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

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

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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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 rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a weizen glass) best before 11/10
A- This beer pours a clear golden yellow body with a big carbonation of racing tiny bubbles and a spongy snow white head pops.
S- The fresh grain aroma has a slight sweetness with a faint honey malt quality that grows as the beer warms.
T- The slight tartness blends into a fresh pale malt flavor with a yeasty note giving way to a green hint in the finish. As the beer opens up there is a bit of an oat and then raw grain note with the pale malt. The finish has a soft sulfury quality to a green Noble hop snap.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight chewy quality and a crisp finish.
D- This beer has a great fresh flavor with a slight sweetness that adds more freshness. The tartness adds some nice contrast with some nice support from the yeast.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Chancey Smith's. An orangey colour with a good mouthfeel. A sourness that's well amlted, a good bitterness, some cloves,pepper. I enjoyed the flavours of others of this style, including Creemor, far better. Still a good drinkability.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice swing-top with a depiction of a happy guy with a metal or ceramic pitcher of beer. Dig the sideburns! This is a cloudy carrot orange brew (I swirled the yeast in) with a healthy head of beige foam. I served this in a pilsener glass, and the head was way to much for the skinny glassware to handle... should have used an oversized weizen glass.

S - Yeasty and fresh, like a loaf of white bread straight out of the oven. Reminds me of those doughy biscuit things they serve with honey butter at Texas Roadhouse. Glazed donuts.

T - Bread dough with a spritz of sweet orange citrus. Slightly tangy, but this is a very sweet and savory brew.

M - Light bodied, soft, creamy, and silky. A touch of carbonation reminds us that this is indeed a beer, but it's really understated and gentle. The finish is sweet, yeasty, and clean. This is as fresh and clean as a laundry detergent advertisement.

D - Perfect session beer! Creamy, but still light in body. Interesting and flavorful enough to keep ya interested, but not enough to distract you from the party. Would be good with a brat!

Photo of HalfFull
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dive into this on good faith from the crew at Hacker-Pschorr knowing they make some great brews yet this is an odd style. Poured from a 500ml. swingtop bottle into a large wine glass. Yes, we'll just call it a mug with a stem I say.

A firm pop is a pleasant start, particularly given the style guidelines. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white cap. Not much retention but holds a surface ring and shows decent carbonation. A second topping off yields notably more lacing.

Aroma of neutral grains and some light hops with a bit of lemon and orange accompanying some fresh hay. Bit musky with an intriguing level of depth.

Flavor matches the nose largely, and is somewhat thinner in body than anticipated on the front of the palate. Lemony hops and a light sweetness continue, followed with a grainy close that offers moderate lingering notes again of lemon and grain. Lightly coarse in texture and easy drinking. Not as far afield as I thought as for the style. Quite nice and hope to explore the style further.

Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden honey color with a meringue like white head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is yeasty with some light peppery spice, it also has a doughy munich malt aroma as well. The taste is of a doughy munich malt base with heavy yeast presence. The yeast doesn't seem to add much flavor as it does in a Hefe. The yeast flavor is of light spice with some clove and pepper. There is a touch of lemon that adds a little fruitiness to the brew. The body is big and heavy from it being unfiltered and unpasteurized and lightly carbonated; finishes lightly sweet from the malt presence. A big heavy style, feels like bread in a glass. The flavors are light and fairly sweet so it is easy to drink. Nothing exceptional but has a nice rustic quality to it.

Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with two fingers of dense white head. The head eventually settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma consists of bready malt and a light citrus note. Almost like lemon. Some grassy aroma from the hops. The flavor is on the sweet side. Could use some bitterness from the hops to balance things out. The yeast adds some mild clove elements in the finish and saves this beer. Light body, watery, and uninteresting texture. A refreshing beer and a nice change of pace from wheat beers. My bottle had some age on it and maybe the hops faded. Have to try a fresher one.

Photo of dhannes
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Nice dark, golden color; two finger head lasted over a minute.

S=Nice moderate aroma with decent hop aroma and a slight sweetness.

T=Nice hops flavor with a bit of bite...noticed a bit of aftertaste. A bit of sweetness as well with a hint of carbonation. Hint of citrus as well.

M=Nice...smooth and refreshing.

D=Very drinkable...the sweetness prohibits it from being a beer that you would chug, but would stand up well with a meal or by itself on a hot day.

Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produced on 09/08

Pours a murky sunset orange, into a large 22 oz. mug. Sticky lace abounds with a decently lasting head. A pleasant whiff has the bready scent of biscuits. As it warms there is a sense of weedy wildflowers also. First few sips unfortunately have that telltale papery oxidation creeping in, but there's still some decent multigrain bread flavors underneath. An almost imperceptible amount of bitterness in the end. Fairly soft feeling, easy enough to drink. Not the freshest unfortunately, but the only bottles I have access to.

