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:
1,410
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
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26
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209
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Photo of cjgiant
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Cburcky
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale gold with an excellent head and lace. Looks way too pale for the style. Way to pale. Might be mislabled (style-wise) the label doesn't describe it as a marzen though. I'd say it still looks tasty.
Smells super crisp. Pale malts, some sweet sugar and earthy hops. Inviting but just above average.
Nice sweet, crisp taste with a bit o' hops to balance it.A little light on the mouth. Very drinkable, thank god I got a keg.

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Photo of ajwight17
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice crisp taste, goes down smooth

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Photo of rlshep
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Light sulfur. Mild floral aroma.Very clean

Appearance: Pale gold. I know modern Oktoberfests are a lot lighter, but this is more like a light pilsner. Big fluffy white head. Very clear lots of bubbles. Good lacing.

Flavor: Sweet bready flavors dominate. Floral hops add interest to finish. Crisp and refreshing. Medium-low bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Sweet up front but finishes dry. High carbonation. Medium mouthfeel, more than expected from color. Alcohol not noticeable.

Overall: I was turned off by color to begin with, but this turned out to be a pretty tasty beer. Not strong enough to scare away the BMC drinkers, enough flavor to hold the interest of craft drinkers. I still prefer the older darker style Oktoberfests, but I can see easily myself kicking back a few liters of this.

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Photo of jettjon
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle marked “Hofbrau Munchen - Oktoberfest” perhaps a variation of labeling from “Oktoberfestbier.” Into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass, golden clear color with moderate precipitating carbonation fuelling a small head of white foam. Pleasant nose of sweet malt with a small hint of citrus hops in the background. Mouth is similarly malt-forward with hops asserting at the back with a clean, dry, subtle bitterness. Mouth is pleasingly crisp and quenching. Overall: Nothing to write home about but overall a very enjoyable brew. Would try again.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with fluffy white head that clings to the glass all the way down. There's some citrusy notes to the hop aroma. There's also some skunkiness there, damn green bottles. Tastes fairly dry with a lot of hoppy flavor, but not a lot of sweetness of any kind. Still very refreshing. Mouthfeel is heavy and sort of creamy. It sorta bubbles up on the back of the tongue, very nice. All in all a very drinkable beer, I'd get it again.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not the typical Oktober color, it's a dirty golden with a more carbonated base. Head is impressive, along with it's retention. Unique looking, so hoping the taste is as well.

S - Smells of sweet honey, really refreshing. Earthy, with a touch of coriander. Quite effervescent.

T - Mmm. Aye, the taste is really unique. I am really digging it. Upfront had a solid earthy malt base, unrelenting and definitely the backbone. It's touch of sweetness does not last long. Sweetness soon fades, and notes of sour citrus wash along with a sweeping wave of solid bitter hops. It's a very prominent bitter. Sour and bitter are the perfect match for this beer. It's mouthfeel is light, and well-carbonated. The drinkability is good.

A unique Oktober, and one that is quite refreshing. Solid beer, and one that I enjoyed thourougly.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow with a thick rocky head. The smell is strong of hops. The taste is initially bitter from the hops, but the sweetness from the malt is quickly tasted – resulting in a nicely balanced beer. The mouthfeel is on the thin side and has a slight carbonation bite. I was quite pleased with this brew and find it light and very drinkable.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting choice for my Christmas beer present from my girlfriend. Of course, it is a little behind the times but that's okay. I was meaning to try this two months ago but tons of things to drink before winter.
This beer starts with a middle gold color and a nice snowy cap of head.
The lace stays with every sip, coating the pilsner glass. The nose is thin with hops and caramel malt. I also detect some adjuncts which aren't as nice.
Taste is crisp and fresh and a little overcarbonated but not too bad. There are hints and fruit and spice laced around the malt The taste is only moderately strong but well balanced, with a hop backround.
This is a beer that grows on you. I can definitely see pounding endless giant steins of this next time I'm in Munich.

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Photo of Bricelyn
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfest!

I have been looking for this style of beer as of late and stumbled across this recognizing the HB from the fest pics on the net.

Serving this from two 12 oz bottles into my 240z mug. it pours clear and golden as your first morning pee after a night of drinking! A nice white whispy ehad which leaves very little lace down the sides of the mug. Smells of Malt Hay and german hops! Reinheitsgebot it states on the bottle following the tradition from 1516. Taste is sweet malt hay hitting you with on style (lets be honest this beer is the style) Hops and a tiny bit of bitterness at the end that mellows into a sticky mouth feel!

Great beer wish I was in Germany But alas I have to settle for my imagination!

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Photo of ehammond1
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

Clear orange and amber with a moderately sized near-white head. Lines and spots of lacing left down the glass. Nearly perfect per the style.

Grassy and earthy hop character combined with a touch of caramel malt. There's a hint of the dishrag/wet sponge aroma I despise, but it's faint.

Fortunately, I'm far more of a fan of this beer's taste than of it's aroma. There's quite a bit of toasted and caramel malt, a bit of sweetness, and some sharp, yet grassy hops. Overall, this seems like a classic, incredibly drinkable Oktoberfest.

Medium mouthfeel, ample carbonation. Wonderfully drinkable. Near perfect per the style.

