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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Ratings: 1,485 |  Reviews: 592
Photo of GuitarIPA
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beerucee
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


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Photo of MJ64
4.04/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a light golden with great clarity; big fluffy eggshell white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have some bread and crackers. Malts are there. It has your typical enjoyable German lager aromas. The flavors follow the nose. It's clean, crisp and refreshing. It's slightly sweet, but nothing crazy. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's extremely fluffy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very nice brew. The craftsmanship is on point. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. Good stuff.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale straw color with no head or lacing, very light and watery looking, good amount of carbonation.

A: Honey, biscuits, bread, slight spice hop note, grass, wet hay, light citrus, subtle aromas with some complexity and depth.

T: Smooth, balanced, and easy to drink, notes of honey, soft biscuit and bread, wet hay, grass, lemon, balanced hop spice throughout the beer, finish is slightly dry with lingering notes of spice, biscuit, and honey.

M: Medium, on the lighter side of medium, good amount of carbonation, pleasant on the palate.

O: Besides the appearance, looks too pale and light, I really enjoyed this beer, good amount of complexity and amazing drinkability, not too much spice just enough to add a little bite, amazingly drinkable. Aromas are a little muted but the taste truly makes up for it.

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Photo of puck1225
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Really kind of a boring beer. Not much taste, smell, or body. Clear yellow, decent head. Taste is grassy and smell is, well, I guess a bit grassy too. Not something I will buy again.

On further tasting as it warmed a bit, the flavor became more fruity, slightly lemony. It developed a bit of a pleasant bite. I adjusted scores accordingly.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatrickCT
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant golden blonde, crystal clear. 1 and 1/2 finger white fizzy head. Minimal lace.
Aroma of thin, breast malts followed by earthy hops.
Taste is of bready and crisp cracker-like malt, followed by floral, earthy Halletauer hops.
The mouthfeel is weightier than a pilsner, with higher carbonation that mingled well with the malts making it an easy drinking. The dry, peppery finish begs one to take another sip.

Much better than years past, no doubt due to the switch from green to brown bottles.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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