Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Lager - Helles
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3.61 | pDev: 13.57%
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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HappyHourHero from Indiana

2.97/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It took a vigorous poor to produce the foamy, half inch thick, white head. Unfortunately it took longer to pour the straw colored beer then it did for the head to fade. Mildly sweet aroma of black tea and purple grapes. Neutral malt flavor and undertones of grapes in the flavor. The flavors just vanish in the finish. The body is on the light side of moderately full, and there is a bit of fine carbonation to add to the mouthfeel. It's a bit fruity for a lager, but that's my only complaint. Not that there is anything good to say about this beer either.

Feb 24, 2008
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Jason from Massachusetts

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

16.9 oz brown flip-top bottle with no freshness date from HDT Importers Inc.

Appearance: Very bright golden hue, nice clarity. Thick two fingers of froth form and leave a semi-sticky white lace.

Smell: Sweet bready malt, hints of honey and noble hops.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Incredibly smooth with a creamy moderate body, ample crispness from the carbonation. Fresh malt flavors, with an underlying hoppiness that comes though to balance. Sweet malt becomes juicy in the middle with more hop flavor. Ends semi-dry with a long malt-hop finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Wow, quite impressive. You really don’t come by lagers like this too often. Paired well with some mild Munster cheese and country ham.

Jun 23, 2004
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AaronRed from New York

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice bottle. Also expensive (for what it is). At first a musty smell eminates as I pour the beer. Faint yellow and clean looking, the smell subsided and a sweeter smell evolved. Pretty much a solid brew. Crisp and clean, faint grain and light malt flavors are upfront. This is a very drinkable brew and you could put back a few if you had enough money. I paid 2.99 for a 16 ounce bottle. Not crazy, but not the best buy for your money.

Sep 13, 2002
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mattmaples from Oregon

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

This is a great Helles lager. Light malt sweetness balanced light hop character. Nice head but disapates quickly. Very drinkable with a clean finish.

Mar 29, 2002
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marc77 from California

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

Tralucent dark straw. Thin, soapy porcelain head manages loose, tattered lace. Soft, grainy malt with hints of husk in aroma. Mellow, doughy underbaked bread. Sharp, grassy hop. Clean and tame aromawise. Bready pilsner malt sweetness upfront is quickly overrun by assertive, but rounded hop bitterness. Little noteable malt character, save a parching, brittle cracker tone. Mild grassy hop flavor with a lemony citric twang. Trace sulfur lends a mild savory, vegetal note. Very well attenuated and brisk in mouthfeel, but only a notch above thin. Quite thirst quenching. Finishes bone dry with quickly fading notes of fresh, sweet grass. A refreshing brew more like a uninspired German Pils than a Helles in overall character. Simple overall and quite lanky in malt backbone. Innocuous and very drinkable, just not terribly exciting.

Dec 28, 2003
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a one-finger white head that fades slowly and leaves a little lace. Light carbonation, light to medium bodied. Color is a clear yellow, not cloudy even though the yeasty overtones would suggest otherwise. Starts yeasty and sweet, finishes smooth. $2.95 for a 500ml bottle at Colonial Spirits, Acton, MA.

Sep 08, 2004
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

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

After spending the morning (24SEP08) walking around and taking a tour inside of Neuschwanstein Castle, daughter Colleen and I needed to refuel. We hit a small outside Imbiss in Hohenschwangau and scored some Brats, Frittes and, for me, a bottle of Neuschwansteiner (cost 2.35EU).

It poured a clear, pale straw color, with a creamy, white head, with decent stick. Carbo was fine and steady. Nose had light crackery malt with herbal, slightly grassy hops. It was a fairly smooth bier on the palate, with a medium body.

Flavor had some light malt sweetness, with more crackery qualities being evident. As with the aroma, hopping was leaning towards grassiness, with a suggestion of nobility, which lingers with a smidge of dry spiciness down the throat. Hit the spot with the Brat und Pommes.


look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


Oct 02, 2008
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maxpower from Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Swing top bottle pours a slightly hazy golden with a fluffy white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Bready malty aroma, cracker, honey and lemon flavors, light bodied with a thin and kind of watery mouthfeel. Finishes dry with some bitterness, very refreshing and drinkable.

