Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

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Photo of Treyliff
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- pours a pale clear straw color with a thin creamy white head that has good retention after the pour, leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- smells of that classic green bottle skunk, along with toasted grains, grassy and floral hops, slightly bready

T- grainy and fruity ip front, followed by light grassy and floral hop notes, not really picking up the bready/caramel flavors that is expected of the style. The finish drops off quick and is slightly watery, with lingers of grassy hop and skunk

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns into a creamy crisp finish, high drinkability

O- drinks more like a standard pilsener than an oktoberfest, but it is highly drinkable and goes down easy, which serves its primary purpose

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Photo of Stevedore
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a light golden yellow body, clear with plenty of effervescence, one finger white head, thick retention, lots of lacing. A well-endowed lager. Smells of biscuit, cracker, wheat, light caramel, noble hops. It's a fairly standard lager aroma. Bready. Hefty grassiness also. Flavour is a bit of an improvement on the balance; fair bit of grassy bitterness at the end, but bready and biscuity up front. As with some of the other German versions of Oktoberfests, I find the American versions to be sweeter and more caramel-forward, so this is a nice change of pace. It's more of a true lager. Mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, eminently drinkable in larger quantities. Good grassy bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of mmmbirra
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

0.5 liter brown glass bottle into a mug. Slightly darker than other pale munich oktoberfest beers.
Aroma is similar to their classic helles, but with more sweetness and toast, and a little alcohol.
The taste follows the aroma as a toasty helles lager and has a pronounced bitterness in the finish. Some alcohol notes too.
A lighter body than most munich oktoberfest beers, with a stronger alcohol presence, but this one is eminently drinkable.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very clear medium golden color with several streams of little air bubbles continuously and fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface. has a white head that's initially an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/5 of an inch thick with good retention and decent lacing. Aromas of some lightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that give way to a slight hop aroma. The taste is pretty much the same, with some lightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that is followed with a slight bit of hop bitterness. The flavor profile isn't quite what I am used to on an Oktoberfest style beer, but this is really refreshing. Has a crisp, yet also smooth and slightly creamy/frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An interesting take on this style.


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Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, pale straw color, highly effervescent, with a huge foamy white head that lasts a good while before leaving heavy lacing. Smells like a slightly-more-bready-than-usual Heineken. There's some dry, bready malts behind a slight skunkiness. The taste is nothing like the aroma suggested. It's got a nice, soft, white bread thing going, and a relatively thick, chewy mouthfeel -- especially for something so damn light looking. Very easy drinking. Not what I normally expect for the style, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much lighter than many other marzens, both in color and in feel. Clear and golden, very carbonated. Smells very grainy and slightly of alcohol. Tastes very crisp, again with a bit of an alcoholic bite, which surprised me. That being said, it is exceedingly "clean" tasting, as others said it is like a very good example of a euro pale lager. Feels fairly light as I said, I could drink several of these without filling up too much. Overall I think it's not what I expected for the style, but still really good.

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Photo of twage04
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-yellow with medium-high carbonation. Not much aroma, just a litttle sulfury lager yeast thing going on. Taste is of cracker tasting malt, some hops in the background. Maybe a hint of skunkiness. A little lacking in malt from what I'd expect for the style but not unenjoyable. Kinda like a heavier pilsner with less maltiness.

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Photo of dcotom
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into dimpled mug. Light amber color with a fluffy white head that fades rather quickly, leaving almost no lacing and a few spotty islands of foam on the surface. This has a lot of complexity that seems to peak at cellar temperature. There is some sweetness and a little light caramel at first, then spicy bitterness and a hint of tart apple that lingers on the finish. I would love to be able to revisit this in Munich during Oktoberfest someday!

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Photo of stevoj
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden color with light, airy foam that dissolves rapidly.Hayloft aroma and taste of bread (white bread). Not as good as I thought it would be....(or should be)

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with white head. Aroma has grains, bread crust and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet at first, grainy and bready but gets more bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Easy drinking and quite refreshing.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of grainy biscuit and a subtle airy floral hop presence.

Light medium body with a very smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding - slight alcohol traces are evident near the finish. Reasonably intense for the style with a balance near perfection. Complexity is a bit lacking. Grainy biscuit leads off with a surprisingly slightly sweet background that only hints at caramel. The middle brings a very mild bitterness that perfectly balances the biscuit. Hop flavor is subtle and is herbal and floral in nature. As the finish fades, a slight alcohol flavor becomes uncovered.

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

Split six pack from Winter Haven ABC in 11.2 ounce bottles. This tasted like a really good Euro-Lager...did not pick up anything especially Oktoberfestish about it. Not complaining, though, because it tasted delish!

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Photo of Antc2382
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a unique Oktoberfest. A: I drank this straight out of the bottle, so it is skewed. It appears as a typical Grolsch style. Bottle is very unassuming/international. S: super-skunky, more powerful than most. Good if you dig that. T: this really is non-traditional Oktoberfest. I can not stress that enough. This is way more of a Czech Pilsner/ Kolsch style than any American or German style Oktoberfest. That being said, I enjoyed the beer for what it is. F: again, not typical of style, but good. Fairly crisp, carbonated goodness. O: caution, I like this beer but it does not signify what I have known about Oktoberfest beers.

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

This beer is the quintessential Oktoberfest IMO. Pours pristine with clarity. bright and gold. Creamy white head that fell well enough and left rings of lace. Nose is toasty bread crust. No hops. Only a light backing from herbal and a mild, I mean very mild spice. Taste is outstanding. Rich breaddy malt envelops the palate as hops are lilting gently in the background. generous malt is the star of the show as it caresses the palate and finishes with justa light kiss from bubbles. Hops balance this beer to perfection as only a slight bitterness comes forward as you drink to remind you to put that glass down for just a minute!

