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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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739 Ratings
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Ratings: 739
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003)
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2011 19:47:36 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

12-08-2011 00:31:50 | More by JohneHoodlum
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-29-2011 16:26:49 | More by Burt
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours deep copper with a red hue into my snifter with two fingers of off white head, moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Grain/bread malts, caramel, molasses and mild dark fruit.

T - Less sweet than anticipated, grainy, bead malts, mild caramel, rather bitter from start to finish and at the end the malts make their presence known again.

M - Feels kind of thin and over carbonated.

O - Easy to drink, nothing too exciting though.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:20:04 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

11-27-2011 05:12:22 | More by barnzy78
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear mahogany color with a good head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt and caramel with a hint of fresh grain.

T: Has a taste of roasted malt, with caramel and nuts. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: medium body, crisp and smooth. Well balanced.

Goes down easy, nice representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 12:50:37 | More by soju6
Photo of RepMichigan


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank from a 12oz bottle

A: dark almost black

Smell: smells a little skunky, not in a bad way but how all HB smells to me, i enjoy it

Taste: taste like a dark beer, a little generic. Smoky and a little bit of malt to it. very nice taste

Mouthfeel: good carbonation, goes down smoothly

Overall: a great beer not very complex but enjoyable simple

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 21:01:40 | More by RepMichigan
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-24-2011 18:12:40 | More by jbertsch
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-24-2011 08:05:27 | More by PunkFloyd
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-23-2011 16:53:24 | More by rlf1810
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4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear brown with a medium white head, solid retention.

S: Nice slightly roasted smell, with fresh bread, bordering on dopplebock. Best after it warms up a bit.

T: Has some minerality upfront with a classic malt profile in this style. Tasty.

M: Light-bodied, crisp biting carbonation. Smooth, clean finish.

O: This was a nice find in the import section. Glad it wasn't skunked. Well worth a pick up at $1.59 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 03:44:05 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-18-2011 20:57:16 | More by waiting4lunch
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2.33/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, dark amber with 3/4 inch head and lasting lace. The aroma is a bit skunked with some caramel, and sweet roasted malt. The flavor is of caramel, root beer barrel candy, grass and a hop tang in the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium, a bit sticky. Hofbrau Dunkel is an average beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 01:16:30 | More by B967ierhunter177
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

11-16-2011 21:09:24 | More by codynevels
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-16-2011 04:36:41 | More by jrutigs
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2011 21:13:44 | More by tbeckett
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11-14-2011 19:31:06 | More by millelacsmark
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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap from BH Haus brewery in Munich.

A- Clear, deep brown, with a thick fluffy head, good retention and lots of lacing.

S- Roasted malts, some hints of toffee.

T- Roasted malts, toffee, cereal grain (like malt o meal), and mellowed to a nice balance of bitterness with very little hoppines.

M- mild bodied for a dunkel.

D- Great beer, tried one and then had to have a Mass just to make sure I liked it. Enjoyed with a pork knuckle.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2011 08:35:00 | More by skypup
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was in Bavaria last when I was 13, in 1970. I drank a few beers then but I have no idea what they were. I would like to think this was one of them. This is a beautiful beer, sitting in the glas and smelling nice too.

It tastes as good as it looks. A malty, hoppy pleasure. It makes me REALLY want to go back to gGermany and visit my grandfather's grave.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 18:45:03 | More by schoolboy
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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a glass stein. 2+ fingers of a light tan foam that quickly dissipates. Clear deep reddish brown.

S. Heavy malts, with caramel and yeast coming through.

T. Earthy and malty, with a pleasant sweetness that tapers to a slight bitterness at the back of the throat. Smooth, but smoothness broken by slightly heavy handed carbonation.

M. Has the light to moderate yet still slightly chewy body distinctive in the Bavarian lagers.

O. A great beer, on of my favorites. I think it's mildly over carbonated, but forgivably so. About as good as it gets in this style.

