Hofbräu Original | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu OriginalHofbräu Original

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: German Helles

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: 1,667 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of SheepNutz
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Hofbrauhaus Newport served in a .5L mug. The color is a typical golden lager color with a finger of head and lots of lacing left on the glass. The smell is a little weak, just a faint hint of hops. The taste is a pretty good balance of piney sweetness and hops. The mouthfeel is fairly ok, and the drinkability is good. Pretty good for a run-of-the-mill lager.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my second beer at the Hofbrauhaus Newport, the first being the Hofbrau Light. A slightly deeper yellow color than the Light.

Noticeably more body on the front side of the taste, a more solid mouthfeel, as it should. Hop presence about the same, fairly detectable and in pretty good balance with the beer style. Definitely more personality in this beer, and I do perceive a taste in there that could be interpreted as skunkyish. I can see where that characteristic comes from now. Not offensive, I just noticed it. A very drinkable session beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a small off-white head, which vanishes without a trace in thirty seconds. Slight carbonation with no lacing.

Aroma: Sharp and persistent aroma of skunk, as well as sweet malt, and a little herbal hops.

Taste: Opens with sweet malts, astringent husk flavors dominate the middle of the taste, the dry finish is accompanied by a late wave of semi-metallic hop bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, quite good for the style.

Drinkability/notes: Other than the skunk characteristic, quite good. I would like to try this in the larger brown glass version.

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Photo of BierReise
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is probably one of the worst examples of German beer I've had recently and the fact that it was a freebee from the store owner where I bought a case of good beers from didn't help any. It was probably old to begin with and so this may not be a fair review but then few have given it a decent rating here. Looks promising in trhe glass but the flavor is not of a good lager. Kind of flat tasting with little character. Almost reminds me of some basic American lagers in that respect. Slightly bitter and with an unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This particular brew poured an average white foamy head. There was very little lacing on the sides of my glass. It had a malty aroma to it. It was yellow in body. It had a slight bitterness to it. There was also noticed a slight aftertaste with this brew.

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Photo of Morris729
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow golden straw color with a foamy white head that fades into a semi-sticky lace. Nose is sweet malts and grains blended with some strong notes of herbal and perfumey hops. Light to medium in body with a very smooth texture. Taste starts off sweet with notes of malt and fresh grain as well as some biscuity flavors. This is followed by some astringent husk flavors and a good amount of bitter hops leading to a dry finish. An enjoyable lager and a nice choice for a hot day.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F. (This is the 500ml brown glass bottle, not the smaller green glass bottle).

A noisy, crusty white head dies quickly, leaving nice, sticky lacing. The beer is clear and clear, light gold in color.

There's an interesting flowery element to a sweet, grainy nose. The front is sweetish, lagery. Apples in the middle give way to a lagery bitter finish. There's a little alcohol evident in the bitter, grainy aftertaste. This is ok, not better than that.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a very drinkable and unexciting German pale lager. Pours pale of course, the head diminishes to nothing too quickly. Some hops and a little sweetness in the aroma. Mouthfeel is watery thin and crisp, with some hops coming through in a the flavor a little bit, as well as some skunkiness. The skunkiness was very small though, just a hint. Pretty refreshing qualities here, a solid lager that's good for the summer.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden colored beer with a white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is of sweet German malts and hops. The flavor is sweet, and bread. It is a smooth drinking and clean beer. It is refreshing and easy drinking. Would be a good beer for a warm summer’s day. Just not too memorable.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good German-style pils/lager style brew. A great light golden color with a wonderful German-beer aroma at the start. The head is light, lacey, and fast-fleeting. The aroma and flavor are everything a good German brew should be. Well worth seeking out if available in your area. Prost!

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Photo of putnam
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Laundry detergent-like sudsy head over clear gold liquid. The bubbling worries me. Huge balls of air race to the surface randomly. Looks like yellow soda water.
The aromas are well proportioned in their display of sweet, tanned malt and generic hops notes. But there is an angular, branchy quality that suggests harshly pressed tea bags full of hay.
The palate, though rustic, reveals measured, well-attenuated malt and deft hops. Unfortunately, the harsh fizz interrupts any semblance of cadence and harmony in the flavors. Prickly. A bit watery after the gas abates.
I was rooting for this beer out of sentiment, having drunk many gallons at the Hofbrauhaus. A disappointment.
Original rating: 3.0, 3.0, 3.5, 3.0, 3.5 - 3.25

Nearly a year and a half later (5.3.04) and perhaps from a fresher sample than before. There is still a healthy complement of astringency, only this time the malt element is smooth and honeyed underneath. Not a delicately styled lager; it is wildly doughy and aromatic with massive, chewy suggestions of freshly cracked grain. No trace of dilution in this one.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a quality german lager. bitter a crisp, this one goes down great. i would say it is of higher quality than a becks, but it is not near the level of hacker-pschorr or spaten. it was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of rastaman
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Promising aroma, sweetish start, relatively bitter, slightly hoppy finish, a bit of a chemically preservative taste in the finish, but very enjoyable, highly drinkable.

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Photo of John
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It doesn't get much better than this. It's hard to equal the atomsphere in the Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Loud, raucous, fun. The beer's not half bad either. The klink of the liter sized mug against the tap of the oak barrel...music to my ears. Though the atomosphere may be even larger than the beer itself, it doesn't take a thing away from the experience.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shiny golden color, with a nice fluffy white head which dissapates towards the end. A very nice and highly noticable herbal hop aroma on the nose, ..herbal hop spiciness on the palate...all rounded out well. Very easy to drink and hard to complain about...good stuff...

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Photo of jackndan
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

HofBrauhaus Lager: (half liter brown bottle, no freshness date, abv, unknown). Dense white head, with some stickiness. Tan, absolutely clear beer. Very powerful hops aroma that I could smell from almost two feet away. Light refreshing beer with a bitter hop bite. The only problem is that I’ve had this in Munich, where it is fresh and a full point better.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lovely white head arose from my glass. The bubbles were tightly packed and did not dissipate until the end. Golden in color, this beer was much more then I had expected. Light, but with an abundance of flavor. Malt is noticable, but certianly not overpowering as this is a beer that invites you to drink it.

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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,667 ratings