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Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München

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85
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336 Reviews
Hofbräu DunkelHofbräu Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany
hofbraeuhaus.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
336
Ratings:
1,160
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
22.67%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
222
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 336 | Ratings: 1,160
Photo of Dinglehacker
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into flute. Fizzes, then dispenses with head. Ruby brown.

Sweet nose of caramel malt.

Nothing shocking the taste. Same as smell, but better.

Well carbonated. Smooth mouth nevertheless.

Hofbrau's Dunkel is a great example of an unpretentious beer that's still got enough character to be absolutely satisfying without flash. For fans of dunkelweizen, Oktoberfest, English brown ale, and Dunkel lager.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a 36 ounce stein. Buiscuity wheat bread on the nose. Slight cocoa and graininess on the nose. Nice topping with ideal lacing down the mug. Big malty backbone followed by a smooth, slightly hoppy, tart finish. Very clean. A bit of a metallic aftertaste is it's only drawback, oh, and the green bottle. Tastes even better as it warms. Very refreshing and a great quaffable treat any time of the year.

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

A nice ruby/brown color with little head. Smells like caramel and malts. Tastes like caramel and malts, much sweeter than I expected, but a bit bitter as well. Seems like the definition of medium bodied. Overall a classic worth trying, even if it's not my favorite.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a clear brown with an off-white head. Aromas of caramel and toasted malts. Taste is malt-forward and caramel with some sweet hops and vaugue fruit. Lots of carbonation and very drinkable.

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Photo of cwalter
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a deep ruby red/burgandy color. Supports a foamy off white head about 1 finger in depth. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Not getting much from the aroma, maybe some dark roasted malts with hints of toast and cocoa nibs.

T: The taste upfront is toast and biscuit. Then you get a slight toffee nut sweetness that turns into a bitterness in the back end that just tickles the tongue.

MF: This is a light-medium bodied beer that has a crisp and clean finish.

O: Very refreshing and flavorful enough to keep you coming back. Overall a pretty good dunkel.

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Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good traditional dark Bavarian lager. Aroma is fresh dark roasty malt. Flavor's similar to nose, not overly sweet, good carbonation. Perhaps a touch thin. Great finish

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Photo of HerrBock
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Dark red/orange when held up to light. Poured dirrectly into krug and made a strong head which stays longer than most lagers.

Smells and tastes slightly of molasses. Leaves a toast-like finish. The one I'm having isn't totally chillled, but this beer holds well warm.

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Photo of 5anvils
4.88/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thi sia a classic German beer that holds its own. Poured form the bottle, it holds a nice head with great carbonation throughout the bottle. Its has a clean finish and a solid taste. Its amazing what 3 simple ingredients can make. If you are looking for a classic Bavarian beer, Hofbrau Dunkel is the one. The medium brown color and the extra flavor lends itself to the drinker who enjoys a traditional beer with a solid backbone of flavour. This is an overall great tasting beer with a solid body that stands up through the entire beer from bottle to glass to stomach.

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Photo of bonns42
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed straight out of the bottle on a hot evening after a long day of lab work.

Appearance- dark amber, clear, no head.

Aroma- Fresh-baked bread, with caramel notes and maybe a little brown sugar hiding in the back.

Taste- Strong caramel malty sweetness that lingers on the tongue, with just the slightest touch of hops at the end to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel- thicker on the tongue, but rather short, which keeps the beer from feeling too heavy. Still pretty refreshing on a hot summer day.

Overall- Definitely recommend. First had in a litre stein at Hofbräu in Munich, and this bottle brings back great memories. Delicious beer! Don't fear the dark!

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Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me a good dunkel and decoded to hit a local steak house for lunch and it was on tap. mmm mmm mmm haven't had this one in a while. such a solid classic example of the style. great bready caramel malt.

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Photo of House_Common_Brewery
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Nice translucent chestnut color with a thin fluffy head. Not many carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Smelled malt upfront with a light burnt caramel. Very faint hop notes come thru the maltiness.

Taste: Dark bready taste what's soft of the tongue. Not sweet but not bitter. Nice balance on the pallet of toasted malt flavored and a smooth lager feel.

Overall: Definitely an easy beer to drink but not something I would drink every day. I will really enjoy this beer during the fall on a cool fall evening!

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Photo of tone77
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a chestnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malts, bready, light skunk. Taste is dark breads, very malty, some caramel and nuts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a highly drinkable beer that was finished quickly, and a fine example of this style.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a slightly browned fluffy head. Aroma and flavors are toasty bread, slight caramel, some noble hop character, and even a hint of raisin and honey. Creamy mouthfeel. Perfect for pairing with food and very quaffable.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from brown 500ml bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) The head is a good 3cm, fluffy, brown-tinged . The colour has a strong red tinge to the medium brown colour. Clear with lots of smallish bubbles rising.

S) Lightly roasted fruity malt.

T) Nicely fruity, very clean flavour for a Dunkel. There is a bit of roasted malt bitterness on the aftertaste, but it is subtle. A hint of sourness.

F) Light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, no bitter aftertastes.

