Neuschwansteiner - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of Jason
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Very bright golden hue, nice clarity. Thick two fingers of froth form and leave a semi-sticky white lace.

Smell: Sweet bready malt, hints of honey and noble hops.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Incredibly smooth with a creamy moderate body, ample crispness from the carbonation. Fresh malt flavors, with an underlying hoppiness that comes though to balance. Sweet malt becomes juicy in the middle with more hop flavor. Ends semi-dry with a long malt-hop finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Wow, quite impressive. You really don’t come by lagers like this too often. Paired well with some mild Munster cheese and country ham.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a honey tinged light golden color with a fluffy one finger white head atop.Grainy withiron notes in the nose,light toast a faint sweetness as well.Quite dry on the palate with that toasted grain element coming thru,faint vanilla tinged sweetness with slightly detected sour bite in the finish.Not bad,not very complex but it's great while outside grilling on a kick ass autumn like today gearing up for uopefully another Tiger beat down of the Yankees tonight.

Photo of RoyalT
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Pale yellow in color with little head. Flat and unappealing.

Smell – There’s a very light malt aroma and a tinge of some type of sweetness, but you really have to work to find it.

Taste – It seems like they have the flavor formula down right, but it’s not done very well. The tastes of the style are there. There’s the soft malt followed by the dry hops, but the package is off.

Mouthfeel – Flat and kind of watery. It does have the dry finish that it’s supposed to have, so I guess it’s not a total loss.

Drinkability – Sorry I couldn’t be more constructive here, but this was a real disappointment.

Photo of merlin48
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz swingtop bottle pours a clear, pale yellow body. Plenty of carbonation is in evidence but there is barely any head and very little patch lace.

Aroma features noble hops that have a floral essence, on top of a sweet malt underbelly.

Mouthfeel is evenly balanced, smooth and creamy, with medium carbonation and a light body.

Taste is slightly sweet with a pale and Munich maltiness. Noble hops lend a delicate balance, and seem floral, as well as herbal. Some sulfur, euroskunk, hop flavors are in the background.

An interesting lager, but not distinctive. The maltiness seems to have a macro essence, and the euroskunk sulfur component is a turnoff. Still, a well rounded Helles lager that is worth a try.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Part of the LCBO's winter HirschBrau gift set. A lovely bottle design on the front, probably the kind of beer Mad King Ludwig would have envisioned being served at has castle.

Poured into the accompanying Neuschwansteiner glass, which I think is of the "stange" variety (definitely well-suited for a koelsch, at any rate). Deep golden, slightly opaque, leaves behind a thin head with some flecks of lacing. I must say this is a rather limp looking brew, nothing zippy or exciting about it. Little visible carbonation, pours a bit soupy. Already looks flat. A vigorous swirl to fill the glass a second time did little to spring some life into things. Pity.

Nose is decidedly more pleasant, with lemon, herbal hops, Munich malts, a nice grainy, farmland feel to it.

Tastes like a sweet German pilsner, with the emphasis on a solid malt profile and lemon/herbal hops. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but there is certainly nothing artificial to this brew.

The whole thing feels rather flat and watery, not really doing it for me. Carbonation provides the occasional zip of flavor, but generally it feels flat and lifeless. I'm actually wondering if the brew's gone a bit past its prime, but it's only been in the fridge for a day or two and the gift set was a recent purchase, with the hefeweizen tasting and feeling just fine the night before. So I'm not really sure that's the problem. But, since I'm obligated to base my review on what I have in front of me, rather than what I think it should have been, this one missed the mark.

I really have to stress that this was not a poor-tasting brew. It's quite flavorful and has most of the things I'm looking for in a Munich helles. However, the poor appearance and lifeless body reveal one of two things: that Neuschwansteiner doesn't ship well to Ontario (and hopefully tastes better in its native Southern Germany), or this beer is simply not among the brewery's best. Since I so enjoyed their bock and hefeweizen imports, I'm going to lean towards the latter.

Photo of Thrasher
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New import. Accidentally got 2 bottles since they had slightly different labels and I didn't look close enough to see they were the same. Don't know which one was fresher either. Both seemed slightly off. Quite expensive and turned out to be pretty run-of-the-mill. Clear golden yellow, good vibrant head, vague stale skunky aroma. A couple dark flecks of what looked like dead insect in one of the bottles. What the heck is that? The other one, which has a freshness date of 25.11.2002, was a bit skunkier. All in all, not much character, a standard Bavarian lager, smooth & rounded but lacking in taste - not unpleasant though. Slightly creamy, very bubbly. I'm sure this has been damaged by time and travel; surprising since this was a new arrival at the store. One bottle had noticeably less beer than the other before opening. Some very good qualities but just very little flavor. The Der Hirschbrau line of beers is brewed by Privatbrauerei Hoss. 4.7% abv.

