Holzar-Bier | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

169 Ratings

Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 110 | Ratings: 169
Photo of Stubbie1
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A darkMahogany beer with a very small, off white, fast fading head.Crystall clear in the glass. Mild tones of roasted malt and a slight caramel flavor is present. Hops are noticed on the finish with a dry slightly bitter feel. Also a bit watery on the mouthfeel . Things did improve as the beer warmed up. More of the hops and caramel tones came out. Other than being a bit watery at first, a decent and enjoyable brew.

 419 characters

Photo of Fish113d
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pouring a chestnut color with 2 inches of foamy white head dissipating without much cling to the glass. However, it leaves a distinct edge layer; maybe a slight haze as I look through the glass. Aroma is of brown malts with slight caramel tones and a slight grape accent; not much else going on here. Taste is dry oak flavors and brown malts with a yeasty finish. Slightly sweet caramels scattered throughout, but nothing exciting. Feel is medium body with not much carbonation at room temp besides a little tingle on the tongue on the initial sip. Maybe a drying alcohol on the finish as well. Overall, not a bad brew, but the bottle really makes this one in my opinion.

 671 characters

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

German flip top bottle 1 pnt .9 fl oz. POPS! Open with a tight bop!

An aggressive pour yields a ½” beige cake like spumescent head cap over a dark amber brown pour with spotty carbonation bubbles. Head cap pops up after a few healthy swirls.

Leafy spice cake like aroma. Some grainy aspects.

First swigs: Plain oatmeal cereal flavors of malts. Basic grainy textures and flavor. Breakfast cereal malts. Some delicate roasted malts and some dry grassy hints of hops peek. A twinge of red apple mustiness. Sticky aftertaste of leather.

Easy sipper due to the medium body and dull carbonation. A drawback is the cloying butterscotch aftertaste.

Last swigs: Brown sugar and honey tea. Proper to style in that this is a one dimensional brew. How cool to open a flip top bottle. Without researching the ABV, it seems low in the 4-5% ABV mark. Never looking to try this again. In the land of German beers, Yuenglingville, this is a bit flat.

Beer is good. Happy beering. 25/3.65

 993 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger white head that fades quickly and leaves a little lace. Light-medium carbonation, light to medium bodied. Color is clear amber. Light malty nose. Starts sweet, finishes light with very little aftertaste. $2.95 for a 500ml bottle at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

 279 characters

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.

 718 characters

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.

 452 characters

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

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It has a light, yet malty scent that boasts of crystal malts and dry lager yeast; very sweet smelling. The taste is good. It has a light, malty flavor which is dominated with crystal malts. It goes down easy and refreshes. It leaves a sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little less than adequate carbonation. This is a fine tasting Dunkel, but the mouthfeel and appearance suck. Add some carbonation, please.

 538 characters

Photo of elmocoso
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A copper laced iced tea color. Head soon falls to a white, lacy covering that clings attractivly to the glass.

Very sweet, malty nose. Fresh. Not much hops but seems very balanced. Cool malty tast and full mouthfeel.

A very refreshing and drinkable drink.

 262 characters

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.

 761 characters

Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing-top bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Top popped with a audible and visible "pop" of CO2, and a bit of beer entered the atmosphere, but no overflow of liquid, so we're good to go. Poured into an imperial pint glass, a 1/2 inch but short-lived head formed, and quickly the caramel covered liquid was left with nothing but a slight layer of bubbles for a cap. Excellent malt nose, and the malt flavors dominate the taste as well. I'm leaning towards caramel as the strongest flavor, but another of the mid-range malts could be in charge. I keep wanting to think this could be darker or heartier in the mouthfeel, but then I look at the "dark lager" category and guess that we're doing admirably.

 734 characters

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.

 433 characters

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.

 530 characters

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.

 425 characters

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.

 900 characters

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.

 596 characters

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.

 1,202 characters

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.


 402 characters

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.

 517 characters

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.

 663 characters

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.

 315 characters

Holzar-Bier from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
3.63 out of 5 based on 169 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.