Holzar-Bier | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

172 Ratings

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Photo of kwjd
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this as part of a 3 bottle pack from the Control Board in Ontario. Pours an amber-brown colour with thick white head, but without much lacing. Smells of sweet caramel with a very mild grassy hop presence. Flavour is quite sweet, almost no bitterness to balance it out. Smooth carbonation level. A nice enough lager, but would prefer a bit more bitterness to it.

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Photo of cpanossian
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

0.5L swing top bottle bought at a gas station in Germnay.
Light cola brown color. Light metallic nose. Sweet malty wort taste, but not thick. Quick fizzy head that disappears quickly. Pretty basic pretty delicious. Could be consumed in bulk - like a German session beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown-red with stiff cream white head that's proud of the glass. Nose is roasted chestnuts and stewed apples. Caramel and compote malts with mild spice hops, stale tang throughout. Light, fizzy, no cling.

RB calls this a Keller, which would makes sense, as there's some mustiness going on here. Regardless, still not much to it. Not impressed by this brewer overall.

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Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml swing-top bottle:

Pours medium brown with dark coppery hues. A thin bubbly off-white head struggles to stay alive, but does so in the form of a slowly vanishing wide patch. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of caramel, a touch of honey and some floral notes.

The taste is sweet - caramel and honey - with a slight touch of tart and some tea-like spicing to give it a bitterish touch that fades and leaves a mostly sweet finish. Sweet, but not too sticky.

It has a medium-ish, crisp, smooth body.

I expected it to lean sweet, per the style, but there's a honey-ish sweetness in this one that limits drinkability for me, though I did enjoy the bottle well-enough. A solid, sweet, dunkel lager, though nothing great - it does have some balance - might be better fresher (? - no freshness date).

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear copper-cola color. The medium sized head has a light brownish-tan tint and a modestly dense, foamy texture. Retention is middling, with a few rings of decent lacing.

S: A toasty/bready, malty aroma up front. A fairly robust earthy/nutty note is also present, along with a standard herbal/musty German hop presence.

T: Moderately sweet, toasted bread maltiness. Earthy and nutty, with lesser notes of caramel. A balanced hop bitterness arrives with herbal/spicy flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is perky and fairly crisp. A refreshing, spicy dryness into the finish.

D: Not particularly exciting, but a very tasty drinker. Mouthfeel and drinkability are strong suits, and this is a beer that adds up to more than its individual parts. Recommended to anyone who enjoys dark lagers.

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Photo of Domingo
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay (Las Vegas).
Pours a deep brown color with a head that gets big fast, but settles down to a normal sheen just a quickly.
Toasty sweet dark bready flavors with a hint of chocolate and molasses. Flavor starts sweet bun finishes dry.
Easy drinking and generally pretty tasty.
Not the best dunkel, nor the worst. Just a good example that's right in the middle of the pack. Still with so few making it to the US, this is definitely a good bet for anyone who likes the style and doesn't have the ability to fly to Bavaria every time they want one!

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Photo of alkemy
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the local Brat maker. I've had it on other occasions, but threw the bottle away without even seeing who made the stuff. Had a darkish amber color with a finger (at most) of head after a pretty weak pour. I did get the hint of grape, but it was merely a hint. Mostly just a bready, honey sweetness. It just doesn't do much for me, but when the wife tries to bring home a new beer for me to try, I can't complain too much.

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Photo of atis
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark brown with large tan head with excellent retention that lasts till the end of the glass, patchy downsliding lacing. Aroma is mild toasty sweet malt.

Taste is similar to aroma - nice dark and bready malt, hints of caramel perhaps and some bittery chocolate with medium-dry finish. Mouthfeel is smooth medium with less than average carbonation.

Overall, nicely done. Especially I liked that that the flavour was not as sweet as the nose suggested.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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 ThirstyBird
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Namako
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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 pmcadamis
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - This one pours a light root-beer brown from its cool swing top bottle, and creates a thin eggshell head that doesn't stick around for long. Lots of bubbles are stuck all around the glass up and down its entire height. I've never really seen this before in a beer... it goes even further to give it a root beer soda pop look. This is pretty clear, and has a bit of a purple cast to it in the light.

S - Ahhh. Crisp and clean dark malt notes jump out of the glass. Tootsie rolls, light chocolate cake, and whipped chocolate mousse. These are the lightly chocolaty-without-being-overly-sweet notes that I love in this style, and I would like to think that I definitely could have pegged this style in a blind nosing.

T - Again, tootsie rolls and whipped chocolate mousse on chocolate icecream. Maybe with a few sprinkles. I know that I'm really harping on the chocolate here, but this isn't heavy and rich like a doppelbock. Its much more understated. There are some herbal-grassy components on the finish, along with a touch of wood-ash and metallic mineral notes.

M - Light bodied and crisp. This is a beer with a pilsener body and doppelbock aspirations. Crisp and very clean with a refreshing and cooling temperament.

D - Though I prefer the smokier Schwarzbeirs (very similar styles.... except Munich Dunkels are crisper and cleaner), this is a great brew to have when you need a good thirst quencher but also want something a little darker and malty than a spicy German Pils or hoppy pale ale. This is far from the best example of the style (which can be sorta boring anyway), but it ain't al bad.

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Photo of CWiggins
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham for under $3. I've had the Doppelbock from this brewer, and although I found it average at best, I love their bottles! Their brews just appeared at Sam's this week, and I picked this one up to try for no particular reason.

