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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003)
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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one out at the Heidleburg restaurant last night after taking a final exam. I was not impressed with other Hofbrau's in the past but was interested to see what the taste was for their dunkel.

A:Poured into large Hofbrau mug by a very knowledgeable tall female German bartender to reveal initally a partially opaque burgundy brown with a 1.74 finger creamy off tan head which settled down to a paperclip ring and small cap.

S: The nose gave off biscuity malts, grains, caramel and some nuts.

T: At first I got a metallic taste which I chalked up to perhaps the glass or cleaning but faded away and did not return. Taste evolved into more grain and bread followed by sweet maple syrup perhaps. Roasted malts provided the backbone of the taste but seemed a dash thin.

M: Light and smooth with creamyness coming on in the second part of the swish in the mouth. Not much carbonation to make it easy to put down.

D: A good beer but I was expecting more flavor but would enjoy as an excellent session beer.

Brianmerrilyn, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Hofbrau Haus in Las Vegas. The beer was dark brown and translucent with a ginourmous head that filled half the 1L glass. The smell was toasty and a little bisuity, only malt really came through in the nose. The taste was sweet maltiness, a little roasted too. The body was substantial enough for the style, which means a little thicker than water. Very drinkable, a top-notch dunkel lager.

TurdFurgison, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown color with a medium sized head and a decent lace that has good retention.
The aroma is of malts,caramel notes and some light chocolate hints.
The taste was excellent,big on malts,chocolate hints and some hops. Good balance.
The feel was medium body,clean and had a tingling carbonation. Some mild bitterness in the finish,but very mild.

Notes: I thought it was a pretty good beer and I would buy it again. I don't go crazy over Dunkel Lagers,but I respect this brew.

Lexluthor33, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep ruby red body that supports a 2-finger off-white head that is bubbly and sticky. Leaves great lacing down the sides of the glass and the head fades to a nice 1/8-inch lace.

S - Dark roasted malts with some light chocolate in the background. Gives off a light dark bread smell that is somewhat sweet. Smells like a light doppelbock.

T&M - Almost just like I remember from when at the actual Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Great dark malt flavor up front that fades to toast and then to a semi-sweet, chocolate-dusted aftertaste. Smooth with a nice tingle of moderate carbonation. Nicely balanced so it's neither bitter nor sweet but a little bit of both to balance out the big maltiness.

I really like this beer and it's a classic for me. Easy to drink but just a little heavy from the big malt profile. I could down a couple easily but not sure I'd want to session this. Lord knows I did in Munich, though.

MrIncognito, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic from a classic German brewery. Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost non-translucent, topped with a nice ivory head. Nice drinking at the Soulard Octoberfest.

Nice malty aroma of caramel with hints of chocolate, moves into the quaff effortlessly, backed with a sturdy backbone of roasted malts with a great balance of hops. In fact , this one finishes with a spicy hop kick (for a dunkel). Very solid on all accounts, a great drinking brew

Vancer, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from green bottle to a HB Pilsner Glass that came with the 6 pack (Sieberts, Yonkers NY). Was a chestnut brown with red hues and a minimal cream foam head. Smelled like roasted malts with a hint of sweet caramel. Tastes fantastic. Roasted malt sweetness prevails here with minimal bitterness and crisp, sweet finish. Carbonation gives this a nice balance and an almost creamy feel. This is a very drinkable beer, but seems to me that it is MUCH better ice cold.

Pleepleus, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy pilsner whiff from the bottle. Poured more more clearly than I expected, though still somewhat hazy. A dark and muddy brown. Fairly effervescent, displaying a nougat colored head. A little bit of lacing, and a nice film sticks around the top of the brew. After being poured it retains a pilsner aroma, though maybe some slight citrus, and definitely some malty sweetness.

Settles oddly heavy, considering it starts off with carbonation. Hoppy and then some malty sweetness and graininess. Not particularly refreshing, but also not particularly substantial. The smell and taste came to remind me of a spiced orange-based dish. Again a pilsner like after-taste.


TheMistler, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of MyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one during a nice session with a few pals. This was the weirdest of the bunch. For some reason, I had high hopes for this brew. What I ended up with reminded me of a generic Cola soda that had gone flat. The smell, mouthfeel, and appearance were very similar to (but not as sweet as) cola. It was so strange. It was easily drinkable, but not really appetitizing. The taste was... blah. It went down smooth but I was unable to finish a whole bottle because it was so bland for a beer. Makes me sad, to be honest. It wasn't bad, persay... just really not worth the effort.

