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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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3.4
pDev:
15.88%
 
 
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Photo of bigdeuce
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Worst thing about it is, it doesn't smell like much. Doesn't look like a typical Oktoberfest either. Looks like a pilser. Pours a decent head though...but it tastes OUTSTANDING! I was impressed with this one. Banana-caramel malts round this one out with a crisp, smooth taste. No metalic background, an outstanding brew here. Very malty and sweet and different than other Oktobers in it's own right.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear slightly orange golden color with an active 1/4" head of very active white bubbles. The head only stuck around for about 30 seconds, and ended up as a small ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very sweet toasty malt leads the entire aroma profile with a very subtle addition of floral hops. This beer smells refreshing. Sweet buttery malts give this beer a really full impression.

Taste: The flavor is equally as refreshing as the aroma suggested. Man, this beer is malty! It has such a toasty quality that it has an almost "burnt popcorn" flavor deep within. Even though the aroma suggested that it was going to be really rich and heavy, the flavor finishes pretty attenuated with an almost dry finish. There is a bit of a contribution of the hops in the finish, but they let the malt leave a bit of sweetness to linger for some time after the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer, and I think that it is a great representation of this style. I think that I was fortunate to get a pretty fresh example. I didn't get a lot of alcohol in the flavor, but there is some subtle warming after drinking...letting you know that there is some power lurking within this beer.

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Photo of AltBock
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. green bottle with a yellowish oval shape label with a picture of a German Oktoberfest in the center. The Oktoberfest on the label is happening in front of Hofbräu München with horses pulling a cart full of beer and with a Roller Coaster in the background. The back label had the history of the Oktobefest, US Govt. warning, and a bin or batch number on the back. Since it was in a green bottle I would have liked a date instead of a batch number, but I guess not.

Appearance: When poured into a mug, the beer was a light golden color with a fizzy head of white foam. I didn't know how big the head of foam was because it just dissipated away too fast. It left a couple of rings and no lace around the glass.

Smell: Thanks to the green bottle, the aroma was a bit skunky when I first popped the cap, but luckily that went away when I poured into the mug. What the aroma had turned into, was a grassy, grainy, malty with a pinch of hops aroma. I can say that that aroma was better then skunk, but not by much.

Taste: I thought that when I smelled skunk when I opened the bottle, that the taste would also be skunky and just a bad bottle. Well, the taste wasn't skunky. The taste that I got was sweet malts and with some crisp bitter hops at the end. Not much going on in the taste, but it was still ok.

Mouthfeel: It was light, crisp, and with a clean aftertaste of mild bitter hops. It was just glad that it wasn't watery at all.

Drinkability: I really can't say that much about this beer because there wasn't much going on in this beer. It was ok, but if you want a bottle, just be a little cautious because it's a green bottle and could have been exposed to too much light. Not a beer that I would pick up again!

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A persistent white head over a clear light to mid gold beer.Bubbles were relatively large sticking to the side of the glass and were regularly released to feed the foam.
An even malt smell that a\has a hint of sweetness but not overly so and is tempered by a hoppiness that is a little grassy.
The taste was pretty impressive.
For a Lager it is as complex as I have had.There is a smoothness combining the none too sweet malts and the hoppy bitterness that has an orange/chocolate liquer finish to it.
There is plenty of carbonation and bitterness making it a stimulating drink to have in your mouth
How can macro lagers be so far away from this?
lagers get pretty shitty PR and I think this beer redresses the issues in an ever so small way

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Photo of JMD71
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with little head. Looks effervescent...

Smell: Malty, earthy with hints of fresh mown hay

Taste: Yeasty & crisp with solid malty base. Slight hop bite in the finish...

Mouthfeel: Smooth, clean feeling. Light to medium bodied.

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Can see these going down fairly quickly.

Comments: This was an average Oktoberfestbier. I've had many better, but I think a lot of the problem with this one was its freshness. I questioned its freshness, but there was no date on the bottle to tell. I think this would be a much different beer had it been sampled in Munich fresh. By the time it made it to my LBS, it tasted sort of tired....

