Hirter Privat Pils | Brauerei Hirt GmbH

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Brewed by:
Brauerei Hirt GmbH
Austria
hirterbier.at

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Dogbrick on 11-25-2002

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81
Reviews:
34
Avg:
3.21
pDev:
15.58%
 
 
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Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fairly standard German Lager with the spotlight on the malt character, and displaying some yeasty flaws along the way.

Medium straw in color and mostly clear, the beer's carbonation helps to fuel an early head character but reduces to a trace early in the session. The white foam needs better retention and lace to compete with better looking lagers.

Aromas are partly of pilsner malt, parlty of grain. With touches of corn, fresh bread dough and a lemony-sulfury note, the beer has a more earthy and robust character to accompany the clean lager flavor that's celebrated in Germany.

Flavors are medium, or slightly higher with cracker breadiness, fresh dough, raw barley, and the same corn character that's noticed in the nose. Surfury yeast and the dms issue distract from the taste and subtract from the lemony hops, slight apple ester, and bright pilsner malt character. The beer has all the things expected from well made lagers, but also with a few flaws.

Medium textured, early zesty carbonation turns creamy before disipating towards sulfury dryness late. Somewhat minerally, the beer seems less smooth than it needs to be.

A fine lager overall, but with a few flaws that rise, the base lager taste isn't complex of characterful enough to compensate.

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2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Low C / AVERAGE

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hirter Privat Pils
,5l brown glass bottle coded "09.06.2014 5 343 3 M" on 30 Dec 2014

Notes: Crystal clear golden body beneath a short head of bright white foam that holds very well and leaves good lacing. Clean aroma of golden, grainy malt and herbal hops with just a hint of yeasty sulphur. Medium-light in body with a crisp carbonation. Flavor delivers solid grainy malt peppered with herbal and gently spicy hops backed by a solid bitterness. Lingering dry finish with herbal hops and some residual malt.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of russpowell
4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Soapyness, bready notes,& perfumy hops

T: Follows the nose, slight sulphur, along with lemony & mineral hoppyness up front. Crackery notes/dryness, grainy bread notes as this warms, some apple & white grape notes as well. Finishes soapy with a slight grainy sweetness, really enjoyed this

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & good balance

A respectable pils that went down too easy

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.61/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant yellow-gold when viewed with Old Sol in the background. The eggshell colored head has an abundance of tiny bubbles on its upper surface, that become tiny pits when they pop. Spits and spatters and tatters of lace find their way to the glass, but don't look like they have the commitment to last.

The nose is thoroughly unimpressive. The beer smells like stale grain mixed with lackluster hops; never a good sign in a pilsener. Without a crisp, biting hoppiness, a pils is more like a big pill (tough to swallow). However, I haven't even tasted it yet, so...

... it looks like I learned all I needed to learn from the aroma. Privat Pils just isn't very good beer. Although the (underlying) sweetness is there, there's a shortage of good pale/pils malt flavor. The same could be said for the hops, just substitute the word bitterness for the word sweetness.

A hint of lemon peel would be nice. Hell, anything other than what I'm tasting at the moment would be nice. Warming delivers nothing other than warmer mediocrity. According to the label, Brauerei Hirt has been around 'since 1270'. One would think that would be long enough to figure out how to brew good beer.

The mouthfeel is actually respectable. It has an appropriate amount of heft and has pretty close to an appropriate amount of carbonation (personal preferences acknowledged). Too bad its cargo isn't up to the task.

I've often wondered why Austria doesn't have the brewery tradition that Germany does. For all I know, they brew incredible beer, but don't export it. For the sake of the average Austrian, I hope that's true. My advice is to get your noble hoppy pilsener fix from one of the better known sources. I doubt that Privat Pils has very wide distribution in this country anyway.

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Photo of 22Blue
3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.31/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

review from notes
Pours a lovely deep golden color with a white head. Aroma of stale grains, buttery dms and some sweet malt notes. The flavor has some light grainy elements, sweet creamed corn, and butter. Pretty gross.

