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Hofbräu Dunkel

Rating: 3.75

Dark beer has been around much longer than light beer in Bavaria and back in 1589 when the Hofbräuhaus was founded their dunkel offering was the first beer they brewed. Today dark beer is heavily associated with the Munich style of beer making their dunkels among the best in the world. This beer by Hofbräu was a fairly common sight around Munich and their dunkel was probably the beer I drank most off behind a few of the Augustiner offerings. Although it was not my favourite dunkel it was still very enjoyable and made for an excellent session beer that went down very easily. This is a beer in the traditional Munich style, and one that is worth trying for yourself.

Appearance (4/5): Pours a deep, dark brown colour that borders on black & the beer is still. It has a thick off-white head that has an almost brown colour & the retention is pretty good with some nice lacing left on the glass.
Aroma (7/10): Roasted malts, some mild caramel and chocolate on the nose upfront. There is also a burnt toast smell somewhere in the middle with a nutty finish.
Taste (7/10):
Roasted malts upfront with the taste, along with some hints of both caramel & nuts. The taste has some chocolate in there as well but nothing major and there is some earthy hops and a mildly bitter finish.
Palate (4/5):
This dunkel is pretty smooth although slightly too watery for my liking, especially for a dunkel. It has good texture and carbonation though with a slightly dry finish.

Overall (15/20): A pretty average dunkel here and certainly not the best out there. I felt the beer was a little too watery and lacked somewhat in taste although it was by no means a bad beer. I would recommend others over this though & preferred the Hofbräu Weisse to their dunkel offering. Still a decent enough drink though.

Brewed In: Munich, Germany
Staatliches Hofbräuhaus München
First Brewed: 1589
Full Name: Hofbräu Münchner Dunkel
Type: Dunkel
Abv: 5.5%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Wombats Hostel, Munich, Germany
Price: €3.20 (approx. £2.85)

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  1. December 3, 2011 at 02:51

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