Hacker-Pschorr Animator - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.57%
Wants: 19
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: DrunkenPanther on 01-21-2004

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice swing top bottle which uncaps with a satisfying thunking pop.

Pours a really, really lovely mahogany hued red-amber, with an initially vivacious and frothy head of taupe foam. Slight haze in the body is perfect. Retention is a little weak, which is a shame, but otherwise this is an absolutely stunning looking beer. Really top notch.

Very sweet and malty on the nose. Lots of honey, even treacle and molasses, and something a little floral too. Smells like a garden on a hot summer's day. Very rich and sweet.

More of the same on the palate, although there is a pleasant clean bitterness on the back and a phenolic alcohol vector which cuts through much of the syrup. Mouthfeel is round, chewy and full, which somewhat emphasises the incredibly thick and sweet nature of the palate. It pulls no punches, this beer; it's going for huge malt, thickness and body.

Hard to fault it for effort - this is a huge rich malty bomb. While I may have found myself craving more sharpness, a slightly lighter body, or a palate cleansing burst of finishing hops, that's not what this beer is designed to do. Try it when you're after a bucketload of malt and you won't be disappointed.

Photo of DrunkenPanther
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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).

Photo of JoeAmerican77
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Photo of koolk
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking nutty brown with only a slight head and little to no retention. Seems to be the way with the style.

Dark spice, liquorice, toffee and caramel on the nose. Deep with a spicy burn, this is pretty smart.

Full flavour of toffee, caramel and more spice. Some really sweet malt noted on the finish.

Full bodied, slightly bitter and somewhat sweet but very well balanced. Full and rich.

Good beer. Not the best doppel ever, but enjoyable. Check it out.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought a swing-top bottle (0.5L) from a department store in Munich for about 1.50 euros. I wasn't so sure about packing this type of bottle with my checked luggage (maybe the swing-top could leak easier than a standard cap), so I poured it into a Kloster Andechs glass (that's right, Andechs) in my hotel room after the beer halls closed.

The beer was a clear burgandy (auburn?) color with a THICK lightly tanned foamy head. The smell was intensely fruity, dark fruits like plum and raisin, with a strong malt and alcohol aroma as well. It actually smelled kind of barley-winish. The taste was very rich and malty-sweet, almost a little cloying, and packed a strong alcohol flavor. Honestly I'd have guessed it to be higher than the 8.2% listed on the label. Mouthfeel was great, very thick and had a coating character, kept the flavor in my mouth for a long time after each sip. However, the richness of the brew keeps the drinkability down, as I couldn't have thought of going after another.

Photo of TheSSG
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of JohnW
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

JohnW
B'ham UK April 2009

Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some lunch at the Altes Hackerhaus in München on 22SEP09 and spotted this Doppelbock on the menu. Come to Papa!! (0.5l - 3.90Eu).

Poured a deep, clear chestnut; a lovely color! Head was light tan, creamy, and maintained a 1/4" cover for some time while leaving nice lacing behind. Nose has a great malty sweetness with caramel wafting about. Body is medium all the way, with a really smooth feel on the tongue.

Flavor has lots of malt here; solidly sweet with strong caramel yet not cloying at all. The malts coat the palate nicely, with a good touch of floral hops rounding things out. A tasty, solid Doppelbock.

Prosit!

4.1
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

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Photo of RedHaze
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BarryNL
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red, slightly hazy in appearance. Pours with a minimal head, but lasts well. Surprising it's not clearer as I assume it's undergone a fairly long lagering period.

S: Bready aroma with sweet sugary toffee caramel aroma. Not particularly complex. As the bottle was only a month before its "best before" date I would have expected more complex aromas and flavours to have developed.

T: Toffee and brown sugar, rich malty flavour. Again, not as complex as you might expect in a beer this strength, but a very pleasant clean flavour. Bitterness is spot on for the style - definitely in the background and just sufficient to balance the sweetness. The flavour lingers well with flavours developing in the mouth for a minute or more.

M: Big and fluffy, not too sticky or cloying but also neither dry and astringent.

D: Perhaps a little gassy, but otherwise drinkable enough considering the strength of this beer.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of steveh
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of secondtooth
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass at Donisil in the Marienplatz area of Munich - several times - during my 09 March through 19 March visit.

Pours deep and rich mahogany in color, with a head that left a 2-finger head and nice layer of lacing. Huge aromas of dark fruits dark stone fruit standing out in front. Some welcome hotness from the prevalent alcohol came to play.
Heavy on the maltiness with lacings of chocolate and dark carmelized stone fruits. The alcohol definitely became more noticeable as the Bier warmed. Full bodied and incredibly smooth. Great mothfeel. Perhaps the quintessential nightcap while in Bavaria.

Photo of MattyG85
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of seanyfo
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of TheSarge
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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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