A simple, classic Oktoberfest. I would happily drink this again.

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Photo of schuim
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this beer yesterday in a tasting session. A fresh bottle that poured a filtered blond beer with a malty flavour. A little fruityness in it to.

The taste was a little warming and started with sweet malt followed by a hoppy dry bitterness. A beer that is made for drinking in half liters, it becomes well.

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Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a small white head and not much lace. Looks a little light for the style to me.

Aroma is light bready malt hops floral but light and zesty mingles with some sweetness and light spice. Fresh inviting soft aroma.

Taste is crisp light bready malt zesty hops mixed with some light spice clove like. Its a clean tasting Oktoberfest with a nice spicey finish but its not as malty as it should be for the style. That being said I still enjoyed this beer.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean tasting.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable beer nice and refreshing even if it is a little lighter then it should be. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

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Photo of The_Grantula
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Standard looking macro-gold body, it has one finger of dense, whipped head. No lace on the glass at all.

Smell- The nose is slightly herbal, a little more on the vegetal side with a grassy hop present, not very strong.

Taste- This one is incredibly crisp and clean. Orange comes out with the herbal notes on the tongue, heavy wheat backbone. This is one of the more refreshing Fest offerings.

Mouth feel- That crisp nature is helped by the slight carbonation of this beer, and it really does feel nice. It is quite smooth for being more on the lighter side.

Overall- Again, just a really refreshing drink, but as far as a Fest profile goes, it remains fairly average.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a light golden yellow body, clear with plenty of effervescence, one finger white head, thick retention, lots of lacing. A well-endowed lager. Smells of biscuit, cracker, wheat, light caramel, noble hops. It's a fairly standard lager aroma. Bready. Hefty grassiness also. Flavour is a bit of an improvement on the balance; fair bit of grassy bitterness at the end, but bready and biscuity up front. As with some of the other German versions of Oktoberfests, I find the American versions to be sweeter and more caramel-forward, so this is a nice change of pace. It's more of a true lager. Mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, eminently drinkable in larger quantities. Good grassy bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of dwxr
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of jcubz
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aknalley
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of roadhouse
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is golden with lots of active carbonation that forms a an inch and a half white head. Sinks to a cap and leave nice lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some toastiness and grassy/herbal hops. Not very complex, but pleasant.

Taste sweet initially with a bit of toasted malt midway through with a finish that consists of some grassy, herbal hops. Basically the same as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, with a clean and smooth touch, nice level of carbonation.

Overall, it's not the best Oktoberfest, but it's a lot better than the ratings would suggest.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Erik. Poured into a wine glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a golden amber color complete with 2 fingers worth of a frothy white head. Leaves behind minimal lacing on the glass, but it does look a little bit more syrupy and thickened than the average offering from Hofbräuhaus. Definitely more on the viscous side, and the extra booze is definitely at fault here. Pretty good in terms of its simple presentation, but hardly any difference between this and their normal lager offering.

Smells exactly as I'd expect this brewery's offerings to be - the unmistakable German malty sweetness, combined with light citrus and fruit. There's notes of white grapes, pears, and green apple, which combine with the grassy, citrus laden (think tangerines) herbal edge. There's definitely more sweetness than usual with the extra ABV here, which enhances those toffee and sugar cane flavors that I find classic in the style. Perhaps what makes this more different then other run-of-the-mill pilsners is the increased sweetness and earthy, hoppy flavors? Not so sure, but it's definitely not bad.

The flavor is the exact same, except for the fact that it's a little creamier and thicker than I anticipated. Notes of white grapes, raisins, and pears are a little explosive here from the pilsen malts, and the finish is most definitely filled with notes of lemon peel, grass, and orange blossom notes that are still oily and sticky by this point. The sweetness is great at the finish, with the alcohol becoming increasingly present. The notes of toffee continue to rise in sweetness, but it's luckily cut by the crisp grainy finish. Drinks like a charm - creamy, well carbonated, and refreshing, as any good German pilsner should. I do think the booziness detracts from the subtle nuances, but it's otherwise a refreshing offering.

Here's my last Oktoberfest offering perhaps for the remainder of the year. It's sad how a lot of these beers gather dust, yet it's even sadder that whatever a lot of these breweries are making in Germany for Oktoberfest are no different from their standard offerings. This is an example of that, but it still ends up being enjoyable. Due to the strict brewing regulation that goes on during the summer months in Germany, these older beers have been lagering sur lie for a longer period of time, and the booze is expected. Also, due to the inordinate amount of people that attend the festival, they have to get them off of the seats somehow! While I've had better Oktoberfest seasonal offerings, this one is still pretty good.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas. That place is amazing. The food is extremely authentic and the beer/pretzels are shipped directly from Germany to this location. They say that these kegs are in the same family as the ones from the tents in Munchen.

I shared this beer with my wife, and she gave me the usual comment of: "It tastes like beer." I feel that she is eminently correct on this one. Based on the purity laws, this beer is as much a proper base as is possible (look it up, one to grow on).

This beer is simple, clean, and very drinkable. It epitomizes a true Oktoberfest beer. The smell and taste are preminently in the lager style.
On the end of each drink you get a little sweetness.

This is a very good example for the style, as it one of the originals.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,410 ratings.
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