Holzar-Bier | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 168
Photo of AaronRed
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sometimes I am caught off guard. I did not expect this beer to be outstanding. I thought it would be a good, standard, German dunkel. To my surprise, it was more. Nice dark amber color with creamy off white head as well as roasted malt aromas appeared when I poured this into a 22 ounce glass. A very clean looking beer. Taste was wonderful- smooth and with a slight lager-like bitterness, but balanced out with slightly sweet hint of caramel. This is really a very silky beer and one that can be imbibed at any time.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I must have gotten a good bottle or something, but this was an awesome brew! It was dark amber color that faded to a reddish-orange color. The head was white as snow and faded rather quickly, but the laceing stayed around for a while. The aroma was a fruity boquet or grapes and some citrus. The taste was quite similar, but more on the malty side, but that's something I like. Not only was it nice and refreshing, but it was something that I felt I could drink at anytime. This was an exciting brew and I reccommend it to anyone.

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Photo of mschofield
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sparkling clear dark red-brown, with a 2 finger large bubbled head.
Dissipated quickly and only laced a in small incomplete rings.
Nice sweet malt aroma with a touch of cherry and grape, a little lemon, a little oaky, and a touch apple. Lots of different fruit notes on top of all that malt.
Roasted malty taste with grape, very bready, some caramel, slightly metallic.
Medium feel. Very drinkable, I could drink it all day long.

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Photo of Doppelbockulus
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The color is a beautiful deep amber. It looks like a fine glass of Scotch. Nearly no head.

Smell is sweet, reminiscent of caramelized fruit and raisins on dark, whole wheat bread.

Flavor is light up front and strong in the back, peaking as you swallow. There is a healthy proportion of dark cereal grains and bourbon without the alcohol profile. The "bourbon" is light, as if it were a cup of watered down vanilla and wood.

Feels light, with a slight tannic kick in the back during the finish.

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Photo of Namako
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I attended a week-long meeting in Sonthofen just a few months back, and a tour of this brewery was offered as part of the package. While I was there, I sampled 6-8 of their styles, but I bought a 12-pack of this brew, as it was easily my favorite. I'm pretty partial to Munich dunkels, bocks and dopplebocks, and I'm always looking for the next BEST example of the style! This hit the nail on the head that day... though I have since found another (Kupfer Spezialbier from Winklerbrau in Lengenfeld).

Appearance - Dark brown with ruby tints. Wonderful off-white, fluffy head that leaves a delicate, albeit brief, lacing.

Smell - Sweet, slightly roasted malts with some caramel undertones.

Taste - Follows the nose pretty well. The sweetness is followed by a roasted malt with some caramel. Not overly complex, but certainly tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium, tending to light, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a very drinkable brew. Not overly complex, so it doesn't overpower the palate after downing one; I could easily drink several of these very easily.

Overall, I would highly recommend sampling this brew, if you can find it. Good example of the style, with simple but abundant flavors.

Serving type: bottle, 0.5 liter flip-top

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5L Swing top to a tall glass mug. The liquid is a very good looking light brown with ok carbonation. The head is small 1 finger, light tan and bubbly, it leaves almost no lace.

The smell is a very nice sweet toasty malt with nice hops coming through.

The taste is also sweet, very sweet, and toasty. Lind of like a lightly toasted sweet bread, Some fruity notes and a full hopy finish. Nice change of pace.

The mouthfeel is very good. Nice medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is very good. Great drinking style and a very fine version of it. Prosit. MK

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark amber/coppery color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 2 finger fizzy foam head that quickly fades into a thin ring.

Earthy hoppy aroma with some roasted maltiness, caramel, toffee and hazelnut. Also, I'm picking up a bit of champagne yeast and dark fruit.

Roasted malt flavor with a lot of earthy hops of front and a lot of smooth caramel, toffee, hazelnut and chocolate notes. Surprisingly hoppy for a German beer with a good amount of bready yeast. Very drinkable without being watered down. Subtle clove spiciness and a refreshing champagne effervescence. Slightly dry finish.

