Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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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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Added by Mitchster on 05-06-2003

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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 112
Reviews by John:
Photo of John
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle freshness dated 11/04. Poured like liquid gold into a 14oz. pilsner glass where it would rest only momentarily. Two finger off-white head. Smells like a loaf of fresh bread, maybe a light rye and grassy hops. The first taste displays the delicate toasted malt that lends a subtle, light honey-like sweetness, hops are brisk, peppery and spicy. Some lemon hop notes are underlying. This is incredibly fresh. The texture is creamy smooth and somehow shifts to crisp and thirst quenching. I was impressed with this brew. I appreciated its simplicity and its outstanding drinkability. I will buy this again.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a srwaw color with a pretty light but well retained head,aroma is slightly skunked I mak have an older bottle.Taste is light and mineral-like with a nice soft malt backbone very light bittering in the finish.A very light refreshing beer to drink on a nice summer day or when wanting to drink something on the lighter side.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.67/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Something is off from the get go. The color is paler and considerably more muddled then I would like to see. The aroma is overly malted with a sort of rotten hay malt. Its sweet and sweaty, something that carries over from the nose and into the taste. A considerable amount of spicy hops are also in there somewhere and do well for the Mouthfeel in the finish but they don’t help the taste enough to make this one pleasurable to drink. Decent but not clean or crisp enough for me. To sweet and wet to be very drinkable.

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Photo of badturtle
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warning: This is my first review.

A: Dark, warm yellow. Light head that faded fast. Bottle stated it was bottled on 09/05.

S: Not too impressive, not offensive. Barely there at all.

T: Sweet. If I didn't know better, I would say they put palmetto honey in it. Honey on bread. Taste started out good and improved as the temperature rose.

M: Good carbonation. Not too heavy.

D: I could easily have another couple of these. It isn't amazing, but it would be good for a session.

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Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shining clarity within the pale golden brew, paler than I thought it was going to be. A healthy mark of froth sticks around.

A good amount of clean graininess and spicy hop in the aroma.

The malt and hop flavours seem to have melded well, the malt seems a bit lacking in depth but the hops try to make up for it with some spicy flavour.

A decent lager, clean and fresh but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with very attractive label. Pours a clear, yellow/gold with a nice medium sized white head. Leaves patchy sheets of white lace down the pils glass. Sweet pale malt aroma with a big dose of bittering, grassy, herbal hops. Crisp, clean, and well carbonated in the mouth. Taste is mildly sweet from the light malts, but is well balanced by the bittering hops. The hops profile is a highlight here, wavering constantly between citrus and floral, but always staying clean and easy on the palate. Finishes with a dryness that is slightly bitter, but is fruity in a strange, nonsweet way. I could drink these all afternoon. A very refreshing Bavarian lager here that hits all the right notes for the style.

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Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw golden hue with a nice frothing bright white head lacing is thin but spread evenly. Aroma: Grainy, slightly bready with a lemongrass citrus nose to it and a nice European hop profile comes through nicely. Taste: Finishes very clean with there is a balance of hop bitterness and grainy sweetness but overall cleans the palate, a great bier to drink by the liter in my opinion. Helles does mean light but this bier has much more flavor than any American "light/lite" beer, Ein Prosit to that eh? Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, but overall decent carbonation pretty thin though not as much texture as the Paulaner original Munich formula. Drinkability: Nice grass cutting brew, compelements many summer outdoor activities or if not in the mood for a big beer a nice change of pace in my opinion.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a thin hue of yellow and a rapid carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a thin soapy white mat that is broken in many places but seems to last for about half of the beer.

S- The pale malt and honey malt notes are dry but have a nice freshness with a faint bitter hop finish. The smell is simple but fresh and strong.

T- The dry sulfuric bite that comes with the pale malt is followed by a dry honey malt note and a crisp light hop finish.

M- This beer has a dry crisp mouthfeel that finishes very quickly and cleanly.

D- This beer has nice fresh tasting ingredients that has a good complexity for such a light beer. This is a really well crafted beer and is proof that a light beer can have good flavor.

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Photo of thoover
4.88/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this from a cask, at Der Pschor in Munich. It was great to sit there, watching them bring up cask after cask and tap them with a huge wooden mallet. They must have been going through 6 or 7 casks each night.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden, small CO2 bubbles. Big white head, slight lacing. A classic Munich Helles look.

Smell: Classic noble hop aroma

Mouthfeel: Refreshing, some C02 bite. Clean.

Taste: CO2 bite up front flowing into noble hop flavors. Grapefruit note. Very dry, clean, crisp, with notes of oak.

Drinkability: Let's just say that I had my share of .5 L glasses.

An amazing beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At Beer Bistro summer beer tasting. Wheaty, light sweet taste and thin even watery mouthfeel. Grass, floral, and light farm fruit aromas. Easy simple tasting summer beer Active carbonation, bit of bitter aftertaste.
Had 3 years later in a bottle and impressions were a bit better, where moderate bitterness comes through and creamy.

