Münchner Gold
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #129
Ranked #37,053
3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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Notes: At the end of the 19th century, Munich took great pleasure in two new beaming additions to the city; the golden Angel of Peace and the first lager beer specialty, Munich Gold. Still brewed by us to this day according to the age-old recipe, this slightly stronger beer is a mature masterpiece and delights with its enticing malty aroma and its slightly stronger original wort.
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: super clear golden amber color. 1 finger fizzy, yet solid white head

s: lemongrass, earthy and herbal malts. sweet grass and sweet grains. a touch of earthy bitterness and that distinct lager spice. not too complex but pretty spot-on.

t: crisp grass and some earthy hops and bitterness upfront. lemongrass, sweet grains, and some mellow malts. a nice lager crispness and a little bit of sweet grass. a touch of earthy bitterness to finish

m: medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

o: if you're looking for a Helles, this is definitely one. it has all the qualities you're looking for in one, and there is nothing off-putting at all. good stuff

Jul 16, 2021
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to Hacker Pschorr's Helles lager but with a slightly higher ABV. Pours brilliant, clear gold with a pillowy white two finger head. Tastes clean, fresh, with hops and malts in balance, possibly leaning slightly more hoppy, as a lemony undertone cuts through the biscuity malt. Very satisfying, and great for session consumption.

Jun 12, 2021
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3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really good helles. I found it a bit more hoppy and less sweet than other German helles I've had in the past. Very nice golden color but not as carbonated as I remember the style. It was within suggested drink-by date, but I got it from make your six-pack section at Weggman's (Princeton NJ), which seems to be stocked with randoms. I would love to try it again, in larger quantities.

May 31, 2021
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jkrich from Florida

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from an 11.2, freshness dated bottle (it looks nothing like the photo represented here): bright and clear, deep golden hue with a quickly receding foamy head.

The flavor begins with a solidly sweet malt profile that imparts hints of lemon and vanilla, ala the Helles style. The body is rather full for the style with refreshing and zesty carbonation that keeps the lager quaffable after every sip. Not complex in any way, just an easy-drinking German lager. I would like to know the difference between this lager and the brewery's "Munchner Helles". I do see the Helles is less alcohol at 4.9 ABV, but what else?

May 23, 2021
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle stamped 11/21. Clear golden color with maybe 1/8" of white head. Smells of straw and lager yeast. Medium body. Tastes of lightly toasted malt and honey. Good, but a little understated.

May 15, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml swingtop bottle, as Hacker Pschorr Münchner Gold, from Seven Cellars. ABV is 5.5%. Crystal clear pale golden colour, large to moderate white head. Aroma of sweetish malts and floral hops, hints of grass and honey. Malty and moderately sweet flavour, a hint of honey again, moderate herbal hops in the finish.

Apr 20, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Munchner Gold pours into my glass a crystal clear, burnished amber color slightly darker than the color of straw. The head is mousse like, bone white, and decently lasting.
The aroma starts off malty sweet, bready and biscuity with a slightly toasted quality. In the center Munchner Gold becomes the most familiar in its lagerness thanks to a hint of green apple. Noble European hops come through in the finish, smelling delicately of both fresh cut grass and hints of something floral.
On the tongue, Munchner Gold starts out smooth, crisp, and rounded, giving familiarity to lovers of good lagers and pilsners. Delicate malt flavors come through first in the form of crackers and pale biscuit malt. The center gives me a rounded mouthfeel and the brightness of lemon before drying out ever so slightly towards the finish. Just a hint of fresh cut grass in the finish belies the presence of noble European hops.
Give this 7.5 out of 10. On the one hand, it's crisp and delicate, rounded in the center and has a very pleasant character. More character in fact, than most lagers. I might give this a slightly higher score if the flavor profile had maybe just a little more malt in the beginning. Beyond that, love it to death.

