Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417)
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH

Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417)Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417)
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German Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Ranked #74
Ranked #25,840
3.79 | pDev: 11.61%
Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Very Good
Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417)Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417)
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 257
Photo of dasenebler
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

.5L swing-top, best before the end of October 2011.

Pours a cloudy, mellow gold with a nice fluffy head. The retention is solid, and the lacing is textbook.

The aroma is nice, with yeasty, doughy notes and some pleasant citrus rind.

The flavor is very yeasty and bready, which is to be expected for this "naturtrüb" style, though it may go a bit too far, into quasi-diacetyl territory. The hops are pleasant--grassy, mildly citrusy--but could be even more present. Aftertaste is straight- up wheaty bread. The mouthfeel is very smooth and well-carbonated.

A good beer, just a bit too yeasty for the style, in my opinion. More hops, please.

Notes: This is the same beer as Hacker-Pschorr Anno 1417. I think they just changed the label recently to include "Münchner Kellerbier," underneath which it still reads "Anno 1417."

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Photo of dhannes
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Nice dark, golden color; two finger head lasted over a minute.

S=Nice moderate aroma with decent hop aroma and a slight sweetness.

T=Nice hops flavor with a bit of bite...noticed a bit of aftertaste. A bit of sweetness as well with a hint of carbonation. Hint of citrus as well.

M=Nice...smooth and refreshing.

D=Very drinkable...the sweetness prohibits it from being a beer that you would chug, but would stand up well with a meal or by itself on a hot day.

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Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice sipper in the mid day. having one now. as a keller its like a pilz that has gone sweet. you can say it sits till it loses its carbonation but the carbonation is a bit subdued. although it still has a body and a retention and lace this keller is well back in malt and particularly malt oriented. nose of mild pilsner straw and a heavy lush honey pollen. palate is very delicately floral and a bit-o-honey brown sugar flavor. malt expands very very gentle to reveal so delicate floral aspects and mild earthiness. lemongrass, sandelwood and honeysuckle.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Hofbrau Half Stein

A - Pours a pale straw colour with a large white foamy head.

S - Nice earthy grainy aroma that is a little sweet.

T - Plenty of earthy notes up front that transforms into a yeasty grain flavour that finishes a little bitter.

M - Light body a medium carbonation.

D - Nice easy drinking style of beer that I recommend.

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Photo of treque
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: With an amber appearance, light-bodied and semi opaque to light. Generates an abundant foam of small bubble, with good retention in the same way it behaves with respect to
residue while the carbonation is low.

S: It has a subtle aroma and slightly sweet.

T:In its taste is the ideal combination relatively very bitter end, faintly sweet first converges to a bitter light if it were a freshly baked breads

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Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Chancey Smith's. An orangey colour with a good mouthfeel. A sourness that's well amlted, a good bitterness, some cloves,pepper. I enjoyed the flavours of others of this style, including Creemor, far better. Still a good drinkability.

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Photo of ehudbarniv
4.72/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted this great beer at the Paulaner & Hacker-Pschorr brewery in Munich.
The brewer explained that after some 30 years or so of not brewing it, they have decided to re-issue this brand, due to growing public demand for this apparently local favorite.
After I've tasted it too, I can understand that demand, as this beer is absolutely brilliant.
The texture was smooth and surprisingly light for a cloudy beer.
I'd describe this kellerbier as similar to their hefe-weissbier (the famous Paulaner Naturtrüb), only with slightly less sourish aromas. it also may have had a slightly more smokey undertone to it, but that was beautifully ballanced by the smooth texture and that arome that reminded me of sweet kinds of mineral water - an interesting ballance as I mentionned.
All in all, take that my vivid descriptions above are not to imply that this beer has an array of strong tastes to it. It's one of the most subtle beers I've ever tasted.
For the sake of decency, I must state two important things:
1 - As I wrote, I've tasted this beer directly in the brewery in Munich. Thus, it was obviously quite fresh and I have no indication as to how well this freshness is maintained whenever this beer is being transported, or even exported to other countries.
2 - I am quite a big fan of hefe-weizens in particular, and of German kinds of cloudy beer in general. Thus, if you are fans of the more filterred types of beer, or of Irish stouts for example, you might not share my enthusiasm to this specific beer. However, if you like weissbier, rauchbier, and other similar German specialties, I strongly recommend you to try this one too, should you come across it sometimes.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a weizen glass) best before 11/10
A- This beer pours a clear golden yellow body with a big carbonation of racing tiny bubbles and a spongy snow white head pops.
S- The fresh grain aroma has a slight sweetness with a faint honey malt quality that grows as the beer warms.
T- The slight tartness blends into a fresh pale malt flavor with a yeasty note giving way to a green hint in the finish. As the beer opens up there is a bit of an oat and then raw grain note with the pale malt. The finish has a soft sulfury quality to a green Noble hop snap.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight chewy quality and a crisp finish.
D- This beer has a great fresh flavor with a slight sweetness that adds more freshness. The tartness adds some nice contrast with some nice support from the yeast.

