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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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837 Ratings
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Ratings: 837
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003)
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Photo of PRpitmaster
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark nutty brown color with a nice head that dissipates slowly. Smells very malty with some hints of spice. The malts definetly come throgh in the taste but nothing else really stands out, coats the mouth nicely. Overall a great drinkable dunkle.

PRpitmaster, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of sommersb
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 07-21-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: 6-pack from Chuck's, Bowling Green, KY

A: Poured in a 0.5 l Rastal mug, I get a big tan head 4 fingers high that pretty soon settles down but has good retention. The beer is a clear, chestnut brown, similar to a cola. A good amount of bubbles are present in the glass.

S: Strong and sweet malty aromas dominate, with smells of caramel and dark fruits. There is also an earthy aroma from the hops.

T: Roasted and malty, with hints of spices and a nuttiness to it. The taste is clean and smooth, with a slightly sweet, caramel flavor.

M: A light to medium body, seems just right for a dunkel. Moderately carbonated, the finish is well balanced between the sweetness of the malts and bitterness from both the roasted malt and the hops.

O: Good, easy drinking beer. I could see putting a couple of these down with a hearty German meal. Recommended.

sommersb, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of klintok21
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After getting hooked on the Hofbräu original I had to try the Dunkel. I've never been a huge fan of darks but this one will surely keep a permanent place in my fridge! Simply delicious! I wish I had tried it on tap while at The Old German Beer Hall in Milwaukee, WI but only had the original there. I tried the dunkel from bottle. Fresh, lightly carbonation, nice aroma, and highly recommended!

klintok21, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Alkey
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 FL. OZ. Green bottle

Pours a nice three finger off white foam head. Very clear clean dark amber color with some slight small bubbles.

Light fragrance of wood and ripe fruit maybe a bit of brown sugar.

Slightly bitter hop taste with a bit of roasted malt notes and a hint of molasses.

Feels light and crisp in the mouth but has a rich flavor and is very refreshing.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer and I will be buying more in the near future.

Alkey, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 33 cl bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles fairly quickly leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Nothing really in terms of lacing.

S: Nice malty, woody nose with a strong sense of sweet tea.

T: Slightly hoppy, light brisk malt, and a nice woody flavor.

M: A little lite in the body. A little peaty hop in the front which lingers throughout. Seems just a bit washed out.

D: Great lite bodied, but full (enough) flavored brew.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice brown hue, with a decent foamy head. Nose is a woody malt combined with the smell of tea. Flavor is woody malt, with a slight hint of sweet. Overall, this is a good quaff.

bmwats, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown colour with a thick off-white head that has an almost brown colour & the retention/lacing is nice.

Roasted malts, some mild caramel and chocolate & also a burnt toast smell somewhere in the middle with a nutty finish.

Roasted malts upfront with the taste, along with some hints of both caramel & nuts. The taste is slightly watery but not incredibly so, there is also some earthy hops in there & a mild bitter finish. It's smooth although slightly watery but has good texture and carbonation though with a slightly dry finish.

A pretty average dunkel here and certainly not the best out there. A little too watery and lacked somewhat in taste although it was by no means a bad beer.

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flyingpig, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Yup, still here. It's a nice place, somewhere you can enjoy your beers and sports without all the noise and whatnot elsewhere. Anyway, this brew pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises dark wheat, light maple syrup, very light roasted malts, and some light walnut. The taste holds notes of very light roasted malts, very light caramel, minerals, and very light cashews. Somehow, all of these relatively mild flavors combine to something mostly tasty. I'm not gonna argue here... The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a nearly watery feel. Overall, an enjoyable dark lager, something I could see downing a boot of here very soon...

TMoney2591, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice rich brown color with creamy white lacing, great retention, and creamy walls of lace. The smell is of caramel with a touch of dark roasted malts and peppery notes. A good noble hop balance on the back end. The taste is of toffee and caramel with a good touch of dark roasted flavors. Some nutty tones with a peppery, herbal finish of noble hops. A touch watery on the mouthfeel with a creamy finish. Very easy to drink.

