Hofbräu Festbier
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #137
Ranked #31,078
3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 11.9 oz bottle, into a willibecher. Was hoping for more from this one, to be honest, though I had a few glimmers of something better as I sipped. Head was disappointing and very little retention, color is light orange, nose is primarily grainy and caramel. Taste has a few interesting things going on, in addition to the grain and caramel, including some peppery notes that I don't really associate with the style, but...here's to earthy spice. The hops could stand to be a little more pronounced in some kind of grassy or spicy liveliness. There's almost a kind of honeyed smoothness to the feel at the end that kind of reminds me (unhappily) of some maibocks, and I don't think that works very well for the style...the finish doesn't really come to a point, either, its just kind of all over the place.

Oct 01, 2019
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liter at the Cleveland brewery
A: Orange/brown, one- finger head
S: Malty, touch of caramel bready grains
T: Matches the nose
M: Medium-bodied
O: Fits the season. No flaws but unremarkable

Sep 30, 2019
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Lucular from Maryland

3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly metallic flavor that seems to add unwanted bitterness. Kind of similar to Spaten. Not terrible but definitely not one of my favorite Oktoberfests.

Dec 17, 2018
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.9 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystalline, light amber-gold body with an inch of frothed, white foam.

Smell: Pretty light aroma, smells of pilsner malt, a bit grainy, then some hints of dough, of spice and sweet, sweet hooch (just a bit).

Taste: A touch doughy, a bit toasty pils flavor with a modest amount of initial sweetness. Floral, herbal with a light, decent and certainly sufficient hop bite about it. A little hint of marzipan on the back half with the sustained grainy note and some of that alcohol showing on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's pretty festbier-y.

Aug 24, 2018
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is the festbier that HB serves in their festival tent.
Pale gold, lasting head and spotty lacing. Looks pretty typical.
Aroma is oddly papery, a little oxidized. Creamed corn and clean malt.
Taste is similarly a little skunked and papery, hallmarks of oxidation.
Light crackery malt, but nothing really resembles a Mäerzen here.
I realize the festbier is more of a pale lager but this just wasn't up to snuff.

Oct 05, 2017
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drmeto from Germany

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-very spicy black pepper and floral upfront
-caramel and honey sweetness
-well carbonated
-fairly hoppy for a Märzen
-sweet,bready and spicy finish
Nice and quite different Märzen

Mar 20, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden color with good head retention. Sweet bready malts in the smell. Taste is also on the sweeter side for a lager. Hops are present only a bit in the aftertaste. Not bad for a style I don’t really enjoy that much.

Nov 05, 2014
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Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: straw colored beer with a nice thick head
S: Bready with a sweet aroma
T: Sweet malts with an almost Pilsner like hop character. Bready and spicy all at the same time.
M: Great carbonation cives this beer a refreshing quenching mouthfeel
O: My favorite of all the fest beers I tried this year. It has a lighter taste but higher alcohol than most. sneaky beer that requires one to monitor intake closely. this beer slides down easy, very festive

Sep 08, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Orangish body, clear; big, frothy head

Aroma: Grassy, spicy, hoppy

Taste: Spicy, tart, citrusy, hoppy; ok, but not as good as the hype

Remarks: initially had this beer in bottle, but did get to try it with dinner at the Hofbräuhaus in Munich. No real change in the rating.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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stevoj from Idaho

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, poured into German half litre lager glass. Golden colour, with a lot of carbonation. Smells of nuts (like all HB beers) Tastes like Munich Oktoberfest biers with a bit of the Christmas spiciness. Not as spicy as some of the other German Christmas beers, but the carbonation and warming alcohol leave a tingle on the tongue.

Dec 26, 2011
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RoamingGnome from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this fine beverage on tap at the Gast Haus.

Arrived in a 22 oz beer stein.

A) Golden/Blonde body, with plenty of bubbles rising to the surface. About a finger of white foam that settled into a nice little cap. Decent lacing too.

S) Mostly a caramel maltiness. Just slight floral fragrance from the hops. Really just a sweet aroma.

T) Follows the nose pretty well. A slight hop bitterness hits the taste buds, but this is really all about the sweetness provided by the malt. There is a little bit of an earthy or oaky/woody taste that comes through. The ABV on this is higher than many of the O-Fests I've had recently, but you wouldn't know it.

M) A medium to medium/light body. This is pretty well carbonated, but not overly so. Rests well on the palate, pretty smooth. Aftertaste is fine.

O) I've never had an Oktoberfest this light in color, but all the qualities I expected were there. I paired this with some delicious German cuisine, and it really hit the spot.

