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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Added by Todd on 01-27-2003

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 109
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 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 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 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 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 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 Backer2004
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this as a half liter bottle with a pop top for $2.99. Poured a huge head that lost its fizz fast. By drinking this out of a liter stein, the smells of orange and vanilla is overwhelming. One of the better hefes I've tried in quite a while. would be a great session bee ron a hot summer day. This was one of the cheaper half liter bottle sat the store, but I was impressed.

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

It poured a slightly cloudy bright yellow/gold with a decent small grained head. It had a grassy earthy smell with a small hint of citrus. The taste is light and grassy with a citric finish. The body is light and slightly oily with a dry finish. All in all a pretty good representation of the style. It doesn't have as many different facets as some others, but I could see it being a beer I would pick up again.

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

Pours a cloudy yellowish with orange tints with nice thick white head lots of bubbles can be seen rising. Smells of bread and light fruit banana lemon hints of clove. Taste is sweet upfront then sour flavor with a slightly bitter wheat taste lingering. Mouthfeel is good soft velvety medium bodied. Drinakability is good light refreshing great summer beer thinks to BA for introducing to this style sarting to love them.

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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 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 Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 Zraly
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A somewhat cloudy, pale yellow, but not as rich looking as your typical import hefe. Head was pocky white, but disappeared rather quick...and no cling.

The smell is wonderfully spicy...like a fresh-baked, homemade apple pie. The flavor is fizzy, citrusy, banana-like. There are hints of cinnamony spice, but nothing predominate. The wheat character is very present, somewhat similar to an American weizen. The finish is a mild, sweet and sour variety.

As far as an import, this could be a hefeweiss "light". It's good, it's flavorful, and it is pleasant. It would be a good introductory hefe for those who are trying their first Bavarian or German weiss beer.

A ham and provolone with fixins sounds quite right to go with this.

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Photo of mschofield
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling highly carbonated gold (becomes cloudy when the yeast is poured in), with a three finger stark white head, the only flaw was it didn't lace at all, I found that very odd for the style.
Sweet malt, wheat and banana aroma.
The wheat and banana again in the taste, with apple sauce, cinammon, and spice. A cider like quality to it.
Light feel, quenching, a little tart.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a pint bottle with the swivel top. Served cold in a glass from a recent belgian brew fest.

Pours clear gold color very siimilar to a champagne. Bright white frothy head foams up easily and dissipates much quicker than I expected.

The aroma is dominated by wheat and yeast. Very light hints of fruit present, mostly banana.
Fairly thin mouthfell mild carbonation and very light bodied brew. the taste is similar to the aromas, very wheaty, and crisp. The beer leaves a nice wheat flavor in my mouth after the swallow. Very drinkable, I could definitely put these down easily over a long period of time.

Overall this is a very nice beer, I just wish it was a little mor complex and that the fruitiness came through a little stronger.

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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 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 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 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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