Festbier | Hofbrauhaus Freising

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Hofbrauhaus Freising

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Fall

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Added by Jacobier10 on 09-09-2018

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger off white head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar consisting of medium-sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of spices.
T: The taste follows the smell and is very malty, with lots of flavors of toasted malts and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very malty on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really enjoyed the malty aromas and flavors in this beer. It was a very good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrauhaus Freising "Festbier"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Production Date: 18225"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's absolutely clear, I can see my fingerprints through the glass. It's a very nice golden-amber in color, and the head is a finger-thick lid of fluffy off-white foam. I'm waiting out the head retention now and it seems to be doing quite well. OK, the aroma doesn't give me much, but it's clean. I'm finding straightforward grainy malt and a light bit of leafy and herbal hops. That's OK though, you shouldn't be expecting hops. On to the flavor... well I'm relieved, there's more sweet malt there than I thought there would be, and although I didn't smell it there is a note of golden caramel. Is it toasty? Yes, I'd day so, lightly as well. I have no problem with the maltiness, it's quite refined. It's not as rich as some Americans might expect, but to my mind this is perfect as it is. There's also an added note of floral hops to it that I didn't find in the aroma that's quite nice. That comes upfront and the leafy and herbal hops follow in the finish. Hmmm, there's some spiciness in there as well. Nice! It's medium-light in body, and gently crisp. There's a subtle toffee note to it. I could easily see this being a welcomed festbier in Germany, and it is strong! Although there is a suggestion of the alcohol you wouldn't expect the 6.1%!
Review# 6,386

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Photo of smithj4
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnnyc3
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deceiving to the style, but my favorite Oktoberfest Bier!

..... I hate nerdy reviews.
It's good!

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Photo of baklo
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of itsatax
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is clear and golden like a helles, but a little more assertive on the bittering hops and alcohol content. I don't know if this is what most people would recognize as a festbier, but whatever it is, it looks and tastes German.

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Photo of jkrich
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a dated 11.2 oz. bottle: clear, deep golden with a quickly dissipating, foamy white head. Strong and typical aromas of spicy and tangy European hops and malt. This is truly a balanced festbier with a crisp and refreshing entry of tangy hops and mellow malt in the background. Nothing in the flavor profile is complex, however, the malt has subtle flavors of lemon and butter that places this one above the typical Oktoberfest lager. The mouthfeel is excellent with a smooth, rounded feel with a semisweet flavor lingering on the palate.

This brewery only began exporting to the USA this year; I certainly hope to try their other offerings. This one is immensely satisfying. I only wish I bought two six-packs.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philly

Clear golden light , one finger white foam head quickly recedes, no lacings

Aroma of malts , grassy

Taste is malt, grass, sweet , hint if spiciness

Crisp , clean finish

Good beer

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Festbier from Hofbrauhaus Freising
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 11 ratings