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

A - 1" white foamy head that retains well at 1/4". Honey gold (unexpected color for the style). Slow rising bubbles. Light lace.

S - Sweet malt. Spicy hop. Simple, basic, good.

T - Sweet, bready malt up front. A little metallic at first. Mineral. Light spicy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel. Clean finish. Medium carbonation.

D - Good flavor, easy to drink. Not far off from Hofbrau Original. Not what I expect from an Oktoberfest, but a good solid beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold topped by an eggshell colored head that has better than average persistence even though the bubbles look to be popping at a rapid rate. Unfortunately, there's almost no lace. I have never seen an Oktoberfest this light; it looks nothing like what it's 'supposed' to look like.

I'm beginning to wonder if Hofbrau Munchen mislabeled this bottle. Oktoberfestbier smells absolutely nothing like the stated style either. First of all, I got a huge whiff of skunk after popping the cap (thanks for the green bottle guys). That nastiness has faded for the most part, but I'm left with something that smells for all the world like an average Euro pale lager. The nose is dominated by musty, still slightly skunky hops, with no appreciable maltiness. Smelling like Heineken is not a good thing.

Malt has appeared on the palate, although it has none of that earthy, toasted, slightly dark flavor that the style demands. The flavor profile is equal parts pale malt, musty noble hops and alcohol. I'm amazed to see that the ABV is only 6%, it tastes like it's at least 8%, if not higher. Something is seriously amiss when a beer labeled as an Oktoberfest tastes like a dead ringer for a maibock or even a Euro strong lager.

Despite the maltiness, the beer isn't all that sweet. Neither is it all that bitter. Slightly harsh alcohol is the only flavor sensation that makes an impact on the tongue. Again, not a good thing. Despite a mouthfeel that's a few clicks more full than medium, and is slick and clingy, the flavor doesn't hang around very long. Now *that's* definitely a good thing.

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier, to beat a dead horse, is a lousy example of the style. I wouldn't have picked it as an Oktoberfest if given five guesses. In spite of all that, the only thing that matters is whether or not it's good beer. As far as I'm concerned... not.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting choice for my Christmas beer present from my girlfriend. Of course, it is a little behind the times but that's okay. I was meaning to try this two months ago but tons of things to drink before winter.
This beer starts with a middle gold color and a nice snowy cap of head.
The lace stays with every sip, coating the pilsner glass. The nose is thin with hops and caramel malt. I also detect some adjuncts which aren't as nice.
Taste is crisp and fresh and a little overcarbonated but not too bad. There are hints and fruit and spice laced around the malt The taste is only moderately strong but well balanced, with a hop backround.
This is a beer that grows on you. I can definitely see pounding endless giant steins of this next time I'm in Munich.

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Photo of mntlover
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a small white head and not much lace. Looks a little light for the style to me.

Aroma is light bready malt hops floral but light and zesty mingles with some sweetness and light spice. Fresh inviting soft aroma.

Taste is crisp light bready malt zesty hops mixed with some light spice clove like. Its a clean tasting Oktoberfest with a nice spicey finish but its not as malty as it should be for the style. That being said I still enjoyed this beer.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean tasting.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable beer nice and refreshing even if it is a little lighter then it should be. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden straw with a white and frothy head which eventually fell to nothing but coated the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was malty and slightly vinous with a Munich and Vienna malt character. The aroma also contained a slight DMS.

The flavor was malty with a crispness and a light hop bite. The bittering was enough to keep the other flavors in check and to dry out the beer somewhat.

