Hofbräu Delicator
Hofbräuhaus München

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #152
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #29,797
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.58%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
71
From:
Hofbräuhaus München
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  18
SCORE
85
Very Good
Notes: Also know as Hofbräu Winter Spezial (2015-2016)
Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 71 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Lionheart Pub and Brewery in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark brown color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like raisiny dark fruit, breadiness, chestnuts, and caramel.

This is a pretty standard and textbook take on the style, with a big fruity and caramel sweetness, a bit of chocolate, and a touch of bready bitterness.

This drinks "small" compared to other dopplebocks I've had, as it's smooth and not really all that heavy. There's a very good drinkability.

I unfortunately don't see enough American breweries making dopplebocks, so I gotta go with stuff like this when I see it, to scratch that itch.

Jun 29, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a sweet and sturdy bock here, i had not seen this one before i found it on tap at prost in downtown boise, a wonderful spot for draft german beer! you just dont see enough doppelbock around anymore, and i was stoked to see this on their impressive menu. deep chestnut colored, pushing brown but with some deep auburn edges and a climbing khaki head. it smells like brown sugar, a little soy sauce, proofing dough for dark rustic bread, raisins, and some appreciable alcohol too, not overly intense, not too big, but its a constant here. nutty in the taste at first and an umami element before the breadiness sets in, brown sugar and maple and curiously, a little bit of an acidic tinge there in the center, almond, toffee, burnt butter. its smooth in feel even with the little bit of interruption from the acidity, nicely carbonated for a style thats usually a little still, and just full of flavor. the booze stays warm but never gets hot, and while this might not be a beer to drink several liters of, a glass of it is real pleasing, especially to cap off a solid session. really was vibing with this one last night!

Jul 18, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Medium brown mostly clear body, thin mushroom head. Lots of malt, toasted toffee, flowers, slight resin, and dirt. Taste adds in some roasted nuts, but generally is light on the palate for the style. Feel is somewhat thin, smooth, and booze peaks out a little. Solid

Dec 08, 2017
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Acforster2 from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 hofbrau winter spezial Delicator doppelbock clocks in with an 8.4% abv. This beer like most from Hofbrau is a good value in my area. Easy drinking winter doppelbock with subdued looks and smell. Nice taste and feel. Recommended winter seasonal.

Dec 21, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured a clear, reddish amber color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of caramel, toffee and floral notes. Roasted malt taste with toffee and a subtle bitter bite.

Dec 10, 2016
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bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is an interesting Doppelbock because it is fully loaded with alcohol, yet very light and the ABV is not detectable, making this one quite "dangerous". It pours a soft, pillowy head, with a dark body, but not completely opaque. Scents of hazelnuts and fruity plums shine through. Tastes of slightly sour cherries, mildly, followed by a distinct malty, dark chocolately backdrop. Nothing offensive. Washes with a slight cocoa flavor, but subtle and nice dry finish.

Dec 06, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. After dinner. A bit alcoholic, with nothing more than the alcoholic feeling. Not unpleasant but boring, without much taste

Sep 12, 2016
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PorterLambic from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours the color of chestnuts with a good portion of off-white, leaning tan, head. Retention isn't so great, dissipating to a broken film within a minute.
Smell is intensely malty with light notes of nuts, green apple, bread and wood.
Taste is exactly what you would expect from the nose and well-balanced, as well. Malt, nuts, wood, light bread and apple/pear notes.
Medium bodied though finishing a bit more. Drying finish with a boozy aspect that warms nicely. Another solid brew from Hofbrau.

Jun 03, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is loaded with bready malts. Taste is dark breads, malty, light sugars, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

May 02, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with a fluffy white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of grain, toffee, fig, buiscuit with a subtle noble hop touch.

The taste is of candied grain toffee and fig. A noble hop touch in the finish balances most of the sweetness.
Slight alcohol shows in a warming way.

It has a chewy medium to full body.

Very smooth. Sweet but balanced. Easy to drink, esp. for abv. A very nice doppelbock.

Mar 26, 2016
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takusan1000 from Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Philadelphia's Brauhaus Schlitz. Nice dried fruit soaked in brandy taste. Apricot and cherry. Astringent aftertaste makes it less smooth but interesting. Light feel doesn't go well with the heavy taste, but not regretting getting this. Lots of flavor.

Mar 25, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good find at Carnivores a $2.50 pick is easy for high ABV into a pint glass.

A - Great carbonation for a DB a 1/2 inch of frothy head that fades out pretty quickly. Beer color is a fairly dark shade of chestnut brown.
S - Grainy, hoppy, and sweet this one sports brown sugar and candied figs. I sip.
T - Smooth body starts off bready and turns to grain with a bit of sourdough rounded to brown sugar and a yeasty finish. Sweet and smooth.
M - Medium bodied and chewy its easy to sip with a good malty backbone.

