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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,413
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
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27
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212
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Photo of dkw0063
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RandyKemka
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled 5/25/2012. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Good spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of apple, pear, caramel, biscuit, toasted grain, light nuttiness, pepper, grass, floral, herbal, and light skunkiness. Ok aromas with good strength and decent balance. Taste of apple, pear, caramel, toasted grain, bread, grass, floral, pepper, herbal, earthy spiciness, and light skunkiness. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toasted grain, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a bit. Ok flavor balance and complexity; with a good balance of malt and peppery spiciness from the hops; a fair amount of cloying astringency is present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is decent. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a mediocre Oktoberfest. Skunked flavors and aromas; with flavor astringency on the finish make this much less enjoyable. Quite easy to drink, though.

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Photo of enelson
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of whatsgoody
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of sneaks2210
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of MaximalC
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly lucid straw color with a moderate amount of white froth. Carbonation bubbles are readily visible as they make their continuous migration toward the surface. The aroma has an appreciable skunkiness that masks earthy hops and trace amounts of malt sweetness. The exceedingly thin and light appearance would lead one to believe the flavor would match, but that is not the case at all. The flavor is surprisingly robust, with some caramel, brown sugar, and a distinctive nuttiness that I would never have suspected. Just enough hops are present to balance the malt sweetness, and the carbonation is spot-on, lending a creamy mouthfeel that complements the flavor profile well. I think I'm detecting trace amounts of apple peel near the back end as well. The sticky malt residue lingers on the lips, denoting a body belied by the thin visage. As far as criticisms are concerned, the hops overstay their welcome a bit in the finish, and the sweetness comes off a tad artificial, but there's no denying this is highly sessionable brew with more robustness than I'd expect to find in an oktoberfest. One of the more intriguing festbiers I've tried.

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Photo of JakeDebus
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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2/5  rDev -41.2%

Photo of DavidGross
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of barczar
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with a solid 1 inch dense ivory head that lingers, slowly dissipating and leaving touches of lacing.

Skunky aroma when first opened, with grainy malt and caramelly melanoidins accompanying lightly floral hops.

Flavor is fairly sweet, dominated by caramelization, bready malt, and a slightly bitter, dry finish. There's a bit of graininess, as well as some herbal hop notes. Cracker-like character is a but reminiscent of oxidation.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation. There's some astringency and a touch of alcohol warmth present.

Overall, a bit too sweet to be sessionable. Good caramelization, but the skunky aroma also detracts from the experience. BROWN bottles! Nothing to write home about.

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Photo of robertaddis
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

Photo of nitter
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of BanrionMAB
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +17.6%

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

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before June 20 2013. Not something I was expecting to find on the shelf, but I've been intending to seek out more marzens recently and I'd be surprised if I see any more available locally this year. Unlike all the others I've tried, this one is actually from Germany, so it has that going for it. Which is nice.

Pours a transparent golden yellow colour, topped with about one finger of sparkling, foamy, fairly resilient white head. It recedes gradually over a period of a few minutes, leaving a smeared coat of lacing behind on the sides of the glass. The aroma is clean but meek, dominated by bready malts, citrus, grass and an underlying honey sweetness. Not necessarily unappealing, but too subdued.

The flavour is dominated at first by the barley malt, giving it a bready, almost doughy flavour that is eventually overtaken by a sweeter citrus and brown sugar sweetness. Some grassy hay notes provide a bit of dryness toward the finish, but the aftertaste is mostly sweet. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a bit of stickiness that lingers briefly with the sweetness on the palate. The alcohol never really rears its head, making this a highly drinkable, if unimaginative marzen.

[Updated Oct 8 2016]

Another bottle from the LCBO. I hadnt had very many festbiers the first time I reviewed Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, so my original grade (3.33) wasn't a fair assessment. Coming back a few years later, I now can see what I was missing the first time around. Light and refreshing enough to drink one mug/stein after another, yet also strong enough to warm your chest a little on those cool October nights. I'm also finding it less sweet than last time, with a nice, grassy-hay hoppy character that ties it all together. You can tell when a lager was brewed by serious professionals, and HB is easily in that category. Well worth a try if you love lagers.

Final Grade: 3.75, a B+.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

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

A: Gold, light straw colour, head retention is poor, no lacing.

S: White bread, hints of biscuit flavours, slight citrus.

T: bread, sweet, malty, The bitterness then comes with with a bit of a floral taste to it.

M: Med-full body beer, carbonation is on target and the bitterness does try to stay but does compete with the overly sweet flavours

O: A good beer. I think it could be much better if it was not as sweet.

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas. That place is amazing. The food is extremely authentic and the beer/pretzels are shipped directly from Germany to this location. They say that these kegs are in the same family as the ones from the tents in Munchen.

I shared this beer with my wife, and she gave me the usual comment of: "It tastes like beer." I feel that she is eminently correct on this one. Based on the purity laws, this beer is as much a proper base as is possible (look it up, one to grow on).

This beer is simple, clean, and very drinkable. It epitomizes a true Oktoberfest beer. The smell and taste are preminently in the lager style.
On the end of each drink you get a little sweetness.

This is a very good example for the style, as it one of the originals.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bright orange, soapy head, lacing on the side. Slight aroma of honey, grain, malts. Flavor is malty with a honey grain flavor like honey wheat bread. Overall, goes down easy and a sixer would have been a better choice than the single I picked up.

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Photo of JustinAniello
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours straw yellow with a one finger head that quickly dissipates to a minimal cap and sticky lacing.

S - Bread and light citrus, not a lot of depth.

T - Sweet caramel at first, becoming more bready on the swallow. A mild fruitiness mixed in as well. Almost indiscernible bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body and carbonation, crisp as well.

O - A pretty disappointing Marzen overall, light on aroma and flavor. Needs some bolder toasted malt and nuttiness added to really give it that Oktoberfest charm. There are better beers of the style out there that make this one not even worth trying.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,413 ratings.
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