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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
85
very good

319 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 319
Hads: 1,079
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 22.4%
Wants: 29
Gots: 179 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany | website

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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Reviews: 319 | Hads: 1,079
Photo of TheRock7755
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite Dunkel's. Best on tap or freshly brewed at one of their brew houses (Rosemont, IL). I am happy you can get it in most major cities now.

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Photo of EMV
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, served in a 1L stein.

L: Pours a deep clear mahogany color with thick off-white head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Malts and light hops. Slight molasses and brown sugar notes.

T/F: Clean and clear. Malts up front with mild sweetness and molasses. Hop bitterness at the finish. Moderate carbonation.

O: A very easy to drink Dunkel and a solid representation of the style. Great to experience first hand in Munich.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is average out of a bottle, good on draft and excellent in Munich. If you can drink it in the states on draft, get it and enjoy. If you can get to Munich for a litre, even better!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of DisneyDreamer29
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark in color. Smells and tastes like bread (from oats?) It tastes like sweet bread. Good medium body. Easy to drink, smooth and balanced. I thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of malt
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular frothy ring and layer
Lacing sketchy – some partial rings with stalactites, tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium brown, clear
Flavor lightly sweet and malty, hops kick in at the end for some light bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of KF_MSU
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan with reddish/golden hues. Smells of roasted spices, not too strong. Overall, the beer is smooth with a light flavor. I tasted some toffee hints and roasted nuts. I would prefer it paired with food.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a light brown. The aroma you get is a little bit of a spice smell and is weak. Tasting this beer it is kind of strong and overpowering with a tanginess to it.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
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)

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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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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.