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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Ratings: 279
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: wl0307 on 06-30-2006)
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Photo of gfreed
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

Another pleasant German helles to add to the list. It was easy to get a light, airy head out of this one. Quite bubbly in the glass; dark lemon in color with citrus and pepper in the aroma. Light, lemony taste; a bit of straw and malt sweetness that is cut by more pepper; fizzy body that fits right in on your front porch on a warm summer night. Not a stunner, but a clean, no-brainer lager that has earned a place in the regular weekday rotation.

gfreed, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of crossovert
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%

Munich Gold, from the local grocery store in a nice looking brown bottle with gold label. Produced on 02/09.

Pours a nice, crystal clear, deep gold with a compact white head that rises articulately above the rim. It has good head retention and once if finally recedes it leave some nice lacing. Tons of tiny bubbles race to the surface, a mighty tasty looking brew.

Smell is that typical Helles everyone loves. It is grainy and bready but with that ever present balance of hops, and like in most Helles lagers they are in balanced perfect harmony.

Nice peppery hop and malt balance on the tongue as always. This beer like any of the big 6 Helles beers will continually deliver again and again. Nice, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, it's not quite at the pinnacle of the Muenchener Helles variety but it is solid, easy to find, highly drinkable, another winner form Munich.

crossovert, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

Picked this up at my local beer stop.

Poured a clear light golden with a finger of white bubbly head. Retention was weak, so was lacing.

Smells of light crisp malts with a very light hop, fresh water.

Taste is very smooth. Light wheat crispness with a sweet buttery malt and a light hop in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied, very smooth and fresh, very clean.

Drinkability here is awesome. This might be a bit to sharp to pair with some food, but it was great with salad and corn on the cob.

LumpyGuitar, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Pours golden with fast disapearing white head. Average mouthfeel, malty aroma. Easy drinking, subtle grassy hops, subtle drop of lemon but looking for something more interesting, usually.Crisp and still refreshing. Lightly sweet in finish. Decent German. The Beer Store.

Sammy, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Graham5161986
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

this helles pours a near crystal clear bright gold with a slightly off-white 1 and 1/2 inch head that reduces to a film. Grassy hop aromas and a touch of bready malts emanate from this brew. Additionally, if I swirl the glass and bring the beer quickly to my nose, I get a pleasing aroma of jasmine rice which is quite unique and very inviting. Flavour is grassy up front with a bread backbone, a slight touch of alcohol and some very light caramel notes with a touch of grain and light fruit (I get a bit of grape - no, wait, I think it's the jasmine rice I detected before! cool! I could be crazy, but I don't think so.) on the finish. A nice, crisp breadiness lingers on for a good while. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a subtle spicy, prickly character that cleans the palate an leaves a nice and dry sensation in my mouth. This is a pretty good helles lager that is highly drinkable and quite refreshing - an ideal summer lager. Nice and light (but not too light!) and more flavourful than your typical macro. I would definitely buy this again.

Graham5161986, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of Shadman
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Nice head formation right out of the fridge. Head bone white and showed good retention despite my impatience regarding letting the beer warm a bit b4 puring it. Nice bight amber yellow. Clear, no floaters...lol. Some gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Bready, yet slight sweet mustiness. Very similar to their regular Edelhell.

Again similar to their regular Edelhell. Nice bready malt balanced very nicely with some crisp hop.

Mouthfeel is where this beer shines...much fuller in body than what I was expecting.

Very nice...would have to watch it as a session beer given the high ABV...but very drinkable.

Shadman, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.95/5  rDev +7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 355ml bottle with a produced on date of 03/08. I sampled this beer on 05/23/09. Also I sampled the imported version Munich Gold.

Appearance: Its body has a beautiful bright golden color with lots of visible carbonation and good clarity except for some tiny, light tan (probably yeast) floaters. On top there is a bright white sudsy head. It quickly fades out and makes only minimal lacing.

Smell: The aroma has light grainy malt with a very slight hint of citrus and some floral hop notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a crisp pale malt base with mild bittering hops that add some mild floral notes. The finish is very clean with just the slightest bitterness from the hops in the after taste. On the palate the active carbonation tickles the tongue and its light to medium body slides down easily.

Notes: Over all a nice refreshing beer. I know this Lager was a little bit on the old side and I thick that's why I got the small particles. However the flavor was bright and crisp with no off flavors.

generallee, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of njmoons
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Had US Version Munich Gold.

Overall a nice beer, easy drinking with a good balance of malt sweetness, and mild hop bitterness as you would expect from a Munich Helles.

However nothing special here, that flavors are pretty standard for german lagers, not much different then the mass market German imports (i.e., Becks).

