Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier
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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
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3.53 | pDev: 15.3%
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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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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear deep golden, billowing with 4+ fingers of foamy, somewhat lasting, white head which recedes to a clumpy large island of surface cap leaving behind wisps, strings and rings of sticky lacing. Aroma is a fruity blend of buttered biscuit and honey, grain, thin caramel and floral hops. Taste is sweet and fruity. The malt profile follows the nose. The honey is greatly intensified. Floral and lemon hints. Aftertaste is Graham cracker, grain and a pleasant bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with solid carbonation. Very wet with an almost sugary stickiness. Highly drinkable it would be very refreshing if it weren't so sweet.

Feb 18, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with vibrant carbonation bubbles erupting from within. There’s a quarter inch inch of eggshell white on top. The aroma is of grassy German hops and light, doughy to crackers malt. I’m tasting the light, crackers malt with a suggestion of grassy hops. The mouth is very light, crisp, and smooth.

Jan 26, 2020
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- Mid-gold, clear. Pours with 2cm white head.
S- Light, just light fresh dough and grains.
T- Hmmm.... not sure about this. There's a distinctive flavour and I can't put my finger on it. Generally it's beer-like, quite rich, but there's a focus of flavour elsewhere.
M- Quite rich, needs to be served well chilled.. One for cooler months.
O- I'm not really taken by this. There's a lack of complexity, and a nuance to the flavour that seems unid./out of place.
£2.99/500ml bottle from Wholefoods, London W8. BB: 29/08/2020

Nov 11, 2019
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scvsop from Washington

5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deliciously malty, but not cloying like so many American marzens. Well balanced, goes down almost too easy, where did my beer go? I wish I could make a beer like this, but they have a 400 year head start.

Oct 29, 2019
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3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500mL bottle. Best before 12.06.2020.

A - Clear, yellow, gold. 2 finger white head.

S - Sweet biscuit malt, honey, slight hops grassiness.

T - Pale sweet malt, honey, hops grassiness slightly comes through to balance the sweetness, slight bitter and metallic/iron near the finish.

M - Medium. Good carbonation

O - Light tasting for a 6.3% lager. Expected a richer and caramel/toasty character for a Marzen/Oktoberfestbier.

Oct 25, 2019
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours yellow Golden with big white head off of a keg. Ok’ing that this isn’t a typical marZen style
Smell of some biscuits and grass.
Taste is light cracker and biscuit with some nice bitter on the finish. I actually really enjoy this beer.

Oct 07, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average pour from a 11.2-oz bottle yields a finger of off-white soapy foam with average retention and small blotches of lace. Pale orange-amber color, clear and bright,

Herbal old-world hops greet the nose with toasted and caramel malt, as with the taste.

The taste is semi-sweet with low bitterness, faint apple and citrus help balance sweet and bitter. Malt presents is low with pale barley malt and toasted wheat bread, faint caramel.
Drys a little as bitterness reaches average at the quick, almost crisp finish with a faint bitter aftertaste with a hint of pepper.

Medium light body, average carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden, smooth easy drink that warms well. True to Festbier style, do-able in the 1/2 liter format.

Oct 07, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: It has a gold color that borders on yellow with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: There is some toasty aromas with sweetness. There is some skunking and herbal elements.

Taste: There are grainy sweet elements with some toast. It has herbal elements in the background.

Feel: It has a medium light body with a sweet finish.

Overall, it's a good beer with plenty of grainy sweetness.

Sep 28, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.64/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This 11.2 oz. bottle pours a very pale, almost no amber color at all, with a picture perfect pure white head of foam that never disappeared. The beer is very clear, with a classic lager above average carbonation.
The aroma is a wonderful malt, bread aroma, very nice!
The taste is also classic lager, bread, slightly sweet caramel, smooth. To me it is not bitter, nothing fancy, just an excellent beer. There is a very subtle Oktoberfestbier flavor at the end.
The feel is short of creamy.
I like this beer very much, I will be picking up more before it disappears from the shelves. Nicely done! The only thing this beer is missing is the darker amber color that is so common with the Oktoberfest Bier, but still an excellent Bier.

