Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier
Hofbräuhaus München

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From:
Hofbräuhaus München
 
Germany
Style:
Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #48
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
80
Ranked #27,931
Avg:
3.54 | pDev: 15.25%
Reviews:
697
Ratings:
1,020
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 06:53 PM
Added:
Nov 12, 2001
Wants:
  37
Gots:
  286
SCORE
80
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Notes: The Oktoberfest originated in 1810 in Munich, Germany, as a wedding celebration for the Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria. This product was created especially for this event and is brewed usually for the Oktoberfest, now the largest beer festival in the world. Hofbräu München (HB) is one of a selected group of breweries granted the privileges of supplying the Oktoberfest with their products. Using the highest quality ingredients, HB's Oktoberfest Specialty has its own distinctive and unique taste.
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Rated: 3.75 by Marvicsin from California

Today at 06:53 PM
 
Rated: 2.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Wednesday at 09:40 PM
 
Rated: 3.9 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Sunday at 07:23 PM
 
Rated: 3.75 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON)

Sunday at 05:14 AM
 
Rated: 4.04 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Sep 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Nice classic German beer. Simple ingredients. Slight bready aroma. Bready malt taste to start, with crisp, clean finish. Medium carbonation. A very drinkable beer.
Sep 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.39 by B501 from Arkansas

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a growler purchased at Collective.

Appearance - Pours a clear gold with three fingers of bubbly frothy white head.

Smell - earthy, floral, leafy, and grassy hops, bready and biscuity malts, lemon, and earthy yeast.

Taste - bitter earthy, floral, and grassy hops upfront. The bready and biscuity malts alongside the lemon come through next. The earthy yeast rounds out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky from the hops with the bready notes lingering as well.

Overall - A very quaffable festbier. I can see why this is drunk in high volumes in Germany on Oktoberfest. This one is quite flavourful as well. Glad I could try one of the official brews of Oktoberfest.
Sep 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.99 by hockeypuck from Maine

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by beerrat from Virginia

Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 3.72 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Sep 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

3.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear medium gold color with 2 fingers of white foam. Retention is great leaving a thick cap.
Aroma is medium-low. The aroma has crackery malt, light amount of herbal hops and a very slight yeast smell. It has an overall clean aroma.
Taste is slightly above medium in strength. The taste has light cracker malt, a herbal hop bitterness that's somewhat below medium and a slight yeast flavor at the end.
Feel is slightly below medium in thickness. Carbonation is low. Astringency is somewhat below medium.
Overall, this is my first beer in this style. This one is okay.
Sep 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.46 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a sixer from TW-Greenville, SC 7-27-22 for $11.99. Presuming 124V is a julian date so bottled 5-4-22; consumed for review 9-1-22.

Beer poured golden with an okay white head.

Nose is emitted notes of white bread.

Taste follows the nose where the malt base is bread forward and the sweetness is balanced nicely by noble hops.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and smooth.

Overall an enjoyable fest bier that hits the style nicely.
Sep 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.23 by NYR-Zuuuuc from Connecticut

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
vom Fass (on/from Draft)
Consumed on: 17 Sept, 2022
Glass: 0.5 L Fest Mug


Look:
Deep and clear golden yellow. 1.5 finger off-white head dissipates quickly. This could be the result of having the filled w/o rinsing it out from the previous beer.

Smell:
Doughy and bready malts with a light not of floral and grassy hops. Lightly toasted grains pop in at times.

Taste:
Much the same as the nose with some extra spiciness from the hops. The finish is ever-so-slightly on the dry side.

Feel:
Smooth and crisp Body is medium.

Overall:
A very easy-drinking and refreshing Festbier. Very quaffable and definitely a beer that could be consumed in quantity. A solid representation of the Festbier style.



Previous Rating (year old bottles):

3.86/5 rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1.5 x 333ml bottles
Date Code: 105U
Consumed on: 27 Aug, 2022
Glass: 0.5 L Fest Mug


Look:
Bright and deep golden yellow with a 2-finger foamy white head. The head fades to about a quarter of an inch of foam. Lacing is good.

Smell:
Sweet bread and biscuits with a touch of floral and grassy hops. Lightly toasted grains pop in at times. The aromas are on the mild side.

