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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München

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

I guess Hofbräu's Oktoberfest 2007 deviates a little bit from the mainstream oktoberfest beer. For one thing it has a little higher ABV (6.5%) but it's also more plain yellow as compared to a the usual copper yellow colour of Märzenbier. The smell is citric and bready and with that dishrag whiff this kind of beer should have. The taste is bitter, fruity and with a lot of bread. There is a slight sweetness and a some alcohol too. Lots of carbonation. I had expected a thinner oktoberfest from Hofbräu but it's really fruity and similar to the Czech Starobrno's Baron Trenck. The higher ABV does the trick, I think. My oktoberfest favourite this year.

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

A. Light gold in appearance with a massive foamy head that leaves chunks of lace. Looks a bit light for the style.

S. Strong aroma of Tettnang euro style hop. Also slightly yeasty.

T. Nice munich malts backed by a moderate hoppy bitterness for perfect balance. This is a damn tasty beer. Lightly toasted malt and a good hop character. Freshness is the key word.

M. Sprizty and superior feel. Light and crisp.

D. A very fine Octoberfest brew here from Hofbrau house, would I expect any less. Just bought a case and its already depleted.

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

A: Pale amber hue, permanent small bubble carbonation generates an average foam with rapid dissipation, with no noticeable residue.

S: Honeyed aroma and a touch of species.

T:Slightly sweet taste at first, with a prolonged bitter final and honey.

My first Oktoberfest and will drink it again if i had the chance

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Photo of olegv40
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straw to golden yellow with a creamy white head that laced all the way down the glass.

Smells of fresh hops, citrus and just a touch of malt, a little bit of everything, not much of anything particular.

Taste, see smell, knocks out all the major checkpoints, malty, slightly bitter, just a touch of citrus.

I liked the balance of this beer very much and it makes for an easy one to drink all day.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

from a green bottle with no freshness date, but a code L156H1002. this had just arrived at total wine and i got a six out of a case i opened myself for fear of lightstruck green bottles...
clear golden--slightly deeper color than a Helles. 2 finger head leaves decent cap and very sparse temporary lace.
smells of fresh grain and noble hops, the hops not as predominant as in a pilsner. seems appropriate.
the hops are there in the taste (these are hops i generally don't care for) but are careful to take a backseat to the malty, very slightly toasty qualities of the smooth medium body every swallow both satisfies and leaves you favorably disposed toward going for another. quaffable but with a substantial backbone. just looked up at the 6% (after downing two bottles)--very incognito.
finally a real oktoberfest that i can buy locally! i can see how this makes sense in litres. the beer is fully there yet invites you to take huge pulls of velvety goodness. guess many people are downrating due to this not matching what they think of as an oktoberfest, yet this is what they've been serving in munich for quite some time as i understand. represents positive progress imo. those other styles (toastier, hoppier, darker, heavier, etc.) of octoberfest will serve as occasional changes of pace from now on.
but why do they have to put it in green bottles, and why does the label say ALE?


v: oz3 al4 3.85

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crystal-clear golden body reveals just a few widespread streams of steadily rising average-sized bubbles beneath a bright-white foamy cap. The head drops shortly after pouring to a wide, creamy collar; yet it still leaves some impressive lace throughout the glass. The nose is clean and enjoyable but not impressive for the style with just some light grainy malt and a hint of alcohol. The body is medium falling towards light with a gently crisp carbonation. The flavor offers a clean, grainy malt that's nice but doesn't offer the richness of Vienna and/or Munich malts that the darker versions do; and it's well-balanced with a firm bitterness and spicy character (alcohol, hops, or both?) but the alcohol is a bit noticeable which is odd for a beer of just 6%abv. It finishes dry with some gently lingering malt and a touch of bitterness. A well-made, refreshingly dry helles Oktoberfestbier.

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice subtle sweet maltiness and a very nice soft doughiness.

The taste was also subtly sweet with an excellent grainy body and mild hint of caramel.

The mouthfeel was medium in fullness and mildly chewy.

Overall a very drinkable Oktober. Not as sweet as some of its German bretheren, which really appealed to me.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's octoberfest season so many of the local beer bars have Octoberfest beers. One of my favorites, House of Brews on West 51st Street in Manhattan, had a list of octoberfest beer and food options. Of course I had to get a litre of HB Oktoberfest for lunch.

This was so heffeweisen like i had to ask and make sure it wasn't one. It had a slightly blurry color and a somewhat esthery aroma and flavor. In general a very good beer and a great seasonal drink, especially in the early, warmer octoberfest season.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright, clear copper-gold with the thinnest of white caps.

Lighter aroma of apples, berries, floral soap and a touch of skunkiness which faded away after a few minutes.

The taste opened up with floral hops, cinnamon, apples, and light grains and malts. Finish is quite clean.

Lighter bodied, crisp and dry, and moderately carbonated.

