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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,183 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 38
Gots: 129 | 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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Photo of witster18
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A solid brew. A little bitter at the finish but beautiful balance for a light bodied lager. Far more and better hops than most in this genre. You can taste the freshness of the hops as they emit a natural grassy or green leaf like undertone in the beer...VERY drinkable..I'm gonna have to head back down to greeny's..I love this stuff. Wow the Germans really do this style right in all the ways we do it wrong....No adjuncts..fresh taste..distinctive...a nice bitter/flavor bite....I like beer with my beer and as far as lagers go this is top notch.

witster18, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of treedoctor5002
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This a nice tasting German lager. It has bigger bite than most American lagers and is pretty refreshing. Has a large grassy hop taste to it and mouthfeel is medium. Overall a pretty decent brew. It would probably taste better if I was sitting in Munich. Anybody want to help me out with that?

treedoctor5002, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a clear pale gold color with a nice white head with a good bit of lacing. It smells like grain/bread, grassy hops, and some malt. The beer tastes like sweet malt, grain, and has a slight hoppy bitter finish. Nice flavor and good balance. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and the drinkability is high, as it's crisp and refreshing. Overall I think it's a pretty good lager. I'd definitely drink this again.

bluejacket74, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow straw. Whipped egg-white head, and heavy frothy lacing. Clear & sparkling. Very good lookin' beer...

The opening of the bottle kicked off some aromas of fresh green fruity hops. Once in the glass, there are strong herbal, grassy Saaz notes, like fresh basil leaves & straw. Solid pale / munich malt profile also.

Flavours initially of the malt. But, fresh floral, herbal hops come through, with a medium bitterness, and clean finish.

vancurly, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a plae gold color with a 2-finger head. It left slight lacing.

S - It smelled of grasses and a little wheat.

T - The taste was very yeasty with a little malt and wheat notes. There was a little bitterness to it.

M - Very crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is pretty good. It is a very easy drinking beer.

zeff80, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey golden with lots of bubbling going on. Dimpled white cloudy head sits atop and leaves some lacing as it's drunk. Smells of some husky grain, grassy hops, and sweet malt. Flavors of nutty and bready malts with just a subtle grain bite. I pick up on what seems to me to be a slight pear flavor. Floral hops come in and leave a refreshing, cleansing bitterness. Solid moderate body with a lively carbonation that perks up the taste buds. This is helles lager, so, of course its a great drinker.

A pretty ideal session beer. Should've picked up more than one half liter bottle.

goochpunch, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden color with a nice creamy white head. Moderate lacing. Smells a bit grassy but more bready and honeyish. Taste has a touch sweetness but more of an underlying biscuity maltiness. Smooth creamy flavor. Good floral hop throughout finishes with a bit of spicyness. Yeast really smooths this out. Solid flavor, easy to drink.

granger10, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice malty aroma. A little spicy hops in the background, but we're talking munich malt and maybe some light crystal.

Golden, clear, really solid lasting head.

Malt comes through right off. Lots of base munich-type and the expected nutty/honey/sweet flavor. Hop bitterness is subhdued but relative to the style its good. Pretty much a malty crisp clean (not much yeast profile) German Lager.

Medium Bodied and light carbonation. Somewhat flat actually.

Pretty easy drinking lager. A solid malty but not sweet beer but that's about it. Not really any remarkable specialty malt that would make it more interesting.

czechsaaz, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of beakerboy
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew July '06- German Lagers

A:Pours a light yellow with a white head which collapsed auickly. Lot's of champagne-like bubble stream from the side of the glass.

S: Slight hop aroma with malt dominating.

T: Good flavor. Some hop betterness is present which was not in the nose.

M: Light crisp mouthfeel. The high carbonation adds to the mouthfeel as well as the bitterness.

D: This is a pretty good beer overall.

beakerboy, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of BretSikkink
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a Duvel tulip from a 17 oz. green bottle.

I usually would prefer not to see through my beer, but it's a hot night and a bright lager might be just the thing. Scraggly lacing, thin head.

Malty smell, what we've come to expect from Munchen.

Nothing offending in the taste. Biscuity toward the end, some sort of grainy, grass flavor as well. Musty. Don't let it get too warm.

Thin mouthfeel, easy to drink lager.

I'll take this over a pils any day, but still on the thin side. Good for a hot night.

BretSikkink, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny head, basically no lacing.

S - Scents of hops, yeast, and some slight spices.

T - The taste is kinda sweet, slighty hoppy.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad brew, but will not buy again.

Wasatch, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice nice rich light golden with a small white head.

Smell. Good amount of malts here, little be of cooked vegetable.

Taste. Nice malt flavors, mild but good. Just a touch of sweetness, some hops do come up and gives it a little spicyness. Aftertaste is a little sweet, and i get some more cooked vegetables.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice amount of carbonation, balance is quite good. Refreshing.

Overall i see this beer as being a little bit simple, but still good.

acrawf6, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of mithrascruor
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Yellow-gold color, clear, with a nice foamy/creamy head.

Smell: Fresh grains, malts, and some light hops in the background. A bit on the light side, though.

Taste: Very crisp and full of grains and malts. The aftertate is mostly malts and very little hops are noticable.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, mild carbonation, and fairly smooth. Seems to have a bit of grit or something, though.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable -- alcohol isn't bad, and it goes down well for quite a while.

This is an OK Munich Helles Lager. As a beer it's good, but it's missing the spices, the fruit, and the hops in the taste. Not bad, but I'd rather buy Spaten for the same price.

mithrascruor, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very standard and ordinary beer. Difficult, yet finess in it's simplicity. Mildly malty with solid noble hop spiciness. Lightly earthy, grassy, and fruity. Light apples and pears. Medium body makes it very drinkable with a clean light finish. Difficult to praise, but tough to criticize also. The look is the typical moderately carbonated, crystal clear straw hue. Nice loosely laced carbonation. Pretty good beer to chase a braw with.

BEERchitect, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
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 -9.5%
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 -8.2%
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 -0.3%
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%
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 -15.6%
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 -7.7%
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 +6.3%
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 -12.1%
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 +0.3%
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 +14.2%
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
Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.