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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: 148 | 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 StoneTSR
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep, ruby red, almost brown, but enough light sneaks through around the edges to keep it looking red. The head foams up quickly, but settles at just the right time to form a nice crown over the brim of my 12 oz. snifter. About half of it falls within two minutes, but the remainder stays strong for quite some time.

SMELL: Burnt toast dominates while a little touch of malt dances around in the background.

TASTE: Burnt caramel dominates the flavor of this beer and this attribute alone is able to balance the beer. It provides both a sweet and, for lack of a better term, savory sensation. A touch of citrus and maybe even a little grassy hop character is present right up front as well, but the malt is running the show here and closes out each sip very strong.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to full-bodied, probably closer to full, but not becoming overwhelming at any point. Despite the big body, it settles in in a lighter manner than some others with this type of malt bill and character.

OVERALL: This is one of the toastier, roastier Dunkels I have had and it is quite pleasant, particularly on this cool, late summer evening in Colorado. I know Oktoberfest is coming, but this would make a killer fall porch beer. (1,227 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

while pouring a pretty tall head was produced, say three fingers maybe, and lingered on for quite awhile before it faded. The body was ruby amber brown and had brilliant clarity.
A well carb'd brew, this beer looks read to drink.
Aroma was all malts with plenty of toffee sweetness. I think Ican smell sutle hints of dark fruit also.
Taste is like the nose, sweet toffee malts and faint hops almost at the finish. The hops don't provide much flavor but lend a good semi bitter finish.
Drinks smooth and easy on the palate but also lean and washed out. Not a lot just enough to notice.
This way to easy drinking beer is quite good and refreshing. (645 characters)

Photo of jas87
4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really good dark beer. It has a lot of flavor and a dark rich color. It's a pretty heavy beer so it is something I tend to drink on occasion, just for its great flavor. It's presentation is fairly nice when poured into a serving glass. This is honestly one of my favorite beers and I believe it exemplifies what a dark beer should look and taste like. (353 characters)

Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maple brown with an orangish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with thick off-white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Earthy, sweet and lightly toasted malt and dark brown aromas, with toffee toward the end. Medium bodied with smooth, but aggressive carbonation through the middle leaving the body a bit thin toward the end. Dark bread and toasted malt flavors up front. Light floral hop bitterness through the middle followed by toffee notes and bready, toasted flavors toward the end. Finishes clean and crisp with floral hop and bready malt notes. A great malty German beer that’s very easy to drink. (648 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Notes transferred from the archives, I had this one last summer up in cabin at Frankenmuth. It pours with a nice, burgundy and brown color, exhibiting decent clarity throughout. The head was nice and light-tan, foamy, and shows decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Lightly toasted caramel, toffee, musty hops, and a slight metallic twinge are the main components of the aroma. I wanna say there's some faint cocoa notes somewhere, but they're only mildly noticeable at best. Yeast is heavy, especially at the end of the profile, giving way to that characteristic fresh and crisp yeasty lager aroma. Fresh and refreshing.

The taste follows along pretty nicely, a touch watered down, but still packed with decent flavor. Nice, lightly roasted malts, caramel and toffee, a powerful nuttiness and a mild touch of musty and dry tasting hops. No doubt that the malts are king here, though the beer drinks easily and never errs on the side of being too sweet.

One of the best thing about lagers is the beautiful yeast and the crisp, clean taste it provides. That sentiment rings true in this brew as well, with a finish that leans heavily towards that wonderful lager yeast. Crispy, clean, faintly sulfuric, and lightly bready. Light bodied with a clean, snappy mouth feel and a relatively dry finish.

Highly drinkable brew, right here. Drinking this one during our summer camping trip at Frankenmuth was perfect; it went nicely with the hot dogs and hamburgers that day, and this is something I would gladly have again. (1,539 characters)

Photo of Hofbrauman
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can enough of this beer. My all time favorite. Hands down one of the best in my opinion. My brother went on holiday to Germany and mention about this great beer he had. Turns out las Vegas has a Hofbrauhaus. I had a stein and I fell in love with it ever since. (262 characters)

Photo of vandemonian
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Dunkel is a delicious bready dunkel. This would be a great winter session beer.

A: Brown colour and a 5 mm head that fades pretty fast. 4

S: Slight aroma of dark malt. Biscuit. Kinda yummy. 4

T: Malty with a strong bready base. Delicious. 4.5

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 4 (286 characters)

Photo of VoodooBear
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 11.2 oz. green bottle, served in a steidel.

Appearance: Develops a one finger head that goes down into a thin ring. It's dark caramel colored.

Smell: The aroma es mostly of sweet malt, nothing else.

