Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier

Reviewed by on September 10, 2014 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München

  • Origin: Munich, Germany

  • Rated On: September 9, 2014

  • Best Before: June 17, 2015

  • ABV: 6.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

We now get to our first Munich-based brewery, and one that pours (and pours and pours) during the official celebrations at their Hofbräu-Festzelt tent.  Nice of them to package up some of their Oktoberfest brew and ship it in a timely fashion around the world!

This 500ml bottle pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with three fingers of puffy, aggressively foamy, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some decent random webbed lace around the glass as it evenly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, slightly bready pale malt, stale lemon juice, a hint of further drupe fruit, and rather perfume-heavy earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more gritty, grainy, cereal malt, a mixed bag of apple, pear, and lemon fruitiness, a more prominent leafy, grassy hoppiness, and a subtle metallic booziness.  The carbonation is moderate, but tightly so, the body medium-light in weight, and maybe a tad watery in its perfunctory smoothness, all of which bears strange witness to a mild creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the hovering pilsner malts still doing their thing, bolstered by some lingering fruit salad, while the hops seem content in their day at the alcohol spa, Baden-Baden-style, the place so nice, they named it twice!

Another one of those German standards, where differentiation seems like a hard row to hew – it’s difficult to not just proclaim ‘yup, tastes very much like a real Bavarian Marzen’, and leave it at that. But no, we have to go and talk about the headier than normal orchard fruit notes, the barely contained booze (which is technically a fair bit higher than average, no?), and the general zeitgeist of an offering that slowly, but surely grew on me by the end of the bottle – it’s an import, so maybe it’s jet lag, or something.

Brady White



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