Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BA SCORE
86
very good

104 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2001

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Ratings: 104 | Reviews: 47
Photo of Munich1bier
4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A little little lighter that the other Hefe Weissen. Very smooth tasting, bubbles tasted small and almost velvet feeling drinking it. I thought this was an exceptional beer which have bought again when I can find it.

Photo of Anatole
2.32/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing interesting here. Smells and tates like cheap beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before: 01/15. 5.0% ABV confirmed. 33 cl brown glass swingtop bottle acquired at a Tengelmann in Munich and served into a generic kitchen glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served slightly chilled. Side-poured gently.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. White in colour. Decent creaminess. Somewhat thin, to the detriment of its lackluster frothiness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. I expect a wide foamy head in a good helles, and this doesn't deliver. Still, it's not awful looking, and retention is average (~2 minutes).

BODY: Clear straw yellow - very pilsner-y. Ample carbonation bubbles suggest it's crisp and refreshing. Excellent clarity. Translucent and transparent. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a helles, and I'm optimistic.

AROMA: There's a faint wisp of starchiness and bready character, actually - it's got a bit more heft than I anticipate. The usual fresh clean pilsner malts do make an appearance alongside pleasant floral hop character and a light soapiness. Hints of lemongrass/citron. It's just a biteen soapy; this may have spent slightly too long in primary. A pleasant aroma of average strength. It's interesting in that it isn't just the flat pilsner malt aroma of most helles beers. Any Munich malts aren't surfacing much.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TEXTURE/TASTE: Pilsner malts and Munich malts blend to create a refreshing, enjoyable, clean, and crisp foundation. It's smooth, wet, aptly carbonated (especially for a swingtop), and fairly soft.

No yeast character, off notes, or alcohol comes through, to its benefit. This flavour profile has the clean crisp taste I look for in a helles, but lacks true depth and subtlety. It's well balanced for what relatively little is here, but there are far more complex and intricate helles lagers out there - and this one is worse for not rising to their level.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, scratchy, or rough on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is pretty nice, but this texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste.

A likable helles overall.

O: Absolutely drinkable, but it's also quite forgettable. I'd probably drink it again (or buy it again without realizing it since it's so unmemorable) but I wouldn't recommend it to friends and it's far from world class. You can do far better in the Munich area for a helles lager, but this was nice to try once. Certainly above average by virtue of its balance alone. Disguises its ABV well, and makes for a nice summer refresher.

High C+

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a clear golden colour with a short lived head.

Smells of light malts and yeast.

Tastes quite sharp with a twang of yeast and some wholesome bready malts, and a fruity/bitter taste on the finish.

Overall a pretty good beer, with perhaps too much yeast taste.

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weizen glass from a 500 ml bottle.

Clear, pale color. Head is large and foamy and stays pretty long, leaving nice lacing.
Aroma is dominated by a very bready smell. Also some malt.
Taste is also very bready.
Body feels light to medium with good carbonation.

Overall this beer is quite interesting with it's dominant bready character.

Photo of NardiByNature
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Long-necked 11.2 oz bottle. Dropped into a pint glass.Very clear. Golden, light-colored body. Decent head settles into a collar.

Smells like a bag of fresh cut dry grass and a little lemon. More lemon as it warms.Taste is citric and gently hoppy like the aroma but a little more earthy. Finishes sweet. At 5.5%, this beer is ridiculously crushable. Mildly lemony, mildly hoppy.

O: This lager is money, and, unfortunately, it’s such an enjoyable style that good breweries in the USA don’t usually make. Most beer drinkers would love one of these at one point or another.

Photo of jonb5
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half litre bottle, similar colour to apple juice, clear. Slight noble hop smell with a hint of yeast. Fairly sweet, just about balanced, a bit malty. Medium body, a bit of fiz. Overall a decent thirst quencher but you could tell it had been mass produced. Didn't quite match the flavour of other Helles that I've had from smaller breweries.

Photo of hophunter
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold in color, clear. White lacing that holds with tight bubbles.

Aroma: Clean malt and bready aroma with low hop.

Taste: Malty and grainy, light sweetness. Detectable hop with lasting maltiness. Clean flavor. Very distinct yeast detectable in their other beers. Almost fruity...almost.

Mouthfeel: Very clean crisp body with light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Very drinkable beer. It's perfect for people who are use to Light American Lagers and want to slowly be introduced to more hand-crafted bolder bodied beers. Also, I've never been disappointed by Hacker-Pschorr. They make great beers.

