Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #248
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3.61 | pDev: 13.57%
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean, copper-colored beer. Nice, deep malt flavor comes through in the mid-taste.A simple beer, nothing amazingly complex, but very satisfying as we expect from Bavaria.

Nov 12, 2018
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KellBell from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml swing top bottle into a pint glass.

Slightly turbid, pale golden with a roughly half-inch loosely foaming head that quickly disappeared. Sparse, tiny bubbles reflect the mild carbonation.

The aroma is light and fresh, with a little sweet, dried summer grass.

The taste is what I would expect from a German lager. Very drinkable and refreshing, just enough hops, balanced with bread-y sweetness, with a hint of whiskey. The only minor complaint I have is the alcohol taste seems to elbow its way to the front a little, but not enough to interfere with the overall experience.

On the palate this lager is light, but not too watery, mild carbonation.

I'm a little biased because this is one of my favorite beer styles. But I really like this beer. I will have this one again for sure. Beware... It's so drinkable, the alcohol sneaks up!

Jan 07, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

clean golden yellow pour with a half inch of head which quickly dissipated.
smells citrusy sweet.. like a lemon orange zest. mainly sweet malts and bready yeast.
slight grassy bitterness up front, a skunky bready yeast flavor follows, then a burnt-like bitterness makes way for the final flavor offering of sweet bready malts. kind of all over the place with great flavors.
light-medium body, mild carbonation.

i feel like this could be better with a little more carbonation. a sweet lager, almost pils like, with a dry finish. very crisp, flavorful, and refreshing.

Jan 06, 2013
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oberon from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a honey tinged light golden color with a fluffy one finger white head atop.Grainy withiron notes in the nose,light toast a faint sweetness as well.Quite dry on the palate with that toasted grain element coming thru,faint vanilla tinged sweetness with slightly detected sour bite in the finish.Not bad,not very complex but it's great while outside grilling on a kick ass autumn like today gearing up for uopefully another Tiger beat down of the Yankees tonight.

Oct 16, 2012
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andrenaline from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Grassy hops and bready malts, musty and a hint of wheat.

T - Much like the nose with heavy grassy notes, loads of pilsener style hops that linger with bready flavors and wheat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry on the finish.

O - A tasty ale with loads of pilsener style hop notes. Definitely flavorful a suitable for the style. Well worth the 4 pack that it came in.

Aug 12, 2012
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stevoj from Idaho

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Catch up rating from notes, 2012: Bottle as part of mixed half rack from Edeka. Normal golden pour with medium sized fluffy head. Aroma is mostly the grainy, sweet malts normal for the style. Taste is bit more sweet than the norm, and a more pronounced bite at the finish. Overall, decent.

Apr 11, 2012
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 16.9oz brown flip-top bottle:

The beer poured a clear, bright golden color that produced a very nice white foamy head, which left some lacing and ultimately dissipated into a thin, spotty cap.

The aroma was possibly one of the best for this style that I have tried, a nice strong sweet bready aroma with just a hint of hops.

The taste of the beer is as expected, but just better than others that I have tried. The beer had a nice, fresh malty/bready flavor that had just enough hops to balance it out. The beer was exceptionally smooth, creamy, and crisp. The beer finished with a nice dry finish.

Overall, this beer is exceptionally easy to drink and should be drunk often. Possibly one of the best lagers that I have ever tried.

Jan 19, 2012
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crossovert from Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml swing-top bottle.

It pours a hazy gold with a quickly-dissipating white head.

Smell is grainy, and unfortunately old smelling. I think it is an old bottle.

The flavor is again off. Sweet, grainy, sugary. Obviously not fresh.

Take the rating of this one with a grain of salt. I am sure it is a lot better when it is fresh, this bottle obviously is not fresh.

Nov 13, 2011
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draheim from Washington

3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass. Pours a hazy straw color with a disappointing head. Carbonation is an irregular mix of tiny to large bubbles.

Aroma is grainy with an unidentifiable, mildly acidic smell that reminds me vaguely of V-8: tomato? celery?

Taste is grainy, a little lemony, biscuity.

Dry crisp clean finish. I haven't had many Helles Lagers so I don't know how this compares to others, but I didn't much enjoy this one and won't be seeking it out again.

Nov 12, 2011
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Luigi from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with a two-half finger head with plenty of carbonation. Head retention is great with a blanket of lace head the glass till the end.

The aroma is ripe with grassy hops and sweet malt. Spicy hop is delicate and balanced.

Taste clean with a great balance of malt of hops. Semi-sweet malts balanced out perfectly with a mild spicy hop.

Light bodied with a little carbonation. Great drinkability! Classic German taste! All I can say is I loved this Lager!

Nov 03, 2011
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nickfl from Florida

4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One and a half fingers of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves average lace.

S - Grainy pilsner malt with some spicy hops in the background.

