Hacker-Pschorr Animator | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Hacker-Pschorr AnimatorHacker-Pschorr Animator
BA SCORE
76.5%
Liked This Beer
3.88 w/ 102 ratings
Hacker-Pschorr AnimatorHacker-Pschorr Animator
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany
hacker-pschorr.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Among the earliest Doppelbocks, Animator draws you in with its deep mahogany hue and creamy foam crown. Your experience culminates on the palate with notes of chocolate, roast, brown sugar, licorice, apricot, and exotic fruit.

Added by DrunkenPanther on 01-21-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,745
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
102
Liked:
78
Avg:
3.88/5
pDev:
9.54%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 102 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of sDon
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am rating this beer after trying these other better -- as far as popular opinion goes -- doppelbocks: Celebrator, Andechser doppelbock dunkel, Salvator, Maximator, Triumphator, and the Schneider Weisse Aventinus (though not all on the same night). That said, I agree that the Animator deserves a place below these other doppelbocks.

The beer has a clear caramel color and prominent carbonation, but with the usual low head retention. The taste is initially of raisins and coffee, but this quickly disappears behind its hoppiness, which leaves nothing more complex afterwards. At first I noticed the alcohol a lot, but once this potent brew went to my head and dulled my senses, it was not as annoying. I have nothing against hops, but I feel like I am just drinking a highly alcoholic Jever and not a complex doppelbock.

If you can, try a doppelbock higher on the list.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

16.9oz flip top bottle, best before 06/2015.

Animator is a good looking beer. You might try to pick it up at a bar if it were a lovely auburn haired lass. She has a haze to her and a wonderful creamy head when poured straight in.

Aromas of sweet grainy Vienna malt, rock candy, and a whiff of alcohol.

Grainy, nutty sweetness. Finishes with a dose of bitter alcohol that isn't messing around, but isn't off-putting.

Full malty body with low-medium carbonation. It's rich.

It's a lesser Doppelbock than many, but I'm sure fresher is better. I really like the flip top bottle, but the beer is lacking depth in aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Grizzynicky
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of mangeke
3.22/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rab53
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Swing top bottle; October 17 drink by --

Color is ok ok the red/light side for the style but head dissipated almost immediately; smell and taste are very sweet/syrupy for style; mouthfeel is a bit watery with mild cloy and moderate carb; not great for the style but for Germany an ok beer.

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Photo of MFS_71
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ronbo5421
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AngEo
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MTNboy
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guys I work with love this beer but they are the double bock and IPA crew. The body is a dark broze color. The head was pretty average as was the lace. The lace has a lot more retention than the head. The aroma is very malt based. It tastes of thick roasted malt. It is bitter sweet. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than expected.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant, medium-dark amber in color, topped with a medium-tan head comprised of dense, tightly-packed foam. Head dissipates at an average pace, and there is just a hint of brussels lace. Seems well-carbonated.

Nose is sweet and malty. I'm getting grape jam, plum, fig, tart cherry, and a touch of fusel alcohol buried beneath all of that dark-skinned goodness. Very little (none) in the way of hop character and yeast profile is neutral.

BAM! Big, malty-sweet flavor on the fist sip, accompanied by a scrubbing carbonation and just a touch of malty-slick character to coat and sooth the aching palate -- it's my first beer all day, dammit! And I got three other bocks to get to before calling it a night.

At 8.10% ABV it would seem as if Animator doesn't rank very high or seem like a very strong beer by most contemporary Craft Beer standards, and yet it's par for the style (or at least the higher end of the style insofar as Bavarian renditions go.) The alcohol is at once HOT and gently-warming, depending on the size of the first sip you took.

The body is a touch lighter than I'd expect, and as such it seems to be too easily drinkable for the style and the strength. On the other hand, it is a fairly punchy flavor profile (and I quite like it) and while it might be a bit cloying, I'd say that it is otherwise all there in spades.

A sipper, given the strength and ease-of-drinking. ;)

BBD: 06/15

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Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate bready aroma with some hints of dark fruits.

Hazy, deep amber colour. Medium sized, light tan head. Relatively poor head retention.

Big, malt flavour. Bready melanoidins, dried figs and raisins, light alcohol, a touch of tartness. Overall, there is something missing here and the whole things doesn't quite come together for me.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Suitable.

A decent doppelbock but certainly not the best I've ever had.

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Photo of bac37
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer during a trip to Augsburg Germany, while attending a college class! At first glance, this beer seemed to be a lower class Doppelbock but it earned its keep.

