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Hirter Morchl | Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hirt GmbH
Austria
hirterbier.at

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:
120
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
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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 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
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 joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
$1.99
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 scratch69
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Clear cola brown color with a fingers worth of tan head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Roasted malt, toffee, and a hint of dark fruits.

Taste- Roasted malt, toffee, dark bread, and a hint of dark fruits.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth with a high level of carbonation.

Overall- A nice tasting, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a 16 0z. glass goblet.
Pours a clear, deep brown with a yellowish-tan head that dissipates quickly, leaving little lacing. Lots of things going on in the aroma, especially as it warms a bit. Bready Munich malt, chocolate, molasses, nutty and a strong sweet smell. Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is that this is not a Munich Dunkel style. There’s some rye malt character there with a weaker hop profile, much like a Euro Dark Lager. Whether it fits the Munich Dunkel taste profile exactly or not, this is a great beer, in my opinion! Grainy, bready flavors with hints of dark chocolate, brown sugar and ripe fruity flavors. Medium bodied with a light-to-medium carbonation level, making it silky smooth. No alcohol warmth detected. Paired very nicely with the warm, buttered pumpernickel I had with it. Overall, this was a great beer for a great price! I paid $2.39 for a single 16.9 oz. bottle. I will definitely grab this one again.

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Photo of lefty
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a glass.

A: A nice dark brown color with a thick head, very nice appearance

S: Predominantly roasted malt, maybe a hint a caramel, standard dunkel smell

T: A nice rich, but not overpowering taste. Not as smooth as I would have hoped though.

M: Set well on the tongue

O: Just an average dunkel beer, but for a price of just over $2, I would say it met my expectations, though I won't be rushing out to get it again as there are a lot of other dunkel beers I would rather have and pay more for.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: incredibly pillowy head, 2 finger khaki color head, dark brown color,
S: dark fruits, roasted malts, caramel
M: medium, light carbonation
T: nothing overpowering, dark fruits, dark roasted malts, dark bread
O: decent overall brew with subtle flavors

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Photo of Lemke10
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a single 1pt., 9oz bottle from Everett’s in South Beloit, IL for $2.29 in October 2012.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight off-white head. There is a mild scent of hops and malts but nothing too strong. The taste is ever so slightly heavy in taste but not by much. There is a decent combination of hops, malts, and yeast to make a dark beer that drinks fairly easy. Although it drinks well, it really could use some work in flavor department as the taste is kind of bland. For a small city, this was a rather interesting find.

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Photo of Redrover
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. brown bottle with clear freshness dating. Poured into a standard shaker pint, the beer is brown with amber highlights. It has a thick and sticky tan head.

The beer has an aroma of raisins, roasted malts and something sweet like brown sugar.

The taste is very similar to the smell. It is sweet with some dark fruit, toasted malts and brown sugar. It almost reminds of toffee or a slow poke sucker. I think it is a trifle too sweet to session, but it hit the spot after working outside and a 60 degree day.

The mouth is smooth with the carbonation really hitting at the end of the sip (if that makes sense).

I would love to try this on tap or closer to the source.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA
Date: Best by 2012-05-28
Glass: Ayinger Willi glass

Pours a 1cm head of dark tan foam, densely packed, small bubbles on bottom with large-sized ones settling on the top. This gradually subsides to a thin film atop the beer, thicker around the perimeter of the glass. Body is dark amber brown out of the light, lighter amber brown when looked at through light.

Aroma is fairly lackluster, subdued, and light, with toasted nuts, dark bread, and brown sugar all being present. The ability to notice these increases with warmth of the beer.

The major flavors are dark breads, toasted nuts, light toffee, and brown malt sweetness. The flavors aren't overly strong or superbly pronounced, but they are noticeable and satisfactorily nuanced. Initial flavors on the front of the palate are of a fairly generic sweetness from brown or dark malts. Taste is br. Mid-palate is of darker malt extractives and associated sweetness, mild bitterness, and black breads. Back of palate notes hints of cocoa powder, a bit of dried date and fig ester. Aftertaste of nutty, brown malts with black bread and hints of toffee.

Beer is medium-light to light bodied, with medium-high levels of carbonation that foams the beer up substantially on contact with the palate. Resulting mouthfeel is at first fizzy, then smooth and creamy. Finishes wet, with little residual stickiness around palate or lips.

