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Hofbräu Dunkel - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 305
Hads: 1,021
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 22.4%
Wants: 28
Gots: 161 | 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 puboflyons
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked L-030-M-08:49. Sampled on October 5, 2013.

It has a handsome looking Dunkel-like pour of mahogany brown with occasional red highlights and a short-lived off-white head. A minor chill haze.

Green bottle, so yeah, it has a touch of skunkiness unfortunately but once I pushed that aroma aside I picked up a decent German malt character, nuttiness, molasses, and a general sweetness.

The body is about medium.

The taste is generally on the sweet side with a full malty character, a hint of smoke, and a low to moderate bitterness. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of safaricook
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this in a half liter mug drafted in an irish pub in Guilin, China. For someone who was born a good hours ride from Munich it is remarkable that I had this first on the other side of theworld

Looks nice but not extraordinary with its white fine foam that reduces to a thin layer leaving lacing and its dark rather brown than black body

Smell is also not the strong point. There are dark malts and maybe some sweetness but it is difficult to get smell out of a mug sitting outside in heavy tropical rains though.

I taste sweetened coffee but no roasted flavors. Ends on a moderate bitter note

Feels smooth, light to medium body, fine carbomation

Very nice Dunkel, great dark malt flavor without any roasted malt bitterness, very drinkable. Great find in this part of the world.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Great red-brown-amber color with a heavy layer of tan lacing on the rim. Foam and carbonation are just ok, but I love the color.

Smell: Heavy notes of oak. This is also has that skunky-but-not-really-skunked smell to it due to how musty it is.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Definitely has that musty German flavor to it. Heavily malted with hints of coffee. Molasses and raisins in the finish. Mouthfeel could use some more carbonation. Definitely too light. I know it's a lager, but this is too clean.

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Photo of mikethebeerguy
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite beers, a smooth brew with good flavor. After 2 or 3 you will be feeling pretty good. A bit pricey for what it is though. It's a great beer that packs a punch and leave a good aftertaste. Not dry at all, down to the last drop. A truly notable brew.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty straightforward brew from Hofbrau... and Germany in general.

Has a very good caramelized darkness. Almost a rusty red tone with touches of orange/gold. A very fine head that dissipates quickly with bubbles that hang around the rim.

Smell is pretty faint. You pick up the carmel malts and a bit of the green bottle tint. A sort of minerally water smell is present. Very... very faint smell though.

Taste is pretty good, not very powerful, not hugely intriguing. Very straightforward. It asserts itself as a lighter and more refreshing dark lager. And that's that. Has a nice rich caramel character with a bit of toasted grain. Hints of minerals and a touch of green bottle skunk, but the slight skunk blends well and adds another level to the beer. Ends on a bit of a tad dry note, a hint of the hops that are a tad citrusy/lemony. Warmth helps brings out all the flavors throughout this beer really well.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Easy to drink and refreshing, a bit of a malty body just to separate it from lighter lagers. I could picture drinking this on a pretty humid or hot summer evening even.

Overall, a good dark lager. A great introductory beer for someone wanting to ease into German beers, ease into dark beers in general, or just ease into beers outside the norm. A fine offering.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium brown hue with a 2 finger head of dense, frothy bubbles. Head sticks around for a while, leaving a moderate amount of lacing down the glass. Clarity is fairly high, with very minimal haze in the glass, but the darker color of the body limits sight through it.

S- Lighter and slightly grainy with a hint of hops at the end. Little of the darker malts are detectable, but a little bit is there in the form of semisweetness.

T- Right of the bat a small amount of hops bitterness is evidence, followed by the typical, light German lager flavor. Crisp and somewhat grassy in flavor before moving towards a hint of darker malts. The darker malts linger on the tongue after the drink, turning into a slightly metallic flavor before fading away.

M- Light, yet smooth on the palate, this beer represents a typical, easy drinking German lager. Medium to high in carbonation. This is a beer to drink all day long like you're at Oktoberfest.

Overall, this is a pretty standard dunkel lager. Nothing special, yet I would say it's on the better end of the commonly available dunkels. I would love to try one on draft at a Hofbrauhaus.

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Photo of stinkydaddy
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a – bready and toasty Munich malt. little hops. hint of diacetyl.

a – pillowy tan head. deep brown with mahogany edges when held to light.

f – chocolate followed with toffee. bready. sweet but not cloying balanced by roasty bitterness.

m – medium-low carbonation. creamy. slight astringency but not to a fault. medium-heavy body.

o – excellent example of a dunkel. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep, ruby red, almost brown, but enough light sneaks through around the edges to keep it looking red. The head foams up quickly, but settles at just the right time to form a nice crown over the brim of my 12 oz. snifter. About half of it falls within two minutes, but the remainder stays strong for quite some time.

