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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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105 Ratings

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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-27-2003

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Photo of katybee
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The attractive stoppered bottle and German import origin were what intrigued me to begin with. But the packaging truly complimented the beer, not disguised it.

The bottle uncorked with a pop like champagne. The color very pale blond, only very subtle haze. An immediate rush of effervescent bubbles came to a thick creamy 1/2" head, inviting the first sip before they quickly dissipated. And the taste, like champagne, was relatively dry, clear clean and crisp.

There was almost no smell, which to me is a plus, for an accompaniment to food. The hops were pungent, and tingly, but not quite the pronounced citrus of some, instead with hints of green apple. The aftertaste on the tongue was slightly oaty, or malty. Drunk as a session beer it might have needed a citrus wedge. But it perfectly complimented my chunky blue cheese and herb bread salad, allowing the flavor of the food to dominate. Very similar to a pinot griggio white wine. I'd also pair it with light flavor foods like fish, chicken, and Italian pasta.

Thumbs up to this dry, drinkable dinner beer.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into wheat glass

a: pale hazy straw yellow, lots of bubbling carbonation, silkey foam head with excellent retention

s: wheat malt dominates, slight hint of banana ester

t: light wheat flavor, clove spicyness late on the palate. Also esters from yeast create a light banana note

m&d: very drinkable beer, good call.


Photo of farrago
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full two finger head of the purest white, almost powdery in texture so tiny are the bubbles, very credible lacing for the beer style. Very light golden straw color but derives a deepening from the cloudiness, fades to near transparency at the rims. Sweet nose of baking spices, lemon meringue pie, mint, granola and wheat cereal, whiffs of apricot or banana yogurt, has a lot more density and center than expected, steady follow-through trumps any need for complexity. Full-bodied, as in the nose texture plays the key role, here round and chewy. Lemon and tangerine citrus much sweeter than bitter, helps to keep those apricot, peach, pineapple, banana flavors at the fore. Steady pulse from the carbonation, comes close to getting foamy but then overall density disperses it. Generous cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg stuff going down. Heavy legged finish, lacks the thirst-quenching quality of the top tier of the type.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Murky yellow, but not enough sediment to generate the brownish color of most hefes. Quarter to half inch of head rises but falls rather quickly to nothing, leaving no lace.

S - A hint of banana aroma but not much. Citrusy wheat malt is dominant. Some clove spice. OK, but nothing more than average.

T - Slight sourness from the wheat with some sweetness creeping in mid palate. Very lemony with a touch of dusty yeastiness. Late palate some clove works it's way in but largely this beer is a showcase of wheat malt. No esters or phenols to speak of. Not bad, but nothing unique.

M - Decent enough, on the light side for a hefeweizen but good moderate to high carbonation.

D - Certainly an easy drinking beer. The slight tartness makes this beer quite crisp and refreshing, but it lacks the seriousness of a good hefeweizen.

Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this bier from a 16.9 oz flip-top. Cool picture on the bottle.

A: Pour is a golden, wheat color that flows nicely in to the glass. Rich head, but not as great as the darker hefes (schneider, Hacker). Nice lacing. Mild cloudiness, great look.
S: Sweet, tart smell that is inviting to the senses.
T: Folowws the smell nicely. A milder hefe taste vs the others I noted earlier, but still very good. Enjoyable.
M: Full bodied bier, no problems here.
D: Too easy, could easily have multiple of these (as if that is a bad thing). Thoroughly enjoyable.

I recommend this bier. Good taste and enjoyable. Prosit!

Photo of froghop
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head, and a good lacing.

smell is like a lager up front, citrus, some pear, yeasty, and just a little banana.

tastes as it smells, citrus up front, wheat, and ripe banana, end is slightly dry.

above average overall, good hefe

Photo of bitterthebetter
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy crystal yellow with perfect white head

aromas of spice, lager yeast, bananas, and slight cloves

light fruit upfront with good breadiness and slight spice on the end

light, crisp, but with a solid citrusy body and great finish.

super smooth, good fruit, malt, and yeast notes, and smooth and tasty weisse

Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and and a cloudy texture. Had a big head, but surprisingly didn't last that long.

S: Aroma of wheat, bananas and some indeterminate spices. Underplayed and nicely done.

T: Tasted mainly of wheat, though it wasn't overwhelming as with others of this style. Also had bananas, a yeasty quality and some spices. Not as complex as I would've thought, but tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. While it didn't blow me away, it's still a well made beer.

Photo of GimmeAles
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass and received a cloudy, orange haze that had decent head with minor lacings. A somewhat weak smell of orange and lemon and minor spices. Extremely smooth is the first thought that hit me when I tried this beer. The fruits (orange, lemon) in here are strong, but so are the spices as pepper and clove comes out. It is a balanced, medium-bodied beer with the wheat making it so smooth but the spices give it a crisp backbite. This isn't the best hefe, but it is pretty close.

Photo of PhageLab
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet looking flip top bottle, poured into a large weizen glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy bright orange coloration, in fact, it actually looks like a slightly transparent glass of orange juice. Decent head, nice retention, little to no lacing.

S - Lots of sweet citrus notes in the aroma, decent, but surprisingly no clove...

T - Loads of lemon, a sour wash, and citrus body. Not very complex and no real banana or clove notes. A bit yeasty, but not enough. I find this Hefe's lack of faith disturbing.

M - Light body, low carbonation, sour tinge in the back of the throat.

