Hofbräu Delicator | Hofbräuhaus München

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: German Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also know as Hofbräu Winter Spezial (2015-2016)

Added by bierman2000 on 07-19-2003

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#22,640
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
67
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
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Photo of Russjames90
5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.94/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I will be making a pilgrimage

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Photo of steveh
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice full bodied dopplebock from Hofbrau..malts jump out at you as well as the alcohol that is evident after you drink this fine made lager.. Belgian lace throughout the glass and hints of chocolate that makes it just a bit sweet but still delicious and highly drinkable.

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Photo of BStrong17
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth. 7.5 ABV is surprising. Full bodied.

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Photo of hophead723
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of Fakexican
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of lupercmda
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of kylermccoy
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of kgrichards
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Ristaccia
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hoganlaw
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GinsuDave
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of taigor
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of drtth
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Hofbräu Delicator from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 67 ratings