Hofbräu Dunkel
Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräuhaus München
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #50
Ranked #21,762
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Jun 19, 2022
Jan 18, 2003
Very Good
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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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3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by kjmonaghan87

There is an initial caramel malt flavor that is nice.

I might be biased on this style, but I can definitively say that I don't like the slight metallic after taste. (My pallet is questionable)

Rating: ✓

Alright, OK ✓

Jun 19, 2022
3.56 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey on Jun 18, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by maltmaggot from California

L: brown tinged with red, 1 inch tan head
S: alcohol soaked Boston brown bread
T: sweet dark malts and something like fresh hay
F: medium body, perfect level of carbonation
O: A great balancing act between rich malts and refreshing drinkability, a delicious beer.

Jun 03, 2022
3.96 by Spade from Pennsylvania on May 28, 2022
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4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by SaltofOH from Ohio

Bottle dated August 15, 2021. 9 mos old!

A: pours a surprisingly dark brown, slightly translucent with minimal visible carb and a half finger of sandy head that dissipates faster than I’d like. No lacing to speak of.

S: has a chocolatey, slightly fruity aroma. Like a cherry tootsie pop. Red fruits; cherry, raisins, chocolate covered raisins!

T: A touch of sweetness on the arrival, then rolling into that bready, toasty, milk chocolate middle, with a slightly sour twang. Lingering cherry like sourness and mild clean bitterness. Pretty clean finish.

M: lighter side of midweight. Lower carbonation for a lager.

O: I liked the Nocterra Dan better; it was darker and less sweet. This is probably truer to style. I like this better than Negra Modelo. This is less sweet than that, which means I probably just think the style is too sweet. All told, a great dark lager I could drink lots of.

May 28, 2022
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3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

1.5 x 0.33L bottles
Bottle Code: L 258U (15 Sept, 2021)
Glass: 0.5L Mug
Temp at Pour: 56.5 F
ABV: 5.5%

Deep, dark, and clear mahogany brown when held up to a light; light chestnut with mahogany highlights otherwise. Initial 3- finger creamy beige head dissipates very slowly to half-finger solid cover with tremendous lacing down the glass.

Lightly toasted grains and soft, dark bread. Faint hints of chocolate. A tad minerally or metallic.

Similar to the nose, but with more intensity. Roasted grains and toasted dark bread along with cocoa powder. Very faint mineral note. Light herbal hops show up towards the end, balancing out the malts and drying the sip out a bit towards the end.

Smooth, clean, and crisp. Body is on the lighter/thinner side of medium.

A nice dunkel. Very easy to drink and even refreshing. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It might not be the best Dunkel (Ayinger, Weltenburger, Hofbrau Freising), but it holds its own and would be a good 'daily drinker'. Definitely recommended.

May 21, 2022
3.54 by CRObighit2 from Canada (ON) on May 21, 2022
4.33 by Beecham from California on May 07, 2022
3.63 by emwilke from Nevada on May 01, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Deep mahogany with a lovely ruby hue, one finger of foamy head appears. Poured in to a tall, ‘almost Pilsner’ Sapporo etched glass, I think that’s why the head stuck around so much. Or other reviewers didn’t have as fresh a bottle.

Subtle aromas of nutty, roasted malt, and caramel. Sweet grainy aromas as well.

Taste follows the nose tightly, what is added here on the palate is a slight bitterness, mildly metallic, mildly grassy. There is more of a roasted character here, and even just a tiny hint of chocolate. Tiny bit of floral notes. The maltiness is crisp and fresh. Slightly biscuity.

Crisp, fresh, light-medium bodied. Zesty and mildly effervescent mouthfeel that foams tightly to create a, well, foamy sip. A slight cereal grainy taste to the finish, which is typical, not too wet or dry.

Tasty and fresh, more complex than a typical lager, with great malty notes. Different than a red ale, slight chocolate notes here. Very enjoyable and worth a taste. I’m hoping to come back to this and try it with an even fresher bottle. From having a few festbiers I know the complexity really changes when it’s fresh.

Apr 10, 2022
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3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by GABronco

Good beer but nothing stood out to me. Head dissipated quickly. Smell is pleasant but nothing stood out to my nose. Flavor was somewhat dark bread with a little sweet malt. Very low bitterness. Overall it was fine, but there are other dark ales I would pick ahead of this one.

Mar 22, 2022
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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Kulikov from Pennsylvania

Nice color, taste of herbs and dark bread. Foams nicely but doesn't stick around except for a bit around the rim of the glass. Underwhelming mouth feel is what's really keeping this from being a favorite everyday priced beer. Good beer, but nothing special.

Mar 20, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Greywulfken from New York

Nutty, bready, a little herbal; not particularly sweet, but maybe a suggestion of sweet dark bread? Has a rustic, dry character, medium-light feel, ample carbonation and a smooth delivery... Foam head slimmed down but some remained right to the end...

Mar 16, 2022
4.13 by mmmbeerNY from New York on Mar 12, 2022
3.76 by irishevans from California on Mar 09, 2022
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3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a bottle at the LCBO in Ontario 500ml at 5.5%.
Poured into glass with 1 to 2 finger head that quickly disappeared but leaving a lace as you drink it.
Dark color taste is very smooth very low bitterness level.
Malty caramel hot Honey and a hint of coffee.
Overall a very enjoyable beer to drink on occasion.

