Brewery: Hofbräu München
Serving Style: Bottle
Drinking Establishment: Chez Wood
Primary Consumer: Kerensa
Sight: Clear straw body with an airy head that quickly recedes.
Smell: WELCOME BACK, Munich malts!! Bright grass, biscuits, and a tinge of metallic notes.
Concluding Remark: Hofbräu München’s Oktoberfest is one of the six biers served at THE Oktoberfest. Further, the Hofbräu München tent is THE largest at THE Oktoberfest. And there’s a reason for that. This bier is the reason for that. HB’s festbier is the quintessential example of how Oktoberfestbiers have evolved over time. We have tried a number of American Oktoberfests that have emulated the historic Oktoberfest/Märzen. These have been richer and sweeter, favoring the malts. However, as we mentioned in our history of the Oktoberfest, German breweries retooled their Oktoberfest recipe in the 1970s to respond to the rising popularity of the much lighter Pilsner. The result has been a lighter, hoppier Oktoberfestbier that beer consumers can enjoy for hours on end without feeling like they are dumping an anvil into their stomachs. HB’s is the best of these newer Oktoberfests. And with that, I am off to finish this six pack with glee.