Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier
Hofbräuhaus München

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Lager - Festbier / Wiesnbier
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3.54 | pDev: 15.25%
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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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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is so great people of Germany, not those idiot tourists who show up in lederhosen they got at a gift shoppe, have their own tent dedicated to this beer. They all pack in and swear to the tourists that the other paulaner tent is the place to be at because, 1 they don't want tourists there, 2 they want the best beer for themselves, and Oktoverfestbier by Hofbrau is superior to other beirs. I got this in America and have drove MILES to get two cases of it. I prefer Paulaner but this stuff is easier to get because it is a German Secret, this is the beer they drink!

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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a translucent pale golden( like a regular lager) with a healthy thick creamy off white head. Smell is earthy malts,slightly grassy, Taste is grainy,grassy,earthy.diacetyl taste. Feels OK carbonation . Finishes sort of flat. It is hard to believe this beer is a German supplier to Oktoberfest, This is about the worst fest bier I have ever had. Disappointment.

Yesterday at 02:18 PM
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NeutroMan from Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a mug.

A: Clear golden color. Minimal head quickly receded to a thin film.

S: Sweet doughy malt and faint grassy hops.

T: Hop character is more pronounced and nicely complements the malt sweetness. Dry finish.

F: Medium-light bodied. Very drinkable, appropriately for the style.

Sep 11, 2021
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. White head with lace. Clear golden color.

Grassy, earthy, zesty. Biscuit and toffee. Toasted malts. Honey. Smooth, crisp, easy drinking. A very well done festbier. Not sure why the ratings are so low on here.

Sep 04, 2021
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Braunmeister_1943 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Six pack purchased 8/29/21. Bright golden color with nice gentle bread aroma. Lively carbonation with 3 finger gravely head. Crisp crackery flavor. Nice representation of the style. Somewhat lighter than other Oktoberfest. Still quite good and enjoyable for the $10.49 price.

Aug 29, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tent beer! I'll admit, I am a little bit 'too' happy when I came across this today as it is ultra popular and limited supply in my area.

Unlike the marzen style, the festbier is a lighter srm 8, compared to the richer yelowish-amber orange you typically see traditionally brewed for export, but Hofbräu's Oktoberfestbier aligns more beer drank by travellers and germans inside the tent (whenever life gets back to normal they do) in Munich.

Massive 3 finger head, smell of bready lager yeast notes. A few minutes for the head to settled, and this is a beautiful beer.

First noticeable thing is this is 6.3%abv with impeccable drinkability. Dry finish that has a tiny spice note in mids that have a bit of a dewy taste, earthy and a nice spicy roundness. Hofbräu München site shows a "Herkules, Perle, Magnum, Select" blend with 23 ibus. I do get a nice malt body, but both hops and the malt share balance in this oktoberfest style beer. A get this honey like flavor and mouthfeel in the finish. There is a bit of a soapy texture but just very faintly present.

Aforementioned mouthfeel is amazing, and part of me wonders if this is do to the single infusion mash technique used on the beer? It is so clean and the alcohol is nearly undetectable. Dry finish, 23 ibus is nearly hidden.

Lasting impression is high. I haven't had a bad beer out of Hofbräu, and being an original tent beer found in the US also puts this into a bit merit to the overall opinion. That said, I would highly recommend for a true bottled tent beer.

Aug 29, 2021
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Piercan from Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow, brightly clear. Thin head quickly disappearing.
Faint smell.
Tastes OK. Expectable acidity coming from an industrial beer. No body, no discernible malts.
Still fairly enjoyable at a Wisconsin Munich-style Biergarten on a bright, warm summer day. With music.

Aug 21, 2021
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hankp59 from New York

3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color. Fresh tasting very drinkable festbier. Light malt flavors with a well balanced hop flavor. This stuff is easy drinking festival beer and for the type does not disappoint. Drink a Maas or two and have some fun.

Aug 19, 2021
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Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear gold color with light carbonation. Smells & tastes good. A well blended ABV of 6.3% in an herbal and slightly hopped flavor. Overall, well done Hofbrau!

Aug 14, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet, Nettbutikken. ABV is 6.3%. Crystal clear golden colour, large white head. Sweetish aroma of pale münchener malts and grassy and herbal hops. Fairly sweet and malty flavour, a hint of caramel, followed by grassy and herbal hops with a fairly bitter finish.

Jan 25, 2021
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
L: crystal clear & golden with a frothy white head
S: biscuity grain, earthy/grassy hops
T: biscuity & doughy grain; grassy, herbal, earthy hops
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, balanced & dry finish
O: always a good Festbier style Oktoberfestbier

Oct 16, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

Pouring brilliant gold and showing a lot of slowly rising bubbles. The head is two fingers of dense antique white foam, retention is really good and it leaves a bit of lace. Bread and toast make up a moderate strength malty nose. Flavor is a touch sweet leading off. Bread and perhaps doughy malt slowly give way to a more dry finish with some spicy hop flavor. The soft, creamy body is medium weight and medium carbonation adds a moderately crisp finish. I don't remember enjoying these as much in the past but I am finding it very drinkable and enjoyable this year.

Oct 12, 2020
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Spike from England

3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle.
L: Clear, golden, many streams of bubbles and a two-finger, fluffy, white head that leaves arcs of lacing.
S: Sweet, lager malt. No adjuncts. Clean & fresh.
T: Low hopped, clean & smooth tasting. Moderately sweet.
F: Medium body, low carbonation, no bitterness/dryness discernable.
O: Very much a helles marzen. Very smooth but kind of light. Not too malty, not at all hoppy. Not a great oktoberfestbier but good quality lager.

