Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr EdelhellHacker-Pschorr Edelhell

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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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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of Erin17
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of thoover
4.88/5  rDev +34.1%
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 TongoRad
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample was taken from a sealed case marked "produced on 012/05" (January 12, 2005)- it was sampled at 45F.

This beer poured a crystal clear yellowish gold with a thick two-finger creamy white head. It is very inviting in every way.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of creamy malt and spicy hops. The flavor and texture are superb- maltiness, hop flavors, bitterness, residuals, and alcohol are all in perfect balance to one another. You just can't ask for much more from a helles- it is easy to drink yet it has a definite personality and pulls no punches in terms of alcohol (5.5% AbV) or bitterness. Even after three or four in a row this beer loses nothing through repetition. It's one of my favorite session beers (when reasonably fresh).

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap in Munich whilst watching the Germany/Sweden game during the 2006 World Cup.

A: Golden, thick head.
S: Bready and inviting.
T: Bready, but not strong.
MF: Smooth and full bodied. Lush. Bubbly.
D: Soooo drinkable, I drank it during the whole game and then later during the Mexico/Argentina game.

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Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A high quality German lager....I love German beer.....even rgular ol lagers are tasty...this is a bright yellow..very clear and clean looking...whisp of a white head on top....nose is spicy hops...almost saaz like...also some grassy notes on the nose....very nice sweet, malty (for a lager) flavor....mouthfeel is about perfect for this style....finishes with the saaz like hops....a very enjoyable, tasty lager.....For a lager this is close to outstanding....

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This German classic tastes like...beer. That's right, BEER! After a long cold winter and spring of drinking Imperial Stouts, Baltic Porters, Barley Wines, strong Trappists ales and such, it's a real joy to welcome in the sun and a simple, easy-going beer. No chocolate, coffee, berries, raisins, smoked wood, bananas, or fruit soaked in rum, nor overly flamed crème brulee. Just beer…Beer! A nice white head rests atop the shiny gold body. The lace clings for a while then slides into obscurity. A real beer aroma of malt, hops, yeast, and alcohol are easy to identify. The herbal malt body is more substantial than it appears and reveals a slightly grainy and lightly sweet taste. The citrusy hop bitterness matches the smooth malt to perfection. A light fume of alcohol and trace of yeast flavors round out this very drinkable beer. Bring on the summer!

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Nice to see an import in a darkl brown bottle!

Pours a typical helles color w/a good amount of head. Nose and taste are both very perfumy hops with a good dose of sweet malt to balance everything out.

A highly drinkable helles, with an excellent body as the beer is not watery at all. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hunter
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really don't drink enough pilsners, and my tall glassware was getting a bit peeved so I picked this one up.

The beer has a pale gold color to it that seems to glow where American pilsners seem blanched. Beautifully dense white head that poured three fingers thick and took its time departing. Thin threads of bubbles from the base to the head. Nice presentation.

Nose of malt, light kiss of bitter hops in the aroma. Its beauty lies in its simplicity.

German pilsners are so different than what Yanks are used to. There's no overwhelming hit of corn in the taste here. A slight burn from the bubbles, a mellow and lovely deliverance of that malt and hop promise in the nose, and then...nothing. Leaves the tastebuds clean (practically scoured). This would be a lovely way to cleanse the palate between cheese tastings, but dangerous as I could see myself unthinkingly downing 4 or 5 all in a rush. I would be less inclined to reach for the English ales and darker brews if more pilsners were this fine.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 NiceGuyMike
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a crystal Clear golden straw color brew with a decent head and a bit of lacing. Smells of floral hops and malts. Tastes sweet with hops to boot.
Medium body with nice fizziness. Nice warming alcohol content, but not too much. This is a very enjoyable and refreshing brew, I wish I had another right now.

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Photo of rousee
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When you get right down to it, this is one of my favorite beers. I love the classic light colored style and taste but it is plenty malty with a nice fresh salty mouthfeel too. The yeast, malt, and hops are all beautifully married in here and it is just so smooth and drinkable --whats not to like ?

A-is a quick 5mm head and clears quickly.
S-nice herbal, corn,hay,yeast,malt mix.
T-to me, this is what beer is supposed to taste like. Period. It is even better off a freshly tapped keg.
MF-its got a nice mf'in mouthfeel. Smooth,dry, and foamy with a slight salt background.
D-hell yeah. these are consumable in large quantities

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Photo of herrburgess
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Exceptionally bright, clear pour, though head fades quickly. Aroma is malty, slightly bread-like, somewhat corn-flour like (I'm thinking masa harina-like, rather pleasant, not like the corn in Coors). Good emphasis on clean maltiness, never too sweet despite low bitterness. Simple and elegant. Moderate body, neutral texture.

There's nothing complex about this Helles, but the style is not one that lends itself to complexity. It's refreshing and quite drinkable, with no flaws. Among the imports to America, this beats Spaten's and Paulaner's offerings.

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Photo of relapse
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks amber with respectable head retention. Think I smell some noble hops too- enough to give it a slightly skunky smell (and flavour). But it comes across more as spiciness rather than spoilage.

