Hofbräu Oktoberfest
Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Josef Sailer KG

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Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #500
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
79
Ranked #44,679
Avg:
3.38 | pDev: 19.53%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
81
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Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Josef Sailer KG
 
Germany
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  2
Gots
  6
SCORE
79
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 81
Photo of puck1225
3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Clear yellow color with a nice white head (short lived) with nice lacing. Slightly sweet floral smell. The taste is light but flavorful, a bit sweet, bready, and refreshing.

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Photo of spoony
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 330 ml bottle (code says L 189 M) into a nonic.

A-The brew is quite light in color for the style, a crystal-clear pale golden color. The head is thin, maybe a half-finger to start, and fades quickly. No lacing is left behind.

S-The smell is slightly grainy with some husk flavors, light alcohol heat, and a decently robust (but lightly colored) malt profile. It is simple, but not off-putting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell; simple, but not unusual or bad. I get some straw, light caramel, a bit of honey sweetness, and a bit of grain. Not much in the way of hops.

M-The feel is light to medium body with above-average carbonation. It drinks easily.

O-This is a lighter than average Marzen, and it is pretty simple to smell and taste, but not a terrible beer in my opinion. I am surprised by the alcohol's assertive character, which warms the brew, and mostly complements the sweet, light honey/malt profile. Not the best beer I've had this week, but easy to drink.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical light bodied herbal Oktoberfest
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A: Pale golden yellow with a fleeting one finger off white head

S: Not very aromatic. What I'm getting is typical euro hops and a bit of dry bready malt.

T: Hop forward, on strong grassy, herbal, and spicy notes. Dry bready malt sits quietly underneath. There's something a bit 'mass production' about the taste, though not enough to ruin it.

M: Highly carbonated and just a hair on the thin side.

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Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jim & Renee for this one!

Just had two in a row and realized it hadn't been reviewed.
Pale gold with a copious amount of foam, pour slow and its no big deal. Sudsy lacing all around the glass, lasting head retention and surface coverage. Bright clarity, looks more like a Helles, with steady trails of rising carbonation.

Hint of that green bottle skunk, boo. Light grain husk behind that.

Smooth creamy feel, lightly toasted grains, malty and smooth, crisp light apple note in the aftertaste which is fairly clean and dry. Very mild bitterness, 0.5/10 scale, barely there. Overall well put together, not overly flavorful, but it does the job with no flaws other than the mild skunk in the aroma.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug. Pours golden color with little head. Smells of some roasted grain but very weak. Tastes of caramel and sweet syrup very nice from the grain yet not overpowering. Beer is light bodied goes down great. Overall a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of keytown
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours clear golden color, with little to no head. Does have excellent retention & lacing.

S - Malt aroma & a little tartness.

T - Pretty much all malt here, with some bitterness on the finish. Not much flavor at all.

M - Crisp finish is about all I can say.

O - Not at all what I expected, probably the least favorite Oktoberfest I've had.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.61/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hofbräu Oktoberfest is a very clear, very sparkling golden lager with a soft white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has an aroma of pale malt with a little tartness. It smells kind of like beer breath. It's light bodied and smooth with a pretty crisp finish. It has a very simple pale malt flavor with a little bit of leafy, wooden bitterness at the finish. There isn't much going on here. This is a beer your dad would drink.

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Photo of JCellars
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from tap at Solvang Brew Co. Light, golden color, with light head and no retention.

Malt aroma. That's it. Just like a bag of malt. Meh.

The taste is just what I expected from the lackluster nose. What happened, Hofbrau? Where's the flavor? Why this lazy, generic malt abortion on my tongue?

I expected more from this beer. The worst of the Oktoberfests I've tried. Disappointing...

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.21/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This seems a bit light for the style, but its a nice golden-hay coloring to it, and an awesome pillowy, fluffy head but it leaves no lacing.

S: Unfortunately, I get a slightly skunk aroma off of this. It's not offensive, but it's defiantly there, I blame the green bottle. I get a slight cereal scent too, like cheerios - it's feint though.

T: Oof! Generic beer flavor here. This is my least favorite as far as taste goes of the 6 Oktoberfest's. It tastes like grain, and THATS IT! I would get the same effect by chewing on some malt.

M: Light bodied and on the high end of medium carbonation, it just is weird. Doesn't feel right at all.

D: It's highly drinkable, I'll give it that.

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Photo of FrankWBurnsIII
2.2/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I do not feel that it is appropriate to give this beer a formal evaluation, as they did not deliver a product worthy of the traditional format.

This is the first time I ever had an Oktoberfest that tasted like this. It tastes like a mixed vat of Heineken and Beck's. Maybe the factory put the wrong label on the bottles and the bottles in the wrong box.

Getting through these has been painful.

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Photo of Duhast500
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a yellowish/orange with a foamy white head and some thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is really wheaty with some corn type favor. There is a grainy flavor that is lowering my expectations.

The taste is wheaty but seams to lack some malt backbone. It has a good zing in the taste but not enough of a flavor to work with.

The feel of this beer is light and is in need a revamp. Not a bad beer but room for improvement.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfest from Hofbräuhaus Traunstein Josef Sailer KG
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 81 ratings