Taste:
Light bready (and biscuity) malts start things off and are joined by a light sweet note. Then the hops arrive with some spice and a mild but firm bitterness. The hops linger through the aftertaste, helping to dry the sip out some.

Feel:
Soft and smooth with a mildly dry finish. Body is light-medium.

Overall:
A very easy-drinking and refreshing Festbier. It's alcohol (6.3% ABV) is well hidden. Definitely a beer that could be consumed in quantity. Or after a warm day, which today very much was.
Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by AdrianRP from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This brew two years ago was OUTSTANDING. But I noticed last year it changed. Like many others it was cheapened, hence the drop in quality and taste. It is still pretty good, (sorry cannot be more illustrative) not bad for the style, but unfortunately it went from arguably the best of the Marzen creed to very average. It use to have a wonderful aftertaste that dangerously incited you to drink large amounts of it, but now, after one or two you're like; meh. And then the despair as you remember what it was like in the recent past. This opinion is not just mine, but shared by a few I know, friends that know this style of beer, to bar managers that order it. They too share my dismay. Sad. For the price of this beer there are others that are better and cost less.
Aug 24, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is definitely rated lower than I would have thought. On my own personal experience I found this really good and definitely an accurate representation of the style. Maybe not greatest in the world but idk I was satisfied.
Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by AzfromOz from Australia

4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A clear, golden yellow beer in the glass with a thin, straggly head.

Aroma-wise there's bread and some floral notes that foretell of the balance and drinkability to come.

In the mouth there's a beautiful balance of mild bitterness, subtle floral hops, an ever-so-slight corn note and retronasally soft creaminess that demands another sip.

There's a reason this is drunk all day long in one-litre vessels. The alcohol is hidden, the beer is refreshing and the whole experience synergises into something greater than all of the parts.

Perhaps it's the romance of the style or the aura of the festival that lends this beer its name, but whatever it is, I want another one!

Cheers!
Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
My first shot at an Oktoberfest bier! Pours a rich golden straw colour, a one inch head quickly appears and disappears within a minute. Regardless, it looks very nice in the tall glass. Unlike many pils I’ve had in this glass, the bubbles are enormous, streaking upwards in multiple lines. Would’ve looked absolutely gorgeous with a thick rocky head.

Straightforward aromas of wheat, bready malt, and some sparing citrusy but mostly grassy hops.

Right away this beer hits you with very typical taste profiles, and yet, there is a deliciously subtle and relatively complex smattering of tastes in the background. Up front is grain and toasty bread, a little bit of juicy corn. The malty notes balanced by an oh so gentle bitterness from the hops. What are those notes in the background? Fairly hard to differentiate, but they add up to a mildly savoury character. It’s a little bit nutty, a little bit floral, and a little bit earthy. They coalesce to make a savoury, earthy backing to the grassy grains that are more up front. A little bit of esters on that fruity note.

Tastes quite nice with a mild finish on the palate that is basically just bready malt, there is strong carbonation here that foams at the sip, it doesn’t become too creamy or heavy, but just eminently drinkable. The higher abv% is not noticed whatsoever. I doubt anyone would be able to tell if this was a 4% pils, a 5.5% lager, or the 6.3% brew it is. Medium-light bodied that finishes dry and sweet, this is a tasty drink.

Overall — a really good festbier. If this is a good example of the style, I can’t wait to try more. I’ll admit this was a long wanted find for me. I’ve been hunting the entire Hofbrau line in Canada for a long time. Hofbrau Oktoberfest was only at 4 stores at the LCBO, most having one or two left. I went to all 4.

Nothing. The leftover was just artifacts in the LCBO online system (someone probably shoplifted them). So to my surprise, I found it randomly at a North York LCBO that didn’t even have it listed. I bought all four that were left. Glad I did, you could easily drink all four in a single sitting. The design really draws you in, a nice brown bottle with classy and understated labelling. The Oktoberfest has inviting autumnal tones of orange and a nice scene on the front.