Probably best paired with food, I had it with some smoked pork shoulder from George's Deli & Liquors.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 Ml bottle poured into a Weiss Glass. Produced date of 09/08

A - Slightly hazy golden wheat color with a two finger fluffy head that slowly went down to a lumpy layer with no lacing.

S - A strong mineral smell is instantly present with some musty, wet wheat and earthy smells. Undertones are of malt and slight hops.

T - The Anno has a great balance of malts and hops on the palate followed by earthy and strong wet wheat flavors. Despite the smell I'm impressed with the sweetness of the malt yet noticeable hop.

M - A good level of carbonation levels out the flavors with a crisp, dry, yet refreshing mouthfeel.

D - There really isn't anything outstanding about this beer, It's flavors are good but could possibly get old very quickly. I really like Hacker Pschorr but this isn't one of my favies.

Photo of Nightwing
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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.

Photo of jcbogantes
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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

Photo of BlackHaddock
1.55/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Brown flip-top 0.5 litre bottle, best before Dec 2007, drank July 2007.

Poured into a straight sided Berliner Kindl half litre glass.

Poured the lot in and watched the sediment cloud the whole glass, the head soon left to leave a rim around the glass with bubbles coming to the surface and exploding. It is a dirty straw colour and doesn't look too inviting.

The aroma was of orange groves and farmyards, maybe I should see a doctor?

The taste is of dry cardboard which has been soaked in K9P.

The mouthfeel is fizzy and slightly sour in the aftertaste, nothing else.

I have had beers from this brewery many times over the years and have tried Kellerbiers (in both Munich and Bamberg) before. This bottle however is just about the worst German beer I have ever tasted. A great pity because I had been looking forward to drinking this beer for some time.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Hofbrau Half Stein

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a large white foamy head.

S - Nice earthy grainy aroma that is a little sweet.

T - Plenty of earthy notes up front that transforms into a yeasty grain flavour that finishes a little bitter.

M - Light body a medium carbonation.

D - Nice easy drinking style of beer that I recommend.

3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of losdizzel
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this is one my favorite German beers . Soo very drinkable so becarefull 25oz of goodness per pop .5.5 ABV AND one of the coolest bottles, pops open like champagne without the mess might have some on new years . Starting to enjoy German beers alot more these days . so until we meet again enjoy this one .

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

Photo of nickynick
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschorr Anno 1417 poured a cloudy amber with almost no head and nice lacing. The smell was of faint malt and fruit. Taste was very malty sweet. Hints of fruit, almost no hops. Mouthfeel was good, a bit gritty. Drinkability was ok. Overall this was an interesting beer. Wanted to give it a try because it is such a rare style.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale gold under a one finger white head with good retention and outstanding lacing. The mild malt nose is accented by a touch of citrus. The mouth is very prickly and medium bodied. The taste is smooth and malty, without the edge one usually finds in an unfiltered beer. There's a hint of sweetness in here, too, but the main experience is barley. A very mild hoppy finish leaves a refreshing aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Photo of fropones
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a somewhat cloudy dark orange pumpkin color with a white head that dissipate. Smell is malty and not very strong with a hint of fruit and yeast. Taste is a little fruity, reminds me of Chinese or Thai food for some reason. The mouthfeel is pretty watery with a little carbonation. The drinkability is pretty high, especially in this heat. I could drink a couple more no problem.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A murky, orange, golden beer with a frothy, big head.

Smell is yeasty with notes of stock and straw. A pilsner maltiness and a flowery yeast profile. A little diacetyl too.

Taste is green with notes of raw malt. Yeasty with notes of flowers and stock. A slightly fruity twist. Body is quite thin. A pretty standard Zwickelbier.

Photo of daliandragon
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's always nice to find new Keller beers because it's an interesting style and you don't see it too often. I picked this one up back home in NY over the holidays. The body is cloudy and the big white head lasts about ten or twelve minutes. The nose is malty and has notes of bread and sour honey.

Yeast and malty biscuit tones are up front and the finish is buttery and very smooth. The texture is very thick and pleasing for a lager and the lack of carbonation allows for a clean, crisp finish.

Overall, I really liked this one. Simple, but well done and goes down extremely easily.

Photo of ludachris
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at a local, bavarian themed, pub

A- Very cloudy golden with some amber notes if seen through light, carbonation is well hidden, so that's a good pouring. Medium and perfectly white head with good retention

S- Nothing worth remembering. Grain and yeast. Faint but delicate

T- Again, a very delicate taste and feel. A fresh malt flavour is nicely matched by yeast. While keller beers usually have a hoppier character if compared to standard Hell Lagers tihs is not the case. Some faint hop bitterness may be detected on the tongue, where you can also some find some nice fruity notes

M- This is sure not a beer with strong flavours, but it has a very soft feel that makes you long for another sip. Super smooth, with a crispier and more lively finish

D- An incredibily easy drink and fresh drink, but still a soft and delicate character

No great flavours nor amazing complexity, but still a beer that you would not stop drinking once you have tasted it

Photo of thehyperduck
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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