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:
16.18%
 
 
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26
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210
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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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 Futbolmanby
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

I picked up a six pack of this last night. I had the beer out a 12 oz green bottle. There is a freshness date label on the back, it reads L134D 1050. I have no idea what that translates to.

This beer appears a light golden color. Lighter then most of the other Oktoberfests I have been trying recently. Decent head, but disappears fairly quickly. Noticable lacings.

Sweet malt flavor with a grassy finish. Nice beer that reminds me of a German Pilsner. Not sure if I would get this again with all of the other options out there for this style, but this was enjoyable.

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Photo of justinm4bama
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Cycle69
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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 TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a half liter brown bottle. When poured this neer produces a good amount of bright white head. It is amber gold in color with a quite clear body.

Aromas are sweet and somewhat honey like. There are also slight hints of an apple like fragrance.

The taste is quite light and slightly bitter at the same time, but sweet up front. A bit like cracker and caramel at first, but finishes quite toasty.

This is a pretty good beer, obviously meant as a session beer. It's got a good kick for a session beer with the 6% ABV, it warms the palate a bit... HALLO OKTOBERFEST!

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Photo of rypkr
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste more like a pilsner than a marzen.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen glass

A - Pours a pale Golden colour with a tight White head the reduces to a film

S - Aromas of small hops not much else

T - Hops come thorugh with some metallic flavours
has the Marzen like flavour.

M - Medium carbonation and carbonation.

O - A drinkable beer without being spectacular.

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Photo of deebo
2.13/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-served in a stein this one has much less color than most-definitely more golden than amber. The white head quickly is gone leaving hints of lace on the glass.
S-not a lot going on here-very light on the sweet malt, very pale
T-same as aroma
M-fairly clean finish, otherwise pretty average across the board
O-Really surprised that even on tap this one has some hints of skunk. One of my least favorite marzens

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of AdamBear
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you're searching for a good octoberfest...this isn't it. Its definitely not a bad beer, but it doesn't fit the category too well.

A-extremely pale gold, good amount of white head

S-decent amount of honey wheat

T-good honey upfront but then deviates in to more of a pilsner like beer with a slightly bitter after-taste.

M-medium carbonation, smooth finish

D-not too many bad qualities but something about the after-taste means i couldn't drink more than one of these.

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Photo of tpauer
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Wobbly
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Eman17
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of lic217
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a medium toned honey with sufficient bubble action and a thinnish white head with quite a lot of staying power. Leaves some streaks of thick lace. Smells of light, cracker maltiness, faint sulphur/DMS, and a bit of earthy hops. Flavor is rather straightforward, clean, malty, bready, and with a nice touch of finishing bitter. Sweetish overall with a simple syrup flavor somewhere in there. Mouthfeel is light in body, but a bit sticky, and the carbonation is a bit too obtrusive. Solid overall, but I'll spend my money on other Oktoberfests in the future.

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Photo of pirmannt1
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle served in a pilsner glass. Batch/date stamp L165L 09:56

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. 1/8" persistent white head. Some lacing hear and there, mostly small islands.

Smell: Malt, German noble hops.

Taste: Simple malt, a hint of honey and apple, nice solid hop bitter finish which is crisp at the end. Spicy noble hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good and lively carbonation, nice thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: A simple beer, but very solidly put together such that all the simplicity equals one very drinkable beer. I had this at the Dayton German Fest earlier this year and again now, and in both cases I could easily knock back another, and I would not mind doing so. Not a rich in flavor Marzen, nor is it my favorite as I think the malt is a bit on the weak side - but - it works as a good beer. If I cannot get some of my other favorites, I think I'll look to this one as my backup for large amounts with pork and other typical German Oktoberfest favorites.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz green bottle. No freshness date on bottle.
It pours a light gold color with a medium-sized snow-white head and some sheets of sliding lace.
The aroma is mild. There's a light smell of sweet malt and an ever so faint smell of over- ripe fruit.
It's not very malty for the style, although this brew is slightly heavier than the HB lager. A taste of bread dough and a mild herbal quality add a rounded flavor and mouthfeel.
A Euro-hop metallic tang and weak citrus bitterness are more upfront than is normally expected for the style.
Not a bad brew, just a different, less malt-driven, slightly more alcoholic presentation of the style.

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

Pale gold or dark yellow, take your pick, as this is not impressive looking Octoberfest beer. A decent aroma with a nice malt sense despite the light body. The flavor is clean and crisp, but lacks Marzen sweetness. The body is a bit thin and unimpressive. This beer is a bit disappointing given its brewer's heritage.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a stein (snifter? hey - it's an Oktoberfest). Pour is crystal clear light amber (very light) with a nice thick head. The nose is slightly skunky (darn green glass) with a little bit of clean malt and spice on it.

After smelling this beer, I was all set for a huge disappointment, but it doesn't taste all that bad. The feel is quite firm and the flavor has nice, clean malt notes. Very easy to drink, but not very complex. There's a lemony note on the finish I don't quite care for.

Overall, an average representation of the style. The nose kind of spoils it for me. I expected more.

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Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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