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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner GoldHacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 630 |  Reviews: 267
Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of bwood06
4.08/5  rDev +10%
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 Premo88
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
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 dragonah
4.94/5  rDev +33.2%
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 BeerAdvocate
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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 +1.1%
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 oberon
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +1.1%

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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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Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -5.7%

Photo of generallee
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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 SmellsofMahagony
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Twifiter
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of henryclay_
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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 +3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pat61
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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 -39.4%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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