Hirter Morchl | Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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Hirter MorchlHirter Morchl

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hirt GmbH

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of lehkost
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Most dunkels I had in Austria were of the Doppelmalz variety, almost unbearably sweet and malty, especially considering the low alcohol.

Hirter Morchl is entirely different from this. Much truer to the dunkel style of their northern neighbors, this is lightly malty and not very sweet.

My main gripes are that the body is light...extremely light, but a lack of complexity is something rather commonplace in this style of beer.

The remarkably dry finish of this beer really seals the deal for me. I think that this is a stunning rendition of the dunkel style.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
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 MNJR
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that is impressive about this beer is an outstanding dark, ruby/garnet color. The head is rich and generous with excellent retention and even, thin lacing. The smell is sublime - roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel wafting above clean, light hops and slight hints of fruit. The flavor profile is fantastic, lighter than expected but quite rich. Mainly I get roasted malts and cocoa, but it washes down with a very refreshing lightness. It is actually very hard to describe the flavors hiding in this complex beer. There are some fruit undertones and a hint of very mellow hops, but it is all very subtle. The enjoyment is there is every sip, though. There are no downsides, and I can find nothing that detracts from the great flavor. The body is medium and the mouth feel is superb. Of course, I was lucky enough to have this on tap, and I understand from talking to others that this is definitely a "better on tap" beer. Or, maybe all beers are, after all? Please track this down and try it if at all possible.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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 nicholas2121
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
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 shbobdb
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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



<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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Photo of Globetrotter
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.49 for a 16.9oz bottle. Pours to a clear very dark brown, forming a rocky light tan head with good retention and solid sheets of lace with a medium carbonation. The aroma opens with dark fruits, like raisins and prunes, with vanilla, caramel and molasses when swirled. The mouthfeel is brisk with a piquant acidity, cola-like, and a medium body and a lightly dry finish. Taste begins with the dark fruits, is followed by molasses and caramel, then a slight woodiness in the finish and a hint of leather in the aftertaste. Hops are very mild and impart a rather plain and chemical bitterness, tasting more like hop extract, which is fine for this style of beer. The malts are more up front, and I would be inclined to call this a dopplebock if it had slightly more body and alcohol. Certainly it compares to what some brewers pass off as dopplebocks these days. Cleanly fermented.

A rather nice beer. I would buy this again. It's not as strong or heavy as a dopplebock, nor as light as a bock, but I like the dark fruits and molasses. Recommended, reasonably priced.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 WYVYRN527
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark brown, almost opaque, with a creamy off-white head that dissipates to a thin film. Carbonation is medium, but very pleasing. Aromas are biscuity, with hints of caramel. The flavor is almost identical, yet intense. It finishes slightly dry with a mild hop bite. For a dark lager, it's lighter bodied than others I have had. It's very easy to drink and it makes a great a great session beer.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Scott for this one. .5L brown glass pry-top. No Date.

Pours a thick, hazy reddish browh with sudsy khaki head. Nose is light and perfumed with caramel malt and light brown sugar notes, fairly closed though. Palate is both creamy and sharp with bittering hops. Great mouthfeel, woah! Flavors of milk chocolate covered caramel, light brown sugar, a little wooly-ness. Finish is long and creamy.

A fine upstanding beer! Surprised at how good it is given its modest $2.49 price tag. Will not only seek this out again but will buy a lot!

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Photo of Dripdry
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of trying this beer last night over some great beef rouladen at Laschet's in Chicago. A snow storm was blasting its way through the streets, so the freezing weather and need for something to warm the bones may have played a part in how much I loved this beer.

The beer comes, as all beer should, in a giant 1 liter mug; a big tan/carmel head with a standard dark brown body. The smell was comforting, a roasted/sweet smell, nothing too out of the ordinary.

The taste made me sit up, especially compared to the dark beers my friend and girlfriend had, a Schwarzebier(sp?) and something else I can't recall. The taste of the Hirter Morchl was an explosion of flavors, sweet but balanced with the alcohol flavor, a taste which held on and did not let go of the palate. Now, I have just come off of having Samichlaus(sp?) on tap last week, so sweet beer is no stranger to me. It was not the taste of the beer that hooked me as much as it was the aftertaste, as though someone had been roasting coffee beans in my mouth. What a comforting sensation on such a cold, cruel night!

