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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier HefeweisseHirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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 brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden surprisingly clear body with a frothy white head that hangs around forever and leaves plenty of floating island lacing

Smell: A vertiable fruit basket, with bananas, apples and pears along with clove spiciness

Taste: Lots of banana clove flavors up front, along with coriander; over time, the bananas dominate; uninspiring middle, but the finish is OK

Mouthfeel: Relatively light bodied and fizzy

Drinkability: Not bad; if you are a hefe fan, this one is worth seeking out

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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 dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Jason
4.57/5  rDev +16.3%
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 BeerForMuscle
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mid sized, swing top bottle. Pours light straw and cloudy, head was white,but it departed, leaving no film , no bubbles, no lacing, no nothing. Lemony nose. bananas, cloves, lemon , yeast notes. Some soft hops well in the background. Subtle flavors, soft and refreshing. OK stuff, but not the best of the style- certaintly, but still worth a try.

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Photo of jwc215
4.51/5  rDev +14.8%
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 NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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 clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass and received a cloudy, orange haze that had decent head with minor lacings. A somewhat weak smell of orange and lemon and minor spices. Extremely smooth is the first thought that hit me when I tried this beer. The fruits (orange, lemon) in here are strong, but so are the spices as pepper and clove comes out. It is a balanced, medium-bodied beer with the wheat making it so smooth but the spices give it a crisp backbite. This isn't the best hefe, but it is pretty close.

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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and and a cloudy texture. Had a big head, but surprisingly didn't last that long.

S: Aroma of wheat, bananas and some indeterminate spices. Underplayed and nicely done.

T: Tasted mainly of wheat, though it wasn't overwhelming as with others of this style. Also had bananas, a yeasty quality and some spices. Not as complex as I would've thought, but tasty.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Above medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. While it didn't blow me away, it's still a well made beer.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
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 harpus
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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 Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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 KTCamm
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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 RochefortChris
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of st9647v3
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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