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Holzar-Bier - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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147 Ratings
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L swingtop bottle into nonic.

Deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A one finger off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is pretty light except for some strong brown sugar notes.

Toasty malts with a little bit of a nutty flavor, mixed in with some sweet cocoa. A little bit of creaminess shows up in the middle. The finish is a bit of lingering toastiness and cocoa.

Not a bad MDA, although this one is a touch on the sweeter side. Recommended.

Photo of giblet
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely into the glass with one inch of head. nice steady carbonation. smells of spuds and bread. decent flavor and body in the mouff. not too bad of a beer but not as much color and flavor as i had expected. would like to try closer to home.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Holzar poured a dark brown with a quick dissipating foam head that left some suds on the side of the glass. Came from John's Market with the flip top lid no freshness date.

The aroma was of slightly roasted malts with a grape smell.

The taste was pretty malty with a medium body and light bitterness. It had a semi dry finish with moderate carbonation in the brew. Overall it is an enjoyable beer. 3 or 4 on a hot day would be wonderful.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in Las Vegas, was excited because of the cool label.

A: Very cool swing top bottle and loud pop when opened. Poured a deep mahogany color with a thick, billowy off white head that sticks around quite nicely. Looks similar to many dopplebocks. Interesting.

S: Honey, some hoppy smells, mainly just malty smells. Slight caramel hints as well. Smells very good.

T: Has a distinct sweetness to it. Very honeylike in flavor, very subdued and very little bitterness. Slight hop bite at the end. Slightly metallic taste though is a bit offsetting.

M: Very crisp in the mouth. Nice carbonation. Goes down very smooth and easy.

D: This beer is very drinkable and would make a great session beer if I could get ahold of it more frequently. There is a slightly off metallic taste to it though, and that is a bit offsetting, but all in all a really tasty beer.

Photo of rking
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While pouring this into a plain pint glass t had a light amount of white head. The smell is pretty plain with no real mouth watering aromas. The beer itself is very light but has a nice bitterness after every sip. All around a sold beer with a nice dark amber color. .

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Emptied from a half liter, pop top bottle into a pint glass. Big white head that is foamy and dense and rocky. Nice staying power. Plenty of lacing as well. The head stays at one finger for nearly the entire drinking of the beverage.

Very nice, malty aroma. Fresh cooked oatmeal or warm cereal come to mind in the aroma. Somewhat bready. Maybe even some fresh boiled baby potatoes in the aroma as well. According to the label, this beer was made according to the German Purity Law so potatoes as an ingredient are out of the question, but that was the aroma I got.

More boiled potato in the flavor as well. Not sure if that is a flaw in this style as I am not too familiar, but I dont think it really tastes bad. Slight hop presence with a touch of bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel and damn near full bodied. A really like the maltiness of this one. Its not a caramel malt or roasted malt, but just a nice solid, I would assume Munich malt flavor. Very nice. Glad I picked this one up.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber. Nose is mild. Slight grainy edge. A touch of malts. A bit of sweetness to it. Flavor has a good body to it with a thick malt influence that provides a hearty experience. Feel is pretty good with a slightly lower than average amount of carbonation. Drinakble, sure. I can't classify this as a great beer though. Even if you pass on trying it, you might not really be missing out on much.

Photo of bark
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of cabsandking
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown color with amber highlights, a thin foam ring, and barely existent top lace. Light malt aroma with a fruity floral hop layer, faint aromas overall. Really smooth, thickish, slightly oily mouthfeel. Deep roasted malts and burnt caramel, slight prune and raison, tart fruitiness from the hop bill with a bitter spiciness developing midway. Balanced well overall. Prune and charred sugar sweetness for a finish.

Photo of JBogan
2.68/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of SirChugsAlot
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark brown color that reminds me of coke with a nice head that goes away fairly slow but leave no lacing at all and doesn't stick around until the bottom of the glass. smells of malts and caramel. taste is malty with a touch of bitterness that dances on the tongue. it lingers in your mouth for a little while before leaving you wanting more. I enjoy this beer and would have another one!

Photo of Slatetank
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a1/2 litre swingtop brown bottle w/o freshness date into a goblet.

A - A very attractive deep brown w/ amber highlights w/ a creamy white head. The 1 finger head stays for a while until it gradually leaves smatterings of lace.

S - Big Vegetal Smell!, like cooked peas or asparagus. A light nut aroma with roasted malts swimming under the surface.

M - Rich, full and creamy -round softness with good carbonation. There is a semi-dry fnish with some residual sugars.

T - The vegetal flavors are here also, otherwise great flavors at the introductory sip. Nutty caramel w/ a not too sweet/light spice flavor and a tinge of wood. A subtle metallic taste lingers, but the well cooked pea taste stays on for the full ride.

D - Pretty easy to quaff, light & creamy and not too sweet. I would drink this with peas and asparagus next time to see which it tastes more like. It might bring out some of the beers muted qualities as well.

Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright, amber brown beer with a thick head, which collapses very slowly.

Smell is very malty and has some sulfuric notes, a typical German smell. Some light hoppiness is also present.

Taste is malty, again with the sulfuric and husky taste. The dark, caramel malts give the beer a woody, marmelade and light husky taste. Also something that reminds me of wort and biscuit, even some chocolate. I guess these are the burned malts which give a maltbitter. Mouthfeel is good, dry and not sticky. Drinkability is almost perfect, roasty and dry, which make the beer go down very easily.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rustic and transparent brown hue, topped by a bubbly three inch head that dissipates to about half an inch in a minute or two when poured into a pilsner glass.

S: A sweet and grainy malt nose, somewhat of a clean profile, and a bit of light hoppiness as well, almost grassy.

T: A pretty well-balanced taste, however weak each side may be. Malt presence is subtle, and shows itself at the introduction, followed by a watery and carbonated middle washing into a light hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M: Carbonated appropriately, but a rather light-bodied beer with flavors that don't overpower.

D: Due to this, the drinkability would definitely make it easy to kick a few of these back, and could serve as an "old standby" kind of beer, but nothing too spectacular. Still, a fresh and refreshing German beer like this, brewed to the Reinheitsgebot, can be hard to turn a nose up at.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was actually a bit of a suprise with how good it was. Poured a deep dark brown with a huge billowing white head that settled down to reveal some subtle lacing that was quite nice. Smell was of caramel, grains, and breads, yeast primarily. Taste was typical brown lager. Some subtle spiceness, great all around flavor. Lots of earthy tones, with a ever so slight sweetness. Mostly malts on this one. This was a decent beer, extremely sessionable and a samn fine call. A corked bottle to makes it a nice treat!

Photo of jkaufman
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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...

Photo of russpowell
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
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..

Photo of mattpetti
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.33/5  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.

Holzar-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
83 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.