Hofbräu Delicator | Hofbräuhaus München

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67 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jwc215
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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 a77cj7
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of plaid75
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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

Photo of lupercmda
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 barczar
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of braican
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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 josanguapo
2.74/5  rDev -27.5%
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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Hofbräu Delicator from Hofbräuhaus München
3.78 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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