Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier HefeweisseHirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse

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Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jason
4.57/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Appearance: Stable dense two fingers of froth sit on top of the brew, just what I expect from a hefe. Super cloudy orange tan hue.

Smell: Smells of fresh lemon and orange zest with a spiciness of clove. Bready malt mingles with some ripe fruitiness of pears and plantains.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Smoothness is near perfect with a creamy malty medium body. An abundance of ripe fruit clashes with a spicy clove character. Quick pucker of a lemon with a big burst of wheat malt. The dusty yeast does not get in the way and actually adds some depth, long lingering after taste of spicy wheat malt shows some sweetness.

Drinkability & Notes: This is one stellar Hefeweisse, a close second to Weihenstephaner in my opinion. I paired this with some apple juice marinated extra thick pork chops and grill asparagus.

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Photo of jwc215
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml swing-top bottle, poured into weizen glass:

Pours straw yellow - more hazy than clouded. A thin white bubbly head doesn't hold as long as expected, with minimal lacing.

The smelll is of strong banana - like a frozen banana candy. Clove and mild floral notes lend a nice spicing, while allowing banana to come through powerfully.

The taste is of sweet banana candy - banana strong. Clove, a mild floral touch and a citric tart touch give balance to the sweetness in the finish. Banana lingers through aftertaste.

Crisp and effervescent while maintaining a fuller light-body. Carbonation seems right, so I'm surprised that head doesn't hang on longer. Very smooth and refreshing.

A classic hefeweizen! Outside of rather lackluster appearance, this is what a solid hefeweizen should be - banana-ish, with clove and slight tart giving balance to sweetness. A refreshing, delicious, smooth HW!

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Photo of Thrasher
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled some Hirschbrau beers when they first made it into the country not too long ago. They were victims of the trans-Atlantic journey and subsequently were hit or miss. This one is very much a hit. Gorgeous sunny golden color, crystal clear upon first pour, then tawny and lush on the second. Big blossoming head that fades. The bottle is no slouch either, a picturesque wheat-cutting scene and a welcome diversion from most other German packages that are typically no-nonsense. This is a fine hefe, right in the middle of the road for the style, perhaps veering a little towards the light/krystal end of the spectrum. Beeswax aroma. Apples, caramel, brown sugar, lemon all part of the generous flavor. Assertively refreshing, superbly balanced with a more prominent hop than is typically found in Bavarian weissebiers. Mouthfeel soft and velvety although not super-lustrous. I am a weissebier nut, so you might thing my review is skewed favorably. That may be, but consider it in a different way: I have tried a lot of Bavarian wheat beers and this stands up there with the best of them.

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Photo of RickS95
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial pour was very clear and very disappointing. I thought I'd swirled it enough to stir up the yeast, but I didn't. Gave it another try and was rewarded with the cloudy gold I'd been looking for. The head was thick and bright white, with nice retention.

Smells like all hefes should. Some lemon mixed in with some cloves and some banana all living with the expected tangy wheat scent.

Taste follows the lead set by the smell. Slight citric overtones mixed in with the tangy, crisp wheat. Has a breadiness to it, almost cracker-like. A bit of lemon dancing with the cloves in the finish. Almost no hop presence. As it warms, there is a contrasting sourness that makes all the other flavors really stand out.

Very smooth, a bit of sweetness. Definitely appropriate levels of spice. Slight tart acidity mixes well with the acid from the lemon, and all the acid is tempered well by the slightly sweet, gently tart wheat. Medium body. Crisp, tangy, clean finish.

One of the best hefes out there and while I'm not overly enthused about a lot of German beers, this is one I could drink every night. It could use more alcohol, but it's very drinkable and overall, one of the best of the type.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce brown flip-top bottle. No freshness date to be seen.

Thick and sturdy two-fingers of lacing on this one after an aggressive pour. Nice and murky with a yellow-orange colour. Aromas rich in fresh citrus zest mixed with clove. The malty goodness plays well with this. Smooth as a Weissbier could be. A great melding of the lemon and orange hints, banana, and clove goodness intertwined with the malty goodness.

