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Hirter Morchl - Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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Hirter MorchlHirter Morchl

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very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 108
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of MNJR
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that is impressive about this beer is an outstanding dark, ruby/garnet color. The head is rich and generous with excellent retention and even, thin lacing. The smell is sublime - roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel wafting above clean, light hops and slight hints of fruit. The flavor profile is fantastic, lighter than expected but quite rich. Mainly I get roasted malts and cocoa, but it washes down with a very refreshing lightness. It is actually very hard to describe the flavors hiding in this complex beer. There are some fruit undertones and a hint of very mellow hops, but it is all very subtle. The enjoyment is there is every sip, though. There are no downsides, and I can find nothing that detracts from the great flavor. The body is medium and the mouth feel is superb. Of course, I was lucky enough to have this on tap, and I understand from talking to others that this is definitely a "better on tap" beer. Or, maybe all beers are, after all? Please track this down and try it if at all possible.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby or mahogany color. A violent pour yields about two fingers of head, which dissipates over the course of about two minutes to a thin foam on the surface, with thicker consistency around the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing. Not too shabby.

Smell: Heavily malted. Raisins and cocoa. Mild esters. A bit pungent for my liking, but better than average.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thin and nearly-oily, very light carbonation. Very smooth. Tastes very clovey, with some sweetbread taste in there as well. Bitterness in the liquid itself, but the aftertaste is surprisingly pleasant. Sweetness without being overpowering, and nothing bad. Hmm.

Drinkability: A touch too much for regular consumption for this buckaroo. But not a waste.

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Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby-brown in color ("cola"), and topped with a medium-tan head. Lacing is evident and of better-than-average duration, with enough to ring the glass and linger nicely : )

Nose offers up notes of plum and raisin, also light cocoa.

On the first sip there's a creaminess that immediately grabs my attention, prior to the tastebuds kicking in, but the fruity aspects encountered in the aromatic portion play fairly unrestrained here.

This brew features very low bitterness (but there is some), and moreover there are aspects of both roasted and biscuit malt here which make up for this "hopless" character ; )

There is definitely a vinuous aspect to this brew, and it's rather more complex than it seems at first glance!

A very nice beer, and remind me very favorably of a couple of "Czech Dunkels" which I haven't seen in years -- I'll have to pick up a few more bottles of this one.

EDIT: My rating on Morchl appears to be pretty low. The thing is? I *like* this style quite a bit, and was trying to be fair here, and trying hard not to 'over-rate' / rate it too highly! C'est la Vie. This is definitely an above average beer, and I'd say it's well-worth your time to seek out a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of turkob
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice reddish mahogany color with a beautiful head and nice lacing.

S: Hints of raisin like fruit and maltiness

T: Tastes of caramel, toffee, nutty and fruity sweetness.

M: Pretty good, mild carbination, mild on the palate.

D: Definitely drinkable as a session beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scott for this one. .5L brown glass pry-top. No Date.

Pours a thick, hazy reddish browh with sudsy khaki head. Nose is light and perfumed with caramel malt and light brown sugar notes, fairly closed though. Palate is both creamy and sharp with bittering hops. Great mouthfeel, woah! Flavors of milk chocolate covered caramel, light brown sugar, a little wooly-ness. Finish is long and creamy.

A fine upstanding beer! Surprised at how good it is given its modest $2.49 price tag. Will not only seek this out again but will buy a lot!

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Poured what looked like a watery brown brew, but in the glass it appeared pretty much black. Relatively translucent, providing for deep copper highlighting. Light tan head rose off the pour and quickly dissipated to a thin collar and sparse bubbles.

S-Chocolate malt and a slight cara-malt, with a slight mocha in the aroma. The aroma was very crisp, displaying the typical cleanness of a lager.

T-Initially, the flavor spoke of chocolate with a hint of lightly roasted coffee. Some caramel maltiness comes through, as well. Bitterness is crisp, but minimal. Finishes with a chocolate-caramel and a hint of residual sweetness, while still remaining clean.

M-Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation, goes well with the flavors and the overall feel of this beer.

D-Very drinkable. The relatively light body lends this beer its ease of drinking. Plus, it's quite tasty, indeed!

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Photo of cudmud
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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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Photo of allengarvin
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark brown, almost opaque, with a creamy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film. Carbonation is medium, but very pleasing. Aromas are biscuity, with hints of caramel. The flavor is almost identical, yet intense. It finishes slightly dry with a mild hop bite. For a dark lager, it's lighter bodied than others I have had. It's very easy to drink and it makes a great a great session beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice dark lager with a very consistent malt. i have found the fresher the better. off chocolate milk head of about 3 fingers. coca cola color with not much murk really. a heavy odor bread when agitated. mild otherwise. apple malt which carries over to something a bit sour on the palate. there is some dough some chocolate and an ever more present smoke as the beer get warmer. this bring out the acidic quality of the beer. not as good at higher temperatures.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of lehkost
4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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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Photo of stcules
3.07/5  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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Hirter Morchl from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.