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Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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83
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127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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beeragent

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear yellow, forming a 1/2 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly fruity, but mostly a grainy smell. Mouthfeel is light. Taste is a bit fruity, but very clean. Basically, this taste like a light lager. Not much else there. An easy to drink lager, but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 09:17:19 | More by beeragent
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy medium amber color with sparce white head.. Modest lacing.
Smell is fruity and bubble gum like.
Taste is slightly fruity sweet, and not much else.
Fininish shows more fruitiness.
An OK beer, nothing special. Probably not something I would visit again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 02:54:42 | More by tgbljb
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dull gold, with good clarity. Two finger head, semi-dense white and foamy with good retention and spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and noble hops in the nose with a hint of munich malt. Solid pale malt sweetness upfront, with a subtle touch of busicuity malt flavor. The mild saaz and hallertau flavor in the aftertaste shows an impressive balance, and leaves the tounge pleasently dry. A gently crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation and light-medium body. Finishes clean and refreshing. Not terribly complex, but it has a very agreeable malt/hop character; a tasty thirst quencher for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2006 06:18:34 | More by PBRstreetgang
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very average German Helles, or rather I think what I mean to say is German Helles is a very average style - this is a strong example though. Poured a light yellow, big head - left good lacing. Simple flavour, nothing all that paletable but easy to drink. Texture is alittle thick. Not exactly a favourable aroma, but again, nothing offensive. Its got a little more definition than most pale Euro lagers which I think places it a little above. This beer is what it is - simple and agreeable.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 16:41:35 | More by biegaman
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap in Munich whilst watching the Germany/Sweden game during the 2006 World Cup.

A: Golden, thick head.
S: Bready and inviting.
T: Bready, but not strong.
MF: Smooth and full bodied. Lush. Bubbly.
D: Soooo drinkable, I drank it during the whole game and then later during the Mexico/Argentina game.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2006 01:42:47 | More by AChamberlain
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Dukeofearl

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange CA. for $1.99 in September 2006. Bottled on date is 08.05, so this one is over a year old. So much for fresh!

Pours a clear (OK, slightly chill hazy) golden yellow with the thinnest of pure white films of a head.

Aroma is of grain and light lemon fruitiness and spiciness. Flavor intensifies the lemon notes, with a slight hop aftertaste. Moderately creamy mouthfeel adds to the blend. A pretty easy drinker.

Overall a pretty good example of the style- I would love to try this fresh, or *gasp* on tap...

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 23:59:56 | More by Dukeofearl
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color, thin white head. Lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top.

Smell: Decently strong noble hop aroma. A little fruit in the background, maybe even a bit of breadiness.

Taste: Fruity bitterness up front. It finishes with an alcoholic bitterness. A lasting aftertaste that I can only describe as bready bitterness is present. Even though the bitterness wins out, it's not overwhelming and feels good in the mouth. A little lacking in complexity.

Mouthfeel: Nice overall feel, a good medium body with good carbonation. The taste is a little sticky on the tounge.

Drinkability: Overall good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2006 02:20:59 | More by psinderson
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a thin hue of yellow and a rapid carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a thin soapy white mat that is broken in many places but seems to last for about half of the beer.

S- The pale malt and honey malt notes are dry but have a nice freshness with a faint bitter hop finish. The smell is simple but fresh and strong.

T- The dry sulfuric bite that comes with the pale malt is followed by a dry honey malt note and a crisp light hop finish.

M- This beer has a dry crisp mouthfeel that finishes very quickly and cleanly.

D- This beer has nice fresh tasting ingredients that has a good complexity for such a light beer. This is a really well crafted beer and is proof that a light beer can have good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 22:29:24 | More by rhoadsrage
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therica

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this before on tap, and we'd had a keg for our party a year ago, but I'd never taken time to file a review. I reviewed it in bottle not long ago, but the on-tap version seems to be a much more exciting experience.

Thin-yellow color with a mild pure-white head when poured. Much of the head dissipated by the time the waitress sat it in front of me.

Very nice smell, a nice combination of lightly smoky malt, hops and bouquet.

Taste-- nice smooth light-hops malt taste, only mildly bitter, my wife didn't even make a bad face when she tasted it. Very smooth, refreshing, great with or without a meal, and a nice finish. Aftertaste mild hops-malt and slight bitters, nothing annoying here. Very pleasant.

