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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Reviews by TKempe:
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3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden, bright, plenty of carbonation, a decent white head and some lace.

The aroma is malty and fruity, yet not as succulent and full as other examples of the style, though just as grainy-smelling. There is a spicy or peppery hoppy edge that balances out the malty sweetness together with a slight yeasty note.

The taste is estery-fruity and a little sour, and manifests a mild floral hoppy note in the finish, after the malty body has settled. Aftertaste is sweet and dry, with a few delicate salty touches on the side. A rather clean and somewhat thin taste overall.

A medium body and a carbonation level that is on the high side.

All is in check on this one without a doubt. Still, this Helles leaves something to be desired. I would say that it lacks the roundedness and juicyness I love so much in other German Lagers of the sort.

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

I wonder if this is the HP version of an export? The flavor is similar, but the ABV% is identical to their normal edelhell. Either that or one is an Urtyp? This could even theoretically be a take on a Bavarian pils. I'm still learning about German beer, so I can't say for sure.
Anyway, this this the version for the US. It's called Munich Gold and it's described as simply "finest lager."
Pours a slightly darker color than then the normal edelhell. Not quite golden, but a little darker. Head's a little lesser, too.
Smell is clover, honey, hops, and grain. Nothing unusual here.
Taste is a little hoppier than most. Hops up front, bready grain in the middle, and hops on the back end.
It's thin, per the style and serves its purpose.
This is a solid Bavarian lager. Nothing unusual, but nothing really wrong either. I'm still not sure what its purpose is except to be like their version of Michelob vs. Bud. I prefer the maltier edehell, but this is still solid.

EDIT: It seems like they have actually simply renamed Edelhell to be Munich Gold in the US. Any who says that packaging and advertising can't make a difference! I could've sworn I enjoyed Edelhell more! After having some with a very recent bottling date, I'm now a little more confident in this beer. The nose is pretty amazing fresh. The baked bread scent reminds me of visiting a German brewery.

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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 oberon
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pokal a clear medium golden with a great blooming white head that settled slowly leaving two rings of broken lace behind,to me this is what golden lager should look like with great color and a large blooming head.Toasted bread and honey malts in the nose along with some mineral,flavors have a vanilla tinge to them with mild toastiness and more honey infused mils sweetness in the aftertaste.This is a damn well made helles lager,I wish I could get that Anno 1417 keller beer around here!

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Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Balanced German flavor, not complex, lighter than heavy, straight-ahead good tasting beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of generallee
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 355ml bottle with a produced on date of 03/08. I sampled this beer on 05/23/09. Also I sampled the imported version Munich Gold.

Appearance: Its body has a beautiful bright golden color with lots of visible carbonation and good clarity except for some tiny, light tan (probably yeast) floaters. On top there is a bright white sudsy head. It quickly fades out and makes only minimal lacing.

Smell: The aroma has light grainy malt with a very slight hint of citrus and some floral hop notes.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a crisp pale malt base with mild bittering hops that add some mild floral notes. The finish is very clean with just the slightest bitterness from the hops in the after taste. On the palate the active carbonation tickles the tongue and its light to medium body slides down easily.

Notes: Over all a nice refreshing beer. I know this Lager was a little bit on the old side and I thick that's why I got the small particles. However the flavor was bright and crisp with no off flavors.

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Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some grape notes. The flavor is wheaty, grassy hops and earthy hops. I don't get too much fruit in the flavor after getting the grapes in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a huge fan of Hacker's hefe, so I was excited to see this one grace the LCBO's shelves.

Poured into a lager glass. About a 1/2 inch of head that quickly receded into nothing, save for a very thin ring. A bit surprising. A brilliant golden hue, however.

Nose isn't potent, but it is pleasant. Malts, grains, a touch of spicy hops.

Very smooth, tasty brew, perfect for such a humid day. Maltier and sweeter than I'd expected, but finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness. Biscuit and peach in there as well.

Smooth, medium body, with a firm carbonation bite to the finish.

Pretty decent offering from one of my favorite German breweries. Very sessionable, easy drinker. Nothing spectacular, but just what I needed today.

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Photo of andrewdanks
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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 skellock
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of DrewS667
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a decent helles, certainly not the best I've had. has a golden color, very malty taste and is a bit heavy on the mouth feel. Not much at all in terms of hops, and the malt is a bit smokier and upfront than most helles. Pretty drinkable, but not that crisp in the finish due to the lack of hops

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Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, relatively saturated gold color (i.e., a bit darker than expected).

S & T: no flaws per se, but a rather meek and uninteresting mix of light malt and earthy hops.

M: crisp, with medium+ carbonation; light body.

O: marginally better than mediocre Bavarian Helles.

(review largely confirmed with tasting in August 2013)

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 11.2 oz poured into a pilsner glass. Bottle lists ABV and DBD.

A: Bright and clear gold with ample carbonation and a half-a-finger with a bright white head.

S: Sweet corn, light hops, and some bread notes.

T: Light citrus hops, smooth malt and corn back, with a return to slight bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium and smooth rather than very dry.

O: A decent lager, but it does not excite. It could use more hops and bitterness and a bit more crispness. It does look great and it is clean and drinkable.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours the color of apple cider and has a low forming head. The brew is mostly clear and bubbly with the finest bit of sediment suspended in it.

The nose is perfect for a helles lager. A strong whiff of golden malts with hints of a spiced hop. Simple but clean and crisp I can't wait to try this.

The taste doesn't disappoint either. The sweet toasted malts from the nose dominate the character of this beer but are gently balanced by spiced hops. This is a tasty simple and satisfying beverage.

Mouthfeel is very easy going. The pinch from the hops is great on the tongue and is supported by a great sizzle of carbonation. Munich gold is a great easy drinking beer. You can really taste what american macro lagers are trying to do but fail at. Awesome brew and totally worth buying when you see it.

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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