Hirter Morchl - Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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BA SCORE
86
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Hirt GmbH visit their website
Austria

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2005

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I’m not very good on this style yet, but I’m pretty sure that to be a true Munich Dunkel, it has to be a big cloying mess. This one certainly fits the bill. Appearance is nice at a dark brown near black with deep crimson hues and a thin tan head. The aroma is not bad either. Lots of berries, molasses, sweet coffee/caramel malts, and a general fruit cake fruitiness. The taste and mouthfeel on the other hand…bleh! Sweet cloying fruit and caramel flavors dominate. The beer’s body isn’t particularly thick but it sure feels like sugar water mixed with molasses. I’m sure this is all fitting with being a dunkel but damn, it is just not for me. Totally unbalanced and disgustingly sweet. Undrinkable.

Served an tap at the Map Room.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This rootbeer-with-a-splash-of-grenadine hued brew is toped with the most unexpectedly beautiful creamy ecru head that stands at a full four fingers (after an admittedly aggressive pour), and slowly reduces to two fingers of fluffy foam. Lacing is smattered all around the glass, while rhubarb and crimson highlights shine when held up to the track lighting in my kitchen.

S - Grape Tootsie-Roll pop. Seriously, thats exactly what I'm reminded of at first sniff. Deeply chocolaty, but not in a real dark or milk sort of way... I hate to be repetitive, but I'll be damned if this doesn't smell exactly like a damn tootsie roll encased in grape hard candy! Much more subtle hints of smoked meats add a bit of complexity, while avoiding a clash with the chocolate notes.

T - After a holeshot right out of the gates, this one begins to loose a little bit of steam after the first two laps. In lap three (taste), this becomes a bit more mundane as it lacks the powerful artificial-chocolate "Tootsie" notes of the nose, while picking up more dry woody flavors and mineral aspects.

M - Medium, leaning towards light, bodied but extremely firm and pretty dang dry. This one is like a dry brittle stick that is light, but very rigid and snappy. Finishes dry, then completely clean on the palate several seconds after swallowing.

D - Excellent drinkability! The nose is extremely enticing, and even though the flavor isn't quite as stellar it is still quite tasty. The mouthfeel is flawless, and its extremely firm and well built. Session material for sure!

Note: After reviewing my reviews (ha!) I noticed that this is the only beer of its style that I've ever given score much over a 3.0 Seriously, this is in a whole 'nother league than the rest. I know its only 5% ABV, but this is like an "Imperial Munich Lager" or something!

Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall 0.5 liter glass stein. Copper to brown colored with two fingers of fluffy off-white head.

Rich smelling malt, pepper, barley and slight citrus.

Rich tasting also. Sweet and malty, a bit chewy, almost no carbonation, and a touch of bitter. At the end it has a watery taste where the dominate flavors quickly fall off.

Very enjoyable. Looks amazing and smelled and tasted great. Tough to beat.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Pours clean, dark brown that shines ruby in the light. Little head.

(S) There's a decent amount going on here. A lot of fruit. Figs, some banana, dark cherry, grape, chocolate and toasted malt.

(T) Raisin, roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, fig and some dark cherries at the end.

(M) Somewhat grainy, medium body. Pretty well balanced but with a bit more on the carbonated side.

(O) Tasted a lot like a quad. It was good, but nothing out of this world. Has a really good flavor. Definitely would drink this one again.

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown-hued auburn with 3 fingers of impressive tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Brown bread, plums & figs with a touch of anise

T: Brown bread, a touch of plum & anise & dryness up front. a touch of leafy hops as well. Plum notes & a touch of apricot jam as this warms, along with some mineral hoppyness & more brown bread notes. Finishes fruity, dry with some metallic hoppyness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation

A well put-together dunkel. I would like to try more beers from this brewery, this & the Pils are both solid brews

Photo of bditty187
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basic brown in hue, when backlit there is a garnet highlight; I think the color is attractive. Smallish beige head, at the apex the foam was no more than a half finger tall. The bubbles fell quickly to a soapy cap that, largely, lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was spotty. Overall, the appearance is unspectacular but pleasant enough.

The nose is very sweet and malty, kind of chocolaty... scarily it reminds me of Malta Goya! Oh no! Really though, the nose is pretty rich, lots of chocolate, hints of dark berries, molasses, and caramel. I'm fairly fond of the nose; moderately high potency... it is chatty and pleasant but I am sort of worried that the palate is going to be very sweet as that is what the nose is telling me.

