Sunday, September 17, 2017

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

ChadPolenz (1842) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2017

DOB: ? (L179Q)

2015 BJCP Category: 4B Festbier

AROMA: Mostly pilsner malt with slight bready/doughy character. Not sweet, just malty. Low earthy hops. Clean fermentation. 7/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden hue (2-3 SRM). Effervescent. Large white foam retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Generic pilsner malt dominates the palette, though it has little distinctive features. Slight raw dough or bready flavor; nothing toasty and certainly no confectionery sweetness. Hops are extremely low in both flavor and bitterness. Alcohol presence is a gentle warmth. Surprisingly clean aftertaste. Though more to spec than not, the taste is rather boring. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body and carbonation. More creamy than crisp. Smooth, but not refreshing. Surprisingly heavy at 6.3% ABV; not very robust considering the potency. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: A fine, to-spec (mostly) German Festbier. Probably the weakest of the authentic brews. 7/10


NOTE: See my 2008 original review here:

See my 2012 re-review here: