Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,406
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
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26
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208
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Photo of Kyyyyyy
4.6/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of matcris
4.57/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Two fingers of pillowy, white head. Massive amount of bubbles rising, and a nice rich gold in color. Leaves some nice lacing down the glass. Aroma is strong grassy/grainy hops and crackery malt. Flavor is exactly like aroma just more so. Nice sweetness to the beer but not at all syrupy or toffee like. Like a pilsner on roids! Feel is medium body and a little slick, dryer on the finish, with plenty of carbonation. Every time I drink beer from a green bottle now, I expect a big sulfur hit. There is none of that from this, just that really pungeant hop profile. Very nice brew, indeed.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.79 for a 11.2oz green bottle @ BevCo. Pours out to a sparkingly clear golden, forming a voluminous creamy white head no thanks to it's brisk carbonation. Retention and lacing are superior. Great looking beer. The nose is that of Heiniken...fresh hay and skunk. The mouthfeel is pleasantly fizzy, crisp, clean and with a medium-light body. The taste is that of a Munich Helles Lager more than an Oktoberfest, as it is light in color, with a more pronounced hop bitterness and bite, and no toasty munich malt flavor. The hop bitterness is well-balanced and spritely. My GF thought it tasted like a strong Heiniken as well.

While I wouldn't quite call this an Oktoberfest, it is a delicious beer, and I would buy it again.

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Photo of Ladder89
4.52/5  rDev +32.9%

Photo of Caddant
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of dmmcgove
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of shockrocker65
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of Capitals82
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of Alexander_Corby
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of archyquaffer
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Poured from the Euro-green bottle into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces a big sticky off-white head that persists. The beer is a crystal clear, pale, slightly amber golden color, with light carbonation.

Wonderful aroma of light toasted malt- I'm thinking mainly Vienna malt. Grainy, bready and hint-of-honey aroma-flavors are the main highlights. A creamy mouthfeel complements just a hint of lingering hops bitterness with a light floral quality. Underlying everything is that unique mineral quality that never seems to be present in American beers.

This is just an awesome lager beer and a brand that literally defines the style. A must have/try.

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Photo of weissguy
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of cryptichead
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of schiltron
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of wtighe03
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of CoalCellar
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the bottle...

A: Has a nice golden haze to it, appears much like other german oktoberfests from the region..

S: A sulfery nose of light hops and pilsner...crisp and refreshing

T: Exceptional...this is where this beer really shines....starts with a light hop bite and german pilsner flavor, and finishes with an unexpected sweet malt flavor, maybe the best oktoberfest I've had!

M: Standard body

D: I rate the drinkability very high on this beer because of all the great flavor, and the average alcohol content. Score yourself a case before I buy all of them up!

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Photo of amishbooze
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of SeanInDC
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of Drogon
4.46/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the HofBrau Tent on opening day of Octoberfest 2016. I don't know if waiting outside in the rain for two hours made it taste better, but once we got in and I finally had my Liter Glass dimpled mug. It was awesome. Of course the 3000 people in the tent raging on like they were at the World Cup Finals probably helped a little!
The beer is great, the biggest Ocotberfest Party in the world was even better. One of those things you have to do at least once in your life. And the Hofbrau tent with this beer is probably the pinacle of German beer heaven. I recommend this beer to everyone, especially if you can drink it where it was meant to be enjoyed.

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Photo of xare
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a very very light straw yellow with about 1 cm of white head that dissipates quickly but it looks pretty good to me. Smell is of hops and a bit of skunk but it's a very minor smell.

Tastes like a lager and goes down very smooth, just as smooth as Bud Light but with flavor that doesn't fizz in your mouth. It's just an outstanding beer to drink easily. It has flavor but it's more of a subdued one and the best comparison I can make would be to a light lager but that isn't fair to this beer since it goes down even smoother than those do and doesn't feel heavy at all. All in all, I wish I had bought more of this beer to store because I'm going to have to wait until next year to buy some more!

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.43/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a lovely example of a true classic in German beer. I bought a case of this stuff--advised, as a 6 pack in green glass--will defintely spoil if on the shelf in the light....(this may be the problem with other reviews...)--, after trying it at the local Oktoberfest on tap. It pours a very light color...looks like a pilsner actually, but that's where the resemblance ends. Nice frothy head--that stays there--typically German. Smells with a pleasent grainy distinctly barley, grassy air. Nice smooth taste, with a wonderful malty taste, balanced perfectly by the noble hops. Goes down smoothly, with a clean crisp, typically German again, hop aftertaste. A great session beer--but with a lot more flavor than typical pilsners. Having lived in Germany, I know good German beer. This is my favorite Oktoberfest by far...try it, if you want to taste what the Germans like in beer.

Just be careful to get it OUT OF THE CASE as the green glass bottles will allow it to be light struck and ruin the aroma and flavor quickly, if the bottles are exposed to light.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,406 ratings.
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