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Brewed by Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Munich, Germany

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 727   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark beer existed in Bavaria long before light beer. This was the first type of beer to be brewed at Hofbräuhaus when it was founded. Today, when beer-lovers all over the world talk about dark beer, they usually mean a Munich style beer. Today, Hofbräu Dunkel - the archetypal Bavarian beer - is still as popular as ever. With its alcoholic content of around 5.5% volume and its spicy taste, it’s a refreshing beer that suits all kinds of occasion. A beer in the traditional Munich style!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Caramel malts on the nose with a slight spicy nutty aroma. Pours a dark amber. Caramel malts, with toasted bread and a very clean crisp flavor. Very nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kristall-König (2678) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2011
Das Hofbräu Dunkel hat mich nicht ganz überzeugt. Der guten Süffigkeit stehen eine überschwere Malzigkeit und nur durchschnittliche Hopfenbittere entgegen. Leichte Röstaromen im Nachhall. Test vom 6.12.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psytron (1768) - Turku, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2011
This was enjoyed during the trip to München, and unfortunately no other information remains.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (16324) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 13, 2011
Der Malzige Antrunk wir im Mittelteil etwas entschärft durch ein feinherbes Aroma. Im Abgang ist das Malz nur noch im Hintergrund zu erkennen. Das Bier wirkt etwas langweilig und winfallslos, heißt nich das es schlecht ist, aber etwas Besonderes mit Sicherheit nicht. Test vom 2.6.2006, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 8,10,8,8,13,8 - 8,55

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joebudzjoe (672) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2011
.5 liter draft @ Der Schwarze Kölner in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Served in a HB glass mug, this dunkel is pretty solid. Despite its strong malty flavor, there’s a spicy tinge as well as a noticeable bite from the hops. Only downfall is the molasses like residual effect after drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flying_pig (1382) - SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2011
Deep, dark brown colour with a thick off-white head that has an almost brown colour & the retention/lacing is nice. Roasted malts, some mild caramel and chocolate & also a burnt toast smell somewhere in the middle with a nutty finish. Roasted malts upfront with the taste, along with some hints of both caramel & nuts. The taste is slightly watery but not incredibly so, there is also some earthy hops in there & a mild bitter finish. It’s smooth although slightly watery but has good texture and carbonation though with a slightly dry finish. A pretty average dunkel here and certainly not the best out there. A little too watery and lacked somewhat in taste although it was by no means a bad beer. *** 1001 Best Beers to Try: ***

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kwik-lime (1641) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
The head dissipates quickly. Malty with a hint of fruit in the finish. Palate is thinnish but a good beer.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2011
The only Dunkel that appears on the top 50 available on hand, I grabbed it for the style tick. It smelled pretty darn skunky despite being pretty fresh. I will give it some room on aroma because there was a slight hint of dark roasted malt lurking underneath the surface. Thankfully the taste was much better, despite being skunky on the front it tasted actually rather robustly chocolate-like on the finish. Comparable, in my opinion, to the SA Chocolate Bock at its best. This hardly makes it a good beer, but I imagine a fresh and unskunked sample might actually taste quite good.

2.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pacond (188) - Muncie, Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 Skunky nose, green bottle Malt color is dark with light caramel, crisp body and purplish flavors.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (3273) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Hat at the world famous Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Pours pretty brown and tastes wheaty, malty, some caramel and oranges. don’t let its dark color fool you its light and easy drinking brew. quite a few of these along with the traditional were consumed in this extremely fun locale.


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