A - Its a mild yellow with decent head
S - The smell could be better, its a little sharp with only suttle hints of grains.
T - The taste is very up front with an almost tangy, metalic finish. The more i drank, however, the more it grew on me and i actually enjoyed the very predominent flavor.
M - a little lacking in mouthfeel. its pretty light making it a little boring on the tongue.
D - Definitly drinkable. A decent all around beer thats worth the try if you have the chance to come across it.

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Photo of IPA35
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks quite boring actually, light brown with a white head. Transparant.

The smell is malty, some sweet herbal hops.

Totally not what I expected.
The taste is full of melanoids, must be the Munich malts, sweetish and quite hoppy. EDIT: And raisins and some alcohol.

Medium body, a little watery prehaps. medium carbonation.

My first Doppelbock. I expected it to be more like a bitter or a brown ale but this is different. Not bad though, not bad.

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Photo of Derek
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Hackerhaus on Sendlinger Strasse in Munich.

Mindestens haltbar bis: 30/10/06

A: Clear merlot, impressive off-white head, only a little retention and lace.

S: Malty (bready with a little raisin), sherry (becomes more boozy as it warms).

T: Bread, raisin, warming alcohol dominates, becomes cidery as it warms.

M: Moderate to full body (on the light side for its strength), moderate carbonation.

D: A little strong/harsh.

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Photo of petemoss14
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500ml flip top. Handsome label I must say. Seems like this might be a change from previous years, but bottle states alc. 8.2% vol. Freshness date 21.10.07.

Certainly the lightest colored doppelbock I have seen. Pours almost the color of a Sherry, with some strawberry highlights. Interesting. Medium white foam dissipates to next to nothing. I think this has to do with the 8.2%! Claims to be unfiltered, but actually seems quite clear.

Very sweet, almost candy-ish aroma. Lots of malt, but not the bready type you get with darker versions. Its got some mild fruity, almost vinous esters going on, along with caramel, and alcohol.

More of the same on the palate. Sweet maltiness, a touch of caramel. Clean tasting. Actually has more of a moderated hop bitterness in the finish than I would expect. Medium-to-full bodied. You sure can tell the alcohol is in there!

I have to say, having never had a paler version of a doppelbock, this beer throws me for a bit of a loop. I can't say that I dislike it, because I am enjoying it. It's just not what I expect from a doppelbock. I've sucked this one down rather quickly in trying to understand it, and I think it's gone straight to my head! A little rough around the edges (the beer, not me). This one packs a wallop.

Hacker-Pschorr seems to buck the conventional thinking with their seasonals. Their Oktoberfestbier is darker and more balanced in the hop department than the other München examples, and is actually my favorite of the Big Boys. Well Animator is also unique. And, in my opinion, worth a try!

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a purplish-red colour, scarlet really, with a thick beige head, about a finger's worth, that sticks around nicely. Steady but slow carbonation in the glass, while lacing is sticky and good. A bit lighter than I had expected, but still very good indeed.

Nose is rich and complex with pleasant tart fruit aromas; brandied cherry and plum blended with a sweet toffee character and a caramelly malt underlying. Slight peppery notes as well, just a very pleasant strong bock aroma, a bit timid but a joy to behold.

Taste is predominantly sweet and sticky, with a lot of rich toffee characters and a thick, treacle-esque malt base. A little bit of tartness on the mid, very subtle and clean though, just adds to the profile without strangling the palate. A pleasant brandy character is produced towards the back, the sweetness and richness of the malt with a delightful alcohol kick as it goes down. Alcohol is not really prominent though, at 8.1% it's incredible smooth drinking, very well masked.

Overall though I'd have to call this a little too sweet. It's very pleasant but just a touch more bitterness or tartness here or there would hugely enrich what is already a pleasant drop. It just seems slightl simple, it doesn't have the challenging complexity of the Celebrator, although I think this is also due to the mouthfeel, which is a bit flat, although nicely thick from the malt.

It all feels just a bit lacking. Very enjoyable, meshes together well, it just doesn't make you take a step back to admire the beer and reflect "I have just tasted God's essence." Not that I expect to find God's essence in a swingtop bottle, it would definitely need a cork. If I haven't said it already, very pleasant though, good drinking.

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Photo of stoepsel
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown body with reddish touch.
Heavy and very sweet smell like baked apples.
Surprisingly taste is not sweet at all but rather roasty and even slightly bitter.
A clumsy aroma of baked fruits pervades the in other respects well balanced and malty finish.
A difficult and rather heavy Doppelbock.
Interesting though.

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Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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