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 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BiddleBrau (1163) - 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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bygers (1149) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2014
On tap 0,5l. Pours a brown colour with an off white head. Malty aroma with hints of caramel. Malty flavour with caramel, malty finish with caramel that lasts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2004
on tap hofbrauhaus las vegas: i had never tried this beer in munich or las vegas but after having a couple of weissebiers i need something i could quaff to the music...i needed a handle! if anybody knows about beer it is hofbrauhaus and this was no exception it came in a perfect dimpled mug with HB logo and a huge frothy head overflowing.(looked like something out of a magazine) dark brown in color with very malty nose and toffee overtones. tasted like is smelled very malty, what you would expect for this beer, very little to no hop character, smooth and honey taste at the finish. overall an enjoyable brew. ive only had a few dunkels in my time but i think this one stacked up quite well. Prost!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ARH (1117) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
madquacker (1112) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - JUN 6, 2009
Nice black beer with a lot of balance between sweetness and liquorice/ coffee. Got better as it warmed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1107) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2008
Now this is an impressive beer. Beautiful, rich, dark red-brown colour. Sizeable head. Possibly just the tiniest bit too thin, but this does not detract too much overall. Long, smooth caramel flavouring, with the slightest hints of coffee and chocolate. A very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike67 (1103) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2012
On tap at Rosie’s Wine bar. Pours ruby with a long lasting white head. Aroma is of grain, toffee and honey. Medium, slightly crisp body. Toffee toasted malt, noble hops and some cloves combine on the palate for a clean, fresh taste. Long hoppy finish is supported by sweet malt. This is a world-class dunkel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 21, 2012
Pours chestnut brown, fluffy off white head which settles to a thin line. Wood, caramel and lots of spicy yeast on the nose. Taste follows aroma almost exactly, with a sour twist towards the end. Not much body, shortish finish. My first Dunkel so Ive no context for my rating, though quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
josanguapo (1102) - SPAIN - JAN 24, 2016
From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Reading CPPHTP10 Ch16. Very drinkable, but have gone up my head more quickly than expected, not sure why as its ABV is pretty low

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wolfbass (1101) - Firenze, ITALY - AUG 23, 2011
Io vi dirò che lo stile Dunkel, è uno dei miei preferiti. Bel colore, buon aroma tra la frutta e la tostatura, e anche in bocca mi soddisfa.

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