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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 431
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 34
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
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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 scoobybrew


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

This was poured into a glass mug from the bottle.

A - pours out clear with a light golden color and a decent head that settles somewhat but is retained in a fine lacing

S - balanced malt & hop aroma

T - light malt character followed by a decent, balanced hop finish; very clean

M - light body with moderate carbonation

D - good session beer - very enjoyable; defines the style nicely

07-16-2008 01:56:45 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of Mardukk


4.63/5  rDev +21.8%

A: Poured a medium yellow with a good head that dissipated slowly leaving some lacing.

S: Smells grassy with some grain and a hint of skunk.

T: Grassy herbal hops mixed with a somewhat sweet malt flavor. The hops give this beer a nice bite at the back of your mouth, added a dimension I haven't seen in many German lagers.

M: Just the right amount of body for this style, not light and not too heavy. Middle of the road carbonation.

D: Very crisp and refreshing with good body (you won't confuse this with a light beer). Fantastic session beer.

Summary: My favorite of the German lager crowd...actually one of my favorite beers period. More substantial in body and taste than most in this genre.

07-03-2008 00:11:45 | More by Mardukk
Photo of Bitterbill


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%

A nice clear and bright yellow gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam. It looks like the foam isn't going anywhere in a hurry. Nice.
Ok, halfway through the session, the foam shrunk to just a ring around the glass and that surprised me. Oh well.

I like the smell....plenty of notes of sweet malt, biscuit, and a nice nose of some citrus hops.

The taste follows the nose nicely. Biscuit flavour is there in abundance along with a citric hop kick that gives it some good balance and it finishes with more of the same. Very tasty and very easy to drink.

I used to drink this alot back in the 70s when I lived in California and I'm pleased to say, it's still a damn good Lager. Could I session on it? You betchya!

06-29-2008 18:27:20 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%

12oz green bottle (no i will not rant about the bottle in this review, however if you'd like to know how i feel about green bottles from Germany check out my review of the Hofbrau dunkel.)

A- pours a really unappetizing yellow with a decent fluff of a white head, some rising carbonation.

S- Macro lager nose.

T/M- Macro lager taste, cheap weak malts, skunky hops and a grainy feel, not my idea of a refreshing brew. Nor a German lager.

D- This one isn't even worth trying from a bottle.

06-23-2008 02:09:41 | More by ATPete
Photo of baos


4.55/5  rDev +19.7%

16.9 fluid ounces into Atlas Mason jar.

A: Quintessential beer look. 2 finger head dissipates down to a nice sheen and collar with some lacing here and there.

S: Standing in a field of clover or in the loft with fresh baled hay with a dripping honey-comb in your hand.

T: Yum! Clover blossom plucked and nectar suckled out. There beer tastes super fresh this beer was brewed for ubermensch.

M: Very nice.

D: A one.

06-22-2008 02:22:36 | More by baos
Photo of JBogan


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured a pale gold with a small white head which left moderate lacing. Not especially impressive to look at.

Smelled sweet and grainy. Not very complex.

Tasted also sweet and grainy, with a very slight malt presence. Again, not very complex but nothing offensive either.

Mouthfeel was pretty good. Somewhat thin but not overly so, and with a fair amount of crispness to it.

An easily drinkable brew and one I enjoyed consuming in large quantities when visiting the Hofbrauhaus. This particular review is from a bottle purchased here in the States, and from the best of my memory it's not quite as enjoyable as the on tap version straight from the "Haus" itself. Of course my surroundings and company at the time may have had something to do with that, lol.

06-19-2008 02:11:18 | More by JBogan
Photo of RobinLawrence123


4/5  rDev +5.3%

This was a wonderful Helles, with the crisp maltiness one would expect from German lager. Sparingly hopped, but enought to balance well. Show this to a lover of the Macros and they might convernt yet! I wish however, that they were in brown bottles, because I got that slight skunkyness from UV reaction. Such a terrible mistake for a good beer

06-18-2008 16:57:56 | More by RobinLawrence123
Photo of TheSarge


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

Hofbräu helles proves to be the example of what a helles should be in the way of appearance. There are massive amounts of bright white head, and an ultra clear and golden body.

The aroma is bold for the style. Fresh mown hay and lemony hops are easily perceptable.

The taste is crisp and clean. There is a little graininess up front, but finishes clean with mild lemon character.

This is about as mellow and smooth as a beer can get. Again this is a benchmark for what a lager should be, especially speaking at the macro level.

05-31-2008 17:16:30 | More by TheSarge
Photo of smcolw


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%

Clear and straw colored. Very good head for the style (3-finger); Moderate lace as the bubbles slide back into the brew. Steady stream of new bubbles continue to come forth from the bottom of the glass.

