Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Review: Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier

Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier from Staatliches Hofbräuhaus (Hofbräu München)
Rating: C

'Tis the season for Oktoberfest, might as well open up the appropriate beer. This wasn't available when when I visited the Munich Hofbrauhaus around Christmas last year.

Appearance: Very clear, golden in color. Thin head, with mediocre retention and no lacing.

Smell: Grainy, almost adjuncty, with some "green" and spicy hops underneath. I was expecting a lot more malt from this style. You might be forgiven for thinking this was supposed to be a pilsner.

Taste: Surprisingly sweet on the palate. A bit of cooked vegetable or sweet corn - can't be adjunct, due to the rheinhetsgebot. Alcohol comes through a bit strong, considering it's just 6%.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, actually quite creamy. Lingering aftertaste.

Drinkability: Not very impressed with this one. I was expecting something more malty and polished. Not recommended.

1 comment:

The American Don said...

agreed. If you got it in the states, it would probably have been worse.