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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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310 Reviews
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Reviews: 310
Hads: 1,045
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 22.4%
Wants: 27
Gots: 173 | FT: 1
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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 CtyLineBeerBlog
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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

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Photo of wilipbe
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

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Photo of Markwas
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
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.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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;

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

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Photo of ppvora
2.25/5  rDev -40%

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.

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Photo of mhuber
4.5/5  rDev +20%

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!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fiery copper orange. This beer is aglow with light and with radiance. A fat tan head of foam fell well and left a ring and some spots of lace to look at. Inside the glass it is as serene as a perfect pane of colored glass. The nose is breaddy. Dark crusty bread that is lightly toasted. There is a baked grain sweetness on this plus a sweetness from caramel. No fruity esters, no hops, wonderfully clean. Taste is tantalizing and smooth. All that malt but no heaviness. The body is thin and the lighter side of medium,. The malt is crisp. A brief hint of chocolate comes out as it warms but remains largely and delightfully unfullfilled. It envelops the palate just as it's light sweetness comes up to rescue you. The finish on this one is malty, breaddy and dry with a light touch of bitterness from subtle hops. Perfect.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: dark amber red color. Half a finger of creamy off white head on the pour which settled in to a thin layer across the top while drinking. Active carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Overly sweet toffee jumps out right away. There are some slightly skunky, funky tones going on here as well. Dark fruits and oak show up on the body. Sweetness runs throughout and dominates, to a fault.

Taste: Toffee and caramel hit first. The body is mossy, earthy with accents of oak and some dark fruits. These flavors all come together, but slowly fade into a slightly dry finish with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really note worthy at all here. Carbonation doesn't play a part and no notable lingering textures keep you interested.

Overall: Very disappointed by this. Loved the other Hofbrau offerings I've had, this just has none of the characteristics I look for in a dunkel. I'll stick with the Original and Hefe.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Bier Station in Kansas City after learning the hard way that when there is a dunkel and a dunkelWEIZEN on tap, you cannot simply say "I'll have the dunkel" if you want the weizen. Not a problem because I'm always game to try a new beer. Poured into a small Belgian style tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a deep sienna with reddish auburn tints where the light passes through a liquid that is mostly clear. The only thing preventing me from seeing through it is the darker hue. Atop the body rests a two finger ecru head with a similar auburn twinge to it that looks a bit thin and begins to dissipate pretty quickly. Faint watery looking rings adorn the sides of the glass with streaky lace intermittently space throughout. Across the surface liquid are streaks of wispy film.

Smell - Nice grain dominant aroma, with notes of dark grain bread and toasted crust and faint sweetness, along with some pleasant nuttiness and generic toasted malts.

Taste - A bit more interesting than the aroma, as the nuttiness is a little more forward here, providing some depth and complimenting the otherwise slightly boring grain profiles. There is a faint sweetness again like the aroma hinted at, but not enough to really kick this one into gear. Still, a nice unassuming dunkel with a slighly richer flavor twist from the heat-treated malts.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate carbonation, with a semi-dry finish on the tongue.

Overall, a pretty simple beer. There are other dunkels I would probably reach for first, but this one is nice for the price. Definitely a style that I need a bit more familiarity with.

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Photo of bark
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep brown-red (60 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger beige head is airy, it sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is smooth with some minerals and quite a lot of roasted (but not burned) malts. Chocolate, caramel and some wheat crackers.

The taste is smooth with a fine floral bitterness in the background. It is quite dry with lots of caramel-chocolate. Medium body. The aftertaste is smoothly roasted with complex malt flavours. The finish is fresh with light bitterness and smooth chocolate.

The carbonation is medium strong with lots of mid-sized long-lived bubbles.

A solid Dunkel.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We open a pair of bottles, pouring into our Bell’s Weizen glasses. It shows a deep amber, ruby coloring. This supports a solid three finger head of snowy, cakey golden-hued foam. Retention is excellent. Carbonation is minimal. The nose gives chalky and dry maltiness of wheat, roasty caramels, crystals, and ruddy pales, with support from corn and mineral, vanilla extract, rosehip, aluminum, mineral water, and gingerbread sugars. The taste gives cherry sugars, twine, plastic and chemical phenols, banana esters, black pepper and clovey spice, sweet red apple juiciness, freshly harvested grassy hoppiness, sweaty saltiness, toasty wheatiness and caramel malts, soy sauce, crystalized cane sugar, and dusty muskiness. The body is on the lighter side, with decent carbonation. The mouth is left neither coated nor dried, but rather somewhere in a neutral middle of the two. It shows nice slurp and creaminess to it. The abv is appropriate, and the beer glugs back easily.

Overall, this is a new style for us, and we’ve been very excited for this foray. For whatever reason, of all the styles we’re currently missing on BA, this was towards the top of our list. As lovers of Münich style lagers, this one certainly does the region and the country justice. The beer remains light enough in feel, much in the same way the helles lagers do, to keep the beer from becoming overpowering or overbearing. The flavoring is robust, but packaged in such a simply and decidedly light fashion. It works very well.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - body was a dark amber, thin cream colored head
N - malty, chocolatey, you can sense some grain and bread tones also
M - lighter than expected given the appearance but still full feeling
T - great, follows the nose, malty and chocolatey
O - great traditional German brew. Wonderful from the tap at the hofbräus house but great from the bottle as well. Refreshing wether on the beach or inside on a winters night

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Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom pint glass, color is dark amber, head is light tan, presents very thin with a denser ring on the glass, very fine carbonation and head bubbles.

Smell is bread, biscuit, toast, light caramel, trending towards a sweeter molasses, very pleasant and lightly sweet.

Taste is a bit thinner than the aroma would lead to believe, crisp malts, lighter german style malt flavors, maybe some vienna; sweeter malts are biscuity, bready, some caramel. Hops are grassy if anything, but there is some noted bitterness on the finish

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp, which for a german dunkel is expected, but the carbonation is not overdone, malt flavors provide lasting flavor impressions.

Overall, this a great, easy drinking dunkel, maybe a touch more flavor could boost its presence.

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2.42/5  rDev -35.5%
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!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams stein. The pour is very dark amber, clear, and sports a nice bloom that lasts a good while. The nose is rich and malty, but I do detect a sulfery skunkiness as well. With everything we know about beer preservation, why do brewers still use green glass?

Medium body with a clean malt flavor. The beer has some nice bready malt up front, a hint of hazelnut, and then a slightly lemony hoppy note at the finish. Very refreshing and simple to drink.

A pretty average dark lager. I'm not sure how old my bottle was, but I doubt I will seek out another one. I have too much exporing to do in this style to revisit this one.

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Photo of RandomExile
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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

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Photo of coldy
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a classic German dunkel. Taste is wonderful when had fresh at the Hofbrauhaus. Th beer is an attractive dark amber that drinks much lighter than you would think based on appearance. Very good, every day, 4 season beer. Good in a bottle, but really good in a stein from a keg

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.