Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Hacker-Pschorr EdelhellHacker-Pschorr Edelhell
139 Ratings
Hacker-Pschorr EdelhellHacker-Pschorr Edelhell

Brewed by:
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 05-06-2003

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Photo of danielharper
2.44/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours a nice straw-yellow color with a thick white foamy head, like an ice cream float. Slightly cloudy appearance, pretty much perfect for style.

S: Corny, vaguely lager-yeast-like aroma. Not offensive, not really good.

T: Corn flavor, slightly dry. Very astringent and "off-tasting" in finish. Not pleasant or refreshing.

M: Thicker than expected, slightly grainy.

D: Not too fond of it. There are better lagers out there -- this one ranks just about average. Wouldn't mind trying it on-tap sometime, but for now I'll stick to the hefeweizen.

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Photo of weeare138
2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Lisa Wolters for this...
Appears a pale light straw colored gold. A tiny white head quickly fades out into a tiny bubbly cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy yeast, corn adjunct, light malt...kind of like cornbread. Not bad but not really what I want in a beer.
Taste is of the same aromas with a light malt and mild vegetal, corn-like taste that isn't overly appealing.
Mouthfeel is a bit overly carbonated, medium bodied, settling dead in the middle of the tongue.
This is a crowd beer that I'm not very fond of. Too much of a corn taste that lingers along the tongue and makes me want to get a different brew asap.

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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 AltBock
2.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle that has a sweet drawing of busty blonde German beer waitress holding 3 of those 1 liter mugs of beer. The back label has all the usual US information. A produced on date can be found on the front label in the lower right hand corner.

When poured into a German mug, this Hacker-Pschorr beer is a bright golden lemon yellow with a minimal head of white foam. This head of foam just had OK retention that left behind a handful of white foamy rings along the edge. It didn't bother to leave any lace behind.

The aroma was lightly fruity with a stick of butter and a faint whiff of toasted grains. How did butter ever get into the aroma? I don't know and I don't want to know why.

The taste was light, crispy, and surprisengly fruity with a hint of bitter floral hops, toasted grains, and a subtle splash of yeast at the finish. I'm just glad that no butter showed up in the taste like in did in the aroma.

The mouthfeel was of course on the light side, but the aftertaste was far too faint with toasted grains, a speck of bitter hops, and a few juicy fruits hiding in the back.

Yeah it could be used a German session beer for somebody, but not me. For me, one is more than enough for me. It was nothing more than a close to be being average German Lager. I'm sure it would taste much better on-tap at Oktoberfest in Munich.

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Photo of Derek
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Macro lager.

A: Crystal clear, slight yellow hue. Very little head.

S: Cheap hops.

T: Better than the smell. Slightly bready, sweetness is well balanced with hop bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body & carbonation.

D: Nothing offensive, but nothing to really appeal to the beer geek.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw gold, with a big, white sudsy head that leaves a slight lace for most of the beer.

The aroma is very much about celery and cut hay, with some grain notes on the side.

The mouthfeel is crisp, with medium carbonation, but comes across a bit watered-down.

The taste is very grainy, with an ever-so-slight bitter finish and tangy aftertaste. A bit too acidic.

This beer is nothing special, and that's too bad. Compared to their Hefe, this is extremely disappointing.

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Photo of bigdeuce
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow color, nice head, good lacing down the glass. Problem is, it was skunky and the taste, although slightly crisp and sweet, was a bit of the same. It's not a bad brew, but there are many other germans out there that are much better.

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale, clear straw colour with a decent two finger head. That head does quickly disipate to a thin film, but still leaves behind a decent amount of lace. Simplistic smell. Herbs and grass, with a little bit of malt. Taste is primarily grassy hops. Reminds me of mowing the lawn. Tasty, but plain. Mouthfeel is clean, crisp, plain and dull. Drinkable as a refresher. But, overall, simply too plain.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of tgbljb
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy medium amber color with sparce white head.. Modest lacing.
Smell is fruity and bubble gum like.
Taste is slightly fruity sweet, and not much else.
Fininish shows more fruitiness.
An OK beer, nothing special. Probably not something I would visit again.

