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Hofbräu Delicator - Hofbräuhaus München

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: largadeer on 03-29-2011

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Photo of BethanyB
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: The clear, dark amber is both a lovely, and appropriate look for this style of beer. The off-white head, however, fizzles out quickly, even for a beer with a higher ABV.

Smell: The nose inhales a mountain of sugar, both brown and white, and the overt sweetness does not stop there. Caramel and Pils Malt can't bring balance to this bouquet. And yet, the aroma is not syrupy or cloying; there is a redeeming softness to it.

Taste: Pils malt and Belgian yeast are apparent in the malt forward taste: Caramel encrusted banana bread mixes with graham cracker and multigrain, highlighting sweetness and malt complexity. A toasty element brings a bit, but perhaps not quite enough, of much needed bitterness to balance out the candy character. And yet, this is a fascinatingly tasty brew with uniquely enjoyable treats for the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation do well to support the strong flavor profile. The beer is dry upfront, but has a smooth finish, and together, these components create a nice crisp and refreshing elegance. Moderate alcohol warming is suitable for the style.

Overall: An interesting specimen that is definitely worth trying! The sweetness needs to be countered, however, in order to create a beer worth trying and coming back to. Complex maltiness needs some complexity elsewhere. Hops, esters, spices...any, and many of these could be upped.

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3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What German brewer wouldn't want to dabble in the dopple? After all, the style is one of the most storied in the beer world. Its elusive savory bread taste and satisfying sustenance signal the lenten season and quench the hearty thirst for bold lager worldwide.

Yet is bright gold color confuses the eye with a deep pilsner-esque appearance. With delicate honey, grain sweetness and floral honeysuckle swirling about the nose and saturating the early palate, its rich bready taste is lightly toasted and herbal.

Build much like a fatter maibock, the toasted flavors are light in order to allow the savory taste of fresh baking bread and high barley sweetness to emanate. Greatly satisfying in its full body and lavish honey taste, its own melanoidin-rich complexity keeps it from cloying.

Yet its malt-forward balance yearns for the toastier molasses, dark fruit and rummy character of darker dopplebock. And like maibock, its candied apple and pear tones are mead-like and decadently dessert-like, much like bread pudding.

Traditional to their core, Hofbrau shows remarkable experimentation and adaptation in giving the season a unique taste but honoring the yesteryear of brewing heritage; even if uncertainly is explained in this hybrid taste.

Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant light golden, looks nothing like a dopplebock... Aroma reveals melanoidins, deep toasted and caramel malt notes. There's a touch of floral hop character. Flavor is toasted and nutty, lightly sweet, with a hint of diacetyl/toffee note. The finish is somewhat metallic and earthy. It's a little hot.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of steviet
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had pint on draft in Downingtown, PA.

A: Dark amber color. Lighter than typical doublebocks I've had. Two finger head that dissipated quickly.

S: Strong aroma of malt, biscuit and slight alcohol.

T: Malty with caramel coming through as the beer warmed. I also noted some slight fruit that others have observed (dates?). Some bitterness from noble hops but no real hop aroma which is probably true to the style. Modest amount of alcohol heat but otherwise quite enjoyable from a taste perspective. It held its own when paired with a spicy pulled pork sandwhich.

M: Medium bodied and clean with a modest amount of carbonation.

O: This is a solid double bock. This is one of my favorite beer styles so I would probably rate it third among German double bocks behind Ayinger (#1) and Spaten (#2). I would definitely seek out again, especially since it seems hard to find.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready and caramel malts with just a touch of grassy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, there are moderate to strong flavors of bready and caramel malts with just a touch of honey sweetness. That is followed by some grainy malts and just a touch of fruity yeast. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish. Crisp.

O: Overall the alcohol is just not as well hidden as I would have liked but it is hard to say exactly where you detect it... It is an OK example of the style but nothing really jumps out for this beer.

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Hofbräu Delicator from Hofbräuhaus München
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