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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,400
Reviews:
528
Ratings:
1,668
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
85
Gots:
417
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Ratings: 1,668 |  Reviews: 528
Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow straw color, moderate foam head, decent retention. Looks on par with style.
Grassy aroma soon superseded by, interestingly enough, citrus, along with sweet biscuity grains and a touch of floral hops.
Bright flavors of citrus, pear, and doughy malt sweetness. Finely balanced by grassy hops, noble hops spice and a moderate clean bitterness. Dry palate with a slight refreshing acidity. The finish is dry, clean and with a slight lemony flavor.
Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. The firm malt body is coated by fruit, hops spice and a slight lemony tartness; good dynamic balance.
I’m sure I’ve had this one but somehow missed out on reviewing. Gotta have more, more often.

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Photo of tigg924
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle bought in Germany. Pours clear, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is grass, wheat, and floral hops. Light bodied, high carbonation, and sweet. Very clean. Makes for an all day, exceptionally clean lager. One of the better helles lagers I have had.

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Photo of RootDown
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Profundobaso
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. Pale yellow with plenty of carbonation and a small (half-finger) head.
Smell - malts and a distinct german hoppiness, with straws and mixed grains. a bit of spiciness.
Taste - robust malty backbone that is moderately hopped. beer finishes clean with a hint of sweetness.
Feel - medium bodied with high carbonation. standard ABV at 5.1%.
Overall - an excellent example of the style. Hofbräu has been in the business for a long time now and do get it right.

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

Photo of hairnic
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

(Reviewed blind)
Pours straw colored. Mostly clear, albeit a tinge of cloudiness with medium effervescence – tight small bubbles. White pillow-y head dissipates leaving a thin layer of white bubbly foam on top of the beer. 3.75

Aroma has notes of grain, sweet bread, and a slight hint of corn. Definite sweetness in the aroma. Not hop aroma. 3.75

Taste has notes of sweet bread, hints of grain and a noticeable noble hop spiciness in the middle lasting to the finish. 3.75

Medium bodied. Moderately vibrant carbonation. Dry finish. 4.0

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Photo of spectru
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear and very pale, frothy white head; A noticeable aroma, perhaps a little stinky, (like B.O.?); Tasty, mild and pleasant, crisp, slightly sweet; Slightly tangy mouthfeel; Pretty good, quite drinkable, surprisingly tasty for a beer so pale

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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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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,668 ratings