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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,145 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,145
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 37
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002)
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Photo of Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle/$1.60 at Jack's. Pours out to a slightly hazy golden, forming a modest rocky bone-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is as expected for a Eurolager...freshly mown hay, delicate floral hops, faint grainy and husky pale malts, slight skunk and a clean ferment. The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a light body and medium carbonation. The taste is clean and a recap of the aroma. Bitterness is mild to moderate and there is lasting notes of grass in the aftertaste. Very cleanly fermented and it tastes like it was just brewed.

An excellent Eurolager...crisp, refreshing, very nicely balanced, and easy to drink with soft bitterness. I will remember this one and pick some up next time, especially considering it's a good price.

Mitchster, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving was from tap. Left thin white head that quickly dissipated to just surface skim. Body was yellow gold.

Smell - spicy hops, herbal, and grassy, hint of pale malt.

Taste - pale malts overlaid with Euro spicy hops without skunkiness. Grassy and herbal, as well.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkabilty - goes down easy, would be a decent, but not great session beer.

ultralarry2006, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. green bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a bright withe head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of crisp malts with a mild spicy hop scent. Slightly skunky.

Flavor is fairly crisp and malty upfront. Has a slightly spicy hop taste and finishes with a mild skunkiness.

Light body, could stand a little more carbonation.

Nice and refreshing beer for summer. I bet it's better when it's brewery fresh.

MaltyGoodness, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of lagrin
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner flute. Light straw in color with a persistent stream of carbonation. Forms a thin head head that is constantly replenished by the dancing bubbles, lasting to the bottom of the glass.

Faint whiff of spicy hops with some wet straw in the background. Really not much aroma but this is not stylistically inappropriate for a helles.

Clean and well-balanced bitterness. Pleasantly dry but this dryness gives way to a slight maltiness with just a hint of wet hay.

The combination of the light body, mildly substantial bitterness and perky carbonation makes for a pleasant mouth-feel.

Highly drinkable, well crafted lager. Nothing fancy but a solid old-world attempt at a classic lager beer style.

lagrin, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of shererjt
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw color and clear with light-to-moderate carbonation and head. Aroma was nice; toasty malt with some hop spiciness in the background. Exactly what a helles should smell like. Didn't discern any skunkiness despite the green bottle. Body was on the light side of medium. More bitter than expected; almost pilsner-like in that respect but the malt flavor says helles. Tasty, with a fairly clean flavor. Mouthfeel was above average, as was drinkability.

Overall, a solid and tasty brew. On the hoppy side for a helles, but not overly so.

shererjt, May 25, 2006
Photo of WMBierguy
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is pretty much your run-of-the-mill Helles Lager. Pours a golden yellow and has a thin white head. Tasted refreshing and Pilsner-esque. It's not that memorable or remarkable, but it's better than any macro. A very drinkable beer, and would be very refreshing after a hard day's work. I recommend giving it a try.

WMBierguy, May 25, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the green 12 oz bottle to a glass mug. Color is yellow.

Smell is faint, Sweet malt medium bitter hops.

Taste is smooth and malty. Very nice yet kind of Non-descipt. hops finish is moderately bitter, nice. Had it with brats at lunch, went real well. Great for washing down the chow.

Mouthfeel is ave. Nothing more then a nice beer.

Drinkability in High as there is nothing distastefull, and it goes well with food. MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 19, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting beer; I had it originally in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich but this was before my beer-rating days. I remember it being good but I was pleasantly suprised this time around. I had it on tap at the Tutonian Mannerchor in Pittsburgh, a small private German social club my family belongs to.
It poured a ratehr weak-looking pale hay color with almost no head. It did have a lot of large bubbles, significantly larger than most other beers I've encountered. The aroma was almost non-existant, possibly some sweet malts, or grain, but thats about it. But the best is yet to come. The taste was wonderful. Very dry, with sweet and slightly roasted malts, grains, mild floral hops and almost no alcohol presence. I thought "Pilsner" with each sip[. Mouthfeel was semi-sweet to start but finished very dry and clean, with a smooth aftertaste for such a dry beer. I could have had these all night. I loved it and although this isn't technically a Pilsner, any fan of the style will love this beer.

sinistrsam, May 15, 2006
Photo of ChuckD
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bubbly, white lacing atop a clear golden body.

