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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

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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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Photo of blacktrumpet
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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 Dripdry
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cranberry-bronze with an orange peel rim. This is a pretty typical Munich dunkel look... that could also be mistaken for a brown ale. The immensely bubbly cap is an appealing shade of golden khaki and is beginning to lay down scads of bubbly lace.

The nose is too low on power to be impressive. What I can appreciate is steely caramel-like from a malt perspective and musty-musky from a hop perspective. With a 'best by' date that's still three months away, I don't believe that the beer's age has anything to do with the less than compelling aroma. Mishandling perhaps, but then that's impossible to prove. Hopefully, things will sort themselves out on the palate.

My socks are still firmly on my feet and my eyes are still firmly in my head. Morchl is an okay Munich dunkel that is too subtle for its own good. I know that beer of this style isn't supposed to bowl its drinker over like a runaway freight train, but a little more self-confidence would be nice.

The dominant flavors include a soft, almost powdery, chocolatiness, a hint of dark caramel and a glancing blow of dark fruit (dried dates and perhaps raisins). Thankfully, the hops are now their more typical floral-grassy selves, rather than being as musty as they continue to be in the nose. Try as I might... I... just... can't... get... excited... about this beer. It needs the kick in the ass that more malt would surely provide.

Sorry, but the mouthfeel is too thin. A worse fault, and one that keeps the excitement meter from budging, is that its underbubbled as well. Not a good combination. Given the style, I've decided to cut it some slack.

Even though Morchl is less than good beer, it's better than the only other Brauerei Hirt offering that I've had so far (Privat Pils). If it wasn't for the label dating, I would have pointed to age as the culprit for the crime of mediocrity. Since the brewery was kind enough to be consumer friendly, they have no excuses that will hold up.

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Photo of malcontent
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep mahogany body mounted by a fabulous three fingers of sticky head. Lacing oozes down the glass.

Strong toffee and roasted malt tones lead into a mellow grain chaff aroma.

Malt liquor indeed. One-dimensional but solid. Sweet cream and earth with a slight knock on it due to a metallic tinge on the finish. As it warms the beer does tend toward the cloying side.

For as rich and full-tasting as the beer is, there is a slight thinness to the brew. A tad slick on the finish. Not my favorite style by a long-shot but easy enough to drink if it's your bag. A good, not great, take on a German standard; those wacky Austrians...

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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 budgood1
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out of the half litre bottle a nearly opaque crimson/ruby hue with a thin tight tan head. lots of festive lace. sweet malty aroma; molasses and fruitcake come to mind...pretty nice. euro flavours of light chocolate and caramel, with hints of berries and cream. some smoky, dark roasted coffee notes finished with noble hops. all very subdued and laid back. the mouthfeel starts with a carbonated note immediately followed by some silky smoothness. it slides down easy. the body is fullish for a dark lager...quite satisfying. drinkability is good...i could down a few.

overall a nice dark lager from austria.

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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
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