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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,102 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 435
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 36
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Poured into a Hofbrau stein.

A - Pours very nice clean golden/yellow color with a white dense head that leaves some lacing after receding to a thin film.

S - GRAINS!!!! very grassy and grainy aroma some hints of sweetness in there as well.

T - Very refreshing and clean, crisp. Malty sweetness initially that is well balanced with the CO2 content. Playful bubbles. Nice hopy bitterness at the end, spicy and dry. Grassy and grainy throughout.

M - light bodied, refreshing crisp

D - Excellent drinkability. Great with Brats and other German cuisine.

JoEBoBpr, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

On-tap at the Chinesischer Turm in Munich. Served in a Hofbräu seidel.

A: Brilliant brass with mild carbonation. The big and firm bleached white cap has great retention and leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Simple, but pleasant. Sweet raw barley malt, plus some lemon and fresh cut grass.

T: Malts hit first with a sweetbread quality. Bitterness follows with a mild lemon snap. There's a dry woodsiness in the background. Finishes crisp and clean.

M: Medium-light body feels just about right in the fizz department.

D: A good session beer, if not a particularly complex one. The low ABV makes this beer go down very easy.

Rayek, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

Pours a crystal clear straw from a 500 ml. bottle into a pint glass. A thin white head offers fair retention and some light lacing.

Bit of lightly sweet husky grain on the nose, some grassy notes and a light noble hop presence. Just a touch of clean sourness in the yeast. Nicely balanced in flavor and without any false notes. Offers a short dry finish and decent drinkability. Does outgas a bit too swiftly as for carbonation, causing the beer to change character quite a bit and becoming rather flat in the end. Overall decent but somewhat boring and nondescript.

HalfFull, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of mareth01
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%

Poured a .5L bottle into a stein...a very clear golden color with a nice 1 finger white head with great lacing throughout the drink.

The smell of hops hits the nose

Slight bitterness hits the taste buds at the beginning followed by a nice grain like flavor in the middle then it ends with a slight metallic after taste...overall a very light refreshing beer that is well carbonated

A good lager that is easy to drink on a poker night.

mareth01, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Clear and golden with a decent size head and a strong,long lasting lace.

The aroma of grains,malts with citrus hints and hops.

The taste starts off with a very subtle sweetness followed by crisp malts and grain with grassy notes.

The feel was light body,medium carbonation and a semi dry finish.

Notes: Wow,this was good. Refreshing and such a good session beer.

Lexluthor33, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%

500mL brown bottle with a code of L239H 0747, whatever the hell that means. Pours a clear, medium yellow color with a small white head that fades rapidly but leaves good lacing behind. Pretty average looking helles, but foam retention is a little disappointing.

Smell is good with lots of bright, crisp malts leading the way. Light and grainy without much hop presence. A few hints of butter and green grapes. A good smelling beer overall, and I am pretty surprised that a beer of this style can have such a strong aroma.

This has a good, fresh grainy malt flavor with a fair amount of hop bitterness on the finish. I imagine this is what Euro Pale Lagers strive to be, but this beer is much tastier than any EPL I have had. Goes down unbelievably quick and easy, crisp and refreshing. I am enjoying the helles out of this beer, I need to find me some more. Great summer session beer.

twiggamortis420, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Recently had Hofbrau Original at a German restaurant on Long Island called The Village Lanterne in Lindenhurst. Great place. Poured a robust gold with a two inch white, foamy head. Left some lacing on the glass. Smell is delicious -- sweet, hoppy, with a faint hint of fruit. Taste is strong & crisp with a dry finish. Very smooth and solid throughout, and easy to drink for a Munich Helles Lager. This would be a good choice for a Bud/Coors drinker wanting something a bit stronger but wary of trying something too far out of their comfort zone. A real beer.

oldirtycaffrey, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

I drank from the tap in Munich at Hofbrauhaus bier garden.

The only thing better than the bier garden atmosphere is the beer.

The beers comes out golden yellow with a white head in a huge ass stein.

It smells sweet and hoppy.

It tastes very smooth with a nice texture.

jrallen34, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Brown 500ml bottle. A bright clear golden color pour with a soapy whiote head, high carbonation, spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet honey malt,and grassy floral hops. Flavor is nice and hoppy , mostly floral,some grassy aromas, nice level of bitterness, clean crisp flavor and mouthfeel, nice hoppy finish , lightly sweet, a very good drinker and tasty, quite sessionable , would buy this again

WakeandBake, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of MusicmanSD
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Haven't had a Helles in awhile. Looks like a your average helles, definitely is decocted from the taste and golden hue of the beer (not as yellow as non-decoctions). Taste is pretty mellow and balanced. Tastes like a less ballsy pilsner urquell, which is odd, because it's actually stronger abv wise, just not as hoppy, which are most certainly saaz hops. Pretty good mouthfeel, and sweet on the tougue. I could drink this like water all day. Pity no american brewery really does a decocted lager. Something to give to your BMC-induced psycosis friends.

