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


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RATINGS: 634   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Draft at Hofbrau Beer Garden in Panama City Beach. Brown in the glass with a tan head that had a thin layer lasting and good lace. Sweet malts in the aroma with a backing of nut and caramel. The flavor is slightly lighter with sweet malts and a hint of bitterness. Light to medium body with a sweet malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnholyBrewing (595) - Central Florida(Upper Hell), Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
...draft at the Melbourne Hofbrau House. In the glass looked a dark reddish brown with a tan head that was mostly lasting. On the nose were roasted malts, caramel, and hints of sweet malt. Mouthfeel was thin, with flavors of roasted malts, and some hints of toffee. Finish was dry, and slightly metallic. There was something missing. I was not impressed, especially by the price.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (3879) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a sweet malt with yeast and caramel and toffee. The taste is a light malt, a bit watery with caramel and toffee. A decent dunkel from Hofbrau.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1018) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Average dunkel from Hofbrau. On draft from Mr. Dunderbaks. Nice malty and caramel balance--smooth and not too strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2008
A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a reddish brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red color that has touches of copper to it when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and malt focused with a mix of toasty malt and caramelized notes. Sweet toffee, a soft note of butterscotch, aromas of toasted crackers, sweet bread crust and sweet raisins aromas can be picked out. The aroma is pretty sweet and seems to be missing a certain richness that should be here, but it is certainly far from objectionable.

Not as sweet as the aroma might have suggested, though there is certainly a thin malt sweetness to this beer. Toasted bread crust flavors as well as whole grain cracker notes play a fairly prominent role here. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, and the beer finishes fairly thin over all. The malt has a weird, almost chemical like note to it some how and there is perhaps a hint of vegetal DMS. The finish of this beer is just somehow objectionable and I can not quite put my finger on it.

This beer could be so much better, it was given to me for free, so I can not really complain, but I certainly will not be drinking this on purpose again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours an amber brown with an off-white head. Aroma largely malt, with grain thrown in for good measure. Taste is the same, with a sweet characteristic and the beer remaining smooth and drinkable throughout. Not spectacular, but very very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kubeckj (9) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2008 does not count
A very rich dark brew with many flavors that just messed and a great creamy feel to it, great beer one of my favorites

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours an amber brown with a tan head. Sweet caramel malts, simple with a bittersweet hop finish. Lightly flavored by dark fruit dates, fig and sugar. Decent beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
milewide (1579) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Brownish color and medium body. Carmel flavor up front, but good hop bitterness for a Dunkel lingers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Coppery-amber color with a little off-white head. Aroma is of noble hops and dark malts. Taste is a creamy chocolate-nut maltness with some roasted malts and a surprising amount of bittering hops coming through to balance. Really good stuff.

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