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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 TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of grain, lager yeast and a thin malt character that also brings some mild sweetness. The hops presence is faint but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, although this beer is a lot lighter than most O-fests it's a bit more poundable than most O-fests as well.

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Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is honey golden with a nice level of carbonation. The head is average-sized and creamy white. The aroma is of sweet grainy malts, seems more like a mixture of German pils and helles aromas than the maltiness of an marzen. The taste is of lighter bodied malt sweetness with grain flavor running throughout. A touch of minty hops gives this a little more personality. This seems more like a "big" helles than an true O-fest. Not bad at all, but don't expect a big, bready marzen.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.89/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very transparent slightly-amber color with a small white head. The smell has some caramel and roasted malt with a tinge of European hops. The taste is somewhat malty and there are some faded pilsner-type hops. Mouthfeel is quite light without much going on. Low carbonation. Drinkability is quite low--too thin of a mouthfeel without much taste.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with white head. Aroma has grains, bread crust and alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet at first, grainy and bready but gets more bitter in the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Easy drinking and quite refreshing.

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Photo of billab914
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of smithj4
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Uberstein, Chicago, IL

Pretty typical beer for this style. Poured a clear amber with a decent finger of white head. Light roasty malts on the nose, kind of weak. Generally malty flavor, light caramel and sugar, nutty, with a touch of hop bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a mug.

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, with several billowy fingers of bright-white head. This retains with nearly 2 rich fingers of froth, which rings the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is fresh in the nose with notes of must, spice and a touch of crisp citrus. A light sweet graininess just hangs on the edges.

The taste is crisp up front with spice and citrus, which gives way to flush of sweetness along the middle portion of the profile. Thankfully more hops swoop in before this gets overly cloying finishing things this dry and lightly spicy and bitter on the backend. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with some sharpness up front, more of a bubbly creaminess in the middle and then more crispness on the tongue before it goes down. You do feel that 6% just a bit, with a touch of lingering warmth on the end of each swallow.

The alcohol and sweetness in the middle of the flavor profile were the main distractions here but there was enough Noble hop character to mostly keep this crisp and drinkable. This was decent but I think there are some better imported examples of the style out there.

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Photo of atrocity
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Gkruszewski
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
1.63/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Very light straw color; crystal clear. A little too light for my expectations. Very impressive white head. Also, it leaves nice lace on the glass.

Aw, nuts, this beer has skunked. (Rant ahead) Why do beer companies put beers (especially exports to USA) in green bottles? I took a chance knowing that it was a new offering, but still it is ruined.

The taste reflects the skunking. Sorry guys, you deserve this score. I'll give it a shot, anyway. I'm surprised to see that this is an ale, which is not true to style. I'm pleased to report that it does have a crisp mouthfeel with a full body. It has some hops and I'm sure when it was fresh that it was more pronounce.

Unfortunately, under it's current state, it's really undrinkable.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of russpowell
2.61/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up a the local store was told this was fresh, not so sure...

Pours an effervescent gold with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Soapyness & cereal

T: Soapyness, cereal sweetness & dryness up front. Soapyness & diathechyl (sic) & cereal sweetness as this warms. Finishes cloying with soapyness & a bit of booze

MF: Light /medium bodied, semi crisp with low carbonation

Drinks slow, might buy this as a Pilsner, but this so riddled with flaws, why is any one still using green glass? Will try again, if I can find it von fass. Avoid this unless you KNOW it's fresh

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Photo of woodychandler
4.09/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had been down to D.C. to visit my aunt and uncle this past summer and we visited on of their local Total Wine & More locations which is where I came across a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) of this beer. It is the website's policy that if it is not a pressurized mini-keg, then it is CANsidered a CAN, making it a CANdidate for The CANQuest (TM)! Yay! I brought it back to their house and since my mother and uncle were due for a visit in a few weeks, it fell to them to bring it back for me. I then made arrangements to bring it over to a local bottle shop to share as I did not want 5 Liters to myself and it was dated to expire "04.03.2015".

From the CAN: "Imported from Munich/Germany"; "The Original Brew of Bavarian Kings!"; "Since 1589"; "The world['s] biggest festival, the 'Munich Oktoberfest' attracts over 6 million visitors in the course of 16 days. Since 1810[,] this annual event in Munich, Germany, promotes the best in Bavarian food, entertainment and brews. Hofbräu München is an official supplier to this event. It uses the experience and knowledge of its brewmasters to create this special seasonal brew for just this event. It is brewed according to the German Purity Law containing only water, barley malt, Bavarian hop and culture yeast. This is the same product that HB serves in its tent at the Munich Oktoberfest and is now available to you." There were also instructions for tapping, but I am not going to transcribe them here.

Speaking of tapping, I had not had a 5-L mini-keg (CAN) for a while and this was only my third or fourth, so venting was initially problematic as I twisted it more than a quarter-turn, which was too far. When I realized my mistake, I backed it down and got a momentary spray of beer until it pressurized. I pulled out the spigot and readied my glass before twisting the spigot to the left. Beer began flowing unabated! This produced two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was Pale-Yellow (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-plus quality clarity. Nose had a biscuity maltiness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was malty, but not cloying as many beers in the style are. Instead, it had a bready, nutty flavor that was a pleasant surprise. Finish was semi-dry, not very sweet at all. Everyone who got a taste agreed that it was less sweet than expected, so whether a result of inadvertent aging or by design, I feel like it was quite worthwhile.