Oct 23, 2005
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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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Thrasher from Oregon

3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New import. Accidentally got 2 bottles since they had slightly different labels and I didn't look close enough to see they were the same. Don't know which one was fresher either. Both seemed slightly off. Quite expensive and turned out to be pretty run-of-the-mill. Clear golden yellow, good vibrant head, vague stale skunky aroma. A couple dark flecks of what looked like dead insect in one of the bottles. What the heck is that? The other one, which has a freshness date of 25.11.2002, was a bit skunkier. All in all, not much character, a standard Bavarian lager, smooth & rounded but lacking in taste - not unpleasant though. Slightly creamy, very bubbly. I'm sure this has been damaged by time and travel; surprising since this was a new arrival at the store. One bottle had noticeably less beer than the other before opening. Some very good qualities but just very little flavor. The Der Hirschbrau line of beers is brewed by Privatbrauerei Hoss. 4.7% abv.

Apr 30, 2002
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Sigmund from Norway

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

2 liter mock ceramic (glass, actually) swingtop siphon ("growler"), as "Neuschwansteiner Das Echte", brewery filled, bought at Ole Simon, Sandnes, Norway. Pale golden colour, a faint haziness. Large to moderate head. Pleasant aroma of aromatic hops. Flavour is a typical standard helles: moderate malts, moderate hops, grainy notes, easy drinking, nothing unpleasant but nothing really remarkable either. Nice enough, but the siphon was more impressive than the beer.

Nov 24, 2005
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Everyone comments on the bottle, it's nice, I guess. Anything that has to do with King Ludwig does have a certain aura. I picked this up in a mixed three pack at the Munich Airport for 7 euros, so I think it was reasonably priced.

Very pale yellow in color, not much of an aroma. Since I'd been in Germany for over a week, I've got to say that this is not the best lager I've had in the last two weeks. It's just not as crisp and clean tasting as some of the others available. I gave it a 3.5 for drinkability, because it is pretty harmless tasting, just not that mind-blowing a pilsner.

Feb 23, 2003
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CharlesRiver from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cool flip top bottle with the Cinderella castle and two swans on the lable. Very light yellow in color with almost no head. Very effervesant as tons of bubbles make their way to the top.

The smell is a bit yeasty with hints of citrus and maybe something tarte? The taste is actually more than one dimensional. Soft and delicate in the beginning with a nice touch of bitterness in the end. Very clean and crisp. I pick up something a metallic. Not overpowering in anyway. I do believe this is my first stab at this style? Maybe not, I don't really know.

Dec 05, 2003
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Dogbrick from Ohio

2.87/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew is a dark golden color with mild effervescence and a thin white head. Very little lacing. The aroma is fruity and lightly hoppy. Light-bodied and on the sweet side for the most part, with malt, fruit and hay flavors. The finish is rather weak but has some flavor to it. Pretty low on the Helles food chain but not terrible.

Jun 01, 2004
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goindownsouth from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bier was picked up in the now infamous 500ml brown fliptop bottle, which would make for great homebrew bottles, by the way...

A pale golden brew out of the bottle, the head, once thick and foamy, dissipates quickly leaving a good lace on the glass.

The aroma, I am sad to say, was a bit lacking. It did not have the earthy-bread-like punch I was hoping for. Not bad, but not iverly impressive.

This bier tastes pretty good. Like I mentioned on the aroma, I was hoping this bier would have had a little something more than it did.

Not bad. I am certainly gladd I tried it. There are more biers out there that are worse than of those that are better. If you can find it, and you are looking for a drinkable German Helles, seek and ye shall find.

Zum wohl!

Oct 18, 2003
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

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

Pours a clear, straw gold body beneath a 1/4" head of bright white foam that holds well and leaves rings of craggy lace about the glass. The nose is clean and distinctly malty with just a suggestion of hops in the background. The mouth is medium bodied and crisp. Its wide, bready maltiness dominates the flavor (with some Munich malts); laced with some spicy, floral, and herbal hops; and balanced by a sturdy bitterness. It finishes drying with a residual touch of maltiness and some spicy hops. Very well done!

