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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Added by wl0307 on 06-30-2006

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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 Tford
4.92/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark golden straw colour with a pale yellow head that dissipates quickly.

S: Smells quite strongly, lots of grains with a little bit of hops and malt.

T: It tastes just like it smells, but better. Grains take a strong presence, but hops are also present with a slightly bitter and spicy, malty aftertaste; it’s quite a unique lager to have such noticeable spices.

M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation, typical for the type of beer.

O: This is yet another excellent beer from Germany and easily one of the best lagers I have had, if not the best.

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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 lordsellers04
4.76/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

first off, let me just say Hacker pschorr products has to be some of the best beers ive ever had!

Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold
taste: Exceptional, it is the most smoothest beer ive ever had! no after taste whatsoever!

to sum it up everthing about this beer is just smooth and great tasting. it puts many other beers to shame..

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Photo of brfbeerdrinker
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

[Appearance]: Light golden yellow. Nice lacing as well.

[Smell]: I'd say there more of a honey smell than anything but its a very light odored beer.

[Foretaste]: Very sweet.

[Midflavor]: Same continues.

[Aftertaste]: slight hops bitterness followed by sweetness.

[Overall Flavor]: Awesome, very good beer top shelf indeed.

[Mouthfeel]: Light perfect carbonation.

[Drinkability]: Very easy to drink.

[Personal Recommendation]: Definately try this beer I'm sure you fall for it.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold pours a clear golden amber from an 11.2 FL OZ dark brown glass bottle with a pry off cap.

Head went to about two fingers before turning rocky and fading completely away.

Nose is a collage of damp sweat malt, light hops, and alcohol.

Palate is a light sweet barley malt, the presence of bittering hops, and the bite of carbonation.

Very crisp, light, and refreshing, a "go to" brew, also one of my favorites.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.64/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Munich Helles Lager is a specific style of beer, it looks rather simply, but actually has got good organoleptical characteristics.
We have clear sparkling golden beer with moderate white head. Smell is fresh and floral with distinct honey tones. Of course, grains and citrus.
Taste is well-balanced and classic for the style. Grainy with cardboard notes and delicate bitter finish. Moderate carbonation and medium body. Definitely, a good beer.

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Photo of nycbeerfreak
4.52/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale straw in color with a thin white head that reduces itself to a very thin film with time. Carbonation is real good

S: Biscuity and honeyed malt notes are faint, but the hops give the beer notes lemon peel, and fresh greens.

T: Like the smell, but more intense. This resembles that, with sweet, fruity character. Hops lend their citrus, herbal profile, giving the beer a crisp, dry finish.

M: Light bodied and clean. It hits the palate, and then it's gone.

D: This beer has character for how mellow it is. Easy to drink, inexpensive, and very tasty. This is a session beer if I have ever experienced one. This beer ROCKS DUDE !!!!

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant clarity with golden color and rocky white head

Aroma of grain, hops with no traces of DMS or diacetyl

Nice balance between malt and hops, crispness of a lager you would expect

Mouthfeel is spot on for the style

A prime example of the style

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Photo of auxiliary
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Straw yellow color. Nice large fluffy head, and the lace stuck all the way till then end.

smell - Sweet taste up front and a mild hop taste at the end.

mouthfeel - Crisp and clean, light body.

drinkability - Very easy drinking beer, you could pound this, but I tried to enjoy it. Since this was from a limited edition gravity keg.

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Photo of pweis909
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden yellow with thick head that dissipates to reveal lacing around the glass; Aroma and tatse of sweet grainy malts -- so clean. Perfect viscosity in the mouth, lets you know you are not drinking water but, overall, thin enough and dry enough to be sooo drinkable. Begs me to ask the question, where are the good American lagers? I need to seek them out.

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Photo of Derek
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Incredibly clear, golden yellow with a white head, ring of retention leaves hints of lace.

S: Grassy & floral, slightly steelie hops, hints of bready malt.

T: Plenty of noble hop flavour here (floral and steelie grass), but the bitterness is fairly modest, allowing a hint of caramel sweetness to come through. Love the bready, continental malt.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth with a hint of residual sweetness.

D: A great drinker.

Why doesn't mass produced beer from the new world taste like this?

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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 tavernjef
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super clear bright and solid whitened gold color with some softly effervesced bubbles making there up thru the bright gold body. Slimming but strong, starchy white capping of foam creates a quick top to then leave a trace skim and a thin collar. Lacing is drippy with a few spots sticking and a couple casts of sporatic blobs.

Wonderfully clean, crisp, and brightly sweet with a fresh berry scent with a slight underscoring of cystal malt grain, trace hop leaf, and a pinch of soft lemon air.

Flavors are quite solid, a well deserving showcase for the style. Well tendered sweetness is clean, crisp, very well-rounded; berryish tone mixed with a stint of bread dough sweetness, no crusts please, and a nice touch and pulse of real grain goodness that lasts very well across the palate. Slight starchy dry finish with bready leftovers, airy lemon, and a puff of leafy hops. A nearly perfect taster for the style.

Body is just shy of medium, but the length is outstanding and actually seemd to gain a bready girth as it goes. Outstanding! The crispness is set forth with a gleem of short rounded snappyness. Then the sweetness rolls in from a malt load of fun twisted berry breads and lemon puff chewy cookies.

Delish!! A near perfect Helles Lager if there ever was one. Drinkable? You bet it is. Unwholly drinkable really. Yummy, yum, yum!

