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Hacker-Pschorr Animator | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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.

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 100
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Notes dated on mar´11. Deep orange color, hazy appearance. Off-white, creamy, slowly dissipated froth. Caramel malt, toffee hints & dried dark fruit to the nose. Sweet upfront with raisin hues followed by low bitterness & slightly spicy flavor that linger into the finish. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Subtle candies & chocolate on the aftertaste. Flavorful & delightful.

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Photo of seanyfo
4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle poured into seidel

BBE Oct 2011

A- Ruby body with excellent clarity. 2 finger head that reduces to a thin crown, lacing is pretty much non existent.

S- Treacle and toffee in spades, maybe a hint of coconut????

T- Toffee and treacle malts up front with toastier malts toward the finish which linger well in the full bodied smooth finish.

M- Full body, lager clean, medium carbonation. No mention of alcohol heat at all,very smooth

D- Depth of malt complexity is excellent. I get that good satisfied feeling after drinking a doppelbock It just doesnt look very good. Put it to the nose and taste and its another story. Food for the soul in that respect, just not the eyes!

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Photo of IPA35
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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 CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby/dark amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows lots of caramel, bready malt and melanoidins. Pretty nice stuff.
Very similar flavours, bready malt and melanoidins really dominating. Also a fair whack of booze.
Nice syrupy body. Carbonation could be a bit higher.

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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A souvenir from Munich, one of many brought back home from my business trip to Germany earlier this year. The color is enhanced by melanoidins giving an immense depth to dark-coppery body capped by thin, short-lived beige head whose rather poor retention can be attributed to relatively high alcohol content and not entirely unexpected.
Rich malt aroma with melanoidin-toasty character and deep chocolate qualities, caramel, plumy and grape-like fruitiness coming from the malts used instead of yeast-derived esters, and mild alcohol in the background.
The beer is sweet yet enough attenuated to avoid being sticky or cloying on the palate, with strong malt-flavor having obvious melanoidin-toasty qualities, dark chocolate with light roast-touch and alcohol warmth that helps to balance the malt. Towards the finish emerge mild spicy hops. Medium-full bodied with somewhat flat carbonation. Above the average example of the style albeit not on the same level as Celebrator or Andechser. (500 ml, freshness date November 2011, into tulip.)

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy, glowing burnt orange/light brown color. The head has a a similar hue and a dense, frothy texture. Retention is very good, and a nice splattering of lacing sticks o the glass.

S: Sweet malty notes of toffee, caramel, and brown sugar. I get big honeyish notes as well. Light fruity notes, with some leafy/herbal hop aromas. Faint alcohol as well.

T: Firm malt sweetness up front. Toffee/caramel and honey are plentiful. Some mild dark fruit notes and faint tartness. Bitterness is moderate, providing some good balance. Leafy hop flavor is most noticeable. Finishing alcohol is slightly reminiscent of white rum.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is light, creamy, and smooth. A bit of stickiness.

D: A very good doppelbock. Big maltiness is met pretty nicely by a measured dose of hops to prevent cloying sweetness. I enjoy the depth of maltiness. Definitely worthwhile if you can find it.

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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 koolk
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking nutty brown with only a slight head and little to no retention. Seems to be the way with the style.

Dark spice, liquorice, toffee and caramel on the nose. Deep with a spicy burn, this is pretty smart.

Full flavour of toffee, caramel and more spice. Some really sweet malt noted on the finish.

Full bodied, slightly bitter and somewhat sweet but very well balanced. Full and rich.

Good beer. Not the best doppel ever, but enjoyable. Check it out.

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Photo of david18
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer replaced the Spaten bock on the draft selection at the amsterdam Ale House in New York City. That was the problem. The Spaten was outstanding and this was not as good. Good golden color, nice carbonation, good flavor; just not the most outstanding german beer i've had.

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Photo of dgilks
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had some lunch at the Altes Hackerhaus in München on 22SEP09 and spotted this Doppelbock on the menu. Come to Papa!! (0.5l - 3.90Eu).

Poured a deep, clear chestnut; a lovely color! Head was light tan, creamy, and maintained a 1/4" cover for some time while leaving nice lacing behind. Nose has a great malty sweetness with caramel wafting about. Body is medium all the way, with a really smooth feel on the tongue.

Flavor has lots of malt here; solidly sweet with strong caramel yet not cloying at all. The malts coat the palate nicely, with a good touch of floral hops rounding things out. A tasty, solid Doppelbock.


look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice swing top bottle which uncaps with a satisfying thunking pop.

