Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
85
very good

971 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 315
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 135 | 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: 971 | Reviews: 315
Reviews by RandomExile:
Photo of RandomExile
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: darkly translucent red-amber; fluffy beige head; genuine webs of lacing
S: distinctly bread and malt, sweet, molasses?
T: primarily malt carries through; caramel and something like roasted corn; tinge of bitterness on the aftertaste
M: medium-bodied; initially rich and full without being heavy, but thinner on later pulls
O: sessionable dunkel, pleasant and engaging. While I enjoyed everything about it, I wish it tasted more like the nose, and had either a bit more clarity or richness on the palate, either way.

12oz / Pint Glass

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

Truncated notes below:

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 rden4654
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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

Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one came out a nice, ruby-hued dark brown in color with a huge, lacing head.

Smell –This grainy lager had a very smooth nose that was helped by some light maple notes and a touch of molasses.

Taste – The grain was very nice here at the tongue. It was dark and had the nice maple compliment I picked up at the nose. The molasses though from the aroma came on much bigger at the taste. The light sweet finish rounded things out nicely.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Dunkles had very little carbonation and felt great in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This one was clean and crisp with a nice lagered feel and did the style justice.

Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Notes transferred from the archives, I had this one last summer up in cabin at Frankenmuth. It pours with a nice, burgundy and brown color, exhibiting decent clarity throughout. The head was nice and light-tan, foamy, and shows decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Lightly toasted caramel, toffee, musty hops, and a slight metallic twinge are the main components of the aroma. I wanna say there's some faint cocoa notes somewhere, but they're only mildly noticeable at best. Yeast is heavy, especially at the end of the profile, giving way to that characteristic fresh and crisp yeasty lager aroma. Fresh and refreshing.

The taste follows along pretty nicely, a touch watered down, but still packed with decent flavor. Nice, lightly roasted malts, caramel and toffee, a powerful nuttiness and a mild touch of musty and dry tasting hops. No doubt that the malts are king here, though the beer drinks easily and never errs on the side of being too sweet.

One of the best thing about lagers is the beautiful yeast and the crisp, clean taste it provides. That sentiment rings true in this brew as well, with a finish that leans heavily towards that wonderful lager yeast. Crispy, clean, faintly sulfuric, and lightly bready. Light bodied with a clean, snappy mouth feel and a relatively dry finish.

Highly drinkable brew, right here. Drinking this one during our summer camping trip at Frankenmuth was perfect; it went nicely with the hot dogs and hamburgers that day, and this is something I would gladly have again.

Photo of MadScientist
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a medium-dark copper with great ruby highlights. The cream light tan head has a moderate retention period

S: There is an initial light DMS note that quickly goes away, along with it seems like a quick flash of German hops but that's the last you ever smell of hops in this beer. A moderate roast grain and slight graininess dominate the aroma with a slight biscuity and very slight caramel notes. There is no fruity esters, no diacetyl and no DMS.

T: A soft palate feel and a somewhat complex roasted malt flavor dominate. There is a little caramel like sweetness with a moderate hop bitterness and no hop flavor. The balance is event between roasted malt and hop bitterness. The finish off dry with and aftertaste of roasted grain hop bitterness. A moderately-light toffee that shows as the beers is warms up.

M: The mouth feel is very soft and creamy with a medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation. There is no warmth nor astringency.

O: This is a roasty and moderately bitter beer with clean lager fermentation. The subtleties keep this from be a two dimensional beer.

Photo of brownbeer
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, reddish-brown with just a thin layer of head.

It actually smells really good. Rich, nutty toffee reminiscent of a brown ale. A bit of raspberry fruitiness as well.

Taste is similar with added chocolate and bready malt. Some how the green bottle hasn't affected this one. Nice medium body and dry finish, rich and satisfying. It does a great job of balancing the malt for how little hop character it has.

I have to say, i'm pleasantly suprised with this one, great example and priced right.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

Dark, rusty brown in color, this brew's clarity is perfect. Lush, bready malt aroma with some grape skin and fresh hay are present. This beer offers a lot of smoothness with a crispness in the back, which is just as big. Malt character is dialed up high here, heavy on the toasted bread and hay-like graininess. It's clean, with only a hint of alcoholic warmth and subtle hops. The bitterness comes in and does the job it was meant to with a bit of herbal flavor in the finish. It ends dry and bready, and is very sessionable.

