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Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München

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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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3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pretty straightforward brew from Hofbrau... and Germany in general.

Has a very good caramelized darkness. Almost a rusty red tone with touches of orange/gold. A very fine head that dissipates quickly with bubbles that hang around the rim.

Smell is pretty faint. You pick up the carmel malts and a bit of the green bottle tint. A sort of minerally water smell is present. Very... very faint smell though.

Taste is pretty good, not very powerful, not hugely intriguing. Very straightforward. It asserts itself as a lighter and more refreshing dark lager. And that's that. Has a nice rich caramel character with a bit of toasted grain. Hints of minerals and a touch of green bottle skunk, but the slight skunk blends well and adds another level to the beer. Ends on a bit of a tad dry note, a hint of the hops that are a tad citrusy/lemony. Warmth helps brings out all the flavors throughout this beer really well.

Mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Easy to drink and refreshing, a bit of a malty body just to separate it from lighter lagers. I could picture drinking this on a pretty humid or hot summer evening even.

Overall, a good dark lager. A great introductory beer for someone wanting to ease into German beers, ease into dark beers in general, or just ease into beers outside the norm. A fine offering.

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a medium brown hue with a 2 finger head of dense, frothy bubbles. Head sticks around for a while, leaving a moderate amount of lacing down the glass. Clarity is fairly high, with very minimal haze in the glass, but the darker color of the body limits sight through it.

S- Lighter and slightly grainy with a hint of hops at the end. Little of the darker malts are detectable, but a little bit is there in the form of semisweetness.

T- Right of the bat a small amount of hops bitterness is evidence, followed by the typical, light German lager flavor. Crisp and somewhat grassy in flavor before moving towards a hint of darker malts. The darker malts linger on the tongue after the drink, turning into a slightly metallic flavor before fading away.

M- Light, yet smooth on the palate, this beer represents a typical, easy drinking German lager. Medium to high in carbonation. This is a beer to drink all day long like you're at Oktoberfest.

Overall, this is a pretty standard dunkel lager. Nothing special, yet I would say it's on the better end of the commonly available dunkels. I would love to try one on draft at a Hofbrauhaus.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a – bready and toasty Munich malt. little hops. hint of diacetyl.

a – pillowy tan head. deep brown with mahogany edges when held to light.

f – chocolate followed with toffee. bready. sweet but not cloying balanced by roasty bitterness.

m – medium-low carbonation. creamy. slight astringency but not to a fault. medium-heavy body.

o – excellent example of a dunkel. I really enjoyed this beer.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep, ruby red, almost brown, but enough light sneaks through around the edges to keep it looking red. The head foams up quickly, but settles at just the right time to form a nice crown over the brim of my 12 oz. snifter. About half of it falls within two minutes, but the remainder stays strong for quite some time.

SMELL: Burnt toast dominates while a little touch of malt dances around in the background.

TASTE: Burnt caramel dominates the flavor of this beer and this attribute alone is able to balance the beer. It provides both a sweet and, for lack of a better term, savory sensation. A touch of citrus and maybe even a little grassy hop character is present right up front as well, but the malt is running the show here and closes out each sip very strong.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium to full-bodied, probably closer to full, but not becoming overwhelming at any point. Despite the big body, it settles in in a lighter manner than some others with this type of malt bill and character.

OVERALL: This is one of the toastier, roastier Dunkels I have had and it is quite pleasant, particularly on this cool, late summer evening in Colorado. I know Oktoberfest is coming, but this would make a killer fall porch beer.

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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

while pouring a pretty tall head was produced, say three fingers maybe, and lingered on for quite awhile before it faded. The body was ruby amber brown and had brilliant clarity.
A well carb'd brew, this beer looks read to drink.
Aroma was all malts with plenty of toffee sweetness. I think Ican smell sutle hints of dark fruit also.
Taste is like the nose, sweet toffee malts and faint hops almost at the finish. The hops don't provide much flavor but lend a good semi bitter finish.
Drinks smooth and easy on the palate but also lean and washed out. Not a lot just enough to notice.
This way to easy drinking beer is quite good and refreshing.

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 1,234 ratings
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