Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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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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Ratings:
1,410
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
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Photo of CTague
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of jaygerman
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of thecarster1
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head, great lacing mix of bubles and lace, straw yellow color, very light coloring for an oktoberfest.

s- grass, clean, grainy, not roasty at all or overall malty for that matter.

t- grainy, grassy, light malt, i didn't like this for an oktoberfest, to me it's much more like a munich helles.

m- light and crisp in the mouth.

d- good drinkability, the most off-style oktoberfest in my opinion, but as a beer it was enjoyable, just not as an oktoberfest.

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Photo of mpyle
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Definitely on the paler side of the festbier family. Golden bright and exceptionally clear. Pours a good sized head with reasonable retention.

Complex nose with a fair amount of hops. Smells like a maltier pilsner.

Malty but balanced from the start, nice level of bitterness in the finish that isn't overpowering but encourages another sip. Slight lingering bitterness, but otherwise very clean.

Medium body and med-high carbonation. No astringency or warming. Clean on tongue as it is in the flavor.

Not what comes to mind with an Oktoberfest kind of beer, but a super drinkable stronger lager. Green bottle makes it seem a little bush league, though.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out dark gold in color, almost lite amber, aroma of malt very prevaulent, slight toastiness after warming, some toastiness in flavor with malt being the dominant, distinctive flavor some hop bitterness present but no hop flavor noted to me. Some what sweet after the bitterness subsides. Body medium to high, somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. The head retention (being the two finger size or what ever the standard pour is) is low but it keeps a skim of head throughout the remainer of the session. Overall it is an one or two beer per session drinkable german amber lager. Recommend off the tap though, had it in Las Vegas at the HofBrauHaus there.

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Photo of jgiordano88
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tappangordo
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Acforster2
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hendrick24
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheRock7755
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A; clear light honey colored. White pillowy head with great retention and lacing.

S; Nice sting of grassy and herbal hops up front but really dominated by moist slightly roasted malts with a bit of sweetness. Some faint citrus notes pop up after the malts phase out.

T; Some citrusy hops from start to finish almost orange like but finishing with a lemon rind bitterness. Not as malty as expected but still a solid backbone. The best flavors of barley come out in the finish.

M; medium bodied but not quite chewy. Some nice finishing burn with a slick finish just touching on dry.

O; apretty good example of the style but nothing to go crazy over.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz green bottle. It had no freshness date.

A: Light yellow, gold color. Very thin head
S: It had a sort of skunky smell.
T: Sharp tingly taste. Sparkly, word?
MF: Loose, light body.
D: Pretty drinkable.

Overall my least favorite Oktoberfest brew, but it is fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of jonb5
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Half litre bottle, used an HB Festbier glass.

A: Golden, clear, medium head, good retention, lively looking.

S: Hay, malt, more orange as it warms.

T: Malty sweetness, well balanced out by some fruity notes. Hints of sour tangerine, some apple, slightly wheaty finish.

M: Smooth, soft carbonation, slightly thick body.

O: Not cloying or sickly, better this year than in previous years.

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Photo of Hohnbaum
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Boy, the Germans just can't get over this blonde hair thing, can they? Even their Oktoberfest beers have to look Aryan. What should be a dark gold to deep orange-red colour is actually a pale, sparkling clear yellow a la pilsner. It's also missing its characteristically solid, off-white, foamy stand. All species of vertebrates can be affected by missing melanin pigment and apparently so too can beers: this is an albino Oktoberfest.

And it smells like it's missing more than just melanin pigment - Vienna and Munich malts are nowhere to be found. There is not a trace of toast nor any reason to believe the grist was comprised of any malts darker than pale/pilsner. It is a clean lager aroma, I'll grant it that, but it's far better suited to a pilsner or Munich helles. Did they bottle the wrong thing?

Here's what I'm used to tasting from a Märzen: a distinct malty sweetness, with significant dryness, a smooth lagered texture, a definite toasted aspect and an earthy, moderate hop bitterness. Here's what I'm tasting from this: pale malts. And water. Maybe a hint of white bread. That's it. There's definitely not much flavour...

But that doesn't make it a bad beer; on the contrary it makes it a great beer (for easy, heavy consumption drinking). Its brisk carbonation, feather-light bitterness and crisp maltiness make it supremely well suited for hot, summertime weather. It may not make a great Oktoberfest but it sure as hell makes one hell of a quenching beverage!

I would love Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier if only it were labeled something else. You'd think with almost 500 years of brewing experience the Hofbräu people could get the recipe right; it isn't, after all, that complex of a style. (Note: the BJCP does explain that most domestic German examples are commonly golden and, like this, more like a Pils or Helles.)

And indeed it also lists this as a leading commercial example. Still, it's nothing like what I'm familiar with for the Märzen/Oktoberfest style (then again, who should know better, them or me?) And it's likely nothing like what most North American drinkers would be used to either. It should, however, be something they find agreeable, if not pleasant. Never mind the colour and celebrate October as if it were July or August.

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Photo of gr0g
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color, looking more like a Helles than the amber Marzens of olde. Two-finger head with pretty good retention. Some spotty lacing. The honeyed, malty aroma is nice, if unspectacular. A floral, slightly zesty hop note rounds it out.

Flavor has the traits of a good festbier: solid, slightly sweet maltiness with the right amount of hoppiness to keep it from being bland and one-dimensional. Well-balanced from start to finish. Slick texture, carbonation seems to fall flat in relatively short order. Clean flavor profile, though just like the aroma, it's nothing earth-shattering.

While not one of the top Oktoberfest beers, Hofbrau's is simple, tasty, and something I could easily see myself having a one liter stein of.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When all is said and done this is just an ok Oktoberfest. Very light in appearance but holds onto some good qualities for this style. Slightly skunky but enjoyable.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's hard to write a review for this beer as it resembles the Hoffbrau Original too much. Do I write one that compares it to other Oktoberfest' s or do I rate it according to its own merit? All I'll do is so simply say that I liked the Original a lot and could session it to death. This Oktoberfest may not compare to some others but I could session this one all September long.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz green bottle served in a pilsner glass. Batch/date stamp L165L 09:56

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. 1/8" persistent white head. Some lacing hear and there, mostly small islands.

Smell: Malt, German noble hops.

Taste: Simple malt, a hint of honey and apple, nice solid hop bitter finish which is crisp at the end. Spicy noble hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good and lively carbonation, nice thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: A simple beer, but very solidly put together such that all the simplicity equals one very drinkable beer. I had this at the Dayton German Fest earlier this year and again now, and in both cases I could easily knock back another, and I would not mind doing so. Not a rich in flavor Marzen, nor is it my favorite as I think the malt is a bit on the weak side - but - it works as a good beer. If I cannot get some of my other favorites, I think I'll look to this one as my backup for large amounts with pork and other typical German Oktoberfest favorites.

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Photo of alexmoore
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

Recommended…

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Photo of brakspear
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As other reviewers have noted this is at the extreme end on the lightness scale for Marzen/Oktoberfests: a golden body with a soft white head that lingers. The aroma has some skunkiness from the green bottle, but there is also some spiciness from the hops. The taste is mildly sweet, but the nice caramel notes are present for the style; the body has the appropriate carbonation and mouthfeel. This is a nice oktoberfest beer for longer drinking sessions into the night.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Prost76
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,410 ratings.
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