Hirter Privat Pils - Brauerei Hirt GmbH
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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
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
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
3.3/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-04-2007 19:58:43 | More by Viggo
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
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%
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
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
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
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
3.15/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
12-14-2006 00:07:12 | More by budgood1
3.2/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
02-02-2010 02:57:31 | More by pmcadamis
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
3.38/5 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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