Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus Newport
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Ratings: 28 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
4.75/5 rDev +21.5%
Beautiful dark, rich, malty taste. Medium weight, not too thick, and medium spicyness. Had a great feel and the smell was just as good as its taste. The head was nice and thick, and cream in color. Light caramel and chocalote notes. Only been sampling beers for about 2yrs avidly, and can say this this was one of my very favorites.
On my way home, I boarded the wrong train, dumping me off at a "Bavarian Chef" who gladly served me a 1L mug of this beer.
Currently enjoying a 1/2 Keg of it at home (along with "ALL" ugh, of my friends). Thats how impressed I was! It is still as delicious as ever. Deserves recognition.
07-12-2012 14:33:16 | More by RichardAlexander
3.9/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Pours a dark, clear brown with a foamy, clinging off-white head.
S: Aromas of roasted grain, dark chocolate, and heavy cream are most prominent on the nose. I've had this beer before, and this time, the nose seemed a bit weaker than usual.
T: Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, brown butter, heavy cream, and roasted grain are balanced by earthy, grassy hop notes that gradually build in intensity. The finish is rich and flavorful with a combination of dark chocolate, cream, and grassy hop flavors.
M: Medium in body and dry, though very smooth for a lager. Carbonation is crisp. This one is very refreshing and drinkable. It would make a great session beer.
O: Even though the nose seemed a bit off, a round of this lager was still a very nice way to ring in the new year. I recommend it with mettwurst and spatzl.
01-03-2012 13:30:49 | More by mrfrancis
4.08/5 rDev +4.3%
Review is from notes taken about a week ago (1/25/09). Served in a liter glass stein, the beer poured a brown/red color with not much head by the time the beer got to me (I was with a few other friends who all had beers too). Lacing was OK. The aroma was mostly malty, it smelled like caramel, toasted malt and a bit of spice. Taste is the same as the aroma, in this case that was a good thing! Mouthfeel/body was light/medium, and was a bit creamy. Drinkability was very good, it was extremely easy to drink, smooth and quite sessionable. My friends and I all liked this beer a lot! All in all I thought it was a good brew, and I'd likely buy one again on my next trip to the Newport Hofbrauhaus. Recommended.
02-01-2009 03:15:40 | More by bluejacket74
4.65/5 rDev +18.9%
Appearance: Came to me in a 1/2 liter stein. A nice deep red/coppery color; 1 finger head that vanished quickly.
Smell: Sweet and malty, a bit of hoppiness to it. Couldn't quite place my finger on what the sweetness was exactly until I tasted it.
Taste: Wow. Very sweet, and I would say strong hints of banana in it. A nice carmel undertone with a slight hoppiness buried in there somewhere.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Went down easy... too easy. Left the palate dry afterwards.
Drinkability: Very high. I really liked the sweetness of it. I've been doing a lot of IPAs lately so this was a pleasant change up. It wasn't heavy at all and the ABV isn't too high either so it's pretty easy to go through these.
01-22-2009 03:07:37 | More by bamadog
3.78/5 rDev -3.3%
This is a good-looking dunkel, with a tannish 2-inch head atop a deep caramel body. It sports a slight caramel nose, with a touch of caramel and a slight smokiness on the palate. A smooth malty finish is blended with the sparkle of what I think is a bit too much carbonation for a dunkel. But, this makes it refreshing in the hot summer weather, and this is more drinkable than most dunkels. I quaffed a full liter, and don't regret it.
08-02-2008 21:33:29 | More by jushoppy2beer
3.93/5 rDev +0.5%
Beautiful off-black color on the pour. Decent lacing and head down the glass. Nice malts!! Good blend of munich malts, caramel, and some chocolate/coffee. A few hops in there too. Almost like a baby brother to the Maibock, which is one of my favorite brews ever. Nice offering I will be checking out again.
01-01-2007 01:02:19 | More by bigdeuce
3.35/5 rDev -14.3%
Pours a nice copper-bronze color with ruby undertones. Large beige head that thins quickly. Nice lacing.
Smells primarily of caramel malts and yeast with a mild nuttiness and clove smell.
Taste as smells. Very straightforward. Caramel toasted malts with a very mild bitter hop finish. Vague very light spiciness/earthiness. I would have preferred more depth to it.
Light plus bodied; not watery, but I thought it was pretty thin for my tastes. Very easy to drink. Sessionable, but I would not go out of my way to get this. There are too many other dunkels out there that are exceptional.
12-03-2006 11:43:16 | More by laintringulis
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
Pretty typical of good German Dunkels: Medium brown in color with a moderate foamstand, bready and sweet toasted malts. Hofbrauhaus is more so on the bready, yeasty side that the sweet side, but with an intense caramel / toffee flavor and aroma. Caramel malts help to sweeten the brew, but impart an almost-artificial caramel flavor. Caramel accompanies a buttery / toffee flavors, dangerously close to diacityl. Very nice smooth, creamy body with hints of fresh bread yeast. Finsihes moderatly clean and toasted. Though a solid brew, its not one that I'll venture out for again.
05-22-2006 15:02:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.8/5 rDev -2.8%
This beer poured a nice light brown color with a moderate ring of head. The nose was slightly nutty and slightly sweet coffee, thoug ha little weak. The flavor was roasty and slightly coffee, but again, a little weak. The feel was moderate to thik wiht a nice creamyness. Overall, a decent brew. I enjoyed the flavor and feel on this best.
03-21-2005 01:28:29 | More by kmpitz2
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
Had this on-site ... and free, courtesy of being a judge for a local competition. Poured a cloudy brown color with a tall head that dies off quickly and doesn't leave much lacing on the 0.5L glass. The aroma is of some roasted malts and caramel. The flavor is a sweet maltiness, mainly comprised of a caramel taste. Seems a bit thin. Mouthfeel was lighter than it should have been. This one was ok, but the standard hefe is better.
11-17-2004 18:46:06 | More by clvand0
4.25/5 rDev +8.7%
Served in Liter glass stein/mug thingies. You can also order by the 1/2 liter. The first came from the biergarten, the second with dinner in the restaurant. Poured with a 1-1.5 inch head. Dark amber color.
The smell had a nice maltiness. No trace of hops, but I dont notice them much in IPAs either, so no surprise there. The taste improved over the course of 2 liters. I felt it was missing something at first and maybe a bit overcarbonated. As I continued to drink the malty goodness came out. Smooth, with very little mouthfeel, I would have preferred a bit more substance to it.
Drinkability: I had 2 liters and the only question at the end was could I fit a 3rd liter into my stomach. The answer was no, but I only stop drinking due to volume issues. That sounds like a 5 to me.
08-16-2004 01:58:32 | More by rlcoffey
Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus Newport
87 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.