JayS2629, May 27, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Uberstein, Chicago, IL

Poured into a plastic cup (whatever, it was free). Slightly hazy, dark chestnut color with a nice white head. Grainy aroma, sweet malts. Malty taste, roasty, with some caramel notes and pumpernickel. Light-medium mouthfeel, maybe a bit watery, but not necessarily bad in that regard. Easily drinkable.

Rifugium, May 11, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vom Fass, Las Vegas!

A: Deep brown with an off-white head, awesome retention & lace.

S: Very bready, hints of dark caramel & cola, light nobel hopping.

T: Light breadiness, hints of caramel, floral with hints of grassy & herbal spicing, perfectly balanced bitterness. It's good, but I expected a little more flavour (like a Denison's).

M: Moderate body is smooth.

D: A very easy drinker. Really easy. Not overly enticing, but you could easily have a few of these.

Derek, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had in regensburg, germay at hofbrau haus

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: dark, carmael, chocolate

taste: carmelized malt, dark rich flavors

mouthfeel: medium bodied, good carbonation

drinkability: well balanced, equally drinkable lager.

CampusCrew, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of ramseye4
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first had this in Munich at the Hofbrauhaus, and it was a terrific experience. Let's see how the bottled version sold in the U.S. stacks up.

A=Pours a semi transparant brownish color that has a solid one finger head with good retention and rings of lacing around the glass.
S=Strong caramel malts and some faint nuttiness
T=Strong caramel malt, and some grainy malt. A very malty beer, with some faint hops complimenting the natural tasting malt.
M=Highly carbonated, a bit thin
O=An extremely solid but unspectacular beer. It's a treat I come back to every now and again for the decent taste and great memories from my time in Germany.

ramseye4, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a nice tan head malt, some bread and yeast. Taste is caramel malt, toasted barley, some light bitterness. Has a nice medium body, with moderate cabonation. Finish is dominated by caramel malt, some toasted barley and light hops. Overall a good easy drinking brew.

Samp01, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with hints of red , cherry coloration and a thick off white one finger head lace like spiderweb...

An aroma of heavy wet grain fills the nose, malts and a hint of pumpernickel

Tatses sweet, with wheat and whole grain bread, a wash of malts and a touch of hop bitterness in the background. Quite simple

Light bodied, and almost watery, small carbonation

A straightforward beer, nothing exemplary, I enjoyed the hefe a touch more. I wouldn't recommend this over other dunkels though.

JoeAmerican77, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours clear dark walnut brown with a 1+ finger head that some spotted lacing

smells of caramel and cereal grains

taste - dark caramel some nutty malts then the bitter earthy hops

mouthfeel is light with good carbonation very crisp and creamy

drinkability is ok - the price kills this for me $11 a six pack is just too much

jsh420, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at matchbox

A- pours a garnet/amber color with a nice head and decent lacing

S- is caramel malts,some toffee a prune or raisin smell some citrus

T- some caramelized malts mixed with some citus hops and some slight dark fruits

M- medium feell with nice carbonation tasty,,went well with the angus burger

D- sure its drinkable and one i will look for on tap again

gatornation, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer appears a dark walnut hue with crimson highlights. The head stands in at a half inch, and leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aromas include toffee and slightly sweetened malt. The flavor brings additional flavors of chocolate and lightly toasted bread, along with an authentic German lager taste. The feel is relatively thin in body, with adequate carbonation. The beer now comes in a green bottle, which I find perplexing, as it was formerly in brown bottles. Fortunately, in this instance, I did not detect any of the skunky, off flavors commonly associated with imported beers in green bottles. Overall, a decent beer.