Overall its quite a good beer that I am enjoying but I doubt I will find another. Will pick it up next season if it's around.

Feb 22, 2016
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steveh from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm rating the 2015-2016 HB Winter Spezial here because the bottle states it's the Munich Specialty / DELICATOR and I also learned that it's the same beer from the HB importer. The bottle also reports 8.5 ABV, but maybe this first-time bottle export is higher?

Took forever to find this anywhere in my area and I had to travel to the edge of my county for a retailer, but I blame that on local distributors, not HB or their importer.

L -- Pours a clear, deep chestnut color with a firm, dense, off-white head that holds up well.

S -- Aroma of dark bread crusts, mild dark fruits, light cocoa character and mellow peppery alcohol. A very fresh import.

T -- Flavors of sweet, dark bread crusts up front, a good balance of dark fruits and light milk chocolate in the middle, peppery alcohol to mild hop bitterness in the finish.

F -- The mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium-robust body that comes across rather chewy.

O -- A very fresh Doppelbock with just the right characters anyone should look for from the style. Liquid bread with a hint of the dangerous alcohol lurking within. The Southern Bavarian Winter Warmer at its best.

Jan 06, 2016
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hophead723 from California

4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is the 2015 Winter Spezial for 2015, with an abv of 8.4%. There is very little info online about this year's version, so I had the honor of adding this to the Hofbrau list.

Look: The color is a deep reddish brown like chestnut with a crystal clear body. The head is light tan that reduces to a ring and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell: Buscuity, toasty, and sweet malts with earthy and herbal noble hop character. The yeast is generally neutral but has mild notes of clove.

Taste: Mildly sweet and toffee-like with hints of caramel and fig. Vinous, aged wine-like character and dark fruits reminiscent of a Pint Noir. A flourish of warm alcohol is detectable at the end of each sip.

Feel: Medium body, chewy, somewhat resinous, a little bit moist at the end but with a surprisingly crisp finish. The carbonation blossoms if you let it but there is no scrub due to the viscous weight this beer possesses.

Overall: Lots of intensity and subtlety at the same time. Dangerously drinkable for close to 9%! This is the strongest Hofbrau I've ever had and definitely the best Winter beer too.

Jan 05, 2016
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper color with good clarity and a solid foam head. The aroma has caramel, toffee and more caramel. Very sweet to the nose. Sweetness follows through with the taste, only a slight touch of herbal, noble hop is noticed. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste, other tasters have noted it being slightly hot. Still, for the Doppelbock style this falls right in line. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but solid for what it is.

Feb 16, 2015
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BethanyB from New York

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: The clear, dark amber is both a lovely, and appropriate look for this style of beer. The off-white head, however, fizzles out quickly, even for a beer with a higher ABV.

Smell: The nose inhales a mountain of sugar, both brown and white, and the overt sweetness does not stop there. Caramel and Pils Malt can't bring balance to this bouquet. And yet, the aroma is not syrupy or cloying; there is a redeeming softness to it.

Taste: Pils malt and Belgian yeast are apparent in the malt forward taste: Caramel encrusted banana bread mixes with graham cracker and multigrain, highlighting sweetness and malt complexity. A toasty element brings a bit, but perhaps not quite enough, of much needed bitterness to balance out the candy character. And yet, this is a fascinatingly tasty brew with uniquely enjoyable treats for the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation do well to support the strong flavor profile. The beer is dry upfront, but has a smooth finish, and together, these components create a nice crisp and refreshing elegance. Moderate alcohol warming is suitable for the style.

Overall: An interesting specimen that is definitely worth trying! The sweetness needs to be countered, however, in order to create a beer worth trying and coming back to. Complex maltiness needs some complexity elsewhere. Hops, esters, spices...any, and many of these could be upped.

Jan 02, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

What German brewer wouldn't want to dabble in the dopple? After all, the style is one of the most storied in the beer world. Its elusive savory bread taste and satisfying sustenance signal the lenten season and quench the hearty thirst for bold lager worldwide.

Yet is bright gold color confuses the eye with a deep pilsner-esque appearance. With delicate honey, grain sweetness and floral honeysuckle swirling about the nose and saturating the early palate, its rich bready taste is lightly toasted and herbal.

Build much like a fatter maibock, the toasted flavors are light in order to allow the savory taste of fresh baking bread and high barley sweetness to emanate. Greatly satisfying in its full body and lavish honey taste, its own melanoidin-rich complexity keeps it from cloying.

Yet its malt-forward balance yearns for the toastier molasses, dark fruit and rummy character of darker dopplebock. And like maibock, its candied apple and pear tones are mead-like and decadently dessert-like, much like bread pudding.

