Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

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Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a lightly hazy looking yellow color with a white head on top. The head settles and just leaves a little bit of white film over top of the beer. The smell of the brew is grainy and a little grassy. The taste of the beer was earthy amd a little on the sweet side. The finish was crisp and bitter. The mouthfeel was drinkable, it was light to medium bodied. Overall this beer was pretty good, I would probably have it again.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Textbook amber with pale lemonade trim. The rich ivory cap is tight-bubbled and should last a while as a result. In fact, it lasts so long that I'm getting impatient waiting for lace to show up. Eventually, a thick, jagged collar graces the glass.

There's nothing overly special about the nose. The beer smells like grain and German hops; par for the style course. I'm hoping for something a little more dynamic on the taste buds.

Edelhell is a decent enough version of a style that oftentimes has difficulty impressing (me at least). I like the balance between minimally toasted, biscuity malt and grassy-herbal hops, but it doesn't add up to anything that begs to be consumed in rapid fashion. A moderate, lingering sweetness on the back end keeps it from being crisp and clean.

The mouthfeel stays with the 'better than average, yet nowhere near excellent' theme. It's roughly medium for the style, perhaps a fraction more full, with carbonation that could stand to be more perky.

Prior to briefly scanning the reviews of the three that I've had so far, I had forgotten just how good Hacker-Pschorr beer is. Edelhell is the first one that hasn't impressed me on some level. Oh well, I don't see it around much anyway.

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Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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 WVbeergeek
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
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 jwc215
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with plenty of clarity. The head soon thins to a lasting patch.

The smell is of mild, sweet grain. Clean for sure.

The taste is also clean. Some sweet graininess with a touch of Continental-type hop bitterness. Slightly salty. Crisp finish. Rather bland, but inoffensive.

The body is light with some residual sweetness carrying through on the palate.

Overall, this is a clean, inoffensive thirst-quencher. Bland and pedestrian, but easily drinkable and suffices as a "no-brainer" session brew.

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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 biegaman
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very average German Helles, or rather I think what I mean to say is German Helles is a very average style - this is a strong example though. Poured a light yellow, big head - left good lacing. Simple flavour, nothing all that paletable but easy to drink. Texture is alittle thick. Not exactly a favourable aroma, but again, nothing offensive. Its got a little more definition than most pale Euro lagers which I think places it a little above. This beer is what it is - simple and agreeable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfronty bready grain with a smattering of noble hop.

The taste was also upfront bready with a light balancing hop. Some astringent bitterness at the finish.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with an overly dry finish.

Overall a tasty lager. However, the astringency detracts from the drinkablilty,

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with a lot of carbonation.

Smells of a big grain and mild malt. Mild fruity and spiciness is present.

Tastes bready and slightly sweet. Nicely balanced hops.

Mouthfeel is very good.

Very drinkable without being bland. Not the best but a very solid beer.

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Photo of weeare138
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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 Derek
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
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 beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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 rhoadsrage
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 DrJay
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden colour. Bright white head that didn't last long and produced no lace. Light, spicy nose with just a hint of malt. Bitterness and malt sweetness are well balanced, resulting in a crisp, clean finish complemented by a light sourness. Fairly light body without being watery. Not bad, and definitely something I'd try again.

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Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at beerbistro. Pours a clear golden/straw yellow, big fluffy white head, some spots of lace and good retention. Smell is sweet and malty, some caramel and honey, light citrus and floral in the finish. Taste is sweet and malty as well, honey, citrus and a little wheat. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, with medium carbonation. Very smooth, pretty standard although good.

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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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The departs the 355ml brown bottle and takes up residence in my glass a crystal clear gold color with a massive bright white head and lots of fine lace, which desiccates to sticky clumps upon the glass. Nose is malt, fresh, clean and crisp. Front is mostly malt and somewhat sweet, the top is reedy, the finish bitingly acidic, pleasantly hopped, with a dry somewhat bitter aftertaste. Quite quaffable, and one of the handful of “Lagers/Pils”, I can call “Delectable”

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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 Suds
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a clumpy white head, producing considerable lace. The liquid is completely clear, with ever-present bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Perfumy, floral hop aroma: soft and flowery sweetness. Taste is a mix of soft, mildly sweet pilsner maltiness and a grainy, vegetable-like earthiness. Finish is clean and moderately hoppy. Light bodied, soft, and extremely drinkable. There’s nothing extraordinary or remarkable about this beer…it is, however, a solidly quaffable, refreshing brew.

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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 Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 355ml (12 fl.oz) thin bodied brown glass standard looking tall thin bodied brown glass bottle sealed with a white crown cap which has the colorful Hacker-Pschorr logo on it. My bottle looks just like the one in the Database, in so much that a sexy looking Fraulien is holding a trifecta of Steins. Bottled date of “08.05” with a packaging code of L24353. Listed at 5.5% ABV.

Appearance: Shining clarity from the pale straw body has an incredible golden lucidity. Super clean white head sits above the body and stays at ¼” thick throughout. Finely tuned conditioning forms a gorgeous lacing on the glass sides.

Nose: Lightly toasted malts with some grain and a gentle hint of corn in the back end. Hmmmm, I have to say that the “corny” trait in the finish is very low in strength, but it is there, yet at times it seems like freshly baked bread too.

Taste: Exceptionally clean and freshly washed, drinks like a brew that has just stepped out of the shower, it fills the mouth with a freshly cleansed palate. Fortunately none of the “corn hints” that I get in the nose are anywhere to be found in the tastes. Crystal malts and lightly hopped but with a simple bitter finish. The profile is pleasing, simple and easy going, but it works extremely well.

Mouthfeel: Responsive body, soft carbonation and a smooth texture.

Drinkability: Effortless Drinkability. A true Session Helles that has no sharp edges or niggling side affects. It sinks easily and I could manage this one all afternoon, on draft this must be excellent.

Overall: Refreshing stuff, perfect balance with a lovely crisp finish, good stuff on a hot sunny day. If only they could get rid of that feint “corny odor” in the nose!!!

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light yellow gold with a mid-sized white head. Malty grain scents that are about what one would expect from the style; nothing new and exciting about it. Taste is crisp....light malt with just a small hop bite. Flavor is kind of thin, but it is clean and nice. I wouldn't mind a cooler of these on a hot day.

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