Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold
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German Helles
Ranked #94
Ranked #35,323
3.72 | pDev: 11.83%
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Hacker-Pschorr Münchner GoldHacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold
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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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be surprisingly good. I confess to not being a super Helles style girl, but this is really a tasty beer. I can't say that it is an amazing world-class beer but it is pretty darn good. I highly recommend that you give this a try.

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OK_Denise from Oklahoma, May 03, 2020
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3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip shaped glass.

Look: Golden in color with very little head, dissipates quickly. A small amount of foam sticks to the side of the glass.

Smell: Light, malty smell, very clean.

Taste: Light in flavor, malty sweetness.

Feel: Good amount of carbonation, cleans the palate quite well.

Overall: A solid beer, seems like it would pair quite well with spicy food. Would drink again, but probably not seek it out.

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henrikb from Wisconsin, Jan 07, 2020
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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is real gold, as far as Helles is concerned. Munich Gold, as it is labelled in the US, is the Münchner Helles from Munich. It is bready, in a positive way. When we drink these simple beer styles, we are reminded what beer used to be. The craft lies in the perfection of the style and the consistency of the product. A different kind of “craft” beer. Not trying to be creative at all cost, but a perfect (if there isbsuch a thing) example of the beer that Munich is known for. The color, above all the flavor aspects, is truly remarkable. Hacker invented the Gold, and it is just as satisfying to look at as it is to drink it. I could spend an entire day and night with a few of these. Love it.

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KS_Augsburg from Illinois, Dec 14, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottles distributed here say "Munich Gold" - best before end of 01 2020 stamped on label... True to name, a clear crystalline gold colored beer... Fresh, clean grains - lightly toasted with a bit of spicy chew, herbal, with a mild bitterness and a hint of sweetness... Light and easy to drink, but a little off to my particular tastes - not sure if its the style or the brand... A decent brew, but nothing that I'd return to...

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Greywulfken from New York, Dec 06, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5.5% alc. This beer has a golden appearance and a soapy white head. Lots of ascending bubbles.

Smell is cereal grain and malt. Transfers to the taste. Also a bready note.

Mouthfeel is medium. Body is light to medium.

Finish is kind of smooth.

Pretty standard Munich Lager. Well made and satisfying.

Grade: A-

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MichaelGennings from Ontario (Canada), Nov 09, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml brown bottle. Label has date code of 'L01095 K'.
Clear, medium gold colored body. Skinny finger of white head upon pouring, which stays around as an island and a ring. Leaves behind a few scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of malt (which expresses sweet), slight apple, and minor spicy hops.
Taste is honey sweet bready malt, slight apple and citrus, and a good dose of earthy, spicy hops.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Good charge of carbonation.
Good tasting lager, with a sweet edge. I would like to taste a bit more spice from the hops. Easy to drink, and refreshing.

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Photo of octortus
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml Can. ABV 5.5%
Appearance: Straw gold, Half a finger of off-white head, Decent retention, Moderate carbonation, Clear, Collar remains.
Aroma: Malt sweetness, Subdued hops, Apple, Light grain, Spice.
Mouthfeel: Light-Medium body, Crisp, Refreshing, Smooth, Off-dry finish.
Flavour: Malt sweetness, Honey, Light hops.
Overall: I really enjoyed this Helles, and I think it was well crafted for the most part. There probably could have been less malt sweetness and more of a hop presence though.

Review: 63

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octortus from Ontario (Canada), Sep 12, 2019
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4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in body with white frothy head. Aroma of grains, honey, some floral, apple skins. Tastes of honey grains, floral, apple skins, light booze note. Light bodied, a bit cloying.

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JRed from New Jersey, Aug 05, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1+ finger ivory head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: vegetal, earthy, a hint of spice;

T: vegetal for amoment, then lemon mixes in through the finish; almost no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: poured from a keg - don't know how old it was;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, Jun 12, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, still within code. Served into a 0.5L Zipfer glass. Clear golden body, two finger white head, fair retention, not much lacing. Smell is crisp grainy biscuit, cracker. Sweet malt. A little bit of minimal perfume-like compound. A hint of a leafy noble hop. Flavour follows the nose. Biscuit, grainy cracker, sweet mild malt. Mild floral. Clean overall lager, crisp and refreshing. Lighter medium body, good carbonation, light floral bitterness on the finish. Fairly straight forward Munich helles lager, clean and not too obtrusive in any manner.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Apr 23, 2019
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3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "ENJOY BEFORE END OF" date "06.19" which I interpret to mean June of 2019.