A fantastic find, overall. I am disappointed I am only now trying this one after many trips to the Bier store and passing this offering in the past. I have had better in Bavaria, sure. But this is a fantastic offering.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of RealityDeviant
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16.9 oz. brown bottle obtained from Once Upon A Vine. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: This beer pours a dull, semi-cloudy orange with a healthy whitish head that dissipates with some speed. Hints of yellow come through where the light penetrates the brew. It certainly looks mellow and refreshing, like any good hefe weizen should.

Smell: A pleasant melange of orange and lemon peel with a spicy, bready undertone. I also detected hints of banana and peaches.

Taste: The sweet, fruity flavors in the beer are balanced out by the bit of spice. Bananas and peaches dance about the tongue with vanilla until supplanted by some sourness towards the end. A slightly mouth-puckering taste of lemon zest finishes the brew while orange lingers in the background.

Mouthfeel: Although it has a relatively thin body and is only moderately carbonated, the brew comes off as very creamy and goes down smoothly as one could hope for. Absolutely refreshing.

Drinkability: I think this is one of the best hefe weizens I’ve had in awhile. It does not have the obtrusive yeastiness that some hefes and witbiers can have. This has the makings of a great summer brew. I’ll be looking forward to trying this again.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy golden/orange has a two finger head with good retention and very little lacing. The aroma is of orange zest and clove with some wheat malt far in the back. The taste is initially of spicy wheat but the clove and fruit( orange,grapefruit) flavor dominate this beer. The beer is medium bodied smooth and creamy.

Reflection: This is by far my favorite Hefe Weizen, I like to buy locally but unfortunately for us I haven't found this beers equal anywhere in the U.S.. If you like the style it's a must try!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice light golden, cloudy of yeast, just what you expect of of a good Hefeweizen. Three fingers of hits bubbly head, recedes fast and leaves no lacing.
The smell is light and fruity. Lemon, orange, tart.
The Tate is a fruity beginning, with orange and citrus. The middle brings wheat and yeast for balance. The end is a nice tart and a little kick of hops.
Very good mouthfeel, very refreshing and drinkable.
Great beer!

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Photo of Lupe
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark yellow with orange hues. Nice sized white head left behind good lace. Aroma of citrus, bready malt, and spicy clove. Flavor contains lots of fruit, light banana, citrus and a lemon zestiness leading the way. Definatly got some bubble gum flavors; I've heard others describe this but never tasted it myself. Bready wheat malt and spice (clove) round things out and linger on the palate. Smooth and creamy with a medium body, but it retains the signature hefe crispness and refreshing characteristics. Highly drinkable, great flavor but not overpowering. A great hefe.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had some bad luck with swing-top carbonation lately, but this one popped off with lots of pressure and poured a very cloudy orange-amber color with over an inch of foam atop. Good phenolic nose with sweet, grainy wheat notes. Lots of clove notes, somewhat light on the fruit, with moderate bitterness (a little more bitter than most German examples) and unusually good malt flavor. Lots of carbonation with otherwise medium body.

Definitely on the more phenolic end of the spectrum, this reminds me of Franziskaaner. It's kind of halfway between the Spaten Franziskaaner hefe and dunkel. Very tasty.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle with rubber stopper into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale yellow with qucik disappearing foam.

Wheaty smell, mild banana smell. Flavorful wheaty taste, very smooth. Strong carbonation. Slightly sour finish.

Quite tasty, very pure. Enjoyed mightily.

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Photo of HogHill
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flip top half liter botte, paid $2.85 at Colonial Spirits in Acton, MA.

Appearance: filled my weizen glass with a translucent golden body that supported a very thick head.

Aroma: great banana and clove scents, no doubt about this one it smells like a top notch hefeweizen.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Like the nose, this one has a slightly fruity flavoring of banana and the malts lend a bit of sweetness too. The finish is crisp part in due to the spicy phenols and the effervescence. It feels medium bodied, and the carbonation is at a medium level.

Drinkability: this was a super refreshing beer, and at 4.7% abv one you can session all weekend long.

