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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BA SCORE
86
very good

78 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%


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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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 23:16:51 | More by tempest
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2002 07:30:34 | More by Jason
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Gusler

Arizona

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 15:21:01 | More by Gusler
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2003 11:20:47 | More by Mitchster
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2002 14:07:27 | More by ADR
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 12:09:25 | More by RBorsato
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thierrynantes

France

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 13:33:53 | More by thierrynantes
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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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crossovert

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 13:03:34 | More by crossovert
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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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marc77

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 07:10:06 | More by marc77
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TheSarge

Illinois

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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Todd

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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dasenebler

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 17:15:31 | More by dasenebler
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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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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2002 14:27:31 | More by IrishRedRock
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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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mltobin

Connecticut

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 23:29:00 | More by mltobin
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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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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 22:14:35 | More by seanyfo
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

after a long time of slammin bottles, we decided it was time for a keg of this beautiful lager. then.... a piece of heaven floated onto my friends deck as we put down pitchers of this excellent brew all night long. there is another keg awaiting, and i cannot wait until then. out of the keg, this beer is unbelievably smooth and delicious. word to the wise, when you find a great beer, get it in a keg. then you will have lived a happy life.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2002 13:33:07 | More by ElGuapo
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 16:22:49 | More by beerdrifter
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 17:15:11 | More by CwrwAmByth
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 15:52:39 | More by czfreeman
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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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