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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: 573 | Ratings: 1,385
Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright golden color. Poured a slightly cream-colored head that dissipated pretty quickly before settlin to a skim that thickened around the edges. Very light lacing. Decanted slowly and steadily throughout.

S: Pale malt and slightly bitter Saaz hops with a light grassy note.

T: Very consistent with aroma; crisp pale malt and grassy hops. Finished very crisp and clean.

M: Medium thin body. Ample carbonation, but not overdone. Fresh, crisp hop bite cleansed finish.

D: Very drinkable. A solid choice for the style. Had a liter during the keg-tapping at the Hofbrau House in Milwaukee.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has light bread crust nose, pouring brilliant gold to almost straw. 1” snow white foam cap dissipates to a film. Good lace. Creamy smooth, lighter body, medium to a little less, carbonation a little above medium. Crisp.

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Photo of jackndan
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Oktoberfest: Well this is as close as it’ll come to reminding me of my trip to Weis’n in Munich. Not a deeply colored Marzen, but rather a Crystal clear golden beer with a very nice and creamy head, and mouthfeel. Exceptional smoothness and drinkability. Fairly nice malts, nicely balanced with almost citrus-y hops. Nice and easy to drink, but I come to find out a fairly dangerous amount of alcohol in such a tasty, light and satisfying beer. Very nice.

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Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Crisp and perfectly balanced, with plenty of honey and flower nectar notes. A little green and spicy on the finish - nice use of noble hops. Much more floral than you would expect an Octoberfest beer to be. This one is my favorite of the style, just a little above Weihenstephan's.

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Photo of Navanation
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lighter in color than American Octoberfest beers. Taste is very well balanced, not too sweet or bitter. Fruity aroma hard for me to distinguish. Light lacing down the glass. An excellent example of what an Octoberfest beers should be.

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Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 5L keg into a .5L Lowenbrau dimple mug.

a: clear golden color with a thick white head that sticks to the sides of the mug. i'm glad it isn't an amber octoberfest. i was looking for a German-style marzen (pale instead of amber) and i got it.

s: sweet, bready malt aromas. mild hop grassy notes. has that unique German smell that many good German brews have (like Weihenstephan) very good.

t: balanced and flavorful. full bodied malt flavor with notes of bread and very subtle caramel flavor. grassy hop flavor balances the beer nicely.

m: nice and smooth mouthfeel

i seem to disagree with almost everyone here on this one. this is a great marzen. maybe some users think the pale color makes this a poor example of the Oktoberfest style, but they couldn't be more wrong. go to Munich during the last week of September and tell me this isn't a genuine fest bier. you can't!


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Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden-umber hue with initially plentiful ecru froth and lace, subsiding into a nice, robust brew.

S - Sweetness is immediately apparent in the form of caramel and toffee notes, but it is quickly tempered by some continental hoppiness. Pretty straightforward for the style.

T - The taste is basically as the nose would indicate, and is generally quite nice. The toffee and caramel notes are pleasant, not overly sweet. There is also a prevalent mineral quality and some roastiness.

M - Soft mouthfeel is quite enhancing.

D - One of the better Marzen/Oktoberfest brews.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Bottle from a six pack from Market Basket. Green bottles, huge display in the store so I dug down to an unopened case and selected one form there.
Pale golden color with a decent sized bubbly white head that persists for a bit. aromas of spicy floral hops, rich bready crackery pilsner with just a hint of melanoid. The flavor is rich and malty with a hint of sweetness. Light spicy hop provides balance and a touch of pruney cooked sugars adds some complexity. Medium body and moderate carbonation. I'd drink these all day long given half the chance. Clean well made with some subtle flavors, I like.

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Photo of sobuf
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Just a general comment and observation on some of the reviews of the German Oktoberfest on here. To say Spaten-Franziskaner, Paulaner, Warsteiner, Hofbrau, etc "are not good representations of the style" is an erroneous and quite snobbish, ignorant American view. Although all large breweries, those companies ARE Oktoberfest and are all that's served in the Munich beer tents. Far, far before American micro-breweries, craft brewers, and snobbish beer geeks, these styles epitomized what not only an Oktoberfest brew is, but their main line epitomized what German beer is. Before Papa Joe's IPA shack was sold all over the place, going to a German restaurant and having a Spaten on draft was beyond a treat. Now that we're all so spoiled, and 5000 beers in a store still isn't enough, we've cast off some of these larger European breweries to the curb and put them in the same class as a Miller. These companies ARE "the style". Some backyard hipsters operating in a 1000 sqft facility craft brewing are not "the experts" and leading what an Oktoberfest is. In fact no American brewery is. There's a huge difference between the German style and the American version. I look for authentic beers, and when it comes to Oktoberfest, the ONLY beers to drink are from Munich. The American versions are drain-pour. Sometimes it's just about the drinkability and being able to pound liter after liter and have fun. Not jack up the ABV to heightened levels, sell it for a premium, and make every bottle some ride on the wild side. Tis the Gemütlichkeit - ein prosit!

