Hofbräu Dunkel
Hofbräuhaus München

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Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #36
Ranked #26,316
3.79 | pDev: 11.87%
Hofbräuhaus München
Very Good
Notes: Dark specialties were being made in Bavaria long before the advent of pale specialties. Over the years, Hofbrau Dunkel lost nothing of its popularity. With the rich flavour, it remains a refreshing beverage, suitable for all occasions. A traditional Munich deliciousness.
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Photo of That_Mohawk_Dude
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Had the opportunity to give this a go at my local Cincinnati Hofbrauhaus. Tan in color with a ruby hue. Smell is mild with light hops and a touch of malty. Flavor is toasty and slightly sweet without being overdone. Excellent beer in my opinion and I will be returning to fill my growler many times.

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Photo of ATL6245
4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby tint. Clear. Tan, mousse-like head with very persistent retention.

Aroma: Floral and herbal hops. Bready, dark fruit malt.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Restrained bitterness, toasty bread and pruny/dark fruit flavors. Medium sweetness.

Mouth-feel: Soft, sweet medium bodied. Medium length finish.

Overall: One of the top Munich Dunkel's in my opinion. Very attractive look when poured properly. Nice malt forward flavor with some delicate hops aromas. Soft, smooth mouth feel. An easy drinking dark beer that will fool you, visually, into thinking it is heavy, filling. Poured this from the typical bottle imported into the US. Can't image how good this is on draft.

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Photo of Mugman8
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark garnet on the pour, nice head but dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Smells like dark bread and raisins and dried fruit. Taste is malty, fruity and bready. A good one at a fair price. Will be buying again!

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Photo of gvickery
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal clear dark reddish brown. Medium off white head.
Smell: Devine, like baking bread, raisin and prune compote, molasses/toffee.
Taste: Similar to the smell, there’s a little sour note that I could do without but it’s not that big of a deal. It really does taste like it smells. It has a medium mouthfeel.
It’s really good and has a long tradition, the smell alone is worth it. It’s kind of scarce where I live but I’ll probably buy some when I see it.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(330 ml bottle, L 065 S; purchased cold 6-pack... poured into 25 oz mug)

L: crystal-clear, garnet liquid; tall stand of light-khaki colored, dense, spongy foam... keeps thin cap; several barnacle splotches of lace

S: turbinado syrup, subtle background hint of dark caramel, delicate toasty grainy bread overtone; maybe a touch of earthy hop... overall intensity rather mellow (wrong glass?)

T: bit more floral-leafy, herbal hop character leaps out upon first sip; aftertaste sports a mellow, leathery prune note, though rather dry in the finish... second sip carries a little more burnt-roast, molasses-cookie like grain along with the growing bite to its bitterness; vague peppery phenol begins to linger... expected a richer malt underbelly - instead, it's rather cut and dry

F: soft sizzle start to finish - along with its soft, spicy bite and mellow boozy warmth, it definitely keeps the palate awake and wanting more... could probably knock back in gulps

O: youngest bottles I could find in a pinch... I may have had this before on draft, but I could be wrong... at any rate, a finely-tailored dunkel, but little to savor aside from the shade of dried, musky fruit (1505)

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

Around a medium body with just under average carbonation. Overall has a nice feel and very easy to get down
Aroma isnt overpowering but theres all types of malt,mildly roasted malt,malt candy,sticky doughy pastry
Taste is stronger than aroma, malts, brown sugar, doughy pastry. Theres a slight bitter hop taste that is perfect because it keeps it from being a one dimensional malt bomb .
Overall there isnt much to complain about,nice feel,very easy to get down,flavorful, and not too one dimensional

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark copper color with a dense tan head, this majestic beer features roasty malt aromas with caramel and toffee notes featured.

The roasty malt translates perfectly to the taste, and there’s also a bready flavor as well . This beer is outstanding, IMHO. Can’t believe I’ve never had it before.

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Photo of puck1225
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The host of a sangria throw down this weekend (we didn’t win) served this at the party. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Dark clear brown with decent head and lacing. Slightly sweet and bready smell and taste. A bit of toasted wheat bread. Nice toasted malt flavor. Decent beer.

Fun party!

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Photo of German-Helles
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer looks great! A 12oz. bottle gave me two plus fingers of a very tan pillow of foam. The foam settled back to a thin layer with lacing left behind. The beer is a dark cola color, but clear enough to watch the carbonation.
I can smell malt and subtle hints of chocolate.
The flavor is sweet chocolate, a bit bready, the beer is not bitter but finishes slightly dry.
The feel is very creamy, nice, with a medium carbonation.
This beer tastes good, no crazy hops, a nice blend of sweetness, with a little dryness to cut the sweets.

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Photo of KS_Augsburg
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this at Hofbräuhaus Chicago, Rosemont IL, on draft. Great malt flavor, roasted, very sublte smoke, even leather note. Hop not noticeable, great balance of sweetness, malt, light yeast, great Dunkel.

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Photo of RetiredVeteran
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tradition, tradition, tradition.... one of the oldest on the planet.
At the local hofbrau Haus here in Columbus, this has to be their best seller except for their Festbier.

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Photo of defunksta
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass at 45 degrees,

Look: Pours a dark rustic brown color with slight copper hue that is minimally clear
Smell: Very strong aromas of dark and classic German Munich malts. Dark toffee and caramel sweet bread. Some hop bitterness and bittersweet chocolate begin to come through as the beer sits, balancing the aroma.
Taste: Flavors of dark and sweet Munich malts mostly. Toasted bread, breast crust, caramel, toffee are all present. Yes, maybe some pumpernickle. Not too sweet nor dry. Appropriately balanced.
Feel: Heavy and minimal carbonation.

