Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wl0307 on 06-30-2006

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238
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539
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
18.55%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with fast disapearing white head. Average mouthfeel, malty aroma. Easy drinking, subtle grassy hops, subtle drop of lemon but looking for something more interesting, usually.Crisp and still refreshing. Lightly sweet in finish. Decent German. The Beer Store.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 7/2012.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, and some slight fruity aromas. Taste is of grain and grassy flavors up front with a slight sweet fruit flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager but nothing that really stands out to me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The lager pours out as a golden colored liquid with a fluffy white head on it that doesn't last very long. The lacing isn't really there either. The smell of the beer gives off the normal aromas of a lager, some grass, some wood, little bit of hops. The taste of this beer is average in my opinion, it has some bitterness to it and not a whole lot else. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied and fairl easy to drink. Overall, I wouldn't seek this one out again.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of bready malts and noble hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of bready malts with hints of sweetness. No hops are perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice malty flavors that taste true to the style but seems like it could use a little more hops to balance things out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer here, but somehow I expected more. The beer begins with a medium straw color, abundance of carbon dioxide, but with light head retention and only a trace of retention. Aromas of pilsner malt set the tone, but may include some toasted Vienna malt as well. Light hints of corn, and cereal grains, but no harshness- only malty sweet notes. Flavors are more malty than the aroma suggests- impressive here. Again hints of corn (dms) hide in the sweetness. Strong pilsner flavors with a hint of maltiness found in Vienna lagers. Hops are light, maybe too light and provide an herbal flavor, but could use bolder grass flavors and bittering. No real astringency in the textures, but the beer weighs a little heavier on the toung than desired. Certainly a quality brew here, but the heavy sweetness, light hopping, and sulfide notes offers opportunity for improvement.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clean gold color lager with a medium foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of grainy malt with clean notes of cereal is refreshing. Taste is also dominated by grainy cereal with dry finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad overall too a bit too grainy for my own taste. A bit one-dimensional and not that refreshing - I will stick with weizen.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml can, denoted as 'Munich Gold' here in the Neue Welt. Available almost everywhere around town, even in the small chain shop nearby our friends' duplex and their kick-ass summer BBQ pit.

This beer pours a slightly glassy, bright medium golden hue, with three fingers of puffy and densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a decent array of random fading cloud lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of mildly biscuity, mostly grainy pale malt, with a touch of crackery breadiness, a bit of stale apple core, and noble earthy, subdued grassy hops. The taste is grainy, bready Munich malt, a hint of flat honey, some further apple jelly fruitiness, and softly floral, dry grassy hops.

The carbonation is quite timid and mild, the body a nicely even medium weight, especially for a lager, and equitably smooth. It finishes off-dry, a tad crisp in its malt and hop lingerings, and most notably floral.

An agreeably well-rounded German lager, malty and hoppy, both in measured degrees, and a suitably refreshing tipple for relaxing in some backyard afternoon sunshine. Prost!

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. single from Galena Wine & Cheese, $1.95. Bottle date 2/09

Hazy gold, better clarity at the edges, some slowly rising carbonation. Spectral white cobweb skim across the surface, a denser ring at the edges.

Clean apple and Pilsner malt aromas, dry and bready. As it warms, there's a little bit of cream of wheat. Thin lines of lace begin to cling to the glass.

Dry crackery pilsner malt, some hint of apple from the yeast. Very clean and straightforward, crisp and snappy feel. Slight astringent bite. Quenching warm weather session beer. Simple and straightforward.

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Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a pale, golden yellow color with a bubbly body. It had a fluffy, one finger head of creamy, white foam. It left some sudsy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very floral and of cut grass. Not much else.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and had a grassy/spicy bitter bite. Good balance of sweet and spice.

M - It was smooth and light bodied. It had a crisp, dry finish, too.

O - This is a nice Munich Helles Lager. Not my favorite style, but I love trying beers from Germany,

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sunny goldenrod edged with bleached lemon peel. An enthusiastic pour has produced an eggshell colored chunk of foam that is currently filling the upper half of the pint glass. There's a great deal of character with respect to both head and lace. Good looker.

The aroma is pretty solid as well, although it doesn't go the extra kilometer and earn the bigger score. Untoasted grain leads the way, followed by the usual German hoppiness. There are no surprises... and no disappointments.

Munchner Gold (Munich Gold for us Americans) is pretty solid on the palate as well. It's nicely constructed and definitely doesn't scrimp on ingredients. It might be simple style preference, but there are other offerings from this brewery that I like better.

As in the nose, sweetish cereal grains are the flavor focal point. Herbal hops are allowed to accent, but aren't permitted to run wild. Actually, I can't think of a single German beer that's stuffed full of hops. Too much tradition to adhere to.

The mouthfeel has some meatiness to it. Since I'm a big proponent of bigger than average mouthfeels, the score will be chosen accordingly. The center is lightly chewy and the edges are smooth and rounded. Good use of bubbles too.

Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold is a tried-and-true, if less than exciting, Munich helles lager. I have little doubt that it's much better (and probably more exciting) when consumed in a Munchen biergarten. 'Since 1417' is nothing to sneeze at. No gesundheits here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Best Before: 08/11.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, yellow body with right at one finger worth of snow white foam.

Smell: Grainy-scented cereal maltiness, a lightly grassy hop inclusion and a plain background note of sulphur.

