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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
88
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2003)
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Reviews by DerAtomsmasher:
Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm kind of confused here. I gotta say, the gold standard, for better or worse, for Hefeweissen for me is Franziskaner. My bottle, purchased at an area Whole Foods, wasn't as cloudy as I'm used to for a German Hefe.

Also, while there was a little bit of clove spice, the initial taste was pretty dry & tart; a little bit of lingering pear sweetness. Mouthfeel was rather astringent.

Not terrible, but a little dry for my liking & I wouldn't get it again if I were hankering for a Hefe; was surprised to see it with such a high Alstrom rating.

DerAtomsmasher, Jan 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – The body was dark yellow with some orange tinge to it. The head was small and went down quickly. For a weissbier it seems pretty flat. There’s not a lot going on in the glass.

Smell – There’s some light fruitiness to this one, mostly light oranges and melons, but not much else.

Taste – The flavor profile isn’t bad here. The fruits come out bigger on the tongue, and there is a presence of yeast.

Mouthfeel – The flat nature of this hefeweisse was disappointing, but the refreshing dryness was right on style.

Drinkability – I’ll drink this one but probably won’t buy another.

RoyalT, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Appearance: Stable dense two fingers of froth sit on top of the brew, just what I expect from a hefe. Super cloudy orange tan hue.

Smell: Smells of fresh lemon and orange zest with a spiciness of clove. Bready malt mingles with some ripe fruitiness of pears and plantains.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smoothness is near perfect with a creamy malty medium body. An abundance of ripe fruit clashes with a spicy clove character. Quick pucker of a lemon with a big burst of wheat malt. The dusty yeast does not get in the way and actually adds some depth, long lingering after taste of spicy wheat malt shows some sweetness.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one stellar Hefeweisse, a close second to Weihenstephaner in my opinion. I paired this with some apple juice marinated extra thick pork chops and grill asparagus.

Jason, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, .09 oz swingtop bottle purchased today at Wines of Distinction, Abingdon, Virginia, for $2.65. Served chilled into a large Kapuziner weizen glass, the initial pour produces a clear marigold body with plenty of small bubbled, lively carbonation. Immense, snowwhite head is several inches tall, and retains quite well. Island chain lacing is abundant. Final pour, with the yeast swirled in, produces a murky tan yellow body with a reinvigorated white head.

Aroma is inviting, with lemonzest, pear skins, plantains, coriander, and notes of white pepper, earthy yeast, and wheat malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and round, with moderate carbonation.

Taste is excellent for style. Citrusy lemonzest, orange esters, a hint of banana, spicy coriander and white pepper, all intermingle politely with a note of bittering, grassy hops. Earthy and spicy yeast contributes to the lively character. Finish is earthy, spicy, and clean.

This is one of my favorite Hefe Weizens. Very well balanced, and has a nice blend of tastes for the style that is extremely drinkable.

merlin48, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mid sized, swing top bottle. Pours light straw and cloudy, head was white,but it departed, leaving no film , no bubbles, no lacing, no nothing. Lemony nose. bananas, cloves, lemon , yeast notes. Some soft hops well in the background. Subtle flavors, soft and refreshing. OK stuff, but not the best of the style- certaintly, but still worth a try.

Billolick, May 28, 2004
Photo of locckdown
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

locckdown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Thrasher
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled some Hirschbrau beers when they first made it into the country not too long ago. They were victims of the trans-Atlantic journey and subsequently were hit or miss. This one is very much a hit. Gorgeous sunny golden color, crystal clear upon first pour, then tawny and lush on the second. Big blossoming head that fades. The bottle is no slouch either, a picturesque wheat-cutting scene and a welcome diversion from most other German packages that are typically no-nonsense. This is a fine hefe, right in the middle of the road for the style, perhaps veering a little towards the light/krystal end of the spectrum. Beeswax aroma. Apples, caramel, brown sugar, lemon all part of the generous flavor. Assertively refreshing, superbly balanced with a more prominent hop than is typically found in Bavarian weissebiers. Mouthfeel soft and velvety although not super-lustrous. I am a weissebier nut, so you might thing my review is skewed favorably. That may be, but consider it in a different way: I have tried a lot of Bavarian wheat beers and this stands up there with the best of them.

Thrasher, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of BranfordBound
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL jug like swing top brown bottle, no best before date. Poured into a weizen glass, of course.

Pours a very lovely dirty gold with a nice finger and a half head. Densely cloudy. Lots of scattered carbonation but not too much lacing.

Smells like a weizen with some wit notes. Sweet and soft wheat, definite strong clove. A nice ripe banana mixed with a small coriander.

Starts with a strong wheat taste. This transitions into a small banana note and a strong lemony/citrus note which is probably derived from the small addition of hops. Finishes with a pretty noticeable clove taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty wet, nice and soft with the carbonation to break it up.

Very drinkable, a juicy and thirst quenching hefe. Soft on the palette and refreshing.

BranfordBound, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw colour. The Carbonation was apparent from the moment I heard the satisfying "pop" upon opening this brew. Two fingers of prickly, white head. Quickly dissipated, leaving just little polka dots of lacing. Inviting, in a cloudy sort of way!