D - Unfortunately I wasn't impressed with this one, although I really did want to like it. In the end it's wiser to go with one of the more recognizable ones (Schneider, Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, etc.) because for the same price as this you could have a lot more flavor.

Photo of MTNboy
2.53/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Not very cloudy for a wheat beer. It is a very yellow amber color with just a slightly off white head. There is not much for lace either.

Smell- The smell is a little fruity and bread like with a little bit of a beany aroma.

Taste- There is a lot of caramel malty flavors for a wheat beer. I was personally disappointed. It is sort of bland and does not have the fruitiness of a hefe and is sort of bland.

Mouthfeel- Good body consistency.

Drinkability- On the lower end of middle of the road.

Photo of czfreeman
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a .5l flip-top bottle. Very nice looking two-finger head, lots of that beautiful wheat murkiness!. initial smell, cloves and banana aromas, predominatley cloves. first taste is actually a little tart, the second the beer has mellowed out a little more and has become a little less acidic. a very citrusy hefeweizen, I think. very light mouthfeel, nice tart finish. I find the drinkablitity of this beer actually quite pleasing, feels like I could easily drink several of these on a nice hot day.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
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!

Photo of RJLarse
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought what appears to be a half-liter bottle of Bavarian-Weissbier with a ceramic swing cap, in an import shop. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a straw yellow color and is hazy. A large foamy head fills the top of the glass. Many bubbles can be seen rising in the beer.

The smell is quite strong with aromas of soft fruit, cantaloupe, peaches, pears and sweet melons.

The taste is a bit long on the spices, cloves mostly, and a little short on thhe fruit flavors, with a mildly bitter finish. It's a reasonable good taste, just a bit one-dimensional, and not what I expect of the style.

The mouthfeel is light, and a little dry. The clove bitterness seems to dry out the brew.

A very drinkable brew. It is crisp and clean, well carbonated, with a fairly low ABV. It would be great on a hot day.

Photo of livingregret
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Pop top bottle 1pt .9fl oz

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange colour w/ a lovely 2 finger head. Head dissipated very quickly w/ no lacing.

Smell: The sweet smell of pears and a dash of orange. Some bready malts mixed in makes for a nice smell

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy w/ just the right tasting medium body helps this beer go down great. A dash of fruit w/ the bready malt comes through and a touch of bitterness(lemon?)comes at the end to balance it out.

Drinkability: A very tasty Hefe w/ only 4.7% alcohol makes this very quaffable. I will be picking up another of these brews as well check out more beers from this particular brewery.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was an hazy deep golden wheat, with a medium amout of foam and left no lace on the side of the glass.

On first smell of this Hefeweisse, the aroma of cloves filled my nose and cloves only.

The taste was of cloves, but also a fair amount of wheat and yeast. The only set back on the flavor was a sour taste on the finish of each sip or gulp! Other than that, the flavor was mostly of cloves! Still, not a bad Hefeweisse if you look past the sour finish.

Photo of oelergud
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light straw body. White multibubbled head with good retention and lace.
Wheat and light bread scent with honey and butter.
Yeast, white bread and wheat flavor. Some sweet malts and well balancing hops. Soft lingering aftertaste, sweet and abit sour.
Medium mouthfeel with abit of coating and slightly dry.
Pretty good drinkability.
This is a different kind of hefeweisse but good, pleasant and mellow.


Photo of bunnyhustle
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "flip-top" into pint glass, opened with a champagne like pop. Pours almost a straw shade of yellow, much lighter than many other hefe's I see. Only got about a 1 finger head out of it which stuck around for a while, nothing great though. Smell was terrific, I often hear of a "bubblegum" smell to hefe and I've never gotten it until this one, also a hint of citrus. Taste was great at first but seems to lack after the initial punch which was a little let down. Light mouthfeel and higher carbonation as should be expected with this style. Only a 4 for drinkability as the aftertaste was somewhat disappointing. Overall a really good hefe, this is my favorite style and this one isnt too bad at all, a very good call.

Photo of jmz62565
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Braudog
2.47/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a flip-top US import verion (Bavarian Weissbier). Lackluster pour -- watery and virtually no head at all on this. The aroma is what one would expect, orange-blossom-laced yeastiness. But the flat appearance carries to the mouthfeel, lame and unexciting. The common hefeweizen flavors are here, but they’re caged up in this underwhelming brew. (#2748, 3/15/2007)

Photo of guinnessfan
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL flip-top bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Cloudy light straw with three fingers bone-white head. No retention at all and absolutely no lacing. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Pale and fizzy looking.

S: Normal hefe smell overpowered by metallic smell.

T: Normal, spice and banana, and less amount of metal than smell. Some yeast also.

M: Highly carbonated prickles, thin and watery.

D: Easy to drink, not overpowering in any way. Goes down easy, forgetting is easy.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded, light straw-yellow with lively carbonation though no head formed and the swing top gave barely a gasp as it swung free. The aroma is constructed on classic hefeweizen lines, but of average potency. The clove and banana elements are present but not omnipresent. Tastes exactly as I hoped it would -– bright, crisp, vividly citric, and gently spiced with hints of allspice, anise and coriander. The clouded, nutrient-rich body drinks like a tonic and was both invigorating and inviting.

Hirsch-Bräu labels this both “weissbier” and “hefeweisse.” This would translate as “whitebeer” or “yeast-white.” No mention of wheat occurs on the label but this should be understood.

The lack of head or lace was somewhat disappointing, but I could live without it. I suspect some vigor may have been sacrificed in the transoceanic journey.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
88 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.