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

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RATINGS: 661   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!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (739) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
N3lson1 (405) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2014
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle. Definitely one of my favorite goto beers over the years. Amazing aromas of malts. Nice sweet flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gerardoluna (193) - MEXICO - SEP 12, 2008
[Eyes] extramly deep dark amberbrown color, unike! the head is amazing. [Nouse] yumi, jeje sweet, hoppy and malty aroma. [Mouth] Full body, a little caramel note wow.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blockley (104) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2010 Tap @ pub

A great beer, I must say; I found it to be immediately enjoyable and noted that I would certainly drink it again.
It pours an appealing dark colour with a decent frothy head which, unfortunately, recedes a bit too quickly. It has an enduring and pleasing flavour; with a distinct hint of caramel. It goes down very well. Well worth buying!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shrews629 (193) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Reddish/Amber in color. Clear. Very, very nice thick, creamy off white head. Really hanging around also. Leaving some nice lacing behind as I sip. Fresh smelling hops. A bit of the ’grassiness" that accompanies most German beers. Some toastiness. Maybe some faint roasted coffee. Very well balanced. Not overdone with the "grassineess". Again getting the roasted or toasted coffee in the taste. Coffee flavor is mild, not like a Stout or Porter. Picking up flavors of grain and a bit of bitterness on the backside. Medium mouthfeel that was dry"ish" and left a bit on the palate. Smooth. Very nice mouthfeel. I thought this was a very solid beer. The more I drink German brews the better I am understanding what they are about. Of the German styles I have tried and reviewed thus far this is one of the best. It’s easily drinkable and goes down all too easy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wlajwl (4424) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 6, 2011
A very standard, basic dunkel, but does everything very well, not too sweet, not too strong, not too over the top but balanced and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Psytron (1526) - Turku, FINLAND - JUN 30, 2011
This was enjoyed during the trip to München, and unfortunately no other information remains.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidWoodruff (433) - Windsor, California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Aroma: Malt, coffee and tootsie roll Appearance: Brown, clear with quickly disappearing head. Flavor: Dry maltiness with a smidgeon of roastiness. Palate: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall: a clean refreshing dunkel with a nicely complex nose.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sissio (842) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (478) - Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Aroma of toasted almonds. Taste is nutty, malty, with a small hop presence to make it refreshing.


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