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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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very good

1,267 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 43
Gots: 173 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Ratings: 1,267 | Reviews: 452
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this Munich Helles from a 12 oz bottle into a ping glass. Poured a clear pale golden color, produced a thick white head, excellent retention and left a nice amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of malted barley, fresh cut grass and floral hops. Light in body, this Helles is full of malted barley, fresh baked bread, and a hit of hops at the finish. Clean, crisp, refreshing and this is even better on Tap I have had the privilege of drinking this fresh at Hofbrauhaus in Munich, while i would say it was much better in person on tap- I enjoyed this bottled version very much. Prost!!!

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of DerekP
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Original appears golden-yellow, heavily carbonated, with a fluffy, bubbly white head.

Smells of fresh cut grass. Bright; lime zest; salt. Warm yeast; hay; grapes.

Clean, round, light malt flavor up front (taste). Crisp hoppiness; yeast notes.

Finishes with a metallic tang (pasteurization - educated guess). Smooth...(balance between malts and hops is remarkable).

Notes: pretty good, pretty drinkable. As always, better on-tap (unpasteurized).

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of dbmernin83
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a classic German half liter mug.
Bright straw yellow, crystal clear. Spotty lacing.
Grassy hops, biscuity malts. Great hop crispness.
Clean crisp, well carbonated. Extremely drinkable.
A great lager. Something perfect for the summertime after a hard days work.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of wages
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz English-style pub glass. Interesting that the bottle says "Ale" but BeerAdvocate lists it as a Lager.

Appearance - 4/5 - Very light, clear color. Small head quickly disappears leaving slight lacing on the glass. Despite no head, it leaves a good lacing.

Smell - 3.5/5 - Very pilsener-y lager smells of light grain with some musty or sulfur aroma.

Taste - 3.5/5 - More flavor than anticipated that clears out quickly. Strong grain/bread flavors. Very subtle hops in the background.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5 - A little more carbonation than I like, but I believe that is to be expected for the style. The light body doesn't linger long

Overall - 4/5 - A surprisingly tasty lighter beer style, something I don't drink often. The American macrobreweries could learn something.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.

To me, this beer's straw-yellow color is what Munich lagers are supposed to preferably look like. Contains a gentle stream of carbonation throughout the glass. Not much foam or head, let upon every sip any following foam stuck to the glass.

A grainy, yeasty lager smell with light hoppiness and good maltiness. There's a sugary feel to the aroma as well that makes it more full and balanced.

Tastes of very fresh cereal graininess, although the malts here in particular add a thickness to the beer that makes it enjoyable to drink. The hops are more noticeable at the back of the tongue, and the sweetness and biscuit taste makes it quite enjoyable overall. The carbonation makes it lively and fun to drink.

Still one of my favorite German lagers after all of these years. There's a lot of subtleties flavor-wise, yet the body of this beer is very warming and alive to maintain interest throughout consumption. Far better on tap (at the brewery) rather than in the bottle, and I would recommend to drink this as fresh as possible upon purchasing. A good pick amongst countless Munich lagers to choose from.

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of McStagger
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
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