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Hirter Morchl - Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
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 Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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! (581 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.07/5  rDev -19%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (1,802 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of daledeee
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this because of the interesting info on the label. "Brewed since 1270". That sounds good. " A rarity in beer taste". That sounds good.

It turns out this is a dark lager made in Austria. It pours a nice dark walnut color with a good head. Light can be seen through the beer if held up to light. It is not cloudy.

The nose is bland with a hint of malt. It smells fresh as well.

The taste is one of the best I have had for this type of beer. Very subtle balances of malt, caramel and oak(I think?). It is also a tad bit sweet but not over the top. All the tastes are just right. The mouthfeel is just right as well. Good carbonation and nice finish. A very satisfying brew. (685 characters)

Photo of blacktrumpet
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark mahogany and looks rubylike in the light
head drops fairly quickly, lacing light to moderate
smells of heavy malt and molasses
taste is sweet, banana, caramel, xx malt, spice cake, cola, coffee licorice... tounge is smooth and full
finish is resinous, lingering, sweet, anise,..."pernod"
we all like this beer (322 characters)

Photo of Dripdry
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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! (1,640 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (1,958 characters)

Photo of malcontent
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany body mounted by a fabulous three fingers of sticky head. Lacing oozes down the glass.

Strong toffee and roasted malt tones lead into a mellow grain chaff aroma.

Malt liquor indeed. One-dimensional but solid. Sweet cream and earth with a slight knock on it due to a metallic tinge on the finish. As it warms the beer does tend toward the cloying side.

For as rich and full-tasting as the beer is, there is a slight thinness to the brew. A tad slick on the finish. Not my favorite style by a long-shot but easy enough to drink if it's your bag. A good, not great, take on a German standard; those wacky Austrians... (630 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the half litre bottle a nearly opaque crimson/ruby hue with a thin tight tan head. lots of festive lace. sweet malty aroma; molasses and fruitcake come to mind...pretty nice. euro flavours of light chocolate and caramel, with hints of berries and cream. some smoky, dark roasted coffee notes finished with noble hops. all very subdued and laid back. the mouthfeel starts with a carbonated note immediately followed by some silky smoothness. it slides down easy. the body is fullish for a dark lager...quite satisfying. drinkability is good...i could down a few.

overall a nice dark lager from austria. (617 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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. (985 characters)

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