Hofbrau Original

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You don’t need to go all the way to Germany to enjoy a stein of Hofbrau Original. One of the six biggest Munchen breweries and, more importantly, a power player here at Beers of Europe. Hofbrauhaus keeps it pure with the recipe for their original with water, barley, wheat, hops and yeast making up the ingredients for one of the best lagers in the world. At 5.1% this is an easy drinking and full bodied beverage that is a credit to one of the most famous beer drinking cities in the world. This classic German beer has a very satisfying taste and is refreshing with a smooth, bitter flavour. It has a prominent hop aroma and is a definite must try if you like your German beer.

Beers of Europe offers an incredible range of Beers from all corners of the globe. We stock over 2,000 beers, ranging from the world’s oldest breweries to the worlds newest and the best in-between. In addition, we stock a wide variety of ciders, spirits, wine, homebrew, and glassware to create the perfect gift or occasion. If you want to know a bit more go to our About page.

No, we also have a shop based on the outskirts of King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

Travelling along the A10 between Downham Market and King’s Lynn, you will come to a small village called Setchey, turn next to J.S.W Car Sales on to Garage Lane and we are located approx. 100m down the lane on the right-hand side. Our address and opening hours can be found on the Contact Us page.

Yes, there are age restrictions in place. In the United Kingdom, the legal age to purchase alcohol is 18 years old. Beers of Europe strictly adheres to these regulations and by agreeing to our Terms and Conditions on checkout you confirm that you are over 18 years old. In store, we operate a Challenge 25 policy, which means that if you appear to be under 25 years old, you will be asked for identification to verify your age.

There’s a particular item I’m looking for, can you get it for me?

We are always happy to see if we can help you track down an item. Please feel free to contact us on our ‘request a product page

For some products supply can be inconsistent, whether that is at the brewery itself or how often we or its supplier imports it. For products that are out of stock, you can sign up to be notified of its return on the product page. From there, as soon as we book the stock in we send an email to you.

Bottles and labels can and do vary. This means that the images shown on our website may not be the same as current stock items. If the bottle or label is important please check before ordering. Please be aware that even if the label looks different, that product will be the same product if it has the same barcode. Because we work from the barcode, if producers does not make us aware of a label change we often miss updates until we are contacted about it. Apologies in advance for this.

Please note that it isn’t always possible to provide a perfect looking bottle/label as this very much depends on the condition they are received in from our supplier.

We occasionally have items available in the shop that are not available to purchase online, usually because they are too fragile or large to post.

We do not have a minimum purchase amount, but delivery charges may apply.

For orders between £25.01 and £60, delivery is charged at £5.99 (3 working days) or £7.99 (next working day).  Some areas are excluded and will incur extra charges. Please see postcodes listed in our Terms and Conditions.

For orders over £60, delivery is £3.99 (3 working days) or £5.99 (next working day). Again some areas are excluded and will incur extra charges. Please see postcodes listed in our Terms and Conditions.

For orders over £100, delivery is free (3 working days) or £3 (next working day). Some areas are excluded and will incur extra charges. Please see postcodes listed in our Terms and Conditions.

Customers can amend their orders as long as the order has not been picked and packed ready for despatch. If you wish to make an amendment please call us as soon as possible on 01553 812000.

You can specify a different address to the invoice address. Please add these at checkout.

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We use a variety of thick and sturdy cardboard boxes and dividers to hold each bottle individually. Any remaining spaces are filled with biodegradable air bags to stop movement of the contents. Glasses are wrapped in bubble wrap and cardboard to ensure they arrived in once piece.

When placing your order please add the details at checkout.  We regret that if your order has been packed and is ready to despatch that amendments cannot be made.

All of our orders are shipped without any pricing or payment details, these are in the confirmation email. The only paperwork in the box contains a summary of the order and addresses.

On checkout you can add a message to your order. 

Unfortunately we do not offer gift packaging.

We currently use DHL, but we do also trial other couriers alongside from time to time.

We don’t currently ship outside the UK and Ireland but it may be something we offer in the future.

Unfortunately our carriers do not offer a time specific delivery service. We can send orders to arrive on a specific date but we would remind you that whilst 98% of deliveries arrive within the stated timeframe we cannot 100% guarantee the day. Couriers do often offer delivery windows on the day, with the option to rearrange if necessary.

If you are ordering as a gift we would ask you to take this into account when arranging delivery.

Please note that we are unable to offer weekend deliveries.

Our boxes come in 6s, 12s, and 24s. By no means are you required to order in those quantities, but it is worth bearing in mind when ordering. A full box also helps to reduce the small chance of damage, as empty compartments collapsing can be a cause of this.

Please check the tracking first, as they may provide an explanation but we welcome the opportunity to nip issues in the bud. Either call us on 01553 812000 or email our [email protected] to hear from our customer service team. Check out delivery details for more information.

If you have changed your mind for whatever reason, you can consult our returns information, or get in contact on 01553 812000.

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Beers of Europe is just one of the amazing businesses on our Warehouse Setchey site. It is joined by The Warehouse Taproom, Bar and Restaurant, a fantastic venture which allows us to showcase our superb drinks range, with an accompaniment of great dishes. The Warehouse Antiques contains over 50 stands and over 80 cabinets that puts on a real feast for the eyes, and offers a gift opportunity at every turn. We are also home to The Steiff Shop, East Anglia’s Largest Range of premium hand made bears and Warehouse Books, with a huge selection of pre-loved books ready to satisfy your curiosity. Whatever you’re looking for, the Warehouse Setchey offers something for everyone.

  1. Prost!

    A really fine and famous Bavarian beer, that goes well with pretty much anything, brought to you swiftly, comparatively cheaply, and with ease by Beers Of Europe. Highly recommend both.