SMELL: Burnt toast dominates while a little touch of malt dances around in the background.

TASTE: Burnt caramel dominates the flavor of this beer and this attribute alone is able to balance the beer. It provides both a sweet and, for lack of a better term, savory sensation. A touch of citrus and maybe even a little grassy hop character is present right up front as well, but the malt is running the show here and closes out each sip very strong.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to full-bodied, probably closer to full, but not becoming overwhelming at any point. Despite the big body, it settles in in a lighter manner than some others with this type of malt bill and character.

OVERALL: This is one of the toastier, roastier Dunkels I have had and it is quite pleasant, particularly on this cool, late summer evening in Colorado. I know Oktoberfest is coming, but this would make a killer fall porch beer.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

while pouring a pretty tall head was produced, say three fingers maybe, and lingered on for quite awhile before it faded. The body was ruby amber brown and had brilliant clarity.
A well carb'd brew, this beer looks read to drink.
Aroma was all malts with plenty of toffee sweetness. I think Ican smell sutle hints of dark fruit also.
Taste is like the nose, sweet toffee malts and faint hops almost at the finish. The hops don't provide much flavor but lend a good semi bitter finish.
Drinks smooth and easy on the palate but also lean and washed out. Not a lot just enough to notice.
This way to easy drinking beer is quite good and refreshing.

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Photo of jas87
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really good dark beer. It has a lot of flavor and a dark rich color. It's a pretty heavy beer so it is something I tend to drink on occasion, just for its great flavor. It's presentation is fairly nice when poured into a serving glass. This is honestly one of my favorite beers and I believe it exemplifies what a dark beer should look and taste like.

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Photo of IronLover
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Maple brown with an orangish hue and perfect clarity. Poured with thick off-white foam that reduced to a wispy cap that left sheets of wet lacings on the glass. Earthy, sweet and lightly toasted malt and dark brown aromas, with toffee toward the end. Medium bodied with smooth, but aggressive carbonation through the middle leaving the body a bit thin toward the end. Dark bread and toasted malt flavors up front. Light floral hop bitterness through the middle followed by toffee notes and bready, toasted flavors toward the end. Finishes clean and crisp with floral hop and bready malt notes. A great malty German beer that’s very easy to drink.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Notes transferred from the archives, I had this one last summer up in cabin at Frankenmuth. It pours with a nice, burgundy and brown color, exhibiting decent clarity throughout. The head was nice and light-tan, foamy, and shows decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Lightly toasted caramel, toffee, musty hops, and a slight metallic twinge are the main components of the aroma. I wanna say there's some faint cocoa notes somewhere, but they're only mildly noticeable at best. Yeast is heavy, especially at the end of the profile, giving way to that characteristic fresh and crisp yeasty lager aroma. Fresh and refreshing.

The taste follows along pretty nicely, a touch watered down, but still packed with decent flavor. Nice, lightly roasted malts, caramel and toffee, a powerful nuttiness and a mild touch of musty and dry tasting hops. No doubt that the malts are king here, though the beer drinks easily and never errs on the side of being too sweet.

One of the best thing about lagers is the beautiful yeast and the crisp, clean taste it provides. That sentiment rings true in this brew as well, with a finish that leans heavily towards that wonderful lager yeast. Crispy, clean, faintly sulfuric, and lightly bready. Light bodied with a clean, snappy mouth feel and a relatively dry finish.

Highly drinkable brew, right here. Drinking this one during our summer camping trip at Frankenmuth was perfect; it went nicely with the hot dogs and hamburgers that day, and this is something I would gladly have again.

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Photo of Hofbrauman
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can enough of this beer. My all time favorite. Hands down one of the best in my opinion. My brother went on holiday to Germany and mention about this great beer he had. Turns out las Vegas has a Hofbrauhaus. I had a stein and I fell in love with it ever since.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hofbräu Dunkel is a delicious bready dunkel. This would be a great winter session beer.

A: Brown colour and a 5 mm head that fades pretty fast. 4

S: Slight aroma of dark malt. Biscuit. Kinda yummy. 4

T: Malty with a strong bready base. Delicious. 4.5

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 4

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 11.2 oz. green bottle, served in a steidel.

Appearance: Develops a one finger head that goes down into a thin ring. It's dark caramel colored.

Smell: The aroma es mostly of sweet malt, nothing else.

Taste: The malt sweetness is very dominant and present but not cloying.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit watery and smooth. It has medium carbonation and it's easy to drink because of the sweetness.

Overall: Complex enough so as to not be boring, but easy enough to drink so as to not discourage drinkers not accustomed to this type of beer. It manages to be very sweet but balanced, not overwhelming. A very well made brew.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Code on here of L021M... is this a Best before 12/21/13?

