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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 37
Gots: 93 | 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 laituegonflable
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 15, 2009
Photo of TubaManJack
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of mcampanella
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into clear glass

Appearance - Pours golden with large foamy and bubbly head, settles to a large two finger thick foamy head. Classic pilsener look. A bit too clear and filtered. Still looks appetizing.

Smell - Classic pilsener scent, but light. Can't smell it much. This is a negative because what I am able to smell is enticing. I would like more aroma!

Taste - Dry, slightly bitter taste. Good, good stuff. Perhaps a bit too bitter but definitely quite good.

Mouthfeel - Great carbonation makes the flavor a little sharp.

Drinkability - not the perfect beer in my humble opinion, but a great golden pilsener. The six pack won't last long in the fridge.

mcampanella, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper with a big foamy off white head that lasts for a white leaving nice blobs of lace on the glass. Fresh grain and hay with floral smelling noble hops in the nose. Tastes soft and pure with clean sweet maltiness offset by a nice mild hop bite in the finish. Light and creamy smooth. Highly refeshing and easy to drink.

biggred1, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of goblet
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

cracked the cool looking cap with a crown on top of a HB ,poured this from a green bottle into a pint glass.the date 15.09.2009.

Appearance:i got a paper white fluffy head after the pour that went away completely . the color is a golden yellow very clean and clear.

Smell:the aroma is hay,grass,fresh picked corn on the cob and lite malt ,the oily hops make this very freshing.

Taste:very freshing for this style, clean and crisp hay and fresh cut grass on the golf course the hops are picked right from the tree.

Mouthfeel:lite body ,and fresh hoppy feel it`s crisp and very smooth.

Drinkability:what can i say thats never been said ? this is a fine lager the hops are pleasant, tasty and clean ,i`m not the biggest fan but this is nice.

goblet, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this a the newportville inn in PA. Poured into a Hofbrau stein. Poured clear golden with a white heading. This stick's around a while.Lacing is in full force till the end.

Smell is of citrus hops and a kind of grainy taste but very subtle.

Taste is of the same but a little more lemony and hoppy flavor to it.

Mouth is flat. A light-bodied average carbonated beverage.

Drinkability is good. Goes down really smooth and settles really nice.

TheFightfan1, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of giblet
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a damn fine german lager. pours golden with one inch of head. good lace down the glass. smells of fresh grass with hint of hop. the taste for me is the bomb! i could drink this with any food or without. if it were cheap and abundent it would be my daily brew for certain.

absolute good for the style.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of AccidentalKate
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light straw color with a bit of a head that slowly fades away. The lace holds on to the side of the glass, but not overly so.

Aroma: Strong hoppy scent, a bit floral. Strong, but not overwhelming.

Taste: A small hit of bitterness right at the beginning followed by a nice grain taste that seemingly lasts for minutes on end. To be honest, I expected something a little bolder, but it's still pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Weakest part of this beer. Was expecting a zip, when all I got was a blip. Maybe lagers just aren't supposed to play on the tongue.

Drinkability: A flavorful beer, not quite robust. Tastes wonderful, but could have played better in the mouth. Carbonation should not be something a brewer is fearful of, yet the Hofbrau seems as if it is.

AccidentalKate, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a small stemmed pokal glass.

Appearance: Golden and translucent with a quick-dissipating fizzy head.

Smell: Citrusy with grassy notes. Smells quite pleasant. Strong smelling too; I could smell it as soon as I put it in the glass.

Taste: Sharp, bitter taste that comes on strong up front. Nice mix of hops and malts, but nothing too special.

Mouthfeel: Sharp and biting with way too much carbonation. Not that pleasant, really.

Drinkability: Not bad, but nothing special either. Definitely wouldn't buy it if there were other choices.

wahhmaster, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from half-liter bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a lot of head with large bubbles that disspipates pretty quickly, leaving a bubbly lace. Lots of carbonation bubbles are visible rising from the bottom.

Smell: Slightly grassy, with a fresh-smelling sweet malt character.

Taste: Pretty grainy, with the usual sweet apple-juice type flavor found in this style. Finishes with a decent hop spice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing, with a carbonation bite at the beginning that strangely leaves the mouth quickly before being swallowed.

Drinkability: A good refresher, and overall a solid beer. Not the best of the style, but damn good. I wanna have this with a giant buttery pretzel.

Mosstrooper, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of armock
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves slight lacing behind

S - Has a light smell of sweet grainy malt touch of hops

T - Nothing is very strong in the beer sweet grainy malt mild hops

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - To me this is a fancy lawnmower beer good for when its hot out and I want a cold beer I guess the style doesn't get me going all that much

armock, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of cedricwarner
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A small release of sulfur upon opening the bottle, despite this being in the brown half liter bottle (it's not always due to green glass). Once poured it forms a lovely frothy head giving off honey sweet malt aromas. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

As far as taste goes, it's got the proper small amount of hop bitterness for the style but not enough malt sweetness to balance out. There's also some mild metallic twang happening that I find only slightly unpleasant, and it's not just this particular bottle, I've had loads of these.

