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Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417) - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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Style | ABV
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-10-2003

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Photo of BigBry
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Wurst in Calgary.
This beer appears just a bit cloudy, medium golden color (I was expecting it to be a bit darker), creamy smooth head. Foam fades slowly, even row of lace around the glass.
It smells of some grains, malts, some fruit sweetness, and mild earthy hops.
The taste starts a bit on the is sweet side, mildly grainy, finishes with earthy, leafy hops.
Smooth mouth feel, body is medium, easy to drink.
A light and refreshing drink.

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Photo of drmeto
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

-pours a hazy amber with a medium to big,foamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-earthy,sulfur,honey,dusty,bready,yeasty,grainy,slight citrus
-low carbonation
-light to medium body
Proper Kellerbier, but not quite to my taste

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the .51 litre swing-top bottle a super-cloudy (almost weizen-esque) glowing orange, capped by a couple fingers of dense head that recedes quickly leaving not much but some lacing.

Smell is slightly green and . . . funky? Yeasty, grassy, hay. Oddly, a touch of caramel or sweets, maybe even chocolate. Bitter greens. A bit of clove and banana.

Taste is well-balanced, good texture. Quite malty, with hints of caramel and toasted malt, creamy. Slightly grassy, hay. But it's really about the malt content here, and the malt content is quite nice. Almost a sourness? Buttery (but not like off-flavour buttery). Slightly herbal, slightly fruity. Low carbonation.

This is a delicious beer. Full stop.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, golden-orange color with a large, off-white, bubbly head of thick foam. It smelled of grains, bread and yeast. There was a touch of clove aroma, too. It tasted of sweet grains, bready notes, yeast and clove.A light bodied and very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 500ml flip-lid bottle into straight mug.

L) Very hazy pale orange. Massive white head that fades quickly to 2-3mm dense white persistent head. Rustic!

S) Honestly - not a lot. Maybe I cooled it too much. Hints of toffee-ish malt, which is odd for the style.

T) Light lager malt, with the slight sourish keller tang. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall, not a lot.

F) Slick and refreshing. Carbonation is low for a lager (ungespundet?)

O) I just can't decide if I am a keller bier fan. They look better than they taste. This one hasn't changed my mind. However, as per almost every single Munich-brewed beer, it is a good chugger and everyone should try it at least once.

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Photo of djura
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale to reddish color, but not enough amber for Kellerbier. Creamy white head, no bubbles.
S - Malt, earth aroma with some citrus notes in the back.
T/M - Malty, refreshing, bitter aftertaste. Some caramalt notes.

O - So Bavarian.

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Photo of FLima
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange golden color with a thick thin head with medium retention.
Aroma of butterscotch that later fades away, a bit of spices, mild vanilla, yeast, floral hops, orange marmalade, and bread dough.
Sweet flavor with notes of minerals, fresh oranges, floral and herbal hops, relatively quite yeasty, moderate to high malt sweetness and some drops of green apple juice. Mildly bitter and dry aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
This one is fresher and considerably better than the first one I had before given smoother mineral-oxidation notes. It seems it degrades rapidly. Reference for the style, one that does not swipe me off my feet.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Medium honey, light haze, lots of fine bubbled carbonation and topped with a finger of off white head.

S: Apples, a light cellar like mustiness but predominately malt based with dough like yeastiness.

T: Malt, light crisp sourness, light dull bitterness in the last third of a sip. Quite an acrid sourness is quite predominate.

M: Medium bready body with a substantial sour dry quality. Little carbonation.

O: Any beer in this style is welcomed by me. This is more sour than any Kellerbier I’ve had. Found it at Tesco Lotus in Chiang Mai, drank Nov 9th, 2014.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $3.35 CDN. Served cold into glassware.

Appearance - hazy rich golden color with a finger plus of white head. The head recedes quickly back into the beer. A few wisps of white soap linger on top.

Smell - mostly a combination of a ready, dry and slightly earthy aroma. Not a lot else going on. Some cereal grains here.

Taste - hard to describe other than it's like the mass conglomeration of earthy flavours and malt but blended together in the most wonderful fashion. Fully flavoured and delicious. Cereal grains throughout.

Mouthfeel - soft mouthfeel and lower than average carbonation but somehow this works.