MyGoodness, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of nem2006
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this at Village Pizza in Estes Park, CO. Served in a stange glass with a Hofbrau logo.

Was a deep brown, with a lightly tinted head that held well. Good carbonation could be seen.

There was a smell of lightly toasted malts and a slight background of citrus from the wheat.

This is a medium-bodied beer. Taste starts with lightly toasted malts, closing with a subtle hop finish and a final hint of citrus from the wheat.

nem2006, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:

A: Poured a mahogany with very thick tan head, crystal clear, no bubbles. 3.5

S: Honey, caramel malts, sweet, and a hint of alcohol. 4.0

T: Honey and sweet flavors, similar to smell, lots of malts are present in this beer. 3.5

M: Smooth, very little carbonation, pretty easy going down. 4.0

D: Easily drinkable, not a bad beer at all. 4.0

pokesbeerdude, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a creamy off-white head. The aroma is very malty with toffee and caramel and molasses. The taste like the aroma features a good amount of malt that is slightly toasted. This is a very smooth and drinkable Dunkel that I could easily drink more than one in a sitting. Overall, Hofbrau Dunkel is a good beer that is representative of the style, recommended.

cjgator3, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dr. Pepper colored with a flimsy tan head that disappears quickly. This beer is pretty much see-through, with a caramelized sugar hue and very little lace.

S - Caramel malt with some soy sauce, malt vinegar, and deep fried notes. This reminds me of the way that Long John Silver's smells from the parking lot. There are some Asian vegetable notes like cabbage and bok choy. It doesn't really smell good in the traditional sense, but it's got me interested.

T - Lightly toasted malts with those oddball Asian vegetable flavors. Pickled cabbage and soy sauce. Maybe my bottle is bad, but these flavors aren't all together nasty...they are just odd.

M - Light bodied and slightly oily. This has a very clean finish with almost no aftertaste.

D - I really don't like this beer much, but for some reason that would not stop be from drinking a bunch of this. Sessionable if not delectable. It's clean and unoffensive and I think that's the point with this style.

pmcadamis, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank in a Duvel tulip glass. Pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head that sticks around the glass and floats on top of the brew nicely.

Roasted carmel sweetness on the nose, a nice smelling blend of malts. Not much hops...almost smells like a chocolate milkshake.

Surprisingly light and thin body on the palate but has ample amounts of malty-yeasty flavor, sweet but not cloying. Very nice. A clean, slightly bitter finish. This beer has a nice combination of flavor and drinkability.

Hofbrau seems to have some of the freshest tasting beer from across the pond.

A pretty good price at under $7 a six-pack. Goes down quick and smooth. A good spring/summer drinker, easy to session.

Recommended, will definately buy some more of this (already have bought 3 sixers this year!).

twiggamortis420, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Clear medium-dark amber with a small yellow-white head of small and medium bubbles, relatively quickly dissipating with light lacing left behind.

S = Light chocolate notes with a plastic yeast bite that is somewhat sour following.

T = Nice chocolate notes, with light caramel toffee, turns lightly bitter at mid-palate then blends nicely into a relatively long finish.

M = Unpleasantly high stinging carbonation on tongue, medium-light body, decent mouthcoating.

D = Can really only give this one average drinkability, I wouldn't turn it down necessarily, but it's just not that special.

Traquairlover, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium brown/reddish color, with a thick two inch head. Very good retention, excellent lacing.

Smell: Aroma is dominated by toasted malts, caramel, and raisins. Clean, but very bready/biscuity.

Taste: Flavor is dominated by toasted grains; biscuit flavors mixed with malty caramel.

Mouthfeel: Definitely a "big" beer that fills the mouth with full grainy and bready flavors.

Drinkability: Nice balance yet full flavor in a beer that fairly light and clean make this a very drinkable beer. Drinking it in the Hofbrau House in Milwaukee in a liter mug made it even better.

Haybeerman, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of argock
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Hearty-looking amber color with bubbly but sticky light tan head.

S: Extremely malty with bready and slightly yeasty layered on a roasted and caramel malt backbone

T: Delicious maltiness with prominently caramel followed with lighter roasted malt flavors. Substantial.

