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:
1,410
Reviews:
575
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
16.18%
 
 
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26
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209
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Photo of mjurney
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Pale gold-straw color, clear. A little carbonation. Thin head.

Aroma:
Light malt, a little fruitiness.

Taste:
Malt up front along with slight bitter finish. Rich maltiness, sweet biscuity, a little caramel and grassy. Hop character is mild, spicy-herbal. There some dryness in my plate, a little fruity like, green grape skin. Medium bodied and carabonation.

Finish:
Bitter finish (in the good way), dry aftertaste.

Overall:
Taste more like a Helles than a typical Oktoberfest, otherwise it's pretty good beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light yellow color with a massive cap of sticky white foam. Retention is excellent, as is the lacing. Good looking beer, though much lighter than us Americans are used to seeing in an oktoberfest.

Nose is very grainy with whiffs of alcohol. Sweet malts mingle with a perfumey hop aroma. Very similar to the Hofbrau Original lager.

Taste is of lightly kilned malts and floral hop flavor. Both have a tough time keeping up with the relatively high ABV. The beer is nice, crisp and fresh but I think I like all four of the other Hofbrau offerings I have tried better. Not to mention it is not very marzen-esque. Worth a try and certainly not a bad beer, but there are too many better oktoberfests out there to buy this one more than once every year or two.

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

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier pours a clear, pale golden yellow with a moderate, creamy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly down to a thick sheet on the surface and leaves behind a fair amount of netted lace on the glass. From the bottom of the glass several streams of tiny bubbles rise quickly to the surface.

The aroma is flowery and a little skunky with a touch of pale malt mixed in. Very similar to a pilsner beer.

Each sip of this light to medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, lightly syrupy and has a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor begins sweet with a touch of caramel and bubblegum. Some bready pale malt is noticeable in the background. In the middle some floral hop notes and a little skunkyness move in. It finishes mildly bitter and slightly metalic. Once gone the sweet malt and bitter hops linger on the palate.

This beer is more like a pilsner than an Oktoberfest. It's very easy to drink, fairly well balanced and has a great appearance.

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Photo of Drew966
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier pours a golden yellow with an off white head from a five liter mini keg. The aroma is grainy, not very impressive. The flavor is decent, malty, biscuit and/or caramel dominate. Decent, but not my favorite of the style to be sure.

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Photo of pugbutter
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.75

The moment I opened the bottle, the carbonation poured over the top for about 3-4 straight minutes. No wonder it feels so flat when I actually get to drink it.

Tastes nice, though.

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Photo of SadMachine
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Tone
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1 inch head with decent retention and decent lacing. There's a lot of suspended particles in this brew. Smells strongly of sweet/earthy malts. A little light in color to be a common Oktoberfest. A smooth, crisp mouth feel that leaves a dryness on the tongue. Tastes of malt with a lot of yeast lager taste. There's a metallic taste as well, that is not very pleasing on the palate. Overall, not that great at all.

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

Very drinkable, not what I expect an Oktoberfest to be like. More Helles like. Pours a clear gold, medium size white head and light in carbonation. Nose shows yeast predonimately with some malt. Flavor is yeasty and malty both, lacks the malt sweetness of an oktoberfest. Flavor is very clean, but not what I expected.

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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 TheMistler
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on draft, and the beer that was handed to me had a much lighter color than expected. A clear, slightly dark / tarnished gold appearance. I wanted to ask the bartender if he was sure he had poured from the right tap... but I'd seen him pour it. Slightly creamy looking white head, not that much of it. Nice lacing.

I think I detected some caramel malt to the nose. Cut grains and grass, with some apple tang as well.

Wait... this a märzen?!? Can't be. It tasted like a pilsener with the malt amped up a slight bit. Maybe - maybe - you could call it a helles. Grains, some sweetness from light fruits, grassiness, hop crispness.

