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RATINGS: 1008   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Tap @ Front Door, Boise, ID: Pours a fairly clear gold color, decent head and lacing. The nose is light with some thin malt and up front cheap hoppy notes. The flavor is thin, with some husk and sweet malt, but very little caramelization, and a sharp pilsnery hop bite. The finish isn’t balanced, with a much more bitter up front note along with that husky cheap malt note. Lame oktoberfest.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
FatPhil (10059) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Keg (Gallows Bird, Helsinki, Oktoberfest 2007) Light lagery aroma. Late dry hoppiness in the taste, but very thin body. Plenty of fizz, very little guts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pilsnerrogge (2590) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2007
bottle
Golden colour. Big foamy head. Sweet, malty aroma. Flavour is fat, buttery malt with a touch of honey. Finish has a lingering, grassy bitterness with notes of salty liquorice.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2007 Green bottle. Very light colored, bland looking beer. Not worthy of carrying the title Oktoberfest, just based on the appearance. Average head, but nice lacing. Grainy skunky aroma. Taste is also grainy, crisp, dry. Typical pale german lager. Not marzen. Boring.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thomat (2255) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 30, 2007
On tap at Haket, Göteborg. Pale yellow with a thick white foam. Malty and hoppy notes. Malt sweetness combined with a bitter taste. Medium body wiyh a nice, dry aftertaste.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - SEP 29, 2007
In bottle. This is an Oktoberfest? Light body and little taste-- I thought it was just the regular Hofbrau lager. What a disappointment. Were the original Oktoberfest/Marzen beers this light? No wonder the Hofbrau House in Munich caters to the tourists-- the locals probably wouldn’t drink this.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
(Bottle) Pours clear golden. Bready, light toasted malt and grassy, light funky herb like hops in the aroma. Also some tones of honey, flower nectar and a light fruitiness are also present. Malty flavour. Bread, grass, fruits and herbs in the flavour as well. Hints of sweet liquorice anf flowers. Light numbing and light salty and quite crisp mouthfeel. Some citric acid. Dry, bitter and a bit apple-ish alcohol finish. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Tannic, vegetal aroma. Fizzy white head on a pale (for a marzen) body. Balanced and drinkable, goes down super-easy. Definitely a case of the right beer at the right time. I’m sweating my ass off and the only thing that stopped me from finishing it 30 minutes ago was getting in a rating ;)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ekstedt (5733) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2014 Bottle (50 cl) from Systembolaget. Clear deep golden with a medium fluffy head. Bready, honeyish maltiness, some faint herbal hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, low bitterness.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2007
Pours a clear golden yellow with a frothy white head that diminishes quickly. This is easily the palest Oktoberfest that I’ve seen. I was hit by skunk the instant the beer hit the glass. Another green bottle, another skunked beer. After sitting a bit to "air out" I was able to pull out the scent of faint bready malt, but it was far more muted than I’ve grown accustomed to expect from the style. Light to medium-bodied and slightly grainy, the mouthfeel finishes fairly dry. Bready, astringent and dry with a slightly bitter, hopped finish. Not the best example of the style that you’ll find.


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