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Hirter Privat Pils - Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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Reviews: 32
Hads: 70
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Austria

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Dogbrick on 11-25-2002

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,265 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,767 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hirter Privat Pils
,5l brown glass bottle coded "09.06.2014 5 343 3 M" on 30 Dec 2014

Notes: Crystal clear golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam that holds very well and leaves good lacing. Clean aroma of golden, grainy malt and herbal hops with just a hint of yeasty sulphur. Medium-light in body with a crisp carbonation. Flavor delivers solid grainy malt peppered with herbal and gently spicy hops backed by a solid bitterness. Lingering dry finish with herbal hops and some residual malt. (509 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 (476 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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. (883 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago I believe.

Pours a clear yellow, decent white head forms, settles down pretty quick to a thin ring, no lacing. Smell is powerful, very sweet grassy malts, citrus, bit of floral, honey, light skunk, not bad. Taste is sweet, settles into honey and lemons, bit of skunk, light caramel finish, floral, not bad again. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and refreshing. Nothing great but can't beat for this hot weather. (481 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (450 characters)

Photo of barczar
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (614 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (351 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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. (336 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (405 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (693 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.16/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a slightly hazy lemon yellow sun colour. frothy egg shell white head. respectable lacing. barely there malt aroma...some pepper and lemon zest notes. the taste has a very grainy solid malt backbone with lots of grassy hoppiness. slightly spicy with an alcohol note. bittering to balance in the end. not much else. body is ample for a lager/pils, and the mouthfeel has enough spritz to satisfy. drinkability is ok....this would be a quaffer to be reckoned with in the summertime. otherwise it's just ok...but i did like it. (532 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This one is crystal clear and amber-gold with a two finger head of loose bubbles. The head is honestly pretty junky looking.... not the tight white foam that I'd expect. Lacing is sporadic at best, and retention is poor.

S - Sour fruit and a crazy funk note that seems like brettanomyces but I honestly doubt that that is what I'm smelling. Smells a bit like Zebra Stripes fruit gum and "old man aftershave" like Old Spice. Some donut and sour apple show up too. Weird, but not bad at all.

T - Sour apple and funky pumpkin with some pumpernickel and sesame seed notes too. This is not striking me as a very well put together beer. The flavors are odd, but I like odd. I get the feeling that some of this funky flavor may be attributable to this bottle's long journey overseas and long respite on the shelf of my local beer store.

M - Light bodied and astringent. Crisp and wafer-y. Finishes clean with a hint of salt and minerals... like a salt-n-vinegar potato chip.

D - Not bad. I like the oddball factor, but it isn't really doing what it should for the given style. I could drink a few of these, but I would reach for it's darker sibling "Morchl" which is just outstanding. I'm kinda "meh" about this one. (1,218 characters)

Photo of Brabander
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (439 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (501 characters)

Photo of putnam
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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. (638 characters)

Photo of biggred1
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (494 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.34/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a soapy, thin head. Aromas of fresh grain and spice. Taste begins with a grassy start, followed by a hint of bubblegum, then some french bread, and finally some grassy, soapy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a pretty good pilsner. The bubblegum component was a bit surprising, though pleasant. (339 characters)

Photo of udubdawg
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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... (1,302 characters)

Photo of Andreji
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (388 characters)

Photo of shbobdb
3.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,087 characters)

Photo of robbyc1
3.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (312 characters)

Photo of inebrius
3.23/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label is designed well enough to prompt a quick snag from the beer shelf and escape examination until it's empty sitting before you next to the footed pilsener glass that received it's contents when you finally realize it's kind of cheesy in a disneyesque way. I'm not sure what to make of this beer, really. It contradicts itself on every sip, industrialized quality. Sulfurous and wheat apple skin nose gives way to a draught of steel enhanced artificial sweetener to make for a slowish drain.

It's gilded. (515 characters)

Photo of pweis909
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (1,086 characters)

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Hirter Privat Pils from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
76 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.