Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner GoldHacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold

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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of fscottkey
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] The bottle has a date code (11/16) but I am not sure what that refers to. It also lists the ABV (5.5%). The beer is a pale golden color. Almost no head at all.

S: [3.50] Very Lager-y. It has corn, sweetness from the malts, maybe some spiciness from some hops.

T: [4.00] Flavor is better than the nose. Very sweet with caramel and toffee flavors. There is also some grassiness and spiciness from the hops.

M: [3.50] A little thin and fizzy.

O: [3.50] I have a warm spot for Hacker-Pschorr in my heart. This was my go to beer in Germany when I visited. This is a decent lager. I am sure I am giving a small bump for nostalgia. The taste is quite good. The nose is prototypical lager. The appearance is lacking head so that is a bit of a downer at the start. This is a great dock beer or something for socializing.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 FL OZ bottle
Served in a pokal glass

It pours a brilliant golden hue and is topped with two inches of creamy, white head that leaves some decent lacing.

It has a mild skunked flavor with an underlying grain sweetness. Light floral notes round out the aroma.

The flavor is sweet and grainy with hints of floral hops.

Thin mouthfeel

It is a decent beer. It is better than I expected.

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Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 330 ml bottle (code says 11.16) into a nonic. Reviewed from notes dated September 19, 2016.

A-The beer is definitely bright in color with a nice golden hue and good clarity. Not much carbonation to be seen and the white head fades quickly leaving patches of foam on the top. No lacing.

S-The aroma is simple and pleasant. Notes of toasted bread, toasted grain, and just a hint of sweetness. Hops are subtle and European/noble in flavor; there is just a little grassy hit of bitterness. Smells clean and crisp.

T-The taste mostly tracks the aroma. Malts are pretty dry with flavors of toasted white bread and grain. None of the cooked vegetable flavor that often accompanies lower ranked beers of this style. The finish leaves my palate with a little hit of leafy, hoppy bitterness. Tastes clean and crisp.

M-The body is medium to light in heft with a fine-but-active carbonation that persists on the palate.

O-This is a good beer, but nothing special. You don't have to think too much about it, but you won't really want to think too much about it.

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Photo of dragonah
4.94/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not up to speed on all of the technical criteria on beers (yet), but I make it a practice of trying new beers often. This is the best beer I've ever had. I do NOT like hoppy beers....bitter is not appealing to me. This beer is beautiful gold, smooooooth, and flavorful. Excellent. Best. Ever.

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Photo of bwood06
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This was my 2nd beer while playing bocce ball at a German pub in Denver. I figured since we were at a German place that I might as well be ordering German beer. Something nice and light was in order and this fit the bill. The color of this beer is a bright golden hue that is clear in appearance and features low carbonation. The head is white, frothy, thick, and dissipates very slowly to a thin lacing. 4.25/5 The aroma is very similar to the pilsner that I had right before this with grassy hops and pilsner malt really coming to the forefront. However, this beer is much more malty and sweet with less of a hop forward profile. Buttered white bread, pilsner malt, grassy hops, and light caramel really come out nicely here. 3.75/5 The sweet maltiness is really showcased here with a light caramel leading off before buttered white bread comes to the forefront. There is a deep grainy sweetness that is very rich (for cereal grains). Right before the grassy hops come in there is a note of light green apple that just peeks out before disappearing. There is some bitterness from the grassy hops but not much in comparison to the sweetness of the malt. 4.25/5 As sweet as this beer is, the mouthfeel is rather light and wet without being viscous or cloying. There is some minor drying that lingers slightly upon swallowing. The carbonation is very light with only a light tickle up front. 4.25/5 This is really an enjoyable beer that is great on its own or paired with food. Much sweeter than a pilsner but still nice and light. Simple, straightforward, sessionable, and layered, while still being approachable. 4/5

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear yellow with one finger of foamy head that leaves cartoon dust clouds of lace as it recedes.

Smells of fresh white bread, soft citrus, cut grass and mild green hops.

Tastes of bready pale malt sweetness, lemon zest, white pepper and more grassy noble hops.

