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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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Ranking:
#41,239
Reviews:
591
Ratings:
1,476
pDev:
15.47%
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Photo of jkblr
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottled May 2017 poured into a.5L krug at fridge temp 6.3% ABV. New light brown bottles! The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with off white head. The head recedes to a cap and ring with a little lacing. The aroma is equal parts bready pils malt and signature yeast. The taste is nice full malt at first transitioning to a hoppy, mildly bitter finish. Think amped up, well done pilsner. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and mostly dry. I'm still surprised by the grassy bitter finish. Overall, very good. If this is what they serve in the official HB tent in Munich, no wonder everyone is smiling. Best fest beer of the season.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.46/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 tdm168
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nick_perry
1.46/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Disgusting, skunky, cheap beer taste.

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Photo of sanitarium16
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of keithmurray
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - clear golden body with white head

Smell - grains, malt, cracker

Taste - grains, malt, bready cracker, slightest of sweetness

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, full carbonation, slightly sweet upfront, hop bitterness in the back, dry finish

Overall - decent iteration of the pale Weisn style of Oktoberfest. Good that they went to brown bottles, hopefully Spaten follows suit.

Price Point - $1.79/11.2 oz single

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Photo of sohearn
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SynthetikReality95
4.61/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Poured into a traditional mug. Totally clear, straw golden color. Very active carbonation that supports a fine-white foam cover. Slow dissipation.

Freshly baked white bread malty aroma, cream o corn, sour herbs in the yeast and a hint of wild honey. Classic.

A mildly sweet, honey malt taste, turning earthy-bitter and then sour and sweet again. The malt is light feeling but very flavorful with sweet corn, sour bread and dry, earthy old world hops. Some green veggies and herbal combo pops out later on.

This one comes across as an old-school classic. Not as hefty , with a lighter malt effect but much more true to the original style. Complexity is low to medium but a nice reminder of how far we have come.

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Photo of bonns42
3.71/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass.
L- Clear, pale yellow with very little head.
S- Light biscuity smell, not a ton going on here.
T- Lighter biscuit malts, some noble hop bitterness, slight lingering sweetness.
F- Medium carbonation, medium body.
O- Pretty good, refreshing, easy to put a few of these back for sure.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium golden amber with a nice three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of grainy biscuit malt, pear and mild caramel. Flavor is semi-sweet bready and biscuit malt with some husky grain, mild caramel, wheat. Finishes with grainy malt and grassy noble hops. Medium bodied with sharp carbonation. This is pretty much what I expect an Okboberfest to taste like, quite authentic and to style. Maybe a little more raw grain flavors than ideal, but good balance and very drinkable. It's like Oktoberfest in August! And to twist the knife of the dozens of Oktoberfests showing up right now, my local shop just got the first of the winter holiday seasonals. It's 85 degrees out still.

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Photo of beeragent
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed in the Festbier style, so not rated as a Marzen style Oktoberfest.

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RentonThurston
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have had the fortune of trying this last year-- in its old green bottle-- and again this year, in Hofbraeu's newly redesigned brown bottles and packaging. While I still liked the older incarnation, it REALLY shines now that Hofbraeu finally decided to get with the times as far as their packaging. Full-bodied beyond what its pale golden hue would suggest, with a strong malty flavor accented by a restrained noble hop bitterness. I'd quite like to know what the three different Hallertauer varieties alluded to on the label are, heh. Overall, a great beer, and an affordable, easy-to-find look into the modern golden festbier style that's popular in Munich, and a nice change of pace from the amber Maerzens most American breweries favour.

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Photo of JakerLou
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClePaul
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nace4
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BdM
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of igl
4.3/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Oleg85
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Quite hoppy aroma and malty taste, reminds good dortmunder

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Photo of Weston64
4.27/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 1,476 ratings
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