Overall: a solid hefeweizen that I will come back to again and again.

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Photo of Franchise
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hefe pours a tan orange color from a brown flip-top bottle. It leaves a 2in thick head that stays on the glass with a nice lace. The smell is of orange, lemon zest, and pineapple. This beer tastes smoothe, it is one of the best Hefeweisse I've ever tasted. It leaves a great grapefruit, orange, and lemon tart taste on the palate. Very good, would pair well with a lightly season grilled chicken breast topped with a fruit reduction.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy, but bright yellow/orange that produced a nice white head that evaporated in a matter of seconds into nothing, not even a thin cap. Given the carbonation levels of most Hefeweizens, I would have expected the head to hold up better than it did.

The aroma of the beer was better than expected, full of wheat with a hint of sweetness and citrus.

The taste of the beer is just about as good as it gets. I certainly think that it rivals some of the best of the style. Wheat with some citrus hop. Very good!

The beer had a lighter body/feel to it. The beer was very easy to drink, very refreshing and extremely smooth. Overall, a very fine beer, as noted above I was disappointed with the head of the beer, but I am going to give this one another chance.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK bought in the pint botle with the cool swing top..nice pastoral water painting on the label.
The beer poures attractive but average for the style..beer is a nice murky/hazy wheat yellow ..with a small white head that shrinks too soon to nothing.
The aroma however is excellent..excellent sour wheat..and lemony zest
Taste is good ..sweet up front then a zesty lemon grass taste followed by some nice bitter wheaty after taste..nice and "doughy".
Mouthfeel is quite nice..very soft on the palate yet leaves you wanting more.
A very drinkable hefe- certainlly far from the best..but excellent Memorial day drinker.

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Photo of Fuzzycuffs
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw colour. The Carbonation was apparent from the moment I heard the satisfying "pop" upon opening this brew. Two fingers of prickly, white head. Quickly dissipated, leaving just little polka dots of lacing. Inviting, in a cloudy sort of way!

S: Citrus and cider right away, then a very pungent yeasty aroma. Cloves, and possibly a hint of coriander. Did not smell banana as some other reviewers did.

T: Wow. There's the very distinct plantain taste. It hits just after cloves, and the brew finishes with a lemony bite. Very refreshing, and complex. Spice does overshadow the grains a bit. The yeast comes through, as well. A bit wild.

M: A fairly light body, as can be expected of the style. Perhaps a touch too watery, at least for my taste. For what it is, this works well enough. The carbonation is prickly, as I expected, but not obtrusive. Nice.

O: A very easy beer to drink, if you're a fan of the style. Narrowly avoids falling into the trap of over-spicing, as many hefes do. The complexity was a real treat, though. The fruity tastes and aromas were great. Would like a beer with better head-retention, though. There were no signs of foam before my glass was half-empty (and I'm no sipper!). I prefer this hef to Weihenstephaner's, which may be some sort of sin around these parts. Just not a fan of beer that gets the majority of it's flavor from the spices, I suppose. Pretty damn good overall. Would buy again for sure

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Photo of paterlodie
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BB 28-10-05. On label as Weisser Hirsch and with 5.2 instead of listed 4.7 % ABV. Regular and not overwelming head. Golden colored beer and after pooring in the yeast as cloudy as should be for a weizen. Nose is very estery( banana and ripe aples) but also hoparomatic and malty and litle alcoholic. Altogether very aromatic and is beggin for a sip. Taste is good also being full flavoured and malty and fresh. No big bitterness but style like and of good quality. Mouthfeel is with full and cleaness of the brew also more then fine. Drinkability is easy but good and one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy Yellow.

Moderately aromatic, banana, clove and nutmeg mainly with other notes of wheat malt, lemon and orange.

Quite flavorful for its style with hints of orange, lemon, banana and nutmeg, a nice spicy wheat malt and yeast presense and an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First pour surprisingly clear, shimmering gold with a billowing but short-lived head which leaves little to no lacing. Disappointing for a Hefe which should have and maintain a massive, fluffy head.

Tart, lemony wheat in the nose with a backing of clove. Soft floral herbal-ness.

