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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,107 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,107
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 37
Gots: 92 | 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 francisweizen
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent lager beer. This stuff smells great. It smells like fresh floral hops, and heavy german malts. The taste is just like the smell...This is a malty german style lager. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, and this beer goes amazingly well with German food, such as Bratwursts. The drinkability is excellent as well.

francisweizen, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very clear pale yellow color. Bubbly and lively with a large foamy head that settled in to a meringue-like cream. The aroma is strong with lemon grass and a vegetable like grainy smell. Earthy. Taste is sweet and crisp. A beautiful and simple beer. Very drinkable.

pezoids, Oct 14, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another 1/2 litre vom Fass at one of Münchens most famous Bierhalls.... The Helles possessed a medium to light golden hue and was crystal clear. Crowning the luscious liquid was a thick, rocky white head...huge! It lasted quite a while, and the lacing left behind was exemplary. This is what a Helles should look like! Super! It had a bit of a bready aroma, though floral hops were more obvious. The smell tended to be mild altogether, though. Body was medium, and the Bier passed without problem across the palate and bellywards. It has a bready maltiness to the flavor, along with floral, grassy hops which were slightly subdued. The hops are there alright, but just not jumping out at you, and they leave a restrained, mild bitterness at sips end. This a real good example of a bier you can throw back all day while sitting down with friends at a big table and bs-ing. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Oct 03, 2003
Photo of StevieW
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bit more golden in color than the light. Another faint, off-white fizzy head. Lots of freshly mown hay, grass, and other grainy smells. Some hops fade in and out. Good crisp lager flavors. Definitly some more toasted qualities to it. Light snappy hop kick, warms at times. Freshly mown hay again, some slight herbals as well. Light bodied, not much to it, easy to drink, but very tasty. Refreshing crisp, traditional lager. I think this would be great with a nice grilled bratwurst and saurkraut.

StevieW, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of kaszeta
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at 2003 AOBF: Stammtisch

I miss this beer, it was a staple while I was in Munich, and is still one of my benchmark Helles lagers. While there are many other good lagers, this one holds it's own.

It pours with a nice straw-colored liquid and thick frothy white head. The aroma is nice and yeasty, with some nice hops and malt undertones. The beer is nicely carbonated, which gives a nice bite to the taste, complementing the good grainy lager taste and mild hops bitterness. Very clean tasting, with a nice light mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable.

kaszeta, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clean crisp lager with an extremely fresh taste. Nice medium golden color with a decent white head. Not much aroma, a bit of malt and a bit of hops. Just really clean with a noteable bitterness on the finish. Hard to beat a fresh lager for just pure drinkability, either alone or with food.

aaronh, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of Zraly
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this all night. It's hot out and the sun is setting. This lager is more than appropriate.

A wonderfully herby, grassy smell accompanies the straw-yellow elixir into the glass. Even mild perfumey notes shine through. A billowy, white, fluffy cloud sits a top of my glass and it clings for dear life all the way down.

A high-quality, malty sweetness is followed by the most subtle but ample hop flavor. Crisp and full, but not heavy in the mouth. A fruit flavor that fills the mouth. I even taste a note of violety, smooth goodness. The finish is rather smooth and unassuming. The carbonation is right on.

Really nice choice.
Would be nice with some spicy food. (I had some vegetarian chili with mine.) :)

Zraly, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 Realale
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full dark gold. Huge white head settles quickly to a thin rim and the odd island of foam.

Nose is slightly sweet crackery malt with a lovely spicy hop note.

Very full and malty on the palate. It seems to be on the sweet side and then a touch of hop bitterness kicks in on the mid-palate to get things back on track. A low level of quite prickly carbonation scrubs the tongue and prepares it for the next gulp. Not the most complex lager out there, but hard to argue against consuming it in some quantity, particularly on a sweaty St. Louis summer day.

Brown 500 ml bottle.

Realale, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very good lager beer brewed on the original Munich recipe. The body is a beautiful clear gold with a small white head and plenty of lacing. The nose is all lager giving hints of malt and the balancing hops. Nicely flavored, this beer provides a delicately balanced flavor perfectly poised between its sweet and bitter sides. Very drinkable and thirst quenching, my drinking companion was downing these like water, though he did show signs of getting quite swacked.

AtLagerHeads, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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 BeerResearcher
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear Gold in color with a foamy white head and thin trails of lace. Bright hoppy aroma and pleasant sweet malt smell. Medium sweet malt and fairly high in citrus and light metallic bitterness. Lightly Sweet and Herbal. This is a fine example of what a lager is. Very drinkable. Bring on the summer and an umpah band!

BeerResearcher, Jun 06, 2003
Photo of PatandDavid
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I had this on tap last week at Redbones, and this week bought a sixpack. Lucky me was able to grab it out of an un-opened case, so no chance of skunkiness here.

Goldenrod color, faint bready smell. No real head or lace to speak of.

Nicely crisp, slightly sweet. The hops are not overpowering.