Oct 11, 2020
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Crystal clear light golden amber with a large fluffy white head that sticks around
S - Wheat and grains, some bready yeast along with earth notes
T - Wheat and grains, as well as barely along with some caramel and slightly bitter hops and earth notes
F - Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Super clean, crisp, and refreshing
O - A decent Oktoberfest that's easy to drink and refreshing, but not really one of the best out there

Oct 02, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

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

Pours a golden yellow with a very nice initial 2" head that settles to a thick half-inch that sticks around. Nose is yeast, light malt, cracker, and grassy, earthy hops. Tastes upfront is a bit on the sweet side, though the expected breadiness slowly creeps in midway through and to the finish. Not much at all in the way of hop character here, just a tiny bit of earthiness underneath. Mouthfeel is moderately creamy, and this one really belies its 6.3% ABV.

Sep 27, 2020
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice beer, I'm new to Oktoberfest beers and this one leans heavy towards a pilsner in my opinion. Doesn't have the full spread of malty goodness that some others did but it's nice in its way

A clear goldish straw colored beer, sporting a solid white cap of foam
Nose is doughy and slightly tart, like sourdough ready to go in the oven. Some earthy, wet leaf, hop notes as well
Taste has that earthy hop edge leading the way into a subtle graininess that reminds me a bit of pilsners
Mouth feel is deceptively full. The bitterness leading on the palate and soft maltiness bringing up the rear, I think, contributes to a less crisp feeling beer

Sep 25, 2020
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morimech from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely looks the part of a Festbier but the ABV may lead to trouble quickly. Pale color but with a tight head. Dry, cracker like malt, spicy hops, and a wee bit of skunk. It is distinctive but not what I assume Oktoberfest bier to be. Body is deceivingly light with nice carbonation.

Sep 20, 2020
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DoctorZombies from Florida

3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Chrystal clear medium deep gold pour with fluffy white cap; excellent clarity; medium heavy lacing. Rich malty sweet baked bread nose. Medium baked bread, doughy malt; very light hop bitterness; malty, lightly toasted finish. Medium body, medium minus carbonation; kinda creamy feel, otherwise clean and crisp. Overall, malt forward with light hop presence - I like!

Sep 19, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear golden color with a noisy, fast receeding white head.

Smells of copper, toffee and dried straw. Packs some lighter dried grass and bakers chocolate, together with a bit of rustic hay.

Has a light and refreshing mouthfeel with a vivid, mineralic carbonation.

Tastes of sweet caramel, wheat and hay. Develops a leafy undertone, which immediately vanishes after appearing, due to a lively effervescence. Finishes sweet, with toffee and caramel blending together, lighter, rustic grains and just a dry note in the aftertaste.

Solid Festbier with a convincing maltiness going on in here, gently balanced by the hops and a lighter, yet fitting rusticness.

Sep 19, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A lighter amber color with a thick creamy head and loads of carbonation. The smell of sweet malts. Tastes of sweet malts. A medium mouthfeel that's a bit fizzy and easy drinking. Overall an excellent Octoberfest beer I can enjoy again and again.

Sep 13, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a terrible bluish green glass at my AirBnB. No idea what it means, but L 188T 11:28 is printed on the back of the bottle. Bought it two days ago at Malt and Vine.

Pours a clear golden with a medium to large head, medium carbonation or so. Smell is lager yeast, a little grain, something wet and musty.

Taste is moderate sweetness and quite strong bitterness. Sweetness comes acros mostly as grain but with a little honeysuckle. Bitterness, I can't characterize. Maybe a hint of hops, but not clearly so.

Mouthfeel is medium but a little sticky. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not impressive.

Sep 13, 2020
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draught 0.5L seidel at The Brass Tap here in Baltimore. Pale yellow body with nought but a thin white ring which quickly disappeared. NO detectable aroma. A bit of bready malt taste. Thin body with more carbonation than I normally appreciate, but it works for this otherwise fairly average example of the style.

Sep 12, 2020
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k1001001 from Tennessee

4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I drank this on my quest to find as many Oktoberfest marzens I could, particularly those made in Germany. This one definitely stood out as a frontrunner. Very light, boozy taste. High ABV for the style. Clean and crisp mouthfeel. This beer is meant to be drank on a fall day in a liter stein. I can't get enough of it.

Sep 11, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, best before 17/06/2021, poured into a Weihenstephan stein glass.
Look: Clear yellowy, gold, with about 4cm of fluffy white head that subside down to about .5cm of foam. Leaves a bit of lacing.
Smell: Sweet and malty, a little graininess. Not getting much in the way of hops. Pleasant if a little one note.
Taste: Much like the smell, honey, golden syrup, a little bit metallic towards the end.
Feel: Good, a good body, feels rich. A little carbonation tingliness towards the back of the palate, and a slight oiliness at the front, which I like.
Overall: I quite liked it. Tasty, without too much going on.

Sep 11, 2020
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Anders91 from California

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

Look: clear yellowish color with a white head

Smell: very clean smell, small notes of malt

Taste: yeasty with a medium amount of malt, some bread notes

Feel: lots of tiny bubbles

Sep 09, 2020
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