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


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RATINGS: 738   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DSG (11600) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 9, 2008
(7/4/08) Draught at the brewpub in Munich. Served in a 1L mug. Dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, some bread and caramel. Sweet flavor with caramelly malt and light toastiness. Medium-bodied but maybe slightly too light. Acceptable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigscroggs (5) - Grand Prairie, Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2008 does not count
Had this at a German restaurant in New Braunfels, TX. It was served in a liter mug. Nice dark color, head, and aroma. Went down smoothly, but the flavor lingered. The beer was much better than the sausages. Would definitely order again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
On tap at Lagerhaus (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark red brown with massive foamy off-white head. Excellent head retention and glass lacing. Aroma is interesting: some vegetable notes, sweet malt, toasted nuts, bread. Flavor is sour ripe fruit, sweet malt, raisins, plums, and some caramel (as the beer warms). Light to medium body with a slightly hoppy, bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Ah drink these out of a liter mug down at the black squirrel in DC. Traditional German dunkel with a great pour, head and aroma. Will be drinking many more of these in the future.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BiddleBrau (1164) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Poured amber/ruddy with dense white head. Aroma is of toasted malt, slightly caramel. This beer is rather thin and slightly astringent. Malt never steps up like I anticipated based on the aroma although there is a decent balance between the hops and malt. Astringency is a big drawback with this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
pforei (338) - USA - JUL 14, 2008
Had this on tap before it and was much better. Slight green bottle skunk aroma upon opening, that dissipates after a few seconds. Unfortunately, not much taste at all afterwards. Faint caramel and bread. Thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 12, 2008
From a green bottle, which immediately causes concern - Clear reddish brown, with virtually no head. Nice earthy smell, with some dark bread and rum notes. Flavor is similiar, but mixed with some fruity notes. Surprisingly rough, bitter finish, which is welcome.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle from Whole Foods Charlottesville. Bronze color with almost no head. Nutty, roasted malt aroma. Bitter roasted malt taste. Thin body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 4, 2008
Draught at The Belgian Bar in Rotorua (New Zealand) - a surprise ’special’. A light brown with a large foamy head that laced very well. A little metallic on the nose with a touch of chocolate. A very dry palate, with some roasted coffee flavours. A couple of late night drinks by myself on a work trip - it did the trick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2008
dark reddish, somewhat marzen-colored ale, it packs a lot of malt to it, but not much else except a bit of caramel

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