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Photo of sachsich
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful hell. Appearance is a light golden. The smell and taste of bready malts. Not a strong hop flavor. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great. I really like this from Hacker Pschorr. A great example of this style with a bready flavor and low on hops.

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Photo of therica
4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff is spectacular. Yeah as the previous reviewer mentioned (thankfully, after my frustrating fruitless search!) the US version is Munich Gold, and with the standard metal cap, not the nice German porcelaine version.

Great stuff!

A= It almost reminded me of a Kristl when I was pouring, lots of highly-active tiny bubbles and a near-clear-yellow color about like 7-Up. But, the experience was far more reassuring, and the appearance is one to appreciate (without fear).

S= heavenly; filled with all sorts of bountiful scents of fruitiness, honey, hints of lemon, slight bubblegum.

T= again, like the Smell although just slightly less powerful, maybe due to the carbonation. It's not a high-carbonation beer like crappy US lagers, nothing like that. Slight creamy aftertaste and hints of lemon even 5 minutes later. Very honey-overtone, otherwise very similar to a standard Munich.

M= nothing obtrusive, very nice feel and remaining for some time afterwards.

D= exceptional

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Photo of Gunnar12
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic lager. Crisp, flavorful, and pleasantly refreshing. A very basic lager, this is truly the best of the Munich Oktoberfest six. Very similar to Hofbrau and a little lighter in taste than a Paulaner. Years of perfection have made this brew one of the best!

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this from a 12-oz bottle

A: Pours a nice golden color; transparent; nice thick, foamy head that hangs around for a good amount of time.
S: mild aroma, a little hoppy, not overpowering at all. minimal citrus.
T: A nice full lager, good after taste, no bitterness, mod dryness that dissipates quickly. Enjoyable.
M: Again, not problems here. A full lager.
D: Could easily drink this bier all day. Goes down easy and tastes wonderful to boot.

Overall, this is another great bier from Hacker-Pschorr and one that all must try. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few of these and enjoy. Prosit!

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Photo of CrazyMike
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out with a thick golden appearance and white head. The smell is a sweet with a hint of citrus.

The taste is sweet and grainy, has a dry caramel aftertaste. The body is medium with decent carbonation.

Overall this is a very impressive beer, not overly thick and sweet at the same time, which makes it drinkable in most circumstances. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow out of the bottle leaving a very small, white head that quickly fades. It smells very faintly of hops. It's a light smell, almost fruit like. This beer has a very smooth flavor, again with a faint hoppiness. The mouthfeel is just right for this style of beer, smooth and refreshing. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L-Clean, clear gold

S-Grassy with crackery malts....very aromatic...

T-Grainy....crackery malts....grassy hops...

F-Plenty of carbonation adds some spritzyness to this...body is fuller than expected...

O-Top quality German lager...haven't seen this is my neck of the woods in ages and jumped at it even at 11 something a sixer....

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Photo of Offa
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a good, tasty, solid Munich Helles, if not the best I've had.

Gold, it has a medium white head that steadily shrinks to a wispy top and ring with a little lace.

The aroma is very pleasant and clean, with a light but definite German/Munich character of bread, herbs, hints of lemon and pine.

The taste is a nice, good helles character also, light but with a solid character of toasty grain and bread with herbs, hints of lemon, honey, and pine. The grain and bread tend to dominate a bit. It has nice malt and hop presence and though light the flavour holds up well and does not degrade. Nothing tastes off or metallic. It's a tad on the sweet side, but just barely and it's very pleasant and easy to drink, yet lacks the great feel of the likes of Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Utlra clear golden yellow poured 1 inch head which faded to a wisp which provided for solid lacing through much of the duration. Good carbonation is clearly evident.

S- Mild hop aroma followed by an even more mellow malt aroma. Very clean, good balance so far.

T- The smell serves as an excellent prelude to the taste. Hop and malt balance is simply wunderbar! Very clean and very refreshing. Personally I think this is about as light as a beer can get before it tastes watered down.

M- The mouthfeel is light but suits the style very well.

D- Light, refreshing, and still tastes good, yeah I could drink quite a few of these. Perhaps maybe even too many ;)

To me this what BMC should taste like if they stopped using so many adjuncts and spent a little more on some decent hops.

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Photo of Rayek
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant brass color with extremely active carbonation. Rocky white head has great retention and leaves heavy lace. One of the best looking beers I've had in awhile.

S: Pepper and cloves were the most prominent. Lemon and dry malts sneak in behind.

T: A very mild beer in a good way. Sweet maltiness up front is followed by a well balanced bitterness. Bitterness is mostly lemony, with a touch of pepper. Finishes extremely clean.

M: Light body is a little watery. Carbonation level is perfect.

D: A really great beer overall. I would happily revisit this one.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hacker-Pschorr was probably my favorite of the many different breweries I had the pleasure of trying out when in Germany so I decided to buy a bottle back here in the states so I could give at least the Helles a proper review.

Crystal clear golden body with a wispy white head rising to just a bit more than one finger thick.

Aroma is notably malty with some sweetness and a bit of a cereal grain aroma. Possibly some grassy hop aromas too but there seem rather faint.

Taste is full of malty sweetness and some toasted biscuity flavors. A light hop flavor adds in some balance too but nothing too bitter or assertive.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean making for a very refreshing lager. Beers like this remind me why I enjoy the various lager styles so much. Simple and straightforward but with a delicious refreshing taste.

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3.73 out of 5 based on 550 ratings.
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