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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,200 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,200
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 39
Gots: 131 | 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 Portertime
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now this is the epidemy of the perfect German helles lager! A great staple for Oktoberfest this beer just makes you want to get a bunch of buddies, drink, and have a jolly great time. I enjoyed it nicely chilled in a pint glass. Poured a piercing golden color with a pleasantly sweet aroma. The taste was smooth with a well balanced malt foward goodness. The price is decent to so stock up and drink till your heart is content!

Photo of nickfl
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, white head with weak retention and little lace. The body is light gold in color with good clarity.

S - Sweet, mild malty aroma with light hop notes.

T - Nice, mild herbal hop flavor up front balanced by sweet maltiness with hints of honey.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Moderate drinkability. Nice hop character, but a bit too sweet to be quite as sessionable as a helles should be.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oh uh, a green bottle. Thats like beer blasphemy these days, I hope it wasn't in the light to much.

Poured into the glass a clear golden blond with a big frothy head that falls back into the beer looking like white caps on the ocean.

Smell is light and malty with a little honey. The malts smell somewhat subdued kind of like the scent of grains right before they are milled.

The taste is sweet, malty and clean. A crisp flavor with a moderate spice in the finish. Nice carbonation that bites the tongue enticing you to drink more.

This is a great lager that grows on you as you drink. The green bottle be damned!! I like this beer. I can't wait to have a cold one this summer after mowing the lawn.

Photo of JDV
2.48/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light gold, with a yeasty lager like, and slight hop aroma. Taste is lightly yeasty, malty, with a nice noticeable hop twang to it as well. Touch of tartness to it. Crisp carbonation and decent mouthfeel. Nothing too special, but for what it is, it seems well enough made. Decent, drinkable beer.

Photo of illidurit
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Eichhof bier mug. Pale gold liquid rises perfectly to the .5L line, leaving a good 2 fingers of white foam to crest at the glass's rim. Retention is pretty good, not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly grainy with a touch of leafy hops. Light and sweet.

Taste is pretty classic helles lager, with a very clean, grainy malt profile and a subdued hoppiness. Husk and bread, with a hint of a metallic note.

Well carbonated, with a very smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish. Crisp and clean. Really drinkable.

Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A sharp, crisp lager, Original lays out two thick fingers of white froth topping a clear light lemon body. Ample lacing from the 500mL adorns the DAB mug, an impressive presentation. Lots of malt wafts under the nose, more than I expected. The taste is straightforward but quite good, malty and smooth with hiccups of hops now and again.

This beer is made in the mouthfeel, in my opinion. It's effervescent but not overly so, letting the malt and hops do their work. It's really delicious, well done, and refreshing. It's similar to Molson in body and flavor, but certainly superior. This too makes the list of German beers to enjoy over the summer.

Definitely recommended.

Photo of yelterdow
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at just above fridge temperature in a traditional Spaten stange. A new addition to Total Wine's beer department, this was bottled in mid-December 2007. Paired with a chunk of Trader Joe's Bavarian Beer Cheese (excellent!!!)

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear pale yellow-gold, with a terrific four + finger snow white crown... it condenses and remains huge for several long minutes. Outstanding eye candy for the style.

Smell- A blast of hops instantly fills the air... the pungent, "skunky" type that you'd come to expect from a good Helles lager. As the beer comes to temperature the malts come forth in the nose, adding a touch of grainy sweetness. Very well balanced aroma.

Taste- Sharp on the initial attack, the hops bite the tip of the tongue immediately. The middle is characterized by a bready, smooth maltiness that showcases the zippy hops nicely. A bitter finish awaits, clearing the palate for something greasy... like pork sausage!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great action in the mouth right from the start, becoming creamier and easy to swallow at the end. A classic, solid beer that I am so glad to be able to purchase locally. It's in a green bottle, so pay attention to exposure to light in your store.

Photo of patsalvaggio
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a 12 ounce green bottle into a 16 ounce pilsner glass. it poured a long lasting nice 2 finger thick foamy head. a bit cloudy and golden in color. smelled of noble hops followed by a slight skunky aroma. feels creamy and well balanced on the palate with a faint alcohol burn on the finish. nice and smooth taste, refreshing, good grainy flavor not too bitter. i can see myself killing a sixer of this stuff.

