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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BA SCORE
86
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | 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 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 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 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 KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Derek
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 vfgccp
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of RBorsato
4.85/5  rDev +27%
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 pathman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cdwil
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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 mltobin
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Mitchster
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear straw-golden brew forms a rocky white head atop medium sized bubbles. Head thins quickly but leaves a nice layer of "colonies" on top with delicate lace at the edges. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is of freshly cut grass, delicate malts, white wine, and just an inkling of alcohol (Similar to a Steinlager or Harp). Mouthfeel is crisp and bright. Starts with a delicate german noble hop spiciness, and fades into a mild sweet malt background, ending with an extremely clean and crisp sweetness and a fizzy bittering hop. Extremely well done lager, and very drinkable. No skunkiness, or any other off flavors appreciated (even upon warming).

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 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 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 thierrynantes
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 CoryR
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of crossovert
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Globetrotter
3/5  rDev -21.5%
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 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 CwrwAmByth
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 TheSarge
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.