I could drink this for session if it was the beer of offering-- and I have, at our keg party as well as at Hagerstown's Schnamkerlstube Bavarian Restaurant which is where I just had this, and upon which I am basing the review.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2006 09:57:55 | More by therica
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Lisa Wolters for this...
Appears a pale light straw colored gold. A tiny white head quickly fades out into a tiny bubbly cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy yeast, corn adjunct, light malt...kind of like cornbread. Not bad but not really what I want in a beer.
Taste is of the same aromas with a light malt and mild vegetal, corn-like taste that isn't overly appealing.
Mouthfeel is a bit overly carbonated, medium bodied, settling dead in the middle of the tongue.
This is a crowd beer that I'm not very fond of. Too much of a corn taste that lingers along the tongue and makes me want to get a different brew asap.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 01:13:42 | More by weeare138
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 355ml (12 fl.oz) thin bodied brown glass standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle sealed with a white crown cap which has the colorful Hacker-Pschorr logo on it. My bottle looks just like the one in the Database, in so much that a sexy looking Fraulien is holding a trifecta of Steins. Bottled date of “08.05” with a packaging code of L24353. Listed at 5.5% ABV.

Appearance: Shining clarity from the pale straw body has an incredible golden lucidity. Super clean white head sits above the body and stays at ¼” thick throughout. Finely tuned conditioning forms a gorgeous lacing on the glass sides.

Nose: Lightly toasted malts with some grain and a gentle hint of corn in the back end. Hmmmm, I have to say that the “corny” trait in the finish is very low in strength, but it is there, yet at times it seems like freshly baked bread too.

Taste: Exceptionally clean and freshly washed, drinks like a brew that has just stepped out of the shower, it fills the mouth with a freshly cleansed palate. Fortunately none of the “corn hints” that I get in the nose are anywhere to be found in the tastes. Crystal malts and lightly hopped but with a simple bitter finish. The profile is pleasing, simple and easy going, but it works extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Responsive body, soft carbonation and a smooth texture.

Drinkability: Effortless Drinkability. A true Session Helles that has no sharp edges or niggling side affects. It sinks easily and I could manage this one all afternoon, on draft this must be excellent.

Overall: Refreshing stuff, perfect balance with a lovely crisp finish, good stuff on a hot sunny day. If only they could get rid of that feint “corny odor” in the nose!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 22:17:00 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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allengarvin

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptionally bright, clear pour, though head fades quickly. Aroma is malty, slightly bread-like, somewhat corn-flour like (I'm thinking masa harina-like, rather pleasant, not like the corn in Coors). Good emphasis on clean maltiness, never too sweet despite low bitterness. Simple and elegant. Moderate body, neutral texture.

There's nothing complex about this Helles, but the style is not one that lends itself to complexity. It's refreshing and quite drinkable, with no flaws. Among the imports to America, this beats Spaten's and Paulaner's offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 02:11:54 | More by allengarvin
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What really shoched me about this beer was the clarity of color and yet the deceptively perfect body; not too full; not too like; full grain taste; faint caramel, some hop balance, crystal clear finish not a speck of after-taste.

Mine got admittedly a bit warm, and I think you should stay cold with this one.I t goes down so easy it won't have a chance to get warm. Bangers on the grill; some red cabbage, perhaps some german potato salad mit onion for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 12:13:43 | More by andjusticeforale
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden appearance with a thick head, the smell is fruity and almost grainy.

The taste is creamy and malty. A bit light bodied but refreshing. Nicely carbonated. The aftertaste has a nice bitter tinge.

Overall the taste isn't overwhelmed with flavor, but still very thirst quenching. Clean and refreshing but doesn't sacrifice other taste qualities.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 15:13:46 | More by CrazyMike
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale gold. Thin dirty white head. Nice looking streams of CO2 surface at a moderate rate. Aroma is a little bready. A little grainy. Even a little biscuity. Pretty cool. Light, but nice. First impression is sweet and grainy. But there's also some light crackery like pilsner maltiness too. And there's a bit of a dry snap on the finish. A hoppy snap. Subtle, but definitely there. I think we're talking about some noble hops here. Nice drinker. Medium bodied. Refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 03:49:26 | More by Bighuge
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biergeniesser

Minnesota

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

This 12 oz bottle of Hacker-Pschorr Munich Edel Hell poured a crystal clear gold with a white fluffy head that dissipated slowly leaving a slight lacing. Small to medium sized bubbles evolved from the sides and bottoms of the glass throughout.

The aroma of this beer was predominantly malty. Bready, sweet and toasty malt aromas dominated. A slight degree of noble hop aroma was evident.

The flavor of this beer is also predominantly malty. Clean malt with elements of bready, toasty, earthy and slightly sweet flavors were evident. A pleasant, crisp and lingering hop bitterness and good spicy noble hop flavor were major flavor constituents as well.

The body of this beer was light to medium with a good mouth coat and crisp refreshing carbonation.

Hacker-Pschorr Munich Edel Hell is one of my favorite beers and is a prime example of a Münchner Helles. Clean, malty and just enough hop character to balance the malt and make it refreshing. This beer is definitely sessionable; one can see why so many Mass Krüge of Helles are consumed in beer gardens across Germany. If you are interested in this style and have not yet tried this beer I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 16:09:04 | More by biergeniesser
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this beer on a fresh lot less than 3 weeks old:

Pale gold in color this authentic Munich helles pours with a nice sticky 2 finger cap and laces the glass well. Ahhhh that edel helles aroma is there in spades. Pungent bready-sweet aroma mingles with the herbal-citrus tones from the noble hops ....biscuits with honey and lemon is the impression of this aroma profile.

