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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 796
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | 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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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This a very good Dunkel beer, heavy and full of amazing taste. Awesome out of a bottle and on tap. I poured this beer into a tall hansom German glass, that resembled a Weizen Glass. The beer was phenomenal! I really enjoyed thus beer. This beer is amazing to have at the bar, and is another great beer to add to any collection.

StevenBilodeau, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a frozen pint glass.

A: Clear, dark brown with a small, lacy head.

S: Caramel body with a barnyard character, notes of malt.

T: Alcohol is cleverly masked by a yeast and brown sugar taste. Hints of caramel and malt in the finish.

D: A good session beer.

Value: Great value if you're in the mood for a solid dunkel.

WeezyBoPeep, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of curasowa
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Someone left this in my fridge from last weekend, so I might as well review it. Pours a dark copper color with one finger of creamy head that faded slowly with no real lacing. The aroma from this beer is fantastic; it smells malty sweet with some graininess and breadyness. Taking a sip, the front end is surprisingly underwhelming and very thin. The flavor builds into a slightly sweet, malty middle and goes out a mild bitterness and then finishes fairly clean and fast with just a hint of breadyness. This is a decent beer than smells better than it tastes.

curasowa, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Nick's German Bar & Restaurant in Worcester. Served in a normal pint glass. Dark brown color. Not as much head as I would have expected. Any prominent smell was not noticeable. Taste was fresh and clean. Nice and malty with a roasted barley backbone. Smooth and easy to drink lager. Low abv, so this beer goes down quite well. This was a nice find on tap, and I wish they served it in mugs.

morebeergood, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Augustiner719
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Zeppelin hall biergarten in jersey city:

Appearance: Nice 2 finger head yielded in my .5liter stein. Reddish brown and crystal clear. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet like buttered biscuts and has a nice aroma of berries and milk chocolate.

Taste: Tastes a bit thin and unflavorful. Clean and crisp but overall bland and lacking.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, great coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: Good sessionable beer. a good change from the regualr hobrau original.

Augustiner719, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of GoalieRon33
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- medium brown with some reddish tints. creamy, off white head that dissipates quickly

s- sweet, thick. some caramel

t- burnt maltiness, some hoppy bite

m- medium bodied, crispness at the end

d- easy to drink...in large quantities. Great party beer, awesome to drink at the hofbrauhaus locations, such as pittsburgh

GoalieRon33, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, lager yeast and some hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of caramel and light roasted malts. Then the breadiness of lager yeast comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to session with if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=deep dark amber/ruby in color with a just barely off white head of about two fingers that dissipates quickly to crown the beer.

S=some initial bitterness with caramel and toffee malts evident on the aroma

T=definite bitterness with a malty aftertaste

M=gentle smooth and light carbonation

D=extremely drinkable and enjoyable.

jacobseyb, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of wampahoofus
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded with a friend to get 4 of these. I usually find german lagers to be boring but was ready to give it a try.

I started drinking this beer ice cold and found it very boring. So I let it warm up to about 50F. Once it warmed up, it was much nicer. My review is of the warmed up version:

Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is sweet and malty (This only comes out as it warms) The taste is simular to the smell. It is a sweet malty lager with some floral tones in the aftertaste.

I did not think that I would like this beer, but my stash was gone within a week. I kept coming back to it and found it very drinkable. I will have it again when my desire for lagers returns.

wampahoofus, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, pale hops, and pale malt. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, and pale hops. Overall, a good blend, drinkability, body, and appearance.

Tone, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light clear burgundy color lager with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light toffee notes. Taste is drier then expected with some caramel and light molasses notes. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Not bad but really not a style that I dig.

Phyl21ca, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of kels
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had the dunkel on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Newport, KY numerous times, and it ROCKS. I have to say the bottled version doesn't do it justice. If you can try it on tap, do.

Appearance: Pours into my pint glass an amber-tinged moderate shade of brown. It is slightly opaque, with enough visibility to reveal some slow-rising bubbles feeding the very short yet well-retained tan, frothy head. Little bits of lacing hang around here and there.

Smell: Very little to speak of here. A light hint of the bready grains within creeps out in the aroma, along with a distinct chemically-sweetness that reminds me of the smells I get from many American adjunct lagers.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste and feel are a little on the thin side unfortunately. Flavors of the toasted malt and breadiness come through with a bit of honey and a reappearance of the saccharine sweetness in the smell. There's something artificial about it that distracts from the nice graininess in the taste a little. The body finishes with a nice fizziness that keeps it fresh, light and drinkable.

Drinkability: In terms of ABV and feel, pretty highly drinkable. Unfortunately, the draught version of this dunkel is so much more flavorful and full-feeling that it diminishes the desire to knock a few of these back.

kels, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz green glass bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Deep, dark, clear body shows amber against the light; atop floats an inch and a half of light tan foam that very gradually recedes, leaving ample lace. Good carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. Great looking beer.

S: Quite complex. Sweet, dark, bready malts are up front, followed by a sharp, fruity yeast aroma. I'm not sure, though, whether these different elements really blend that well together. Intriguing, but not entirely pleasant.

T: Hmmm. Like the nose, there's some malt sweetness right away, but it disappears fairly quickly. Behind it rushes the yeast, which here presents an even more assertive, spicy flavor profile, followed by a dry, roasted finish. It definitely tastes darker than it smells - raisins instead of plums, coffee instead of toffee. As it warms, the disparate elements start to meld better into a smooth, rich sweetness. Not bad at all.

M: Highly carbonated, but still a bit syrupy. Fairly cloying.

