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Neuschwansteiner Weihnachts-Bier - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
80
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19 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 19
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 12-14-2004)
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Reviews by Lnedrive14:
Photo of Lnedrive14
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at New Beer Distributors in NYC:

Pours a burnt orange/brown with absolutely no head. Personally, i dont like the flip top bottle, but that's just me.

Huge aroma. Girlfriend sitting in the room had to walk out. Bit of sweetness, fruit, earthiness. Caramel in the aftertaste. A bit too light, definitely tasted watered down - no carbonation. Drinkability was fine, but at only 5.2%, could have been better.

Didn't really love this. Sad.

Lnedrive14, Sep 22, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.95/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – This is a deep amber brown in color with a smallish head that dissipated quickly.

Smell – The light toasty malt seems right on style.

Taste – Egad! What in the world is that off flavor? There is a horrid, sour almost rotten vegetable taste that seems to creep into just about every beer I buy from this brewery.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with a nasty sourness at the end that spoils the mouthfeel.

Sinkability – I thought the Stella Artois I just had was bad, but this isn’t even sink-worthy. I’ll have to send this to an atomic research center in Utah and have them disassociate the atoms.

RoyalT, Jan 20, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal-clear, deep copper body with an orange cast; beneath a creamy head of bone-white that holds fairly well and leaves spotty lace throughout the start of the glass. The nose expresses Vienna malts and spicy hops; and in the mouth it's mildly zesty on the tip of the tongue and then somewhat creamy as it crosses the palate. Rich, grainy, lightly toasty and mildly nutty Munich and Vienna malts dominate the flavor profile; enlivened by spicy, floral, grassy and leafy hop flavors; and backed by a solid, drying bitterness. It's not particularily complex, but the balance between maltiness and hoppiness is quite nice as the flavors play off of one another without ever dulling. It's rich without being overbearing, and quite drinkable. Certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L Swing top to a nice beer glass the liquid is a dark, very dark clear amber with good carbonation. The head is off white a couple of fingers tall and leaves little lace. The brew looks great.

The smell is sweet caramel, a hint of spice and lime rind. The hops are a bit too mild and I would like a bit more roasted malt for a brew this dark.

The tast is that of a good marzen, mild hops, lightly roasted grain and sweet caramel.

The mouthfeel is thinner the medium, I expected a bit more, the carbonation feels good.

The drinkability is good a nice brew but I was hoping for a bit more taste. Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Franchise
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a burnt orange color that leaves no head and looks almost flat with no carbonation. As I smell this beer alot of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, caramel come out. As I taste this beer the first thought is a water down caramel malty hit followed by a small bitterness with the presence of hops. Very disappointing since the Hefe from this brewery is fantastic!

Franchise, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Globetrotter
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this in a Moscow supermarket in early December, but they wouldn't let me buy it because they hadn't yet figured out how much to charge (welcome to Russia). Saw it again in a different store at the end of January, and scarfed it up. Tall brown half liter bottle with a swing top and a nice multi-colored label featuring everyone's favorite castle (Disney modeled Cinderella's castle after it) covered in snow behind a horsedrawn sleigh. Purity law applies. Best before 8/2/05, I popped it on 1/29/05.

Poured a nice clear copper under a one finger plus beige head that faded a bit too quickly, but still managed to leave some decent lacing, at least at first. The nose is full of caramel malt - lots of it. The mouth is slightly heavy, a touch sticky, and medium carbonated. Nice smooth and sweet caramel taste, with a good barley backbone. Some hops emerge in the finish, but they are very subdued and constantly chaperoned by the sweet malt. No break out bitterness here. Crisp yet sweet aftertaste, with malt the name of the game. Good Oktoberfest brew. RoyalT must have gotten a bad bottle.

Globetrotter, Jan 29, 2005
Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured with a good two finger thick light tan head, which dissipates quickly into fine lacing. The body is dark amber and is quite clear.

This has a dominate tea like aroma, but is very light.

This has a sweet malty flavor at first, but fades in to a heral yet sweet taste that finishes a bit bitter and biscuity at the same time.

TheSarge, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Zraly
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a caramel brown color. No head. Smells vegetal and floral, much like a European lager. A bit of skunk carries out.

To be blunt, I'm not sure what this thing is suppose to be. I think I was mislead by the winter scene that is on the label. When I think of a winter warmer, an oktoberfest isn't really what comes to mind. Perhaps that is different for the German beer producers. This I do not know. I guess I should go find out.

Overall the flavor is rather thin and perky. There is some weird peppery spice that pokes out a touch, but nothing to really give this drink a flavor punch. The carbonation is good, but it finishes a bit funky in the mouth. Somewhat floral and quite sweet. It's okay, but it certainly isn't anything to write home about. I'd probably score this a little bit higher if I wasn't so confused about its appearance and its categorical designation as a "marzen". Anyhow, with that in mind, this review is certainly subject to change.

I could have picked up a Pilsner Urquell for half the price. I guess that's my real point.

If you seek a winter warmer/seasonal, seek elsewhere. If you are just trying to avoid macro brands, by all means go for it.

Zraly, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of Kookiekwan
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Town&Country Springfield MA

This beer poured amber/brown had less than a one finger head minimal lacing and no retention. The aroma was very malty and sweet. The taste reminded me of a nut brown ale with some added spices( but not too much, by no means am I calling this a spicy beer). The body seemed thin and the carbonation low.

Reflection: I've tried a few beers from this brewery and so far this one is at the bottom of my list.

Kookiekwan, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of JISurfer
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a good beer from the folks at Der HirschBrau. Actually, I was quite disappointed. I was expecting something with a bit more body and flavor, but instead got, what seemed like, a watered down dark wheat beer. No real detectable winteresque spices and stuff either. For what it was, it was a bit watered down too. The only good thing was the nice head it had in it's conception. Hopefully these people will see the reviews and change the beer for the better. I am usually a big fan of these guys.

