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 Braudog
2.47/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a flip-top US import verion (Bavarian Weissbier). Lackluster pour -- watery and virtually no head at all on this. The aroma is what one would expect, orange-blossom-laced yeastiness. But the flat appearance carries to the mouthfeel, lame and unexciting. The common hefeweizen flavors are here, but they’re caged up in this underwhelming brew. (#2748, 3/15/2007)

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Photo of MTNboy
2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Not very cloudy for a wheat beer. It is a very yellow amber color with just a slightly off white head. There is not much for lace either.

Smell- The smell is a little fruity and bread like with a little bit of a beany aroma.

Taste- There is a lot of caramel malty flavors for a wheat beer. I was personally disappointed. It is sort of bland and does not have the fruitiness of a hefe and is sort of bland.

Mouthfeel- Good body consistency.

Drinkability- On the lower end of middle of the road.

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Photo of WhiteOak
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy, dull amber color. Large white head.

S- There is a mild, typical wheat aroma with a touch of caramel and sour fruits. Unfortunately there was no evidence of clove or banana aromatics to be found.

T- Sour wheat flavor. No banana or clove here either. No complexity.

M, D- Very drinkable, but uninteresting, especially in comparison to the better representations of the style.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet looking flip top bottle, poured into a large weizen glass.

A - Pours a slightly hazy bright orange coloration, in fact, it actually looks like a slightly transparent glass of orange juice. Decent head, nice retention, little to no lacing.

S - Lots of sweet citrus notes in the aroma, decent, but surprisingly no clove...

T - Loads of lemon, a sour wash, and citrus body. Not very complex and no real banana or clove notes. A bit yeasty, but not enough. I find this Hefe's lack of faith disturbing.

M - Light body, low carbonation, sour tinge in the back of the throat.

D - Unfortunately I wasn't impressed with this one, although I really did want to like it. In the end it's wiser to go with one of the more recognizable ones (Schneider, Weihenstephaner, Paulaner, etc.) because for the same price as this you could have a lot more flavor.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Murky yellow, but not enough sediment to generate the brownish color of most hefes. Quarter to half inch of head rises but falls rather quickly to nothing, leaving no lace.

S - A hint of banana aroma but not much. Citrusy wheat malt is dominant. Some clove spice. OK, but nothing more than average.

T - Slight sourness from the wheat with some sweetness creeping in mid palate. Very lemony with a touch of dusty yeastiness. Late palate some clove works it's way in but largely this beer is a showcase of wheat malt. No esters or phenols to speak of. Not bad, but nothing unique.

M - Decent enough, on the light side for a hefeweizen but good moderate to high carbonation.

D - Certainly an easy drinking beer. The slight tartness makes this beer quite crisp and refreshing, but it lacks the seriousness of a good hefeweizen.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.17/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I'm kind of confused here. I gotta say, the gold standard, for better or worse, for Hefeweissen for me is Franziskaner. My bottle, purchased at an area Whole Foods, wasn't as cloudy as I'm used to for a German Hefe.

Also, while there was a little bit of clove spice, the initial taste was pretty dry & tart; a little bit of lingering pear sweetness. Mouthfeel was rather astringent.

Not terrible, but a little dry for my liking & I wouldn't get it again if I were hankering for a Hefe; was surprised to see it with such a high Alstrom rating.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – The body was dark yellow with some orange tinge to it. The head was small and went down quickly. For a weissbier it seems pretty flat. There’s not a lot going on in the glass.

Smell – There’s some light fruitiness to this one, mostly light oranges and melons, but not much else.

Taste – The flavor profile isn’t bad here. The fruits come out bigger on the tongue, and there is a presence of yeast.

Mouthfeel – The flat nature of this hefeweisse was disappointing, but the refreshing dryness was right on style.

Drinkability – I’ll drink this one but probably won’t buy another.

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Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not the best hefe weizen I've had. Not bad, but kind of just barely. Poured with a decent off white head that quickly subsided and no head. Color is at first clear and then into the bottle a hazy amber. Aroma is at first typical nice spicey, fruity Bavarian Hefe Weizen but immediately there's some skunk and boiled veggies. Flavor's about the same. Body's a bit thin but carbonation is good. Finish is like the flavor but without the bad stuff.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL flip-top bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Cloudy light straw with three fingers bone-white head. No retention at all and absolutely no lacing. Lots of little carbonation bubbles. Pale and fizzy looking.

S: Normal hefe smell overpowered by metallic smell.

T: Normal, spice and banana, and less amount of metal than smell. Some yeast also.

M: Highly carbonated prickles, thin and watery.

D: Easy to drink, not overpowering in any way. Goes down easy, forgetting is easy.