I enjoyed this one quite a bit. Clean, crisp, and flavorful.

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Photo of FrothyBeverage
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Beer is light and golden color, not what i expected for an octoberfest. The smell is lightly hoppy and grainy. The taste is quite refreshing, hops, yeast, some maltyness. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. This is not what i expected from an octoberfest beer but i was still quite satisfied.

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Photo of crossovert
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a green 11.2 ounce bottle with a copper colored cap. This one is a lighter style than most Oktoberfests, brewed to be consumed in the tents in Munich, similar to Warsteiner's Oktoberfest in color.

Pours gold with the slightest hint of orange and a soapy looking 2 finger head. The head dissipates rather quickly, not the finest looking head. The body looks stunning and crystal clear though.

Hints of Original Hofbrau dot the nose along with a nice Oktoberfest biscuity, nutty malt scent. The hops are a bit more prevalent in this Oktoberfest than most. No hints of skunkage, I'm confident this bottle is about as fresh as they get.

The taste is a lot like the regular Hofbrau with that nice hop bite but with nuttier malts. If you blindfolded me I could have easily guessed this as a Hofbrau product. It isn't the dark Oktoberfest style Americans have come to know, but it holds its own in the field of beers consumed during Oktoberfest.

It is a lot like regular Hofbrau, if you like that you will like this, if you are a fan of darker Okroberfests you might want to wait on it.

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Photo of kels
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oktoberfest continues! This one seemed to have an obvious spot in the lineup. Review on the bottle poured into my pint.

Appearance: This is a marzen? Pours a deceptively light straw yellow with a short, foamy white head, looking just like an American lager. Completely clear with lots of CO2 bubbles and very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is very crisp with hints of toasty, crunchy grain and a very light, slightly floral hop note.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Despite the light look of this beer, the taste is definitely of a marzen. It's not terribly special, but it hits the spot and generally meets expectations. The hearty, bready grains definitely make up most of the profile, and there's an ever so slight caramelly sweetness from the malt. The hops sneak in only slightly, as to be expected, and are light and floral. Feel is well carbonated and refreshing.

Drinkability: All day...that's really all I need to say. Might not be the most popular style on BA, but definitely good this time of year.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a nonic. I really only used the nonic to get a good look at the beer. If I have any more of these, I will be using my stein or at least a beer mug.

A = Crystal clear, bright golden yellow, with about a 3/4 inch head of white foam and small bubbles, good retention, light lacing, steady carbonation bubbling with small bubbles, light lacing.

S & T = Crisp earthy smells of noble hops, fresh grains, with a bready taste that is nonetheless balanced with a steady bitterness from the hops, finish is semi-dry as the hops are not too prevalent, but there in enough force to assert themselves.

M = Medium-light body, strong carbonation feel, tongue continue to feel like it had poprocks on it for a few minutes after each drink.

D = This is a very drinkable beer. I could easily see putting a few of these away at a beerhall.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into pint glass
A: light gold, one finger head on pour, with minimal lacing
S: hops, light roast malt
T: light hop bitterness, very slight malt sweetness
M: medium carbonation, light on tongue
D: could easily put a few down

the clear green bottle caught me off guard

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle. Pours Clear golden, small white head with almost no lacing. Aroma is bready and grainy with grassy hops. Taste is grainy and bready with caramel sweetness and grass.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold/straw with a big, stiff white head. Nose is grassy with a slight sweet edge and lots of herbal notes. Surprisingly dry, quite grassy and somewhat spicy, with a big husky grain and a faint hint of citrus. Decent body has some heft and a sharp carbonation. Finish has a solid, lingering bitterness. Clean and drinkable.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the hofbrauhaus tent at Oktoberfest 2010.

Very yellow color with a medium fluffy white head that had some lacing but really off color for an Oktoberfest. The aromas were muted a bit but had a cornbread and honey like aroma. The flavors were light and crisp, but a little dull in comparison to that freshness note you get with the other marzens. Carbonation was spot on, though there was a slight alcohol bite that followed and made the beer have a dry finish. Overall, it was a good lager, but there are better example of the style especially when compared to it's German counterparts.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I was to shut my eyes and smell this beer I would say it was a pils, because that's what it smells like.
If I was to open my eyes up again and look at this beer in a glass I would think it's a pils.
The look and smell suggests a pilsner. The body is light in color like a golden yellow pils. The head was tall and white. The carbs were strong.
The aroma was malty and spicy.
Now if I were to close my eyes and take a long deep sip i would say, yeah, oktoberfest.
Though it's lighter in color and sports a more pils like aroma the taste is quite malty.
There is some toasted malts in there maybe even Vienna malts which start the taste off sweet it finishes sharp and dry with some lingering bitterness at the end. Overall it's clean and swims easily over the palate.
Overall a good easy drinking beer.