JISurfer, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A slightly off white head with large bubbles that fades rather quickly leaving no sheet at all. No lacing capable of holding on after the head recedes. Pours a somewhat clear amber; slightly watery in appearance.

Toasted caramel malt character, with hints of vinous fruits: deep apple, grapes, plum, and even a sourless cherry. Hints of mustiness and faint alcohol aromas as well.

Semi-sweet, watered-down, caramel maltiness; weak toffee and molasses flavors. Apple, cherry, grape, plum, and raisin tones in and out of the sip. The finish is almost diluted by water which takes away some of this marzen's true flavors. Aftertaste of slight alcohol and light creamy caramel.

Medium bodied; thin and watery on the palate from beginning to end. The biggest flaw in this version, as a marzen should have some substance to back up the big flavors.

Glad I gave this one a try, as it looked pretty unique, but not one that I'd go back to. Plenty of other better stuff out there, or odd stuff to try for the first time instead.

NEhophead, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of 6string
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

6string, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of hbh739
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

opened the flip top bottle
poured a reddish orange color with no carbonation.
had no more head than a glass of tap water.
the aroma at first is of fruit, apples, pears, grapes
then a touch of caramel and cinamon.
The taste is a little malty with a touch of caramel then a bitter aftertaste with a little hoppiness.
The mouthfeel is that of a cool glass of ice tea.
And overall this is not a bad beer and would go very good on hot day after mowing the lawn and I think if it had been a little colder when served would have been outstanding. I would definitely drink this again.

hbh739, Jul 19, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a crystal clear (no sediment in the bottle) deep amber with a low yet persistent off white head which lasted to lace the glass. When the swingtop was opened there was a barely noticeable hiss.

The aroma was light Vienna/Munich malt aroma with a slight vegetal characteristic.

The flavor was light, very light. The Munich/Vienna malts are present, but do not shine. The flavor had just a hint of the same vegetal character found in the aroma. The bittering was well accomplished and just enough to balance and keep the malt in check.

The finish was dry with a pleasant lasting nuttiness long into the finish. The body was medium to medium light.

0.5L swingtop bottle. Winter seasonal not listed on their website. Found some German pages and translated for the ABV and style. A nice enough beer, but nothing outstanding and nothing to seek out.

GCBrewingCo, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of czfreeman
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Post-Christmas-in between New Years Beer.
Presented in flip-top 0.5ltr bottle. Really like the labeling. Opens with a nice pop.
Poured into a Delerium Noel Goblet-my traditional Christmas beer glass, an aggressive pour results in a eye-pleasing caramel-colored brown toned brew, nice foamy cap, light tan dusting. Good carbonation, doesn't look too sweet or syrupy, as I find most German Christmas/winter beers.
Smells of, well not to cite previous reviews, but Vienna maltiness, and a light vegetal note on first impression. Digging a bit deeper, I find some grainy note, mustiness, caramel, brown sugar,dark grape, a bit of soured fruit. Pretty good in context-sour wintery fruit mixed with grain-fruitcake perhaps?
Flavor.Again suprising. Ive' lived in Germany now for 1 1/2 years, so I've gotten more than bored with the seemingly never suprising-always-the same recipe beer. Here is a bit of refreshment. Rather than the caramelized-sugary-sweet beer I expected, this Christmas beer is quite a nice treat. Light caramel on the opening, toffee, malt, spicy rumminess given it's low ABV, red grape, plum, cider, dark bread. A great Christmas mixx in a bottle.
The carbonation adds a welcome punch to the finish and cuts throught the residual sweetness quite nicely. Drinkability? Well the glass is dissaperaing faster than a Christmas sipper should, so..
While I can only dream of drinking Mikkeller Fra Til, The Bruery's Three French Hens or any of the other phenominal releases introduced stateside this year, this was very good and suprising. I look foward to the future, and may everyone have a great New Years!! Cheers!

czfreeman, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snaggletoothed in a trade with NeroFiddled, flipped the mini-German fliptop that declares "Seit 1657." Popper open with a "PIP!" Appears with a clear amber copper hue containing a few bubbles and topped with a skim ivory head cap.

Fest scents of leafy Earthy grain and waffle. Some sweet Maple syrup hints.

First swigs: Lolipop malt and brown cake. Some smooth toasted malts round ut the flavor. A bit of hops flit aroud but this is a tea malt dessert. Glue like envelope licking aftertaste.

Feel is a touch flat, but these flip top minis bring out the sceptic in me.

Last swigs: An average Marzen with plenty of focus. A one trick pony that does a trick well. Forgetable but not regretable

blitheringidiot, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of Daredevil
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

although the picture is the same, the label of mine says "Fest-Bier", however suppose this is the same brew ...

pour: very poshy maroon color, small head

nose: malty, some tropical notes, or rather hints of

palate: gingerbread, cucumber, some tropical wood, dry and bitter aftertaste

interesting, albeight not perfectly matching, duet between sweet, dry and bitter

Daredevil, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of radshoesbro
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint brown bottle with swing top.

a - terrible head absolutely no lacing. bad sign. looks like there are bits of yeast floating around on top, but can't be 100% sure what it is i'm seeing. this color is dark amber.

s - mild hops.

t - watery with bits of hops to add bitterness. mediocre at best!

m - medium bodied but water down to taste very bland.

notes: had this with a pizza and jalapeno poppers, it didn't go very well with them.

radshoesbro, Oct 01, 2005
Photo of whatsgoody
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

whatsgoody, Nov 18, 2012
Neuschwansteiner Weihnachts-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
80 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.