S: Citrus and cider right away, then a very pungent yeasty aroma. Cloves, and possibly a hint of coriander. Did not smell banana as some other reviewers did.

T: Wow. There's the very distinct plantain taste. It hits just after cloves, and the brew finishes with a lemony bite. Very refreshing, and complex. Spice does overshadow the grains a bit. The yeast comes through, as well. A bit wild.

M: A fairly light body, as can be expected of the style. Perhaps a touch too watery, at least for my taste. For what it is, this works well enough. The carbonation is prickly, as I expected, but not obtrusive. Nice.

O: A very easy beer to drink, if you're a fan of the style. Narrowly avoids falling into the trap of over-spicing, as many hefes do. The complexity was a real treat, though. The fruity tastes and aromas were great. Would like a beer with better head-retention, though. There were no signs of foam before my glass was half-empty (and I'm no sipper!). I prefer this hef to Weihenstephaner's, which may be some sort of sin around these parts. Just not a fan of beer that gets the majority of it's flavor from the spices, I suppose. Pretty damn good overall. Would buy again for sure

Fuzzycuffs, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of jmz62565
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange with a giant white foamy head that leaves some lacing. The smell is pungent with lemon,citrus,wheat,bread yeast,and some other fruity aromas. The taste has a real fruity flavor,apples,lemon,bananas,wheat, and a sweet malt flavor.The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. Not a bad beer,but nothing really exciting either.

jmz62565, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A style I like, though not the best representative of it. Unfiltered look with big soapy head. Carbonation is right there. Bannana and a spicy edgyness to this. Not as smooth as I would like, but good for a bannana tasting and dominated beer.COuld be thicker mouthfeel.

Sammy, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very cool 0.5L flip top bottle with a neat depiction of a German farmer harvesting wheat. I poured in about 3/4ths of the beer, then swirled the rest around to get all of the yeast and topped off my imperial pint glass. I got about three and a half fingers worth of head that dropped within a minute to a thin layer of fine bubbles, and there were lots of what looks like pepper flakes in the beer (I'm assuming that this is the yeast from the bottom of the bottle).

The nose on this one is sweet, very yeasty, and a little fruity. I am reminded of Juicy Fruit gum, the way it smells when you drive by Dunkin' Donuts, and those big muffins with bananas and nuts baked in.

Tastes a bit like glazed donuts, banana muffins, and other bakery items (I can't quite put my finger on what else). I don't really taste either of the "beer" tastes (no malt or hops). The finish is very sweet, but sort of dry at the same time, and there are hints of nutmeg and maybe just a little cinammon in the aftertaste. This is one of those beers that, after a sip and swallow, you want to suck the taste from your cheeks. IMHO, the finish is more rich and satisfying than the initial flavor with this brew.

This one is decently carbonated; thick and fuzzy on the tongue, and the alcohol only makes it self known when the beer gets close to room temp.

I am not very familiar with the style, but I don't think that this would be thirst quenching in the summer (as what I've heard is the case with hefe's). This is very good, but probably not my thing. The taste is very interesting, and I believe that this would work well as a desert beer, but the sweetness is a little too much for me.

pmcadamis, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Der Hirschbrau's weissbier is cloudy and yellowish in color with a bright white head that holds fairly well (buoyed by the effervescent bubbles rising from beneath) and leaves some nice lace. The aroma displays a distinct "hefe" character with some banana, clove, and lemon zest. The body is light-medium with a crisp effervescence from natural conditioning. The flavor delivers the typical weizen flavors as well, with some mild green banana and a touch of spicy clove over a wheatish base that's balanced by a solid bitterness. Overall a pretty decent, lighter and slightly tart version that's easy to drink and refreshing.

NeroFiddled, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of RickS95
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial pour was very clear and very disappointing. I thought I'd swirled it enough to stir up the yeast, but I didn't. Gave it another try and was rewarded with the cloudy gold I'd been looking for. The head was thick and bright white, with nice retention.

Smells like all hefes should. Some lemon mixed in with some cloves and some banana all living with the expected tangy wheat scent.

Taste follows the lead set by the smell. Slight citric overtones mixed in with the tangy, crisp wheat. Has a breadiness to it, almost cracker-like. A bit of lemon dancing with the cloves in the finish. Almost no hop presence. As it warms, there is a contrasting sourness that makes all the other flavors really stand out.

Very smooth, a bit of sweetness. Definitely appropriate levels of spice. Slight tart acidity mixes well with the acid from the lemon, and all the acid is tempered well by the slightly sweet, gently tart wheat. Medium body. Crisp, tangy, clean finish.

One of the best hefes out there and while I'm not overly enthused about a lot of German beers, this is one I could drink every night. It could use more alcohol, but it's very drinkable and overall, one of the best of the type.

RickS95, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +2%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Lugenbeast, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Backer2004
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this as a half liter bottle with a pop top for $2.99. Poured a huge head that lost its fizz fast. By drinking this out of a liter stein, the smells of orange and vanilla is overwhelming. One of the better hefes I've tried in quite a while. would be a great session bee ron a hot summer day. This was one of the cheaper half liter bottle sat the store, but I was impressed.

