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Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 6
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 Voonder
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden yellow, very clear with nice one finger white head. Smell - honey hits the nose first, then sweet grassy malts come into play. Taste - very clean, a bit too sweet, but still refreshing with bitter finish. Crisp, very light. Very drinkable. Good beer that I'd drink on a regular basis.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 3x 12oz bottles into a 1L stein.

Appearance: Poured a nice orangy yellow hazy foggy color that produced a minor 2 finger head for 3 agressive pours into the stein.

Smell: Beautiful fresh hops comming through with very clear fruitiness and citrus comming through with wheaty aromas on the back end. Nice, light and refreshing smells.

Taste: First off, perfect carbonation on this beer. Nice refreshing citrus and cereal flavors. Slight bitterness comes through after the mild sweetness as an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: perfect carbonation/ Nice light mouthfeel packed but its packed with delicious flavors.

Drinkability: I'd definately have this again. Its got some nice qualities I look for in a wheaty beer.It can be a session beer for sure and its going to be visiting my fridge more often

Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very clear bright gold color with a moderate lasting sudsy white head.

S: a light herbal hopping, some lemons, and a light grassiness. The aroma was very light.

T: The initial flavor was light fresh cereal grains with a grassy hopping and light malt sweetness sneaking through in the middle. The beer finishes with a light herbal lemon hopping and the flavor ends very cleanly and abruptly.

M: very light with a slight carbonation detection with light grains.

D: A modestly light palate with an ok lemon herbal hopping and drinks well for its style. Clean on the flavor and finish.

Photo of AltBock
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle that has a sweet drawing of busty blonde German beer waitress holding 3 of those 1 liter mugs of beer. The back label has all the usual US information. A produced on date can be found on the front label in the lower right hand corner.

When poured into a German mug, this Hacker-Pschorr beer is a bright golden lemon yellow with a minimal head of white foam. This head of foam just had OK retention that left behind a handful of white foamy rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind.

The aroma was lightly fruity with a stick of butter and a faint whiff of toasted grains. How did butter ever get into the aroma? I don't know and I don't want to know why.

The taste was light, crispy, and surprisengly fruity with a hint of bitter floral hops, toasted grains, and a subtle splash of yeast at the finish. I'm just glad that no butter showed up in the taste like in did in the aroma.

The mouthfeel was of course on the light side, but the aftertaste was far too faint with toasted grains, a speck of bitter hops, and a few juicy fruits hiding in the back.

Yeah it could be used a German session beer for somebody, but not me. For me, one is more than enough for me. It was nothing more than a close to be being average German Lager. I'm sure it would taste much better on-tap at Oktoberfest in Munich.

Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and Munich malt scent. It's sweet with some breadlike aroma. There is some fruitiness as well as a light German hop presence. The taste is good. This is a fantastic Helles. It's smooth with an excellent malt flavor. It goes down easy with a nice Munich malt sweetness and finishes clean with a dry German hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good lager. It's pale, yet flavorful. It has just the right amount of balance to it.

Photo of Graham5161986
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a bright gold with a 1 1/2 finger white head. there is a bit of visible floating sediment. Head retention is decent and it leaves a pretty good lace.

S: strong grassy hops, sweet malts and a touch of minerals

T: grassy hops, minerals, a touch of honey sweetness, bit of a metallic finish

M: light and a tad watery, highly carbonated and a crisp finish

D: This beer is quite easy to drink, it's light bodied and crisp with some decent flavour as well. There are far better lagers out there but I still find this one to be a refreshing beer to throw back. Indeed, it would make a good Oktoberfest beer

Photo of relapse
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks amber with respectable head retention. Think I smell some noble hops too- enough to give it a slightly skunky smell (and flavour). But it comes across more as spiciness rather than spoilage.

My experience with the style and the region is limited, but if I could find a bunch of German beers at my local shop I would gladly sample them all first. A good intro to German beers if your shop is lacking in selection, it exemplifies the pride Hacker Pschorr takes in their brewing even when it's a less complex recipe.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle.

