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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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85
very good

298 Reviews
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Reviews: 298
Hads: 993
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 26
Gots: 147 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is slightly sour with some dark malt, bread, and caramel flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes. (458 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but has good retention properties; a moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of toasted malts and caramel in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted bready malts and notes of caramel. The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness while the finish has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. (585 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this one at the hofbrau house in las vegas. pours a thin dark brown color with a 4 inch foamy white head into a solid liter glass. the appearance in this presentation makes the beer for me. the beer itself however, is lackluster. smells like german malts sure, maybe a touch of brown sugar and yeast as well, but nothing particular arousing here. flavor is a standard dunkel, smooth and drinkable for a darker beer. plenty of roast on the malt profile, and a bready/doughy finish makes this one feel like breakfast for me. feel is fine, mellow bubbles and a medium body. i could hammer these, and i think thats the point. the atmosphere of the pub and the good traditional bavarian grub made this beer seem better than it really is, but still its one ive come to appreciate. (778 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
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 (694 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quentessential German Dunkel with a touch of roast, nutty, caramel, and a touch of dark fruit but rounded into a smooth and clean yeast character and high drinkability that's greater than your average Anheuser Busch Amber Bock but not quite with the full flavor of traditional German Bockbiers.

Pouring a medium copper color with deep amber, nearly brown overtones, the beer shares brilliant clarity, steady streams of carbonation, and a froathy off-white head which retains with a medium coat of foam and even pockets of lace left behind. A very handsome looking beer.

Cracker Jack candies of caramel popcorn and peanuts set the malty tone while additional aromas of toast, grain, and malted barley all fill in the blanks. Toasty fruit scents of prunes and grapes rise as the beer warms, adding complexity and a depth of aroma to the meaty, bready nose.

Barley malt and grain flavors mix into a taste of medium toast, caramelized toffee, walnuts, and an earthy, rooty flavor that makes a transition from toast to fruitier notes of black currant, roasted plumb, and prune. The maltier flavors certainly take hold while the fruiter notes only add complexity from a far backseat.

Medium bodied and with a carbonated creaminess, the beer makes a break from the richer textures at mid palate and rushes into a lighter and more drinkable toasty medium-dry finish. Somewhat grainy and thin at times, the drinkability definately makes up for a few of the deficiencies in style.

A linger of roast, heavy toast, and bitter nut oils linger past the finish and the earthy hop flavor allows for a smooth transition into the next drink. All making this a clean and melanoidin rich Dunkel that shares a lot in common with traditional German Bockbiers. (1,744 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (329 characters)

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Clear amber-brown, a little lighter than expected for the style. White suds top the body, settling to a collar and film after a moment. Smells pretty good, raisin and toasted-caramelized malt being most prominent. There's some lightly sulfuric lager yeast character, too, and a bit of oatmeal cookie. It opens with a metallic twang on the palate that transitions into a note of bready toasted malt. It ends with an earthy breadiness and a dash of leafy hops. A good, solid dunkel; nothing spectacular, but good. (543 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with reddish hints. It had a thick, tan, foamy, three finger head that left a patchy pattern of sticky lace on the the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and roasted malt. It also had a slightly floral aroma.

T - It tasted very sweet with caramel, toffee and biscuity roasted malt.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the prettiest dunkel lagers that I've ever seen. The nice thing is that it tastes great, too. (496 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Yup, still here. It's a nice place, somewhere you can enjoy your beers and sports without all the noise and whatnot elsewhere. Anyway, this brew pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, light maple syrup, very light roasted malts, and some light walnut. The taste holds notes of very light roasted malts, very light caramel, minerals, and very light cashews. Somehow, all of these relatively mild flavors combine to something mostly tasty. I'm not gonna argue here... The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly watery feel. Overall, an enjoyable dark lager, something I could see downing a boot of here very soon... (773 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice thick frothy and bubbly head rises to 1 finger and fades at a medium pace, over super clear ruby reddish maroon brown colored beer. A slight messy lacing appears as well as it slowly disappears.

THe nose has some darker malts, crystal, Munich, and a light molasses syrupy aroma. Some light crisp lager aromas, a little dark fruit, a little caramel and toasty malts.

The taste comes a little different, with more sweet syrupy flavors, almost an extract like flavor but not quite. Some toasty malts, Munich, crystal, etc. A touch of smoke too, molasses, a touch of a mild grassy hop flavor too, and hint of bitterness, but not much. Some sweet flavors, and touch of a toffee like flavor. It finishes still somewhat sweet, but dries a bit, and some syrupy flavors linger for a bit. Some bitterness lingering as well, it comes out more on the finish as the other flavors die off.

