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


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RATINGS: 582   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (294) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2014
On draft poured into a stein. A flat caramel cola aroma with some fall baking spices emanate from the initial pouring. As it settles, a doughy / yeast not appears as well as a very mild floral note, and a hint of mildew (maybe some undertones from the earlier yeast aroma?). The cola aroma also evolves to a more root beer aroma. It’s a rich, clear caramel brown with a light brownish / yellowish, fluffy, creamy, fizzy head. The head is consistent, small bubbles evenly distributed which dissipates slowly and leaves an abundant lacing. The taste is a mellow, medium level of sweet with a light, dry bitter. This is a thin, watery textured beer with a soft, subtle, effervescent carbonation. The medium body is mostly malty (although not overly rich) with notes of caramel, toasted bread, and maybe even a hint of chocolate. There’s also tones of spice (allspice?) in the sip. The very light, floral and citrus finish is mostly clean with a toasted grain aftertaste that doesn’t last long.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PendulousFall (14) - - MAR 29, 2014
Nice, brown color with an off-white head. Sweet and spicy smell. Not incredibly carbonated...I’d say the carbonation is just right. It has a nice dunkel taste that is not overwhelming. Nothing metallic about this one. No strong aftertaste. All that’s left is a subtle reminder that it was there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EyeAmBaldman (184) - Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Pours a clear mahogany with a thick off-white head. My bottle was green, unlike the pic here, and aroma was a little skunky. Not a lot of active carbonation in the glass but swirling it around creates a nice creamy head. Taste is nothing special, but is not really bitter at all. It’s mostly malty hay and yeast. Not a bad dunkel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Kingi (460) - - MAR 29, 2014
Basically a cola colour lager with some sweetness in the aroma and Taste. Drinkable but doesnt offer any pleasant tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
Colour of strong sweet tea, with a short well laced head. Aroma of yeast and grains with a hint of malt. Sweet malt taste with a touch of grain. Sweet transient palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fattybladdy (497) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Dark reddish brown pour with tall frothy head. Taste is caramel malt, grain and toast, light bitterness in the finish. Pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Sweet toffee and caramel flavors highlight this beer. This is an easy drinking, medium bodied beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (1865) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - MAR 10, 2014
500ml bottle, multiple occasions.
In short: a sweet dark beer.
Pours dark mahogany with nice tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Malty. caramel, roasty and spicy aromas. Light body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste isroasty, liquorice, sweet, nuts. Balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GBZ59 (1061) - BARCELONA (Catalonia), SPAIN - MAR 10, 2014
Botella de 500ml. Vaso Weizen. Color marrón y trasparente. La espuma bronceada crea una corona burbujeante y fugaz. Aromas herbales, tostados y de leve madera con trazos de diacetilo. Sabores de tostado dulce y sirope. Cuerpo ligero/medio y carbonatación moderada aunque chispeante que agua la textura. Sabor de caramelo y matices de licor de almendras y avellanas que se despliegan en el intermedio. Final dulce. Desequilibrada y empalagosa ! 500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Brown color, crystal clear appearance. Tan froth creates a lively & brief crown. Toasted, slight woody, herbal aromas, hints of diacetyl. Sweet toasted & syrupy flavors. Light to medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation resolves in a watery texture. Candy flavor, hues of sweet almonds & nutmeg liquor touch are displayed in the middle. Sweet finish. Unbalanced & cloying!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1160) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at local pizzeria. Pours a muddy brown with an off-white head. Aroma has caramel and lemons, with light brown sugar. Taste is of malty caramel, bread and lemons. Medium bodied and a bit sticky. Finishes sweetly, and not too long. A solid easy drinker - a little sweet and a little sour.

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