I’ve been re-reviewing a lot of beers I haven’t had since 2008 in
celebration of four years of "Chad’z Beer Reviews." I’ve noticed a lot
of beers I thought were good or very good are now mediocre or worse.
Although Hofbräu Oktoberfest hasn’t changed at all in my book. It’s
still the same skunky, sour, flavorless, boring beer I remember it being
four years ago.
I poured an 11.2oz green bottle into my OktoBEERfest mug.
Appearance: Bright gold hue, crystal clear, plenty of visible
carbonation. Initially forms a huge, white, soapy head, but this quickly
fizzles away to near nothing and leaves only trace lacing on the glass.
Smell: Skunk - nothing more, nothing less. On par or possibly worse than a Heineken.
Taste: The first swig is pretty bad: the skunky smell carries over to
the palate making for a sour, astringent, metallic and slightly oily
palate. What’s interesting is that these flaws seem to homogenize rather
quickly making for one bad-tasting brew. I’ve had worse, though (this
is delicious compared to Budweiser & Clamato Chelada). In fact, for a
few swigs there it’s actually just plain bland and flavorless. But as
it starts to warm up the foulness rears its ugly head.
Isn’t this supposed to be an Oktoberfestbier? Where are the traditional
Marzen flavors? Sure we can attribute the off-flavors to the use of the
green bottle and the lightstrike it has obviously enabled. But that
doesn’t explain a complete lack of conformity to the style. This is just
another Eurotrash pale lager with a different label. I see no reason to
Drinkability: Though not quite as spastically effervescent as most macro
lagers, Hofbräu Oktoberfest is no exactly a quaffable brew. The
foulness of the palate is of course the main reason why. The addition of
a sour, somewhat metallic and dry aftertaste certainly doesn’t help
either. What’s the point in slugging down a beer if it essentially gives
you the finger after it’s gone. The 5.8% ABV is irrelevant since I
don’t see most drinkers finishing one bottle let alone attempting a
second or even sessioning this.