Hirter Privat Pils - Brauerei Hirt GmbH
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2/5 rDev -39.2%
Eh, this didn't break any new ground for me. Not really a fan of Pilseners anyway but even on that scale I was unimpressed by this beer. Murky yellow color with a thin off-white head. Some sediment on the bottom of the glass. Barely-there hops aroma. Crisp and dry flavor but nothing to round it out. I won't bother with this one again.
11-25-2002 09:50:46 | More by Dogbrick
2.6/5 rDev -21%
Turbid, cloudy yellow with a creamy eggshell cap that sticks a little. This is not a great smelling beer, spent grain and faint saaz hops. The flavor is only slightly better than the nose, not unpleasant but completely underwhelming and lacking in both malt and hop flavors. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. This beer does not do the beautiful package justice and it is certainly not "A rarity in beer taste" as the label proclaims. There are far better examples of the style to be found.
10-18-2009 01:13:17 | More by biggred1
2.6/5 rDev -21%
Very clear yellow, and very clean. White foam, average compactness, short retention.
A lot of malt in the smell, and grassy hop. Quite balanced.
In the taste the hop disappears a little, and the taste is very malty. More an hell than a pils.
The grassy and herbal hop comes back in the aftertaste, not very long, but pleasant and balanced. Light body.
05-16-2005 19:17:03 | More by stcules
2.6/5 rDev -21%
Brilliant yellow-gold when viewed with Old Sol in the background. The eggshell colored head has an abundance of tiny bubbles on its upper surface, that become tiny pits when they pop. Spits and spatters and tatters of lace find their way to the glass, but don't look like they have the commitment to last.
The nose is thoroughly unimpressive. The beer smells like stale grain mixed with lackluster hops; never a good sign in a pilsener. Without a crisp, biting hoppiness, a pils is more like a big pill (tough to swallow). However, I haven't even tasted it yet, so...
... it looks like I learned all I needed to learn from the aroma. Privat Pils just isn't very good beer. Although the (underlying) sweetness is there, there's a shortage of good pale/pils malt flavor. The same could be said for the hops, just substitute the word bitterness for the word sweetness.
A hint of lemon peel would be nice. Hell, anything other than what I'm tasting at the moment would be nice. Warming delivers nothing other than warmer mediocrity. According to the label, Brauerei Hirt has been around 'since 1270'. One would think that would be long enough to figure out how to brew good beer.
The mouthfeel is actually respectable. It has an appropriate amount of heft and has pretty close to an appropriate amount of carbonation (personal preferences acknowledged). Too bad its cargo isn't up to the task.
I've often wondered why Austria doesn't have the brewery tradition that Germany does. For all I know, they brew incredible beer, but don't export it. For the sake of the average Austrian, I hope that's true. My advice is to get your noble hoppy pilsener fix from one of the better known sources. I doubt that Privat Pils has very wide distribution in this country anyway.
09-28-2007 13:31:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.65/5 rDev -19.5%
Your standard Pilsener here. Paid $1.99 for 25 oz. bottle. Best if drank by 6/2003 stamped on the back, so it was 8 months past when I was drinking it.
Very smooth, nice fluffy white head. Very light taste. I'd go for Pilsener Urquell over this in a heartbeat.
01-27-2004 04:57:16 | More by benmiliron
2.75/5 rDev -16.4%
16.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Pours a mostly clear golden yellow with small bits in the beer and features a pretty decent bubbly off-white head that faded rather quickly and leaves
The aroma is mostly lemon, citrus and grain with a mild sweet malt tucked into the background.
The flavor is heavily leaning towards the lemon side. There is a bit of malt, but it is rather hidden. Is a bit tangy in the aftertaste.
Medium body with little carbonation.
Overall this is nothing impressive. This does not read like a typical pilsner and the flavor is a little harsh in the lemon direction.
09-10-2011 02:04:21 | More by TheBear11D
2.8/5 rDev -14.9%
A - An average pour produced a two inch head, which dissipated to a layer of paper pretty quickly. Crystal clear straw color. Medium plus carbonation.
S - light malts and grassy hops
T - it tastes more like a typical macro vollbier that is found all over Austrian & German supermarkets, with an added hay/grass hoppiness. It's definitely fuller and maltier than most pilsners I've had.
M - Medium. Better yet.. "medium minus." Again, more like a vollbier than a pils to me.
D - It's not bad.. but for a pils it's unfulfilling. If I was at a party I wouldn't refuse drinking a couple. Extra points for the brown bottle though (European pilsners seam to be exclusively filled in green bottles, way to not follow this horrid trend!)
