Hofbrauhaus Freising

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Hofbrauhaus Freising
Munich Dunkel
Ranked #4
Ranked #8,170
4.1 | pDev: 7.07%
Jun 25, 2022
Dec 08, 2018
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Rated: 4.03 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Jun 25, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Production Date (on bottle): 21091
Consumption Date: 15-May-022
Glass: German Fest Mug
Temp at Pour: 55.6 F

Chestnut-brown that turns into a deep and dark mahogany when held up to a light. 1-finger creamy beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin but consistent creamy cover.

Toasted and very lightly roasted dark grains. Toasted pumpernickel bread. Buckwheat honey. Some raisin, plum, and chocolate notes. Very slight touch of dark (blackstrap?) molasses.

Follows the nose very closely. There are an additional notes of toasted toffee and sweet biscuits. No discernable bitterness. The beer dries ever so slightly on the finish. Very nice.

Very smooth and even creamy and soft. Body is on the lighter side of medium.

A fantastic Munich Dunkel. Extremely easy to drink and yet flavorful. This just might be my new favorite Dunkel (nudging out Weltenburger's Barock Dunkel from that spot).
May 16, 2022
Rated: 3.91 by KT3418 from Colorado

May 05, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2022
Rated: 3.79 by generallee from Virginia

Feb 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into based pilsner glass. Big beige head that shrinks but lingers. Ruby brown body.

Nose is malty. Taste is caramel malt up front, a little chocolatey balance. No surprises, no disappointments.

Light body without a lot of carbonation.

Good lil dark lager. Sweet and smooth.
Oct 28, 2021
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This beer pours a really nice crystal clear dark brown. It reminds of dark stained wood in terms of the color. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell on this beer was very pleasant. Very rich toasted bread crust smells and just overall fresh baked smells. There is a sweet smell hiding in there that is very enticing like a sweet woody smell.

The taste is along the same lines all the rich bread crust notes up front and a very very nice malty richness that goes with it.

The body is light and very drinkable, no bitterness but a dryness that forces you to drink another sip instantly.
Oct 24, 2021
Rated: 4.57 by Paulkdd

Oct 22, 2021
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle from Oktoberfest box poured into pint glass. Plenty of head, dissipates quickly. Dark brown, then red-brown in the light. Tasty.
Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by jzlyo from Iowa

3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Aroma is malts/dark malts, chocolate and German lager yeast. The flavor is toffee, proprietary German lager yeast, malts and a smooth/slightly sweet finish.
Jul 30, 2021
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Reviewed by joeagain from New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Finally! An honest to goodness German dunkel that isn't overboard on color and taste to where it's more like a black beer.

Nice deep copper, brown with a perfect tan head.
Nose mostly malt, hints of raisin, toasted rye bread and chocolate malt. A little bit of hops, too, but very light... just as it should be for this style.
Taste exactly like the nose, with some herbal hop coming in late. A delicious treat for lovers of the style!
If you're a true fan of dunkel beer, give this one a try.
Jun 10, 2021
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Good Dunkel!!!! Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Murky brown color with lots of golden light coming through. Small beige head with good retention and plenty of thin foamy lacing patterns on the glass. Aroma and taste is primarily bready malt, with a kind of rye bread finish on the taste. There is a mild amount of bitterness in the finish, just enough balance where you could say there wasn't much sweetness to the malt taste. Mouthfeel is crisp and fairly light, like a good lager should be. This is a very drinkable brew, I wouldn't mind having more of them!!!!
May 10, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A fairly dark brown beer with a modest tan head. The nose continues the darkness with lightly toasted dark grain bread scents, accented with dark brown sugar and raisin. Taste is pretty spot on to the nose, with a little bit of an added minerality. After a few sips, pumpernickel flavors start to linger on my palate. Malt seems to drive things to the end, giving the beer a medium plus and smooth feel.
Apr 16, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours brown in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has good retention before settling into a ring

S- toasted barley, toffee, brown sugar, raisins, slightly nutty

T- sweet caramel and brown breads up front, followed by notes of chocolate, sugar and fruit cake. The finish gives flavors of raisin, nutty brown malt, and a hint of grassy and floral hops

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish
Nov 29, 2020
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a pokal style glass.

Deep ruby mahogany body color, dark yet almost bloody in my face. Bright khaki off white super creamy forming head, small, at two fingers but makes a lovely top on the brew. A ring of lace announces its simple descent and final beautiful look.

Aroma seems to be somewhat misplaced. Dried somewhat sour nut, but not totally as the basic malt kicks in, but then goes to more peanut like quality than rich chocolate or even caramel. Still nothing too crazy at least.

Palate seems to bring things back into alignment. Nice light touching chocolate flavors, fleeting with milk but has more of a darker edge brought on by some nice roasty malts mixing in nicely. Light bodied, but still with good depth and backbone to let the base flavors transpire. Aftertaste clean and touches even fruity somewhat in faint raisin, and a light rich cloved like chocolate that is very pleasant.

