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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,013 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 31
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002)
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Photo of mjc410


3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm using my pokal for a second Helles tonight, and I'm hoping for better results. The HB version raises a very white, thin head over a clear, golden body with some copper color in it. The nose has a muted malt character, with a bit of noble hops. Very mild. The taste is somewhat dry, with a ild hop bitterness, with some metallic qualities. Again, it's balanced but not distinguished. The mouth is medium-light with high but fine carb. Not much here, but it would be fun in a biergarten.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 01:31:21 | More by mjc410
Photo of BBM

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours your typical bright yellow with a nice creamy white head. Aroma is grassy, with notes of grain and malts.

The taste is ultra smooth. A very clean, refreshing flavor of grains, malt and oily hops make this a balanced, easy drinking lager. It's not going to set the world on fire, but as a session beer it's very solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 23:14:30 | More by BBM
Photo of 1fastz28


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pour a deep golden hue with lots of foam and lots of carbonation present, smells slightly of hops and corn and malt. alcohol warms the tounge and the beer excites it, tastes damn good, pardon my french, i'm not a giant lager fan but this is like folgers, good till the last drop, i can drink it all night long, shame its 11 bucks for a 6 pack

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 05:55:42 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of RoundelMike


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This smooth, even beer stayed friendly through the entire pint, and left me with nothing but satisfactory pleasantness. A noticeable but muted hop aftertaste adds some flair, but stays clear of being flowery or loud. The Hofbräu Original's lager family resemblance is obvious, but it tastes fuller, bolder, and plain more expensive (read: natural) than most other beers in its category.

I like it without falling in love with it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2007 03:42:29 | More by RoundelMike
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear straw color with a nice white head that left some spot lacing. The smell was not pronounced but did have a grassy smell to it. The taste is very light malt and very light hop. This is what the American macro lagers should taste like. I don't understand why they need to add corn/rice. This is a very drinkable lager. Crisp, clean goes down way too easy. Good show.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 04:53:48 | More by Gmann
Photo of witster18


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A solid brew. A little bitter at the finish but beautiful balance for a light bodied lager. Far more and better hops than most in this genre. You can taste the freshness of the hops as they emit a natural grassy or green leaf like undertone in the beer...VERY drinkable..I'm gonna have to head back down to greeny's..I love this stuff. Wow the Germans really do this style right in all the ways we do it wrong....No adjuncts..fresh taste..distinctive...a nice bitter/flavor bite....I like beer with my beer and as far as lagers go this is top notch.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 22:34:15 | More by witster18
Photo of treedoctor5002


3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This a nice tasting German lager. It has bigger bite than most American lagers and is pretty refreshing. Has a large grassy hop taste to it and mouthfeel is medium. Overall a pretty decent brew. It would probably taste better if I was sitting in Munich. Anybody want to help me out with that?

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 23:32:13 | More by treedoctor5002
Photo of bluejacket74


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a clear pale gold color with a nice white head with a good bit of lacing. It smells like grain/bread, grassy hops, and some malt. The beer tastes like sweet malt, grain, and has a slight hoppy bitter finish. Nice flavor and good balance. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and the drinkability is high, as it's crisp and refreshing. Overall I think it's a pretty good lager. I'd definitely drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 23:27:53 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of vancurly


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow straw. Whipped egg-white head, and heavy frothy lacing. Clear & sparkling. Very good lookin' beer...

The opening of the bottle kicked off some aromas of fresh green fruity hops. Once in the glass, there are strong herbal, grassy Saaz notes, like fresh basil leaves & straw. Solid pale / munich malt profile also.

Flavours initially of the malt. But, fresh floral, herbal hops come through, with a medium bitterness, and clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 05:18:26 | More by vancurly
Photo of zeff80


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a plae gold color with a 2-finger head. It left slight lacing.

S - It smelled of grasses and a little wheat.

T - The taste was very yeasty with a little malt and wheat notes. There was a little bitterness to it.

M - Very crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is pretty good. It is a very easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 22:36:43 | More by zeff80
Photo of goochpunch


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey golden with lots of bubbling going on. Dimpled white cloudy head sits atop and leaves some lacing as it's drunk. Smells of some husky grain, grassy hops, and sweet malt. Flavors of nutty and bready malts with just a subtle grain bite. I pick up on what seems to me to be a slight pear flavor. Floral hops come in and leave a refreshing, cleansing bitterness. Solid moderate body with a lively carbonation that perks up the taste buds. This is helles lager, so, of course its a great drinker.

A pretty ideal session beer. Should've picked up more than one half liter bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 07:28:45 | More by goochpunch
Photo of granger10


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden color with a nice creamy white head. Moderate lacing. Smells a bit grassy but more bready and honeyish. Taste has a touch sweetness but more of an underlying biscuity maltiness. Smooth creamy flavor. Good floral hop throughout finishes with a bit of spicyness. Yeast really smooths this out. Solid flavor, easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2006 22:50:51 | More by granger10
Photo of czechsaaz


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice malty aroma. A little spicy hops in the background, but we're talking munich malt and maybe some light crystal.

Golden, clear, really solid lasting head.

Malt comes through right off. Lots of base munich-type and the expected nutty/honey/sweet flavor. Hop bitterness is subhdued but relative to the style its good. Pretty much a malty crisp clean (not much yeast profile) German Lager.

Medium Bodied and light carbonation. Somewhat flat actually.

Pretty easy drinking lager. A solid malty but not sweet beer but that's about it. Not really any remarkable specialty malt that would make it more interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2006 00:34:24 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of beakerboy


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of Liquor Barn's Ultimate Brew Crew July '06- German Lagers

A:Pours a light yellow with a white head which collapsed auickly. Lot's of champagne-like bubble stream from the side of the glass.