Apr 20, 2021
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear gold colour but headless. Cereals and grains on the nose. Plain taste, typical of a Euro lager, biscuits, hops slight sweetness. Nothing bad but nothing great
April 19 2021

Apr 20, 2021
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jujugo from Canada (ON)

3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look: clear, golden yellow with small head
Smell: light and a bit sour, not much to write home about
Taste: mostly bitter with light malt at the top, and a neutral, bland finish
Feel: less carbonated than other beers I've tried, and foams quite a bit at the tongue
Overall: not the biggest fan of this one surprisingly, so I'll pass next time.

Apr 10, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought 2 cans at the lcbo in Ontario 500ml at 5.5%.
poured a 1finger head into glass.
classic German beer nice.
very enjoyable and refreshing as you drink leaving a lace .
overall a very good classic German beer I would probably buy it again and again.

Mar 29, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear gold appearance sporting a small white head and little lacing. Distinct grainy, sweet malt aroma. Taste is primarily malty, soft on the palate, sweet but not obtrusively so. Bitterness held to a minimum while floral hops barely show through. Medium bodied, modestly carbonated mouthfeel.

Mar 13, 2021
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH "Münchner Gold"
330ml brown glass bottle coded "08.21 n L21805 F"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: How is it that I've never reviewed this beer before? I've had it at Oktoberfest, and from the wooden barrel in München. It's a classic of the style, relying on just rich golden malt and Hallertauer hops. It's a clear deep golden in color beneath a full head of bright white foam that holds quite well and leaves beautiful lacing behind. The aroma is fresh and bright with grainy, grassy, and sweetish Pilsner malt and floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops. The flavor follows with more breadiness in the malt, and a variety of orchard fruits including apple and peach. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes mainly dry. It's clearly a classic of the style.
Review #7,211

Feb 15, 2021
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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

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

This one is legit. For the style, i don't know how you can get better than it. Yeah from a look and smell perspective, it is ordinary (what lager isn't?); but the taste and feel of this beer is really where it's at. It's clear from the first sip that the recipe and brewing process have been perfected to make one claim, "This. Is. Beer."

Jan 16, 2021
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden color with a nice white head that slowly reduces and leaves lacing. In the nose, it is light and malty. In the mouth, it is the same: malt flavors with a slight hop bitterness (very slight) and maybe some pear. Nice!

Jan 02, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours an incredibly beautiful crystal clear golden yellow color with a two finger rocky white head of dense foam. Leaves moderate lacing on the glass as I drink.

Aroma: Light notes of toast and apple pastries. Mild hints of fresh grains and a touch of hay. The nose is quite mellow and restrained.

Taste: Dominant flavors of bread and lightly toasted cereal malt - with a clean taste of sweet honey and marzipan midpalate, intermingled with fruity notes of red apples and pears, and maybe even a touch of banana. A trace of peppery / earthy hints of spicy hop / pine resin throughout.

Feel: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink and extremely thirst quenching.

Overall: This is a great munich helles lager. Lots of flavor, but it's super clean and unobtrusive - as I described in the feel this is an easy drinking beer something you could really throw back and enjoy. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a great helles lager.

For what it's worth, I think this one is criminally underrated on BA. Certainly worthy of being in the low 90's at least.

Dec 13, 2020
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before 3/2021; consumed on 11/5/20

Pours a bright straw gold body with brilliant clarity and topped with a finger of fluffy, slightly off-white foam; decent head retention leaves a vague curtain of cap, a dense, frothy collar, and a moderate display of webby/spotty lacing caked to the walls of the glass.

Aroma is bursting with taut, rounded pale malts, accentuating crisp white bread and straw upfront; a grassy, clean middle peaks with soft bread crusts easing to showcase peppery, floral notes on the back end of the bouquet.

Taste opens softly with notes of white bread and pale malts as a floral/grassy character is equally as subtle over the mid-palate; a background minerality rests beneath toasted grain and slight straw on the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a light body, crisp and delicately prickly along the palate, with a moderate carbonation enabling a steadily drying, exceptionally quenching texture through the mid-palate to a pillowy grit on an evenly dispersed, semi-wet finish.

Clean, uncomplicated lager; maybe an overly simplistic delineation, but ultimately a most apt one, as pale malts, subtle yeast, and a hoppy minutae marry effortlessly in the traditional (and stunningly consumable) spirit of the German Helles.

