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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,179 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.93%
Wants: 38
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002)
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Ratings: 1,179 | Reviews: 438 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by RaulMondesi:
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This reminds Raul of that one time he found himself driving through the flatlands of Iowa/Nebraska; this thang is just clean, crisp, grassy, and smooth. A bit bready like your granmama's baked goods, and dry like socal's rainy season.

I like it. I'm not trippin' on a splinter, but it's a bit more than aite.

RaulMondesi, Jan 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this out in a bier garten yesterday and it just seemed to hit the spot best out of all the brews I had.Poured a nice golden color with medium head that left some lacing,smell was slightly malty and very juicy fruity,very appetizing.Taste was a little fruity and grainy,very quaffable warm weather beer great for sitting outsied under the beer tent.

oberon, Jun 11, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body of this beer is absolutely brilliant. It is crystal clear and yellow in color with a tinge of orange and sports a nice white head.

Smell – The grain here is strong and heavily lagered. I can pick up a bit of sugary sweetness but mostly this is a grain bouquet.

Taste – The grain here is unabashed. It is just huge. There’s a lingering malty sweet finish, as there should be.

Mouthfeel – It’s not quite medium-bodied, but it’s big and extremely smooth.

Drinkability – This is why I wish I lived in Germany.

RoyalT, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Tiernan, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of DwedPirateWobert
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DwedPirateWobert, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of joel_bou
4/5  rDev +5.5%

joel_bou, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of andyfrancis
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar. Clear light gold with a snow white head. Just the sight makes me want a big soft pretzel.

Pretty standard pilsnerish aroma. Almost a little sourdough.

Much fuller flavor than I expected. I guess I've been conditioned by american beers of the same appearance being so watery. Bready malt, lightly backed with some german hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, light oily mouthcoating and lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall, not my favorite style by any means, but I can enjoy a few of these. I've never been to Oktoberfest or the Munich Hofbrauhaus, but I've had a few layovers in German airports and some mugs of this with some soft pretzels are always a bright spot on miserable travel days.

andyfrancis, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Lazaro, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of DWolf
2.5/5  rDev -34%

DWolf, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Jpinoniemi, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The bottle has no freshness date or any info other than the style.

Appearance: It has a bright yellow body with very good clarity and some visible carbonation. The head is tall and full of soft white bubbles. Its retention is good as it slowly fades to a thin covering, that with a little swirl of the glass, lasts all the way to the last sip. On the glass it leaves behind some nice spotty lacing.

Smell: There are note of light pale malt notes with a solid floral/spicy/grassy hop presence.

Taste/Palate: Its flavor has a delicate sweet bready or sugar cookie like maltiness up front with a lemon meringue pie like undertone. Nice spicy/floral hop notes soon move in and add their bitterness and character. The hop character is in my opinion is in perfect balance to the malt. The finish has a good snappy, crisp and dry character that makes it extremely drinkable.

Notes: Again to sum up this beer it is well balanced, tasty and easy to drink. It makes for a good summer drinking beer and works well with a light snack of soft sour dough pretzels.

generallee, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Twifiter
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +5.5%

petewheeler, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright and sparkling pale golden colour, the big frothy white head does wins my eyes over.

Smell: Clean and fresh grassy aroma of “just milled” malt and slightly flowery hop oil.

Taste: The crispness is spot on and raises the refreshing level of this beer, a big mouthful of grain hits the palate with fresh cut hay and bitter noble hop flavours. Biscuity and slightly doughy flavours hit middle to end showing the freshness of the brew.

Notes: This lager has grown on me over the summer and has won a spot in my fridge, a plate of grilled bratwurst and braised cabbage went perfect with this brew.

Jason, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of KolbMarley
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

KolbMarley, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grain and grassy hops. The flavor is more of the same with some light malts and some grassy and slightly earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
5/5  rDev +31.9%

GreenMountainBoy, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of JupiterJesus
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

JupiterJesus, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: poured a paler golden color with a medium sized white head.

Smell: some nice grains woth a touch of sweetness, grassy and lightly floral hop.

Taste: Very balanced and drinkable taste, good amounts of bready/ doughish/crakerish malts, mixed with a nice crisp grassy fresh hop, nice grains to the afterytaste. Extremely well crafted.

Mouthfeel: refreshing, medium bodied.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable beers iv'e had, the flavor and feel of this beer make me just want to chug! Im drinking it out of a mug but i wish i
was at the actual Hofbrauhaus in München with a huge 2 litre mug!

Gemütlichkeit!

Byeast, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Apotheosis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Apotheosis, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
4/5  rDev +5.5%

SINKTIPS_N_SUDS, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

innominat, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap. Pours clear light gold with a minimal white head. Metallic and sour malt aroma. The taste is just like a pilsener. Light pale malt, a bit of saaz sweetness, and sharp metal. Very easy to put down a lot of these. Just not as as good as the hefeweizen.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Moo5152, Sep 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.