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Holzar-Bier - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
83
good

144 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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Reviews by tfinn:
Photo of tfinn
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bail-topped half liter pours mahogany red/brown into my sahm glass. light carbonation, maybe a slight bit too light, and a quick dissipating head. "512" is dot-matrixed on the back next to the barcode. perhaps this was produced the 12th week of 2005?

scent has no hop element, just a toffee/munich malt (dunkel!) character.

initial flavor is a little sharper than some better samples I had whilst in germany a few weeks ago (andechser comes to mind) but seems within the parameters for a munich-style dunkel. I'd score half a point higher here, but I believe this sample is a little oxidized. finish is slightly grainy and clean, with just enough hops to break the malt, but not astringent or harsh -- more drying.

mouthfeel is light with small pinprick carbonation. bitterness is primarily at the sides back of the tongue, but really it's more a drying sensation rather than outright bitter. I get the sense of light minerals, but that could also be due to the oxidation.

drinkability is high due to the "drink more" drying finish, and the flavor is pleasant but not overpowering. I could easily drink a mass of this with a large brezel (if only). I just wish it was a little bit fresher, but the US importer is located in Portland, so there is hope of locating a younger sample.

funny that I picked this up tonight, considering I was on my way home thinking ''I need to find a dunkel". it was destiny.

tfinn, Nov 08, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the flip top bottle into a 1/2 liter stein a deep rich bronze color with a fluffy crown atop that never completely subsided,a great pour with deep rich color.Alot of caramel mixed with toasted grain in the nose,the nose suggests alot of sweetness.A little thin in the feel but it is pretty smooth,sweet caramel with underlying chocolate malts,slightly toasted flavors in the finish,a tinge iron comes into play as well.Not bad but not much complexity to the beer,I think it would be nice to drink next to a fire on a cold Bavarian night though.

oberon, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one foamed up a pretty good head, but the body was dark, which is good, but seemed clear and thin.

Smell – The toasted malts are present for sure. I’m also picking up a maple brown sugar sweetness that is quite pleasing.

Taste – The toasted malt comes out big, but it’s singular and unrefined. There’s very little complexity to this brew, but I guess it fills the bill.

Mouthfeel – Very flat but smooth. It’s kind of watery though and very flat in the mouth.

Drinkability – I’m using this for me beer-basted bratwurst. It’s not good enough to stand alone.

RoyalT, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown flip-top bottle with no freshness date from HDT Importers Inc.

Appearance: The head is quick to form but then it drops down to only a very thin ring of lace. No stickage on the glass. Nice clarity in the dark amber brown color.

Smell: Slight dark toasted malt in the nose with suggestions of grape skin and brown bread.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Semi-viscous carbonation in a medium body which shows a creamy mouth feel. Earthy malt with toasted grain and faint caramel. Hops are mild with an ample bitterness. Clean malty palate which draws a dryness in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Other than lacking a good head retention this certainly an above average Dunkel Lager. Paired well with a couple of beer steamed bratwursts and cabbage.

Jason, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle with the swingtop cap. This one poured a clear, sparkling, copper body with a small, beige head that quickly drops into a thick collar of lace. Patch and sheet lacing are left down the glass.

Aroma is sweet toffee roasted malt, with noble, floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with even carbonation.

Taste is sweet caramel/toffee, Munich malt, with an appealing floral hops type, bittering balance that produces a well executed , dunkel lager. Finish is even, with a slightly floral, hops aftertaste.

This is my favorite from this Bavarian brewery. One of the better Munich, dunkel lagers that I've sampled. I could drink a few of these every day, after work, or several during a session.

merlin48, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +9%

innominat, May 24, 2014
Photo of fionn13
4/5  rDev +9%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Thrasher
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is their "Special Amber Lager." Indeed it is unique among dunkels and amber lagers and doesn't quite fit in but is an individual, at least in my limited experience. Hardly any odor, dirty copper/amber color unlike I've seen, good juicy head. Basically a tasty clean lager with sweet roasty hints, malty & hearty, with pleasant cleansing taste. Mellow hops balance the malts to make a toffeeish, buttery brew with a chewy mouthfeel and a very good finish. There's actually not much to this beer; it's a bit empty-tasting especially for the price. However, it's nice enough and very drinkable. The Der Hirschbrau line of beers is brewed by Privatbrauerei Hoss.

Thrasher, Apr 30, 2002
Photo of daveyboydd
4.8/5  rDev +30.8%

i really enjoyed this beer. its very drinkable, slight sweetness which suits it. drank straight from the bottle.

daveyboydd, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of mintjellie
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather ruddy shade of brown in colour. It's small off-white head is poorly retained and doesn't lace. Mild toasty aroma with subtle floral notes. Smells pretty nice, but its very restrained. The flavour is sweet and malty. Nice caramelized flavour with a little bit of bread crust and some spicy hop character behind it all. It may not be a very bold beer, but the flavour is there. Light bodied and finely carbonated, yet rich and smooth on the palate at the same time. It tastes fairly pleasant, but its really the mouthfeel that keeps you coming back for me. Decent.

mintjellie, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of KenC
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown color, with moderate carbonation. Half finger of tan head.

S - Malt and caramel, slight alcohol.

T - Malt, sweet, caramel, nutty.

M - Light mouth feel. With good carbonation, better than it appeared.

D - Very nice drinkable beer. Nothing complex, but a good session beer.

KenC, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable lager that is lesser known. Decent malty aroma, little head. Some hops, a pinch of roast. OK taste, with above average carbonation that works. In a word, caramel. More sweet than bitter, but balanced.Medium-light mouthfeel. Quaffable. Thanks Radek.

