Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2001

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Reviews:
50
Ratings:
119
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
19.9%
 
 
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Photo of Munich1bier
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.84/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light golden color with a nice white head and moderate carbonation that leaves sporadic lace. Big grainy malt aroma and grainy malt flavor that is slightly sweet. Light-medium bodied and smooth. A very tasty and refreshing Helles !

Style: Muenchner Helles.

Date on Label: 04.03 (assuming drink by April '03 ?)
Tasted: 04/18/03

($1.99 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of hophunter
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.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

after a long time of slammin bottles, we decided it was time for a keg of this beautiful lager. then.... a piece of heaven floated onto my friends deck as we put down pitchers of this excellent brew all night long. there is another keg awaiting, and i cannot wait until then. out of the keg, this beer is unbelievably smooth and delicious. word to the wise, when you find a great beer, get it in a keg. then you will have lived a happy life.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very golden with a foamy white head that is thick and long lived. The nose is a pleasant hop with a strong malt undertone that is refreshing and inviting. The flavor is a nice dry beer with a hoppy flavor that is complex and unique. The aftertaste is mild and fading with a minimal to almost non-existent hop ghost.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
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

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Photo of hyuga
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear light golden color and a ghost white head. Retention isn't too bad. Nice aroma of sweet and sour fruity malt, with a little hop presence. Grainy malt flavor rules this brew, but hops aren't far behind, with a slight citrus character. Sweet and lightly fruity. Grain character dominates all around the palate, and stays in the aftertaste as well. Satisfying, refreshing, great-tasting, and drinkable in that characteristic German way. One of those beers that begs to be consumed in generous amounts.

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Photo of cichief
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had right from the barrel at Der Pshorr, next to the Viktuell's Markt in Munich.

A- Pours a deep gold, with a great white head.

S- Somewhat malty in the nose the hops are pretty well muted.

T- Soft, slightly fruity maltiness, clean but no strong bitterness.

M- Very smooth from the barrel, thin to medium body, little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable lager, this and Augustiner are the best Munich has to offer.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear straw-golden brew forms a rocky white head atop medium sized bubbles. Head thins quickly but leaves a nice layer of "colonies" on top with delicate lace at the edges. Moderate carbonation. Aroma is of freshly cut grass, delicate malts, white wine, and just an inkling of alcohol (Similar to a Steinlager or Harp). Mouthfeel is crisp and bright. Starts with a delicate german noble hop spiciness, and fades into a mild sweet malt background, ending with an extremely clean and crisp sweetness and a fizzy bittering hop. Extremely well done lager, and very drinkable. No skunkiness, or any other off flavors appreciated (even upon warming).

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Photo of NardiByNature
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.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Living now in Northern Germany, the great Bayern beers I have come to love are hard to find, so when I saw this today, had to grab it.
Opens with a loud pop from the flip-top. Once decanted, pours a great light amber-tan sparkling apple cider color. Light, medium dense head rises up in the glass, medium high carbonation. Quite lovely looking.
Aromatics of sour apple, biscuit, mineral-high water, bread, musty-cellar like notes, honey, with a nice light citrus character added as well. Better than you average Helles note of sweet malt.
Flavor is light, crisp. Apple, tart pear, citrus, biscuit, sour wildflower honey, sauerampfer, peppper, malt. the finish is really superb. Crisp, carbonated and tingling, my palate is left tingling with peppery sharpness that set your palate perfectly for the next sip. Following a rather unspetacular DAB pilsner, it really shows the difference between a Pils and Helles.My vote is for the Helles. Cheers.

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Photo of Todd
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.

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Photo of Jason
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.

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

Poured from a .5L swing-top, flown back from Germany. Appears a clear amber-gold with a short white head.

Man, this is beer. I could down this by the liter. It's a perfect balance of light, nutty, biscuity malts with a dash of spicy hops. Very clean flavor and incredibly drinkable. It's a shame this beer, or style, isn't very common, or often this well made.

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

500ml swig top bottle poured into my 500ml Paulaner Seidel.

A - pale golden caramel colour. Creamy 3 finger white head sits atop but disappears quickly to leave a thin crown. Lacing is good.

S - Not a lot, lots of bread and malt, i also get a faint dry roasted peanut smell.

T- Not complex at all, a straight malty helles, touch of hop bite in the finish, but overall, very simple not overly strong bready malty flavour all the way through. This dry roasted peanut taste becomes stronger as the beer warms slightly

M - Medium carbonation, slightly watery.

D- Very simple up and down drinking helles, great in summer session at the biergarten, could drink all day without effort, but would like a little bit more character. Does the job and wouldnt pass on it

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Photo of Reverand
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.

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Photo of brakspear
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.

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

0.5L bottle brought back to the states from a trip to munich. production date code 26954 which translates to day 269 of 2005, some time in late september, so this is a nice young sample.

pours brilliant strong yellow, not quite gold. finely-bubbled white head. carbonation is light -- I have to knock a little since I feel it should be a little more vigorous for the style, and lack of high carbonation doesn't support the head.

initial scents of DMS which burn off after a little bit, (to be expected I suppose,) replaced with light malt, faintly of hay / flowers. no detectable hop aromas.

taste is light malt, with slight mineral/hops in back to give a very crisp clean finish. makes you want to drink more. a bit of a grainy malt tail on it, which is an essential element of the style.

mouthfeel is full for such a light beer, with initial pinpricks of carbonation giving way to smooth malt, hop, and then reappearing malt. it's not complicated, but it does take your mouth on a fun little trip with every sip.

immensely drinkable, and would go well with a giant brezel. no wonder this stuff sells by the liter in the beer gardens.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
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

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

She's a pretty gal, this Edelhell! She puts on a grainy exterior at first, but, after a little foamy flirtation, she's all woman!

A fabulously intricate and delicate lattice-work of malt, hops, and alcohol, with no component betraying another. Perhaps the most well-balanced beer I have ever eaten.

To quote Charlie Papazian, "This is the stuff of liters and liters."

Prosit!

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : yellow color, with a white foamy head.
Smell : sweet malty and hoppy aromas.
Taste and mouthfell : malty, with medium bitterness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Munich Helles lager.

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Photo of pheurton
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.

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Photo of AndrewNations
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.

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Photo of ADR
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...

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
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.

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