Jan 29, 2022
4.21 by BrentMcQuirk from Texas on Jan 25, 2022
3.77 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Jan 24, 2022
3.83 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia on Jan 19, 2022
4 by KT3418 from Colorado on Jan 14, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota


Clear dark cola color with a big bubbly khaki cap, smells like brown sugar malt and maybe a kiss of grassy hops. Taste is crisp and clean, heavily carbonated, wheaty and bready with a slight hint of cocoa crispies and mixed nuts

Great beer

Dec 24, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

12oz bottle with Enigma dating into a tall lager glass.
*I honestly wish European breweries would use a simple and tangible 6 digit MO/DAY/YR packaging date for consumers.
L: Pours dark crystal clear mahogany with a 1.5 inch light beige semi-creamy head with fair retention. Good carbonation to end of entire glass. Random spotty lacing.
S: Caramelized malts, dark soft bread, light floral hops, weak coffee, light yeast, slightly metallic.
T: Toasted caramel malts, mild sweetness, light biscuit, light black tea, dark honey, gentle hops with a subtle tangy citrus zest, lightly fruity and broad, nutty and mildly bitter.
F: Lightly zesty and relatively smooth med-light bodied semi-wet mouthfeel with a med-fast finish that is a bit dry, clean and tingly.
O: Brewed for centuries it is a delicious, gentle, well balanced and easy drinking classic traditional dark lager from one of Germany's oldest breweries. A fantastic compliment with meats and cheeses. It is crushable and is excellent in it's style.

Dec 11, 2021
3.58 by Norton21 from Illinois on Dec 05, 2021
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by eatsluggs from Oregon

Easy to drink. Not very special taste or feeling. But also not bad at all.
Amazing yeasty smell present.
Good every day dunkel.

Dec 01, 2021
3.91 by icemanexit from Indiana on Oct 30, 2021
3.8 by MJ64 from Mississippi on Oct 26, 2021
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3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by spectru from Florida

Oct. 12, 2021 - crystal clear, quite dark, head recedes rather quickly, no lacing - by the time the beer is half finished, it looks flat; Faint aroma; Good sparkly mouthfeel; Flavor is not bad, but not robust; Not bad, but forgettable.

Oct. 18, 2021. It's not so bad, quite drinkable, bumped taste and overall up a quarter point

Oct 12, 2021
4 by Korbynlehr from Kentucky on Oct 03, 2021
3.82 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 01, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by hankp59 from New York

Pours with a nice mahogany color. Smells nice with a touch of biscuits and light floral hops. The magic is in the balance of flavor. Easy drinking, refreshing and at 5.5% you won’t get knocked out. There is some red fruit and a light carbonation. Thirst quenching and flavorful. Good stuff, get some.

Sep 21, 2021
2.82 by gungopea from North Carolina on Sep 21, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the back label: "L 075U 10:02" which appears to be 75th day of U=21 so this appears to be 16MAR2021

Appearance: The beer is a dark reddish-brown mahogany color with very good clarity. It has a thick, light tan colored head with a rocky consistency. It slowly fades to a medium-sized foamy cap. Very good retention but it doesn't leave much in the way of lacing.

Aroma: The cent of prunes comes through at first, followed by notes of stale coffee and pomegranate. It is a very interesting beer to smell with a bit of a fruity character.

Taste: Up front there is a light bit of toasted bread crust. This becomes a light nutty flavor as is rolls over the tongue. A hint of coffee creeps in and there is a light bit of tea leaf towards the end. The aftertaste is a slightly bitter tea leaf.

Mouthfeel: It is on the lower edge of medium-bodied. It is clean and easy to drink. It tastes very well made.

Overall: There doesn't appear to be any specific import date listed on the bottle, but it does say "Product of Germany" on the rear label. As an import in a bottle this beer has held up very nicely. The rear label also states that "With the rich flavor, it remains a refreshing beverage, suitable for all occasions." This statement is spot on the nose for this beer. It manages to have some good flavors while being very drinkable, and it is suitable for all occasions. It would be a nice beer to pick up to add some variety during a cook-out or when you're looking for something a bit more flavorful without being too heavy. It works well as a beer to enjoy in the early Fall given that it has a little more flavor than some of the lighter beers but has a light enough body to remain drinkable in the warmer weather. I could pick it up again from time to time. I would recommend it.

Sep 20, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

330ml bottle into a pint glass. Coding no help in determining freshness.

Looks excellent in the glass. Clear reddish amber body. Generous off white head persists in good form throughout leaving scattered lacing.

Nice aroma of toasted bready malts, and some sweetness.

On tasting, somewhat sweet with a lasting bitterness. Full flavored and a little chewy. Liking this one.

Mouth closer to full than medium, finish a nice sequence of sweeter malt then a lasting bitterness.

Overall, great pairing with a plate of roasted chicken. Sorry to have only grabbed a single.

Sep 06, 2021
3.76 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania on Sep 02, 2021
3.94 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 26, 2021
4 by igl from Russian Federation on Jul 20, 2021
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3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

11.2 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours an amber-brown body with a thinning, ivory-toned head.

Smell: Faint touches of toast and grains along with modest hints of brown sugar, cocoa. A little herbal hop accent and some fruitiness.

Taste: A bit sweetish, a little fruity with the aforementioned malt elements. Herbal hops, mild in flavor, provide a drop of bitterness. A little drying action on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Leans ever so slightly sweet. Not bad. I'd definitely still take the Ayinger Altbeirisch over it, though.

Jul 18, 2021
3.94 by Piercan from Wisconsin on Jul 13, 2021
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