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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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78
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947 Ratings
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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.84%
Wants: 16
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
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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Photo of BARFLYB
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%

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.

BARFLYB, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled 5/25/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of apple, pear, caramel, biscuit, toasted grain, light nuttiness, pepper, grass, floral, herbal, and light skunkiness. Ok aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of apple, pear, caramel, toasted grain, bread, grass, floral, pepper, herbal, earthy spiciness, and light skunkiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toasted grain, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a bit. Ok flavor balance and complexity; with a good balance of malt and peppery spiciness from the hops; a fair amount of cloying astringency is present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a mediocre Oktoberfest. Skunked flavors and aromas; with flavor astringency on the finish make this much less enjoyable. Quite easy to drink, though.

superspak, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +7%

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.

biegaman, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of rab53
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

rab53, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

plaid75, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

beerthulhu, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Viggo
2.42/5  rDev -29%

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.

Viggo, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of billab914
3/5  rDev -12%

billab914, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Bighuge
1.85/5  rDev -45.7%

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.

Bighuge, Sep 27, 2002
Photo of DrJay
2.1/5  rDev -38.4%

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.

DrJay, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

liamt07, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Tone, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +10%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

Derek, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%

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.

scruffwhor, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

xnicknj, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of bark
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

bark, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada Imperial Pint. "Ale" on the back...whatever that means. Numbers too, but nothing that looks like a date.

A - Clear pale yellow golden in color with a huge three-finger cream-colored head. Fantastic retention and as it went down it got rocky and left lots of lacing on the glass.

S - A bit sulfury on the nose but not skunked by any means. More of a Euro lager nose. Pale malts with a bit of caramel sweetness in the background. A finish of mild hops in the aroma.

T - It starts off with a cloying sweetness from pale malts and moves right into a dry hoppy flavor that has a very light touch of citrus.

M - A bit thin feeling but closer to medium in body than light. Dry to the finish and just a touch more carbonation that I'd like to feel.

D - A bit below average for the Oktoberfests I've had this season. It's a fantastic looking beer but has a mediocre delivery in all other categories. I wouldn't ever pass up a free one but would never hunt it down.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -12%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is kind of grassy, maybe a touch skunky. Taste is very light, some malts, some light grassiness, more pilsner like than oktoberfest in flavor profile. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while a drinkable and decent beer, there are way to many better examples of this style to recommend this one.

tone77, Saturday at 02:15 AM
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
78 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.