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Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
564
Ratings:
1,356
Avg:
3.39
pDev:
24.78%
 
 
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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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Photo of Homerbag
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a green bottle it pours a golden, straw-like color that is more reminisant of a macro lager (Heinieken or Pabst) has a quick disappearing head. Smells grassy, not malty, like a summer lawn mower beer. Unfortunatly, I can already smell the skunkiness from the light polution. This taste more like a Macro German lager than a Marzen. Comparing this to other O'fest (Hacker, Spaten, Paulaner) this is weak. Has some hop to it, but little sweetness. Mouthfell is fair. High carbonation, leaves the palate dry. Overall as an O'fest I am not a fan. As a lager, this is not bad. This is a high quality lawn mower beer. I'll atribute some of the faults to the green bottle, hoping this is better on tap. Not my first or even second choice as a Marzen.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One easy-drinking brew with that great buttery malt character, some nice grassiness and a firm caramel note. A faithful and nearly flawless example of the style.

Very nice, I still like the roastier, richer American Octoberfests out there, but this one is very enjoyable.

Recommended…

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Photo of berserker256
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a little disappointed. I expect more from German beer. Perhaps the stupid green bottle had something to do with it. Light polution, again. The appearance wasn't up to the usual German standard. It looks like a slightly-darker Budweiser. Not much head. The smells consists of hoppy and malty skunk tail (green bottle?). The taste seems a little bitter and it the beer seems a tad overcarbonated. I'm sure this beer is MUCH better when drank from a giant Oktoberfest mug in München, Deutschland. I've got to believe that this beer is better and that I just got a crappy six pack.

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Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale gold; the two finger head is white, airy and uneven. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell malty and a bit bitter. Clean and fresh, with some flowery notes.

The taste is very malty with notes of dough and fresh yeast. There are some bitter notes that grow stronger in the aftertaste, although the malty notes and hints of alcohol are present too. Well balanced.

The carbonation is quite strong. Large bubbles. The liquid is creamy.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug

A- Frothy head? Check.

Nice lacing? Check.

Rich amber color? Ugh. This one poured a golden yellow with medium-high carbonation. It was a lot lighter than I expected to see.

S- Mostly bready aroma with some hops in the background. Missing were the malty scents I associate with a Marzen.

T- More bread/cracker flavor with some hop components. More of a pilsner taste than Oktoberfestbier.

M- Some tingle from the carbonation and a soft head.

D- Very drinkable.

Overall- IMHO this makes for a great pilsner, but it seems a bit mislabled as a Marzen. This seems close to the style of beer that tends to be served in the Oktoberfest tents, but I was expecting a more traditional Marzen when I bought it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green bottle,

A: Pours a typical yellow, light for an Okotoberfest, small, white head, which dissipates quickly.

S: Light maltiness, is there, some nut, and a bit of fruit, though faint.

T: Similar to the smell, this tasted better cold, as it warmed up, the malt flavour became cloying, overall, a good flavour, dominated by caramel malt, and noble hops, a spicy hop character, creates a good balance.

M: Nice and crisp, light, easy to drink, became syrupy when warmer, but overall, a nice lager feel.

D: A fair Oktoberfest, not a bad beer, but pretty average and standard, but I wouldn't have a problem drinking a six-pack of this stuff, it's better than a lot of the stuff you're going to find out there.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very pale yellow with no head or lace. Looks like dirty water.

Smell is slight vegetal and a bit of hops.

Taste is metallic sourness on top of some weak hop notes. This does not have an Oktoberfest flavor at all.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Not overly offensive, just very plain and Heineken like. Green bottles are no good! Not recommended.

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Photo of shererjt
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear yellow with a frothy white head. Color was very light for an Oktoberfest; seemed to be more of the helles-ish variety of this style. Aroma was primarily hops and skunkiness with some malt in the background, but not nearly as much as expected. Still, not bad except for the skunk. Medium body with moderate bitterness and relatively dry. Definitely a Bavarian beer but light on the sweetness. Mouthfeel was lively and well-balanced with things leaning towards the bitter side, but not by much. Drinkability was decent and appropriate for style.

Okay, but not really what I want when picking a Märzen. Seems to be a helles-like beer with a bit of additional bitterness and hop flavor. The malt does come out a bit as it warms, though, but it still needs more.

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Photo of Gmann
3.07/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost straw like golden color with an average white head, rather dissappointing for an Oktoberfest. The smell is of grains and grassy nobel hops. Not much malt detected. The beer has a cracker like malt base, maybe a touch sweeter than their Munchen Helles, and a slightly bitter hop presence. Where are the caramel malts?? The feel is light and fizzy and well balanced. This brew drinks well and is very sessionable but misses the mark for an Oktoberfest. I don't see that much, if any, difference between this and their Helles.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a half liter brown bottle. When poured this neer produces a good amount of bright white head. It is amber gold in color with a quite clear body.

