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Hirter Morchl - Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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BA SCORE
86
very good

100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2005

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body marked by a few bubbles here and there.

Smell: Predominately malty aroma smelling of brown sugar sprinkled of dark fruits, particularly plums and raisins, and encompassed by a slight earthiness.

Taste: Oh-so malty! Mixture of brown sugar and caramel with a solid sweetness. Fair amount of fruit. Not very hoppy. Slight soil-minded earthiness. Sip of cool, clean water. Sweetish, fruit finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Very, very slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hirter? I hardly know 'er!

Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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 TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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 russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 brandoman63
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jrallen34
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a pint glass.

The beer pours a very dark amber with a nice light tan head, good retention and lacing.

The aroma and taste are just all malt. Its all I can pick up is malt, almost indistinguishable from a marzen, which is one of my least favorite styles. I found this very boring, simple, and lazy. The feel is light, and for 5% its not very drinkable

I would not recommend this to anyone.

Photo of stcules
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
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 sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
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 drpimento
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mmmm, very nice beer! Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi a couple of weeks ago. Poured with a huge, textured, foamy, and frothy tan head and lots of lace. Color is a nice dark walnut. Aroma is malty with toffee and mild. Flavor is similar with some lurking sweetness. Great body with fine carbonation and soft mouth goes very well with flavor. Nice easy finish. Session beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a one finger light tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is a hint of toasted malt, dominated by sweet caramel and fresh baked bread. There's a hint of floral hop.

Flavor follows the aroma fairly well, with toasted malt forming the backbone and giving way to fairly sweet caramel malt, finishing slightly nutty with a hint of bitterness. A touch of metallic flavor is slightly offputting. Cola emerges as it warms.

Body is moderate to light, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, slightly on the sweet side. Wish that tangy finish was more subtle.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz (0,5 liter) brown bottle, date-stamped '20.04.2010'. Acquired from House of Glunz (Chicago) in a mail-order, chilled and poured to a pint glass.

Label: 'A RARITY IN BEER TASTE' - 'Austrian dark beer'

A: Very clear, a crystal-mahogany. Appears still until I look really closely - only then do a myriad of tiny bubbles show. Starts with a good head, a fizzy but long-lasting cap of light-tan cream - one that winnows to a scant but unbroken film that's a bit thicker around the edges. Broken lace slinks down the glass, disintegrating as it falls.

S: Sweet, wafting malt. Caramel sweetness, sugary like soda. Hints of spice and something vaguely 'huskier' and more toasted. Good strength and pretty appealing.

T: Powdery cocoa, a trace of spiced wood. Baked bread, a dark crustiness that ends rather benignly. Vague fruit (kinda 'grape' or 'berry') and sweetness like toffee middle-to-end...it's all good. Were I any less of a malt-lover, I may score lower...but that ain't the case.

M: Palatable softness, smoothness - carbonation is present but mellow. Medium feel style-wise, kinda velvety but also a lingering oiliness.

D: Easy-to-drink, malt-forward lager. Modest spice and roast, fairly forgettable flavors yet quite drinkable. Low ABV helps, but generally 'good' scores across the board don't hurt at all. A stein and a plate of sauerbraten or schnitzel sounds pretty good after this. Very much worth a try.

Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark ruby-tinted brown color, with a very quickly fading head. The nose is pleasantly malty, with a sweet caramel over a very slightly toasted bread. The taste is simple but nice, with sweet caramel, sweet toffee, both soft and not strong at all, with a very light bitterness. The body is exceptionally soft and creamy.

Not a big flavorful beer--dunkels are simple affairs, mostly. This is a fairly nice one.

Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.49 for a 16.9oz bottle. Pours to a clear very dark brown, forming a rocky light tan head with good retention and solid sheets of lace with a medium carbonation. The aroma opens with dark fruits, like raisins and prunes, with vanilla, caramel and molasses when swirled. The mouthfeel is brisk with a piquant acidity, cola-like, and a medium body and a lightly dry finish. Taste begins with the dark fruits, is followed by molasses and caramel, then a slight woodiness in the finish and a hint of leather in the aftertaste. Hops are very mild and impart a rather plain and chemical bitterness, tasting more like hop extract, which is fine for this style of beer. The malts are more up front, and I would be inclined to call this a dopplebock if it had slightly more body and alcohol. Certainly it compares to what some brewers pass off as dopplebocks these days. Cleanly fermented.

A rather nice beer. I would buy this again. It's not as strong or heavy as a dopplebock, nor as light as a bock, but I like the dark fruits and molasses. Recommended, reasonably priced.

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Redrover
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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