Mild but clean malty aroma. Very soft (in a good way). Slight grain, no notable hop.

Very light flavor. Disappointing to me is the lack of hop finish--it's rather sour. (The aftertaste has faintest touch of hop.) Clean light malt on the front of the taste. Good body and carbonation.

This is better than American macros, but it will still fall into the lawn-mower category for me. I'd love to see more bite to the taste and higher complexity.

05-29-2008 23:11:10 | More by smcolw
Photo of K270


2.45/5  rDev -35.5%

I poured the beer into a clear glass and it poured a light golden color. At first sniff I got a slight skunky smell. This turned me off at first. The smell kind of went away after it sat in the glass for a minute or two. But it didn't go away completely. Every time I took a sip I got a slight sniff of skunkyness. Don't get me wrong, the taste of the beer isn't to bad. I've had this beer before and don't remember it having a skunky smell. I'll try this beer again at a later date. Maybe the beer I had has been on the shelf for a while.

05-20-2008 07:07:48 | More by K270
Photo of DoubleJ


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%

What a treat from draft. Enjoyed in a narrow 22 ounce schooner at Gustav's Jägerhaus in Anaheim, this beer hit the spot with a dinner entree of three different sausages and a pork chop. Smooth, lemon sweet, and quite a malty lager. The flavor sits and dissolves on the tongue leaving flavor goodness the way milk chocolate melts in your mouth. More please!

05-16-2008 02:54:50 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of junkman203


4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

Hofbräu Original is a medium yellow color, with a lingering thin to medium head. Smell and taste are a little on the hoppy side, but very clean crisp and drinkable. Medium carbonation. Goes with almost everything I have eaten with it.

This is usual beer, which I actually buy by the case. My staple beer, as it were.

05-13-2008 22:49:56 | More by junkman203
Photo of orangemoustache


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours from a green bottle a clear goden yellow with several fingers of pillowy white fluff that leaves behind awesome amounts of thick stickieness as is recedes to a thin cap.The nose is grainy and a little spicy with some hops easily detected.The taste is buttery and buiscuity with a terrific balance of ingredients,light earthy grassy notes blend with a strong malty backbone that ends with a calm sweetness that almost goes without notice.The body is nice and light,with minimal carbonation and a nice skunky/funky Euro finish that lasts between sips.This would make a great summer thirst quencher,or a great winter one for that matter.

04-29-2008 04:19:53 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of mecanini


4.83/5  rDev +27.1%

I've been a a beer lover since the age of five when my dad gave me my first sips. His staple beer was Reingold!( of all things!) I have a lot of favorites, but this is definitely way up there. It's simple and uncomplicated...to me it's delicious beer!!!!

04-26-2008 00:49:10 | More by mecanini
Photo of Offa


4.85/5  rDev +27.6%

This is a wonderful, tasty, full-bodied lager.

A wonderful, tasty, full-bodied lager, this is among my favourites.

It is gold - bright and a bit on the paler side, with a huge, dense, creamy white ehad that only slowly shrinks, leaving a small permanent head and beautiful even lacing in rings down the glass.

The aroma is honey, lots of grain, with hints of pine, lemon, sulphur, and toffee.

The taste is creamy malty grain, bread, lemon, pine. It's zesty, smooth, full-bodied, yet rather crisp ans very refreshing. It's on the sweeter side but with a nice light, aromatic bitterness especially in the finish. It goes incredibly well with food and is exceedingly drinkable.

04-21-2008 17:31:33 | More by Offa
Photo of Pauly2X


4/5  rDev +5.3%

A- Clear yellow, lots of bubbles, half finger head.

S- Spicy noble hop aroma with a hint of malt. Just a hint of skunk.

D- Although this beer is unassuming at first glance, there really is good balance here. The hops and malt play pretty evenly throughout.

M- Fizzy and light, although nowhere near as bad as the macros.

D- Truly a quaffing beer.

While not the greatest, there is a reason why this is a classic. This beer does just what a macro can do, but with much more taste.

04-19-2008 15:04:01 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of argock


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Clear, golden straw color with lots of carbonation and frothy thick white head with lots of sticky lace

S: Sharp malt aromas mix with Saaz hops to give a very pilsner-like aroma

T: Crisp and pure with clean grainy malt flavor and strong but balanced Saaz hops finish which is moderately drying

M: Refreshingly clean feel with medium body, carbonation in line with the style, and fresh grain aftertaste

D: A great lager with nothing but positive and no real weak point aside from the green bottle.

