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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Reviews: 575 | Ratings: 1,405
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 larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear and semi-orange golden yellow with a pillowy two finger head of foam.

Richly toasted malts and noble hop spicy aromas.

Noble hops lend a touch of earthy/herbal flavor as well as a hint of citrus pith, but the sweet toasted malts take front stage.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp, tight carbonation, satisfyingly drinkable.

Overall, while this is certainly not the greatest marzen I've had it's definitely on par with the style and highly crushable.

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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 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 StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +37.4%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted in a pint glass from draught at Firkin on October 11, 2016. Look is clear gold with a thin white head and spotty lacing. Smell and taste is typical German fest beer. Feel is light in body with an easy finish.

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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 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 MNAle
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale golden-straw, lightly carbonated, 3/4 inch creamy white head, receding at a moderate pace, leaving a little lacing just above the head as it recedes that follows the head down. Pleasant fruity aroma, some bread, some apricot. The label says this is an ale; the mouth feel is what you would expect from an ordinary lager. Mild malty flavor, not sweet at all, little bittering detectable in either the initial taste, the middle, or the finish. The finish is relatively clean, but slightly clinging. An easy-drinking beer that could be enjoyed throughout the evening at an Oktoberfest beer hall, but also a simple beer without much complexity.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From Hipercor. In Bavaria glass. Watching Los Soprano 5x09. All you expect in the style very well executed. Ultradrinkable and malty, with some grassy bitterness. A pity it isnt available all year long.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a pale clear straw color with a thin creamy white head that has good retention after the pour, leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- smells of that classic green bottle skunk, along with toasted grains, grassy and floral hops, slightly bready

T- grainy and fruity ip front, followed by light grassy and floral hop notes, not really picking up the bready/caramel flavors that is expected of the style. The finish drops off quick and is slightly watery, with lingers of grassy hop and skunk

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy crisp finish, high drinkability

O- drinks more like a standard pilsener than an oktoberfest, but it is highly drinkable and goes down easy, which serves its primary purpose

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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 mmmbirra
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.5 liter brown glass bottle into a mug. Slightly darker than other pale munich oktoberfest beers.
Aroma is similar to their classic helles, but with more sweetness and toast, and a little alcohol.
The taste follows the aroma as a toasty helles lager and has a pronounced bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol notes too.
A lighter body than most munich oktoberfest beers, with a stronger alcohol presence, but this one is eminently drinkable.

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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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Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, pale straw color, highly effervescent, with a huge foamy white head that lasts a good while before leaving heavy lacing. Smells like a slightly-more-bready-than-usual Heineken. There's some dry, bready malts behind a slight skunkiness. The taste is nothing like the aroma suggested. It's got a nice, soft, white bread thing going, and a relatively thick, chewy mouthfeel -- especially for something so damn light looking. Very easy drinking. Not what I normally expect for the style, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much lighter than many other marzens, both in color and in feel. Clear and golden, very carbonated. Smells very grainy and slightly of alcohol. Tastes very crisp, again with a bit of an alcoholic bite, which surprised me. That being said, it is exceedingly "clean" tasting, as others said it is like a very good example of a euro pale lager. Feels fairly light as I said, I could drink several of these without filling up too much. Overall I think it's not what I expected for the style, but still really good.

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Photo of twage04
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-yellow with medium-high carbonation. Not much aroma, just a litttle sulfury lager yeast thing going on. Taste is of cracker tasting malt, some hops in the background. Maybe a hint of skunkiness. A little lacking in malt from what I'd expect for the style but not unenjoyable. Kinda like a heavier pilsner with less maltiness.

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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 stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with light, airy foam that dissolves rapidly.Hayloft aroma and taste of bread (white bread). Not as good as I thought it would be....(or should be)

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with white head. Aroma has grains, bread crust and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet at first, grainy and bready but gets more bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Easy drinking and quite refreshing.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of grainy biscuit and a subtle airy floral hop presence.

Light medium body with a very smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding - slight alcohol traces are evident near the finish. Reasonably intense for the style with a balance near perfection. Complexity is a bit lacking. Grainy biscuit leads off with a surprisingly slightly sweet background that only hints at caramel. The middle brings a very mild bitterness that perfectly balances the biscuit. Hop flavor is subtle and is herbal and floral in nature. As the finish fades, a slight alcohol flavor becomes uncovered.

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Photo of DuffDaddy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split six pack from Winter Haven ABC in 11.2 ounce bottles. This tasted like a really good Euro-Lager...did not pick up anything especially Oktoberfestish about it. Not complaining, though, because it tasted delish!

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Photo of Antc2382
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a unique Oktoberfest. A: I drank this straight out of the bottle, so it is skewed. It appears as a typical Grolsch style. Bottle is very unassuming/international. S: super-skunky, more powerful than most. Good if you dig that. T: this really is non-traditional Oktoberfest. I can not stress that enough. This is way more of a Czech Pilsner/ Kolsch style than any American or German style Oktoberfest. That being said, I enjoyed the beer for what it is. F: again, not typical of style, but good. Fairly crisp, carbonated goodness. O: caution, I like this beer but it does not signify what I have known about Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.06/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the quintessential Oktoberfest IMO. Pours pristine with clarity. bright and gold. Creamy white head that fell well enough and left rings of lace. Nose is toasty bread crust. No hops. Only a light backing from herbal and a mild, I mean very mild spice. Taste is outstanding. Rich breaddy malt envelops the palate as hops are lilting gently in the background. generous malt is the star of the show as it caresses the palate and finishes with justa light kiss from bubbles. Hops balance this beer to perfection as only a slight bitterness comes forward as you drink to remind you to put that glass down for just a minute!

The best in this style this year next to Spaten and because it did not rely on hops to make a "sensation" on the palate. Soft hearty bread.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When all is said and done this is just an ok Oktoberfest. Very light in appearance but holds onto some good qualities for this style. Slightly skunky but enjoyable.

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