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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-19-2002

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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 92
Photo of OWSLEY069
1.76/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a deep amber to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small roast and a somewhat malty. In the taste, a small maltiness, small notes of fruit, but really lacking flavor. A smooth and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a note of dry maltiness in the aftertaste. A small aroma, but lacking everywhere else, not much there.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown colour with a two-finger sized brownish white head.

Similar to a lot of dark lagers at first with a strong malt aroma. This is followed by hints of toffee and caramel, there is also a bit of coffee too.

A nice caramel/toffee combination that matches the smell of the beer and is backed up somewhat by faint chocolate flavours.

Medium bodied and ever so slightly dry in the finish, it is quite smooth and a little bitter in the finish.

A quite nice beer that was pretty easy on the palate & nice to drink.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Beautiful clear mahogany pour with a two finger off-white head with decent retention and nice lacing. Very earthy, malty nose with hints of brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, tea, and subtle cocoa. The taste follows suit lots of earthiness and brown bread along with hints of toffee, tea, caramel, tobacco, subtle cocoa, and leather. The mouthfeel is thinner than expected with really low carbonation and a lot of mineral character on the finish. Overall, I was slightly disappointed with this. The mineral taste was really off-putting and it was sweeter than I had expected. Probably won't revisit...

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Photo of EPICAC
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby-brown with a dense, one-finger, beige head that fades to a patchy film.

Smell: Caramel, dark fruit and a light roastiness.

Taste: Some nondescript sweet malts, hints of caramel, light fruitiness and moderate roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Watery with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pint at Three Boars. Hooray for actual rotating taps!

This beer appears a clear, dark cola hue, witb one anemic finger of tight foamy beige head, which wisps away in an instance, leaving a low berm wash of lace around the glass.

It smells of soft caramel malt, a bit of oily nutiness, some Scandinavian cracker, and mild noble hops. The taste is lightly roasted, bready caramel malt, a slight sour fruitiness, and wet hay, soft grassy hops.

The bubbles are fairly restrained, the body an innocuous medium weight, a tad oily, but generally smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, caramel, edgy toffee, and mildly astringent dark fruit doing the honours.

A decent dunkel lager, with just enough fruity sourness and latent hops to offset and balance the mainstage malt. Nice to see this repped in E-town.

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Photo of Gusler
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep brown on the pour, the head modest in size, frothy in texture and the color a light tan as it dissipates the lace left behind a nice covering upon the glass. Mostly malt nose, sweet, hints of caramel, clean and fresh, with the start sweet and thickly malt, top moderate in feel, the finish is moderately carbonated, the hops pleasing in their spicy presence, quite dry and drinkable.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having finished my lunch and first bier at the Altes Hackerhaus, I was ready for a second round. I had started with their Doppelbock, and I signaled for a refill. Unfortunately, my waittress thought I was quaffing the Dunkel and not the DBock, so....

This one was a clear, deep, dark chestnut. Head was beige and fine, lasted well, though it left little lacing. Nose was restrained, with some caramel and a smidge of grassiness. As far as mouthfeel goes, this one was fairly even over the palate, and had a medium body.

Tastes of some caramel, with light sweetness, and also a smidge of chocolate lurking in there. The finish is dry, with some bitter hops hitting the tastebuds. As it warmed and I quaffed more, the bitterness dissipated. Still, a mid-pack Dunkel.


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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Photo of dasenebler
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

.5L swing-top, best before the end of August 2011.

Pours a wonderfully clear and bright reddish brown. The modest head is off-white with compact foam; decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is very good for the style, with a doughy, malty character and even some raisins and ripe dark fruit.

The flavor is well-balanced, but boring compared to the best examples of the style. Clean and crisp, with toasted malt notes though only a bit of the rich, Bock-like notes the best Dunkels seem to have. The mouthfeel has fine carbonation and doesn't get in the way of the drink-- really the goal of this type of lager.

In the end it's a well-made, drinkable beer, but it just misses the mark for my palate.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: I see people are calling the body of this beer as cola brown, and that is appropriate, as it boasts that dark black with brown highlights appearance. However slow carbonation and two fingers of frothy head which both laced fairly and boasted the same retention.

Smell: It has a smokey undercurrent that is backed by a light dark toffee and chocolate undertone. The smokiness becomes more assertive as it warms, which seem a bit much for a dark lager.

Taste: Well roasted toffee malt with touches of herbs becomes more and more roasted and nearly burnt ending with a smokey end. It's simple but robust and well done.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation could use a little work, but the transitioning is exceptional, however that smokey end seems a bit out of place, and leaves a slight dryness, but thankfully it doesn't linger.