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Photo of StephenRich
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The writing on the bottle is all in German, and the Website doesn't help much either, because it is also all German. But none of that matters, because I was concerned with the beer, not what anyone had to say about it. This came from the Der Hirschbrau gift pack that is available right now at the LCBO. And now that I have had this, and all three that come in the pack, I can confidently tell you that this pack is worth your while. You will get a fresh and crisp German Helles Lager, a rich and creamy Doppel Bock, and this, a clean Munich Dunkel.

A Munich Dukel is one of Germany's oldest and most favorite beers, and I know exactly why. Munich Dunkels show all the clean, silky, and fresh malty flavors of a well matured lager, but they are brewed with a portion of darker malts contributing a warming caramel and roast character to the beer that is not normally found in a pale lager. This certainly is not pale, but it is definitely not heavy. A Munich Dunkel will be light on its feet, but will also be able to play with the big boys.

The Holzar Bier came in a 500ml swing-top bottle at 5.2% abv, which is right in the middle of the style's range. This is a really versatile style of beer because of the range of qualities that it possesses. This is a lager, don't mistake it for an ale. So it has been cold matured for a long period of time letting the yeast subtly morph this beer into a clean and easy drinking beer. This is the big difference between and ale and a lager, subtlety. Ale yeast will impart big characteristics to the beer, where a lager yeast lets the malt do the talking, leaving you with a typically clean and fresh beer.

I opened the Holzar cool around 8C (45F) and poured it gently into a tall pint glass. A glowing brown beer flowed easily out of the bottle with a silky consistency building rich foam instntly as it hit the bottom of the glass. I had to slow my pour abruptly at the top as the head was building slowly after the fact. By the time I thought I had finished the pour the head was just getting ready to erupt. So after a bit of an overspill I was left with 2 solid inches of dense, but very fluffy eggshell foam that was hinted amber brown. The beer glistened cleanly briming with golden browns, deep amber and caramel shades, with dark orange and mahogany peering through a transparent and very pretty beer. It shone with dark copper and the creamy and foamy cap of head really finished it off well.

The nose is, as the style dictates, immaculately clean. Its is soft with gentle pale malt aromas and whiffs of soft earthy and herbal hops. Thats about it really. It is superbly clean and fresh, but does have a few hints of toast and caramel that fade in the pack. Really though, its a pale malt aroma that comes though as baked bread and cookies. Very nice, and very soothing.

Drinking the Holzar is perfect, this beer fits the style so well it hurts. Smooth and elegant pale malts and Munich malts sweep in showing warming dough flavors, oatmeal cookies, and fresh, soft and gentle roast. Munich malts are lightly kilned, and show a hint of caramel character that floats in lightly in this beer. Overall it is massively clean though, and any sense of caramel sweetness is very soft and plays behind a general pale malt sensation.

Into the back of the beer glows an earthy hops flavor that adds a touch of bitter and a helpful quenching character. The beer is not close to sugary, sticky or sweet, so the hops can, like the malts, can remain soft. The mouthfeel is generously carbonated, but remains relatively silky with a classic lagered feeling. The finish too is perfect for a lager - clean and tight with a fresh hop end that touches pale malts.

Really the Holzar is light and clean, and you shouldn't expect it to hit you with any big flavors, that is just not its purpose. But it does come to the party with perfectly delicate flavors that give it far more character than a pilsner, or your typical pale lager. This is a great session beer, and would pair excellently with sausages, roast pork or turkey, all sorts of pub fare, or fried foods.

Pics at: http://definitionale.com/2010/11/19/tasting-the-der-hirschbrau-holzar-bier/

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Photo of sachsich
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer. Strong hints of caramel and malt. Appearance was very nice to the eye. A perfect amber color. A nice head forms and has good retention. well done from the brewers. many years of practice has paid off in a wonderful beer!!!

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Photo of Luigi
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich amber color, plenty of carbonation bubbles. The head is two finger a first then settles down to a thick lace around the glass. Retention is great!

The aroma is thick with sweet malts and sweet soft wheat. There is a touch of hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with a dry slightly hopped finish. Some of the malt lingers.