Solid fun dunkel. More please!
Oct 27, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Oct 01, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

Aug 28, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Aug 24, 2020
Rated: 4 by cryptichead from Illinois

Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Cloudy brown with a beige cap and lacing. Caramel, dark fruit especially raisin, and toast aromas. Taste has brown bread base, touches of earth, and oozes sweet caramel with dark fruit through the finish of molasses. Body is lighter for style, pretty wet, yet decently full on the palate. The wife liked it
Jul 20, 2020
Rated: 4.2 by Myboymi from Kansas

Mar 07, 2020
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Rated by Beer111

4.82/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
If you don't have draft Dunkle available then this is your beer.
Jan 29, 2020
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a dark muddy-brown body with minimal head and scant lace. The aroma is slightly bready and roasty, rather clean with a mild malt presence that reminds me of caramel with hint of toffee. Light to medium body, easy to drink, has lowkey fruitiness but mostly a mild malty sweetness with minimal dryness on the finish. Rather simplistic beer that is relaxing and worth sipping on at least once.
Jan 10, 2020
Rated: 4.07 by mizx from England

Dec 03, 2019
Rated: 3.9 by sirzekel from Georgia

Nov 09, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by MTKATL from Georgia

Oct 20, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(330 ml bottle, 19134; purchased single off shelf... poured into imperial-size nonic)

L: crystal-clear, garnet-colored liquid; inch-high, dense frothy off-white cap, variety of bubble size... thin cap holds almost unbroken, some lace left

S: classic, deep-brown bread crust, raisin in the background, hints of leather and toast caramelization; overall intensity moderate, but relatively rich and inviting

T: plump malty wave, with follow-through flashes of (in order): oxidating banana peel, dark caramel, brown toast crust; dry, toasty, mildly spiced aftertaste, with a subtle hint of light-roast coffee lingering... subsequent sips establish an almost brown sugar-kissed malt, maybe later a hint of that raisin, moderate blend of roast and herbal bitterness

F: rich, malty body, bordering on doppelbock roundness (without any booze or viscous drag); dry finish, with a little lingering warmth at the back of the palate, and down into the chest... fulfilling to a degree but also relatively light; delicate liveliness to the carbonation

O: finally my first foray into their line, though I swore I'd very recently had their Festbier, hmm... anyway, lovely richness to the malt, hint of initial sweetness, but finishing beautifully dry and toasty... I'd enjoy a sixer of this; could see it growing on me, higher marks maybe (1582)
Oct 18, 2019
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Taste: earthy dark roasted malts, some fresh hop character, bready, clean in the finish. Same with the nose. Mahogany, mostly clear, tan head some lace. Medium to med/light.
Mar 26, 2019
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark chestnut brown color. One finger tan head dissipates steadily leaving a ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer. Clear and not fully opauqe when held up to the light.

Aroma has notes of dark bready malts, nutty earthy notes, and spicy hops.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark bready malts, some earthy tones and light spicy hops on the back end. There is a touch of fruitiness to this, but its mild. The bready malts have a slight pumpernickel/rye like character that is quite nice.

Feel is light, crisp and smooth. Moderately carbonated. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a lovely dunkel. This immediately moves onto the list of beers I will pick up regularly.
Mar 26, 2019
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Quite possibly the best dunkel I have had to date...

Almost black in color, the head was thin and lacing was non-existent but the coloration was dark and appealing. The smell was malty, slightly sweet, and even a hint of raisins. Mouthfeel was lightly carbonated (like I like it) with a taste that was spicy, a good heaping of malt, with a background of bitterness to round the overall experience. Indeed, this was a special dunkel - unlike the milquetoast ones i have had in the past.
Mar 23, 2019
Rated: 4.02 by arzt from Germany

Feb 22, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by AngusOg from North Carolina

Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 24, 2019
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured one and a half bottles into a half liter stein a rich walnut brown with a full finger fluffy light beige head atop that took it's time settling.Caramel,cocoa powder,and cookie dough in the nose but not overly sweet,I get a tinge of earth as it warms.Like another has noted molasses really comes thru on the palate,a little caramel, and some dark bread lends an earthy-like note in the finish.Wow one of the more if not the most complex Munch dunkel lagers I have had,very well made beer here.
Dec 31, 2018
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Reviewed by steveh from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Another score on a new import. Their J├Ągerbier and Weizen were terrific and their Festbier (while not a solid to-style Fest) was worth the sample and a textbook German lager.

Always enjoy a well-made Munich Dunkel, high hopes for this one. 11.2 oz., heavy, brown long-neck, poured into my short Becher.

L -- Clear, deep dark chestnut brown with a firm, dense, light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap leaving good lacing. The beer is dark to look at, but not opaque when held to the light.

S -- Mellow dark bread crust aroma with light, spicy hops back.

T -- Pumpernickle breadiness with a a touch of molasses and roastiness -- but not near a Schwarzbier in character. Light herbal, even floral, hops round out the finish as accent. Mild fruitiness in the aftertaste, but the light roastiness finishes out the sample. Also a mild touch of herbal bitterness in the aftertaste.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light-medium body.

O -- A very nice take on Munich Dunkel without becoming a Schwarzbier. Smooth and easy-drinking -- Doppelbock's little brother.
Dec 21, 2018
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Reviewed by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the bottle, it pours a clear brownish amber with a nice, moderately thick head that slowly diminishes and leaves lacing. Caramel malt in both the nose and, pleasantly and sweetly, in the mouth . Nice.
Dec 08, 2018
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