We have fond memories of liters of this beer with the band in the background and a big heaping Original HB Brotzeit Platter. The bottled version sent to the US is a fine consolation until our feet are firmly planted within their beer hall again.

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 generallee
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The bottle has no freshness date or any info other than the style.

Appearance: Its body has a deep burnt coppery color with lighter amber highlights and good clarity. The pour produces a tall, foamy, light tan head with a mix of small tightly packed bubbles and bigger soapy quick fading bubbles. The settles down to a thin cap of tiny bubbles that makes very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is full and rich. There are solid notes of caramel and bready maltiness followed up by some floral/mineral like German and Czech noble hops.

Taste/Palate: As in the aroma the flavor has nice caramel/bready maltiness and noble spicy/floral hops in good balance with a slight edge to the malt. In the finish it quickly fades to dryer mellow hop bitterness. The body has a medium to full body with a smooth, not to thick/not to thin, texture and carbonation.

Notes: This is another all-around solid beer with good balance and drinkability.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – A one-finger head of loose, fluffy off-white foam quickly dissipates, leaving the surface covered in thin lace. A thin ring of foam circles the edge of the glass just above this. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant deep red-orange amber color and clear.

S – Light toffee and butterscotch/caramel backed by subtle esters of ripe strawberry and pear. Lightly toasted malts suggest a biscuit, and move to the front as the glass warms, along with a hint of spice and soft floral hops. Nose is soft and requires coaxing.

T – Very true to the nose. Nicely toasted malts lead the way for rich, chewy caramels with just a hint of red cinnamon on the edges of the tongue. Very well-balanced and not at all sweet. Simply, but tasty.

M – A touch fizzy initially, the beer is smooth across the tongue. Body is somewhat thin, but the structure shows firmness and nice integration of ingredients. Almost no finish to speak of, it ends and is gone on the swallow.

O – A good example of a traditional Bavarian dunkel. Light, but flavorful malts that aren't at all sweet makes this a beer worth having several steins of across an evening, especially if matched with pork and sauerkraut. Tasty and enjoyable. While there's nothing about it that makes it distinctive, it's a solid, comfortable beer.

Photo of nem2006
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this at Village Pizza in Estes Park, CO. Served in a stange glass with a Hofbrau logo.

Was a deep brown, with a lightly tinted head that held well. Good carbonation could be seen.

There was a smell of lightly toasted malts and a slight background of citrus from the wheat.

This is a medium-bodied beer. Taste starts with lightly toasted malts, closing with a subtle hop finish and a final hint of citrus from the wheat.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is bready and biscuity malt with some toffee and earthy hops. The flavor is semi-sweet toffee with some earthy hops notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, just not to exciting.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep copper with a creamy off-white head and decent lacing

S: There is a munich malt presence with notes of bread crust and a slight nuttiness

T: There is a malty sweetness mixed with the melanoidan flavors of toasted biscuit and bread crust. There is a faint chocolate nuttiness which adds to the complexity of this beer.

M: smooth and full bodied (very dextrinous). There is a residual sweetness but it is not cloying, it leaves you wanting another sip

D: This is fantastic. The malt profile here is complex and tastes outstanding. You could drink this beer all night. I highly recommend this one

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant dark amber under a sturdy cream colored foam cap. Bread and light caramel flavors and aromas. No dark fruit or roast flavors. Medium body and medium low carbonation.

Photo of Dantheman4162
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice head, off white in color. Dark red amber hue. Not much arome slightly malty? Coffee? Smelly. Initial malty taste. Clean finish. Slight yeasty and alcohol after taste. Light texture "watery?" wet. Little to no aftertaste, little flavor. Good for multiple brews --> not much to i, not complex. Lower middle of the road. Might get it again for a Oktoberfest style drinking session(not for just a 1 beer sitting).

