Hirter Privat Pils - Brauerei Hirt GmbH
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District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev +24%
Poured from a .5L bottle (best-by date indicated as being some 2 months after the bar served it to me) in a pils glass. After having ridden my bike through Vienna on a hot day for many hours, I was craving some refreshing suds, and with notebook in hand, a German Pilsener (in its native Austria, to boot) that I'd never had before seemed like a no-brainer.
A bright and clear straw color in appearance, with a bubbly head that displayed nice lacing and pretty good retention.
Nicely aromatic and crisp on the nose, with spicy grass and hay notes, but also some malt grains to gird the hops.
The subdued malt to the nose belies a very solid malt backbone that is nonetheless complimented and defined by the hop flavors that ride through. Grassy, spicy earthiness and freshly cut grains, and also a hint of grapefruit. The pils' finish, and what lingers on the palate, is a just-slightly bitter and dry taste and sensation.
Fairly light and nicely carbonated, with a full-bodied but crisp and refreshing flavor, I was definitely suitably refreshed for a continuation of my cycling. Had I not been cycling, I could've easily downed a few more.
09-12-2008 03:12:45 | More by TheMistler
4.08/5 rDev +24%
I like this beer! Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago last week. Poured with a medium sized, white head that mostly subsided and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy gold. Aroma is pleasant and traditional malty, hoppy, grainy, grassy, a little spice and fragrant. Flavor is about the same. Body is good, especially for the style. Finish is bittersweet, clean, and balanced. Definitely a session beer.
06-01-2009 20:08:15 | More by drpimento
4.05/5 rDev +23.1%
Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing
S: Soapyness, bready notes,& perfumy hops
T: Follows the nose, slight sulphur, along with lemony & mineral hoppyness up front. Crackery notes/dryness, grainy bread notes as this warms, some apple & white grape notes as well. Finishes soapy with a slight grainy sweetness, really enjoyed this
MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & good balance
A respectable pils that went down too easy
08-22-2011 22:51:06 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +21.6%
(Served in a strange)
3/9/2012 on bottle
A- This beer pours a deep straw yellow body with a lumpy off-white head that is thick and a quick sea of carbonation pops to the top. The head sticks in sheets with each sip.
S- the clean lager aroma has a slightly sweet sulfur and some pils malt note to it with a wet mash aroma in the finish. The soft noble hop note comes through in the finish as it opens.
T- The clean gentle sweetness is pale malt but there is a soft slightly sweet mineral water note in the finish. The noble hop bitterness lingers a bit in the aftertaste but stays in balance
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slightly slippery texture and a gentle fizz.
O- Nice German Pilfer that is just a touch sweeter than most but it adds a nice freshness to the malt flavor. It is well balanced but the mineral water taste tends to grow a bit to much as it opens.
03-26-2013 14:21:57 | More by rhoadsrage
3.93/5 rDev +19.5%
Looking at this beer through a Koelsch-spike, I'm having a hard time thinking of a better looking beer. There is a stunning clarity to this beer and a nice white bubble-bath head. I mean, just look through this beer. Who can argue with that?
The smell and taste, unfortunately, have a little bit of "tomato-sauce" edge to the,. It happens to a lot of beers (Dortmunder Gold comes to mind) but overall I don't think it detracts from the experience too much. I'm left with a fairly clean pils that is balanced out by a fair amount of earthy hallertau hops. Yes, that unfortunate vegital character is there, but not enough to properly hate on the beer.
I like the crisp dryness of the beer. Once I'm done having a sip, my mouth is clear and ready for the next. Indeed, there is a slight drying knack to it. I dig.
Ultimately, the beer suffers because it is not Bitburger. I can get a can of Bitburger for a third the price and, frankly, Bitburger is a better beer if that is what you are reaching for (and I usually am!). That said, it isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination.
02-26-2008 02:03:51 | More by shbobdb
3.58/5 rDev +8.8%
Light pale gold, no head. Relatively clear. A lager that looks like a lager.