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Photo of JRed
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw colored brew with everlasting white head. Aroma of acidic sweetness, apple skins, slight wheat malt but none of the usual esters are present. Watered down flavors of floral notes, apple skins, grassiness, citrus, wheat, and a little sour. As it warms the vanilla and clove notes present themselves. Light in body with light carbonation. A bit cloying in mouthfeel.

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Photo of froghop
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is a cloudy pale yellow with a small white head, and a good lacing.

smell is like a lager up front, citrus, some pear, yeasty, and just a little banana.

tastes as it smells, citrus up front, wheat, and ripe banana, end is slightly dry.

above average overall, good hefe

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Photo of Vancer
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This popper top bottle pours into my Heritage Festival 2009 taster glass a clear straw yellow, plenty of carbonation, with a white head. No lacing to write home about. Murks up once you get the swirly thing going towards the end.

Initial notes of orange, clove and citrus. Taste is simple Hefe with the clove, wheat and banana - but they all were too light for a standout hefeweisse. Crisp, clean, enjoyable brew, thus the B grade - but I won't be all fired up to get another bottle or three.

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Photo of farrago
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Full two finger head of the purest white, almost powdery in texture so tiny are the bubbles, very credible lacing for the beer style. Very light golden straw color but derives a deepening from the cloudiness, fades to near transparency at the rims. Sweet nose of baking spices, lemon meringue pie, mint, granola and wheat cereal, whiffs of apricot or banana yogurt, has a lot more density and center than expected, steady follow-through trumps any need for complexity. Full-bodied, as in the nose texture plays the key role, here round and chewy. Lemon and tangerine citrus much sweeter than bitter, helps to keep those apricot, peach, pineapple, banana flavors at the fore. Steady pulse from the carbonation, comes close to getting foamy but then overall density disperses it. Generous cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg stuff going down. Heavy legged finish, lacks the thirst-quenching quality of the top tier of the type.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brassy-orange coloring shows a light protein haze with an explosive effervesce. Off white head, bready, quickly dimishes leaving a clean window dressing.

S: The nose is dry wheat with dry oranges that was fairly simple in execution and refrained strength wise. Simple, balanced, but nothing that will make your mouth water in anticipation. At the end of the day an ordinary show which I expected more from.

T: The flavor was spicy, dry and crisp, with a yeastiness of bananas and cloves. Lemony grain finish that was slightly tart, but well balanced. Flashes of dry oranges, wheat with a spicy bite of hops (tastes like goldings) at knockout.

M: dead on per style, tight, crisp and bubbly feel with a good fluid motion when swirled.

O: Overall a decent drinking, laid back hefe, but nothing that will knock you out flavor wise. A more quiet, subtle and enjoyable drink for the casual occasion. Worthy a try.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a prototypical “Chill hazed” light golden yellow color, the head mastodonic, frothy in texture, bright white in color and lave residual lace a fine covering sheet. Nose has the light aroma of yeast, malted grains, orange peel and a bit sweet and a quite pleasant nose. Start is sweet, totally malt, the top middling in feel to the palate, the finish is lightly carbonated, the hops mild but pleasing to the palate, dry and lingering aftertaste. A drinkable beer but a bit light for me, but decent nonetheless.

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Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from an LCBO gift pack. Pours a cloudy yellow colour with thin white head with minimal lacing. Really big lemon citrus smell, mild wheat malt. Some banana as well. Flavour has a little bit of tartness to it. Medium bodied carbonation. Just an ok hefeweizen.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Flip 500 cL.

A beauteous pour of foggy golden wheat hues suspended yeasty chunkers, and a huge taunt ivory head cap which is exceptionally retained.

Robust aromas of cloves and cardamom, somewhat phenolic, and a generous blast of bready yeast.

First Swigs: Yeasty musty cloves. Slight banana bread, and a backdrop of lemony citrous balance. Rye bread notes.

Soft nearly under carbonated with a dry aftertaste.

Last Swigs: Refreshing citric Hefe. Spate of chunkers actually added to the authentic appearance. Maybe this is one dry brew that could use a wedge tossed in thar.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml brown fli-top bottle, no best by date, but when I bought it there is a sticker underneath it on the shelf that said "New Arrival".

It pours a slightly hazy gold with hues of orange. The head is fluffy and white and dissipates pretty quickly with some lacing.

This one smells a lot like a witbier compared to its Bavarian brethren. It has a strong clove smell along with bright citrus with lemon, even orange. It is a bit thin in the nose however.

This brew strangely reminds me of a witbier. The flavor brings a bit more of the banana and wheat but it is predominantly the slightly clovey light citrus flavor of a Belgian-styled white beer.