Taste: The malt sweetness is very dominant and present but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit watery and smooth. It has medium carbonation and it's easy to drink because of the sweetness.

Overall: Complex enough so as to not be boring, but easy enough to drink so as to not discourage drinkers not accustomed to this type of beer. It manages to be very sweet but balanced, not overwhelming. A very well made brew. (636 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Code on here of L021M... is this a Best before 12/21/13?

Appearance - Pours a clear ruby brown with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a near flat the surface, and a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing present.

Smell - Moderate toffee aroma. Touches on bread and spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Toffee sweetness upfront and throughout, backed by bready malt notes and traces of diacetyl. Faint earthy and spicy hop bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A solid, but unspectacular dunkel. Certainly drinkable, even somewhat enjoyable, but it's nothing I couldn't live without. (725 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 330ml bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a clear dark amber with a bit of cream colored head that lingers and leaves lacing. Aroma was very nondescript, with some malt sweetness that may have been chocolate or I could have made it up. The taste is about the same, a little more depth but not much beyond generic malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very nice, a little hint of carbonation and very smooth. All in all, not bad, but not overly impressive. (457 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with red highlights and a thick, frothy half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is nutty and toasty, with earthy hop character and hints of roast malt fruitiness.

Flavor reveals deeply toasted breadcrust, slightly burnt, at the base. Nutty, deeply caramelized malt mingles with whispers of dark cherry. The finish is slightly dry and earthy.

Body is slightly watery and fairly slick, with fairly low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Good malt caramelization, but the mouthfeel left something to be desired. (580 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ST: 11.2oz poured into a flute.

A: Rusty red and very clear, the malt is obvious. A small head, white, though a darker white.

S: Delicious malty bread with the hint of hops.

T: Bready malty goodness, sweet, with a hint of herbal flowers on the finish to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium and round.

O: Enjoyable malty beer with enough character to not be one note. Great with bratwurst and liverwurst. (408 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)

Photo of T100Mark
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Amber color. Surprisingly clarity. Except for the head, it could almost pass as bourbon. Speaking of the head, course brown bubbles that vanish quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell - Tea leaves.

Taste - Malt. Tea. Very smooth. A little dry on the backend. Very drinkable but a little lacking in character.

Mouth - The beer has a syrupy feel to it. It looks flat but you can feel the carbonation as you drink it.

Overall - This beer is pleasant/unassuming. Yes; I am damning this lager with faint praise. I was hoping for a little more. (624 characters)

Photo of wowbagger
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice dark amber color. Middle of the road head with middle of the road retention.

Smells a little peppery. Nothing exciting, just normal beery smell mostly, maybe a little staleness.

First taste gives a bit of that spice but not much more. Doesn't taste 'dark' really, maybe a more flavorful light beer.

Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit thin but it rolls around the tongue nicely. A good full swallow reveals some good balanced hop and a residual sweetness. It feels very light, but not overly simple or watery at all. A good mix of just a few things which works very well.

I feel like this is a good beer to have on hand for company or maybe with a meal. It's straightforward and gives the sense of a brewer who has worked hard to perfect a simple recipe. I would recommend. (779 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 LeeryLeprechaun
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a brilliant dark red color with a small whiteish head. The head lasts but is not very strong.

The aroma of the beer is roasted with some fruitiness from the yeast. No hops can be detected. Very lager like in quality with the clean nose and somewhat subtle fruit aroma.

The beer tastes clean, very well balanced. Somewhat of a malty finish with a hint of roast and caramel. Very simple.

Mouthfeel is medium and nothing special.

Overall the beer is okay. It i very drinkable and it is free of an technical flaws. It is also not the best example of a dunkel that I have had. (586 characters)

Photo of allenson21
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I prefer this to the Hofbrau original (probably due to my propensity to prefer dark beers).

-12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Pours an attractive middle-brown with a slight amber/deep red hue. Very little head (1/8th inch) which disperses rather quickly from the center-outward.

S - Rich malts with hints of caramel and the slightest hint of booze.

T - True to its appearance and aroma: rich malt and caramel. Very little booze, but it's there. I detected nodes of brown sugar and maple syrup.

M - Carbonated well. Still drinks very easy. Provokes the palate.

O - Well above-average beer. Not exceptional. Taste, combined with carbonation, makes it a refreshing beer that both appeals to AND satisfies the taste buds. (720 characters)

Photo of bushbeer75
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Hofbrau Dunkle Lager poured clear dark amber producing an ample light tan head that had average retention. The nose was of roasted malts and light hops. The flavor was stronger than the nose; was dominated by roasted, caramel malts, toasted bread, a little toffee and light balancing hops. Mouth feel is lighter medium, crisp and a little dry finish.

