Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BA SCORE
86
very good

105 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 11
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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Photo of Todd
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz light brown European bottle. Freshness date clearly marked (lower front label). I like this label as it has a beer maiden holding 3 huge mugs of beer with the other hand on her hip. Oh yeah, that's cool.

Appearance: Clear, bright golden/yellow with a pure white creamy foam head. It slightly clings to the glass as it rests to a delicate foam lace.

Smell: Sweet and raw grains with mellow fruits in the aroma.

Taste: Very smooth and even feeling on the palate, medium-bodied. The tight carbonation creates a creamy wave that breaks out to a raw tea-like broth with a balancing sweetness and light fruitiness. Grain, some musty tones, metallic flavours, light esters and a subdued citrus-like hop flavour, that snaps and dries the palate, follows -- making for a very fresh tasting, interesting, crisp and refreshing beer. Ends with some grain on the palate, rather dry and husky.

Notes: Another winner from Hacker-Pschorr in my opinion. This beer has a lot of mouthfeel and flavour for a deceptively light in appearance brew.

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

A stocky lager with a hefty pale maltiness that may lack a bit in character but lays down a solid clean flavour throughout. Hint of alcohol after a few sips, bitterness is more than enough to counter the maltiness with a flowery herbal flavour. Highly drinkable though a bit potent as well.

Photo of ADR
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Clear, attractive color, mercifully subdued carbonation, long mouthfeel, almost medium-bodied, not a bright beer in malt taste, one with a long grainy taste thats slightly strange, maybe a little clovey...I'm not always in the mood, but this tastes good...not a quencher, though...

Photo of Reverand
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden yellow color with a tiny whisp white head. Medium body with good hop balance. A citric aftertaste that quickly goes dry. Certainly a crisp and refreashing drink.

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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of hyuga
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear light golden color and a ghost white head. Retention isn't too bad. Nice aroma of sweet and sour fruity malt, with a little hop presence. Grainy malt flavor rules this brew, but hops aren't far behind, with a slight citrus character. Sweet and lightly fruity. Grain character dominates all around the palate, and stays in the aftertaste as well. Satisfying, refreshing, great-tasting, and drinkable in that characteristic German way. One of those beers that begs to be consumed in generous amounts.

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 Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold color, massive bright white head and oodles of fine lace, which desiccate to sticky clumps upon the glass. Nose is malt, fresh, clean and crisp. Front is mostly malt and somewhat sweet, the top is reedy, the finish bitingly acidic, pleasantly hopped, with a dry somewhat bitter aftertaste. Quite quaffable, and one of the handful of “Lagers/Pils”, I can call “Delectable”. Ranks #672 on my current 1000 beer master list.

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very golden with a foamy white head that is thick and long lived. The nose is a pleasant hop with a strong malt undertone that is refreshing and inviting. The flavor is a nice dry beer with a hoppy flavor that is complex and unique. The aftertaste is mild and fading with a minimal to almost non-existent hop ghost.

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 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 Globetrotter
3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this at a German restaurant in Moscow. It reminded me of previous experiences with this brew while in Munich. This was never my favorite.

Came out with a three finger white contoured head over clear gold. Has a classic Helles mild malty nose wiht just a hint of metal and soap. The mouth is very (too) prickly and light. The taste is fresh and crisp, but lacks soul, as there is not a whole lot of maltiness or hoppiness or wheatiness or anything else. The finish brings out a bit of the hops, but by then it is too late. There's a certain sweetness here that does not go over well. Overall, this beer is quite unremarkable.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear medium golden color with a small white head and a few small bubbles rising lazily to the surface; fairly good lace. Spicy herbal aroma that carries a fairly sturdy malt note as well. Taste begins with a well-rounded sweet maltiness, this gives way to a tart finish with lots of spicy herbal hoppiness. Finish is dry with a lingering mild bitterness. Not great, in my opinion, but shares the quality and craftsmanship that defines German brewing.

Photo of marc77
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Crystal - clear light - golden hue, topped by a thin but well - retained head. Sweet, grainy malt notes dominate the aroma, but a subtle herbal hop nose is discernible as well. The flavor profile is comprised of light hop bitterness and non - descript malt sweetness. Lightly bodied, w/ a slightly watery mouthfeel, but drinkability remains quite good. The finish is mildly bitter and clean. Although a decent helles, it seemed to lack a bit of malt backbone. I could easily drink several of these, however.

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 RBorsato
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden color with a nice white head and moderate carbonation that leaves sporadic lace. Big grainy malt aroma and grainy malt flavor that is slightly sweet. Light-medium bodied and smooth. A very tasty and refreshing Helles !

Style: Muenchner Helles.

Date on Label: 04.03 (assuming drink by April '03 ?)
Tasted: 04/18/03

($1.99 / 12 oz.)

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

My buds and I love this out of the bottle, so we ordered a keg of it from our local distributor ($$$$$$$). Unbelievably smooth from the tap, and excellent from the bottle as well. One of the best beers out there. I am going to go have one now. Ohhhhh mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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+

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.