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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

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Reviews:
574
Ratings:
1,394
Avg:
3.4
pDev:
25%
 
 
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Reviews: 574 | Ratings: 1,394
Photo of Antc2382
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely a unique Oktoberfest. A: I drank this straight out of the bottle, so it is skewed. It appears as a typical Grolsch style. Bottle is very unassuming/international. S: super-skunky, more powerful than most. Good if you dig that. T: this really is non-traditional Oktoberfest. I can not stress that enough. This is way more of a Czech Pilsner/ Kolsch style than any American or German style Oktoberfest. That being said, I enjoyed the beer for what it is. F: again, not typical of style, but good. Fairly crisp, carbonated goodness. O: caution, I like this beer but it does not signify what I have known about Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of seanyfo
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Paulaner Seidel

A- Pale blonde, like a helles, a lot paler than say Paulaner Oktobefest for example. 3 finger creamy head in aggressive poured, disappates to a crown over 2 mins, living beading.

S- Munich malts, sweet biscuityness, fresh breads, all quite subdued flavours.

T- lots of bready malts and sweetness, slight hoppy crispness in the finish.

M- High carbonation, crisp, fresh but a bit watery

D- Run of the mill oktoberfest, i feel Paulaner is better, this may be a bit thin, nonetheless, its fresh and crisp flavours give it good drinkability

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Photo of BierStein711
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into Weizen

Two finger fast reducing off-white head, dark gold in color, just a little cloudy and pale than what I was expecting.

Smells: Wet grain, slight skunk, and malt

Taste: Grassy, malt, bread, and boozy finish

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but not too watery.

I am liking these oktoberfest beers. I cannot wait to try more.
My fiancee and I loved it!

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Photo of DerBayer
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a slightly darker Helles but not as much as you would expect - no copper tinge...

Smell is of Munich malts and not much else - the tatste follows suit!

Mouthfeel is refreshing and rich with minimal aftertaste - very good.

Despite the deficiencies in look and smell I d have another one

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

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A- Very gold for an Oktoberfest. Very bubbly with a thick head and some lacing.
S- Looks and smells like a regular Hofbrau lager.
T- It has a smooth, caramel taste. Sweet. It has a slight spice to it. To be honest, I'm not sure this tastes much different from a regular Hofbrau. I would like to try side by side to see the difference, . It's a good beer, but not what I'm looking for in a Oktoberfest.

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Photo of bminor7
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pilsner yellow. a sudsy head that looks like soap.

s - a touch of skunky hoppiness. note, green bottle.

t - crisp flavors. light malts with that certain oktoberfest-something. not particularly flavorful, though this helps with M/D...

m - thin. not terribly carbonated, which helps.

d - easy...a 6 pack of these could be accidentally consumed. almost like drinking water, comparable to a kolsch.

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Photo of twage04
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden-yellow with medium-high carbonation. Not much aroma, just a litttle sulfury lager yeast thing going on. Taste is of cracker tasting malt, some hops in the background. Maybe a hint of skunkiness. A little lacking in malt from what I'd expect for the style but not unenjoyable. Kinda like a heavier pilsner with less maltiness.

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

Had on tap at the Hahndorf Inn, South Australia.

Pours a pale golden colour with steady stream of bead. Nice foamy white head with medium bubbles, sinks quite quickly, leaving a thin crown and some nice webs of creamy lace behind. Impressive looking lager.

Very fresh blend of some slightly bready, biscuity malts on the nose with some light grassy hops and a slight lemongrass zing to it. Slightly tangy, mostly sweet. Good marzen smell, very celebratory.

Taste is quite tangy as well, with a nice complex palate profile. Hints of lemon, parsley and raspberry throughout with some figs coming through on the mid. Slight bready character comes through late but not cloying. Finish is a little too sweet, would like a little more hop character. There is a slight rounded tartness at the end but not too much finish, really. Nice but a bit lacking.

Has a good slippery feel. Kind of slick is probably a better word. Thin, but pleasant. Good tingle.

Very drinkable beer. Mild and pleasant lager.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crystal clear and golden in colour, with a huge foamy white head, and heavy carbonation.

Aroma: Noticeable maltiness, with a sweet grain aroma, lots of flowery German hops, and a touch of caramel.

Taste: Lots of bready malts at the top, with subtle sweetness, followed by a boraderline bitterness with a earthy twang, and finished with a creamy hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: very lively and fresh in the palete, with a smoothish feel.

Drinkability: Very good Oktoberfest beer, with a nice mix of flavours and a impressive drinkability.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
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 BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like a hefeweizen, and not at all what I expected. Very mild and very crisp, although I could see this going skunky very easily due to the fact that it's an import in a green bottle. Good and drinkable, but not your typical oktoberfest.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a half liter brown bottle. When poured this neer produces a good amount of bright white head. It is amber gold in color with a quite clear body.

Aromas are sweet and somewhat honey like. There are also slight hints of an apple like fragrance.

The taste is quite light and slightly bitter at the same time, but sweet up front. A bit like cracker and caramel at first, but finishes quite toasty.

This is a pretty good beer, obviously meant as a session beer. It's got a good kick for a session beer with the 6% ABV, it warms the palate a bit... HALLO OKTOBERFEST!

