It's officially fall which is time for football and Oktoberfest beers. Hofbrau is one of 6 German breweries that supplies beer for the original Oktoberfest celebration in Munich and in Germany the term Oktoberfest applies only to those beers made by brewers in Munich proper Originally these beers were brewed in March using up the last of the previous fall's hops and malt and allowed to slowly ferment over the summer hence the name Marzen or March you see on many of the originals. Most Oktoberfest beers are malt focused with very little hop profile or bitterness. The Hofbrau is an excellent example of the style. It poured a lighter golden color than most German versions. The aroma is all caramel malt with a hint of earthy grassiness. The taste follows with a strong malt profile that has caramel and honey with a slight hoppiness in the middle that keeps it from being overly sweet. This was my first Oktoberfest of the season and I was thoroughly enjoying it. I got my start in craft beer on Oktoberfests and the Hofbrau makes a great example of the style.
Hofbrau Munchen Oktoberfest