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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (532) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bblack99 (526) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Darn you, green bottle! Aroma was skunked up by poor German engineering with regard to light protection...amazing that canning hasn’t become part of the Purity Law! :) Corn, funk, and musty aroma hints that at one point, it was a fairly pleasing roasty toasty grain and caramel smell. Flavor was apparently unaffected, as the sweet toffee notes popped up and mixed in nicely from start to finish atop the medium-roast malt backbone. Silky but light mouthfeel, dark brown hazy liquid tinged with amber under a small cap of light tan head. Throw this in a Warsteiner bottle and I’d venture to guess it would score a few tenths higher. Okay, okay, I swear I’m done with the soapbox on green bottles!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sissio (524) - Orsenigo, ITALY - JAN 9, 2014
Clear brown/chestnut, cappuccino rocky head Cereals, some hops, caramel Sweet/bitter with pleasant bitter ending Licorice, roasted malts, chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (523) - New York, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Its body has a deep burnt coppery color with lighter amber highlights and good clarity. The pour produces a tall, foamy, light tan head with a mix of small tightly packed bubbles and bigger soapy quick fading bubbles. The settles down to a thin cap of tiny bubbles that makes very nice lacing on the glass. The nose is full and rich. There are solid notes of caramel and bready maltiness followed up by some floral/mineral like German and Czech noble hops. As in the aroma the flavor has nice caramel/bready maltiness and noble spicy/floral hops in good balance with a slight edge to the malt. In the finish it quickly fades to dryer mellow hop bitterness. The body has a medium to full body with a smooth, not to thick/not to thin, texture and carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dj (520) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2008
On tap at the Hofbräuhaus. A dark brown colour with a good head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Taste is also malty with some sweetness. Fairly unimpressive.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2008
Pours brown with a small white head. Subtle aroma of sweet grain and a bit of caramel. Flavor follows the aroma as expected. Easy drinking but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (519) - - NOV 13, 2013
Roasted cereals, caramel aroma. Caramel malt flavor, mild plum, coffee beans, clean finish. A decent dunkel without being exceptional, maybe a tad too light in texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
This is a very fine dunkel! Pours a rich, dark brown body with a hearty frothy head that stays with the brew a long time. Hints of roasted malt and caramel are both smelt and tasted; followed up with a light, crisp hit of bitter hops that’s just right!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2010
12oz bottle from Gabriel’s. Pours a perfectly clear, chestnut colored body with a bit of tannish head and no lacing. Aromas of bready malt, caramel, hints of smoke, raisins and German "illegible". Flavor was light to medium malty sweet, toasty and some nuttyness. Thin to medium mouthfeel. This would get another .5 if I was drinking it under a giant tent while listening to an oompah band.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobaidan (503) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2009
On tap during an Oktoberfest celebration. Pour was dark brown without much of a head. Aroma is pure malt. Mouth feel was thick and did not have much carbonation. Flavor was sweet with a bit of roasted malt and molasses mixed in. Easy to drink, but unremarkable.

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