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Photo of midnite2sixman
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this from Martha's Vineyard in Grand Rapids, MI.

Looks much like a hefe on the pour. Golden amber, white frothy head. Nice lacing.

Grains on the nose, not very vibrant smells. Slight funky yeast smell.

Tastes also like a hefe, slight banana flavor.

The mouthfeel is where this beer sets itself apart. Cool and refreshing like a lager, yet enough body like a wheat beer. Very thirst quenching.

On a hot summer day I would much prefer this to any lager and definitely rate it to be quite drinkable!

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Photo of Evocatus
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a light yellow-cide color, not completely opaque. Head was a bubbly and white, didn't last too long. Aroma was a mix of apple, wheat, and a hint of sweetness, maybe caramel. Taste was somewhat disappointing. Nothing too strong to stand out, but what I could get was some sweet wheat and a dash of fruit. Could be a little thicker, but the carbonation was okay I guess. Drinkable, but there's better out there for the cash.

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Photo of HalfFull
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I dive into this on good faith from the crew at Hacker-Pschorr knowing they make some great brews yet this is an odd style. Poured from a 500ml. swingtop bottle into a large wine glass. Yes, we'll just call it a mug with a stem I say.

A firm pop is a pleasant start, particularly given the style guidelines. Pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white cap. Not much retention but holds a surface ring and shows decent carbonation. A second topping off yields notably more lacing.

Aroma of neutral grains and some light hops with a bit of lemon and orange accompanying some fresh hay. Bit musky with an intriguing level of depth.

Flavor matches the nose largely, and is somewhat thinner in body than anticipated on the front of the palate. Lemony hops and a light sweetness continue, followed with a grainy close that offers moderate lingering notes again of lemon and grain. Lightly coarse in texture and easy drinking. Not as far afield as I thought as for the style. Quite nice and hope to explore the style further.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL swingtop, bottled 09/08, sampled 8/4/09. It pours a chill-hazed orangey gold, with medium carbonation and a thin white cap. Sweet and mildly hoppy in the nose. Tastes of leafy, mildly bitter hops, and malts that impart a sweet, Cheerio graininess on top of a crisp and very dry body. Refreshing and quite drinkable. Gotta love a crisp German lager.

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Photo of mithrascruor
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a white head, which quickly turns into a film.

Smell: Aroma of yeast and some lemon. Some other fruits and a bit of grasses are in there too.

Taste: Pretty similar to the smell; nothing in particular stands out. The yeast flavor is nice, more like home-baked bread. Lemon comes a bit higher in the mix at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied and pretty smooth. A bit of carbonation but nothing too strong.

Drinkability: Quite pleasant to drink, could work as a session beer I suppose.

I really liked this beer; not too strong a flavor, but unique and interesting. I've always been curious to try beers made with old recipes, and this apparently is one. Will probably get this again from time to time.

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Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty golden honey color with a meringue like white head that left some lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is yeasty with some light peppery spice, it also has a doughy munich malt aroma as well. The taste is of a doughy munich malt base with heavy yeast presence. The yeast doesn't seem to add much flavor as it does in a Hefe. The yeast flavor is of light spice with some clove and pepper. There is a touch of lemon that adds a little fruitiness to the brew. The body is big and heavy from it being unfiltered and unpasteurized and lightly carbonated; finishes lightly sweet from the malt presence. A big heavy style, feels like bread in a glass. The flavors are light and fairly sweet so it is easy to drink. Nothing exceptional but has a nice rustic quality to it.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice swing-top with a depiction of a happy guy with a metal or ceramic pitcher of beer. Dig the sideburns! This is a cloudy carrot orange brew (I swirled the yeast in) with a healthy head of beige foam. I served this in a pilsener glass, and the head was way to much for the skinny glassware to handle... should have used an oversized weizen glass.