Jul 02, 2005
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It comes in a heavy brown bottle with a recapable flip top lid.
It pours a dull brassy golden color with a pure white head that fades to a thin-rimmed coating. The mild aroma is of a distant bread shop and light hops. A slight caramel sweetness and very herbal flavor makes for a light bodied but flavorful malt. The hops provide a mild lemon and lime bitterness, and a slightly metallic bite. This is a highly drinkable Bavarian Lager - a perfect companion to beans and franks with German potato salad.

Oct 17, 2003
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mschofield from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with ceramic topper, a picture of Neuschwanstein on the label (New Stone Swan, most famous castle of King Ludwig the Bavarian).
Pours golden with a short white head that quickly settled to a film.
Aromas of honey and banana. Strong honey flavor and quite earthy, slight clove. It came as honey to me, a friend I tried it with thought bread however.
Very smooth, highly carbonated and a light body. Easy to drink and low in ABV, I could go through quite a few if it cost less.

Dec 16, 2003
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schrist275 from Florida

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a beautiful bottle. The color is a golden yellow and clear. The head that develops into a fine line of glass hugging very tight lace, and stays. Constant carbonation, easily seen and tasted. The smell is light, nothing overly spectacular. The flavor leans towards apples, a very good easy flavor. The flavor sticks with you without leaving that film in the mouth, you know the one that I am talking about. This thing is worth buying if you get the chance. Thank god for Xmas or I never would have gotten it.

Dec 28, 2002
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in the "flip-top" 500ml bottle with the bavarian castle and colours on the label.
Nice light golden coloured beer, with a nice sized pure white head that lingers, some slight haziness.
Nice fresh hoppy lager aroma,pretty good.
The taste has a pretty nice balance between the malts and the hop flavours, sweet to start then gets decidedlly bitter as it goes on.
The mouthfeel is slightly cloying for some strange reason but its not terrible.
A pretty drinkable beer overall but not great.

Apr 25, 2003
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Globetrotter from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a tall brown half-liter bottle with a swing top and a label featuring the namesake castle in the Bavarian alps. The purity law applies. Best before 10/7/04, I opened it on 2/14/04.

Pours a clear pale gold under a one finger off-white head that settles quickly and leaves just a hint of lace. The nose is nice - full of fresh barley. The mouth is medium carbonated and medium bodied. There's a nice smooth barley malt taste, must like a Helles should have. There is very little hops here, though; just smooth malt. I detected no finish, per se, and only the mildest hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. This is not a great beer, but it is certainly perfectly good for drinking.

Feb 14, 2004
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sabrills70 from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium gold with a 1 1/2 finger head that had OK retension. Aroma of a nice pils malt with some honey and citrus notes. Taste is of a light pils. More malt than hops. Sweet honey really comes through. Light on the hops side but still noticeable. Medium carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Very light and drinkable. A good lawnmower beer.

Jun 26, 2005
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DESTRO from Nevada

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

pours a bright golden with good clarity. half inch head dies almost immediatly. smells strongly of straw/cereal. taste is oddly nutty followed by a good crisp euro lager sweetness. light hopping with a touch of honey. crisp in the mouth and very refreshing. finishes a bit dry. very quenching. i dig.

Jun 05, 2007
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WesWes from New York

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

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, dry pale malt scent with a lager yeast finish. It has a bit of malt sweetness in there as well. The taste is decent also. It has a light pale malt feel to it, with a slightly sweet, yet dry lager yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine Bavarian lager. It's not my favorite style, but this one stands out.

Jul 02, 2004
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Sprows from Rhode Island

3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz swing-top bottle that emitted an evil-potion style cloud for a moment as it was uncapped due to carbonation. Poured nicely and head dissipated quickly from glass with no residue.

Smell was pungent but inviting.

Despite the look of Budweiser, the taste was more robust than its doppelganger, with steady malt flavor.

Mouthfeel was thin and smooth, with medium carbonation. Easily sipped or gulped.

A very drinkable lager, with neither outrageous pesonality nor any major drawbacks. The lack of real distinction to the positive or negative rendered this an average beer with intangibles raising its rating rather than detracting. Worth quaffing yourself.

Aug 12, 2004
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Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 124 ratings