02-02-2011 17:35:54 | More by mandolinhomebrew
2.8/5 rDev -14.9%
Taste: was good not very overpowering
after taste: good... not so much one
it was crystal clear... really golden yellow
Drinkability: def can pound them down. the foam settled down fast
not an overpowering smell. the smell is light
not a bad beer
11-04-2008 06:09:22 | More by lordsellers04
2.8/5 rDev -14.9%
Pours a clear light yellowish gold color with a half inch ivory/white head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma is dominated by grainy pilsner malt, biscuit, and perfume like hops. A hint of orange citrus is present, and alcohol.
Diacetyl emerges as it warms.
Flavor reveals more citrus, with a distinct lemony sourness. The crisp cracker malt backbone is refreshing, with a slightly dry finish. Hints of cooked corn detract from the profile.
Body is medium light, with moderately high carbonation. There's a but of astringency evident.
Overall a decent beer, but too fruity hop for the style. Not one I'll revisit.
02-01-2012 05:40:37 | More by barczar
2.9/5 rDev -11.9%
500 ml bottle.
Pours a clear, hay and sunshine color. OK bubbling and a soft head that quickly recedes to nothing.
The aroma has just a hint of stale lemon rinds. Add to that hoppy smell some wet grass and light toasted pilsner malt.
Teh taste has some crisp toasted malt upfront. This gets mixed in with wet grass hops. With a past due leomon rind finish to a medium toasted palate.
Easy to drink except for the aftertaste of old lemon rinds.
06-28-2010 02:49:46 | More by scruffwhor
3/5 rDev -8.8%
I bought this beer in a Billa supermarket this week in Tirol, Austria. I expected a bit better beer than normal when you drink Austrian beers but this was was slightly disappointing. Poured in a normal glass it is a normal Austrian beer with a decent white head and very very little carbonation. The taste is light and watery and with that all is said about this beer. It is drinkable, don't get me wrong, but it is not a spectacular beer.
03-09-2011 21:37:55 | More by Brabander
3.03/5 rDev -7.9%
A fairly standard German Lager with the spotlight on the malt character, and displaying some yeasty flaws along the way.
Medium straw in color and mostly clear, the beer's carbonation helps to fuel an early head character but reduces to a trace early in the session. The white foam needs better retention and lace to compete with better looking lagers.
Aromas are partly of pilsner malt, parlty of grain. With touches of corn, fresh bread dough and a lemony-sulfury note, the beer has a more earthy and robust character to accompany the clean lager flavor that's celebrated in Germany.
Flavors are medium, or slightly higher with cracker breadiness, fresh dough, raw barley, and the same corn character that's noticed in the nose. Surfury yeast and the dms issue distract from the taste and subtract from the lemony hops, slight apple ester, and bright pilsner malt character. The beer has all the things expected from well made lagers, but also with a few flaws.
Medium textured, early zesty carbonation turns creamy before disipating towards sulfury dryness late. Somewhat minerally, the beer seems less smooth than it needs to be.
A fine lager overall, but with a few flaws that rise, the base lager taste isn't complex of characterful enough to compensate.
06-17-2011 05:04:38 | More by BEERchitect
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
The first taste of beer I took in austria was not bad, or necessarily disappointing, just nothing special. Tried it at a Wurst stand during the evening, a pale straw pour with a fizzy head, giving off an immediate malt and hop blend, slightly metallic in the smell. the taste is very moderate and slightly citrusy which makes it interesting and refreshing to sip. well carbonated as well.
06-03-2004 17:54:49 | More by Andreji
3.1/5 rDev -5.8%
.5L emptied into a Pokal.
A: Pours a pale, clear gold with a 2-finger head which quickly receeds to a thin ring. Some lacing in the upper third of the glass.
S: Sweet barley malt are readily apparent here, with some grassy Saaz hops tucked underneath.
M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.
T: Follows the nose, with sweet barley malts coming to the fore. There is a strange interjection of hops at the back on the first sip that made a reoccurance later on. Other than that, the hops are really lost here, weak and underwhelming to say the least. The citrusy sweet really seems out of place here. Aftertaste is dry.
D: Easy to drink, but not really a beer that I would ever pine for. I think I know why these are sold in 4 packs.
03-13-2010 14:29:28 | More by sunrisesolara
3.13/5 rDev -4.9%
16.9 oz brown bottle poured into my SA perfect pint glass. It has freshness dating which I like on imports. The beer is a hazy yellow with a fairly thick bone white head.
It has an aroma of some slightly euro skunk, grains and a bit of hay.
The taste is slightly sweet with some crackers, a bit of the skunk thing and grains. It is almost totally neutral with no real leaning toward the bitter or malt side of the scale.
The mouth is well balanced between some active carbonation and a bit of heft/slickness.
Not awful, not great, would really like to try next time I'm back in Austria! Note this one was so much better on draft, I'm worried that my bottle may have been poorly handled.
09-29-2012 01:25:27 | More by Redrover
Hirter Privat Pils from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
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