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

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RATINGS: 762   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!

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2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
djd07 (13517) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is a sweet malt with yeast and caramel and toffee. The taste is a light malt, a bit watery with caramel and toffee. A decent dunkel from Hofbrau.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerFanDan17 (1098) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Average dunkel from Hofbrau. On draft from Mr. Dunderbaks. Nice malty and caramel balance--smooth and not too strong.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2008
A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a reddish brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep red color that has touches of copper to it when held up to the light. The aroma is nice and malt focused with a mix of toasty malt and caramelized notes. Sweet toffee, a soft note of butterscotch, aromas of toasted crackers, sweet bread crust and sweet raisins aromas can be picked out. The aroma is pretty sweet and seems to be missing a certain richness that should be here, but it is certainly far from objectionable.

Not as sweet as the aroma might have suggested, though there is certainly a thin malt sweetness to this beer. Toasted bread crust flavors as well as whole grain cracker notes play a fairly prominent role here. There is a hint of hop bitterness in the finish, and the beer finishes fairly thin over all. The malt has a weird, almost chemical like note to it some how and there is perhaps a hint of vegetal DMS. The finish of this beer is just somehow objectionable and I can not quite put my finger on it.

This beer could be so much better, it was given to me for free, so I can not really complain, but I certainly will not be drinking this on purpose again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours an amber brown with an off-white head. Aroma largely malt, with grain thrown in for good measure. Taste is the same, with a sweet characteristic and the beer remaining smooth and drinkable throughout. Not spectacular, but very very solid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kubeckj (9) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2008 does not count
A very rich dark brew with many flavors that just messed and a great creamy feel to it, great beer one of my favorites

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours an amber brown with a tan head. Sweet caramel malts, simple with a bittersweet hop finish. Lightly flavored by dark fruit dates, fig and sugar. Decent beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
milewide (2168) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Brownish color and medium body. Carmel flavor up front, but good hop bitterness for a Dunkel lingers.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lumberjack (178) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Coppery-amber color with a little off-white head. Aroma is of noble hops and dark malts. Taste is a creamy chocolate-nut maltness with some roasted malts and a surprising amount of bittering hops coming through to balance. Really good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1188) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2010 Pours dark amber/brown into the glass with a white head. Aroma is sweet malt with a hint of roast. Flavor is full of honey and caramel notes with a deep burnt malt backbone.


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