The finish was dry with a slightly grassy and slightly spicy bittering that lasted into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation rather low. Not as clean as the tap version, but tasty.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Munchen Oktoberfest is another one of the beers served at Munich’s Oktoberfest that is available here in the U.S. It comes in a green bottle, which normally isn’t a good sign. The appearance once poured threw me off as well. It was a pale golden color that appeared (and smelled) much more like a pilsner than the more common coppery-hued Fest brews. However, the taste was amazingly complex and enjoyable. It was tangy, with honey sweetness, tea-like tannins providing a contrasting earthiness, and decisively German hops providing a mildly bitter finish. The tiny bubbles of carbonation danced in my mouth, and the result was altogether quite impressive. I can only imagine how much better it would be straight from the tap in Munich.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.82/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original review 11-14-2005
Revised 2011-10-04

Pours a golden yellow color, surprising for this style. 2cm head of dense bubbles that dissipates in less than thirty seconds, but a perpetual white froth remains with some lacing streaking the sides of the glass. Very visible and active carbonation with no murkiness or visible sediment.

Initial aroma is of light skunkiness (green bottles, why?), but after this, some faint hints of malt sweetness. That's about it.

The taste opens with an extremely slight touch of vanilla that blends into a hot, grainy cereal flavor. This transitions to a sweetness that borders on cloying. Begins close with a light, but upfront grain-laden bread and very mild bittering hops at the end. Aftertaste is fairly bland, mildly sweet.

Light to medium mouthfeel, slightly watery. Carbonation vigorous at first, but fades as the beer warms. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall, the Hofbrau is drinkable in the sense that it's gentle on the palate and is flavorful enough to be mildly enjoyable. My two reviews have generally not been kind to this, and I don't see a need to revisit for a third. I might try again if on tap, that's it. There are other Oktoberfests available (even locally) that I vastly prefer over this one.

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Photo of joecast
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

reviewed as a side-by-side with paulaner.

green 355ml (12oz) ale bottle with best before 2006 on back label

pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head.

aroma is strong and grassy. much more "euro lager" than the paulaner. definitely hop accented. almost no sweetness at all.

taste as well has some "euro lager" in it. light maltiness with a sharp cutting bitterness to finish it off. i would never pick this as being 6%abv. taste (which obviously can be deceiving) would lead me to guess 5% or less. grassiness makes its presence known again in the finish.

overall, an enjoyable brew. didnt make quite the impression that the paulaner did, but enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle pours a clear, pale yellow body with a one inch white head. Retention is fair, and there are some streaks of patchy lace left on the glass. Aroma is hoppy for an O'fest, with spicy and floral notes dominating a subdued caramel malt base. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with considerable carbonation and a slight hops bite. Taste is somewhat like a pils or helles, with a dominant floral bitterness. Caramel maltiness is very understated. Not exactly to style, but very drinkable. No skunky character from the green bottle, thankfully.

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Photo of jp32
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow color, looks a little weaker than I had expected. The nose has a malty presence, maybe kind of grassy or grainy, and I'm actually pulling some hops scents out of this one as well. The taste is great. Malty and quite hoppy for an oktoberfest. I'm not sure it tastes true to its style, but beer-for-beer, it tastes pretty darn good. Pleasant aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow. Ivory 1 finger fizz that fades quickly. The label has the oktoberfest setup in the background with a beer tent and a ferris wheel....I never saw the horses and carriage when I was there but I'd imagine anything is possible at this party.

Crisp Crisp Crisp. Starts with a subtle malt but this one is rather hopped up for the style. Grains give it that clean crisp flavor that is very refreshing.

For me it was an average representation if not slightly below average. Still very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pristine gold with substantial lace rings. Never seen an Oktoberfest bier that looks like this.

The expected husky paper-bag scent of Munich malts is overpowering on the nose with a sizeable blast of skunk. Damned green bottles. More skunky, euro-lager blends with grainy, husky malt and things get better at a warmer temperature.

The flavor profile echoes a little more meatiness of malt content and a nice level of bittering that wasn't at first apparent on the nose. The mouthfeel is definetely the best aspect of this beer.

I'd like to try this one from a keg, or at least a light shielded bottle...but as this was a "guaranteed" fresh sample I just cannot rate it higher even though I can sort of see what this beer wants to be.