Photo of RuudJH
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought on a short trip across the German border, from where I live.
0.5 l , swingcap bottle.

Golden colour, modest carbonation, thin head, but ok lacing.

Smell of malts and yeast, some citric and floral notes.
Taste equal, but a bit more plain malty, allmost dough.
Mouthfeel mild bitterness, lingering aftertaste, slightly dry.
Overall, it's more simple than I had hoped.
Not as complex as some of the others in this style.

Photo of crossovert
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bügelflasche. Mindestens haltbar bis ende: 03/12.

It pours a clear gold with a lot of clingy carbonation bubbles, but I think that is from the glass. The head is bright and white and dissipates quickly.

The smell is mild, bread here, hops there, but it is pleasant.

The flavor is much more interesting. It is malty with a hint of sugary butteriness, but not too much to make it unworthy. The hops are tasty and vibrant and provide an herbal, grassy bitterness in the finish.

It is a decent one.

Photo of dasenebler
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two .5L swing-top bottles into my newly acquired Andechser Maß!
Best before February 2012.

Pours a clear, effervescent yellow-gold with a meringue-like white head. Good lacing, decent retention.

The aroma is very fresh and exactly what you'd think when "German beer" comes to mind: grassy Euro hops and clean grains.

The flavor is exceptionally clean, if a tad boring in the end. Grainy, lightly sweet malts, mild bitterness, and some herbal, grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light, soft and well-carbonated. Very good cold.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Maruhn GetrankeMarkt, a great beer store outside of Darmstadt. Crystal clear straw yellow pour with quickly fading two finger head and minimal lacing. Pretty typical, albeit subdued, German pils/helles nose although not as grassy as most with just a touch of metal. Very nicely balanced. Perfect combination of bitterness with just enough sweet malts. Very clean and crisp, and it has that subtle metallic tinge to it that I love. The drinkability is over the top. I often find these helles beers to be too sweet for my taste, but this was a really nice change. I actually prefer this to the draft versions I've had at fests.

Photo of AndrewNations
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from Notes. I had this beer at the brewery during Oktoberfest 2010. An amazing experience.

A - Perfectly clear and golden. Very little lacing and with a thin white head.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose. Slight sweet malt and yeast.

T - Nice and clean. This was such a subtle beer than any imperfections would be quite evident. Really fresh and finishes a bit sweet. This has really spoiled me as trying similar styles in the states aren't quite the same.

M - Perfect. The carbonation everywhere in Germany was perfect even from the kegs at Oktoberfest. Not to think or thick.

I really enjoyed this one. It really changed my perception of lagers.

Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living now in Northern Germany, the great Bayern beers I have come to love are hard to find, so when I saw this today, had to grab it.
Opens with a loud pop from the flip-top. Once decanted, pours a great light amber-tan sparkling apple cider color. Light, medium dense head rises up in the glass, medium high carbonation. Quite lovely looking.
Aromatics of sour apple, biscuit, mineral-high water, bread, musty-cellar like notes, honey, with a nice light citrus character added as well. Better than you average Helles note of sweet malt.
Flavor is light, crisp. Apple, tart pear, citrus, biscuit, sour wildflower honey, sauerampfer, peppper, malt. the finish is really superb. Crisp, carbonated and tingling, my palate is left tingling with peppery sharpness that set your palate perfectly for the next sip. Following a rather unspetacular DAB pilsner, it really shows the difference between a Pils and Helles.My vote is for the Helles. Cheers.

Photo of TheSarge
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has a high quality appearance. Crystal clear and golden body, with ample amounts of snow white head, which dissipates very quickly.

Smell wise, it's got a hint of lemon from the hops, and a grainy cereal aroma.

Taste wise, there is not much to this brew. There isn't much in the way of lemon that I detect in other helles lagers, but there is an herbal tobacco flavor here.

This brew is soft on the palate, and wetting as well. Moderately carbonated.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : yellow color, with a white foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty and hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfell : malty, with medium bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Munich Helles lager.

Photo of tempest
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L swing-top, flown back from Germany. Appears a clear amber-gold with a short white head.

Man, this is beer. I could down this by the liter. It's a perfect balance of light, nutty, biscuity malts with a dash of spicy hops. Very clean flavor and incredibly drinkable. It's a shame this beer, or style, isn't very common, or often this well made.

