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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

Hofbräu DunkelHofbräu Dunkel

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

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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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3.65/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 01:13:15 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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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
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3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2006 20:19:02 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 17:03:51 | More by metter98
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3.58/5  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...

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 03:33:50 | More by TMoney2591
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:09:50 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:04:22 | More by russpowell
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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 23:20:26 | More by Mora2000
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 02:30:35 | More by zeff80
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3.63/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 00:23:48 | More by jlindros
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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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United Kingdom (England)

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 14:49:15 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of WVbeergeek


4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 17:37:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2004 00:22:45 | More by Gavage
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4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:44:05 | More by Halcyondays
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3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2012 23:59:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a mug at Radegast in Williamsburg. I thought it was a bit too sweet and didn't really like the mild black licorice character, but it was otherwise a clean, drinkable lager. I was hoping for toasty malts and got more mellow caramel. This is one of the simpler dunkels I've had, but certainly not a bad beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 00:37:34 | More by tempest
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 21:33:16 | More by mdfb79
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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 22:43:20 | More by Rifugium
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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Damn these dark beers in green bottles...does that bother anyone else here? 12 ounce bottle poured into a stange, on to the beer:

Brownish hazelnut amber color, the head forms thick in my glas...decent head retention and little lacing. Brief skunk in the aroma, but it's more grassy with some cardboard and raisin hitting the nostrils. The taste is better than the smell. It's very sweet, even for a dunkel. Chocolate covered raisins are dominant, some grapes, and notes of herbs and wood shavings. The liquid is on the mark for the style, but the carbonation is bit much.

This is a pretty good dunkel by this classic Munich brewery. I used this to wash down some cheese, sausage, and smoked pork chops.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:49:54 | More by DoubleJ
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Mr. Beery's, Bethpage, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a slight white foamy cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt and a slight spicy hop.

The taste consisted of a light caramel, a balacing hop and a slight nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent dunkel. A bit more malt would help.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 18:03:28 | More by plaid75
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4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Hofbrau House, Pittsburgh.

Appears like a brown/ruby brew in a mug. Nice foam and lace show.

Smell was hard to pick up just malty goodness, I was outside.

The taste was of sweet malt, a tingle of bitterness on the end. Dark malt hard to describe with a caramel note here and there. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was on the lighter side of full bodied.

Drinkability is off the charts. This beer went down way too easily, but when in Germany, drink like a German.

Very glad I got to try it at the HB house, this is a very solid dunkel.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 12:22:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, coppery brown with a thin cap of beige bubbles. A thick collar left streaky lace on the glass. Malty aroma, bread and dough, brown sugar and nuts, faint hops. Mild bitterness and hop flavour, mostly malt up front, bready with a light nuttiness. Bitterness was more prominent in the finish, as was a bit of herbal hops. A little more than light bodied, a bit dry, moderate carbonation, decent texture. Not bad at all - I enjoyed it. Certainly balanced towards malt, but with a nice hop presence and flavour profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:58:08 | More by DrJay
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District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 00:30:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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