Taste: Crisped-up cereal maltiness, lightly grainy, and brushed with sweet golden syrup. Very low level of grassiness from the hops with just a touch of bitterness. Small speck of candied lemon peel. Still, the golden syrup perks right back up and carries you past the soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent, easy-drinking Munich helles.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one for me, we brought a bunch over to the fourth of July cookout. Served cold and poured
into a nice tasting glass, this one was consumed on 07/04/2010.

Picked up this sixer for grandma but decided to drop in and have one of my own as well. Nice light
golden color comes through right away. Really tight head of white that sits on top for what seems like
forever but then suddenly dropped off leaving it all bare.

Nice touches of light bready malts, caramel, light grasses and a well rounded and nicely done hop
profile. Warming brings out cereal grains, touches of light grass and a well carbonated and easily
maintained profile. Extremely session able with an amazingly crisp and clean flavor, I had no issues
at all with putting this one down.

Overall a classic German lager, what more could you really asks for.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and grainy malts with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is light but bready with flavors of lager yeast, some malt sweetness and some spice. There's a mild hops presence that provides a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice lighter beer with a little bit of substance that it worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into lager glass, best before 10/2015. Pours crystal clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of bready malt and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, lightly toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Helles. All around great robustness and balance of bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. This is one of the best in the style I have had.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle purchased from Wegman's poured chilled into a pokal

The color is deep golden as the name implies with thick soapy white head with fine bead with very good retention and lasting lace. The smell is very grain oriented with light sweet odor and mild yeast ester with slight floral hop and toasted malt aroma. The feel is very good with mild sweetness and moderate carbonation with a smooth malt profile with light yeast impression and semi-dry finish with low alcohol influence.

The flavor has a nice gentle taste of pilsner malt with a light nutty quality and low bitterness in the taste with generally clean yeast tastte with mild diacetyl in the middle with grain and malt dominant with some mineral accents. Overall this is a quaffable lager with a nice drinkable quality I would buy this again pretty decent example of the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Mulligan's in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head with large bubbles that reduces to thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: The overall aroma of the beer is quite mild but the things that stand out for me are corn adjunct malts, some bready malts, and some sweetness. Additionally there are some grassy hops.

T: The flavor really follows the smell for this beer with the primary flavor being slightly sweet bready malts and some corn adjunct malts. There is also a light amount of bitterness of the grassy hops.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink, refreshing, and quite sessionable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another intriguing deviation from The CANQuest (TM). I saw this at a local 6-pack and single shop yesterday and decided to give it a whirl.

I got a finger of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a slightly hazy deep gold. Nose had the characteristic lager sweetness, unencumbered by adjuncts. It was heavenly in the face of all of the AALs I have been subjected to of late. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy hop bite on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry with a little bit of lingering lager sweetness. Not bad, but here in Lancaster County, where lagers are a way of life, why go for an import? I'd stick with Stoudt's Gold, instead.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a one-finger creamy white head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Some broken rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of sweet grain with an underlying nutty tone.

The taste is of sweet grain, slight husk and a hint of lemon. There is a subtle nutty undertone. Some continental-type hops (Hallertau?) in the finish balances out most of the sweetness.

It is crisp and mostly clean in a light-body. Semi-dry finish.

Not bad at all, but not much more than a run-of-the-mill/typical Helles lager. A decent choice for an easy refresher, but rather pedestrian.

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Photo of tempest
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single marked 02/08 from Abe's in Bethlehem

In a sentence, this beer is simple but tasteful. In my pint glass this beer shines a brilliant gold with a white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The aroma is of sweet, bready grains, a hallmark flavor of the style that carries over onto my palate with a drop of caramel and finish of mild peppery hops.

What can I say other than I could drink a stein-full of this tasty, unadulterated Munich helles lager.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
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 DoubleJ
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a stange, on to the beer:

Pale straw gold color, big billowy head on top of this beer. Aroma....husky grain, lemon-like sweetness, grassy-sweet too. Yeah, it's sweet smelling with a bit of dry husk. Taste...simple, light, and straightforward. Mild malt sweetness and a bit of grassy hop and wood. The key here is balance in the flavor. Good biting crispness on the tongue, but otherwise it's smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold
Style: Munich Helles Lager
ABV: 5.50 %

LOOK: Clear golden brew with a white foam and some lace. Mostly clear with some chill haze from the yeast proteins. Looks like a standard helles lager.

SMELL: Clean, bready, biscuity aroma with some herbal hop tinges.

TASTE: Straight forward clean lager with sweet and creamy malty notes, biscuit and buttery bread flavors, and a small tea like, herbal hop bitterness. Easy drinking German lager beer with an even balance and pleasant character.

FEEL: Light bodied, crisp, well carbonated, fairly smooth.

OVERALL: An authentic helles lager from a respected German brewery. Agreeable flavor and light feel, perfect for drinking alone or pairing with a wide array of foods.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very clear, bright yellow gold into a pint mug, small head, with no lacing, but beautiful clarity bumps it up.

S: Very grainy, almost wheaty, pasta-like malt smells, with a hint of lemony hops.

T: Taste is different than most Helleses I have had before. A grainy, almost Saltine-like taste hits the palate, a tad stale, even though the date shows the beer is not that old. Some good hop notes hold it together, but overall, a bit of a letdown.

M: Clean and crisp, typical lager, good carbonation.

D: A little less than average for a Helles, would be a good summer beer, but there are better examples out there of this refreshing style, probably won't buy again.

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