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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München

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: 572 | Ratings: 1,383
Photo of magictrokini
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright gold pour with a fizzy white head. Metal, caramel, sugar, and grass in the aroma. Butter, wheat, malt, and a slight Heineken hop skunkiness. Look, I know this beer is not supposd to be as full-bodied as the others as this is to be drunk is large quantities at Oktoberfest. I just wish it tasted better.

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Photo of Sensaray
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3 finger white head sits atop a clear golden brew.

Smells like a light clean sweet with hints of some hop profile.

Tastes very clean. Hits with a nice spiciness that subdues into a lager taste, bit of pils, that's easy drinking. Has a nice light crisp sweetness to it.

Highly drinkable like water. Light body.

Easy to drink. Probably wouldn't get again, maybe if I was at an oktoberfest celebration. Agree with review below about the girl on 6 pack cover...

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Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow color. A small white cap of foam forms with light spotty lace.
S: Clean, sweet malt, and grain. Dry crackers. Nothing else really.
T: Again, sweet malt with cereal and grain. No depth of flavor, but nothing that is really bad.
M/D: A light body with medium carbonation. Not hard to drink, though I don't think I would make a session of this.

Average in every way. Nothing bad, but uninspired. Not the worst think in the world. Though I would seek this out again.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. Moderate amount of head that dissipates almost instantly. Tiny carbonation bubbles float to the top of my glass. No lacing on the rim at all. The aroma is sweet grain and a cracker like breadiness. That's all I can pick up even with deep whiffs. The flavor is much of the same. Sweet grain with a tart fininsh. Salty crackers and sour corn. Biting carbonation that beats the crap out of my tongue. Medium body. Not overly impressive. I had high hopes for this beer. Unfortunately it falls well below my expectations.

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Photo of karengarys
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours amber, like beer, leaving a few bubbles, like beer.

Smells like... beer. Bit of malt and hop, that is about it.

Taste is... beer... touch of malt, touch of hop, and.. um... smoke maybe?

Mouthfeel is like... beer..

Finish is like... beer...

Did they put the wrong beer in this oktoberfest bottle? It doesn't taste very special, it tastes like any boring bland beer. I don't recommend looking for this, if it is in front of you it is okay to consume, but it isn't worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of droomyster
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has "euro pale lager" written all over it. I don't know how they can call it an oktoberfest: it pours a straw gold with a tiny white head that smells of honey sweetness. Taste is also honeylike with a light lemony hop. I'm a big fan of Hofbrau's maibock but this beer is ordinary and unexciting in every regard.

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Photo of RedChrome
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a crystal clear light yellow color. A almost non existant head had turned to just a streak across the top immediatly. Handful of slow rising carbonation bubbles. No lacing.

Aroma had a very bitter quality the was underscored by malt. A light floral sense helped fill the nose with something to appreciate. Nothing that I could say was really identifiable as any particular quality.

A very weak bready quality to the taste. The first sip seemed watered down. Crisp nature in second sip has a bittersweet flavor that is most like white raisins. Nothing to exciting and a little weak.

Decent tingle from carbonation was nice. The beer was slightly watery.

Just an average beer. There are definitly better in the style, this one just had nothing to stand out. Good for a very heavy german meal as an offset in tastes. If you see this on a shelf, look for a different beer in the style.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at J&R's Steakhouse in Stony Brook, NY.

Look: deep golden color, but fairly light for a Marzen. One finger head that is egg shell colored and lacks retention and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: again, kind of light for a Marzen. There's some malty goodness but, I hate to say it, it has hints of an adjunct lager in there.

Taste: very malty and very sweet but not what I'd expect from a Marzen in terms of depth of toasted malts. No hints of adjunct though. Alcohol is present especially when the beer approaches room temperature.

Feel: thin and not much bitterness. Some alcohol bite towards the end. Lots of carbonation.

Drink: could probably be sessioned but this is a case of "Would I want to?" and I wouldn't.

Overall, this isn't a very good Oktoberfest. Much better examples of the style exist and I'd seek those out rather than go for this one.

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Photo of teg8612
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear yellow with thin white lace

S- Clean with a slight hint of alcohol. Thin malts. More Euro Pale lager without the funk.

T&M- Malts are more pale malt than caramel. Very crisp and on the light end of medium bodied. Grainy and slightly toasted malts give way to some hop bitterness that leaves a clean, kinda dry finish with only a slight bit of alcohol burn.

D- This isn't what I think of when I want a Oktoberfest. This looks too pale and not very sweet. ABV is there but this smacks of Euro Pale Lager rather than Marzen. We shall call this O-Fest Light.

