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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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Reviews: 573 | Ratings: 1,386
Photo of CoalCellar
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from the bottle...

A: Has a nice golden haze to it, appears much like other german oktoberfests from the region..

S: A sulfery nose of light hops and pilsner...crisp and refreshing

T: Exceptional...this is where this beer really shines....starts with a light hop bite and german pilsner flavor, and finishes with an unexpected sweet malt flavor, maybe the best oktoberfest I've had!

M: Standard body

D: I rate the drinkability very high on this beer because of all the great flavor, and the average alcohol content. Score yourself a case before I buy all of them up!

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Photo of hunteraw
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tis the season for Oktoberfest, might as well open one up. This wasn't available when when I visited the Munich Hofbrauhaus around Christmas.

Appearance: Very clear, golden in color. Thin head, with mediocre retention and no lacing.

Smell: Grainy, almost adjuncty, with some "green" and spicy hops underneath. I was expecting a lot more malt from this style. You might be forgiven for thinking this was supposed to be a pilsner.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet on the palate. A bit of cooked vegetable or sweet corn - can't be adjunct, due to the rheinhetsgebot. Alcohol comes through a bit strong, considering it's just 6%.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, actually quite creamy. Lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not very impressed with this one. I was expecting something more.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into my 24oz stein. Beer 2 of 6 of my BotO.

A: Straw yellow with a massive white head with one of my eyelashes added as garnish. Removing said hair reveals a very appealing beer, nowhere as dark as most but solid.

S: Well, I'll be damned if this isn't a helles or a pilsener. The nose is hoppy with lemon and grassy notes and this beer smells crisp. There's a definite butterscotch component in the back, something i don't really care for.

T/M: Light and crisp on the palate with most of the hop flavors forming the basis for this beer. There's a mild grassy note which is fresh and tasty and is followed by sweet malt flavor, kinda like sweet corn but nowhere as gross. Unfortunately, there's a fair bit of butterscotch in this and the refreshing, drying finish is marred by a metallic feel. Carbonation is ample and solid.

D: This is a really easy drinking beer that I don't have a problem drinking but there's definitely better beers out there

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having taken German in middle and high school, I am familiar with the hofbrauhaus brewery from the oktoberfest songs that we used to sing while downing root beer and pretzels. This one was my first actual taste, though, and sad to say it was a disappointment. 12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug.

Color is a suprisingly pale, clear gold. Modest white head that settles to a thin film and leaves sparse lacing.

Smell is slightly grainy but pretty weak. Taste is similar. This seems more like a german pilsner than an festbier. Mouthfeel is medium light, no complaints. Drinkability is moderate, I wouldn't go back for another one of these but if it was offered to me I would never turn it down.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a gorgeous mid-September afternoon, and we've just closed the pool for the season. A dark green cover now drapes what was, just a few short hours ago, a crystal blue liquid paradise.

Served in this year's Spaten Oktoberfest glass at just over fridge temperature, I'm pairing this with pork bratwurst with mustard on a roll. Freshness date is L 184 H.

Appearance- Much more yellow than amber, this supports an incredibly sustaining four finger crown. Lacing is outrageous, draping the inside of the entire glass.

Smell- Clean and quite hoppy, this exhibits just a smattering of malt in the nose. No caramel or toffee aromas that one might expect from other beers of the style.

Taste- Simple, honest, and very good. More bitter and zippy than its malt-driven peers, this is perfectly suited to my meal.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- While the carbonation is aggressive, it really is perfect for the sausage... lifting the grease and fat from the tongue and leaving a gripping, dry bitterness for the next sip. The lighter body of this example really adds points for drinkability, and this will absolutely be a contender for the upcoming all-day festivals for this season.

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Photo of TKempe
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A golden and clear appearance with a good but frail head; good lacing.

Smells very malty: grainy and fresh, yet sweet and full. A fruity orange-like note pops up every now and again. Hop presence is quite strong fot the style.

Flavour is dominantly malty and rather sweet at that. After a short while, the flavour mellows out and becomes dry and slightly bitter. Alcohol is quite evident at this point too. A beautiful and very complex after-taste and again a nice hoppy touch to the whole beer.

Mouthfeel is good, but maybe just a bit too strongly carbonated. Body is medium.

A nice malty lager, a little less "festive" than I expected.

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Photo of BWH3
2.07/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Very good for a light larger. Golden, clear, puffy creamy head that slowly fades into the still waters. Not as amber as most Octoberfest beers is one slight.

S: Weak hint of musty noble German hops. And that is it.

T: It got worse. The taste has a nice effervescence to it but the malt character is minimal and the hops are only slightly more present. I hate to criticize one of the Big Six Octoberfest brewers but this just seems all wrong. It's only saving grace is that is not overtly offensive. I would be hard pressed to pick this over Bud or MGB although the water is of high quality

M: The carbonation is very pleasing to the mouth (unlike the above mentioned US macros). The carbonation lasts enough.

D: If you are on a quest to consume all the Octoberfest beer you can get your hands on this fall (my personal goal), then by all means drink away. If you are looking for a good beer, pass it over.

