Brewed by Paulaner Brauerei (Schörghuber)
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
Munich, Germany
Serve in Lager glass


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“Munich Gold” closely resembles our Münchner Hell in terms of taste and mainly owes its popularity to a slightly higher original gravity and the malty note. The result is a full-bodied yet mild taste which delivers an increasingly bitter note before culminating into an aromatic finish. A real treat for true beer connoisseurs!

The types of barley grown in the Swabian Jura and in the Upper Palatinate Region of Bavaria are excellently suited for the production of this timeless classic.

Hacker-Pschorr has been brewing beer in the traditional Bavarian manner since 1417. The high-quality beers the brewery produces are all brewed in accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law and contain only water, malt and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1384) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2015
I’ve been paying closer attention to all the sub-genres of pale lager and I’m finding that the more I learn about them, the more I enjoy them. The Munich Helles style is one that I often find enjoyable these days, so it’s always nice to try an authentic German brew of the style such as Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold. It’s not exactly the most flavorful or complex palette ever, but it does have authenticity and is easily drinkable. I like that in a lager.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a lager glass. It had a best before date of 7/2015 and cost $2.85 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale gold hue with a crystal clear body. Plenty of consistent carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Mild nose with pale malt and corn tortillas; the faintest hint of lemon.

Taste: Going by BJCP guidelines, this beer definitely meets all the criteria. More malty than hoppy by far, though not a strongly malty brew like a doppelbock, for example. Pale malt is quite prominent; slightly biscuity or bready with mild sweetness. I detect a slight lemon character as well, especially on the finish. Despite the expiration date, I’m not sure how old this bottle is and I assume it’s slightly aged as the hops don’t have much kick to them in terms of bitterness and just a mild Noble hop spice. “Clean,” is an appropriate descriptor here, and for the style that’s what you want. Mission accomplished.

Drinkability: This beer drinks like a much lighter brew than it actually is. Hacker-Pschorr Munich Gold weighs in at 5.5% ABV, but it has the mouthfeel and body of something closer to 4%. It’s light, slightly watery in texture, but crisp. Refreshing while in the mouth and leaves little to no aftertaste. It should either have more flavor for this weight or be lighter for this flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mario_giri (162) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 26, 2015
Sehr klares helles durchsichtiges gelb weißer fester, langer Schaum. In der Nase nach Lager, Hopfen und ein bisschen Malz (Körnig) im Hintergrund. Bitter-süss im Antrunk bleibt es dabei bis eigentlich zum Ausklang. Ziemlich viel Kohlensäure, das Mundgefühl Mittelvoll, ganz leicht cremig, fast keine Säule. Eine angenehm zu trinkendes Bier.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
a_sully (252) - - FEB 21, 2015
Clear yellow with a light white head. Grassy notes in the aroma with a hint of tomato. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (1751) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle pours a clear golden/orange with a medium white head. Aroma of grassy hops, lager yeast and malt. Taste of sweet malt, lager yeast, cardboard, and some hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (1976) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Aroma: sweet grains, caramel, fruity, biscuit. Appearance: clear gold, medium to big, white, frothy head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets continue, malty, bread and caramel, lively carbonation. Overall: decent Dortmunder, nice sweetness. Bottle at Cat and Canary, Canary Wharf.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CH-303 (1613) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - FEB 15, 2015
Appearance: Light golden, clear. Some fizzy, white head.
Aroma: Malt, some hops.
Taste: Malt, hops, some sweetness, grass.
Bought: Coop (Switzerland), 500 ml, CHF ?.??
Info: 13/2-2015, BB: 28/2-2015

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Percy0103 (255) - MEXICO - FEB 11, 2015
Reviewed on 09/02/15, Bottle, 500ml. A clear golden beer with a small white head and a lot of gas. Aroma is of wheat, canned corn and cereal. Reminds me of Corona’s. Taste is bitter with a slight punch at the end. Aftertaste reminds me of wheat. Considerable carbonation and some astringency. Feels watery and has almost no character. Just barely above a macro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sdaniel90 (520) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle, 500ml. Clear pale golden, almost like yellow water, with a frothy offwhite head. Grassy aroma of cereal, spices. Medium to light bodied with moderate to fizzy carbonation. Low sweetness and low bitterness. Mild herbal character with a fizzy finish into nothing. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
artyom (683) - Osijek, CROATIA - FEB 7, 2015
0.5l bottle. Golden color with quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is malt and hay. Taste is sweet with some bitterness. Medium body. Overall it’s pretty average beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SinH4 (924) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Golden-yellow color with small white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet malts and a bit floral-grassy hops. A little bit grainy. Taste is sweet malts with floral hops, classic Helles. Finish is nothing special, but pleasant. Smooth carbonation. A classic Helles, boring but well-made and easy to drink.

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