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: 341 | Ratings: 1,176
Photo of BeerBelcher
1.64/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I had this from a bottle (no date code of course) and thought it quite marginal. It was quite vegetal in aroma and flavor, with abundant cereal-ness that reminded me a great deal of Play-D. I poured most of it out.

Color was a surprising bronze-color, that was unlike any other beer I can recall. Aroma and flavor were unpleasant, vegetal and grainy. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

I do not recommend this beer.

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Photo of matcris
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 ppvora
2.25/5  rDev -40%

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. glass bottle into a lager glass.

Appearance: Copper brown color with about 2 fingers of head, good aeration.
Aroma: Mostly barley, a little bit of hops.
Taste: Strong malty taste, with some nuts and caramel in the background. No hops or barley...malt all the way with some nuts and caramel.
Mouthfeel: Fine, no surprises here.

If you love a malty beer, you'll like this one. It felt a bit filling too.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, dark amber with 3/4 inch head and lasting lace. The aroma is a bit skunked with some caramel, and sweet roasted malt. The flavor is of caramel, root beer barrel candy, grass and a hop tang in the finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium, a bit sticky. Hofbrau Dunkel is an average beer, recommended.

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2.42/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Brown color, crystal clear appearance. Tan froth creates a lively & brief crown. Toasted, slight woody, herbal aromas, hints of diacetyl. Sweet toasted & syrupy flavors. Light to medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation resolves in a watery texture. Candy flavor, hues of sweet almonds & nutmeg liquor touch are displayed in the middle. Sweet finish. Unbalanced & cloying!

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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 BeerManDan
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured in my glass, it showed promise in the color. A nice dark amber with average off with foam.

But the smell of this ale was not promising. The armoa was something I couldn't put my finger on.

With the first sip, I could taste the roasted malts, but that was it. After the first sip, it was really nothing special. In fact, it sort of boring. Not impressed with this dunkel ale. I'm really disappointed, I expected much more!

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Dr. Pepper colored with a flimsy tan head that disappears quickly. This beer is pretty much see-through, with a caramelized sugar hue and very little lace.

S - Caramel malt with some soy sauce, malt vinegar, and deep fried notes. This reminds me of the way that Long John Silver's smells from the parking lot. There are some Asian vegetable notes like cabbage and bok choy. It doesn't really smell good in the traditional sense, but it's got me interested.

T - Lightly toasted malts with those oddball Asian vegetable flavors. Pickled cabbage and soy sauce. Maybe my bottle is bad, but these flavors aren't all together nasty...they are just odd.

M - Light bodied and slightly oily. This has a very clean finish with almost no aftertaste.

D - I really don't like this beer much, but for some reason that would not stop be from drinking a bunch of this. Sessionable if not delectable. It's clean and unoffensive and I think that's the point with this style.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with hints of red , cherry coloration and a thick off white one finger head lace like spiderweb...

An aroma of heavy wet grain fills the nose, malts and a hint of pumpernickel

Tatses sweet, with wheat and whole grain bread, a wash of malts and a touch of hop bitterness in the background. Quite simple

Light bodied, and almost watery, small carbonation

A straightforward beer, nothing exemplary, I enjoyed the hefe a touch more. I wouldn't recommend this over other dunkels though.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat brownish color that is semi-transparent. Had a small head despite vigorous pour.

Smell: Had a bit of a funky malt aroma to it that wasn't exactly inviting.

Taste: Somewhat bitter all the way through. No trace of the funk that was in the smell. Not bad, but I felt it could be a little smoother.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. A little carbonation adds some "pop" to it, but not much.

Drinkability: Not bad. Definitely worth having again if the mood strikes me just right.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer; It looked absolutely beautiful behind green glass- then it pours to a nice and smooth brown.

Unfortunately the great things end here; there is a watery start, a lousy mouthfeel, the lack of any appreciable body, depth or complexity of flavor. The beer is bitter but not in a very good way, in a bland, awful sort of way.

This is a beer for avoiding.

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Photo of KFBR392
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: dark amber red color. Half a finger of creamy off white head on the pour which settled in to a thin layer across the top while drinking. Active carbonation is above average for the style.

Smell: Overly sweet toffee jumps out right away. There are some slightly skunky, funky tones going on here as well. Dark fruits and oak show up on the body. Sweetness runs throughout and dominates, to a fault.

Taste: Toffee and caramel hit first. The body is mossy, earthy with accents of oak and some dark fruits. These flavors all come together, but slowly fade into a slightly dry finish with some lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Nothing really note worthy at all here. Carbonation doesn't play a part and no notable lingering textures keep you interested.

Overall: Very disappointed by this. Loved the other Hofbrau offerings I've had, this just has none of the characteristics I look for in a dunkel. I'll stick with the Original and Hefe.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light clear burgundy color lager with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light toffee notes. Taste is drier then expected with some caramel and light molasses notes. Body is about average with OK carbonation. Not bad but really not a style that I dig.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The color of this beer is a light brown. The aroma you get is a little bit of a spice smell and is weak. Tasting this beer it is kind of strong and overpowering with a tanginess to it.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a reddish brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red color that has touches of copper to it when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and malt focused with a mix of toasty malt and caramelized notes. Sweet toffee, a soft note of butterscotch, aromas of toasted crackers, sweet bread crust and sweet raisins aromas can be picked out. The aroma is pretty sweet and seems to be missing a certain richness that should be here, but it is certainly far from objectionable.