Sammy, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This one pours a light root-beer brown from its cool swing top bottle, and creates a thin eggshell head that doesn't stick around for long. Lots of bubbles are stuck all around the glass up and down its entire height. I've never really seen this before in a beer... it goes even further to give it a root beer soda pop look. This is pretty clear, and has a bit of a purple cast to it in the light.

S - Ahhh. Crisp and clean dark malt notes jump out of the glass. Tootsie rolls, light chocolate cake, and whipped chocolate mousse. These are the lightly chocolaty-without-being-overly-sweet notes that I love in this style, and I would like to think that I definitely could have pegged this style in a blind nosing.

T - Again, tootsie rolls and whipped chocolate mousse on chocolate icecream. Maybe with a few sprinkles. I know that I'm really harping on the chocolate here, but this isn't heavy and rich like a doppelbock. Its much more understated. There are some herbal-grassy components on the finish, along with a touch of wood-ash and metallic mineral notes.

M - Light bodied and crisp. This is a beer with a pilsener body and doppelbock aspirations. Crisp and very clean with a refreshing and cooling temperament.

D - Though I prefer the smokier Schwarzbeirs (very similar styles.... except Munich Dunkels are crisper and cleaner), this is a great brew to have when you need a good thirst quencher but also want something a little darker and malty than a spicy German Pils or hoppy pale ale. This is far from the best example of the style (which can be sorta boring anyway), but it ain't al bad.

pmcadamis, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The memory of this beer haunts me, much like an exceptionally well written novel or an exquisitely filmed movie. There's nothing incredibly impressive in it at first, and it doesn't really stand out as being remarkable under scrutiny; yet it remains in memory, and that is a sign of brilliance. I'm continually reminded the delicate combination of malt and hop that gave it such a nice drinkability, and for that reason I've given it a five in that category.
It pours a crystal clear mahogany body that's capped by a thin layer of creamy off-white foam. The head drops, but it maintains a creamy collar and leaves some thin lace. The aroma is fresh and clean with a delicately toasted and lightly caramelish malt, and a lightly mineral-like characteristic that fades as it warms. The body is light and crisp in the mouth with a very fine carbonation. The flavor delivers a combination of almost juicy, toasted malt and spicy hops. It's not really complicated, but it is most compelling! It finishes with a short, lingering note of sweetish malt and spice. Well-balanced, refreshing, and highly drinkable with enough character to keep it interesting throughout several servings. Certainly worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is a beautiful deep amber. It looks like a fine glass of Scotch. Nearly no head.

Smell is sweet, reminiscent of caramelized fruit and raisins on dark, whole wheat bread.

Flavor is light up front and strong in the back, peaking as you swallow. There is a healthy proportion of dark cereal grains and bourbon without the alcohol profile. The "bourbon" is light, as if it were a cup of watered down vanilla and wood.

Feels light, with a slight tannic kick in the back during the finish.

Doppelbockulus, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of russpowell
2.35/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No noise when the bottle opened, not a good sign. Pours dark amber with buubles clinging to the glass. Unfotunately, no head retention at all or lacing

Smell: Sweetness & brown sugar

Taste: cloying sweetness, & sickening sweet finish (past it prime I guess)

MF: Syruppy & aboslutely no carbonation

To dan sweet to be drinkable, had to pour it out. I've had this before & it was better, will try again if I'm sure its fresher. the dopplehirsch I bought from the same store was nice...caveat emptor..

russpowell, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of Gfddan
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Gfddan, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cola like brown color with a small off-white head, nothing special going on here. The smell is of roasted malt, has a raisin bread aroma to it. The taste is pretty flavorful, nice lightly roasted malt backbone, raisin breadiness, a good balance between the bitter and sweet. The feel is light and not as crisp as a lager should be. Quite a drinkable brew, goes down easy with no offensive flavors and good balance.

Gmann, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +9%

jsnoek, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Stubbie1
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A darkMahogany beer with a very small, off white, fast fading head.Crystall clear in the glass. Mild tones of roasted malt and a slight caramel flavor is present. Hops are noticed on the finish with a dry slightly bitter feel. Also a bit watery on the mouthfeel . Things did improve as the beer warmed up. More of the hops and caramel tones came out. Other than being a bit watery at first, a decent and enjoyable brew.

Stubbie1, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L Swing top to a tall glass mug. The liquid is a very good looking light brown with ok carbonation. The head is small 1 finger, light tan and bubbly, it leaves almost no lace.

The smell is a very nice sweet toasty malt with nice hops coming through.

The taste is also sweet, very sweet, and toasty. Lind of like a lightly toasted sweet bread, Some fruity notes and a full hopy finish. Nice change of pace.

The mouthfeel is very good. Nice medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good. Great drinking style and a very fine version of it. Prosit. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown color with about a finger of clingy white head. Toffee, fig jam, and caramel malt on the nose. subtle earthy-dirt like hop.

Very clean, medium bodied with faint carbonation. Rounded sweetness and creamy mouthfeel. Same flavors in the mouth that are on the nose but everything is subtle and proportionate. Finishes clean and crisp. Delivers clean malt taste without being over bearing and without lingering sweetness while remaining refreshing. Simple but good. Very refreshing actually.

jtierney89, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of westy_far
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

westy_far, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Stocean1
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a two finger off white head upon a deep copper body ebbing to a nice collar of fine foam. Little in the way of lacing. The scent is a clean soapy hops with white grapes and raisin with some malt backing. The taste follows the nose although it did not quite live up to the scent. Slightly sweet with some grain and noble hops. Light bodied with a well balanced bitterness, this is a clean crisp drinkable brew with a dry lingering finish. Nothing spectacular but definitely an enjoyable brew.

Stocean1, Dec 12, 2011
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Holzar-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
83 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.