Overall, Hofbrau Dunkle Lager is easy drinking and a good representation of the Dunkle Lager style. (468 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (L 135 L 09:07) poured into a 200mL Rastel Pokal Bitburger glass.

Appearance: Clear dark copper color. Off-white head which died back fairly quickly to just be a ring at the edge of the glass. Some lacing that kept sliding down the glass over time.

Smell: Tiny bit of metallic, tiny bit of skunk, otherwise mostly caramelized malt and some German noble hops.

Taste: Malty, but nicely balanced with noble hop spiciness/bitterness at the end. Simple but tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation approaching fizzy. Some spiciness on the tongue.

Overall / Drinkability: Other than being a bit too carbonated, I could easily see myself having a full liter of this over a good meal. A very simple and tasty beer that is quite drinkable and impressive in its simple flavor and aroma profile. I think I like this far better than the original Hofbrau. (859 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Gasthaus. Arrived in the half liter stein. Served chilled...

A) A pleasing brown brew with over a finger of creamy light tan head. Nice retention, as this slowly settled to a dusting. Decent lacing as well...

S) A light, but enjoyable aroma that was of toasted bread, caramel sweetness, plus a little earthy hops.

T) Darker malt, bready, toasted grains, caramel and a hint of butter. There is a woody/earthy quality to this brew, with just enough hops flavor. Finishes clean, with an earthy/toasty aftertaste.

M) Medium body with lighter carbonation. This beer drinks really easy, as it is quite smooth. A very pleasurable mouthfeel.

O) Haven't had a dunkel in awhile. This was a good one. I'd definitely revisit this brew. Glad to recommend...

I paired this with the pork shank plate, which was also quite tasty... (843 characters)

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

On-tap served in a Hofbrau weizen glass at Bottoms Up, Bangkok.

A:
It comes with a clear body and a ruby brown hue. The off-white creamy head crowns thickly with good retention before subsiding into some foamy sheet covering atop and leaving some patchy lace behind.

S:
Caramel, dark bready malt, roasted bread, hint of creamy chocolate and slight fruitiness undertone.

T:
Sturdy bitterness from roasted malt and a bit from hop is balanced by sweet bready malt and subtle fruity sourness yet with a hint of alcohol ester.

M:
Smooth mouthfeel is yielded by its medium-bodied and lively wave of moderate carbonation.

O:
Without doubt, this is overall pretty good dark German lager also without any offensiveness in drinkability. (731 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep amber-ruby color with a big off white head. The head has a light level of retention, eventually fading to give a light of lacing.

Smell – The smell is light, but consists of some light notes of a bready, caramel, and dark fruit nature.

Taste – The taste starts with flavors of a lighter breadiness mixed with some sweeter malt. As the taste advances some fruit flavors come to the tongue. The fruit flavors are largely dark fruit in nature with cherry and some plum. In the end some roasted bready flavors then come to the tongue and round out some of the sweeter flavors rather nicely (but still rather sweet in the end).

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter to average side with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are rather nice for the brew and suit both the fruit, as well as bready flavors nicely.

Overall – Easy drinking and good. A nice brew. (955 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – A one-finger head of loose, fluffy off-white foam quickly dissipates, leaving the surface covered in thin lace. A thin ring of foam circles the edge of the glass just above this. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant deep red-orange amber color and clear.

S – Light toffee and butterscotch/caramel backed by subtle esters of ripe strawberry and pear. Lightly toasted malts suggest a biscuit, and move to the front as the glass warms, along with a hint of spice and soft floral hops. Nose is soft and requires coaxing.

T – Very true to the nose. Nicely toasted malts lead the way for rich, chewy caramels with just a hint of red cinnamon on the edges of the tongue. Very well-balanced and not at all sweet. Simply, but tasty.

M – A touch fizzy initially, the beer is smooth across the tongue. Body is somewhat thin, but the structure shows firmness and nice integration of ingredients. Almost no finish to speak of, it ends and is gone on the swallow.

O – A good example of a traditional Bavarian dunkel. Light, but flavorful malts that aren't at all sweet makes this a beer worth having several steins of across an evening, especially if matched with pork and sauerkraut. Tasty and enjoyable. While there's nothing about it that makes it distinctive, it's a solid, comfortable beer. (1,369 characters)

Photo of Strix
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear very dark brown, decent initial head that gradually fades to nothing..

Caramel and bready smell.

Bready and caramel malts, fig, and a bit of hop spice.

Light carbonation, smooth mouthfeel.

This was solid, but didn't really stand out for me. (259 characters)

Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
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