Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Style:
Lager - Helles
Ranked #62
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #25,866
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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Reviews by RuudJH:
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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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Jugs_McGhee 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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thatsmyspot from Italy

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 22, 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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Dzu from Russian Federation

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Mar 12, 2016
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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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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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XeroD from Germany

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 15, 2015
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Magnapinna from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 26, 2019
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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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gmarchio from Italy

4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

May 16, 2016
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Giangio from Italy

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2016
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pau622 from Spain

3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Apr 28, 2017
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mishi_d from Romania

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 19, 2017
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Baviera from Belarus

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aug 03, 2018
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Catalinmunteanu from Romania

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sep 26, 2020
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Todd from California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz light brown European bottle. Freshness date clearly marked (lower front label). I like this label as it has a beer maiden holding 3 huge mugs of beer with the other hand on her hip. Oh yeah, that's cool.

Appearance: Clear, bright golden/yellow with a pure white creamy foam head. It slightly clings to the glass as it rests to a delicate foam lace.

Smell: Sweet and raw grains with mellow fruits in the aroma.

Taste: Very smooth and even feeling on the palate, medium-bodied. The tight carbonation creates a creamy wave that breaks out to a raw tea-like broth with a balancing sweetness and light fruitiness. Grain, some musty tones, metallic flavours, light esters and a subdued citrus-like hop flavour, that snaps and dries the palate, follows -- making for a very fresh tasting, interesting, crisp and refreshing beer. Ends with some grain on the palate, rather dry and husky.

Notes: Another winner from Hacker-Pschorr in my opinion. This beer has a lot of mouthfeel and flavour for a deceptively light in appearance brew.

Jun 18, 2001
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stocky lager with a hefty pale maltiness that may lack a bit in character but lays down a solid clean flavour throughout. Hint of alcohol after a few sips, bitterness is more than enough to counter the maltiness with a flowery herbal flavour. Highly drinkable though a bit potent as well.

Oct 19, 2002
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marc77 from California

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Crystal - clear light - golden hue, topped by a thin but well - retained head. Sweet, grainy malt notes dominate the aroma, but a subtle herbal hop nose is discernible as well. The flavor profile is comprised of light hop bitterness and non - descript malt sweetness. Lightly bodied, w/ a slightly watery mouthfeel, but drinkability remains quite good. The finish is mildly bitter and clean. Although a decent helles, it seemed to lack a bit of malt backbone. I could easily drink several of these, however.

Jul 22, 2002
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pheurton from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear golden topped with a fat white head that is retained rather well. clean munich malt aroma, with hints of light esters and european hops. crisply carbonated and refreshing, while retaining a sturdy medium body. clean and lightly sweet toasted grain flavor, balanced by an earthy noble hopiness. tastes slightly more fruity as it warms up, but this is pretty subtle. nice clean lager that is refreshing and easy to drink, yet still retains ample flavor. great summer beer.

Apr 09, 2004
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Clear, attractive color, mercifully subdued carbonation, long mouthfeel, almost medium-bodied, not a bright beer in malt taste, one with a long grainy taste thats slightly strange, maybe a little clovey...I'm not always in the mood, but this tastes good...not a quencher, though...

Feb 26, 2002
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Reverand from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden yellow color with a tiny whisp white head. Medium body with good hop balance. A citric aftertaste that quickly goes dry. Certainly a crisp and refreashing drink.

Oct 05, 2002
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Pegasus from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal-clear medium golden color with a small white head and a few small bubbles rising lazily to the surface; fairly good lace. Spicy herbal aroma that carries a fairly sturdy malt note as well. Taste begins with a well-rounded sweet maltiness, this gives way to a tart finish with lots of spicy herbal hoppiness. Finish is dry with a lingering mild bitterness. Not great, in my opinion, but shares the quality and craftsmanship that defines German brewing.

Feb 22, 2003
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IrishRedRock from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buds and I love this out of the bottle, so we ordered a keg of it from our local distributor ($$$$$$$). Unbelievably smooth from the tap, and excellent from the bottle as well. One of the best beers out there. I am going to go have one now. Ohhhhh mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Jun 27, 2002
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brakspear from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice crystal clear pale gold color out of the bottle with slow tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Thin white head that rapidly disappears. Very little hop aroma with light malt nose.
Taste is light and refreshing with slight and smooth hop bitterness ending with mild malt finish. Body and mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Drinkability is exceptional; somehow the sum of this beer is greater than its parts.

Jul 11, 2002
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 144 ratings