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Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
3/9/2012 on bottle
A- This beer pours a deep straw yellow body with a lumpy off-white head that is thick and a quick sea of carbonation pops to the top. The head sticks in sheets with each sip.

S- the clean lager aroma has a slightly sweet sulfur and some pils malt note to it with a wet mash aroma in the finish. The soft noble hop note comes through in the finish as it opens.

T- The clean gentle sweetness is pale malt but there is a soft slightly sweet mineral water note in the finish. The noble hop bitterness lingers a bit in the aftertaste but stays in balance

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slightly slippery texture and a gentle fizz.

O- Nice German Pilfer that is just a touch sweeter than most but it adds a nice freshness to the malt flavor. It is well balanced but the mineral water taste tends to grow a bit to much as it opens.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of barczar
2.85/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light yellowish gold color with a half inch ivory/white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is dominated by grainy pilsner malt, biscuit, and perfume like hops. A hint of orange citrus is present, and alcohol.
Diacetyl emerges as it warms.

Flavor reveals more citrus, with a distinct lemony sourness. The crisp cracker malt backbone is refreshing, with a slightly dry finish. Hints of cooked corn detract from the profile.

Body is medium light, with moderately high carbonation. There's a but of astringency evident.

Overall a decent beer, but too fruity hop for the style. Not one I'll revisit.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle.

Pours a clear, hay and sunshine color. OK bubbling and a soft head that quickly recedes to nothing.

The aroma has just a hint of stale lemon rinds. Add to that hoppy smell some wet grass and light toasted pilsner malt.

Teh taste has some crisp toasted malt upfront. This gets mixed in with wet grass hops. With a past due leomon rind finish to a medium toasted palate.

Easy to drink except for the aftertaste of old lemon rinds.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago I believe.

Pours a clear yellow, decent white head forms, settles down pretty quick to a thin ring, no lacing. Smell is powerful, very sweet grassy malts, citrus, bit of floral, honey, light skunk, not bad. Taste is sweet, settles into honey and lemons, bit of skunk, light caramel finish, floral, not bad again. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and refreshing. Nothing great but can't beat for this hot weather.

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Photo of drpimento
4.07/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like this beer! Got this bottle at Sam's in Chicago last week. Poured with a medium sized, white head that mostly subsided and some lace. Color is a very slightly hazy gold. Aroma is pleasant and traditional malty, hoppy, grainy, grassy, a little spice and fragrant. Flavor is about the same. Body is good, especially for the style. Finish is bittersweet, clean, and balanced. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of stcules
2.6/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very clear yellow, and very clean. White foam, average compactness, short retention.
A lot of malt in the smell, and grassy hop. Quite balanced.
In the taste the hop disappears a little, and the taste is very malty. More an hell than a pils.
The grassy and herbal hop comes back in the aftertaste, not very long, but pleasant and balanced. Light body.

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Photo of samEBC
3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dogbrick
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Eh, this didn't break any new ground for me. Not really a fan of Pilseners anyway but even on that scale I was unimpressed by this beer. Murky yellow color with a thin off-white head. Some sediment on the bottom of the glass. Barely-there hops aroma. Crisp and dry flavor but nothing to round it out. I won't bother with this one again.

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Photo of jsh420
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into my SA perfect pint glass. It has freshness dating which I like on imports. The beer is a hazy yellow with a fairly thick bone white head.

It has an aroma of some slightly euro skunk, grains and a bit of hay.

The taste is slightly sweet with some crackers, a bit of the skunk thing and grains. It is almost totally neutral with no real leaning toward the bitter or malt side of the scale.

The mouth is well balanced between some active carbonation and a bit of heft/slickness.

Not awful, not great, would really like to try next time I'm back in Austria! Note this one was so much better on draft, I'm worried that my bottle may have been poorly handled.

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Hirter Privat Pils from Brauerei Hirt GmbH
3.21 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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