I might keep some in the fridge for after mowing the lawn.

njmoons, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of minnunderground
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

A- I had it in a bottle so I can't say. Also this was the imported munich gold version

S- Smells like awesome sauce

T- The taste is kind bready with some sweet maltige

M- not much slides right on down

D- Goes down the hatch with ease

Overall I really like this juice!

minnunderground, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Münchner Gold is a lovely colour, well deserving of its own crayon or paint swatch. It is a pale shade, actually more yellow than it is gold, without much gleam or glisten. What makes the beer truly splendid, however, is its immaculately pristine clarity. On the other side of my glass I can, with clear-cut precision and in real colour, make out every detail of my fingers. The only unfortunate part: there's essentially no head.

You know how I know this is a good beer? Because the aroma actually got better as the beer warmed. Generally speaking, styles like this don't offer much to the sense of smell. While this one doesn't necessarily do so either, it stays appreciably clean and bears nothing but the unadulterated scent of pale malts. It actually becomes enticing after awhile, taunting: "Drink me, I'm full of uncorrupted maltiness!"

Beers that looks like this rarely taste like this. The maltiness is softly bready with the light suggestion of crisp yellow apples and minerals. It isn't heavy but is somehow filling; it steers the wheel because there is no one else in the car. Actually, that's not entirely true. There is a faint, easily passed over note of green, herbal hops. If only I had another on hand, I would have finished this pint in 3 gulps.

Those fluttering bubbles are not just for pleasing the eyes; they make a fantastic mouthfeel, too. The carbonation dial was turned up high enough that each sip strokes the palate like a short-needle brush or fine tooth-comb. If I were in charge I'd have set the carbonation at this exact same level; it's satisfyingly quenching although each sip seems to be getting bigger than the one before it.

Make no mistake - this beer tastes better in Germany. That said, it tastes pretty good here too. You're not likely to describe any beer belonging to the Munich Helles style as "delicious" but notwithstanding, they can be very gratifying. A crisp and clean maltiness is all I hoped for and I'm pleased to say that's exactly what I got. Hacker-Pschorr is a quality brewery to and through; I've yet to find any exceptions.

biegaman, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

This is a really nice lager. It pours a fairly pale yellow with a nice creamy white head that retains fairly well and laces nicely. The nose isn't all that distinct. There are some lemony citrus notes, some pale malts, some grassy florals as well.

The taste is a nice balance between a creamy smoothness, especially for a lager, with some bittering grassy hop notes in the finish, and enough tart pale malts underneath to make this beer easy to drink, refreshing. There are some bready grains and some grassy florals in the middle as well. The beer has a touch of citrusy tartness, but again the beer is well balanced on all fronts. This is a very nice, quality lager. The mouthfeel is very light as is the aftertaste. As expected, the body of the beer is quite light. L'Chaim.

albern, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured into a pint glass. Rusty straw, big head that settles with some quickness.

Aroma is very clean, mostly some floral hops.

On the palate, you get some of the floral hop bitterness, with a dry crackery malt underneath. Doesn't sound like too much the way I describe it, but this seems relatively rich given its low strength.

Pretty well carbonated, feel seems a little more robust than I would have expected.

Good beer, but makes me scratch my head, as it wasn't quite the line-em-up-and-drain-em session beer I was kinda hoping for.

Patrick999, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Trigcove
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

Had the US version "Munich Gold" in the 12oz bottle. Freshness date 12/08.

Hard poured into a pint glass with a rich straw color and a 3 finger head of fairly small bubbles that quickly faded to a dense quarter inch and then to nothing by the finish. It left a small amount of lacing that faded.

The aroma is that of sweet, light malt and yeast - slightly bready with a faint touch of fresh hops. Very pleasant and not overpowering.

The taste is fairly subdued -- balanced slightly towards the sweet malt side, as one might expect from the style -- but it finishes up with a nicely balanced bit of bitter hops.

It's easy on the mouth, with a fair amount of carbonation that is balanced by the sweetness of the malt. It's a brew that was made for a hot summer day.

Overall, it's a very crisp and refreshing brew with enough character to be interesting. The ABV is a bit high for a session beer, but the taste is such that tempts me to go for it, anyway.

I'll be visting this one over and over, until about the end of September, when it's time to start the trek back to the darker beers.

Trigcove, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

500ml can, denoted as 'Munich Gold' here in the Neue Welt. Available almost everywhere around town, even in the small chain shop nearby our friends' duplex and their kick-ass summer BBQ pit.

This beer pours a slightly glassy, bright medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of random fading cloud lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of mildly biscuity, mostly grainy pale malt, with a touch of crackery breadiness, a bit of stale apple core, and noble earthy, subdued grassy hops. The taste is grainy, bready Munich malt, a hint of flat honey, some further apple jelly fruitiness, and softly floral, dry grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite timid and mild, the body a nicely even medium weight, especially for a lager, and equitably smooth. It finishes off-dry, a tad crisp in its malt and hop lingerings, and most notably floral.