O) This is at the light end of the Dunkel spectrum, but it is a nice easy drinker and I like it, so happy to recommend.

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Photo of MACrist
2.04/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

APPEARANCE: A very dark red/ruby. Finger of eggshell foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a ring on top.
AROMA: Now I really know what a skunked beer is. That is all, skunk.
TASTE: Sweet malt. And maybe it's just the aroma added in but, some of that skunk.
FEEL: Medium thin body, slightly sticky, dry finish. Plenty of carbonation.
OVERALL: Last green bottle purchase I make. Just bought a single, but that was major skunk and it ruins any enjoyment I can get out of this beer. If I get a free one in the future and it isn't skunked I'll update. Get rid of the stupid green bottles!

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Photo of dar482
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in ruby brown color.

The aroma offers nuttiness, whole wheat bread , hints of diacetyl.

The flavor follows with toasty bread, dried nuts, stiff bitterness and earthiness on the finish. A crisp beer with a medium to medium minus mouthfeel and medium depth of toasty malt and restrained caramel sweetness.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Reading CPPHTP10 Ch16. Very drinkable, but have gone up my head more quickly than expected, not sure why as its ABV is pretty low

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Photo of ranger7
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and clear with a thick off-white head which sticks around. Nice smell and taste; malty. Very smooth and not too toasty. Just the way I like it.

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Photo of Cimperman17
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Different style beer than I have previously had before. Drank out of bottle so hard to tell the look. Smelled like oats and malt. To me it has an aftertaste like rye bread. medium body beer. Its alright, i guess its not what i'm used to.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deeply brown but still with light penetrating it. Off-white head drops to a thin film and no lace to be found.
Smell is malty, of course, with a hint of wood and some grapes.
Taste is classic dunkel, malt, grapes, wood. Extraordinary balance.
Medium bodied, sharp but middle carbonation. A bit ashy in the aftertaste.

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Photo of MattBeer
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This is a great smelling and tasting beer, held back only by its watery feel. Perhaps that's its lager character--and the 3 for feel would be offset by a 5 for drinkability; you'll be on your third before you realize you've started your second. A great respite from an IPA-heavy world.

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Photo of harleyridr63
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably the most disappointing of all Hofbrau I've tried.Winter Spezial, Maibock are exceptional. This beer is lacking in taste for the price.I wouldn't purchase it again.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a big fan of the style, but I was at a German restaurant and it seemed like the right thing to do. I liked it well enough, but it was not especially memorable. Drinkable with reasonable flavor for the style.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE TASTED: December 5, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Celebrator doppelbock pokal... OCCASION: easing out of the annual Sheridans' Christmas party... APPEARANCE: cola black body; off-white, fizzy half-finger head that settles to a reasonable ring; lacing is sweeping in arches... AROMA: sweet hints of chocolate and peat; slight roasted elements; hops are light and floral... PALATE: medium-bodied, smooth and mellow in its intensity; a late weight holds the throat; otherwise, oily and dry...TASTE: the taste profile is agreeable in its mellowness, with the sweet malts pleasing in its chocolate and candied sugars--as such, the balance in hops keeps the experience from being one-sided, and the light, aromatic hops welcome the next sip... OVERALL: a sessionable accompaniment to an evening, as either a nightcap or a main course...smooth enough to swig, but just flavorful enough to slow it all down...

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Photo of biegaman
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Dunkel' is German for 'dark', a descriptor for which Hofbräu Dunkel barely qualifies. Its chestnut complexion is laid against a perfectly clear backdrop and is well lit with glossy auburn highlights. The official hallmarks of dark beers - black colour and opacity - are nowhere to be found in this one.

The rich toasty qualities of Munich malt are surprisingly accompanied by an underlying Noble hop presence. The smell has an earthy, spicy bitterness that is vaguely cabbage-like. Or maybe that's just my stomach putting ideas in my head - this one certainly suits the traditional wurst and sauerkraut.

Hofbräu Dunkel sends a clear message to those weary of dark beers: there's nothing to be afraid of! Nevermind the deeper complexion, this lager - yes, lager - drinks every bit as easily as the Helles and has a similarly crisp, clean malty flavour. There's no heavy or bitter chocolate or coffee notes, I swear.

The palate is instead occupied with hearty flavours of toasted pumpernickel crusts and thick, crunchy almond butter, both lightened by a lemon-like acidity on the finish. There may be a small pinch of cocoa powder but it's more an imagined off-shoot from the inherent nuttiness of the malt.

I worry that today's generation of craft beer drinkers don't have an appreciation for more understated styles or iconic producers. Hofbräu Dunkel falls into both those categories - there's scarce few breweries with as much history as this one and Dunkel Lager isn't exactly a sexy style or currently in vogue.

But Hofbräu Dunkel is the essence of the German beer tradition: quality, quaffability, consistency. Anyone truly passionate about beer - and especially brewers - need to explore the portfolio for Hofbräu as well as the likes of Ayinger, Weltenburger, and Paulaner to get a sense of what a truly great lager is.

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