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Photo of Reegze79
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured perfectly clear and golden. Aroma was malty and earthy. The body was a bit lighter than the typical American renditions but the beer was perfectly balanced and the familiar with the malty sweetness and noble hops coming through nicely.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fresh 2003 sample. Brown glass bottle with no skunk! This stuff pours a lighter-than-average golden colour with a small, white head. The aromas are all bready malts, with no hops to be found. The taste is the same as the nose hints at. Malty, with not much complexity...a good quaffer to be sure. The mouthfeel is light for an o-fest and the drinkability is excellent.


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Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third beer from this Brauerei for me.
ABV 6,3!
Pale gold liquid with high retentionable monolithic froth (2-finger). Pleasant hop aroma essentially overlays malt sensations. Bitter taste is moderate, low carbonation, major grain tones, decent additional bouquet. Calm pleasant mouthfeeling, you won't never say it answers its ABV, good non-typical Maerzen, recommended!

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Photo of decimator
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Labeled as Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier 6.3%ABV
500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear deep golden colour with a big bubbly foamy head. The foam slowly reduced to a thin cap and some lacing.

S - Sweet at first with some fruity, spicy and floral aromas. As it warms up, citrus notes become more prominent.

T - Sweet malts upfront with a light caramel and honey profile. It's followed by a tangy fruity sourness with a light bitter hop finish. There's also a bit of a spicy note throughout. Surprisingly, I can't really taste the alcohol.

M - Sticky, tangy, bubbly with a crisp finish.

D - It's very drinkable.

I'm usually not a big fan of stronger Lagers but I like this one quite a bit.

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Photo of The_Kings_Thirst
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Yellow and clear with a quickly vanishing white head.
S: Bready, grassy, earthy.
T: Sweet. Bready/biscuit and grass. A little tartness on back.
F: Light and well carbonated.

O: Easy drinking. Could put a few liters away without a problem. Reminiscent of the Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn which I slightly prefer.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into dimpled seidel. No head when settled, only bubbles for lace. Golden straw color.

Smooth, light malty smell, some fruit.

Tastes malty, but has a bitter end that gives at that Oktoberfestbier distinction.

Mouth: Goes down mostly smooth.

This Wiesn type Oktoberfest tastes somewhere between Euro Pale lager and Munich helles, albeit more sophisticated than common examples. Served at the official Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich. Good helles lager.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a gorgeous mid-September afternoon, and we've just closed the pool for the season. A dark green cover now drapes what was, just a few short hours ago, a crystal blue liquid paradise.

Served in this year's Spaten Oktoberfest glass at just over fridge temperature, I'm pairing this with pork bratwurst with mustard on a roll. Freshness date is L 184 H.

Appearance- Much more yellow than amber, this supports an incredibly sustaining four finger crown. Lacing is outrageous, draping the inside of the entire glass.

Smell- Clean and quite hoppy, this exhibits just a smattering of malt in the nose. No caramel or toffee aromas that one might expect from other beers of the style.

Taste- Simple, honest, and very good. More bitter and zippy than its malt-driven peers, this is perfectly suited to my meal.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- While the carbonation is aggressive, it really is perfect for the sausage... lifting the grease and fat from the tongue and leaving a gripping, dry bitterness for the next sip. The lighter body of this example really adds points for drinkability, and this will absolutely be a contender for the upcoming all-day festivals for this season.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To get into the real spirit of things with this beer I figured why not grill up some Oktoberfest sausages, braise some Savoy cabbage and boil up some nice mash, everything short of polka.

Well now that I had my spread in front of me time to bring my attention to the golden honey coloured Märzen with its froth off white head awaiting my consumption.

The smell was first off very bisucty and bready as I would expect from the amount of malt used in this style. Following were the refreshing, and definitely appropriate for fall, scents of apple and grape. A slight grassy note from the hops rounded out the bouquet nicely.

