Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München

very good
1,209 Ratings
Hofbräu DunkelHofbräu Dunkel

Brewed by:
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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Photo of kaplunk02
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A: Clear brown with a bit of carbonation. The short (maybe half of a finger) beige head disappeared quickly leaving no trace around the glass.

S: The aroma was malty and bready upfront with a sweetness of caramel or molasses. There was also a sublet tart smell which I couldn't place.

T: Flavors matched the aroma with a lot of roasted malt and baked bread but with more sweetness in the taste than in the smell. Bready finish with no real evidence of it being 5.5% alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation (a bit more so than I expected but that's just me) and, otherwise, silky and smooth.

O: I think it is good example of the style. Its not overly complex or unique in its flavors but is a very drinkable brew. Its a nice dark lager that suits any time of year.

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Photo of schiltron
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of SicemWT
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of steelslug92
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kyle_Hanson
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of slusk
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really like this Dunkel. It's definitely to style with little hop aroma and a very malt forward brew.

Appearance - Pours a deep amber, more brown than copper with a nice two finger head that dissipates to a thin head that rides to the end. a small amount of lacing.

Aroma - Very malty with very little hop nose. It has some bready toffee notes with a bit of spiciness.

Taste - It definitely tastes as it smells with a bready front end with some toffee notes. It has a spicy back end with a bready sweet finish.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium body brew with a slightly slick after taste. There's a slight acidic touch to it from the carbonation.

Overall - I like this brew. For me it's close to a session beer. I could drink more than one but the sweetness would leave me looking for a lawnmower beer or ESB. This is indeed another beer that reinforces my love of the Dunkel style. Another well done beer from Hofbrau.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, dark brown color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that collected in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready. Lots of freshly baked dark bread, like pumpernickel, followed by some sweetness like dark molasses or brown sugar. I get some black pepper, and faint notes of clove.

Taste: Very much like the beer’s aroma, very malty up front, followed by some pleasant sweetness. There is hardly no hops bitterness to this beer, rather it’s a massive malt bomb!

Mouthfeel: Medium and slightly chewy. Some slight carbonation too, but not much. With an ABV of 5.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a great German dunkel, and, really, can you expect any less from a Munich beer? Nice and malty and extremely drinkable. I love it!

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Photo of g_jenkins
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of hoffa0922
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mtnwesdew
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JVan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DillanWeems
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark copper color with a huge off white head that persists forever. Smells of toffee light caramel and caramelized sugars with hints of dark dried fruits. The flavor is rich and malt with lots of burnt darker sugars. Light bits of prunes and raisins and a hint of sulfur. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost creamy mouthfeel. Nice dark lager, very well done.

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Photo of Soto
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BeerBeerBeer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a nice dark oak-copper color with a cream colored head that recedes quickly buy leaves a moderate film, with light watery lacing on the glass.

The aroma is rich with roasted malts, breadiness, toffee, and faint roasted meats.

The taste is equally hearty with toasted bread, roasted malts, faint toffee, and a nutty finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, really flavorful and a nice brew to have on an October evening.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of K80JOHN
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Brianhigginskc
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of nakedninjaturtle
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
3.76 out of 5 based on 1,209 ratings.
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