MusicmanSD, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of cnally
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

I don't have this style much, just had to try it out.

Very radiant yellow coloring in the beer with a glowing white fluffy head that leaves a little lacing.

Very grainy aroma. Behind that there is a hop aroma, also grassy.

Good hop bitterness in the flavor. Very sweet flavor. A wheat filled flavor.

The mouthfeel is bit dry. Slightly overcarbonated.

Awesome drinkability. A very refreshing and tasty beer that goes down well.

cnally, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured a medium golden straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a doughy malt and spirited noble hop.

The taste consisted of a biscuity malt and a spicy noble hop.

Overall a superior German lager.

plaid75, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of KShaft
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

I had this wonderful beer while stationed in Germany while visiting Munich, or Munchen as the Bonhauf calls it! (Its funny if youve got a guy who doesnt know about what the locals call Munich trying to find a way to get there).

Yeah its darn good. I had one pitcher that is shapped like a growler for like 5 euro I think. It was my favorite German beer out of the select Brauhauses I tried. The Werzberg was very good out of the bottle and the Schweinfurt at the Haus was no joke either.

I have to say that I did not like the imported version, imported to the states. I mean I was thoroughly disappointed. I could have got a stale batch though. It wouldnt be the only beer that doesnt transport well. Guys I know that went to Amsterdam and Dublin have said the same for Heiniken and Guiness. Hell I like Guiness a lot on draft and they say its a different animal there.
I could imagine how much some of you would have liked it from the freshest tap in town!

KShaft, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev 0%

I had this at the Hofbrauhaus last winter, so I was pumped to see it at the local beer emporium. Poured a clear, golden yellow color with two fingers of head that faded slowly with sticky lacing. Has a malty, grainy, slightly sweet smell, with some vegetables in there too. Taste starts out pretty smooth with good mothfeel and some mild bitterness. Maltyness comes through on the tale end and then it finishes pretty clean, if not a bit thin. This is a really nice, balanced beer that's very easy drinking.

curasowa, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle describes it as an ale for some reason.

A: Very pale. Not much of a head.

S: Malt, lemons, hops.

T: Bready malt, some noble hops, lemony tartness. Standard German lager flavors.

M: Light. Plenty of carbonation.

D: Whenever I drink Hofbrau, I am reminded of a quote by A.J. Liebling: "No sane man can afford to dispense with debilitating pleasures; no ascetic can be considered reliably sane. Hitler was the archetype of the abstemious man. When the other krauts saw him drink water in the Beer Hall they should have known he was not to be trusted." Anyway, this is a solid German lager. Nothing more, nothing less.

BarrelO, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of rkrisstewart
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

Found this bottle in Pensacola, FL. Very surprised to find it in the U.S.!

Right out of the bottle, it poured a very light yellow. Strong sense of grains and barley in this one, although it really reminds me of a good Belgian tripel. Very crisp, with very little interplay from the malts or hops---I really am tasting a lot of the grains and barley here. Actually, very refreshing and good representation of what I'd call a basic German lager.

Definitely drinkable---went great with a cheese/bread snack, and seems perfectly fine tuned for a complex dinner serving or just for grilling out. Great brew---wish I could be sitting in the streets of Munchen sipping on this.

rkrisstewart, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of billybob
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%

pours a very pale straw yellow with a nice white foamy head and a small amount of light lace. love the smell, fresh cut grass/hay smells of farm country and herbal notes also. fresh clean malt with a nice hop bitter taste smooth light crisp carbonation adds to the great taste. drinkability anytime all the time. if you like the style you like this beer.

billybob, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of adamette
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle that I purchased as a single at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor, Ohio for about $1.50. Poured into my Murphy's Irish Red pint glass.

A Pours a water like pale yellow body under a 3 inch head as I poured vigorously to get this head. It is a whipped egg consistency and stuck around for several minutes. Nice but kinda basic look.

S Ah...that classic german Lager smell of barley, light malt and very little hops. Barley predominates. I can imagine Oktoberfest just smelling this (although I have never been!). Might be some slight citrus smell.

