Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

very good
109 Ratings
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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Added by Todd on 01-27-2003

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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 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 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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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 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 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 SLeffler27
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light to medium gold with explosive, tiny carbonation that fills the top of a Franzakaner Weissen glass. Unfortunately the creamy white head is short lived.

Fresh aromas with some ripe banana, though less than expected. Yeast aroma is quite present, followed by light lemon and apricot notes.

Banana is more prevalent in the flavor, quite similar to banana chips. Accompaniment is lemon spiciness with a slight fruity finish.

Light body with vigorous carbonation and no alcohol.

An easy and refreshing session beer, perfect for a hot spring day.

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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 Luigi
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy pale yellow color with a three finger head. White a fluffy it settles down to about a finger and retains that look.

The aroma is full of pale malts and wheat malts. The aroma is a little sweet yet light. Fresh malt combined with mild citrus flavors.

The taste is authentic as the aroma. Citrus, sweet pale malts, and a leafy hop.

Finishes a little slick, but not tasteless. Fishiness quenching and mildly sweet. Wonderful with a light body.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 elvisnj
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL flip-top bottle poured into my Duvel Tulip glass.

For some reason I am a sucker for the cool fliptop bottle which helped me make the decision to buy this one. It will help with the homebrew.

(but that does not mean I stock up on Grolsh).

Appearance is hazy light gold with 2 inch head. No retention at all and not much lacing.

Nose is all hefe.

Taste is some spice and banana and yeast with very high carbonation that adds that acidic feel that prickles the palate. Mouth feel is thin but that goes with the style.

This one is easy to drink and goes down fast. Would recommend and buy again.

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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 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 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 katybee
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The attractive stoppered bottle and German import origin were what intrigued me to begin with. But the packaging truly complimented the beer, not disguised it.

The bottle uncorked with a pop like champagne. The color very pale blond, only very subtle haze. An immediate rush of effervescent bubbles came to a thick creamy 1/2" head, inviting the first sip before they quickly dissipated. And the taste, like champagne, was relatively dry, clear clean and crisp.

There was almost no smell, which to me is a plus, for an accompaniment to food. The hops were pungent, and tingly, but not quite the pronounced citrus of some, instead with hints of green apple. The aftertaste on the tongue was slightly oaty, or malty. Drunk as a session beer it might have needed a citrus wedge. But it perfectly complimented my chunky blue cheese and herb bread salad, allowing the flavor of the food to dominate. Very similar to a pinot griggio white wine. I'd also pair it with light flavor foods like fish, chicken, and Italian pasta.

Thumbs up to this dry, drinkable dinner beer.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into wheat glass

a: pale hazy straw yellow, lots of bubbling carbonation, silkey foam head with excellent retention

s: wheat malt dominates, slight hint of banana ester

t: light wheat flavor, clove spicyness late on the palate. Also esters from yeast create a light banana note

m&d: very drinkable beer, good call.


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

Had this bier from a 16.9 oz flip-top. Cool picture on the bottle.

A: Pour is a golden, wheat color that flows nicely in to the glass. Rich head, but not as great as the darker hefes (schneider, Hacker). Nice lacing. Mild cloudiness, great look.
S: Sweet, tart smell that is inviting to the senses.
T: Folowws the smell nicely. A milder hefe taste vs the others I noted earlier, but still very good. Enjoyable.
M: Full bodied bier, no problems here.
D: Too easy, could easily have multiple of these (as if that is a bad thing). Thoroughly enjoyable.

I recommend this bier. Good taste and enjoyable. Prosit!

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