Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: 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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Reviews by Tballz420:
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2.16/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Jezuz F-ine Christopherson, another Oktober in a green bottle!? What is going on Germany?

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier is a deep gold colored beer, very clear, small white head, a bit of lace. The nose has a distracting amount of skunk in it, topping a bland pale lager scent. The taste has me shaking my head, more skunk, a bit of a nicer malt profile than the Spaten, but not by much. Ugh, what the fuck Germany?

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Photo of dacoit
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps not the gold standard, but certainly the silver or bronze standard for German Oktoberfest beers. If you are expecting the overly sweet and heavily malted brown yank style look elsewhere, but this is a fine beer,

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Photo of RoyalT
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with some mild carbonation. It looks more like a Helles Lager than an Oktoberfest. The head was modest and went down rather quickly.

Smell – This one smells like a grainy Helles, too. Where are the toasty malts?

Taste – Ah, a bit more in line with the style at the taste, but not much. There are some good caramel notes here but the grain is out of place.

Mouthfeel – A bit bigger than light-bodied. This one is almost refreshing and crisp.

Drinkability – This really wasn’t a bad bier, but it’s not even close to an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of OlaB
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a big top off nice fluffy head, that disolves in a fast pace with some lacings on the side off the glass. The aroma is off bread,grass,grains,citrus and earthy hops. The flavour is dry and slightly sweet with some caramel malts in the back. it finishes off with earthy hop bitterness and some sugary sweetness. is light carbonated with a medium body. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but heavy, and i miss the crispness. All inn all is a good and enjoyable oktoberfestbier, but not overwhelming impressive.

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Photo of Jtee
2.94/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a 500ml bottle served straight from the fridge at 8 degrees Celsius into a white wine glass. Best before date: 20.06.2018. Reviewed live in Toronto in the comfort of my own place.

Look: The beer pours a brilliant yellow/pale gold with 6cm of creamy, moussy, white head that fades into a craggy cap in 3+ minutes. Decent lacing and overall head.

Smell: Faint strength and corny-sweet. Slight DMS, toasty/bready pale malts, and noble hops with their spicy and floral character.

Taste: Follows suit with the aroma. Mild strength and balancing towards sweet. Fruity, floral, and spicy hops with toasty/bready pale malts. The finish is short and bitter with mild strength.

Feel: Medium-light body with mild carbonation. A bit creamy and quite delicate with no apparent alcohol which at 6.3% ABV is not unheard of but yet quite commendable.

Overall: This beer strikes me more as an international lager than a märzen or a festbier. Simple in nature with only mediocre drinkability. What surprises me is the fact that this beer has some elegance to it. Throughout the consumption I've been wondering if this is a brew worth trying or not and by the end of the bottle I've decided it's just not worth it. There's an ineffable unpleasantness in the flavour and mouthfeel that just get to me (an adjunct quality?). I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.19/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Japan, poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tall glass.

Look: Pours a crystal transparent pale golden straw color. A deep and compact head formed of tiny white bubbles springs up and then slowly falls down to a thin film. The bubbles cling to the walls of the glass forming a thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: Initially a bit of skunk and dusty, then searching deeper reveals pale hops, maltyness and straw/honey undertones.

Taste: Malty sweet on the palate with a hop bitter afterkick. Undercurrents of honey and straw are perceptible. Not terribly complex, but pleasant.

Feel: A very gentle mouthfeel here with the malt and hops balancing each other nicely. Medium carbonation plays across the tongue with a mild prickly sensation.

Overall: A nice octoberfest beer and exemplifying the style very well. Nothing unexpected present and an easy to drink brew. A few flaws present that might be attributable to improper storage, but overall very solid.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a .5 liter mug.

With slowly rising bubbles, a clear golden body holds up a nice white frothy head that retains well. Thick, random patches of foam stick to the glass. The aroma is spicy from hops and really buttery from malts with a faint skunk aroma from the green bottle. The taste is spicy as well and it covers up any malt presence although there is a very basic toasted grain and buttery element. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall: Really comes off as more of a Helles style of beer with a bit too much spice from hops.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little bit too hoppy, spicy, yeasty for a Marzen. There is a lot more grain flavor here than Vienna malt. It looks more like a Helles, and drinks like a combination of a Pilsner-Helles. A very good lager, but it doesnt strike me as an Oktoberfest. I would swear it was a Helles.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours clear golden yellow with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like big apples, pear, grape, some caramel, honey malts, crackery toasted crusty white bread, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like apples, pears, grape, some caramel, honey, big rich crusty toasted white bready malts, sweet crackery grain, mild spice, with floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of bonns42
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass.
L- Clear, pale yellow with very little head.
S- Light biscuity smell, not a ton going on here.
T- Lighter biscuit malts, some noble hop bitterness, slight lingering sweetness.
F- Medium carbonation, medium body.
O- Pretty good, refreshing, easy to put a few of these back for sure.

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Photo of JMD71
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with little head. Looks effervescent...

Smell: Malty, earthy with hints of fresh mown hay

Taste: Yeasty & crisp with solid malty base. Slight hop bite in the finish...

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean feeling. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Can see these going down fairly quickly.

Comments: This was an average Oktoberfestbier. I've had many better, but I think a lot of the problem with this one was its freshness. I questioned its freshness, but there was no date on the bottle to tell. I think this would be a much different beer had it been sampled in Munich fresh. By the time it made it to my LBS, it tasted sort of tired....

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2/5  rDev -42.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of FadetoBock
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of heddar33
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a small mug. The bottle has no freshness date or ABV but on the back label there is a short description of the Munich Oktoberfest and how Hofbrau Munchen (HB) is one of the breweries granted the privilege of supplying beer at the fest.

Appearance: It has a golden clear body with some carbonation and a tall bright white head on top. The head is light and soapy so it settles quickly. As I drink it does make some lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is pale and biscuity with lots of dried leafy hop notes.

Taste/Palate: Mostly I get the dry leafy hops with some very light pale biscuity maltiness with just a slight nutty character. The finish is dry with lots of leafy hop spice and mild nutty notes hanging onto the tongue of a bit.

Notes: Overall it was a nice but an average Oktoberfest beer in my opinion. For me it was a little bit of a let down since I really enjoyed their Dunkel, Hefeweizen and Hells.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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