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RATINGS: 1010   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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2004
Rather a dissapointing Oktoberfest from Munich. It poured a deep amber color with a fairly decent white head and little carbonation. A sweet malty aroma with a taste to match, some caramel. Medium bodied. The hops say a brief hello in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5443) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 Bottle: The aroma is lightly sweet with some grassy notes and grain. It pours a transparent gold with a moderate white head with good retention and even a little lacing. Impressive looking for a pale lager, but not what I expect in the appearance of an Oktoberfest. The flavor starts with some pale lager sweetness. The finish has some light notes of caramel and grassy hops. The flavor is really that of a pale lager with just a hint of caramel in the finish. Light bodied with moderate soft carbonation. While it doesn’t make me think of an Oktoberfest, there is something about it that makes it somewhat appealing to me.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Unlike the Sam Adams Oktoberfest, this one seems like it actually is an Oktoberfest. Unfortunately, like the Sam Adams Oktoberfest, it is not a good beer. Closer to a harsh lager than a Marzen. Missing the sweetness of the better Oktoberfests, like Paulaner.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Draft. Amber body with a white head. Caramel aroma. Thin body but still good. Some caramel flavors and a slightly sour finish. Easy to drink, but nothng to search for.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 16, 2004
On tap at the Maproom in Chicago. Glowing orange. Big head of foam that leaves some stripes of lace. Nose is yeasty, slightly floral with a mineral/baby powder note. Medium bodied with brisk carbonation and a fruity malt character along with some mild hop bitterness in the finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Tap. Very light amber in color. White head fades quickly, good lacing. Somewhat malty aroma. Mouthfeel is thin and wanting. Malt and hop balance is fair. There is nothing special about this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5499) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Draft at Capital Ale House Innsbrook. Golden body with a small white head.Rich malts and bready notes in the aroma with light grassiness. Taste is malty and strong with mild sweetness and bread notes. Body is above average carbonation feel and is a bit crisper than expected. Finishes with more malt notes and bread (sourdough) and light grassiness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2004
Sticky looking. thats the best to describe it all over. sweet malts and some breads in the nose. flavor of caramel and light breads only accentuated by the vinegary potato salad. finished sweet and clean. a tad bit of a thin body.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 7, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2005 On tap at the Hofbrau Festivehall at Die Wiesen. A maas of this appears a little darker than its Spaten or Paulaner counterparts. This was what I had expected to find in that it seems to be a classic marzen, and not a lighter version for the fest. 2 very weird things happened at the Hofbrau tent: a guy selling radishes from a 1950’s style cigarette-girl style box and the German oompah band playing a jazzy version of "Sweet Caroline." This was surprisingly, my favorite Wiesen beer. UPDATE (6-7-5): Had this in the green export bottle at the Huber Haus. It was skunked and it sucked, but this negative experience cannot change my Munich rating.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2004
on tap in a dark bar at 1:30... so this is going to be a quick review :) Not a bad oktoberfest, light and drinkable after a long night at the bar.


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