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Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
85
very good
328 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München
Germany | website

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
Reviews:
328
Ratings:
1,130
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
12.27%
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
213
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 328 | Ratings: 1,130
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml brown bottle served cold into a St. Pauli Girl mug. Purchased from the LCBo for $3.15 CDN.

Appearance - Clear, honey brown colored beer with some reddish hues. Nice two plus fingers of fluffy light tan head, fairly good retention and some nice lacing rings left around the glass.

Smell - Light graniness, with a faint chocolate and roasty malt bill, but decidedly subdued compared with others in the style.

Taste - Mildly sweet, clean with the chocolate and malted grain flavors shining through quite clearly now. Bitterness is at a minimum, but sufficiently present to prevent from describing this beer as "sweet".

Mouthfeel - Smooth and clean, fairly light body and average carbonation.

Overall - A solid dunkel lager, all the pieces are there to be a mainstay, although the nose is a little lacking. Still a very solid beer, worth of this brewer's significant reputation.

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

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.50 or so for a 500ml bottle. Served at 5deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2 inch high white head that lasts for a minute or two before film out. Medium brown color and filtered clear

S- Not a lot but there is some good caramel and fig notes

T- Rich caramel and a nice smooth malt base. Nothing overpowers but nothing stands out either exceptional or bland. Just an in between dunkel. In between good and not so good.

M- Dry and crisp

O- Ok but not great. Will not buy again. It's just average. Missing the slight cinnamon and other good spices found in other's dunkel's.

Food Pairing

This half decent brew went well with........ Grilled cheese sandwiches using a more a cheese with extra bite like a provolone or a Havarti. Mix that in with a vegetable such as roasted pepper and voila!

Enjoy

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I’ve really started to love Hofbrau. Their Oktoberfest is absolutely exquisite. I grabbed a chilled six pack of this Dunkel and poured it into a tall Pilsner glass that I had available. It is the first beer ever brewed by Hofbrau and has 5.5% ABV. This bottom-fermented Lager is great so let’s see what it has to offer.

Look-It pours a very dark chestnut brown that gives up its clarity in the light. It has hues of copper, mahogany, and cedar in the light. The head is rich and foamy with the slightest off-white tinge. Lacing is moist and full.

Smell-It has strong aromas of fig newtons. The bready buttery crust of a fig newton is very noticeable and comes from the malt bouquet.

Taste- The taste follows the nose. There are the dark fruits like plums and prunes and the associated esters that come through strongly. The fig is the best way to describe the fruity components, but it also has some noticeable molasses flavor as well.

Mouthfeel-It’s smooth and crisp as well as on the lighter side of medium-bodied. It almost drinks like a lagered porter which is amazing, because of the malt content and the resulting clear brilliance of this brew.

Overall-The crisp and refreshing nature of this brew reminds me of the superb Oktoberfest. These brilliant Bavarian brews are excellent any time of the year, but even if I were to drink this Dunkel in the middle of the summer, it would make me dream of Christmas and that is a huge compliment.

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Photo of invertalon
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Hofbrahaus Pittsburgh.

Poured into a liter stein... A solid 2"-3" of head. Beautiful rub hue, excellent clarity.

Aroma is sweet malt and caramel. Taste follows the nose with wonderful malt, biscuit and caramel sweetness. Well carbonated, mouth feel is excellent.

Very delicious and easy drinking beer. It has been a few years since I had this one and I was very impressed on the re-visit.

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Photo of nhopkins24
4.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh off the tap, this is one of my favorites. Great dark amber color with thick head. Medium body with some malt and light hoppiness early, with a touch of bitterness at the finish. Great beer.

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Photo of safphoto
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had this at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich a fews years back. I loved it. When I got back to the US, I picked some up at the local beer and wine shop and it wasn't quite as good. Okay, so actually being at the Munich Hofbrauhaus might have had something to do with it, but not completely. This beer is much better when on the tap, right at the source.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle brought from coolwines, Pours a dark brown color with white head. Bread, toast, malty aromas, taste is much the same as the aroma. It's not to bad.