It is interesting, not my first reach if I'm going for a hefe, but it beats out some Witbiers.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice fruity scent that boasts of unfiltered wheat and Bavarian hefe yeast. The taste is decent, but not great. It has a dry wheat flavor with a musty, yet fruity yeast aftertaste. It tastes a bit bland. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation for my taste. This is an average hefe, nothing more. I love the aroma, but the taste and mouthfeel are too much to handle. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm an unabashed fan of heeweizens and lately I've had a bit of a tough time finding new offerings to try out. So when I spotted Der HirschBrau's hefeweizen on the shelf at World of Beverages in Norwalk, CT I grabbed one up, noting there was no freshness date on the label.
Once I got back home to SoCal I plucked my trusty Paulaner weissbier glass from its shelf space and poured away. What I got was a murky wet-straw colored brew topped by a momentarily large white head. The head couldn't stay long as the carbonation level seemed lower then in others of the style.
The smell had a solid malt aroma with an easily identifiable wheat element to it. What was missing were the notes of banana and clove. Some light fruitiness in the form of apple was present.
So I take a pull and another and realize the flavors I've come to know and love in my favorite hefeweizens are seriously muted or just non-existant in this beer. Bananas? Nope. Clove? Nada. The grains are very present as is the yeast and there was a faint nip of hops in the finish. The feel was light, a bit thin, but crisp.
Overall, Der HirschBrau's weissbier struck me as leaning closer to an American wheat beer than a German version of the hefeweizen style. Still, it was pretty quaffable on what turned out to be a warm day. If you like your hefeweizens minus the lush banana-and-clove taste and aroma, this is your beer. If you're like me and love 'em full of those flavors, you'll probably be mildly disappointed here.

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Photo of oelergud
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light straw body. White multibubbled head with good retention and lace.
Wheat and light bread scent with honey and butter.
Yeast, white bread and wheat flavor. Some sweet malts and well balancing hops. Soft lingering aftertaste, sweet and abit sour.
Medium mouthfeel with abit of coating and slightly dry.
Pretty good drinkability.
This is a different kind of hefeweisse but good, pleasant and mellow.


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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy corn silk yellow with abundant carbonation. Popping the swing-top cap sounded like a rifle shot and scared my cat into next week. The head is gargantuan after the pour, but is falling more quickly than expected. It's bright white in color and is too soft to leave much of any lace.

The nose is recognizable as belonging to a hefe weizen, but it isn't a standout. Its biggest problem is that it lacks vibrancy. It isn't what I'd call dull, but neither does it shine. It isn't that bad, but neither is it that good. It isn't... I think you get the idea. Clove spice is dominant and there's a smidgen of weak banana hiding in there somewhere.

The flavor is consistent with the appearance and the aroma in terms of quality. HBWH's focal point is untoasted wheat (it's too thinly malted, even for a weizen) with a bit of a sour tang. Clove is still in the house and is present in a 'just right' quantity. While there's more banana on the palate than there was in the nose, there isn't nearly enough for those of us who love big time banana esters in our hefe weizens.

The finish is semi-clean with just a hint of sweetness. As it progresses, the finish of the finish is dry and uber-clean. An unapologetically light mouthfeel and a generous amount of carbonation complete the picture of an easy drinking, refreshing German wheat.

Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse can't wear the lederhosen of the big boys (Ayinger and Weihenstephaner to name two of my favorites). Still though, it's a decent hefe that is a cinch to drink. There isn't a whole lot wrong with it from where I sit, but it is a bit on the ordinary side.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A style I like, though not the best representative of it. Unfiltered look with big soapy head. Carbonation is right there. Bannana and a spicy edgyness to this. Not as smooth as I would like, but good for a bannana tasting and dominated beer.COuld be thicker mouthfeel.

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Photo of drugsbunny
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bottle. Decent head that disapates rather quickly, but it looked good. Nice cloudy appearance just like a hefeweisen should. And the taste is typical, fruity and light, but maybe a bit on the sharper taste, cloves or some spices. Enjoyed drinking it and would drink it again, but look forward to having something I haven't sampled yet instead.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Bistro B in Kernersville, NC

A: Pours a lightly hazy pale to medium golden yellow in color with some light to moderate amounts of carbonation and some orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy white head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with some light notes of light fruit (apple and pear). After that, there is a moderate amounts of banana and clove with just a hint of lemon.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of banana and clove upfront with some lighter notes of lemon, wheat, and light fruits (apple and pear), Maybe just a touch of coriander spice as the beer warms.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an easy drinking beer with some nice aspects, especially the aroma - refreshing and low in alcohol.

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