APPEARANCE: pours a crystal clear light golden color with less then one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained around the rim of glass, lightly carbonated, there is some lacing on the glass.

SMELL: initially sweet brown sugar and then bread, faint to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet brown sugar, bread and a light kiss of hops at the finish.

PALATE: light body and lighter carbonation.

OVERALL: this was somewhat disappointing, needed more carbonation and definitely did not stand out to me in any way, there are far better options to be had so I would not seek this one out again.

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HoppyBastard from Nebraska, Mar 09, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle enjoy before 5/19 A nice gold color, but not perfectly clear,slightly cloudy, nice little bubbles floating up. Very little foam that completely disappears in seconds.
The smell is bready, very light aromas.
The taste is bready, not bitter at all, a touch of sweetness, a good flavor. I love these bready Helles beers!
It feels good, creamy but light, with slight carbonation tingles on the tongue.
The feel is OK, the smell is light, it tastes good. 5 bottles left, I will enjoy them.

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German-Helles from Wisconsin, Feb 16, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Like any good helles, crystal clear gold with at least two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell: Mild sweet malt with very limited hop scent.

Taste: Following the nose, sweet and bready malt with almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness with high carbonation.

Overall: So easy to drink it’s dangerous, though simplistic if you’re looking for a sipping beer.

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chitoryu12 from Florida, Jan 26, 2019
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3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Hacker–Pschorr, however, is now a brand without a brewery, because its brewery was closed in 1998, and all its labels are now brewed by Paulaner." -The Oxford Companion To Beer

BOTTLE impressions (11.2 fl oz):

5.5% ABV.

A: Clear gold body. Vibrant. Off-white head. Head lacks creaminess and is only 1cm in height. Not very robust.

It's a style-appropriate albeit unimpressive overall appearance.

Sm: Honeyed malt. Munich malt. Floral notes. Suggests a sweet all-grain German lager that could use less sweetness. Not getting any Noble hop aromatics either.

T: Minerally. Sweet Munich malt dominates. 2-row. Clean attenuation.

Mf: Has more than enough body but it's not the crisp clean refreshing lager one would hope for...hints towards syrupy thickness without actually going that far. Smooth, wet, easy drinking.

OVERALL: It's a more than competent German lager but I'd see no reason to pick this over, say, Andechser Vollbier Hell. Still clobbers most helles lagers I've tried that are available in the U.S. market.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Jan 10, 2019
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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Clear golden color with a ring of white foam. Aroma is quite malty with dusty grain notes. Taste is also quite grainy, slightly spicy with some cardboard bitterness on the finish. Medium body and carbonation. Quite bland with some off flavors.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Dec 26, 2018
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3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pale gold color with vibrant carbonation and thin but frothy white head.

S - Cereal grain aroma with light honey and a touch of wheat.

T - Cereal grain and honey with some sugary residue on the backside. Finishes sweet with no hop bitterness.

M - Medium body.

O - Was disappointed with this one. Could have been the age of the bottle? Will definitely revisit and revise my review.

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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania, Dec 22, 2018
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3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a fresh six-pack (compared to most MG six-packs I've seen) of this a couple weeks back. Was about to crack the last bottle and realized I'd never reviewed it -- time to correct that oversight.

Best by February, 2019. Poured into my short Becher.

L -- Clear, pale gold to near straw with a dense, long-lasting, white head.

S -- Light bready malt with mellow, herbal hops and light DMS.

T -- Lightly bready malt up front, mellow herbal hops in the finish -- all tasty, but pretty fleeting. Finish is that dry character H-P seems to carry in all its lagers -- not palate killing, but just a little less smooth than most Helles.

