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Holzar-Bier - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
83
good

141 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

12-01-2011 03:57:37 | More by bigox420
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber/brown color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet roasty malts, dark fruit, caramel and nuts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet roasty malt character with a dark fruitiness, some caramel and some earthy hops bringing a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

11-27-2011 00:00:08 | More by SebD
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jsnoek

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

11-23-2011 05:46:35 | More by jsnoek
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RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9%

11-21-2011 02:48:45 | More by RedAleMan
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Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a modest, off-white head of dense foam. Retention is okay, settling to a healthy ring of foam and leaving scant lacing.

S: Rich, bread, sweet, and slightly roasty Munich malts with a lush dark fruit character dominates the nose, providing notes of black and red cherries and candied figs. Nobles hops are present but faint, floral and grassy.

T: Mildly sweet Munich malts 'spin off' into distinctly biscuity, bready, and grainy malt notes with nutty and caramel undertones throughout and some mild dark fruit notes (cherries and raisins) towards the finish. Slightly resiny noble hops in the finish.

M: Body on the light end of medium with crisp pinprick carbonation that drinks smoothly. The balance is phenomenal as aromatic hops bring just enough bitterness to give the malty flavour profile a clean, dry finish. Practically begs to be sessioned.

D: A well-done Dunkel, exactingly to-style, that's flavourful and exceedingly drinkable. It isn't complex or inventive, but does something simple and orthodox so well that it's more than worthwhile.

11-07-2011 02:14:42 | More by Kartoffeln
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Luigi

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%

Pours a rich amber color, plenty of carbonation bubbles. The head is two finger a first then settles down to a thick lace around the glass. Retention is great!

The aroma is thick with sweet malts and sweet soft wheat. There is a touch of hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with a dry slightly hopped finish. Some of the malt lingers.

Overall this is a great Lager! Need I say more!

11-03-2011 02:38:37 | More by Luigi
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jizfiasco

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

04-22-2011 22:25:37 | More by jizfiasco
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KenC

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

03-05-2011 00:45:02 | More by KenC
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear light brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - breads/grains, malts, raisins, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels very light on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of malts paired with breads and grains. There are also fruity notes of apples and dark fruits. (raisins?) The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - out of all of the Der Hirsch Brau beers I've tried so far; I think I enjoyed this one the most. Pretty flavourful and definitely sesionable.

01-24-2011 18:15:09 | More by spinrsx
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Holzar-Bier looks dark, but it's not the least hostile to light. Its submissively clear body allows highlights to run-a-muck of its supposedly dusky complexion, trumping the raisin-y tone with near glittering flashes of tawny, ruby and a bottom-laying golden kindling. Its head is hardly more than a mist but manages to mark the glass with tiny sudsy scratches.

The aroma is faintly - but pleasantly - sweet. It is something like a cognac or sherry reduction, a sugar-rich concentrate with dark fruit intonations and a certain earthiness gained from musty, resiny hops. And, distinct to the style, there's also the impression of grains toasting in an oven which adds some volume as well as sumptuous bready notes.

That taste of toasty, dark, grainy, wholesome bread crusts runs over this thing like the bulls of Pamplona. Dark fruits and Skor bar trail behind and, having passed over the palate last, linger there the longest. There's more of those resiny notes too. But none of this is as rich as it sounds, however, because the flavours are diluted by a few parts water.

Which, despite thinning out flavours that might otherwise be decadent, does at the same time make the beer that much more easily quaffed. The sweetness never becomes cloying and disappears faster than a cheap friend ducking out when the check comes. And the unconventional aftertaste of prunes doesn't distract much from its clean lager character.

I decided to open Holzar-Bier tonight because its label has a guy out in the snow chopping wood and I, in the midst of snowy, sub-freezing temperatures, have opted to light a fireplace. Turns out the beer is just as suited to the occasion as the label. Then again, a crisp and flavourful lager like this is appropriate for any time of the year.

Pretty much all German lagers are engineered for easy drinking, Munich Dunkels are no exception. In that regard, this get's its job done. As far as being 'characterized by depth and complexity' as the guidelines call for, this leaves something to be desired. In other words, Holzar-Bier is good for drinking, not savoring. Buyers bear that in mind.

01-24-2011 00:30:47 | More by biegaman
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

Bottle from the LCBO, part of a giftpack. 500ml swingtop into a pint glass.

Poured a clear burgundy/brown, with a lofty and dense off-white head. Sticky lace, moderate retention. Nose of light honey sweetness, nuts, woodiness and some fruit esters. Taste is similar, earthy and spicy hops here, something that I guess I perceive as a general 'woodiness.' Toffee malt as well. Good smooth mouthfeel, medium low carbonation. Nice drink.

