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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 15
Gots: 52 | 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 BedetheVenerable


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

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

07-11-2009 06:56:16 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of nomomentwasted


3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

I had this in Munchen in November, but for this review I had 3 bottles poured into a liter mug from the Hofbrauhaus itself. It definitely tastes a little different than I remember fresh from the source, but then again, what doesn't?

Appearance: Dark copper, almost dirty penny, with a nice white head. Nothing too fancy, just straightforward and pleasant, like this beer in general.

Smell: Fruity / citrus hops, definitely detected some grape and apple esters there with some biscuity malt on the back-end. Malts aroma is thicker in the lager itself than in the head on the initial pour.

Taste: Sweet fruits with some banana-esque apple in there, but malts are bigger in the flavor than in the nose. Almost a bit nutty, but easygoing and nothing too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nutty and smooth, but nothing too exciting or to rave about, but crisper on the back-end with a slight dry, bitter finish.

Drinkability: Simple, easy, and pleasant. Definitely not some huge favorite of mine, but with pretzels and pork knuckle it was fantastic at the brewery. By itself it's a little one-dimensional, but still a nice and interesting brew.

07-10-2009 05:55:12 | More by nomomentwasted
Photo of ADZA


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

This beer pours a reddish,brown colour with ruby highlights which leaves a two finger creamy head that disspates quite quickly and leaves subtle lacing down the glass it smells of dried fruits,plums and spicy hops and tastes quite sweet with some caramel backnotes quite nice indeed.

07-07-2009 13:36:59 | More by ADZA
Photo of goblue3509


3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Had on tap at the brewery in pittsburgh. The color is a reddish brown color. Decent head to the beer. Not much of a smell to it. The smell was a roasted malt. The mouthfeel wasn't much good have been better, but the overall taste was very good. The taste was a little on the lighter side but was of malt and not complex. Overall it was an above average dunkel.

07-04-2009 01:28:59 | More by goblue3509
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

On draft at Mr. Beery's, Bethpage, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a slight white foamy cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt and a slight spicy hop.

The taste consisted of a light caramel, a balacing hop and a slight nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent dunkel. A bit more malt would help.

06-11-2009 18:03:28 | More by plaid75
Photo of JMD


3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Rich mahogany color with big rocky head that clings to the glass. Nice looking dunkel.

S: Toasted malt. Some ripe fruit and bananas. Hints of carmel

T: Malty, with hints of chocolate. Ripe, sweet fruit. Hops work in towards the end, as this beer finishes a touch bitter.

M: Moderate carbonation, very smooth

D: Highly drinkable brew. At 5.5% ABV this dunkel is very sessionalbe.

06-05-2009 23:37:28 | More by JMD
Photo of billybob


4.7/5  rDev +25%

really enjoyed this beer its nicely balanced taste and crisp clean mouthfeel just makes you want that next one. pours a medium brown with hints of ruby highlights and a beige head and a light spotty lace.

lightly roasted malt with a very light hint of caramel.

slightly sweet roasted malt with a light bitter hop finish and a lingering after taste.

light to medium mouthfeel thats crisp and clean.

this beer gets it all right.

06-03-2009 15:00:18 | More by billybob
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

The beer is really highlighted by the pour, a beautiful mahogany with a thick white head. The lacing and the retention are both top notch. Nice.

The smell and taste however, cannot be judged properly because the beer is skunked. The green bottle really comes into play one more time. Otherwise, there are some nice floral hop notes and some caramelized grain notes as well. Could be very nice if packaged and shipped in a better manner.

The mouthfeel and is nice and light, crisp and refreshing, leads to good drinkability.

06-01-2009 05:27:57 | More by grayburn
Photo of HeroJH


4.1/5  rDev +9%

This one was really good, I liked it. A really nice example of a Dunkel Lager. Shows the versatility of lagers that I've been realizing lately. Lots of flavor and complexity but with a great cleanliness.

A - Dark Brown with a touch of red. no haze

S - caramel, toast, sweet, german

T - Medium sweetness, well balanced. Not too tangy sweet as I get with some of this style, and that's a good thing, I don't like too much. Refreshing

M- great

D - Excellent. I really enjoyed this. Wish I had more.

05-14-2009 23:28:49 | More by HeroJH
Photo of MisterClean


3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

Style of the month at homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours a light mahogany with a 3 fingered mocha head. Dissipates slow and leaves slight lacing.

S/T - Chocolate caramel and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated and sweet.

D - Good. Overall a good beer. May be overhopped for the style.

05-14-2009 03:54:06 | More by MisterClean
Photo of Phelps


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a light coppery orange, perfectly clear, with a few overactive champagne bubbles. A bubbly head, light khaki in color, disappears quickly and leaves only a light ring around the liquid.

Smells yeasty, with apples, some toasted malts, maybe even some dark chocolate. Pretty sweet aroma.

