Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,408
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
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26
Gots:
210
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0
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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. The titular celebration is well over for another year, but the beer lives on.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, aggressively foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some decent random webbed lace around the glass as it evenly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, slightly bready pale malt, stale lemon juice, a hint of further drupe fruit, and rather perfume-heavy earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, cereal malt, a mixed bag of apple, pear, and lemon fruitiness, a more prominent leafy, grassy hoppiness, and a subtle metallic booziness.

The carbonation is soft, but tightly so, the body medium-light in weight, and maybe a tad watery in its perfunctory smoothness, all of which bears strange witness to a mild creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the hovering pilsner malts still doing their thing, bolstered by some lingering fruit salad, while the hops seem content in their day at the alcohol spa, Baden-Baden-style, the place so nice, they named it twice!

Another one of those German standards, where differentiation seems like a hard row to hew - it's difficult to not just proclaim 'yup, tastes very much like a real Bavarian Marzen', and leave it at that. But no, we have to go and talk about the headier than normal orchard fruit notes, the barely contained booze (which is technically a fair bit higher than average, no?), and the general zeitgeist of an offering that slowly, but surely grew on me by the end of the (import, hence the time lag) bottle.

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Photo of stakem
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft offering at the Pittsburgh location. The menu described this as the beer imported from Munich and the same beer served during Octoberfest, so I assume this is the correct listing. Offered up in a large dimbled mug, it appears a polished clear copper clor with a sudsy white froth. Some spotty lace is left clinging on the glass.

The aroma is fresh and malty sweet with a backing of buttered bread. Despite swirling and taking plenty of whiffs, I dont get a whole lot more character beyond that. Pretty simple and straight forward without fault.

The taste is buttery sweet with diacetyl imparting plenty of buttery notes that blend into a taste of fresh bready grain. A faint noble hop character provides enough bitterness to contrast. There is a persistent sweetness lasting into the aftertaste.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. In true octoberfest fashion, this is pretty crushable and something you could drink effortlessly if you dont focus too much on what is going on with it. Nice to say I had it, but I doubt I would opt to try this again if presented with other options.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Erik. Poured into a wine glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a golden amber color complete with 2 fingers worth of a frothy white head. Leaves behind minimal lacing on the glass, but it does look a little bit more syrupy and thickened than the average offering from Hofbräuhaus. Definitely more on the viscous side, and the extra booze is definitely at fault here. Pretty good in terms of its simple presentation, but hardly any difference between this and their normal lager offering.

Smells exactly as I'd expect this brewery's offerings to be - the unmistakable German malty sweetness, combined with light citrus and fruit. There's notes of white grapes, pears, and green apple, which combine with the grassy, citrus laden (think tangerines) herbal edge. There's definitely more sweetness than usual with the extra ABV here, which enhances those toffee and sugar cane flavors that I find classic in the style. Perhaps what makes this more different then other run-of-the-mill pilsners is the increased sweetness and earthy, hoppy flavors? Not so sure, but it's definitely not bad.

The flavor is the exact same, except for the fact that it's a little creamier and thicker than I anticipated. Notes of white grapes, raisins, and pears are a little explosive here from the pilsen malts, and the finish is most definitely filled with notes of lemon peel, grass, and orange blossom notes that are still oily and sticky by this point. The sweetness is great at the finish, with the alcohol becoming increasingly present. The notes of toffee continue to rise in sweetness, but it's luckily cut by the crisp grainy finish. Drinks like a charm - creamy, well carbonated, and refreshing, as any good German pilsner should. I do think the booziness detracts from the subtle nuances, but it's otherwise a refreshing offering.

Here's my last Oktoberfest offering perhaps for the remainder of the year. It's sad how a lot of these beers gather dust, yet it's even sadder that whatever a lot of these breweries are making in Germany for Oktoberfest are no different from their standard offerings. This is an example of that, but it still ends up being enjoyable. Due to the strict brewing regulation that goes on during the summer months in Germany, these older beers have been lagering sur lie for a longer period of time, and the booze is expected. Also, due to the inordinate amount of people that attend the festival, they have to get them off of the seats somehow! While I've had better Oktoberfest seasonal offerings, this one is still pretty good.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Zackcavalier
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you like miller lite, this beer is for you. Scary how similar this is to mL for me anyways. Sweet, fairly one dimensional and watery. Light amber/yellow...seems like a pils. Smells pils-y. Clear as yellow glass. I would not drink again. Sweet, breadlike finish. I assume, based on the german nature of this beer, there are no adjucts, but it tastes corny to me. I am not sure why the others in my group loved it so.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +25%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oktoberfestbier pours a golden straw color with no head. There is a sweet apple juice like aroma. The taste is rather pale, light, and has a strong apple juice like flavor. Flavor is present but rather light and watery, and a little too much of the sweet side. Overall its a sweet light fruity Marzen.

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Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Didier
4.25/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tpauer
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of Sspeer1
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of John_Squires
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Fargrow
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of rale
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of IPAFrankieH
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of DIM
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

a: Surprisingly light pale golden; served with a small whispy head.

s: Lightly sweey cereal, not much else.

t: Pretty muted overall, sweet, bready grains and a muddled, lightly bitter finish.

m: Crisp body but not a very clean finish.

o: Bland and a bit off, not a good example of the style imo.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of kinmundy77
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,408 ratings.
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