Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

Hofbräu OktoberfestbierHofbräu Oktoberfestbier
BA SCORE
32.6%
Liked This Beer
3.48 w/ 1,436 ratings
Hofbräu OktoberfestbierHofbräu Oktoberfestbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,591
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
1,436
Liked:
468
Avg:
3.48/5
pDev:
15.52%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
222
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Ratings: 1,436 |  Reviews: 583
Photo of Sammy
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light coloured body with initial significant foam. Aroma initially a bit repelling, but is normal after the bottle has been open, warmed up, and sampled somewhat. A bit of lace foam sits in the glass. Carbonation is deterimental, and adds to the drying out of the palate by the finish, and beyond in the aftertaste. Some malts, a hint of roast, some decent features. Still, all in all, 500 ml is too much, rarely have I said this about a German beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy bands of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, honey, and some grape juice. Taste is of sweet grains, honey, and grape juice. A mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good example of the style. A pretty easy beer to drink and I could see this fitting right in at an Oktoberfest event.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

definitely not my favorite of the german oktoberfests. it pours a very light and very clear pee yellow color with a half inch of rapidly fading white head. it smells like pale german malts and just a hint of that classic oktober sweetness. the flavor is pretty bland in this one, not the robust malty offereings i am used to this time of year. it almost tastes old in that way, and the aftertaste is a little off. the mouthfeel is fine enough, a little too light for the style i think though in terms of body. the carbonation is good though, and its easy to put down. even though this is authentic and all, i will not be coming back to it this year.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured out as an amber colored brew. with a fluffy head that settles down a little after a few sips. The beer to me tasted much like any other German Pilsner. I was hoping that it would have had some other more festive flavors in it but I wasn't able to get much from it. The mouthfeel was medium to light and the smell was fresh and yeasty.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pilsner Haus, Hoboken, NJ

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass that eventually completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of floral and grassy hops in the nose along with hints of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is rather malty with hints of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of dryness in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink but doesn’t really have an interesting smell or taste compared to others in the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good to see the Oktoberfests back in session. Though Hofbrauhaus' left me a bit disapointed. I was expecting a rich bready, malty, strong, flavorful brew. Thought the strength shined, the bready, medium-full texture, rich malts left me wanting more. Paler straw than expected, but the head retention and lacing is on par. Aromas of majorily grain and an estery fruitiness that was unexpected. Tastes more fruity and grain-like than that classic rich bready, caramel malt that I really wanted. The beer is left a little too standard-pilsner-like. The strength was there, leaving an alcohol flavor and mild heat in the finish. Just a touch of grain-bite in the finish and aftertaste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. The titular celebration is well over for another year, but the beer lives on.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, aggressively foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some decent random webbed lace around the glass as it evenly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, slightly bready pale malt, stale lemon juice, a hint of further drupe fruit, and rather perfume-heavy earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, cereal malt, a mixed bag of apple, pear, and lemon fruitiness, a more prominent leafy, grassy hoppiness, and a subtle metallic booziness.

The carbonation is soft, but tightly so, the body medium-light in weight, and maybe a tad watery in its perfunctory smoothness, all of which bears strange witness to a mild creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the hovering pilsner malts still doing their thing, bolstered by some lingering fruit salad, while the hops seem content in their day at the alcohol spa, Baden-Baden-style, the place so nice, they named it twice!

Another one of those German standards, where differentiation seems like a hard row to hew - it's difficult to not just proclaim 'yup, tastes very much like a real Bavarian Marzen', and leave it at that. But no, we have to go and talk about the headier than normal orchard fruit notes, the barely contained booze (which is technically a fair bit higher than average, no?), and the general zeitgeist of an offering that slowly, but surely grew on me by the end of the (import, hence the time lag) bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

6 pack acquired at Lukas Liquor near me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery and style. 6.3% ABV confirmed. 11.2 fl oz green glass (ugh...) bottle with branded pry-off cap served into a slender paulaner weissbier glass. "Brewed & bottled by: Staatliches Hofbrauhaus In München, Germany."

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an eight finger wide head of white colour. Good thickness and frothiness. Nice creaminess. No lacing as the head recedes. Retention is superb - about 8+ minutes.