The following bottle review was conducted on Super Bowl L Sunday (07 Feb 2016), but the CAN review trumps all.

Once more, my utmost thanks to tone77 for his outstanding tradesmanship. He (usually) lives locally and stops by Chez Woody with an armload of bottles & CANs for me which I exchange for a CANlection of CANs. Unfortunately, I have fallen behind, especially as bottles are concerned, leading to the Bottle Backlog. I am happy to be winnowing it down to something approaching manageability.

From the bottle: "since 1589"; "Munich Specialty Brewed according to the German Purity Law."; "The Oktoberfest originated in 1810 in Munich, Germany as a wedding celebration for the Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria. This product was created specially for this event and is brewed usually for the Oktoberfest, now the biggest beer festival in the world. Hofbrau Munchen (HB) is one of a selected group of breweries granted the privileges of supplying the Oktoberfest with their products. Using the highest quality ingredients, HB's Oktoberfest Specialty has its own distinctive and unmistakable taste."

A Pop! is all that it takes to begin these reviews & so it was in this case. A gentle pour and subsequent swirl raised a finger of foamy, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a definite fresh-mown grass/fresh-harvested hay smell underlain by a biscuit maltiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was very grassy with an accompanying biscuit maltiness. It finished semi-dry, very refreshing and a nice recalibration after so many others that were everywhere. This is really the standard.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, soft-hued, light yellow body with a small, short-lived, white head. No lacing.

Smell: Quick sniff of skunkiness, though it fades out quickly. A tad grainy pils malts with an edge of anticipated sweetness. Faintly bready. Minor hop character.

Taste: Some cereal sweetness greets the tongue with light hint of honey atop the underlying pilsner maltiness. Slightly leafy, herbal-toned hops with little albeit ample bitterness. Faintly fruity. Drying finish with a gentle hint of alcohol on the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not horrible, no, but, a lackluster example of the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Medium gold topped by an eggshell colored head that has better than average persistence even though the bubbles look to be popping at a rapid rate. Unfortunately, there's almost no lace. I have never seen an Oktoberfest this light; it looks nothing like what it's 'supposed' to look like.

I'm beginning to wonder if Hofbrau Munchen mislabeled this bottle. Oktoberfestbier smells absolutely nothing like the stated style either. First of all, I got a huge whiff of skunk after popping the cap (thanks for the green bottle guys). That nastiness has faded for the most part, but I'm left with something that smells for all the world like an average Euro pale lager. The nose is dominated by musty, still slightly skunky hops, with no appreciable maltiness. Smelling like Heineken is not a good thing.

Malt has appeared on the palate, although it has none of that earthy, toasted, slightly dark flavor that the style demands. The flavor profile is equal parts pale malt, musty noble hops and alcohol. I'm amazed to see that the ABV is only 6%, it tastes like it's at least 8%, if not higher. Something is seriously amiss when a beer labeled as an Oktoberfest tastes like a dead ringer for a maibock or even a Euro strong lager.

Despite the maltiness, the beer isn't all that sweet. Neither is it all that bitter. Slightly harsh alcohol is the only flavor sensation that makes an impact on the tongue. Again, not a good thing. Despite a mouthfeel that's a few clicks more full than medium, and is slick and clingy, the flavor doesn't hang around very long. Now *that's* definitely a good thing.

Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier, to beat a dead horse, is a lousy example of the style. I wouldn't have picked it as an Oktoberfest if given five guesses. In spite of all that, the only thing that matters is whether or not it's good beer. As far as I'm concerned... not.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 09/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore at their German beerfest. Served in a big ass liter stein.

a - Pours a dark amber-brown color with one fniger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of toasted malts, grains, bready malts, burnt malts, light caramel malts, and some light nuts. Super malty, just as I was expecting.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, roasted malts, burnt malts, bready malts, light dark fruit, and light toffee/caramel. A little bit better than the nose, but again, super malty.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. A little bit thicker and the body would be great. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a very solid Oktoberfest beer, if that is what you are looking for. Nothing that outstanding about it, but it's a good, solid made Oktoberfest beer. Looks like people have had big problems with bottles of it but it was fine on tap; not skunky at all. If you're looking for an easy drinking Oktoberfest beer worth checking out, though I liked their Dunkel a lot more.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger of short-lived white head.

S: Smells skunky (already!). A bit of lager yeast and some light, fruity esters along with the sweet bready malt aromas. There is a a light hoppiness to it, mostly floral, with some hints of grass.

T: Sweet with a touch of grassy hop flavor. There is a soft floral note and bitterness, but overall it's mostly bready malt providing the flavor and sweetness. Faint apple esters and a mild skunk to the flavor.

M: Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Sort of disappointing as their helles is quite good. Might have to try to get this one on-tap.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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