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Photo of barczar
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a one finger light tan head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma is a hint of toasted malt, dominated by sweet caramel and fresh baked bread. There's a hint of floral hop.

Flavor follows the aroma fairly well, with toasted malt forming the backbone and giving way to fairly sweet caramel malt, finishing slightly nutty with a hint of bitterness. A touch of metallic flavor is slightly offputting. Cola emerges as it warms.

Body is moderate to light, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer, slightly on the sweet side. Wish that tangy finish was more subtle.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear, vibrant deep brown, reddish when held to the light, with excellent clarity. Topped by an inch of creamy tan head that slowly fades and leaves nice lacing.

aroma is largely of bread crust-y munich malt. Touch of chocolate and nuts here too. Slight earthiness seems out of place, perhaps noble hops playing with dark malts? Very slight herbal/spicy hop, with no real yeast component - clean.

Flavor follows aroma, plenty of munich though not as "rich" as some examples. finish somewhat sweet and a bit dry in the aftertaste, moderate bitterness. There is a faint tartness and a bit of a metallic/papery edge in the finish; I suspect age is starting to take its toll. Wish there was a date on this bottle somewhere. No hop flavor or alcohol flavor, pretty clean with very light and fleeting fruity notes.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of the style. Slight astringency in the finish is OK. No alcohol warmth, and moderate carbonation.

It's a bit less rich than the style. Picture a schwarzbier malt richness with munich dunkel flavor profile and you're pretty close. Might have been thinned a bit by age?

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 sweemzander
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a fairly dark sienna to plum color with reddish highlights. Some tan froth.

(S)- Some dark raisin, cassis, and plum fruits. Bits of a grainy corn.

(T)- Similar to the smell mostly. Same bigger yeast elements included. Still kind of grain-like despite the rich dark fruits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to it. Grainy, but a smooth fruit flavor contrasted by the yeast character.

(D)- This is a solid, easy drinking beer while still maintaining some deep/rich belgian flavors.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 jerryjeff
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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Photo of zeff80
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden brown color with a two-finger head of light brown foam with big bubbles. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of sweet breads and floral notes. Some caramel notes, too.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with some butterscotch flavors. It had a slight bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied lager with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay Munich Dunkel Lager. Easy drinking and pretty tasty.

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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 hwwty4
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a capped 500ml bottle into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a deep mahogany brown with a massive 3 inch creamy cap that leaves some pretty substantial lacing down the sides of the glass. Good start. The aroma starts off with a little overly toasted bread with just a little bit of coffee and dry mocha powder. Nice roasted aroma but fairly one dimensional. The flavor continues that line. Nice roasted flavor starts off. Toasted bread with just a little chocolate powder mixed with with this odd underlying sweetness. Not sugary per say but almost like a generic grape juice sweetness. Just a touch of ripe tree fruits. No perceivable hop presence. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with just a bit of dryness at the finish. While I'm a huge fan of crisp, clean lagers, I feel that this one is just a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sturdy and stately with toasty breads, light grain and slightly burnt caramel, Hirter's Dunkel is pleasant and somewhat masculine, making it both unoffensive yet characterful.

Pouring a deep amber, sometimes resembling bronze and browns, the beer shows bright clarity although dampened by the dark hue. Soft carbonation streams a dense and froathy head of lightly tanned foam that dissipates just before the close of the session. A good looking beer but not eye-catching.

Bready, toasty, and grain aromas give a glimpse into the malt profile. Relying on maltiness to carry the beer, other notes of caramel, toffee, bread crust, and malted milk help to round out the grain character and invite the hop balance. Herbal, lightly spicy, and soft floral notes help to give intrigue to the nose and a reprieve from the heavy tilt toward malts.

Clean and crisp malt flavors also show the balance of malt to grain to toast. Caramel sweetness is short lived, allowing for the dry toasty flavor to govern the mid palate. Lightly nutty with notes of butterscotch, bread crust, and true malt taste dance about the peripheries and give a varying flavor at each sip. Elegant and refreshing with a hint of woodiness in the hop profile to finish.

Medium bodied, but waivering late, the beer finishes with a lager-like crispness and a slightly bitter dryness. A light toasty malt flavor returns in aftertaste.

A delicate and highly drinkable beer. With a slight vegital taste, the beer hides its flaws well and is cause for subtle enjoyment.

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Photo of MNJR
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
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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Hirter Morchl from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
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