Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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85
very good
128 Ratings
Hacker-Pschorr Münchner HellHacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Germany
hacker-pschorr.de

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
52
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
30
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Munich1bier
4.93/5  rDev +29.7%
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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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing interesting here. Smells and tates like cheap beer.

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3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.32/5  rDev +13.7%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.31/5  rDev +13.4%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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+

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Hacker-Pschorr Münchner Hell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
3.8 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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