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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

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57
Ratings:
120
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
16.71%
 
 
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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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Photo of Lauthaha
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby or mahogany color. A violent pour yields about two fingers of head, which dissipates over the course of about two minutes to a thin foam on the surface, with thicker consistency around the edge of the glass. Moderate lacing. Not too shabby.

Smell: Heavily malted. Raisins and cocoa. Mild esters. A bit pungent for my liking, but better than average.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Thin and nearly-oily, very light carbonation. Very smooth. Tastes very clovey, with some sweetbread taste in there as well. Bitterness in the liquid itself, but the aftertaste is surprisingly pleasant. Sweetness without being overpowering, and nothing bad. Hmm.

Drinkability: A touch too much for regular consumption for this buckaroo. But not a waste.

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Photo of Chaz
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby-brown in color ("cola"), and topped with a medium-tan head. Lacing is evident and of better-than-average duration, with enough to ring the glass and linger nicely : )

Nose offers up notes of plum and raisin, also light cocoa.

On the first sip there's a creaminess that immediately grabs my attention, prior to the tastebuds kicking in, but the fruity aspects encountered in the aromatic portion play fairly unrestrained here.

This brew features very low bitterness (but there is some), and moreover there are aspects of both roasted and biscuit malt here which make up for this "hopless" character ; )

There is definitely a vinuous aspect to this brew, and it's rather more complex than it seems at first glance!

A very nice beer, and remind me very favorably of a couple of "Czech Dunkels" which I haven't seen in years -- I'll have to pick up a few more bottles of this one.

EDIT: My rating on Morchl appears to be pretty low. The thing is? I *like* this style quite a bit, and was trying to be fair here, and trying hard not to 'over-rate' / rate it too highly! C'est la Vie. This is definitely an above average beer, and I'd say it's well-worth your time to seek out a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 turkob
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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 beerfairy
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 SFLpunk
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 msubulldog25
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz (0,5 liter) brown bottle, date-stamped '20.04.2010'. Acquired from House of Glunz (Chicago) in a mail-order, chilled and poured to a pint glass.

Label: 'A RARITY IN BEER TASTE' - 'Austrian dark beer'

A: Very clear, a crystal-mahogany. Appears still until I look really closely - only then do a myriad of tiny bubbles show. Starts with a good head, a fizzy but long-lasting cap of light-tan cream - one that winnows to a scant but unbroken film that's a bit thicker around the edges. Broken lace slinks down the glass, disintegrating as it falls.

S: Sweet, wafting malt. Caramel sweetness, sugary like soda. Hints of spice and something vaguely 'huskier' and more toasted. Good strength and pretty appealing.

T: Powdery cocoa, a trace of spiced wood. Baked bread, a dark crustiness that ends rather benignly. Vague fruit (kinda 'grape' or 'berry') and sweetness like toffee middle-to-end...it's all good. Were I any less of a malt-lover, I may score lower...but that ain't the case.

M: Palatable softness, smoothness - carbonation is present but mellow. Medium feel style-wise, kinda velvety but also a lingering oiliness.

D: Easy-to-drink, malt-forward lager. Modest spice and roast, fairly forgettable flavors yet quite drinkable. Low ABV helps, but generally 'good' scores across the board don't hurt at all. A stein and a plate of sauerbraten or schnitzel sounds pretty good after this. Very much worth a try.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Map Room into a pint glass.

The beer pours a very dark amber with a nice light tan head, good retention and lacing.

The aroma and taste are just all malt. Its all I can pick up is malt, almost indistinguishable from a marzen, which is one of my least favorite styles. I found this very boring, simple, and lazy. The feel is light, and for 5% its not very drinkable

I would not recommend this to anyone.

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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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Hirter Morchl from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
3.83 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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