Photo of ChrisBuster
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Very clear yellow hue with a slight golden tinge, about an inch of very foamy snow white head.

S- Very little aroma with a slight earthy smell

T- Very crisp with a mild amount of hops, this is what big beer brewers (A-B, Coors, etc.) would prolly taste like if they did it right

M- Very refreshing with a slight bite at the end, but not a bitter bite at all.

D- Very smooth any yet again crisp...very nice.

Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green bottle. I can't afford to drink this fresh on premises, for the time being! This will have to do.

Light golden yellow, clear body. Fluffy, marshmallow, inch of cloud white head. Toasted malts, fresh hay, and slightly skunky, yet very herbal and assertive, hop aromas. Bready malts and spicy noble hops up front. The hops could be fresher and they show some skunkiness. Toasted notes and cardboard around a fruitier malt center. Mild cooked vegetable flavor. Bitter, spicy, herbal hop finish. Quite dry and appetizing. Moderate body with refreshing carbonation. Not bad, but probably better at the "haus."

Photo of theopholis
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- This Helles pours a crystal clear, very light straw yellow. The head is a very white, fairly creamy, sticky, slightly affair with decent retention. Looks like whipped egg-whites. Some lacing, but not much. Continues to lightly effervesce for quite some time.

Aroma- Slightly skunky, which surprises me, because it's in a brown bottle. Smells crisp and clean, with a hint of corn/graininess. Just a hint of Saaz and malt in there.

Taste- Quite nice. An interesting melange of bittering hops up front, followed by a very soft malt sweetness in the middle, and then finishing with a nice hop bitterness with a hint of Saaz flavoring hops. Very refreshing. Very sessionable. Good all-around beer. the taste is a pleasant surprise after smelling the aroma.

Mouthfeel- Very soft. That's the best way to describe it. Nice, tight carbonation. A bit more would push the hops more to the fore-front, but this seems to work very well. The body is failry light, as it should be.

Drinkability- Aside from the aroma (which really isn't that objectionable) , this is an all around good beer. I would definitely give it a whirl.

Photo of rowew
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle, yellow label. Indecipherable date code.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice head, fades to just a bit of lacing. Lots of effervesence.

Smell: Grainy, just a bit of a sulphur like bite.

Taste: Nice and drinkable - medium bodied with a smooth carbonation. Good grainy flavors, just a bit of hops in the finish.

Overall impression: Very drinkable and interesting enough to keep me coming back.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting II on 10/19/07: Pours a clear golden color with a medium thin and frothy white head that diminshes steadily. Spots of lacing. Lightly floral nose with spots of fruit and malt. Light body with flavors of grain, malt and fruit. The finish is mildly bitter and short. Pretty average all around.

Photo of brendan13
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light golden colour poured into a pint glass with a couple of centimetres of white head that falls away pretty quickly.
S - Smell is grainy/cereal like with some cooked vegie notes.
T - Taste is pretty similar to the smell. A bit more sweet malt comes through.
M - Light bodied, medium to high carbonation.
D - Not horrible but really did nothing for me. May as well drink something like locally brewed stella.

Photo of jdmorgan
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a light gold with a medium white head.

The smell was very light with some mild hop aroma and a grassy aroma as well. The taste was similar with minimal body, a grassy hop taste, and bit of a bready malt aftertaste. The taste is clean overall and refreshing. The mouthfeel is medium/light with a medium carbonation.

In summary, I felt that this was a good beer, but nothing special. Refreshing and light, I felt that there are better beers out there of this style.

Photo of Homerbag
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big foam head on a golden body. I like the start.
Smells fresh, grassy, not a lot of hop or malt odor, but they are there.
Taste is very refreshing. Nice hop balance, leaves very clean and invites another drink
Feels good, I wish it were warmer out because this is a good hot day beer.
A very good beer. A lawnmower beer for those with a couple extra bucks.

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

Appearance: Bright golden and with an ample head that dissipates to a small cap.

Aroma: Grainy, earthy, organic and grassy.

Taste/texture: Very fresh and grassy/grainy. Becomes a bit bready in the middle, finishing with floral hops and a very clean aftertaste.

