Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München
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2.91/5 rDev -22.6%
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.
07-21-2014 23:52:18 | More by KFBR392
3.54/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-02-2014 06:43:39 | More by LambicPentameter
Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.