04-16-2008 04:19:55 | More by argock
Photo of Portertime


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

Now this is the epidemy of the perfect German helles lager! A great staple for Oktoberfest this beer just makes you want to get a bunch of buddies, drink, and have a jolly great time. I enjoyed it nicely chilled in a pint glass. Poured a piercing golden color with a pleasantly sweet aroma. The taste was smooth with a well balanced malt foward goodness. The price is decent to so stock up and drink till your heart is content!

04-08-2008 21:49:33 | More by Portertime
Photo of nickfl


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

A - Small, white head with weak retention and little lace. The body is light gold in color with good clarity.

S - Sweet, mild malty aroma with light hop notes.

T - Nice, mild herbal hop flavor up front balanced by sweet maltiness with hints of honey.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Moderate drinkability. Nice hop character, but a bit too sweet to be quite as sessionable as a helles should be.

04-01-2008 07:18:48 | More by nickfl
Photo of jbphoto88


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Oh uh, a green bottle. Thats like beer blasphemy these days, I hope it wasn't in the light to much.

Poured into the glass a clear golden blond with a big frothy head that falls back into the beer looking like white caps on the ocean.

Smell is light and malty with a little honey. The malts smell somewhat subdued kind of like the scent of grains right before they are milled.

The taste is sweet, malty and clean. A crisp flavor with a moderate spice in the finish. Nice carbonation that bites the tongue enticing you to drink more.

This is a great lager that grows on you as you drink. The green bottle be damned!! I like this beer. I can't wait to have a cold one this summer after mowing the lawn.

03-21-2008 01:01:31 | More by jbphoto88
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2.48/5  rDev -34.7%

Light gold, with a yeasty lager like, and slight hop aroma. Taste is lightly yeasty, malty, with a nice noticeable hop twang to it as well. Touch of tartness to it. Crisp carbonation and decent mouthfeel. Nothing too special, but for what it is, it seems well enough made. Decent, drinkable beer.

03-15-2008 20:03:23 | More by JDV
Photo of illidurit


3.58/5  rDev -5.8%

Poured into my Eichhof bier mug. Pale gold liquid rises perfectly to the .5L line, leaving a good 2 fingers of white foam to crest at the glass's rim. Retention is pretty good, not much lacing.

Aroma is mostly grainy with a touch of leafy hops. Light and sweet.

Taste is pretty classic helles lager, with a very clean, grainy malt profile and a subdued hoppiness. Husk and bread, with a hint of a metallic note.

Well carbonated, with a very smooth mouthfeel and a dry finish. Crisp and clean. Really drinkable.

03-11-2008 05:51:09 | More by illidurit
Photo of Gehrig


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

A sharp, crisp lager, Original lays out two thick fingers of white froth topping a clear light lemon body. Ample lacing from the 500mL adorns the DAB mug, an impressive presentation. Lots of malt wafts under the nose, more than I expected. The taste is straightforward but quite good, malty and smooth with hiccups of hops now and again.

This beer is made in the mouthfeel, in my opinion. It's effervescent but not overly so, letting the malt and hops do their work. It's really delicious, well done, and refreshing. It's similar to Molson in body and flavor, but certainly superior. This too makes the list of German beers to enjoy over the summer.

Definitely recommended.

03-07-2008 00:05:18 | More by Gehrig
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%

Served at just above fridge temperature in a traditional Spaten stange. A new addition to Total Wine's beer department, this was bottled in mid-December 2007. Paired with a chunk of Trader Joe's Bavarian Beer Cheese (excellent!!!)

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear pale yellow-gold, with a terrific four + finger snow white crown... it condenses and remains huge for several long minutes. Outstanding eye candy for the style.

Smell- A blast of hops instantly fills the air... the pungent, "skunky" type that you'd come to expect from a good Helles lager. As the beer comes to temperature the malts come forth in the nose, adding a touch of grainy sweetness. Very well balanced aroma.

Taste- Sharp on the initial attack, the hops bite the tip of the tongue immediately. The middle is characterized by a bready, smooth maltiness that showcases the zippy hops nicely. A bitter finish awaits, clearing the palate for something greasy... like pork sausage!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Great action in the mouth right from the start, becoming creamier and easy to swallow at the end. A classic, solid beer that I am so glad to be able to purchase locally. It's in a green bottle, so pay attention to exposure to light in your store.

02-22-2008 04:25:39 | More by yelterdow
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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

poured a 12 ounce green bottle into a 16 ounce pilsner glass. it poured a long lasting nice 2 finger thick foamy head. a bit cloudy and golden in color. smelled of noble hops followed by a slight skunky aroma. feels creamy and well balanced on the palate with a faint alcohol burn on the finish. nice and smooth taste, refreshing, good grainy flavor not too bitter. i can see myself killing a sixer of this stuff.

02-13-2008 02:33:26 | More by patsalvaggio
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