Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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479 Ratings
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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: wl0307 on 06-30-2006

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Yellow, Fizzy, Delicious, Liter

A slightly bigger and bolder version of their traditional Munich Helles Lager for export. Impeccably clean and crisp with suggestions of fresh baked baguettes and flowery herbal hop. Perfectly balanced that elevates the level of drinkability. Tasty pale lagers like this easily earn our respect.

STYLE: Munich Helles Lager | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

: L: Brilliant gold, 1” off-white foam cap. S: A hint of sweet grain scented withspicy hops. T: Bread to biscuit, spicy hop, hop bitterness from middle to end. F: Medium light body, medium carbonation.

Photo of Taybeh
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a stange

A: clear bright yellow-gold, big 3 finger head
S: damp sweet hay, herbal hops, bready malt and something sweeter/heavier (caramel?)
T: follows the nose, nice progression of fairly full flavors
M: Wet at first then crisp and dry at the end; pretty full body; good balance with some bitterness, especially at the end;

Overall: satisfying beer with a nice body.

Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Clean, clear gold

S-Grassy with crackery malts....very aromatic...

T-Grainy....crackery malts....grassy hops...

F-Plenty of carbonation adds some spritzyness to this...body is fuller than expected...

O-Top quality German lager...haven't seen this is my neck of the woods in ages and jumped at it even at 11 something a sixer....

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clarity with golden color and rocky white head

Aroma of grain, hops with no traces of DMS or diacetyl

Nice balance between malt and hops, crispness of a lager you would expect

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style

A prime example of the style

Photo of BeerBob
4.68/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold pours a clear golden amber from an 11.2 FL OZ dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap.

Head went to about two fingers before turning rocky and fading completely away.

Nose is a collage of damp sweat malt, light hops, and alcohol.

Palate is a light sweet barley malt, the presence of bittering hops, and the bite of carbonation.

Very crisp, light, and refreshing, a "go to" brew, also one of my favorites.

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +9%

500ml bottle. 09/14. Pours a pale gold colour with a frothy white head, which lasted well and left a suggestion of lacing. Gentle aroma of sweet malt and straw. Medium sweetness with a delicate, spicy, bitter finish. Medium body and a very smooth mouthfeel. Goes down very easily.

Photo of KFBR392
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with half a finger of head but quickly dissipates to the edges of the glass. Straw yellow color. Active carbonation is on the lower side for the style.

Smell: Straw and rounded grains warm up the drinker. Some more herbal and grass hop notes show up on the body. Light tropical fruit notes shine on the back end. Light caramel and amber malts round out the back end.

Taste: Nuts and semi-sweet malts greet the drinker. That pleasant malt backbone runs throughout and gives a nice backbone for the hops to shine on. Herbal fruits, straw, and prairie grass hop flavors show up on the body. Dry grainy finish is picked up throughout but really lingers on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Hops are pleasant but the dry graininess comes through a tough too aggressive for me. Regardless, pretty easy drinking in the end.

Overall: Decent Munich Helles here but there are others in the style I would go to first. Good easy summer drinker worth a shot if you can pick up a single in a mix six.

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner

A - An almost golden yellow that is perfectly clear. Quickly dissipating short head that leaves a similarly described lace.

S - The faint smell of pilsner malt.

T - Pilsner malt. A bit sweet with just a tinge of hops.

M - Unexpectedly full in the mouth despite all other attributes.

O - If the bottle didn't say "helles" I'd have sworn it was a slightly stronger version of a pilsner. Good body, but little taste. It's not bad at all- just doesn't live up to what I expect from something called helles.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This one reminds me more of a pilsner in flavor than a typical helles, which I think of as emphasizing the malt. Granted, the malt structure is more robust than an average pilsner, and the aroma is not as hoppy. So sort of a cross of the classic styles. And I like it. In fact, after taking a break of a couple weeks before returning to this, the last bottle of the 6-pack, I am really appreciating it at new levels. Much more than the sum of its parts. In the glass, it's a brilliant gold with a couple of fingers of bubbly head that sticks around at least a few minutes and does not leave much on the way down. The smells are rather subtle, like a muted pilsner but with more of a suggestion of malt.

