Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell | Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Hacker-Pschorr EdelhellHacker-Pschorr Edelhell
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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 albern
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lightish yellow, or what some call straw color. The head dissipates pretty quickly, but there is some residuals on the side of the glass and minimal lacing. The smell is the low mark and it reminded me too much that I was in for a really crappy American macro. The taste, thankfully, is better than the smell. It is a light, fairly carbonated, lager, with some breadiness, some wheatiness, and spriteliness. There is a little bite at the end that tastes like some yeast popping through. Not much hop to this beer. Very refreshing, drinkable, light, with a smooth mouthfeel. You can't go wrong, but it isn't a brilliant beer by any stretch. L'Chaim.

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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 plaid75
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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 riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light golden,with a thin white head. Not much retention,but decent lacing. Lots of bubbles.Smell is of malt, and bread. Body is light and carbionated. Taste is crisp,with bready malts up front,and a spicy bit of hops in the finish. Not bad at all.

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Photo of meadhead
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very Light-
Pils malt
{almost Oat hint}
with just a faint touch of
skunkish hops

A subtle
refreshing easy
drinking Munich lager

Pours a clear light yellow
with a nice lace and a small head

Smell is mild of malt
and oatish with a little skunky bread

Taste is good for this beer
sometimes a bit too mild
almost masked by the
yet it is smooth
for its style

Mouthfeel is crisp
with a medium carbonation

drinkability is easy
Gulps without any reservation

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light blondish yellow. Tall, smooth meringuey white head with good retention. Fleets of big bubbles.

Smell: Sweet light German pilsenery malts. Coins. Far-off leafy hops.

Taste: Light and extremely mild with a very dry finish and moderate spicy zip from the hops. A well-balanced and exceedingly simple lager. It's obvious why this one is available here in Japan as it tastes like your basic rice lager without the rice.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly restrained carbonation. Light as a feather and clean as a whistle.

Drinkability: This is kind of a boring beer, but not at all hard to drink. Tasty, just lacking in character.

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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 Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy pale golden color with a small white head, scattered fine lacing, and profuse, fast-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Mildly sweet grain and bread notes, as well as a mild herbal hop presence.

Taste: Quite sweet at the open, almost like caramel corn, this carries to the end of the taste, where a mild herbal hop bitterness appears. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, and quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, well-brewed beer, but somewhat lacking in depth.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve fluid ounce brown glass Euro-style long neck bottle, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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

Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell pours as a straw yellow with light head which faded quickly.

It has a sweet smell with toasty hops. The taste is sharp malty flavor with hops. Also, there is a small linger of bitterness after taking a drink.

Mouthfeel has a nice carbonation and is light. This is an above average beer. I can see myself dinking this one again.

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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 Shadman
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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 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 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 PBRstreetgang
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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 biegaman
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 AChamberlain
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
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 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 psinderson
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color, thin white head. Lots of tiny bubbles floating to the top.

Smell: Decently strong noble hop aroma. A little fruit in the background, maybe even a bit of breadiness.

Taste: Fruity bitterness up front. It finishes with an alcoholic bitterness. A lasting aftertaste that I can only describe as bready bitterness is present. Even though the bitterness wins out, it's not overwhelming and feels good in the mouth. A little lacking in complexity.

Mouthfeel: Nice overall feel, a good medium body with good carbonation. The taste is a little sticky on the tounge.

Drinkability: Overall good drinkability.

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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 therica
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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 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 TheLongBeachBum
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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 allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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 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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Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 139 ratings
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