  2. Stujago

    Not quite as good as the Hofbrau Oktoberfestbier but still a stunning helles lager. Very clean, crisp, smooth and sessionable. It has a lovely yeasty flavour with a bitter edge. Just the right amount of fizz.

  3. Steven Nicholas

    This is my favourite Hofbrau offering which I much prefer to their festbier which I find too boozy. This is the perfect balance of maltiness, hop bitterness and alcohol amd very smooth.

    In fact, whilst it’s categorised as helles, to me it’s like cross between a helles and a pils. Maybe the perfect lager.

  4. Bradley Flannigan

    Great beer. My favourite beer from oktoberfest and tastes great from a bottle too. So good it always seems out of stock. Hopefully back in stock soon and I’ll be ordering more

  5. Jimmy Collins

    My favorite German beer. You can’t go wrong with this one. Just wish it was in stock more often than it is!

  6. Derek B

    For my taste it is the best beer I have tasted from Munich, it has a greater depth of flavour than it’s rivals. You can fill my stein with this anytime.

  7. Rob

    A good, solid German beer. I prefer other examples but I would definitely recommend this to try. Crisp, smooth, good session drink.

  8. Andy Nichols

    A nice rounded solid lager. Doesn’t have a specific point outstanding, but if you’re just looking for a proper nice German beer that has everything in the right places, this is perfect.


    A solid German beer that will please anyone lucky enough to try it.

    Taste is 8/10 and goes down a treat; could easily be a session beer as it’s so drinkable.

    This will always have a spot in my basket anytime I place an order; highly recommend.

  10. DW

    Wonderful. Buy some.

  11. Matt

    Cracking example of a Munich lager, just goes down smooth and has a really satisfying flavour. It’s not too rich and definitely part of a few evening beers

  12. ian

    one my favourite german lagers this traditional brew is very refreshing easy on the palette and very moreish and excellent value for money..

  13. Caroline Carr

    Love this beer. Originally bought a mixed case and this beer was by far the best. So much so i bought what i thought was enough for Christmas but my husband has already drunk the first box. Sadly now out of stock i shall wait eagerly for when they are back in stock.

  14. Hywel Davies

    The best of the German beers in my opinion. Crisp taste, not too strong.

  15. Dean Griffiths

    A Municher classic! Light ,crisp refreshing and a fair bit cheaper here than on other websites.

  16. Kul

    A lovely straw colour, clear and crisp, a great foamy head and a floral aroma. Great on the tongue, sweet but leaves a bitter taste at the end. I prefer their dunkel which is fantastic but another good beer. I may go for the Ayinger Hells?

  17. Paul C

    A really enjoyable, sharp Helles.
    Extremely smooth, flavoursome and sessionable.
    Nice flavour and slightly bitter aftertaste.
    Definitely one to revisit.

  18. Mick Moore

    Excellent lager bier. Really refreshing.

  19. Alan Muhammed

    Fantastic tasting Münchner Hell, it’s a classic, one of my favourite Bavarian beers. I’ve been to the Hofbräuhaus in Munich and I’m so pleased we can get it in the UK too – it’s far more superior than what is sold in British supermarkets and for a similar price for a large bottle.

  20. Amit Lwow

    This beer never ceases to Impress me. Malty, smooth, clean, and not complicated or demanding. Creamy and a bit sweet on the palate with a comforting taste. The ultimate Bavarian beer, and one I can drink all night, or first thing in the “morning after”

  21. Sean Mc

    A good, solid, everyday helles. Always order as it brings back so many memories of my time in Bavaria. Smooth and very, very drinkable. Another beer that is quintessentially Munich in taste and style.

  22. Stuart

    By far the best Pilsner I’ve had. Memories of times in Munich!

  23. Christine Saunders

    nice smooth easy drinking beer

  24. Allan

    A lovely bottle, one of the iconic big six. Not quite as good as the draught equivalent but does nicely for a sessionable lager.

  25. Steve Lee

    One of the great Helles, refreshing and flavoursome.

  26. Paul Boniface

    An absolute superb lager. Great taste to the last drop and very easy to drink. One of the very very best.

  27. deOldphart

    Absolutely lived up to my expectations. Almost as good as draft at the Hofbrau Haus. Now if I could only get the German meals to go with it….

  28. Robert Salter

    Superb quality. Excellent tasting beer perfect for all occasions. For the price, one of the best German beers available.

  29. Alex Ginge

    Hofbrau Original. What’s to say? It doesn’t get much better than this. Traditional German beer craft at its best. There’s a reason the Germans have laws about the number of ingredients allowed in beer, it’s because good beer is this simple. Fantastically refreshing and a joy to drink.

  30. John Lloyd

    Full flavour quality larger

  31. Jens

    Perfect balanced go-to lager, sets the standard for Bavarian style Helles, slightly sweet, can’t be faulted, though more of a summer beer for me.

  32. George Willis

    This is a wonderfully well balanced Munich Helles lager, with a wonderful malt foundation and a combination of four German Noble hop varieties. Superb refreshment and pairs very well with a wide range of dishes.

  33. Stephen Parker

    Simply gorgeous ice cold with a big pile of sausage and mash


    Excellent Helles, nicely sweet but not overly so and very refreshing.

  35. John Evans

    One of my favorites, especially ice cold whilst cooking a barbie. It’s the taste of Germany obtainable through Beers of Europe !

  36. Russell Castley-Adams

    Excellent Helles. Not my favourite style, but this was refreshingly clean, light and smooth with a subtle malt backbone.

  37. Christopher Duffill

    This is a Munich Beer true to its taste and flavours
    I really like this .
    Superb service from beers of Europe too
    Thank you

  38. Luke Manley

    A very nice hells. Would buy again.