Pours a really, really lovely mahogany hued red-amber, with an initially vivacious and frothy head of taupe foam. Slight haze in the body is perfect. Retention is a little weak, which is a shame, but otherwise this is an absolutely stunning looking beer. Really top notch.

Very sweet and malty on the nose. Lots of honey, even treacle and molasses, and something a little floral too. Smells like a garden on a hot summer's day. Very rich and sweet.

More of the same on the palate, although there is a pleasant clean bitterness on the back and a phenolic alcohol vector which cuts through much of the syrup. Mouthfeel is round, chewy and full, which somewhat emphasises the incredibly thick and sweet nature of the palate. It pulls no punches, this beer; it's going for huge malt, thickness and body.

Hard to fault it for effort - this is a huge rich malty bomb. While I may have found myself craving more sharpness, a slightly lighter body, or a palate cleansing burst of finishing hops, that's not what this beer is designed to do. Try it when you're after a bucketload of malt and you won't be disappointed.

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3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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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3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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 TheSarge
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try this brew at about 60F, to see if I can get all the nuances out of this beer.

Animator produces a bit more head than the usual doppelbock that I've tried in the past. It's khaki in color, and sticks together quite tightly. The body is dark and ruby red, and is well filtered.

Aroma characteristics are sweet, blunt biscuit, maple, cola, and herbal... Quite a complex aroma!

The taste is vanilla and cherry dominant, and finishes with a slight booziness. Warming to the palate, and sticky as well.

This is one of the more complex doppels that I've tried, and it's up there with Ayinger's offering, Celebrator.

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Photo of JohnW
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from swing top style bottle, dark mahogany, with hint of red. Rich creamy off white head. Aroma is very malts oriented, rich, slightly sweet little or no hoppiness at all. Flavour matches this, very smooth malty flavours, slighted toasted, caramels, also a slight tingle on the tongue. Only a hint of any hop bitterness in the finish, but smooth, rich and very satisfying. Though maybe not a beer for "hop-heads!"

A rich, warming smooth slightly sweet beer, very satisfying, though I would not class it as a "session" beer, too rich and strong for that, but a great beer to finish an evening with!

Highly recommended.

B'ham UK April 2009

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare one, thanks Biereckonig. Pours a reddish hugh on malty brown, lasting foamy beige head. Aroma is malty. Above average mouthfeel, although carbonation and sourness (felt initially)countered it. Some complexity, a little malty, some barley, a really good drinker.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass at Donisil in the Marienplatz area of Munich - several times - during my 09 March through 19 March visit.

Pours deep and rich mahogany in color, with a head that left a 2-finger head and nice layer of lacing. Huge aromas of dark fruits dark stone fruit standing out in front. Some welcome hotness from the prevalent alcohol came to play.
Heavy on the maltiness with lacings of chocolate and dark carmelized stone fruits. The alcohol definitely became more noticeable as the Bier warmed. Full bodied and incredibly smooth. Great mothfeel. Perhaps the quintessential nightcap while in Bavaria.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a swing-top bottle into a mug.

note: This is the 2008 batch and it lists the ABV at 8.1%

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger medium-thick off-white head. Medium to higher levels of carbonation evident. Colour is reddish-brown, perhaps a rust or mahogany shade, and is relatively clear. Head fades to a thin film, which mostly disappears eventually and leaves no lacing.

SMELL: A sweet nose of red fruits and caramel malt. Nose is pleasant but relatively one dimensional and a bit weak.

TASTE: A bit of red fruit and caramel malt, as would be expected by the nose, but this one is slightly more spicy than the norm. Aftertaste is slightly bitter-sweet with touches of sweet wood, but a longer lasting spiciness hangs around pleasantly. Though spicy, the aftertaste is not spicy alcohol. This is surprising, given the higher ABV.

PALATE: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation. Feels creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a nice bite at the very back of the throat right at the end. Finishes rather dry on the palate. The smoothness and the small bite are exactly what you'd expect from the style. Very nice here.

OVERALL: Pretty good example of the style. The ABV is well hidden and it tasted and felt above average for sure. Drinkable and enjoyable, one I'd definitely re-visit.

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3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful reddish brown with a dense beige head and easy going carbonation.

Sweet malty smell with plenty of (sour) fruity notes and a grainy cracker-like dryness to it. A rather powerfull and also yeasty nose with a toned-down, yet spicy hop presence and a good dose of alcohol.

