Hacker-Pschorr Animator - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 8.93%
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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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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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a thick, tan head. Exceptional appearance. Malty to the nose and mouth. I am a BIG fan of the classic German malty double-bocks and this is a really nice one! Recommended!

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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 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 TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I see no Chuck Jones 'round here... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear honey-garnet topped by a three-quarter-finger cap of glowing tan foam. The nose comprises rye bread, rich caramel and toffee, mild earthy greens (mostly akin to tobacco), mild stonefruits, and a minor whiff of booze. The taste brings in more of the same, with hints of cocoa powder and licorice and some light maple syrup in the background. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty damn solid d-bock, something I wish were around all the time for a relatively inexpensive option.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Boy, this sure looks and smells like a Dopplebock. I poured aggressively to get the large tan head. Body is a largely clear amber with orange/brown/red tones.
Nice rich malt aroma with hints of alcohol and putting forth bread and fruit. Soft aroma, but pleasing. A bit of residuals from yeast show.
Lager body and overall lighter. Richness of the malt is not to excess but still there nonetheless. I immediately had a ding to the pre-frontal cortex. Ding!
Quite smooth. The malt and alcohol show strongest and the fruit lags quite a bit behind. A soft dryness and very little hops to speak of.
Not as complex as some. Very nice feel.

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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 JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a mug.

Look: Murky almost opaque burnt amber colored body under a cream colored head. Head recession leaves a patch of film, little or no lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweetness with an earthy, grainy beginning. Massive amounts of sweet caramel and spiced apples afterwards.

Taste: Begins malty and sweet just like the aroma before getting really spicy. A bit of Hints of caramel are layered underneath crisp apple and spicy cinnamon. The finish is peppery and a little hot where the alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied considering the ABV.

Overall: A tasty dopplebock with spiciness really coming through. Seems like a great beer for Autumn drinking.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. A bit too much fruity/ester notes in the aromas. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, plum, fig, herbal, and yeast /toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, fig, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant, medium-dark amber in color, topped with a medium-tan head comprised of dense, tightly-packed foam. Head dissipates at an average pace, and there is just a hint of brussels lace. Seems well-carbonated.

Nose is sweet and malty. I'm getting grape jam, plum, fig, tart cherry, and a touch of fusel alcohol buried beneath all of that dark-skinned goodness. Very little (none) in the way of hop character and yeast profile is neutral.

BAM! Big, malty-sweet flavor on the fist sip, accompanied by a scrubbing carbonation and just a touch of malty-slick character to coat and sooth the aching palate -- it's my first beer all day, dammit! And I got three other bocks to get to before calling it a night.

At 8.10% ABV it would seem as if Animator doesn't rank very high or seem like a very strong beer by most contemporary Craft Beer standards, and yet it's par for the style (or at least the higher end of the style insofar as Bavarian renditions go.) The alcohol is at once HOT and gently-warming, depending on the size of the first sip you took.

The body is a touch lighter than I'd expect, and as such it seems to be too easily drinkable for the style and the strength. On the other hand, it is a fairly punchy flavor profile (and I quite like it) and while it might be a bit cloying, I'd say that it is otherwise all there in spades.

A sipper, given the strength and ease-of-drinking. ;)

BBD: 06/15

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Photo of TheSSG
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense tan head that has nice persistence. Sweet, toasted malt and grainy hops. Beautiful, deep burnt umber color. Starts with a rich, sweet, toasted malt flavor; prunes, candied sugar on top of the toasted malt. Booziness and dry, grainy hops move in. Hops linger, taking on a grassy note as the sweet, toasted malt rolls back into the background for the finish.

A German Doppelbock, so of course it's lovely. A really nice balance of toasted malt, sweetness, booziness, and grainy hops.

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Photo of Phocion
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml swingtop bottle dated best by 06/15 and opened with an extremely loud "pop." Poured into a pilsner glass. Mostly clear copper body with a thick and retentive rocky white head. Big splotches of lacing.