S: Slight hop aroma with malt dominating.

T: Good flavor. Some hop betterness is present which was not in the nose.

M: Light crisp mouthfeel. The high carbonation adds to the mouthfeel as well as the bitterness.

D: This is a pretty good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 00:43:39 | More by beakerboy
Photo of BretSikkink


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in a Duvel tulip from a 17 oz. green bottle.

I usually would prefer not to see through my beer, but it's a hot night and a bright lager might be just the thing. Scraggly lacing, thin head.

Malty smell, what we've come to expect from Munchen.

Nothing offending in the taste. Biscuity toward the end, some sort of grainy, grass flavor as well. Musty. Don't let it get too warm.

Thin mouthfeel, easy to drink lager.

I'll take this over a pils any day, but still on the thin side. Good for a hot night.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 04:10:29 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Wasatch


3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny head, basically no lacing.

S - Scents of hops, yeast, and some slight spices.

T - The taste is kinda sweet, slighty hoppy.

M - Light-Medium body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad brew, but will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 23:29:26 | More by Wasatch
Photo of acrawf6


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice nice rich light golden with a small white head.

Smell. Good amount of malts here, little be of cooked vegetable.

Taste. Nice malt flavors, mild but good. Just a touch of sweetness, some hops do come up and gives it a little spicyness. Aftertaste is a little sweet, and i get some more cooked vegetables.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice amount of carbonation, balance is quite good. Refreshing.

Overall i see this beer as being a little bit simple, but still good.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2006 21:31:40 | More by acrawf6
Photo of mithrascruor


3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Yellow-gold color, clear, with a nice foamy/creamy head.

Smell: Fresh grains, malts, and some light hops in the background. A bit on the light side, though.

Taste: Very crisp and full of grains and malts. The aftertate is mostly malts and very little hops are noticable.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, mild carbonation, and fairly smooth. Seems to have a bit of grit or something, though.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable -- alcohol isn't bad, and it goes down well for quite a while.

This is an OK Munich Helles Lager. As a beer it's good, but it's missing the spices, the fruit, and the hops in the taste. Not bad, but I'd rather buy Spaten for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 05:04:35 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Very standard and ordinary beer. Difficult, yet finess in it's simplicity. Mildly malty with solid noble hop spiciness. Lightly earthy, grassy, and fruity. Light apples and pears. Medium body makes it very drinkable with a clean light finish. Difficult to praise, but tough to criticize also. The look is the typical moderately carbonated, crystal clear straw hue. Nice loosely laced carbonation. Pretty good beer to chase a braw with.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 00:12:15 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Mitchster


4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle/$1.60 at Jack's. Pours out to a slightly hazy golden, forming a modest rocky bone-white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is as expected for a Eurolager...freshly mown hay, delicate floral hops, faint grainy and husky pale malts, slight skunk and a clean ferment. The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a light body and medium carbonation. The taste is clean and a recap of the aroma. Bitterness is mild to moderate and there is lasting notes of grass in the aftertaste. Very cleanly fermented and it tastes like it was just brewed.

An excellent Eurolager...crisp, refreshing, very nicely balanced, and easy to drink with soft bitterness. I will remember this one and pick some up next time, especially considering it's a good price.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 17:17:34 | More by Mitchster
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving was from tap. Left thin white head that quickly dissipated to just surface skim. Body was yellow gold.

Smell - spicy hops, herbal, and grassy, hint of pale malt.

Taste - pale malts overlaid with Euro spicy hops without skunkiness. Grassy and herbal, as well.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkabilty - goes down easy, would be a decent, but not great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2006 21:15:23 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. green bottle

Pours a clear golden straw color with a bright withe head that thins. Nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma of crisp malts with a mild spicy hop scent. Slightly skunky.

Flavor is fairly crisp and malty upfront. Has a slightly spicy hop taste and finishes with a mild skunkiness.

Light body, could stand a little more carbonation.

Nice and refreshing beer for summer. I bet it's better when it's brewery fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 01:14:19 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of lagrin


3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner flute. Light straw in color with a persistent stream of carbonation. Forms a thin head head that is constantly replenished by the dancing bubbles, lasting to the bottom of the glass.

Faint whiff of spicy hops with some wet straw in the background. Really not much aroma but this is not stylistically inappropriate for a helles.

Clean and well-balanced bitterness. Pleasantly dry but this dryness gives way to a slight maltiness with just a hint of wet hay.

The combination of the light body, mildly substantial bitterness and perky carbonation makes for a pleasant mouth-feel.

Highly drinkable, well crafted lager. Nothing fancy but a solid old-world attempt at a classic lager beer style.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 22:18:41 | More by lagrin
Photo of shererjt


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw color and clear with light-to-moderate carbonation and head. Aroma was nice; toasty malt with some hop spiciness in the background. Exactly what a helles should smell like. Didn't discern any skunkiness despite the green bottle. Body was on the light side of medium. More bitter than expected; almost pilsner-like in that respect but the malt flavor says helles. Tasty, with a fairly clean flavor. Mouthfeel was above average, as was drinkability.

Overall, a solid and tasty brew. On the hoppy side for a helles, but not overly so.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 03:40:44 | More by shererjt
Photo of WMBierguy


3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is pretty much your run-of-the-mill Helles Lager. Pours a golden yellow and has a thin white head. Tasted refreshing and Pilsner-esque. It's not that memorable or remarkable, but it's better than any macro. A very drinkable beer, and would be very refreshing after a hard day's work. I recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 02:17:14 | More by WMBierguy
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