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Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Hacker-Pschorr Munich GoldHacker-Pschorr Munich Gold

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BA SCORE
82
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%


Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slitherySOB on 04-16-2012)
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barczar

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 02:22:27 | More by barczar
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McStagger

California

3.45/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 07:32:25 | More by McStagger
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nevillejohn

District of Columbia

3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 01:50:24 | More by nevillejohn
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JanetCDavis

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 00:49:33 | More by JanetCDavis
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LagerCognoscenti

United Kingdom (England)

4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 10:05:17 | More by LagerCognoscenti
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -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,

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 20:57:02 | More by DenisKolkin
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BethanyB

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 22:48:58 | More by BethanyB
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev +3%
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

Serving type: can

07-06-2013 06:33:31 | More by LampertLand
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Dentist666

Russian Federation

4.61/5  rDev +27%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 14:53:45 | More by Dentist666
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TheSixthRing

California

3.64/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:49:04 | More by TheSixthRing
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 22:41:05 | More by Fatehunter
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Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 20:36:24 | More by Kremlock
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JMad

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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,

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 03:56:56 | More by JMad
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 16:52:17 | More by Stinkypuss
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 14:27:43 | More by chinchill
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good two fingers of head, solid lacing. Beer is a pale bright yellow gold with a good carbonation. 4.5

Aroma is quite forward. Strong malt presence. Also a slight zestiness. Quite composed and balanced. 3.5

Taste is somewhat savoury with a big body of malty flavour. Dried orange, good balance of dry malt. Carbonation is a quite pronounced. Finish is dry and slightly hoppy, leaves a lasting balanced bitterness. 4

Mouthfeel is quite full. Carbonation and a lot of malt blend together quite well, big flavour impact. 4

A good example of how lagers can be a great style with a big body and quite bold flavour. This beer is refreshing and quite drinkable. Quite well done, worth a try. 4

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 19:25:35 | More by mick303
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschhorr Munich Gold pours a golden straw color, with a one-inch head that dissipates quickly and leaves a spotty lace. Bready malt aromas and a touch of hops are discernible in this light nosed brew. Sweet bready malt melt into toasty malt flavors, with just a touch of spiciness joining in before a dry, slightly bitter finish. Medium in both body and carbonation, Munich Gold focuses on malt, a clear standard for the style.

Prost

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:15:03 | More by phishsihq
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL swing-top bottle from the LCBO; best before October 2012. I've been a fan of this style for many years, but Lowenbrau is the only Munich lager I can find regularly these days so I don't get around to trying new ones as often as I'd like.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of creamy, even head. Good retention for a pale lager; it takes a few minutes to settle into a thin, bumpy cap, and smears a ring of lacing around the glass. The aroma is bready and a bit grainy; there is also a hint of lemon and grassy hay.

A solid barley malt backbone comes through at first, bready with a touch of honey. The grassy hops are more prominent later in the sip, which provide some light dryness in the finish. Balance is ok, but not perfect (a little sweet). Not quite medium-bodied, but not really light-bodied either. Moderate carbonation for a very smooth mouthfeel, which (along with its drinkability) is probably the beer's main draw for me.

Final Grade: 3.76, a very serviceable B+. As I said earlier, there are very few Munich lagers available in my area, but as one of my favourite lager styles I still drink them fairly regularly. Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold isn't flawless, and it's not all that memorable either - but it's a damn fine lager all the same: clean, crisp, and thoroughly sessionable. Worth a try, but if you aren't already partial to pale German lagers, this isn't going to convert you.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

I grabbed all of the Munich lagers I could find locally, which only amounted to this one, Spaten's and Lowenbrau - enough for a small comparative ranking. I really do like this beer and am bumping the score considerably to reflect that. It's not spectacular or attention-grabbing in any way - just a solidly-brewed, reliable all-malt German lager. In a pinch I might take Spaten over this (it's slightly cheaper) but from a realistic perspective, they're both great and well worth returning to.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 18:01:21 | More by thehyperduck
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head with large bubbles that reduces to thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The overall aroma of the beer is quite mild but the things that stand out for me are corn adjunct malts, some bready malts, and some sweetness. Additionally there are some grassy hops.

T: The flavor really follows the smell for this beer with the primary flavor being slightly sweet bready malts and some corn adjunct malts. There is also a light amount of bitterness of the grassy hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink, refreshing, and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:14:18 | More by dbrauneis
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 01:48:09 | More by Darkmagus82
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:16:53 | More by slitherySOB
Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
82 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.