The subsequent aftertastes of the beer were less coffee-ish and more caramel/fruity. Compared to the other beers, it was much more robust in every way, so it held its own against the heavy tastes of the German food.

The only downside with this beer, I feel, is that for me the mouthfeel was a bit thin on the way down. It just seemed to lack body.

Make no mistake, though, this beer has made it in as one of my current favorites. Others may prefer a more subtle drink, but this beer clubbed me over the head and dragged me back to her cave!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is so underrated it's appalling. One of the best examples of the style I have ever had, especially on tap, it's just fantastic. Rich and dark with a crimson hue and a huge grey brown head that lasts forever leaving fine lacing as I drink it down abruptly. Nose and taste of old world roasted malt and dry cocoa notes mixing with a timeless lager strain. I thought I had seen the final evolution if the style but this goes beyond that. The milkshake dry textured grain is like nothing else, and there is a lot going on here, almost birch wood mellowness late, and a smooth factor like will smith in hitch. Why this is so uncommon in the states I have no idea, but it's near perfect. Wouldn't change a thing, truly sensational. One of the very best in its style on the planet, and on tap in an Austrian dungeon it's very rad!!!

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Photo of blacktrumpet
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark mahogany and looks rubylike in the light
head drops fairly quickly, lacing light to moderate
smells of heavy malt and molasses
taste is sweet, banana, caramel, xx malt, spice cake, cola, coffee licorice... tounge is smooth and full
finish is resinous, lingering, sweet, anise,..."pernod"
we all like this beer

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spotted the 0.5 liter bottle at Macadoodle's in Fayetteville, AR and knew I had to have it!

This deep garnet red beauty is dark, but double filtering keeps it clear and pretty. It's perfect for a tall hefe glass or a 0.5L mug and produces a great creamy tan head that takes on the appearance of memory foam. Lace is massive and tight - you'll see every gulp on the glass. Nice!

Aromas are sweet and grapelike surrounded by bready caramel malt.

I love the flavor of this beer - sweet, slightly fruity, caramel, pizza dough, vanilla, and a slight earthy hop finish.

This thing is so velvety smooth you'll think you're drinking something much darker and heavier.

Overall I love this beer. Probably the best dunkel lager I've experienced. Just a killer beer. Reasonable price too. I gotta get more of this!

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Photo of turkob
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Head is medium-fool, little lacing. A nice reddish-brown color.

S: Lots of chocolate and raisin. Bright malt and yeasty aromas.

T: Caramel-like malts with a soft chocolate backbone. A touch of hops on the end, but the malts linger. Finish is pretty sweet.

M: Well-rounded but a little thinner than other dunkels.

O: A nice example of the style. Not as drinkable as some, but full of flavor and worth a taste.

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Photo of drpimento
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

mmmm, very nice beer! Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi a couple of weeks ago. Poured with a huge, textured, foamy, and frothy tan head and lots of lace. Color is a nice dark walnut. Aroma is malty with toffee and mild. Flavor is similar with some lurking sweetness. Great body with fine carbonation and soft mouth goes very well with flavor. Nice easy finish. Session beer.

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Photo of daledeee
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought this because of the interesting info on the label. "Brewed since 1270". That sounds good. " A rarity in beer taste". That sounds good.

It turns out this is a dark lager made in Austria. It pours a nice dark walnut color with a good head. Light can be seen through the beer if held up to light. It is not cloudy.

The nose is bland with a hint of malt. It smells fresh as well.

The taste is one of the best I have had for this type of beer. Very subtle balances of malt, caramel and oak(I think?). It is also a tad bit sweet but not over the top. All the tastes are just right. The mouthfeel is just right as well. Good carbonation and nice finish. A very satisfying brew.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the Map room and took a bit of notes that seemed to get destroyed through the evening of enjoyment there. This and one other were enjoyed in a snifter like glass.

