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Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

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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3.39
pDev:
24.78%
 
 
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Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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%
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 +14.2%
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?

28.99/24

v: oz3 al4 3.85

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Photo of treyrab
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +18.6%
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 +0.6%
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 -27.4%
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 -14.2%
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 +3.2%
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 +4.7%
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 -14.5%
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 -18.3%
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 -12.4%
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 -0.3%
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 +6.2%
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 +1.8%
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 -10.6%
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 -3.5%
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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Photo of JDV
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Hmmm... mine came in a green bottle and was slightly skunky. I'm pretty sure somebody poured a heineken or red stripe into this hofbrau bottle, b/c that is exactly what it tasted like. Nothing like an Oktoberfest/Marzen I've had before.. Looks and smells like a pale lager. Some yeastiness, some light malt and faint bitterness, and while not offensive aside from the light skunking, this is a horrible example of the style and not worth getting at all.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

the 3rd and final beer at the wine tasting event, all 3 were...a little "off", maybe that's why this distributing company has discontinued them all...

before i go any further, this is nothing like any oktoberfest i've ever had, and initially, i thought that maybe i just wasn't clued in and that there were a varying range of marzen to be discovered, but after reading a few reviews i see i'm not the only one who thought of this as a pale euro/helles.

A- clear golden with a cream colored head, not the deep rich amber i expected. no lace to be seen, but a few rising bubbles cheerfully wriggle to the top and...

S-...the release a pale malt and spicy noble saaz aroma thats a little grassy, a little floral, and despite the green bottle, these have all been stored in boxes in crates in a warehouse so there was no chance for light to leak in resulting in a pleasant smell that had no skunk at all.

T- crisp pale malt and tea like grassy hops, very fresh taste, grains, and dry white wine.

MF- medium thin body medium carbonation, crisp hop bite cleans things up at the end for a short dry finish.

D- not being a huge fan of marzen beers, i gladly accept this change though i have no idea whether it's authentic or not. it's sooo german so it must be. being fortunate enough to get this straight from the warehouse was a plus.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Paulaner Seidel

A- Pale blonde, like a helles, a lot paler than say Paulaner Oktobefest for example. 3 finger creamy head in aggressive poured, disappates to a crown over 2 mins, living beading.

S- Munich malts, sweet biscuityness, fresh breads, all quite subdued flavours.

T- lots of bready malts and sweetness, slight hoppy crispness in the finish.

M- High carbonation, crisp, fresh but a bit watery

D- Run of the mill oktoberfest, i feel Paulaner is better, this may be a bit thin, nonetheless, its fresh and crisp flavours give it good drinkability

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Photo of stephens101
2.46/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden into a pint glass with the head disappearing so quickly that I didn't have a chance to notice it's qualities. Smells a bit of skunk at first then some grains. Taste redeems the beer somewhat after the lackluster effort in the looks and smell department. You get some grains, bolder than expected malts and some yeast with a little honey sweetness as it goes down. Not your typical Oktoberfest, but might make for a good summer session beer to replace a less tasty lager that you've become bored with. Then again, it might not.

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Photo of chileman13
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I ran across this beer while I visited the House of Brews in Manhattan, NYC. I was really looking for the Pschorr, however they were out. Thinking yaaa the Germans know beer I went for this.
A- Really light Gold to straw in color. No head
S- Lightly Hopsy
T- Not like any Octoberfest. Really this is a very tasty summer beer.Balanced
M- Thin acceptable level of carbonation.
D- Drinkable, of course it's drinkable, just not what I was expecting.
I'd have another.

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Photo of xare
4.45/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Color is a very very light straw yellow with about 1 cm of white head that dissipates quickly but it looks pretty good to me. Smell is of hops and a bit of skunk but it's a very minor smell.

Tastes like a lager and goes down very smooth, just as smooth as Bud Light but with flavor that doesn't fizz in your mouth. It's just an outstanding beer to drink easily. It has flavor but it's more of a subdued one and the best comparison I can make would be to a light lager but that isn't fair to this beer since it goes down even smoother than those do and doesn't feel heavy at all. All in all, I wish I had bought more of this beer to store because I'm going to have to wait until next year to buy some more!

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Photo of barleyman
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1/2 liter brown glass bottle into my straight sided tumbler. White head quickly dissapates, leaving no lace. The beer is much lighter in color that other octoberfest beers, yellow rather than orange. The smell is of skunk and hops. The taste is of hop and sort of lagerish. Mouthfeel is very light and drinkability is good like a lager

just a thought,

barleyman

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