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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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77
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882 Ratings
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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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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kobeer

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

07-23-2012 19:25:12 | More by kobeer
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cratez

Ontario (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 06:00:31 | More by cratez
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 07:43:24 | More by TheHammer
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kguard

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2014 21:22:04 | More by kguard
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aflies

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

09-08-2013 04:11:50 | More by aflies
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 07:54:37 | More by kshankar
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Luiz0930

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-31-2013 07:18:45 | More by Luiz0930
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malty

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thin white halo head.

Fleeting scent of bread dough and clean notes of earth.

The faintest of maltiness on the palate along with a crisp and somewhat dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel was somewhat effervescent and a tad bitey. Light bodied with a lightning quick finish.

Drinkability is good. No hearty flavors to get in the way of some serious swillin' (if that's what your into).

Overall I was very disappointed with this (my first this year) Oktoberfest. I guess I expected MUCH more malty backbone and a touch of caramel toasted sweetness - none to be found. I have to give credit to the cleanliness of this beer though. To think I picked this over a Sam Adams O'fest. Oh well, it's gotta get better than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 01:23:38 | More by malty
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1" white foamy head that retains well at 1/4". Honey gold (unexpected color for the style). Slow rising bubbles. Light lace.

S - Sweet malt. Spicy hop. Simple, basic, good.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front. A little metallic at first. Mineral. Light spicy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Clean finish. Medium carbonation.

D - Good flavor, easy to drink. Not far off from Hofbrau Original. Not what I expect from an Oktoberfest, but a good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 02:38:19 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head, great lacing mix of bubles and lace, straw yellow color, very light coloring for an oktoberfest.

s- grass, clean, grainy, not roasty at all or overall malty for that matter.

t- grainy, grassy, light malt, i didn't like this for an oktoberfest, to me it's much more like a munich helles.

m- light and crisp in the mouth.

d- good drinkability, the most off-style oktoberfest in my opinion, but as a beer it was enjoyable, just not as an oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 04:43:28 | More by thecarster1
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2008 21:12:39 | More by unclejimbay
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Hopdaemon39

New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-08-2012 20:12:52 | More by Hopdaemon39
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-05-2013 23:22:09 | More by SonOfKyuss
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javlin624

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

05-08-2014 02:22:38 | More by javlin624
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

02-12-2012 01:45:21 | More by dugly2ugly
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ngandhi

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet, nutty malt with bright, grassy hops. German Pilsner-influenced finish with great structured Vienna malt on the midpalate. Honey, light biscuit, hints of grain. Model body. Balanced, highlighting fresh malt and hops. Crisp. Archetypal.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 23:06:59 | More by ngandhi
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18%

02-10-2012 02:40:22 | More by rusty3335
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 00:00:13 | More by Pauly2X
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-14-2013 11:33:53 | More by IPAFrankieH
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Pillowburn

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

09-19-2012 20:09:21 | More by Pillowburn
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-15-2013 22:36:40 | More by rale
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ludachris

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a freshly windexed window clear pilsner shade of gold with a two finger, foamy white head that leaves some decent lace. Vast amount of strong carbonation is clearly visible.

Upon opening straight from the fridge, it gave off a smell of freshly skunked adjunct, but as the beer began to warm, spoonfuls of grassy hops, light fruity esters, biscuit and some more grassy hops began to show.

Light fruity esters, biscuit, bready malts, and dry grassy hops is all I get in this beer. Seems to be quite bland and watered down.

Smooooth, well balanced (for the flavours that are there) and light bodied. Despite the large amount of carbonation visible, it isn't that noticeable. This beer is the definition, the embodiment, the epitome, the essence of a quaffer. Light, smooth, refreshing and crisp. This would be a sweet sessioner for me if it wasn't as pricey.

Being my first Oktoberfest, I wasn't all that impressed. The smell is funky and taste is lacking. The highlight of this beer, by far, is its drinkability. Highly recommended for sessioning, but nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 03:03:43 | More by ludachris
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a crystal clear pale golden color. Thick 3 fingers worth of pearly white foam dissipates slowly to a ring around the rim leaving behind spotty lacing.

S - skunky and herbal European hops dominate the nose. Probably in part to this being packaged in a green glass. Beyond the pungent dead skunk there are notes of pleasant leafy greens and crispy bread crust.

T - grainy and doughy flavors mingle on the tip of the tongue. Skunk in the middle. Leafy green hop notes on the backend.

M - crisp texture. Medium bodied. High carbonation.

O - an average mass produced lager. Didnt cost me anything so thats a plus. But the skunk flavor/aroma is just way to pervasive to be a pleasurable beverage.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:15:43 | More by Teleweizen2
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kkmiller76

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

11-02-2013 23:27:47 | More by kkmiller76
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jkrich

Indiana

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter on tap at hofbrau restaurant in Panama City Beach, Florida. I have already tried this from bottle.

The beer arrived with a slightly cloudy, golden color with a fluffy white head.

As with most oktoberfests I have tried, this one lacked in aroma. Some faint malty, bready aromas.

Very restrained gentle malty flavor with hints of European hops coming through. This is a mild fest beer, and I must say it does not taste any better on draft than in the bottle.

Medium bodied with lighter than expected carbonation.

This is an excellent quaffer even at 6.0 ABV. It goes down extremely well and has enough character and taste to keep your interest.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 18:10:42 | More by jkrich
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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