Dunkler Hirsch Allgäuer Weizen - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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3.8/5 rDev +6.4%
This one to finish off my HirschBrau Christmas gift set.
Poured into the accompanying stange HirschBrau glass. Mahogany chestnut, with brilliant orange-golden around the edges. Cloudy, nearly opaque. Several attempts at swirling the bottle failed to produce much in the way of head - anything gained quickly dissolved into the thinnest of rings. A bit surprising, not what I like to see in a dunkel, but at least the colour is nice.
Nose is hazelnut, malted wheat, chocolate, sweet lemon, spice. Not much in the way of yeast.
Smooth, easy to drink. Surprisingly meaty to the finish. Malty, with milt notes of banana, spice and chocolate. An occasional hit of bubblegum now and again. Sweet, but enjoyable to drink, paired well with some sesame peanut chicken.
A touch undercarbonated, surprisingly silky. Pinpoint carbonation. Creamy.
My favorite of the three (the others being a hefe and Munich helles), flavorful and enjoyable to drink. Not near the standards set by the giants of German weizen brewing, but still this one is worth a go.
01-06-2011 02:09:02 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.75/5 rDev +5%
Bottle from a LCBO giftpack, best before May 5, 2011.
Poured a dark mahoghany, somewhat resembling a cola. Beige head, dense with moderate retention; minimal lace. Nose holds banana and clove, some mild chocolate and a slightly sharp alcoholic note. Taste has a milder banana than the nose indicates, with no note of the alcohol. Some dark bread. Thinner mouthfeel than I would've desired. Medium carbonation and a good drink and nice representation of the style.
03-11-2011 00:47:15 | More by liamt07
3.75/5 rDev +5%
500 mL bottle from a gift pack; best before Feb 23 2013. This is one of those beer styles that I don't get around to trying all that often - it has been close to a year since my last dunkel review - but the few I've tried have been consistently enjoyable. This bottle gushed like crazy when I opened it - maybe it was too cold, or maybe the gnomes in my refrigerator had been agitating it with the door closed, I really have no way of knowing.
Pours a muddy, opaque brownish colour, with some red tinges visible under the light. The light beige-coloured head is rather lofty at first, but soon settles down to a more manageable half-finger cap of dense, creamy foam which sticks around for much of the drink. The nose is decent, but harbours nothing unusual or exciting - a toasted wheat malt backbone with some banana and mild clove spiciness. Doesn't smell much different than their Weisser Hirsch.
The first thing I can pick out of the flavour is the abundance of banana, supported by lots of wheat and dark malts. The sweet nature of its profile definitely gives the brew a bit of a bubblegum vibe. The clove spice is mild and not a significant contributor to the flavour. Yeasty aftertaste that leaves a coating behind in the mouth, with some accompanying tanginess. One thing I must compliment is the mouthfeel - this stuff feels soft and supple on the palate, and is just a pleasure to drink. Very smooth, with relatively mild carbonation (note: this may be related to the 'gushing', so your mileage may vary) and medium body.
This is the last of 4 brews in the sampler, and in my opinion is undoubtedly the best beer in the pack. That being said - there is no shortage of high quality German wheat beers, and while this one is quite enjoyable, it's not spectacular either.
Final Grade: 3.75, a respectable B. I have to give Dunkler Hirsch some credit - it's an easy beer to like, even if it is a bit simple or straightforward. The gift pack as a whole was a bit of a flop, but this one is its hidden jewel. Dunkels are hard to come by in these parts, but if I saw this stuff on shelves (being sold individually, or even in sixers) I would definitely consider getting it again. It's not a mindblowing experience, but it gets the job done and I wouldn't discourage anyone else from trying it.
06-29-2012 03:30:09 | More by thehyperduck
3.7/5 rDev +3.6%
This brewery has been around for over 350 years and yet it still hasn't figured out a way to get any head to stick on top of their beers (and this isn't even a flip top!). This has no more head than a cola and might actually resemble one given its red oxide and auburn highlighting (that is if not for the deeply concealing russet overtone that nullifies them).
The aroma is moderately endowed in (very clove-like) phenols and slightly less so in fruity (festering banana-like) esters; their presence has only become more noted in the short time the beer's had to warm up. I am still waiting, however, for something a little richer than just bread crusts to come of this maltiness. No matter, bubblegum and vanilla sub-in.
The taste tells the exact same story: it isn't excessive with that typical spicy and fruity weissbier character; in fact, it's a little *too* reserved with it and should be thankful for those delicate, but pressing, notes of vanilla and bubblegum that help accentuate its faint 'bananas doused in clove' flavour. Still, the palate isn't entirely satisfied.
The presence of a little more Munich or Vienna malt would go a long way in lending the beer some additional character. As it stands things are hardly sweet or toasty; creamy effervescence of wheat dominates. Warming has definitely resulted in slightly silkier texture and a couple notches more of flavour. I've upped the scores accordingly.
Dunkler Hirsch is not a bad little beer at all; I enjoyed my pint of it rather slowly, although it would have been easy (and gratifying) to just throw it back. It has a good amount of hefeweizen character and is well engineered for high-volume drinking just like a Munich dunkel. It might not be Germany's best but it's more than welcome in Canada anytime.
11-15-2010 22:41:37 | More by biegaman
3.68/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a dark amber brown with a thin head and minimal lacing.
