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Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mitchster on 05-06-2003

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Photo of scriabin
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bit on the thin side, with a flaxen appearance. The head is on the thin side, although the smell is quite nice and sweet. The flavor is a bit on the bitter side, with strong floral overtones. A decent, enjoyable beer which would be a great companion to a warm summer night.

Photo of Boto
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one poured a slightly pale, golden color. It was crystal-clear. There was a large white head to it, but when I turned around, it was gone. The aroma is a bit thin, but pleasant. There are some floral notes and some sweetness to it. The taste is pleasant also. This is a nice Helles.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a large foamy head. Bubbles continue to rise for several minutes. Pleasant citrus aroma. Crisp malty flavor with spicy hops. Thin to medium mouthfeel. High level of carbonation. A tasty, crisp lager that’s easy drinking, yet avoids being boring. A good choice if you want a refreshing beer.

Photo of rousee
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When you get right down to it, this is one of my favorite beers. I love the classic light colored style and taste but it is plenty malty with a nice fresh salty mouthfeel too. The yeast, malt, and hops are all beautifully married in here and it is just so smooth and drinkable --whats not to like ?

A-is a quick 5mm head and clears quickly.
S-nice herbal, corn,hay,yeast,malt mix.
T-to me, this is what beer is supposed to taste like. Period. It is even better off a freshly tapped keg.
MF-its got a nice mf'in mouthfeel. Smooth,dry, and foamy with a slight salt background.
D-hell yeah. these are consumable in large quantities

Photo of Hibernator
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served it into a pint glass. There was a freshness date (I think) of 03.05 labeled on the right corner.

Golden color with tiny carbination bubbles present. Minimal head with no lacings.

This is a very clean brew....nice balance of malt and hops. Grassy and sweet up front with just the slightest bitter hop finish. Honey-like sweetness at times. Good drinkability level. This could be a great session beer if you enjoy German Lagers.

Photo of inebrius
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is that St. Pauli girl's sister on the label?

Almost like eating fat frosted liquid sugar cookies made with olive oil instead of butter and flecked with tiny bits of fresh oregano while sitting across the room from a gas fire below an iron plate of roasting hazelnuts. But different.

Photo of John
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle freshness dated 11/04. Poured like liquid gold into a 14oz. pilsner glass where it would rest only momentarily. Two finger off-white head. Smells like a loaf of fresh bread, maybe a light rye and grassy hops. The first taste displays the delicate toasted malt that lends a subtle, light honey-like sweetness, hops are brisk, peppery and spicy. Some lemon hop notes are underlying. This is incredibly fresh. The texture is creamy smooth and somehow shifts to crisp and thirst quenching. I was impressed with this brew. I appreciated its simplicity and its outstanding drinkability. I will buy this again.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The departs the 355ml brown bottle and takes up residence in my glass a crystal clear gold color with a massive bright white head and lots of fine lace, which desiccates 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”

Photo of claytri
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured a beautiful clear golden with a nice white head the dissipated quickly. The aroma is pretty straight forward malt/beer smell, no promises and no warnings. The taste is sharp and hoppy with a malty undertone. The malt does break out at times and give a range of sweet flavors in the finish. To me the taste is better with food as this beer is quite clarifying. The feel is pretty much a nice moderately dry and light beer. Definately a well made beer, but not one that would attract me to come back too often.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Beer Bistro summer beer tasting. Wheaty, light sweet taste and thin even watery mouthfeel. Grass, floral, and light farm fruit aromas. Easy simple tasting summer beer Active carbonation, bit of bitter aftertaste.
Had 3 years later in a bottle and impressions were a bit better, where moderate bitterness comes through and creamy.

Photo of DrJay
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden colour. Bright white head that didn't last long and produced no lace. Light, spicy nose with just a hint of malt. Bitterness and malt sweetness are well balanced, resulting in a crisp, clean finish complemented by a light sourness. Fairly light body without being watery. Not bad, and definitely something I'd try again.

Photo of Hunter
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really don't drink enough pilsners, and my tall glassware was getting a bit peeved so I picked this one up.

The beer has a pale gold color to it that seems to glow where American pilsners seem blanched. Beautifully dense white head that poured three fingers thick and took its time departing. Thin threads of bubbles from the base to the head. Nice presentation.

Nose of malt, light kiss of bitter hops in the aroma. Its beauty lies in its simplicity.

German pilsners are so different than what Yanks are used to. There's no overwhelming hit of corn in the taste here. A slight burn from the bubbles, a mellow and lovely deliverance of that malt and hop promise in the nose, and then...nothing. Leaves the tastebuds clean (practically scoured). This would be a lovely way to cleanse the palate between cheese tastings, but dangerous as I could see myself unthinkingly downing 4 or 5 all in a rush. I would be less inclined to reach for the English ales and darker brews if more pilsners were this fine.

Photo of putnam
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great top of sticky, white, frothy froth over honey yellow juice.
Aromas are of clipped spring grass, cracked wheat, maraschino cherries, toasted bagels and super-bright apple blossoms.
On the palate it is light-bodied, dry and razor sharp with flavors of wilted greens, sourdough, green apples and chalk.
Not as impressive as HB Original. Next up: Paulaner Munich Original Premium Lager.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hacker-Pschorr: another legendary München brewery, another quality helles lager. While beers in the style are usually very simple golden colored lagers, they make up for it by being very refreshing and drinkable, and this one is certainly no exception.

Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell pours a cristal clear yellowish/gold color with a 1 finger head that disappears in about 45 seconds and leaves minimal lace once the head thins out. The aroma was the only real disappointing aspect of the brew as it was quite bland and neutral. Some light malts and a light sulfuric hint was all that I detected in the nose. These were typical helles aromas, but for some reason I expected more. The beer feels very smooth going across the palette and is moderately carbonated. As mentioned, the brew is simple in flavor but still quite tasty. The light malts are very pleasing and carry some light sweetness with them along with a very nice bready/biscuity presence. The hop presence isn't spectacular but decent, with some spicy/citric presence and a decent drying effect in the finish. The aftertaste is clean with a mildly lingering dryness and no alcoholic warmth in the conclusion.

This is one of the best beers of the Münchner Helles style that I've had. Not in the least bit "complex" but a good quencher and the malt flavors there are very enjoyable. A nicely balanced brew altogether.

Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a clumpy white head, producing considerable lace. The liquid is completely clear, with ever-present bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Perfumy, floral hop aroma: soft and flowery sweetness. Taste is a mix of soft, mildly sweet pilsner maltiness and a grainy, vegetable-like earthiness. Finish is clean and moderately hoppy. Light bodied, soft, and extremely drinkable. There’s nothing extraordinary or remarkable about this beer…it is, however, a solidly quaffable, refreshing brew.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a lot of carbonation.

Smells of a big grain and mild malt. Mild fruity and spiciness is present.

Tastes bready and slightly sweet. Nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very drinkable without being bland. Not the best but a very solid beer.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with very attractive label. Pours a clear, yellow/gold with a nice medium sized white head. Leaves patchy sheets of white lace down the pils glass. Sweet pale malt aroma with a big dose of bittering, grassy, herbal hops. Crisp, clean, and well carbonated in the mouth. Taste is mildly sweet from the light malts, but is well balanced by the bittering hops. The hops profile is a highlight here, wavering constantly between citrus and floral, but always staying clean and easy on the palate. Finishes with a dryness that is slightly bitter, but is fruity in a strange, nonsweet way. I could drink these all afternoon. A very refreshing Bavarian lager here that hits all the right notes for the style.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold color, with a creamy white head. Smells of grass, fruit, but nothing very strong. Has a sharp, dry taste that leaves you with a very smooth hop finish. A good beer, probably even better in the warm months, not in 0 degree weather, in January, in Minnesota.

Photo of beergeek279
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a hefe glass. The color is golden, with a foamy white head. The smell is a sweet light malt. The taste is a nice sweet lighter malt, with just a bit of a more mellow hop in the taste. Mouthfeel is average. As for drinkability, could have a few.

Not a bad light lager at all; in fact, I'm genuinely enjoying this one. Definitely one that I would have again.

Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a srwaw color with a pretty light but well retained head,aroma is slightly skunked I mak have an older bottle.Taste is light and mineral-like with a nice soft malt backbone very light bittering in the finish.A very light refreshing beer to drink on a nice summer day or when wanting to drink something on the lighter side.

Photo of marc77
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pellucid auric hue. Steadfast, pitted porcelain white head leaves lace. Waft of herbal hops with a grassy twang contrasted by subtle hints of bready pilsner malt and sulfur in aroma. Tame, but not quite immaculate aromawise. Brusque, gentle snap of doughy malt initially in flavor yields to a transient carbonic acid bite. Softens mid palate, with a combination of underbaked cracker and herbaceous sweetness in the forefront. Well attenuated and prickly upfront, but mellows into a lanky, but passably dextrinous mouthfeel. Hints of vegetal, yeast derived DMS surface late, due to lack of noteable malt character. Finishes abrupt, with quickly fleeting simple notes of maltose and trace Vienna malt. Quite a refreshing brew, but certainly not outstanding. Innocuous and quaffable.

Photo of waughbrew
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I was interested to try this Munich Edelhell ALE. hmmm. (if you look at the bottle, they hide the word "ale" in white next to the UPC)

Yellow-gold, big head but a little sudsy-looking with those big bubbles. Not too much retention.

Smells like decent-quality pils malt went into this brew, no corn or anything like that. The pleasant amount of sulfur aroma must come from a lagering of this ale. Light hopping.

Taste is very smooth and clean. Light sulfur, faint strawberry esters, a little hop bite but lingering malt sweetness.
Very thin mouthfeel with a little butteriness to it.

A pretty good beer meant to be quaffed in large quantities.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw golden hue with a nice frothing bright white head lacing is thin but spread evenly. Aroma: Grainy, slightly bready with a lemongrass citrus nose to it and a nice European hop profile comes through nicely. Taste: Finishes very clean with there is a balance of hop bitterness and grainy sweetness but overall cleans the palate, a great bier to drink by the liter in my opinion. Helles does mean light but this bier has much more flavor than any American "light/lite" beer, Ein Prosit to that eh? Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, but overall decent carbonation pretty thin though not as much texture as the Paulaner original Munich formula. Drinkability: Nice grass cutting brew, compelements many summer outdoor activities or if not in the mood for a big beer a nice change of pace in my opinion.

Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shining clarity within the pale golden brew, paler than I thought it was going to be. A healthy mark of froth sticks around.

A good amount of clean graininess and spicy hop in the aroma.

The malt and hop flavours seem to have melded well, the malt seems a bit lacking in depth but the hops try to make up for it with some spicy flavour.

A decent lager, clean and fresh but nothing spectacular.

Photo of beerguy101
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Med gold color. Large head. Aroma is malty with a touch of floral hoppyness. A medium bodied helles. Malts are mild, nutty and a touch sweet. Mild hops are slightly spicy. Well balanced. Light and refreshing. Malt taste us very full and smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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