Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu DunkelHofbräu Dunkel

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Hofbräuhaus München

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-18-2003

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Reviews: 345 | Ratings: 1,188
Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reminds me of the huge Dunkel I had at the Hofbrauhaus in the Southside of Pittsburgh.

Appearance: A little bit head that has reduced to a thin layer and has left some lacing on the glass. A nice amber/mohogany color with good signs of carbonation.

Smell: Very malty sweetness good with no hop aromas. A little grainy too.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Easy drinking, smooth, a little chewy, and a decent amount of carbonation for this nice dunkel.

Overall: Just like I had in Pittsburgh, this dunkel is delicious. Now all I have to do is go to Munich so I can order a few liters or drink out of the boot.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Truncated notes below:

11.2 fl oz green glass bottle with boring label art and branded pry-off cap served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX. Reviewed live. Expectations are average.

APPEARANCE: ~3 inches wide. Khaki colour. Creamy, soft-looking, and fairly thick. Retention is pretty good - ~4-5 minutes.

Body colour is a dark copper-brown of average vibrance. Clean, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment.

AROMA: Caramel, wheat, cream, brown bread, Munich malts, pumpernickle, biscuity yeast.

A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

TASTE: Follows the aroma. Dark malts, wheat, Munich malts, cream, biscuity yeast. Simple but balanced, with a clean presentation of flavour. Shallow but cohesive.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, a bit creamy, and light to medium-bodied. Well-carbonated. Could be more crisp and refreshing.

Suits the taste generally well. Not custom-tailored to it. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: A downable but underwhelming dunkel from Hofbrau, this will cater more to the tourist and export crowd than superior traditional offerings in the category. Can't hold a candle to the greats, but it's enjoyable for what it is.

Low C (2.77)

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Photo of Domingo
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this at the Hofbräuhaus on a few occasions, but never made any notes on it before. I walked into my local store and saw this, so I had to buy it. It's one of my favorite dunkels and it's a style that's almost impossible to find here in the US. I'm not fond of the green bottles, but I bought a case, so this is safe from any light damage.
Pours a very clean medium brown color with tannish highlights (no red ones here) and a fluffy white head.
Smell is lager yeast (clover honey-like), cocoa, and noble hops.
One thing I recall about having this fresh is that it was the hoppiest dunkel I've had. The bottled version holds up nicely although they're still subdued a bit. This batch is from last fall, so I'm sure age might play a factor.
Tastes initially like a helles, but the sweetness and chocolate flavors kick in once it hits the back of your mouth. Not too sweet, but just right. Caramel comes out a little more, too. The finish has a little bitterness from the hops and the darker malt, and it's clean and dry. No off or skunky flavors AT ALL. Thank you closed case.
Mouthfeel is intentionally not too thick as this is designed for normal consumption. No sipping here. Drink it like you would any session beer.
This is a solid representation of a legendary brew. I'm not fond of the green bottle concept, but as long as I can get this by the case, I will.
A great import and something German beer fans should love. Probably the closest any import has come to capturing the flavors of Munich.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this one at the hofbrau house in las vegas. pours a thin dark brown color with a 4 inch foamy white head into a solid liter glass. the appearance in this presentation makes the beer for me. the beer itself however, is lackluster. smells like german malts sure, maybe a touch of brown sugar and yeast as well, but nothing particular arousing here. flavor is a standard dunkel, smooth and drinkable for a darker beer. plenty of roast on the malt profile, and a bready/doughy finish makes this one feel like breakfast for me. feel is fine, mellow bubbles and a medium body. i could hammer these, and i think thats the point. the atmosphere of the pub and the good traditional bavarian grub made this beer seem better than it really is, but still its one ive come to appreciate.

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Photo of rden4654
4.5/5  rDev +20%

This beer is severely under appreciated.....I luv it!!!!

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

Appearance – This one came out a nice, ruby-hued dark brown in color with a huge, lacing head.

Smell –This grainy lager had a very smooth nose that was helped by some light maple notes and a touch of molasses.

Taste – The grain was very nice here at the tongue. It was dark and had the nice maple compliment I picked up at the nose. The molasses though from the aroma came on much bigger at the taste. The light sweet finish rounded things out nicely.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Dunkles had very little carbonation and felt great in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This one was clean and crisp with a nice lagered feel and did the style justice.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Notes transferred from the archives, I had this one last summer up in cabin at Frankenmuth. It pours with a nice, burgundy and brown color, exhibiting decent clarity throughout. The head was nice and light-tan, foamy, and shows decent retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

Lightly toasted caramel, toffee, musty hops, and a slight metallic twinge are the main components of the aroma. I wanna say there's some faint cocoa notes somewhere, but they're only mildly noticeable at best. Yeast is heavy, especially at the end of the profile, giving way to that characteristic fresh and crisp yeasty lager aroma. Fresh and refreshing.

The taste follows along pretty nicely, a touch watered down, but still packed with decent flavor. Nice, lightly roasted malts, caramel and toffee, a powerful nuttiness and a mild touch of musty and dry tasting hops. No doubt that the malts are king here, though the beer drinks easily and never errs on the side of being too sweet.

One of the best thing about lagers is the beautiful yeast and the crisp, clean taste it provides. That sentiment rings true in this brew as well, with a finish that leans heavily towards that wonderful lager yeast. Crispy, clean, faintly sulfuric, and lightly bready. Light bodied with a clean, snappy mouth feel and a relatively dry finish.

