Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München

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3.78/5
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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:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,467
Reviews:
372
Ratings:
1,281
pDev:
11.9%
 
 
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37
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4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RockDocAZ
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dlijoi
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Andarel
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Miles_Nilges
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pens1967
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Baviera
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BenBreeg
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Spikester
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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 PhineasMcClintock
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Robertas
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chitoryu12
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ctmiami
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
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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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mintz82
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
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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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolegario
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ryan2219
4.91/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Photo of Smakawhat
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1,281 ratings