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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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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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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 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 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 dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate bready aroma with some hints of dark fruits.

Hazy, deep amber colour. Medium sized, light tan head. Relatively poor head retention.

Big, malt flavour. Bready melanoidins, dried figs and raisins, light alcohol, a touch of tartness. Overall, there is something missing here and the whole things doesn't quite come together for me.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A decent doppelbock but certainly not the best I've ever had.

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Photo of bac37
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer during a trip to Augsburg Germany, while attending a college class! At first glance, this beer seemed to be a lower class Doppelbock but it earned its keep.

A - Its a mild yellow with decent head
S - The smell could be better, its a little sharp with only suttle hints of grains.
T - The taste is very up front with an almost tangy, metalic finish. The more i drank, however, the more it grew on me and i actually enjoyed the very predominent flavor.
M - a little lacking in mouthfeel. its pretty light making it a little boring on the tongue.
D - Definitly drinkable. A decent all around beer thats worth the try if you have the chance to come across it.

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Photo of IPA35
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of petemoss14
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml flip top. Handsome label I must say. Seems like this might be a change from previous years, but bottle states alc. 8.2% vol. Freshness date 21.10.07.

Certainly the lightest colored doppelbock I have seen. Pours almost the color of a Sherry, with some strawberry highlights. Interesting. Medium white foam dissipates to next to nothing. I think this has to do with the 8.2%! Claims to be unfiltered, but actually seems quite clear.

Very sweet, almost candy-ish aroma. Lots of malt, but not the bready type you get with darker versions. Its got some mild fruity, almost vinous esters going on, along with caramel, and alcohol.

More of the same on the palate. Sweet maltiness, a touch of caramel. Clean tasting. Actually has more of a moderated hop bitterness in the finish than I would expect. Medium-to-full bodied. You sure can tell the alcohol is in there!

I have to say, having never had a paler version of a doppelbock, this beer throws me for a bit of a loop. I can't say that I dislike it, because I am enjoying it. It's just not what I expect from a doppelbock. I've sucked this one down rather quickly in trying to understand it, and I think it's gone straight to my head! A little rough around the edges (the beer, not me). This one packs a wallop.

Hacker-Pschorr seems to buck the conventional thinking with their seasonals. Their Oktoberfestbier is darker and more balanced in the hop department than the other München examples, and is actually my favorite of the Big Boys. Well Animator is also unique. And, in my opinion, worth a try!

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a purplish-red colour, scarlet really, with a thick beige head, about a finger's worth, that sticks around nicely. Steady but slow carbonation in the glass, while lacing is sticky and good. A bit lighter than I had expected, but still very good indeed.

Nose is rich and complex with pleasant tart fruit aromas; brandied cherry and plum blended with a sweet toffee character and a caramelly malt underlying. Slight peppery notes as well, just a very pleasant strong bock aroma, a bit timid but a joy to behold.

Taste is predominantly sweet and sticky, with a lot of rich toffee characters and a thick, treacle-esque malt base. A little bit of tartness on the mid, very subtle and clean though, just adds to the profile without strangling the palate. A pleasant brandy character is produced towards the back, the sweetness and richness of the malt with a delightful alcohol kick as it goes down. Alcohol is not really prominent though, at 8.1% it's incredible smooth drinking, very well masked.

Overall though I'd have to call this a little too sweet. It's very pleasant but just a touch more bitterness or tartness here or there would hugely enrich what is already a pleasant drop. It just seems slightl simple, it doesn't have the challenging complexity of the Celebrator, although I think this is also due to the mouthfeel, which is a bit flat, although nicely thick from the malt.

It all feels just a bit lacking. Very enjoyable, meshes together well, it just doesn't make you take a step back to admire the beer and reflect "I have just tasted God's essence." Not that I expect to find God's essence in a swingtop bottle, it would definitely need a cork. If I haven't said it already, very pleasant though, good drinking.

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Photo of stoepsel
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown body with reddish touch.
Heavy and very sweet smell like baked apples.
Surprisingly taste is not sweet at all but rather roasty and even slightly bitter.
A clumsy aroma of baked fruits pervades the in other respects well balanced and malty finish.
A difficult and rather heavy Doppelbock.
Interesting though.

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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 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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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 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 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 Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a swing-top bottle into a mug.

note: This is the 2008 batch and it lists the ABV at 8.1%

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium-thick off-white head. Medium to higher levels of carbonation evident. Colour is reddish-brown, perhaps a rust or mahogany shade, and is relatively clear. Head fades to a thin film, which mostly disappears eventually and leaves no lacing.

SMELL: A sweet nose of red fruits and caramel malt. Nose is pleasant but relatively one dimensional and a bit weak.

TASTE: A bit of red fruit and caramel malt, as would be expected by the nose, but this one is slightly more spicy than the norm. Aftertaste is slightly bitter-sweet with touches of sweet wood, but a longer lasting spiciness hangs around pleasantly. Though spicy, the aftertaste is not spicy alcohol. This is surprising, given the higher ABV.

PALATE: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Feels creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a nice bite at the very back of the throat right at the end. Finishes rather dry on the palate. The smoothness and the small bite are exactly what you'd expect from the style. Very nice here.

OVERALL: Pretty good example of the style. The ABV is well hidden and it tasted and felt above average for sure. Drinkable and enjoyable, one I'd definitely re-visit.

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Photo of crnipeter
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.)

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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 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 TKempe
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful reddish brown with a dense beige head and easy going carbonation.

Sweet malty smell with plenty of (sour) fruity notes and a grainy cracker-like dryness to it. A rather powerfull and also yeasty nose with a toned-down, yet spicy hop presence and a good dose of alcohol.

Even more maltiness on the palate. A thick sweetness upfront with some delicate salty touches added. Hop flavours soon mingle in as the brew takes a slight dry turn. The finish in incredibly malty and sweet and lets the alcohol shine through. A sugary and light-bitter aftertaste follows.

A medium to heavy body with soft carboantion and an oily slickness.

One of the biggest Doppelbocks I have tried, with an emphasis on unconcealed sweetness and alcohol where others are more roasted and dry.

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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 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 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 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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Hacker-Pschorr Animator from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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