Overall - really delicious soft summertime brew on the palate. With lower ABV this would be downright session able, as it is one of the first of the style but definitely something I would buy again.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev +6.4%

A: Drinking from a mug but looks like a light brown colour.
S: That snappy sherbet smell.
T: Yup, a good bit of sherbet in there and some prickly ginger. Has a lovely marzipan and fruit snap on the tongue. Almost sweet. It's just a tad papery. Bread pudding in the aftertaste. Also some strawberry Chewits.
M: The mouthfeel is a lively but soft effervescence. Almost sweet.
O: Good. I really must visit Bamberg some time.

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Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Poured from bottle. Aroma of grass. Hazy golden with white head. Light bitter taste. Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation. Overall not bad, but not really my favorite style.

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Photo of ludachris
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The two fingers of head that sits on top of its peachy amber body is light and fluffy and recedes rather quickly. The sides of the glass bare no lace. Despite its haziness you can still see that it is well carbonated.

Fresh grassy tips poke out of its zesty orange center. Lemon rind and white pepper make things a bit more interesting. There's a rich, spicy breadiness prominent throughout with a streak of caramel. It's not overly pronounced but its spicy and bready nuances make for a good smelling beer.

The taste is more sweet than I had anticipated. The caramel is sturdier and the breadiness is more rich. A dash of spiciness adds some prickliness but as with the lemon peel, these qualities remain on the edges of its flavor profile. A musty earthiness is the more encompassing impression.

Perhaps it has something to do with it making the long trip from Germany to Halifax, I found this beer very under-carbonated. It explains why I found its sweeter, weightier qualities more prominent. It's light to medium bodied with a bit of slickness. For me, this was its weakest quality.

Again, my own expectations let me down. I was thinking this would be a staple and reference point for the style given its origins and I found it to be a lackluster example in terms of flavor, complexity and feel when comparing to other interpretations of the style I've had in the past. If I ever got the opportunity, I'd be more than willing to try this fresh to see how it compares.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've drank this bottled but also had it from a small barrel served by gravity
it pours a slightly orange body with white head and obviously better retention from barrel
bottling mutes the aromas and flavours
but there is good bready malt slight hops and a pleasing bitter finish

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a mug on tap at Wurst in Calgary. A light cloudy golden color topped by an inch or so of large white bubbles, with an aroma of yeasty bread and butter, grassy and floral German hops, and maybe just a hint of yellow citrus. Palate features a pleasant cereal grain/plain donut malt backbone along with more buttery yeast and some sour green flavors like rhubarb or gooseberry, dried tinny apricot, lemon rind, something rather fleeting and ephemeral that makes me think tropical fruit. A nice whiff of sulphur. Highly carbonated and thin bodied yet not watery. Nice floral hop bloom. Finishes dry and bitter but nothing tannic or coarse. Wonderful summer thirst quencher with flavor to spare. Not wickedly complex but that's likely not the point.

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Photo of TerryW
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Slightly foggy orange gold. Moderate head settles to a film and gives good lace.

Hoppy and malty sweet nose. Bready.

Fairly flat on the palate with a bit of a gentle sparkle. Yeast to taste, sweet. Hops not as present in the taste as in the nose.

Soft, easy to drink. Afew interesting things happening in the glass. Well made.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

500 mL swing-top bottle picked up at TBS; bottled July 25 2013. I've only had a handful of beers from this brewery, but all of them have been solid to superb - so when I spotted this offering, from a style I have very little experience with, it immediately and mysteriously made its way into my hands. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a foggy golden-peach colour, topped with one finger of dense, creamy white head that slowly seeps away. A generous curtain of lacing clings to the glass, with a modest cap and collar left at the surface after a few minutes' time. Looks great, but the aroma is merely adequate, with notes of citrus zest, bready malts and floral hops - a simple, fresh bouquet that entices you into a sip, if nothing else.

The flavour is similarly straightforward - lemony citrus zest, with a solid backbone of bready pale malt sweetness. There is also a light, floral dryness toward the finish, accompanied by a faint peppery spice and yeasty fruitiness. It grew on me as I made my way through the bottle, improving with warmth somewhat. I also really like the mouthfeel; it is on the lighter end of medium-bodied, but it almost has the silky-smooth texture of a hefe, with light, prickly carbonation that helps support this image. This is a ridiculously drinkable lager and I really can't say much more than that.

Final Grade: 4.15, a solid A-. Hacker-Pschorr Anno 1417 is the first authentic German-made kellerbier I've ever had the opportunity to try, but it is also now my favourite. This stuff isn't available in my home town (this bottle is from a London shop), but if they ever bother bringing it in locally I will be a regular consumer of it. All lager fans should consider this one a must try, as it combines the easy-drinking, clean nature of a good imported lager with the smooth body and yeasty undertones of a quality German wheat beer. Great stuff, and absolutely worth a try if you spot it.

