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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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909 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 20
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.