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Hacker-Pschorr Animator - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 17
Gots: 9 | 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 dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Necronomad
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of david18
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of Phocion
3.81/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of crnipeter
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.)

Photo of Jeffo
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of neruda11
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of TKempe
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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 timontheroad
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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 TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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 innominat
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 DOCRW
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mousebeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tbeer40
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 NightINgale
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of edglodek
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Hacker-Pschorr Animator from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.