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Monday, September 27, 2010

Hofbrau Oktoberfest

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Hofbrau Oktoberfest
Hofbrau Brewery (Staatliches Hofbräuhaus)
Platzl 9
80331 Munchen (Munich), Germany
Est. 1589

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.3 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 11.2

Postmortem Brew Review
Golden yellow color that's clear but translucent.
Malt and hops zip in the nose with malts leading.
White, one-fingered head that leaves spotty lacing.
Moderate carbonation.
Light bodied. Very easy to drink.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy 
The Oktoberfest originated in 1810 in Munich Germany as a wedding celebration for the crown prince Ludwig of Bavaria.  This product was created especially for this event and is brewed usually for the Oktoberfest, now the largest beer festival in the world. Hofbrau Munchen is one of a selected group of breweries granted the privelidge of supplying the Oktoberfest with their products.  Using the highest quality ingredients HB's Oktoberfest specialty has its own distinctive and unmistakable taste. says the back label of this delicious Oktoberfest. It is a fine example of the style.  Soft maltiness greets you upon the first sniff and at the tip of your tongue.  A light bodied, easy drinking sip will slide down the back of your throat and reveal just a touch of hops on the finish, smoothing out any over sweetness from the malt. It makes the beer easy to drink, but hides a slightly elevated ABV at 6.3%.  If you think about Oktoberfest, in Germany, what you are looking for is something light, tasty and also gets you, umm shall we say, in the fest mood.

Some might be inclined to say that it is just average for an Oktoberfest, but remember who the maker is - - Hofbrau. They have been at this for quite a long time.  The style has varied greatly by other brewers. This will bring you back to center, so you judge how others have tinkered in the style.  Put this beer on your 'must try' list for Oktoberfests to serve as an example of what the style is supposed to be like.

Note of caution: This is best served fresh, lest the green glass bottle 'skunk' the beer.  Happily, that was not the case with this batch.

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