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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 814
Reviews: 278
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 18
Gots: 63 | FT: 0
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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 generallee
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The bottle has no freshness date or any info other than the style.

Appearance: Its body has a deep burnt coppery color with lighter amber highlights and good clarity. The pour produces a tall, foamy, light tan head with a mix of small tightly packed bubbles and bigger soapy quick fading bubbles. The settles down to a thin cap of tiny bubbles that makes very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is full and rich. There are solid notes of caramel and bready maltiness followed up by some floral/mineral like German and Czech noble hops.

Taste/Palate: As in the aroma the flavor has nice caramel/bready maltiness and noble spicy/floral hops in good balance with a slight edge to the malt. In the finish it quickly fades to dryer mellow hop bitterness. The body has a medium to full body with a smooth, not to thick/not to thin, texture and carbonation.

Notes: This is another all-around solid beer with good balance and drinkability.

generallee, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A- Dar and clear, this beer is a brownish-orange-amber color. The head is noteworthy; made up of both fine bubbles and great big rocky patches, it is certainly an interesting head here. Thins to wispy bubbly patterns. Quite dark yet colorful, but in a bland way. Some visible carbonation, more than I expected, but not overly alive here.

S- Sour metallics, grass, overly sweet herbals. Quite middle of the road, but tinged with a certain something that catches my attention. A smokey, almost bacon smell.

T- Starts off light, slightly bittered and adjunct, but moves to a mild roasted coffee middle which I am impressed with. Finishes on more malts and tempered hops twang. Takes a minute for the roast-like malts to bloom on the palette, but does so with a nice subtlety. A bit more than your average German lager. Really, not bad at all.

M- Light body and very light on the palette. Subdued carbonation, could be more to liven things up.

D- Not bad whatsoever. A little different with the smokier aromas and darker coffee tastes. Definitely better than I expected.

SamN, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Rayek
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stange.

A: Deep copper, with great clarity and active carbonation from small bubbles. A rocky cream head starts strong and slowly settles to a thin blanket of foam. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Toffee, baking chocolate, molasses lemon and touch of grass. Pretty much a textbook nose.

T: The aromas flow seamlessly into the flavor. The burn sugar and chocolate notes get things going. A mild, but well balanced bitterness follows with a lemongrass bite. Finishes slightly acidic, with lingering toffee and molasses flavors.

M: The medium-light body has nice density, but could stand having the carbonation turned down a notch or two.

D: This is a very easy drinking beer. I was through my glass quickly and wanting more. A perfect beer on a warm night.

Rayek, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pixed up as part of a mixed sixer, hate the green bottle with mysterious date coding...

Pour an effervescent caramel with 2+ fingers of tan head. A trace of lacing & zero head retention

S: Metallic hops & some dark fruit, that picks up once warm.

T: Nice touch of pears & figs up front with leafy & metallic hops. Fruittyness continues as this warms, along with a touch of anise & leafy hops. Finishes slightly dry with jammy notes, but a bit of metallic twang is bringing this down...

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly brisk carbonation, fair balance

Drinkable enough, a fairly good shot at the style. I remember this being better on draft back in Deutschland...

russpowell, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of boss302
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Dunkel, on tap

A Beautiful deep amber/brown. Crystal clear, thick head that fades with time. Head didn't last to the end.

S A little nutty aroma, but not much else. Its very clean in aroma. I don't smell any hops either.

T Definite malt flavor, caramel with some chocolate. A little too sweet for my taste, but it is appropriate for the style. Carbonation is low. Can't really taste any hops, though I'm sure they are there. Malt dominates.

M Medium body. Feels thin.

O I know this is supposed to be a beer that defines the style, but I expected more fullness and body. Its a good beer, and would be a nice foray into darker beer for those used to drinking Macro light beer.

boss302, May 17, 2010
Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 .

WakeandBake, May 13, 2010
Photo of FSUplumber
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Dunlel and Iam very impressed. Dark copper in color. Malty nose with hints of carmal and chocolate. The mouth feel was firm and satisfing with carmal and chocolate on the tounge. a thin cream colored head that faded to the edges about half way thruogh. In my top 10 beers.

FSUplumber, May 04, 2010
Photo of NA1NSXR
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Typical dunkel appearance with maybe higher than average carbonation in the look. Quickly diappating head, but nice coat-type lacing.

Smell - Medium to medium-light strength smell of some nutty aromas, roasted malt, and some caramel. The smell is good, but could be stronger.

Taste - Sweetish to start, then a moderate rush of roasted flavor with a light malty finish.

Mourthfeel - Drinks light with a slight carbonation fizz. In line with he style and not too thin.

Drinkability - This style is growing on me. It offers some of the roasted flavors of darker ales in a lighter lager body. This particular example is benchmark type material for the style and very drinkable.

NA1NSXR, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz from Brewforia yesterday.... poured into my small weizen glass... 1" head dies quickly.. expected dark chestnut brew.

Nutty and dark toast... grainy... smells "crisp"...

Flavor has toasty malts.. great deep melanoidins.. rye bread... lite cocoa...

medium body and good carbonation...

nicely done Dunkel.. Many Americans do better, but they just never try this style.


This is almost certainly my favorite style.... I know it his hard to brew well.. but why don't Americans enjoy something nice and malty?

JohnGalt1, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat brownish color that is semi-transparent. Had a small head despite vigorous pour.

