Hirter Privat Pils - Brauerei Hirt GmbH
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2.6/5 rDev -21.5%
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.
09-28-2007 13:31:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.38/5 rDev +2.1%
Whats interesting about this Pils is that it is advertised as not pastuerized. Anyways thats about it. Not bad Bier and easy to drink but as Pils it could be so much more...Pours up a very nice creamy fine-medium bubbled head that is very lacey. This tops a straw colored elixir. The aroma is of bright crisp fresh hops that are flowery and slightly minty. The malt aroma is soft and nice. Hints of butter linger in the nose little too long for may tastes. The flavor mild and balacned upfront with a little bitterness on the end. The malt flavor is crips and followed by the hops which are muddied in the mix and not so crisp. Hints of sulphur are to be found also. The Bier is nice in the mouth and finishes quick but is not overly dry. Not bad if you see one, I'dd pick it up for a try again...
09-28-2007 10:44:57 | More by Ungespundet
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
3.55/5 rDev +7.3%
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
3.15/5 rDev -4.8%
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
2.6/5 rDev -21.5%
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
3.4/5 rDev +2.7%
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
3.23/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
08-28-2004 03:04:12 | More by inebrius
3.1/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
06-03-2004 17:54:49 | More by Andreji
2.65/5 rDev -19.9%
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
3.38/5 rDev +2.1%
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
2/5 rDev -39.6%
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
Hirter Privat Pils from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
77 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.