Oct 21, 2011
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DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bierhaus in a .5L mug

A - Amber gold, very clear is a nice head that sticks around for a while

S - Malt and bitter floral hops, sugar esthers

T - Rich earthy malts, bitter hops keep the beer from being overly sweet

M - Rather quaffable, good level of carbonation

O - One of the lighter Oktoberfest Marzens I've had, but none the less enjoyable

Oct 02, 2011
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seanyfo from Scotland

3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle poured into seidel

BBE 2 August 2011

A- Golden body with excellent clarity, the 3 finger tight creamy white head reduces quickly to a crown, lacing is minimal.

S- Intially a little doughy bread, hint of vanilla, little hop note creeping in. All very subtle

T- Initially hop bitterness is the first thing that comes through, toasty malts follow to give some balance resulting in a semi dry finish.

M- Medium/high carbonation, medium body

D- More hop profile than expected from a Munich beer. Doesnt have the malt domination of a Marzen/Festbier hence the lower rating. However, it has good balance with the malt coming through toward the end on the tongue, its crisp, enjoyable and refreshing.

Sep 28, 2011
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JayS2629 from Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice coppery brown with a creamy white head, great retention and beautiful lacing. The smell is earthy with honey notes and caramels. A sweet caramel and honey with earthy tones of hops. A touch of spice, nutmeg and bready pumpernickle notes. Slightly watery on the mouthfeel, very easy to drink. A great example of the style.

May 27, 2011
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear, straw-coloured to golden beer with a thin, creamy but totally vanishing head. Malty aroma is sweet, fruity and slightly alcoholic. Some strawberreies and, unfortunately, vegetables in the finish wiht fine, grassy hoppiness. Malty taste is sweet, slightly fruity and honeyish and a bit alcoholic. Quite straightforward. Medium bodied palate with alcoholic warmth. Still quite fresh. Soft carbonation.

Feb 02, 2011
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jonb5 from England

3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half litre bottle, poured into matching glass. Light colour, clear. Fair bit of carbonation. Smells of nuts (like all HB beers) Tastes like hb oktoberfest but a bit smoother and sweeter. You know the 6.3 abv is there. Like other HB beers I've drunk it gives you a thirst and you have to drink lots of water with it.

Nov 30, 2010
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MuenchenerKindl from Germany

4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a 1/2L glass. LOL The brew is a light copper with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers, white and leaves some lace.

The smell is strong and hopy with a bit of alcohol washing over a dark multi-grain bread.

The taste follows good strong brew full of life and flavor. Grains, raisins, and fruit rinds, quite hearty.

The mouthfeel is good bigger and better then medium body. good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good I like this Mai bock & Martzen Had a baby. Prosit. MK

Nov 26, 2009
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atis from Finland

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle from Munich

Pours clear pale golden with small, but dense head, very small and patchy downsliding lacing. Small is malty, some bits of lemon as well, it is quite weak.

Taste is rather bittery and crisp hops at the very first moment, then turns into sweetish malt. Nice bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very thin and I guess a bit too much of carbonation.

Overall, I expected much more from Hofbräu. The beer is not bad and very easily drinkable, but not much above average Märzen.

Jan 08, 2009
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Overlord from California

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a familiar dark amber. Smells like ... malt. Taste is mostly sweet malt, a bit of caramel, and maybe a sprig of earthiness. Mouthfeel is decent, perhaps a bit thin.

Nothing terribly overwhelming, but quite satisfying. Could drink for a long, long time. And I did.

Oct 27, 2008
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Brianmerrilyn from New York

3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have not been that impressed with other Hofbrau's I've had in the past. However, as I'm inclined to try new things out, gave the brewery another shot with their marzen.

A; poured into on on mug glass to show an opaque ruby red. There was almost no head except the fizz that was created with the initial pour. Reminded me of on on soda when the carbonation burns itself away very quickly. At best a tiny ring of a cap around the glass. I'm pretty sure I got any old bottle here.

A; The nose was far off and barely distinguishable sweet malt and distant biscuit.

T; The taste is a small step above the nose. A crisp light delivery of a carbonated hop surrounded by sweet malts. Nothing really stands out in the flavors.

M; Very thin mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D: A good session beer with on on light body and creamy and sweet delivery. Something I would go for again to verify if the bottle was the culprit or if Hofbrau does not release this in large quantities because of it's mediocrity.

Oct 27, 2008
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JoeyBeerBelly from New York

4.65/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, I can't believe I'm the first to review this fantastic beer...

Again, I have to thank my wife's step-father for getting me this beer straight from Germany, although I'm kind of pissed that he only brought me 2-17.5oz samples.

It looks and smells like an Oktoberfest/Marzen beer. I rated the domestic Hofbräu Oktoberfest a 3.5 in these catagories.

Wow, this is the best Marzen I've ever tasted.
Why isn't this imported on a regular basis?

It goes down nice, sweet malty Marzen taste, and at only 6% abv I could do quite a few of these. I only had 2, +sized pints and wish I had 2(dozen) more!

Mar 28, 2007
Hofbräu Festbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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