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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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3.91/5  rDev +4%
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...

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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.

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

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.

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

Without doubt, this is overall pretty good dark German lager also without any offensiveness in drinkability.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
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