Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,196 Ratings
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
Ratings:
1,196
Reviews:
346
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
241
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,196 |  Reviews: 346
Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of spycow
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange with a 1/2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt and some slight caramel aromas. Taste is slightly sour with some dark malt, bread, and caramel flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but I think this one smells better than it tastes.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but has good retention properties; a moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of toasted malts and caramel in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of toasted bready malts and notes of caramel. The initial taste has a slight amount of sweetness while the finish has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A quentessential German Dunkel with a touch of roast, nutty, caramel, and a touch of dark fruit but rounded into a smooth and clean yeast character and high drinkability that's greater than your average Anheuser Busch Amber Bock but not quite with the full flavor of traditional German Bockbiers.

Pouring a medium copper color with deep amber, nearly brown overtones, the beer shares brilliant clarity, steady streams of carbonation, and a froathy off-white head which retains with a medium coat of foam and even pockets of lace left behind. A very handsome looking beer.

Cracker Jack candies of caramel popcorn and peanuts set the malty tone while additional aromas of toast, grain, and malted barley all fill in the blanks. Toasty fruit scents of prunes and grapes rise as the beer warms, adding complexity and a depth of aroma to the meaty, bready nose.

Barley malt and grain flavors mix into a taste of medium toast, caramelized toffee, walnuts, and an earthy, rooty flavor that makes a transition from toast to fruitier notes of black currant, roasted plumb, and prune. The maltier flavors certainly take hold while the fruiter notes only add complexity from a far backseat.

Medium bodied and with a carbonated creaminess, the beer makes a break from the richer textures at mid palate and rushes into a lighter and more drinkable toasty medium-dry finish. Somewhat grainy and thin at times, the drinkability definately makes up for a few of the deficiencies in style.

A linger of roast, heavy toast, and bitter nut oils linger past the finish and the earthy hop flavor allows for a smooth transition into the next drink. All making this a clean and melanoidin rich Dunkel that shares a lot in common with traditional German Bockbiers.

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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 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 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 largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Clear amber-brown, a little lighter than expected for the style. White suds top the body, settling to a collar and film after a moment. Smells pretty good, raisin and toasted-caramelized malt being most prominent. There's some lightly sulfuric lager yeast character, too, and a bit of oatmeal cookie. It opens with a metallic twang on the palate that transitions into a note of bready toasted malt. It ends with an earthy breadiness and a dash of leafy hops. A good, solid dunkel; nothing spectacular, but good.

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Photo of zeff80
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, burgundy color with reddish hints. It had a thick, tan, foamy, three finger head that left a patchy pattern of sticky lace on the the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel and roasted malt. It also had a slightly floral aroma.

T - It tasted very sweet with caramel, toffee and biscuity roasted malt.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the prettiest dunkel lagers that I've ever seen. The nice thing is that it tastes great, too.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 5/14/2012. Pours fairly clear dark copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with nice retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, apple, pear, raisin, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, floral, and earthy hops. Nice and pleasant aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, pear, apple, toffee, toast, dark bread, light chocolate, cracker grain, herbal, floral, grass, and earthy hops. Lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, toffee, dark bread, light chocolate, cracker, grass, floral, and herbal on the finish for a short bit. Very nice flavor balance and robustness of dark malty flavors; with nice light floral hop balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, lightly sick, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good dunkel lager. Nicely robust and balanced flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice thick frothy and bubbly head rises to 1 finger and fades at a medium pace, over super clear ruby reddish maroon brown colored beer. A slight messy lacing appears as well as it slowly disappears.

THe nose has some darker malts, crystal, Munich, and a light molasses syrupy aroma. Some light crisp lager aromas, a little dark fruit, a little caramel and toasty malts.

The taste comes a little different, with more sweet syrupy flavors, almost an extract like flavor but not quite. Some toasty malts, Munich, crystal, etc. A touch of smoke too, molasses, a touch of a mild grassy hop flavor too, and hint of bitterness, but not much. Some sweet flavors, and touch of a toffee like flavor. It finishes still somewhat sweet, but dries a bit, and some syrupy flavors linger for a bit. Some bitterness lingering as well, it comes out more on the finish as the other flavors die off.

The mouth is a medium body with lower carbonation, and some syrupy feel.

The drinkability is a little lower, as the syrupy flavors and feel stick for a while, and dark malts linger, but it does dry well for how sweet it started.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hofbrau Dunkel on tap at Pazzo's (Lexington, KY) and from a bottle in August 2016.

clear red-brown; excellent clarity; large, creamy tan head.

Aroma: light toasted grains; a bit metallic; a touch of earthy hops.

Flavor: richer and better than the aroma. Lacks complexity but provides a nice blend of malts with a proper touch of hops.

Feel: light bodied but not watery; medium carbonation that seems just right

O: good to have a nice fresh version of the German standard, although served too cold.

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