Those who feverishly tick as part of the one-and-done club may easily fail to appreciate the greatness of this brew. My opinion of this beer, as with so many, has evolved with each serving. To my mind, this one gets it right as a wonderful compromise between flavor and body. The grassy and herbal hop presence is undeniable yet not to the point of histrionics, while the malts provide firm nutritional and textural support and even approach oktoberfest levels yet without the likelihood of Maillard fatigue. Maybe a little more aromatics would be nice, at least as a first impression booster, but in the end they would be irrelevant and possibly even an unwelcome distraction. I will be rushing out soon to find another fresh 6 or 12-pack.

Photo of Gunnar12
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic lager. Crisp, flavorful, and pleasantly refreshing. A very basic lager, this is truly the best of the Munich Oktoberfest six. Very similar to Hofbrau and a little lighter in taste than a Paulaner. Years of perfection have made this brew one of the best!

Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, medium-light gold. A fizzy head forms and most of it dissipates quickly, leaving only a little bit of lacing. The aroma is like sourdough bread with a little bit of noble hops. The flavor is more robust malty, bready, with some nice bitterness on the finish. It has a thinner body but a nice crisp finish. Probably a reason they've brewed this for a while.

Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one's a year past the bb date.

Pours a brilliant light golden with a modest ivory head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Grain and toasted bread dominate the aroma. There's an earthy hop character, along with a lightly metallic note.

Flavor reveals a huge toasted malt backbone, which has a nice richness throughout, finishing a touch yeasty. There's a bit of oxidation, but I'll ignore that. Hop character is minimal, though the bitterness is appropriate.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch low.

Good malt character, which is most important for the style. Nicely balanced.

Photo of McStagger
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a...well, golden color. Moderate to vigorous carbonation. Two fingers bleached head. Slight haze. Good retention, good lacing.

S: Crackery malt, akin to saltine. Some sulphur like compounds, bit of lemon. Floral and grassy.

T: Subdued hop presence. Tastes old...looking for an expiration....best by 11/13. Damn. Given how far breweries stretch the shelf life, this beer could be a year old. No off flavors, but definitely faded. Still, hoppiness does come through a bit. Straw, bit of sweet grains. Hops are floral and slightly herbal.

M: Very smooth. Carbonation is subtle for the style and this one goes back easily.

O: Probably damn good fresh. Will have to try it again at some point.

Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - bright golden color, very light. White foam, 2 fingers, nice carbonation bubbles.

S- the hops overpower the smell, which is not overly strong. Definitely the week point of the beer

T - As a Export beer, a very good taste. Light hops with a hint of vanilla. The beginning is rather sweet and the end has a little bitterness, though not unpleasant.

M-very light and smooth, a slight tingle with a medium-to-light body.

O-A simple beer, but very well made. One of the better exports I've had.

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful, sweet-malty helles with a full body, and the taste never fades. Rated to style.

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready malts and noble hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of bready malts with hints of sweetness. No hops are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice malty flavors that taste true to the style but seems like it could use a little more hops to balance things out.

Photo of nevillejohn
3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden color. Pleasant smell, not floral, generic lager-y. Somewhat bland taste. Good mouthfeel but lacks substance, on the watery side as it lingers. Not too much head but it remains for a while.

Nothing too exciting, and no distinct flavors stand out but very decent overall.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Best before 04/13, L11521c.

Appearance: Slightly hazy gold. Thin white head with an occasional strand or small sheet of persistent lacing.

Smell: Clean malt, not much else.