Photo of PRpitmaster
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark nutty brown color with a nice head that dissipates slowly. Smells very malty with some hints of spice. The malts definetly come throgh in the taste but nothing else really stands out, coats the mouth nicely. Overall a great drinkable dunkle.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a very good Dunkel beer, heavy and full of amazing taste. Awesome out of a bottle and on tap. I poured this beer into a tall hansom German glass, that resembled a Weizen Glass. The beer was phenomenal! I really enjoyed thus beer. This beer is amazing to have at the bar, and is another great beer to add to any collection.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date, served in a pint glass.

Pours a very dark copper. One and a half finger white head forms quickly which subsides to a covering. Some carbonation streams. Leaves a tiny bit of lacing.

Smells of molasses, brown sugar, and a big dark fruit note which stands out. Raisin, plum, etc.

Big malt note at first. Definite bread and dark fruits hit the tongue very strong. Slight roastiness to it. This lingers to a barely noticable hoppy bitterness. Once gone the bread still remains and leaves a pretzel aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, a tad bit wet, but desired. Not too much from the carb, but that is nothing bad for a dark beer.

Nice drinkability. ABV isn't too high and the flavor isn't too strong. I'm drinking these in the summer, so this is a good all year round malty beer.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a ruby caramel tinted brown color with a light tan head forming a nice thicket of billowing head. Aroma slightly roasted malt hints of caramelized toasted malt profile with herbal spicy noble hops. Flavor clean drinkable well made lager, with darker roasts providing caramelized toasted malts, herbal hops bring a beautiful balance. Mouthfeel has easy going carbonation with a nice herbal toaste malt finish. Drinkability overall is very drinkable much like other German breweries, a tasty rendition of a classic dunkel style.

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Dunkel on tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY)

clear red-brown; excellent clarity; large, creamy tan head.

Aroma: light toasted grains; a bit metallic; a touch of earthy hops.

Flavor: richer and better than the aroma. Lacks complexity but provides a nice blend of malts with a proper touch of hops.

Feel: light bodied but not watery; medium carbonation that seems just right

O: good to have a nice fresh version of the German standard, although served too cold.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ST: 11.2oz poured into a flute.

A: Rusty red and very clear, the malt is obvious. A small head, white, though a darker white.

S: Delicious malty bread with the hint of hops.

T: Bready malty goodness, sweet, with a hint of herbal flowers on the finish to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium and round.

O: Enjoyable malty beer with enough character to not be one note. Great with bratwurst and liverwurst.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beer bottle brown with a solid German head. The cap is white fluffy and sticks to the glass, as for the brew it's clear and bubbly. Not a bad start to a usually disappointing brand in my opinion.

Nose is slight for the style even though the malts are definitely present. Roasted grains are all but invisible as are slight hints of chocolate. The biggest red flag rather then the lack of nose is a hint of metallic bitterness.

Taste is like the nose but with a touch more sweet richness. The metallic taste lasts but is clouded by strong influences of the roasted grain and the ever so slight chocolate and coffee twinge. More of the bitterness from those flavors exist then the actual flavors.

Smooth and silky flavor with light carbonation. Not a bad beer but there are far better dunkels out there. This one reminds me of a strong tea that's been steeped to long. I find it to be too much on the bitter and acrid side of things.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, dark brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready. Lots of freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel, followed by some sweetness like dark molasses or brown sugar. I get some black pepper, and faint notes of clove.

Taste: Very much like the beer’s aroma, very malty up front, followed by some pleasant sweetness. There is hardly no hops bitterness to this beer, rather it’s a massive malt bomb!

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly chewy. Some slight carbonation too, but not much. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great German dunkel, and, really, can you expect any less from a Munich beer? Nice and malty and extremely drinkable. I love it!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Code on here of L021M... is this a Best before 12/21/13?

Appearance - Pours a clear ruby brown with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a near flat the surface, and a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing present.

Smell - Moderate toffee aroma. Touches on bread and spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Toffee sweetness upfront and throughout, backed by bready malt notes and traces of diacetyl. Faint earthy and spicy hop bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A solid, but unspectacular dunkel. Certainly drinkable, even somewhat enjoyable, but it's nothing I couldn't live without.

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.