M: Very smooth and full-bodied.

D: A great beer and one of the better Hofbrau offerings I've had.

argock, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, green glass...

what the hell? i thought green glass was basically against the law in Germany except for Becks and Spaten because the beers are only a step up from garbage. Im sure this beer had promise at one point, but the glass ruined the entire experience, and honestly its flavor as well. I have no idea how long this has been sitting in a warehouse under lights, heat, cold, etc. It poured a murky brown color with a decent tan head. Roasted malty nose with some nutty tones. It tastes like it could have been good at one point. Toasted barley, mellow aged hop undertones and an easy drinking body. This thing was just off. Put this in brown bottles. Beer inside green bottles doesn't have to be old to taste bad.

ATPete, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of germanbeerluvr
4.88/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

By far, my favorite beer of all. The flavors in this beer explode along with the wonderful aroma of caramel. I usually have two liters of this great beer on tap, at the Heidelberg in NYC, the food and beer are fantastic, I have never been disappointed. I have serious trouble trying to keep my glass on the bar.

germanbeerluvr, May 30, 2008
Photo of drxandy
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from green glassed' 12oz to footed ale glass, pours a thin deep reddish brown, nice white head

smells bready and malty

on first taste i realized i had this beer too cold, the german skunk flavors came out, i let it be for about half an hour and man there was no comparison. nice bitterness, great balance of hops and malts, crisp, malty, a nice drinking dunkel

mouthfeel is crisp from carbonation, bitter, easy to drink, extremely sessionable

drxandy, May 29, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep copper-brown with a fizzy white cap that quickly subsides leaving a nominal lacing in my pilsn glass ; a subtle smell, steely grain and a bit of grassy hops, just a hint of nuts and dark fruits ; a smooth flavor w/ a decent bite, more cereal grains than anything, a bit of caramel/nuts present, finishes dry and crisp ; a dry, light bodied beer, a bit thicker and "wetter" than most dunkels, decent co2 level ; a quaffable brew and a decent dunkel, i'm certain to have this again...

animal69, May 27, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, dark brown with a thin head. Seemed to be a pretty standard German dunkel, with the taste and smell having substantial malt with overtones of mild hops. Seemed pretty medium-bodied for being such a dark beer and went down smooth. Went great with my tacos for dinner!

jeremyd365, May 16, 2008
Photo of BeerBelcher
1.63/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this from a bottle (no date code of course) and thought it quite marginal. It was quite vegetal in aroma and flavor, with abundant cereal-ness that reminded me a great deal of Play-D. I poured most of it out.

Color was a surprising bronze-color, that was unlike any other beer I can recall. Aroma and flavor were unpleasant, vegetal and grainy. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I do not recommend this beer.

BeerBelcher, May 11, 2008
Photo of Pencible
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Obviously a German beer, this poured a clear dark brown with a nice head. It smelled malty with wild hops. It had a sweet malt and cream flavor with some hops in the aftertaste, although it wasn't very bitter. The texture was fairly thin with lots of carbonation. Overall it was pretty enjoyable and easy to drink. I like the dunkel!

Pencible, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a funny root-beer color that I can't say is brown, amber or reddish, but a strange triangulation of those colors. Mostly white head. Aroma of mild toffee and bread-like caramel notes. The flavor is quite similar but has a sweet malt note that is cut short by just the minimum amount of hops to balance it out. The finish barely manages to become dry and the body is medium. I took a bite of a mildly spiced delicate pork sausage with mustard, some onions, peppers, and cabbage, and pumpernickel bread, then took another swallow of the beer and it suddenly came alive. Some beers can seem so-so until you find the right food to activate it.

dedrinker, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruby tinged caramel color with plentiful off-white head; decent tracing to boot. Aroma is a rush of malty sweetness, reminiscent of toasted bread, ginger ale, a bit of light caramel and a slight nuttiness. On the palate, the malts continue to come through with their slight toastiness, quite sweet indeed. Only a moderate caramel like amount of toasted flavor pervades, with a strong nuttiness in the background. Barely to no hop bitterness comes through in the finish. This is a style I don't plan on visiting again as I see the malt level close to cloying and one-dimensional.

dreadnatty08, Feb 25, 2008
Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
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