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


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RATINGS: 618   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   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
MoritzF (8562) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 21, 2009
(bottle) Clear, ruby amber colour with a big and tanned foamy head. Sweet and almost Bock-like toast-malty aroma with strong notes of caramel and a touch of dark bread an anise. Light-bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a well-carbonated mouthfeel. Dry toasty malt character with pronounced notes of caramel. Toasty and slightly hop bitter finish with wll-blended sweet malt. Decent Dunkel (21.II.09).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
GT2 (8507) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 7, 2012
Tap at St. Arnold’s in a 0.5L mug, the smallest size available. Holy ___. Deep, clear brown to deep ruby pour. Medium, soapy beige head formation. Weak retention and no lace. Nose is all detergent. Taste is soapy with saltwater. High carbonation on the palate. Very mild chocolate and cherry character, but overall there is no maltiness that say "dunkel". Really has nothing to do with the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8237) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2005
On draught at Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas. Dark reddish brown color with a thick and rocky cream colored head. Thin lacing. The aroma is lightly roasty and malty. Medium-bodied and sweet with roasted malt and caramel flavoring. The finish is nutty and lingeringly sweet. A decent beer to accompany a bratwurst.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevnic2008 (8213) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2012
Poured a dark reddish brown color with a beige head. Sweet caramel malt aroma and flavor followed by a good amount of hop bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8180) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUL 8, 2007
500ml vom fass at the biergarten Chinesischer Turm, Englischer Garten, München. Clear, deep brown body under a thin layer. Fair lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet malts. Flavour is also dominated by sweet malts balanced by notes of dark fruits. Lingering, rounded bitter end (18.06.2007).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (7971) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 15, 2007
Draught Very stable yellow head, leaving lace, over chestnut-brown beer. Rainwater, dark autumn leaves, and a bit fruity - and of course very malty. Again leafy & malty; sweet, but nowhere exaggeratedly. Coloured malts, without roastedness. Ends a tad woody. Quite well-bodied, slick, near-syrupy. Much better than feared, to be honest.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quack-Duck (7958) - Down South, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2014
bottle from mein-biershop. Clear brown colour, mid-sized white head. Malty with caramel and chocolate, quite light-bodied and elegant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
My Bottom Line :
Potent Munich malt flavors oversee this Dunkel’s flavor profile where nondescript hop bitterness and fieldberry angles attempt to add depth.

Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam tops the dark brown, leaving no lacing.
-Even though the body is rich, the brew remains quite drinkable.
-An earthy touch seems to come from the combination of specialty malts and bittering hops.
-If you don’t know what Munich malts taste like, this will be a good brew to learn from.

On tap at the tourist magnet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (7934) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2007
(Draught at Hofbräu München) Clear dark brown color, tan head. Sweet malty a bit roasted scent. Malty sweet taste. Spritzy moutfeel, low bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (7856) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 6, 2014
Ins Glas ergießt sich ein rötlich-braunes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch leicht röstmalzig, Karamell. Geschmack angenehm röstmalzig, würzig, trocken.

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