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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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Photo of Brian700
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a crystal clear golden color with a white head about an inch tall. The aroma is a little bit grassy with some malt and some hop aroma. The taste is sweet with light malt infused with some mild hop bitterness. Decent mouthfeel. High carbonation makes you pace yourself. Light/medium body. It's a good drinkable beer. It'd beer perfect for a night of playing cards.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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 tomthumbsblues
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer produced a two-finger creamy head on top of a highly carbonated clear brassy colored beer. Aromas of hops and grass were detected. Taste was sweet fruity malt which yielded to breadiness. A balanced mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, pretty good actually.

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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 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 NiceGuyMike
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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 canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have beern on the quest lately to find the perfect summer beer and a lot of lagers seem to be on the liqour store shelves right now. This is one of the better lagers to pass my lips in quite awhile. Pale gold with a big head this beer combines drinkability with a solid midbody and finish. Good use of hops in a beer of this style. I will be consuming some more of these guys while the sun shines.

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Photo of BeerandBlues2
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled. Pours clear gold with a small rocky white head that fades rapidly into a thin film. Spotty lacing that crawls slowly back into the brew. Aromas of grass, tart apples and sour malt. Wheat and yeast combine to great youcwith the first drink and then it finishes slightly hoppy and spicy. Buttery mouthfeel that is also fizzy, refreshing and light bodied.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.43/5  rDev -6%
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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Photo of trancefishy
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a very light fizzy yellow. tiny white head.

aroma is very light, and smells like beer. like, beer can returns. not so hot.

taste is light as well. a cloudy bitterness and then a fade to finish with some malty sweetness. the finish is the highlight of this beer. there are some interesting sour and caramel flavours going on in the aftertaste.

drinkability is really good. something just makes me want to drink this like i'm really thirsty for it.

alright beer, nothing i would buy if i could see something better sitting around though.

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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 Boto
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one poured a slightly pale, golden color. It was crystal-clear. There was a large white head to it, but when I turned around, it was gone. The aroma is a bit thin, but pleasant. There are some floral notes and some sweetness to it. The taste is pleasant also. This is a nice Helles.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden color with a large foamy head. Bubbles continue to rise for several minutes. Pleasant citrus aroma. Crisp malty flavor with spicy hops. Thin to medium mouthfeel. High level of carbonation. A tasty, crisp lager that’s easy drinking, yet avoids being boring. A good choice if you want a refreshing beer.

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Photo of rousee
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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 Hibernator
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this out out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served it into a pint glass. There was a freshness date (I think) of 03.05 labeled on the right corner.

Golden color with tiny carbination bubbles present. Minimal head with no lacings.

This is a very clean brew....nice balance of malt and hops. Grassy and sweet up front with just the slightest bitter hop finish. Honey-like sweetness at times. Good drinkability level. This could be a great session beer if you enjoy German Lagers.

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Photo of inebrius
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Is that St. Pauli girl's sister on the label?

Almost like eating fat frosted liquid sugar cookies made with olive oil instead of butter and flecked with tiny bits of fresh oregano while sitting across the room from a gas fire below an iron plate of roasting hazelnuts. But different.

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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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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 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 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 DrJay
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Hunter
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
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 putnam
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great top of sticky, white, frothy froth over honey yellow juice.
Aromas are of clipped spring grass, cracked wheat, maraschino cherries, toasted bagels and super-bright apple blossoms.
On the palate it is light-bodied, dry and razor sharp with flavors of wilted greens, sourdough, green apples and chalk.
Not as impressive as HB Original. Next up: Paulaner Munich Original Premium Lager.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hacker-Pschorr: another legendary München brewery, another quality helles lager. While beers in the style are usually very simple golden colored lagers, they make up for it by being very refreshing and drinkable, and this one is certainly no exception.

Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell pours a cristal clear yellowish/gold color with a 1 finger head that disappears in about 45 seconds and leaves minimal lace once the head thins out. The aroma was the only real disappointing aspect of the brew as it was quite bland and neutral. Some light malts and a light sulfuric hint was all that I detected in the nose. These were typical helles aromas, but for some reason I expected more. The beer feels very smooth going across the palette and is moderately carbonated. As mentioned, the brew is simple in flavor but still quite tasty. The light malts are very pleasing and carry some light sweetness with them along with a very nice bready/biscuity presence. The hop presence isn't spectacular but decent, with some spicy/citric presence and a decent drying effect in the finish. The aftertaste is clean with a mildly lingering dryness and no alcoholic warmth in the conclusion.

This is one of the best beers of the Münchner Helles style that I've had. Not in the least bit "complex" but a good quencher and the malt flavors there are very enjoyable. A nicely balanced brew altogether.

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Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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