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Herevana – Hofbräu – München Oktoberfestbier

München Oktoberfestbier. It seems the right time of year to enjoy something different and new. And Friday night seems the night to be doing that. So I sit with new music, some not so new cheese and a new beer.

Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München make the Hofbräu München Oktoberfestbier in  München, Bavaria, 🇩🇪Germany. This is a Märzen / Oktoberfest Bier with  6.3% ABV. The 500ml bottle would be 2.5 standard drinks in NZ.

The aroma, I wasn’t expecting it to be like a Eurolager but there you are.

I didn’t expect it to pour like it was a lager either. But there you are. This can only be on me of course and I should have at least a basic understanding of what I’m buying.

It is slightly sweet, and it isn’t as crisp because of it. There are some interesting flavours amongst this, like flowery things nothing defined.

There’s an awkward finish to it to, where it settles into something a little dustiness but sweeter. I was fancying something like marzipan but I’m just being fanciful and that’s not it.

The Pdubyah-o-meter rates this as a 7 on the arbitrary number scale. I don’t really know what I thought I was getting, but that makes this both a surprise and disappointment, the latter is on me. It is a lovely quaffing beer and you could easily get deep into these, then realise that it has a higher payload than your average lager.

Music: Spotify suggested Coldplay – Music of the Spheres

Herevana beers are those I drink at home, I’m not at some beer festival, like, for instance, Beervana, but am just in my kitchen, usually, dining room table, sometimes, or outside, occasionally, where I can take an average picture and write in real time about the beer that I’ve invested in, both in a monetary and emotional way.

Philip himself.

The Munich Beer Festival, or Oktoberfest, is an event of superlatives – it’s the largest popular festival in the world, staging in the beer metropolis of Munich. Millions of visitors from all over the world flock along every year to enjoy its very special atmosphere. For this occasion, Hofbräu brews a rich, full-bodied beer which goes down ideally with traditional Bavarian cuisine. With its deliciously bitter taste and alcoholic content of 6.3% volume, Hofbräu Oktoberfestbier is as special as the Beer Festival itself.

Brewers Notes

Märzen / Oktoberfest Bier

The Märzen is an amber-orange to deep reddish-copper colored malty German amber lager with a clean, rich, toasty and bready malt flavor, restrained bitterness, and a dry finish. The overall malt impression is soft, elegant, and complex, with a rich aftertaste that is never cloying or heavy. Most American versions of Oktoberfest Bier are generally based on this style, and most will recognize this beer as Oktoberfest. Not as strong and rich as a Dunkles Bock. More malt depth and richness than an Oktoberfest bier, with a heavier body and slightly less hops. Less hoppy and equally malty as a Czech Amber Lager. The traditional Oktoberfest Bier, often simply called Festier, is yellow to deep gold color, less intense and less richly toasted than a Märzen but with a richer body than a Helles, with more hop flavor and higher alcohol. Less rich in malt intensity than a Maibock. The malt complexity is similar to a Czech Pilsener, although without the associated hops.


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