Good carbonation, this is a fairly crisp and refreshing beer that is certainly drinkable. But... but... it would not be a standout in any style, let alone Oktoberfests, from which I expect different things (not that they should be or are carbon copies).

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

Ah that time again for Oktoberfestbiers. Poured this one into my pint glass...

A: Extremely Munich-Helles looking...very clear, very carbonated, and coming packed with a huge snowblind white head. Looks very good for a pilsner, not so much for an oktoberfestbier.

S: Smells exactly like Hofbrau Original, except with slight hits of spices maybe, but thats a stretch. Nice German hops in the nose.

T: Give me a vertical tasting of this and Hofbrau Original and I may be able to tell the different. They are extremely similar, which is so surprising. There is a mild spice note on the finish, but that is all that differentiates it.

Overall, this beer is not bad and I could drink a few, but I am confused as to where the "Oktoberfestbier" part comes into play. Give it a shot if you have the chance.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tried at homebrew club meeting.

A - Light golden in color, dish soap white head, which sticks around. No lacing.

S - Bready, malty, slight hop profile.

T - Super bready, with light hops.

M - Good balance, but slightly bitter from the hops. Due to green bottle, may have light/heat damage.

D - Drinks closer to pilsner urquell versus an oktoberfest. Not very drinkable for an okto.

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Photo of drews240
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of headlessparrot
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the .51L brown bottle a surprisingly pale colour for the style, a gold with only hints of caramel around the edges, and two fingers of white foam that recedes quickly down to a couple of islands but leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

Smell is pale malt, biscuit, cracker. Faintly herbal, grassy. A hint of caramel? Good, but less malt forward than I expect from the style.Taste has a touch more toasted and caramel malt quotient, more biscuit and a touch of cracker. Some floral hop bitterness, grassiness, hay, vegetal (bitter greens). Given that this is on the lighter side of the style, the body is a bit heavy, and the carbonation is pretty vigorous.

A decent, if unspectacular, Oktoberfest beer. Competent, and the taste delivers more than the smell promises, but it's a heavy beer whose heaviness doesn't really manifest in all that much more flavour. I *really* like Hofbrau's standard Helles lager, but this is a bit middling.

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Photo of drahodo
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 eriktoyra
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is golden colored with a pale white head at about one finger's height. The head is creamy and leaves some nice lacings after it dissolves.

S: It smells of white bread, toasted malts, some spicy hops and some grassy tones.

T: The taste has typical German hops in it. The toasted malt is dominant at the end. I also noticed the alcohol.

O: Somewhat oily in texture. Medium body with medium to strong carbonation.

O: A nice Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

The beer is a nice clear straw yellow. It poured a two finger head that did not completely disappear, but left a nice bit of lace on the side of the glass.

The taste is a little more bitter than what I expected from this beer, and left me desiring a little more.

The beer is light on the palate and very drinkable.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Schnitzel Platz - Glendale Heights, IL. Served in a giants-sized 2.0 liter boot. Poured pale gold in color with a tall, frothy white head. Aromas were sweet with some bread and caramel hints. Tastes were rather weak for the style - probably sacrificed flavor for drinkability here - some bready malt, slight caramel, little hops. It was worth it to say I've drank out of a giant boot, but this beer was lacking character.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very well, with a foamy German type head. Has a nice roasted malt aspect to it, which actually calls to mind a well-made Vienna lager (guess I don't have my expectations for the Okto style set in my mind). In other words, this is a pretty okay beer. The texture and mouthfeel come across like a standard American "dark beer," which can get in the way of one's enjoyment.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into an unbranded nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow and translucent with a foamy head that dissipates quickly leaving a nice amount of lacing.

Smell: Smells pretty good. Grainy with a bit of a noticeable alcohol scent.

Taste: Pretty average Oktoberfestbier territory here. A hoppy bitterness paired with a good amount of sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin and watery with just a bit too much carbonation.

Drinkability: A slightly better-than-average Oktoberfestbier. Nothing too special but nothing to turn your nose up at.

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Photo of Eddiet1000
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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