Appearance - Pours a clear ruby brown with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a near flat the surface, and a small ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Virtually no lacing present.

Smell - Moderate toffee aroma. Touches on bread and spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Toffee sweetness upfront and throughout, backed by bready malt notes and traces of diacetyl. Faint earthy and spicy hop bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth, easy finish.

Overall - A solid, but unspectacular dunkel. Certainly drinkable, even somewhat enjoyable, but it's nothing I couldn't live without.

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Photo of delta490
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 330ml bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a clear dark amber with a bit of cream colored head that lingers and leaves lacing. Aroma was very nondescript, with some malt sweetness that may have been chocolate or I could have made it up. The taste is about the same, a little more depth but not much beyond generic malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is very nice, a little hint of carbonation and very smooth. All in all, not bad, but not overly impressive.

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with red highlights and a thick, frothy half inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving sheets of lacing.

Aroma is nutty and toasty, with earthy hop character and hints of roast malt fruitiness.

Flavor reveals deeply toasted breadcrust, slightly burnt, at the base. Nutty, deeply caramelized malt mingles with whispers of dark cherry. The finish is slightly dry and earthy.

Body is slightly watery and fairly slick, with fairly low carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Good malt caramelization, but the mouthfeel left something to be desired.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

ST: 11.2oz poured into a flute.

A: Rusty red and very clear, the malt is obvious. A small head, white, though a darker white.

S: Delicious malty bread with the hint of hops.

T: Bready malty goodness, sweet, with a hint of herbal flowers on the finish to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium and round.

O: Enjoyable malty beer with enough character to not be one note. Great with bratwurst and liverwurst.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Half-litre in the new Berlin Hofbrau Hall: 24 Feb 2013.

Dark brown with hints of ruby red when the light caught it: on top a tanned crown of uneven foam.

Malts rule the nose and taste: bready, biscuity and semi-sweet caramel in that order. The beer however is balanced nicely by a slightly bitter undertone and a dry hop finish.

Like most dark lagers it lacked a little body, but overall it was a fine example of this style.

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Photo of T100Mark
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Amber color. Surprisingly clarity. Except for the head, it could almost pass as bourbon. Speaking of the head, course brown bubbles that vanish quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Smell - Tea leaves.

Taste - Malt. Tea. Very smooth. A little dry on the backend. Very drinkable but a little lacking in character.

Mouth - The beer has a syrupy feel to it. It looks flat but you can feel the carbonation as you drink it.

Overall - This beer is pleasant/unassuming. Yes; I am damning this lager with faint praise. I was hoping for a little more.

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Photo of wowbagger
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very nice dark amber color. Middle of the road head with middle of the road retention.

Smells a little peppery. Nothing exciting, just normal beery smell mostly, maybe a little staleness.

First taste gives a bit of that spice but not much more. Doesn't taste 'dark' really, maybe a more flavorful light beer.

Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit thin but it rolls around the tongue nicely. A good full swallow reveals some good balanced hop and a residual sweetness. It feels very light, but not overly simple or watery at all. A good mix of just a few things which works very well.

I feel like this is a good beer to have on hand for company or maybe with a meal. It's straightforward and gives the sense of a brewer who has worked hard to perfect a simple recipe. I would recommend.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 5/14/2012. Pours fairly clear dark copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, raisin, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, floral, and earthy hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toffee, toast, dark bread, light chocolate, cracker grain, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy hops. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, cracker, grass, floral, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness of dark malty flavors; with nice light floral hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly sick, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good dunkel lager. Nicely robust and balanced flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a brilliant dark red color with a small whiteish head. The head lasts but is not very strong.

The aroma of the beer is roasted with some fruitiness from the yeast. No hops can be detected. Very lager like in quality with the clean nose and somewhat subtle fruit aroma.

The beer tastes clean, very well balanced. Somewhat of a malty finish with a hint of roast and caramel. Very simple.

Mouthfeel is medium and nothing special.

Overall the beer is okay. It i very drinkable and it is free of an technical flaws. It is also not the best example of a dunkel that I have had.

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Photo of allenson21
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I prefer this to the Hofbrau original (probably due to my propensity to prefer dark beers).

-12oz bottle to pint glass

A - Pours an attractive middle-brown with a slight amber/deep red hue. Very little head (1/8th inch) which disperses rather quickly from the center-outward.

S - Rich malts with hints of caramel and the slightest hint of booze.

T - True to its appearance and aroma: rich malt and caramel. Very little booze, but it's there. I detected nodes of brown sugar and maple syrup.

M - Carbonated well. Still drinks very easy. Provokes the palate.

O - Well above-average beer. Not exceptional. Taste, combined with carbonation, makes it a refreshing beer that both appeals to AND satisfies the taste buds.

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.