Drinkability: Medium to heavy bodied, which I'd expect more from a porter but it works here. The odd smokey pang somewhat hampers the experience, but I wouldn't say it stoped the beer dead. It went great with the schnitzel I had.

Final Thoughts: A good beer that I would recommend, and certainly went exceptionally well with the schnitzel and spatzle I had at the Black Forest Inn in Hamilton. Thumbs up.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Fredericksburg's Oktoberfest. Pour us dark brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly. There's a hint of roasted malt in the aroma, but little else. It tastes clean with a hint of roasted malt sweetness. Very smooth taste that doesn't over power you with roast malts.

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Photo of BierStein711
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draught in a plastic pint

Fast reducing three finger off-white head, with a coca-cola appearance, lacing is noticeable

Violently carbonated

Smells of hay, bready malt, chocolate, and coffee

Taste: reminiscent of Michelob's Amber Bock. Chocolate, malts, bready toastiness, and a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Thicker than Amber Bock, and Spaten's Muinch Dunkel.

Overall, I would have this again, but I do not know if I would have this beer again.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I, too, had this on-tap at Ludwig's ;)

Thick dark tan, this heavy top looks more like a cream ale than any other alt I've every seen. Interesting. Nose was caramel malts, complementary.

Mild alt taste and feel, with a great even mouthfeel, creamy and softly carbonated. Notes of dry graham and caramel in the mouth, and a lasting dry malty feel in the aftertaste, combined w some bitter hops.

Not a bad beer for drinking lots of--mild and balanced.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at pepis up in vail, nice to see some traditional german stuff on a tower, not enough of that out here in colorado in my experience. this is a good one, very classic, sweet and toasty, caramelized, malty but short of the chocolate range, and very easy drinking for a beer of this color. it has a tall white head on it, airy and slowly relaxing, chestnut brown colored, and it smells like dates and raisins and german lager yeast, dusty and stale in a good way. minerals and stone, very earthy in the taste before the sweetness of the malt sets in. again its classically german here on the grain front, less dry than some of its peers, with a cool fruity element to it. the perfect companion to a big salty bavarian pretzel and spicy mustard, and one of those european dark lagers that has four season versatility. highly drinkable and easy going for what it is, low alcohol but with some substantial body. not sure why the american palate hasnt taken better to beers like this, more for me i guess. i like all the stuff hacker pschorr puts out, and this is another fine example of what they do.

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Photo of liamt07
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at WVRST, into a branded tulip glass.

Dark brown with some burgundy highlights around the edges. Tan head with some OK lace and a film of retention. Nose has some copper/metal, dark malts with some fruitiness. Taste has more dark malts, still a bit of metal, dark fruits and some caramel and bread. A bit of graininess. Fairly light feel, almost watery. A drinkable Munich Dunkel, with medium carbonation and a moderate sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cold Feb. night-headed to a Fasching party=perfect brew. I enjoy Hacker Pschorr, defiantly in my top 5 of Munich's selection. Their selection is good, notably the standard Weizen and the Dunkle Weizen, except for the horrible Radler.
With a satisfying pop from the swing-top bottle, this brew pours out a light ruby-brown tone of mahogany. The cap is a light shade of tn, bubbling nicely. Good looking brew.
Smells of oak, cherry, brown sugar, molasses, malt, a bit of bitterness, and bread dominate the aromatics. Good, bt not overly complicated. Sticks to the Tradition,and I like it.
Flavor is sweet, bready, finishing with a lingering maltiness that is not unpleasant. The light tingling carbonation cleans up the finish, and adds a lightness to the drinkablity. This brew is not overly sweet in any way, rather light bodied with quite a nice malt character.
Once again,I have to remind myself that this brew was made with a strict adherence to tradition, and nothing out-of the ordinary by complexity will be found. Rather, a solid, well made traditional brew that I enjoyed. Next is the Dunkle-Weizen.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fast becoming a style favorite for me,nice dark brown color with modest head.Very malty sweet smelling,caramel,toffee?There was a little hop presence in taste,but the dark malt profile is the star of the show here with some chocolate and light buttery caramel.Mellow and highly drinkable fresh tasting moderate alcohol.The best beer I have had from Hacker-Pshorr.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a few times at the Gate in Park Slope Brooklyn.

A: Dark ruby. Transparent, barely though. Thin head. Very tasty looking.

S: Fruit, raisins. Good toasted malt aroma

T: Sweet malt flavor at first and follows up with raisiny flavors. Quite good.