Smell: Had a bit of a funky malt aroma to it that wasn't exactly inviting.

Taste: Somewhat bitter all the way through. No trace of the funk that was in the smell. Not bad, but I felt it could be a little smoother.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. A little carbonation adds some "pop" to it, but not much.

Drinkability: Not bad. Definitely worth having again if the mood strikes me just right.

civilizedpsycho, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber/brown with a good off-white head that lasts and lasts. Some fair spotty lacing. Good bubbles rising from the bottom of the pint.

Light caramel and toasted malt notes. Sweetness shines -- just wish there was more.

Brown bread and some brown sugar are the dominating flavors, with hints of bitterness and sweetness 9cocoa) throughout. Maybe some caramel. Finish is sweeter but fairly clean. Nice, but a bit of a one trick pony.

Medium body with good carbonation. Makes this drinkable, but it is still kind of a soft beer. My one bitch is that it needs just a little edge to it. Still, a very decent brew that I will enjoy again.

OtherShoe2, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a powerful head that sticks some lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: In a green bottle, so what would you expect - skunky

Taste: Brown bread, toasted marshmallow and chocolate powder, up front, with a slight grassy hop presence arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the brown bread malty flavors re-emerge and persist through the finish; a bit of skunky flavor, unfortunately, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This used to come in a brown bottle so who knows what brilliant marketing strategy convinced them to shift to green, but the skunkiness ruined what otherwise would be a nice beer

brentk56, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, reddish-brown with just a thin layer of head.

It actually smells really good. Rich, nutty toffee reminiscent of a brown ale. A bit of raspberry fruitiness as well.

Taste is similar with added chocolate and bready malt. Some how the green bottle hasn't affected this one. Nice medium body and dry finish, rich and satisfying. It does a great job of balancing the malt for how little hop character it has.

I have to say, i'm pleasantly suprised with this one, great example and priced right.

brownbeer, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of ocmpoma
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a very deep, dark brown. Some reddish tones when held up to the light. No head, a thin film.

Smells very malty and even maybe slightly sour. Licorice and molasses with hints of cinnamon. The taste is just like the nose, with the exception of the malt, which recedes into the background behind the molasses and licorice. I get some lemon and hops at the end. Rather dry and sweet.

Very light mouthfeel, made edgy by the dryness and carbonation, even though it's mildly carbonated. For me it's too thin on the mouthfeel to help with the balance, and a little too harsh to be very drinkable. Overall, a slightly off-balanced beer from the bottle, unable to control the complexity with the mouthfeel. I'd be willing to try it again if I saw it on tap.

ocmpoma, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of maltlikker
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with a nice tan head which dissipates rather quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma has a slight biscuit aspect with caramel and chocolate, but is dominated by hop grassiness.

Flavor has an initial sweet caramel quality then I taste burnt sugar, and finally it finishes with a crisp, light hop aftertaste.

Fairly light body with moderate carbonation and a thinner mouth-feel than I was expecting. Quite drinkable, but I was hoping for more richness than I tasted.

maltlikker, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of MikeGill
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in the appropriate Hofbrau glass filled well past the 0.5L mark.

Clear light brown with beige half finger head. The beer was a bit too cold at first to yield any substantial aromas but after a few minutes one could smell honey, almonds and toasted malt.

Very straight foward. Some milk chocolate sweetness with charred sugar flavors. Mild bitter hop finish. Good crisp carbonation. Nice flavors and mouthfeel but a little lean. Highly drinkable.

MikeGill, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- shiny clear brew, with tones of ruby and copper with golden highlights, but could also be called brown. Rather thin beige head looks sticky and leaves some nice spotty lace. Foam becomes soapy as it settles.

S- mild aroma, nutty and toasty with some light chocolate and very weak coffee notes. Sweet, woodsy, brown sugar, and a hint of maple.

T- fresh grain flavor, toasty and robust but not too powerful as that would take away from other great aspects of this beer. Nutty almond skin, hazelnut skin, weak cocoa and coffee, mild fruity tartness like raisin and date, some tannins, brown sugar and a very nicely balanced spicy hop bitterness. Finishes cleaner than most beers on this end of the spectrum with lingering herbal bitterness and fading deeply toasted bread.

MF- crisp medium body, medium carbonation fits perfectly here, good balance of sweet and dry on the cheeks.

D- all around great beer, glad to have a keg of this stuff. Not too heavy and not too strong and excellent to sit down and have a few of. Seems it would go great with all manner of meats and poultry and especially sausage. Probably breakfast too. Entirely drinkable for something malty and on the dark end. Not overbearing in any way, just a relaxed, flavorful brew.

hustlesworth, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No visible date or info.

A - This dunkel poured a totally clear but inactive brown amber color with an off-white head. Two fingers tall and well retained, it left some clumpy lace on the glass.

S - The aroma has faint dirty smelling toasted malts with a Euro lager type of skunkiness. I won't rule out the fact it could be skunked.

T - The flavor consists of a toasted malt base with a tiny smoke hint and a little dry cocoa on the finish. Crisp and clean.

M - Light-bodied and crisp with a dry finish and clean feel. Rather soft in the mouth.

D - Not bad but very underwhelming. Nothing about this beer stands out besides the tall head and clear body. Ok drinking but plain overall.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 21, 2010
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
Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 814 ratings.