Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #58
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,375
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.83%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
144
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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  18
Gots
  38
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Tomais from Germany

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this beer.
Fridge temperature poured from a can in a straight-sided glass Stein. Eleven months before the sell-by date (that helps I'm sure).

Pours a finger-width head, which fades but leaves some nice lacing.
Crystal clear.
I'm no beer expert -- I mostly drink pils, and believe there's pilsner malts here [I should check the style book...]

This is a nicely balanced beer; clean tasting. It would get better reviews if it had more character. For me though, the balance is one of the most importrant thing in a beer. After that I want no bad tastes intruding (what you usually get from German big brewery beers), and I'm happy. I dont need hops that take over -- the hops here are well balanced bitterness that knocks out that sweetness that some Helles have.
There is a bit of sweetness in the very finish though, and an off-putting wateryness.
[EDITED and score reduced after the second tasting]

Jan 17, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden coloration with a medium, foamy head and slightly visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, slightly bready malt and grassy, herbal hops. Taste is a great balance of doughy and slightly bready, grainy malt and grassy, herbal hops, with just a hint of citrus coming through as well. Finishes with a light/medium bitterness and some grassy, herbal hops lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and medium/high carbonation.

Perhaps not too exciting, but a very well-balanced, refreshing and highly drinkable Helles that starts out a little sweet, but gets balanced in the finish by a decent bitterness. Still a little too sweet and also overly carbonated for my personal taste, but a very nice example of the style nonetheless.

Sep 03, 2019
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Anacross from Oregon

4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another superb beer by Hacker-Pschorr. Very excellent and well balanced. Crispyness and maltyness are beautifully present. Smooth and easy like the good beers are.

Nov 22, 2018
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moose1980 from Germany

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clear, light gold with a beautifully pure pillowy white head. Light and crackery. Just enough of that grassy noble hop character to compliment the clean maltiness.

Jul 05, 2018
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Bruno74200 from France

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colour nice head.

Nice bready malt profile. Some honey notes. Fine hoppiness.

Very balanced, like very much. Quite drinkable.
Very nice helles

Jun 28, 2018
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

3.01/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Review: 0,33L Flip top Bottle of Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell: ABV: 5% vol

The appearance is one of an amazingly clear beer, Jesus, I have to say it really was an impressive sight! A light crystal clear colour of golden yellow. Got a frothy white head that settled perfectly.

Looks pretty inciting overall and nice to look at, even if the head dies a little death.

For the aroma I got a fairly faint and light beery yeasty smell, very faint and with some malts on the nose.

On taste, got some really lovely mouthfuls, a very good start, very refreshing. Beery and lagery but in a nice way, sweet with some fruits and not too off putting.

Very smooth, very drinkable. Very malty.

A little bite to it too, but not strong, small bit of a taste from the hops.

A light lager in flavour and taste. A bit creamy, light tough and easy to drink.

Not awash with flavours. But refreshing and nice to relax with.
Not bad, could have a bit more of a kick to it (lost it in the second bottle)
A bit plain. But good for a session. Not a bad beer. The initial taste, with its great big mouthful, is the highlight for me.

Jan 16, 2018
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NastyNorseman from New York

4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grassy peppery yeasty deliciousness. Gold and abudent head with nice ringing out and lacing. Light-medium body with buttered toast aroma. Finishes smooth grassy sourdough.

Aug 19, 2017
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OlaB from Norway

3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: gives a clear straw golden color. Small top of head disolves rapidly. Lacings on the side of the glass.

S: bread, malt, hints of honey,herbs and spices.

T&F: Inn the start is light malt with hints of some fruity sweetness. Get more bitter in the finish with a hoppy character mixed with some grassy and herbal notes. Else it gives a clean and crisp mouthfeel and is medium carbonated.

O: overall is a decent and drinkable helles, but is far more better german helles out there. I personaly think it was to hoppy for the style.

Dec 23, 2016
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janubio from Spain

2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale golden colour, big head with great retention and average lacing. Aroma is weak, grains, herbs, bananas. Creamy palate, medium to light body and average carbonation. Taste is also weak, banana, herbs, grain. Too light.

