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Hirter Morchl | Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hirt GmbH
Austria | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
119
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
16.45%
 
 
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Reviews by jerryjeff:
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3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma
Caramel notes, understated and not too up front. Maybe a faint chocolate.

Mouthfeel
Medium carbonation, a bit more than I'd like but not too bad. Not too much presence on the palette, pretty well fermented out.
Appearance
Initially poured to decent head in my newcastle glass, faded quickly but slight residual is lacing nicely. Dark amber/ruby color in not the best light.

Taste
Not a bad flavor but getting a bit of skunkiness, almost a metallic taste so it may not have travelled well. This has hints of the caramel, light chocolate sweetish taste with really a sole focus on malt without much bitterness. Minus the odd twang it would be better, but still at best a middle of the road dark lager. Good, but not great.

Drinkability
Rather, if this was my only choice for a session I could get through a few with the light body and non-intrusive flavor but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Overall
Pretty good dark euro lager (what I'm judging against) but nothing memorable.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I’m not very good on this style yet, but I’m pretty sure that to be a true Munich Dunkel, it has to be a big cloying mess. This one certainly fits the bill. Appearance is nice at a dark brown near black with deep crimson hues and a thin tan head. The aroma is not bad either. Lots of berries, molasses, sweet coffee/caramel malts, and a general fruit cake fruitiness. The taste and mouthfeel on the other hand…bleh! Sweet cloying fruit and caramel flavors dominate. The beer’s body isn’t particularly thick but it sure feels like sugar water mixed with molasses. I’m sure this is all fitting with being a dunkel but damn, it is just not for me. Totally unbalanced and disgustingly sweet. Undrinkable.

Served an tap at the Map Room.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of tux_alin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mentaltraveller
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This rootbeer-with-a-splash-of-grenadine hued brew is toped with the most unexpectedly beautiful creamy ecru head that stands at a full four fingers (after an admittedly aggressive pour), and slowly reduces to two fingers of fluffy foam. Lacing is smattered all around the glass, while rhubarb and crimson highlights shine when held up to the track lighting in my kitchen.

S - Grape Tootsie-Roll pop. Seriously, thats exactly what I'm reminded of at first sniff. Deeply chocolaty, but not in a real dark or milk sort of way... I hate to be repetitive, but I'll be damned if this doesn't smell exactly like a damn tootsie roll encased in grape hard candy! Much more subtle hints of smoked meats add a bit of complexity, while avoiding a clash with the chocolate notes.

T - After a holeshot right out of the gates, this one begins to loose a little bit of steam after the first two laps. In lap three (taste), this becomes a bit more mundane as it lacks the powerful artificial-chocolate "Tootsie" notes of the nose, while picking up more dry woody flavors and mineral aspects.

M - Medium, leaning towards light, bodied but extremely firm and pretty dang dry. This one is like a dry brittle stick that is light, but very rigid and snappy. Finishes dry, then completely clean on the palate several seconds after swallowing.

D - Excellent drinkability! The nose is extremely enticing, and even though the flavor isn't quite as stellar it is still quite tasty. The mouthfeel is flawless, and its extremely firm and well built. Session material for sure!

Note: After reviewing my reviews (ha!) I noticed that this is the only beer of its style that I've ever given score much over a 3.0 Seriously, this is in a whole 'nother league than the rest. I know its only 5% ABV, but this is like an "Imperial Munich Lager" or something!

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, bottled on 10.03.15, and poured into a bulbous pint glass. Hazy dark brown body floats virtually no head.
Toasted malt aromas are joined by hints of cocoa and stone fruit.
Sweet malt tastes match the aroma nicely. Mouthfeel is rich an creamy but not heavy.
Overall it excites me. More please.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall 0.5 liter glass stein. Copper to brown colored with two fingers of fluffy off-white head.

Rich smelling malt, pepper, barley and slight citrus.

Rich tasting also. Sweet and malty, a bit chewy, almost no carbonation, and a touch of bitter. At the end it has a watery taste where the dominate flavors quickly fall off.

Very enjoyable. Looks amazing and smelled and tasted great. Tough to beat.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(A) Pours clean, dark brown that shines ruby in the light. Little head.

(S) There's a decent amount going on here. A lot of fruit. Figs, some banana, dark cherry, grape, chocolate and toasted malt.

(T) Raisin, roasted malts, molasses, brown sugar, fig and some dark cherries at the end.

(M) Somewhat grainy, medium body. Pretty well balanced but with a bit more on the carbonated side.

