Hacker-Pschorr Animator - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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Reviews by MTNboy:
3.39/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
01-20-2014 09:15:55 | More by MTNboy
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3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
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).
04-07-2004 21:52:25 | More by DrunkenPanther
United Kingdom (England)
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
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!
B'ham UK April 2009
04-02-2009 08:07:56 | More by JohnW
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-24-2009 03:09:43 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-20-2013 04:37:26 | More by HalfFull
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-03-2011 10:22:58 | More by CrazyDavros
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
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!
07-13-2008 16:46:19 | More by mikesgroove
4.13/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
06-18-2012 22:40:37 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.78/5 rDev -2.3%
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.
06-06-2010 22:25:58 | More by david18
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
A: Pours a hazy, glowing burnt orange/light brown color. The head has a a similar hue and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is very good, and a nice splattering of lacing sticks o the glass.
S: Sweet malty notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. I get big honeyish notes as well. Light fruity notes, with some leafy/herbal hop aromas. Faint alcohol as well.
T: Firm malt sweetness up front. Toffee/caramel and honey are plentiful. Some mild dark fruit notes and faint tartness. Bitterness is moderate, providing some good balance. Leafy hop flavor is most noticeable. Finishing alcohol is slightly reminiscent of white rum.
M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is light, creamy, and smooth. A bit of stickiness.
D: A very good doppelbock. Big maltiness is met pretty nicely by a measured dose of hops to prevent cloying sweetness. I enjoy the depth of maltiness. Definitely worthwhile if you can find it.
01-24-2011 01:39:51 | More by Clydesdale
4.63/5 rDev +19.6%
I decided to try this brew at about 60F, to see if I can get all the nuances out of this beer.
Animator produces a bit more head than the usual doppelbock that I've tried in the past. It's khaki in color, and sticks together quite tightly. The body is dark and ruby red, and is well filtered.
Aroma characteristics are sweet, blunt biscuit, maple, cola, and herbal... Quite a complex aroma!
The taste is vanilla and cherry dominant, and finishes with a slight booziness. Warming to the palate, and sticky as well.
This is one of the more complex doppels that I've tried, and it's up there with Ayinger's offering, Celebrator.
06-21-2009 17:11:23 | More by TheSarge
3.83/5 rDev -1%
A souvenir from Munich, one of many brought back home from my business trip to Germany earlier this year. The color is enhanced by melanoidins giving an immense depth to dark-coppery body capped by thin, short-lived beige head whose rather poor retention can be attributed to relatively high alcohol content and not entirely unexpected.
Rich malt aroma with melanoidin-toasty character and deep chocolate qualities, caramel, plumy and grape-like fruitiness coming from the malts used instead of yeast-derived esters, and mild alcohol in the background.
The beer is sweet yet enough attenuated to avoid being sticky or cloying on the palate, with strong malt-flavor having obvious melanoidin-toasty qualities, dark chocolate with light roast-touch and alcohol warmth that helps to balance the malt. Towards the finish emerge mild spicy hops. Medium-full bodied with somewhat flat carbonation. Above the average example of the style albeit not on the same level as Celebrator or Andechser. (500 ml, freshness date November 2011, into tulip.)
07-09-2011 14:16:52 | More by crnipeter
British Columbia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
I had this at the Hackerhaus on Sendlinger Strasse in Munich.
Mindestens haltbar bis: 30/10/06
A: Clear merlot, impressive off-white head, only a little retention and lace.
S: Malty (bready with a little raisin), sherry (becomes more boozy as it warms).
T: Bread, raisin, warming alcohol dominates, becomes cidery as it warms.
M: Moderate to full body (on the light side for its strength), moderate carbonation.
D: A little strong/harsh.
04-02-2006 20:47:25 | More by Derek
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
50cl bottle poured into seidel
BBE Oct 2011
A- Ruby body with excellent clarity. 2 finger head that reduces to a thin crown, lacing is pretty much non existent.
S- Treacle and toffee in spades, maybe a hint of coconut????
T- Toffee and treacle malts up front with toastier malts toward the finish which linger well in the full bodied smooth finish.
M- Full body, lager clean, medium carbonation. No mention of alcohol heat at all,very smooth
D- Depth of malt complexity is excellent. I get that good satisfied feeling after drinking a doppelbock It just doesnt look very good. Put it to the nose and taste and its another story. Food for the soul in that respect, just not the eyes!
10-19-2011 21:39:51 | More by seanyfo
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
500ml bottle purchased in Munich.
Pours a deep mahogany, which is a little lighter colored than most doppelbocks I've seen. The head peaks at about two finger then settles the a nice ayer of foam that leaves a tattered lacing behind.
Smell; lots of dark fruits with plums, and raisins dominating. A little bit of a candy sweetness comes through in the nose as well as a bit of spiciness from the alcohol and maybe a hint of some hops.
Taste; wow, very rich maltiness. Some traces of choclate and caramel fades into plums and raisins. The alcohol is a little noticeable, but it blends well with a surprising hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and very velvety smooth. One of the richest doppelbocks, as far as mouthfeel goes, that I've had. I wasn't to sure about buying this beer as I hadn't ever heard of it before, but I'm very pleasantly surprised.
04-11-2008 01:38:47 | More by RedHaze
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Appearance: Copper body; surprisingly good head for a Doppel
Aroma: Malty, sweet, raisiny
Taste: Sweet, honey-like flavor; finishes pretty sweet and well balanced; not bad...enjoyable
Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores
06-15-2013 13:35:21 | More by IchLiebeBier
3.55/5 rDev -8.3%
Looks quite boring actually, light brown with a white head. Transparant.
The smell is malty, some sweet herbal hops.
Totally not what I expected.
The taste is full of melanoids, must be the Munich malts, sweetish and quite hoppy. EDIT: And raisins and some alcohol.
Medium body, a little watery prehaps. medium carbonation.
My first Doppelbock. I expected it to be more like a bitter or a brown ale but this is different. Not bad though, not bad.
09-25-2011 18:00:23 | More by IPA35
Hacker-Pschorr Animator from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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