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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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234 Reviews
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Reviews: 234
Hads: 506
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 18.28%
Wants: 17
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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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2.46/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Yellow with little head to speak of.

Smell - Not much of a smell at all. I had to really stick my nose in the glass and inhale deeply to get a hint of anything. I could pick up some sweet malt, and a hint of European hops with a touch of skunk.

Taste - The dominant taste here is sweetness. Sweetness straight to the fore, not rich malt sweetness, but one dimensional metallic sweetness. Not much else going on at all.

This beer is refreshing and goes down easy, but does not present anything memorable or notable.

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Photo of JanetCDavis
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Beerisgood3
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: Pours a golden straw. Finger and a half white head that dissipates into a film. Leaving zero lacing around the glass. Looks fairly generic..but that's to be expected of the style. Looks refreshing at least.

S: I smelled something briefly right after the pour, but it went away quickly. Had some sweet and citrus notes. Smelled good while it lasted but it now smells like absolutely nothing. Like air. Do i rate this a 1.0 or is that honor reserved for something that actually smells off putting? I'll call it a 2.0 - not impressed.

T: Starts a bit sour then rounds out into faint sweetness of malts. Leaves the mouth with a very light hit of hops, mostly on the roof of my mouth as opposed to my tongue. Overall, not really that flavorful. Pretty average at best. As it warms up the sour/bitter note in the front intensifies...and the subtle sweet finish becomes no where to be found...the beer finishes into...nothing. no flavor.

M: Having an odd thing occur here. Half of my mouth feels like it has some sticky feeling.. but the roof of my mouth finishes completely clean. Not really sure what's going on.

D: Definitely drinkable because it's fairly light in flavor (i'd call it lacking). You could drink 10 of these if you cared to. Good summer beer i suppose. I'd have a few of these while grilling out or something. It's not worse than bud light.

Overall, not really that impressed...especially for the $12 price tag i had to pay for a 6er from my local distributor. Wouldn't pay that price again, but i'll take it over a bud light if i'm fishing in a tub at a party.... As far as micro beers go...this is as average as they come, and that might be generous.

Note: i finished the whole 6 pack over a few days and had this exact impression every single time. Also kind of shocked to see that i have the LOWEST review of this beer. Maybe i got a bad 6pack?

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Photo of tbeckett
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden straw, half finger of white head, bright, strong carbonation, no lace, ring of retention.

S - Corn is strong, noble hop,.

T - Corn, grain, noble hop, a little floral.

M - Good Carb, light body, sweet finish.

O/D - A weak effort for a bavarian lager. I was expecting a quality helles and i got a run of the mill lager. Not worth revisiting. Drinkable and barely passable

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle, produced on date of 03/08.

Appearance is pale straw with a fizzy head that recedes quickly and leaves little lace or spotting.

Smell is clean grain, very sweet to the smell, clear and watery aroma. Smell of corn and light DMS.

Taste is grain in the flavor of hominy corn. that grainy earthy flavor that lends itself to traditional Mexican and Indian food. Like good corn tortillas and masa. The chewy hominy flavor is straight out and up front. Not much for hops here.

Refreshing beer that would go well with a bowl of menudo or some barbacoa burritos.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: bright gold. creamy bright white head as well. a sliver of retention with some reasonable retention.

S: grainy, bready sweet pils malt. a definitive spice and earth from a german hop variety.

T: smooth pilsner malt. low sweetness but plenty of grain. a bit of mineral/metallic flavor. something weird going on here. slight touch of hops as well.

M: medium and light. average.

D: everything was good up until the taste. something seems off here. too much metal.

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Photo of TexIndy
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Produced on date on front label. It was a clear pale yellow color with a few carb bubbles here and there but no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that quickly settled to nothing.

The aroma was standard for the style - bready, biscuity, wet dog. The taste was average. Better than a BMC but not a solid craft offering. Goes down easy but you don't really remember it.

Overall, a decent beer that I only recommend if you like the style. To be fair, the style is not one of favorites so you may enjoy more than I did. For me, one and done.


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Photo of BirdFlu
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells and tastes of wheat, very bread-like. The translucent, yellow color is barely appetizing. Very thin body makes it easy to drink, not like a lawnmower but easy to have a few pints at a bar. Some citrus in the flavor and a very, very, very little amount of hop apparent in aftertaste. Not much impressive about it really, seems just like having a generic beer.

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Photo of stcules
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, bright, clean apperance, with a thin bubbled white foam.
At the smell, malty, honey, and a hint of caramel. Nothing of.
Malty start in the mouth, but quite balanced, with some herbal hop and camomile in the back, for a good balance.
Not bad.
Right in body and aftertaste too, with a good maltiness, still balanced by some bitterness.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very clear, bright yellow gold into a pint mug, small head, with no lacing, but beautiful clarity bumps it up.

S: Very grainy, almost wheaty, pasta-like malt smells, with a hint of lemony hops.

T: Taste is different than most Helleses I have had before. A grainy, almost Saltine-like taste hits the palate, a tad stale, even though the date shows the beer is not that old. Some good hop notes hold it together, but overall, a bit of a letdown.

M: Clean and crisp, typical lager, good carbonation.

D: A little less than average for a Helles, would be a good summer beer, but there are better examples out there of this refreshing style, probably won't buy again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clean gold color lager with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with clean notes of cereal is refreshing. Taste is also dominated by grainy cereal with dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall too a bit too grainy for my own taste. A bit one-dimensional and not that refreshing - I will stick with weizen.

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Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a few minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, pale malts, a grassiness, corn syrup

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels fairly creamy. The taste is made up of lots of breads/grains mixed with a corn syrup sweetness and a little bit of pilsner skunk. There are also notes of pale malts, hay/straw, and a slightly metallic taste. The beer finishes with a bready/corn syrup sweet aftertaste.

