Hirter Morchl - Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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Hirter MorchlHirter Morchl

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86
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2005)
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.6/5  rDev -31.8%
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 robotiks
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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 stcules
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, with reddish edges. Beige head, quickly falling down.
At the smell caramel, and nuts. Malt, and a bit of herbal.
Malty taste, with caramel, dry plums, and nuts.
A good amount of herbal and nuts in the aftertaste, and agin dry plums.
Not bad.

Photo of jerryjeff
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cranberry-bronze with an orange peel rim. This is a pretty typical Munich dunkel look... that could also be mistaken for a brown ale. The immensely bubbly cap is an appealing shade of golden khaki and is beginning to lay down scads of bubbly lace.

The nose is too low on power to be impressive. What I can appreciate is steely caramel-like from a malt perspective and musty-musky from a hop perspective. With a 'best by' date that's still three months away, I don't believe that the beer's age has anything to do with the less than compelling aroma. Mishandling perhaps, but then that's impossible to prove. Hopefully, things will sort themselves out on the palate.

My socks are still firmly on my feet and my eyes are still firmly in my head. Morchl is an okay Munich dunkel that is too subtle for its own good. I know that beer of this style isn't supposed to bowl its drinker over like a runaway freight train, but a little more self-confidence would be nice.

The dominant flavors include a soft, almost powdery, chocolatiness, a hint of dark caramel and a glancing blow of dark fruit (dried dates and perhaps raisins). Thankfully, the hops are now their more typical floral-grassy selves, rather than being as musty as they continue to be in the nose. Try as I might... I... just... can't... get... excited... about this beer. It needs the kick in the ass that more malt would surely provide.

Sorry, but the mouthfeel is too thin. A worse fault, and one that keeps the excitement meter from budging, is that its underbubbled as well. Not a good combination. Given the style, I've decided to cut it some slack.

Even though Morchl is less than good beer, it's better than the only other Brauerei Hirt offering that I've had so far (Privat Pils). If it wasn't for the label dating, I would have pointed to age as the culprit for the crime of mediocrity. Since the brewery was kind enough to be consumer friendly, they have no excuses that will hold up.

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3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish/black - with a small almost non existent head. Smells sweet and caramely with a strong alcohol note. First sip is pure caramel - sweet, sweet and more sweet. Finishes nice and bitter, carbonated well. If you like caramelized sweet beers, you will not be disappointed.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
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

Photo of cudmud
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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 zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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 falloutsnow
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Best by 2012-05-28
Glass: Ayinger Willi glass

Pours a 1cm head of dark tan foam, densely packed, small bubbles on bottom with large-sized ones settling on the top. This gradually subsides to a thin film atop the beer, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Body is dark amber brown out of the light, lighter amber brown when looked at through light.

Aroma is fairly lackluster, subdued, and light, with toasted nuts, dark bread, and brown sugar all being present. The ability to notice these increases with warmth of the beer.

The major flavors are dark breads, toasted nuts, light toffee, and brown malt sweetness. The flavors aren't overly strong or superbly pronounced, but they are noticeable and satisfactorily nuanced. Initial flavors on the front of the palate are of a fairly generic sweetness from brown or dark malts. Taste is br. Mid-palate is of darker malt extractives and associated sweetness, mild bitterness, and black breads. Back of palate notes hints of cocoa powder, a bit of dried date and fig ester. Aftertaste of nutty, brown malts with black bread and hints of toffee.

Beer is medium-light to light bodied, with medium-high levels of carbonation that foams the beer up substantially on contact with the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is at first fizzy, then smooth and creamy. Finishes wet, with little residual stickiness around palate or lips.

Photo of lefty
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Hirter Morchl from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.