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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

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Photo of mattsander
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dasenebler
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

.5L bottle, Germany.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a short-lived frothy head.

Aroma is of grassy hops and haystack grains.

The flavor is similar to the aroma, with plenty of sweet grains and a light, tea-like bitterness. Metallic tinge, but not too obvious. The alcohol, unfortunately, becomes a bit noticeable in this beer, but the drink is not necessarily belabored because of it. Not a whole lot of depth in flavor or mouthfeel, which has a sort of forced medium carbonation that prickles the palate.

Drinkable, but not great. There's something cheap about this beer, and it borders on malt liquor territory. In the end though, it does the trick.

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Photo of biggmike
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden/yellow color with a white head that didnt last too long. Aroma had a bit of skunk to it. Also was kind of grainy with a bit of alcohol to the nose. Flavor was malty with just a small bit of hops coming through. Not much lacing. Mouthfeel was a tad thin. Drinkability was ok. Decent beer.

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Photo of babaracas
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color, fast fading one finger white head, not much lacing to speak of. Smell: import character, lightly toasted, grainy. Taste: sweetish pale malts, lightly buttery cracker, white grape, grainy, grassy/spicy. Not what I'm looking for in an ofest. The import character hurts here more than in a "sturdier" imported ofest such as Spaten.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orange color with a really nice white head that possesses great retention and lacing.

S- The aroma resembles a pilsner more than an Oktoberfest. The aroma is grainy malt with some hay and grassy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is closer to a pils than an O-fest. There is some faint grain flavors with a crisp moderately hoppy finish

D- Not a bad brew, but I feel it is lacking in the malt department for an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HardyA
3.28/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml from the LCBO, felt like an oktoberfest and this is one of the few available.

Pours a slightly cloudy light golden hay color, first sign this was not your average Oktoberfest. Good head, leaves some patches of lacing.

Nose is full of grain and hint of sweetness, touch of floral hopping, touch of toasted oats.

This is pretty much just a sweeter pilsner. Sweet biscuit caramel malt with a hint of toasted O's, sweet floral and apple notes, grassy hops with an ok bite and dry finish, crisp and clean, slightly fuller body than a pils. None of the caramel toastiness I want in an oktoberfest.

Not a terrible pils, though still not great, and a rather ridiculous oktoberfest.

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Photo of liamt07
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, 500ml into a tulip. Best before June 20, 2013.

Orange body, white head with moderate retention and some webbed lacing. Nose has various cereals, toasty grains, light veggie and some drying malt and mineral character. Taste has sweet malts, light caramel, more toasty cereals and some veg. Good bit of hop bitterness, but too much for my liking. Medium feel, higher med carbonation. Probably won't revisit this.

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Photo of HermitDan
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DeFaz
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light golden color (much lighter than most Marzens) with a fluffy head that quickly fades into a slight ring.

Smell: Well, it's skunky, and of course that's at least somewhat intentional, but the malt and hop flavors, which I can detect only somewhat, are muted. and that's not good for a style that I particularly expect to find a nice sweet, and autumn-inviting smell. Think Heineken (and that's not a good thing).

Taste: Bread, pleasant malt flavor with some alcohol and a touch of hops coming in. Nice, but not what I generally look for in an Oktoberfest beer.

Mouthfeel: A little bit sticky, but otherwise the medium thickness and carbonation are fine.

Overall: There isn't much for me to like here even though Hofbrauhaus beers are usual reliably exceptional. It'd make for a good session beer but it's not extraordinary and is easily forgettable.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P:  Crystal clear golden body with steaming effervescence and a small thin layer of fading white head. 

S:  As expected the nose is full of skunky aroma but does still have faint notes of toasted caramel, canned dog food, subtle spicy hops. 

T/M:  Prickly medium body that follows the nose but the flavors are more toasted malts and powdery yeast rather than the overpowering skunk funk in the nose.  Sour apples, and citrus bitterness to compliment the sweet caramel and malt base. Finish is semi dry and clean that lingers apple peels and citrus bitterness.  Subtle lactic acid tartness shows up once warmed. 

O:  The smell was pretty awful and I was expecting to hate this buy it turned out the taste was much better than the nose. The flavors worked well together and the mouthfeel was pretty good. 

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Photo of GRPunk
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug

A- Frothy head? Check.

Nice lacing? Check.

Rich amber color? Ugh. This one poured a golden yellow with medium-high carbonation. It was a lot lighter than I expected to see.

S- Mostly bready aroma with some hops in the background. Missing were the malty scents I associate with a Marzen.

T- More bread/cracker flavor with some hop components. More of a pilsner taste than Oktoberfestbier.

M- Some tingle from the carbonation and a soft head.

D- Very drinkable.