Photo of cichief
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had right from the barrel at Der Pshorr, next to the Viktuell's Markt in Munich.

A- Pours a deep gold, with a great white head.

S- Somewhat malty in the nose the hops are pretty well muted.

T- Soft, slightly fruity maltiness, clean but no strong bitterness.

M- Very smooth from the barrel, thin to medium body, little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable lager, this and Augustiner are the best Munich has to offer.

Photo of mltobin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served from a 12oz bottle. A beautiful golden color to this beer and a frothy white head. It smelled good with some spice to it. Upon sipping, I noticed a good amount of hops in the beer. They continued to linger in the after taste as well. I had a couple of these while eating a grilled chicken sandwich and the beers complemented the chicken very well. A very smooth beer with just the right amount of character to it.

Photo of ghostmech007
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Euro bottle poured into a pint.

Crystal clear. Brilliant gold with a pure white head. Head doesn't retain very well.

Raw grains with mellow fruits in the nose.

Very smooth and good on the tongue. Crisp carbonation gives way to a nice sweetness and light fruitiness. Slight metallic flavors and light esters. Ends very dry and husky.

Very good beer with a nice mouthful.

Photo of seanyfo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml swig top bottle poured into my 500ml Paulaner Seidel.

A - pale golden caramel colour. Creamy 3 finger white head sits atop but disappears quickly to leave a thin crown. Lacing is good.

S - Not a lot, lots of bread and malt, i also get a faint dry roasted peanut smell.

T- Not complex at all, a straight malty helles, touch of hop bite in the finish, but overall, very simple not overly strong bready malty flavour all the way through. This dry roasted peanut taste becomes stronger as the beer warms slightly

M - Medium carbonation, slightly watery.

D- Very simple up and down drinking helles, great in summer session at the biergarten, could drink all day without effort, but would like a little bit more character. Does the job and wouldnt pass on it

Photo of vanrassel
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a nice dark golden colour with a thin head that quickly dwindled to a ring. The hops smelled mostly grassy, with only a hint of spiciness. Bready malt made up a big part of aroma, reminding me more of an Oktoberfest.

The spicy hops re-emerged in the taste, but malt still ran the show with bread and grains dominating my palate. The carbonation was a little low and the feel a bit thin and watery. I wanted to like this beer more, but in the end felt like it lacked that little something extra that separates memorable beers from the rest.

Photo of tfinn
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5L bottle brought back to the states from a trip to munich. production date code 26954 which translates to day 269 of 2005, some time in late september, so this is a nice young sample.

pours brilliant strong yellow, not quite gold. finely-bubbled white head. carbonation is light -- I have to knock a little since I feel it should be a little more vigorous for the style, and lack of high carbonation doesn't support the head.

initial scents of DMS which burn off after a little bit, (to be expected I suppose,) replaced with light malt, faintly of hay / flowers. no detectable hop aromas.

taste is light malt, with slight mineral/hops in back to give a very crisp clean finish. makes you want to drink more. a bit of a grainy malt tail on it, which is an essential element of the style.

mouthfeel is full for such a light beer, with initial pinpricks of carbonation giving way to smooth malt, hop, and then reappearing malt. it's not complicated, but it does take your mouth on a fun little trip with every sip.

immensely drinkable, and would go well with a giant brezel. no wonder this stuff sells by the liter in the beer gardens.

Photo of mobyfann
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid .60EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 24.07.2005

The beer pours a crystal clear golden base, medium white head, head retention of about 15 minutes and lacing fades with the head. I didn't get much out of the aroma of the beer, a touch of malt and hops if that.

The taste is refrehsing, key note on a nice aftertaste, a little more carbonation that most helles. Palette likes it, it's never heavy. Definitely a worthy session beer, good mild and fresh tasting beer.

Final Thought: This is a real nice helles which is hard to make right sometimes, this one is in the top quartile in my book.

Photo of rdrummer
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very representative German lager in my opinion. It pours a nice clear golden color with a thin, pure white head. There is very little lacing. The aroma is one of grain and yeast with a hint of alcohol and malt. It has a nice lager flavor but stronger than most lagers brewed in the US. It has that distinctive German lager flavor that is very recognizable, and which I can only attribute to the German barley and malts. This has a lot of body for a lager and is crisp and clean. It is also very smooth with no real bite and goes down very easily and much too quickly.

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86 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.