Hofbräu Original | Hofbräuhaus München

very good
1,560 Ratings
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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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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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Yellow golden. Clear. Head is big and white, and lasts quite well. Fair amount of lacing.
S- Clean, grassy, grainy, a bit sweet.
T- The taste is very clean and inoffensive. There is a bit of grassy, grainy, and a touch of lemon. Otherwise, clean breadyness.
M- Medium body, crisp carbonation, exactly what I want from a helles lager.
O- It's exactly what I want from a helles, clean crisp flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass. One and a half finger head which wasn't retained well. Pale colour, clear. Aroma was Saaz hop with citrus notes and a hint of malt. Tasted Munich malts, had a sharp after taste, fairly sweet, slightly fruity. Moderate carbonation, fairly smooth, crisp body. Very easy to drink, good warm weather beer. Typical Munich Helles Lager.

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3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, in Hofbrau stein

A: goldenrod yellow with a solid 2 finger white head. lacing is excellent. lots of carbonation

S: grain, sweet, husk, noble hop presence, malt

T: malty sweet, grain, with a slight noble hop character. leaves a bitter, hoppy aftertaste.

M: medium body, sweet finish, nice carbonation.

O: a delicious munich helles. pretty standard

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3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold/straw color with a billowy white head. Bready and fruity aromas; delicate hop scent. Flavor is malty; a little grainy, with some hop flavors/bitterness. Nice and dry, effervescent, but not chock full of flavor reducing adjunts.

Well suited for, but not limited to, hot summer days; Hofbrau Original is a minimally invasive, and well crafted lager. It's crisp, clean, refreshing and begs to be sipped on all day.

I can also tell you from experience, that this beer goes very well with generous portions of chicken and veal. I have very happy memories swilling on litre mugs of this stuff at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth, MI, before and after a gigantic meal.

A style that I don't see too much, but I really enjoy and this one is well done by Hofbrau.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

I purchased a 13.5 gallon or 50 liter keg of Hofbrau Original Munich Lager or "Helles" this month for the kegerator.

Classic Munich lager that becons the Biergarten!

A - Golden color and very clear, no chill haze here. Great carbonation.

S - After pouring into a [beer-glass-clean] glass I smell mild malts and Hallertauer hops.

T - The favors begin with the mild malts that blend in with mildly spiced hop flavors that linger. A well balance helles.

M - Light and balanced,a refreshing light beer.

O - Typical drinkable Munich helles. I will purchase another keg in the future.

I enjoyed drinking this while I lived in Munich near the Hofbraukeller. An awesome Biergarten and not touristy like the Hofbrauhaus. I am glad I can get HB in Arizona now.


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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
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