Hacker-Pschorr Animator | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Hacker-Pschorr AnimatorHacker-Pschorr Animator
BA SCORE
3.88/5
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:
#10,970
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
102
pDev:
9.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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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 JuicesFlowing
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a mug.

Look: Murky almost opaque burnt amber colored body under a cream colored head. Head recession leaves a patch of film, little or no lacing.

Aroma: Malty sweetness with an earthy, grainy beginning. Massive amounts of sweet caramel and spiced apples afterwards.

Taste: Begins malty and sweet just like the aroma before getting really spicy. A bit of Hints of caramel are layered underneath crisp apple and spicy cinnamon. The finish is peppery and a little hot where the alcohol comes through.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light bodied considering the ABV.

Overall: A tasty dopplebock with spiciness really coming through. Seems like a great beer for Autumn drinking.

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Photo of leinie13
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red/copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, apple, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. A bit too much fruity/ester notes in the aromas. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light nuttiness, light chocolate, plum, fig, herbal, and yeast /toasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate/nuttiness, plum, fig, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warming lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and light-moderate dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Desimoaj
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Blueribbon666
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of neruda11
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 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 TheSSG
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dense tan head that has nice persistence. Sweet, toasted malt and grainy hops. Beautiful, deep burnt umber color. Starts with a rich, sweet, toasted malt flavor; prunes, candied sugar on top of the toasted malt. Booziness and dry, grainy hops move in. Hops linger, taking on a grassy note as the sweet, toasted malt rolls back into the background for the finish.

A German Doppelbock, so of course it's lovely. A really nice balance of toasted malt, sweetness, booziness, and grainy hops.

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Photo of Phocion
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml swingtop bottle dated best by 06/15 and opened with an extremely loud "pop." Poured into a pilsner glass. Mostly clear copper body with a thick and retentive rocky white head. Big splotches of lacing.

Very malt-forward aroma. Biscuit and toast, caramel and toffee. Huge melanoidin maltiness. Gentle fig/raisin esters in the background.

Flavor is very malty. Toast and caramel with a touch of chocolate, but not particularly roasty. Subtle dark fruits. No noticeable hop presence or astringency and a touch of warm sherry notes.

Medium-heavy body and fairly low carbonation. Thick and creamy. Warm but not harsh.

I like Doppelbocks and this is a well-made Bavarian example of the style. Still, it just feels like it's missing something and comes off a little too close to cloying. It's a good beer and I'm glad I had a chance to try it (considering how rarely it makes it here to the States), but I'd be happier with an Ayinger or Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 JoeAmerican77
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A - Pours a dark amber with a furious three finger light taupe head that quickly fades with little to no lacing...

S - Dark fruits fill the nose, strawberry and figs

F - Sweet belgian candy and spicy alcohol mix with phenomenal fruity esters matching the nose; a huge flavor. Not cloying to me however if left to warm too much I could see it being overly so.

M - Mouthfeel is warming with a medium to heavy body and gentle carbonation.

Overall a big surprise for me from HP, haven't had anything this big and bold from them before. Bravo. Highly recommend.

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Photo of mousebeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of steveh
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The latest in some special release seasonals from H-P. Rather surprised to see this one since the Festbier was some sort of aberration for the local distributor.

Unfiltered Doppelbock, best before June of 2015 right on the label -- 8% ABV -- whew.

A -- Deep, clear (unfiltered?) copper-amber color with a thick tan head that settles rather quickly.

S -- Rich dark bread aroma with peppery alcohol back. Some mild dark fruitiness from a blend of malts and alcohol. Some fusel character in the background along with light DMS.

T -- Same rich dark bread character with an alcohol backbone. Some light dark fruit notes balance out the alcohol. There's a nice toasted bread character in the finish with hot alcohol pepperiness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a dry finish and a medium-robust body.

O -- A true Starkbier if there ever was one. I tend to enjoy Doppelbocks that lean to a little more sweet character, but this is not at all out of style for a Doppelbock. A good winter warmer, this one. I have to wonder what it might be like in March.

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

Nice foamy head that took more than a minute to settle. Nice amber color and clear. Great taste and after taste. 8.1% ABV is a nice addition. Even though they call this their limited edition Christmas Bier I could drink this any time of the year.

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Photo of Grizzynicky
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of timontheroad
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish-amber with a bit of haze. Nice two-finger fluffy tan head that quickly faded - very little lacing - probably due to the alcohol content. The nose is very sweet, and pungent, as a good Dopplebock should be. There's plenty of sweet malt aromas, dark fruit, alcohol and a candy sugar smell. The flavor follows the nose pretty closely - with the sweetness from the malt being the most prominent, but not overwhelming. I get some raisin and fig flavors, some bread notes and a little alcohol burn. The mouthfeel felt rather light, but quite nice, with the alcohol providing a nice bite at the finish. Overall, I liked this beer a lot, it's not quite in the league of the best Dopplebocks, but it's still quite a tasty brew.

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Hacker-Pschorr Animator from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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