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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München
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Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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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,


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

I poured this strange beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was very pale and did not look at all like a Octoberfestt beer. It poured a fine white bubbly head that decayed rather quicky. lacing was non-existant. The beer smelled skunky and sweet. Taste was not bad though. It was light and reffreshing but not very Octoberfestish at all. I would buy again but not in the fall !! This is like a summer beer.

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Photo of Lupe
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden colored and crystal clear with a small white head. Some lacing left behind the sides of the glass. Surprised by the appearance of this beer, as I am accustomed to orange or amber Oktoberfests.

Light malty aroma - very clean with toasted grain and mild hops. Faint hint of alcohol spice as well.

Sweet pale malt flavor - clean and light with toasted grain, bread, and crackers. Hops add a grassy flavor, some spice, and a nice bite. Finishes slightly dry. Flavors are fairly muted.

Medium bodied, super smooth, soft, and creamy. Much fuller mouthfeel than expected. Easy to drink with a straight forward maltiness. Good session beer.

Definitely not the best Oktoberfest out there, but not bad at all - At least on tap.

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Photo of michaelc916
4.13/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I actually had a mass of this at the Chinese Tower beer garden in Munchen just before Oktoberfest began. It was a fantastic beer to go along with the experience of riding a bike around the English Garden.

The bottle: Pours with a quickly fading fluffy white head. Smells of Munich malt and Haller hops with an almost skunk but not quite. The Malt really comes through in the flavor, and the hops take the back seat. Overall a great session beer.

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Photo of alexgash
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointingly green bottle pours out a tarnished golden body with a small, loose, off-white head that doesn't last long. Skunky hops over honey-covered biscuits and cookie dough. Spicy hop bitterness up front. Cookie dough and apple malts mid-palate. Apple sweetness crescendos into a slightly skunky, spicy hop finish. Moderate body with a slightly sticky feel. Probably better fresh at the hofbrauhaus!

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. green bottle into a mug.
A: Pale yellow in color, with a fairly thick white bubbly head with leaves some nice sticky lacing on the glass.
S: Mildly scented with grassy, yet almost fruity scents, perhaps hints of lemon, breadiness, and banana.
T: Mild kick of some hops in the middle, but mostly a plain taste of crisp hops and yeasty, chewy flavors.
M: Actually, not bad. Mildly refreshing and crisp.
D: Easy to put back, but it doesn't exactly leave me wanting more.

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Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted of malt and some spicy hops. There was also a corn and grain taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a fairly average oktoberfest. It smelled and looked like an average Euro Pale Lager, but it tasted better than that.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a light, crystal clear golden color with a one finger head that dissipates in about a minute.

Smell: Noble hops with a bready malt. Average.

Taste: Clean, inoffensive hop flavor balanced by a very light bread flavor, finishing light with a hint of grain.

Mouthfeel: Better than average. Nothing offensive, just a simple, clean and pretty smooth feeling from this brew.

Drinkability: This is meant for mass consumption at an Oktoberfest, and I think it would be perfect for a party. In fact I'm going to check into getting a keg of this for my next get-together...

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Photo of nickynick
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was disappointed when I first poured this. Lighter then other Oktoberfest beers that i have had. A dark yellow. Then the smell also seemed a bit skunky. However when I tasted it I was surprised again. It has a nice balance, however not as sweet and malty as some other Oktoberfest beers. Mouthfeel was light, but consistent with the rest of the beer. The drinkability was alright as well. Overall I probably won't seek out this beer again as there are better Marzen out there, mainly Paulaner, and Hacker-Pschorr, but I probably wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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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