Hofbräu Original | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu OriginalHofbräu Original

Brewed by:
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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 metter98
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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 BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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 biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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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Photo of kojevergas
2.6/5  rDev -31.4%
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 largadeer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright golden and with an ample head that dissipates to a small cap.

Aroma: Grainy, earthy, organic and grassy.

Taste/texture: Very fresh and grassy/grainy. Becomes a bit bready in the middle, finishing with floral hops and a very clean aftertaste.

Notes: A solid, crisp, refreshing lager. Not necessarily the best around, but a worthy choice, and very drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of nickfl
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Small, white head with weak retention and little lace. The body is light gold in color with good clarity.

S - Sweet, mild malty aroma with light hop notes.

T - Nice, mild herbal hop flavor up front balanced by sweet maltiness with hints of honey.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Moderate drinkability. Nice hop character, but a bit too sweet to be quite as sessionable as a helles should be.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, lager yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweetness from light malts that is followed by a lager yeast breadiness. There's a decently strong hops presence for the style that provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a nice mild beer with some flavor and substance that make it worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright medium gold with a large cap of eggshell colored foam. The head persists for a bit and leaves a respectable amount of blotchy lace when it eventually fades away. It isn't an overly impressive look, but it gets the job done. Clean and uncluttered.

Thanks, no doubt, to the green glass bottle, there was a moderate skunkiness when the crown was cracked. As is often the case, very little of it remains at the several minute mark. Hofbrau Original smells like a noble hopped pilsener. It's big on perfumy florals, less so on herbal spice.

This isn't a bad little beer. The characteristic that keeps it above average is an underlying malty sweetness that grounds the flavor profile and keeps the hops in check, effectively blunting what would otherwise be a too sharp bitterness. Although pale malt isn't a major contributor, any less wouldn't work as well. The hops taste like Saaz to me: grassy and sassy.

The finish is brief with intimations of lemon zest before there is... nothingness. Clean and dry, clean and dry, clean and dry. The mouthfeel is light-medium with a fine-bubbled, long lasting carbonation.

Hofbrau Original (think my bottle with the upside down label is worth anything?) is a good example of the Munich Helles style even if it isn't among my favorites. Although it lacks that certain something that would garner effusive praise, there isn't much wrong with it either. I think it all comes down to the fact that this style isn't a 'boat floater' for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear and straw colored. Very good head for the style (3-finger); Moderate lace as the bubbles slide back into the brew. Steady stream of new bubbles continue to come forth from the bottom of the glass.

Mild but clean malty aroma. Very soft (in a good way). Slight grain, no notable hop.

Very light flavor. Disappointing to me is the lack of hop finish--it's rather sour. (The aftertaste has faintest touch of hop.) Clean light malt on the front of the taste. Good body and carbonation.

This is better than American macros, but it will still fall into the lawn-mower category for me. I'd love to see more bite to the taste and higher complexity.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 500ml w/ freshness date cold into a goblet
A - A crystal clear golden w/ snow white microfoam measuring 3 fingers. Clouds of fluffly lace gather.

S - The smell of light grain, nutty relatively mild fruitiness.

M - Light, slightly sweet, slightly bitter

T - A crisp beer w/ moderately bitter flavor. Light and easy on the tongue w/ a tinge of spice and pleasant German malt flavor

D - A nicely hopped and crisp late German lager. Very easy to quaff, but not overly dynamic.

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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 womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Yard House - Irvine

A: The pour is a pale golden, straw, yellow color with a finger of white head.

S: Starts off with pale malts and a bit of corn. Light floral and earthy hop notes with a bit of lager yeast. Really light, but detectable, fruity esters in the background. Not the most fragrant, but good.

T: Like the nose, there's a light malt and bread flavor with a bit of corn-type flavor. A sweet and lightly floral honey type flavor with some light hops and minimal bitterness. The yeast comes through toward the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: A light, crisp, easy to drink beer with some good flavors. Solid stuff.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/26/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a yellow golden color with two inches of fluffy white head and mdoerate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grass, bready malts, earthy tones, and grain.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, bready malts, herbal and earthy notes, and grass.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good German lager. Lots of floral and earthy tones in it and easy to drink. Would have again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Yet another brew here at the Brauhaus. I do plan on leaving eventually... Anyway, this one pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, flowers, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a light vein of lemon zest and a tiny pinch of nutmeg. The body is quite light, with a very light moderate carbonation, a nearly watery feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, an okay brew at best, one that would have been better if it's taste had been echoed in the smell and feel (the latter two being far too meek and thin and watery to be really enjoyed).

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

I picked up a sixer of these from the Class Six. Hadn't had this in a while and had yet to enter a review.

The beer appears a clear golden hue with an inch of thick, white head. Distinctly German lager scents rise up to the olfactory senses before the glass is even lifted. Refreshing flavor, with a bready, yeasty quality that can make a lager beer so quaffable. A standard of the style and one I shall certainly return to. Tasty.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear bright golden hue with an eggshell white head. Minimal lacing speckled around my glass. Aroma has a nice grassy/herbal spicy noble hop accent with hints of green bottle but nothing like the average Euro lager. Pale biscuit malts balance out the hops, flavor has a slightly metallic edge with a spicy h erbal hop note in the flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation no off flavors left behind, nice hop burps after a couple sips. Refreshing and solid everyday drinking beer, this could definitely be a staple if cheap and readily available.

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

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Huge skunky aromas as soon as I pop the cap and pour into the glass. Luckily those dissipate rather quickly revealing a pleasant bready decocted pilsner malt aroma with a hint of floral earthy hop. The flavor is rich melanoid and pilsner malt with just enough earthy hop flavor to provide some balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost sweet mouthfeel. Decent Helles, I've have had better, but I could drink this.

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