It's darker, richer, and sweeter bread flavored than your typical Pilsner or Munich malts. Yet there is minimal roastedness or bitterness. Mostly its dark, sweet, German bread.

Overall: This is an excellent beer that features German Munich malts, but also has a very mild hop bittersweet chocolate presence. Absolutely delicious. An excellent example of how dark German bready and food flavors and transcribed into beer.

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Photo of Lucular
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks awesome, with a big creamy off-white head and nice lacing. The aroma is biscuity with floral hops and a hint of the metallic flavor that is to come, which completely ruins the beer. It's not undrinkable but the metallic and almost sour/spoiled milk flavor is hard to ignore. Score: 3.14

Edit: I had this on tap and it was much better. No metallic or sour milk flavors.

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Photo of CR2036
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Victory slim glass, served slightly above fridge temperature.

L: Nearly a two-finger, off-white/tan head. Looks like a dark, reddish amber color with caramel color added. Pretty good.
S: Smells of roasted malts with a bit of yeast and hints of bread.
T: First comes the roasted flavors, followed by a bit of chocolate and coffee. Then, the malt and caramel make the finish sweet and wet. Perhaps a bit of metallic bitterness aftertaste. Not complicated.
F: Good to weak carbonation with a slightly wet feel, turning into a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

O: Got this in a craft-your-own 6 pack, and was not disappointed. However, I wish the roasted flavors had a little better balance imo. Also wish the metallic taste wasn't so strong. Still a great Dunkel. Cheers!

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Photo of keithmurray
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - chestnut brown body with tan head

Smell - chocolate, toasted nuts, tea, caramel

Taste - toasted nuts, tea, chocolate, hint of caramel

Mouthfeel - lighter end of medium bodied, light carbonation, toasted nuts and bready upfront, chocolate in the middle, tea and caramel in the back

Overall - very solid beer here that is certainly worthy of a try.

Price Point - $1.89/11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Spikester
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear brown with three fingers of tan head that leaves lots of lacing.
Smell is dark malt with a touch of earthy herbal hops.
Taste is dark roasted malts with some earthy herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. The finish is lightly sweet and wet.
Overall a decent beer but not a standout.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark amber with a thick tan head.

Smell: Very bready, almost doughy. A hint of spicy orange peel.

Taste: Very, very subtle bread flavor with a hint of malt. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness and highly carbonated.

Overall: A rather weak-tasting beer, but it doesn't taste bad and doesn't have the adjunct flavor of a cheap macrobrew. Better than one of those, but I'd still like a bolder approach.

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Photo of ctmiami
2.65/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I never had a Dunkel before, but I was disappointed with this beer. Felt like a caramel colored beer. The malt flavors where neutral to non existent. I could not find anything more is there to like. Over all a dull flavored beer. Very surprised from a world class brewery.

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Photo of Mintz82
3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Honestly, I was really disappointed with this beer. I have one of the only Hofbrauhaus locations in the world about 30 mins away from me. I semi-regularly visit and drink their fresh dunkel which is absolutely my favorite beer. 5/5 rating from me. The malt in that beer is unrivaled by anything I have ever tried; it's basically like chewing on fresh malt. This bottled beer is not the same. Not even remotely close. There's a bitterness that I can't excuse and the malt character is really just sub par for the style. Pass on this and instead drink the Weltenburger Barock Dunkel.

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Photo of Brolegario
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Dunkel pours a deep amber brown with a thick creamy tan head. The aromas are subtle and light but give you the sweet malty notes you would expect from the styles. Hints of toast and caramel with little to no hop aroma. The taste is light and crisp with similar malty flavors. A note of biscuit with just enough hop bitterness to prevent this from entering the sweet territory.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Thick and frothy, dollop giant cream tall forming khaki head. Fist full tall, with a big amount of retention not going anywhere. Fantastic dark copper hue, with chestnut and mahogany clear brown qualities.

Neutral and very subtle nose. Creamy sensing a little bit, with touches of light caramel, sweet toffee, and muted sugars. Sticks to normal hop levels, with little sense off herbality or presence. Pleasant aroma.

Palate keeps it straight and simple. Neutral malt flavor and malt feel. Small touches of caramel and sweet almost vanilla to condensed milk like tasting toffee. Finishes slightly chalk on the herbality, and not the much clean, with a touch of almost muted black paper packet pepper.

A pretty straight forward easy drinking lager, with some simple dark malt flavor and qualities.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into Perfect Pint
L 257 date code
L- dark amber, with thich off-white head
S- bready, caramel
T- follows the nose with sweet breadiness, that is met by a nice floral hoppiness
F- lager! Crisp and fully carbonated
Overall a nice representation of the style, easy drinking lager

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Photo of thebeers
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown with a lasting tan head and decent lacing. Sweet bready malt in the nose. The bready malt dominates the taste leading to a semi-dry finish. Medium bodied with just a touch of creaminess and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

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Photo of FBarber
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a completely clear crisp nutmeg brown color. Thin tan head dissipates quickly. No residual head or lacing is left behind. Aroma is simple - some toasted nutty malts and earthy hops. Taste follows the nose with a nice rich nutty malty flavor - some bright earthen hops come through with notes of brown bread, grain and floral notes. A bit spicy but not too much. Feel is light, smooth and incredibly drinkable. Moderate carbonation. Overall a very nice dunkel and one I'd happily grab again.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 fl oz bottle into glass. Bottle coding is 'L 277 Q 09:13'.
Clear, amber brown colored body. Off white head persists as islands and ring. Generous coverage of lacing.
Mild and pleasing dark malt aroma with lager yeast.
Taste is that of a dark malt lager. No long lasting after taste.
Medium, smooth mouth feel. Refreshing, with the slight bite of the darker malt.
A traditional darker malt lager, totally refreshing and satisfying. Made for multiple rounds of drinking.

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