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RATINGS: 1013   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
The Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, is an event of superlatives - it’s the largest popular festival in the world, staging in the beer metropolis of Munich. Millions of visitors from all over the world flock along every year to enjoy its very special atmosphere. For this occasion, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the Beer Festival itself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - NOV 2, 2007
Golden amber color, medium head. Aroma: Sweet malts, hops. Palate:malt, little sweet, bread, little bitter, citric.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Bottle and a rerate. My previous rating was a little over the top. Let’s just say I thought it was underrated. Those ratings were 6/4/7/4/14/3.5. 2007 vintage, and rated October 30th, 2007. Today I’m rating a new year’s version, and it be, today. Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Golden pour with a one finger head. Aroma is grainy, grassy with a little bit of corniness. Taste is big grain, slight bitterness and a big caramel-like sweetness. Medium bodied and a little sticky, with lively carbonation. New ratings 6/3/6/3/12.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
swanmann (665) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Bottle poured surprisingly bright and clear golden. Aroma smells a bit skunky, sour malts. Flavor is the same. My bottle was green.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2007
On tap at Point Bruges. Golden amber clear with thin lacing off-white head. Crystal malt & pils. Beany, with that sweet tang typical of German stylings. Double decoction process? Mild sweet fruity hops with light grain. Medium body with medium-heavy carbonation. Starts with a medium sweet grain and pilsner malt taste. Soft flowery hops bitterness. Finish is bitter with medium smooth character. Nice quaff, particularly with dinner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Fizzy golden orange/yellow body with a small, receding white head. A very thin layer of foam hangs out for a while. The first thing you notice when you open this beer is a huge note of skunk and/or Cannabis. It’s really overpowering as soon as you open the bottle. Putting my nose deeper into the glass confirms the original thoughts, weed, skunky hops, wet grains and sickly sweet malts. I happen to like the smell of weed so that helps. Touch of lemon rind or peel at the very end. Flavor is fortunately not as sweet as the smell would indicate, again big notes of Cannabis and wet grains, plus some sweet malts and hops/citrus. Medium astringency, oily/slick mouthfeel. Bitter finish, then sweet and back to bitter again at the very end, pretty lengthy and inviting another sip. Slightly underrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
malfino (20) - pinzano, ITALY - OCT 24, 2007
Drunk two mass (on draft) at oktoberfest in munich - delicious. This beer is fresh and smooth with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
Tap in Las Vegas. Clear, deep golden. White foamy head. Sweet caramel and herbal hop aromas. Flavor is very classic. Malt/Hop balance. Light-Medium bodied. Very refreshing & wholesome! Prost!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Furseth (2022) - Kungälv, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2007
Bottle:(alc 6,3% on the label) Clear yellow colour, with a thin white head. Aroma is grainy, grassy,metalic!, sweet malty nose. Flavor is almost the same,thin to medium body. Citric, and has thin and short malty sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jake65 (2885) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Draft at TFD, Boise: Pours a clear yellow/golden color with a large white head. Nose is mild of lager malt and grass. Taste is very mild and sweet with malts. Ever so slight bitterness. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2007
1L on draft at HofBrau Haus during 2007 Oktoberfest tent in Munich. Pale golden color and nice hoppy notes on finish, but overall not the best that Munich has to offer. Not a beer that I would refuse in the USA, but given the abundance of amazing beers to be had in Munich, this one was lacking. HBH is derided as a tourist trap and you definitely pay for the atmosphere (singing, chanting, the oompah bands, etc.) than the great beer. The American equivalent of this beer/venue experience is a cold bud at Fenway Park on a summer night – it quenches your thirst, tastes fine and enhances the moment, but the atmosphere overrides the quality of the beer.

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