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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,105 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,105
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 36
Gots: 92 | 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 JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Exiled, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Burt, Nov 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Hophead717, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

chapcat, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is a nice balance of biscuits, caramel and noble hops. The taste is a bit maltier than the aroma, with the hops playing a backing role in the finish. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a smooth texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer with real complexity that I will certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

rlf1810, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of RepMichigan
5/5  rDev +31.6%

RepMichigan, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jmdrpi, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Uberstein...they have it in the one liter mugs! dangerous...I drank a few. Classic of the style, crisp, clean, good yeast character. Goes down soo easy, it's hard to stop. Was perfect with some cheese curds and other appetizers during Packer game. Recommended. Will review the other Hofbrau beers on tap next time I'm there. I've had most of them out of the bottle, but they're especially great on tap.

chicagoabbot, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

codynevels, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

tbeckett, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

millelacsmark, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured in a Pilsner glass

A- Light, translucent golden color. Thick, fluffy, three fingered head. Well carbonated, alright retention. Lasted maybe three minutes. Some spotted, sticky lacing but not much.

S- Grassy. Very light and crisp. The bittering hops are present.

T- Light hops, not bitter at all. Maybe a bit gamey, grassy in that respect.

M- Surprisingly full bodied for such a light colored beer. Well carbonated with a bit of a grainy linger.

O- Didn't get to enjoy this beer in Munich, so I'm making up for it here. Good brew. I wish it were more complex though.

Murrhey, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of bobhits
2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours crystal clear into the glass, with an explosion of bubbles filling the body. This one then forms a nice white head, nothing dense or creamy, but just a tall white bit of bubbles. This doesn’t last long to leaves little lacing. Lively to start but rather simple.

A light nose gives off some spices and subtle earthy hop and malt profiles. The glass sadly still smells a bit like the same I washed it with and the nose really dies once the initial pour is over (there isn’t soap in the glass!).

Very bready or maybe more like a rice based bread flavor and texture to the malt here. A lot of flavor imparted here by the wheat. The beer takes on some light crystal malt like sweetness, but nothing really stands out.

Refreshing, light, well carbonated are all good ways to describe this one. I can see this being almost magical on a 90 degree day. It isn’t 90 today, far from it sadly.

This is an interesting lager. It packs some interesting flavor profiles while remaining very drinkable. Not a beer I see myself going back to short of going to The Hofbrau house in Northern Kentucky but I enjoyed this and it had potential to be pretty darn bland.

bobhits, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of aldizy
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

when i pored this beer i was not surprised it was a light gold like bud light smell was floral but not too strong sugesting no taste whatsoever head was not there but taste was really good i was really surpised i would try other types of this beer. light but refreshing not to heavy or bitter

aldizy, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-transparent yellow with a good thick and sticky white head

S-very aromatic. it smells strong before you even go to take a whiff! good scent of fresh noble hops...not sure exactly what hops are used, but this is what it reminds me of. some honey and some european malts scent. sweet grains as well. fairly complex.

T-comes in with a fantastically crisp taste of noble hops and sweet grains with a touch of honey. its a good and solid taste with a great after-taste of the fresh grassy grains.

M-dry medium carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-wow this is a thirst quenching beer!..which isn't something i find to be common. some times a good and crisp german lager has everything i want. bought a whole 6-pack of this and i'm glad i did, the other 5 won't remain in my fridge long enough.

AdamBear, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Brabander
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer this Hofbrau beer. I bought it when i was in Germany a few weeks ago. Half a liter bottle.

Poured in my Struise glass the beers looks ok but not spectacular. No carbonation at all. Bananasmell in the beer with some citrus far away.

Taste is ilke these pilseners should be, soft and round and with a bit sweetness but not much.

Brabander, Oct 23, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear yellowish gold with a descent head that goes down relatively quickly.

S: As I've come to expect from green bottle beers, it smells slightly skunky. Also pleasant bready malts

T: Sharp crisp front, with a little bit of skunk, but soon followed by those subtle, smooth malts and a bit of hops. A real pleasant, easily drinkable beer that's also not too light, so you don't forget you're drinking beer.

M: Nice sparkly carbonation. Pretty light, not heavy at all.

O: Real nice, pleasant beer. Easy to drink but still delicious.

bluHatter, Oct 14, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bierhaus in a .5L mug

A - Nice goldn color, little activity, rich 2 in head

S - Very floral, spicy hops and rich body

T - Bitter and earthy, strong hop presence like a pils, a bit thin

M - Smooth, nice carbonation, very little aftertaste

O - Good helles, not the best

DrewSnyc667, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of IPA4LIFE
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale gold in color with a thick, creamy, foamy head. Really weak, viscous retention characteristics.

S- Slightly sweet with rich grain malts. Really clean, simple aroma. Overall a good aroma.

T-Following the lead of the aroma, the taste is mostly malt. Sweet and grainy, with an enjoyable slightly spicy hop note which is subdued again by a malty aftertaste.

M-Medium bodied and not too highly carbonated, this beer has an excellent mouthfeel.

D- Clean and refreshing, very drinkable.

O- A good beer, and a good example of the style. Clean and malty, with just enough of a noble hop kick to keep me interested, while relying on the malt profile, as it should. Good beer.

IPA4LIFE, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass.

This pours a very light yellow or straw like color with a decent white head, which leaves a little lacing. The smell is initially of some type of rubber or latex (maybe from the green bottle?), under that there are some grainy smells and bread malts. Feel is light and watery. The taste is okay there is also a latex taste followed by some grains, but I wonder if this is going bad. I don't think its very old so perhaps the green bottle might be to blame. This might be a drain pour.

DavidST, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours strawcolored/pale golden with a large white fluffy head, that sinks into decent lacings.

S: Fresh grain, semi-sweet malt. Some bitter hops. White bread.

T: Mild sweetness to the malt. Lots of bready notes. Mild bitter hops.

M: Light in body, rich in carbonation - smooth! Aftertaste is a bit creamy bitter, and stays for a little while.

O: This is as most Munich Helles Lagers; very drinkable.

Evil_Pidde, Sep 18, 2011
Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 1,105 ratings.