Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier HefeweisseHirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse
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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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Photo of guinnessfan
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
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 +1.5%
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 -2%
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 +10.2%
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 +4.8%
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 -9.4%
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 -2%
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 -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 merlin48
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Franchise
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +5.1%
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 sabrills70
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +7.4%
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 +13.2%
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 +6.1%
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 +3.3%
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 -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 blitheringidiot
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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 +12.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +1.8%
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 +10.2%
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 +1.8%
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 -9.7%
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 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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Hirsch Bavarian-Weissbier Hefeweisse from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
Beer rating: 68.8% out of 100 with 109 ratings
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