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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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919 Ratings
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 21
Gots: 109 | FT: 1
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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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Ratings: 919 | Reviews: 294
Photo of EpicWI
4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a glass stein. 2+ fingers of a light tan foam that quickly dissipates. Clear deep reddish brown.

S. Heavy malts, with caramel and yeast coming through.

T. Earthy and malty, with a pleasant sweetness that tapers to a slight bitterness at the back of the throat. Smooth, but smoothness broken by slightly heavy handed carbonation.

M. Has the light to moderate yet still slightly chewy body distinctive in the Bavarian lagers.

O. A great beer, on of my favorites. I think it's mildly over carbonated, but forgivably so. About as good as it gets in this style.

On a side note, this one of my favorites all around, and also my "go to" choice whenever cooking a recipe that calls for an unspecified style of beer.

Photo of DCon
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For my 400th Review, I am dedicating this one to the Hofbrau Dunkel I just enjoyed on Sunday @ the St. Charles Oktoberfest off of Main Street (St. Charles), MO for $14. Tapped from the Blue/White Checkered Tap Handle w/ Hofbrau Dunkel written in white on it into a 1Litre Hofbrau Oktoberfest Plastic Stein. Enjoyed only one of these but could have had many more.

Aroma- Has a very rich malt and strong caramel aroma. Can tell it is going to be an extremely sweet taste and clean brew as well.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that has decent retention (hard to judge when its is a 1Litre glass). Has a deep copper/amber color body with a nice red tint to it. Minimal lacing on the Stein.

Flavor- Very strong Munich malt taste with this caramel flavor dominating the entire drink. Very low hops are present but does have a light bitterness. Tastes like a clean lager that is enjoyed at the Kerwe.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves an awesome caramel flavor on the tongue.

Overall Impression- While not being @ an Oktoberfest/ Kerwe Festival since Fall 2009, this brew brought back memories and also is my favorite from Hofbrau! Most their biers are pretty average and spot on with characteristics, but this ones flavor was over the top and enjoyed every last drop out of this Litre. What will be #500 for me? Who knows...

Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reminds me of the huge Dunkel I had at the Hofbrauhaus in the Southside of Pittsburgh.

Appearance: A little bit head that has reduced to a thin layer and has left some lacing on the glass. A nice amber/mohogany color with good signs of carbonation.

Smell: Very malty sweetness good with no hop aromas. A little grainy too.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, smooth, a little chewy, and a decent amount of carbonation for this nice dunkel.

Overall: Just like I had in Pittsburgh, this dunkel is delicious. Now all I have to do is go to Munich so I can order a few liters or drink out of the boot.

Photo of rkinsella
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a deep amber/brown, with a thick head, good retention and lacing. Smell caught me by surprise. It's toasty smelling, and grainy too, which is very nice, but something odd is in there as well. Almost a bit of a dry dog food smell. The taste is excellent. Similar to rye bread toasted with a dash of brown sugar. Nicely balanced, seems to almost finish on the dry side with a slight hop bite on the end. Aside from the slightly odd smell, it's a wonderful lager. I can only imagine how great it would be on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich.

Photo of claytong
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - color is hard. a bright rust? copper orange? good creamy one inch head. great retention. good lacing.

smell - sweet caramel malts, some other malts and a bit of floral and grassy tones. some skunky grain as it warms. winter wheat.

taste - much like the nose. a bit more skunky grain.

mouthfeel - good creamyness, nice carbonation, could use a bit more if anything. a bit sticky and cloying. body is medium to big.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The body is a molasses shade with ruddy highlights. The sandy head was about one finger and very foamy. It receded to a pencil thin film after a good amount of time. No lacing stuck around.

Smell: Bread malts, molasses, caramel, and brandy on the nose. Some dark fruit like dates or raisins. Nice sweet malt character on display.

Taste: The caramel and bread malts start things off and are soon joined by a roasted quality that works into the finish. There is a little bit of a grassy hop that lingers as well, but it is not really a bitter finish by any means. It is not nearly as sweet as the nose, but still a solid drink.

Mouth feel: It is not as smooth as it probably should be. It is like the carbonation is a little over done. Definitely more medium bodied, an all right feel, but could be better.

Overall: The dark beer from this respectable German brewery is just that; a very respectable drink. While I was not jumping for joy over it, I would certainly give it a look again. Not to mention, it is an easy drinker and quite suited for the current fall clime.

Photo of zdk9
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a rich brown color the same as dark cherry wood. There's not much head, surprisingly.

S- Sweet malts, malt syrup, lightly toasted bread,

T- Sweet rich malts dominate with some roasted character accompanying an earthiness in the back on the mouth- sort of like you poured loamy dirt over a campfire. The sweetness has a malt syrup character with notes of maple syrup.

M- A great bitter/ sweet balance

O- A great sipper that's tasty and enjoyable without a crazy amount going on.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a mug at Radegast in Williamsburg. I thought it was a bit too sweet and didn't really like the mild black licorice character, but it was otherwise a clean, drinkable lager. I was hoping for toasty malts and got more mellow caramel. This is one of the simpler dunkels I've had, but certainly not a bad beer.

Photo of washburnkid
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two plus fingers of frothy beige head over light caramel brown/clean copper hues. Active bubbles and a head that sticks around nicely. Spicy and earthy on top of caramel aromas, a balance I appreciate. Flavors are sugary sweet with light notes of chocolate. Balanced out nicely by bitterness and fresh hay aromas. Mouthfeel is thin but does well to coat the palate flavorfully. A really nicely balanced and clean beer.

Photo of Cavery
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle shared with SundaySour, a rare German Lager tick for the beer couple.

A: Clear wheat body with some solid three finger foam from a semi-aggressive pour. Cobwebs form over a silkscreen of foam, double layers of lacing. Some light soap sud bubbles remain over a completely transparent hay colored body. Very much a classic beer look.

S: Very crisp fresh cut hay and wheat cereals. A bright fruity yeast character that takes me to reduced sodium vegemites. A salty nose character that comes off lighter than a sea breeze. Some salt doughiness breaks through, but only as a highpoint to an otherwise fleeting crisp nose.

T: Doughy yeast with some slight bread crust flavors. Pretzel doughs show some slight browning from butters. Salt doughs are experienced throughout with a crispness that rivals fresh whole romaine lettuce. Yellow grasses make a strong showing in the finish.

M: A surprisingly full-bodied mouth with a wetting crispness that never comes off flat. The bubbles are subtly noticeable, but do a great job holding up the body. It almost makes no sense how full bodied this is. The body weighs heavy with lots of barnyard ingredients.

O: This brew has a very nice salty character. A beer that truly is exemplary of a style. Full bodied, crisp, and jagged with rough wheat flavoring components. I appreciate the rawness of this lager, and especially acknowledge that there's pretty big flavor in here despite lower alcohol. A very reasonable session brew, and if I wasn't so sold on American Ales, I could see myself drinking this without argument.

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.

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.

Photo of klintok21
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

Photo of Alkey
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

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.

Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
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...

Photo of JayS2629
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Derek
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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.

Photo of jsh420
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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

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