The palate is not nearly as rich as the nose led on. I don't care for the "thin" maltiness or the extract-like twang which I also taste in Malta Goya. Kisses of chocolate and caramel do provide some depth in an otherwise clean, straightforward lager. I have to disagree with BA; this beer is not a Munich Dunkel Lager... IMO, this is nothing more than a Euro Dark Lager. For what it is, it is okay. Clean finish but the aftertaste does offer some pleasant caramel hints, some dark fruits and even a kiss of molasses.

No more than medium in body, low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel is respectable... nothing fancy, workmanlike. In other words, the mouthfeel gets the job done.

When I bought this bottle in KCMO I never seen it before or heard of it. I thought it was a Baltic Porter because the label says "malt liquor" and "dark beer." I just made the assumption. Oh well. I liked this beer well enough (and it was cheap) but, really, it is not something I'll buy again. On second thought... this beer is growing on me. It is pretty darn tasty.

Photo of shbobdb
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good, dark, German bread. This is what I am talkin' about. There is just this wonderful, rich graininess to this beer that is hard to describe. Man, the malt on this beer is just crazy. This would easily be one of the best beers I've ever drank

<comma>

If

<pregnant pause>

DMS hadn't crashed the party.

That is such a pity. Perfect carbonation level, a nice tawny color with solid head retention, a nice robust smell, and the taste, were it not for the DMS, would be pretty much ideal.

This is certainly a beer worth trying if you can find it, but unfortunately, it isn't a beer worth seeking out. It came so close, which is actually more of a letdown than a beer that is just OK.

Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A couple fingers of creamy tan head. Clear brown/red body. Head retention and lacing are both very nice.

Smell: Reminds me a bit of a nut brown ale. Molasses and a little bit of dark fruit sweetness.

Taste: Little caramel with some unsweetened cocoa powder. Not too bad. Hops in the finish are very mild, kinda herbal.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fairly difficult to find in Vienna, the bottle is standard brown half-liter, with a parchment colored label featuring just the name, a coat of arms and an old waxed seal. There is no definitive list of ingredients, but they punctuate the claim of no sugar added with an exclamation point. Best before 11/06, I opened it on 9/23/06.

Pours a clear pinkish brown under a 3/4 finger beige head that lasts forever but still fails to generate any lace. The nose is mild but very enticing, with clear if not strong sweet caramel tones. The mouth is well carbonated and quite sticky, coating all sides with a viscous coating that prolongs the taste sensation. And the taste is quite good. Slightly roasted malt and a bit of sweetness at first yield to a slightly burnt espresso bitter aftertaste that lingers very well. This is definitely not your average Viennese Dunkel - it has spirit and character. Easily my favorite bottled Austrian beer after 2.5 months of fairly intensive research.

Photo of jerryjeff
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma
Caramel notes, understated and not too up front. Maybe a faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel
Medium carbonation, a bit more than I'd like but not too bad. Not too much presence on the palette, pretty well fermented out.
Appearance
Initially poured to decent head in my newcastle glass, faded quickly but slight residual is lacing nicely. Dark amber/ruby color in not the best light.

Taste
Not a bad flavor but getting a bit of skunkiness, almost a metallic taste so it may not have travelled well. This has hints of the caramel, light chocolate sweetish taste with really a sole focus on malt without much bitterness. Minus the odd twang it would be better, but still at best a middle of the road dark lager. Good, but not great.

Drinkability
Rather, if this was my only choice for a session I could get through a few with the light body and non-intrusive flavor but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Overall
Pretty good dark euro lager (what I'm judging against) but nothing memorable.

Photo of cudmud
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer produced a nice head when poured; however, the foam quickly dissipated and left me with nothing. In contrast, the beer is nicely carbonated and the bubbles dance across my tongue. The aroma is malty and musty; thus, not very appealing. Despite the funky aroma, the flavor is very malty from start to finish. I also detect a note of black pepper and other spices. Fine drinkability. In fact, I've been able to get my cheap beer drinking friends to enjoy this brew.

Photo of lefty
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a glass.

A: A nice dark brown color with a thick head, very nice appearance

S: Predominantly roasted malt, maybe a hint a caramel, standard dunkel smell

T: A nice rich, but not overpowering taste. Not as smooth as I would have hoped though.

