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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Photo of pootz
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this beer on a fresh lot less than 3 weeks old:

Pale gold in color this authentic Munich helles pours with a nice sticky 2 finger cap and laces the glass well. Ahhhh that edel helles aroma is there in spades. Pungent bready-sweet aroma mingles with the herbal-citrus tones from the noble hops ....biscuits with honey and lemon is the impression of this aroma profile.

Mouthfeel is sticky and medium-light bodied.

Front end is a rush of big clean grains and breadyness where the citrusy-leafy nobel hops sit in the background. Mid way you taste a light sweet citrus decernment along with the sweet bread malts then the finish comes up clean with a nice clean citrus-biscuit snap at the end and a light bready-sweet after taste.

If someone wants to know what a Munich light lager tastes like simply tell them it tastes like Hacker-Pschorr Edelhell..what all r light real lager should taste like...in all it’s smooth, subtle drinkable, malt-accented glory!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz Bottle into my antique .5L Pschorr-Brau Bierkrug. I just love that feel.

Pours up pale yellow with a towering white head. Nice, lasting, fluffy & malty.

Smell is of malt and light hops comes up to great you. Very inviting, begs to be tasted, light citrus yeast scent.

Taste is pleasant. Sweet but thin malty taste, mellow hops, cleansing and crisp notes of lemon. Nothing remarkable, nothing offensive. Good sold drinking bier.

Mouthfeel is thinker then the taste, good carbonation, satisfying.

Very drinkable but I may chose something a little more bold. MK

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Photo of bigdeuce
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
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 DogFood11
3.31/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a into a pilsner glass it forms a nice 2 finger head tha fades to a solid cover, nice lacing all the way down. Bright yellow color above a medium carbonated and light looking body.

First thing to grab my attention was a farily hefty grain bill, nicely chissled away by a spiced up hop presence that really takes center stage on my palate. Malts are a bit watered, what does come through is sweet and effortless. Finishes a bit on the dry end of the spectrum, coming from the hop spiceyness. Laid back lemon cleans up very late and more-so as the beer warmed.

Notes: Really an easy drinking brew that is interesting, yet light. A rare combination for a lager. Wished I could get this on tap somewhere, preferably in Germany. Oh well, for now the bottle is worth every penny.

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Photo of danielharper
2.44/5  rDev -33%
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 shererjt
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a straw yellow color with just the slightest hint of haze. Had hardly any carbonation or head. Aroma was fruitier than expected and if I didn't know better I might even say I smelled some corn. On 2nd whiff, had a lot more of the usual Munich malt aroma. Medium body. Nice malty flavor, but again had more fruit than I'd guess. Still had lots of nice malt flavor and crispness. Mouthfeel was excellent; substantial but not overpowering. This lead to a nice drinkability.

A quality brew and a nice example of the style, though not as clean and malty as some.

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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 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 canadianbarman
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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 funkengruven
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first try at this style of beer, so i'm being as objectionate as possible. This poured a very pale yellow with a frothy head that quickly subsided. Very clear, as the name suggests. Smells like a typical German lager, a strong smell of barley malt.

Tastes good, clean and refreshing with little aftertaste but it's a little lacking in body, pretty watery. Carbonation is not overabundant which makes it kind on the palate, and goes down quite easily. Not a bad beer overall, would likely go well with a side of sauerkraut and sausages.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Brown 12 oz. bottle, Produced on 07 05 (sampled 02 06) and 5.5% abv listed

Aroma: Mild grain and honey notes, but a very mild smell.

Appearance: Just the slightest haze to the light gold glass sporting a thin snow white cap that leaves a bit of lace

Flavor: Very mild, clean, crisp lager taste. Some mild apple notes, grain and honey come through.

Mouthfeel: Light body, good carbonation, watery texture, but that just helps the drinkability.

Overall Impression: Simple, clean, straightforward beer. Nothing too complex or complicated.

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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 allergictomacros
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold with a few tiny bubbles, poured from a 500ml brown bottle with a blond girl on the label. She must get tired carrying 3 full beer steins in one hand. Head recedes quickly to a thin, white covering.

Sweet, raspberry nose. Intriguing to say the least.

Mild hops, nothing bad but not particularly exciting. Very clean. Minimal aftertaste.

A bit of a too-strong carbonation for my taste, but very drinkable - better than average I'd say.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
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 badturtle
4.01/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warning: This is my first review.

A: Dark, warm yellow. Light head that faded fast. Bottle stated it was bottled on 09/05.

S: Not too impressive, not offensive. Barely there at all.

