal notes on the tongue, heavy wheat backbone. This is one of the more refreshing Fest offerings.

Mouth feel- That crisp nature is helped by the slight carbonation of this beer, and it really does feel nice. It is quite smooth for being more on the lighter side.

Overall- Again, just a really refreshing drink, but as far as a Fest profile goes, it remains fairly average.

Pintofbrown, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of 1Sundown2C
4/5  rDev +16.6%

1Sundown2C, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Petey_the_Quiet, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of LutherBrau
4.42/5  rDev +28.9%

LutherBrau, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Sturmthis, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of ShepardCommander
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

ShepardCommander, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of bigdeuce
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Worst thing about it is, it doesn't smell like much. Doesn't look like a typical Oktoberfest either. Looks like a pilser. Pours a decent head though...but it tastes OUTSTANDING! I was impressed with this one. Banana-caramel malts round this one out with a crisp, smooth taste. No metalic background, an outstanding brew here. Very malty and sweet and different than other Oktobers in it's own right.

bigdeuce, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Donkster46, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.03/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a surprisingly pale orangey yellow topped by an ample, rocky white head that laces and retains wonderfully.

It smells like a pint of Stella Artois that is sitting on a table in another room. Floral. Sweet. Skunky. But it's subtle and somewhat artificial.

The taste is very Czech pilsner. Sweet biscuity malt against floral, grassy hops with something approaching lemon rind in the finish. Some breadiness creeps in as things go along as does some corn. It's not quite awful, but it's close.

It's a medium mouthfeel, well carbonated and yeah. Not bad in this regard I suppose.

I was excited to see the LCBO offering an Oktoberfestbier, but it turns out they didn't. At least, to me this beer has more in common with the myriad of generic Euro lagers they already carry--light struck skunkiness and all--than any of the Oktoberfestbier I have ever had.

Huge disappointment.

MeisterBurger, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
3/5  rDev -12.5%

davidwhatshisnam, May 07, 2014
Photo of nitter
3/5  rDev -12.5%

nitter, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
3/5  rDev -12.5%

PeteRiz, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Sound_Explorer
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Sound_Explorer, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.5/5  rDev +2%

lilsmizzul1225, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -12.5%

MidwestBA, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

warpedrevolution, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of biggmike
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/yellow color with a white head that didnt last too long. Aroma had a bit of skunk to it. Also was kind of grainy with a bit of alcohol to the nose. Flavor was malty with just a small bit of hops coming through. Not much lacing. Mouthfeel was a tad thin. Drinkability was ok. Decent beer.

biggmike, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of mjurney
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pale gold-straw color, clear. A little carbonation. Thin head.

Aroma:
Light malt, a little fruitiness.

Taste:
Malt up front along with slight bitter finish. Rich maltiness, sweet biscuity, a little caramel and grassy. Hop character is mild, spicy-herbal. There some dryness in my plate, a little fruity like, green grape skin. Medium bodied and carabonation.

Finish:
Bitter finish (in the good way), dry aftertaste.

Overall:
Taste more like a Helles than a typical Oktoberfest, otherwise it's pretty good beer.

mjurney, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intriguing green 12oz bottle, freshness date clearly marked. A great thing.

This bier poured out an almost hypnotic golden color. Quite effervescent with a head that is present, lingers, then fades gracefully.

I was impressed with the aroma...earthy, slightly bready, but all German, without a doubt.

The flavor of this brew is amazing, in so much that one swig of this bier (poured into a Munich-style mug, by the way) and I could almost hear the Oompah bands...

I was very skeptical given the name and the fact that it was in a bottle, but this bier impressed the hell out of me. I would love to try the Hofbrau biers when I scoot over to Germany next October. Well worth trying.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Oct 18, 2003
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Yellolab2010, May 28, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -34.4%

lic217, Oct 13, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev +2%

Punisher, Sep 26, 2014
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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