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Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is pale gold; the two finger head is white, airy and uneven. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing.

The smell malty and a bit bitter. Clean and fresh, with some flowery notes.

The taste is very malty with notes of dough and fresh yeast. There are some bitter notes that grow stronger in the aftertaste, although the malty notes and hints of alcohol are present too. Well balanced.

The carbonation is quite strong. Large bubbles. The liquid is creamy.

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Photo of mryuk
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear gold with several fingers of head and lots of carbonation.

smell is very sweet honey with some bite. very little hops.

taste is smooth sweet honey, no hops.

mouth is smooth and light with good carbonation.

overall fairly enjoyable light german beer.

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Photo of DeadGuyRising_54
3.81/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Just had a sample, but a pleasant surprise. Looks like it would be light and and weak but not at all. Very tasty, in fact I'm gonna get a couple before the game

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. green bottle. Code on the back label is L152F 1121. Pours a clear golden color, with lots of tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Not exactly what you may picture for an Oktoberfest. Thick frothy white head holds very well. Slight sulfur and grassy aroma, along with pale, bready malt. Good amount of bready malt greets you, then gives way to a bit of herbal and grassy hops. A bit sweet. Pretty clean and balanced. Leans toward medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinakble.

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

It has a straw brass yellow body which is weird for a Marzen from Munich. The head is just barely off-white. It smells sweet and grassy and maybe just a little skunk. It has a grainy and oddly sweet taste that is followed by a great but mild hoppy flavor. It has an average thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of Ri0
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Freshness is key to enjoying this beer in a green glass bottle. I bought some as soon as it hit the shelves. Had a slight skunkiness when I popped the top, but it was not present in the flavor. It has a nice bready malt character, with some grain and yeasty notes. Not overly sweet and a bit dry. Light hopping adds a touch of citrus and earthy spice. Very easy to drink large quantities of this beer.

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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 tillmac62
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden pour. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Very light nose of grainy biscuit and a subtle airy floral hop presence.

Light medium body with a very smooth texture that has creamy aspects. Normal carbonation level with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a fair burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline outstanding - slight alcohol traces are evident near the finish. Reasonably intense for the style with a balance near perfection. Complexity is a bit lacking. Grainy biscuit leads off with a surprisingly slightly sweet background that only hints at caramel. The middle brings a very mild bitterness that perfectly balances the biscuit. Hop flavor is subtle and is herbal and floral in nature. As the finish fades, a slight alcohol flavor becomes uncovered.

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

This poured a nice clear bubbly yellow, with a good two fingers of not quite creamy foam. The aroma seems rather mild, mostly floral hops. The taste is weighted towards the hoppy end of the scale, but with a bit more than the minimum needed to balance the hops. The decent carbonation and hops combine to give a pleasing mouthfeel, very crisp. Aside from the slightly elevated alcohol, this is what US megalagers should aspire to, even though the thought seems like a bit of an abomination. But at $23 a case at Costco, the price isn't that far off.

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

A - Poured into a half liter mug a dark yellowish/orange color with a fluffy white head. Crystal clear throughout and the carbonation can be seen floating to the top.

S - Caramel malt, caramel malt, and more caramel malt.

T - Similar to the nose in that the malt dominates as you might expect. A little bit of bread flavors and some other earthly tinges.

M - Light and crisp, just what I would expect in a marzen.

D - Extremely drinkable, this is a beer that is much better on-tap due to the lack of green bottle skunkiness.

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

Poured into .5L mug.

A - Poured clear golden color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slight hint of malts but mostly skunk, very characteristic of German beer.

T - Malts and bready yeast upfront with slight earthy tones and bitterness towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

D - Very enjoyable oktoberfest beer. Would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of dacoit
3.84/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps not the gold standard, but certainly the silver or bronze standard for German Oktoberfest beers. If you are expecting the overly sweet and heavily malted brown yank style look elsewhere, but this is a fine beer,

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Photo of diabecktic
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
I'm going to have to describe this from "the pour on up." One of the most noticible characteristics is something remniscent of a "cascade" effect. Excellent (3 finger) head formation stays around for a while as carbonation continuously rises - retention and lacing are quite good. The beer is colored a translucent yellow/gold.

Smell:
Malt aromas are very sharp with a hint of citrus tones. I can't discern too much in terms of hoppiness, but there seems to be a mild trace of grass or grain. It's just very fresh overall - like autumn.

Taste:
I'd say that the taste matches the nose pretty well. Maltiness hits quickly and fades into mild bitterness. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and almost buttery. The flavor is pretty nice and actually quite crisp.

Mouthfeel:
Mouthfeel is a bit on the creamy side but not too thick. Slight dryness complements the bitter aftertaste nicely.

Drinkability:
The beer goes down smoothly; as stated above, it's crisp and finishes well. It's a bit too thick to "pound," but I feel like doing so wouldn't allow you to appreciate the flavor as much.

Summary:
For what it's worth, I think this is a great "fall" beer. It's got a nice, full flavor and it's pretty crisp. I don't know how I would describe it as an "Oktoberfest" beer, though. If I recall, I thought those were supposed to be a bit thicker/more dense. That's not the case with this beer, but it's still worth checking out.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,394 ratings.
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