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Hofbräu Original | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu OriginalHofbräu Original

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Reviews: 481 | Ratings: 1,498
Reviews by Mises85:
Photo of Mises85
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this in a pint glass around 44 degrees.

Appearance: light gold color with a lot of bubbles floating to the top. not too much head although I wonder whether it was because the glass wasn't clean enough or whether the beer is like that.

Smell: Barnyard funk, hay, grassy, fruity (pineapple), touch hoppy

Taste: bright but nice spicy noble hop on the finish

Mouthfeel: quite effervescent, medium body

Overall: I normally don't like lager but this one was quite good. Another home run for the germans.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Hellvira355
4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a nectar of the Gods, crafted by Jesus himself in a laboratory fueled by the happiness and laughter of children, pieced together like a fine tapestry or a mosaic. Van Goh gave Jesus a high five for this wonderful creation of reinheitsgebot deliciousness. If you don't like this beer I'm willing to bet you like boys. And you have an outie instead of an innie.

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Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Bright and sparkling pale golden colour, the big frothy white head does wins my eyes over.

Smell: Clean and fresh grassy aroma of “just milled” malt and slightly flowery hop oil.

Taste: The crispness is spot on and raises the refreshing level of this beer, a big mouthful of grain hits the palate with fresh cut hay and bitter noble hop flavours. Biscuity and slightly doughy flavours hit middle to end showing the freshness of the brew.

Notes: This lager has grown on me over the summer and has won a spot in my fridge, a plate of grilled bratwurst and braised cabbage went perfect with this brew.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

i first had this brew about a year ago on my birthday. i instantly found a favorite. it has to be my favorite german imported lager.

the beer pours very nicely. a two finger head that stays around longer than i thought it would. gives way to minimal to no lacing. the appearance is not quite straw yellow but not quite gold either.

it smells like a fresh beautiful spring day. crisp, clear and refreshing. a little hint of skunk was found but most german lagers are a little skunky. maybe the green bottles?

it tastes great. at first a crisp grassy taste followed by a hoppy taste with a touch of honey. the after taste is hoppy with a touch of skunk. pardon my language but even the burps taste good. very crisp, very clean and nicely carbonated

mouthfeel is a little watery but at 5.1 abv its not an IPA. so i did not expect a thick feel. however this brew is all about the taste.

at $8.99 a six pack 11.2 oz bottles. there are craft beers at this price point with higher abv. but like i said this is about having an authentic munich specialty lager. worth every penny, if you ask me.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A very tasty, well-balanced lager. Refreshing, crisp; the colour is a beautiful crystal-clear gold capped by some surprisingly persistent head and visible effervescence. Lots of crisp, biscuity malt character and a solid amount of hop aroma and flavour without a tremendous amount of hop bitterness. There's no star of the show here: it's all about how each of the elements comes together.

This is the lager that a lot of the adjunct-heavy major American brands should aspire to be.

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Photo of thommo_nk
4.87/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft, 1 Litre Mass at Hofbrauhaus, Munich, outstanding helles, probably the best on offer anywhere in Munich, as an beer experience this has to be tried and the surroundings of the Hofbrauhaus are just magnificent. Unfortunately it is not always possible to get a seat in the Hofbrauhaus (tourist trap).

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Photo of hopphead31415
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I went to the store with one mission: to try such a variety of different beers in order to become well rounded in the world of beers. I am, after all, the hop head so I made sure to toss some Hofbrau into my cart. It boasts a mild 5.1% ABV and German Purity Laws since 1589 which definitely gives the beer a major historical element that elevates it to an experience instead of just a beer.

Look-It pours a startlingly crystal clear and light colored liquid. The carbonation trails are medium and the head is thin and readily dissipates allowing one to see clear down to the bottom of one’s glass. The color is light golden yellow and monotonic.

Smell-I smell German yeast and buttery bread.

Taste-The flavor is nice, but a bit one-sided for my taste. It is pleasant with flavors of malts, yeast, and spices with a crisp finish. There is no problem here with dry mouth as this leaves an oily coating and is pleasant.
Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is oily and smooth, crisp and refreshing.

Overall-Overall I’d say that I’m glad that I added this one to my repertoire, but it is not as dynamic as the powerful Double and Imperial IPAs that I am used to. It’s all about variety and experience so I am glad to have a good old sixer of these historical German brews that come in a nice green bottle to preserve freshness.

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Photo of Kelby777
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured delicately into a pilsner glass. Temperature is about 35-37 degrees.

Appearance - Beautiful light golden color; one of the most handsome beers I've seen. Has a good one finger head, excellent lacing on the glass. Appears highly carbonated.

Smell - Skunky...

Taste - Crisp taste, bready, slightest of hops. Tastes even better with food.

Mouth feel - Plenty of carbonation, great texture, not too watery and not too thick. Just right.

Overall - This is a good beer, as it should be for the price. This beer has been around since the 1500's; WOW I'm impressed! I am a bit disappointed that the beer was slightly skunky, considering that this is one of the most famous beers in the entire world. I can't imagine what this beer would taste like on tap, but is still good from the bottle. My only advice to the Hofbrauhaus is to import your beer in dark bottles - you should know better. Otherwise, I'm glad I tried it and I would drink it everyday if I didn't have to pay over $11 for an 11.2 ounce six pack.

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Photo of stevoj
3.14/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light, tangy helles from Hofbrau. Light grassy and citrus elements in the aroma, some grapefruit in the taste. Appearance is kind of flat, almost no head. Very drinkable, and light enough for the warmer months.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Carmel undertones really shine through in this great German lager. Carbonation quite high and creamy finish with earthy and a little citrus at the end. At first, smell does not make it stand out, as it smells just like a lager typically would. However, the finish is quite smooth and is extremely drinkable. Had this one at the Hofbräuhaus in Chicago. Would have ordered more if I didn't want to have the Hefe Weizen as well. Overall, this is a solid German lager and I was extremely impressed. Extremely fun to drink in that type of environment as well.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this out in a bier garten yesterday and it just seemed to hit the spot best out of all the brews I had.Poured a nice golden color with medium head that left some lacing,smell was slightly malty and very juicy fruity,very appetizing.Taste was a little fruity and grainy,very quaffable warm weather beer great for sitting outsied under the beer tent.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – The body of this beer is absolutely brilliant. It is crystal clear and yellow in color with a tinge of orange and sports a nice white head.

Smell – The grain here is strong and heavily lagered. I can pick up a bit of sugary sweetness but mostly this is a grain bouquet.

Taste – The grain here is unabashed. It is just huge. There’s a lingering malty sweet finish, as there should be.

Mouthfeel – It’s not quite medium-bodied, but it’s big and extremely smooth.

Drinkability – This is why I wish I lived in Germany.

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Photo of BRB1978
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DwedPirateWobert
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of joel_bou
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Slycy690
4.81/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Crisp refreshing brew. Two thumbs up

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Photo of FadetoBock
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Drecuda
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andyfrancis
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mason jar. Clear light gold with a snow white head. Just the sight makes me want a big soft pretzel.

Pretty standard pilsnerish aroma. Almost a little sourdough.

Much fuller flavor than I expected. I guess I've been conditioned by american beers of the same appearance being so watery. Bready malt, lightly backed with some german hop bitterness.

Medium bodied, light oily mouthcoating and lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

Overall, not my favorite style by any means, but I can enjoy a few of these. I've never been to Oktoberfest or the Munich Hofbrauhaus, but I've had a few layovers in German airports and some mugs of this with some soft pretzels are always a bright spot on miserable travel days.

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -34%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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