Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

Not Rated.
Hofbräu OktoberfestbierHofbräu Oktoberfestbier

Educational use only; do not reuse.

555 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 555
Hads: 1,304
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 24.56%
Wants: 27
Gots: 170 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 555 | Hads: 1,304
Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

 696 characters

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is honey golden with a nice level of carbonation. The head is average-sized and creamy white. The aroma is of sweet grainy malts, seems more like a mixture of German pils and helles aromas than the maltiness of an marzen. The taste is of lighter bodied malt sweetness with grain flavor running throughout. A touch of minty hops gives this a little more personality. This seems more like a "big" helles than an true O-fest. Not bad at all, but don't expect a big, bready marzen.

 487 characters

Photo of puboflyons
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330 ml. green bottle no. L186J-14:18. Sampled on September 8, 2010. It pours a well carbonated pale yellow with a fizzy two-inch thick white head that lingers for a bit but fades away. Aromas of grains and some malts but little else. The taste is a sharp, grainy bitterness much like a pilsener. The experience was unexpected.

 326 characters

Photo of DrJay
2.1/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

 660 characters

Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orange color with a really nice white head that possesses great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma resembles a pilsner more than an Oktoberfest. The aroma is grainy malt with some hay and grassy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is closer to a pils than an O-fest. There is some faint grain flavors with a crisp moderately hoppy finish

D- Not a bad brew, but I feel it is lacking in the malt department for an Oktoberfest.

 457 characters

Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright golden color. Poured a slightly cream-colored head that dissipated pretty quickly before settlin to a skim that thickened around the edges. Very light lacing. Decanted slowly and steadily throughout.

S: Pale malt and slightly bitter Saaz hops with a light grassy note.

T: Very consistent with aroma; crisp pale malt and grassy hops. Finished very crisp and clean.

M: Medium thin body. Ample carbonation, but not overdone. Fresh, crisp hop bite cleansed finish.

D: Very drinkable. A solid choice for the style. Had a liter during the keg-tapping at the Hofbrau House in Milwaukee.

 601 characters

Photo of Viggo
2.41/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

 745 characters

Photo of Bighuge
1.8/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

 609 characters

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has light bread crust nose, pouring brilliant gold to almost straw. 1” snow white foam cap dissipates to a film. Good lace. Creamy smooth, lighter body, medium to a little less, carbonation a little above medium. Crisp.

 221 characters

Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

 465 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
2.57/5  rDev -24%
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.

 343 characters

Photo of dgilks
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale gold with a decent fluffy white head. Decent head retention. The colour here is just far too pale.

Solid sulphur edge to the aroma. Maybe a light malt sweetness also comes through.

Good clean lager with plenty of bitterness. The balance between bitterness and malt seems to be out of kilter with the style with the beer coming across more as a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. There are some reasonable sweet malts in the attack but they really fall back to a supporting role through the mid and back palates. Medium dry finish.

Light to medium, well attenuated body with a lively, crisp carbonation. Nice and refreshing.

A decent lager just not the epitome of the Oktoberfest style. I can see it being quite easy to drink a few of these.

 751 characters

Photo of sweemzander
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No recognized bottle date.

(A)- Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow color that produced a great 2+finger white bubbly head that left lacing behind as it quickly dissipated. Whats with the color? Doesnt look like an oktoberfest.

(S)- A very dry pale ale character of a woody very subdued pine with a bit of lemon peel. Where's the malt?

(T)- Very dry with an ample hop bitterness with a light twinge of lemon and a mineral funk. I thought this was an Oktoberfest, not a pale ale?!

(M)- Dry, bitter, sweet, and funky with good carbonation. Tastes great, but is nowhere near what an Oktoberfest should be like.

(D)- Is this really an oktoberfest? Its more like a pale ale to me. . . . Its good, but doesnt fit the style at all. I would have given it better scores in both appearance, smell,and taste, but this beer just doesnt fit its declared style at all. At first I thought it was just old, but then there would be alot of malt characters, instead its totally dry and hoppy :/
Definitely not what I would choose when picking out a good oktoberfest.

 1,106 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Damn this is the lightest colored Oktoberfest being very light yellow with about a 1/2 inch of head that turns to a light creamy ring.

S - Smells a bit of toffee, mild caramel, and a bit of biscuit malt. Smells a bit dry and aggressive graininess.

T - Very strong with a bitterness that really isn't pleasant. Overly dry with very little sweetness. Maybe a bit of skunkyness from the green bottle. Lackluster.

M - Light to medium very surprising for the ABV.

Overall I guess it leans more toward the traditional style but the bitterness factor and skunk flavors really put me off. Pass.

 594 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a seethru gold body with one-finger white head that quickly died and left no lacing. A trace amount of caramel and roasted malts in the smell along with tea-like hop bitterness. Light-bodied and easy drinking, there are trace amounts of roasted malts along with caramel and heavier fruity hops. A rather nondescript marzen that is drying on the pallete and for some reason (I really don't give such low scores all the time) I had trouble finishing one. It just became more bitter and dry as I drank it and was not a pleasant beer at all.