M: Set well on the tongue

O: Just an average dunkel beer, but for a price of just over $2, I would say it met my expectations, though I won't be rushing out to get it again as there are a lot of other dunkel beers I would rather have and pay more for.

Photo of sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark sienna to plum color with reddish highlights. Some tan froth.

(S)- Some dark raisin, cassis, and plum fruits. Bits of a grainy corn.

(T)- Similar to the smell mostly. Same bigger yeast elements included. Still kind of grain-like despite the rich dark fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to it. Grainy, but a smooth fruit flavor contrasted by the yeast character.

(D)- This is a solid, easy drinking beer while still maintaining some deep/rich belgian flavors.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Try saying this beer's name several times fast. Fun. Anyway, it pours a clear sienna topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises dark fruit, very light roasted malts, light toffee, and raisins. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some extra roast, a touch of toasted bread, and a sprig of light clove. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a smooth, wet feel. Overall, a very nice Munich dunkel, easy-drinking and tasty. Good times.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nearly opaue dark brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm cap of lacing. The aroma is of toffee, and caramel. The taste is more forthcoming than the aroma. Toffee, dark chocolate, and caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a nice Muchen Dunkel that I would love to drink again.

Photo of Khazadum
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the Map room and took a bit of notes that seemed to get destroyed through the evening of enjoyment there. This and one other were enjoyed in a snifter like glass.

A- Wonderful two fingers of head. They were off-brown. Not mocha, not white... a bit of a conundrum. Lasted longer than the minute I was expecting. Constant skin with fantastic ring. Carbonation spot on for an appearance. Reminded me of a nut brown with its deepness in color. Very familiar to an off black shirt that I've washed for the hundredth time.

S- Honey! Whooo boy. If I went and smother honey around the rim of a glass I don't think it could smell as good as this. Nutty malts and faint bitterness peaked around. Nothing overly chocolatey or coffee like the bartender described.

T- Again the honey slapped me around. Very clean, very precise. It was honey with a nice malt presence behind it. The finish was mistakenly clean. I noticed that ten minutes afterwords I still had a lingering honey flavor on the center of my tongue. Great stuff!

There was a bitterness that perked its head after subsequent sipping that may have chocolate tones but nothing to write home about. It was pretty solid in the honey and earth tones.

M- Not watery, not full. Pretty solid. It had presence but nothing heavy. The carbonation was a present in the initial moments, but nothing distracting.

D-Easy! So smooth that I was willing to bet I could chug this beer without a problem. You'd have to know me to be surprised by that I suppose. The alcohol content and the characteristics of this beer make it a solid choice. I'd do it again in a heart beat.

Photo of Redrover
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. brown bottle with clear freshness dating. Poured into a standard shaker pint, the beer is brown with amber highlights. It has a thick and sticky tan head.

The beer has an aroma of raisins, roasted malts and something sweet like brown sugar.

The taste is very similar to the smell. It is sweet with some dark fruit, toasted malts and brown sugar. It almost reminds of toffee or a slow poke sucker. I think it is a trifle too sweet to session, but it hit the spot after working outside and a 60 degree day.

The mouth is smooth with the carbonation really hitting at the end of the sip (if that makes sense).

I would love to try this on tap or closer to the source.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sturdy and stately with toasty breads, light grain and slightly burnt caramel, Hirter's Dunkel is pleasant and somewhat masculine, making it both unoffensive yet characterful.

Pouring a deep amber, sometimes resembling bronze and browns, the beer shows bright clarity although dampened by the dark hue. Soft carbonation streams a dense and froathy head of lightly tanned foam that dissipates just before the close of the session. A good looking beer but not eye-catching.

Bready, toasty, and grain aromas give a glimpse into the malt profile. Relying on maltiness to carry the beer, other notes of caramel, toffee, bread crust, and malted milk help to round out the grain character and invite the hop balance. Herbal, lightly spicy, and soft floral notes help to give intrigue to the nose and a reprieve from the heavy tilt toward malts.

Clean and crisp malt flavors also show the balance of malt to grain to toast. Caramel sweetness is short lived, allowing for the dry toasty flavor to govern the mid palate. Lightly nutty with notes of butterscotch, bread crust, and true malt taste dance about the peripheries and give a varying flavor at each sip. Elegant and refreshing with a hint of woodiness in the hop profile to finish.

