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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 JDV
2.1/5  rDev -38.2%
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 +6.2%
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 +10.9%
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 -27.6%
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 -4.4%
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 +30.9%
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 -12.6%
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 +6.2%
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 +7.9%
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 +21.5%
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 -16.2%
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 -5.6%
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 -5%
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 +10.3%
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 -5%
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 +1.5%
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 -2.9%
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 +8.2%
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.


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Photo of berserker256
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +11.8%
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 -3.5%
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 -2.9%
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 -17.1%
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 -1.5%
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 -9.7%
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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