A sweetish smell from the malt profile. Minimal hops. Taste has a deep maltiness not expected from the look, finishes sweeter than most.
A drinkable pilsner, with a good kick but a bit sweet for the style. Not great but pretty good.
11-28-2009 18:40:58 | More by robbyc1
3.55/5 rDev +7.9%
22 ounce bottle stamped 5-2007. Picked up Jerry's Liquor in Rapids. First time I had ever seen this pils, and first time (I think) that I have had an Austrian beer.
Midway between straw and gold in color. A little paler than other pilsners that I have had recenly. Strong head.
Delicate aroma and flavor of hops. Not really sure of the type. I need to practice my palate a bit on that topic.
Weak malt aroma. Some malt flavor, but not it is not quite up to the level of malt I seem to like in other pilsners. I'm wondering if this reflects differences in ingredients or the mash (e.g., decoctions).
A little bitterness hits me at the finish, about the same time that the malt flavors register. In this sense, it is nicely balanced.
Very clean with regard to esters.
Crisp and light in body, maybe a little thinner than I would like, but maybe I haven't explored the style very well. I'll say average.
Increasingly, I find myself enjoying pilsners This one would not be my favorite but it is enjoyable. It wasn't a bad buy, either -- 4 imported bombers for 8 bucks.
03-14-2007 22:01:19 | More by pweis909
3.4/5 rDev +3.3%
White gold and clear with a soapy sheet on top. Gererously aromatic of cracked, mashed cereal grains, lemon custard and not much in the way of herb. On the palate it is toasty, nutty and full-figured for a light-colored lager. Ample grip defines the finish which yields to a slightly dirty, metallic edge. This beer drinks fine. One might serve it rather cold; as it warms it shows a slightly saccharine sweetness which is clumsy, if not downright heavy.
My guess is that this beer used some overly fresh, citric hops obtained cheaply. There is no depth or continuity between the admirable bitterness and the sweet lemon candy perfume.
12-05-2004 19:55:38 | More by putnam
3.4/5 rDev +3.3%
pours brilliantly clear, light yellowish gold. 3/4" of creamy foam dissipates quickly to an uneven cap before sticking around and leaving decent lacing. Nice and vibrant, lines of bubbles rising throughout.
Aroma is underwhelming, surprisingly light pilsner aroma, sort of a generic light "grain" aroma, very low spicy to slightly herbal hops, some corny/DMS, occasional sulfur notes would be fine but there's not enough other aroma here to mix it in well. Slight papery/metallic aromas as it warms suggest some age.
Flavor is a step up, bitterness is on the lighter end for the style but OK, and relatively sharp and clean. Leaves a slight sweet malt flavor on the palate after the swallow but really could use some pilsner malt flavor. DMS shows again - OK, but again wish there was more malt flavor here. A little sweet and slick in the finish, not really that dry at all. Occasional fruity notes seem to be from yeast on top of a slightly lemony hop flavor - the latter is welcome, the former is out of place.
Nice mouthfeel, on the lighter side of medium, fairly expressive medium high carb, no alcohol warming or astringency.
Drinkable example that needs a shot of pilsner malt and should finish dry. Might have been better a couple months ago but there's no bottled on/best by date here...
02-05-2012 16:50:01 | More by udubdawg
3.38/5 rDev +2.7%
Basically a very average Pilsener style brew with nice Saaz hops. Tall brown European style bottle and nice labeling.
The golden yellow body is topped by a small white head that vanishes quickly and leaves no lace.
The nose is purely Pils with decent malt and hops notes, but very light in aroma. The flavor is very reminiscent of Pilsner Urquell with its decent hopping and nice mouthfeel. Easily drinkable, this beer went down very well and could serve as a Pilsener style in most any setting.
01-02-2004 01:19:55 | More by AtLagerHeads
Hirter Privat Pils from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
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