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Photo of supervike
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color and good foaming. Slight skunk/sweet smell. Taste hops on the backend. Hardly any carbonation, almost flat. Not bad, but is outshined by many other Octoberfest type brews.

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Photo of Maxwell
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours very clean and clear with light carbonation bubbles racing everywhere. In truth, this beer looks like dehydrated piss or apple juice, the only difference being that it has a nice, sticky, eggshell white head that sits at a fingers width for quite some time. The lacing is also sticky with thin sheets and long lines of moving up my mugs walls.

The beer smells skunky and reminiscent of Heineken, which isn’t a very promising thing for a beer to smell like. Notes of light caramel mix with a large bouquet of hay and grass with light biscuit touches on the edges of the smell. The beer tastes light and highly drinkable. Heavy notes of creamy caramel mingle with notes of hay and earthy hops. The sip begins as light sweet caramel bordering on sweet apples, but then opens into heavy hay-like flavoring that reminds me of a traditional saison a hell of a lot more than an Oktoberfest. From there it slides into more spicy and earthy hop notes, and then lingers in the mouth as a mix of pilsner-like hops and hay. Mouthfeel is thin and highly drinkable, which is wonderful for the style. Carbonation is light, and the beer practically slides off the tongue lightly and leaves the mouth slightly dry with some saliva on the edges. Overall this is a mediocre almost-session ale, but it does not taste like a Oktoberfest by my measure. The heavy hay-funk notes make me think that this beer might have an infection or something, but I actually like them and found them refreshingly palatable. An enjoyable chugger, but nothing like what you would expect from the style.

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Photo of MP72
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy yellow with no head

S- Grains,and grass with a hint of mustiness.

T-Struggling with this one ,, I love almost all Hofbrau varieties but I dont know what I'm tasing here. A bitter pilsner that is too thick and slick to the tongue if that makes sense.
Since this isnt a pilsner I'm lost.

M- Slick and heavy

O- Sorry Hofbrau this one didnt do it for me. The dunkels and helles kick ass but this one is odd for sure.

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Photo of claspada
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation and a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
Aromas begin with light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with a surprisingly ample amount of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops, but this is definitely one of the sweetest examples of the style I have had this month or ever.
The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish as well.
Overall this beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style. It is too sweet overall with not enough malt heft or hop bitterness or flavor to combat the overpowering pale sweet bready/biscuitness. There are much better examples out there so this is a one and done for me.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer but amazingly boring. Wasn't fond of the appearance, very pale orange, fizzy head, no retention or lacing. Very macro-like. Smell was ok, dry malt, grain, nothing outstanding. Taste was about the same. Kinda macro-like. Grain, dry malt, straw, just kinda bland. Mouthfeel was light and somewhat crisp. Overall fine, just not memorable.

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Photo of barleyman
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1/2 liter brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler. White head quickly dissapates, leaving no lace. The beer is much lighter in color that other octoberfest beers, yellow rather than orange. The smell is of skunk and hops. The taste is of hop and sort of lagerish. Mouthfeel is very light and drinkability is good like a lager

just a thought,


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Photo of Gehrig
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear medium golden colored body with a thin finger of off-white foam. Trace amounts of duration and lacing leave me underwhelmed. Moderate amounts of caramel melt attract the nose, a dash of ginger, little else. Not a good start for this Oktoberfest. The taste isn't bad, fairly malty but uncomplicated even for Oktoberfest. Sam Adams Octoberfest this isn't. Fairly smooth texture is offset by a flattening out halfway through, rendering this less drinkable than it would be otherwise, obvious deficiencies notwithstanding.

Fairly ordinary beer with even its best attributes compromised, this is not a very good Oktoberfest, with so many others besting this all around.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stein (snifter? hey - it's an Oktoberfest). Pour is crystal clear light amber (very light) with a nice thick head. The nose is slightly skunky (darn green glass) with a little bit of clean malt and spice on it.

After smelling this beer, I was all set for a huge disappointment, but it doesn't taste all that bad. The feel is quite firm and the flavor has nice, clean malt notes. Very easy to drink, but not very complex. There's a lemony note on the finish I don't quite care for.

Overall, an average representation of the style. The nose kind of spoils it for me. I expected more.

