Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hofbräu Oktoberfest (2012 re-review)

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.

NOTE: Read my 2008 review here:

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chad9976 (744) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2012
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 drink this.

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.
 Grade: 2/10


See my 2008 original review here:

See my 2017 re-review to BJCP specs here: