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Hacker-Pschorr Animator - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 96
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 22
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrunkenPanther on 01-21-2004

Among the earliest Doppelbocks, Animator draws you in with its deep mahogany hue and creamy foam crown. Your experience culminates on the palate with notes of chocolate, roast, brown sugar, licorice, apricot, and exotic fruit.
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Reviews by HalfFull:
Photo of HalfFull
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml. flip top bottle poured into a wine glass. Pours a clear deep gold/copper with perhaps a touch of haze. Half inch cap show moderate retention.

Offers a classic bock nose with a caramel, almost woody aroma. Shows a light hop profile. Still more of a festbier in a sense given the lack of potent caramel notes and that's not such a bad thing.

Taste follows the aroma. Smooth and with light but not overly sweet caramel flavor. A moderate level of carbonation is quite befitting of the style. Light caramel yet dry vs. sweet and lacking the cloying nature often stumbled upon.

Offers a nice full feel and again reminds me of an Marzen style brew yet at 8% it hides things well in the Doppel Realm. A nice yet not too caramel sweet bock and with a bit more depth than most.

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Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DrunkenPanther
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A thin creamy head and a dark ruby unfiltered color in this brew gave way to a malty aroma, with a touch of alcohol scent. Being 7.8, it does have a slight alcohol taste as well, which was expected. It was not overpowering though. Nor was it rough going down. The mouthfeel was large and the taste was malty with a bit of fruit or berry that lingered afterward. Slight hop taste, but nothing too noticable.
If in Munich, it is worth tasting this alongside an Aventinus(Schneider-Weisse).

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Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml flip top bottle into a chalice. Best by date of 6/15.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A toasty and bready malt forward aroma with hints of biscuit, spice, and dark fruit. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, toasted bread, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Spice hints of cinnamon, pepper, and slight clove. Fruity hints of apple, pear, and banana along with some dark fruit hints of fig and raisin. Subtle floral hops. A very good malty aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely bready, spicy, and fruity malt driven taste with good notes of bread, spice, and fruits. Toasted barley malt with notes of toasted bread, biscuit, toffee, caramel, nuts, and yeast. Spice notes of pepper, cinnamon, and a little clove. Mix of fruit esters with notes of apple, pear, raisin, fig, and banana. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Light background presence of hops. A really good German taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Overall: A really good German Doppelbock. Really nice blend of bready, spicy, and fruity flavor.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish-amber with a bit of haze. Nice two-finger fluffy tan head that quickly faded - very little lacing - probably due to the alcohol content. The nose is very sweet, and pungent, as a good Dopplebock should be. There's plenty of sweet malt aromas, dark fruit, alcohol and a candy sugar smell. The flavor follows the nose pretty closely - with the sweetness from the malt being the most prominent, but not overwhelming. I get some raisin and fig flavors, some bread notes and a little alcohol burn. The mouthfeel felt rather light, but quite nice, with the alcohol providing a nice bite at the finish. Overall, I liked this beer a lot, it's not quite in the league of the best Dopplebocks, but it's still quite a tasty brew.

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Photo of JohnW
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from swing top style bottle, dark mahogany, with hint of red. Rich creamy off white head. Aroma is very malts oriented, rich, slightly sweet little or no hoppiness at all. Flavour matches this, very smooth malty flavours, slighted toasted, caramels, also a slight tingle on the tongue. Only a hint of any hop bitterness in the finish, but smooth, rich and very satisfying. Though maybe not a beer for "hop-heads!"

A rich, warming smooth slightly sweet beer, very satisfying, though I would not class it as a "session" beer, too rich and strong for that, but a great beer to finish an evening with!

Highly recommended.

B'ham UK April 2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare one, thanks Biereckonig. Pours a reddish hugh on malty brown, lasting foamy beige head. Aroma is malty. Above average mouthfeel, although carbonation and sourness (felt initially)countered it. Some complexity, a little malty, some barley, a really good drinker.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16.9oz flip top bottle, best before 06/2015.

Animator is a good looking beer. You might try to pick it up at a bar if it were a lovely auburn haired lass. She has a haze to her and a wonderful creamy head when poured straight in.

Aromas of sweet grainy Vienna malt, rock candy, and a whiff of alcohol.

Grainy, nutty sweetness. Finishes with a dose of bitter alcohol that isn't messing around, but isn't off-putting.

Full malty body with low-medium carbonation. It's rich.

It's a lesser Doppelbock than many, but I'm sure fresher is better. I really like the flip top bottle, but the beer is lacking depth in aroma and flavor.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hearty amber with crimson highlights, and a thick head of fine off-white carbonation Virtually no lace here, though!

