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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 43
Gots: 147 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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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.

Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mistook this one for a hefe, and so into the hefe glass it goes. Decanted from a 500ml bomber with no date, it pours an attractive golden clear color with good, large bubbles. Good clariety. Very thick white head, fades slowly down to a solid cap and ring that walks all the way to the bottom of the glass. Good sticky lacing is left behind. Nose of malt and distinct floral and citrus hops. Smelling like a helles lager, apart from a very slight skunk. Full malt flavor tempered by citrusy hops. Fairly clean, lightly bitter finish. Semi-viscous, smooth, with light but clean and refreshing carbonation. Thirst-quenching. Drinkability is good; at 5.1% it’s close to sessionable, close enough for me, anyway. I could enjoy a few of these.

Overall: No doubt this is an old sample; I need to be careful when I buy lagers, etc. from this particular store. Otherwise, a good example of the style, drinkable and refreshing. Worth a try.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a thick sticky snow white head that sits on a golden yellow crystal clear body. There is a nice carbonation of bubbles gliding to the surface. The head pushes above the rim and last for most of the beer.

S- The light dry pale malt aroma has a slight sweet grain note to it and a sulfury sweetness in the finish.

T- This beer has a smooth soft taste of dry pale malt with a Munich malt flavor and a slight sweetness to it. There is an interesting taste that is like the smell of a new pair of leather gym shoes. It is odd and a bit out of place. The finish is a soft green hop hint but it is pretty light but very dry.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish that fills out the mouthfeel a bit. There is a light watery note that comes through stronger as the beer warms.

D- This beer has some nice malt and grain qualities but there are some off flavors that get in the way. I didn't mind drinking an American pint of this beer but I couldn't drink a full liter.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a 1L pour of this at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, the definitive drink in this definitive (although touristy) beer hall. Actually, this wasn't my drink of choice but an associate from the UK ordered for the whole table before I could say a word, and with that the waiter was gone. Damn. Anyway, my review:

The beer looked good, if for no other reason than the large volume sitting before me with a massive, long-lasting, bubbly froth on top. Yeah, maybe the Helles was a good call. The smell says otherwise, just a clean aroma, maybe a little malty in a wishfully bready way, but maybe too neutral to tell. The flavor was the same, malty if anything but not so much so as to remark about. The mouthfeel was OK, crisp and carbonated, refreshing and easily drinkable. Anyway I pounded that liter like nobody's business, so I could order the dunkel weisse. I can recommend this as a reasonable and authentice Munich Helles, but really there are others in Munich which are better.

Photo of becktone
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eye: HELLES YEAH! Very bright gold in color. Forms a nice white head that has good retention at about 1/2 inch. Lacing could use some work. Looks extremely lively as the carbonation bubbles endlessly look for an escape to the top of the beer. Overall pretty average, nothing great, head and lacing could use some work.

Nose: Packs a punch, very intense aroma. Fills the room as soon as it is opened, very potent. Skunk-like hop aroma, whether that's from the green bottle or perhaps that is what the brewers were going for...something much more like a Pils. Other than that hop aroma is a bit spicy. Bit of grain aroma in there too.

Tongue: Same skunk-like and spicy hop character found in the aroma. I believe that the skunk and Pils like aroma is what the brewer was going for. It blends with the malts quite nicely. Bitter and sweet upfront both at the same time, this gives way to a sweet malt character, (munich malt perhaps?) and then blends into a slightly drying finishing hop bitterness. Definitely better a bit on the warmer side than cooler, strange for a lager.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and velvety creamy on the palate. Light carbonation bubbles dance over the tongue with a medium-light body. This beer is easy to drink, I can see it pairing with many foods quite nicely. Not a brew I'd seek out to buy, then again nothing I'd shun, I would definitely like to explore this style of beer more though before coming back to this one. Well, nothing really to write home about I guess, just average.

Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.