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

Little white head, yellow color. Like a a yellow cloud.

Smells very bready, malty goodness. Like the pilsbury doughgirl in heat...

tastes of sugary malty goodness, like sugar smacks with hops and alcohol.

Smack, smack, sugar smacks, give me a smack and i'll smack you back.

Good beer ya.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A--Pours a decent two and a half finger frothy snow-white head that lasted pretty well and left some lacing. Body=do what now? This is the color of Budweiser, whih is to say pale goldenrod. Much, much lighter than I thought it would be, and than the style I thought dictated. Oh well.

S--Mostly sweetly alcoholic with hints of corn, pretty much a cloying astringency on the nose. I couldn't detect any hops.

T--Um, huh? I don't get it--this tastes like a slightly more hoppy, less watery MGD to me. Lots of corn and rice without much of a toast or roast in the malt coming through. The six pack tells me this was brewed under the German purity law, but I taste Crispix up front and throughout. Finishes clean and crisp with a hint of hop bitterness, but really, the complexity here is almost nil. Lots of sweet with the alcohol peeking through toward the end.

M--Thicker than an American macro, and less carbonated. Less metallic, too, though the generic flavor suggests this was made in steel tanks the size of Eastern Iowa. Actually the mouthfeel wasn't too bad, though thinner than I would expect for the style.

D--Well, yeah, I could polish off more than my fair share of these, but for about half the price I could have about the same experience with what I can find around the corner at a Bodega.

I paid ten bucks for six of these? Oh well, it's better than Corona.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a green bottle with no freshness date, but a code L156H1002. this had just arrived at total wine and i got a six out of a case i opened myself for fear of lightstruck green bottles...
clear golden--slightly deeper color than a Helles. 2 finger head leaves decent cap and very sparse temporary lace.
smells of fresh grain and noble hops, the hops not as predominant as in a pilsner. seems appropriate.
the hops are there in the taste (these are hops i generally don't care for) but are careful to take a backseat to the malty, very slightly toasty qualities of the smooth medium body every swallow both satisfies and leaves you favorably disposed toward going for another. quaffable but with a substantial backbone. just looked up at the 6% (after downing two bottles)--very incognito.
finally a real oktoberfest that i can buy locally! i can see how this makes sense in litres. the beer is fully there yet invites you to take huge pulls of velvety goodness. guess many people are downrating due to this not matching what they think of as an oktoberfest, yet this is what they've been serving in munich for quite some time as i understand. represents positive progress imo. those other styles (toastier, hoppier, darker, heavier, etc.) of octoberfest will serve as occasional changes of pace from now on.
but why do they have to put it in green bottles, and why does the label say ALE?


v: oz3 al4 3.85

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Photo of treyrab
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah that time again for Oktoberfestbiers. Poured this one into my pint glass...

A: Extremely Munich-Helles looking...very clear, very carbonated, and coming packed with a huge snowblind white head. Looks very good for a pilsner, not so much for an oktoberfestbier.

S: Smells exactly like Hofbrau Original, except with slight hits of spices maybe, but thats a stretch. Nice German hops in the nose.

T: Give me a vertical tasting of this and Hofbrau Original and I may be able to tell the different. They are extremely similar, which is so surprising. There is a mild spice note on the finish, but that is all that differentiates it.

Overall, this beer is not bad and I could drink a few, but I am confused as to where the "Oktoberfestbier" part comes into play. Give it a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, bright golden color. Poured a slightly cream-colored head that dissipated pretty quickly before settlin to a skim that thickened around the edges. Very light lacing. Decanted slowly and steadily throughout.

S: Pale malt and slightly bitter Saaz hops with a light grassy note.

T: Very consistent with aroma; crisp pale malt and grassy hops. Finished very crisp and clean.

M: Medium thin body. Ample carbonation, but not overdone. Fresh, crisp hop bite cleansed finish.

D: Very drinkable. A solid choice for the style. Had a liter during the keg-tapping at the Hofbrau House in Milwaukee.

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

A: This beer looks great. Brilliant gold color has lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. The generous and firm head sticks around for the duration and leaves a generous lace. On the downside, this beer is awfully pale for an Oktoberfest.

S: Not much is going on here. Some pepper and clove to the nose, plus dry malts.

T: The peppery bitterness is what struck me first. As the beer warms, a bittersweet toffee flavor works its way into the picture. There is a very faint alcohol bite at work as well. The overall experience isn't terribly complex.

M: Medium body is a little sticky. Carbonation level is right.

D: A nice session beer, but there are much better examples of this style out there.

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Photo of Rennpferd
2.46/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

It poured nearly crystal clear with a slightly yellow tinge. It had a nice level of activity and a frothy three finger head that receded and left a nice lacing on the stein.

It smelled slightly malty and slightly hoppy. There was an undertone of a lesser ingrediant that was used to brew the beer, perhaps corn or rice.

It had a well balanced but lite taste of malt and hops. It really had no body and was a bit watery. For a moment I thought I was drinking an American Macro Lager.

I could drink this all night. No body, no flavor, to texture. Carbinated water mixed with alcohol. However I do not believe this to be a good representation of this style.

