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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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Ratings: 1,591 |  Reviews: 500
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, golden yellow color with a white, 2 finger head. Good retention. Very little in the way of lace.

Smell - Aroma consists of grainy bread and honey malts, with a bit of grassy hop sitting beneath.

Taste - Flavor is predominantly light honey upfront, with a grainy malt malt backbone. Malt forward to begin, but by mid-taste the grassy hop character beings to cut through, then shows more presence near the finish. Good balance, though finishes more sweet than bitter.

Mouthfeel - Leans close to medium bodied, with a fair amount of carbonation. The sweetness leads to fantastic smoothness and drinkability; goes down nice and easy. One of the more impressive lagers in terms of mouthfeel.

Overall - Great all-around lager. Flavorful, without being cloying. If I were in the mood for a "honeyfied" sweet brew, I'd definitely buy this again.

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Photo of FLima
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dense and abundant. Vibrant golden color. Good carbonation.
Faint aroma from malt and hops.
Strong grassy hops flavor mingled with mild sweetness from malt. Refreshing taste and very German.
Bitter and dry finish. Once it gets warmer you can better feel the grains.
Classic one, even nicer when having it at Hofbrau in Munich.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a 0.2l Rastel pokal glass. Date stamp on bottle" L 156 L 09:47

Appearance: Bright golden yellow. Rocky white foam upon pouring died back to a thin skin across the stop. Lots of crazed lacing noted that would slowly slide back down the glass. Plenty of nice bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Strongly metallic with some herbal and floral thrown in for good measure. I can see why on the bottle back they mention "fine harsh aroma". Surprisingly it works here whereas you'd think by itself it wouldn't.

Taste: Solid malt up front and in the middle with a hint of caramel merging in the middle with the spicy German hops. Bitter finish is part metallic, part spicy, part skunky, part floral, part tea-like. Plenty of flavor and very German in style, classic really, but not outstanding. I think it needs a bit more malt.

Mouthfeel: At first quite fizzy, but later it became more lively in carbonation but not fizzy. Spicy carbonation on the tongue. A little bit sticky underneath the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad. Not the best German lager I've ever had, but not bad. I think the beer needs a bit more malt to balance out the hops, but, I think this beer would work really good with food. I had it by itself and I keep thinking I need something to pair it with and so drinkability is not high - one is enough.

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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oktoberfest... must review german beers...
pours a perfectly straw, clear.... small head.
smells.... like a dry, lager-y brew.
tastes.... like a dry, lager-y brew, with some hop bitterness on the side. very balanced and round taste.
feels heavy, thick, and fulfilling.
overall, why is there only ONE october review of this brew? oh, probably because everyone in the world has already had this beer, and reviewed it YEARS ago.... there is a slight 'cereal' taste to this one. it's very 'commercial' and very drinkable. seems most of germany's 'commercial' products can qualify as a 'standard' for many other parts of the world.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Purchased at the Hofbraeuhaus Pittsburgh - six pack to go.

Appearance: Pours a standard pale lager yellow with a decent soft fluffy head. Good looking beer.

Smell: Grassy Euro hops. Slightly grainy.

Taste: Refreshingly bitter. Grassy, slightly floral, Euro hops. Lots of grain. Biscuity but not buttery.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied yet light at the same time. Good aftertaste. Very nice.

Overall: Not too much to say about this Helles, other than it is a good one!

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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,591 ratings
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