T - Rich malt up front with notes of honey and graham cracker. Some herbal hop flavors show up in the middle and balance the bready malt. Some floral hop character shows up in the finish with light bitterness and more honey malt that lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable and well made. The malt character is rich and intense with enough noble hops to keep it balanced. This is a really excellent example of the style and one that seems to have held up well despite the long trip from Germany.

Oct 31, 2011
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doughanson78 from Washington

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. First Munich Helles Lager.

A: A very light pale straw yellow color. Very clear. Small half finger head that disappeared quickly. There is no lace to speak of.

S: Very grainy and biscuity with some corn notes. Lemony. Some hay and grassy aromas.

T: Grains, bread, biscuits, and creamed corn up front. Lemony grains in the middle. Finishes with lots of hay and grassy notes and a little honey. Touches of caramel throughout.

M: Light bodied but not watery. Medium carbonation. Crisp, clean, and smooth.

O: Being my first from this style it didn't impress me. Not really into lagers anyways. Definitely a easy drinking beer. Low ABV, no bitterness, and easy on the palate flavors make it an easy session beer.

Oct 06, 2011
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barleywinefiend from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear straw yellow with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Grassy, floral, hints of grains

T: Sweet, nice grassy nites, floral hops and down right sweet. An amazing lager with loads of flavor.

M: Lighter body, sweet, easy to drink and amazingly easy to drink

O: Delicous! If you dont drink Lagers then you can not identify but I agree with the Bros on this. Solid A doubt

Aug 15, 2011
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MeisterBurger from Canada (ON)

3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a weak, clear gold with a frothy head and tiny effervescent bubbles that rocket upwards leaving rings of lace.

The aroma is cream corn, pale malts and a hint of noble hops and grain husks.

The taste is very mild and hugely reminiscent of the aroma, as sweet pale malt is balanced against a floral bitterness with some corn in there for good measure. A little too honey sweet and and not dry enough for my liking, but decent. Reminds me of a Kolsh, actually.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Drinkability...sure. Why not?

A middling effort all around

Feb 18, 2011
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the LCBO as part of a giftpack. 500ml swingtop into a pint glass. Best before date of May 11, 2011.

Pours a clear pale yellow, with a few dense fingers of head. Sticky lace and moderate retention. To style, I guess. Nose of slightly sweet grain, mild floral hops and not a ton else going on. Taste is similar, and tame. Some subtle noble hops, a dominant pale malt and a weird slimy film that lingered on my mouth and palate for a while. Definitely not attractive at all, did something go wrong? Decent mouthfeel when I got 'used' to that. Medium low carbonation, kinda drinkable I guess. Wasn't a big fan.

Jan 05, 2011
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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Part of the LCBO's winter HirschBrau gift set. A lovely bottle design on the front, probably the kind of beer Mad King Ludwig would have envisioned being served at has castle.

Poured into the accompanying Neuschwansteiner glass, which I think is of the "stange" variety (definitely well-suited for a koelsch, at any rate). Deep golden, slightly opaque, leaves behind a thin head with some flecks of lacing. I must say this is a rather limp looking brew, nothing zippy or exciting about it. Little visible carbonation, pours a bit soupy. Already looks flat. A vigorous swirl to fill the glass a second time did little to spring some life into things. Pity.

Nose is decidedly more pleasant, with lemon, herbal hops, Munich malts, a nice grainy, farmland feel to it.

Tastes like a sweet German pilsner, with the emphasis on a solid malt profile and lemon/herbal hops. A bit too sweet for my tastes, but there is certainly nothing artificial to this brew.

The whole thing feels rather flat and watery, not really doing it for me. Carbonation provides the occasional zip of flavor, but generally it feels flat and lifeless. I'm actually wondering if the brew's gone a bit past its prime, but it's only been in the fridge for a day or two and the gift set was a recent purchase, with the hefeweizen tasting and feeling just fine the night before. So I'm not really sure that's the problem. But, since I'm obligated to base my review on what I have in front of me, rather than what I think it should have been, this one missed the mark.

I really have to stress that this was not a poor-tasting brew. It's quite flavorful and has most of the things I'm looking for in a Munich helles. However, the poor appearance and lifeless body reveal one of two things: that Neuschwansteiner doesn't ship well to Ontario (and hopefully tastes better in its native Southern Germany), or this beer is simply not among the brewery's best. Since I so enjoyed their bock and hefeweizen imports, I'm going to lean towards the latter.

Jan 02, 2011
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Neuschwansteiner is the castle that inspired Disney's Cinderella's Castle; this beer doesn't look likely to inspire much and, having seen Neuschwansteiner in person, I can say that it's nowhere near as picturesque. In fact, I'm a little concerned for its health - the beer's yellow colour appears weak and anemic, its complexion foggy and fading and its head almost totally invalid. It's not the belle of the ball, that's for sure.

