Hofbräu Original | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu OriginalHofbräu Original

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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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: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Crystal clear golden color with a bit of white foam. Aroma has grainy malt, white bread, some mineral notes and noble hops. Taste starts quite hoppy up-front, continues with mineral notes from the aroma, a bit chalky, clean malt, some astringent hop bitterness towards the finish. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Not bad, but for a lager it seems somehow harsh on the hops.

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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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Hofbräu Original from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,636 ratings