A - Crystal clear golden color with a decent head that settles quickly but is retained in a thin layer well enough

S - sweet honey-like malt aroma, very faint trace noble hop accent

T - crisp, clean light malty flavor, no hops perceptible, but definitely present for balance

M - light to medium body, moderate carbonation

D - nice light session beer, this would be a fantastic 'gateway' beer if it weren't for the price associated, very enjoyable

Photo of berserker256
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light gold in color with a moderate white head. Doesn't appear to be anything special. But the smell smells like a good rich German lager. Malty and semi sweet. No skunky smell like you can detect in some of those green bottle light-polluted beers like Beck's or St. Pauli girl. This one has a brown bottle. It tastes the same way it smells. Perfect carbonation. This is a good quality example of what a German lager should be.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Textbook amber with pale lemonade trim. The rich ivory cap is tight-bubbled and should last a while as a result. In fact, it lasts so long that I'm getting impatient waiting for lace to show up. Eventually, a thick, jagged collar graces the glass.

There's nothing overly special about the nose. The beer smells like grain and German hops; par for the style course. I'm hoping for something a little more dynamic on the taste buds.

Edelhell is a decent enough version of a style that oftentimes has difficulty impressing (me at least). I like the balance between minimally toasted, biscuity malt and grassy-herbal hops, but it doesn't add up to anything that begs to be consumed in rapid fashion. A moderate, lingering sweetness on the back end keeps it from being crisp and clean.

The mouthfeel stays with the 'better than average, yet nowhere near excellent' theme. It's roughly medium for the style, perhaps a fraction more full, with carbonation that could stand to be more perky.

Prior to briefly scanning the reviews of the three that I've had so far, I had forgotten just how good Hacker-Pschorr beer is. Edelhell is the first one that hasn't impressed me on some level. Oh well, I don't see it around much anyway.

Photo of JustinBathurst
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw gold, with a big, white sudsy head that leaves a slight lace for most of the beer.

The aroma is very much about celery and cut hay, with some grain notes on the side.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with medium carbonation, but comes across a bit watered-down.

The taste is very grainy, with an ever-so-slight bitter finish and tangy aftertaste. A bit too acidic.

This beer is nothing special, and that's too bad. Compared to their Hefe, this is extremely disappointing.

Photo of hero27
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
5.5% abv

Golden yellow color, thin white head.
Light bodied, tastes bready with some nice use of European hops..Slightly grassy..some light use of spices as well. Carbonation is pretty well done..carries the subtle flavors well and finishes very crisp. A light, drinkable German lager.

Photo of steveh
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again, reviewing this beer to style based on a crossover of BA & BJCP style characters.

The H-P Helles is difficult to find in my area, most often being overshadowed by the H-P Weizen, so when I found a six pack in a local grocery, I though I'd revisit the classic.

A - Very clear, gold color with a white head that settles quick, but revives well.

S - Pretty light in the aroma category, a good swirl brings out some grassy hops and light biscuit malt - nothing spectacular.

T - Pretty light in this category too; good toasty maltiness, if a bit faint. Hop finish with a bit of an acidic quality; nothing offensive, but somewhat harsh to style.

M - Not quite as soft as other Bavarian (or even Bavarian style) lagers on the shelf, a little sharp, but again - not offensive.

D - While some of the off-characteristics are a little distracting, this is still a good drinker and thirst quencher; subtle and refreshing without hitting you on the head to get your attention.

Photo of jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with plenty of clarity. The head soon thins to a lasting patch.

The smell is of mild, sweet grain. Clean for sure.

The taste is also clean. Some sweet graininess with a touch of Continental-type hop bitterness. Slightly salty. Crisp finish. Rather bland, but inoffensive.

The body is light with some residual sweetness carrying through on the palate.

Overall, this is a clean, inoffensive thirst-quencher. Bland and pedestrian, but easily drinkable and suffices as a "no-brainer" session brew.

Photo of Atlas1
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

According to BA, the Munich Helles Lager was the German answer to the clean and refreshing Pilsners coming out of the Czech Republic back in the day, to keep their local drinkers from switching teams and drinking too much of that import stuff. Not terribly familiar with the Helles Lager style, I keep this in mind as I approach the Edelhell.

Pours a bright golden straw color, with a big bubbly head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lace. The aroma is malty, with a strange popcorn scent to it. Maybe some light fruit off in the distance, but otherwise a rather underwhelming aroma. The Edelhell tastes malty too, with a stronger fruit presence here (pear, starfruit, light banana), mixed in with a field of lightly aromatic wildflowers (that is to say, it's a mildly floral tasting beer). But I also get a buttery popcorn flavor here too, which is very interesting. I will have to try others from the style to see if this is common. Mouthfeel is smooth and, at time, creamy, but a slick finish that includes some hoppy bitterness. A strangely drinkable beer.

