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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier - Hofbräuhaus München

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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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 19:10:36 | More by biegaman
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

12-07-2013 16:14:22 | More by BillRoth
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superspak

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 05:04:17 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

11-30-2011 22:12:19 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

10-07-2012 04:03:04 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 23:12:06 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 22:57:58 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 01:24:00 | More by Viggo
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-26-2014 14:36:24 | More by Latarnik
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Bighuge

Minnesota

1.85/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 20:05:03 | More by Bighuge
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DrJay

Massachusetts

2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 21:25:00 | More by DrJay
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Tone

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 21:55:38 | More by Tone
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 01:00:49 | More by Derek
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

07-26-2012 03:45:55 | More by rolltide8425
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-23-2013 11:54:57 | More by xnicknj
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 05:08:04 | More by scruffwhor
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 23:32:00 | More by liamt07
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-29-2013 19:22:53 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:43:52 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bark

Sweden

3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 19:07:39 | More by bark
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours unlike any other Oktoberfest I have tried, which makes me leery right off the bat. Clear dark golden color with a thick and fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Lager-ish aroma of mild hops and malt. Light-bodied with hops and grainy malt flavors that don’t have much staying power. The finish is mildly bitter with touches of citrus. Below average across the board.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 20:52:07 | More by Dogbrick
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 01:57:41 | More by DrDemento456
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 21:48:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 01:54:20 | More by DefenCorps
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RoyalT

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with some mild carbonation. It looks more like a Helles Lager than an Oktoberfest. The head was modest and went down rather quickly.

Smell – This one smells like a grainy Helles, too. Where are the toasty malts?

Taste – Ah, a bit more in line with the style at the taste, but not much. There are some good caramel notes here but the grain is out of place.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than light-bodied. This one is almost refreshing and crisp.

Drinkability – This really wasn’t a bad bier, but it’s not even close to an Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2005 02:15:24 | More by RoyalT
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