The best in this style this year next to Spaten and because it did not rely on hops to make a "sensation" on the palate. Soft hearty bread.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When all is said and done this is just an ok Oktoberfest. Very light in appearance but holds onto some good qualities for this style. Slightly skunky but enjoyable.

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Photo of Steelocation
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a six pack in bottles but the bottles were only 11.2 oz. Bottle number reads: L 211 0 10:09 on the label but the bottle itself reads: 180 15 23:26 R. Could not find the expiration date. Don't know if it's important but the label looks exactly like the Ba picture except its labeled Oktoberfest, instead of Oktoberfestbier (I guess I'm drinking the American counterpart). Poured it into a pint style glass.

Appearance: golden, clear, lively, and had a nice foamy head but that head didn't last long

Smell: roasty

Taste: nice and dry but a little malty

Mouth feel: crisp and very carbonated

Overall: I enjoyed this beer but it seem a little lite to me (even though the ABV is 6.3%). The color is not as dark as I was expecting and that reflected how it taste. If this was a blind taste test, I would have thought this was a lager. Still, a drinkable beer that you can have regularly.

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Photo of rwest
4.63/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

I don't really like Oktoberfests, but I love this beer. One of my Fall favorites. Doesn't really match the style, though. Probably why I like it so much!

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Photo of beerboy21
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modern style Oktoberfest. Like a Helles brewed to "Fest" strength. Blonde in color. Spicy, noble hops along with some maltiness. Enjoyable, honey-like finish. Excellent beer. Not enough lager lovers on this site.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Japan, poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tall glass.

Look: Pours a crystal transparent pale golden straw color. A deep and compact head formed of tiny white bubbles springs up and then slowly falls down to a thin film. The bubbles cling to the walls of the glass forming a thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: Initially a bit of skunk and dusty, then searching deeper reveals pale hops, maltyness and straw/honey undertones.

Taste: Malty sweet on the palate with a hop bitter afterkick. Undercurrents of honey and straw are perceptible. Not terribly complex, but pleasant.

Feel: A very gentle mouthfeel here with the malt and hops balancing each other nicely. Medium carbonation plays across the tongue with a mild prickly sensation.

Overall: A nice octoberfest beer and exemplifying the style very well. Nothing unexpected present and an easy to drink brew. A few flaws present that might be attributable to improper storage, but overall very solid.

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Photo of dd43
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too thin of body and too lacking of aromatic malt pungency to be recommendable as an marzen when you can readily get Ayinger and Sierra Nevada octoberfest in most areas. This isn't a bad beer, but it's entirely unremarkable.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There are so many good German Octoberfest beers out there, why waste time on this one??!!! Their green bottle, as do all green bottles, needs to be eliminated. It does NOTHING for the taste. There is nothing I care to say about this beer that is positive.

There are so many good German beers, go get one of them that you like and leave this one alone.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a .5 liter mug.

With slowly rising bubbles, a clear golden body holds up a nice white frothy head that retains well. Thick, random patches of foam stick to the glass. The aroma is spicy from hops and really buttery from malts with a faint skunk aroma from the green bottle. The taste is spicy as well and it covers up any malt presence although there is a very basic toasted grain and buttery element. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall: Really comes off as more of a Helles style of beer with a bit too much spice from hops.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Worst oktoberfest i've tried, with none of the elements typical to the style. Smells like a Heineken, which I find nasty. Clear golden color looks like adjunct swill. Taste has some redeeming malt character, and it finishes smooth. Glad I only picked up a single.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on draft at the South Wedge Harvest Hootenanny beer garden tent in Rochester, New York. Coloring sat somewhere near a glowing pumpkin orange. It put up a one finger head of bobbing white foam that crashed around the glass like an iceberg in too small a vessel. This retained nicely before leaving clinging sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. A mild haze cut clarity, but no sediment was otherwise noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma showed wheaty earthiness, bittered European amber grain soak, burnt wheat bagels, light cloven and plastic phenols, harsher fruity esters, tinny yeast, black pepper, vegetal zucchini breadiness, dark clover honey, wet straw, and light but oily noble hop bitterness. Flavors included big bready dark wheatiness, sugary and toasty Munich maltiness, soft buttery diacetyls, distant bittered banana esters, toasted oats, oily orange peel, savory salted European lager yeastiness, India ink, rusted bronze, tattered and dusty cotton weave, faint grassy hoppiness, light booziness, and some toasted almond fruitiness. The body was on the full side of medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave very hearty slurp and smack, but sitting even further forward was the frothiness and creaminess that you’re met with. The mouth is coated only briefly in this before settling away into a gentle tannic, astringent spread. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks back without trouble.

Overall, this beer helped keep us warm on the first bitterly cold, windy day of the year. We met a group of pals out at our neighborhood’s outdoor fall festival, and were collectively happy to find a beer garden towards the back of the festival. They had a few local guys and a general smattering of Oktoberfest style beers, and we ended up landing on this one. In this setting, we found it to be hearty, warming, and generally clean for the style, giving off that bready and toasty classic maltiness that makes the style great. It equally conjured thoughts of steins and lederhosen as it did visions of a roaring fire. While the aroma was perhaps a bit dulled, thinned, and perhaps a bit too fruity, we thought the rest of it to be relatively solidly knocked together. We were pretty surprised to see how low a rating it got on here, and feel it to be deserving of a slot at least in the 80’s.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at an Oktoberfest celebration at the Student Prince in Springfield, MA. The beer had a golden, straw-like appearance with a medium-sized white head. Aromas were a bit wheat and bread-based with some spice flavoring. The beer had an earthy and bready tone with its taste mixed with some light malts. Good, medium body and carbonation. Overall, not too bad of a drink for the evening.

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