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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
87
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.79%
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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RochefortChris

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +28.2%

03-31-2013 02:41:26 | More by RochefortChris
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mdavidson

Washington

5/5  rDev +28.2%

08-14-2013 03:28:21 | More by mdavidson
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konigstiger

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

10-19-2013 18:25:30 | More by konigstiger
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 22:15:17 | More by Jason
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml swing-top bottle, poured into weizen glass:

Pours straw yellow - more hazy than clouded. A thin white bubbly head doesn't hold as long as expected, with minimal lacing.

The smelll is of strong banana - like a frozen banana candy. Clove and mild floral notes lend a nice spicing, while allowing banana to come through powerfully.

The taste is of sweet banana candy - banana strong. Clove, a mild floral touch and a citric tart touch give balance to the sweetness in the finish. Banana lingers through aftertaste.

Crisp and effervescent while maintaining a fuller light-body. Carbonation seems right, so I'm surprised that head doesn't hang on longer. Very smooth and refreshing.

A classic hefeweizen! Outside of rather lackluster appearance, this is what a solid hefeweizen should be - banana-ish, with clove and slight tart giving balance to sweetness. A refreshing, delicious, smooth HW!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 17:06:24 | More by jwc215
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Thrasher

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 14:18:18 | More by Thrasher
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foxyaardvark27

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

03-14-2013 05:42:32 | More by foxyaardvark27
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

07-22-2012 23:56:44 | More by st9647v3
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ATPete

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

02-20-2012 23:29:06 | More by ATPete
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tard24

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

12-31-2013 11:57:45 | More by tard24
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RickS95

Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 02:07:30 | More by RickS95
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RealityDeviant

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16.9 oz. brown bottle obtained from Once Upon A Vine. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: This beer pours a dull, semi-cloudy orange with a healthy whitish head that dissipates with some speed. Hints of yellow come through where the light penetrates the brew. It certainly looks mellow and refreshing, like any good hefe weizen should.

Smell: A pleasant melange of orange and lemon peel with a spicy, bready undertone. I also detected hints of banana and peaches.

Taste: The sweet, fruity flavors in the beer are balanced out by the bit of spice. Bananas and peaches dance about the tongue with vanilla until supplanted by some sourness towards the end. A slightly mouth-puckering taste of lemon zest finishes the brew while orange lingers in the background.

Mouthfeel: Although it has a relatively thin body and is only moderately carbonated, the brew comes off as very creamy and goes down smoothly as one could hope for. Absolutely refreshing.

Drinkability: I think this is one of the best hefe weizens I’ve had in awhile. It does not have the obtrusive yeastiness that some hefes and witbiers can have. This has the makings of a great summer brew. I’ll be looking forward to trying this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2005 01:03:13 | More by RealityDeviant
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce brown flip-top bottle. No freshness date to be seen.

Thick and sturdy two-fingers of lacing on this one after an aggressive pour. Nice and murky with a yellow-orange colour. Aromas rich in fresh citrus zest mixed with clove. The malty goodness plays well with this. Smooth as a Weissbier could be. A great melding of the lemon and orange hints, banana, and clove goodness intertwined with the malty goodness.

A fantastic find, overall. I am disappointed I am only now trying this one after many trips to the Bier store and passing this offering in the past. I have had better in Bavaria, sure. But this is a fantastic offering.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 23:25:57 | More by goindownsouth
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Kookiekwan

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden/orange has a two finger head with good retention and very little lacing. The aroma is of orange zest and clove with some wheat malt far in the back. The taste is initially of spicy wheat but the clove and fruit( orange,grapefruit) flavor dominate this beer. The beer is medium bodied smooth and creamy.

Reflection: This is by far my favorite Hefe Weizen, I like to buy locally but unfortunately for us I haven't found this beers equal anywhere in the U.S.. If you like the style it's a must try!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 22:38:42 | More by Kookiekwan
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice light golden, cloudy of yeast, just what you expect of of a good Hefeweizen. Three fingers of hits bubbly head, recedes fast and leaves no lacing.
The smell is light and fruity. Lemon, orange, tart.
The Tate is a fruity beginning, with orange and citrus. The middle brings wheat and yeast for balance. The end is a nice tart and a little kick of hops.
Very good mouthfeel, very refreshing and drinkable.
Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:46:02 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Lupe

New York

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark yellow with orange hues. Nice sized white head left behind good lace. Aroma of citrus, bready malt, and spicy clove. Flavor contains lots of fruit, light banana, citrus and a lemon zestiness leading the way. Definatly got some bubble gum flavors; I've heard others describe this but never tasted it myself. Bready wheat malt and spice (clove) round things out and linger on the palate. Smooth and creamy with a medium body, but it retains the signature hefe crispness and refreshing characteristics. Highly drinkable, great flavor but not overpowering. A great hefe.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 22:39:52 | More by Lupe
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allengarvin

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had some bad luck with swing-top carbonation lately, but this one popped off with lots of pressure and poured a very cloudy orange-amber color with over an inch of foam atop. Good phenolic nose with sweet, grainy wheat notes. Lots of clove notes, somewhat light on the fruit, with moderate bitterness (a little more bitter than most German examples) and unusually good malt flavor. Lots of carbonation with otherwise medium body.

Definitely on the more phenolic end of the spectrum, this reminds me of Franziskaaner. It's kind of halfway between the Spaten Franziskaaner hefe and dunkel. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 22:40:56 | More by allengarvin
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 20:55:09 | More by KTCamm
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Ed2

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +9%

07-07-2014 13:08:42 | More by Ed2
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Vylo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

11-13-2012 03:45:49 | More by Vylo
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9%

05-12-2013 19:59:16 | More by BeerForMuscle
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 17:36:56 | More by PhillyStyle
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Franchise

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 23:14:07 | More by Franchise
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Fuzzycuffs

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 08:20:18 | More by Fuzzycuffs
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HogHill

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flip top half liter botte, paid $2.85 at Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA.

Appearance: filled my weizen glass with a translucent golden body that supported a very thick head.

Aroma: great banana and clove scents, no doubt about this one it smells like a top notch hefeweizen.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Like the nose, this one has a slightly fruity flavoring of banana and the malts lend a bit of sweetness too. The finish is crisp part in due to the spicy phenols and the effervescence. It feels medium bodied, and the carbonation is at a medium level.

Drinkability: this was a super refreshing beer, and at 4.7% abv one you can session all weekend long.

Overall: a solid hefeweizen that I will come back to again and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 20:03:10 | More by HogHill
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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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