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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,144 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,144
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 37
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

lostinfla, Aug 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

warpedrevolution, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of fields336
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, in Hofbrau stein

A: goldenrod yellow with a solid 2 finger white head. lacing is excellent. lots of carbonation

S: grain, sweet, husk, noble hop presence, malt

T: malty sweet, grain, with a slight noble hop character. leaves a bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: medium body, sweet finish, nice carbonation.

O: a delicious munich helles. pretty standard

fields336, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of adams82
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold/straw color with a billowy white head. Bready and fruity aromas; delicate hop scent. Flavor is malty; a little grainy, with some hop flavors/bitterness. Nice and dry, effervescent, but not chock full of flavor reducing adjunts.

Well suited for, but not limited to, hot summer days; Hofbrau Original is a minimally invasive, and well crafted lager. It's crisp, clean, refreshing and begs to be sipped on all day.

I can also tell you from experience, that this beer goes very well with generous portions of chicken and veal. I have very happy memories swilling on litre mugs of this stuff at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI, before and after a gigantic meal.

A style that I don't see too much, but I really enjoy and this one is well done by Hofbrau.

adams82, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of kuestegg
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

kuestegg, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of CWhite
3/5  rDev -21.1%

CWhite, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of zaxhere247
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a 13.5 gallon or 50 liter keg of Hofbrau Original Munich Lager or "Helles" this month for the kegerator.

Classic Munich lager that becons the Biergarten!

A - Golden color and very clear, no chill haze here. Great carbonation.

S - After pouring into a [beer-glass-clean] glass I smell mild malts and Hallertauer hops.

T - The favors begin with the mild malts that blend in with mildly spiced hop flavors that linger. A well balance helles.

M - Light and balanced,a refreshing light beer.

O - Typical drinkable Munich helles. I will purchase another keg in the future.

I enjoyed drinking this while I lived in Munich near the Hofbraukeller. An awesome Biergarten and not touristy like the Hofbrauhaus. I am glad I can get HB in Arizona now.


zaxhere247, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Dapperticus
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Dapperticus, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of teslaguy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

teslaguy, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of MaxOfMetal
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

MaxOfMetal, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3/5  rDev -21.1%

crobinso, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of mungus
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

mungus, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap

A- Poured a super bright slightly hazy golden color with a two finger fluffy head that left some chunky lace

S- Nice aromatic and balanced aroma of lemon, grains, pilsner malt, and breadiness

T- Very fresh tasting, balanced taste of lemon, grains, pilsner malt, and breadiness

M- Very refreshing, crisp, effervescent, high carbonation, dry

O- A very sessionable, refreshing, and flavorful lager

Hoptometrist, Jul 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TranceTF, Jul 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.1%

duff247, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of Vixie
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a full white head. Been some time since I've had a beer that pours this clear.

Smell is mainly malt with a hint of yeast.

A bit malty at first, then the hops come in, I'd describe them as being more pine and floral.

Nice feel to this one, nothing to complain about.

Quite a flavorful beer, if mass market lagers had this much flavor, I'd be buying them. While not my favorite style, this has to be one of the better lagers I have tried.

Vixie, Jul 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

jethroe, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of articode
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden color with 2-finger white head - quickly dissapating
S: Very bready, medium grainy
T: Light and well-balanced, nothing stands out, but in a good way
M: Quickly and highly expanding finely-textured carbonation, but not over-carbonated
O: One of the best German lagers that I've ever tasted. Extremely well balanced. Not sweet or sour, and a nearly perfect blend of hop, malt, yeast, and grain flavors -- at least for me. Perfect at 35 degrees or so.

articode, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +5.3%

ExaltedNecrosis, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of snowsurfer422
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

snowsurfer422, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of SmashPants
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: green bottle with reasonable German-style macro label. Nothing special.

Appearance: pours a golden colour with a light haze. Decent white head.

Aroma: floral notes, light grassy, lemon zest, and a few biscuity malts.

Taste: pilsener malts and some noble hops. Banana flavours up front.

Aftertaste: hops carries through with a touch of tobacco.

Mouth feel: lighter bodied, medium carbonation brew. Actually suits the style well, though still not brilliant.

Overall: quite a nice lager / wheat beer cross-over, bit too expensive though, at AU$70-ish a case (2012).

SmashPants, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Grohnke
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4


look: pale gold, brilliantly clear. Well forming, and holding, condensed creamy white head ( 5 / 3)

smell: Clean aroma. Light noble hop. Moderate toasty malt. No esters. Slight sulfur note came and went. ( 3.5 / 8)

taste:Moderate light, clean toasty/grainy/pils malt is in the forefront, with a light spicy noble hop character. Noticeable hop bitterness, enough to carry the malt. No esters. Finishes clean, and moderately dry. Well balanced between the bitterness and malt. Crisp. Aftertaste is light lingering bitterness, but the malt here takes over. Very slight vegetal taste in the aftertaste. ( 4 / 17)

Mouth: Light-Medium body, moderate carbonation. No astringency. Crisp. ( 5 / 5)

Overall: Well balanced, clean lager. Malt flavor and Hop bitterness are strong enough to add some great character, and the light spicy note adds some pleasing complexity. Not so much the immediate aftertaste, but the lingering aftertaste detracted from the overall clean impression with the noticeable vegetal flavor. (4 / 8)

( 4.05 / 41)

Grohnke, Jun 28, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

S- Floral, grassy, lemon, salt, a bit wine like (white)

A- Golden yellow, heavy carbonation, pure white thick head, heavy lacing

T- Malt at first, bready, pleasant hint of hops, sweet

M- Light body, refreshing, good amount of carbonation

O- Very drinkable, perfect for a hot summer day

CreamCity, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Danobold, Jun 21, 2012
Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
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