Tastes of sweet apples, lightly toasted caramel malts, and ritz crackers. Sweet, with a small spicy bitter tang in the aftertaste. Light hoppy bitterness hugs the sides of the tongue, while the beer hits home with a hint of nutty flavor at the finish.

A body verging on thin, yet pretty smooth, and the subtle carbonation is perfect and crisp.

05-14-2009 00:00:46 | More by Phelps
Photo of laituegonflable


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Pours a surprisingly light amber colour with a good ochre head, fairly thick lacing around the glass. Has all the right elements but doesn't excite me.

Nice spice on the nose with a slight hint of chocolate and a bit of dried fruit. Complex and interesting.

Taste is sour with a bit of that spice promised on the nose. A good complex palate with highs and lows, but at the same time taste is not all that pleasant, tastes like a standard amber ale and not roasted enough to be dark and brooding. Just a fair amount of tartness. Mouthfeel is not bad, quite smooth. It's drinkable enough but doesn't really spank me.

04-21-2009 00:18:18 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.22/5  rDev +12.2%

Served on tap at the Hofbrau House, Pittsburgh.

Appears like a brown/ruby brew in a mug. Nice foam and lace show.

Smell was hard to pick up just malty goodness, I was outside.

The taste was of sweet malt, a tingle of bitterness on the end. Dark malt hard to describe with a caramel note here and there. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was on the lighter side of full bodied.

Drinkability is off the charts. This beer went down way too easily, but when in Germany, drink like a German.

Very glad I got to try it at the HB house, this is a very solid dunkel.

04-19-2009 12:22:35 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of william5586


3/5  rDev -20.2%

A- Light brown with amber edges. Two fingers of light tan head and some good lacing.

S- Sweet malts, caramel, and toffee.

T- The taste mirrors the smell. Sweet malty taste dominants with caramel and toffee also present. There is another taste present in the finish that I couldn't discern, and I didn't like it.

M- Nice and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. Light body, maybe a bit to light.

I have to give this one a lower drinkability due to the funny taste it had at the end.

04-15-2009 01:47:09 | More by william5586
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured into a pint glass, a deep copper color. Generates about two fingers of off-white, creamy head while leaving a generous amount of lacing and has good head retention. Smell is very sweet, a bit of alcohol detected, some malts. Taste is similar, a little sweet, finishes off slightly bitter. Some malts come through. Mouthfeel is pretty light, smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I might drink this again, but I don't know if I would buy it.

04-10-2009 01:38:41 | More by kbeals
Photo of Monsteruss


5/5  rDev +33%

Ah yes! The best beer in the world! I can't say any negative reviws on this beer. I've enjoyed this personal favorite for such a long time. The foam was a nice antique beigh with a deep rich aroma. The color is a dark amber red. Nothing compares to the taste in my opinion. A smooth, rich and robust taste with a plethora of complex smells. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium-bodied. If I had to live off
just kind of beer for the rest of my life, this would be it.

04-06-2009 22:56:26 | More by Monsteruss
Photo of Dantheman4162


3.1/5  rDev -17.6%

Nice head, off white in color. Dark red amber hue. Not much arome slightly malty? Coffee? Smelly. Initial malty taste. Clean finish. Slight yeasty and alcohol after taste. Light texture "watery?" wet. Little to no aftertaste, little flavor. Good for multiple brews --> not much to i, not complex. Lower middle of the road. Might get it again for a Oktoberfest style drinking session(not for just a 1 beer sitting).

03-10-2009 04:43:45 | More by Dantheman4162
Photo of zeff80


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with reddish hints. It had a thick, tan, foamy, three finger head that left a patchy pattern of sticky lace on the the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and roasted malt. It also had a slightly floral aroma.

T - It tasted very sweet with caramel, toffee and biscuity roasted malt.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the prettiest dunkel lagers that I've ever seen. The nice thing is that it tastes great, too.

03-07-2009 02:30:35 | More by zeff80
Photo of yelterdow

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +17.8%

Bottled in mid-2008, this is served in a traditional German stange at several degrees above fridge temperature. Paired with a hunk of Raclette.

Appearance- Pours a rich caramel, supporting an unbelievable five finger crown... it reduces eventually to a craggy mat, rugged and uneven. A few broken bands of lace remain in the glass.

Smell- Chocolate, dark bready notes, and a whopping malt nose come together for an exquisite display of Dunkel magic. There's an organic character to the aroma, almost like centipedes or woodlice in the damp forest. Love it.

Taste- Rich and malty, the balance of ingredients is damn near perfect. It's straightforward and honest, but so well done that the hops kick in just at the end to dry the palate for the next sip. After swallowing, the atmosphere in the mouth remaines largely malt based; much better than I remember a year ago.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Solid, moderate carbonation fuels the flavors and brings out the malty, natural elements I mentioned before. Great alone and with the cheese I've selected, but it could certainly complement a burger or sausage just fine too. A worthy, widely-available Dunkel Lager from Munich.

