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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BA SCORE
86
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 7
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2001)
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -47.5%

09-29-2012 18:59:58 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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bsopko

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

03-01-2013 20:38:41 | More by bsopko
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2003 19:43:04 | More by Globetrotter
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rsant

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-02-2012 20:57:09 | More by rsant
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jonb5

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 12:44:59 | More by jonb5
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mjtierney2

Germany

3/5  rDev -21.3%

05-15-2013 20:07:36 | More by mjtierney2
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Ciocanelu

Romania

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 19:36:18 | More by Ciocanelu
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RuudJH

Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 11:44:25 | More by RuudJH
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innominat

Ireland

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

10-01-2013 19:28:30 | More by innominat
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Tarks

Manitoba (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

01-26-2013 00:49:50 | More by Tarks
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

04-03-2012 04:36:38 | More by ThinkAgain
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kojevergas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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+

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2014 09:25:41 | More by kojevergas
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clarknova

Germany

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

05-30-2013 16:09:19 | More by clarknova
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CoryR

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-31-2013 04:09:01 | More by CoryR
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 12:44:34 | More by TheSarge
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ZachH


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

05-14-2012 23:18:10 | More by ZachH
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vpaul879

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

09-28-2013 16:25:27 | More by vpaul879
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Pegasus

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 11:48:42 | More by Pegasus
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-27-2014 22:44:05 | More by Derek
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nodder

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

11-21-2013 17:48:12 | More by nodder
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-13-2014 01:35:20 | More by KAF
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear golden/straw color. Has a white head with large bubbles of carbonation, and a slight lace-work while sipped down. The aroma is of bread and grains with a slight sweet malt smell. The flavor is slightly sweet as well, with a bready, grainy flavor. It flows to a bit of a dry bitterness. It is a light-medium bodied beer with a semi-sweet finish. Overall, it is an easy drinking and smooth beer, with multiple flavor characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 09:18:35 | More by BeerBuilder
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marburg

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very attractive pale straw color that highlights the carbonation and the surprisingly solid white head. Musty, bready, veggie aromas -- not really great or appealing to me. Almost smells like any other pale lager, really. Surprisingly full for a lager like this -- medium-bodied. It worked well as a post-beach brew on a 95 degree Delaware day.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2003 14:32:16 | More by marburg
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BitteBier

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A perfectly clear straw-colored pour with a finger's worth of bubbly white head that disappears quickly to minimal lacing. Smell is somewhat weak and decidedly uninspired, dominated by grains (but thankfully without skunkiness). Taste is also rather uninspired, though certainly not bad. Exceedingly smooth, malty taste with a sweet, bready finish. Mouthfeel is fine, and drinkability is quite good. This beer goes down smooth, but I'll trade quantity for quality any day, and that is where this one falls short.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2003 14:00:36 | More by BitteBier
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kbub6f

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a week in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

The big, dense white head settles with little explosions leaving thick lacing. The beer is clear, clear yellow/gold.

The aroma has a little lagerschkoonk, but I mean that in a good way. Notes of pet store.

The front is sweet and light. The middle is very light, with a slightly watery feel, but it gets more buttery as it warms. The finish is dry, and slightly metallic at cooler temps. Overall, this is a decent light beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 18:57:17 | More by kbub6f
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