Nov 06, 2020
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely delicious!
Not much of an aroma per se, but the crisp, clean well balanced brew makes for a very drinkable beer with a wonderful finish.
This is one for the 1 liter stein for sure.
It just doesn't get much better than this.

Oct 25, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler filled 9-18-20, opened 9-19-20.
2 finger dense white head with a fine bead. Very good retention, head leaves behind thin wispy lacing.
Brilliant gold with ultimate clarity.
Sweet and beady malt, and a soft mineral note. Light floral hoppiness.
Soft, clean, delicious, tasty malt...subtle bread dough - mild honey.
All aromas and flavors are moderately represented and extremely well done.
Bright, clean entry with medium carbonation and a soft mouthfeel. Light to medium body. Quick finish with just a hint of sweetness.
Extreme drinkability, an easy by the liter pounder.
Very Good to Outstanding.

Sep 19, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

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

Pours a clear golden. Smell is fruity ,floral with hops . Taste is bready with grassy and herbal notes. Medium carbonation with a crisp floral and hoppy finish.

Sep 19, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle poured into a narrow mug.
I failed to record the Best by date but this one was rather fresh.

Brilliantly clear and gold, showing fast-rising bubbles and topped with two plus fingers of cream-white foam that settles to a dense and persistent one finger head that leaves lace. Spicy hops, honey suckle, caramel and bready malt make up a fairly strong and inviting nose. Taste is malt forward, toast and honey with herbal and spicy hops. It drys a bit at the finish but leaves a lightly sweet malt aftertaste. The feel is crisp and light with medium-high carbonation. Flavorful and very fast drinking this is a great glass of beer.

Sep 15, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, you guessed it, gold, with a solid white head and lacing. Smells of biscuit malt with grassy yet mild hops. The taste has more breadiness than nose lets on but has a sweet biscuit malt edge to it, grass and slightly earthy hop finish is overwhelmed until the very last second. Feel is bready, smooth, light for style, and yet not that crisp. Ok but better options out there

Aug 31, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It is that time of the year when I am going all-in on German beers styles and today's historic brewery is Hacker-Pschorr. I've had the pleasure of having their offerings on tap at Max's Taphouse in Baltimore for their Oktoberfest, however, COVID has me out buying sixer's and spending time writing about my experience and with this a great one indeed. It should be noted this is an KGaA Brand.

My aggressive pour of this hell lager results in a large 3+ finger head which leaves a bit of a creamy white fine-bubbled head on top of a straw gold appearance. The traditional smell of spicy hop notes and earthy tones alongside barley malts.

Ultralight mouthfeel with a sweet bit of earthy tones finishing in a refreshing malt sums this beer up. There is not one note that is more noticeable than the sweet malt. The drinkability is high and could easily be one of the better examples I've tried over the 2020 summer season.

Aug 17, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt and hop hints
The taste follows the nose with slight malt and hop flavors
A light bodied very well carbonated crisp beer
A good Helles

Jul 12, 2020
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NordicHermit from Canada (ON)

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

Not much to add that hasn't already been said. It's simple, balanced and consistent. It exhibits an exceptional clarity and the taste is well defined, comforting and bready. This is a shining example of what American macro lagers wish they could be, and is a testament of refined simplicity in a craft brewing world overwhelmed with pretentious sours and hop-heavy swill.

Jun 18, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a clear golden color with visible carbonation. A moderate head dissapates quickly.

The aroma is sweet overall as it highlights bready and biscuity malts. This is accompanied by a modest touch of fruity and floral hops.

Light bodied and semi crisp, yet with a smoothness in the mouthfeel aided by the soft and lightly doughy malts. Very well balanced flavors that showcase bready and biscuity malts along with a touch of earthy hops bitterness. The hops flavors are lightly spicy with fruity and floral notes. The finish is dry and clean. The carbonation is moderate and on par for the style.

This is so pleasant to drink. Sublime in its delicate balance. Such an authentic representation of the Helles style. Why on earth is it not rated higher?

Jun 11, 2020
Münchner Gold from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 704 ratings