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Holzar-Bier - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
83
good

143 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Gfddan
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Gfddan, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of russpowell
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
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 Beerman1977
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Beerman1977, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of JBogan
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a think looking dark brown with no carbonation, like a flat soda. Not much head to speak of, however it did leave a bit of lacing.

Smelled of coffee and malts.

Taste was similar to the smell, mostly a coffee presence with a fair amount of alcohol in there also.

Not much in the way of mouthfeel, rather flat and uninspiring.

Not a bad beer by any means, just not something I'd seek out again. Perhaps a beer best served on the warm side, on a cool fall or winter evening. I've had much better beers of this type, but this will do in a pinch.

JBogan, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of PatandDavid
2.8/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was really ready to be impressed by this one...and it didn't happen.

Poured a beautiful cola color, nice head, of course, minimal carbonation.

Slightly sweet, nicely full-bodied, but the finish was a bit metallic, and I found that very disapointing after such a nice pour.

I think there are better versions of this out there.

Forgot to add: my bottle clearly states alc. 5.2% vol.

/pat

PatandDavid, Mar 20, 2003
Photo of stcules
2.9/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish-caraeml color. Clean. Light beige colored foam, average.
In the smell a light caramel, and a very light hazelnut. Pleasant, but not too characterized.
Similar taste, with malt and caraeml, but also some light spicy notes in the back.
The taste is a bit better, and anyway, quite pleasant.
The aftertaste starts with spicy notes, and then with caramel, quite long, with some burnt notes in the finish.
Light to average body.

stcules, May 25, 2008
Photo of RoyalT
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
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 TerryW
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear chestnut brown under a moderate head that settles to a complete film and gives up lace most of the way.

Grainy nose, sweet malts, some grassy hops. Simple, not overpowering. Thin-bodied, grassy hops with a gentle malt finish. Some lingering bitterness.

Overall a very gentle profile, crisp in character. Decent, but a little too much on the light side for me.

TerryW, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of Globetrotter
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a tall pop-top brown bottle with a fairly plain label featuring a guy chopping down a tree with an axe. Purity law applies. Best before 5/19/04, I opened it on 11/11/03.

Poured a clear rich copper hue under a thin off-white head that required a pretty violent pour to start, then settled quickly to film and collar. No lace. The nose is very mild, with just a hint of caramel. As the brew warmed, the caramel notes came out a bit stronger. The mouth is very prickly and medium-bodied. The taste is a bit harsh, not quite sour and definitely not sweet. It's not malty smooth, either, but there's some malt here. A touch of caramel comes out in the finish, and there's a bit of hops in the aftertaste. The main taste is, well, a bit more substantial than water, but somehow tough to define. The warmer it got, the better it got, however, with more caramel to enjoy. Still, not a great beer.

Globetrotter, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew doesn't produce too much head, but a decent amount of light tan foam. The body is dark amber in color and is very clear.

The aroma is mostly a sort of a copper type. Imagine smelling old pennies and that's what I'm talking about.

The taste of this brew is light and well balanced. Light hints of caramel and toffee with a sour finish.

I suppose this is the meat of this brewery's market, which is sorry; however this brew is average and makes for a decent session beer.

TheSarge, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of bark
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep brown-red; the liquid is clear. The finger thick head slowly sinks down to a thick beige lid, leaving a thick ring and lots of lacing.

The smell is sweet, malty and a little bitter. I found notes of treacle, grass and herbs. Although it is far from mild, I found it all over thin.

The taste is malty, lightly roasted, earthy and a little dry. Some salty notes, hints of sweet almonds and roasted meat. There are some light bitter notes of hops; I guess the notes of boiled vegetables come from the hops too. The aftertaste brings more sweetness; hints of herbs, wet cardboard and cheap dark chocolate.

The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid is mid-watery.

A very malty beer this is, with some roasted notes. But at the same time, it misses the body and refinement I want from a fine dark lager. On the other hand… It seems like this is the way a Munich Dunkels is supposed to be.

bark, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of Jredner
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is toasty malts, hay and summer grass. Amber/brown in color with a fast fading white head. Flavor is sweet malts with a very low hop presence. Fruits and sweetbread flavors dominate from fore to finish. The sweetness tastes a little like molasses soaked pancakes after a while and it does indeed get old, but with the right food I could see this being very enjoyable.

Jredner, Jan 18, 2006
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3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

German flip top bottle 1 pnt .9 fl oz. POPS! Open with a tight bop!

An aggressive pour yields a ½” beige cake like spumescent head cap over a dark amber brown pour with spotty carbonation bubbles. Head cap pops up after a few healthy swirls.

Leafy spice cake like aroma. Some grainy aspects.

First swigs: Plain oatmeal cereal flavors of malts. Basic grainy textures and flavor. Breakfast cereal malts. Some delicate roasted malts and some dry grassy hints of hops peek. A twinge of red apple mustiness. Sticky aftertaste of leather.

Easy sipper due to the medium body and dull carbonation. A drawback is the cloying butterscotch aftertaste.

Last swigs: Brown sugar and honey tea. Proper to style in that this is a one dimensional brew. How cool to open a flip top bottle. Without researching the ABV, it seems low in the 4-5% ABV mark. Never looking to try this again. In the land of German beers, Yuenglingville, this is a bit flat.