T: Sweet. If I didn't know better, I would say they put palmetto honey in it. Honey on bread. Taste started out good and improved as the temperature rose.

M: Good carbonation. Not too heavy.

D: I could easily have another couple of these. It isn't amazing, but it would be good for a session.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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 elricorico
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very clear gold with a thin white head that fades within a minute of pouring. The colour is nice, but it has nothing to top it off.

Smell is filled with sweet bread and grains. A hint of grassiness shows up as well. Though the smell is not strong, it is nice.

Taste is nice too, though it hasn't floored me. Starts out with that same bready sweetness from the smell and flows into a floral hop finish. The finish has some staying power and is not unpleasant.

The beer is light-medium bodied and well carbonated. I feel the carbonation is a little coarse across the back half of the tongue. Not enough to make it bad, but it does take some of the pleasure away.

This isn't a bad beer, but I don't think its place is on a quiet evening in. Better to have this beer while chatting with a group of friends. With my full attention on it, I am a little bored.

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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 CAMRAhardliner
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very competent, though not outstanding lager.

It pours a pale gold with a bubbly head that quickly becomes a ring. Lacing is minimal at best. The aroma is of fresh bread with green grass, hay and rye. The taste is doughy and grainy with a herbal and somewhat spicey hop character. The hops are well represented for the style. The finish is probably the best part of this beer, a great mix of Euro hops and malt lingers for a while. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with active carbonation.

This is a nice lager, though it could use some more flavor. Still its way better than Becks or Grolsch.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 500 ml brown bottle, the image of a lovely young Bavarian lady on the logo, who must have wrists made of tempered steel to be so casually holding up those three large full steins with only one hand. Looks like the pilates really paid off.

Pours out a vibrant clear medium gold, a tall white head that recedes after a short while, leaving small patches of lacing here and there. The nose, while not overly complex, is what it should be, mild grains, some biscuity malt and rounded off with floral, meadowy hops, nothing seems out of place. The flavour itself starts out with crisp dry grains, a bit of biscuit in the middle that joins up with some grassy hops that lead it to finish of sweet cut grass and a lingering moist grainy aftertaste, crisp, but only becoming dry well along the aftertaste. The mouthfeel for the most part is also crisp and dry, and very thirst-quenching. This would make a wonderful patio beer on hot summer days, a good way to class-up some barbecuing as well. A style and an effort that could very easily slip under the radar as it is not very robust or boisterous in its flavours, but everything is done well and is in the right place. A fine lager that I'll being buying more of while the weather still lasts.

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Photo of Cwrw
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle with a picture of a traditional barmaid on the label. It felt right to pour it into a hefe glass, and it formed a perfect size of fluffy styrofoam-white head. A mixture of bubbles, and sometimes it appeared quite creamy, other times a little fizzy. The beer is very clear and straw-coloured: very very lightly colouring here--in some light it looks almost green. Lacing is large-bubbled but sticky, and the foam finally settled on the beer's surface and stayed quite consistent and dense. A very good appearance, and a thirsty man's dream. Grassy bits of malt in the aroma, with good breadiness and some floral hoppiness to fit the style. I think I prefer the more subdued hoppiness of helles to pilsner. Some creamy caramel notes, a little vanilla, and German hops which give some herbal and slightly bitter metallic aromas. Biscuity and like cereal; grainy. There is definitely a little fruitiness in this aroma as well, which was kind of pleasantly surprising. Mango or pear, mostly, green apples too, reminding me of some hefes. I found many German pale lagers actually had ale-like fruitiness when I was over there, and this reminds me a bit of some. A piquant aroma that is extremely appetising. A delight in the mouth too: instead of the expected bitterness we might expect from a beer this colour, thinking it will be similar to pilsner-style, I get more of the fruitiness along with lightly roasted maltiness. The breadiness is all up front, like sweet bread, cinnamon buns, or a little brown sugar. The hops are always there, but they play second fiddle to the other tastes, and the finish of this beer is supremely balanced by apple, honeyish malt, and a little metallic tang dryness. In the middle I sense a little of the alcohol. The aftertaste is definitely bitter, but not in the pilsner way--this is more balanced. Other flavours include a little pineapple, some tomato-juice tang(a little), and some malty sourness. Not overly complex, but fitting and worthy of its style. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated for the style, quite foamy and velvety on the mouth--no real sparkling or crisp carbonation, which is nice. Medium-bodied and endlessly quaffable. A helles I would buy again(when summer returns.)

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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 Brian700
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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 +23.6%
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 tomthumbsblues
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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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