Hirter Morchl | Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brauerei Hirt GmbH
Austria
hirterbier.at

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-18-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
128
Reviews:
58
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.46%
 
 
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Photo of lehkost
4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Most dunkels I had in Austria were of the Doppelmalz variety, almost unbearably sweet and malty, especially considering the low alcohol.

Hirter Morchl is entirely different from this. Much truer to the dunkel style of their northern neighbors, this is lightly malty and not very sweet.

My main gripes are that the body is light...extremely light, but a lack of complexity is something rather commonplace in this style of beer.

The remarkably dry finish of this beer really seals the deal for me. I think that this is a stunning rendition of the dunkel style.

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Photo of Sgbrown78
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Seb04
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of patrikas2
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of cathomae
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of zaraspook
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BillParton
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, bottled on 10.03.15, and poured into a bulbous pint glass. Hazy dark brown body floats virtually no head.
Toasted malt aromas are joined by hints of cocoa and stone fruit.
Sweet malt tastes match the aroma nicely. Mouthfeel is rich an creamy but not heavy.
Overall it excites me. More please.

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Photo of MNJR
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that is impressive about this beer is an outstanding dark, ruby/garnet color. The head is rich and generous with excellent retention and even, thin lacing. The smell is sublime - roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel wafting above clean, light hops and slight hints of fruit. The flavor profile is fantastic, lighter than expected but quite rich. Mainly I get roasted malts and cocoa, but it washes down with a very refreshing lightness. It is actually very hard to describe the flavors hiding in this complex beer. There are some fruit undertones and a hint of very mellow hops, but it is all very subtle. The enjoyment is there is every sip, though. There are no downsides, and I can find nothing that detracts from the great flavor. The body is medium and the mouth feel is superb. Of course, I was lucky enough to have this on tap, and I understand from talking to others that this is definitely a "better on tap" beer. Or, maybe all beers are, after all? Please track this down and try it if at all possible.

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Photo of NeubTube
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mentaltraveller
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hirter Morchl | Brauerei Hirt GmbH. Oured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and tan, with lateral lacing, and a very dark brown body.

Smells like roasted/caramelized malts with full-bodied grains.

I taste a blend of roasted, very slight caramel, and biscuit malts. This flavor is actually quite reminiscent of an Irish red ale. Nothing here is offensive or overpowering. Just a nice, full-bodied dark lager, nearly red ale

The mouthfeel here is smooth and clean.

I'll choose to rate Hirter Morchl | Brauerei Hirt GmbH with an overall 4.5. I may or may not pick this up again.

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Photo of nlriehl87
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of nicholas2121
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hirter Morchl brewed by Brauerei Hirt GmbH, with an ABV of 5.00% This brew pours out deep brown color with a nice off white head. This brew has the look of root beer, now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Hirter Morchl is rich with roasted grains and malts. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. There is also has a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. The look and smell of Hirter Morchl is really inviting. I really like the is brew so far. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on roasted grains, malts and a hit of hops. Everything about this brew is well balanced. I can't get over how smooth and refreshing this brew is. Hirter Morchl, has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel is rich, bold, smooth, clean, and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Hirter Morchl a 4 .25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Brauerei Hirt GmbH, did a nice job with this brew.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good, dark, German bread. This is what I am talkin' about. There is just this wonderful, rich graininess to this beer that is hard to describe. Man, the malt on this beer is just crazy. This would easily be one of the best beers I've ever drank

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If

<pregnant pause>

DMS hadn't crashed the party.

That is such a pity. Perfect carbonation level, a nice tawny color with solid head retention, a nice robust smell, and the taste, were it not for the DMS, would be pretty much ideal.

This is certainly a beer worth trying if you can find it, but unfortunately, it isn't a beer worth seeking out. It came so close, which is actually more of a letdown than a beer that is just OK.

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Photo of chrisroarshack
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Globetrotter
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fairly difficult to find in Vienna, the bottle is standard brown half-liter, with a parchment colored label featuring just the name, a coat of arms and an old waxed seal. There is no definitive list of ingredients, but they punctuate the claim of no sugar added with an exclamation point. Best before 11/06, I opened it on 9/23/06.

Pours a clear pinkish brown under a 3/4 finger beige head that lasts forever but still fails to generate any lace. The nose is mild but very enticing, with clear if not strong sweet caramel tones. The mouth is well carbonated and quite sticky, coating all sides with a viscous coating that prolongs the taste sensation. And the taste is quite good. Slightly roasted malt and a bit of sweetness at first yield to a slightly burnt espresso bitter aftertaste that lingers very well. This is definitely not your average Viennese Dunkel - it has spirit and character. Easily my favorite bottled Austrian beer after 2.5 months of fairly intensive research.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$2.49 for a 16.9oz bottle. Pours to a clear very dark brown, forming a rocky light tan head with good retention and solid sheets of lace with a medium carbonation. The aroma opens with dark fruits, like raisins and prunes, with vanilla, caramel and molasses when swirled. The mouthfeel is brisk with a piquant acidity, cola-like, and a medium body and a lightly dry finish. Taste begins with the dark fruits, is followed by molasses and caramel, then a slight woodiness in the finish and a hint of leather in the aftertaste. Hops are very mild and impart a rather plain and chemical bitterness, tasting more like hop extract, which is fine for this style of beer. The malts are more up front, and I would be inclined to call this a dopplebock if it had slightly more body and alcohol. Certainly it compares to what some brewers pass off as dopplebocks these days. Cleanly fermented.

A rather nice beer. I would buy this again. It's not as strong or heavy as a dopplebock, nor as light as a bock, but I like the dark fruits and molasses. Recommended, reasonably priced.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of pmcadamis
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - This rootbeer-with-a-splash-of-grenadine hued brew is toped with the most unexpectedly beautiful creamy ecru head that stands at a full four fingers (after an admittedly aggressive pour), and slowly reduces to two fingers of fluffy foam. Lacing is smattered all around the glass, while rhubarb and crimson highlights shine when held up to the track lighting in my kitchen.

S - Grape Tootsie-Roll pop. Seriously, thats exactly what I'm reminded of at first sniff. Deeply chocolaty, but not in a real dark or milk sort of way... I hate to be repetitive, but I'll be damned if this doesn't smell exactly like a damn tootsie roll encased in grape hard candy! Much more subtle hints of smoked meats add a bit of complexity, while avoiding a clash with the chocolate notes.

T - After a holeshot right out of the gates, this one begins to loose a little bit of steam after the first two laps. In lap three (taste), this becomes a bit more mundane as it lacks the powerful artificial-chocolate "Tootsie" notes of the nose, while picking up more dry woody flavors and mineral aspects.

M - Medium, leaning towards light, bodied but extremely firm and pretty dang dry. This one is like a dry brittle stick that is light, but very rigid and snappy. Finishes dry, then completely clean on the palate several seconds after swallowing.

D - Excellent drinkability! The nose is extremely enticing, and even though the flavor isn't quite as stellar it is still quite tasty. The mouthfeel is flawless, and its extremely firm and well built. Session material for sure!

Note: After reviewing my reviews (ha!) I noticed that this is the only beer of its style that I've ever given score much over a 3.0 Seriously, this is in a whole 'nother league than the rest. I know its only 5% ABV, but this is like an "Imperial Munich Lager" or something!

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Hirter Morchl from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
3.84 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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