Nov 29, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.74/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice body to this beer and fairly thick head, aroma is musty malt. Taste again is malt with a sour tinge. Clear golden body with fast rising carbonation.. Something about the finish spoils it for me...too tangy

Feb 18, 2016
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drmeto from Germany

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear straw golden with a medium,foamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
S:
-honey,lemon,soapy,skunk,spricot,spicy
T:
-honey,grassy,spicy,bready,lemon
-finishes dry
-medium to high bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light body
O:
Quite hoppy for a Helles,i liked it though

Dec 13, 2015
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Malt_Man from England

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served cool from 500ml flip-top bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Bright golden colour, crystal clear, lots of bubbles rising, dense 1cm bubbly white head.

S) Light munich malt, hints of honey, hints of hallertau.

T) This Helles does things the other way round; first up is a fairly strong hop bitterness for the style, followed up by a mild warming malt taste. The bitterness is there throughout, but does clear a bit to invite the next drink.

F) Pleasantly fizzy, but the bitterness hangs round in the mouth a bit too long to make this a first-class refreshing guzzler like my favourite Helles.

O) Not my favourite Munich Helles; the hop bitterness dominates in this one.

Nov 27, 2015
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on the maritplaz waiting for what I have been told are some dolls that dance on the building at 5:00. This beer may turn into 20 if I have this to look forward to

Sep 05, 2015
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Munich1bier from California

4.93/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A little little lighter that the other Hefe Weissen. Very smooth tasting, bubbles tasted small and almost velvet feeling drinking it. I thought this was an exceptional beer which have bought again when I can find it.

May 23, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best before: 01/15. 5.0% ABV confirmed. 33 cl brown glass swingtop bottle acquired at a Tengelmann in Munich and served into a generic kitchen glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Served slightly chilled. Side-poured gently.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: One finger wide. White in colour. Decent creaminess. Somewhat thin, to the detriment of its lackluster frothiness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. I expect a wide foamy head in a good helles, and this doesn't deliver. Still, it's not awful looking, and retention is average (~2 minutes).

BODY: Clear straw yellow - very pilsner-y. Ample carbonation bubbles suggest it's crisp and refreshing. Excellent clarity. Translucent and transparent. Average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a helles, and I'm optimistic.

AROMA: There's a faint wisp of starchiness and bready character, actually - it's got a bit more heft than I anticipate. The usual fresh clean pilsner malts do make an appearance alongside pleasant floral hop character and a light soapiness. Hints of lemongrass/citron. It's just a biteen soapy; this may have spent slightly too long in primary. A pleasant aroma of average strength. It's interesting in that it isn't just the flat pilsner malt aroma of most helles beers. Any Munich malts aren't surfacing much.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TEXTURE/TASTE: Pilsner malts and Munich malts blend to create a refreshing, enjoyable, clean, and crisp foundation. It's smooth, wet, aptly carbonated (especially for a swingtop), and fairly soft.

No yeast character, off notes, or alcohol comes through, to its benefit. This flavour profile has the clean crisp taste I look for in a helles, but lacks true depth and subtlety. It's well balanced for what relatively little is here, but there are far more complex and intricate helles lagers out there - and this one is worse for not rising to their level.

Average flavour duration and intensity.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, scratchy, or rough on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is pretty nice, but this texture doesn't feel custom-tailored to the taste.

A likable helles overall.

O: Absolutely drinkable, but it's also quite forgettable. I'd probably drink it again (or buy it again without realizing it since it's so unmemorable) but I wouldn't recommend it to friends and it's far from world class. You can do far better in the Munich area for a helles lager, but this was nice to try once. Certainly above average by virtue of its balance alone. Disguises its ABV well, and makes for a nice summer refresher.

High C+

May 27, 2014
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CwrwAmByth from England

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a clear golden colour with a short lived head.

Smells of light malts and yeast.

Tastes quite sharp with a twang of yeast and some wholesome bready malts, and a fruity/bitter taste on the finish.

Overall a pretty good beer, with perhaps too much yeast taste.

Dec 08, 2012
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weizen glass from a 500 ml bottle.

Clear, pale color. Head is large and foamy and stays pretty long, leaving nice lacing.
Aroma is dominated by a very bready smell. Also some malt.
Taste is also very bready.
Body feels light to medium with good carbonation.

Overall this beer is quite interesting with it's dominant bready character.

Dec 03, 2012
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NardiByNature from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Long-necked 11.2 oz bottle. Dropped into a pint glass.Very clear. Golden, light-colored body. Decent head settles into a collar.

