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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 bitterthebetter
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy crystal yellow with perfect white head

aromas of spice, lager yeast, bananas, and slight cloves

light fruit upfront with good breadiness and slight spice on the end

light, crisp, but with a solid citrusy body and great finish.

super smooth, good fruit, malt, and yeast notes, and smooth and tasty weisse

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Photo of avalon07
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 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 clayrock81
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 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 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 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 RJLarse
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought what appears to be a half-liter bottle of Bavarian-Weissbier with a ceramic swing cap, in an import shop. Poured in to a weizen glass.

Pours a straw yellow color and is hazy. A large foamy head fills the top of the glass. Many bubbles can be seen rising in the beer.

The smell is quite strong with aromas of soft fruit, cantaloupe, peaches, pears and sweet melons.

The taste is a bit long on the spices, cloves mostly, and a little short on thhe fruit flavors, with a mildly bitter finish. It's a reasonable good taste, just a bit one-dimensional, and not what I expect of the style.

The mouthfeel is light, and a little dry. The clove bitterness seems to dry out the brew.

A very drinkable brew. It is crisp and clean, well carbonated, with a fairly low ABV. It would be great on a hot day.

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Photo of livingregret
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Pop top bottle 1pt .9fl oz

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange colour w/ a lovely 2 finger head. Head dissipated very quickly w/ no lacing.

Smell: The sweet smell of pears and a dash of orange. Some bready malts mixed in makes for a nice smell

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy w/ just the right tasting medium body helps this beer go down great. A dash of fruit w/ the bready malt comes through and a touch of bitterness(lemon?)comes at the end to balance it out.

Drinkability: A very tasty Hefe w/ only 4.7% alcohol makes this very quaffable. I will be picking up another of these brews as well check out more beers from this particular brewery.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was an hazy deep golden wheat, with a medium amout of foam and left no lace on the side of the glass.

On first smell of this Hefeweisse, the aroma of cloves filled my nose and cloves only.

The taste was of cloves, but also a fair amount of wheat and yeast. The only set back on the flavor was a sour taste on the finish of each sip or gulp! Other than that, the flavor was mostly of cloves! Still, not a bad Hefeweisse if you look past the sour finish.

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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 bunnyhustle
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "flip-top" into pint glass, opened with a champagne like pop. Pours almost a straw shade of yellow, much lighter than many other hefe's I see. Only got about a 1 finger head out of it which stuck around for a while, nothing great though. Smell was terrific, I often hear of a "bubblegum" smell to hefe and I've never gotten it until this one, also a hint of citrus. Taste was great at first but seems to lack after the initial punch which was a little let down. Light mouthfeel and higher carbonation as should be expected with this style. Only a 4 for drinkability as the aftertaste was somewhat disappointing. Overall a really good hefe, this is my favorite style and this one isnt too bad at all, a very good call.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy burnt orange with a giant white foamy head that leaves some lacing. The smell is pungent with lemon,citrus,wheat,bread yeast,and some other fruity aromas. The taste has a real fruity flavor,apples,lemon,bananas,wheat, and a sweet malt flavor.The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. Not a bad beer,but nothing really exciting either.

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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 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 RedDiamond
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clouded, light straw-yellow with lively carbonation though no head formed and the swing top gave barely a gasp as it swung free. The aroma is constructed on classic hefeweizen lines, but of average potency. The clove and banana elements are present but not omnipresent. Tastes exactly as I hoped it would -– bright, crisp, vividly citric, and gently spiced with hints of allspice, anise and coriander. The clouded, nutrient-rich body drinks like a tonic and was both invigorating and inviting.

Hirsch-Bräu labels this both “weissbier” and “hefeweisse.” This would translate as “whitebeer” or “yeast-white.” No mention of wheat occurs on the label but this should be understood.

The lack of head or lace was somewhat disappointing, but I could live without it. I suspect some vigor may have been sacrificed in the transoceanic journey.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Very cool 0.5L flip top bottle with a neat depiction of a German farmer harvesting wheat. I poured in about 3/4ths of the beer, then swirled the rest around to get all of the yeast and topped off my imperial pint glass. I got about three and a half fingers worth of head that dropped within a minute to a thin layer of fine bubbles, and there were lots of what looks like pepper flakes in the beer (I'm assuming that this is the yeast from the bottom of the bottle).

The nose on this one is sweet, very yeasty, and a little fruity. I am reminded of Juicy Fruit gum, the way it smells when you drive by Dunkin' Donuts, and those big muffins with bananas and nuts baked in.

Tastes a bit like glazed donuts, banana muffins, and other bakery items (I can't quite put my finger on what else). I don't really taste either of the "beer" tastes (no malt or hops). The finish is very sweet, but sort of dry at the same time, and there are hints of nutmeg and maybe just a little cinammon in the aftertaste. This is one of those beers that, after a sip and swallow, you want to suck the taste from your cheeks. IMHO, the finish is more rich and satisfying than the initial flavor with this brew.

This one is decently carbonated; thick and fuzzy on the tongue, and the alcohol only makes it self known when the beer gets close to room temp.

I am not very familiar with the style, but I don't think that this would be thirst quenching in the summer (as what I've heard is the case with hefe's). This is very good, but probably not my thing. The taste is very interesting, and I believe that this would work well as a desert beer, but the sweetness is a little too much for me.

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

Another Bavarian hefe in those old school swingtop bottles, like Grolsch used to sell before they completely sold out. It's not quite the time of year for hefes but I'm a fan so I'm gung ho anyway.
A pleasingly subdued golden color with a satisfactory cloud of sediment pours into my goblet and is accompanied by a sturdy raft of head that persists for several minutes but eventually capitulates altogether. The nose is standard banana and cloves with hints of lemon and yeast. Par for the course but not shabby at all, like I said, I'm a fan.
A complex taste with dry clove and tartness preceding a slightly sweet aftertaste. The mouthfeel is mellow and smooth following the initial carbonation surge. All in all, a pleasant hefe that doesn't break new ground but aquits itself rather nicely, and not at a bad price either.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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 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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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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