Traditional to their core, Hofbrau shows remarkable experimentation and adaptation in giving the season a unique taste but honoring the yesteryear of brewing heritage; even if uncertainly is explained in this hybrid taste.

Jun 23, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant light golden, looks nothing like a dopplebock... Aroma reveals melanoidins, deep toasted and caramel malt notes. There's a touch of floral hop character. Flavor is toasted and nutty, lightly sweet, with a hint of diacetyl/toffee note. The finish is somewhat metallic and earthy. It's a little hot.

Jun 20, 2014
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steviet from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had pint on draft in Downingtown, PA.

A: Dark amber color. Lighter than typical doublebocks I've had. Two finger head that dissipated quickly.

S: Strong aroma of malt, biscuit and slight alcohol.

T: Malty with caramel coming through as the beer warmed. I also noted some slight fruit that others have observed (dates?). Some bitterness from noble hops but no real hop aroma which is probably true to the style. Modest amount of alcohol heat but otherwise quite enjoyable from a taste perspective. It held its own when paired with a spicy pulled pork sandwhich.

M: Medium bodied and clean with a modest amount of carbonation.

O: This is a solid double bock. This is one of my favorite beer styles so I would probably rate it third among German double bocks behind Ayinger (#1) and Spaten (#2). I would definitely seek out again, especially since it seems hard to find.

Jan 15, 2014
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some dark golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bready and caramel malts with just a touch of grassy hops.

T: Similar to the smell, there are moderate to strong flavors of bready and caramel malts with just a touch of honey sweetness. That is followed by some grainy malts and just a touch of fruity yeast. There is a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish. Crisp.

O: Overall the alcohol is just not as well hidden as I would have liked but it is hard to say exactly where you detect it... It is an OK example of the style but nothing really jumps out for this beer.

Mar 10, 2013
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The clear golden beer is served in a shaker pint with a 1/4" head that rapidly recede to a thin film on the surface with a small ring around the glass. Sipping creates a bit of lacing.

The aromas are bready malt and a bit of grassy hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the bready malt and some of its sweetness up front and a light grassy bitterness in the background. By the ending the bready sweetness is gone, leaving things to a light, dry grassy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly with the moderate carbonation.

A fairly good example of the style that would be worth repeating but I'll not be going out of my way to find it.

Mar 04, 2013
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kylermccoy

4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via tap into a half-liter mug. Poured a rich golden color with decent head retention. Aroma was of ripe fruit - bananas and apples - as well as a bit of light hoppiness and the alcoholic fragrance of classic German beer.

Taste was similar to the smell. Still the fruitiness, like a hefeweizen, especially the yeasty banana bread undertones. Also prevalent syrupy malts and a slight kick of hops on the finish. The slight burn of the ample alcohol warms after swallowing. Mouthfeel was slightly thick, rich, but not quite syrupy. Nice clean finish, but certainly not crisp. Overall pretty complex but not overwhelming. All the nuances come through. Would be a difficult beer for the novice drinker.

Nov 29, 2012
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plaid75 from New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Prost, Garden City, NY.

Poured a light brassy hue with a one finger foamy whoye head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was dominated by round sweet malts.

The taste consisted of a soft sweet caramel with a metallic essence and a utilitarian hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style.

Overall a lighter take on the doppelbock. Interesting.

Aug 28, 2012
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had never heard of the Delicator, what's that like? Only one way to find out, order a half liter. On to the beer:

A few shades darker than gold in the body. The head on top is thick and frothy, leaving some good lacing that sticks around. The nose is hopped up, more specifically a sharp hop bitterness and light floral.

The hop attack continues. This is a very bitter tasting beer. Even I had to take a step back and adjust my expectations because of the bitterness. Lawn clippings and a small dose of pale malt provide the other notes to this one of a kind beer.

Not a bad beer, though not the most optimal beer for the mood I was in at the time. I guess that's what I get for not asking for a taster.

Apr 04, 2011
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largadeer from California

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A helles doppelbock from HB clocking in at 7.5% ABV.

Clear and pale gold with a white head that doesn't last long. This could be mistaken for a helles lager if not for the sweet and boozy aroma. Honey and ripe stone fruit lend some depth to an otherwise straightforward pale malt aroma. The palate is similar to the nose: sweet pale malt up-front with a little fruitiness coming from the yeast. Grainy malt flavors and a bit of sweet honey appear in the finish. Bitterness is reserved, lending a mild grassy bite. There's a sharp alcohol presence that lingers on the tongue. A decent doppelbock overall, but not a great one.

Mar 29, 2011
Hofbräu Delicator from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 71 ratings