Even more maltiness on the palate. A thick sweetness upfront with some delicate salty touches added. Hop flavours soon mingle in as the brew takes a slight dry turn. The finish in incredibly malty and sweet and lets the alcohol shine through. A sugary and light-bitter aftertaste follows.

A medium to heavy body with soft carboantion and an oily slickness.

One of the biggest Doppelbocks I have tried, with an emphasis on unconcealed sweetness and alcohol where others are more roasted and dry.

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Photo of BarryNL
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red, slightly hazy in appearance. Pours with a minimal head, but lasts well. Surprising it's not clearer as I assume it's undergone a fairly long lagering period.

S: Bready aroma with sweet sugary toffee caramel aroma. Not particularly complex. As the bottle was only a month before its "best before" date I would have expected more complex aromas and flavours to have developed.

T: Toffee and brown sugar, rich malty flavour. Again, not as complex as you might expect in a beer this strength, but a very pleasant clean flavour. Bitterness is spot on for the style - definitely in the background and just sufficient to balance the sweetness. The flavour lingers well with flavours developing in the mouth for a minute or more.

M: Big and fluffy, not too sticky or cloying but also neither dry and astringent.

D: Perhaps a little gassy, but otherwise drinkable enough considering the strength of this beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml swing top bottle that was brought home from Germany by my mother. Consumed on 07/10/2008.

I was thrilled to see this bottle be one of the ones that were brought back for me. One of the strongest beers offered around those parts, it was a shame this one doesn't make it over to the states. I grabbed this one out of the fridge and poured it into a tall pilsner glass to make sure I could empty the whole thing. Poured out a very nice medium brown color with a touch of reddish highlights to it. Nice cloudiness and a bit of sediment on the bottom. Rich looking beer, with a two inch head of light tan foam across the top that seemed to hang around for a good bit before finally settling down into a thin layer that lasted throughout the session. Very nice side glass presentation as well as a good bit of carbonation streaking up towards the surface.

The aroma was typically malt heavy as you would have expected. Lots of caramel and grain notes mixed in throughout. Light fruit notes way in the back, maybe a fig or something, but I was definitely picking it up. Lots of flavor here. Rich caramel malts stole the show for me on this one. Started out smooth and ended smooth, just the way that it should. Nice bit of an alcohol nosing its way in, but not becoming too dominant or distracting in anyway. Great feel, really quite thick here with a medium body and a coating across the tongue, really letting the flavor explore. Easy to put this one down as it was very rich, but at the same time quite filling I have to admit. Loads of malty sweet aftertaste that stuck with me for a good few minutes after I was done.

Overall I thought this was an excellent dopplebock. Classic German style here, with a ridiculously smooth presence and rich, sweet flavors. I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day. Really a fine offering that I wish was available here in the states!

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased in Munich.

Pours a deep mahogany, which is a little lighter colored than most doppelbocks I've seen. The head peaks at about two finger then settles the a nice ayer of foam that leaves a tattered lacing behind.

Smell; lots of dark fruits with plums, and raisins dominating. A little bit of a candy sweetness comes through in the nose as well as a bit of spiciness from the alcohol and maybe a hint of some hops.

Taste; wow, very rich maltiness. Some traces of choclate and caramel fades into plums and raisins. The alcohol is a little noticeable, but it blends well with a surprising hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and very velvety smooth. One of the richest doppelbocks, as far as mouthfeel goes, that I've had. I wasn't to sure about buying this beer as I hadn't ever heard of it before, but I'm very pleasantly surprised.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought a swing-top bottle (0.5L) from a department store in Munich for about 1.50 euros. I wasn't so sure about packing this type of bottle with my checked luggage (maybe the swing-top could leak easier than a standard cap), so I poured it into a Kloster Andechs glass (that's right, Andechs) in my hotel room after the beer halls closed.

The beer was a clear burgandy (auburn?) color with a THICK lightly tanned foamy head. The smell was intensely fruity, dark fruits like plum and raisin, with a strong malt and alcohol aroma as well. It actually smelled kind of barley-winish. The taste was very rich and malty-sweet, almost a little cloying, and packed a strong alcohol flavor. Honestly I'd have guessed it to be higher than the 8.2% listed on the label. Mouthfeel was great, very thick and had a coating character, kept the flavor in my mouth for a long time after each sip. However, the richness of the brew keeps the drinkability down, as I couldn't have thought of going after another.

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3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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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