Backer2004, May 14, 2005
Photo of KTCamm
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle with rubber stopper into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with qucik disappearing foam.

Wheaty smell, mild banana smell. Flavorful wheaty taste, very smooth. Strong carbonation. Slightly sour finish.

Quite tasty, very pure. Enjoyed mightily.

KTCamm, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a way cool .5L bottle with a double cool swig top lid. The pale straw liquids cloudy and well carbonated. I big white fluffy head rises fast and falls slowly, it looks like a whipped topping. Very nice.

Smell is very nice and fruity, the aroma is very strong as it rises to great my nose. This beer smells of light mixed fruit, not so much banana, some spice but not enough cloves.

The taste is about the same as the smell had signaled, some light mixed fruit and a little clove, also come lemon.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, the carbonation is good and crisp. The body is medium at best.

Drinkability is also very good, put this one down as a great summer cooler. Drink midday as you take a break from work or have lunch. It is very light and refreshing

MuenchenerKindl, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy, but bright yellow/orange that produced a nice white head that evaporated in a matter of seconds into nothing, not even a thin cap. Given the carbonation levels of most Hefeweizens, I would have expected the head to hold up better than it did.

The aroma of the beer was better than expected, full of wheat with a hint of sweetness and citrus.

The taste of the beer is just about as good as it gets. I certainly think that it rivals some of the best of the style. Wheat with some citrus hop. Very good!

The beer had a lighter body/feel to it. The beer was very easy to drink, very refreshing and extremely smooth. Overall, a very fine beer, as noted above I was disappointed with the head of the beer, but I am going to give this one another chance.

PhillyStyle, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Franchise
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hefe pours a tan orange color from a brown flip-top bottle. It leaves a 2in thick head that stays on the glass with a nice lace. The smell is of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. This beer tastes smoothe, it is one of the best Hefeweisse I've ever tasted. It leaves a great grapefruit, orange, and lemon tart taste on the palate. Very good, would pair well with a lightly season grilled chicken breast topped with a fruit reduction.

Franchise, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of GimmeAles
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pour surprisingly clear, shimmering gold with a billowing but short-lived head which leaves little to no lacing. Disappointing for a Hefe which should have and maintain a massive, fluffy head.

Tart, lemony wheat in the nose with a backing of clove. Soft floral herbal-ness.

On the tongue it's estery and tart upfront with the expected clove spice, and a small hit of banana and vanilla sweetness. A flash of chalky yeast and more soft leafy hoppy and fruity character.

Super creamy mouthfeel and medium-to-light carbonation carries the vanilla character well and lends a fuller body for the lowish ABV. Nice, very drinkable and complex Hefe, this is the kind of complexity I feel most non-German examples are lacking.

GimmeAles, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brassy-orange coloring shows a light protein haze with an explosive effervesce. Off white head, bready, quickly dimishes leaving a clean window dressing.

S: The nose is dry wheat with dry oranges that was fairly simple in execution and refrained strength wise. Simple, balanced, but nothing that will make your mouth water in anticipation. At the end of the day an ordinary show which I expected more from.

T: The flavor was spicy, dry and crisp, with a yeastiness of bananas and cloves. Lemony grain finish that was slightly tart, but well balanced. Flashes of dry oranges, wheat with a spicy bite of hops (tastes like goldings) at knockout.

M: dead on per style, tight, crisp and bubbly feel with a good fluid motion when swirled.

O: Overall a decent drinking, laid back hefe, but nothing that will knock you out flavor wise. A more quiet, subtle and enjoyable drink for the casual occasion. Worthy a try.

beerthulhu, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of dvanhandel
4/5  rDev +2%

dvanhandel, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm an unabashed fan of heeweizens and lately I've had a bit of a tough time finding new offerings to try out. So when I spotted Der HirschBrau's hefeweizen on the shelf at World of Beverages in Norwalk, CT I grabbed one up, noting there was no freshness date on the label.
Once I got back home to SoCal I plucked my trusty Paulaner weissbier glass from its shelf space and poured away. What I got was a murky wet-straw colored brew topped by a momentarily large white head. The head couldn't stay long as the carbonation level seemed lower then in others of the style.
The smell had a solid malt aroma with an easily identifiable wheat element to it. What was missing were the notes of banana and clove. Some light fruitiness in the form of apple was present.
So I take a pull and another and realize the flavors I've come to know and love in my favorite hefeweizens are seriously muted or just non-existant in this beer. Bananas? Nope. Clove? Nada. The grains are very present as is the yeast and there was a faint nip of hops in the finish. The feel was light, a bit thin, but crisp.
Overall, Der HirschBrau's weissbier struck me as leaning closer to an American wheat beer than a German version of the hefeweizen style. Still, it was pretty quaffable on what turned out to be a warm day. If you like your hefeweizens minus the lush banana-and-clove taste and aroma, this is your beer. If you're like me and love 'em full of those flavors, you'll probably be mildly disappointed here.

Boilermaker88, Apr 21, 2006
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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.