Dark fruits, raisins, various spices and somewhat minty.
Tastes of bubble gum, fruity, cloves, somewhat medicinal tasting, not very complex but overall pretty good.
What this beer lacks in flavour makes up for it in drinkability, but it's nothing special
01-10-2011 02:16:40 | More by GodOfBeer
3.63/5 rDev +1.7%
Really nice red hue to this mahogany brown bier. I wouldn't say it has no head. On another style of beer, it would actually have a fairly impressive one. It just isn't the abundant fluffy mass of foam I would expect to see on a weiss, and it's very poorly retained. Mild estery banana aroma with some weak clove-like phenols. Tangy and mildly sweet on the palate, with banana dominating toasty and clove-like flavours. Takes on more of a bubblegum/vanilla character as it approaches cellar temperature.
The best thing it has going for it is a great mouthfeel; light, yet creamy, with a very fine effervescence. It simply glides over the palate. I actually like this beer. Even if it drinks more like a hefe, thats ok with me. I like hefeweizens. Would it hold its own against hefeweizens like Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, Hacker, et al? Probably not. It's good, but not quite that good.
12-05-2010 03:13:03 | More by mintjellie
3.6/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours an unfiltered mahogany colour, nice head and fairly good lacing. Smells yeasty, nice dark malt and banana bread and spice presence is detectable. Nice firm malt that works well with the yeast notes, slightly spicy. Mouthfeel is good, a little overly effervescent but quite nice. Solid Dunkelweizen, would have this again gladly.
01-26-2011 22:57:38 | More by peensteen
3.58/5 rDev +0.3%
Fresh LCBO gift pack. Mahogoney coloured body, an unfiltered look, also was rather lacey. Complex dark malts, including chocolate malts. Decent drinkability. Tad above average mouthfeel, thugh would have liked softer carbonation.
Not the best dunkel, but not a bad beer.
12-30-2010 19:42:22 | More by Sammy
3.55/5 rDev -0.6%
Bottle from part of an LCBO gift pack in Ontario. Pours a cloudy brown colour with thin white head, not too much lacing. Smells of faint banana, yeasty and bread. Almost like a mild banana bread. Sweet flavour, though not overly sweet. Fairly smooth carbonation level. A nice dunkleweizen.
01-06-2011 20:10:56 | More by kwjd
3.53/5 rDev -1.1%
A - Copper, bright. Pours with a nice 3 finger off white head that fades to half a finger before I start drinking. Tons of carbonation all over makes for a really nice appearance.
S - Dark malts, yeast, some sweet spice.
T - More dark malts and sweet spice but with alot less yeast character.
M - Good carbonation and medium body. Not refreshing like a wheat beer typically is.
D - A decent Hefe but nothing to write home about. I could see myself having a few of these in a night but something more interesting would win out if available.
12-14-2010 03:51:00 | More by tbeckett
3.5/5 rDev -2%
The last of the mixer pack I picked up a while back...
A - Pours a nice dark brown with an amber hue, finger of head with some retention and no lacing.
S - Hints of grassy hops amidst cloves, caramel and figs.
T - The cloves come through alongside a bit of woody caramel, burnt toast and bready malts. A lingering sweetness with the cloves re-emerging and bit of banana bread.
M - Lighter bodied ale that goes down rather prickly, but finishes wet.
O - A tasty dunkel, decent flavour profile and refreshing in nature. Nothing spectacular, but certainly sessionable for the style.
10-03-2012 23:45:01 | More by andrenaline
3.48/5 rDev -2.5%
The last of the offerings I received from this brewery. Pours into the glass a dark brown, almost like soda. Decent amount of head that sticks to the glass. Very strong dark malt smell, with some yeast and a bit of bananas and cloves. Very sweet taste. Strong dark bread, bit of banana, some pepperiness. Mouthfeel is just a hair below medium. Bit bubbly with carbonation. It's good, but kind of disappointing to end on. Their other beers were better.
01-09-2011 18:13:56 | More by slitherySOB
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
Comes in a German standard brown half liter bottle. Bottle came in a gift pak from Germany care of my good friend Mike. Purity law applies. Best before 12/17/11, I opened it on 11/30/11.
Pours a cola-like dark burgundy under a thin one finger off white head that settles way too quickly for a Weizen, leaving no lace. The nose is rich with yeast and coriander. A touch of bubblegum. The mouth is standard prickly and fairly light. The taste is pretty average, with light citrus tart dominant, supported by some spiciness and some yeast. There's also a touch of umami in the finish. Not bad.
11-30-2011 23:13:55 | More by chickenflea
3.1/5 rDev -13.2%
Comes in a German standard brown half liter bottle with an attractive label featuring a big buck deer with large antlers jumping through a clearing in front of a mountain range. Purity law applies. Best before 1/3/04, I opened it on 5/29/04.
Pours a cola-like dark burgundy under a thin one finger off white head that settles way too quickly for a Weizen, leaving no lace. The nose is rich with yeast and coriander, but it seems a bit flat. The mouth is standard prickly and fairly light. The taste is pretty average, with citrus tart dominant, supported by some spiciness and some yeast. There's also a touch of hoppy bitterness in the finish, but the aftertaste is subsumed in lemony sour. Not what I would hope for.
05-29-2004 17:53:02 | More by Globetrotter
Dunkler Hirsch Allgäuer Weizen from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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