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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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Ratings: 896
Reviews: 289
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 17
Gots: 94 | 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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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of LittleDon
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown and crystal clear. Very little carbonation. Excellent head retention and plenty of lace. Aroma of toasted bread with some. Medium heavy body up front and very soft on the palate. Some acidity in the middle, but good balance between the malt, alcohol, and hops. Very subtle bittersweet finish with possible a bit of graininess. Some acidity on the back end, as well.

Photo of jkrich
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green, 11.2 oz bottle poured into a stein: clear, brown with reddish highlights. The fluffy off-white head lingers for awhile before settling leaving some attractive lacing. The aroma was a fresh, smooth and malty sweetness but a little restrained.
For flavor begins with a nice roasted malt flavor with faint hints of licorice and caramel. There is a very nice complement of hops that keeps this extremely refreshing even as it warms in the glass.
Light and refreshing body for a dunkel with spritzy carbonation, the mouthfeel is clean, malty and for refreshing.
This is an excellent example of an underrated style. While not complex it is well balanced and very quaffable.

Photo of bruachan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice rocky head with a good start of irregular honeycomb lacing (or is honeycomb inherently regular?). beautiful light mahogany color

plenty of munich and pils malt aromas: chestnut, breadcrust and raisin. minimal hop. the aroma is not strong but it's nice

good creamy mouthfeel--not my any means thick, but neither watery. hop flavor is a little more prominent than i would expect (lends a zesty, spicy character). plenty of munich flavor

Photo of Shrews629
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Reddish/Amber in color. Clear. Very, very nice thick creamy off white head. Really hanging around also. Leaving some nice lacing behind as I sip.

Smell - Fresh smelling hops. A bit of the "grassiness" that accompanies most German beers. Some toastiness. Maybe some faint roasted coffee. Very well balanced. Not overdone with the 'grassiness".

Taste - Again getting the roasted or toasted coffee. Coffee flavor is mild, not like a Stout or Porter. Picking up flavors of grain and a bit of bitterness on the backside.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel that was dry"ish' and left a bit of the palate. Smooth. Very nice mouthfeel.

Drinkabilitly - I thought this was a very solid beer. The more I drink German brews, the better I am understanding what they are about. Of the German styles I have tried and reviewed thus far, this is one of the best. It's easily drinkable and goes down all too easy.

Photo of pburland23
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle.

Pours a dark brown with ruby around the edges. Bottled produced about a finger and half of head that stuck around and provided a little bit of lacing.

The nose is quite malty...spicy even, with a hint of caramel or toffee. The taste is also malt heavy, but still quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is middling. The carbonation holds up well and provides a pleasing drinking experience.

I could have a few of these in a sitting without hesitation. A solid interpretation of the style.

Photo of champ103
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color. A tow finger tan head forms with good retention. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Toasted grain is dominate. Light toffee, but mostly grain. Not bad, but fairly neutral.
T: Follows the nose. A very clean toasted grain flavor. Again, pretty neutral, but enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body that is really crisp and clean. Easy to drink. I can put back a few of these without a problem.

Easy to drink, and a nice flavor. An easy choice to quaff a few. Not the best, but enjoyable.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beer bottle brown with a solid German head. The cap is white fluffy and sticks to the glass, as for the brew it's clear and bubbly. Not a bad start to a usually disappointing brand in my opinion.

Nose is slight for the style even though the malts are definitely present. Roasted grains are all but invisible as are slight hints of chocolate. The biggest red flag rather then the lack of nose is a hint of metallic bitterness.

Taste is like the nose but with a touch more sweet richness. The metallic taste lasts but is clouded by strong influences of the roasted grain and the ever so slight chocolate and coffee twinge. More of the bitterness from those flavors exist then the actual flavors.

Smooth and silky flavor with light carbonation. Not a bad beer but there are far better dunkels out there. This one reminds me of a strong tea that's been steeped to long. I find it to be too much on the bitter and acrid side of things.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clean copper to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, like a mixture of a lager and caramel. In the taste, caramel, earthy, and a small fruitiness. A smooth and medium to light mouthfeel, with a clean fruit and caramel stickiness in the aftertaste. OK, nice flavor but still quite lager ish.

Photo of moester13
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very dark red/brown pour, much darker than I was expecting. A nice finger's worth of off-white head. Decent carbonation throughout.

S: Dark, sour notes, aroma of fresh sweet wort. Maybe a hint of apples past their prime, but not offputting in the least.

T: Bittersweet ciderlike apples upfront, with a very subtle hop hint. IMO, would be much more enjoyable with heavier hopping.

M: Medium body, feels quite foamy.

D: Finishes smooth. A little sweet for my liking, couldn't handle a few in a sitting, but on its own, very enjoyable.

Photo of philbertk
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrauhaus Munchen--Munich, Germany--Hofbrau Dunkel. 5.50% ABV. 10 IBU's? Off white mild lace head. Clear thin brown color with a hint of amber. Light roasted soft hop front. Mellow sweet smooth dunkel minimal chocolate light roasted lager body. Clean mild hop end. Nice version of bland style. (3.5 / 5.0) Sampled 5 oz. Taste @ Fremont Oktoberfest in Seattle on 9/25/2010.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but has good retention properties; a moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of toasted malts and caramel in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted bready malts and notes of caramel. The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness while the finish has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a ruby caramel tinted brown color with a light tan head forming a nice thicket of billowing head. Aroma slightly roasted malt hints of caramelized toasted malt profile with herbal spicy noble hops. Flavor clean drinkable well made lager, with darker roasts providing caramelized toasted malts, herbal hops bring a beautiful balance. Mouthfeel has easy going carbonation with a nice herbal toaste malt finish. Drinkability overall is very drinkable much like other German breweries, a tasty rendition of a classic dunkel style.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice thick frothy and bubbly head rises to 1 finger and fades at a medium pace, over super clear ruby reddish maroon brown colored beer. A slight messy lacing appears as well as it slowly disappears.

THe nose has some darker malts, crystal, Munich, and a light molasses syrupy aroma. Some light crisp lager aromas, a little dark fruit, a little caramel and toasty malts.

The taste comes a little different, with more sweet syrupy flavors, almost an extract like flavor but not quite. Some toasty malts, Munich, crystal, etc. A touch of smoke too, molasses, a touch of a mild grassy hop flavor too, and hint of bitterness, but not much. Some sweet flavors, and touch of a toffee like flavor. It finishes still somewhat sweet, but dries a bit, and some syrupy flavors linger for a bit. Some bitterness lingering as well, it comes out more on the finish as the other flavors die off.

The mouth is a medium body with lower carbonation, and some syrupy feel.

The drinkability is a little lower, as the syrupy flavors and feel stick for a while, and dark malts linger, but it does dry well for how sweet it started.


Photo of cpanossian
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the source in Munuch. 1L masse mug Dark Beer served with Old Munich browned "Milz" sausage. Juicy watery quenching lightly sweet malty deep amber/brown. Lace rings descend down the inner mug wall like evidence of past alluvial foam floods. No matter what they say, Hofbrauhaus is fun and infectious. The brass band encourages audience participation (or is it the other way around?) and you leave with a certain glow and love of mankind. I've visited Hofbrauhaus (Munich) four times and it never gets old. Actually it reinvigorates me and validates my passion for beer with the people who mean the most to me.

Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
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