Brewed by Brauerei Hofmann Hohenschwärz
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Gräfenberg-Hohenschwärz, Germany


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Also known as Hofmannstropfen Dunkel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rpattinson (84) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2008
On draught at the brewery. 16.04.2008. Dark brown colour with a thin tan head. Roast, cream pepper and earth aroma; bitterish taste with roast, butter, cream and pepper aromas; bitterish finish with roast, resin, butter and liquorice aromas. A very distinctive beer, but difficult to describe. A bit of roast, a bit of hop, abit of butter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10367) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Bottle @ Uncle Chris’ house in Fürth. Clear reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Rich caramel, nutty, quite toasty malty aroma. Toasty cracker, rich nutty, brown sugar, dark caramel malty flavor. Good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (14671) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 9, 2009
Dark golden brown. Breadcrusty chocolate nose. Very complex toasty dark malts. The toasty palate is quite dry, but not quite as unique as the aroma suggests. Still, this is a quality dark lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Draft at Franconian beer festival and there described as a dunkles vollbier. Dark red-brown, short-lived but nice tan head. Full-on malt aroma is very friendly. Quaffable, very nice mouthfeel. Good pumpernickel raisin bread flavors. Dry finish, almost too dry but makes it more moreish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14732) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2010 Apparently needs to be fresh.:

Bottle, 5.2%. Very buttery aroma. Clear dark brown colour. Small stable off-white head. The flavour is also quite buttery, seems a bit more malty and caramelly. Not so good, though. 2 3 3 3 3

Bottle, 5.2% bought at the brewery. Vinous, roasted aroma. Beautiful clear dark chestnut colour. Very small tan head. Good roasted flavour. Mildly nutty. Very well-balanced. 7 3 7 3 17

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moravius (1001) - Beijing, CHINA - OCT 15, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2014 Flasche von Hopfen & Malz, Berlin. - Kastanienbraun, kaum Schaum. - Röstmalzig-herber Antrunk mit leicht fruchtigen Noten (Kirsche) und einem Hauch von Torf. Unaufdringliche Karamelsüße im Hintergrund. Mild rezent, trocken, samtiges Mundgefühl. Im Abgang reichlich würziger fränkischer Hopfen. Für ein Dunkles recht deutlicher bitterer Nachtrunk. - Außergewöhnliches fränkisches Dunkles, würziger und hopfiger als die meisten, aber sehr harmonisch und sehr süffig.

Bei einer späteren Verkostung aus einer nicht mehr ganz frischen (aber noch längst nicht abgelaufenen) Flasche war eine deutlich säuerliche Note festzustellen, die einer meiner Mitbewerter sehr treffend als Schokoladen-Joghurt beschrieben hat. In meinen Augen eine deutliche Geschmacksverschlechterung ... Noch ein Bier, das so frisch wie möglich getrunken werden sollte.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7121) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark amber to medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, molasses), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of earth/peat, brown sugar, toffee. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Very neat brew...aroma is kinda like a Scotch ale, very peaty and richly malted. Doesn’t drink as richly as it smells, but it’s balanced well. Not far from 4+ status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrNosha (1343) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - NOV 2, 2015
Vom Fass im Brauhaus. Bernsteinfarben klar mit festem Schaum. Röstmalz und Kräuteraroma. Vollmundig und süffig. Tolles Altfränkisch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (10681) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
This is a bit roastier of a dunkel. It is called "Brotzeitbier" for whatever reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravity serving at Zeitgeist.
Cloudy mid brown with a good off white head. Sweet caramel notes, a lovely malt and hop balance with some bread and yeast in the aroma. Tangy sweetness in the mouth with some very good earthy malt, lovely nutty notes, tobacco and hoppage. Bitterish sour-dough bread finish.

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