Photo of mintjellie
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw in colour showing brilliant clarity. The thick pillow of head that tops it settles to a thin layer of bubbles, and laces spottily. Mild aroma of bread and noble hops, a character that I wish would assert itself a bit more. Has that doughy yet neutral flavour a lout of good pilsners possess, but with more residual sweetness. That sweet flavour is somewhat like honey, but nowhere near as sweet as honey. Hop flavour is lemony and grassy, but muted. Mild bitterness.

Feels light and crisp with soft carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling lightly oiled between sips. Balanced and clean, this is a very easy drinking beer. I'd be happy to session on this if it were available on its own in Ontario instead of as part of 3-piece gift set.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, straw gold body beneath a 1/4" head of bright white foam that holds well and leaves rings of craggy lace about the glass. The nose is clean and distinctly malty with just a suggestion of hops in the background. The mouth is medium bodied and crisp. Its wide, bready maltiness dominates the flavor (with some Munich malts); laced with some spicy, floral, and herbal hops; and balanced by a sturdy bitterness. It finishes drying with a residual touch of maltiness and some spicy hops. Very well done!

Photo of DESTRO
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a bright golden with good clarity. half inch head dies almost immediatly. smells strongly of straw/cereal. taste is oddly nutty followed by a good crisp euro lager sweetness. light hopping with a touch of honey. crisp in the mouth and very refreshing. finishes a bit dry. very quenching. i dig.

Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle w/ the rubber stopper into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow with light fogginess. Some white foam that fully dissolves.

Very light malty smell. Fairly plain.

Taste is light clean malt with minimal hop in the background. Very light. Hop really subdued.

Easy drinker. Very good.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L Swing top bottle to a tall glass mug. The Liquid is a very light, er pale, no extremely light pale yellow with good carbonation. The Head is a nice 2 fingers white and leaves some lace.

The smell is slightly toasted biscuit like malt. Really quite bready.

The Taste follows. Very grainy with a light hop finish.

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

The drinkability as very good. Yes indeed I do enjoy a good Hellas and this one fits the bill just right, Prosit, MK

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 16.9oz brown flip-top bottle:

The beer poured a clear, bright golden color that produced a very nice white foamy head, which left some lacing and ultimately dissipated into a thin, spotty cap.

The aroma was possibly one of the best for this style that I have tried, a nice strong sweet bready aroma with just a hint of hops.

The taste of the beer is as expected, but just better than others that I have tried. The beer had a nice, fresh malty/bready flavor that had just enough hops to balance it out. The beer was exceptionally smooth, creamy, and crisp. The beer finished with a nice dry finish.

Overall, this beer is exceptionally easy to drink and should be drunk often. Possibly one of the best lagers that I have ever tried.

Photo of AaronRed
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. Also expensive (for what it is). At first a musty smell eminates as I pour the beer. Faint yellow and clean looking, the smell subsided and a sweeter smell evolved. Pretty much a solid brew. Crisp and clean, faint grain and light malt flavors are upfront. This is a very drinkable brew and you could put back a few if you had enough money. I paid 2.99 for a 16 ounce bottle. Not crazy, but not the best buy for your money.

Photo of Spikester
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a good size white head and some lacings.
Aroma is light malts with a bit of floral hops. No skunk here.
Taste is lightly sweet malt with a nice Euro bitter hop flavor. Medium dry finish.
Smooth and refreshing not overly carbonated.
Good mouthfeel for the style.
A very sessionable beer, but at $3 per bottle it won't qualify.

Photo of livingregret
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 16.9fl oz flip top bottle

Appearance: Poured a very bright golden yellow colour. Nice head though is the only thing I didn't like

Smell: Sweat malts....honey? Very pleasant smell

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing, and crisp. A nice malt comes through w/ a touch of dryness at the end. A touch sweet(not overpowering at all) in the middle makes for a great taste

Drinkability: Great. Easily a quaffable beer that will get you through many a long nights. VERY refreshing Lager that renews my interest in different lagers

Photo of Globetrotter
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a tall brown half-liter bottle with a swing top and a label featuring the namesake castle in the Bavarian alps. The purity law applies. Best before 10/7/04, I opened it on 2/14/04.

Pours a clear pale gold under a one finger off-white head that settles quickly and leaves just a hint of lace. The nose is nice - full of fresh barley. The mouth is medium carbonated and medium bodied. There's a nice smooth barley malt taste, must like a Helles should have. There is very little hops here, though; just smooth malt. I detected no finish, per se, and only the mildest hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. This is not a great beer, but it is certainly perfectly good for drinking.

Photo of mattmaples
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Helles lager. Light malt sweetness balanced light hop character. Nice head but disapates quickly. Very drinkable with a clean finish.

Photo of spinrsx
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear yellow colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation of the beer and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn syrup, hay/straw, slight skunkiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it comes across as slightly watery. Most of the taste is made up breads/grains, corn syrup, and hay/straw. There is also a slight pilsner skunkiness and some very faint hops. It finishes with a grassy slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - Just an average beer.. its highly drinkable but nothing worth seeking out.

