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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,280 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,280
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 44
Gots: 181 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Ratings: 1,280 | Reviews: 455
Photo of drmeto
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours clear golden with a big, foamy white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-earthy,honey,slight grassy notes
T:
-Follows the nose plus spices and a slight metallic note
F:
-medium-high carbonation,light-medium body
O:
Quite hoppy for a Helles.Solid overall

Photo of beergoot
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique label info: L 60 N 8:30

Light gold colored body; thick, dense, frothy white head; streams of roiling carbonation rising to the top; thick rings of foam. Aroma exudes wet grass with a touch of biscuit and cereal grain. Low-key malt sweetness; bread crust; slow-building but ultimately dominating hop bitterness at the finish. Creamy, velvety mouthfeel; mostly dry finish.

A most satisfying lager. It starts with an incredible appearance and follows-up nicely with a well-balanced blend of light malt grains and a bold hop bitterness. It delivers a nice warm and toasty palate pleasing beer experience that warrants many return visits.

Photo of chris_pk
4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to have been to the Hofbrauhaus - this is something for all new brewers to aspire to. Fine Munich lager !

Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Saigon (bottle)

I am neutral on this beer.

Photo of Kelby777
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured delicately into a pilsner glass. Temperature is about 35-37 degrees.

Appearance - Beautiful light golden color; one of the most handsome beers I've seen. Has a good one finger head, excellent lacing on the glass. Appears highly carbonated.

Smell - Skunky...

Taste - Crisp taste, bready, slightest of hops. Tastes even better with food.

Mouth feel - Plenty of carbonation, great texture, not too watery and not too thick. Just right.

Overall - This is a good beer, as it should be for the price. This beer has been around since the 1500's; WOW I'm impressed! I am a bit disappointed that the beer was slightly skunky, considering that this is one of the most famous beers in the entire world. I can't imagine what this beer would taste like on tap, but is still good from the bottle. My only advice to the Hofbrauhaus is to import your beer in dark bottles - you should know better. Otherwise, I'm glad I tried it and I would drink it everyday if I didn't have to pay over $11 for an 11.2 ounce six pack.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Time for a German beer.

It looks : creamy white cap, about 1 finger tall; leaving lacing around the glass in licks. The body is golden straw colored, very transparent.

It smells : Dew grass, pale Pilsner malts, hay, straw, a hint of lightly toasted and baked grain. Volume is somewhat weak.

It tastes : full flavored for a Czech Pilsner/Munich helles lager. Some grassiness and hay, a bit of spicy hop, some toasted grain heads, and a crisp finish. Mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel : very clean, very pure, very crisp. Lightly creamy. Ends semi-dry.

Overall : while not the best per se, this isn't a bad lager. Worth a try but maybe not worth it's price tag. Try it if you can.

Photo of CraigP83
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very light reminds me of a white wine a little bit of honey. Very little carbonation. My mom likes it so it must be palatable to must everyone.

Photo of Mikus
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is THE legit lawnmower beer for me. Poured 12oz into my Spiegelau, clewr, golden, and carbonated throughout... fluffy finger of white head. Bready, clean, and slightly vegetal/grassy nose. Ridiculously light, balanced, and crisp taste. Bit of nice bitterness in there. Refreshing as hell, and really well done. This has to be the blueprint for the American Adjunct Lagers... they have a long way to catch up.

Photo of Noulse
4.31/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of baw185
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent Munich Helles lager. One of those beers that taste much better on draft if able.

Photo of RateDoc
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose of malt, grass, corn, cereals. Taste sweet malt, straw, bready, faint hops & caramel, light bitter finish;

Photo of Arch578
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Great looking German lager, but a bit too weak for my taste. And the flavor seemed a bit off.

Photo of VaporDome
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mine might have been skunked but not terrible overall

Photo of DaveNdesert
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my second favorite beer!

Photo of HamdenHector
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; golden - SRM approx. 4-5; less than a 1 finger white head that receded to a very thin collar; very little lacing;

S: grainy, bread, no hop characteristics;

T: a little malt sweetness up front; grainy; a touch of spice and bitterness at the finish;

M: light bodied; low carbonation;

O: a little flat, but nice flavor;

Photo of DiUr
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden with a lovely textured head that recedes fast. Smell is full of grain, sweet malts and hops, with a hint of lemon peel. Quite a malt bomb for a lager, with hops balancing the sweetness and adding bitterness for a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, which make for a good drinkability. Smooth, crisp, refreshing and tasty.

Not the finest of the Helles, but still a lager with lots of character and very well balanced. The one the likes of Heineken should look to.

Photo of HoffbrowHater
1.75/5  rDev -53.8%

FAKERS! You do not actually believe this beer is that good. I don't believe you. How? Honestly, this beer is made with hate. Its THE gross.

A- 4
S- 1
T- 1
M- 2
O- 1....TRUE BROS RATING: 31

You're Welcome

Photo of mmmbirra
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.5 liter brown bottle.
The archetypal helles lager. Golden and clear.
Crackery, sweet aroma and a smooth, crackery, pale malt flavor with just enough noble hops in the back. Not too thin as some in the style can be, not certainly not as full and rich as others. A nice middle ground for when you're just craving a good classic Munich Hell.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

03/18/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Full bodied & less bitter than the famous weiss these guys do. Very good & goes down too easy. Thank goodness it's a mere 5.1 ABV.

Photo of smorbrod
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

I like to have a nice strong IPA or other Pale Ale, or two, then have a Hofbrau Original. The smoothness of this lager is a great palate cleanser after the hoppy beers. If I just have one of these right away I would give it a 3 but for some reason after a couple of pale ales it seems almost creamy.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head. The smell is a little sour with mostly the malt coming through and then some citrus from the hops finishing the beer. The taste is mellow in the beginning with an almost tart finish from the hops. I thought it was a nice german style but it didn't floor me in any category though.

Photo of JSaulWelter
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Pure perfection in a bottle

Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High quality stuff here. Old school.

Photo of barnzy78
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL green bottle
L - golden with super clarity, foamy white head dissipates fairly quickly
S - light grain, delicate noble hop, grass, yeast
T - light toasted grain, biscuit, spicy & grassy noble hop, yeast
F - lighter body, very clean and crisp finish
O - I had given this a simple rating a long time ago, so it needed an upgrade. Very good Munich Helles Lager and much better than I remember.

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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 1,280 ratings.