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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Dunkel - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002)
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

CaptJackHarkness, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of crossovert
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml flip-top bottle. Mindestine haltbar bis Ende: 01/12.

It has a very nice pour It is a deep reddish/orangeish brown color with a nice off-white/tanish head that sticks for a bit then leaves some decent lacing.

The smell is decisively sweeter than most Dunkels. It has a noticeable caramel presence, flowery hops, dough, honey, and a hint of fruitiness. It smells fresh, and surprisingly rich.

The flavor cuts back on the sweetness, instead bringing an abnormally high roastiness for the style to the plate. It is still subtle like a munich dunkel should be. It has notes of roasted malt, caramel, bread, mineral water, and some herbal hops that give away nice bitterness in the finish. It really isn't that sweet at all after a few sips, but rather refreshing. The roastiness also leaves pretty quickly when you drink it. It basically turns into a slightly roastier and more bitter Munich Helles lager, which is what the Munich dunkel should be.

This is one that you just salivate for on a hot summer day.

crossovert, May 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Michaeldmanley, Feb 06, 2013
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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a real find, while having a late lunch at ludwig's Garten in Philadelphia. A fantastic looking brew from the tap, the amber liguid sustained a respectable head throughout the entire glass. Aromas of roasted malt and some sweetness mixed in are omnipresent. A fantastic representation of this style, the flavor is that which an alt should be, but more roasty and a good bit sweeter in a great, menacing German-Mad-Bier-Scientist kind of way. If you can find it, by all means try it. You will not be disappointed. Pairs well with Ludwig's Stroganoff Strudell.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Mar 28, 2004
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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this gem on tap at Ludwigs. This beer was a deep and clear dark amber-orange color. The head was thin, creamy and sustaining. The aroma yields roasted buttery grains, toffee and toasted pumpernickel bread. Roasted rich caramels, chestnut and pistachio with just a touch of smokiness. Medium bodied, buttery, slightly spicy and rich in flavor. No discernable harshness, just pleasantly sweet roasted malt. Smoky and roasted bitterness in the finish. This is a complex and satisfying beer. A real treat.

pezoids, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluid garnet with a milky tan foam. Gleaming, clear and clean.
Toffee-leaning malty nose, with flourishes of dark breads and darker fruits.
Enters with a molasses-flooded green raisin sweetness. Loads of that wonderful German maltiness with the suggestions of carameled plums. Bready, pumpernickel loaf middle, with a few raw grains poking out, all joined by a lurking chocolate impression. Drier at this point. Hopping is subdued but adds a black tea, herbal finish.
Medium bodied, sparce carbonation. Velvet caress.
One of, if not the best dunkel I've had. If you see this on tap, it is your duty to gobble it down by the litre.

cokes, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Patrick McGovern's, St. Paul, MN...

Dark amber and clear appearance, with a frothy head of 1/4 of an inch. Simple string laces. Sweet aroma, caramel and slight apple emphasis. Nice mouthfeel, velevety with a stylish moderate carbonation. Flavor is exceptionally well balanced, good combination of malt impressions that cross into shortbread and peach preserves -- like jam on toast. Slight hop assertion, somewhat oak-like at the close, slight drying. This is no moster brew, just really well-composed and exceptionally quaffable.

ADR, Jan 09, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

fisherbray, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

probert, Sep 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Mike and Molly's in Champaign, IL under the name "Hacker-Pschorr Alt." A little research tells me that Alt Dark is Munchner Dunkel. If I'm wrong, please drop me a line.

It looks very rich in the glass, dark brown with a fluffy (but unstable) head. It's okay; you don't need much more than the lace that remains because what's inside is pure malt.

It smells of currants and exactly like a doppelbock. The taste develops into much of the same. My first thought was Salvator, but better. Very raisiny with ripe red grapes to the point of tasting almost like cognac. In fact, this beer married well with the Martell I had later. Some chocolate, everything you want in a dunkel and more. No phenols. Very, very sweet. There's a lot of flavor in this beer, a lot of richness, but not much distinction between the characteristics. There is no development, per se, but it's a hell of a treat nonetheless.

The texture is textbook Hacker-Pschorr -- smooth and velvety. Easy to drink. Finishes long with a very natural berry sweetness.

A lot of care went into making this beer. Whatever you think of it or the style (which is not at all my favorite), Alt Munich Dark shines with craft.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Aug 15, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

BJasny, Nov 16, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gasthof's in Mpls. Dark brown, low amber appearance with a good amt of white, fine head. Moderate carbonation. Clear.

This alt is full of malt aroma and taste along with a hefty amt of caramel/toffee character not typical for a north german/dussel alt. Low hopping but bitterness that is balanced very well. No hop aroma or diacetyl. Great tasting and an aftertaste that perfect. Smooth and rich drinking that would be perfect for a great deal of food pairings.

Try this one if you can because it showcases German craftsmanship of beer. Not a true alt yet a great beer.

MinnesotaRIS, Mar 12, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Pours a beautiful deep copper with a little head. Very clear. Smell consist of clean malt and noble hop tones. Taste is a nice blend of smooth maltiness and hop accents. Very mellow and easy drinking. Nicely done.

Bighuge, May 19, 2002
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown color with a tan head.
enjoyed at a ski resort near Garmisch, Germany.
S: Aromas of coffee, roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate.
T: Roasted malt with coffee and chocolate in the middle and a hop bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Enjoyed this beer greatly and would have another given the opportunity.

Paincane, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DOCRW, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ilikebeer03, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

shwami, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times at the Gate in Park Slope Brooklyn.

A: Dark ruby. Transparent, barely though. Thin head. Very tasty looking.

S: Fruit, raisins. Good toasted malt aroma

T: Sweet malt flavor at first and follows up with raisiny flavors. Quite good.

MF: Medium bodied, yet very wet. Glides down your throat.

D: Very drinkable.

Overall very good, Easy to session, but a bit generic. Nothing really stands out. But solid in the end. Have a few.

AChamberlain, Apr 18, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Der Phsorr, around the corner from Marienplatz in Munich.

A- Pours a deep ruby-brown color. Lots of tan foam, this beer looks great.

S- Somewhat sweet malty scent prevalent, maybe a little fruitiness, no noticeable hops.

T- Very well balanced, the sweet malt isn't cloying, the beer finishes clean and dry.

M- A very well carbonated beer (I couldn't see if this came from a barrel, as the helles did, or from a storage tank), thin to medium body.

D- Very drinkable, this paired well with the pork we had to eat.

cichief, Feb 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

klipper, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

pharmerdoc, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BillRoth, Mar 15, 2014
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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Dunkel from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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