Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 509
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001)
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Photo of BARFLYB
2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the hulmeville inn inside a pint glass.

This oktoberfest pours out a light golden color like a pilsner, the lightest october I've ever seen in the style. Smell include pale malt light caramel and nothingness. Taste is about the same, nothing to see here. Feel is light and lightly carbed. I drank it but won't again. If I wanted a malty pilsner I would of bought one.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here we go, round three of the German Oktoberfest Invitational, and one that is officially part of the real German Oktoberfest in Munich. On to the beer:

The color screams more helles lager than amber O-fest. Bright straw yellow in the body, the head is thick, frothy, and continuting to hold up in my stange. The aroma is on the lgihter side. True, a littel skunk emerges, but look past that a get a little bit of sweet pale malt and fume of pineapple.

It's certainly sweeter tasting than the brand's helles, but not quite alcoholic enough to be a maibock. Slightly grassy hops mixed with a sweet pale malt. Pretty straightforward, though the green bottle makes the hops a little more rough in the beer. I would still give it a go.

Three beers down, one to go in the German Oktoberfest Invitational. See you tomorrow for the conclusion.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a golden straw yellow crystal clear body with a thin soapy head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- This beer has a slight sweet but mostly dry honey malt smell with a faint Munich malt smell and a noble hops and sulfur finish that makes me think of a good Kolsch beer. As it warms the hops bitterness and sulfur dominate over the grain smells.

T- The bitey noble hop taste has a fresh Munich malt taste following it. There is a slight sweet sulfur note with a tangy bitterness of hops in the finish. It is a little bit of club soda in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a fizz finish that boost the hop bitterness a bit.

D- This beer has a fresh malt flavor but it is overpowered by the noble hop bitterness that doesn't have much depth. I like the malt flavors and if the hops were a little lighter or had some depth to them this would be a good session beer.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Light gold in appearance with a massive foamy head that leaves chunks of lace. Looks a bit light for the style.

S. Strong aroma of Tettnang euro style hop. Also slightly yeasty.

T. Nice munich malts backed by a moderate hoppy bitterness for perfect balance. This is a damn tasty beer. Lightly toasted malt and a good hop character. Freshness is the key word.

M. Sprizty and superior feel. Light and crisp.

D. A very fine Octoberfest brew here from Hofbrau house, would I expect any less. Just bought a case and its already depleted.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, the Germans just can't get over this blonde hair thing, can they? Even their Oktoberfest beers have to look Aryan. What should be a dark gold to deep orange-red colour is actually a pale, sparkling clear yellow a la pilsner. It's also missing its characteristically solid, off-white, foamy stand. All species of vertebrates can be affected by missing melanin pigment and apparently so too can beers: this is an albino Oktoberfest.

And it smells like it's missing more than just melanin pigment - Vienna and Munich malts are nowhere to be found. There is not a trace of toast nor any reason to believe the grist was comprised of any malts darker than pale/pilsner. It is a clean lager aroma, I'll grant it that, but it's far better suited to a pilsner or Munich helles. Did they bottle the wrong thing?

Here's what I'm used to tasting from a Märzen: a distinct malty sweetness, with significant dryness, a smooth lagered texture, a definite toasted aspect and an earthy, moderate hop bitterness. Here's what I'm tasting from this: pale malts. And water. Maybe a hint of white bread. That's it. There's definitely not much flavour...

But that doesn't make it a bad beer; on the contrary it makes it a great beer (for easy, heavy consumption drinking). Its brisk carbonation, feather-light bitterness and crisp maltiness make it supremely well suited for hot, summertime weather. It may not make a great Oktoberfest but it sure as hell makes one hell of a quenching beverage!

I would love Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier if only it were labeled something else. You'd think with almost 500 years of brewing experience the Hofbräu people could get the recipe right; it isn't, after all, that complex of a style. (Note: the BJCP does explain that most domestic German examples are commonly golden and, like this, more like a Pils or Helles.)

And indeed it also lists this as a leading commercial example. Still, it's nothing like what I'm familiar with for the Märzen/Oktoberfest style (then again, who should know better, them or me?) And it's likely nothing like what most North American drinkers would be used to either. It should, however, be something they find agreeable, if not pleasant. Never mind the colour and celebrate October as if it were July or August.

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of billab914
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice subtle sweet maltiness and a very nice soft doughiness.

The taste was also subtly sweet with an excellent grainy body and mild hint of caramel.

The mouthfeel was medium in fullness and mildly chewy.

Overall a very drinkable Oktober. Not as sweet as some of its German bretheren, which really appealed to me.

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear pale straw color with a creamy white head.

S: some pale malting and light herbal hopping.

T: The body and flavor is more like a light lager/fest bier then an typical octoberfest style with a light cereal grain base. There was some buttery vegetables and an earthy herbal hop bite and fade on the finish.

M: light, and slightly oily.

D: Overall I was a tad bit disappointed by this. The flavor was rather bland. Theres a good herbal hop bite in the end, which is one of the few highlights of this beer. Drinks more like a festbier.