01-05-2011 00:16:00 | More by liamt07
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slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

Some of the beers I got from this brewery have the ceramic flipup bottle, seen in Grolsch. I know it's a tad gimmicky, but I like it, and am giving a 1/2 point in appearance extra not only for the bottlecap, but also the labels. They are quite beautiful. Anyways, on to the beer.
Pours a dark amber colour with a head that's actually a bit too thick at first, and then rather sneakily diminishes down to nothing. The lace, however, is quite mesmerizing. It slowly creeps down the glass, changing shape. A bit silly, but it's quite fascinating to watch. Bit of an earthy smell. Plenty of grains, and a touch of honey and molasses. Bit biscuity as well. Taste is essentially similar to smell, with some caramel and grassiness in the end. For some reason, this reminds me a little bit of honey oatmeal. I wonder, did they add oats to this beer? It does have a similar smoothness I come to expect from oatmeal stouts. Very creamy, smooth and light bodied. I like Dunkel lagers, and believe they make a great session beer. They may not have strong, bold flavours, but they have good flavours. I would drink this again. I would even seek this out again. Another beer from this brewery that did not disappoint.

01-02-2011 00:31:20 | More by slitherySOB
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

11-28-2010 23:23:02 | More by Viggo
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

A - Light brown in colour. Medium carbonation. Half finger off white head.

S - Mild. Maltiness and caramel come through.

T - Malty, sweet, nice maltiness, some nuttiness.

M - Light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D - Really high. Nice beer. Not overly complex in any way but it would be a great session beer.

11-22-2010 01:27:39 | More by tbeckett
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

11-21-2010 03:44:02 | More by TerryW
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%

The writing on the bottle is all in German, and the Website doesn't help much either, because it is also all German. But none of that matters, because I was concerned with the beer, not what anyone had to say about it. This came from the Der Hirschbrau gift pack that is available right now at the LCBO. And now that I have had this, and all three that come in the pack, I can confidently tell you that this pack is worth your while. You will get a fresh and crisp German Helles Lager, a rich and creamy Doppel Bock, and this, a clean Munich Dunkel.

A Munich Dukel is one of Germany's oldest and most favorite beers, and I know exactly why. Munich Dunkels show all the clean, silky, and fresh malty flavors of a well matured lager, but they are brewed with a portion of darker malts contributing a warming caramel and roast character to the beer that is not normally found in a pale lager. This certainly is not pale, but it is definitely not heavy. A Munich Dunkel will be light on its feet, but will also be able to play with the big boys.

The Holzar Bier came in a 500ml swing-top bottle at 5.2% abv, which is right in the middle of the style's range. This is a really versatile style of beer because of the range of qualities that it possesses. This is a lager, don't mistake it for an ale. So it has been cold matured for a long period of time letting the yeast subtly morph this beer into a clean and easy drinking beer. This is the big difference between and ale and a lager, subtlety. Ale yeast will impart big characteristics to the beer, where a lager yeast lets the malt do the talking, leaving you with a typically clean and fresh beer.

I opened the Holzar cool around 8C (45F) and poured it gently into a tall pint glass. A glowing brown beer flowed easily out of the bottle with a silky consistency building rich foam instntly as it hit the bottom of the glass. I had to slow my pour abruptly at the top as the head was building slowly after the fact. By the time I thought I had finished the pour the head was just getting ready to erupt. So after a bit of an overspill I was left with 2 solid inches of dense, but very fluffy eggshell foam that was hinted amber brown. The beer glistened cleanly briming with golden browns, deep amber and caramel shades, with dark orange and mahogany peering through a transparent and very pretty beer. It shone with dark copper and the creamy and foamy cap of head really finished it off well.

The nose is, as the style dictates, immaculately clean. Its is soft with gentle pale malt aromas and whiffs of soft earthy and herbal hops. Thats about it really. It is superbly clean and fresh, but does have a few hints of toast and caramel that fade in the pack. Really though, its a pale malt aroma that comes though as baked bread and cookies. Very nice, and very soothing.

Drinking the Holzar is perfect, this beer fits the style so well it hurts. Smooth and elegant pale malts and Munich malts sweep in showing warming dough flavors, oatmeal cookies, and fresh, soft and gentle roast. Munich malts are lightly kilned, and show a hint of caramel character that floats in lightly in this beer. Overall it is massively clean though, and any sense of caramel sweetness is very soft and plays behind a general pale malt sensation.

