Hofbräu Original | Hofbräuhaus München

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,732
Reviews:
526
Ratings:
1,660
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,660 |  Reviews: 526
Photo of jfreeze
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JoeyJellico
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sparx1100
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance- The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the brew is biggest of caramel and some cereal malts. Along with these smells are some light toasted aromas and a bit of earth and grass hop and a hint of citrus.
Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy, light caramel, and bready taste that has hints of some earthiness upfront. As the flavor profile advances some light lemon and citrus as well as more caramel tastes come to the tongue. In the end one is left with a rather grainy bread taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is just above average in thickness and normal in carbonation. For the flavor profile being more malt based and somewhat grainy the feel is fantastic overall and makes for an easy drinking brew.
Overall – This is a nice easy drinking bready brew. A good summer to winter transition brew.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - clear straw color body with white head

Smell - grains, fresh cut grass

Taste - grains, bread, fresh cut grass, fresh baked dough, biscuit

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, bready upfront, crisp and dry in the finish

Overall - nice beer here, drinks very easy, nothing pretentious, just a crisp, clean, straightforward beer. Recommended

Price point - $1.79/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of moodenba
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Original bottle at 40F poured into a simple glass in
August, 2018. Fairly thin head over a golden body. Taste is initially spritzy carbonation, but comes on with a beery malt body with a good dose of noble hop bitterness. Nice balanced aftertaste. Pretty good. I might like a maltier Munich Helles.

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mistahmojoryan
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zinck
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrojanRB
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a robust clear gold with a finger and half of creamy white head

Head is all light maltiness...I'm not getting much else

Taste is very balanced and nuanced. There is of course the malt, a bit of earthiness, and just the slightest bit of lemon citrus. All is delicate and playing well together.

Nice mouthfeel....it is full bodied, but very drinkable. Low/moderate carbonation, with a dry finish....I can see why it is ordered by the liter. Could drink all day.

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Photo of mehak
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Macamah
2.13/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BenjaGrif
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chitoryu12
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Not-quite-gold pale yellow with a decent white head.

Smell: Slightly skunky yeast, sweet malt, crisp citrus.

Taste: Mild yeasty malt, some pepper, a bit of metallic bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and decently carbonated.

Overall: I'm not too big of a fan of this. I think it could do with some cleaner, crisper flavors and less of a yeasty sourdough note.

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Photo of Baviera
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davidlbarnes
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers in the world. Perfect balance.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jamesroses
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of markarizmendi
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Perfect beer for a warm day - easy drinking and yet complex and interesting.

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Photo of alexdavit3
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden / straw color with decent head that fades slowly.

Smell - Malty, with hints of those Hallertau hops

Taste - Easy drinking, yet flavorful malt forward beer. I like the low hoppiness of this style - it's a great beer-flavored beer, without all the distractions of some of the more modern ales. That being said, the hops balance out the malt well.

Feel - Great mouthfeel - not too thin, and when the head is present, has a slightly creamy feel to it.

Overall - This is my go-to beer for this style - mainly because it's easy to get around here, but also because it is so darn delicious. It's even better when you get it on draught at a HB establishment.

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Photo of wejohnsn
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

light and refreshing, smooth and creamy tasting. very satisfying and enjoyable. nine bucks for a 6 pack at SPECS in Temple, TX. well worth the dough. This is something to look forward to at the end of the work day !

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a pint glass. Had it a little while ago, but a post just prompted me to pull out my notes for a review.

L---Clear, light straw color. Full head that faded to a cap and left ok lacing.

S---Balanced between malt grains and some lightly spicy citrus. A bit floral.

T---Again, really well balanced between breadiness and spicy lemon citrus. A slight bitterness in the finish.

F---Medium feel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp & easy to drink, guess that's why the Germans order these by the liter.

O---This brewer has been around for a million years for a reason. They know what they are doing. This is a textbook example of a Helles Lager.

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Photo of LocalBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a good munich helles lager easy drinking and smooth with good white head best enjoyed cold on any day of the season
also don't drink too many of this one or it will put you over the bus.

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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,660 ratings