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: 1,660 |  Reviews: 526
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 1,660 ratings