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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 40
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale gold, clear with a dense frothy, white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Hay hop presence. Sugary golden malt with a hint of corn.

T - Sweet golden malt. Grassy hops and hay. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

M - Medium bodied, rather smooth and frothy, refreshing.

D - A good lager. Not my favorite style, but this is a great example of one. Fairly archetypal.

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

A - The beer pours a pale golden color. The head was a bit more than I expected for a Helles but I think this had more to do with the bottling than the beer.

S - This is the German purity law in action. I get simple grains with a slight grassy hop flavor.

T - This, to me, is a balanced session beer. The taste is very simple, and you can easily pick apart the malts. Part of the goodness of this beer is it's simplicity. Again, why mess with a formula when they got it right.

M - This beer goes down easily and is a great beer to have any time of the year.

D - To me, this is the ideal six pack beer. You know what you're going to get every time and you aren't so much concerned with complex flavors or drinking a meal. This is a very enjoyable session beer to have in social settings.

Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with lively bubbles rising to the top to produce a small white head. The aroma is really nice with malt and some grassy hops. The taste is malt flavors with a nice slightly spicy hop finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew and is a perfect session brew for the hot Florida summers.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, clear. Nice carbonation and head.

Tart punch, sweet toasty grainy malt. Light caramel sugariness. Floral hops.

Light-med bodied and smooth. Light crisp sweet malt, toasty and a little sweet, with a bright hop splash. Light fruit flavors floating around. A slight metallic tinge near the back. Finishes tart, and a little dry.

It’s okay. Nothing special, unexpected, or bad.

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

This review is for the 16.9 oz bottle.

Light golden or straw color with big foam that goes down fast but sticks around in clumps.

Smells like malty German beer, sweet and slightly skunky.

Taste is very light, but not necessarily crisp. Soft and malty with just enough hops to make it clean. Like a pilsner without the hop spice.

Easy to drink beer that should be approachable for everyone. Maybe a step-up from your bigger name green bottle imports. (no this doesnt come in a green bottle, but it compares to common import lager/pilsners, which often come in them.)

I normally drink this one straight from the bottle- don't like it quite as well now that Im drinking it from a glass...

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

12 oz. bottle- color is golden , with a white head - nose of sweet corn , grassy , hay , cider , bready , slight hops , and malt – taste of sweet corn , grassy , hay , cider , bready , slight hops , and malt - body is light , crisp , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste is sweet , short , and slightly bitter

Photo of Byeast
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: poured a paler golden color with a medium sized white head.

Smell: some nice grains woth a touch of sweetness, grassy and lightly floral hop.

Taste: Very balanced and drinkable taste, good amounts of bready/ doughish/crakerish malts, mixed with a nice crisp grassy fresh hop, nice grains to the afterytaste. Extremely well crafted.

Mouthfeel: refreshing, medium bodied.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable beers iv'e had, the flavor and feel of this beer make me just want to chug! Im drinking it out of a mug but i wish i
was at the actual Hofbrauhaus in München with a huge 2 litre mug!


Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went through the entire Hofbräu line up and this one was probably my least favorite.

Poured a clear gold/yellow with a fair amount of head.

It had a hint of a 'skunk' smell, but that's the case with most beer of this style.

It tastes ok, especially after 4 of these... hee hee

Nice mouthfeel, it feels cold and it feels like beer, so I gave it a 4.

I could have a few... 4, 5 of these, then I need some hops!

Photo of mjc410
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm using my pokal for a second Helles tonight, and I'm hoping for better results. The HB version raises a very white, thin head over a clear, golden body with some copper color in it. The nose has a muted malt character, with a bit of noble hops. Very mild. The taste is somewhat dry, with a ild hop bitterness, with some metallic qualities. Again, it's balanced but not distinguished. The mouth is medium-light with high but fine carb. Not much here, but it would be fun in a biergarten.

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

Beer pours your typical bright yellow with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is grassy, with notes of grain and malts.

The taste is ultra smooth. A very clean, refreshing flavor of grains, malt and oily hops make this a balanced, easy drinking lager. It's not going to set the world on fire, but as a session beer it's very solid.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pour a deep golden hue with lots of foam and lots of carbonation present, smells slightly of hops and corn and malt. alcohol warms the tounge and the beer excites it, tastes damn good, pardon my french, i'm not a giant lager fan but this is like folgers, good till the last drop, i can drink it all night long, shame its 11 bucks for a 6 pack

Photo of RoundelMike
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This smooth, even beer stayed friendly through the entire pint, and left me with nothing but satisfactory pleasantness. A noticeable but muted hop aftertaste adds some flair, but stays clear of being flowery or loud. The Hofbräu Original's lager family resemblance is obvious, but it tastes fuller, bolder, and plain more expensive (read: natural) than most other beers in its category.

I like it without falling in love with it.

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear straw color with a nice white head that left some spot lacing. The smell was not pronounced but did have a grassy smell to it. The taste is very light malt and very light hop. This is what the American macro lagers should taste like. I don't understand why they need to add corn/rice. This is a very drinkable lager. Crisp, clean goes down way too easy. Good show.

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.

Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.