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


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RATINGS: 683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Dark brown pour with off-white to light tan fluffy head. Lingering. Big caramel and toffee nose...sweet roasted barley malt. Equally roasty caramel/toffee/bread dough sweet barley malt flavors obviously in the forefront of this brew. Old world quality omnipresent here...not a huge, impressive beer...just good solid brewing excellence and understated professionalism on display. Nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thirdeye11 (5850) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 30, 2010
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) very pale for a dunkel, creamy lasting head. Nose of corn, stale grain, caramel and salt. Taste of roasted nuts, roasty grain, lightly burnt toast, with a smooth creamy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4897) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2010 Location: Draft at Helmer’s, 7/30/10

Aroma: The nose is filled with slightly sweet caramel malts, and there is a little earth as well
Appearance: Pours a clearish brown with a slight red hue and a beige head that leaves spotty lace
Flavor: The taste relatively sweet, lots of caramel, malty, muc what you’d expect from the nose
Palate: It drinks really nicely, it has a smooth feel, decently long duration, and soft carbonation
Overall Impression: This is one I’ve certainly enjoyed plenty of times previously, but never rated for some reason. It’s a good stuff, and the Hofbrau name always makes me think of the beer garden, so it has that going for it as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. The bottle has no freshness date or any info other than the style. Appearance: Its body has a deep burnt coppery color with lighter amber highlights and good clarity. The pour produces a tall, foamy, light tan head with a mix of small tightly packed bubbles and bigger soapy quick fading bubbles. The settles down to a thin cap of tiny bubbles that makes very nice lacing on the glass. Smell: The nose is full and rich. There are solid notes of caramel and bready maltiness followed up by some floral/mineral like German and Czech noble hops. Taste/Palate: As in the aroma the flavor has nice caramel/bready maltiness and noble spicy/floral hops in good balance with a slight edge to the malt. In the finish it quickly fades to dryer mellow hop bitterness. The body has a medium to full body with a smooth, not to thick/not to thin, texture and carbonation. Notes: This is another all-around solid beer with good balance and drinkability.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2427) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2010
dark and malty with a dash of nut and some sweetness. moderate body and full carbonation with a light spicy hop finish. light muscatel like alcohol in the mix. as always true to the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BarossaLuke (549) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2010
On tap in Hahndorf at Hahndorf Inn. Light brown colour, good aroma of some light chocolate with a good, but light fruity esters. Light palate but very drinkable. This is a good beer, but nothing to really write home about, went well with my chicken parmy though!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
TizzleJizzle (741) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Damn you green bottles! I wish I could try this in Germany before it got damaged by light over the journey to the USA. Aroma of old malts and decay. Tasted similar. You know a beer isn’t good when the palate is the best thing it’s got goin’’ for it. This beer prolly rocks in Germany but here in the US, most of the green bottles have allowed light to come in and destroy the brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
12oz bottle from Gabriel’s. Pours a perfectly clear, chestnut colored body with a bit of tannish head and no lacing. Aromas of bready malt, caramel, hints of smoke, raisins and German "illegible". Flavor was light to medium malty sweet, toasty and some nuttyness. Thin to medium mouthfeel. This would get another .5 if I was drinking it under a giant tent while listening to an oompah band.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12364) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2010
(11.2oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a medium cream head (nice retention) and Brussels lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel, light mustiness, raisins, and almonds. Flavor of nuts, light roasted malt, caramel, and some breadiness with a moderately dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Mora2000 (6095) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Thanks to someone from the DFW crew for sharing this bottle. The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is bready and biscuity malt with some toffee and earthy hops. The flavor is semi-sweet toffee with some earthy hops notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a bad beer, just not to exciting.

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