To the nose, young and fresh grains. Slight floral bouquet.

In the mouth, nice clean malt character with just a hint of hop juiciness. The feel and carbonation are right on, and the finish is dry and organic.

Musings: I usually keep some around as it get warmer. Deals on this stuff are usually good. Find some - you'll drink a bunch of it.

ChuckD, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of rjlemos
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good German one for hot days. Typical hoppy taste and aroma, very respectful. A good choice for the ones who like a München.

Appearance: light gold. Nice head.

Smell: hoppy, gentle, nice.

Mouthfeel: typical for the kind.

Taste: nice german hops all around ! I really enjoy that kind of hoppy taste...

Drinkability: I would say extreme ! Very nice to drink ice cold in a very hot sunny day wherever...

rjlemos, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly orangish golden color that is perfectly clear with quite a few bubbles rising. There is a white active head atop the beer, and the bubbles rising slow down after a few minutes to let the head eventually fall to a thin layer across the top of the glass. There is some nice lacing left on the glass after dinking.

Aroma: Slightly sweet and toasty aroma with a very subtle amount of floral hops in there to add complexity.

Taste: The flavor is much richer than the aroma suggested, giving you a full palate of toasty malts, and a buttery sweetness to linger for some time like some sort of cookie. The hops aren’t as apparent in the flavor as in the aroma. There is no alcohol noticeable, and the finish is really clean and well attenuated.

Opinion: This is a really tasty beer, and a great example of a helles. It has a rich malty backbone with enough supporting flavors to make is a super palatable and drinkable beer. I am not sure which I would choose over this or Paulaner, but this is a really nice beer, and one that I will definitely drink again.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Color is clear, pale gold. Good foamy head that dissipates to a froth that covers the surface. Has that perfectly pilsner look.

S - Smells of lightly toasted fresh barley that suggests more sweetness than you actually taste.

T - A slight malty sweetness hits the tongue first but that gives way quickly to a clean fresh hoppy bitterness. Goes great with cheese.

M - Feels light and clean in the mouth.

D - Great drinkability. Could drink one after another. Recommend this as a session beer.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh man, why don't brewers in America believe in decoction mashing? This beer is a beauty . . . light and smooth with a pleasant hop boquet. This beer makes me fall in love with beer all over again. Honestly, I ask you, what more could you want in a beer? Simply wonderful.

shbobdb, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had this brew at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Winter 2005.
Comes in a gigantic mug (32oz) with about 2" of foam. Looks amazing to be quite honest. Exactly what you'd want from a typical german helles. Perfect shade of yellow with a nice frosty white head.
Smell is pretty average to be honest. Not a lot of hop character, just a mild malt flavor and some typical lager sourness.
Flavors are solid. Not the best lager, but a good one. It's got the right amount of sweetness in the profile to make you want to have more. In fact, that's the best thing about this beer. It's potentially the best session brew of all time. It's got just the right amount of flavor and complexity without being overbearing or something you have contemplate while drinking.
There's something about the Hofbräu Lager that just makes you want more, and that's something you have to respect.

Domingo, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw colored with a nice full off-white head and good active carbonation. Nice balanced grainy and grassy hop aroma and flavor. Balance leans a bit bitter but has a nice grainy malt balance. Light-medium bodied with a crisp and clean dry finish.

The German beer I now think of when I think of a Helles.

Per Label: "Since 1589" & "Munich Specialty"

