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.