Feels soft and light. Medium-light bodied with feathery carbonation. Finishes off-sweet.

Verdict: Recommended. Solid, refreshing lager.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle, best before 10/16.

Pale gold and brilliantly clear. Average sized creamy white head with good retention. Sweet pils malt aroma dominates with light spicy hops to provide some balance. More malt sweetness in the flavor but it actually finishes on the dry side. Incredibly clean feel to it. Medium bodied, bordering on medium-full. One of the heavier Munich Helles' I have had, I actually wish it felt a little lighter and more refreshing. Great flavor though, a quality lager for sure.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold has a thick, slightly off-white head, a clear, very bubbly, gold appearance, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of honey malt, sweet biscuit, and grassy hop oils. Taste is of sweet malt, biscuit, honey, grass, and low-level bitterness. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold finishes smooth and crisp.


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Photo of Act25
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought Paulaner mixed 6. Try 1.

Difficult for me to discern between gold lagers, especially when in Europe, drinking them fresh when they seem to shine for me.

A: Pours a clear golden straw yellow body w tiny, visible carbonation. The beer has a 1 finger white head with large bubbles that reduces to thin ring with dotty lacing.

S: Mild, grassy, grainy, biscuit. Not enough, not enough fresh hop.

T: Follows smell but ample, with sweet bready malts and nice blend of bitterness of the grassy hops. Richer, maltier than most Helles Lager.

M: Very good feel, good weight, medium bodied with prickly amounts of carbonation. Clean & refreshing. Great food beer.

O: I'd love to try this in Germany, and in any oyster bar or seafood place.

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Photo of Premo88
4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: yellow-gold, clear, small head about 1/4-inch of white foam ... the color and clarity are beautiful, the pour/head lackluster

S: bread malt bomb ... very sweet; a bit of grain in there and a light hop note, mainly black-pepper

T: sweet bread malt ... so sweet it's fruity, apricot/peach, very English pale-like; there's a nice black-pepper hop bite under the thick layer of malt sweetness, but it's main service is as a balancing note -- it's not overly bitter, though it does grow as you work through the glass; there's just a hint of stale dust and a little skunk in there, but neither are detractors, just present

F: what I love in lagers ... light, bordering on watery, but very crisp -- a brew you could drink all day

O: fantastic ... light fruity sweet but very lager crisp, and the pinch of black-pepper hops is tantalizing -- you think you want more, but its restraint is its strength. a beer I will seek again and again, likely in 12-packs if I can find them.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml can into nonic pint. "04.08.2015 04.08.2016" on the bottom of the can. consumed oct 19 2015

a: super transparent pale yellow under three fingers of fluffy white head

s: doughy crackery sweet malt, grass, hay, and a touch of lemon and apple

t: follows the nose. malty all around with a pleasant light sweetness, with touches of grassy hay and lemon here and there

m: light-plus liquid body and moderate carbonation amount to a light mouthfeel that's almost creamy. awesome!

o: pretty standard stuff i guess, but it's delicious and highly drinkable

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.85/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very good tasting German beer. No hops to speak of, thankfully. I am sure they are there, but this is another GREAT Hacker-Pschorr beer that leads the way to a better world of drinking beer. All the other wannabe beers that make their name with candy coating, chocolate syrup, lemon wedges, cinnamon sticks and other "additives" to make their beer "unique" and "craftsman" can take a hike. This is beer and I am thankful for it! What a great taste!! No bitter aftertaste. No goofy sourness. No odd smell. A full strength, full taste, full bodied and fully appreciated beer! Thank you Hacker-Pschorr!

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Photo of GuitarIPA
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very simple, clean, pale yellow beer with a slight grain flavor, with a little bit of malt sweetness vey light - kind of scary how fast this beer disappears - could drink it all day during warmer weather

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Photo of patre_tim
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Straw gold with a few slow rising mini bubbles. Crystal clear. Topped with 5 fingers of fluffy white head with great retention.

Straw, fresh hay, malt, wet dog, a hint of skunk, and children's aspirin.