After a few mouthfuls of my Bavarian platter it was time to see Hofbräu washed down the fine fare of its homeland. A big punch of sweet yet crisp malt initially quenched my thirst with a surprisingly smooth and full mouth feel lingering on to a mild hoppy, alcohol bite in the end. Continuing on with my mini Oktoberfest the head had long since dissipated but the rest remained true to my first impressions getting slightly breadier as it warmed up.

With my stomach full and my thirst quenched id have to say this was a good beer especially along with its atypical food accompaniments. I would have liked it to be a bit darker and maybe a bit more complex malt in the profile but otherwise a decent beer for the style.

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Photo of jkrich
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter on tap at hofbrau restaurant in Panama City Beach, Florida. I have already tried this from bottle.

The beer arrived with a slightly cloudy, golden color with a fluffy white head.

As with most oktoberfests I have tried, this one lacked in aroma. Some faint malty, bready aromas.

Very restrained gentle malty flavor with hints of European hops coming through. This is a mild fest beer, and I must say it does not taste any better on draft than in the bottle.

Medium bodied with lighter than expected carbonation.

This is an excellent quaffer even at 6.0 ABV. It goes down extremely well and has enough character and taste to keep your interest.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Nice light golden ale. Pours with just a small bit of a head.

S - Has just a touch of a sweet smell. Malty for sure.

T - Crisp. Has a bit of sweetness to it. It has a bit of a toasty taste as well. Quite good.

M - Light bodied. Has just a bit of carbonation to it.

D - Hell yes. Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Buck89
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden clear color with a frothy white head that lingered. The aroma was subdued - pale biscuity malt with some yeast and subtle spicy noble hop character and some grassiness. Taste was better - bright sweet bready malt with faint floral hop flavor at the end. Medium bodied with more carbonation that I expected. Very quaffable, but not a robust as others in the style.

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Photo of IndolentReader
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a lighter appearance than I would have expected. Nice aroma, pleasant, but by no means overwhelming. The taste is a bit milder that other Oktoberfest beers I've experienced. This did not knock my socks off, but it was pretty decent for the year's first cool day.

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Photo of thespaceman
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I know it's late for Octoberfests but they're my favorite and I found this at the local store.

Appearance: Clear golden in color, poured out a nice head with decent lacing. Lacing seemed to stick to the top of the glas and became less prevalent on the way down.

Smell: Nice typical German smelling beer, earthy/grass tones are here, as well as a nice bite of some malt and some roastiness.

Taste: Pretty robust for such a light bodied beer, nut, a bit of fruit and some more grass tones pop through, a touch of raw honey in the finish and some small malt tones make this one a pleasure to drink.

Mouthfeel: Pretty carbonated, light in body for the typical Marzen yet it's perfectly balanced for what it is.

Drinkability: This is very sessionable, I wish I picked this up in the earlier months because I overlooked it too much. This one is easy to drink, smooth and satisfying. For the last October for the year, I'm going to miss them, but I'm glad I had this one to top off some great Marzens I've had the pleasure of trying this year.

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Photo of textycoon
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer in April....not exactly Oktoberfest season, but i guess they are making it year round now. Poured into a mug (ironically made in Germany). Less than impressive color (light golden, almost like Miller Lite). Nice frothy head with decent lacing.
Great aroma with pleasant sweet maltiness. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but very nice malt profile with a hint of sweetnes, finishing with light hoppiness. Very typical for the Oktoberfest style of beer.
Overall, my main criticism is for the average color/appearance of this beer. However, the taste and overall drinkability was quite good. Represents the style well.

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Photo of dcotom
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into dimpled mug. Light amber color with a fluffy white head that fades rather quickly, leaving almost no lacing and a few spotty islands of foam on the surface. This has a lot of complexity that seems to peak at cellar temperature. There is some sweetness and a little light caramel at first, then spicy bitterness and a hint of tart apple that lingers on the finish. I would love to be able to revisit this in Munich during Oktoberfest someday!

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Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very clear medium golden color with several streams of little air bubbles continuously and fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface. has a white head that's initially an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/5 of an inch thick with good retention and decent lacing. Aromas of some lightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that give way to a slight hop aroma. The taste is pretty much the same, with some lightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that is followed with a slight bit of hop bitterness. The flavor profile isn't quite what I am used to on an Oktoberfest style beer, but this is really refreshing. Has a crisp, yet also smooth and slightly creamy/frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An interesting take on this style.


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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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