Sep 22, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Crisp and clean with fresh grain a light citrus and flower... Golden and clear in a dimpled mug... Has a classic beer taste - grainy with a light hop bite and clean finish...

Bottle code reads L 192 S 09.08

Sep 22, 2019
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Ceddd99 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not particularly impressed by this one. I much prefer the Marzen style Oktoberfest with the amber hue. This just takes like a lager to me. It's still a good beer and very drinkable for 6.3% abv but it's not something I'd drink often or seek out.

Sep 22, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is surprisingly light, slightly darker than a typical euro lager. Smell was fantastic. Taste was not too sweet, but still malty, with a slight toasted brown bread flavor, enough hops to balance it but leaving it malt forward. Mouthfeel is medium but the finish is semi-dry. Definitely a lighter version of the style, perhaps this is a better representation of what it should be? I really enjoyed it, without a doubt one of the top two favorites of mine. There is a slight alcohol warmth from the 6.3 abv, but you don’t notice it too much. Cheers

Sep 19, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The pour is between dark yellow / light orange. The aroma is of cereal grains & toasted white bread. The taste matches the nose & I do get a little bit of a honey character which has been mentioned quite a bit on this page. It was a decent beer but nothing to write home about. Cheers! B-

Sep 18, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.69/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle reads 'L 156' (presumably bottled on 6/5/19)

Pours a crystal clear golden body with a dense mountain of cascading white foam; good head retention recedes calmly to a thin but frothy cap and leaves a consistent spread of thick, stringy lacing around the glass.

Aroma opens with hearty honey biscuit and light white bread; bread crust and toasty malt accentuates over time, with a mild pear/apple undertone.

Taste opens with clean malts and a touch of grass, building to a dominant honeyed biscuit and a malty sweetness edging out the lighter grassy tones of the profile.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation that accentuates clean malts over the mid-palate to a somewhat thinning but still quietly robust, dry finish.

Straightforward and with few frills, but consistently clean and drinkable; not as full/rich as some of its German counterparts, though its milder qualities are steady all-around.

Sep 12, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden coloration with an amber hue, a large, fluffy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of sweet, doughy, slightly bready and caramelly malt and just a hint of grassy hops. Taste is dominated by sweet'ish doughy, bready and slightly caramelly malt, with the hops taking a major backseat except for some vague grassy, herbal accents. Finishes with a honey sweetness, very little bitterness and some sweet malts lingering in the aftertaste, with a certain mineral note developing as well. Smooth mouthfeel with medium body and medium/strong carbonation.

This being my first Oktoberfest, I'm finding it very difficult to rate to style, but while I realize that the focus on the malts is to style, it's just too sweet for my personal liking.

Sep 10, 2019
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one's from the mini keg. Looks awesome: pale gold, clear, nice white head leaving behind lacing. Smell is malt. A lot of bready notes. No real hop aroma. Taste is solid. Sweet all the way through the sip. Not really a hop presence there to clean up, so malt dominates all throughout. A bit of a sweet grape skin finish at the end. Feel is rich and smooth. A touch "flabby" to me due to sweetness without balance. Overall, a classic of the style. Nothing bad here, just could be drier on the finish and a bit cleaner like I'd expect from a lager.

Sep 08, 2019
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

My first Oktoberfest of the year from a classic brewery...a brewery I visited during the nascence of my BA years. Although that was in July, and I had just shared a train cab from Bamberg with a bunch of kids who had just graduated gymnasia. I'm pretty sure I didn't have this beer there, but I liked there beer way back so let's see.

A: A clear, med. gold that closely resembles the shade of yellow on the bottle. Wispy and delicate ivory snow white head settles into thin film.

S: Very doughy with a bit of sweetness. Clean bread. No toast aspects at all. Hops are minimal...maybe floral sumac or sweet grassiness.