Photo of marc77
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tralucent dark straw. Thin, soapy porcelain head manages loose, tattered lace. Soft, grainy malt with hints of husk in aroma. Mellow, doughy underbaked bread. Sharp, grassy hop. Clean and tame aromawise. Bready pilsner malt sweetness upfront is quickly overrun by assertive, but rounded hop bitterness. Little noteable malt character, save a parching, brittle cracker tone. Mild grassy hop flavor with a lemony citric twang. Trace sulfur lends a mild savory, vegetal note. Very well attenuated and brisk in mouthfeel, but only a notch above thin. Quite thirst quenching. Finishes bone dry with quickly fading notes of fresh, sweet grass. A refreshing brew more like a uninspired German Pils than a Helles in overall character. Simple overall and quite lanky in malt backbone. Innocuous and very drinkable, just not terribly exciting.

Photo of liamt07
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO as part of a giftpack. 500ml swingtop into a pint glass. Best before date of May 11, 2011.

Pours a clear pale yellow, with a few dense fingers of head. Sticky lace and moderate retention. To style, I guess. Nose of slightly sweet grain, mild floral hops and not a ton else going on. Taste is similar, and tame. Some subtle noble hops, a dominant pale malt and a weird slimy film that lingered on my mouth and palate for a while. Definitely not attractive at all, did something go wrong? Decent mouthfeel when I got 'used' to that. Medium low carbonation, kinda drinkable I guess. Wasn't a big fan.

Photo of cdizinno
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured into a flute glass from a 0.5 liter pop top as pictured. Label exactly the same except it says "Bavarian Lager" instead of Helles Lager.

A: Slightly hazy, faint lemon color with a decent fluffy white head that fades quickly to a thin film of bubbles.

S: Spices and malt.

T&M: Crisp and bitter. Fairly thin. Some bitter citrus and spices.

Not really that good in my opinion. Nothing exciting in the flavor.

Photo of daliandragon
3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pretty attractive packaging job. I like the tall European flip top cap and the beautiful sky blue label with the famous castle and Bavarian flag but the beer isn't nearly as impressive looking. A pale golden blonde color with head that looks impresive at first but then disappears. The smell is metallic and slightly stank. Overall, its not a very exciting looking beer.
The smell has a mild citrus and metallic tinged flavor, not unpleasant and nicely refreshing with a muted wheat burst as well.The mouthfeel is surprisingly good, not thick or heavy and perfect for quenching. Maybe a touch more carbonation than necessary but not a big problem.
This is a pretty interesting beer, I don't know how it is for the style but its pretty drinkable stuff, not perfect but better than it looks.

Photo of jwc215
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml swing-top bottle, poured into a stein glass:

Pours straw yellow. Quite a bit of carbonation forms a thin, fizzy white head that doesn't hold on for too long. Vanishing dotted lacing slides down glass without sticking.

The smell is of sweet grain with a very mild noble-hop floral touch.

The taste is of sweet grain with a hint of banana-like fruitiness and a slight touch of grass. Some floral dryness balances out sweetness - though remains honey-ish sweet, in the crisp finish.

It has a crisp, smooth light body.

All-in-all, a pretty good rendition of a sweetish, standard, refreshing Helles lager.

Photo of nouseforotacon
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this to try something different at my local store, though I'll readily admit the cheap price tag ($3 for 500 mL) didn't raise my expectations very high. That's not to say that you can't get a solid brew for a bargain, it's just nowhere near the other prices of shelfed brews that my liquor store carries.

I wasn't very impressed with its appearance as it came out. Pale, slightly cloudy, yellow-orange with a small head that rapidly disappeared. Color is a bit murky and dull, not too impressive.

Aroma is a bit off as well. I smell grass and straw, some malt-like features, but overall nothing strong or very pleasing to the nose. Very faint traces of honey as an undertone, but a bit out-of-place and not very sweet to smell.

The taste is pretty standard lager, though a bit watered down in my opinion. ABV % is low, and a non-factor, making this a really easy to drink brew. Carbonation is mild and lingers slightly on the pallette, but nothing too strong. Drinkability is high, as this is an easy to knock back brew. Unfortunately there's nothing too impressive going on here.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright, clear golden color with some light carbonation bubbles. The white head is medium sized, with a moderately dense, foamy texture. Retention is middling, with some irregular rings of lacing.

S: A somewhat zesty nose, with spicy and herbal hop notes. Some husky graininess, with some musty/dusty character. A bit of a metallic edge as well.

T: Moderately malty up front. More grainy/husky than sweet. An unmistakably dusty/musty German character, with spicy and herbal hop flavors joined to a medium bitterness. Slightly metallic and biscuity into the finish.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is medium, but it's impressively done. A pleasantly crisp, dry finish.

D: This is a pleasant Helles lager, but it's a bit roughly grainy and slightly metallic. Still, this is a bright, perky brew that holds up pretty well and has a bit of character.

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Neuschwansteiner from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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