Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse and Munchener Gold

I had never heard of Hacker-Pschorr, until recently, though it seems to be a quite popular label in Germany and Europe. I first read about it while reading about bars for fans of particular World Cup teams in Toronto. I kept coming across it as being served at German bars. Since then, I’m suddenly seeing it quite often in Toronto. Hacker-Pschorr is a German brewer of many beers under its label, including Hefe Weisse and Muenchener Gold.

Hefe Weisse has a golden opaque body and pours with a fairly thick off-white head, similar to Belgium’s Hoegaarden, a “witbier,” though slightly darker. The taste is very similar to Hoegaarden as well, though perhaps a touch spicier and a little heavier. It has a citrus aroma and strong citrus/fruity taste. I’m not a fan of beers with strong citrus tastes, but fans of Hoegaarden should try this. Snobs on beer rating sites seem to love it.

Muenchener Gold, a German lager, or “helles bier,” has a very golden, translucent body. It has a thick, pure white head. Its aroma is rather weak, but it has a very malty, flavourful taste. At 5.5% abv, it is stronger, but if you’re someone who likes a strong beer that tastes well-crafted, this is an excellent choice.

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