Smells like a bag of fresh cut dry grass and a little lemon. More lemon as it warms.Taste is citric and gently hoppy like the aroma but a little more earthy. Finishes sweet. At 5.5%, this beer is ridiculously crushable. Mildly lemony, mildly hoppy.

O: This lager is money, and, unfortunately, it’s such an enjoyable style that good breweries in the USA don’t usually make. Most beer drinkers would love one of these at one point or another.

Mar 06, 2012
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jonb5 from England

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Half litre bottle, similar colour to apple juice, clear. Slight noble hop smell with a hint of yeast. Fairly sweet, just about balanced, a bit malty. Medium body, a bit of fiz. Overall a decent thirst quencher but you could tell it had been mass produced. Didn't quite match the flavour of other Helles that I've had from smaller breweries.

Feb 10, 2012
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hophunter from Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gold in color, clear. White lacing that holds with tight bubbles.

Aroma: Clean malt and bready aroma with low hop.

Taste: Malty and grainy, light sweetness. Detectable hop with lasting maltiness. Clean flavor. Very distinct yeast detectable in their other beers. Almost fruity...almost.

Mouthfeel: Very clean crisp body with light-medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and drinkable.

Overall: Very drinkable beer. It's perfect for people who are use to Light American Lagers and want to slowly be introduced to more hand-crafted bolder bodied beers. Also, I've never been disappointed by Hacker-Pschorr. They make great beers.

Sep 02, 2011
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RuudJH from Netherlands

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought on a short trip across the German border, from where I live.
0.5 l , swingcap bottle.

Golden colour, modest carbonation, thin head, but ok lacing.

Smell of malts and yeast, some citric and floral notes.
Taste equal, but a bit more plain malty, allmost dough.
Mouthfeel mild bitterness, lingering aftertaste, slightly dry.
Overall, it's more simple than I had hoped.
Not as complex as some of the others in this style.

Jul 02, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bügelflasche. Mindestens haltbar bis ende: 03/12.

It pours a clear gold with a lot of clingy carbonation bubbles, but I think that is from the glass. The head is bright and white and dissipates quickly.

The smell is mild, bread here, hops there, but it is pleasant.

The flavor is much more interesting. It is malty with a hint of sugary butteriness, but not too much to make it unworthy. The hops are tasty and vibrant and provide an herbal, grassy bitterness in the finish.

It is a decent one.

Jun 10, 2011
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dasenebler from Maine

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two .5L swing-top bottles into my newly acquired Andechser Maß!
Best before February 2012.

Pours a clear, effervescent yellow-gold with a meringue-like white head. Good lacing, decent retention.

The aroma is very fresh and exactly what you'd think when "German beer" comes to mind: grassy Euro hops and clean grains.

The flavor is exceptionally clean, if a tad boring in the end. Grainy, lightly sweet malts, mild bitterness, and some herbal, grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light, soft and well-carbonated. Very good cold.

Jun 01, 2011
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beerdrifter from Germany

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Maruhn GetrankeMarkt, a great beer store outside of Darmstadt. Crystal clear straw yellow pour with quickly fading two finger head and minimal lacing. Pretty typical, albeit subdued, German pils/helles nose although not as grassy as most with just a touch of metal. Very nicely balanced. Perfect combination of bitterness with just enough sweet malts. Very clean and crisp, and it has that subtle metallic tinge to it that I love. The drinkability is over the top. I often find these helles beers to be too sweet for my taste, but this was a really nice change. I actually prefer this to the draft versions I've had at fests.

Feb 01, 2011
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AndrewNations from Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing from Notes. I had this beer at the brewery during Oktoberfest 2010. An amazing experience.

A - Perfectly clear and golden. Very little lacing and with a thin white head.

S - Not a whole lot on the nose. Slight sweet malt and yeast.

T - Nice and clean. This was such a subtle beer than any imperfections would be quite evident. Really fresh and finishes a bit sweet. This has really spoiled me as trying similar styles in the states aren't quite the same.

M - Perfect. The carbonation everywhere in Germany was perfect even from the kegs at Oktoberfest. Not to think or thick.

I really enjoyed this one. It really changed my perception of lagers.

Dec 26, 2010
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 144 ratings