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Hofbräu Original - Hofbräuhaus München

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1,024 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,024
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 33
Gots: 65 | 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 rhoadsrage


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a thick sticky snow white head that sits on a golden yellow crystal clear body. There is a nice carbonation of bubbles gliding to the surface. The head pushes above the rim and last for most of the beer.

S- The light dry pale malt aroma has a slight sweet grain note to it and a sulfury sweetness in the finish.

T- This beer has a smooth soft taste of dry pale malt with a Munich malt flavor and a slight sweetness to it. There is an interesting taste that is like the smell of a new pair of leather gym shoes. It is odd and a bit out of place. The finish is a soft green hop hint but it is pretty light but very dry.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz in the finish that fills out the mouthfeel a bit. There is a light watery note that comes through stronger as the beer warms.

D- This beer has some nice malt and grain qualities but there are some off flavors that get in the way. I didn't mind drinking an American pint of this beer but I couldn't drink a full liter.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 17:53:16 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a 1L pour of this at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, the definitive drink in this definitive (although touristy) beer hall. Actually, this wasn't my drink of choice but an associate from the UK ordered for the whole table before I could say a word, and with that the waiter was gone. Damn. Anyway, my review:

The beer looked good, if for no other reason than the large volume sitting before me with a massive, long-lasting, bubbly froth on top. Yeah, maybe the Helles was a good call. The smell says otherwise, just a clean aroma, maybe a little malty in a wishfully bready way, but maybe too neutral to tell. The flavor was the same, malty if anything but not so much so as to remark about. The mouthfeel was OK, crisp and carbonated, refreshing and easily drinkable. Anyway I pounded that liter like nobody's business, so I could order the dunkel weisse. I can recommend this as a reasonable and authentice Munich Helles, but really there are others in Munich which are better.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2007 11:36:24 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of becktone


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eye: HELLES YEAH! Very bright gold in color. Forms a nice white head that has good retention at about 1/2 inch. Lacing could use some work. Looks extremely lively as the carbonation bubbles endlessly look for an escape to the top of the beer. Overall pretty average, nothing great, head and lacing could use some work.

Nose: Packs a punch, very intense aroma. Fills the room as soon as it is opened, very potent. Skunk-like hop aroma, whether that's from the green bottle or perhaps that is what the brewers were going for...something much more like a Pils. Other than that hop aroma is a bit spicy. Bit of grain aroma in there too.

Tongue: Same skunk-like and spicy hop character found in the aroma. I believe that the skunk and Pils like aroma is what the brewer was going for. It blends with the malts quite nicely. Bitter and sweet upfront both at the same time, this gives way to a sweet malt character, (munich malt perhaps?) and then blends into a slightly drying finishing hop bitterness. Definitely better a bit on the warmer side than cooler, strange for a lager.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and velvety creamy on the palate. Light carbonation bubbles dance over the tongue with a medium-light body. This beer is easy to drink, I can see it pairing with many foods quite nicely. Not a brew I'd seek out to buy, then again nothing I'd shun, I would definitely like to explore this style of beer more though before coming back to this one. Well, nothing really to write home about I guess, just average.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 01:04:39 | More by becktone
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale gold, clear with a dense frothy, white head. Lots of lacing.

S - Hay hop presence. Sugary golden malt with a hint of corn.

T - Sweet golden malt. Grassy hops and hay. Aftertaste is dry and malty.

M - Medium bodied, rather smooth and frothy, refreshing.

D - A good lager. Not my favorite style, but this is a great example of one. Fairly archetypal.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2007 23:41:50 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of sessycuban


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - The beer pours a pale golden color. The head was a bit more than I expected for a Helles but I think this had more to do with the bottling than the beer.

S - This is the German purity law in action. I get simple grains with a slight grassy hop flavor.

T - This, to me, is a balanced session beer. The taste is very simple, and you can easily pick apart the malts. Part of the goodness of this beer is it's simplicity. Again, why mess with a formula when they got it right.

M - This beer goes down easily and is a great beer to have any time of the year.

D - To me, this is the ideal six pack beer. You know what you're going to get every time and you aren't so much concerned with complex flavors or drinking a meal. This is a very enjoyable session beer to have in social settings.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 06:14:16 | More by sessycuban
Photo of cjgator3


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

12oz green bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with lively bubbles rising to the top to produce a small white head. The aroma is really nice with malt and some grassy hops. The taste is malt flavors with a nice slightly spicy hop finish. Overall, this is a very nice brew and is a perfect session brew for the hot Florida summers.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 03:24:40 | More by cjgator3
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, clear. Nice carbonation and head.

Tart punch, sweet toasty grainy malt. Light caramel sugariness. Floral hops.

Light-med bodied and smooth. Light crisp sweet malt, toasty and a little sweet, with a bright hop splash. Light fruit flavors floating around. A slight metallic tinge near the back. Finishes tart, and a little dry.

It’s okay. Nothing special, unexpected, or bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 05:31:44 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

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

This review is for the 16.9 oz bottle.

Light golden or straw color with big foam that goes down fast but sticks around in clumps.

Smells like malty German beer, sweet and slightly skunky.

Taste is very light, but not necessarily crisp. Soft and malty with just enough hops to make it clean. Like a pilsner without the hop spice.

Easy to drink beer that should be approachable for everyone. Maybe a step-up from your bigger name green bottle imports. (no this doesnt come in a green bottle, but it compares to common import lager/pilsners, which often come in them.)

I normally drink this one straight from the bottle- don't like it quite as well now that Im drinking it from a glass...

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2007 02:54:51 | More by BeerZack
Photo of stephendr


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

12 oz. bottle- color is golden , with a white head - nose of sweet corn , grassy , hay , cider , bready , slight hops , and malt – taste of sweet corn , grassy , hay , cider , bready , slight hops , and malt - body is light , crisp , and with medium carbonation – aftertaste is sweet , short , and slightly bitter

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 00:54:25 | More by stephendr
Photo of Byeast


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: poured a paler golden color with a medium sized white head.

Smell: some nice grains woth a touch of sweetness, grassy and lightly floral hop.

Taste: Very balanced and drinkable taste, good amounts of bready/ doughish/crakerish malts, mixed with a nice crisp grassy fresh hop, nice grains to the afterytaste. Extremely well crafted.

Mouthfeel: refreshing, medium bodied.

Drinkability: One of the most drinkable beers iv'e had, the flavor and feel of this beer make me just want to chug! Im drinking it out of a mug but i wish i
was at the actual Hofbrauhaus in München with a huge 2 litre mug!


Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 02:20:02 | More by Byeast
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I went through the entire Hofbräu line up and this one was probably my least favorite.

Poured a clear gold/yellow with a fair amount of head.

It had a hint of a 'skunk' smell, but that's the case with most beer of this style.

It tastes ok, especially after 4 of these... hee hee

Nice mouthfeel, it feels cold and it feels like beer, so I gave it a 4.

I could have a few... 4, 5 of these, then I need some hops!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:42:42 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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
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