S - Yeasty and fresh, like a loaf of white bread straight out of the oven. Reminds me of those doughy biscuit things they serve with honey butter at Texas Roadhouse. Glazed donuts.

T - Bread dough with a spritz of sweet orange citrus. Slightly tangy, but this is a very sweet and savory brew.

M - Light bodied, soft, creamy, and silky. A touch of carbonation reminds us that this is indeed a beer, but it's really understated and gentle. The finish is sweet, yeasty, and clean. This is as fresh and clean as a laundry detergent advertisement.

D - Perfect session beer! Creamy, but still light in body. Interesting and flavorful enough to keep ya interested, but not enough to distract you from the party. Would be good with a brat!

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Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pokal.

A: Cloudy gold with very little visible carbonation. A rocky off-white head retains fairly well and leaves good bits of lace.

S: Quite fruity. Aromas of pear and green apple dominate. There's some lemon tartness at work, plus a slightly sour note. A bit of cut grass rounds things out.

T: Starts out with a straw like malt quality. A fruity sweetness of pear and green grape comes in quickly. Bitterness is low, but the balance is aided by a tart and sour lemon flavor. The beer tastes almost earthy toward the end. Finishes tart and dry.

M: The thick body feels dense and chewy, and has a nice level of carbonation.

D: This was only my second Keller Bier, and I came away impressed. The low ABV makes is go down quickly, while the complex flavor kept me going back to the glass. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottled kellerbier that comes to the US? Awesome!
Pours a somewhat hazy peach color with a billowing head. In the light you can see a ton of suspended yeast particles. Pretty interesting because they don't seem to settle in the bottle or the glass.
This brew is a great example of the style flavor-wise. Sweet hearty light bread and yellow cake come to mind. The lager yeast produces a clover-honey like flavor that surrounds everything and adds a depth beyond simply being malty and vaguely sweet.
Tastes as fresh as some exmaples I had in Munich and goes down just as easily on a cool night as a summer day.
I like this and hope they keep sending it over to the states. Hopefully we'll see other brewers sending their urtyp beers over here, too.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-orange color with a large, off-white, bubbly head of thick foam. Pretty decent head retention and it left behind soapy patches of lace.

S - It smelled of grains, bread and yeast. There was a touch of clove aroma, too.

T - It tasted of sweet grains, bready notes, yeast and clove. There were mild touches of banana, like a lot of German brews have.

M - It was soft and smooth. A light bodied and very easy drinking beer.

D - This is a pretty good keller bier. I found it very enjoyable and worth the purchase.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml swing top bottle served in a big glass beer mug.

Cloudy orange/gold color with a good sized white head that settled but still left a fair amount of lacing behind.
The aroma is a bit grainy with some European malt and a hint of yeast.
The taste is also somewhat grainy upfront before the malty sweetness takes over, there's a hint of yeast in the taste but it's not offensive.
Light/Medium bodied beer that goes down quite smooth and easy.

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Photo of Offa
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an excellent kellerbier, light, crips, highly drinkable, yet with a firm, well-rounded character and light complexity.

Hazy, pale amber, it has a medium big, off-white head, slowly shrinking to a thick, foamy ring and leaving some decent lace.

Aroma is a lot of bread, lightly yeasty, with herbs, apple, hay, and a hint of mineral.

Taste is a firm grain, lightly yeasty dough, a lot of lemon and apple, light hay, and light hints of herbs. It has a dryish, crisp lemon-apple-mineral finish before a sweeter grain-lemon-apple aftertaste. Unlike, the aroma, more herbal, the taste is mostly grain, lemon, apple, and yeast, it is zesty, the well-rounded character and light complexity last, and it is exceedingly drinkable. The feel is light, but not quite watery even though it at first seems as though it will get watery. It keeps a light firmness.

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Photo of losdizzel
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Now this is one my favorite German beers . Soo very drinkable so becarefull 25oz of goodness per pop .5.5 ABV AND one of the coolest bottles, pops open like champagne without the mess might have some on new years . Starting to enjoy German beers alot more these days . so until we meet again enjoy this one .

