Hofbrau Oktoberfest: A German Classic from a Classic Munich Brewery

Beer: Hofbrau Oktoberfest

Beer Style: Marzen

Brewery: Hofbrau Munich

Abv: 6.3%

Country of Origin: Federal Republic of Germany (Free State of Bavaria)

Serving methodology: 11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass.



Background: This beer is the third stop on our German Oktoberfest beer tour. The first was Paulaner Oktoberfest, and the second was the Paulaner Oktoberfest Wiesn. Now we are having the Hofbrau Oktoberfest. This is a beer from an older brewery. Hofbrau Munich has been around since 1589 to Paulaner’s 1634. Like Paulaner, this beer has a hallowed status at the Oktoberfest. It is one of the five breweries allowed to supply the Oktoberfest. Hofbrau’s Oktoberfest is a brilliant stop on this Oktoberfest sojourn.

Taste & Aroma: The smell here is skunky and malty. Other aromas present are crackers and bread dough. This is a beer that begs to be drank. Yes it is skunky, but it is not like the skunk juice called Heineken. Unfortunately, this is a beer poured into a green bottle. Green glass is not a home for beer as the light permeates the bottle and kills the yeast. Unfortunately, these beers are still placed in green bottles at times.  This is far from a skunky euro beer, this is a German original. The flavors are malt, bread, and a cracker finish at the end with a hop bite. Delicious!


Final Analysis: This is a brilliant beer. If you are going to have Germn Oktoberfest Marzens, it would be shameful if you did not include this one. Enjoy!

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