Mouthfeel is sticky and medium-light bodied.

Front end is a rush of big clean grains and breadyness where the citrusy-leafy nobel hops sit in the background. Mid way you taste a light sweet citrus decernment along with the sweet bread malts then the finish comes up clean with a nice clean citrus-biscuit snap at the end and a light bready-sweet after taste.

If someone wants to know what a Munich light lager tastes like simply tell them it tastes like Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell..what all r light real lager should taste like...in all it’s smooth, subtle drinkable, malt-accented glory!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 23:32:19 | More by pootz
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Poured from a 12 oz Bottle into my antique .5L Pschorr-Brau Bierkrug. I just love that feel.

Pours up pale yellow with a towering white head. Nice, lasting, fluffy & malty.

Smell is of malt and light hops comes up to great you. Very inviting, begs to be tasted, light citrus yeast scent.

Taste is pleasant. Sweet but thin malty taste, mellow hops, cleansing and crisp notes of lemon. Nothing remarkable, nothing offensive. Good sold drinking bier.

Mouthfeel is thinker then the taste, good carbonation, satisfying.

Very drinkable but I may chose something a little more bold. MK

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 06:03:52 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow color, nice head, good lacing down the glass. Problem is, it was skunky and the taste, although slightly crisp and sweet, was a bit of the same. It's not a bad brew, but there are many other germans out there that are much better.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 21:41:38 | More by bigdeuce
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DogFood11

California

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a into a pilsner glass it forms a nice 2 finger head tha fades to a solid cover, nice lacing all the way down. Bright yellow color above a medium carbonated and light looking body.

First thing to grab my attention was a farily hefty grain bill, nicely chissled away by a spiced up hop presence that really takes center stage on my palate. Malts are a bit watered, what does come through is sweet and effortless. Finishes a bit on the dry end of the spectrum, coming from the hop spiceyness. Laid back lemon cleans up very late and more-so as the beer warmed.

Notes: Really an easy drinking brew that is interesting, yet light. A rare combination for a lager. Wished I could get this on tap somewhere, preferably in Germany. Oh well, for now the bottle is worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 02:48:52 | More by DogFood11
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danielharper

Michigan

2.38/5  rDev -35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours a nice straw-yellow color with a thick white foamy head, like an ice cream float. Slightly cloudy appearance, pretty much perfect for style.

S: Corny, vaguely lager-yeast-like aroma. Not offensive, not really good.

T: Corn flavor, slightly dry. Very astringent and "off-tasting" in finish. Not pleasant or refreshing.

M: Thicker than expected, slightly grainy.

D: Not too fond of it. There are better lagers out there -- this one ranks just about average. Wouldn't mind trying it on-tap sometime, but for now I'll stick to the hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2006 20:49:47 | More by danielharper
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shererjt

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw yellow color with just the slightest hint of haze. Had hardly any carbonation or head. Aroma was fruitier than expected and if I didn't know better I might even say I smelled some corn. On 2nd whiff, had a lot more of the usual Munich malt aroma. Medium body. Nice malty flavor, but again had more fruit than I'd guess. Still had lots of nice malt flavor and crispness. Mouthfeel was excellent; substantial but not overpowering. This lead to a nice drinkability.

A quality brew and a nice example of the style, though not as clean and malty as some.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 03:38:44 | More by shererjt
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thoover

California

4.9/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this from a cask, at Der Pschor in Munich. It was great to sit there, watching them bring up cask after cask and tap them with a huge wooden mallet. They must have been going through 6 or 7 casks each night.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden, small CO2 bubbles. Big white head, slight lacing. A classic Munich Helles look.

Smell: Classic noble hop aroma

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, some C02 bite. Clean.

Taste: CO2 bite up front flowing into noble hop flavors. Grapefruit note. Very dry, clean, crisp, with notes of oak.

Drinkability: Let's just say that I had my share of .5 L glasses.

An amazing beer.

Serving type: cask

04-19-2006 14:49:41 | More by thoover
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at beerbistro. Pours a clear golden/straw yellow, big fluffy white head, some spots of lace and good retention. Smell is sweet and malty, some caramel and honey, light citrus and floral in the finish. Taste is sweet and malty as well, honey, citrus and a little wheat. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, with medium carbonation. Very smooth, pretty standard although good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2006 00:21:32 | More by Viggo
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

--Came in a large 500 ml brown bottle. Poured a light golden in color, minor head and good lacing.
--Sweet aromas mixed with the general hoppy smell.

This beer can be described as an average beer. I have had better than this in this style but I have also had worse. I would drink it again. Thx.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 23:35:40 | More by canadianbarman
Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
83 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.