Highly drinkable brew, right here. Drinking this one during our summer camping trip at Frankenmuth was perfect; it went nicely with the hot dogs and hamburgers that day, and this is something I would gladly have again.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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

A: This beer pours a medium-dark copper with great ruby highlights. The cream light tan head has a moderate retention period

S: There is an initial light DMS note that quickly goes away, along with it seems like a quick flash of German hops but that's the last you ever smell of hops in this beer. A moderate roast grain and slight graininess dominate the aroma with a slight biscuity and very slight caramel notes. There is no fruity esters, no diacetyl and no DMS.

T: A soft palate feel and a somewhat complex roasted malt flavor dominate. There is a little caramel like sweetness with a moderate hop bitterness and no hop flavor. The balance is event between roasted malt and hop bitterness. The finish off dry with and aftertaste of roasted grain hop bitterness. A moderately-light toffee that shows as the beers is warms up.

M: The mouth feel is very soft and creamy with a medium-heavy body and moderate carbonation. There is no warmth nor astringency.

O: This is a roasty and moderately bitter beer with clean lager fermentation. The subtleties keep this from be a two dimensional beer.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, reddish-brown with just a thin layer of head.

It actually smells really good. Rich, nutty toffee reminiscent of a brown ale. A bit of raspberry fruitiness as well.

Taste is similar with added chocolate and bready malt. Some how the green bottle hasn't affected this one. Nice medium body and dry finish, rich and satisfying. It does a great job of balancing the malt for how little hop character it has.

I have to say, i'm pleasantly suprised with this one, great example and priced right.

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Photo of ldennis
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 BeerAdvocate
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

Dark, rusty brown in color, this brew's clarity is perfect. Lush, bready malt aroma with some grape skin and fresh hay are present. This beer offers a lot of smoothness with a crispness in the back, which is just as big. Malt character is dialed up high here, heavy on the toasted bread and hay-like graininess. It's clean, with only a hint of alcoholic warmth and subtle hops. The bitterness comes in and does the job it was meant to with a bit of herbal flavor in the finish. It ends dry and bready, and is very sessionable.

We have fond memories of liters of this beer with the band in the background and a big heaping Original HB Brotzeit Platter. The bottled version sent to the US is a fine consolation until our feet are firmly planted within their beer hall again.

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

Fine example of the style.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of generallee
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The bottle has no freshness date or any info other than the style.

Appearance: Its body has a deep burnt coppery color with lighter amber highlights and good clarity. The pour produces a tall, foamy, light tan head with a mix of small tightly packed bubbles and bigger soapy quick fading bubbles. The settles down to a thin cap of tiny bubbles that makes very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is full and rich. There are solid notes of caramel and bready maltiness followed up by some floral/mineral like German and Czech noble hops.

Taste/Palate: As in the aroma the flavor has nice caramel/bready maltiness and noble spicy/floral hops in good balance with a slight edge to the malt. In the finish it quickly fades to dryer mellow hop bitterness. The body has a medium to full body with a smooth, not to thick/not to thin, texture and carbonation.

Notes: This is another all-around solid beer with good balance and drinkability.

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Photo of ValpoExpo
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nstroup
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an English pint glass.

A – A one-finger head of loose, fluffy off-white foam quickly dissipates, leaving the surface covered in thin lace. A thin ring of foam circles the edge of the glass just above this. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a brilliant deep red-orange amber color and clear.

S – Light toffee and butterscotch/caramel backed by subtle esters of ripe strawberry and pear. Lightly toasted malts suggest a biscuit, and move to the front as the glass warms, along with a hint of spice and soft floral hops. Nose is soft and requires coaxing.

T – Very true to the nose. Nicely toasted malts lead the way for rich, chewy caramels with just a hint of red cinnamon on the edges of the tongue. Very well-balanced and not at all sweet. Simply, but tasty.

M – A touch fizzy initially, the beer is smooth across the tongue. Body is somewhat thin, but the structure shows firmness and nice integration of ingredients. Almost no finish to speak of, it ends and is gone on the swallow.

O – A good example of a traditional Bavarian dunkel. Light, but flavorful malts that aren't at all sweet makes this a beer worth having several steins of across an evening, especially if matched with pork and sauerkraut. Tasty and enjoyable. While there's nothing about it that makes it distinctive, it's a solid, comfortable beer.

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Photo of nem2006
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank this at Village Pizza in Estes Park, CO. Served in a stange glass with a Hofbrau logo.

Was a deep brown, with a lightly tinted head that held well. Good carbonation could be seen.

There was a smell of lightly toasted malts and a slight background of citrus from the wheat.

This is a medium-bodied beer. Taste starts with lightly toasted malts, closing with a subtle hop finish and a final hint of citrus from the wheat.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is bready and biscuity malt with some toffee and earthy hops. The flavor is semi-sweet toffee with some earthy hops notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, just not to exciting.

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Photo of LyonsHead
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep copper with a creamy off-white head and decent lacing

S: There is a munich malt presence with notes of bread crust and a slight nuttiness

T: There is a malty sweetness mixed with the melanoidan flavors of toasted biscuit and bread crust. There is a faint chocolate nuttiness which adds to the complexity of this beer.

M: smooth and full bodied (very dextrinous). There is a residual sweetness but it is not cloying, it leaves you wanting another sip

D: This is fantastic. The malt profile here is complex and tastes outstanding. You could drink this beer all night. I highly recommend this one

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