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 Hibernator
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

Pours a vibrant golden-yellow with mini carbonation bubbles aiming for the top of the glassware. Solid lacings cling to the sides.

Clean nose - whiffs of grains with fruity notes.

The taste is also rather clean and refreshing. Grainy husk, Macintosh apples and cereal flavors with a super nice mouthfeel. Just the right hop snap on the finish.

Drinkability is great - a true multi-seasonal beer.

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Photo of berserker256
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice darker gold color. Definitely darker and more robust than American macro "lagers". And brewed from much higher quality ingredients therefore giving this beer a pleasant sweet true beer smell. It smells like a German Lager should. The taste replicates the smell. It's slightly thick and chewy and sweet. But not too sweet. I think of a diluted Werther's Original hard candy when I taste this beer. It's quite good. Easy to drink and not too sweet to drink in any quantity.

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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 SkeeterHawk
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear true yellow golden color with a small head of tight white bubbles that was about 1/4". The head faded quickly and ended up as a small ring across the top of the beer. There were few bubbles rising to maintain the head.

Aroma: The maltyness is the first and most dominant thing that you notice about the aroma. The sweetness dominates the aroma and only after it starts warming up a little do you notice the subtle, but fresh, floral scent of German noble hops. That is really about all I get in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor follows pretty closely with the aroma. It is malty and sweet, but the sweetness isn't cloying as the aroma suggests it might be. The malt is strong and clean and is only hints of vanilla short of smelling like a milk-shake. The finish is dominated by the malt and is clean with only a little balance given by the hops and mostly by the attenuation. As the beer warms up a little, there is a little dryness that you pick up on the back of the throat that I am guessing is just the water.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. I like the dominant malt balance and the cleanliness of the whole presentation including the hops. The finish gets a little more "harsh" on the palate as the beer warms, but this is a very subtle flaw. For the most part, this is a very drinkable and refreshing beer. I would definitely drink it again, but I don't know how much I will be seeking this beer out.

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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 shererjt
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle served in a lager glass.

Poured a clear, pale yellow with a large, firm head. Highly carbonated. Mild grainy aroma with possibly a tiny bit of astringency. Clean smell really allowed the malt to shine through, and not much in the way of hops. Slightly lighter than medium body. Excellent, restrained flavor. A little sweet in the finish with just enough bitterness to balance. A bit of graininess, and if I didn't know where this was from I'd say there was some corn in the grain bill. DMS, I guess. Mouthfeel was above average and typical for a Munich brew, and the drinkability was good--would make an outstanding session lager.

A standard helles lager. I don't mean to poo-poo the style as it's delicate and hard to pull off. Refreshing, highly quaffable beer.

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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 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 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 Halcyondays
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
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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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ounce bottle with a normal top (not the swing-top as in the picture), obviously bottled for US distribution: called "Munich Gold."

Moderate pour into a pint glass yield a very small head over a light amber-gold body. Nothing special to look at.

Smell is a decent cracker-malt base with crisp floral hops, grass, hay, a slight spicey note. Okay.

Taste is your normal Munich Helles Lager: light hops, mild spiceyness, crisp and zippy throughout. Good with spicey or heavy food.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp. Very drinkable: nothing complex about this. It's straightforward Lager refreshing, and sessionable.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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 soupyman10
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid golden color, crystal clear, with just a touch of white head on top. No lacing whatsoever. Nose is honey, pencil shavings, a touch of malt and hops as well. Taste is likewise. Honey, drying hops, a good hit of roasted malt as well. Body is medium, with crisp carbonation. This one's alright, but maybe not my favorite style.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just reviewed two beers back to back in hopes of discovering which was the better Munich Helles Lager. I reviewed the Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold and Paulaner Original Munich. Too be honest, I could not find a difference between the two of them. Both were very solid and good beers, nothing spectacular. Honestly, there is such subtle differences between the two beers that I ended up rating them exactly the same. So I tried to discover which is better, and I'm sorry to report, there is not much a difference, but both are good solid beers...

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Photo of Gmann
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ran into the "Gold" label Hacker Helles at me favorite beeratorium. Pours a clear straw color with a rather small head that left no lacing or cap. The smell is typical helles, kind of biscuity, with a light hint of noble hops that produces a slight metallic scent. The taste is light, biscuity malt with the noble hop that sits on the tongue, nothing very distinct. The feel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, not crisp, finishes very balanced. An average Helles lager, not sure how this one is different from their other Helles lagers.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produced on: "4-07"

Crystal clear golden. Moderate amounts of carbonation surface slowly through the body of the beer. The head is thin and off-white. Nice, solid aroma of biscuity and bready malts. A little yeast as well on the nose and a dash of hops. Nice malts on the palate. Bready and grainy and biscuity, but definitely not too sweet or grainy. Just right. A touch of dryness from the hops. The body of this beer is about medium. It's very easy to drink and quite a nice summer lager.

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Photo of stevecee2003
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE; A cloudy yellow-ish hue. Slight head that has some staying power

SMELL: There are the malts and some dough. The hops are present but in the background.

TASTE: While it has the bebefits of a good Belgian export, the maltiness taste. there is something in there that is a slight disappointment for me. Sadly I can't point to what it is exactly. That is my failing. There are some who undoubetly willlike this import, if you can get it.

MOUTHFEEL & DRINKABILITY: The full thick feeling of malts. It even feels think going down your throat. As for drinkability it seems TOO malty for me. One or two is alli can take, as an apetizer.

NOTES: Overall a fine Helles lager. Just not great for me.

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Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on tap by half-pint at the Hand in Hand, the Kemp Town Brewpub, Brighton.

A: pours a yellowish straw hue, coming with little beer head due to the barman's "special way" of pouring... gentle fizziness sustains in the nectar.
S: a clean aroma of noble hops (can't specify which) floats in the air, added with a slightly sour, doughy edge of lager malts... Pretty restrained, but quite balanced with a clear malty theme as a quality Helles should be.
T: a good amount of chewy, grassy and slightly lemony hops are followed closely by bitter-sweet and slightly biscuity lager malts that lead to a doughy bite at the back, felt strongly b/w the teeth... more dried-grassy hops in the form of a concrete body join at the back too, but act as a balancer to the maltiness to leave a lovely lingering bitter-sweetness b/w hops and malts in the finish.
M&D: crisp and clean mouthfeel with a moderately firm body, true to Germany's high standard of lager-making. This lager tastes way lighter than its abv. (5.5%) leads one to believe, making it all the more dangerously quaffable. Although this style is by no means my favourite in the world of lager, it's a quality brew that I feel so happy to have bumped into in an English brewpub that produces mostly conservative ales~~

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