Not as sweet as the aroma might have suggested, though there is certainly a thin malt sweetness to this beer. Toasted bread crust flavors as well as whole grain cracker notes play a fairly prominent role here. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, and the beer finishes fairly thin over all. The malt has a weird, almost chemical like note to it some how and there is perhaps a hint of vegetal DMS. The finish of this beer is just somehow objectionable and I can't quite put my finger on it.

This beer could be so much better, it was given to me for free, so I can't really complain, but I certainly won't be drinking this on purpose again.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Easy drinking lager, albeit a bit pedestrian: ("underwhelming" as one reviewer noted.) Although at times, an understated beer isn't necessarily a bad thing. Would most certainly choose this hands down over an adjunct, particularly if I didn't want the beer to compete with the meal, but wouldn't go to extremes to secure another. Did pick-up on a slight skunk note in the nose, which isn't one of my favorite things. Would like to try a few others in this style + other HB's as well.

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Photo of moulefrite
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simply an average beer. Chestnut brown in color-minimal lace/head. Rather lean in the mouth with a simple malt component-no real complexity here. Perhaps I got a tired bottle. I'll retry this one. It did however work with a hot pretzel and cheese sauce for breakfast.

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Photo of MyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one during a nice session with a few pals. This was the weirdest of the bunch. For some reason, I had high hopes for this brew. What I ended up with reminded me of a generic Cola soda that had gone flat. The smell, mouthfeel, and appearance were very similar to (but not as sweet as) cola. It was so strange. It was easily drinkable, but not really appetitizing. The taste was... blah. It went down smooth but I was unable to finish a whole bottle because it was so bland for a beer. Makes me sad, to be honest. It wasn't bad, persay... just really not worth the effort.

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Photo of william5586
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Light brown with amber edges. Two fingers of light tan head and some good lacing.

S- Sweet malts, caramel, and toffee.

T- The taste mirrors the smell. Sweet malty taste dominants with caramel and toffee also present. There is another taste present in the finish that I couldn't discern, and I didn't like it.

M- Nice and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation. Light body, maybe a bit to light.

I have to give this one a lower drinkability due to the funny taste it had at the end.

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Photo of stephendr
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of clear dark brown , with a medium head – nose of salt , malts , soy sauce , barnyard , and cocoa – taste of malts , baking chocolate , and mild hopps - body medium , medium carbonation , and acidic – aftertaste of sour , and acidic long lasting

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beer bottle brown with a solid German head. The cap is white fluffy and sticks to the glass, as for the brew it's clear and bubbly. Not a bad start to a usually disappointing brand in my opinion.

Nose is slight for the style even though the malts are definitely present. Roasted grains are all but invisible as are slight hints of chocolate. The biggest red flag rather then the lack of nose is a hint of metallic bitterness.

Taste is like the nose but with a touch more sweet richness. The metallic taste lasts but is clouded by strong influences of the roasted grain and the ever so slight chocolate and coffee twinge. More of the bitterness from those flavors exist then the actual flavors.

Smooth and silky flavor with light carbonation. Not a bad beer but there are far better dunkels out there. This one reminds me of a strong tea that's been steeped to long. I find it to be too much on the bitter and acrid side of things.

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Photo of Dantheman4162
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice head, off white in color. Dark red amber hue. Not much arome slightly malty? Coffee? Smelly. Initial malty taste. Clean finish. Slight yeasty and alcohol after taste. Light texture "watery?" wet. Little to no aftertaste, little flavor. Good for multiple brews --> not much to i, not complex. Lower middle of the road. Might get it again for a Oktoberfest style drinking session(not for just a 1 beer sitting).

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Photo of brentk56
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a powerful head that sticks some lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: In a green bottle, so what would you expect - skunky

Taste: Brown bread, toasted marshmallow and chocolate powder, up front, with a slight grassy hop presence arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the brown bread malty flavors re-emerge and persist through the finish; a bit of skunky flavor, unfortunately, as well

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This used to come in a brown bottle so who knows what brilliant marketing strategy convinced them to shift to green, but the skunkiness ruined what otherwise would be a nice beer

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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 ATPete
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, green glass...

what the hell? i thought green glass was basically against the law in Germany except for Becks and Spaten because the beers are only a step up from garbage. Im sure this beer had promise at one point, but the glass ruined the entire experience, and honestly its flavor as well. I have no idea how long this has been sitting in a warehouse under lights, heat, cold, etc. It poured a murky brown color with a decent tan head. Roasted malty nose with some nutty tones. It tastes like it could have been good at one point. Toasted barley, mellow aged hop undertones and an easy drinking body. This thing was just off. Put this in brown bottles. Beer inside green bottles doesn't have to be old to taste bad.

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