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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:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2001)
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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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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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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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cichief

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had right from the barrel at Der Pshorr, next to the Viktuell's Markt in Munich.

A- Pours a deep gold, with a great white head.

S- Somewhat malty in the nose the hops are pretty well muted.

T- Soft, slightly fruity maltiness, clean but no strong bitterness.

M- Very smooth from the barrel, thin to medium body, little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable lager, this and Augustiner are the best Munich has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 15:39:09 | More by cichief
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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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ghostmech007

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 01:13:26 | More by ghostmech007
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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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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2006 04:07:48 | More by vanrassel
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tfinn

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 23:10:54 | More by tfinn
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mobyfann

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2005 18:10:37 | More by mobyfann
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rdrummer

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2004 22:38:05 | More by rdrummer
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pheurton

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2004 17:08:05 | More by pheurton
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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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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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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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Quaffer

Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 20:01:17 | More by Quaffer
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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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AtrumAnimus

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 11:39:27 | More by AtrumAnimus
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reverand

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2002 11:15:09 | More by Reverand
Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.