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Photo of magpieken
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle. 06/15. Pours a hazy golden colour, with a tall off-white head which reduced to a ring and left a trace of lacing. Gentle, yeasty, malt aroma of bread, honey, toffee and apple. Light sweetness and bitterness. Fruity yet mineral. Light to medium bodied, smooth, gently carbonated with a little astringency in the finish. Approachable enough and as valid as any IPA or Belgian Tripel, this one's nice enough but lacks any real wow factor. 6.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice flip-top bottle purchased in Costa Rica at Galeria Grecia.

A: blond, hazy beer you can see the yeast residue in the bottom of the bottle. two fingers of head with little retention and no lacing but looks good

S: No hop aromas, predominates a fresh baked bread nose , and yeasty

T: clean taste, rich bread like taste with yeast and slightly fruity end

M: light easy to drink

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Peach colored; cloudy; small head

Aroma: Muted citrus; soda smell

Taste: Nothing really jumps out as a flavor; smooth mouthfeel with some carbonation; slightly peppery

Remarks: This would make a good hot-weather session beer; not complex, but smooth and refreshing

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Brabander
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this bottle a few months ago when i was in Germany. I believe i bought this in the city of Heilbronn. Never go there! City with no atmosphere at all....

Now the beer. Bottle best before january 2013. Poured in a big glass mug this beer looks decent. A very nice fluffy head, broken white with a fluid which looks like piss... The head disappears after a while leaving a big ring of lacing.

At first i found the smell a bit watery but after a second sniff the beers lightens up. Taste is flat, no hops and no carbonation. This is not a spectacular beer but it's decent drinkable.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber-tinged brass with clotted cream head that rims. Bread dough starter and golden treacle on the nose with some coriander leaf.
Honey, white peaches and sponge cake with gentle grass and cookie spice.
Stewed apple finish and drying linger. Butterscotch hit as it warms. Medium, round, with some chew.

This is well-constructed; hops don't show as large as I expected but it doesn't quite cloy. Yet still too sweet and heavy, and I somehow expected more depth and/or bite. And is that indeed diacetyl at the end?

A dumbed down version of the style. Leave the Franconian styles to Franconia.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a mug.

A: Pours a deep yellow to orange bit cloudy color forming a big fluffly white head. Good retention and many lacings formed and left

S: Very grainy and bready in the nose. Flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet grains. Bready yeasts. Light flowery hops

M: Medium smooth creamy body. Medium carbonation. Mild bitter aftertaste

O: High drinkability. Great beer! Highly recommended

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3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. From my notes (may´11). Golden color, foggy appearance. Off-white, small bubbled, crown. Fairly good retention. Moderate mildy malt aromas, bready notes & slightly floral hop. Smooth & well balanced flavor: some sweet maltiness, slightly citric hoppiness, subtle acidic touch & clean bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Sweet notes in the middle. Watery texture. Finishes as started: balanced hops & malts.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20oz pint, another awesomely unexpected find on tap in Wild Rose Country - Craft Beer Market in Cowtown, specifically.

This beer appears a rather cloudy medium golden amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which seeps away quietly and slowly, leaving an uneven, low-lying berm of lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy pale and wheat malts, some sweet, fruity booze esters, and mild earthy, leafy hops. The taste is sweet, indistinctly grainy malt, a touch of wet cardboard, that petrol essence so reminiscent of good aged Rieslings, and more soft earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are well restrained, and mostly inert throughout, the body a near medium weight, yet a bit watery, and mostly smooth, the uptick in Euro-booziness providing a mild hiccup or two. It finishes quite warm, and somewhat sweet, though not all alcohol-borne - the fruity malt likewise contributes to the sensation.

A decent spring beer, kind of on the light side, helping hoist us out of the lingering winter, with some gentle sturm und drang, from the headwaters nation for the style. Easy drinking, long wooden table sort of quaffing, this one is.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A golden blond colour with good clarity and a thin but bubbly, white head at the top.

Some corn with a very sweet base to it. There is some nice, light and sweet hops that lingers.

A sweet taste, particulary in the finish. There is some corn and a good balance of hops as well. I can also detect a sort of almond like taste at the end.

Smooth, medium body and a very sweet feel on the palate with a touch of bitterness from the malts.

Nice and sweet with good carbonation and made for a nice beer on a Friday evening.

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Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.