F -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light to light-medium body.

O -- Not bad overall, but just a little thin in all the right characters. There's no big melanoidin hit and the body is on the thin side, but well-made and very drinkable.

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steveh from Illinois, Nov 12, 2018
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4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystal clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention for the style.

Typical lager nose. A bit of yeast and a soft bready sweetness. Light floral hop notes. What makes this very good is the soft balance.

Light medium body that is smooth with a very subtle slick oily note. The carbonation body balance is world class. The middle is prickly effervescent while the finish is almost rollicking with tight finely burst of effervescence.

The flavor profile is quite outstanding. Balance is world class. Bitterness is subtle and perfectly balances the light bready sweetness. Mid-palate honey notes are subtly underneath. Towards the finish a light spiciness compliments the earthy hop presence. The finish is clean and slightly crisp.

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tillmac62 from South Carolina, Oct 23, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Pale golden, crystal clear, pours with 1Cm pure white head, holds well.
S- Feint, but I get some leather smell.
T- Balanced, starts quite 'dry' and evolves into a richer ending.
F- Fresh and very refreshing.
O- Funny that during 3 years living in Germany I associated a beer that had 'Gold' in it's name as a negative. This is a very pleasant beer, would suit all kinds of food, event, climate, and I'd happily drink it again.

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3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I always like to come back to the style that started it all for me, and sometimes I am amazed that I can find an instance that is really good - like this one...

There's nothing much to say about it's look - it's pretty much standard for a lager even a light head that dissipates quickly added in. The smell was practically non-existent, nothing much I could pull out of from the nose. However, mouthfeel is light and crisp, lightly carbonated as well (a plus in my book) and the taste was full of wheat, a hint of grapefruit adding a complex nature to the brew. Overall, this was a really solid beer, another lager to keep an eye out for when ever I get the hankering.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2018-09-23 at the Lancaster Liederkranz on tap

Clear yellow white head

Light grain and grassy spice

Sweet white bread with honey. No white grape flavor Touch of spice and mild bitterness

Medium body and carbonation. Smooth

Easy drinking and pleasant.

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Tucquan from Pennsylvania, Sep 23, 2018
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4.77/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

As a Munich Helles Lager, It is no surprise it pours a clear, pale yellow color which is quite inviting.  After developing a nice fluffy whitehead with fast rising bubbles, it moderately dissipates into liquid.  The accompanying aromas are floral hops and bready malts.  The hops are restrained, lending it to a sweeter, bready malt lean.  This Lager exhibits a then, soft mouth feel with medium carbonation.  The finish is short and crisp.  Exactly what you would expect from a traditional Munich Helles.
Hacker Pschorr Muncher Gold is an excellent representation of the Munich Helles style Lager.  It is balanced and has low bitterness.
As if you would not expect it, this beer is an on spot example of a Munich Helles Lager. So, if that is what you are interested in, got for it!

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ATL6245 from Georgia, Aug 17, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of my favourite Helles (lager). A very well brewed, very good Helles lager, delicious!!! It was initially brewed to compete with the new Pilsners near the end of the 19th century which was proving to be VERY popular even throughout Bavaria! To my taste buds one of the best Helles there is! Try it, it is that good!!

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4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the oldest breweries in the world, Hacker Pschorr, delivers and outstands as always! Bravissimo!
This Munich helles is perfectly balanced, well made and satisfying. A preciousness from the first to the last sip.
The very definition of world class.

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Anacross from Washington, Aug 03, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic beer, this is what a beer should look, feel, and taste like.
The Germans do many things well, but beer (especially from Munich) are world renowned and for good reason. From Paulaner, to Hofbräu to Löwenbräu, to this one, they get them all spot on.
While this isn’t my favorite Munich beer, this one definitely another great offering from a brewery which has its roots in nearly 600 years of brewing experience.

Side note, and no offense to the hipsters but I’m not sure what is up with all the mediocre reviews. This is what beer is SUPPOSED to be, not a peach mango Nitro IPA, or a Nutella Cinnamon Porter. This is the real deal.

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Maddmike1137 from Minnesota, Jul 21, 2018
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