Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier HefeweisseHirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse
109 Ratings
Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier HefeweisseHirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse

Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 01-27-2003

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Photo of elvisnj
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 +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 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 Vancer
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.5%
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 -12.7%
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 -19.8%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of froghop
3.32/5  rDev -15.5%
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 +1.8%
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 -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 GimmeAles
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
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%
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 -20.6%
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 -35.6%
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 +5.1%
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 +13.7%
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 -4.6%
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 +2.3%
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 +0.5%
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 -8.4%
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 +4.1%
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 +0.5%
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 -37.2%
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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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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