MF: Medium bodied, yet very wet. Glides down your throat.

D: Very drinkable.

Overall very good, Easy to session, but a bit generic. Nothing really stands out. But solid in the end. Have a few.

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Photo of cichief
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Der Phsorr, around the corner from Marienplatz in Munich.

A- Pours a deep ruby-brown color. Lots of tan foam, this beer looks great.

S- Somewhat sweet malty scent prevalent, maybe a little fruitiness, no noticeable hops.

T- Very well balanced, the sweet malt isn't cloying, the beer finishes clean and dry.

M- A very well carbonated beer (I couldn't see if this came from a barrel, as the helles did, or from a storage tank), thin to medium body.

D- Very drinkable, this paired well with the pork we had to eat.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured cool from 500ml bottle into pilsner mug.

A) Attractive dark ruby-brown with disappointing thin head.

S) Fruity malts are there straight away. Even if I didn't know the style I know hops aren't going to dominate this one.

T) Yes. Clean, fruity, very slight roasty aftertaste. Like every quality German bier, you just want to lift the sweet sweet water to your mouth again.

M) Muted carbonation, a palate cleanser.

O) Something here for everyone. Chuggability for lager fans, good quality malt chewability for ale fans. Recommended.

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Photo of Paincane
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish brown color with a tan head.
enjoyed at a ski resort near Garmisch, Germany.
S: Aromas of coffee, roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate.
T: Roasted malt with coffee and chocolate in the middle and a hop bitter finish.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Enjoyed this beer greatly and would have another given the opportunity.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Pours a beautiful deep copper with a little head. Very clear. Smell consist of clean malt and noble hop tones. Taste is a nice blend of smooth maltiness and hop accents. Very mellow and easy drinking. Nicely done.

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Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Patrick McGovern's, St. Paul, MN...

Dark amber and clear appearance, with a frothy head of 1/4 of an inch. Simple string laces. Sweet aroma, caramel and slight apple emphasis. Nice mouthfeel, velevety with a stylish moderate carbonation. Flavor is exceptionally well balanced, good combination of malt impressions that cross into shortbread and peach preserves -- like jam on toast. Slight hop assertion, somewhat oak-like at the close, slight drying. This is no moster brew, just really well-composed and exceptionally quaffable.

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Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Gasthof's in Mpls. Dark brown, low amber appearance with a good amt of white, fine head. Moderate carbonation. Clear.

This alt is full of malt aroma and taste along with a hefty amt of caramel/toffee character not typical for a north german/dussel alt. Low hopping but bitterness that is balanced very well. No hop aroma or diacetyl. Great tasting and an aftertaste that perfect. Smooth and rich drinking that would be perfect for a great deal of food pairings.

Try this one if you can because it showcases German craftsmanship of beer. Not a true alt yet a great beer.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at Mike and Molly's in Champaign, IL under the name "Hacker-Pschorr Alt." A little research tells me that Alt Dark is Munchner Dunkel. If I'm wrong, please drop me a line.

It looks very rich in the glass, dark brown with a fluffy (but unstable) head. It's okay; you don't need much more than the lace that remains because what's inside is pure malt.

It smells of currants and exactly like a doppelbock. The taste develops into much of the same. My first thought was Salvator, but better. Very raisiny with ripe red grapes to the point of tasting almost like cognac. In fact, this beer married well with the Martell I had later. Some chocolate, everything you want in a dunkel and more. No phenols. Very, very sweet. There's a lot of flavor in this beer, a lot of richness, but not much distinction between the characteristics. There is no development, per se, but it's a hell of a treat nonetheless.

The texture is textbook Hacker-Pschorr -- smooth and velvety. Easy to drink. Finishes long with a very natural berry sweetness.

A lot of care went into making this beer. Whatever you think of it or the style (which is not at all my favorite), Alt Munich Dark shines with craft.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of cokes
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fluid garnet with a milky tan foam. Gleaming, clear and clean.
Toffee-leaning malty nose, with flourishes of dark breads and darker fruits.
Enters with a molasses-flooded green raisin sweetness. Loads of that wonderful German maltiness with the suggestions of carameled plums. Bready, pumpernickel loaf middle, with a few raw grains poking out, all joined by a lurking chocolate impression. Drier at this point. Hopping is subdued but adds a black tea, herbal finish.
Medium bodied, sparce carbonation. Velvet caress.
One of, if not the best dunkel I've had. If you see this on tap, it is your duty to gobble it down by the litre.

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