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Photo of beeragent
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a clear yellow, forming a 1/2 inch head, that quickly faded, leaving little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly fruity, but mostly a grainy smell. Mouthfeel is light. Taste is a bit fruity, but very clean. Basically, this taste like a light lager. Not much else there. An easy to drink lager, but nothing extraordinary.

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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 canadianbarman
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

--Came in a large 500 ml brown bottle. Poured a light golden in color, minor head and good lacing.
--Sweet aromas mixed with the general hoppy smell.

This beer can be described as an average beer. I have had better than this in this style but I have also had worse. I would drink it again. Thx.

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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 steveh
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again, reviewing this beer to style based on a crossover of BA & BJCP style characters.

The H-P Helles is difficult to find in my area, most often being overshadowed by the H-P Weizen, so when I found a six pack in a local grocery, I though I'd revisit the classic.

A - Very clear, gold color with a white head that settles quick, but revives well.

S - Pretty light in the aroma category, a good swirl brings out some grassy hops and light biscuit malt - nothing spectacular.

T - Pretty light in this category too; good toasty maltiness, if a bit faint. Hop finish with a bit of an acidic quality; nothing offensive, but somewhat harsh to style.

M - Not quite as soft as other Bavarian (or even Bavarian style) lagers on the shelf, a little sharp, but again - not offensive.

D - While some of the off-characteristics are a little distracting, this is still a good drinker and thirst quencher; subtle and refreshing without hitting you on the head to get your attention.

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Photo of scriabin
3.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bit on the thin side, with a flaxen appearance. The head is on the thin side, although the smell is quite nice and sweet. The flavor is a bit on the bitter side, with strong floral overtones. A decent, enjoyable beer which would be a great companion to a warm summer night.

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Photo of TerryW
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ginger ale-gold with a short head settling to partial film with no real lace.

Thin and grainy up front, good malt down the middle, decent aromas of grassy hops and malt. Easy to drink, competent without being someting to get too worked up about. Good summer beer I'd say.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really my thing....

Nice clear yellow with a good, tight white head. Smells bready, with a blend of malt sweetness and hop grassiness. The smell is better than most lagers, but still comes off as rather skunky..

Bland taste, a mix of yeasty bread, grassy hops and corn. Not terribly bad, but not overly exciting. This has potential, but unfortunately fails to live up to my expectations. This could have been great, but to me, comes off as nothing more than a bland lager

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Photo of Boomer4ES
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - this helles lager pours a light straw with a thin white rocky head, scant slow carbonation rises up the glass

S - sugary sweet malt esthers with apple-ish hints, mostly malt, a sweet inviting aroma

T - strong euro malt flavors, very malty, tha applness is present but lighter than in the aroma

M&D - light bodied, a bit too sweet for me but a decent beer, especially for the style

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah well the pour was a very light golden color with a very minimal white head. The carbonation goes on forvever, little bubbles very active through the whole brew. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma department. A little bit of malt, but most notable was the fresh hay/grass smell, add some grain in there and that sums it up. The taste was fairly refreshing although not real flavorful. First impression is the little bit of malt that comes through followed by a very grainy taste. Almost a bit of corn in the finish that leaves a subpar aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty thin but this beer isn't terrible. Sort of refreshing.

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Photo of claytri
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured a beautiful clear golden with a nice white head the dissipated quickly. The aroma is pretty straight forward malt/beer smell, no promises and no warnings. The taste is sharp and hoppy with a malty undertone. The malt does break out at times and give a range of sweet flavors in the finish. To me the taste is better with food as this beer is quite clarifying. The feel is pretty much a nice moderately dry and light beer. Definately a well made beer, but not one that would attract me to come back too often.

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Photo of npendres
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of hero27
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
5.5% abv

Golden yellow color, thin white head.
Light bodied, tastes bready with some nice use of European hops..Slightly grassy..some light use of spices as well. Carbonation is pretty well done..carries the subtle flavors well and finishes very crisp. A light, drinkable German lager.

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Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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