This beer has a little something going for it that is hard to put a finger on. It is definitely unique and does not taste like a typical lager or Pilsner despite having the same hallmark flavours. I really enjoyed this, the flavours are just so well balanced and in tune, it would be easy to mistake this for a general, slightly above average beer. But there’s much more going on!

JUNE 13th DRINK:
Had the last of my Oktoberfest biers, likely the last we’ll see until, well next October! I stand by the review and despite the beer being a few months older now, it’s just as fresh and drinkable. Smell increasing from original 3.25 to 3.5, it smells just fine! Feel increased from 3.75 to 4. It’s crisp and delicious.
Mar 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

Feb 22, 2022
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Reviewed by ramseye4 from Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I’m going to be as objective as I can but it’s going to be difficult. Rewind back to the halcyon days of 2009, I was traveling to Germany to visit some folks of a friend of mine. I was 20 years old and a year before I joined BA.

Eventually we wind up at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Sitting at the giant tables, eating white sausage and getting housed off of 2 liters of beer was one of the most phenomenal drinking experiences I’ve ever had. I will always have an affinity for the brand, but I will try to keep it legit.

My attempt to keep it legit is evident in the appearance. It sucks. It pours a weak straw color with some good head.

Aroma is of oh so smooth caramel malts and breast undertones

Tastes of biscuits, caramel, some dark fruit in the finish with some metallic tones bringing it down a bit.

Mouthfeel is sharp and refreshing

Overall it’s a beer greater than the sum of its parts. It’s a decent beer to drink in the fall season but nothing spectacular.
Feb 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by newcastlemike from Connecticut

Jan 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by BiologyBob from Texas

3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Light pour going towards yellow with a thin fleeting head. Smells of German origin, with subtle hops-yeast-malt flavor. Nice and drinkable. This would make a good feast beer or festbier. Cheers!
Nov 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.64 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2021
 
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle

Pours clear medium yellow golden, white head. Good head retention. Mild grainy aroma. Similar flavor - a little cracked corn, earthy. Thinner bodied.
Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by MarcusG

5/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
What can I say, I've tasted TONS OF BEER! This is a real man's beer. It takes a DEVELOPED PALATE to appreciate this beer. People that love IPA's are probably not going to love the taste of this beer. After all of my beer travels and phases I've gone through over the years. I gravitate back to original beer flavor. THIS IS THAT FLAVOR! Hofbräu has NAILED IT!!

P.S.
Stay away from the metal mini kegs. Beer tastes metallic from those. Brown bottle is best.
Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.99/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is my current favourite beer. My near perfect rating may be out of step with the others here, but I don't care. For me, this is beer done right. The colour is lighter than you might expect for a Märzen, though I guess we're now making a distinction between Festbier and Märzen, in which case it's about average compared to most of the other Munich Six: clear deep gold, with a frothy white head that has surprisingly long retention considering the high ABV. The smell and taste, however, are "darker" than the colour would suggest. On the nose, the first impression is a very deep, nutty, bready malt, with a hint of caramel, and something spicy. The taste starts the same way, with a beautiful and richly complex malt profile, very distinctively nutty, with the impression of dark, chewy bread, subtle and subdued caramel malt, followed up by a lovely earthy hops that is deep and rich, rather than bright and zesty or bitter, and a gentle spicy pepper hops finish. I can't stress enough how well it all works together. The ingredients must have been so carefully considered to construct such a perfectly balanced flavour profile, which nevertheless has a very distinctive character. The malts are smooth and deep without being too rich or sweet, and the hops profile affirms and strengthens this "middle of the tongue" balance. It's perfection. The mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly creamy, exactly middle weight, not too heavy for a hot day nor too light for a winter night - this beer is Balance in a Bottle, without being boring. The alcohol content is seamlessly disguised, and I mean seamlessly, to the point of being dangerous. You would not guess it's 6.3% as you were drinking it, and if you didn't know that going in, by the time you realised how strong it was it would be too late. Almost a shame, because I would love to be able to drink more than one of these with supper and still be able to have a sober evening, but alas. Overall, this for me is the perfect beer for any and every time, because it is so perfectly "in the middle" of so many ratios: sweetness to dryness, malts to hops, complexity to drinkability. Hofbräu has achieved the Golden Ratio with their Oktoberfestbier, and I say Prost to that.
Oct 16, 2021
 
Rated: 3.81 by TheItalianStallion from New York

Oct 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
On tap at Das Beer Garden. Clear deep golden. Smells a little bready with hints of floral hops. Tastes of sweet bread with light toasted notes. Herbal hops, hints of florals in the finish. Light body and very drinkable. Definitely not what I, as an American, expected out of an Octoberfest, but the malt profile is a little deeper than other popular German lagers.
Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Beer_Economicus from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Today is a new beer to me.