It pours a dark brown with only a mildly fizzy head of cola-like foam. Very nice color, with blends of dark brown and deep reds; I didn't expect this, as I hadn't yet determined the style of this beer. (I assumed this may be traditional Bavarian lager, simply because the label was so lightly colored.) Aromas of dark malts and sweet brown sugar, light air of dark ripe fruit, and bread dominate the nose. The flavor is certainly not too big; it's mainly of dark sweet flavors reminiscent of rich bread, turbinado sugar, and mild fruits. Overall, I'd describe the flavor and mouthfeel as lean, but that's true of most lagers. Very drinkable, but with enough complexity to make it interesting.

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Photo of farrago
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pleasingly whipped up froth of a head, thin yet aggressively popping bubbles all over. A moderately deep brown sits in the middle of the glass, further out yellow wins out over any orange hues. Presents a sweet and soft profile in the nose without any truly overt malt notes, you get pumpernickel bread, rye, dried molasses, green apple to pear to red cherry fruit, brazil and hazelnuts, overall it's stripped down to an indistinguishable, if still correct, core. In the mouth it's Medium-bodied with a good degree of fluidity that knows when to slow down given its lack of flash. The carbonation is crisp and feels more like a higher quantity of smaller pinpricks than foam. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses flavors appear sans true sweetness. The same pumpernickel to rye bread profile exists here, more bready and doughy than grainy. The mineral water element evokes a splash of lemon peel. It seems intent on pleasing in the most self-effacing manner possible, a beer to be consumed heartily by local men with big hands and messy plates of food. As if you can smell the beer stains permeating the walls and floors of the Biergärten.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a brown color and a somewhat clear consistency. There was a good half inch of creamy head and some good lacing.

S: Not an overwhelming smell, but nice. Malt, a little hops and some sugary element.

T: Flavor consisted of toasted malt, maybe a little caramel and some hops. A fairly well executed taste.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. It didn't blow me away by any means, but it's a well made beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of giblet
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured nicely into the glass with one inch of head. nice steady carbonation. smells of spuds and bread. decent flavor and body in the mouff. not too bad of a beer but not as much color and flavor as i had expected. would like to try closer to home.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of stcules
2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reddish-caraeml color. Clean. Light beige colored foam, average.
In the smell a light caramel, and a very light hazelnut. Pleasant, but not too characterized.
Similar taste, with malt and caraeml, but also some light spicy notes in the back.
The taste is a bit better, and anyway, quite pleasant.
The aftertaste starts with spicy notes, and then with caramel, quite long, with some burnt notes in the finish.
Light to average body.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Holzar poured a dark brown with a quick dissipating foam head that left some suds on the side of the glass. Came from John's Market with the flip top lid no freshness date.

The aroma was of slightly roasted malts with a grape smell.

The taste was pretty malty with a medium body and light bitterness. It had a semi dry finish with moderate carbonation in the brew. Overall it is an enjoyable beer. 3 or 4 on a hot day would be wonderful.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single in Las Vegas, was excited because of the cool label.

A: Very cool swing top bottle and loud pop when opened. Poured a deep mahogany color with a thick, billowy off white head that sticks around quite nicely. Looks similar to many dopplebocks. Interesting.

S: Honey, some hoppy smells, mainly just malty smells. Slight caramel hints as well. Smells very good.

T: Has a distinct sweetness to it. Very honeylike in flavor, very subdued and very little bitterness. Slight hop bite at the end. Slightly metallic taste though is a bit offsetting.

M: Very crisp in the mouth. Nice carbonation. Goes down very smooth and easy.

D: This beer is very drinkable and would make a great session beer if I could get ahold of it more frequently. There is a slightly off metallic taste to it though, and that is a bit offsetting, but all in all a really tasty beer.

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Photo of rking
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While pouring this into a plain pint glass t had a light amount of white head. The smell is pretty plain with no real mouth watering aromas. The beer itself is very light but has a nice bitterness after every sip. All around a sold beer with a nice dark amber color. .

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark amber. Nose is mild. Slight grainy edge. A touch of malts. A bit of sweetness to it. Flavor has a good body to it with a thick malt influence that provides a hearty experience. Feel is pretty good with a slightly lower than average amount of carbonation. Drinakble, sure. I can't classify this as a great beer though. Even if you pass on trying it, you might not really be missing out on much.

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Photo of bark
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is deep brown-red; the liquid is clear. The finger thick head slowly sinks down to a thick beige lid, leaving a thick ring and lots of lacing.

The smell is sweet, malty and a little bitter. I found notes of treacle, grass and herbs. Although it is far from mild, I found it all over thin.

The taste is malty, lightly roasted, earthy and a little dry. Some salty notes, hints of sweet almonds and roasted meat. There are some light bitter notes of hops; I guess the notes of boiled vegetables come from the hops too. The aftertaste brings more sweetness; hints of herbs, wet cardboard and cheap dark chocolate.

The carbonation is medium strong; the liquid is mid-watery.

A very malty beer this is, with some roasted notes. But at the same time, it misses the body and refinement I want from a fine dark lager. On the other hand… It seems like this is the way a Munich Dunkels is supposed to be.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew doesn't produce too much head, but a decent amount of light tan foam. The body is dark amber in color and is very clear.

The aroma is mostly a sort of a copper type. Imagine smelling old pennies and that's what I'm talking about.

The taste of this brew is light and well balanced. Light hints of caramel and toffee with a sour finish.

I suppose this is the meat of this brewery's market, which is sorry; however this brew is average and makes for a decent session beer.

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Holzar-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
3.64 out of 5 based on 172 ratings.
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