Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier, a German Märzen by Hofbräu München is light, approachable, and easily quaffed—the classic Festbier!

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Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is a German Märzen brewed in the Oktoberfestbier style by Hofbräu München. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a mug from a bottle.

Packaging art for the Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier by Hofbräu München

Packaging art for the Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier by Hofbräu München


The Märzen pours a crystal-clear gold and shows ample effervescence. The lager is topped by a billowing foam of fine bubbles that will easily overflow, if not careful. The head offers modest retention and leaves behind patches of sticky lace on the glass. The head eventually recedes to the collar.


The aroma is slight but pleasant with a scent of sweet corn and spicy pepper from noble hops.

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The palate is led by a taste of wheat bread and light citrus. The tasting transitions to a gentle bite of noble hops and that grassy and peppery taste finishes with a coat of honey that lingers on the back of the tongue.


Its feel is relatively smooth and creamy with a medium-light body and less-than-moderate carbonation.

Label art for the Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier by Hofbräu München

Label art for the Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier by Hofbräu München


Is the Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier a work of art? Perhaps not. Some might even consider the brew insipid, but this is the quintessential Oktoberfestbier. Its light body, fizzy feel, and approachable flavor combine to make this a brew that’s easily quaffed by the masses. And when participating in a traditional Oide Wiesn, and you’re consuming liters and liters of beer, this is pretty much what you need. Prost!

Recommended Pairings

Hofbräu München recommends the following food pairings with their Oktoberfestbier: roast pork, light snacks, roast chicken, white radishes, and hard cheese such as Emmentaler.

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