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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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very good

1,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,249
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 43
Gots: 168 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I really think this style has to be had on draught. It's sensitive and peaks early. Bottles just don't do it justice. No it's not a stellar beer, but it deserves better than being mistaken for a generic dizzy, yellow beer.

A - Poured into a .5 lt mug. This beer is a hue darker than straw colored, but still wonderfully transparent. The foam cap and lively pacing make it look like something out of a cartoon. I know this is going to be refreshing, but not spritzy. If it were a little more orange, pile my favorite IPA's, then I would give appearance higher marks. Of course, that would be out of style.

A - Grain, grass, noble hops - lemon zest and white pepper. Mine us often an insensitive nose. Probably due to all the hot food I eat... Which this beer perfectly pairs.

T - some grainy and sulphur character, otherwise a sufficiently malty and vibrant beer. Those familiarly with true Pilsner Urquell and Prima Pils know how hoppy authenticity Pils can be. Thankfully, the hop profile here is more restrained. But it's better than Bud. Hops really play with the mild sweetness.

M - Chewier than a Pils or American Pale Lager, but highly sessionable. Generously carbonation stops short of becoming seltzery.

O - Helles Lager is something special. No die hard beer fan will call it his favorite style, yet he's sure to appreciative the consistency and roundedness of the style's exemplars.

Photo of chrisp1090
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of McStagger
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back to the green bottle....

A: Pours a pale golden hue. Basically transparent. Two fingers of beautiful white head. Excellent carbonation with large bubbles. Head is fairly rocky, even if dissipation is quick. Leaves sticky lace on the glass.

S: Grainy, grassy aroma. Lemon zest, tiny bit of sulfur. Smells damn refreshing.

T: Good clean malt bill. Hops are present without being overpowering. Grainy, grassy taste. Crackery with just a touch of bitterness to offset. Very balanced, even if it is light and refreshing.

M: So good. Nice mouth feel. Light and refreshing without taking on the seltzer like characteristics that many other light lagers seem to enjoy.

O: A lawnmower beer with some huevos. Easy drinking lager with more flavor than any other green bottle I've come across. Prost! Just wish I could find it for cheaper than 11 bucks a sixer. Still, it's nice to come across good light lagers with some flavor.

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of californiakebab
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Shimmering straw, light gold, very clear. Nice lacing with good retention.

Aroma - Sweet, bready malt, faint noble hop character.

Taste - Light malt, hint of hops, very clean & smooth, low bitterness.

Mouthfeel - crisp and dry.

Overall - The subtlety of this beer is what makes it world class. Everything is perfectly crafted - nothing better than the original helles lager when the time is right.

Photo of sean05luvb
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of animal69
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light, clear golden color. Nice fluffy head.

S- Smells light with some grassy hops coming through.

T- Very light hops and sweet malt combine togher well, nothuing bitter, more sweet.

M- Very well carbonated and fuller body that I would have suspected from the look.

O- Good beer and differnt style from what I usually have. Would like to try this in Munich to really experience it!

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a two fingered White head that retains well and laces.

S - Quite grainy and malty on the nose. Clean

T - Nice grainy flavours of cut grass. The hops are nicely balanced with the malt. The sweetness is a real bonus in its balance.

M - Light body with medium carbonation.

O - A very nice Helles that will not leave you disappointed

Photo of Stoffel
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of BigCheese
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of icannonball
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of disemgrowler
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking golden yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer was earthy but not overly grassy which I liked. The taste of the beer had a good strong sharp flavor to it with a good amount of grain in the beginning, and finishing with a nice sharp crisp bitter finish. The mouthfeel was clean and light, tingly carbonation with a dry finish. Overall it's not a bad German Lager.

Photo of rangerred
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold with a thick white head which slowly settles into decent lacing on the top of the beer and sides of the glass.

Smells is slightly skunky at first thanks to the green bottle but this soon gives way to bready malt along with a grassy scent from the hops.

The flavor is sweet malt along with grassy flavor from the hops. A moderate bitterness pervades throughout lingering after the other flavors have faded. There is some lingering sweetness.

Overall this is an above average beer. The only downsides are the moderate skunkiness and it is just a tad sweet. Otherwise excellent.

Photo of KimenTshom
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of WhyBeNormal
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Ezmunny
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of thatdirtymick
2/5  rDev -47.1%

Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 1,249 ratings.