M: All the right notes. Just enough crispy carb to temper the otherwise silky feel. Med. bodied.

T: Fresh baked, cracked grain peasant white bread. Lavender bitterness and some lemony hops that are quite mild and compliment the clean malt bill. Bright, clean, and tasty.

Sep 08, 2019
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Carter_Hull from Virginia

3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A traditional beer that hails from the German purity law (Reinheitsgebot). In my opinion, this is a beautiful beer to kick off the Fall season but is drinkable at any time of the year. So light and crisp. Pale malts give this a toasty/biscuity feel that compliment the grassy noble hops very well. Love this beer and will always make sure to grab it in September of October.

Sep 08, 2019
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hottenot from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the Oktoberfest bier that I have been on about for about a week.
Very lager like with some noticeable hop presence.
Malty like biscuits. yummy.
The Oktoberfest beer that redeems me from the doubters.
Ha Ha Smells like a biergarden.
Looks exactly like a lager.
For the record, this beer contains no adjuncts.
Just for you so-called beer "experts"

Sep 05, 2019
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officerbill from New York

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: clear straw / pale gold, with a thick white head that slowly dissolve to a lacing and clung to the edges of the glass
S: gave it a 3.5 because my nose is kind of clogged up and I couldn't really smell
T: bread, yeast, fresh grass & wheat, mild hops, slightly sweet but not cloying. Very mild hops almost no bitterness.
F: moderate carbonation with a slight tingle in the mouth. Crisp and clean with a mild slightly hoppy aftertaste.
O: a very good modern style Oktoberfest beer, perhaps the one others are judged by. This beer had some body, but is very drinkable fur the long haul. It would be easy to spend the day in a tent with this.

Sep 03, 2019
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have a passion for this stuff.... it is one of the two German oktoberfests that I cannot do it out every year. The other being Ayinger..

This is a pale Oktoberfest and I absolutely love it. Sweetness is minimal. More bready... I drink a ton of this stuff each fall.

It's the first day of college football season and I am planning on opening a mini keg in a couple of hours to get cranked up. This alongside some charcuterie lets me know that fall is close..

Just a terrific example of a German Oktoberfest.

Aug 31, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a light golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had slight spice hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight spice flavor
M-A light bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A decent Oktoberfestbier

Aug 30, 2019
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joeagain from New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Oktoberfest, my favorite time of year! And Hof's contribution to the season is a constant and predictable companion.
Pours a nice clover honey color, with a nice head that hangs in there until the finish.
The taste is like the nose, malty, bread notes like that of a fresh baked Italian loaf, with some citrus bitterness and flavor. The hops overall are less evident in the nose, so it's a mild surprise to taste them as much as you do in the flavor... not a bad thing, mind you. Almost gave this a perfect 5, but thought the hops were just a bit strong for the style.

Aug 20, 2019
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LindyRUrso from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, hands down, the best beer on the planet. You can drink it all day long and never get a hangover (provided you don't have even a single beer of another brand).

Feb 27, 2019
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defunksta from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - A crisp, exquisitely clear golden color that promises a clean, refreshing drink. A more than respectable head.
Smell - A clean, crisp smell of pale noble German hops initially, with the the underlying German munich malt tones taking over. Bready and biscuity. Not roasted or toasty.
Taste - A clean, smooth flavor of pale hops comes forward initially, followed by a light malt flavor. Bread and biscuit, and maybe some slight tart fruit flavor as well. Again, no roasty or toasted malts.
Feel - Imppressivly carbonated brew with a good head. Body is moderate. Coats the mouth with a bread flavored finish. Not oily or sweet, just well flavored and decently dry.
Overall - Pale and munich malt presence. Crisp and sessionable. No roasted flavors. Lighter and less malty than many oktoberfest beers, however captures the munich malt flavor is a sessionable and balanced, dry fashion that makes this an enjoyable beer. Not too complex or overbearing, but sometimes just what you need, enjoyable.

Jan 30, 2019
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