Body colour is a clear textbook copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Looks pretty standard for a festbier. Looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Grains and cereals are definitely dominate here at the expense of the other notes (of which there aren't many). Straw, clean barley, munich malts, pilsner malts, and a minimal presence of neutral hops - saaz, maybe? I'm bad at guessing specific hops. A mediocre aroma of average strength.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

T: Grainy and cereal-laden - true to the aroma. Munich and pilsner malts. Very minimal (hardly noticeable) neural/lightly floral hop character. Straw. Clean barley. Flavour profile is somewhat balanced, if painfully simple. Certainly bland and boring for the style. Definitely comes across as a phoned-in representation of the style. Zero complexity or subtlety here.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Below average depth of flavour. Pretty average intensity and duration thereof.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and somewhat undercarbonated. Kind of refreshing. Body is a bit subpar. Okay thickness. Chewy. Presence on the palate is merely okay. There's a lot of room for improvement, but execution is okay overall. Suits the flavour profile alright in a general sense.

Dr: A tourist, internationally exported version of a style meant to be endemic. Worth trying? Sure, as a middle ground representation of a festbier. But it's far from great and I wouldn't buy it again. That said, I'll have little trouble killing the 6 pack and it might make a good beer for luring macro drinkers towards craft - even if the "ooh, it's German" effect is all that works for it. It's certainly drinkable - any self-respecting beer fanatic could easily kill a litre of it. But boy does it have ways to go.

Low C

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Photo of brentk56
2.01/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a very modest head; not much lacing, either

Smell: Skunky aroma - what would you expect from a green bottle?

Taste: The initial malt flavor, which is not bad, makes way for the skunky aspects, with a lager twang, to boot; overall, this does not taste much like an Oktoberfest after the initial moments

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I hate to say it but this is an abomination of the style; steer clear

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Photo of zeff80
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted of malt and some spicy hops. There was also a corn and grain taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a fairly average oktoberfest. It smelled and looked like an average Euro Pale Lager, but it tasted better than that.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light golden color lager with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal with more dry notes then expected. Taste is also dominated by the cereal malt bill that is not as enchanting as I had expected. Body is thinner then expected with good carbonation. A bit drier and astringent then I was expecting with malt bill not as refreshing as expected.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Clear and golden with a slight amber tint, this is pale for a marzen. Head retention is weak, but it looks solid otherwise. The nose is mild and malty, reminiscent of amber honey, apricots and fresh bread. There's the slightest hint of sulfur beneath. Pleasantly malty and clean on the tongue, honey and lightly toasted bread with a touch of stonefruit sweetness. Light bodied, dry and crisp finish with a mild grassy hop bitterness. Good, but not particularly special for the style.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled 5/25/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of apple, pear, caramel, biscuit, toasted grain, light nuttiness, pepper, grass, floral, herbal, and light skunkiness. Ok aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of apple, pear, caramel, toasted grain, bread, grass, floral, pepper, herbal, earthy spiciness, and light skunkiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toasted grain, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a bit. Ok flavor balance and complexity; with a good balance of malt and peppery spiciness from the hops; a fair amount of cloying astringency is present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a mediocre Oktoberfest. Skunked flavors and aromas; with flavor astringency on the finish make this much less enjoyable. Quite easy to drink, though.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear golden body reveals just a few widespread streams of steadily rising average-sized bubbles beneath a bright-white foamy cap. The head drops shortly after pouring to a wide, creamy collar; yet it still leaves some impressive lace throughout the glass. The nose is clean and enjoyable but not impressive for the style with just some light grainy malt and a hint of alcohol. The body is medium falling towards light with a gently crisp carbonation. The flavor offers a clean, grainy malt that's nice but doesn't offer the richness of Vienna and/or Munich malts that the darker versions do; and it's well-balanced with a firm bitterness and spicy character (alcohol, hops, or both?) but the alcohol is a bit noticeable which is odd for a beer of just 6%abv. It finishes dry with some gently lingering malt and a touch of bitterness. A well-made, refreshingly dry helles Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A pasty white fluffy and fizzy head rises about a finger and fades at a decent rate, over crystal clear piss-golden yellow colored very light colored beer.

The nose is light, some toasty malts, light crisp lager fruit aromas, a little lemon and fruit aroma, a little yeasty as well. Very light!

The taste is almost non-existant. It has a little toasty malt flavor, some Munich malts and wheat, a very light banana and lemon flavors also there. Touch of yeast, fruit, and lager crispness. It finishes slightly bitter with a little sweetness, and lingering lager flavors and toasty malts. This is almost as light as a beer can get and still have some flavor. I wouldn't call this anything near an Oktoberfest, especially from Munich.

The mouth is very light with lower but decent carbonation.

It has a huge drinkability as it's like having sex in a canoe... f*ing close to water. Almost no alcohol feel/taste (which is OK since it's over 6%), but also not much flavor, some crispness, light sweetness.

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Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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