Hofbräu Delicator | Hofbräuhaus München

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,534
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
67
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
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2
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17
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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
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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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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 BethanyB
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.84/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -4%
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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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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