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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: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wl0307 on 06-30-2006

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Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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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 damndirtyape
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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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 Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
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,

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Photo of BethanyB
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
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!

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Photo of LampertLand
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Dentist666
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Munich Helles Lager is a specific style of beer, it looks rather simply, but actually has got good organoleptical characteristics.
We have clear sparkling golden beer with moderate white head. Smell is fresh and floral with distinct honey tones. Of course, grains and citrus.
Taste is well-balanced and classic for the style. Grainy with cardboard notes and delicate bitter finish. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Definitely, a good beer.

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

Appearance: Pale; gold; clear; effervescent; medium head; dissipated quickly

Aroma: Malty; sweet; light hops; dried fruit

Taste: Very smooth; flavorful; well balanced; overall very drinkable; crisp; refreshing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of jonb5
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint at Katzenjammers.

A: Golden, clear, medium head, good lacing.

S: Munich style malt, apple.

T: Honey, Munich malt, apple. Seemed a bit more subtle than other stronger Helles style beers.

M: Crisp texture, well carbonated, slightly coarse edge from the carboantion.

O: Good palate cleasner, refreshing and a good alternative to Augustiner.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before date of 11/13

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, bright golden hue with a white, frothy 2 finger head. Great retention, leaving a thin layer of bubbles across the surface. Lacing is small and spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Strong aroma of honey and touches of lemon. Slight floral notes. Faint grain.

Taste - After such a tantilizing smell, the flavor is mostly underwhelming. Clean grain, backed by notes of honey and a trace of mild lemon. Touches on grassy bitterness before a somewhat watery finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a crisp, lively bite. Again, the finish is on the watery side.

Overall - It starts off promising enough, but trails off quickly in the finish. It's a good Helles, but just not enough for me to consider it great, much less one of the top examples of the style.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, clean gold. Inviting bubbles, a very active crown of white lager foam. Looks like a great golden lager from first sight.

S - Noble hops, crisp, golden notes of biscuity malt. Sweet, honey-like. Smells similar to a pilsner but less sharp.

T - Delicious! smooth flavor, also similar to a pilsner, but with a round malty balance behind it all. Very balanced, very intriguing.

M - light and drinkable, not too carbonated. Thicker than a pilsner, but still feels similarly refreshing.

O - The best thing I can compare this to is a pilsner with an emphasis on balance. Same charms, but less hop-oriented and more well-rounded. A surprisingly delicious lager.

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Photo of sethcroisant
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- straw yellow with a finger of white head. phenomenal lacing

S- clean malt with barely a hint of hops. not much there

M- chewy texture with nice level of carbonation. very thick for the style

T- hops are aggressive and are present throughout. hops are spicy and grassy. considering the level of hops, it's still a fairly malty beer. finishes slightly dry.

O- a classic battle between hops and malt. i'm glad neither came out too dominant; this is really a beer to behold.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Finger of foamy head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is milled barley with a little floral note. Nice and simple.
The taste is moderately bitter with a dry bitter at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a simple and good beer.

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Photo of Kremlock
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: clear straw colour, white foamy head with some lacing.

S: clear bready malt, herbal and spicy spicy notes present. Lemon biscuits open up when the beer warms up a bit.

T: clean lager flavor, Lemon biscuits come through, same butter bread present.

M: light body, slick on the tongue, a bit creamy.good carbonation.

O: this is a good helles, has good clean flavors with good feel.

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Photo of MAUEX_MFA
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a nice malty aroma. Tastes refreshing and pure with just the right amount of hops and maltiness. No adjunct or off-flavors detected. Quenches thirst, but has a nice backbone; superlative dinner beer. Not a complex tsunami of taste, but this style is not designed for that. An excellent choice for playing music, telling stories and drinking all night.

This beer has the flavor I taste on my mind's tongue when I reminisce about travels through Germany.

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Photo of JMad
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a light yellow straw color with a thick white foamy head. Smells slightly skunky with lemon and grass followed by some bready malt. Has a good flavor, better than most Euro lagers, with some funk, grass and lemon. Feels nice and refreshing with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is solid and I could drink way more, wish i had some,

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Photo of Serge
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear gold, large diminishing fizzy white head. Smells sweet - honey and plastic, like many Canadian shitty lagers. Taste is simple, and honey-sweet, but floral and grassy with no crappy adjunct flavours - pretty nice, really. Light, mildly syrupy body, decent carbonation and a quick finish - very summery and drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold
Style: Munich Helles Lager
ABV: 5.50 %

LOOK: Clear golden brew with a white foam and some lace. Mostly clear with some chill haze from the yeast proteins. Looks like a standard helles lager.

SMELL: Clean, bready, biscuity aroma with some herbal hop tinges.

TASTE: Straight forward clean lager with sweet and creamy malty notes, biscuit and buttery bread flavors, and a small tea like, herbal hop bitterness. Easy drinking German lager beer with an even balance and pleasant character.

FEEL: Light bodied, crisp, well carbonated, fairly smooth.

OVERALL: An authentic helles lager from a respected German brewery. Agreeable flavor and light feel, perfect for drinking alone or pairing with a wide array of foods.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, relatively saturated gold color (i.e., a bit darker than expected).

S & T: no flaws per se, but a rather meek and uninteresting mix of light malt and earthy hops.

M: crisp, with medium+ carbonation; light body.

O: marginally better than mediocre Bavarian Helles.

(review largely confirmed with tasting in August 2013)

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