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:
#21,294
Reviews:
528
Ratings:
1,667
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
417
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Ratings: 1,667 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single finger white foam head with little lace on a straw colored clear body. Aroma is mostly of breads and pale malts. Flavor has more of a sweet corn, floral and grass note with a pale malt background. Light body and high carbonation. Overall refreshing and drinkable, simple but flavorful. A little too sweet however.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and some grape juice-like aromas. Taste is of grain/malt and some grassy flavors on the finish. The malt really sticks around in the aftertaste though. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is very easy drinking.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking golden yellow color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer was earthy but not overly grassy which I liked. The taste of the beer had a good strong sharp flavor to it with a good amount of grain in the beginning, and finishing with a nice sharp crisp bitter finish. The mouthfeel was clean and light, tingly carbonation with a dry finish. Overall it's not a bad German Lager.

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Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear light yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly faded away. A light amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: Aromas of grainy malts dominate the nose along with some hints of floral hops.
T: The taste is rather malty and has a slight amount of sweetness; a mild amount of bitterness present throughout the initial taste and finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean and crisp on the palate.
D: It's very easy to consume this beer so it is sessionable and well suited for drinking several of these in one sitting out of litre-sized mugs.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, at least they make 'em brown for the Canadian market.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with two beefy fingers of puffy and loosely foamy white head, which leaves some circular bands of patchy and fuzzy lace around the glass as it recedes in an orderly fashion.

It smells of grainy pale malt, raw cereals, a touch of field honey, mildly zingy lemon rind, and some softly weedy and grassy hops. The taste is more cereal-like grainy malt, a bit of lightly-toasted white bread, subtle overripe lemon peel, grassy, somewhat tangy hops, and a slightly stoney underlying mineral stripe.

The carbonation is perfunctory in its supportive workings, no more, no less, the body a decent medium weight, sturdy, and working-man smooth. It finishes a tad off-dry, the graininess and understated grassy hops contending with a lingering honeyed sweetness.

Another of those German lagers, the kind where you start to wonder why you're wasting your time analyzing it, when a good chunk of your DNA has been co-opted by the general laid-back, but still stern, uh, pleasantness of this offering, and whether you should just get on with the drinking. I'm strongly inclined to just say 'Prost' to it all right now.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 3/26/2013. Pours crystal clear golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of light lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hops, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of light lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, straw, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light lemon, cracker, bread, light honey, herbal, grass, straw, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a very clean flavor profile and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Helles style. All around good balance and robustness of clean pale malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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2.6/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pint bottle into Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair thickness but no cream. Average retention. Clear yellow colour.

Sm: Light tones of cream and barley. Pleasant. I'm excited to try this beer.

T: The notes from the nose but unfortunately culminating in a sort of dirty barley finish that isn't balanced against the first two acts. Moderately complex, but not quite refreshing. It's built well for the style; I believe it's a flagship of the style actually.

Mf: Too smooth. Too wet. Almost watery on the finish.

Dr: It's probably fairly priced in Germany, but it's not in Ireland. I'd have it again as a run of the mill drinking beer, but it's nothing special.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very standard and ordinary beer. Difficult, yet finess in it's simplicity. Mildly malty with solid noble hop spiciness. Lightly earthy, grassy, and fruity. Light apples and pears. Medium body makes it very drinkable with a clean light finish. Difficult to praise, but tough to criticize also. The look is the typical moderately carbonated, crystal clear straw hue. Nice loosely laced carbonation. Pretty good beer to chase a braw with.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out a plae gold color with a 2-finger head. It left slight lacing.

S - It smelled of grasses and a little wheat.

T - The taste was very yeasty with a little malt and wheat notes. There was a little bitterness to it.

M - Very crisp and light-bodied.

D - It is pretty good. It is a very easy drinking beer.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is honey golden with a large, frothy head. The retention is a little bit less than I expected, but not bad. The aroma is of light, sweet bready German malts. Smell could be a little stronger. The taste has the classic Munich malt flavor with a touch of straight-up grain towards the finish. Light noble hops mostly provide a balance. This is another in a long line of tasty German beers, my only complaint here is that I think the malt flavor could have had more depth. I bet this is truly excellent fresh at the Hofbrauhaus.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of extremely thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grainy malts with some lighter notes of floral hops.

T: Moderate flavors of grainy malts with just a hint of sweetness. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the floral hops throughout the entire taste of the beer. Very light metallic hints are also present.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean and crisp.

O: Very easy to drink but not surprising for a beer that is designed to be drank from one liter mugs. Pairs very well with a meat and sausage heavy cuisine.

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

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Crystal clear golden color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has grainy malt, white bread, some mineral notes and noble hops. Taste starts quite hoppy up-front, continues with mineral notes from the aroma, a bit chalky, clean malt, some astringent hop bitterness towards the finish. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Not bad, but for a lager it seems somehow harsh on the hops.

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Photo of smithj4
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,667 ratings