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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier | Hofbräuhaus München

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 573 | Ratings: 1,385
Photo of beerboy21
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modern style Oktoberfest. Like a Helles brewed to "Fest" strength. Blonde in color. Spicy, noble hops along with some maltiness. Enjoyable, honey-like finish. Excellent beer. Not enough lager lovers on this site.

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Photo of D-Rock
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought in Japan, poured from a 500 ml bottle into a tall glass.

Look: Pours a crystal transparent pale golden straw color. A deep and compact head formed of tiny white bubbles springs up and then slowly falls down to a thin film. The bubbles cling to the walls of the glass forming a thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: Initially a bit of skunk and dusty, then searching deeper reveals pale hops, maltyness and straw/honey undertones.

Taste: Malty sweet on the palate with a hop bitter afterkick. Undercurrents of honey and straw are perceptible. Not terribly complex, but pleasant.

Feel: A very gentle mouthfeel here with the malt and hops balancing each other nicely. Medium carbonation plays across the tongue with a mild prickly sensation.

Overall: A nice octoberfest beer and exemplifying the style very well. Nothing unexpected present and an easy to drink brew. A few flaws present that might be attributable to improper storage, but overall very solid.

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Photo of dd43
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Too thin of body and too lacking of aromatic malt pungency to be recommendable as an marzen when you can readily get Ayinger and Sierra Nevada octoberfest in most areas. This isn't a bad beer, but it's entirely unremarkable.

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There are so many good German Octoberfest beers out there, why waste time on this one??!!! Their green bottle, as do all green bottles, needs to be eliminated. It does NOTHING for the taste. There is nothing I care to say about this beer that is positive.

There are so many good German beers, go get one of them that you like and leave this one alone.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a .5 liter mug.

With slowly rising bubbles, a clear golden body holds up a nice white frothy head that retains well. Thick, random patches of foam stick to the glass. The aroma is spicy from hops and really buttery from malts with a faint skunk aroma from the green bottle. The taste is spicy as well and it covers up any malt presence although there is a very basic toasted grain and buttery element. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and dry.

Overall: Really comes off as more of a Helles style of beer with a bit too much spice from hops.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Worst oktoberfest i've tried, with none of the elements typical to the style. Smells like a Heineken, which I find nasty. Clear golden color looks like adjunct swill. Taste has some redeeming malt character, and it finishes smooth. Glad I only picked up a single.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on draft at the South Wedge Harvest Hootenanny beer garden tent in Rochester, New York. Coloring sat somewhere near a glowing pumpkin orange. It put up a one finger head of bobbing white foam that crashed around the glass like an iceberg in too small a vessel. This retained nicely before leaving clinging sheets of lacing down the sides of the glass. A mild haze cut clarity, but no sediment was otherwise noted. Carbonation appeared to be medium. The aroma showed wheaty earthiness, bittered European amber grain soak, burnt wheat bagels, light cloven and plastic phenols, harsher fruity esters, tinny yeast, black pepper, vegetal zucchini breadiness, dark clover honey, wet straw, and light but oily noble hop bitterness. Flavors included big bready dark wheatiness, sugary and toasty Munich maltiness, soft buttery diacetyls, distant bittered banana esters, toasted oats, oily orange peel, savory salted European lager yeastiness, India ink, rusted bronze, tattered and dusty cotton weave, faint grassy hoppiness, light booziness, and some toasted almond fruitiness. The body was on the full side of medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave very hearty slurp and smack, but sitting even further forward was the frothiness and creaminess that you’re met with. The mouth is coated only briefly in this before settling away into a gentle tannic, astringent spread. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks back without trouble.

Overall, this beer helped keep us warm on the first bitterly cold, windy day of the year. We met a group of pals out at our neighborhood’s outdoor fall festival, and were collectively happy to find a beer garden towards the back of the festival. They had a few local guys and a general smattering of Oktoberfest style beers, and we ended up landing on this one. In this setting, we found it to be hearty, warming, and generally clean for the style, giving off that bready and toasty classic maltiness that makes the style great. It equally conjured thoughts of steins and lederhosen as it did visions of a roaring fire. While the aroma was perhaps a bit dulled, thinned, and perhaps a bit too fruity, we thought the rest of it to be relatively solidly knocked together. We were pretty surprised to see how low a rating it got on here, and feel it to be deserving of a slot at least in the 80’s.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
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 drmeto
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-pours a clear golden with a medium, frothy, white head
-high carbonation visible
-honey,grainy,spicy,biscuity,bready,faint diacetyl
-medium carbonation
-medium,oily body
-no alcohol detectable
Way underrated Oktoberfestbier

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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 James954
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: Clear golden and with good carbonation coming from bottom with lacing on the rim.
S: faint and unremarkable straw and bread and biscuit. A light skunk smell may be due to the green bottle?
T: Like an upgraded American Adjunct beer with better carbonation.
F: perfect mouthfeel and carbonation for what it is...