 544 characters

Photo of claspada
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation and a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
Aromas begin with light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with a surprisingly ample amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops, but this is definitely one of the sweetest examples of the style I have had this month or ever.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish as well.
Overall this beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style. It is too sweet overall with not enough malt heft or hop bitterness or flavor to combat the overpowering pale sweet bready/biscuitness. There are much better examples out there so this is a one and done for me.

 1,073 characters

Photo of barczar
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a solid 1 inch dense ivory head that lingers, slowly dissipating and leaving touches of lacing.

Skunky aroma when first opened, with grainy malt and caramelly melanoidins accompanying lightly floral hops.

Flavor is fairly sweet, dominated by caramelization, bready malt, and a slightly bitter, dry finish. There's a bit of graininess, as well as some herbal hop notes. Cracker-like character is a but reminiscent of oxidation.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's some astringency and a touch of alcohol warmth present.

Overall, a bit too sweet to be sessionable. Good caramelization, but the skunky aroma also detracts from the experience. BROWN bottles! Nothing to write home about.

 742 characters

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light yellow-ish orange, with a long lasting half inch foamy head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like crackery and bready sweet malt, with some fruitiness as well.

This isn't as bad as the ratings suggest, but it's definitely not the best Oktoberfest on the market. It's pretty sweet, and thin, with some crackery and caramelly malt flavor, and a really subdued hop character. There's some sweet almost grapey fruitiness, as well.

This is fairly thin bodied, very drinkable, but I do wish it was a little fuller.

Not bad, could definitely see having a few of these.

 660 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours gold. Head is decently large. Leaves mild lacing. Pours mostly clear too.

S-German hops. Some skunkiness. Malt balances out the hops and the skunk. Lightly watery but there isn't much of an alcohol presence.

T-Spicy and German hoppy. Slight metallic twang along with a bit of skunk too. The negative aforementioned flavors are minimal though. Finishes malty and pretty crisp.

M-Lighter side of medium body. Alcohol masked well. Plenty of carbonation. Sessionable feel.

O/D-Pretty easy drinking Oktoberfest. Had it a bit out of date but this isn't a hop bomb so I don't think the flavor degraded much. Pretty mild; the skunk/metallic taste is off-putting but it is very minimal. Had a single, and that was enough.

 724 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my 24oz stein. Beer 2 of 6 of my BotO.

A: Straw yellow with a massive white head with one of my eyelashes added as garnish. Removing said hair reveals a very appealing beer, nowhere as dark as most but solid.

S: Well, I'll be damned if this isn't a helles or a pilsener. The nose is hoppy with lemon and grassy notes and this beer smells crisp. There's a definite butterscotch component in the back, something i don't really care for.

T/M: Light and crisp on the palate with most of the hop flavors forming the basis for this beer. There's a mild grassy note which is fresh and tasty and is followed by sweet malt flavor, kinda like sweet corn but nowhere as gross. Unfortunately, there's a fair bit of butterscotch in this and the refreshing, drying finish is marred by a metallic feel. Carbonation is ample and solid.

D: This is a really easy drinking beer that I don't have a problem drinking but there's definitely better beers out there

 962 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Schnitzel Platz - Glendale Heights, IL. Served in a giants-sized 2.0 liter boot. Poured pale gold in color with a tall, frothy white head. Aromas were sweet with some bread and caramel hints. Tastes were rather weak for the style - probably sacrificed flavor for drinkability here - some bready malt, slight caramel, little hops. It was worth it to say I've drank out of a giant boot, but this beer was lacking character.

 435 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

 1,001 characters

Photo of dar482
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a pale golden color.

The flavor hits of grass hops, biscuity malt, a bit of sweetness and pale malts, onto a medium bitterness with some spicy character.

A decent crisp lager for 6.3%.

 204 characters

Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow color. A small white cap of foam forms with light spotty lace.
S: Clean, sweet malt, and grain. Dry crackers. Nothing else really.
T: Again, sweet malt with cereal and grain. No depth of flavor, but nothing that is really bad.
M/D: A light body with medium carbonation. Not hard to drink, though I don't think I would make a session of this.

Average in every way. Nothing bad, but uninspired. Not the worst think in the world. Though I would seek this out again.

 495 characters

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light yellow color with a massive cap of sticky white foam. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. Good looking beer, though much lighter than us Americans are used to seeing in an oktoberfest.

Nose is very grainy with whiffs of alcohol. Sweet malts mingle with a perfumey hop aroma. Very similar to the Hofbrau Original lager.

Taste is of lightly kilned malts and floral hop flavor. Both have a tough time keeping up with the relatively high ABV. The beer is nice, crisp and fresh but I think I like all four of the other Hofbrau offerings I have tried better. Not to mention it is not very marzen-esque. Worth a try and certainly not a bad beer, but there are too many better oktoberfests out there to buy this one more than once every year or two.

 768 characters

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
77 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.