My experience with the style and the region is limited, but if I could find a bunch of German beers at my local shop I would gladly sample them all first. A good intro to German beers if your shop is lacking in selection, it exemplifies the pride Hacker Pschorr takes in their brewing even when it's a less complex recipe.

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Photo of bamberger603
4.19/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a clean and clear sunny lemon yellow. Soft puffy glimmering white cap about medium thickness sits atop. Keeps a slender skimming and collar. Slow and soft carbonation rises within its golden glow. Minimal lacing in very thin strings.

Aroma favors a clean and refreshing grassy lemon candy with a slight starchy stiffness to its sweetenss.

Taste is quite nice here. I like these simple little German lager beers for summertime drinkin' and this one hits the spot. Tender sweetness abounds with a bready melted softness. Slimming tendencies of lemon/citric candy and a bright but mildly firm carbonation sits just right. Middle is melon-like. A grassy edge is created nearer the finish with a bit of dryish spicyness of Saaz-like hops. A bit of floralness plays in the finish as well.

Feel is clean, crisp, and smooth. Nice and quick creamy medium body. Malts play a big part with bready sweetness and candyfied goodness. Balance is good too. Hops create a nice grassy edge and drying spiced finish.

One fantastic Munich style Helles lager. I have yet to run in to one I haven't liked from Germany and this one is no different. Yum. Its only downfall is its 5.5% ABV- it does catch up to ya after a few pretty quickly as it goes down way too damn easily. Mow em if ya got em and drink up.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

all around tasty brew here, nice looking golden color with a good head. aroma is sweet malt with a hint of hops. taste is all malt up front and then a nice bitterness comes through from the hops, very nice balance here. drinkability is very high and at 5.5 percent alcohol this one could be trouble.

This style is fast becoming one of my favorites and this is a prime example for sure. very nice, so nice to know that you won't be getting that adjunct taste with a German beer. Miles ahead of any american macro. tasty stuff!

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Photo of John
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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 scoobybrew
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle.

A - Crystal clear golden color with a decent head that settles quickly but is retained in a thin layer well enough

S - sweet honey-like malt aroma, very faint trace noble hop accent

T - crisp, clean light malty flavor, no hops perceptible, but definitely present for balance

M - light to medium body, moderate carbonation

D - nice light session beer, this would be a fantastic 'gateway' beer if it weren't for the price associated, very enjoyable

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a gravity cask at H-P. Quite the experience to be sure.

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Photo of therica
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd had this before on tap, and we'd had a keg for our party a year ago, but I'd never taken time to file a review. I reviewed it in bottle not long ago, but the on-tap version seems to be a much more exciting experience.

Thin-yellow color with a mild pure-white head when poured. Much of the head dissipated by the time the waitress sat it in front of me.

Very nice smell, a nice combination of lightly smoky malt, hops and bouquet.

Taste-- nice smooth light-hops malt taste, only mildly bitter, my wife didn't even make a bad face when she tasted it. Very smooth, refreshing, great with or without a meal, and a nice finish. Aftertaste mild hops-malt and slight bitters, nothing annoying here. Very pleasant.

I could drink this for session if it was the beer of offering-- and I have, at our keg party as well as at Hagerstown's Schnamkerlstube Bavarian Restaurant which is where I just had this, and upon which I am basing the review.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale gold. Thin dirty white head. Nice looking streams of CO2 surface at a moderate rate. Aroma is a little bready. A little grainy. Even a little biscuity. Pretty cool. Light, but nice. First impression is sweet and grainy. But there's also some light crackery like pilsner maltiness too. And there's a bit of a dry snap on the finish. A hoppy snap. Subtle, but definitely there. I think we're talking about some noble hops here. Nice drinker. Medium bodied. Refreshing.

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Photo of WesWes
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and Munich malt scent. It's sweet with some breadlike aroma. There is some fruitiness as well as a light German hop presence. The taste is good. This is a fantastic Helles. It's smooth with an excellent malt flavor. It goes down easy with a nice Munich malt sweetness and finishes clean with a dry German hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good lager. It's pale, yet flavorful. It has just the right amount of balance to it.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dull gold, with good clarity. Two finger head, semi-dense white and foamy with good retention and spotty lacing. Pilsener malt and noble hops in the nose with a hint of munich malt. Solid pale malt sweetness upfront, with a subtle touch of busicuity malt flavor. The mild saaz and hallertau flavor in the aftertaste shows an impressive balance, and leaves the tounge pleasently dry. A gently crisp mouthfeel with medium carbonation and light-medium body. Finishes clean and refreshing. Not terribly complex, but it has a very agreeable malt/hop character; a tasty thirst quencher for sure.

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Photo of Shadman
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color with a decent head. Smell is sweet & somewhat buttery. Taste is slightly hoppy with a bit of buttery aftertaste. Goes down the gullet very easy. A clean finish with little after taste. Could drink this all day..well maybe not seeing as it is 5.5%

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Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
3.64 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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