Overall this is a great Lager! Need I say more!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The memory of this beer haunts me, much like an exceptionally well written novel or an exquisitely filmed movie. There's nothing incredibly impressive in it at first, and it doesn't really stand out as being remarkable under scrutiny; yet it remains in memory, and that is a sign of brilliance. I'm continually reminded the delicate combination of malt and hop that gave it such a nice drinkability, and for that reason I've given it a five in that category.
It pours a crystal clear mahogany body that's capped by a thin layer of creamy off-white foam. The head drops, but it maintains a creamy collar and leaves some thin lace. The aroma is fresh and clean with a delicately toasted and lightly caramelish malt, and a lightly mineral-like characteristic that fades as it warms. The body is light and crisp in the mouth with a very fine carbonation. The flavor delivers a combination of almost juicy, toasted malt and spicy hops. It's not really complicated, but it is most compelling! It finishes with a short, lingering note of sweetish malt and spice. Well-balanced, refreshing, and highly drinkable with enough character to keep it interesting throughout several servings. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of maxpower
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml swing top bottle pours a clear amber color with a decent off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity sweet aroma, nutty, caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, finishes sweet. Very tasty and drinkable, I would like another one.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bright, amber brown beer with a thick head, which collapses very slowly.

Smell is very malty and has some sulfuric notes, a typical German smell. Some light hoppiness is also present.

Taste is malty, again with the sulfuric and husky taste. The dark, caramel malts give the beer a woody, marmelade and light husky taste. Also something that reminds me of wort and biscuit, even some chocolate. I guess these are the burned malts which give a maltbitter. Mouthfeel is good, dry and not sticky. Drinkability is almost perfect, roasty and dry, which make the beer go down very easily.

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Photo of KenC
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Medium brown color, with moderate carbonation. Half finger of tan head.

S - Malt and caramel, slight alcohol.

T - Malt, sweet, caramel, nutty.

M - Light mouth feel. With good carbonation, better than it appeared.

D - Very nice drinkable beer. Nothing complex, but a good session beer.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish brown with virtually no head. A little light tan ring is all I get.
S - Big rich dark malt, caramel, bready.
T - The taste really just follows the nose. A pretty tasty dunkel.
M/F - Medium bodied beer. The carbonation is super low which I expected based on no real head when pouring. It is a very smooth brew with fine carbonation (What is there).
D - This is a tasty brew and I assume that my bottle wasn't really the best one so with a little imagination (and carbonation) this would be a worthy brew to enjoy.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml swingtop bottle, bought in Bier Spezi Hamburg. Brown colour, large off-white head. Malty and fruity sweet aroma (raisins), some caramel and spices too. Pleasant flavour with vinous notes, hints of oak, malts are well balanced with the hops. I won’t need wood cutting as an excuse to drink this beer. Very nice!

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Photo of Jason
3.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: The head is quick to form but then it drops down to only a very thin ring of lace. No stickage on the glass. Nice clarity in the dark amber brown color.

Smell: Slight dark toasted malt in the nose with suggestions of grape skin and brown bread.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Semi-viscous carbonation in a medium body which shows a creamy mouth feel. Earthy malt with toasted grain and faint caramel. Hops are mild with an ample bitterness. Clean malty palate which draws a dryness in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Other than lacking a good head retention this certainly an above average Dunkel Lager. Paired well with a couple of beer steamed bratwursts and cabbage.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 500 mL swingtop bottle into a pint glass. The color is amber, with a foamy white head. The smell is a caramely malt. The taste is a caramely malt sweetness with just the lightest touch of hops. Mouthfeel is just slightly lacking. Drinkability-wise, not bad and could have a few.

A solid little beer that I'd never heard of before I picked it up. Quite enjoyable, and if this were around when I was drinking, I'd probably have it again.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this one my last trip to Der Berliner Kindl in Black Mtn., NC. $5.50 for one swing-top .5 liter bottle. Poured into a chilled tulip glass.

Appearance 4.0: Unexpectedly pours out a deep, golden-brown. Half-inch head quickly dissolved into fizzy, CO2 foamy residue.

Smell 3.75: Nice bouquet. Deep barley notes and a slight sweetness. Very subdued.

