reggiekoko (10) - saint augustine, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Poured a golden yellow with a white fizzy head that did a quick disappearing act. It had a floral grassy taste with a touch of hoppy bitterness. This is a nice drinkable brew but I would hesitate to call it a true Octoberfest marzen. Perhaps a pilsner would be more like it. I really enjoy the HB Original much more than this one. mjg74 (3141) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 18, 2007
Bottle from BevMo. Medium golden color upon pouring. Lightly malty aroma with hints of grain. Smooth mouthfeel. Fairly bitter and grainy. I wouldn’t have guessed that this is an Oktoberfest. I would have thought it was a pils of some sort. Drinkable. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2007
light golden pour..quite bland nose and flavor..caramel notes in both..toasted qualities in both..somewhat grassy, somewhat earthy..okay NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2012 Re-rate. Pours a brilliant gold with a frothy white. Taste is fruity and rich. Medium bodied and clean. Pretty nice overall, balanced hops. Could stand to be a touch more bitter.
Tap. This was a particularly bland beer, even a bit medicinal tasting. Nothing really jumped out to me as great. Much prefer the Pils... prosqtor (408) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2007
VERY disappointed in this, from the tap at Oktoberfest in Glendale, WI. Pours straw-yellow (?????), with a rapidly diminishing head. At first I thought it was a mis-pour of regular Hofbrau. Aroma does have some caramel malt character, and the flavor is hinting of the same, but this is a poor rendition of a Marzen. Strange, considering the brewery.
radagast83 (8208) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Perhaps my opinion was slightly marred because it came in a green bottle, but overall it wasn’t half bad. The beer poured a light golden color. Aroma was light with some hay and grass. I was unimpressed by this beer from a brewery that generally makes beers I enjoy a whole lot more. natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours a light straw color. Very pilsner on the aroma and some floral hints to it. Taste is much better than smell on this one. Has a decent malt character to it but that is about it. Very disappointed in this Oktoberfest. BigBeer45 (1554) - Michigan, USA - SEP 13, 2007
12 oz. bottle: Pours a clear light gold with some white bubbles, initial aroma was
faint skunk that disappeared thank God! (dumb green bottles),
some pilsner malt and sweet fragrances, faint grass, hay and bread aromas,
malt and bread taste with a small hop bite, not as tasty as Hofbrau’s Original beer,
more of a pale pilsner, the Weihenstephaner Festbier (Octoberfest) is a pale version of a
Octoberfest but has a lot of taste and body, I may try this Hofbrau in the 1/2 liter
bottles which are brown or on draft for a sample that will not be skunky. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear pale golden with a one finger lasting white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of very fresh malt and light floral hops. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness. Different for a Märzen but good. rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2007
Clear golden colour with dense head. Dry malt backbone in aroma, without the regular Märzen juiciness. Bit of hops here as well. Flavour is on the sweet side with alcohol shining through. Mouthfeel lacks that spritzy, citric freshness that I want in a Märzen. Good hoppy finish.