Hofbrau – Oktoberfestbier

6.3% ABV

The beer is listed as an Oktoberfest festbier on the label – and listed as “Lager – Festbier / weisnbier” on BA. I have no earthly idea what a weisnbier is.

The beer was removed from a 40ish degree temp fridge after having been refrigerated for approximately 2 weeks. Beer poured into a classic Hofbrau dimpled stein. Consumed over a 40ish minute period while eating a brat with german mustard and barrel kraut.

First Impression: Quite beautiful; pours a wonderful hay/straw golden yellow with a nice head. 4.35

Appearance: Beer is quite clear, but perhaps not as clear as one might hope or expect. Maybe that expectation is unrealistic, but my feelings for a festbier are similar to (approaching) those for a pilsner with it being quite clear. Beautiful color, although perhaps a shade darker than expected. 4.6

Smell: As is always the case for me with Oktoberfest beers, this one isn’t particularly fragrant. I get a very light bready nose, and then something I can’t quite identify. It’s a little sweet. Again (see taste below), I get some Belgian esters that no one else seems to get. 4.0

Taste: Much to my surprise, this is actually quite nice for a festbier. I’m normally not one for festbiers, as I traditionally find them quite pale – and more pale than I prefer. There’s almost no discernable hop presence. I’d argue this is almost like a cross between a marzen and a festbier, but I’m no expert. I still get some of the Belgian esters that others don’t get (specifically some bubblegum and clove). Only a small amount of yeasty, bread, crust flavor – not as much as I’d prefer. 4.35

Mouthfeel: Nothing special. Mostly classic, but thicker than I’d prefer, especially for a festbier. I’d prefer if this were a bit more crisp, which I normally associate with festbiers. 3.85

Overall: Not a lot to add. This is good, but perhaps not everything I would look for in a festbier. Truth be told, I purchased this by accident, since I usually enjoy marzens more than festbiers due to the hop presence. By that metric, I should like this, but it’s just not hitting the spot (both for me personally and for what I think this beer should be). It is going quite well with the brat and kraut, however. 4.0

BA Review Score: 4.161
Oct 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania

Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.15 by o29 from Texas

Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Clear golden pour with two fingers of white foam, no lacing oddly enough. German yeast dominated nose with malt sweetness in an airy way. Taste is more complex with a bready and mild caramel malt flavor complexion with a kiss of honey, but yeast character suffers. Feel is light, airy, yeasty, but doesn't have any lasting power on the palate.
Oct 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2021
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Rated by entheos from California

2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
It’s alright, but I prefer American beers.
Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 4/5/21

Just as I was complaining that Half Time sent way more Märzens than Festbiers in the mixed pack, I open the fridge and find a Festbier! This one doesn’t really have great ratings, but at least it’ll be a nice change of pace from the overly sweet Märzen I just had from Blue Point. Let’s see what it’s all about

Pours a clear bright gold with 2 fingers of creamy white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

Well, despite the change up in style, this is still overly sweet in the nose. I’m picking up on aromas of bready malt, earthy hops, toasted grain, sweet caramel, white pepper, and honey

It’s at least saved in taste, where there’s more of a firm bitterness. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting pale malt, spicy hops, toasted bread, white pepper, and a touch of caramel. The swallow sweetens up a bit, bringing notes of overripe pear, caramel malt, earthy hops, and toasted grain

A medium body pairs with moderate scrubbing carbonation, resulting in a crisp and refreshing beer. Finishes off dry but a bit too sweet

I think this one is pretry good. Quite up there in alcohol for the style but it doesn’t feel like it. I could throw back quite a few of these
Oct 03, 2021
Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 1717 ratings