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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
85
very good

929 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 115 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003

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Ratings: 929 | Reviews: 297
Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine example of the style.

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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11.2 fl oz green glass bottle with boring label art and branded pry-off cap served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

APPEARANCE: ~3 inches wide. Khaki colour. Creamy, soft-looking, and fairly thick. Retention is pretty good - ~4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a dark copper-brown of average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

AROMA: Caramel, wheat, cream, brown bread, Munich malts, pumpernickle, biscuity yeast.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Follows the aroma. Dark malts, wheat, Munich malts, cream, biscuity yeast. Simple but balanced, with a clean presentation of flavour. Shallow but cohesive.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, a bit creamy, and light to medium-bodied. Well-carbonated. Could be more crisp and refreshing.

Suits the taste generally well. Not custom-tailored to it. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A downable but underwhelming dunkel from Hofbrau, this will cater more to the tourist and export crowd than superior traditional offerings in the category. Can't hold a candle to the greats, but it's enjoyable for what it is.

Low C (2.77)

Photo of CtyLineBeerBlog
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

L - Clear, dark brown color; Foam dome: 2-3 fingers high, really solid white and a distinct separation from the rest of the beer

S - Coffee, chocolate, and molasses

T - Chocolate, caramel, and soft bread notes. Kind of like chocolate chip pancakes

F - Smooth like a porter but light as a pilsner. Good session beer

O - This beer is like a chocolate bar at the check out line. Very affordable and very tasty with coffee and chocolate notes. Definitely will drink again.

Photo of William-Wade
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very well rounded for its style.

Photo of MattSharpless
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bland. Reminds me of Yuengling.

Photo of FalseDmitriy
4.79/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I'm biased as this is my favorite beer of all time. Wonderful dunkel.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L-clear dark amber color with a small tan head that leaves some lace
S-roast, with some sweet smell
T-roast with some hop bitterness and a little sweet flavor
F-light body and medium carbonation
O-good beer

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is by far best dunkel on draft lucky for me the brewery is 10 min from house the bottle is good but if you can get on draft I highly recommend

Photo of cincyfan81
4.94/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

amazingly awesome this is a hell of a dunkel

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm not familiar with this type of beer and to me it tasted a lot like wine for some reason.

Photo of wilipbe
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice head with decent lacing. Beautiful color dark bronze. Not to sweet but smell and taste molasses. Nice consistent taste throughout. Really nice beer.

Photo of Markwas
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best dunkel I have had. Honestly questioning myself on why I don't give it a 5. This beer is the only reason I go to their restaurant. Don't recommend this beer on the golf course or after playing softball, but that's about it.

Photo of CIBoy10
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - color looks like a glass of tea, solid 1.5 finger head fades to minimal lacing.
Smell - molasses, caramel, and a metal twang.
Taste - lots of caramel and molasses. Typical of the style, but sweeter. No hops whatsoever.
Feel - not a ton of carbonation, feels thicker, the finish lasts.
Overall - I like the style a lot, and wish I could try this on draft. The two dunkels I have had in bottles haven't been as great as the one I had on draft, but can't find dunkels on tap in my area. Cheers!

Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft in a shaker pint glass.

Not much head, medium chestnut brown in color. Nutty aroma, a bit of caramel. Taste is slightly sweet , smooth. Thin to medium body.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: molasses - no hop profile at all;

T: also molasses; slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness at the finish;

M: thin; moderate carbonation;

O: a little one note;

Photo of DaveNdesert
4.94/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IS my favorite beer!

Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +6.4%

I cannot give this one as thorough a review because I was drinking it at a tavern with colleagues after work. As a result, it would have been anti-social and beer geeky of me to leave the conversation to carefully analyze the elements of the beer. That said, I find this to be a high quality beer. I had it in a stein. I loved the brown color and enjoyed the malty sweet aroma. Highly drinkable. Refreshing, and a good beer to unwind with work friends on a Friday afternoon.

Photo of ppvora
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. glass bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance: Copper brown color with about 2 fingers of head, good aeration.
Aroma: Mostly barley, a little bit of hops.
Taste: Strong malty taste, with some nuts and caramel in the background. No hops or barley...malt all the way with some nuts and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Fine, no surprises here.

If you love a malty beer, you'll like this one. It felt a bit filling too.

Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Clear, medium-dark amber color. Nice balance of hops with a slightly malty finish. Yeah, the Germans know what they're doing. This one is really good!

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%

My first time trying a Dunkel. Let's see how it stacks up.

Serving style : skinny 11.2oz glass bottle poured into glass

Appearance (4.25) : Nice, rich and creamy four fingered beige head popping like pop rocks. Underneath it is a root beer colored body with about 60% opacity. Beige cap leaves flicks of lacing on the glass as it retreats.

Aroma (4) : Snow pea, Wheat, Aged barrels, room temperature cilantro (that is to say, stronger than cold cilantro), oatmeal.

Taste (3.5) : Flavorful, full, a bit wheaty; barley malts, bread crust, plant; and then cilantro with some honorable hops pops out at the end. I have to say it tastes better out of the bottle than it does the glass. It's like a very tasty pale ale out of the bottle, and it's plant-infested bread out of the glass.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Light-bodied, crisp, ends semi-dry.

Overall (3.54) : It's a tasty brew similar to a pale wheat ale. It's got the hops and cilantro thing going on, which pushes it into American Pale Ale territory, but it also has an uncanny maltiness that APAs typically do not have. It's not my type of beer but it's drinkable, and I'm glad I at least got to try it. Won't be buying it again, but I can respect it for what it is.

Photo of rden4654
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

This beer is severely under appreciated.....I luv it!!!!

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +13%

10/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Fragrant. Caramel is the first impression but no bitterness. Medium body & long lasting taste. Harkens the days when all the Euro brews were shipping dark versions. Difference is this shows what they were trying for. Good beer.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 330 ml green bottle into a shaker pint glass. An aggressive pour produces a one inch, frothy white head. The beer is a burnt-orange brown with light carbonation.

Definitely malty on the nose and palate, with just a touch of a tea-like bitterness. A fruity, tomato-like aroma-flavor punctuates a bready maltiness. The mouthfeel is creamy with a bit of tingle. Plenty of complexity with a semi-clean finish (the fruity flavors linger a bit).

This is a tasty and very drinkable beer. Well worth a try.

Photo of Nascarlee15
5/5  rDev +33%

My FAVORITE beer of all time, draft at my nearest Hofbrauhaus in Cincinatti, NICE flavor rich taste.. the king of beer

Photo of Beer_Me_Now_Please
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Very smooth and delicious aftertaste that sticks with you. Really good beer.

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
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