Medium bodied, but waivering late, the beer finishes with a lager-like crispness and a slightly bitter dryness. A light toasty malt flavor returns in aftertaste.

A delicate and highly drinkable beer. With a slight vegital taste, the beer hides its flaws well and is cause for subtle enjoyment.

Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a two-finger head of light brown foam with big bubbles. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet breads and floral notes. Some caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with some butterscotch flavors. It had a slight bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay Munich Dunkel Lager. Easy drinking and pretty tasty.

Photo of turkob
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Head is medium-fool, little lacing. A nice reddish-brown color.

S: Lots of chocolate and raisin. Bright malt and yeasty aromas.

T: Caramel-like malts with a soft chocolate backbone. A touch of hops on the end, but the malts linger. Finish is pretty sweet.

M: Well-rounded but a little thinner than other dunkels.

O: A nice example of the style. Not as drinkable as some, but full of flavor and worth a taste.

Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a single 1pt., 9oz bottle from Everett’s in South Beloit, IL for $2.29 in October 2012.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight off-white head. There is a mild scent of hops and malts but nothing too strong. The taste is ever so slightly heavy in taste but not by much. There is a decent combination of hops, malts, and yeast to make a dark beer that drinks fairly easy. Although it drinks well, it really could use some work in flavor department as the taste is kind of bland. For a small city, this was a rather interesting find.

Photo of hwwty4
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a capped 500ml bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a deep mahogany brown with a massive 3 inch creamy cap that leaves some pretty substantial lacing down the sides of the glass. Good start. The aroma starts off with a little overly toasted bread with just a little bit of coffee and dry mocha powder. Nice roasted aroma but fairly one dimensional. The flavor continues that line. Nice roasted flavor starts off. Toasted bread with just a little chocolate powder mixed with with this odd underlying sweetness. Not sugary per say but almost like a generic grape juice sweetness. Just a touch of ripe tree fruits. No perceivable hop presence. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just a bit of dryness at the finish. While I'm a huge fan of crisp, clean lagers, I feel that this one is just a bit one dimensional.

Photo of Dripdry
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this beer last night over some great beef rouladen at Laschet's in Chicago. A snow storm was blasting its way through the streets, so the freezing weather and need for something to warm the bones may have played a part in how much I loved this beer.

The beer comes, as all beer should, in a giant 1 liter mug; a big tan/carmel head with a standard dark brown body. The smell was comforting, a roasted/sweet smell, nothing too out of the ordinary.

The taste made me sit up, especially compared to the dark beers my friend and girlfriend had, a Schwarzebier(sp?) and something else I can't recall. The taste of the Hirter Morchl was an explosion of flavors, sweet but balanced with the alcohol flavor, a taste which held on and did not let go of the palate. Now, I have just come off of having Samichlaus(sp?) on tap last week, so sweet beer is no stranger to me. It was not the taste of the beer that hooked me as much as it was the aftertaste, as though someone had been roasting coffee beans in my mouth. What a comforting sensation on such a cold, cruel night!

The subsequent aftertastes of the beer were less coffee-ish and more caramel/fruity. Compared to the other beers, it was much more robust in every way, so it held its own against the heavy tastes of the German food.

The only downside with this beer, I feel, is that for me the mouthfeel was a bit thin on the way down. It just seemed to lack body.

Make no mistake, though, this beer has made it in as one of my current favorites. Others may prefer a more subtle drink, but this beer clubbed me over the head and dragged me back to her cave!

Photo of lehkost
4.8/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Most dunkels I had in Austria were of the Doppelmalz variety, almost unbearably sweet and malty, especially considering the low alcohol.

Hirter Morchl is entirely different from this. Much truer to the dunkel style of their northern neighbors, this is lightly malty and not very sweet.

My main gripes are that the body is light...extremely light, but a lack of complexity is something rather commonplace in this style of beer.

The remarkably dry finish of this beer really seals the deal for me. I think that this is a stunning rendition of the dunkel style.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: incredibly pillowy head, 2 finger khaki color head, dark brown color,
S: dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel
M: medium, light carbonation
T: nothing overpowering, dark fruits, dark roasted malts, dark bread
O: decent overall brew with subtle flavors

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Hirter Morchl from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.