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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

88 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of bsopko
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

bsopko, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Globetrotter
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

Globetrotter, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -21.1%

rsant, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of jonb5
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

jonb5, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of HookemHoos
3/5  rDev -21.1%

HookemHoos, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of mjtierney2
3/5  rDev -21.1%

mjtierney2, May 15, 2013
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%

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.

Ciocanelu, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of RuudJH
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

RuudJH, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of innominat
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

innominat, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of Tarks
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Tarks, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

ThinkAgain, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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+

kojevergas, May 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

clarknova, May 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

CoryR, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

TheSarge, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of ZachH
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ZachH, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

vpaul879, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

Pegasus, Feb 22, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

jmtpi, Aug 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Derek, Jul 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

nodder, Nov 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

BeerBuilder, Dec 26, 2002
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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

marburg, Jun 30, 2003
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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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