Notes: A solid, crisp, refreshing lager. Not necessarily the best around, but a worthy choice, and very drinkable.

Photo of dnichols
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served a 12 ounce plastic cup filled with this beer at the Puyallup, Washington Oktoberfest.

A: It was clear with a light gold hue and a small slightly off-white head that vanished.

S: It had a slight sweet malt aroma with even silghter herbal hops.

T: It had a decently balanced relationship between the hops and the malts. Neither was special nor dominate...they were present and accounted for. There was a slight drying aftertaste but nothing overbearing or terribly memorable.

M: Light body, smooth and pleasant.

D: It was a refreshing beer but nothing special. It was easy to drink but not memorable.

Comment: Another OK brew from Munich...much more hype than character.

Update: I pored a 500 ml bottle into a large Spaten mug. It had a bone white head and dense lacing. The head receded slowly from a one inch head to an even cover and then to a ring around the collar. Nice malty aroma with pleasant mouth feel. Refreshing and easy to drink. [03-01-08]

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, golden straw color without much head at all. Completely transparent, with the standard lager look.

S: Smell of pale malt is noticeable, with a very clean profile. Very subtle and slightly flowery in the nose.

T: Amazingly clean-flavored; crisp and well-hopped, just enough to add character. A well-balanced lager that highlights the subtle, finer points of the Helles style.

M: Crisp and somewhat creamy, actually. Bubbly, yet not dense, and very light bodied.

D: Could have several of these, as they're so easy to drink. I believe being available on tap helped out. Balance and subtlety is the key here, and Hofbrau does it well.

Photo of Amalak
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App: Extremely light, with a head that dissipates quickly

Smell: No real smell. Lagerish, but nothing worth noting.

Taste: Nothing bad, but there is not so much flavor. Pretty weak.

Mouthfeel: No bad, goes down easy

Drinkability: It's light and easy to drink, but doesn't have the flavor I look for.

Low quality beer in my opinion.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. ubiquitous Euro-brown bottle,

A: Pours a pale golden, yellow, into a pilsner glass, with a small head, fair to bad retention than I'm used to for a Helles.

S: Light, with some sweet malt notes and hops.

T: Hoppier than an average German Helles, the hops give an earthy, grassy feel to this beer, which complements the pale malts nice, with their bread character.

M: Very nice, smooth and crisp, with a good amount of carbonation that gives a prickly feel on the tongue.

D: Very good, an easy drinking Helles, for an easy-drinking day, and one of the cheaper German beers on the market today, and easy to find, so that is a plus.

Photo of alankwak
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice golden, clear beer with decent head retention and lacing.
S: Lager type smell. Grass notes and Saaz hop smell.
T: Smooth and moderately hopped. Good balance of maltiness and hop bitterness.
M: Nice light body on this beer yet flavorfull.
D: Very drinkable indeed. A high quality lager.

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 500ml w/ freshness date cold into a goblet
A - A crystal clear golden w/ snow white microfoam measuring 3 fingers. Clouds of fluffly lace gather.

S - The smell of light grain, nutty relatively mild fruitiness.

M - Light, slightly sweet, slightly bitter

T - A crisp beer w/ moderately bitter flavor. Light and easy on the tongue w/ a tinge of spice and pleasant German malt flavor

D - A nicely hopped and crisp late German lager. Very easy to quaff, but not overly dynamic.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: bright with a straw colour. The head is white, medium-sized, frothy and fades rather quickly.
Aroma: sweet malts and some herbal hops with a slight citrus note.
Taste: biscuity sweet malts and little hops.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (5.1% ABV) and light body.
Finish: very short and very weak.

Overall: refreshing and pleasant beer. Not much body or flavour though.

Photo of iceball585
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nice golden color w/ white lacy head

S- Earthy pale hops smell

T- Slight hop bite that has a malty smooth finish

M- Medium weight, medium carbonation

D- Nice smooth beer thats very drinkable for anyone

This is a great example of a Munich helles beer (great balance of malt and hops). I've actually been to Munich Germany and had this on tap which was great. In bottle its almost as good but it's not like you get to go to Munich every day.

Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 1,200 ratings.