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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Photo of BigBarley
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Bright, clean gold. Inviting bubbles, a very active crown of white lager foam. Looks like a great golden lager from first sight.

S - Noble hops, crisp, golden notes of biscuity malt. Sweet, honey-like. Smells similar to a pilsner but less sharp.

T - Delicious! smooth flavor, also similar to a pilsner, but with a round malty balance behind it all. Very balanced, very intriguing.

M - light and drinkable, not too carbonated. Thicker than a pilsner, but still feels similarly refreshing.

O - The best thing I can compare this to is a pilsner with an emphasis on balance. Same charms, but less hop-oriented and more well-rounded. A surprisingly delicious lager.

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Photo of sethcroisant
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- straw yellow with a finger of white head. phenomenal lacing

S- clean malt with barely a hint of hops. not much there

M- chewy texture with nice level of carbonation. very thick for the style

T- hops are aggressive and are present throughout. hops are spicy and grassy. considering the level of hops, it's still a fairly malty beer. finishes slightly dry.

O- a classic battle between hops and malt. i'm glad neither came out too dominant; this is really a beer to behold.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer. Finger of foamy head on a clear, golden colored body.
The aroma is milled barley with a little floral note. Nice and simple.
The taste is moderately bitter with a dry bitter at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a simple and good beer.

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

A: clear straw colour, white foamy head with some lacing.

S: clear bready malt, herbal and spicy spicy notes present. Lemon biscuits open up when the beer warms up a bit.

T: clean lager flavor, Lemon biscuits come through, same butter bread present.

M: light body, slick on the tongue, a bit creamy.good carbonation.

O: this is a good helles, has good clean flavors with good feel.

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

Pours a clear golden with a nice malty aroma. Tastes refreshing and pure with just the right amount of hops and maltiness. No adjunct or off-flavors detected. Quenches thirst, but has a nice backbone; superlative dinner beer. Not a complex tsunami of taste, but this style is not designed for that. An excellent choice for playing music, telling stories and drinking all night.

This beer has the flavor I taste on my mind's tongue when I reminisce about travels through Germany.

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Photo of JMad
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a light yellow straw color with a thick white foamy head. Smells slightly skunky with lemon and grass followed by some bready malt. Has a good flavor, better than most Euro lagers, with some funk, grass and lemon. Feels nice and refreshing with moderate carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is solid and I could drink way more, wish i had some,

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

Clear gold, large diminishing fizzy white head. Smells sweet - honey and plastic, like many Canadian shitty lagers. Taste is simple, and honey-sweet, but floral and grassy with no crappy adjunct flavours - pretty nice, really. Light, mildly syrupy body, decent carbonation and a quick finish - very summery and drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Not much head to this but it does make for a good lace ring. Color is a semi-hazy golden yellow.

S - Sweet malts and hops in the nose with mild corn.

T - Fairly clean, hops seem to be sweeter than most Helles lagers I had had but it does have a hoppy finish with a slight twang of alcohol. Not bad.

M - Light to medium in body very easy to drink.

Overall a great German beer with a smooth body and nice flavors pretty much on par for the style.

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Photo of mick303
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good two fingers of head, solid lacing. Beer is a pale bright yellow gold with a good carbonation. 4.5

Aroma is quite forward. Strong malt presence. Also a slight zestiness. Quite composed and balanced. 3.5

Taste is somewhat savoury with a big body of malty flavour. Dried orange, good balance of dry malt. Carbonation is a quite pronounced. Finish is dry and slightly hoppy, leaves a lasting balanced bitterness. 4

Mouthfeel is quite full. Carbonation and a lot of malt blend together quite well, big flavour impact. 4

A good example of how lagers can be a great style with a big body and quite bold flavour. This beer is refreshing and quite drinkable. Quite well done, worth a try. 4

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Photo of phishsihq
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hacker-Pschhorr Munich Gold pours a golden straw color, with a one-inch head that dissipates quickly and leaves a spotty lace. Bready malt aromas and a touch of hops are discernible in this light nosed brew. Sweet bready malt melt into toasty malt flavors, with just a touch of spiciness joining in before a dry, slightly bitter finish. Medium in both body and carbonation, Munich Gold focuses on malt, a clear standard for the style.


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

500 mL swing-top bottle from the LCBO; best before October 2012. I've been a fan of this style for many years, but Lowenbrau is the only Munich lager I can find regularly these days so I don't get around to trying new ones as often as I'd like.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, topped with nearly two fingers of creamy, even head. Good retention for a pale lager; it takes a few minutes to settle into a thin, bumpy cap, and smears a ring of lacing around the glass. The aroma is bready and a bit grainy; there is also a hint of lemon and grassy hay.