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Photo of bruceb
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draught at Der Pschorr in Munich. Not my favorite beer style. An OK beer. Very drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH "Edelhell"
,5L/4,90€ vom fass aus Bayerischer antisch @ Der Pschorr, München, DE on 20.09.17

Notes: Crystal clear golden body beneath a full head of bright white foam that displays excellent head retention and lacing. Grainy and lightly sweetish malt greets you in the nose with some floral hops. The flavor follows and it's lightly sweetish and grainy with some mildly herbal, softly grassy, and subtly spicy hops. A median bitterness balances it perfectly and it finishes with a mild, medium lingering version of itself. Medium bodied and smooth, it's also very well balanced and highly drinkable. One of the best Münchner helles I've ever tasted as it was so bright and fresh with the hops accentuating the malt and bringing it to life.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What really shoched me about this beer was the clarity of color and yet the deceptively perfect body; not too full; not too like; full grain taste; faint caramel, some hop balance, crystal clear finish not a speck of after-taste.

Mine got admittedly a bit warm, and I think you should stay cold with this one.I t goes down so easy it won't have a chance to get warm. Bangers on the grill; some red cabbage, perhaps some german potato salad mit onion for this one.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer brought me back. I remember when I had my first Beck's or St. Pauli Girl. This was it, in it's purest form. Golden, with a nice head. This beer did not pretend to be anything than what it was: a good beer, with good malts, good hops. It was refreshingly good. I was back in my youth, when a new beer tasted crisp and non-industrial. This was that beer.

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Photo of DOCRW
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a nice fluffy white head that dissipated into a small cap, leaving not much lacing. The smell is rather faint, some light grain and hop. The taste is light, light hop, light grain, light malt, doesn't have a pronounced helles taste. The feel is light and well carbonated, very slightly bitter in aftertaste. An average helles but still a fine beer and very drinkable, great for wanting to down a few.

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Photo of elricorico
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very clear gold with a thin white head that fades within a minute of pouring. The colour is nice, but it has nothing to top it off.

Smell is filled with sweet bread and grains. A hint of grassiness shows up as well. Though the smell is not strong, it is nice.

Taste is nice too, though it hasn't floored me. Starts out with that same bready sweetness from the smell and flows into a floral hop finish. The finish has some staying power and is not unpleasant.

The beer is light-medium bodied and well carbonated. I feel the carbonation is a little coarse across the back half of the tongue. Not enough to make it bad, but it does take some of the pleasure away.

This isn't a bad beer, but I don't think its place is on a quiet evening in. Better to have this beer while chatting with a group of friends. With my full attention on it, I am a little bored.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz Bottle into my antique .5L Pschorr-Brau Bierkrug. I just love that feel.

Pours up pale yellow with a towering white head. Nice, lasting, fluffy & malty.

Smell is of malt and light hops comes up to great you. Very inviting, begs to be tasted, light citrus yeast scent.

Taste is pleasant. Sweet but thin malty taste, mellow hops, cleansing and crisp notes of lemon. Nothing remarkable, nothing offensive. Good sold drinking bier.

Mouthfeel is thinker then the taste, good carbonation, satisfying.

Very drinkable but I may chose something a little more bold. MK

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Photo of philipquarles
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Pours clear yellow with a smallish white head that disappears quickly and leaves very little lacing. Very faint smell that hints at grain; not much going on here. Similarly unimpressive taste; light grain, and that's about it. Barely noticeable hop notes. Feel is light and fizzy. Unoffensive--I guess 'clean' is a nice way to put it. Bland and characterless, and kind of disappointing. Maybe this was an older keg?

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very clear bright gold color with a moderate lasting sudsy white head.

S: a light herbal hopping, some lemons, and a light grassiness. The aroma was very light.

T: The initial flavor was light fresh cereal grains with a grassy hopping and light malt sweetness sneaking through in the middle. The beer finishes with a light herbal lemon hopping and the flavor ends very cleanly and abruptly.

M: very light with a slight carbonation detection with light grains.

D: A modestly light palate with an ok lemon herbal hopping and drinks well for its style. Clean on the flavor and finish.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange CA. for $1.99 in September 2006. Bottled on date is 08.05, so this one is over a year old. So much for fresh!

Pours a clear (OK, slightly chill hazy) golden yellow with the thinnest of pure white films of a head.

Aroma is of grain and light lemon fruitiness and spiciness. Flavor intensifies the lemon notes, with a slight hop aftertaste. Moderately creamy mouthfeel adds to the blend. A pretty easy drinker.

Overall a pretty good example of the style- I would love to try this fresh, or *gasp* on tap...

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Photo of witster18
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love a good hellas...and this is a good one. Light in color for the style. Sweet start with a bitter/citrus aftertaste. Pours a light golden straw hue with a quickly dissipating 1" head...bubbly...accurate for the style... pleasant overall. Everytime I try a good hellas I wonder why so few good one's are avail from US breweries... THe closest thing to this made near me is Velas Hellas in Gatlinburg....which is about equally as good but a little more color. Edelhell is crisp and refreshing and fairly well done. Far too many reviewers take subtle as bad....this is subtle but good! Aroma lemon with a little alcohol nose as well...very drinkable!

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Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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