It's still quite drinkable, but out of the big Munich six, this is my least favorite Helles.

cedricwarner, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of mattcomstock213
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The classic Munich Helles poured into a glass.
This beer looked great, clear and golden. It tasted great too. The taste is clean and crisp, with just a notice of hops. Very refreshing. I think I like Augustiner better, but this is the classic of the style.

mattcomstock213, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of KyleMWood
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pale golden color, small white head, with a true German helles lager taste. Also, crisp, with a good amount of hops. Lot of hops in the scent. Very drinkable, perfect for a few glasses on a warm day in Munich, or in my case, Austin TX.

The only complaint I have is that I wish it was a more gold, brighter in color. Otherwise, great helles lager.

KyleMWood, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a pokal. Clear golden with a two-finger white head that dissipates to a foam film. Little lacing. Smells slightly skunked, but not horrendously so. Faint pilsener malt and grassiness come through after the skunk, along with some definite floral hop aromas. The malt is again very evident on the palate, with quite a bit of grainy character. Bittering hops are there to balance it quite well. Really refreshing. A nicely done helles--would certainly be even better out of a keg.

philipquarles, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Prostman81
4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Love this beer. I get it on tap at a really good local German restaurant, usually by the 1L. stein. When I can, I also by a couple 500ml bottles at my local major liquor store. In glass, has a great golden color and a huge head, which eventually settles down. Aroma has a nice smooth malt note. Taste is clean, while having an excellent malt and hop balance, and goes great with whatever German dish I'm having at the time (or is good just on it's own). I can't comment on the 12 oz. green glass bottles (the 500 mls are brown). I've read bad reviews for that serving, but can't comment on them as I just prefer having it on tap thru the restaurant. I bet this one is even better in Germany.

Prostman81, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of mdcrouser
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliant golden, and especially impressive when stacked one-atop-another in my grande Hofbrau Haus glass stein (acquired during a trip to the establishment in Newport, Ky., just south of Cincy).

Its heady frothiness streams down the sides of the glass following each drink.

Surprisingly malty for such a light-colored beer, both to the nose and the tongue. On the tongue, it's like a small gold ball, sandwiched between the tongue and the roof of the mouth, forcing space between the two, and then asking you to recycle the flavors at the back of the mouth once it's gone.

Trailing bitterness leaves you wanting nothing but the next drink - exceptionally enjoyable, and fitting of the season.

mdcrouser, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of cdkrenz
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks again Mom. I really appreciate you contributing to my beer advocacy.

A - The body is a clear yellow but sitting on top is a snow cap, perfectly white and standing initially at three inches plus. It is a beauty.

B - The aroma of smooth hops fill my nose just from the pour. The lovely scent of malt, smooth as silk.

T - The smooth taste of German malt with a finish offering a kick of subtle hops. Just enough to notice.

M - Watery to start and watery to end. However, the finish kicks with a coarse lash that brings out some interesting flavors.

~ This is a good beer. This is something I will certainly recommend to my friends. I'd really like someday to travel over seas and sample one straight from draft.

cdkrenz, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Augustiner719
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Zum Schneider in a 1l Mas.

Appearance: Golden yellow color that is very translucent and clear. It yielded a nice 3 finger head that had long legs and left minimum lacing.

Smell: Very fresh smelling hops with nice notes of cereal and wheaty aromas. A little bit of citrus as well, but the true essence of the beer is that it smells very fresh and refreshing.

Taste: Its got some lemony hops and grassyness throughout the duration of the drinking. Nice noticiable hops came through with a good amount of citrus on the back end. very nice beer.

Mouthfeel: Good solid carbonation at the beginning of the beer. Towards the end, and its biased because it was out of a liter mas, but it had a much flatter feel by the end. Still it was nice textured and rolled well through my mouth.

Drinkability: nice medium to light bodied beer with good flavors and lasting taste. If i had to dirnk it only out of 1 litre mas all day, i would drink this beer among a select few for sure. Its a definate session beer.

Augustiner719, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of TrinkGermanBier
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Great draft German Lager. Nice golden color and lacing. Held a nice head. Bottled is good, draft is of course always better. Unfortunately this bier is somewhat difficult to get locally, however it is very popular in NYC German bars. Would recommed to anyone looking for a decent German lager. A must at the Munich Oktoberfest!

TrinkGermanBier, Dec 21, 2008
Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
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