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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1,490
pDev:
15.47%
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Gajo74
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear golden straw color. A fingernail length head. Aroma is malty sweet. Taste of light malt and light hops. The feel is perhaps my favorite aspect of this beer. It has a lively carbonation. It is crisp and refreshing and light bodied. Not very complex, yet overall, a decent beer.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Modernrickk
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first of what will be many Oktoberfest beers this year. Poured out to a medium yellow color with a 1 1/2 inch head. Some minor and unconformed lacing in the glass. Odor was slightly skunky, but that is not unusual for the style. Malt, watery sweetness and some light cooked hops were present. Taste was very nice. Quite palatable. Flavors of malt, grass, and hops were present, as was a slightly bitter character. Finished smooth, with a note of bitterness and some dryness. This could be a easy pick for a session oktoberfest. Recommended.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of beerwolf77
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass the beer is clear golden yellow. Moderate amount of head that dissipates almost instantly. Tiny carbonation bubbles float to the top of my glass. No lacing on the rim at all. The aroma is sweet grain and a cracker like breadiness. That's all I can pick up even with deep whiffs. The flavor is much of the same. Sweet grain with a tart fininsh. Salty crackers and sour corn. Biting carbonation that beats the crap out of my tongue. Medium body. Not overly impressive. I had high hopes for this beer. Unfortunately it falls well below my expectations.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a clear golden body with a white head that leaves some lacing and sticks around fairly well.

Smells of pilsner malt, earth, grass, and herb.

Grainy bready sweet malt taste. Slight bitterness with the hop flavor being a little muted.

Crisp and refreshing lower bodied beer.

Seems like it has taken on a touch of skunk. It's a decent enough beer but I won't be revisiting it with better options in the style like Paulaner and Weihenstephaner.

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4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 08-06-06. White head and clear golden beer. Nose has good maltyness, litle lemon/sour orange like yeastfruit and low hopnose in the back completing the overal fresh nose. In taste malt is dominating giving it a full flavour. Alcoholic and dry caracter but with sweet hint from maltyness. Mouthfeel is great as almost all "real" Oktoberfestbeers from Munich are; ultra clean and good but not to high carbonisation but with full hoppy and malty taste. Drinkability is then off course also fine IMO.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TooGood
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Proteus93
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A straw yellowish pour, foamy white head with some cascading going on. Retention is fine, with a touch of stick.

S: Light on the maltiness, and rather grassy. A little grainy and earthy.

T: Again, the malts are a bit easy going, and not as warm as others. Hops offer a bit of herbal flavour.

M + D: Crisp and refreshing, fairly straight forward. Not too bad, but among the style choices, not anything extraordinary.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3/5  rDev -14%

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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Raime
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hofbräu Oktoberfest.

Getting started early this year. Mini keg is a bit old, but I found it for $10 so I said what the hell how bad can it actually be?.

Look - Clear copperish golden with a one finger slightly off-white head that sticks around for a few minutes and eventually turns into cloud formations around the glass. No lacing is left anywhere. 3

Smell - Bready and quite sweet. The Munich in this one really stands out and takes dominance. Grapes after it sits a minute or two. 2.75.

Taste - Wow this is one sweet beer. Not picking up much else besides bready malts and straight up grape juice to be quite honest. 3.

Feel - Medium though well rounded body with medium to high carbonation. Finishes very dry. 3.5.

Overall - Something about authentic German beers always leads to a sweeter brew than its American counterpart. I have surely had better examples of the style, but it ain"t bad for the price I paid. 3.

Just because it's a German original style, from Germany doesn't make it fantastic.

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3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow color, looks a little weaker than I had expected. The nose has a malty presence, maybe kind of grassy or grainy, and I'm actually pulling some hops scents out of this one as well. The taste is great. Malty and quite hoppy for an oktoberfest. I'm not sure it tastes true to its style, but beer-for-beer, it tastes pretty darn good. Pleasant aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.82/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original review 11-14-2005
Revised 2011-10-04

Pours a golden yellow color, surprising for this style. 2cm head of dense bubbles that dissipates in less than thirty seconds, but a perpetual white froth remains with some lacing streaking the sides of the glass. Very visible and active carbonation with no murkiness or visible sediment.

Initial aroma is of light skunkiness (green bottles, why?), but after this, some faint hints of malt sweetness. That's about it.

The taste opens with an extremely slight touch of vanilla that blends into a hot, grainy cereal flavor. This transitions to a sweetness that borders on cloying. Begins close with a light, but upfront grain-laden bread and very mild bittering hops at the end. Aftertaste is fairly bland, mildly sweet.

Light to medium mouthfeel, slightly watery. Carbonation vigorous at first, but fades as the beer warms. Finish is semi-dry.

Overall, the Hofbrau is drinkable in the sense that it's gentle on the palate and is flavorful enough to be mildly enjoyable. My two reviews have generally not been kind to this, and I don't see a need to revisit for a third. I might try again if on tap, that's it. There are other Oktoberfests available (even locally) that I vastly prefer over this one.

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 1,490 ratings