T Well, a solid but basic german lager (just as advertised). No surprises here. I can imagine drinking a few liters of this at a beer garden in Munich. I taste the barley, slight hints of malt and maybe some hops but really it is the grains and barley here.

M Thin, appropriate to the style. The slightest of syrupy stickiness, allowing the taste to linger just a bit longer than it would have otherwise.

D The highest and the point of the style.

adamette, May 26, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours a very pale amber colour with voluminous head and strong, steady carbonation. Head sinks very slowly and retains very well, leaving a fluffy white cloud on top. Leaves little specks of lacing, nothing to be excited over. This is, however, exemplary. Exactly right for the style.

Good golden grainy malt characters on the nose, balanced reasonably well - but not perfectly - with a grassy, herbal hop character. I suspect Hallertauer hops, and possibly Saaz as well. Nice nose, not spectacular though.

Taste is fairly pleasant, with a strong malt character present throughout. A hint of honey and some subtle citric characters as well, grapefruit and lemon. Hops are distinct on the back and quite metallic. Leaves a burnished copper aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky due to the prominent malt body, and although the carbonation in the glass is good, there is little once it's in the mouth.

A refreshing drop though, to be sure, quite well-balanced and with enough flavour to make it interesting. A solid offering; no brewing pinnacle.

laituegonflable, May 15, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

A really good German lager in my book. I'd buy it again probably.

A - clear gold

S - Touch of skunk, which if it's only this much I kinda like it. Crisp light barley. Definitely a German style lager.

T - Refreshing clean lager. Balanced with a clean aftertaste. Pretty full bodied and flavorful for the style.

M - clean and great

D - real good German lager, easy to drink.

HeroJH, May 14, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

On-tap into branded glassware
Appearance: Dispensed as a golden yellow body with lots of carbonation in the body, forming a full head that vanishes quickly. Some how it manages some lacing.
Smell: A light malt notes, mostly sweet and herbal. Its pretty light.
Taste: Like the nose but a typical lager mouthfeel. Slight hops and a little bitterness from the malt help craft the taste.
Mouthfeel: Slick, Crisp, but over carbonated. This was solved by setting the glass down with a knock, releasing the bubbles.
Drinkability: Nice but why wasn't this my first lager I tried. Its not earth shaking, but a nice change.

TubaManJack, May 14, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev 0%

Poured a clear yellow with a substantial foamy white head. Some lacing.

Light green gain aromas and some raw bitter scents. I expected some sour notes or boiled corn sweetness and got none. Decent aroma here.

Light grain flavors with some sweet grass like elements with a flip flop of light tartness and a decent bitter hop leaf bite. a lightly toasted bread or dry cracker element in this too. Nice clean crisp beer.

Good carbonation as well and a bit lighter bodied. This was a real drinker. Went down very easy. A very very nice surprise here, and worth the try.

OtherShoe2, May 11, 2009
Photo of gfreed
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours with a giant, fluffy white head with loose, airy bubbles. Ramrod-straight carbonation rises continuously from the foot of the glass-- very appealing. Aroma is a bit bitter, with grass, lemon and some oranges; maybe a bit of crispy spice. The taste, however, was a bit sharper than expected: very edgy, bitter, even pucker-inducing. Tasted hoppier than I normally like, but the back end was less zingy than the front. Almost too dry, but still a nice thing to have in the fridge for a hot day or a spicy dinner.

gfreed, May 08, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a brilliant bright yellow gold, with a delicately bubbled, but boisterous head of pure white foam. Good lacing, and elegant streams of bubbled rising from the etchings in the glass. I don't care what you think of lagers - this one has a perfect appearance. Just what the style should be.

Light grain with a delicate noble hop bite on the nose. Some organic sweetness, and a slight metallic crust at the back. Pleasant enough.

Clean and crisp, with a light carbonic bite mid way through the palate. There's a definite copper twang on the back, which adds to the crispness and the refreshing character. Mouthfeel is spot on - crisp with fine carbonation, but with a delicate smoothness rounding it out.

This is exactly the sort of beer to fall victim to the likes of Budweiser or Tooheys New. This is what a pale lager should be like, and there is unfortunately a prejudice against the style because of the most famous (and poor) examples. Very drinkable, very well made and very enjoyable.

lacqueredmouse, May 01, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%

pours bright gold and very clean with a 3finger pillowy white head that leaves no lacing.

smells of sweet grains and apples

taste is very light lemon and grain with some grassy hops

mouthfeel is light and crisp with good carbonation

drinkability is high - this will be a very good sessionable beer for me this summer.

jsh420, May 01, 2009
Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
86 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.