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


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RATINGS: 721   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (7427) - ITALY - JAN 9, 2011
piuttosto scura buona schiuma persitente naso leggermente tostato nocciola leggero cioccolato discreta secchezza bilanciata note tostate frutta secca

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
glennmastrange (2566) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of dark bread, grain and roasted, light to moderate herbs for the hops, with hints of brown sugar and paper. Head is large, creamy to rocky, with good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is sparkling clear mahogany. Flavor starts faintly sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly acidic, moderately bitter and a little sour. Palate is on the lighter side of medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Simple but typical German aspects, this Dunkel stands above others with it’s roasted smelling malts and sweetness in the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Medium brown color (with a bit of a reddish tint) and a foamy head. Somewhat thin mouthfeel. Not much different from a traditional lager, except maybe a bit spicier. Some bitterness, but not a ton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holy (837) - GERMANY - DEC 27, 2010
On tap shared begrudgingly with the wife. Taste is burnt caramel, roast, bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Draught at Hofbrauhaus Munchen. Medium brown color with red rink and big light ran head. Bread crust, malty, and toasty aroma. Same flavor with light hops and a touch of mineral and bitterness in the finish. Light sweetness but a pretty attenuated and drinkable beer. Not super rich and malty. Easy liter to down. A little thin actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Pours brown with a slight red tint throughout and a small off-white head. Aroma is of spices and sweetness. Caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. Flavor is similar but a lot less pronounced with a toasty undertone as well. Light mouthfeel but not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vas (64) - NEW ZEALAND - DEC 5, 2010
Roasty malt aroma, hint of hops when freshly poured. Crystal clear, gorgeous red brown colour with a rich off-white/tan head. Crisp malty lager flavour, balanced bitterness with a roasty, lightly caramel finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (6657) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Tap. Dark brown pour, small brown head. Aroma was malty, roasted notes. Flavor was a bit bitter. Beer was better when cooler, but still drinkable as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Reddish/Amber in color. Clear. Very, very nice thick, creamy off white head. Really hanging around also. Leaving some nice lacing behind as I sip. Fresh smelling hops. A bit of the ’grassiness" that accompanies most German beers. Some toastiness. Maybe some faint roasted coffee. Very well balanced. Not overdone with the "grassineess". Again getting the roasted or toasted coffee in the taste. Coffee flavor is mild, not like a Stout or Porter. Picking up flavors of grain and a bit of bitterness on the backside. Medium mouthfeel that was dry"ish" and left a bit on the palate. Smooth. Very nice mouthfeel. I thought this was a very solid beer. The more I drink German brews the better I am understanding what they are about. Of the German styles I have tried and reviewed thus far this is one of the best. It’s easily drinkable and goes down all too easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Red-brown, beige cover. Nutty caramel aroma. Light metal taste, sweet light caramel, and toast.

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