A solid barley malt backbone comes through at first, bready with a touch of honey. The grassy hops are more prominent later in the sip, which provide some light dryness in the finish. Balance is ok, but not perfect (a little sweet). Not quite medium-bodied, but not really light-bodied either. Moderate carbonation for a very smooth mouthfeel, which (along with its drinkability) is probably the beer's main draw for me.

Final Grade: 3.75, a very serviceable B+. As I said earlier, there are very few Munich lagers available in my area, but as one of my favourite lager styles I still drink them fairly regularly. Hacker Pschorr Munich Gold isn't flawless, and it's not all that memorable either - but it's a damn fine lager all the same: clean, crisp, and thoroughly sessionable. Worth a try, but if you aren't already partial to pale German lagers, this isn't going to convert you.

[Updated Jan. 3 2014]

I grabbed all of the Munich lagers I could find locally, which only amounted to this one, Spaten's and Lowenbrau - enough for a small comparative ranking. I really do like this beer and am bumping the score considerably to reflect that. It's not spectacular or attention-grabbing in any way - just a solidly-brewed, reliable all-malt German lager. In a pinch I might take Spaten over this (it's slightly cheaper) but from a realistic perspective, they're both great and well worth returning to.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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 biteme398
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a variety pack. 11.2 oz bottle labeled Munich Gold, gotta be the same thing though. Pours very pale yellow, almost like an American lager but with a more substantial and lingering head. Reminds of the more "mainstream" European lagers, such as Harp. A fresh smell that I can't quite place me. The taste reminds me of a Czech lager, nothing to any extreme but all very crispy and clean. Although I can only seem to compare this to other beers, it is still able to carve a niche as a solid beer on its own, albeit not outstanding in most respects.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw-golden color with a huge pure white head. The head has enormous bubbles trapped within and fades over time to give a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is light overall, but heaviest in bread and an ever so light sugar sweetness.

Taste – A sweeter breadiness meets the tongue at first. It taste of some malt and caramel. These sweeter flavors fade as the taste advances giving way to a more of the bready and more biscuity flavor toward the end. It starts sweeter and finishes drier. While it does finish drier, I would overall still consider it a little bit on the sweeter side.

Mouthfeel – Slightly liger body with a medium level of carbonation. Very lager average.

Overall – Not a bad beer. Very easy to drink with some sweet and some more crisp characteristics. A good session brew.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours out a straw golden colour, with a nice, thick, two finger head. Smells strongly of malted barley, a bit of hops, and fresh baked bread. Tastes light and sweet. Lots of breads and grains throughout, with a clean, slightly bitter finish. Medium bodied. A bit smooth. A very drinkable lager.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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 Hoppsbabo
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Vigorous pour into a Pilsner glass. Head non existent after one minute, just a single layer of fine bubbles, like a cheap Eurolager. Clear, golden body with several strings of slow moving bubbles. Smells malty, a woody sort of malt.

T: First sip reveals a clean, inoffensive ordinary lager infused with caramel and grass. Not particularly complex but very drinkable. I'm getting a slight ammoniac, pissy flavour, but not of much significance. Appropriate bitterness and carbonation. Mouthfeel probably just right. Not unpleasant aftertaste: bitterness, honey and bread.

O: Worthy of respect but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of bylerteck
2.8/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Golden straw, half finger of white head, bright, strong carbonation, no lace, ring of retention.

S - Corn is strong, noble hop,.

T - Corn, grain, noble hop, a little floral.

M - Good Carb, light body, sweet finish.

O/D - A weak effort for a bavarian lager. I was expecting a quality helles and i got a run of the mill lager. Not worth revisiting. Drinkable and barely passable

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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 peensteen
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale clear golden colour, one finger of white head, some lace at the top of the glass. Smell is malt and biscuity, bready notes, sweet floral scents, mild grassy hop presence. Taste is full of biscuity malt, semi sweet notes, grassy and floral flavours present throughout, lightly hoppy with mild bitterness. Medium carbonation, medium body, creamy and delicate, nice feel. Fairly good, wont reach for this too often but its fairly clean and drinkable.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Light clear golden. Thin white head with minimal retention.
S- Smell is sweet malty grainy character. There is a light hoppiness to it.
T- A clean grainy sweetness. There is just a touch of earthyness. Just a touch. A light grassyness in the finish.
M- Light body. It's just a touch dry, but only somewhat so. Low carbonation for the style.
O- Easy drinking. Not particularly distinct, but its score gets bumped up for how drinkable it is.

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Photo of SebD
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice pale yellow/golden colour to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and has very minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas give out hints of bready a slightly grainy malts with some light noble hops in the back.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant and sweet malt flavour giving out some bready and grainy notes with some light noble and slightly grassy hops in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavours and aromas.

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Gold from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
3.73 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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