An agreeably well-rounded German lager, malty and hoppy, both in measured degrees, and a suitably refreshing tipple for relaxing in some backyard afternoon sunshine. Prost!

biboergosum, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%

a - very pale yellow color with a light airy white head, carbonation looks fantastic.

s - mostly all malt but a slight amount of ripe apple twang

t - yeast and citrusy spice up front but the flavor immediately drops off and finishes kind of watery with some very minor hops

m - very light and carbonated

d - a refreshing beer that is easy to drink but what little flavor profile it has isn't very impressive.

thirtysixbelow, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

A - Active pour... Uber pale gold yellow straw color... An ever so faint haze... Two fingers worth of frothy pure white head... Average retention... Full lacing... Trace amounts of scattered a slow paced carbonation...

S - Pale malt... Grain... Corn... The faintest hint of lemon zest... Slightly soapy...

T - Lemon zest... Hint of orange... Grains... Doughy... Pale and crystal malts in abundance... Corn... Slightly sweet..

M - Near perfect amount of biting carbonation... Light bodied... Crisp... Smooth... Refreshing...

D - Highly sessionable... Goes down very very easy... However, there is nothing memorable about it... Average and solid are not necessarily bad characteristics... This one exemplifies both of those...

philbe311, Jun 15, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

12oz brown bottle. US version, sold as "munich gold". bottled 12/08 with batch L34381W. tasted in early april 2009

pale golden straw. clear. foamy white 1.5 finger head, fades to thin wispy layer. some thin rings of lace, but they shrink and dry out easily.

fragrant noble hops upfront, with hint of white grape and toasty, bready malt foundation. nice and clean.

taste: bready malts with faint yeast fermentation and trace esters. countered quickly by crisp noble hops with mild to moderate bitterness. twinge of very light acidity before a clean, off-dry finish with another touch of malt.

light, almost thin, but quite smooth, with just a touch of astringency in the finish. crisp carbonation.

tai4ji2x, May 20, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%

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.


TexIndy, May 01, 2009
Photo of HardTarget
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

HardTarget, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of Adam2200
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

A- very nice and clear a calm yellow

S- nice yeast smell with light touch of honey aftertones

T- typical lager with sweet and light bitter taste

M- goes down very smooth for a heavy lager with a light crisp feel that makes you want to drink more

D- again a very nice beer any Hacker-Pschorr has always been good to me always nice to try at least one.

Adam2200, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of brfbeerdrinker
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%

[Appearance]: Light golden yellow. Nice lacing as well.

[Smell]: I'd say there more of a honey smell than anything but its a very light odored beer.

[Foretaste]: Very sweet.

[Midflavor]: Same continues.

[Aftertaste]: slight hops bitterness followed by sweetness.

[Overall Flavor]: Awesome, very good beer top shelf indeed.

[Mouthfeel]: Light perfect carbonation.

[Drinkability]: Very easy to drink.

[Personal Recommendation]: Definately try this beer I'm sure you fall for it.

brfbeerdrinker, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- Poured a crystal clear golden color. The pour produced a head of thick white foam. Excellent lacing and carbonation.

S - Malty/bready with a slight herbal aroma. Hints of citrus and hay/freshly mowed grass also noted.

T - Malty with a slight sweetness. Finishes off with a very subtle citric hoppiness.

MF&D - Crisp, clean on the palate and extrememly refreshing. I think I found my beer for this Summer.

nasty15108, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.28/5  rDev +16%

This is a good, tasty, solid Munich Helles, if not the best I've had.

Gold, it has a medium white head that steadily shrinks to a wispy top and ring with a little lace.

The aroma is very pleasant and clean, with a light but definite German/Munich character of bread, herbs, hints of lemon and pine.

The taste is a nice, good helles character also, light but with a solid character of toasty grain and bread with herbs, hints of lemon, honey, and pine. The grain and bread tend to dominate a bit. It has nice malt and hop presence and though light the flavour holds up well and does not degrade. Nothing tastes off or metallic. It's a tad on the sweet side, but just barely and it's very pleasant and easy to drink, yet lacks the great feel of the likes of Weihenstephaner.

Offa, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of stcules
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

stcules, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

The bottle says produced on 05/07 so this one been on the shelf awhile.

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw colr with a large frothy head. The head dissipates quickly.

S- A very buttery maltiness dominates the nose. Followed with an earthy spicy German hop note.

T- A very buttery maltiness. A ton of diacetyl here. The hops are very subdued.

M- Smooth, moderate bodied.

D- Decent. I am going to look for a fresher bottle and update my review. I suspect the age killed the hops.

JayNH, Feb 28, 2009
Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
83 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.