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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 06-30-2006

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle, best before 10/16.

Pale gold and brilliantly clear. Average sized creamy white head with good retention. Sweet pils malt aroma dominates with light spicy hops to provide some balance. More malt sweetness in the flavor but it actually finishes on the dry side. Incredibly clean feel to it. Medium bodied, bordering on medium-full. One of the heavier Munich Helles' I have had, I actually wish it felt a little lighter and more refreshing. Great flavor though, a quality lager for sure.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, very bubbly, gold appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of honey malt, sweet biscuit, and grassy hop oils. Taste is of sweet malt, biscuit, honey, grass, and low-level bitterness. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold finishes smooth and crisp.


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Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought Paulaner mixed 6. Try 1.

Difficult for me to discern between gold lagers, especially when in Europe, drinking them fresh when they seem to shine for me.

A: Pours a clear golden straw yellow body w tiny, visible carbonation. The beer has a 1 finger white head with large bubbles that reduces to thin ring with dotty lacing.

S: Mild, grassy, grainy, biscuit. Not enough, not enough fresh hop.

T: Follows smell but ample, with sweet bready malts and nice blend of bitterness of the grassy hops. Richer, maltier than most Helles Lager.

M: Very good feel, good weight, medium bodied with prickly amounts of carbonation. Clean & refreshing. Great food beer.

O: I'd love to try this in Germany, and in any oyster bar or seafood place.

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Photo of Premo88
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: yellow-gold, clear, small head about 1/4-inch of white foam ... the color and clarity are beautiful, the pour/head lackluster

S: bread malt bomb ... very sweet; a bit of grain in there and a light hop note, mainly black-pepper

T: sweet bread malt ... so sweet it's fruity, apricot/peach, very English pale-like; there's a nice black-pepper hop bite under the thick layer of malt sweetness, but it's main service is as a balancing note -- it's not overly bitter, though it does grow as you work through the glass; there's just a hint of stale dust and a little skunk in there, but neither are detractors, just present

F: what I love in lagers ... light, bordering on watery, but very crisp -- a brew you could drink all day

O: fantastic ... light fruity sweet but very lager crisp, and the pinch of black-pepper hops is tantalizing -- you think you want more, but its restraint is its strength. a beer I will seek again and again, likely in 12-packs if I can find them.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint. "04.08.2015 04.08.2016" on the bottom of the can. consumed oct 19 2015

a: super transparent pale yellow under three fingers of fluffy white head

s: doughy crackery sweet malt, grass, hay, and a touch of lemon and apple

t: follows the nose. malty all around with a pleasant light sweetness, with touches of grassy hay and lemon here and there

m: light-plus liquid body and moderate carbonation amount to a light mouthfeel that's almost creamy. awesome!

o: pretty standard stuff i guess, but it's delicious and highly drinkable

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.85/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good tasting German beer. No hops to speak of, thankfully. I am sure they are there, but this is another GREAT Hacker-Pschorr beer that leads the way to a better world of drinking beer. All the other wannabe beers that make their name with candy coating, chocolate syrup, lemon wedges, cinnamon sticks and other "additives" to make their beer "unique" and "craftsman" can take a hike. This is beer and I am thankful for it! What a great taste!! No bitter aftertaste. No goofy sourness. No odd smell. A full strength, full taste, full bodied and fully appreciated beer! Thank you Hacker-Pschorr!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very simple, clean, pale yellow beer with a slight grain flavor, with a little bit of malt sweetness vey light - kind of scary how fast this beer disappears - could drink it all day during warmer weather

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Photo of patre_tim
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw gold with a few slow rising mini bubbles. Crystal clear. Topped with 5 fingers of fluffy white head with great retention.

Straw, fresh hay, malt, wet dog, a hint of skunk, and children's aspirin.

Big malt as the style should have, its got it to a classic tee. Fresh bread, little hops on the end, mostly big malt and bread, as well as biscuit.

Medium body, smooth crisp finish. Medium to low carbonation. Overall goes down really smoothly.

Found and drank in Chiang Mai, Sept 20th, 2015. Excellent brew on the taste and feel.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, finger of head with little retention or lacing. Nose is grainy, grassy hops, and a mild bready finish. Toasted grains, buttered bread, grassy hops and hints of sweet corn on the finish. Easy drinking German lager.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The label on my bottle says "Munich Gold", but I'm going to assume that this is the same beer.

Appearance - golden straw color liquid with white head

Smell - wheat, whole grain, biscuit, bread

Taste - classic Helles flavors here with the wheat, grain, biscuit and bready notes

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness from the grains, crisp clean and refreshing

Overall - outstanding representation of the style here, hits all of the notes of what a beer drinker should expect from a Helles lager. Highly recommended

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 10/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Helles. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. This is one of the best in the style I have had.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from a 500mL can an ever-so-slightly hazy golden colour, with lots of visible carbonation. Not much in the way of head, however (just a finger or two), and what is there recedes quickly down to a few islands. Not much lacing.

Smell of pale malt, some biscuit, cracker. Light whiff of lemon or lemon-grass, some cut grass, hay, slight bitter greens. Faintly creamy as well.

Taste is also malt forward, quite crisp, but with a nice bittering snap added by some judicious hopping. Again, biscuit, some greens, pepper. A touch of lemon, faint citrus pith. Crackers, dough. Nice. Carbonation is high, but less aggressive than the appearance would believe, and the body is full but not heavy.

A step down from Hofbrauhaus's version of the style, it doesn't wow--but it's still a very solid lager.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliantly clear straw gold with a huge head of foam that leaves lacing behind as the foam recedes.

The smell is purfumey, almost light it was a bit light struck despite the brown bottle. Spicy hop nose takes it from there with some biscuit notes from the malt.

The taste reverses the smell. Malty, leaning on the biscuit slightly sweet side. Hops have a spicy tingle to them along with some light citrus.

Nice light body with good carbonation, this is a very refreshing beer. Very nice.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very attractive lager: a giant rocky white head capping a crystal-clear, sparkling pale gold beer. On the nose, it is malt-forward and slightly sweet: subdued lagery grains with hints of spicy Pilsener-style hops and alcohol. The palate follows the nose: clean and malty, with lagery grains up front and a mild hoppy bitterness that builds towards the end. The finish is crisp and decisive, with just a hint of hop bitterness that lingers very briefly. The mouthfeel is a bit bigger than one might expect for a light-bodied beer, and is quite peppery thanks to the fizzy carbonation. This is a very refreshing beer, and a good example of the style. (11.2 oz bottle, 181 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color was a dark yellow. Slight citrus on the nose. A little skunkiness too. Tasted sweet ad refreshing on a hot summer day. Wish I had more than one of these.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw color, Medium body, Aroma of malt, some yeast, & light fruit/citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, hops, grain, and some citrus, Not to bad.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a willi becher

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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
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....

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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

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Photo of BeerBob
4.68/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

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Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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