Taste 4.00: Front is a dry and refreshing. Middle is where some slight hints of caramel-barley sweetness creeps in and delights the palate. Finish is where some unexpected hints of raisins, wood rosin, and caramel barley sneaks in. Aftertaste fades away quickly and in a refreshing way.

Mouthfeel: 4.0: OK level of carbonation and is clearly 100% CO2.

Overall 4.0: Dry, smooth and imminently sessionable, this beer would also be excellent with food. I could see myself downing more than one stein of this bad vogel next time I get the chance.

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Photo of merlin48
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle with the swingtop cap. This one poured a clear, sparkling, copper body with a small, beige head that quickly drops into a thick collar of lace. Patch and sheet lacing are left down the glass.

Aroma is sweet toffee roasted malt, with noble, floral hops.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with even carbonation.

Taste is sweet caramel/toffee, Munich malt, with an appealing floral hops type, bittering balance that produces a well executed , dunkel lager. Finish is even, with a slightly floral, hops aftertaste.

This is my favorite from this Bavarian brewery. One of the better Munich, dunkel lagers that I've sampled. I could drink a few of these every day, after work, or several during a session.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Some of the beers I got from this brewery have the ceramic flipup bottle, seen in Grolsch. I know it's a tad gimmicky, but I like it, and am giving a 1/2 point in appearance extra not only for the bottlecap, but also the labels. They are quite beautiful. Anyways, on to the beer.
Pours a dark amber colour with a head that's actually a bit too thick at first, and then rather sneakily diminishes down to nothing. The lace, however, is quite mesmerizing. It slowly creeps down the glass, changing shape. A bit silly, but it's quite fascinating to watch. Bit of an earthy smell. Plenty of grains, and a touch of honey and molasses. Bit biscuity as well. Taste is essentially similar to smell, with some caramel and grassiness in the end. For some reason, this reminds me a little bit of honey oatmeal. I wonder, did they add oats to this beer? It does have a similar smoothness I come to expect from oatmeal stouts. Very creamy, smooth and light bodied. I like Dunkel lagers, and believe they make a great session beer. They may not have strong, bold flavours, but they have good flavours. I would drink this again. I would even seek this out again. Another beer from this brewery that did not disappoint.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from "Grocery Outlet" of all places! $4.01 Pours a slightly hazy amber colour with a small yet persistent cream coloured head. Very enjoyable malty,fruity aromas..really stands out for me. Taste is similar to the aroma but the creamy maltiness steals the show.Some small amount of grassy hop in the end. Very smooth and thick palate..easy going. I have to go against the grain on this i really like this and will be buying more. Excellent rainy weather beer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Emptied from a half liter, pop top bottle into a pint glass. Big white head that is foamy and dense and rocky. Nice staying power. Plenty of lacing as well. The head stays at one finger for nearly the entire drinking of the beverage.

Very nice, malty aroma. Fresh cooked oatmeal or warm cereal come to mind in the aroma. Somewhat bready. Maybe even some fresh boiled baby potatoes in the aroma as well. According to the label, this beer was made according to the German Purity Law so potatoes as an ingredient are out of the question, but that was the aroma I got.

More boiled potato in the flavor as well. Not sure if that is a flaw in this style as I am not too familiar, but I dont think it really tastes bad. Slight hop presence with a touch of bitterness.

Creamy mouthfeel and damn near full bodied. A really like the maltiness of this one. Its not a caramel malt or roasted malt, but just a nice solid, I would assume Munich malt flavor. Very nice. Glad I picked this one up.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear light brown colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - breads/grains, malts, raisins, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and it feels very light on the tongue. Most of the taste consists of malts paired with breads and grains. There are also fruity notes of apples and dark fruits. (raisins?) The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - out of all of the Der Hirsch Brau beers I've tried so far; I think I enjoyed this one the most. Pretty flavourful and definitely sesionable.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5L swingtop bottle into nonic.

Deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A one finger off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

The aroma is pretty light except for some strong brown sugar notes.

Toasty malts with a little bit of a nutty flavor, mixed in with some sweet cocoa. A little bit of creaminess shows up in the middle. The finish is a bit of lingering toastiness and cocoa.

Not a bad MDA, although this one is a touch on the sweeter side. Recommended.

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