Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh

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Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 48
Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft offering at the Pittsburgh location served in a large dimpled mug. The brew appears a amber color with a rich off-white cap that fades slowly leaving patchy lace-work on the glass.

The aroma contains plenty of bready malt and some sweetness with fruity and floral hops/alcohol. As more whiffs are taken, some of that bready maltiness transforms to more toffee and molasses character.

The taste includes plenty of molasses-like dark malt flavoring with a fresh bready grain appeal that blends to something more like toffee and caramel with more sips. There is an herbal hop aspect before blending to a soft fruity alcohol aapect towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Overall an exceptionally drinking brew and probably the best example of a dunkel I have had in recent memory. I wouldnt mind having this again sometime soon.

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

Pours a dark brown color. Lots of off white head and plenty of lace. Aroma of roasted malt and a bit of chocolate. In the taste, roasted malt and some cocoa. Light herbal hopping, even bitterness with a slightly roasted finish. Medium bodied, but full and smooth. Overall this is a great brew.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown color with a nice thick tan foam head. Not a lot of lacing, very spotty at best.

S: A very mild sweet smell. A little roasted coffee, burnt toast and some mild dark chocolate.

T: Starts and finishes the same. A slightly sweet yet roasty flavor of chocolate, coffee and toast. A decent balance of flavors.

M: A nice light bodied beer. Leaves a slightly sweet taste on the palate.

O: Overall, this is not a bad beer. I prefer the Hefeweizen, but this brew is still tasty. Not overly sweet with a nice combo of sweetness and roasted malt flavors.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice deep brown in color. Lighter than expected with a nice frothy head. They love the head here!

S - Slight roasted character, mild grain and hops with a touch of bread.

T - The roast-ness of this beer almost comes off smokey much more so even touching into a mild coffee. The bready sweetness rounds the bitter roast giving the palate a clean finish.

M - A very sweet and drinkable dunkel. Not too bitter!

D - Another great offering from Hofbräu! I only rate the drinkability a four since I would order the hefe hands down first before touching waters with this beer. Doesn't mean it's bad it's just not my first choice. Very succession-able though!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hofbräu Drunkel has a somewhat dark body, but when held up to the light it is translucent. The head is off-white and pretty large; standard for the Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh beers.

The aroma has some bready sweetness and some roasted malt flavor. Hops don't really play a factor in the aroma of this one.

The taste is the same as the aroma; simple, crisp and pretty good. Bready sweetness with a slightly astringent roasted malt flavor. I think that I can just barely pick up a slight noble hop presence in the background, but I really can't be sure; either way, the beer isn't lacking.

Mouthfeel is pretty standard, the body has just enough heft for the nice malt flavors.

Hofbräu beers are all pretty drinkable, and this one is no exception. It might be the best of the regular line up.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- dark brown, clear, with reddish tints

s- nothing spectacular hear, slightly sweet and malty, maybe a little bready

t- delicious maltiness. not much hoppage, but a crisp finish. almost a burnt flavor to it, but not overly smoky

m- medium bodied, easy to drink fast

d- easy to drink more than a few of these. Mellow taste that really is enjoyable, beer after beer after sweet beer

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep, dark caramel copper that when held up to strng light is actually transparent. A thin off-white head holds on fairly strong and leaves decent lace.

S-Light caramel malt sweetness with a touch of biscuit.

T-Sweet malts, mainly of caramel with a touch of toasted biscuit underneath. Nothing extravagant but solid and slightly chewy.

M-Medium bodied with a crisp, clean finish.

D-Solid and well built with a touch of toast and caramel sweetness with is a well done dunkel. The kind of dark beer to give to someone who states, "I dont like dark beer".

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Pittsburgh restaurant.

A: The dunkel lager is a dark caramel and chocolate color, bright enough to be brightened when lights shines through but generally opaque. A finger of head coats the top of the glass but the 0.5L mark was hit.

S: The nose is caramel sweet with a firm bready grain base. Not much hop-wise but a nice chewy aroma.

T: The first sip is loaded with sweet malts, mainly caramel with a nice toasted flavor underlying the sweetness. Again, hops aren't a major factor but they aren't missed. A nice chewy ale to sip on.

M: The mouthfeel is clean with a crisp taste. I enjoyed quaffing this one.

D: A solid session lager that never felt heavy as I drank it.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh: This one poured a fairly clear, reddish dark amber color. There was a small off-white head on it and it left no lacing. The aroma had notes of roasted grains and caramel malts. It was just a bit light. The beer had a medium body. It had a somewhat roasty taste to it, along with some slightly sweet caramel malts and a mild hop finish. Very easy drinking.

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus Pittsburgh
3.81 out of 5 based on 48 ratings.
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