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Photo of tedsox31
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at an Octoberfest in Chicago.

Poured a very pale golden color with minimal head, and left almost no lacing down the side of the glass.

The smell is very slightly citrusy to me, and also a bit of yeast, although I cannot detect much more than that.

Taste is of yeast, and some hops, and a whole bunch of carbonation that probably masks whatever else is in there. Really not very impressed with the taste.

Very carbonated mouthfeel, although it is light-tasting and nothing lingers on the palate after you are done swallowing.

A drinkable beer; certainly not near the best. I would call this mediocre, but a fine beer for an outdoor festival with lots of people milling around. I don't think I would ever consume it at home.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale golden color with a small fully diminishing head.

Smells totally like a pilsner not so much like the other octoberfest beers I've had this season like the Hacker Pshor or the Sam Adams...

Taste is pretty nice with the dry hoppiness of a pilsner. There's a bit of citrus and sweetness.

Thin bodied with moderate carbonation and good clarity.

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Photo of Domingo
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While I love the HB's other offerings, this is one of the newer "Festbier" items that isn't really a Marzen. This is essentially a spezial hell or export. It's okay for what it is, but don't buy this expecting an amber colored brew with graham cracker-like flavors.
This brew is golden with a decent head. Nothing really wrong with it as long as you know what you're getting.
Smell is pretty malty for a pale beer. Noble hops follow up. Slightly more potent than a helles, hence this is closer to a spezial.
The flavor is a nice balance between sweet and dry, and isn't bad for what they're shooting for. Starts off sweet and grainy, and finishes relatively clean with a noble hop hit.
This is pretty easy to session if you want to and it's designed to be consumed in mass quantities after all
Personally, I'm not really a big fan of this lighter fest style. If I want a helles/spezial/export/etc. there are plenty of good offerings, and most fest tents already have them. When I want a Marzen/Oktoberfest, I'd prefer the original style. There's nothing inherently wrong with this brew when categorized properly, but when they scale back a style I enjoy, it's almost like a conflict of interest.

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Photo of Spidey13
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hofbrau's Oktoberfest pours a clear gold with a white head and lots of bubbles. To me, this is a bit too light for the style. The smells is very pilsner-esque, with hints of sour lemon and noble hops.

There is a bit of sweetness in the taste, but a lot of twangy hoppiness takes over. This is not as malty as I would like in an Oktobefest, though the mouthfeel is OK; medium with a mid-high carbonation.

Overall, this is not a great example of the Oktoberfest style. It isn't much different from any other light German lager.

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Photo of aerozeppl
2.77/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear golden color with a half finger of white head. A total miss on appearance for me.

S: It has that green bottle musty nose. The apples and fruit is there but way in the back.

T: Very clean and crisp. Only downside is that it should be deep and rich. Not bad but more like a euro lager than a Marzen.

M: Light on the tongue. No syrupy tone I like to get in this style.

D: An easy drinker for sure but a total miss style wise for me. Glad I only grabbed a single.

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Photo of Gehrig
2.97/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear medium golden colored body with a thin finger of off-white foam. Trace amounts of duration and lacing leave me underwhelmed. Moderate amounts of caramel melt attract the nose, a dash of ginger, little else. Not a good start for this Oktoberfest. The taste isn't bad, fairly malty but uncomplicated even for Oktoberfest. Sam Adams Octoberfest this isn't. Fairly smooth texture is offset by a flattening out halfway through, rendering this less drinkable than it would be otherwise, obvious deficiencies notwithstanding.

Fairly ordinary beer with even its best attributes compromised, this is not a very good Oktoberfest, with so many others besting this all around.

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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 dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan...
For an Oktoberfest beer, this poured rather light, as opposed to the typical dark-amber hue usually seen in the style...
Smell: Light, malty aroma with hints of caramel...
Taste: Medium-bodied mouthfeel, with nuances of bread, butter, caramel, and vanilla...
All-in-all, a good depiction of the style, but certainly nothing above and beyond...
Easily drinkable, and refreshing...
Not bad...

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Photo of MrMalt27
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

According to the Hofbrau reps, this is the same beer served in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, so it's going to be a little lighter in body, & alcohol because it's almost like a session beer.

Not as malty as I would like in the nose or flavor. Lighter color than most Oktoberfest beers, not much in aroma, but drinkable.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear pale straw color with a creamy white head.

S: some pale malting and light herbal hopping.

T: The body and flavor is more like a light lager/fest bier then an typical octoberfest style with a light cereal grain base. There was some buttery vegetables and an earthy herbal hop bite and fade on the finish.

M: light, and slightly oily.

D: Overall I was a tad bit disappointed by this. The flavor was rather bland. Theres a good herbal hop bite in the end, which is one of the few highlights of this beer. Drinks more like a festbier.

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Photo of biggmike
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/yellow color with a white head that didnt last too long. Aroma had a bit of skunk to it. Also was kind of grainy with a bit of alcohol to the nose. Flavor was malty with just a small bit of hops coming through. Not much lacing. Mouthfeel was a tad thin. Drinkability was ok. Decent beer.

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