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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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656 Ratings
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Ratings: 656
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003)
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Photo of BeerBelcher


1.63/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this from a bottle (no date code of course) and thought it quite marginal. It was quite vegetal in aroma and flavor, with abundant cereal-ness that reminded me a great deal of Play-D. I poured most of it out.

Color was a surprising bronze-color, that was unlike any other beer I can recall. Aroma and flavor were unpleasant, vegetal and grainy. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I do not recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 19:15:21 | More by BeerBelcher
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2.33/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, dark amber with 3/4 inch head and lasting lace. The aroma is a bit skunked with some caramel, and sweet roasted malt. The flavor is of caramel, root beer barrel candy, grass and a hop tang in the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium, a bit sticky. Hofbrau Dunkel is an average beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:16:30 | More by B967ierhunter177


2.43/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Brown color, crystal clear appearance. Tan froth creates a lively & brief crown. Toasted, slight woody, herbal aromas, hints of diacetyl. Sweet toasted & syrupy flavors. Light to medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation resolves in a watery texture. Candy flavor, hues of sweet almonds & nutmeg liquor touch are displayed in the middle. Sweet finish. Unbalanced & cloying!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 22:24:15 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured in my glass, it showed promise in the color. A nice dark amber with average off with foam.

But the smell of this ale was not promising. The armoa was something I couldn't put my finger on.

With the first sip, I could taste the roasted malts, but that was it. After the first sip, it was really nothing special. In fact, it sort of boring. Not impressed with this dunkel ale. I'm really disappointed, I expected much more!

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 23:14:42 | More by BeerManDan
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2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dr. Pepper colored with a flimsy tan head that disappears quickly. This beer is pretty much see-through, with a caramelized sugar hue and very little lace.

S - Caramel malt with some soy sauce, malt vinegar, and deep fried notes. This reminds me of the way that Long John Silver's smells from the parking lot. There are some Asian vegetable notes like cabbage and bok choy. It doesn't really smell good in the traditional sense, but it's got me interested.

T - Lightly toasted malts with those oddball Asian vegetable flavors. Pickled cabbage and soy sauce. Maybe my bottle is bad, but these flavors aren't all together nasty...they are just odd.

M - Light bodied and slightly oily. This has a very clean finish with almost no aftertaste.

D - I really don't like this beer much, but for some reason that would not stop be from drinking a bunch of this. Sessionable if not delectable. It's clean and unoffensive and I think that's the point with this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 18:09:38 | More by pmcadamis
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2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with hints of red , cherry coloration and a thick off white one finger head lace like spiderweb...

An aroma of heavy wet grain fills the nose, malts and a hint of pumpernickel

Tatses sweet, with wheat and whole grain bread, a wash of malts and a touch of hop bitterness in the background. Quite simple

Light bodied, and almost watery, small carbonation

A straightforward beer, nothing exemplary, I enjoyed the hefe a touch more. I wouldn't recommend this over other dunkels though.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 03:28:22 | More by JoeAmerican77
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2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer; It looked absolutely beautiful behind green glass- then it pours to a nice and smooth brown.

Unfortunately the great things end here; there is a watery start, a lousy mouthfeel, the lack of any appreciable body, depth or complexity of flavor. The beer is bitter but not in a very good way, in a bland, awful sort of way.

This is a beer for avoiding.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 15:29:51 | More by andjusticeforale
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2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat brownish color that is semi-transparent. Had a small head despite vigorous pour.

Smell: Had a bit of a funky malt aroma to it that wasn't exactly inviting.

Taste: Somewhat bitter all the way through. No trace of the funk that was in the smell. Not bad, but I felt it could be a little smoother.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. A little carbonation adds some "pop" to it, but not much.

Drinkability: Not bad. Definitely worth having again if the mood strikes me just right.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 19:37:32 | More by civilizedpsycho
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Quebec (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light clear burgundy color lager with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light toffee notes. Taste is drier then expected with some caramel and light molasses notes. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Not bad but really not a style that I dig.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 02:33:28 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Gueuzedude


2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a reddish brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red color that has touches of copper to it when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and malt focused with a mix of toasty malt and caramelized notes. Sweet toffee, a soft note of butterscotch, aromas of toasted crackers, sweet bread crust and sweet raisins aromas can be picked out. The aroma is pretty sweet and seems to be missing a certain richness that should be here, but it is certainly far from objectionable.

Not as sweet as the aroma might have suggested, though there is certainly a thin malt sweetness to this beer. Toasted bread crust flavors as well as whole grain cracker notes play a fairly prominent role here. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, and the beer finishes fairly thin over all. The malt has a weird, almost chemical like note to it some how and there is perhaps a hint of vegetal DMS. The finish of this beer is just somehow objectionable and I can't quite put my finger on it.

This beer could be so much better, it was given to me for free, so I can't really complain, but I certainly won't be drinking this on purpose again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 03:14:29 | More by Gueuzedude
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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Light brown with amber edges. Two fingers of light tan head and some good lacing.

S- Sweet malts, caramel, and toffee.

T- The taste mirrors the smell. Sweet malty taste dominants with caramel and toffee also present. There is another taste present in the finish that I couldn't discern, and I didn't like it.

M- Nice and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. Light body, maybe a bit to light.