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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 TheRock7755
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite Dunkel's. Best on tap or freshly brewed at one of their brew houses (Rosemont, IL). I am happy you can get it in most major cities now.

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

Had on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, served in a 1L stein.

L: Pours a deep clear mahogany color with thick off-white head that leaves ample lacing.

S: Malts and light hops. Slight molasses and brown sugar notes.

T/F: Clean and clear. Malts up front with mild sweetness and molasses. Hop bitterness at the finish. Moderate carbonation.

O: A very easy to drink Dunkel and a solid representation of the style. Great to experience first hand in Munich.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is average out of a bottle, good on draft and excellent in Munich. If you can drink it in the states on draft, get it and enjoy. If you can get to Munich for a litre, even better!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours brilliant dark amber under a sturdy cream colored foam cap. Bread and light caramel flavors and aromas. No dark fruit or roast flavors. Medium body and medium low carbonation.

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Photo of DisneyDreamer29
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark in color. Smells and tastes like bread (from oats?) It tastes like sweet bread. Good medium body. Easy to drink, smooth and balanced. I thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of malt
Head large (5 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, diminishing to irregular frothy ring and layer
Lacing sketchy – some partial rings with stalactites, tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium brown, clear
Flavor lightly sweet and malty, hops kick in at the end for some light bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of KF_MSU
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tan with reddish/golden hues. Smells of roasted spices, not too strong. Overall, the beer is smooth with a light flavor. I tasted some toffee hints and roasted nuts. I would prefer it paired with food.

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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 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 CtyLineBeerBlog
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

L - Clear, dark brown color; Foam dome: 2-3 fingers high, really solid white and a distinct separation from the rest of the beer

S - Coffee, chocolate, and molasses

T - Chocolate, caramel, and soft bread notes. Kind of like chocolate chip pancakes

F - Smooth like a porter but light as a pilsner. Good session beer

O - This beer is like a chocolate bar at the check out line. Very affordable and very tasty with coffee and chocolate notes. Definitely will drink again.

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L-clear dark amber color with a small tan head that leaves some lace
S-roast, with some sweet smell
T-roast with some hop bitterness and a little sweet flavor
F-light body and medium carbonation
O-good beer

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Photo of wilipbe
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Nice head with decent lacing. Beautiful color dark bronze. Not to sweet but smell and taste molasses. Nice consistent taste throughout. Really nice beer.

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Photo of Markwas
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best dunkel I have had. Honestly questioning myself on why I don't give it a 5. This beer is the only reason I go to their restaurant. Don't recommend this beer on the golf course or after playing softball, but that's about it.

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Photo of CIBoy10
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - color looks like a glass of tea, solid 1.5 finger head fades to minimal lacing.
Smell - molasses, caramel, and a metal twang.
Taste - lots of caramel and molasses. Typical of the style, but sweeter. No hops whatsoever.
Feel - not a ton of carbonation, feels thicker, the finish lasts.
Overall - I like the style a lot, and wish I could try this on draft. The two dunkels I have had in bottles haven't been as great as the one I had on draft, but can't find dunkels on tap in my area. Cheers!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on draft in a shaker pint glass.

Not much head, medium chestnut brown in color. Nutty aroma, a bit of caramel. Taste is slightly sweet , smooth. Thin to medium body.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 1 finger khaki head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: molasses - no hop profile at all;

T: also molasses; slightly sweet with a touch of bitterness at the finish;

M: thin; moderate carbonation;

O: a little one note;

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +6.7%

I cannot give this one as thorough a review because I was drinking it at a tavern with colleagues after work. As a result, it would have been anti-social and beer geeky of me to leave the conversation to carefully analyze the elements of the beer. That said, I find this to be a high quality beer. I had it in a stein. I loved the brown color and enjoyed the malty sweet aroma. Highly drinkable. Refreshing, and a good beer to unwind with work friends on a Friday afternoon.

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
85 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.
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