On a side note, this one of my favorites all around, and also my "go to" choice whenever cooking a recipe that calls for an unspecified style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 00:08:14 | More by EpicWI
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 400th Review, I am dedicating this one to the Hofbrau Dunkel I just enjoyed on Sunday @ the St. Charles Oktoberfest off of Main Street (St. Charles), MO for $14. Tapped from the Blue/White Checkered Tap Handle w/ Hofbrau Dunkel written in white on it into a 1Litre Hofbrau Oktoberfest Plastic Stein. Enjoyed only one of these but could have had many more.

Aroma- Has a very rich malt and strong caramel aroma. Can tell it is going to be an extremely sweet taste and clean brew as well.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that has decent retention (hard to judge when its is a 1Litre glass). Has a deep copper/amber color body with a nice red tint to it. Minimal lacing on the Stein.

Flavor- Very strong Munich malt taste with this caramel flavor dominating the entire drink. Very low hops are present but does have a light bitterness. Tastes like a clean lager that is enjoyed at the Kerwe.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves an awesome caramel flavor on the tongue.

Overall Impression- While not being @ an Oktoberfest/ Kerwe Festival since Fall 2009, this brew brought back memories and also is my favorite from Hofbrau! Most their biers are pretty average and spot on with characteristics, but this ones flavor was over the top and enjoyed every last drop out of this Litre. What will be #500 for me? Who knows...

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2011 16:00:20 | More by DCon
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reminds me of the huge Dunkel I had at the Hofbrauhaus in the Southside of Pittsburgh.

Appearance: A little bit head that has reduced to a thin layer and has left some lacing on the glass. A nice amber/mohogany color with good signs of carbonation.

Smell: Very malty sweetness good with no hop aromas. A little grainy too.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, smooth, a little chewy, and a decent amount of carbonation for this nice dunkel.

Overall: Just like I had in Pittsburgh, this dunkel is delicious. Now all I have to do is go to Munich so I can order a few liters or drink out of the boot.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 18:05:40 | More by Flounder57
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a deep amber/brown, with a thick head, good retention and lacing. Smell caught me by surprise. It's toasty smelling, and grainy too, which is very nice, but something odd is in there as well. Almost a bit of a dry dog food smell. The taste is excellent. Similar to rye bread toasted with a dash of brown sugar. Nicely balanced, seems to almost finish on the dry side with a slight hop bite on the end. Aside from the slightly odd smell, it's a wonderful lager. I can only imagine how great it would be on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 17:55:09 | More by rkinsella
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - color is hard. a bright rust? copper orange? good creamy one inch head. great retention. good lacing.

smell - sweet caramel malts, some other malts and a bit of floral and grassy tones. some skunky grain as it warms. winter wheat.

taste - much like the nose. a bit more skunky grain.

mouthfeel - good creamyness, nice carbonation, could use a bit more if anything. a bit sticky and cloying. body is medium to big.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:58:47 | More by claytong
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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is a molasses shade with ruddy highlights. The sandy head was about one finger and very foamy. It receded to a pencil thin film after a good amount of time. No lacing stuck around.

Smell: Bread malts, molasses, caramel, and brandy on the nose. Some dark fruit like dates or raisins. Nice sweet malt character on display.

Taste: The caramel and bread malts start things off and are soon joined by a roasted quality that works into the finish. There is a little bit of a grassy hop that lingers as well, but it is not really a bitter finish by any means. It is not nearly as sweet as the nose, but still a solid drink.

Mouth feel: It is not as smooth as it probably should be. It is like the carbonation is a little over done. Definitely more medium bodied, an all right feel, but could be better.

Overall: The dark beer from this respectable German brewery is just that; a very respectable drink. While I was not jumping for joy over it, I would certainly give it a look again. Not to mention, it is an easy drinker and quite suited for the current fall clime.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 01:38:01 | More by Pintofbrown
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