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:
1,408
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
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26
Gots:
210
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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 Chuckdiesel24
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of teromous
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Green glass 12oz bottles. A mark on the label says L 147 0 11:17
Imported to the U.S.

Appearance: It is a very light golden color. Absolutely crystal clear with lots of visible carbonation and a thick fluffy head. It's much lighter than other Oktoberfest beers that I've had but it looks fantastic.

Aroma: There was this skunky aroma I could pick out as soon as I opened the bottle. It had me really worried because even as I poured it into the glass it started to fill the room with a skunky aroma and I was afraid it would be a skunk bomb. I don't know where that scent went because when I approach the glass I get a large spicy and slightly floral hop aroma. There's a bit of a cereal scent in there too.

Taste: It has a very nice slight biscuit flavor accompanied by a light touch of alcohol. There is a light skunky flavor to the beer that comes out at odd moments like burping or every few sips. The flavor of the beer is pretty bland as well.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty decent mouthfeel. It's light and drinkable with only the slightest pinch of hop bite. It has no real presence on the palate.

Overall: Get this in a beer tent or on tap somewhere that stores their kegs properly. As an import bottle I would not recommend this.The skunky aroma and flavor is not overwhelming but for an Oktoberfest beer which is supposed to be festive it's hard to really sit down and enjoy it. I tried another bottle and it was the same as the first. Now if you can get past that minor glitch you are left with an average tasting beer no matter what the style. It does have some pleasant spicy noble hop character which really is nice but the base of the beer just empty. There is no malt character aside from this very faint cereal flavor. I would most certainly try it again on tap, especially in Munich, but as it stands this is a no-go for the import bottles.

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Photo of dkw0063
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TrojanRB
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Big_Dave
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Bf_89
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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 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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Photo of MisledTitan
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of SkinniePost
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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 MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It has a straw brass yellow body which is weird for a Marzen from Munich. The head is just barely off-white. It smells sweet and grassy and maybe just a little skunk. It has a grainy and oddly sweet taste that is followed by a great but mild hoppy flavor. It has an average thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with an active 1/4" head of very active white bubbles. The head only stuck around for about 30 seconds, and ended up as a small ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very sweet toasty malt leads the entire aroma profile with a very subtle addition of floral hops. This beer smells refreshing. Sweet buttery malts give this beer a really full impression.

Taste: The flavor is equally as refreshing as the aroma suggested. Man, this beer is malty! It has such a toasty quality that it has an almost "burnt popcorn" flavor deep within. Even though the aroma suggested that it was going to be really rich and heavy, the flavor finishes pretty attenuated with an almost dry finish. There is a bit of a contribution of the hops in the finish, but they let the malt leave a bit of sweetness to linger for some time after the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and I think that it is a great representation of this style. I think that I was fortunate to get a pretty fresh example. I didn't get a lot of alcohol in the flavor, but there is some subtle warming after drinking...letting you know that there is some power lurking within this beer.

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Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,408 ratings.
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