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Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hacker Pchorr 1417 Keller Bier
Reviewd today on 10/8, on the bottle produced 10/6, so super fresh bottle of "old" bier, kinda ironic...anyway
Flip-top "bugelverschlussflasche"-(my new favorite word!) 1/2 liter bottle, opens with with a champagne like pop. The brew pours out that beautiful Keller/Zwickel bier color of murky hay-like gold. Light fluffy head, nearly two fingers rising out of my glass. I really like these kind of beers, really old stlye, naturally unfiltured, almost looks exactly like a Hefe.
The aromatics on this beer(and style) is where it sets itself apart from a Hefeweisen. Smells of musty, lightly toasted grains, bitter sharp hops, light citrus fruityness from the hops and yeast. A light grassy smell of freshness, this is a really interesting smell, really digging it.Almost like walking into a cellar filled with grains.
Taste is full of creamy, mixed flavors, yet each remain cleanly distinct. Upfront a light grassy, floral freshness, then grainy, musty fullness, and a sharp peppery finish, with a bit more grain. The graininess creates an almost nutty flavor, akin to a walnut or beechnut.
This beer is an intriguing drink, as I find this style to be. Its grainy, musty, slightly rich, yet clean, well-hopped and lightly spicy. The flavor indicates the ancient style this is, the unfiltured unpasturization makes a rustic flavored beer, but is remarkably balanced and delicate.
The bold, strong grain flavor gives enough strength for this beer to match well with good pub fare, I think a nut-encrusted cutlet of lamb would go beautifully with this, served with a porcini risotto. The gamy flavor of the meat, and the musty flavor of porcini would meld perfectly with malts in the beer. I really enjoyed this, and will buy it again. Great beginning-of-Autumn beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale orange colour with a nice cloudy appearance. Massive white head, sinks unevenly but leaves some tasty-looking lace around the glass. Refreshing, organic, looks damn tasty.

Nose is sour and organic, fair amount of funk hit, actually quite saison-esque. Fresh fruit and wood back, quite hoppy as well with German spicy hop characters, pretty decent.

Taste is also quite funky, a fair amount of sour, organic flavour, hints of citrus and currant, with a bitter finish. Has a funky hint of soil character on the back. Bit of fruit skin like orange or apple peel, funky but bitter and clean. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is perfectly full, it's got everything it needs - slick but textured, foamy and nice.

Very clean, tasty lager. God I love Kellers and this is a bloody good example.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely lovely dark golden colour, extremely cloudy with a solid, if not billowy head of white foam. Lacing very good. Looks very, very good.

Light but pleasant grain notes on the nose. Good bouts of german yeast give a pleasant organic character. Some light pepper, quite nice.

Oh yeah, the palate it where it hits you. Absolutely classic zwickel palate - sharp phenols and true musty cellar characters. Lovely notes of pepper and spice, fresh herbs and a very clean dry finish. Fantastic. Absolutley delicious, and bang on stylistically. Mouthfeel is clear and crisp.

This is a really top notch keller. Absolutely top notch for the style. This is what I what I want in a keller. Very clean, crisp but with the delicious organic, rustic characters. Love it.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Faintly fuzzy apricot with multiple fine bubbles streams. A vigorous pour produced three fingers of ecru colored foam that features hundreds of tiny bubbles on its upper surface. Lace in a king's crown pattern puts the finishing touches on a good looking beer.

The aroma features pale grains and musky Euro hops that work pretty well together. Some toastiness was expected... and may be noted on the palate. Speaking of flavor, I hope it's more engaging than the nose.

Anno 1417 isn't one of the better keller biers to have entered my glass. Hacker-Pschorr does weizens pretty well and their Oktoberfest is tasty too. The rest of their lineup has never really impressed me.

The malt tastes mostly pale, with just a hint of toastedness and an underlying (still mild)sweetness that seems out of place. The hops are almost certainly nobles, with grassiness and muskiness as their most prominent features. This is decent beer, but that's as far as it goes.

The mouthfeel is merely average. It's light-medium at best, dissipates too quickly as the mouthful proceeds, and could use a few more bubbles to perk things up.

Most of the keller biers and zwickel biers that I've had have been delicious and drinkable. Hacker-Pschorr Anno 1417 does nothing to stand out from the crowd and isn't worth the $3.59 that I paid for the bottle. Try the versions from St. Georgenbrau, Mahrs Brau and Wolnzacher Burgerbrau instead.

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Hacker-Pschorr Munchner Kellerbier (Anno 1417) from Hacker-Pschorr Bräu GmbH
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 257 ratings