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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled last night on 11/26/13 (and one 9/26/15 from a 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a handled-glass "HB" .5L stein.

Brew pours a clear golden-yellow in color with a 2+-finger foamy white foamy head that doesn't last long. Some streaky lacing was seen when sipped. The aroma is of some grassy malts for the most part. Most brews that come in a green bottle have a 'skunky' smell for some reason, this one had just a very light hint of that BUT not like many others. The taste was clean and crisp with a very slight drier finish with the malts and floral hops in the mix also. No harsh or bitter aftertaste. Overall a very good brew despite the higher carbonation. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: pale, translucent gold, soft foam head which quickly recedes; clingy foamy lacing early on
S: characteristic clean, "papery" nose; faintly grassy/herbal; malt
T: fresh, bright, papery, what other reviewers note as dough, bitter
M: thin but crisp, dry
O: a near-perfect example of its kind, somehow the sum is greater than the parts. Beautifully constructed.

250mL / Tulip Glass / Schmankerl Stube, Hagerstown, MD

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a generous head that dissipates quickly leaving a couple millimeters on top.
S: Earthy with some citrus
T: Grain and and a touch of hops combined with substantial carbonation. A touch of citrus made this lager dynamic.
M: The sparkle is most pronounced.
O: Crisp and flavourful. Definitely a beer I will have again.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Exactly what I expect a Munich Helles to look like, particularly one that's more likely to stick to tradition, this beer is a bright pale yellow-gold and plenty transparent. It brings up a nice froth of soft but very firm, pure white head that resides neatly at about one finger's height and takes plenty of time to recede. Some remains always, dropping behind plenty of patching as it does.
With a nice, light hops bitterness and a good supporting dry malt, plenty of grassy and flowery notes with a touch of perfume, this beer is the cleanest, most refined and, thus far, deepest representation of this delicate and likely difficult style that I've had. There's an aspect of the malt that isn't "grainy" and isn't exactly "wheaty," but something almost doughy through dry, maybe crackery, that's fairly unique set beside a real freshness to the hoppier notes. Very light sweetness of soft pale fruit flesh add something else to make a very complete beer.
Light and fairly crisp, with plenty of nip but lots of give as well, this beer is active but flows smoothly and easily. It's fluffy without being airy, and is really very nice to drink.

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: slightly hazy bright golden yellow with lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom. 2 finger rocky white head that fades to around .5 fingers and sticks around

s: right away you pick up that distinct 'lager' aroma. some pale malts, sweet citrus, earthy grains, and finishes with some clean hops

t: fresh dough right away. creamy sweet citrus, straw, clean caramel maltiness with some faint honey. ends with that clean earthy straw flavor and the faintest hops. real clean tasting

m: lighter mouthfeel, but has a lot of carbonation. the fizziness really helps the sweeter citrus flavors pop and blend well with that nice doughy flavor

o: i went in not expecting too much on this, and i was pleasantly surprised. it doesn't have the biggest of boldest flavors, but its put together real well, and the that taste is crisp, sweet, and refreshing.

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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
3.79 out of 5 based on 1,560 ratings.
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