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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BA SCORE
84
good

227 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 227
Hads: 489
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 15
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
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 superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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. (1,416 characters)

Photo of headlessparrot
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (799 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of Thebrewman
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (159 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (151 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 (440 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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. (203 characters)

Photo of Taybeh
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.... (334 characters)

Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
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 (253 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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. (280 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.47/5  rDev -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. (534 characters)

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (1,445 characters)

Photo of Gunnar12
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (266 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.47/5  rDev -7%
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. (705 characters)

Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of nevillejohn
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
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. (291 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (811 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,252 characters)

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