Into the back of the beer glows an earthy hops flavor that adds a touch of bitter and a helpful quenching character. The beer is not close to sugary, sticky or sweet, so the hops can, like the malts, can remain soft. The mouthfeel is generously carbonated, but remains relatively silky with a classic lagered feeling. The finish too is perfect for a lager - clean and tight with a fresh hop end that touches pale malts.

Really the Holzar is light and clean, and you shouldn't expect it to hit you with any big flavors, that is just not its purpose. But it does come to the party with perfectly delicate flavors that give it far more character than a pilsner, or your typical pale lager. This is a great session beer, and would pair excellently with sausages, roast pork or turkey, all sorts of pub fare, or fried foods.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/19/tasting-the-der-hirschbrau-holzar-bier/

11-19-2010 16:35:12 | More by StephenRich
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jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

11-15-2010 03:48:29 | More by jmkoscie
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MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

Bought this in a three-pack because I enjoyed their dopplebock, and what homebrewer doesn't like swing-tops?

Pours a reddish cola colour with an off-white head that shows average retention and minor lacing.

The nose is mostly toasty malt with a hint of floral hops. The taste is sweet and malty, lightly coats the mouth. Toasted/caramel malt with hints of molasses. Very little hop character. Finish is moderately dry considering the sweet flavours.

Lighter-bodied with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, quite pleasant. Not too familiar with the style, but I found this one rather enjoyable.

11-08-2010 06:31:52 | More by MattyV
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

11-04-2010 01:32:21 | More by mintjellie
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

10-31-2010 18:27:11 | More by kwjd
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cpanossian

New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%

0.5L swing top bottle bought at a gas station in Germnay.
Light cola brown color. Light metallic nose. Sweet malty wort taste, but not thick. Quick fizzy head that disappears quickly. Pretty basic pretty delicious. Could be consumed in bulk - like a German session beer.

09-28-2010 19:37:57 | More by cpanossian
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StJamesGate

New York

3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours brown-red with stiff cream white head that's proud of the glass. Nose is roasted chestnuts and stewed apples. Caramel and compote malts with mild spice hops, stale tang throughout. Light, fizzy, no cling.

RB calls this a Keller, which would makes sense, as there's some mustiness going on here. Regardless, still not much to it. Not impressed by this brewer overall.

08-16-2010 00:09:25 | More by StJamesGate
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

500 ml swing-top bottle:

Pours medium brown with dark coppery hues. A thin bubbly off-white head struggles to stay alive, but does so in the form of a slowly vanishing wide patch. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, a touch of honey and some floral notes.

The taste is sweet - caramel and honey - with a slight touch of tart and some tea-like spicing to give it a bitterish touch that fades and leaves a mostly sweet finish. Sweet, but not too sticky.

It has a medium-ish, crisp, smooth body.

I expected it to lean sweet, per the style, but there's a honey-ish sweetness in this one that limits drinkability for me, though I did enjoy the bottle well-enough. A solid, sweet, dunkel lager, though nothing great - it does have some balance - might be better fresher (? - no freshness date).

04-14-2010 20:58:09 | More by jwc215
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours a deep, clear copper-cola color. The medium sized head has a light brownish-tan tint and a modestly dense, foamy texture. Retention is middling, with a few rings of decent lacing.

S: A toasty/bready, malty aroma up front. A fairly robust earthy/nutty note is also present, along with a standard herbal/musty German hop presence.

T: Moderately sweet, toasted bread maltiness. Earthy and nutty, with lesser notes of caramel. A balanced hop bitterness arrives with herbal/spicy flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is perky and fairly crisp. A refreshing, spicy dryness into the finish.

D: Not particularly exciting, but a very tasty drinker. Mouthfeel and drinkability are strong suits, and this is a beer that adds up to more than its individual parts. Recommended to anyone who enjoys dark lagers.

03-29-2010 01:34:52 | More by Clydesdale
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Domingo

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

Had this at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas).
Pours a deep brown color with a head that gets big fast, but settles down to a normal sheen just a quickly.
Toasty sweet dark bready flavors with a hint of chocolate and molasses. Flavor starts sweet bun finishes dry.
Easy drinking and generally pretty tasty.
Not the best dunkel, nor the worst. Just a good example that's right in the middle of the pack. Still with so few making it to the US, this is definitely a good bet for anyone who likes the style and doesn't have the ability to fly to Bavaria every time they want one!

01-17-2010 18:31:57 | More by Domingo
Holzar-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
83 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.