The aroma, however, assures me that the beer is in fine standing: its coarse graininess makes it feel as though someone were rubbing straw and hay against my nostrils while a pungently grassy hoppiness remains firmly affixed in the background. It's like taking a tour of a farm (that lacks all the usual unpleasantries) in the midst of spring bloom.

The beer strikes me as a pilsner, and a mighty serviceable one at that. Its maltiness is pale, plain and simple, but toothsome nonetheless with assertive notes of lightly toasted white bread to which its hoppiness is tightly fastened. It's a characteristically Noble-brand of hops that appends all those floral, grassy, earthy and lemony undertones.

And also, it should be noted, a fairly unabashed bitterness. Like a whip that cracks over the tongue, the sensation of alpha acids and vegetal spice lingers on the palate substantially louder (and longer) than the cracker-like qualities of the malts. The body is substantially hefty and often feels like there must have been more grain used than water.

Neuschwansteiner is not your fairytale lager but it does have a happy ending, in that in the end I was very happy to have drunk it. All of the HirschBrau products I've had have been more than passable and, while they haven't exactly exhibited the quality or craftsmanship for which German breweries are renown, they have showcased just how agreeable and wholesome their styles tend to be and, indeed, this is both those things.

Dec 24, 2010
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a moderate short-lived head. Little to no lace throughout. Very pale yellow in colour. A very plain looking beer.

Nose is grain and hops. Decent enough. Carries right through to the flavour of the beer. Again, an average beer. Quite sweet as it warms up, almost to the point of distraction.

Gentle carbonation, light and thin-bodied but with a deceptively creamy mouth feel.

Overall - tasty, but nothing special. A bit too much on the sweet side.

Dec 22, 2010
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a good two finger white head. In terms of colour it's more yellow than gold and bright with medium carbonation.

S - Grain, sugar and noble hop make up the aroma.

T - Lot's more noble hop and grain. Not a whole lot going on but appropriate for the style.

M - Mild carbonation, finishes crisp.

D - I wouldn't seek this out but I enjoyed the bottle I had. Nice and refreshing and decently flavourful.

Dec 21, 2010
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear yellow colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation of the beer and there is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - breads/grains, corn syrup, hay/straw, slight skunkiness

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it comes across as slightly watery. Most of the taste is made up breads/grains, corn syrup, and hay/straw. There is also a slight pilsner skunkiness and some very faint hops. It finishes with a grassy slightly bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - Just an average beer.. its highly drinkable but nothing worth seeking out.

Dec 17, 2010
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from the LCBO christmas pack.

Pours a clear straw yellow, a touch of light golden highlighting, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, no real lacing sticks, pretty standard looking lager.

Smell is alright, lightly malty, quite sweet, a bit of honey, some grain, light toast, a bit of floral and some grassy hoppiness, pretty clean aroma, but not very exciting.

Taste is similar, quite sweet up front, lightly sugary with some honey notes, grassy hops, a bit of biscuit/toast through the middle, a touch of floral with some grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drinkable, a decent lager but quite plain and unexciting.

Nov 28, 2010
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MattyV from Canada (ON)

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale gold colour with a big creamy white head the leaves some lacing. Picking up lots of sweet grain in the nose, as well as some grassy notes. The taste is a mixture of bready malt and noble hops; the sweet malt flavours assert themselves a little more and tend to dominate. The aftertaste is surprisingly crisp and clean. Light-bodied with a soft carbonation that lends a creamy mouthfeel. I found this to be a bit too sweet and lacking complexity, but not a bad beer overall.

Nov 12, 2010
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mintjellie from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw in colour showing brilliant clarity. The thick pillow of head that tops it settles to a thin layer of bubbles, and laces spottily. Mild aroma of bread and noble hops, a character that I wish would assert itself a bit more. Has that doughy yet neutral flavour a lout of good pilsners possess, but with more residual sweetness. That sweet flavour is somewhat like honey, but nowhere near as sweet as honey. Hop flavour is lemony and grassy, but muted. Mild bitterness.

Feels light and crisp with soft carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling lightly oiled between sips. Balanced and clean, this is a very easy drinking beer. I'd be happy to session on this if it were available on its own in Ontario instead of as part of 3-piece gift set.

Nov 06, 2010
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle w/ the rubber stopper into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden yellow with light fogginess. Some white foam that fully dissolves.

Very light malty smell. Fairly plain.

Taste is light clean malt with minimal hop in the background. Very light. Hop really subdued.

Easy drinker. Very good.

Nov 05, 2010
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kwjd from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought as part of a 3 bottle pack from the Control Board in Ontario. Pours a clear straw yellow with huge white head and some nice lacing. Smells of grassy hops with some grainy malts. Flavour has a mild bitterness, but some good sweetness. Very smooth mouthfeel. A really nice lager.

Oct 30, 2010
Neuschwansteiner from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 124 ratings