(O) Tasted a lot like a quad. It was good, but nothing out of this world. Has a really good flavor. Definitely would drink this one again.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown-hued auburn with 3 fingers of impressive tan head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Brown bread, plums & figs with a touch of anise

T: Brown bread, a touch of plum & anise & dryness up front. a touch of leafy hops as well. Plum notes & a touch of apricot jam as this warms, along with some mineral hoppyness & more brown bread notes. Finishes fruity, dry with some metallic hoppyness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation

A well put-together dunkel. I would like to try more beers from this brewery, this & the Pils are both solid brews

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Photo of Markonius
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bditty187
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Basic brown in hue, when backlit there is a garnet highlight; I think the color is attractive. Smallish beige head, at the apex the foam was no more than a half finger tall. The bubbles fell quickly to a soapy cap that, largely, lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was spotty. Overall, the appearance is unspectacular but pleasant enough.

The nose is very sweet and malty, kind of chocolaty... scarily it reminds me of Malta Goya! Oh no! Really though, the nose is pretty rich, lots of chocolate, hints of dark berries, molasses, and caramel. I'm fairly fond of the nose; moderately high potency... it is chatty and pleasant but I am sort of worried that the palate is going to be very sweet as that is what the nose is telling me.

The palate is not nearly as rich as the nose led on. I don't care for the "thin" maltiness or the extract-like twang which I also taste in Malta Goya. Kisses of chocolate and caramel do provide some depth in an otherwise clean, straightforward lager. I have to disagree with BA; this beer is not a Munich Dunkel Lager... IMO, this is nothing more than a Euro Dark Lager. For what it is, it is okay. Clean finish but the aftertaste does offer some pleasant caramel hints, some dark fruits and even a kiss of molasses.

No more than medium in body, low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel is respectable... nothing fancy, workmanlike. In other words, the mouthfeel gets the job done.

When I bought this bottle in KCMO I never seen it before or heard of it. I thought it was a Baltic Porter because the label says "malt liquor" and "dark beer." I just made the assumption. Oh well. I liked this beer well enough (and it was cheap) but, really, it is not something I'll buy again. On second thought... this beer is growing on me. It is pretty darn tasty.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hirter Morchl brewed by Brauerei Hirt GmbH, with an ABV of 5.00% This brew pours out deep brown color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of root beer, now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Hirter Morchl is rich with roasted grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. There is also has a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. The look and smell of Hirter Morchl is really inviting. I really like the is brew so far. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on roasted grains, malts and a hit of hops. Everything about this brew is well balanced. I can't get over how smooth and refreshing this brew is. Hirter Morchl, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is rich, bold, smooth, clean, and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Hirter Morchl a 4 .25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Brauerei Hirt GmbH, did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shbobdb
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good, dark, German bread. This is what I am talkin' about. There is just this wonderful, rich graininess to this beer that is hard to describe. Man, the malt on this beer is just crazy. This would easily be one of the best beers I've ever drank

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If

<pregnant pause>

DMS hadn't crashed the party.

That is such a pity. Perfect carbonation level, a nice tawny color with solid head retention, a nice robust smell, and the taste, were it not for the DMS, would be pretty much ideal.

This is certainly a beer worth trying if you can find it, but unfortunately, it isn't a beer worth seeking out. It came so close, which is actually more of a letdown than a beer that is just OK.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a half liter brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A couple fingers of creamy tan head. Clear brown/red body. Head retention and lacing are both very nice.

Smell: Reminds me a bit of a nut brown ale. Molasses and a little bit of dark fruit sweetness.

Taste: Little caramel with some unsweetened cocoa powder. Not too bad. Hops in the finish are very mild, kinda herbal.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hirter Morchl | Brauerei Hirt GmbH. Oured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and tan, with lateral lacing, and a very dark brown body.

Smells like roasted/caramelized malts with full-bodied grains.

I taste a blend of roasted, very slight caramel, and biscuit malts. This flavor is actually quite reminiscent of an Irish red ale. Nothing here is offensive or overpowering. Just a nice, full-bodied dark lager, nearly red ale

The mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

I'll choose to rate Hirter Morchl | Brauerei Hirt GmbH with an overall 4.5. I may or may not pick this up again.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of matjack85
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Globetrotter
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fairly difficult to find in Vienna, the bottle is standard brown half-liter, with a parchment colored label featuring just the name, a coat of arms and an old waxed seal. There is no definitive list of ingredients, but they punctuate the claim of no sugar added with an exclamation point. Best before 11/06, I opened it on 9/23/06.

Pours a clear pinkish brown under a 3/4 finger beige head that lasts forever but still fails to generate any lace. The nose is mild but very enticing, with clear if not strong sweet caramel tones. The mouth is well carbonated and quite sticky, coating all sides with a viscous coating that prolongs the taste sensation. And the taste is quite good. Slightly roasted malt and a bit of sweetness at first yield to a slightly burnt espresso bitter aftertaste that lingers very well. This is definitely not your average Viennese Dunkel - it has spirit and character. Easily my favorite bottled Austrian beer after 2.5 months of fairly intensive research.

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Hirter Morchl from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.
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