02-28-2009 04:42:37 | More by yelterdow
Photo of DoubleJ


3.35/5  rDev -10.9%

Damn these dark beers in green bottles...does that bother anyone else here? 12 ounce bottle poured into a stange, on to the beer:

Brownish hazelnut amber color, the head forms thick in my glas...decent head retention and little lacing. Brief skunk in the aroma, but it's more grassy with some cardboard and raisin hitting the nostrils. The taste is better than the smell. It's very sweet, even for a dunkel. Chocolate covered raisins are dominant, some grapes, and notes of herbs and wood shavings. The liquid is on the mark for the style, but the carbonation is bit much.

This is a pretty good dunkel by this classic Munich brewery. I used this to wash down some cheese, sausage, and smoked pork chops.

02-22-2009 04:49:54 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of FCGrabo


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

I poured the beer into the ale glass. The color of the liquid was that of a dark scarlet or reddish maroon. The head came up minimally at first and then diminished to just a few suds. Carbonation was sparse as well with a few largish bubbles rising from the bottom. Hmm. Wonder if it's my glass. The aroma was somewhat slight and had a malty scent to it. Let's have a taste.

Wow, a bit different than I imagined. The malt in this beer is not as sweet as perhaps a brown English ale but the taste is quite full and robust. There's a tinge of hoppiness at the end just to put the period at the end of the sentence. The taste fills up the mouth and paints the tongue with a latex paint roller. The exhalation after each sip made me appreciate this beer.

I poured the second bottle right square in the middle. The head rose up thick and foamy with quite large bubble clinging to the sides of the glass. Carbonation remained the same as previously mentioned. More sips and more of the malt made friends played nice with my mouth parts. This beer is even more enjoyable the second time around. It's full, flavorful and tasty without any price to pay in a surprise ending or mystery ingredients. The beer tasted almost like a light porter, or an overweight ale but definitely not like Guinness. The unique maltiness of the beer really sets it off as being something special.

02-15-2009 07:11:01 | More by FCGrabo
Photo of Rennpferd


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

It poured deep molasses with a half inch head that receded to a slight lacing. It had a deep tone to it but was still crisply clear with a lite bit of carbonation.

It had a rich malty scent. There was a little astringent undertone was almost covered up by some hops.

Rich and malty with a crisp hop finish. It was smooth and lite bodied on the front end but then foamed up and became heavy on the back of the pallet. It left a good, but slight malt aftertaste.

It's a good beer. I can drink a few of these and not complain.

02-14-2009 00:20:05 | More by Rennpferd
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

A - This beer is a crystal clear deep dark (dunkel) red in the glass and has a 1" head after a vigorous pour out of a 12 oz bottle into an 18 oz glass.

S - The aroma is definitely toasty bread with some raisin notes hiding somewhere. No hop aroma.

T - Delicious dark German lager! Clean; balanced to the malt side with the raisin bread smell rewarded in full on the palette. No hop flavor and only a slight bit of bitterness in the finish. No noticeable alcohol flavors.

M - Medium bodied. Not light or exceptionally heavy.

D - I could drink this style of beer all day. I just finished a six pack and I don't feel full to the brim or more than a little effect of the alcohol.

I am probably biased toward German lager beers in general but, this is a very good brew that I appreciated more and more as I went along. Try it out for sure!

01-26-2009 03:59:12 | More by HeadFullaHops
Photo of briman


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours crystal clear, with a dark reddish brown color. Develops about a half-inch tan head, which has average retention.

Aroma is malty sweet, with some caramel and nutty notes. No obvious hop contribution.

Flavor has bready malt, slightly toasty with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Clean lager with balance tending towards the malt.

Medium body, with moderate carbonation. Decent beer, though I don't get the distinct bread crust notes that are alluded to in the style guidelines. Easy to drink, and certainly sessionable.

01-08-2009 02:31:10 | More by briman
Photo of Fnord


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Appearance - A dark opaque brown, with a finger of head that slowly recedes to a clingy lace on top. Nice retention.

Smell - Not a lot of nose. Some bready smells and subtle caramel, and that's about all I can detect.

Taste - Nice toasted malt taste with some bitter coffee right up front. It's swiftly supplemented by sweet taste I'm having trouble pinning down. Caramel, maybe, with a bit of maple syrup? The surprising thing is the aftertaste, which is lasting and bitter, in a not-so-pleasant way. I think this might be an old bottle.

As it warms up, the aftertaste becomes less noticeable, the sweetness comes out. Good balance.

Mouthfeel - Pleasantly thick for the style, with the right amount of carbonation. This is the high point of the brew, in my opinion.

Drinkability - Very high. This would make a great session beer.

Overall - A good example of an uncommon style. I'd really like to try this on draft, but I'll consider buying it bottled again.

12-19-2008 22:22:38 | More by Fnord
Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
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