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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,410
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
209
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sazz9
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Proteus93
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A straw yellowish pour, foamy white head with some cascading going on. Retention is fine, with a touch of stick.

S: Light on the maltiness, and rather grassy. A little grainy and earthy.

T: Again, the malts are a bit easy going, and not as warm as others. Hops offer a bit of herbal flavour.

M + D: Crisp and refreshing, fairly straight forward. Not too bad, but among the style choices, not anything extraordinary.

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Photo of probert
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of TurboBrew
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of speedvagen
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Gemini6
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jp32
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow color, looks a little weaker than I had expected. The nose has a malty presence, maybe kind of grassy or grainy, and I'm actually pulling some hops scents out of this one as well. The taste is great. Malty and quite hoppy for an oktoberfest. I'm not sure it tastes true to its style, but beer-for-beer, it tastes pretty darn good. Pleasant aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original review 11-14-2005
Revised 2011-10-04

Pours a golden yellow color, surprising for this style. 2cm head of dense bubbles that dissipates in less than thirty seconds, but a perpetual white froth remains with some lacing streaking the sides of the glass. Very visible and active carbonation with no murkiness or visible sediment.

Initial aroma is of light skunkiness (green bottles, why?), but after this, some faint hints of malt sweetness. That's about it.

The taste opens with an extremely slight touch of vanilla that blends into a hot, grainy cereal flavor. This transitions to a sweetness that borders on cloying. Begins close with a light, but upfront grain-laden bread and very mild bittering hops at the end. Aftertaste is fairly bland, mildly sweet.

Light to medium mouthfeel, slightly watery. Carbonation vigorous at first, but fades as the beer warms. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall, the Hofbrau is drinkable in the sense that it's gentle on the palate and is flavorful enough to be mildly enjoyable. My two reviews have generally not been kind to this, and I don't see a need to revisit for a third. I might try again if on tap, that's it. There are other Oktoberfests available (even locally) that I vastly prefer over this one.

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Photo of kybeerdrinker
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dkw0063
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of dacrza1
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: September 20, 2014... GLASSWARE: Saranac willbecker...OCCASION: PSU/UMass--a Mass-acre to be?... APPEARANCE: hazy golden yellow body akin to a pilsener; steady upward bubbles; quite light for a fest; pale white head laces in tongues... AROMA: highly hopped in Saaz, apparently; besides the ping, some floral hops and grassy notes; not the fest expected... PALATE: active, vibrant and commanding--the aftertaste lingers with sweetness.....TASTE: sweet as a corn and biscuit combo can be; malty to the taste buds, but not as round as it is metallic to the nostrils; some wheat grass ...OVERALL: as Oktoberfests go, a surprise--much lighter and less malty than expected in its finish; perhaps drinking too many American fests has misled my expectations; still, balanced and worthwhile....

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Photo of Bammer21
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Big_Dave
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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

Photo of drmeto
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium, frothy, white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-honey,grainy,floral,spicy,lemon,apple,biscuity
T:
-honey,grainy,spicy,biscuity,bready,faint diacetyl
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium,oily body
-no alcohol detectable
O:
Way underrated Oktoberfestbier

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of AltBock
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. green bottle with a yellowish oval shape label with a picture of a German Oktoberfest in the center. The Oktoberfest on the label is happening in front of Hofbräu München with horses pulling a cart full of beer and with a Roller Coaster in the background. The back label had the history of the Oktobefest, US Govt. warning, and a bin or batch number on the back. Since it was in a green bottle I would have liked a date instead of a batch number, but I guess not.

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was a light golden color with a fizzy head of white foam. I didn't know how big the head of foam was because it just dissipated away too fast. It left a couple of rings and no lace around the glass.

Smell: Thanks to the green bottle, the aroma was a bit skunky when I first popped the cap, but luckily that went away when I poured into the mug. What the aroma had turned into, was a grassy, grainy, malty with a pinch of hops aroma. I can say that that aroma was better then skunk, but not by much.

Taste: I thought that when I smelled skunk when I opened the bottle, that the taste would also be skunky and just a bad bottle. Well, the taste wasn't skunky. The taste that I got was sweet malts and with some crisp bitter hops at the end. Not much going on in the taste, but it was still ok.

Mouthfeel: It was light, crisp, and with a clean aftertaste of mild bitter hops. It was just glad that it wasn't watery at all.

Drinkability: I really can't say that much about this beer because there wasn't much going on in this beer. It was ok, but if you want a bottle, just be a little cautious because it's a green bottle and could have been exposed to too much light. Not a beer that I would pick up again!

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Photo of paco1029384756
2.41/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Scent of somewhat sweet malt and mild spicy hops. Taste of the same sweet malt, corn and a bit of a metallic flavor on the finish. Bland and thin bodied.

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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