Munich Gold - Hacker-Pschorr Bräu, Munich

Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold
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Pale malt and grains are the dominate aroma. Very little else
Clean and year yellow body with a thin but fizzy white head
Rich malt flavor similar to a Pilsner but without the crisp bite. Finishes very mellow and well balanced, only a hint of hops are noticeable
Smooth and very easy to drink

Oh the vaunted German Helles, the beer that shattered so many of my misconceptions about light bodied beer. It's is a style I'm very well acquainted with, having spent a good deal of my 24th summer emptying as many pints of Franconian Helles as I could. I've enjoyed many summertime Helles beers because they are nice and light while being very full flavored. While a Pilsner is crisp and lighter in malt, Helles beers tend to be much more well balanced and deliciously malty. While I've had my fair share of Helles pints in Germany, I haven't had many Hacker-Pschorr beers.

I had my first Hacker-Pschorr beer this past summer at a cafe on the Marienplatz in Munich. It was a wonderful early summer evening spent enjoying Hacker's Weiss vom faß. Of Munich's big six breweries, Hacker-Pschorr is the one I've had the least beer from. Fast forward to present day and I noticed some bottles of Hacker started showing up on the shelves of my local liquor store, so I decide to pick a few up.

This bottle of Munich Gold is Hacker's export Helles, and it tastes exactly like those pints of Helles I had during my first summer in Munich. The aroma of this beer is pretty pedestrian, it smells like pale malts with a hint of horse... it's best to skip right to the flavor. The beauty of this beer is in it's smooth balance. Having picked up on a lot of pale malt in the aroma, I was expecting more of a Pilsner flavor and texture from this beer. I was surprised to find this beer has a pleasantly grainy malt flavor that finishes with just a touch of hops and sweetness.

For anyone who's had a bad or mediocre experience with a Helles, I'd suggest giving this beer a try. Likewise, if you are big on the Helles style you really should get a bottle of this if you somehow managed to miss it.


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