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Holzar-Bier | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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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 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 RonaldTheriot
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Holzar-Bier has a thick, cream-colored head and a dark, reddish-brown appearance, with some bubbles clinging to the side and a small amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark-roasted malt, brown bread, sweetness, and tea. Taste is of old, sweet, malt, dark fruit, like prunes, and almost no hop bitterness. There is also the tea note in the flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Holzar-Bier finishes wet, sweet, and fairly drinkable. Overall, this is a very good beer, and I would say that it's worth a try.


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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 JMB
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden brown, generous head that dissipates quickly. Malty aroma - this bottle had a mash smell to it, somewhat metallic (it traveled far so may have suffered a bit as a result). Taste is similar to many dunker lagers - surprisingly light and refreshing, with a slightly bitter aftertaste (and metallic with this bottle). Bready and malty in the background. A good example of the surprisingly light dunked beers that I have tasted from Germany.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear brown color with about a finger of clingy white head. Toffee, fig jam, and caramel malt on the nose. subtle earthy-dirt like hop.

Very clean, medium bodied with faint carbonation. Rounded sweetness and creamy mouthfeel. Same flavors in the mouth that are on the nose but everything is subtle and proportionate. Finishes clean and crisp. Delivers clean malt taste without being over bearing and without lingering sweetness while remaining refreshing. Simple but good. Very refreshing actually.

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Photo of stevoj
3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking zwickel, with thick airy head. Amber body, malty nose with slight nutty aroma. taste is light malt with extremely light palate. I have the matching glass, which really adds to the experience.

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Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the flip top bottle into a 1/2 liter stein a deep rich bronze color with a fluffy crown atop that never completely subsided,a great pour with deep rich color.Alot of caramel mixed with toasted grain in the nose,the nose suggests alot of sweetness.A little thin in the feel but it is pretty smooth,sweet caramel with underlying chocolate malts,slightly toasted flavors in the finish,a tinge iron comes into play as well.Not bad but not much complexity to the beer,I think it would be nice to drink next to a fire on a cold Bavarian night though.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear ice tea color with a modest , but creamy head that leaves a fairly nice trace behind

Smell: Toasted brown bread, with hints of caramel and pecans

Taste: Toasted, brown bread, up front, with a developing caramel and pecan flavor; after the swallow, a bit of grain arrives, but the finish is on the sweet side

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Easy to drink but a bit on the sweet side for the style

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Photo of karait95
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beer a little above the average exponent of the style, not bad not excellent just good enough for trying.

A: Brown with some reddish hues inside with a small head and medium carbonation that forms a small permanent layer on top of the beer.

S: Robust malty aroma of course the malts are toasted and the smell is like should with small variances around this.

T: The tasting is not that robust even the center is full toasted barley is somehow not to powerful

M: The sensation is nice, refreshing, not bitter as should also not sweet with a medium ending not to pronounced but nice to the pallet.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a two finger off white head upon a deep copper body ebbing to a nice collar of fine foam. Little in the way of lacing. The scent is a clean soapy hops with white grapes and raisin with some malt backing. The taste follows the nose although it did not quite live up to the scent. Slightly sweet with some grain and noble hops. Light bodied with a well balanced bitterness, this is a clean crisp drinkable brew with a dry lingering finish. Nothing spectacular but definitely an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of SebD
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber/brown color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet roasty malts, dark fruit, caramel and nuts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice sweet roasty malt character with a dark fruitiness, some caramel and some earthy hops bringing a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown with a modest, off-white head of dense foam. Retention is okay, settling to a healthy ring of foam and leaving scant lacing.

S: Rich, bread, sweet, and slightly roasty Munich malts with a lush dark fruit character dominates the nose, providing notes of black and red cherries and candied figs. Nobles hops are present but faint, floral and grassy.

T: Mildly sweet Munich malts 'spin off' into distinctly biscuity, bready, and grainy malt notes with nutty and caramel undertones throughout and some mild dark fruit notes (cherries and raisins) towards the finish. Slightly resiny noble hops in the finish.

M: Body on the light end of medium with crisp pinprick carbonation that drinks smoothly. The balance is phenomenal as aromatic hops bring just enough bitterness to give the malty flavour profile a clean, dry finish. Practically begs to be sessioned.

D: A well-done Dunkel, exactingly to-style, that's flavourful and exceedingly drinkable. It isn't complex or inventive, but does something simple and orthodox so well that it's more than worthwhile.