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before June 20, 2013.

Orange body, white head with moderate retention and some webbed lacing. Nose has various cereals, toasty grains, light veggie and some drying malt and mineral character. Taste has sweet malts, light caramel, more toasty cereals and some veg. Good bit of hop bitterness, but too much for my liking. Medium feel, higher med carbonation. Probably won't revisit this.

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Viggo
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO.

Pours a crystal clear light amber, fizzy white head forms and quickly disappears down to almost nothing, no lace on the glass, looks a little light in colour for a marzen.

Smell is very light, kind of fruity, a bit of skunk, honey, almost no malt presence, light bit of grassy and floral hops but almost no aroma going on.

Taste is slightly better but still not very good, some sweet malts, caramel and honey, a bit of biscuit, some floral and grass, lightly skunky, has a funny metallic finish to it, hard to describe but this isn't very good either.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy feeling, medium carbonation. Flavour is a little better but still not a very good marzen. 0 for 2 tonight it looks like.

Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1 inch head with decent retention and decent lacing. There's a lot of suspended particles in this brew. Smells strongly of sweet/earthy malts. A little light in color to be a common Oktoberfest. A smooth, crisp mouth feel that leaves a dryness on the tongue. Tastes of malt with a lot of yeast lager taste. There's a metallic taste as well, that is not very pleasing on the palate. Overall, not that great at all.

Photo of DrJay
2.1/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear straw yellow with a short white cap of fine bubbles. Spotty lacing, decent head retention. My first impression is not very good -- this looks way too light in colour for a proper Oktoberfest. Very mild aroma, grainy malt, very faint toast and bread, hint of grassy hops. The flavour was similarly disappointing. The bitterness was alright, on the light side but with good presence, but the malt character was very thin and echoed the aroma. Slightly fruity, but mild flavour overall. The texture was decent, medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation and not overly dry. While I had no problem drinking a bottle of this, it's a poor marzen.

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Bottle from a six pack from Market Basket. Green bottles, huge display in the store so I dug down to an unopened case and selected one form there.
Pale golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists for a bit. aromas of spicy floral hops, rich bready crackery pilsner with just a hint of melanoid. The flavor is rich and malty with a hint of sweetness. Light spicy hop provides balance and a touch of pruney cooked sugars adds some complexity. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I'd drink these all day long given half the chance. Clean well made with some subtle flavors, I like.

Photo of Bighuge
1.85/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It is unbelievable how light colored this oktoberfest is. I've had close to 20 ofests this year and nothing comes close to being this light. It's a pale, pale straw color. Reminds me of a braggot I had last winter. This beer smells light-struck because it is. It comes in a green bottle. Skunky smell. There is no resemblence of a ofest in taste either. There's some of that skunky taste. And after cutting through that, it tastes more like a light lager than an Ofest. The skunkiness isn't overwhelming, thus I gave the drinkability the highest rating of the 5 categories, a 2.5. Not recommended.

Photo of Derek
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Style is really somewhere between an Export & Helles.

A: Clear, golden-yellow with a white head, some retention & lace.

S: Awesome Germanic hop aroma, but it's not really to style. Plenty of grass, herbal, peppery, steelie & floral. Hints of underlying toffee-like sweetness from the malt.

T: Nice Germanic hopping, that really isn't to style. Quite herbal, grassy, peppery & floral. Biscuity malt has some residual sweetness. Hints of sulphury mineral from the lager yeast. Alcohol is slightly warming & a little too perceptible.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a smooth protein feel, with a slightly drying alcohol finish.

D: A couple litres of this in a fest hall could be trouble.

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours pale golden with a really large white "fluffy" head - somewhat uneven. It sets pretty fast, leaving a lot of lacings.

S: Bready. Dry (with some faint sweetness) caramellmalt, together with some citric notes and faint both floral and bitter hops.

T: Light roasted dry malt (but also some faint sweetness). There is bitterhops, but also faint floral notes. Refreshing (but it gets kind of boring writing it, since this is my sixth oktoberfestbier in two nights).

M: The aftertaste is not long, but holds some dry bitterness. The body is weak/medium but also creamy with some moderate carbonation.

D: Not a bad beer, but there are better oktoberfestbiers on the market. You won't dislike it, but my guess is that you won't love it.

Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale gold; the two finger head is white, airy and uneven. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell malty and a bit bitter. Clean and fresh, with some flowery notes.

The taste is very malty with notes of dough and fresh yeast. There are some bitter notes that grow stronger in the aftertaste, although the malty notes and hints of alcohol are present too. Well balanced.

The carbonation is quite strong. Large bubbles. The liquid is creamy.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden, clear sunshine with an argueable toasted hue. Not much ofa head, but sme good bubbling. The color makesno distinction between an octoberfest and a german pilsner. Hardly any toasted malt flavors in this beer. No sweetness, and a lot more tetnanger hops than should be. Crisp palate, but no sweetess or sooth. Very dissapointed.

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.