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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner HellHacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell

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48 Reviews

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 111
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 19.27%
Wants: 15
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2001

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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 111
Photo of ghostmech007
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Euro bottle poured into a pint.

Crystal clear. Brilliant gold with a pure white head. Head doesn't retain very well.

Raw grains with mellow fruits in the nose.

Very smooth and good on the tongue. Crisp carbonation gives way to a nice sweetness and light fruitiness. Slight metallic flavors and light esters. Ends very dry and husky.

Very good beer with a nice mouthful.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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

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Photo of vanrassel
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of tfinn
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of pheurton
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear golden topped with a fat white head that is retained rather well. clean munich malt aroma, with hints of light esters and european hops. crisply carbonated and refreshing, while retaining a sturdy medium body. clean and lightly sweet toasted grain flavor, balanced by an earthy noble hopiness. tastes slightly more fruity as it warms up, but this is pretty subtle. nice clean lager that is refreshing and easy to drink, yet still retains ample flavor. great summer beer.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of marburg
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.84/5  rDev +26%
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.)

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Photo of Quaffer
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a pale yellow beer with a big, frothy white head. It settled down nice and slow, leaving a moderate amount of lace on the glass. There were some thin patches of head that lingered for the entire drink. Not a lot of bead in this lager.

Smell: The overriding aroma that I could smell was hominy, as is corn. Of course, there is no corn in this brew due to those crafty Germans and their purity laws. But the smell was very strong. There were milder aromas of flowers and skunk.

Mouthfeel: Suprisingly smooth and medium-bodied. An absolute shock coming from a lager with this appearance.

Taste: There were mild flavors of straw, grass, and grains. Pretty much anything that you could find growing in a field. A nice mild bitterness balanced out these flavors. There was a sweetness on the finish.

Mom always said not to judge a book by its cover. Never has this rang true so much for me (at least in the beer world) as it did with this brew. It had a nice, delicate flavor and a great smooth, medium-bodied feel. Not at all what I expected from the appearance and the smell.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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).

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Photo of BitteBier
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Reverand
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of hyuga
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of DarthMalt
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

She's a pretty gal, this Edelhell! She puts on a grainy exterior at first, but, after a little foamy flirtation, she's all woman!

A fabulously intricate and delicate lattice-work of malt, hops, and alcohol, with no component betraying another. Perhaps the most well-balanced beer I have ever eaten.

To quote Charlie Papazian, "This is the stuff of liters and liters."


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Photo of marc77
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of brakspear
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice crystal clear pale gold color out of the bottle with slow tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Thin white head that rapidly disappears. Very little hop aroma with light malt nose.
Taste is light and refreshing with slight and smooth hop bitterness ending with mild malt finish. Body and mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Drinkability is exceptional; somehow the sum of this beer is greater than its parts.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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.

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