Taste: Nice simple malt with a clean finish. Some noble hop herbal bitterness at the end. Very typical Helles.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, slick. Just a tad sticky on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: Very drinkable albeit mild. Like all Helles, finely tuned to be drank in mass quantity with food, but otherwise nothing special. Went well with pizza and salad tonight, but I think I would tire of it by itself it I had it without food. Admittedly, I wonder if this beer would be more notable in flavor if it was before the best by date, but it's not that far gone so hard to say.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is presented beautifully in the old fashioned swing top bottle. It pours with an appetising foamy head that sticks around to the end of the drink and leaves very good lacing. Carbonation is medium. The smell is very pleasant and typically German. It has a herbacious hop aroma with just a hint of mint and is similar to a German pilsener in this respect. The taste is a masterclass in balance and refinement. There is a suggestion of honey and lemon with a slight pilsener style bitterness and satisfying bready malt notes. It feels great in the mouth and slides down very easily. I could happily drink several of these in a row.

The only downside is that it is hard to find and tends to be over 3 British pounds here in the UK. Still that's no more than the pints of bad lager available in our pubs and therefore a good argument for not going out! I would describe this as a great benchmark for the lager style. There are enough subtle complexities here to keep things interesting. This bavarian classic doesn't have the wow factor of some IPAs or stouts or even some of the better craft lagers but it is well balanced and a great beer that simply tastes like a standard lager ought to. Recommended

My mark out of one hundred would be 87.

Photo of JanetCDavis
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Fixed brats and sauerkraut with very high hopes. Had one taste and switched out for a Fuller's. The Munich Gold bland all the way around. The appearance was not deep enough, very little smell to discern, and mouthfeel watery. Perhaps an old keg? Or perhaps too light for the dinner pairing. Will try a heavier German beer for pairing with this meal next time.

Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle purchased from Wegman's poured chilled into a pokal

The color is deep golden as the name implies with thick soapy white head with fine bead with very good retention and lasting lace. The smell is very grain oriented with light sweet odor and mild yeast ester with slight floral hop and toasted malt aroma. The feel is very good with mild sweetness and moderate carbonation with a smooth malt profile with light yeast impression and semi-dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The flavor has a nice gentle taste of pilsner malt with a light nutty quality and low bitterness in the taste with generally clean yeast tastte with mild diacetyl in the middle with grain and malt dominant with some mineral accents. Overall this is a quaffable lager with a nice drinkable quality I would buy this again pretty decent example of the style.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml from LCBO for $2.20 CDN can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Slow pour yields ½ finger of white head that recedes quickly. Nice golden color that is very clear.

Smell - Not much, a bit of a funky undercurrent. A little bit floral and some grainy sweetness

Taste - Virtually no hops and a gain a light sweet grainy malt flavor.Floral aspects minimized in the flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium, light mouthfeel that is not too carbonated but is not thin.

Overall - Nice, more enjoyable than many lagers, but was not as good as the first time I had it. Wondering if the metal can had any impact on my drinking experiences. Another beer to be revisited,

Photo of BethanyB
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Absolutely brilliant clarity, more reminiscent of an American lager. Color and head are true to style - a pale gold and a creamy, white dollop.

Smell: Grainy, cereal malt and spicy hops create a light, balanced aroma at first, but as the bottle warms up a little, uncharacteristic fruity and floral notes can be detected.

Taste: Hops are just barely noticeable in this mouthful of sweet, grainy malt. A completely clean finish leaves me wanting more. Easy to drink, with a sort of bland tastiness, if that makes any sense...I guess I could describe it as being kind of like plain Cheerios. You like them just fine, but you don't know why. No DMS detected.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, with medium high carbonation, again reminding me a bit more of an American lager...with a better taste, that is!

Overall: Comes across as thoughtful and carefully crafted, even if it's designed to be a less-than-complex crowd pleaser. Perhaps a bit more light and sweet than is typical for the style, but altogether pleasant. I wouldn't mind another!

Photo of LampertLand
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hacker-Pschorr 'Munich Gold' @ 5.5% , served from a 500 ml can purchased for $2.25

A-pour is a pale gold from can to glass with a medium size white head leaving a streaky lace along the pilsner glass

S-classic German hop , malt & barley

T-tad blah , big miss

MF-medium carbonation & body

Ov-one and done , this is a good Munich Helles Lager ? (hmm)

prost LampertLand

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