Holzar-Bier | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
Germany
hirschbraeu.de

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
168
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 168
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 BeerResearcher
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It comes in a nifty 16.9oz porcelain-type pop-top lidded brown bottle. This one pours an interesting dark motor oil amber with a big bubbly, fast fading white head. The malt aroma gives way to a wet grassy scent. The biscuity malt is somewhat sweet and fairly herbal. A slightly metallic tang gives an edgy quality to the fruity apple taste. A light flavor of pineapple lingers in the distance. This is an easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a tall pop-top brown bottle with a fairly plain label featuring a guy chopping down a tree with an axe. Purity law applies. Best before 5/19/04, I opened it on 11/11/03.

Poured a clear rich copper hue under a thin off-white head that required a pretty violent pour to start, then settled quickly to film and collar. No lace. The nose is very mild, with just a hint of caramel. As the brew warmed, the caramel notes came out a bit stronger. The mouth is very prickly and medium-bodied. The taste is a bit harsh, not quite sour and definitely not sweet. It's not malty smooth, either, but there's some malt here. A touch of caramel comes out in the finish, and there's a bit of hops in the aftertaste. The main taste is, well, a bit more substantial than water, but somehow tough to define. The warmer it got, the better it got, however, with more caramel to enjoy. Still, not a great beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one foamed up a pretty good head, but the body was dark, which is good, but seemed clear and thin.

Smell – The toasted malts are present for sure. I’m also picking up a maple brown sugar sweetness that is quite pleasing.

Taste – The toasted malt comes out big, but it’s singular and unrefined. There’s very little complexity to this brew, but I guess it fills the bill.

Mouthfeel – Very flat but smooth. It’s kind of watery though and very flat in the mouth.

Drinkability – I’m using this for me beer-basted bratwurst. It’s not good enough to stand alone.

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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 PatandDavid
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was really ready to be impressed by this one...and it didn't happen.

Poured a beautiful cola color, nice head, of course, minimal carbonation.

Slightly sweet, nicely full-bodied, but the finish was a bit metallic, and I found that very disapointing after such a nice pour.

I think there are better versions of this out there.

Forgot to add: my bottle clearly states alc. 5.2% vol.

/pat

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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 Thrasher
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is their "Special Amber Lager." Indeed it is unique among dunkels and amber lagers and doesn't quite fit in but is an individual, at least in my limited experience. Hardly any odor, dirty copper/amber color unlike I've seen, good juicy head. Basically a tasty clean lager with sweet roasty hints, malty & hearty, with pleasant cleansing taste. Mellow hops balance the malts to make a toffeeish, buttery brew with a chewy mouthfeel and a very good finish. There's actually not much to this beer; it's a bit empty-tasting especially for the price. However, it's nice enough and very drinkable. The Der Hirschbrau line of beers is brewed by Privatbrauerei Hoss.

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

I'm not too sure where to put this beer style wise. It makes no style claims on the label and it is someplace inbetween and dunkel and amber lager. It REALLY needs to be surved at cellar temp, when cold it had a metalic taste. It had a medium but persistant head, clean lager feel and a light carmel malt sweetness.

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