Total Score: 80.5, B- Reviewed 11/16/2011
After that fiasco with yesterday’s review of Beck’s Illegitimate Oktoberfest, it’s time for the real deal tonight: Hofbräu Oktoberfest. A Munich-based brewery with the second largest tent at Oktoberfest, I expect these guys to know what they’re doing. Seeing a green bottle, however, suggests otherwise. Sadly, neither the bottle nor the website offer much info about the beer itself, but instead blather on about the tradition of Oktoberfest. For God’s sake, tell me about the beer!
The brewery itself is a bit more interesting, dating back to 1589, and their beer, it seems, is more valuable than the city of Munich itself, having once been surrendered to invaders in lieu of having the city burned to the ground. So now when someone wonders aloud “Where would Munich be without the Hofbrähaus?” you can reply, with historical accuracy, “probably burned to the ground.” The original Hofbräuhaus has played host to countless famous personalities, including Mozart, Hitler, and JFK, and although they’ve now spread their influence around the world by opening Hofbräuhaus locations in various major cities, perhaps their greatest contribution to the beer world is providing inspiration of the sensual and sophisticated song that goes “oans, zwoa, g’suffa”, Bavarian for “one, two, drink”. A simple yet elegant ballad that could only have been inspired by beer.
Without further ado: oans, zwoa, g’suffa!
Crystal clear yellow-gold, a bit light for the style. Big soapy head that dissipates quickly leaving little spots of lace. Definitely picking up the skunky smell right away, courtesy of the damn green bottle. Typical lemon/grass smell of noble hops are the main thing that sneak through the skunkiness. Not a lot of malt in the aroma, although there is a bit of yeast in there. Taste is definitely better than the smell, with a bit of malt sweetness balanced evenly with the hops. Goes down really smooth and leaves a somewhat pleasant mildy bitter aftertaste.
I enjoyed this beer better than the other Oktoberfests I’ve had so far, but it’s still not great. Finished it, but wouldn’t buy it again, unless of course they started putting it in brown bottles, which I think would help this beer tremendously.
Looks: 8/10 Smell: 7/10 Taste: 8.5/10 All-Around: 8/10