Hacker-Pschorr's traditional wheat beer appropriately labelled “Weisse” comes from a company that may have a history as far back as 1417.
The name Hacker-Pschorr dates back to the marriage of Teresia Hacker and Joseph Pschorr. Under the couple’s leadership, Hacker-Pschorr advanced to become Munich’s leading major brewery in the 18th century.
Today the tradition is continued at “Altes Hackerhaus” in the Sendlinger Straße where their beer is served and appreciated not just by the residents of Munich but also by guests from around the world.
HP says they get their water from deep wells (which aids in the mineral content, hardness and purity), the hops from Hallertau in Upper and Lower Bavaria with this particular brew using around a third of some others as well as a pure strain top-fermenting yeast.
An interesting tidbit is that under the German Beer Purity Laws barley or wheat may not be used for beer production. The raw grain must first be malted. This particular beer has water, malt, yeast and hops as the only ingredients – however different brewing styles grant us a plethora of flavours.
This traditional Weissbier pours out a cloudy yellow-amber with almost no head. Swirling this delicious looking beer around gives you a whiff of it's sweet caramel scent.
Weisse is highly carbonated with mild flavouring and a light body. This feels like a refreshing Summer style beer with a very slight bitterness and very little aftertaste. The bitterness is a little more concise out of the bottle but if oxygenated, it becomes pleasantly sweet without overdoing it.
This beer lacks the fullness of the company's dark wheat and is for palates that prefer light beers. The taste also gets better the colder it is without freezing.
HP's Weisse is easy going, refreshing, and simple. It's no puschoverr though.