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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
Ranking:
#41,594
Reviews:
591
Ratings:
1,479
pDev:
15.47%
Bros Score:
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Photo of Mongrel
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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 tmcarter23
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Gingerfart
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of microbrewlover
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head, some of which remains on top and as a collar until the end. Good carbonation.

The smell is straw and wet hay; grassy spicy hops and earthy.

The taste follows the nose with straw and lemongrass. There is a light caramel malt background and light peppery hops on the back end. The aftertaste is crisp and clean with a little grassy grittiness in the background.

Overall this is a good, crisp tasting lager however it tastes more like a Pilsner than an Oktoberfest brew. That being said I would drink it again.

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Photo of ssmack
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden yellow looking like thousands of other beers.
Two inch white head that became hilly. OK carbonation. Very good lacking and retention.

Fresh, mild German hops aroma.

Tastes of mild grassy hops over a light carmely malt.

On the light side of a medium feel. Nice and crisp.

Overall just OK.

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Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JothHu
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of ZachT
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DuncanMcBommer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev +6%

Definitely on the paler side of the festbier family. Golden bright and exceptionally clear. Pours a good sized head with reasonable retention.

Complex nose with a fair amount of hops. Smells like a maltier pilsner.

Malty but balanced from the start, nice level of bitterness in the finish that isn't overpowering but encourages another sip. Slight lingering bitterness, but otherwise very clean.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming. Clean on tongue as it is in the flavor.

Not what comes to mind with an Oktoberfest kind of beer, but a super drinkable stronger lager. Green bottle makes it seem a little bush league, though.

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Photo of khowe22
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of joegallows
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mattbrat1
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of drinkin-beeers
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JKG
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of batt6343
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Gtijr06
5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary. A golden straw color with a light film of white bubbles on top and a pleasing enough aroma, notably floral hops with an unexpected whiff of tropical fruit (lychee?), grapes, corn flake, and rather bready malts. Unfortunately, the taste was more pedestrian, subdued, and dare I say "macro" ... An understated graininess, maybe a very light pear fruitiness, crisp and dry with aggressive carbonation, thin body, and vaguely grassy noble finish. I agree that it is not really anyone's place to claim that this beer somehow fails to capture style guidelines. There are lighter Oktoberfests. However, to my palate this compares unfavorably with other German examples such as Ayinger. I'd prefer the flavors to pop more after the tease on the nose.

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Photo of JaimeLondon
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 1,479 ratings
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