O: After having other well-known Oktoberfest offerings from Germany, Hofbrau is at the bottom of the totem pole in that regard. It performs well versus American adjunct lagers (and Becks).

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Photo of vinicole
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow with thick frothy head.
Clean refreshing but muted aroma of hops.
Sweet turning to mild grain. Some malt. Short in flavour.
Reasonably easy to drink.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Apparently Hofbrau sold out to brewing a pale in color Oktoberfest. For a brewery with high standards this disappointed me. It finished dead last in our recent Waterstone Beer Club Oktoberfest event.

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Photo of The_Kings_Thirst
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Yellow and clear with a quickly vanishing white head.
S: Bready, grassy, earthy.
T: Sweet. Bready/biscuit and grass. A little tartness on back.
F: Light and well carbonated.

O: Easy drinking. Could put a few liters away without a problem. Reminiscent of the Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn which I slightly prefer.

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Photo of RickyS
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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 andrewjraab
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a pale yellow with really good clarity. White head that disappears throughout.

S - Yeast, grains, wheat, euro - skunk smell.

T - low to medium bodied, yeast, lemon grass, dank, crisp on the palate, finishes with a touch of dry bitterness, but not before some malts come through.

O -Solid offering and in this style. I always get an appreciation for how many different clicks on the spectrum a brewer can go on the Oktoberfest style. This definitely leans to the more mild and less malty sweetness. Easy to quaff this back so I would def recommend.

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Photo of Jacobob10
2.29/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. I was scared off from purchasing for quite some time due to the green bottle. However, my love for Märzen took over and I decided to give it a shot. As soon as I popped the cap, my fears were justified.

Gold color with brilliant clarity and a decent amount of white head. The skunky aroma seemed to jump out of the bottle immediately upon opening. Hard to pick out anything else beyond the skunkiness. Sweet and grainy upon tasting with spicy hops and that awful skunkiness again. It really made it hard to get past. Light to medium body. Clearly there is a quality issue going on here that needs to be resolved. Not much more to say.

I'm sure this is actually a nice Weis'n style Oktoberfest when served on-tap. I've been to the Hofbräuhaus in Munich and I've had their Helles and Dunkel Lagers on-tap, both of which are very enjoyable. Safe to say I will not be purchasing any more Hofbrau bottles in the future until the problems are fixed.

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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 WesMantooth
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A little bit too hoppy, spicy, yeasty for a Marzen. There is a lot more grain flavor here than Vienna malt. It looks more like a Helles, and drinks like a combination of a Pilsner-Helles. A very good lager, but it doesnt strike me as an Oktoberfest. I would swear it was a Helles.

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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 Buck89
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden clear color with a frothy white head that lingered. The aroma was subdued - pale biscuity malt with some yeast and subtle spicy noble hop character and some grassiness. Taste was better - bright sweet bready malt with faint floral hop flavor at the end. Medium bodied with more carbonation that I expected. Very quaffable, but not a robust as others in the style.

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Photo of JackieKu
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. Best before 2016-06-24. Poured into tulip.

A: Clear yellow. Poured with some foam but sank soon.
S: Little grainy sweet notes.
T: Malty sweet. Mildly bitterness. Dry finish.
M: Medium bodied. High carbonation.
O: The first German brewed Oktoberfest I have had. It looks and smells like many pale lagers, but of taste-wise it is slightly stronger, in the right direction.

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Photo of claminat420
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on a hardy pour into a pilsner glass.

Appearence- solid golden color with super transparency. white frothy head that leaves barely any lacing. looking like some basic grains but good non the less

Aroma- super basic malt. even tho I don't have a nose with range this smells basic as in cereal grains..maybe biscuity?

Taste- much on the malt side. like I said with the aroma there's a cereal- biscuity action going on. like corn flake water. prob some earthy german hops that don't do sh#t but tame the sweetness from the malt.

Mouthfeel- medium/light in body.

Drinkability- as i'm going on the sixth soon it's not that bad.

Overall- are there better Oktoberfest brews out there? hell yeah. as I was feeling something different and in a lager category this def hit the spot. I could see any bud and miller fans attempting to take the training wheels off accepting this brew.

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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 headlessparrot
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the .51L brown bottle a surprisingly pale colour for the style, a gold with only hints of caramel around the edges, and two fingers of white foam that recedes quickly down to a couple of islands but leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

Smell is pale malt, biscuit, cracker. Faintly herbal, grassy. A hint of caramel? Good, but less malt forward than I expect from the style.Taste has a touch more toasted and caramel malt quotient, more biscuit and a touch of cracker. Some floral hop bitterness, grassiness, hay, vegetal (bitter greens). Given that this is on the lighter side of the style, the body is a bit heavy, and the carbonation is pretty vigorous.

A decent, if unspectacular, Oktoberfest beer. Competent, and the taste delivers more than the smell promises, but it's a heavy beer whose heaviness doesn't really manifest in all that much more flavour. I *really* like Hofbrau's standard Helles lager, but this is a bit middling.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
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