Big malt as the style should have, its got it to a classic tee. Fresh bread, little hops on the end, mostly big malt and bread, as well as biscuit.

Medium body, smooth crisp finish. Medium to low carbonation. Overall goes down really smoothly.

Found and drank in Chiang Mai, Sept 20th, 2015. Excellent brew on the taste and feel.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, finger of head with little retention or lacing. Nose is grainy, grassy hops, and a mild bready finish. Toasted grains, buttered bread, grassy hops and hints of sweet corn on the finish. Easy drinking German lager.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The label on my bottle says "Munich Gold", but I'm going to assume that this is the same beer.

Appearance - golden straw color liquid with white head

Smell - wheat, whole grain, biscuit, bread

Taste - classic Helles flavors here with the wheat, grain, biscuit and bready notes

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, slight sweetness from the grains, crisp clean and refreshing

Overall - outstanding representation of the style here, hits all of the notes of what a beer drinker should expect from a Helles lager. Highly recommended

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 10/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Helles. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. This is one of the best in the style I have had.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours from a 500mL can an ever-so-slightly hazy golden colour, with lots of visible carbonation. Not much in the way of head, however (just a finger or two), and what is there recedes quickly down to a few islands. Not much lacing.

Smell of pale malt, some biscuit, cracker. Light whiff of lemon or lemon-grass, some cut grass, hay, slight bitter greens. Faintly creamy as well.

Taste is also malt forward, quite crisp, but with a nice bittering snap added by some judicious hopping. Again, biscuit, some greens, pepper. A touch of lemon, faint citrus pith. Crackers, dough. Nice. Carbonation is high, but less aggressive than the appearance would believe, and the body is full but not heavy.

A step down from Hofbrauhaus's version of the style, it doesn't wow--but it's still a very solid lager.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliantly clear straw gold with a huge head of foam that leaves lacing behind as the foam recedes.

The smell is purfumey, almost light it was a bit light struck despite the brown bottle. Spicy hop nose takes it from there with some biscuit notes from the malt.

The taste reverses the smell. Malty, leaning on the biscuit slightly sweet side. Hops have a spicy tingle to them along with some light citrus.

Nice light body with good carbonation, this is a very refreshing beer. Very nice.

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

This is a very attractive lager: a giant rocky white head capping a crystal-clear, sparkling pale gold beer. On the nose, it is malt-forward and slightly sweet: subdued lagery grains with hints of spicy Pilsener-style hops and alcohol. The palate follows the nose: clean and malty, with lagery grains up front and a mild hoppy bitterness that builds towards the end. The finish is crisp and decisive, with just a hint of hop bitterness that lingers very briefly. The mouthfeel is a bit bigger than one might expect for a light-bodied beer, and is quite peppery thanks to the fizzy carbonation. This is a very refreshing beer, and a good example of the style. (11.2 oz bottle, 181 days before best-by date)

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color was a dark yellow. Slight citrus on the nose. A little skunkiness too. Tasted sweet ad refreshing on a hot summer day. Wish I had more than one of these.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy straw color, Medium body, Aroma of malt, some yeast, & light fruit/citrus; Flavor of slight sweet malt, hops, grain, and some citrus, Not to bad.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Yellow, Fizzy, Delicious, Liter

A slightly bigger and bolder version of their traditional Munich Helles Lager for export. Impeccably clean and crisp with suggestions of fresh baked baguettes and flowery herbal hop. Perfectly balanced that elevates the level of drinkability. Tasty pale lagers like this easily earn our respect.

STYLE: Munich Helles Lager | ABV: 5.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

: L: Brilliant gold, 1” off-white foam cap. S: A hint of sweet grain scented withspicy hops. T: Bread to biscuit, spicy hop, hop bitterness from middle to end. F: Medium light body, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a single into a willi becher

A: clear bright yellow-gold, big 3 finger head
S: damp sweet hay, herbal hops, bready malt and something sweeter/heavier (caramel?)
T: follows the nose, nice progression of fairly full flavors
M: Wet at first then crisp and dry at the end; pretty full body; good balance with some bitterness, especially at the end;

Overall: satisfying beer with a nice body.

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