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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 jizfiasco
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not at all experienced with German lagers but I am glad I had a chance to review this style. I got a three pack of bottles as a gift from my friend who went to Europe. Poured into a hefty glass mug. No head until I got nuts with the pour it vanished quickly but left a fancy ring around the mug. The color is very appetizing like a very dark tea. Smell is malt dominated with a heavy bread smell, very sweet. Taste is bready malt sweet burnt sugar and a pleasant very mild bitterness that's only mildly noticeable on the exhale. Well carbonated and thin in the mouth but yet feels like a heavier beer. Very meal like. Overall a good experience and I am looking forward to some more lagers of this sort. As an American I have been turned off to lagers but when you go back to their roots you realize a reintroduction is needed.

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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 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 biegaman
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holzar-Bier looks dark, but it's not the least hostile to light. Its submissively clear body allows highlights to run-a-muck of its supposedly dusky complexion, trumping the raisin-y tone with near glittering flashes of tawny, ruby and a bottom-laying golden kindling. Its head is hardly more than a mist but manages to mark the glass with tiny sudsy scratches.

The aroma is faintly - but pleasantly - sweet. It is something like a cognac or sherry reduction, a sugar-rich concentrate with dark fruit intonations and a certain earthiness gained from musty, resiny hops. And, distinct to the style, there's also the impression of grains toasting in an oven which adds some volume as well as sumptuous bready notes.

That taste of toasty, dark, grainy, wholesome bread crusts runs over this thing like the bulls of Pamplona. Dark fruits and Skor bar trail behind and, having passed over the palate last, linger there the longest. There's more of those resiny notes too. But none of this is as rich as it sounds, however, because the flavours are diluted by a few parts water.

Which, despite thinning out flavours that might otherwise be decadent, does at the same time make the beer that much more easily quaffed. The sweetness never becomes cloying and disappears faster than a cheap friend ducking out when the check comes. And the unconventional aftertaste of prunes doesn't distract much from its clean lager character.

I decided to open Holzar-Bier tonight because its label has a guy out in the snow chopping wood and I, in the midst of snowy, sub-freezing temperatures, have opted to light a fireplace. Turns out the beer is just as suited to the occasion as the label. Then again, a crisp and flavourful lager like this is appropriate for any time of the year.

Pretty much all German lagers are engineered for easy drinking, Munich Dunkels are no exception. In that regard, this get's its job done. As far as being 'characterized by depth and complexity' as the guidelines call for, this leaves something to be desired. In other words, Holzar-Bier is good for drinking, not savoring. Buyers bare that in mind.

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Photo of liamt07
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO, part of a giftpack. 500ml swingtop into a pint glass.

Poured a clear burgundy/brown, with a lofty and dense off-white head. Sticky lace, moderate retention. Nose of light honey sweetness, nuts, woodiness and some fruit esters. Taste is similar, earthy and spicy hops here, something that I guess I perceive as a general 'woodiness.' Toffee malt as well. Good smooth mouthfeel, medium low carbonation. Nice drink.

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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 Viggo
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO pacl.

Pours a clear dark orange, some very dark amber, a touch of brown and some red, thick slightly off white head forms and settles down to a thick layer and ring around the glass, some lace chunks stick.

Smell is very sweet and malty, a bit of honey and caramel, quite nutty, some toast and biscuit, a bit of raisin, some grassy hops, cheerios, quite clean, not bad but bland.

Taste is similar, sweet and malty, caramel, very light nuttiness and some biscuit, oats, lightly fruity with some raisin notes, bit of grass, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, feels a little thin. Similar to their other beers in that they're solid and drinkable but just not exciting at all.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light brown in colour. Medium carbonation. Half finger off white head.

S - Mild. Maltiness and caramel come through.

T - Malty, sweet, nice maltiness, some nuttiness.

M - Light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D - Really high. Nice beer. Not overly complex in any way but it would be a great session beer.

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Photo of TerryW
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear chestnut brown under a moderate head that settles to a complete film and gives up lace most of the way.

Grainy nose, sweet malts, some grassy hops. Simple, not overpowering. Thin-bodied, grassy hops with a gentle malt finish. Some lingering bitterness.

Overall a very gentle profile, crisp in character. Decent, but a little too much on the light side for me.

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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 jmkoscie
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 500 ml bottle into a Pilsner Glass

A: Poured a clear reddish brown with light carbonation present. Thin white head which quickly dispersed.

S: Toasted malt scents with slight herbal hops background.

T: Initial flavor is somewhat sweet quickly followed by a strong toasted malt flavor matching the smell, subtle hops flavor finishing crisp with little to no aftertaste.

M: Smooth feel that quickly coats the palate and goes down easily.

D: Well definitely purchase more if available.

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Holzar-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
3.63 out of 5 based on 168 ratings.
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