Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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#38,463
Reviews:
607
Ratings:
1,520
pDev:
15.43%
 
 
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Photo of RJLarse
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold color with a thin white head.

Smells a lot like a lager, perfume and floral scents.

Taste is weak malt presence with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a good fall seasonal. I prefer more of a robust malt flavor

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Photo of lukaspodolski
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden amber body, with pure white, 2 inch foamy head. Minimal lacing with bubbles rising to top
Smell is mainly hoppy and typical german
Taste is good, malty with notes of fall flavors. Slight metallic aftertaste. Ends with balanced bitterness.
Body is light-medium, carbonation not overpowering

Would go great with german meats or roast meal.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of verceman
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GrumpyGas
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle L165 R 07:14
Poured into a dimpled stein shows a clear amber body with sheets of rising bubbles and floats a generous 2in white foamy head.

Aroma is airy, light bready malt, and a slight hop flower.

Flavors match with, unfortunately, a hint of a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel is a lighter leaning medium with a mostly clean finish; a lingering malty aftertaste remains.

Overall, I am nit picking my favorite style. An all day drinker for wurst, kraut, and drinking songs.

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Photo of tottel
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bret717
4.61/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

bottle date code 165R (6/14/18); reviewed 9/17/18

Look- clear light golden with a frothy white head that settles to a thin coating on top of the beer

Aroma- slightly sweet crusty white bread; grassy and spicy hops

Taste- follows the nose with gentle crusty white bread and grassy, spicy hops with a moderate bitterness; Everything is perfectly balanced and kind of becomes one, if that makes sense

Feel- medium-bodied and carbonated, semi-dry and mildly bitter finish

Overall- exceptional festbier that I could drink all day. Perfect balance.

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Photo of GreenMind
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light gold , orange color. Body is just below medium, carbonation is also close to medium .
Aroma is malt, bread, floral, grassy, hops .
Taste follows the nose, has a mild sweetness that is matched well with the mild hop element. There is a yeasty bread, grain flavor that works really well .
Overall it was a tasty beer that was a decent fall seasonal beer

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Photo of ddtbrennan
4.74/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Beerisgood69
4.21/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Anayalator
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.59/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: One finger white head, yellowish orange body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Grains, mild toasted bread, mild caramel, spicy/earthy noble hops.

Feel : Medium body and carbonation, balanced finish, mild sweetness upfront.

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Photo of jgido759
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled late July. Pours a clear golden color, slowly settling two fingers of sudsy white foam. Smell: honey bread, floral, spicy, and stone fruit notes. Taste: lightly bready, faint buttered toast note, honeycrisp apple, white grape, note of green plum, spicy and mildly herbal in the finish. Helles-ish with some oomph and fruity sweetness. Light-plus bodied, creamy mid-sip, crisp finish. This is a great festbier when fresh.

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Photo of tpeters
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mehak
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold color. Smells malty with maybe a tad bit of bread. Taste is malt with a very light bread aftertaste, maybe a tiny bit sweet. I do not detect any alcohol taste as has been noted below. Light body with medium carbonation. Overall this is a very refreshing brew.

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Photo of LucMcD17
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmarko579
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atg1095
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moodenba
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hofbrau Oktoberfest bottle poured into a simple glass in late august, 2018. this is a fresh 2018 bottle. The aroma is slightly malty, as I would expect.

The beer is as pale as a pilsener, and has a relatively thin head. Flavor upfront is modest, a light malty hoppy background and a hint of alcohol (6.3%) bite. There is an aftertaste of malt and alcohol.

This is a beer that is only is good as it has to be, no more. It could be brewed for mass consumption in crowded conditions under big tents.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 330ml bottle into glass. Date code on label is 'L 165 R 10:28'.
Clear, pale gold colored body. Half finger white head which stays around as partial cap and ring. Leaves behind a few spots of lacing.
Aroma has bready malts, green/grassy hops, and a little spice.
Taste is light with bready malts, a light caramel, and some grassy and slightly fruity hops. Slight to moderate bitterness.
Smooth and thin mouth feel. Good carbonation. Quite crisp.
Lighter in color than most fest beers, with an easy-to-drink-many type of flavor profile. More subtle in smell and taste than many other fest beers.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.79/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Oktoberfest - 6.3% ABV - 26 IBUs.
Date: Code L177R, enjoyed on 08/23/18.
Appearance: Pale gold in color, not very far removed from a macro lager. Fizzy carbonation with two fingers of somewhat fizzy white head.
Aroma: Wonderful big yeast aromas, a slight funkiness, some mild spice, doughy malts, and a touch of green hop character.
Taste: Up front its very light corn like sweetness, then slightly spiced dough flavors hit the palate before being rushed off by a noticeable but lighter and easy going hop flavor. The yeast pervades the taste as well. As it comes to room temperature, the malt flavors increase to match the hops and reveal an underlying caramel element. Additionally, there is a very faint banana like flavor in the mix. Finally, the beer does have a touch of funk, but it works, leading me to believe it is an intended flavor rather than the result of improper storage.
Biased Comments: Despite having a higher ABV, the first thing that came to mind was this could easily be relabeled Sierra Nevada / Weihenstephaner Oktoberfest Lite. It doesn’t have quite the full bodied flavor and small subtleties that beer has, but the two are close in aromas and flavors profiles. A good solid Oktoberfest that could serve as an alternative, if the Sierra Nevada Weihenstephaner collaboration hasn’t hit your area yet.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 1,520 ratings