Huhzubendah, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Clear amber-brown, a little lighter than expected for the style. White suds top the body, settling to a collar and film after a moment. Smells pretty good, raisin and toasted-caramelized malt being most prominent. There's some lightly sulfuric lager yeast character, too, and a bit of oatmeal cookie. It opens with a metallic twang on the palate that transitions into a note of bready toasted malt. It ends with an earthy breadiness and a dash of leafy hops. A good, solid dunkel; nothing spectacular, but good.

largadeer, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of MP72
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- reddish brown with fluffy white head into a Hofbrau .5L dimple mug

S-toasted malt , some chocolate

T- Very malt forward with a hint of chocolate

M- medium- medium light body very nice carbonation a little less than the hofbrau original lager.

D- For a dark beer it is very good could easily do 2 or 3 before the sweetness became too much.

All in all another great beer from Hofbrau ,,what tradition these brews never let me down.

MP72, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of gskitt
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber color, head does not last long and has some nice lacing. Smell hints of cashews and caramel. Taste has some nutty sweetness and finishes rather dry. Mouthfeel is dry and entices you to have more. Supremely drinkable and all in all a really nice dark lager. Gad this in Munich years ago and did not ever remember it this way. Bad memory or undeveloped taste buds.

gskitt, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a 1L stein at Hofbrau Las Vegas. A dark amber color pour with a bug lasting offwhite foamy head , leaving lots of spotty lacing ,lively carbonation . Aroma of dry caramel malt grain , toasty with some molasses, toffee ,and a wheat type tang .Flavor is dry and nutty with caramel and molasses, suprisingly complex, some earthy hops , a very slight metallic hint , probably from the carbonation, gets much better as it warms .Light body with a slightly dry but crisp and clean mouthfeel , short roasty finish , very drinkable and very good. This was all in all a great beer.

CuriousMonk, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not particularly flavorful. Mild caramel roasted malt notes. Hops and malt combine to produce an apple cider character that fades in and out of the picture. While this style is expected to be relatively mild-mannered, this clocks in toward the bland end of the spectrum.

Brent, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of jss79
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this Dunkel out of a 1 liter stein in Munich at the Hofbrauhaus beer hall. Deep dark reddish-brown in color with perfect clarity. A nice 1 1/2 thick head that only gradually diminished while drinking. Toasted malt aromas with a hint of caramel. Taste was crisp and smooth and paired perfectly with the German sausage and sauerkraut!

jss79, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of obywan59
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2nd of my mixed Christmas 6-pack. This one was only thinking about gushing. I don't have a pilsener, so I used my Schneider Weisse glass.

I poured fairly hard, as usual, and bot a 5 1/2 finger light tan head that I barely had to wait for. It gradually receded to a thin layer. Moderate lacing. The beer is not nearly so dark as I had thought it would be. It was more red than the O'hara's Red I just finished. Maybe just a tad darker than Mad Elf. It looked great against the gold lettering and banner of my Schneider Weisse glass. Some light carbonation bubbles that soon die out.

Smell of sweet, bready, and smoky malt. Just the barest hint of popcorn. It may have been trying to skunk.

Light sweetness dominates up front followed by some light roast and a rising bitterness in the end.

Light on the mouthfeel. Drying. a touch of alcohol burn in the throat. (5.5%)

This is one smooth and easy drinker. A guy could get in trouble in short order.

obywan59, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

Dark, rusty brown in color, this brew's clarity is perfect. Lush, bready malt aroma with some grape skin and fresh hay are present. This beer offers a lot of smoothness with a crispness in the back, which is just as big. Malt character is dialed up high here, heavy on the toasted bread and hay-like graininess. It's clean, with only a hint of alcoholic warmth and subtle hops. The bitterness comes in and does the job it was meant to with a bit of herbal flavor in the finish. It ends dry and bready, and is very sessionable.

We have fond memories of liters of this beer with the band in the background and a big heaping Original HB Brotzeit Platter. The bottled version sent to the US is a fine consolation until our feet are firmly planted within their beer hall again.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 837 ratings.