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Photo of thebeers
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, pale straw color, highly effervescent, with a huge foamy white head that lasts a good while before leaving heavy lacing. Smells like a slightly-more-bready-than-usual Heineken. There's some dry, bready malts behind a slight skunkiness. The taste is nothing like the aroma suggested. It's got a nice, soft, white bread thing going, and a relatively thick, chewy mouthfeel -- especially for something so damn light looking. Very easy drinking. Not what I normally expect for the style, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a very clear medium golden color with several streams of little air bubbles continuously and fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface. has a white head that's initially an inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/5 of an inch thick with good retention and decent lacing. Aromas of some lightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that give way to a slight hop aroma. The taste is pretty much the same, with some lightly toasted, bready, caramel malt sweetness that is followed with a slight bit of hop bitterness. The flavor profile isn't quite what I am used to on an Oktoberfest style beer, but this is really refreshing. Has a crisp, yet also smooth and slightly creamy/frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. An interesting take on this style.


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Photo of acrawf6
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark straw/ slightly orange golden with a small white head that drops into nice lacing.

smell. An interesting smell that at first is a bit metallic. But as the beer settles, i get more of the malts, oaty and sweet honey.

Taste. I get a very natural sweetness. Lots of honey and sweet malts. It's quite nice. It has a small characteristic of honey nut cheerios. But the swallow and aftertaste is a touch dryer, but still a little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel. there is a good body here, has a nice smoothness, probably from the 6% alc. It fills my mouth quite nicely. Nice amount of carbonation and good balance.

Overall. This isn't my favorite oktoberfest, but is still solid and quite nice.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light malt sweet aroma that is quite pleasant. Medium gold color that is a little light for style. Nice frothy head that has good retention. Lighter steady malt flavor with slight roast characteristics. Dryness from start to finish, and lasts but is pleasing. Somewhat full mouthfeel with it's sufficient carbonation. Would be easy to drink several in one sitting and probably enjoyable too.

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Photo of steveh
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been enjoying a bounty of fresh HB Oktoberfest this season, so I thought I'd update my review from 6 years ago.

L -- Clear, bright gold with a long-lasting, firm white head.

S -- Mild DMS, yeasty bread, light spicy hops.

T -- Lightly sweet, bready malts up front and through the middle, finishing with a dry, lightly spicy hop character that lingers to the aftertaste with some very mild citrus notes. Yeastiness also lingers thru the aftertaste.

F -- The mouthfeel is soft and smooth up front to dry in the finish with a light-medium body.

O -- Freshness is key and definitely brings out flavor and body in this true Wies'n Festbier. It's definitely bigger and more complex than the HB Helles (of which I accused this beer of really being back in '09). This is a refreshing, highly drinkable beer -- even at 6.3 ABV.

9, 16 2009 bottling. Definitely toward the Wies'n Fest style of Oktoberfest, but I already had a couple earlier in the week and was a little disappointed in the character -- so here's notes on a direct focus for review.

A -- Clear, pale straw gold color with a dense white head that holds well. 4

S -- Eek. Can smell some skunk at arm's length -- green bottle trouble. The skunk dissipated with the vigorous pour, but there's only some vague breadiness and hop spiciness coming through, maybe a hint of alcohol -- but it's more fusel or solvent than we'd like. Though it's light. Mild DMS with warming. 2

T -- Light, bready malt character up front that fades into the quickest hop note then the bread lingers and a mild touch of citrus. Not really rich in flavor as would be expected -- more Helles in character than a Festbier -- which isn't bad, just not what to expect from the label. 3

M -- Light body with a soft mouthfeel that turns very dry in the finish. Not impressed to style. 2

D -- Drinkability is definitely good, for a Munich Helles. Just a little disappointed in the Staatliches Hofbräuhaus on this one. I had a draft version at a bar that I thought was a little richer in flavor, but didn't take notes. I wonder if H-B pasteurizes their bottles, but not their kegs? 3.5
Total: 2.82

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Photo of Duttonic
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/06/10. On-tap at the Dancing Bear.

A- Very light copper/dark yellow, 1 finger white head, no bubbling or lacing.

S- Medium malt (not overpowering or too strong), pecan, light brown sugar.

T/M- light/medium body, creamy, smooth, rich texture.

D- Excellent. This may be arguably the best Oktoberfest I've ever had, if not it is in my top three. You won't regret trying it.

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Photo of dcotom
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2-ounce bottle into dimpled mug. Light amber color with a fluffy white head that fades rather quickly, leaving almost no lacing and a few spotty islands of foam on the surface. This has a lot of complexity that seems to peak at cellar temperature. There is some sweetness and a little light caramel at first, then spicy bitterness and a hint of tart apple that lingers on the finish. I would love to be able to revisit this in Munich during Oktoberfest someday!

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
3.4 out of 5 based on 1,379 ratings.
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