Hofbräu Delicator | Hofbräuhaus München

BA SCORE
55.2%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 67 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,885
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
67
Liked:
37
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
13%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Acforster2
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigdeuce
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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 Wontonst
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
2.74/5  rDev -27.3%
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

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Photo of lupercmda
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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 nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of TheDogHouse
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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 takusan1000
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dwagner003
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 MooseBoose
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of steveh
4.75/5  rDev +26%
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 hophead723
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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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3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sixpoint
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hofbräu Delicator from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 55.2% out of 100 with 67 ratings
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