Drink - I really wasn't a big fan of this beer.. I found myself wishing I had bought something else instead.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The lager pours out as a golden colored liquid with a fluffy white head on it that doesn't last very long. The lacing isn't really there either. The smell of the beer gives off the normal aromas of a lager, some grass, some wood, little bit of hops. The taste of this beer is average in my opinion, it has some bitterness to it and not a whole lot else. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied and fairl easy to drink. Overall, I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a recent sixer from the local corner store. Freshness date reads 05/08, this is served in a German stange at fridge temperature.

Appaearance- Crystal clear medium gold, this supports a two to three finger crisp white head. Looks clean and refreshing.

Smell- Husky malts, punchy hops... it's real clean and honest. No guessing this is a Helles lager from the homeland.

Taste- I am no fan of the taste here... there is a stringent, husky malt backbone that defers to a clean, yet unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Smooth and nicely effervescent, it drinks quite well. Unfortunately the overall flavor profile dictates my own drinkability rating, and I'd go elsewhere for the perfect Munich Helles. I could do without the "gold".

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Photo of nimrod979
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the axe. Pours a very pale golden color with a small white head. Light malt aromas. Taste jumps out a bit more and has a great flavor. Decent German malts come through. Light sweetness to it. A good clean and slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of witster18
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

and oddly enough I'm a hellas fan.
this beer has a nose that is earthy with a hint of vanilla.
pours gold with minimal head that holds average.
some lacing.
foretaste is citrus... make it mango lemon.. then moving to mid it's a bit earthy with bread and sweet.... sounds funny but dare I say hawaiin sweet bread...
aftertaste is heat from alcohol and tartness of the citrus...
this is a solid brew but I'm a bit dissapointed in the mouthfeel - something tell sme that it would be much better abroad.
I have to question the freshness.... but this is a growler from a reliable, busy source so no curve...
just barely above average.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a straw golden colour, with a nice, thick, two finger head. Smells strongly of malted barley, a bit of hops, and fresh baked bread. Tastes light and sweet. Lots of breads and grains throughout, with a clean, slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied. A bit smooth. A very drinkable lager.

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Photo of JBogan
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not surprisingly, this pours a bright gold color with a small white head which soon reduces into a thin film. Very little lacing coats the glass.

Smell was very faint, mostly of sweet malts. Not very interesting really.

Tasted rather average. Sweet malt along with grains and grasses, maybe even a hint of corn. No off tastes which was nice, but also not very much better tasting than an average macro.

Mouthfeel was decent. A little thicker than I was expecting, but could have used some more carbonation to liven things up.

This would be an easy brew to session. If you're trying to get some macro drinking buddies to start looking at better brews, this might be the first brew you give them to prepare them for the better offerings available.

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Photo of nevillejohn
3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Clear pale yellow with decent white head, fairly good retention, light lacing left on glass.

S = Light scents of fresh wet grains, earthy hops, fairly subdued smells.

T = Light grains with slight white pepper at mid-palate, bitterness shows up in a long finish.

M = Medium-light body, good mouthcoating, decent carbonation level.

D = Good refreshing, drinkable beer.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours like a very pale, clear and fizzy lager.

This smells like grains and noble hops that were sprayed by a frightened skunk and then peed on by an Alsatian before being thrown in some boiling wort and fermented into beer.

It tastes like a Stella Artois, only good. Has a mild Pils malt sweetness, some graininess, with an grassy noble hop backing.

It's clean tasting and well attenuated with a bright finish.

It's a slightly better Euro Pale Lager. Drinkable. It tastes good. But the aroma leaves me wanting. I'd love to try this fresh because, even though the label says this is good for another ten months, it tastes a bit stale.

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Photo of stevecee2003
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE; A cloudy yellow-ish hue. Slight head that has some staying power

SMELL: There are the malts and some dough. The hops are present but in the background.

TASTE: While it has the bebefits of a good Belgian export, the maltiness taste. there is something in there that is a slight disappointment for me. Sadly I can't point to what it is exactly. That is my failing. There are some who undoubetly willlike this import, if you can get it.

MOUTHFEEL & DRINKABILITY: The full thick feeling of malts. It even feels think going down your throat. As for drinkability it seems TOO malty for me. One or two is alli can take, as an apetizer.

NOTES: Overall a fine Helles lager. Just not great for me.

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Photo of kwjd
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellowish-orange colour. Started with a nice white head, but quickly went away. Smells of faint grassy hops and malt. Taste has a hint of hops, not too much bitterness. I expected a bit more hop presence. Not too much going on here. Very smooth though.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed on 01/08, sampled on 04/09

A) Golden glass supports a very thin head of off white that fails to lace

S) Mild mineral aspect that I associate with many German beers, with a slight honey malt note

T) Sweet malt tips the balance slightly to it's favor, some cracker malt notes, clean finish leaves it a bit bland for me, but loaded with German quality.

M) Medium body, low carbonation and a slick texture

O) A fine beer, but a pretty bland style. On target, just not the target I'm interested in.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw-golden color with a huge pure white head. The head has enormous bubbles trapped within and fades over time to give a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light overall, but heaviest in bread and an ever so light sugar sweetness.

Taste – A sweeter breadiness meets the tongue at first. It taste of some malt and caramel. These sweeter flavors fade as the taste advances giving way to a more of the bready and more biscuity flavor toward the end. It starts sweeter and finishes drier. While it does finish drier, I would overall still consider it a little bit on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel – Slightly liger body with a medium level of carbonation. Very lager average.

Overall – Not a bad beer. Very easy to drink with some sweet and some more crisp characteristics. A good session brew.

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
84 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.