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Holzar-Bier - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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137 Ratings

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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of mmmbeer


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL swingtop, served in a pilsner glass. It pours a dark copper/mahogany with medium carbonation and a two-finger, almost creamy head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is spicy/grassy, a little sweet, with caramel and perhaps some dark fruits. There are toasted/caramel malts on the palate, with green/spicy Noble hops that contribute grass/fresh hay and a bitterness that starts mild but increases slightly as I drink. The body is medium to full, with medium carbonation, and it leaves a light to medium finish. Overall a more-than-adequate dunkel that is fairly refreshing and definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 19:21:10 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle comes with two other beers in a gift pack, brought back to London by my GF from the Munich Airport~~ Coming in a 500ml brown swing-top bottle, BB 19/08/2007, served chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: dark chestnut brown in colour, elegant flows of gentle fizziness and an off-white foamy head that settles quickly to a white sheet…
S: a refreshing sour edge of lager on top of plenty of nutty and brown-sugary note of dark malts and aromatic hoppyness, but very mild and refreshingly clean…
T: a mouthful of melted brown-sugar (not sweet) hand in hand with a fulsome yet lubricating flow of ground nuts and steamed lotus-roots, showing a semi-full texture/body on the palate… the healthy dose of sourness as in a pale lager follows every sip, while the subdued hop bitterness also lingers rather elegantly in the aftertaste along with a faint touch of roasted malts… in the remote end emerges a mild sugary touch as well.
M&D: the texture is clean and refreshingly fizzy, befitting for the balanced flavour profile and medium body. Overall, the beer shows a rather subtle flavour profile, more subtle than many other Munich Dunkel that I’ve tried...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 00:59:34 | More by wl0307
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..

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 02:53:58 | More by russpowell
Photo of mattpetti

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer starts with a dark, red, transparent, pour into my glass. It contains golden highlights. It has a very small head which dissipates quickly leaving very little lacing. There is sweet, very unhoppy nose to this beer. I can gather some molasses, caramel and something that smells like brown sugar. There is nothing floral about it at all. The taste and mouthfeel was somewhat lackluster. It had a medium body with the taste of molasses really sitting on the tip of my tongue. Very little carbonation as was expected. It goes down very smooth because of this. A slight bitterness sneaks out during the swallow along with a metallic lager taste which doesn't effect the flavor, but is noticable. All in all i think this beer is pretty good, but not great. It is my first dunkel lager and i went into tasting this purely on my taste and not comparing it to the style. If you like octoberfest beers that are sweeter you will like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2006 03:51:39 | More by mattpetti
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 16:17:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of maxpower


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml swing top bottle pours a clear amber color with a decent off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity sweet aroma, nutty, caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, finishes sweet. Very tasty and drinkable, I would like another one.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2006 19:51:13 | More by maxpower
Photo of Jredner


3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2006 08:20:04 | More by Jredner
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm the first to admit that I usually -- usually, mind -- don't care for lagers. I prefer my beers to be thicker, darker, and stronger. There are exceptions, but they're few. So when I was in my favorite beverage store and overheard two large men with mustaches talking about how great this beer was, I figured, why not? It's only $2.50 for a pint and comes in a cool swing top bottle with a German woodcutter on the label. Who also happens to have a mustache. But I digress.

This "Holzar-Bier" pours a dark dark yellow, watery beer with a small head that disappears fast. Smells sweet -- mild malts, caramel, and bread-like.

I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this one. It's sweet, malty, and reminds me of pumpernickel, or perhaps that sweet black bread that you get at Outback Steakhouse. Barely bitter, this might be one of the sweetest German beers I've ever had. Leaves a nice roasted, slightly dry aftertaste. Warms the back of my throat.

Nothing about this beer is harsh or extreme, save perhaps the sweetness. It's simply tasty, and I'll likely buy it again. Who knows, more beers like this and maybe the lager style will grow on me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 01:10:46 | More by kkipple
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2005 02:56:49 | More by Sammy
Photo of Sigmund


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swingtop bottle, bought in Bier Spezi Hamburg. Brown colour, large off-white head. Malty and fruity sweet aroma (raisins), some caramel and spices too. Pleasant flavour with vinous notes, hints of oak, malts are well balanced with the hops. I won’t need wood cutting as an excuse to drink this beer. Very nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 14:33:47 | More by Sigmund
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2005 04:09:46 | More by tfinn
Photo of paterlodie


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 25-01-06. Nice head and a darkbrown beercolour. Nose is malts, hops and alcohol harmonicly melted together and overal fresh and full malty. Good taste giving a full mouth of darkmaltcomponents with hint of roastmalz and nice and well dosed bitterness on this dunkel. Overal good brew with fine not too high carbonisation and plesant mouthfeel. Yes to me one to enjoy on a nice but quiet cold day after a morning working in the garden. Goes wonderfully with bread and cheese.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 11:59:49 | More by paterlodie
Photo of xoqx


3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Drab brown and not particularly alive looking. Has a stale appearance with very little life to it. One finger head and average lacing.