This is better at the source...from the bottle it's pleasant and easy to drink, but not a lot of complexity in the taste. pat

PatandDavid, Jun 04, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear dark straw hue. Fluffy, thick, well retained porcelain white head leaves lace. The aroma is comprised of a lemony, lightly grassy Tettanger hop nose, along with softly sweet, grainy malt with a tinge of husk. Bready, white cracker like sweetness upfront in flavor is followed by a combination of mild, non astringent grain husk and soft, almost airy hop bitterness. Subdued grassy, vegetal hop adds an earthy tone and couples with the grainy malt presence to lend an impression of rustic, hay like sweetness mid palate. Lightly bodied, but with supple dextrins faciltating a smooth, agreeably inobtrusive mouthfeel. Finishes with a tinge of honeyish must and underbaked dough, but otherwise clean and dry. Balanced, innocuous and quaffable in its current state-- Could be an outstanding helles if sampled at the source of found fresh. Soft and tasty.

marc77, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Hofbrauhaus Newport served in a .5L mug. The color is a typical golden lager color with a finger of head and lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a little weak, just a faint hint of hops. The taste is a pretty good balance of piney sweetness and hops. The mouthfeel is fairly ok, and the drinkability is good. Pretty good for a run-of-the-mill lager.

SheepNutz, May 31, 2003
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my second beer at the Hofbrauhaus Newport, the first being the Hofbrau Light. A slightly deeper yellow color than the Light.

Noticeably more body on the front side of the taste, a more solid mouthfeel, as it should. Hop presence about the same, fairly detectable and in pretty good balance with the beer style. Definitely more personality in this beer, and I do perceive a taste in there that could be interpreted as skunkyish. I can see where that characteristic comes from now. Not offensive, I just noticed it. A very drinkable session beer.

brewdlyhooked13, May 29, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a small off-white head, which vanishes without a trace in thirty seconds. Slight carbonation with no lacing.

Aroma: Sharp and persistent aroma of skunk, as well as sweet malt, and a little herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with sweet malts, astringent husk flavors dominate the middle of the taste, the dry finish is accompanied by a late wave of semi-metallic hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, quite good for the style.

Drinkability/notes: Other than the skunk characteristic, quite good. I would like to try this in the larger brown glass version.

Pegasus, May 20, 2003
Photo of BierReise
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is probably one of the worst examples of German beer I've had recently and the fact that it was a freebee from the store owner where I bought a case of good beers from didn't help any. It was probably old to begin with and so this may not be a fair review but then few have given it a decent rating here. Looks promising in trhe glass but the flavor is not of a good lager. Kind of flat tasting with little character. Almost reminds me of some basic American lagers in that respect. Slightly bitter and with an unpleasant aftertaste.

BierReise, May 16, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew poured an average white foamy head. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a malty aroma to it. It was yellow in body. It had a slight bitterness to it. There was also noticed a slight aftertaste with this brew.

hotstuff, May 14, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow golden straw color with a foamy white head that fades into a semi-sticky lace. Nose is sweet malts and grains blended with some strong notes of herbal and perfumey hops. Light to medium in body with a very smooth texture. Taste starts off sweet with notes of malt and fresh grain as well as some biscuity flavors. This is followed by some astringent husk flavors and a good amount of bitter hops leading to a dry finish. An enjoyable lager and a nice choice for a hot day.

Morris729, Apr 25, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F. (This is the 500ml brown glass bottle, not the smaller green glass bottle).

A noisy, crusty white head dies quickly, leaving nice, sticky lacing. The beer is clear and clear, light gold in color.

There's an interesting flowery element to a sweet, grainy nose. The front is sweetish, lagery. Apples in the middle give way to a lagery bitter finish. There's a little alcohol evident in the bitter, grainy aftertaste. This is ok, not better than that.

kbub6f, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a very drinkable and unexciting German pale lager. Pours pale of course, the head diminishes to nothing too quickly. Some hops and a little sweetness in the aroma. Mouthfeel is watery thin and crisp, with some hops coming through in a the flavor a little bit, as well as some skunkiness. The skunkiness was very small though, just a hint. Pretty refreshing qualities here, a solid lager that's good for the summer.

AudioGilz, Mar 11, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden colored beer with a white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of sweet German malts and hops. The flavor is sweet, and bread. It is a smooth drinking and clean beer. It is refreshing and easy drinking. Would be a good beer for a warm summer’s day. Just not too memorable.

BeerBuilder, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good German-style pils/lager style brew. A great light golden color with a wonderful German-beer aroma at the start. The head is light, lacey, and fast-fleeting. The aroma and flavor are everything a good German brew should be. Well worth seeking out if available in your area. Prost!

goindownsouth, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of putnam
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Laundry detergent-like sudsy head over clear gold liquid. The bubbling worries me. Huge balls of air race to the surface randomly. Looks like yellow soda water.
The aromas are well proportioned in their display of sweet, tanned malt and generic hops notes. But there is an angular, branchy quality that suggests harshly pressed tea bags full of hay.
The palate, though rustic, reveals measured, well-attenuated malt and deft hops. Unfortunately, the harsh fizz interrupts any semblance of cadence and harmony in the flavors. Prickly. A bit watery after the gas abates.
I was rooting for this beer out of sentiment, having drunk many gallons at the Hofbrauhaus. A disappointment.
Original rating: 3.0, 3.0, 3.5, 3.0, 3.5 - 3.25

Nearly a year and a half later (5.3.04) and perhaps from a fresher sample than before. There is still a healthy complement of astringency, only this time the malt element is smooth and honeyed underneath. Not a delicately styled lager; it is wildly doughy and aromatic with massive, chewy suggestions of freshly cracked grain. No trace of dilution in this one.

putnam, Nov 11, 2002
Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 1,107 ratings.