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
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210
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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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 JaimeLondon
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

11.2 oz (GREEN >_<) bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade and a creamy texture. Retention isn't that good, but it leaves behind nice lacing. (3.75)

Smell: *sigh* It's fairly skunked. When I try to focus away from the skunk (it's hard to do), it smells like a pretty typical wiesn, which means it has a combination of sweet, bready malts and a minor noble hoppiness. For those of you who don't know what a wiesn is, it's basically a light-colored oktoberfest and bears a resemblance to a stronger Munich helles lager, whereas the marzen (AKA the variant most people think of when told to describe a fest beer) is amber-colored and very caramel-esque in its flavor tones.

Anyways, skunk bad, skunk real bad. (2.25)

Taste: A fairly simple beer: it starts with notes of white bread and table sugar, while the finish is vaguely hoppy. I'm also getting touches of bubblegum. The flavor doesn't seem as badly skunked here; in general, it's not my kind of mar...oops, I mean wiesn. But by no means is it a bad fest beer. (3)

Mouthfeel: When I don't focus on its initial sweetness, I find it to be dry. Really dry, actually. And that's good! This is the kind of beer that should be easy to put down. Carbonation is medium. (3)

Overall: I really dig a good fest beer: they're all about drinking mug after mug in rapid succession, without a care in the world. This can get the job done, but you'd have to overlook the skunk first, and that's hard to do. But hey, a keg will be skunk-free...just saying in case those of you reading this review still want to try it. (2.75)

2.84/5: Even without taking the skunk into consideration, I'd still prefer a good marzen over this one

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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5/5  rDev +47.1%

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3.76/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.52/5  rDev +3.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of CTbrew32
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Golden yellow with a slight amber hue. Very clear and pours a one head that dissipates into a thin layer of soapy looking foam resting on the surface.

Aroma- Very bland, but sweet caramel and toasted malts can be detected.

Taste- A nice snap of herbal/spice hops upfront that give way to toasted malts and caramel flavors. Either this is a skunked beer or there is a unpleasant grainy flavor to this, which really knocks down the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean with a smooth, almost chewy texture that becomes a saving grace for this beer.

Overall- An okay beer, but there are clearly some off flavors in this beer that detract from the enjoyment. I've had this multiple time in the past and this was much better on draft, so maybe the green bottles screwed with, but even then I never really have that problem with Spaten beers. For what this is right now, its a okay oktoberfest that I'd give another chance, but if the off flavors persist then there's better alternatives out there. (70/100)

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of wiscokid920
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

If I was handed this blind, I would have thought it was a Euro Pils.
First thing I noticed was the musty, skunk nose (Green Bottle?). Flavor seems to be more of the same, but honey sweet. Reminds me of sweetened version of a Heineken.
Not what I hoped it to be, but ya never know unless you give it a shot.

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

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3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.52/5  rDev +3.5%

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