The mouth is a medium body with lower carbonation, and some syrupy feel.

The drinkability is a little lower, as the syrupy flavors and feel stick for a while, and dark malts linger, but it does dry well for how sweet it started.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of caramel and light roasted malts. Then the breadiness of lager yeast comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to session with if you're in the mood for the style. (721 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Wegman's in a mix-a-six, enjoyed chilled in a mug.

The color is deep amber bordering on brown with great clarity and fast moving carbonation visible with a thick tan cream with tight bead that sticks as streaks of lace. The smell is very fragrant with layers of malt that bring to mind nuts, caramel, toast and subtle herbal hop odors which also have spice and light floral accents which add to the mild earthy slight coffee-like malt odor.
The feel is good with rich toasted grain texture and moderate spice with low bitterness and moderately high carbonation with a low alcohol influence on the palate.

This dunkel is very tasty and has a nice amount of munich malt type toasted grain with slight bready accent and nutty flavors which come off slightly in the biscuit range with mild fruit which is more like dried fruit or slightly sweet raisin with a nice spicy hop finish. Overall I was very happy I got this and would drink it again, I consider it a pretty decent, solid representation of the style and it is a nice drinkable dark lager. (1,068 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pixed up as part of a mixed sixer, hate the green bottle with mysterious date coding...

Pour an effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of tan head. A trace of lacing & zero head retention

S: Metallic hops & some dark fruit, that picks up once warm.

T: Nice touch of pears & figs up front with leafy & metallic hops. Fruittyness continues as this warms, along with a touch of anise & leafy hops. Finishes slightly dry with jammy notes, but a bit of metallic twang is bringing this down...

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly brisk carbonation, fair balance

Drinkable enough, a fairly good shot at the style. I remember this being better on draft back in Deutschland... (671 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Uberstein, Chicago, IL

Poured into a plastic cup (whatever, it was free). Slightly hazy, dark chestnut color with a nice white head. Grainy aroma, sweet malts. Malty taste, roasty, with some caramel notes and pumpernickel. Light-medium mouthfeel, maybe a bit watery, but not necessarily bad in that regard. Easily drinkable. (347 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -26.5%
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) (1,196 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/21/12 notes. Had this on tap at Max's in Baltimore at their German Beerfest. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two inches of off white fluffy head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, some light dark fruits, and bready malts. Super roasty and malty, but very nice.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, caramel malts, toffee, bready malts, toasted malts, plums, figs, raisins, and dark fruits. More caramel than the nose and lots of roastiness again.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good dunkel. Super roasty and some nice caramel in the taste, and easy to drink. Would have it again. (767 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 5/14/2012. Pours fairly clear dark copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, raisin, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, floral, and earthy hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toffee, toast, dark bread, light chocolate, cracker grain, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy hops. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, cracker, grass, floral, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness of dark malty flavors; with nice light floral hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly sick, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good dunkel lager. Nicely robust and balanced flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering. (1,195 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears a dark walnut hue with crimson highlights. The head stands in at a half inch, and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas include toffee and slightly sweetened malt. The flavor brings additional flavors of chocolate and lightly toasted bread, along with an authentic German lager taste. The feel is relatively thin in body, with adequate carbonation. The beer now comes in a green bottle, which I find perplexing, as it was formerly in brown bottles. Fortunately, in this instance, I did not detect any of the skunky, off flavors commonly associated with imported beers in green bottles. Overall, a decent beer. (641 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas. Crystal clear bronze color with a 1" head. The aroma was pleasant as malt and some light nuttiness were detectable. The flavor was malt, caramel, light bitterness, and some faint nutty tones.

Mouthfeel was smooth with a clean aftertaste. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. This brew was extremely drinkable as the malt levels were stronger than expected but you didn't get any sense this was filling you up. (453 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.98/5  rDev -21%
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. (1,247 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear brown with a medium white head, solid retention.

S: Nice slightly roasted smell, with fresh bread, bordering on dopplebock. Best after it warms up a bit.

T: Has some minerality upfront with a classic malt profile in this style. Tasty.

M: Light-bodied, crisp biting carbonation. Smooth, clean finish.

O: This was a nice find in the import section. Glad it wasn't skunked. Well worth a pick up at $1.59 a bottle. (449 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Half-litre in the new Berlin Hofbrau Hall: 24 Feb 2013.

Dark brown with hints of ruby red when the light caught it: on top a tanned crown of uneven foam.

Malts rule the nose and taste: bready, biscuity and semi-sweet caramel in that order. The beer however is balanced nicely by a slightly bitter undertone and a dry hop finish.

Like most dark lagers it lacked a little body, but overall it was a fine example of this style. (427 characters)

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