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Photo of Brenden
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The best thing about this beer is the appearance. A big, thick mass of a head looks like bubble bath and has good retention. It fades after a time, leaving some lacing that's respectable, though thinner and less voluminous than I'd expect from the head. The color is a very clear dark yellow.
I've never had one of there and not gotten a skunky aroma. Grains form the back with a weak malt.
The outright flavor is grains, pretty crisp and clean, but the skunk remains. There's a light malt presence and minimal hops.
The body is on the light side of medium. There's a nip of crispness, but otherwise no real impression in the mouthfeel. Pretty tame.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light golden color, similar to a blonde ale or dare I say American Macro. Has zero taste to it at all and is just way too thin in the body and has average drinkability. It'd be hard to tell this from a Beck's or St. Pauli Girl, it's just that run-of-the-mill. I'm sure there's a lot of history with this beer but it's a big miss for me.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a strange little curvy Hofbrau (pint?) glass.

A: Crystal clear pure golden with a big, pure white head and a little sea of rising bubbles throughout.

S: Funky, sweet, pungent skunkiness with notes of grains and corn.

T: Thankfully, it's better than the taste here. Creamy mouthfeel with whiskey grains, a corny middle and a caramel malt and floral hop finish.

D: Seems like a decent beer to get a sixer of for a ball game or something.

Value: Not great, this should be a buck or so cheaper a sixer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(This review stems from an Oktoberfestbier tasting on Nov 6, 2010, that included 13 examples of the style, of German and US origin. The variations brew to brew fascinated and surprised)

You'd think they (HB) would be going for drinkability and not drunkability with this Marzen. The bottle wasn't old nor the quality compromised, as far as I can tell. This beer was just simply a struggle to get through.

A pale yellow-gold color (lightest of the lot) and pouring with next to no head. The smell is less than inviting - sweet, vaguely champagne fruity maltiness and potent hot fusel. Not appealing. These aromas concentrate in the flavor, with the sweetness near cloying and quite juicy. Acutely dry, stingy hot finish. Overall, a cheap, high-gravity malt liquor tone to this drink. A little more depth to the flavor than the corn-fed American malt liquors, but not much better. Disappointing.

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Photo of malty
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thin white halo head.

Fleeting scent of bread dough and clean notes of earth.

The faintest of maltiness on the palate along with a crisp and somewhat dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel was somewhat effervescent and a tad bitey. Light bodied with a lightning quick finish.

Drinkability is good. No hearty flavors to get in the way of some serious swillin' (if that's what your into).

Overall I was very disappointed with this (my first this year) Oktoberfest. I guess I expected MUCH more malty backbone and a touch of caramel toasted sweetness - none to be found. I have to give credit to the cleanliness of this beer though. To think I picked this over a Sam Adams O'fest. Oh well, it's gotta get better than this.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, soft-hued, light yellow body with a small, short-lived, white head. No lacing.

Smell: Quick sniff of skunkiness, though it fades out quickly. A tad grainy pils malts with an edge of anticipated sweetness. Faintly bready. Minor hop character.

Taste: Some cereal sweetness greets the tongue with light hint of honey atop the underlying pilsner maltiness. Slightly leafy, herbal-toned hops with little albeit ample bitterness. Faintly fruity. Drying finish with a gentle hint of alcohol on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not horrible, no, but, a lackluster example of the style.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottle has no discernible freshness dating on it.

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a white head about 2 fingers in width. Head mitigates after a few minutes to a thin layer. Looks more like a pilsner than an oktoberfest. Minimal lace accumulation on the glass.

S: Primarily a malty biscuit-like smell. Some hops there too. Also has a bit of that imported scent to it.

T: Not what I was expecting for an oktoberfest. Unlike most others I have tried in this style category. Here, the sweet malts are pretty much absent. There are some malt flavors there, but tastes like this one is more hopped and perhaps balanced out more? Somewhat of a grass or straw-like taste as well. Maybe the overseas journey took a toll on this oktoberfest. Whatever the case may be, this one does not stand out in any manner, and strikes me as having more in common with a pilsner than an oktoberfest. If I squint my eyes and concentrate, I can pick up a faint sweet malt taste (honey or maybe caramel), but it seems almost like an afterthought in the overall taste.

M: Mouthfeel is fine. Smooth with good carbonation.

D: Fairly easy drinking, although the taste does not inspire me to pour another.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear medium golden color with a huge thick white head. The head has fantastic retention, eventually fading to give a moderate level of lacing.

Smell – While it looked fantastic, it was not the best smelling. A strong skunky aroma was mixed with some malt, lemon and slightly sweet smell.

Taste – The taste begins of some caramel sweetness with a strong malty backbone. These flavors last the entire of the taste and mix with some lighter citrus flavors as well as a light hop bitterness that comes to the tongue more toward the end of the taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness/creaminess with a slightly higher than average carbonation level. The carbonation is actually quite good for the style and makes for one very refreshing feel.

Overall – Nothing too special here. They should ditch the green bottle to get rid of some of the skunky nose. While rather easy drinking, there are definitely better ones out there.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,383 ratings.
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