D: The first time I had this beer it was out of a liter mug at the Hofbrauhaus in Milwaukee, and it went down as smoothly as any beer I've ever had. This more concentrated experience highlights more of the beer's complexity, and that's a two-edged sword. While each sip gives me more to mull over, I can't say that this is a beer I really want to have more than one of in a sitting.

Notes: While I wasn't blown away by the bottled version like I was with the draft, I'd still say that this was one damn fine beer. Highly complex and flavorful, it's one of my favorite German lagers, and a pretty good value.


woosterbill, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of andjusticeforale
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer; It looked absolutely beautiful behind green glass- then it pours to a nice and smooth brown.

Unfortunately the great things end here; there is a watery start, a lousy mouthfeel, the lack of any appreciable body, depth or complexity of flavor. The beer is bitter but not in a very good way, in a bland, awful sort of way.

This is a beer for avoiding.

andjusticeforale, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of LyonsHead
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep copper with a creamy off-white head and decent lacing

S: There is a munich malt presence with notes of bread crust and a slight nuttiness

T: There is a malty sweetness mixed with the melanoidan flavors of toasted biscuit and bread crust. There is a faint chocolate nuttiness which adds to the complexity of this beer.

M: smooth and full bodied (very dextrinous). There is a residual sweetness but it is not cloying, it leaves you wanting another sip

D: This is fantastic. The malt profile here is complex and tastes outstanding. You could drink this beer all night. I highly recommend this one

LyonsHead, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few .6 liters of this brew at a great German Restaurant in Lindenhurst, NY called The Village Lanterene. They have several Hofbrau on tap. Definitely worth checing out if you're on Long Island.

Hofbrau Dunkel pours a very dark brown with a think, 1-2" foamy tan head. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The smell is malty and sweet, and the taste is similiar with just a little bit of bitterness mixed in. Overall tho, this is a smooth beer with a coffee/chocolate aftertaste. Very easy to drink. Highly recommend.

oldirtycaffrey, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of KI9A
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured dark brown, nice head.

S: Malty, maybe a touch of a dark fruit..prune or raisens.

T: Above, plus a bit of chocolate.

M: Somewhat light, decent.

D: Good. ALways liked this Dunk, but, I think others have caught up, or surpassed it. Did a side-by-side with the Michelob Dunkel, and the Mich, in my opinion, just blew it away. The Mich was way more comlex, and refreshing. Surprised the crap out of me..

KI9A, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Nickls
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Deep coppery brown color; half-finger of lightly tan head that was a little creamy

S - Sweet maltiness; a bit pruney; a little bready

T - Pruney sweetness at first; bit of minerals; sweetish; a little grape/wine flavors

M - Medium; pretty vibrant prickly carbonation

D - Good drinking, and easily a great session brew for a beer garden trip

Overall, a pretty damn solid example of the style and an enjoyable drinker.

Nickls, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of illinijer
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep brown from a bottle into a pint glass with a 1 inch creamy head which doesn't stick around long.

S - Smells of dark malt, with chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes.

T - Heavy dark malt presence, which is balanced on the back end by hops. I detect notes of coffee and chocolate. Also has a very light spice note to it.

M - Fairly thin, as expected from a dark lager. Nothing unusual or unexpected. Good level of carbonation.

D - Good session brew. Flavors aren't overwhelming, which sometimes is nice. Could definitely have 3-4 in a sitting.

Overall, it's not something I would stock in the fridge, but once in a while it'd be nice to have a 6-pack here and there.

illinijer, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of dgilks
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany brown with a light tan head. The head is tight but not long lasting.

Aromas are overly sweet with honey notes and a hint of nut. Something doesn't quite gel well but I can't pinpoint it.

Tastes are significantly better with a good bitterness present to counteract to sweetness which was overdone in the aroma. Good light honey notes along with spicy Noble hop notes really work well.

This dunkel has a nice medium body with vibrant carbonation. It really hits the mark for a good crisp, refreshing beer that is still substantial and not watery.

dgilks, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of moulefrite
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simply an average beer. Chestnut brown in color-minimal lace/head. Rather lean in the mouth with a simple malt component-no real complexity here. Perhaps I got a tired bottle. I'll retry this one. It did however work with a hot pretzel and cheese sauce for breakfast.

moulefrite, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of maddogruss
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a solid, white head with pretty good retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A sweet, honey, slightly burnt toffee smell that seemed pretty nice.

T: A sweet, toffee, malt taste with some honey notes in the aftertaste. Overall, ok tasting beer.

M: A pretty smooth mouthfeel that was medium-bodied.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pretty nice to drinking. Seemed a little filling later on, but still pretty good overall.

maddogruss, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of Goldopelgt
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a reddish brown with a creamy off-white head...slight, spotty lacing...

S-Toasted malt with some caramel and a hint of toffee...

T- Very nice...a slightly sweet maltiness with just enough hops and bitterness to finish it off...very well balanced...

M- On the medium to light side with some moderate carbonation..crisp and smooth

D- Overall, a very drinkable beer...I've had this many times, both out of the bottle and on tap, and neither disappoints...A great example of the style, and very enjoyable...

Goldopelgt, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer from the tap in a full stein at the Hofbraushaus bier garden in Munich, Germany.

This is dark brown beer with a full tan head. Great smell of hops.

It tasts hoppy, heavy and has a great texture in my mouth. This is a very good beer.

jrallen34, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green pop-top bottle with classic label

Appearance: Dark mahogany beer capped with a thick dark ivory head

Smell: Mild but pleasant caramel and bread aromas, quite nice...no real hop presence

Tatse: Mild toasty and sweet caramel malt, smooth, fairly rich, and tasty

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: NICE dunkel lager, simple, but tasty and quite drinkable

BedetheVenerable, Jul 11, 2009
Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
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