Aroma is toasty malt grains, dried candied fruit, toffee, and fireside roasted nuts. Complexity? Yes!

Taste is rich, malty, and sweet, again with hints of toasted malts and dark, dried fruit and toffee. The thick malt profile gives way to a light, hoppy zing of bitterness at the finish, and I do detect a slight alcohol heat as well. Overall, a delightful and world-class doppelbock that’s packed with complexity and drinkability despite the high 8.1% ABV.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4/5  rDev +2%

A - Pours a dark amber with a furious three finger light taupe head that quickly fades with little to no lacing...

S - Dark fruits fill the nose, strawberry and figs

F - Sweet belgian candy and spicy alcohol mix with phenomenal fruity esters matching the nose; a huge flavor. Not cloying to me however if left to warm too much I could see it being overly so.

M - Mouthfeel is warming with a medium to heavy body and gentle carbonation.

Overall a big surprise for me from HP, haven't had anything this big and bold from them before. Bravo. Highly recommend.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of leinie13
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BrewRaider
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely exceptional beer. I am not normally a dark, malty beer guy -- I am a hop-head. But this was an incredibly smooth, full, balanced beer that was in a word -- delicious.

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Photo of Bung
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby/dark amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows lots of caramel, bready malt and melanoidins. Pretty nice stuff.
Very similar flavours, bready malt and melanoidins really dominating. Also a fair whack of booze.
Nice syrupy body. Carbonation could be a bit higher.

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Photo of MFS_71
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing top bottle that was brought home from Germany by my mother. Consumed on 07/10/2008.

I was thrilled to see this bottle be one of the ones that were brought back for me. One of the strongest beers offered around those parts, it was a shame this one doesn't make it over to the states. I grabbed this one out of the fridge and poured it into a tall pilsner glass to make sure I could empty the whole thing. Poured out a very nice medium brown color with a touch of reddish highlights to it. Nice cloudiness and a bit of sediment on the bottom. Rich looking beer, with a two inch head of light tan foam across the top that seemed to hang around for a good bit before finally settling down into a thin layer that lasted throughout the session. Very nice side glass presentation as well as a good bit of carbonation streaking up towards the surface.

The aroma was typically malt heavy as you would have expected. Lots of caramel and grain notes mixed in throughout. Light fruit notes way in the back, maybe a fig or something, but I was definitely picking it up. Lots of flavor here. Rich caramel malts stole the show for me on this one. Started out smooth and ended smooth, just the way that it should. Nice bit of an alcohol nosing its way in, but not becoming too dominant or distracting in anyway. Great feel, really quite thick here with a medium body and a coating across the tongue, really letting the flavor explore. Easy to put this one down as it was very rich, but at the same time quite filling I have to admit. Loads of malty sweet aftertaste that stuck with me for a good few minutes after I was done.

Overall I thought this was an excellent dopplebock. Classic German style here, with a ridiculously smooth presence and rich, sweet flavors. I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day. Really a fine offering that I wish was available here in the states!

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Photo of dcotom
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A meal in a glass! Pours a beautiful dark brown with a substantial light tan head. The aroma is an indication of what is to follow on the palate: roasted malts, yeast, dark fruits, caramel, a hint of chocolate. Rich, creamy mouthfeel, nice warmth from the alcohol. Overall: outstanding. It's everything you need in a beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy brown in color and has some yellowish hues. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down, leaving thick, wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: As the beer warms up, the smell strengthens a bit, having aromas of apples, toasted malts, and raisins.
T: The taste generally follows the smell, also having additional flavors of brown bread, chocolate, and dates with hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This doppelbock seems to be a bit lighter in body compared to other beers in the style, but has complexities in both the smell and taste. It is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Notes dated on mar´11. Deep orange color, hazy appearance. Off-white, creamy, slowly dissipated froth. Caramel malt, toffee hints & dried dark fruit to the nose. Sweet upfront with raisin hues followed by low bitterness & slightly spicy flavor that linger into the finish. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Subtle candies & chocolate on the aftertaste. Flavorful & delightful.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guys I work with love this beer but they are the double bock and IPA crew. The body is a dark broze color. The head was pretty average as was the lace. The lace has a lot more retention than the head. The aroma is very malt based. It tastes of thick roasted malt. It is bitter sweet. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer replaced the Spaten bock on the draft selection at the amsterdam Ale House in New York City. That was the problem. The Spaten was outstanding and this was not as good. Good golden color, nice carbonation, good flavor; just not the most outstanding german beer i've had.

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Hacker-Pschorr Animator from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
87 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.