I have to give this one a lower drinkability due to the funny taste it had at the end.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 01:47:09 | More by william5586
Photo of moulefrite


3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simply an average beer. Chestnut brown in color-minimal lace/head. Rather lean in the mouth with a simple malt component-no real complexity here. Perhaps I got a tired bottle. I'll retry this one. It did however work with a hot pretzel and cheese sauce for breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 20:51:22 | More by moulefrite
Photo of stephendr


3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of clear dark brown , with a medium head – nose of salt , malts , soy sauce , barnyard , and cocoa – taste of malts , baking chocolate , and mild hopps - body medium , medium carbonation , and acidic – aftertaste of sour , and acidic long lasting

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 06:15:01 | More by stephendr
Photo of MyGoodness

New York

3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one during a nice session with a few pals. This was the weirdest of the bunch. For some reason, I had high hopes for this brew. What I ended up with reminded me of a generic Cola soda that had gone flat. The smell, mouthfeel, and appearance were very similar to (but not as sweet as) cola. It was so strange. It was easily drinkable, but not really appetitizing. The taste was... blah. It went down smooth but I was unable to finish a whole bottle because it was so bland for a beer. Makes me sad, to be honest. It wasn't bad, persay... just really not worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 05:52:30 | More by MyGoodness
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3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:34:58 | More by jbphoto88
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3.1/5  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).

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 04:43:45 | More by Dantheman4162
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, green glass...

what the hell? i thought green glass was basically against the law in Germany except for Becks and Spaten because the beers are only a step up from garbage. Im sure this beer had promise at one point, but the glass ruined the entire experience, and honestly its flavor as well. I have no idea how long this has been sitting in a warehouse under lights, heat, cold, etc. It poured a murky brown color with a decent tan head. Roasted malty nose with some nutty tones. It tastes like it could have been good at one point. Toasted barley, mellow aged hop undertones and an easy drinking body. This thing was just off. Put this in brown bottles. Beer inside green bottles doesn't have to be old to taste bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 02:04:36 | More by ATPete
Photo of hotstuff


3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When this brew was poured into my glass, it poured a medium sized head with fine bubbles that quickly diminished. It had a sweet taste to it in my opinion. The hue of this brew was almost a dark brown color. I was unfortunately not very impressed with this particular brew as it seemed to lack some character.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 10:56:32 | More by hotstuff
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North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a powerful head that sticks some lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: In a green bottle, so what would you expect - skunky

Taste: Brown bread, toasted marshmallow and chocolate powder, up front, with a slight grassy hop presence arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the brown bread malty flavors re-emerge and persist through the finish; a bit of skunky flavor, unfortunately, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This used to come in a brown bottle so who knows what brilliant marketing strategy convinced them to shift to green, but the skunkiness ruined what otherwise would be a nice beer

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 04:45:21 | More by brentk56
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3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice dark amber color. Middle of the road head with middle of the road retention.

Smells a little peppery. Nothing exciting, just normal beery smell mostly, maybe a little staleness.

First taste gives a bit of that spice but not much more. Doesn't taste 'dark' really, maybe a more flavorful light beer.

Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit thin but it rolls around the tongue nicely. A good full swallow reveals some good balanced hop and a residual sweetness. It feels very light, but not overly simple or watery at all. A good mix of just a few things which works very well.

I feel like this is a good beer to have on hand for company or maybe with a meal. It's straightforward and gives the sense of a brewer who has worked hard to perfect a simple recipe. I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 23:47:51 | More by wowbagger
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3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Hofbrau in Vegas, 11/4/06.

A decent looking beer. Clear, dark brown with some orange tint. Minimal head, what I could see was light tan.

Aroma was all about the malt. Also picked up some caramel and dark fruits. No hops to be found. Spicy, though.

Taste was similar to aroma, flavor was more like molasses (a bit) and raisins, in particular. I did pick up some hops, just as a bit of balance.

Medium + in body, with light carbonation. Finish was quite sweet.

Overall, an OK beer, but not something I would seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 16:48:15 | More by
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3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Clear medium-dark amber with a small yellow-white head of small and medium bubbles, relatively quickly dissipating with light lacing left behind.

S = Light chocolate notes with a plastic yeast bite that is somewhat sour following.

T = Nice chocolate notes, with light caramel toffee, turns lightly bitter at mid-palate then blends nicely into a relatively long finish.

M = Unpleasantly high stinging carbonation on tongue, medium-light body, decent mouthcoating.

D = Can really only give this one average drinkability, I wouldn't turn it down necessarily, but it's just not that special.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 01:08:30 | More by Traquairlover
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3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrauhaus Munchen--Munich, Germany--Hofbrau Dunkel. 5.50% ABV. 10 IBU's? Off white mild lace head. Clear thin brown color with a hint of amber. Light roasted soft hop front. Mellow sweet smooth dunkel minimal chocolate light roasted lager body. Clean mild hop end. Nice version of bland style. (3.5 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taste @ Fremont Oktoberfest in Seattle on 9/25/2010.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 01:06:38 | More by philbertk
Photo of TheDM


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured a medium head of fine to medium sized off white bubbles that left a good lacing. It had a nice malty aroma and a dark brown transparent body with a smooth initial flavor and a slight bite while finishing with a nice roasted malty flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 13:09:35 | More by TheDM
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer from the tap in a full stein at the Hofbraushaus bier garden in Munich, Germany.

This is dark brown beer with a full tan head. Great smell of hops.

It tasts hoppy, heavy and has a great texture in my mouth. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 20:31:34 | More by jrallen34
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