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RATINGS: 1171   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96/5   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.

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wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
Pours a liquid gold colour with big foamy cap that diminishes to a thin white, lightly sticky cap, with good retention. The aroma is big on the hay, and bread, i’m not a huge fan of this style of aroma, but it seems decent. The flavour is malty at first, big on the bread notes, lightly sweet until the end where a touch of hops shows up. An ok beer, it was only the second oktoberfest beer i’ve tried, the other being a sam adams beer which I don’t really remember being anything special either.

2.2
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottled. Poured clear light golden with a short, sticky cap of white head. The aroma picked up soft, toasted grainy and pale malts accented by light skunk, dusty yeast, and crisp leaves. The flavor found bready and pale malts at the core with grassy and leafy bitterness around.. tangy, lightly sour fruity notes and spritzy alcohol too.. dry, rather sharp finish picked up some lemon zest. Lighter-bodied and scratchy on the palate.. didn’t feel good or flow well.. disappointing.

3
Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 12, 2009
Bottled 50cl. 6.3 ABV. Courtesy of joss. Pale yellow. Pale malts dominating in the nose. Sweet taste. Pale malts dominating again. Clean, very drinkable. Thanks a lot joss!

3.2
fredthecat (336) - CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
a bubbly orange golden with a fluffy lasting head, it smells fruity, like marmelade and malty, tastes alcoholic, concentrated orange juice, a little sweetness on the end, light feeling but very bubbly. tastes good

3.6
pootzboy (1824) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2010 Bottle: Clear Gold , big puffy bone white cap. Great lacing moderate carbonation. Aroma is on mark for style: Bready and wet hay with a light sulphur must. Front side is malty with sweet and bitter in perfect balance, herbal noble hop bite, longer finish with moderate drying light bitterness and that wonderful Munich malt breadiness and nobel hopping leave a lemon like impression. Decent deviation to the style by a big commercial brewer. This is a rich Munich fest Helles....not a trasitional Oktoberfest marzen

3
smith4498 (3687) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours clear pale golden color with thin white head. This is the lightest Oktoberfest I have tried so far. Foral hop and bready aromas. Sweet caramel malt flavor. Light to medium body with average carbonation.

2.8
Spab (4218) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
500 ml bottle from LCBO (label shows 6.3% ABV). Poured a clear yellow straw colour with small white head. Very sweet, bready nose. Flavour is pleasant - not as sweet as the nose but with bready malts, light hoppiness. Alcohol is fairly apparent. Body is on the light side of medium. So so beer.

2.8
Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2009
On tap. Golden color with a nice white head. Bready malty aroma with some light hops. Flavour is malty and lightly sweet with a light bitter finish. A bit thin mouthfeel. Okay beer.

3.1
barncatmatt (2355) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
500 ml bottle from the LCBO. 6.3% BB Nov 2nd 2010. poured into my stein straw yellow with a small white head. moderate carbonation retains the head. aroma of fresh pale barley malt. the flavour is quite malty with a touch of hopping at the back to restrain the sweet pale malt body. there is a slight booze bite at the finish as well. crosses the palate tight and clean with atouch of booze. its almost to easy to drink at 6.3% and i could easily get smashed drinking this lager.

3.3
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2009 500mL bottle from the LCBO. Very cool label. Pours a niec gold colour with a huge white head. The aroma has tons of hay and bready malts, with some minor but good Noble hop presence. Pale Pils malt features well. Flavour is all pale malts and straw up, quite sweet, until the finish when some peppery Noble hops make themselves known and balance out the show. The palate is slightly thicker than your average Germanic lager, and a faint hint of booze is in there too (the abv on my bottle claims 6.3%, not 5.7%). A very nice and refreshing beer, though if you’re looking for a true example of an Oktoberfest this isn’t it, as this is really more of a Heller Bock than anything else. Good, but falls into the unfortunate category of beers that get worse the more I have of it, something is kind of annoying here. Boozy edge should really not be present if it were lagered properly and a sour barley aspect makes itself known after a while. Too bad about the flaws.


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