Overall- IMHO this makes for a great pilsner, but it seems a bit mislabled as a Marzen. This seems close to the style of beer that tends to be served in the Oktoberfest tents, but I was expecting a more traditional Marzen when I bought it.

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Photo of JVan
3.28/5  rDev -6%

Photo of srandycarter
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear gold, white stark head, small bubbled disk remains after 5 minutes. Some cling lace and cascading bubbles at the rim.

S - Perfume grain and some bitter hop.

T - Hmm... Sweet, cloying, adjunct flavors fall into hops that try to corral the taste. Very simple and not my favorite.

M - Medium to thin, balance is not what I would expect. Kinda cloying in and a little nasty bitter out.

D - In a pinch, sure. I would not go out of my way to session.

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Photo of Exeter
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cratez
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from the Wellington & Bradley LCBO in London, ON. Part of the Fall 2010 Autumn Ales release (even though it's a lager!). Pours a bright golden yellow with a thin ring of bubbly white head and spots of lacing on the lager glass. Smell and taste are fresh cereal grains, bready and doughy malts, some skunk, toasted wheat, a touch of sweetness, light Noble hop bitterness, and a boozy sting in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, spicy and drying finish. Drinkability suffers from the high ABV, especially for the style. A marzen is meant to be quaffed with ease, but this is a single serving brew. Just okay as an oktoberfest. I won't buy again.

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Photo of BayouMafia
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fitzy84
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at an Oktoberfest celebration at the Student Prince in Springfield, MA. The beer had a golden, straw-like appearance with a medium-sized white head. Aromas were a bit wheat and bread-based with some spice flavoring. The beer had an earthy and bready tone with its taste mixed with some light malts. Good, medium body and carbonation. Overall, not too bad of a drink for the evening.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden/yellow color with a bubbly, white, two-finger head. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted of malt and some spicy hops. There was also a corn and grain taste.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light bodied beer.

D - This is a fairly average oktoberfest. It smelled and looked like an average Euro Pale Lager, but it tasted better than that.

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Photo of jafaircloth
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 12oz bottle poured into a .5L Octoberfest stein. Golden in color with a medium white head. Crystal clear clarity. Appropriate for a domestic Octoberfest.

Aroma: Moderate Grainy Malts with moderate lager yeast sulfur on the back end.

Taste: Malty sweet upfront, some bread in the middle and finishes with a light noble hop bite at the end and some faint caramel. I wish I was getting more Munich and Vienna malt character.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation finishes slightly sweet, moderate attenuation but not dry.

Overall: It was an average Octoberfest beer - but not quite the Marzen profile I was looking for. I felt it leaned more towards a full bodied & malty pils. I'll finish the six pack - CHEERS!

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Photo of RickyS
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow, clear, bubbly, nice froth that goes away leaving only a thin layer of foam that sticks around for a long time. On the nose immediate hay and grass, very very typical of the sytle. Taste is bready and malty. The alcohol is well subdued, I ve seen other examples of the style where it is not. Thin mouthfeel and no persistance of the taste. Ok beer but nothing that will blow your socks away.

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Photo of jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A pasty white fluffy and fizzy head rises about a finger and fades at a decent rate, over crystal clear piss-golden yellow colored very light colored beer.

The nose is light, some toasty malts, light crisp lager fruit aromas, a little lemon and fruit aroma, a little yeasty as well. Very light!

The taste is almost non-existant. It has a little toasty malt flavor, some Munich malts and wheat, a very light banana and lemon flavors also there. Touch of yeast, fruit, and lager crispness. It finishes slightly bitter with a little sweetness, and lingering lager flavors and toasty malts. This is almost as light as a beer can get and still have some flavor. I wouldn't call this anything near an Oktoberfest, especially from Munich.

The mouth is very light with lower but decent carbonation.

It has a huge drinkability as it's like having sex in a canoe... f*ing close to water. Almost no alcohol feel/taste (which is OK since it's over 6%), but also not much flavor, some crispness, light sweetness.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of a green bottle it pours a golden, straw-like color that is more reminisant of a macro lager (Heinieken or Pabst) has a quick disappearing head. Smells grassy, not malty, like a summer lawn mower beer. Unfortunatly, I can already smell the skunkiness from the light polution. This taste more like a Macro German lager than a Marzen. Comparing this to other O'fest (Hacker, Spaten, Paulaner) this is weak. Has some hop to it, but little sweetness. Mouthfell is fair. High carbonation, leaves the palate dry. Overall as an O'fest I am not a fan. As a lager, this is not bad. This is a high quality lawn mower beer. I'll atribute some of the faults to the green bottle, hoping this is better on tap. Not my first or even second choice as a Marzen.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 1,478 ratings
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