Beer is good. Happy beering. 25/3.65

blitheringidiot, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of alkemy
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the local Brat maker. I've had it on other occasions, but threw the bottle away without even seeing who made the stuff. Had a darkish amber color with a finger (at most) of head after a pretty weak pour. I did get the hint of grape, but it was merely a hint. Mostly just a bready, honey sweetness. It just doesn't do much for me, but when the wife tries to bring home a new beer for me to try, I can't complain too much.

alkemy, Nov 14, 2009
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3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The Holzar Bier, which they described as an Export, was lacking. It wasn't horrible, and I've had really good Exports, but there were very few sweet Pils malt flavors and some bitterness up front, but overall, bland. It was from the Allgäu, in Bayern, so I expected more, I guess. The mouthfeel was wonderfully thick, which helped me give it a 3.

boddhitree, May 21, 2014
Photo of Viggo
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO pacl.

Pours a clear dark orange, some very dark amber, a touch of brown and some red, thick slightly off white head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, some lace chunks stick.

Smell is very sweet and malty, a bit of honey and caramel, quite nutty, some toast and biscuit, a bit of raisin, some grassy hops, cheerios, quite clean, not bad but bland.

Taste is similar, sweet and malty, caramel, very light nuttiness and some biscuit, oats, lightly fruity with some raisin notes, bit of grass, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, feels a little thin. Similar to their other beers in that they're solid and drinkable but just not exciting at all.

Viggo, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Myst, Jun 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

mrjez, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of jizfiasco
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not at all experienced with German lagers but I am glad I had a chance to review this style. I got a three pack of bottles as a gift from my friend who went to Europe. Poured into a hefty glass mug. No head until I got nuts with the pour it vanished quickly but left a fancy ring around the mug. The color is very appetizing like a very dark tea. Smell is malt dominated with a heavy bread smell, very sweet. Taste is bready malt sweet burnt sugar and a pleasant very mild bitterness that's only mildly noticeable on the exhale. Well carbonated and thin in the mouth but yet feels like a heavier beer. Very meal like. Overall a good experience and I am looking forward to some more lagers of this sort. As an American I have been turned off to lagers but when you go back to their roots you realize a reintroduction is needed.

jizfiasco, Apr 22, 2011
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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured the entire contents of the 22oz bottle into a tankard.

Appearance: The head started out as 1" thick or so then receded to a thin film, leaving a slight lacing on the sides of the glass, then it thinned out to nothing with no lacing. Pours thin and clear with a deep reddish-tan color. Carbonation is not very visible. Mostly true to the style. Looked very tasty immediately after pouring, not so much near the end.

Smell: Caramel sweetness, but not very aromatic in general.

Taste: Definitely sweet, but hop content becomes evident as well as the once-hidden carbonation. Nicely balanced at first but finishes a bit hoppy and watery, then a little sweet.

Mouthfeel: Thin, lightly cabonated. Not much stays behind in your mouth.

Drinkability: It is definitely drinkable, but not rich and complex. I finished it off much sooner than I expected.

Worth a try.

jkaufman, Feb 04, 2007
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of a 3 bottle pack from the Control Board in Ontario. Pours an amber-brown colour with thick white head, but without much lacing. Smells of sweet caramel with a very mild grassy hop presence. Flavour is quite sweet, almost no bitterness to balance it out. Smooth carbonation level. A nice enough lager, but would prefer a bit more bitterness to it.

kwjd, Oct 31, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 500 ml bottle into a Pilsner Glass

A: Poured a clear reddish brown with light carbonation present. Thin white head which quickly dispersed.

S: Toasted malt scents with slight herbal hops background.

T: Initial flavor is somewhat sweet quickly followed by a strong toasted malt flavor matching the smell, subtle hops flavor finishing crisp with little to no aftertaste.

M: Smooth feel that quickly coats the palate and goes down easily.

D: Well definitely purchase more if available.

jmkoscie, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly and leaves a little lace. Light-medium carbonation, light to medium bodied. Color is clear amber. Light malty nose. Starts sweet, finishes light with very little aftertaste. $2.95 for a 500ml bottle at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Sep 13, 2004
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3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark coppery orange with amber trim. This has to be one of the lightest Munich dunkel lagers going. The firm, two finger cap is also light in color; amazingly so. The foam looks like barely toasted marshmallow and is even brighter white when it appears as lace. I don't remember ever seeing a beer with quite this combination of colors.

Holzar-Bier doesn't smell 'dark' either. The nose reminds me of an especially earthy English pale ale (to be kind) or a Euro pale lager (to be less than kind). There's no hint of anything darker than pale malt, not even a hint of toast. In short, I get no sense that the beer in my glass conforms to the stated style.

Things are better on the palate, but still far from earthshaking. Toasted, earthy Munich malt is the clear focal point, as might be expected. Still, though, we're dwelling on the lighter end of the style spectrum with no hope of finding the center. Sweet just outduels bitter, with neither one exerting much effort.

As it warms, the beer becomes more flavorful and I'm beginning to notice a mildly musky hoppiness to go along with the bitterness. The flavor profile desperately needed another element and I'm happy to report that one has been provided. As a result, although it still isn't anywhere close to outstanding, the bottom half of the bottle is more interesting than the top half.

The finish is short-medium in length, with malt outlasting hops. Even though I'm aware that the style dictates a relatively light mouthfeel, this one goes too far in that direction. A semi-lively amount of carbonation keeps things light and airy.

Der Hirsch Holzar-Bier is the light Munich dunkel lager lover's Munich dunkel lager. If you have any interest in this style whatsover, I recommend at least one bottle since you'll be amazed at how far the brewers can back off and stay true to the style. As for me, I was unimpressed by this brewery's offerings before popping open the stopper on this one... and I'm equally unimpressed now. Nice labels and bottles, though.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 04, 2006
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Holzar-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
83 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.