On the tongue it's estery and tart upfront with the expected clove spice, and a small hit of banana and vanilla sweetness. A flash of chalky yeast and more soft leafy hoppy and fruity character.

Super creamy mouthfeel and medium-to-light carbonation carries the vanilla character well and lends a fuller body for the lowish ABV. Nice, very drinkable and complex Hefe, this is the kind of complexity I feel most non-German examples are lacking.

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Photo of merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, .09 oz swingtop bottle purchased today at Wines of Distinction, Abingdon, Virginia, for $2.65. Served chilled into a large Kapuziner weizen glass, the initial pour produces a clear marigold body with plenty of small bubbled, lively carbonation. Immense, snowwhite head is several inches tall, and retains quite well. Island chain lacing is abundant. Final pour, with the yeast swirled in, produces a murky tan yellow body with a reinvigorated white head.

Aroma is inviting, with lemonzest, pear skins, plantains, coriander, and notes of white pepper, earthy yeast, and wheat malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and round, with moderate carbonation.

Taste is excellent for style. Citrusy lemonzest, orange esters, a hint of banana, spicy coriander and white pepper, all intermingle politely with a note of bittering, grassy hops. Earthy and spicy yeast contributes to the lively character. Finish is earthy, spicy, and clean.

This is one of my favorite Hefe Weizens. Very well balanced, and has a nice blend of tastes for the style that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Der Hirschbrau's weissbier is cloudy and yellowish in color with a bright white head that holds fairly well (buoyed by the effervescent bubbles rising from beneath) and leaves some nice lace. The aroma displays a distinct "hefe" character with some banana, clove, and lemon zest. The body is light-medium with a crisp effervescence from natural conditioning. The flavor delivers the typical weizen flavors as well, with some mild green banana and a touch of spicy clove over a wheatish base that's balanced by a solid bitterness. Overall a pretty decent, lighter and slightly tart version that's easy to drink and refreshing.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a .5l flip-top bottle. Very nice looking two-finger head, lots of that beautiful wheat murkiness!. initial smell, cloves and banana aromas, predominatley cloves. first taste is actually a little tart, the second the beer has mellowed out a little more and has become a little less acidic. a very citrusy hefeweizen, I think. very light mouthfeel, nice tart finish. I find the drinkablitity of this beer actually quite pleasing, feels like I could easily drink several of these on a nice hot day.

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Photo of sabrills70
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep gold with a huge head and equally great lace. Smells just like a hefe should - banana, clove, some citrus, yeasty and sour. Tastes just like a hefe should except I think its a bit heavier than others I have had - but its good that way, I like it. Traditional hefe flavors of banana, clove and citrus but it als has a nice wheat malt richness. Even though its heavier it is still refreshing. Very nice. Grab some of this if you get the chance.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL jug like swing top brown bottle, no best before date. Poured into a weizen glass, of course.

Pours a very lovely dirty gold with a nice finger and a half head. Densely cloudy. Lots of scattered carbonation but not too much lacing.

Smells like a weizen with some wit notes. Sweet and soft wheat, definite strong clove. A nice ripe banana mixed with a small coriander.

Starts with a strong wheat taste. This transitions into a small banana note and a strong lemony/citrus note which is probably derived from the small addition of hops. Finishes with a pretty noticeable clove taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty wet, nice and soft with the carbonation to break it up.

Very drinkable, a juicy and thirst quenching hefe. Soft on the palette and refreshing.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a way cool .5L bottle with a double cool swig top lid. The pale straw liquids cloudy and well carbonated. I big white fluffy head rises fast and falls slowly, it looks like a whipped topping. Very nice.

Smell is very nice and fruity, the aroma is very strong as it rises to great my nose. This beer smells of light mixed fruit, not so much banana, some spice but not enough cloves.

The taste is about the same as the smell had signaled, some light mixed fruit and a little clove, also come lemon.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, the carbonation is good and crisp. The body is medium at best.

Drinkability is also very good, put this one down as a great summer cooler. Drink midday as you take a break from work or have lunch. It is very light and refreshing

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