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Photo of Redrover
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Hofbräuhaus in Las Vegas. The beer was a yellow/gold with a a dense and clingy white head.

The nose is of slightly roasted grains (think bagel) with a nice bit of floral smell thrown into the mix.

The taste is clean, fresh and slightly sweet. The hopping seems perfect for this beer as they add a nice bite and balance. I get some apple & bread flavor as well.

The mouth is decent with good carbonation. Very easy drinker. While this may be a bit on the light side and an example of the new style Oktoberfest, it is still very tasty and well done.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Date code, green 12 oz bottle, not much info.

Aroma: Bready with some malt in the nose. A very light grassy note as well.

Appearance: Very clear yellow glass with a nice white head that collared, lasted, but didn’t really lace much. Surprisingly light colored for the style.

Flavor: Solid, clean, balanced, which for me is a distracter, I think it should have a lot more malt working for style, some more roastiness, something.

Mouthfeel: Light body, bit bubbly in texture, moderate carbonation.

Overall Impression: A fine beer, very drinkable, clean, well crafted, just not very festive. Thanks to Pegasus for the sample.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 08-06-06. White head and clear golden beer. Nose has good maltyness, litle lemon/sour orange like yeastfruit and low hopnose in the back completing the overal fresh nose. In taste malt is dominating giving it a full flavour. Alcoholic and dry caracter but with sweet hint from maltyness. Mouthfeel is great as almost all "real" Oktoberfestbeers from Munich are; ultra clean and good but not to high carbonisation but with full hoppy and malty taste. Drinkability is then off course also fine IMO.

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Photo of stodbrew
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very pale gold color, not quite what I was expecting, but still looked good. Head disappeared very quickly.

Aroma is sweet malt, maybe slightly bready.

Flavor is not quite what I was expecting, either. Some sweet malt is there, but its got a quite bitter finish. Unexpected, but in a good way.

Overall, I'd say this is a pretty good beer, and one that I'm sure I'll have several of.

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

This was recommended to me as being one of the best but
I felt although its a well rounded lager type ale, it just doesn't
have the characteristics I look forward to in an Oktoberfest style
beer in the fall, that being, caramel malty, darker color, this
I'm somewhat dissapointed with but I try as many beers when I can. The
one high point is it does taste good for a lighter type ale.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is honey golden with a nice level of carbonation. The head is average-sized and creamy white. The aroma is of sweet grainy malts, seems more like a mixture of German pils and helles aromas than the maltiness of an marzen. The taste is of lighter bodied malt sweetness with grain flavor running throughout. A touch of minty hops gives this a little more personality. This seems more like a "big" helles than an true O-fest. Not bad at all, but don't expect a big, bready marzen.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of what will be many Oktoberfest beers this year. Poured out to a medium yellow color with a 1 1/2 inch head. Some minor and unconformed lacing in the glass. Odor was slightly skunky, but that is not unusual for the style. Malt, watery sweetness and some light cooked hops were present. Taste was very nice. Quite palatable. Flavors of malt, grass, and hops were present, as was a slightly bitter character. Finished smooth, with a note of bitterness and some dryness. This could be a easy pick for a session oktoberfest. Recommended.

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Photo of malty
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a thin white halo head.

Fleeting scent of bread dough and clean notes of earth.

The faintest of maltiness on the palate along with a crisp and somewhat dry hop finish.

Mouthfeel was somewhat effervescent and a tad bitey. Light bodied with a lightning quick finish.

Drinkability is good. No hearty flavors to get in the way of some serious swillin' (if that's what your into).

Overall I was very disappointed with this (my first this year) Oktoberfest. I guess I expected MUCH more malty backbone and a touch of caramel toasted sweetness - none to be found. I have to give credit to the cleanliness of this beer though. To think I picked this over a Sam Adams O'fest. Oh well, it's gotta get better than this.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,406 ratings.
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