Very malt-forward aroma. Biscuit and toast, caramel and toffee. Huge melanoidin maltiness. Gentle fig/raisin esters in the background.

Flavor is very malty. Toast and caramel with a touch of chocolate, but not particularly roasty. Subtle dark fruits. No noticeable hop presence or astringency and a touch of warm sherry notes.

Medium-heavy body and fairly low carbonation. Thick and creamy. Warm but not harsh.

I like Doppelbocks and this is a well-made Bavarian example of the style. Still, it just feels like it's missing something and comes off a little too close to cloying. It's a good beer and I'm glad I had a chance to try it (considering how rarely it makes it here to the States), but I'd be happier with an Ayinger or Weihenstephaner.

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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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Photo of steveh
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The latest in some special release seasonals from H-P. Rather surprised to see this one since the Festbier was some sort of aberration for the local distributor.

Unfiltered Doppelbock, best before June of 2015 right on the label -- 8% ABV -- whew.

A -- Deep, clear (unfiltered?) copper-amber color with a thick tan head that settles rather quickly.

S -- Rich dark bread aroma with peppery alcohol back. Some mild dark fruitiness from a blend of malts and alcohol. Some fusel character in the background along with light DMS.

T -- Same rich dark bread character with an alcohol backbone. Some light dark fruit notes balance out the alcohol. There's a nice toasted bread character in the finish with hot alcohol pepperiness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dry finish and a medium-robust body.

O -- A true Starkbier if there ever was one. I tend to enjoy Doppelbocks that lean to a little more sweet character, but this is not at all out of style for a Doppelbock. A good winter warmer, this one. I have to wonder what it might be like in March.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Nice foamy head that took more than a minute to settle. Nice amber color and clear. Great taste and after taste. 8.1% ABV is a nice addition. Even though they call this their limited edition Christmas Bier I could drink this any time of the year.

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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 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 magpieken
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

500ml bottle. 10/14. Pours a slightly opaque deep amber with a large, foamy, tan head which quickly settled to a ring and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel, wood, raisins and marzipan. Medium sweetness and some dark chocolate taste. Silky smooth palate with some sherry in the finish and a pleasant, warming reminder of it’s 8.1%abv. A very good beer and true to type, it just didn’t ’wow’ me.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice Amber/Copper color; gets lighter under a bright light but retains a smokey red away from light. Head surprisingly full (three fingers) with light carbonation. A nice cloudy texture typical of naturtrüb beers

S - Good smell; not overt but subtle with hints of raisin and what I could describe as a coffee.

T - A good mixture of malt, raisin, and cloves with maybe a hint of citrus (orange perhaps, though I may be wrong here). Of all the doppelbocks I have had, this one definitely embraces the malt the fullest; yet it is not overpowering by any means. The higher alcohol level does make itself known a bit, but does so in a somewhat pleasant way. Also, a bitter end happens toward the end, not bad but certainly detaches from what would be a stellar beer.

M - Really nice mouth feel; good levels of carbonation and thickness; some German doppelbacks lack the necessary thickness to make them really good; this is not the case.

O - A great beer, one of the better doppelbocks. A good medium between the more intense, malty doppelbocks and the more flavorful and sweet ones. A great beer to have with a wurst and a klöße or two.

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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 IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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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 sDon
2.92/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am rating this beer after trying these other better -- as far as popular opinion goes -- doppelbocks: Celebrator, Andechser doppelbock dunkel, Salvator, Maximator, Triumphator, and the Schneider Weisse Aventinus (though not all on the same night). That said, I agree that the Animator deserves a place below these other doppelbocks.

The beer has a clear caramel color and prominent carbonation, but with the usual low head retention. The taste is initially of raisins and coffee, but this quickly disappears behind its hoppiness, which leaves nothing more complex afterwards. At first I noticed the alcohol a lot, but once this potent brew went to my head and dulled my senses, it was not as annoying. I have nothing against hops, but I feel like I am just drinking a highly alcoholic Jever and not a complex doppelbock.

If you can, try a doppelbock higher on the list.

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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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