Hofbräu Original | Hofbräuhaus München

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3.8/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

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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Ranking:
#20,722
Reviews:
526
Ratings:
1,660
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,660 |  Reviews: 526
Photo of DrZaius72
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pale straw topped by a nice foam cap which diminishes with time.

Aroma is what this beer gets right. Punchy malt aroma that seemingly only the Germans can get right. Beautiful, pillowy malt that smells like bread fresh from the oven. Strong noble hop aroma as well. Absolutely spot on.

Flavor is sweet bready malt and a surprisingly assertive hop character, leaning out to a dry finish with an unwelcome harsh hop bitter finish. The harsh lingering hop character detracts from an otherwise amazing munich helles. Too bad.

Overall, this is a reasonably priced "light" lager when I'm in the mood for one. $8.99 at Lazy Acres. Totally worth it. I just wish Hofbrau would tune up the hop bitterness on this one. There are better light lagers out there (Paulaner Original Munich, Weihenstephaner), but none with an aroma as perfect as this one, so I will keep returning to this a couple times a year. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeff1973
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TaunusKnudsen
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ssimpson89
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dubrunna
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional session beer. Underrated here by mostly American reviewers who prefers heavier beers even if poorly made. This is a finely crafted original.

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Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rostie
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RMC501
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bryan_Justin7072
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IBUBrew
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kaungsel
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: a lot of bubbles.

SmelL: strong scent of grapes, german hops

Taste: crisp, with a lot of carbonation, lingering bitter/sweet taste.

Feel: Great feel with a lot of carbonation

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Photo of eldoctorador
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is light straw, great carbonation emanating from the base, off white head with fine bubbles and a 1/2 inch top, head lightly laces glass sides and leaves thin top.

Smell is bit sweet with grain, grass, light grape like notes.

Taste is is slightly less sweet than aroma with grain, grass, earth, and lingering light sweet grape flavor.

Mouthfeel is crisp, a fairly strong carbonation and presence, light lingering sweetness.

Overall a sweet helles lager, highlighted with prominent grape like flavor and grassy hops.

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Photo of Alekcide
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TWRBVB
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Daru
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good alternative to commercial Lager

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Photo of scottvanbelois
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edward_boumil
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Looks like a beer should look. Brillant crystal clear, bright and shiny. Tons of carbonation. Head is massive with excellent retention
S: Originally after pouring there was a pretty noticable DMS or sulfurous odor to this, common among brews from central Europe. Interestingly though it seemed to have disapeared after a bit. Otherwise, the aroma is very sudsy, almost soapy. Grainy, or like baked granola with honey. Slightly floral as well
T: Damn smooth. There's something about Helles lagers man. Anyway the flavors are pretty good. Sweet and honeylike.
F: Crisp, super refreshing. Light and easy as hell to drink
O: Great Helles, absolutely killer. Certainly enjoyable, although there are others objectively I like better. Overall though a great example of one of my favorite styles

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

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden in color with great clarity and a mid-sized white head. The aroma is pure Helles...light malty sweet scents, along with light sulfur and some spicy hops. The taste is lightly malty, with herbal German hop flavors in the mid taste through the finish. Crisp and medium-light in body.

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Photo of dandy14
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Afeo
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,660 ratings