RBorsato, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured a clear golden straw color with a thin white head sustained by a field of bubbles from the bottom. Smelled of a sour dry lager with a dusty coffee dryness and a musky sweetness. My nostalgia for the Hofbrauhaus wants to rate this higher than it deserves, but it is a distinct smell not soon forgotten. Tastes of light pungent and doughy grains with a nip of sour and a creamy dryness. Finishes exceptionally crisp and dry. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a light carbonation. This is an ultimately drinkable beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of danadeny
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the Hofbrauhause in Munich. Presentation in a liter stein is enough to warrant an exceptional appearance score alone, add to that a classic pilsner color and frothy head and you have a winner. The smell was a bit mroe than subtle, the pilsner hops were there, but a general smell of freshness is most prevalent. Taste is classic. Exactly what I would expect from this beer. The flavor is not over the top at any point, exceptional balance between malt and not too outragous amount of hops, but the hops are the dominant flavor. This beer is not trying to grab your attention; it's a classic case of less is more. This is one beer everyone should have on tap to understand the style and intention of the beer. In the US there is a mentality that every beer has to try to "out do" the competition and grab our attention. That’s not the case here; you will actually be wowed at the fact of how a simple beer can be so great. Mouthfeel is smooth and watery, refreshing and light. And drinkability is insane, to be served in a liter stein this thing has to be drinkable and that it is.

danadeny, Dec 30, 2005
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 1/2" white foamy head. Deep gold color. A ton of visible carbonation.

S - Spicy hops. Sweet malt. Grassy. A little skunk.

T - Rich, sweet malt. Biscuity. Herbal. Slight hop bitterness in finish.

M - Medium bodied, rich mouthfeel.

D - Very nice drinkability. Simple but very pleasing. I am impressed with the rich, sweet flavor of this German beer. I will be drinking this again.

Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured an absolutely crystal clear pale golden color with abundant white puffy head. Smell is lightly malty. Taste is nice and crisp with a good malt presence and some hops coming through. Finish is cold, light and refreshing, andvery pleasant in the mouth. A nice easy-drinking beer.

tgbljb, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- bright clear straw color. Couldnt get much of a head, but it does have a nice flim that laces so im assuming my pour was just bad.

S- slight sweetness, fruity, yeast, bread

T- nice sweet malty flavor. fruit, grain, and a finish highlighted by a mild hop spice.

M- medium to light body but it does have a good chewy feel. carbonation is present but not overwelming.

D- very present and refreshing taste make this go down easy.

overall- a great beer to have at any time. Nothing really overly stands out, but its just a solid, easy to drink beer. Reccomended.

Gritsak, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of masikon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not my favorite style of beer but i figured I'd try to expand my palate and give it a try. Poured a very transparent pale yellow with a light white head.The Nose I quite enjoyed with very herbal/floral notes suggesting the dominance of hops over malt in this one. Taste is bright and fresh with a surprising amount of maltiness to the middle but ending in pure hops with tart evergreen flavors. A nice clean, quenching lager and one that has opened up my eyes to the more positive aspects of the style.

masikon, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of DESTRO
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice clean golden. smells sweet, like honey. a bit doughy. taste? very good. sweet (once again honey!). a little biscuity, straw, clean. clean is a flavor right? crisp and well carbonated. has session written all over it. summer brew for sure.

DESTRO, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint poured at the Essen Haus in Madison, WI. Hofbrau Original has a clear, yellow color with just a small head. Bready aroma with a little honey and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but the flavor is still pretty good. Malty flavor up front with spicy hops in the finish. Slightly lemony flavor too. High carbonation. A little watery. Great drinkability, but other than that this beer is only slightly better than average.

beveragecaptain, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very nice clear orange gold color with a substantial white head.

Aroma is mild sweet barley malt with a light floral/grassy hops note.

Taste is very malty, sweet bready barley malt with a hint of caramel and just enough floral/herbal hops to offset the sweetness a bit. Well carbonated. Altogether a very tasty lager, much more flavor and a bit more complex and more filling than the typical mass market American lager.

Well worth a try.

whynot44, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of JanM
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbräu is best known as the brewery that gave birth to the weizenbier and perhaps the bock bier. It is one of the famous "six sisters" of München, and supplier to one of the most famous bierhalle in universe. Naturally, my expectations were high. When I poured the beer there wasn't much foam although plenty of carbonation, perhaps too much? It smelled hoppy amd tasted bitter with a touch of citrus and a little herbs. It had a crisp and full taste but didn't quite reach the heavenly heights of a Czech pilz like Démon. It's good, no doubt about it, but it will never be a five-sweep field marshal in the battle of European lagers.

JanM, Nov 11, 2005
Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 1,145 ratings.