Admittedly, I wasn't sold on the first bottle of this that I tried. But it grew on me and now I find it rather refreshing. Still, I think I prefer the Vienna style of lagers to this Munich helles style.

Photo of albern
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lightish yellow, or what some call straw color. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but there is some residuals on the side of the glass and minimal lacing. The smell is the low mark and it reminded me too much that I was in for a really crappy American macro. The taste, thankfully, is better than the smell. It is a light, fairly carbonated, lager, with some breadiness, some wheatiness, and spriteliness. There is a little bite at the end that tastes like some yeast popping through. Not much hop to this beer. Very refreshing, drinkable, light, with a smooth mouthfeel. You can't go wrong, but it isn't a brilliant beer by any stretch. L'Chaim.

Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice fluffy white head that dissipated into a small cap, leaving not much lacing. The smell is rather faint, some light grain and hop. The taste is light, light hop, light grain, light malt, doesn't have a pronounced helles taste. The feel is light and well carbonated, very slightly bitter in aftertaste. An average helles but still a fine beer and very drinkable, great for wanting to down a few.

Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfronty bready grain with a smattering of noble hop.

The taste was also upfront bready with a light balancing hop. Some astringent bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with an overly dry finish.

Overall a tasty lager. However, the astringency detracts from the drinkablilty,

Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden,with a thin white head. Not much retention,but decent lacing. Lots of bubbles.Smell is of malt, and bread. Body is light and carbionated. Taste is crisp,with bready malts up front,and a spicy bit of hops in the finish. Not bad at all.

Photo of meadhead
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very Light-
Pils malt
{almost Oat hint}
with just a faint touch of
skunkish hops

A subtle
refreshing easy
drinking Munich lager

Pours a clear light yellow
with a nice lace and a small head

Smell is mild of malt
and oatish with a little skunky bread

Taste is good for this beer
sometimes a bit too mild
almost masked by the
yet it is smooth
for its style

Mouthfeel is crisp
with a medium carbonation

drinkability is easy
Gulps without any reservation

Photo of soulgrowl
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light blondish yellow. Tall, smooth meringuey white head with good retention. Fleets of big bubbles.

Smell: Sweet light German pilsenery malts. Coins. Far-off leafy hops.

Taste: Light and extremely mild with a very dry finish and moderate spicy zip from the hops. A well-balanced and exceedingly simple lager. It's obvious why this one is available here in Japan as it tastes like your basic rice lager without the rice.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly restrained carbonation. Light as a feather and clean as a whistle.

Drinkability: This is kind of a boring beer, but not at all hard to drink. Tasty, just lacking in character.

Photo of witster18
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love a good hellas...and this is a good one. Light in color for the style. Sweet start with a bitter/citrus aftertaste. Pours a light golden straw hue with a quickly dissipating 1" head...bubbly...accurate for the style... pleasant overall. Everytime I try a good hellas I wonder why so few good one's are avail from US breweries... THe closest thing to this made near me is Velas Hellas in Gatlinburg....which is about equally as good but a little more color. Edelhell is crisp and refreshing and fairly well done. Far too many reviewers take subtle as bad....this is subtle but good! Aroma lemon with a little alcohol nose as well...very drinkable!

Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy pale golden color with a small white head, scattered fine lacing, and profuse, fast-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Mildly sweet grain and bread notes, as well as a mild herbal hop presence.

Taste: Quite sweet at the open, almost like caramel corn, this carries to the end of the taste, where a mild herbal hop bitterness appears. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, and quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, well-brewed beer, but somewhat lacking in depth.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve fluid ounce brown glass Euro-style long neck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of billysj
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell pours as a straw yellow with light head which faded quickly.

It has a sweet smell with toasty hops. The taste is sharp malty flavor with hops. Also, there is a small linger of bitterness after taking a drink.

Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation and is light. This is an above average beer. I can see myself dinking this one again.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this helles lager pours a light straw with a thin white rocky head, scant slow carbonation rises up the glass

S - sugary sweet malt esthers with apple-ish hints, mostly malt, a sweet inviting aroma

T - strong euro malt flavors, very malty, tha applness is present but lighter than in the aroma

M&D - light bodied, a bit too sweet for me but a decent beer, especially for the style

Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
83 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.