Smell – Malty and citrusy. Not much else.

Taste – Medium malts out step the subtle hops and there is a slight wet-cardboard taste and a very nice spicy finish. The spice never gets in front of the overly watery taste.

Mouthfeel – Light and watery.

Drinkability – I won’t seek this one out again. I’d like a dunkel to be more malty and pronounced in its flavor. I didn’t find any of the understatement here to seem intentional.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 08:39:56 | More by xoqx
Photo of blackie


3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the swing-top bottle producing a thin white head. The color of the beer is almost mahogany, but not quite as dark.

Smells of sweet malt barely offset by some german hops. Hints of sweet dark fruit, sourwood honey, and a slight metallic hint.

Carbonation is pretty low (too much so) and body is medium with some amount of slickness on the tongue.

Initial taste is of moderately dark, sweet malt...very smooth. I rather enjoy the slight sweetness of this beer. It is sweet, but only just to the point of being almost sticky. After that some light hops come into play, but only slightly. Finishes with a little sweetness in the nasal passages and some light bitterness on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2005 05:33:51 | More by blackie
Photo of futaboots


3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up in Helen, GA, from the only liquor store that sold good german beer in a *gasp* GERMAN THEMED TOWN.

While I was in Georgia, visiting a beer store in Atlanta, I overheard one supposedly beer connoisseur proclaim to the store clerk "I fucking hate lagers, to me, all lager's are fucking crap."

Well, that guy was an idiot, who obviously never drank a schwarzbier in his life, or a doppelbock, or this particular beer, which is by no means a pale fizzy lager.

This isn't a big beer in terms of alcohol, nor am I rating it particurarily high, but there is loads of flavor here, and I like it well enough. So on to the actual review.

Appearance is dark brown. Head is impressive at first, but quickly dies down to a thin layer of foam.

Smell's malty, enough to notice, but overall the aroma is moderate.

Taste. You know that grapejuice taste you get from drinking some beers, well it's here all right. Normally I don't like it at all. Perhaps I'm getting used to it, perhaps it's only subtley making it's presence known here, but I don't think it detracts from this brew much. Overall this lager has got lots of complex flavor going on. It is also very drinkable, not too heavy in body or mouthfeel, I could definitely see myself consuming many pints of this in a night.

Overall, another good, though not really great, German beer. Further proof that the number of good beers in this world outnumbers all the mediocre swill.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 01:01:00 | More by futaboots
Photo of sabrills70

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear ruby/brown with a finger head and very good lace. Aroma of a nice caramel malt with just hints of hops. Flavors of caramel and toffee with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Medium carbonation. Fairly well balanced, hop presence is not strong at all but the malt presence is not overwhelming either. Finishes crisp and dry and is very drinkable. A nice dunkle in a nice bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 01:30:35 | More by sabrills70
Photo of sachsich

South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. Strong hints of caramel and malt. Appearance was very nice to the eye. A perfect amber color. A nice head forms and has good retention. well done from the brewers. many years of practice has paid off in a wonderful beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 01:37:02 | More by sachsich
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 15:40:28 | More by Stubbie1
Photo of Fish113d


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a chestnut color with 2 inches of foamy white head dissipating without much cling to the glass. However, it leaves a distinct edge layer; maybe a slight haze as I look through the glass. Aroma is of brown malts with slight caramel tones and a slight grape accent; not much else going on here. Taste is dry oak flavors and brown malts with a yeasty finish. Slightly sweet caramels scattered throughout, but nothing exciting. Feel is medium body with not much carbonation at room temp besides a little tingle on the tongue on the initial sip. Maybe a drying alcohol on the finish as well. Overall, not a bad brew, but the bottle really makes this one in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 22:13:38 | More by Fish113d
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3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 06:05:21 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 22:39:11 | More by jdhilt
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 02:56:36 | More by merlin48
Photo of beergeek279


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 500 mL swingtop bottle into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a foamy white head. The smell is a caramely malt. The taste is a caramely malt sweetness with just the lightest touch of hops. Mouthfeel is just slightly lacking. Drinkability-wise, not bad and could have a few.

A solid little beer that I'd never heard of before I picked it up. Quite enjoyable, and if this were around when I was drinking, I'd probably have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 01:44:37 | More by beergeek279
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent that boasts of crystal malts and dry lager yeast; very sweet smelling. The taste is good. It has a light, malty flavor which is dominated with crystal malts. It goes down easy and refreshes. It leaves a sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is a fine tasting Dunkel, but the mouthfeel and appearance suck. Add some carbonation, please.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2004 23:14:02 | More by WesWes
Photo of elmocoso


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper laced iced tea color. Head soon falls to a white, lacy covering that clings attractivly to the glass.

Very sweet, malty nose. Fresh. Not much hops but seems very balanced. Cool malty tast and full mouthfeel.

A very refreshing and drinkable drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 20:35:58 | More by elmocoso
Holzar-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
83 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.