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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of prdstmnky
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

prdstmnky, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of jarmby1711
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%

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 magpieken
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

magpieken, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of jonb5
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

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 taigor
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

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 MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -12%

MidwestBA, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of rcjennings
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

rcjennings, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Tracker83
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of kguard
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

kguard, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of shockrocker65
4.5/5  rDev +32%

shockrocker65, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of rootbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%

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

rootbeerman, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of harrylee773
5/5  rDev +46.6%

harrylee773, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

GeoffFromSJ, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of jadler16
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
Photo of Rick778
3/5  rDev -12%

Rick778, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +10%

javlin624, May 08, 2014
Photo of RandyKemka
3.75/5  rDev +10%

RandyKemka, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of wahhmaster
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

wahhmaster, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
3.65/5  rDev +7%

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.

washburnkid, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of TheHammer
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%

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.

TheHammer, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

SonOfKyuss, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of arguemaniac
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

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.


arguemaniac, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of aflies
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

aflies, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Hopswagger
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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. 

Hopswagger, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of funkengruven
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

funkengruven, Nov 07, 2009
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.