Thursday, October 18, 2012

Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München - Oktoberfestbier

ABV 6.3% (Bottle 500ml)

The Brewery

The Bottle

For Oktoberfest, 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. Type: Bottom-fermented, light festive beer

The Pour
One finger soft white head.  Pale straw in colour with shades of orange that bring fall to mind with its turning leaves and harvested rolls of wheat. 

Aroma
Lots of sweet malt upfront and some surprising flowery aromas that must be from the hops that will bring the promised bitterness.  The nose also contains some welcome clove and spice notes.  Overall the smell is coppery and fresh; perfect for autumn.

Taste
This brew has a surprising amount of body.  I was skeptical on the light looking pour, but the promised full-body came through.  Malty thickness upfront leads to a strong consistent body throughout as it doesn't froth up in the mouth and disappear.  All this comes together with a touch of hop bite on the finish that keeps this beer away from mediocrity and me wanting another sip. 

Overall
Malty and rustic in feel and flavor, this beer is as true to fall as you can get in so light coloured a brew.  They've packed in a lot of body and some nice touches of aroma and bite.  Not as good as Muskoka's Harvest Ale, but worth checking out for something a little different.  I give it an A.

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