Hofbräu Dunkel | Hofbräuhaus München

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Hofbräu DunkelHofbräu Dunkel

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Hofbräuhaus München
Germany | website

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 LyonsHead
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep copper with a creamy off-white head and decent lacing

S: There is a munich malt presence with notes of bread crust and a slight nuttiness

T: There is a malty sweetness mixed with the melanoidan flavors of toasted biscuit and bread crust. There is a faint chocolate nuttiness which adds to the complexity of this beer.

M: smooth and full bodied (very dextrinous). There is a residual sweetness but it is not cloying, it leaves you wanting another sip

D: This is fantastic. The malt profile here is complex and tastes outstanding. You could drink this beer all night. I highly recommend this one

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a few .6 liters of this brew at a great German Restaurant in Lindenhurst, NY called The Village Lanterene. They have several Hofbrau on tap. Definitely worth checing out if you're on Long Island.

Hofbrau Dunkel pours a very dark brown with a think, 1-2" foamy tan head. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The smell is malty and sweet, and the taste is similiar with just a little bit of bitterness mixed in. Overall tho, this is a smooth beer with a coffee/chocolate aftertaste. Very easy to drink. Highly recommend.

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Photo of KI9A
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured dark brown, nice head.

S: Malty, maybe a touch of a dark fruit..prune or raisens.

T: Above, plus a bit of chocolate.

M: Somewhat light, decent.

D: Good. ALways liked this Dunk, but, I think others have caught up, or surpassed it. Did a side-by-side with the Michelob Dunkel, and the Mich, in my opinion, just blew it away. The Mich was way more comlex, and refreshing. Surprised the crap out of me..

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Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Deep coppery brown color; half-finger of lightly tan head that was a little creamy

S - Sweet maltiness; a bit pruney; a little bready

T - Pruney sweetness at first; bit of minerals; sweetish; a little grape/wine flavors

M - Medium; pretty vibrant prickly carbonation

D - Good drinking, and easily a great session brew for a beer garden trip

Overall, a pretty damn solid example of the style and an enjoyable drinker.

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Photo of illinijer
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a deep brown from a bottle into a pint glass with a 1 inch creamy head which doesn't stick around long.

S - Smells of dark malt, with chocolate, caramel, and coffee notes.

T - Heavy dark malt presence, which is balanced on the back end by hops. I detect notes of coffee and chocolate. Also has a very light spice note to it.

M - Fairly thin, as expected from a dark lager. Nothing unusual or unexpected. Good level of carbonation.

D - Good session brew. Flavors aren't overwhelming, which sometimes is nice. Could definitely have 3-4 in a sitting.

Overall, it's not something I would stock in the fridge, but once in a while it'd be nice to have a 6-pack here and there.

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Photo of dgilks
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mahogany brown with a light tan head. The head is tight but not long lasting.

Aromas are overly sweet with honey notes and a hint of nut. Something doesn't quite gel well but I can't pinpoint it.

Tastes are significantly better with a good bitterness present to counteract to sweetness which was overdone in the aroma. Good light honey notes along with spicy Noble hop notes really work well.

This dunkel has a nice medium body with vibrant carbonation. It really hits the mark for a good crisp, refreshing beer that is still substantial and not watery.

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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 maddogruss
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this from the Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours a dark amber body with a solid, white head with pretty good retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A sweet, honey, slightly burnt toffee smell that seemed pretty nice.

T: A sweet, toffee, malt taste with some honey notes in the aftertaste. Overall, ok tasting beer.

M: A pretty smooth mouthfeel that was medium-bodied.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination makes this beer pretty nice to drinking. Seemed a little filling later on, but still pretty good overall.

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

A- Pours a reddish brown with a creamy off-white head...slight, spotty lacing...

S-Toasted malt with some caramel and a hint of toffee...

T- Very nice...a slightly sweet maltiness with just enough hops and bitterness to finish it off...very well balanced...

M- On the medium to light side with some moderate carbonation..crisp and smooth

D- Overall, a very drinkable beer...I've had this many times, both out of the bottle and on tap, and neither disappoints...A great example of the style, and very enjoyable...

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Photo of jrallen34
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I drank this beer from the tap in a full stein at the Hofbraushaus bier garden in Munich, Germany.

This is dark brown beer with a full tan head. Great smell of hops.

It tasts hoppy, heavy and has a great texture in my mouth. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green pop-top bottle with classic label

Appearance: Dark mahogany beer capped with a thick dark ivory head

Smell: Mild but pleasant caramel and bread aromas, quite nice...no real hop presence

Tatse: Mild toasty and sweet caramel malt, smooth, fairly rich, and tasty

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: NICE dunkel lager, simple, but tasty and quite drinkable

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Photo of nomomentwasted
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this in Munchen in November, but for this review I had 3 bottles poured into a liter mug from the Hofbrauhaus itself. It definitely tastes a little different than I remember fresh from the source, but then again, what doesn't?

Appearance: Dark copper, almost dirty penny, with a nice white head. Nothing too fancy, just straightforward and pleasant, like this beer in general.

Smell: Fruity / citrus hops, definitely detected some grape and apple esters there with some biscuity malt on the back-end. Malts aroma is thicker in the lager itself than in the head on the initial pour.

