It’s been 21 years since I visited Munich, when I got to experience firsthand real drunken German nights. So when I saw Hofbräu München’s Hofbräu Dunkel, I was in my early 20s all over again, trying to find my way out of Hofbräuhaus and back to my hostel.

Perhaps beer tastes different when one is actually in Germany, when poured in a stein, served by those funnily-dressed Germany people in a massive beerhall, but it’s just not the same drinking one of these at home. It’s not that the beer is bad – it’s roasty and malty, nothing bad or memorable – but it doesn’t stand out in any way other than where it’s from.

3 stars. 5.5% alc.


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