A- Wonderful two fingers of head. They were off-brown. Not mocha, not white... a bit of a conundrum. Lasted longer than the minute I was expecting. Constant skin with fantastic ring. Carbonation spot on for an appearance. Reminded me of a nut brown with its deepness in color. Very familiar to an off black shirt that I've washed for the hundredth time.

S- Honey! Whooo boy. If I went and smother honey around the rim of a glass I don't think it could smell as good as this. Nutty malts and faint bitterness peaked around. Nothing overly chocolatey or coffee like the bartender described.

T- Again the honey slapped me around. Very clean, very precise. It was honey with a nice malt presence behind it. The finish was mistakenly clean. I noticed that ten minutes afterwords I still had a lingering honey flavor on the center of my tongue. Great stuff!

There was a bitterness that perked its head after subsequent sipping that may have chocolate tones but nothing to write home about. It was pretty solid in the honey and earth tones.

M- Not watery, not full. Pretty solid. It had presence but nothing heavy. The carbonation was a present in the initial moments, but nothing distracting.

D-Easy! So smooth that I was willing to bet I could chug this beer without a problem. You'd have to know me to be surprised by that I suppose. The alcohol content and the characteristics of this beer make it a solid choice. I'd do it again in a heart beat.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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 joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
Binny's Willowbrook

Hirter's Morchl dumps into the glass with a handsome chestnut brown body while garnet highlights flash through when backlit. Clarity is good and carbonation runs through the entire body. A microbubbled beige head sits atop the body with a respectable cap and some stick. Lacing cakes the glass as I drink.

A deep rich toastiness permeates the entire body. Notes of soft caramel, vanilla, cream and even faint black cherries bring about an even keeled nose. Munich malt is the highlight of this beer and it's expertly utilized.

Again, the Munich malt rushes over the tastesbuds and remain after the swallow. Smooth, rich toast and caramel lead the way. The melange of black cherry, cream, and vanilla are all mild and well integrated but certainly there and together making up a decent portion of the flavor profile. The swallow leaves behind some floral hoppiness. All flavors are clean.

Morchl is a medium bodied beer with snappy carbonation. The finish is amazingly dry and appropriate leaving behind zero saliva. This is a super fresh bottle as even the bitterness grows, even though never beyond mild.

I drink this beer often on draft but I believe this is the first bottle I've ever had. It's a really enjoyable, drinkable, and affordable import. The flavor profile shows a ton of depth while staying easy drinking and fairly light. Many 1/2 liters of this has, could, and will be had by me in the future.

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Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a nice reddish mahogany color with a beautiful head and nice lacing.

S: Hints of raisin like fruit and maltiness

T: Tastes of caramel, toffee, nutty and fruity sweetness.

M: Pretty good, mild carbination, mild on the palate.

D: Definitely drinkable as a session beer.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Poured what looked like a watery brown brew, but in the glass it appeared pretty much black. Relatively translucent, providing for deep copper highlighting. Light tan head rose off the pour and quickly dissipated to a thin collar and sparse bubbles.

S-Chocolate malt and a slight cara-malt, with a slight mocha in the aroma. The aroma was very crisp, displaying the typical cleanness of a lager.

T-Initially, the flavor spoke of chocolate with a hint of lightly roasted coffee. Some caramel maltiness comes through, as well. Bitterness is crisp, but minimal. Finishes with a chocolate-caramel and a hint of residual sweetness, while still remaining clean.

M-Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation, goes well with the flavors and the overall feel of this beer.

D-Very drinkable. The relatively light body lends this beer its ease of drinking. Plus, it's quite tasty, indeed!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a mug at Bauer's Brauhaus.

Try saying this beer's name several times fast. Fun. Anyway, it pours a clear sienna topped by a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises dark fruit, very light roasted malts, light toffee, and raisins. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some extra roast, a touch of toasted bread, and a sprig of light clove. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a smooth, wet feel. Overall, a very nice Munich dunkel, easy-drinking and tasty. Good times.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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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