Aromas are sweet and somewhat honey like. There are also slight hints of an apple like fragrance.

The taste is quite light and slightly bitter at the same time, but sweet up front. A bit like cracker and caramel at first, but finishes quite toasty.

This is a pretty good beer, obviously meant as a session beer. It's got a good kick for a session beer with the 6% ABV, it warms the palate a bit... HALLO OKTOBERFEST!

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw golden yellow with a fairly thick head that descends to a lasting thin cover.

The smell is of sweet grain with a hint of Contintental-type hops and a touch of caramel. Slight "Euro-skunk" is noticeable, but vanishes pretty quickly.

The taste is of sweet grain/grass and a touch of caramel. Subtle Continental-type hop bitterness balances it out. The malt is rather on the light side for the style. Finishes clean.

The body is light-to-medium. Smooth. Inoffensive. This is a mild, easy drinking O-fest. It's an all-round lighter interpretation of the style. While this is decent, there are better, tastier O-fests to choose over this one, IMO.

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Photo of JanM
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess Hofbräu's Oktoberfest 2007 deviates a little bit from the mainstream oktoberfest beer. For one thing it has a little higher ABV (6.5%) but it's also more plain yellow as compared to a the usual copper yellow colour of Märzenbier. The smell is citric and bready and with that dishrag whiff this kind of beer should have. The taste is bitter, fruity and with a lot of bread. There is a slight sweetness and a some alcohol too. Lots of carbonation. I had expected a thinner oktoberfest from Hofbräu but it's really fruity and similar to the Czech Starobrno's Baron Trenck. The higher ABV does the trick, I think. My oktoberfest favourite this year.

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Photo of BBM
2.76/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light golden yellow into the pint gl-- wait, light golden yellow? I thought this was supposed to be an Oktoberfest. This was the first thing that gave me skepticism. The aroma was actually a pleasant blend of fruitiness and earth-like spiciness, with a healthy smell of caramel malts.

Unfortunately none of that really transferred into the flavor. There was plenty of malt, but also a generous amount of grassy hops, and that slight Euro-lager skunkiness to the finish. I wanted to make sure it was in fact the Oktoberfest and not the traditional lager, so I double-checked the tap handle. And sure enough... this beer honestly has no inclination that it is an oktoberfest beer, which is really disappointing. You'd think a brewery from MUNCHEN would be able to nail this one pretty well.

Mouthfeel was thin and slightly carbonated, but not bad. To be honest, this serves as a decent Euro lager, something that's certainly drinkable if you want a lighter beer. But as an Oktoberfest it's unacceptable.

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Photo of ChuckMartel37
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is probably one of the lightest colored oktoberfests i've seen. It pours bright golden, almost strawlike with minimal lacing. The little bit of head it does have disappears rather quickly. It has a sweet smelling munich malt aroma at first, but the noble hops start to become more apparent after a while. The hops give it a nice bite once it hits your mouth, but it ends with that malty sweetness. Not very fully bodied, but this makes it very quaffable. As a beer, it's amazing for session drinking. I could see this being my go-to drink for say, several games of beer pong, for example. However I'm disappointed inasmuch as this is considered a Marzen (allow me to be a slave to the style for a moment). I was really hoping for that dark, heavy roast and malt flavor for the season. Overall, a decent beer, but I've had better Oktoberfests.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours with a fluffy white head, but fades after a minute. it's a very attractive bright golden color. not oktoberfest-like, but hey, it's pretty.
the aroma is grainy, with bits of caramel, and noble hops. a hint of skunk actually adds a bit of character. some raw malt. it's also got a little bit of an astringent soapy smell that's sort of harsh.
the taste is sweet and grainy, with some traces of sweet caramel. pale pilsner type malt flavors, except in a little more of an abundance. maybe a little bicuity. bitterness at the back, but rather undefined aside from some herbal qualities. a little bit of alcoholic burn. a little too sweet in the wrong ways.
fuller side of medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. i would like it to be a little lighter in the mouth.
decent enough drinkability, and decent anough beeer, but i'm not sure what this is, it sure isn't an oktoberfest.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden/straw color. Active carbonation. Thin retention. Decent lacing.

Smell - Honey, coriander, oats, other citrus?

Taste - Sour citrus, honey, and malts then a hoppiness comes through.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Dry finish

Drinkability - Easy to drink, but I'd rather have other octoberfest beers.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours unlike any other Oktoberfest I have tried, which makes me leery right off the bat. Clear dark golden color with a thick and fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Lager-ish aroma of mild hops and malt. Light-bodied with hops and grainy malt flavors that don’t have much staying power. The finish is mildly bitter with touches of citrus. Below average across the board.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow with a thick rocky head. The smell is strong of hops. The taste is initially bitter from the hops, but the sweetness from the malt is quickly tasted – resulting in a nicely balanced beer. The mouthfeel is on the thin side and has a slight carbonation bite. I was quite pleased with this brew and find it light and very drinkable.

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