Taste: Sweet fruits with some banana-esque apple in there, but malts are bigger in the flavor than in the nose. Almost a bit nutty, but easygoing and nothing too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Nutty and smooth, but nothing too exciting or to rave about, but crisper on the back-end with a slight dry, bitter finish.

Drinkability: Simple, easy, and pleasant. Definitely not some huge favorite of mine, but with pretzels and pork knuckle it was fantastic at the brewery. By itself it's a little one-dimensional, but still a nice and interesting brew.

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

This beer pours a reddish,brown colour with ruby highlights which leaves a two finger creamy head that disspates quite quickly and leaves subtle lacing down the glass it smells of dried fruits,plums and spicy hops and tastes quite sweet with some caramel backnotes quite nice indeed.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery in pittsburgh. The color is a reddish brown color. Decent head to the beer. Not much of a smell to it. The smell was a roasted malt. The mouthfeel wasn't much good have been better, but the overall taste was very good. The taste was a little on the lighter side but was of malt and not complex. Overall it was an above average dunkel.

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Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Mr. Beery's, Bethpage, New York.

Poured a medium amber hue with a slight white foamy cap. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt and a slight spicy hop.

The taste consisted of a light caramel, a balacing hop and a slight nuttiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a decent dunkel. A bit more malt would help.

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Photo of JMD
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany color with big rocky head that clings to the glass. Nice looking dunkel.

S: Toasted malt. Some ripe fruit and bananas. Hints of carmel

T: Malty, with hints of chocolate. Ripe, sweet fruit. Hops work in towards the end, as this beer finishes a touch bitter.

M: Moderate carbonation, very smooth

D: Highly drinkable brew. At 5.5% ABV this dunkel is very sessionalbe.

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Photo of billybob
4.65/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

really enjoyed this beer its nicely balanced taste and crisp clean mouthfeel just makes you want that next one. pours a medium brown with hints of ruby highlights and a beige head and a light spotty lace.

lightly roasted malt with a very light hint of caramel.

slightly sweet roasted malt with a light bitter hop finish and a lingering after taste.

light to medium mouthfeel thats crisp and clean.

this beer gets it all right.

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Photo of grayburn
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is really highlighted by the pour, a beautiful mahogany with a thick white head. The lacing and the retention are both top notch. Nice.

The smell and taste however, cannot be judged properly because the beer is skunked. The green bottle really comes into play one more time. Otherwise, there are some nice floral hop notes and some caramelized grain notes as well. Could be very nice if packaged and shipped in a better manner.

The mouthfeel and is nice and light, crisp and refreshing, leads to good drinkability.

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Photo of HeroJH
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one was really good, I liked it. A really nice example of a Dunkel Lager. Shows the versatility of lagers that I've been realizing lately. Lots of flavor and complexity but with a great cleanliness.

A - Dark Brown with a touch of red. no haze

S - caramel, toast, sweet, german

T - Medium sweetness, well balanced. Not too tangy sweet as I get with some of this style, and that's a good thing, I don't like too much. Refreshing

M- great

D - Excellent. I really enjoyed this. Wish I had more.

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

Style of the month at homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours a light mahogany with a 3 fingered mocha head. Dissipates slow and leaves slight lacing.

S/T - Chocolate caramel and bittering hops.

M - Full-bodied, hop dominated and sweet.

D - Good. Overall a good beer. May be overhopped for the style.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surprisingly light amber colour with a good ochre head, fairly thick lacing around the glass. Has all the right elements but doesn't excite me.

Nice spice on the nose with a slight hint of chocolate and a bit of dried fruit. Complex and interesting.

Taste is sour with a bit of that spice promised on the nose. A good complex palate with highs and lows, but at the same time taste is not all that pleasant, tastes like a standard amber ale and not roasted enough to be dark and brooding. Just a fair amount of tartness. Mouthfeel is not bad, quite smooth. It's drinkable enough but doesn't really spank me.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Hofbrau House, Pittsburgh.

Appears like a brown/ruby brew in a mug. Nice foam and lace show.

Smell was hard to pick up just malty goodness, I was outside.

The taste was of sweet malt, a tingle of bitterness on the end. Dark malt hard to describe with a caramel note here and there. Well balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was on the lighter side of full bodied.

Drinkability is off the charts. This beer went down way too easily, but when in Germany, drink like a German.

Very glad I got to try it at the HB house, this is a very solid dunkel.

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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 kbeals
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, a deep copper color. Generates about two fingers of off-white, creamy head while leaving a generous amount of lacing and has good head retention. Smell is very sweet, a bit of alcohol detected, some malts. Taste is similar, a little sweet, finishes off slightly bitter. Some malts come through. Mouthfeel is pretty light, smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I might drink this again, but I don't know if I would buy it.

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

Ah yes! The best beer in the world! I can't say any negative reviws on this beer. I've enjoyed this personal favorite for such a long time. The foam was a nice antique beigh with a deep rich aroma. The color is a dark amber red. Nothing compares to the taste in my opinion. A smooth, rich and robust taste with a plethora of complex smells. The mouthfeel was smooth and medium-bodied. If I had to live off
just kind of beer for the rest of my life, this would be it.

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Hofbräu Dunkel from Hofbräuhaus München
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