Herold Bohemian Wheat Lager | Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.

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Herold Bohemian Wheat LagerHerold Bohemian Wheat Lager

Brewed by:
Pivovar Herold Březnice A.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2002

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Photo of Lunruj
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While the beer is called Wheat Lager, it's not a lager but a classical top fermented Weissbier. (Technically, it's a lager according to stupid Czech legislative which considers anything with 11-12.99 % EPM (=approx. °P) a lager. However, you don't have to put it in the title.)

The beer is characterized by a dominant banana flavor which gives it a sweeter feeling than it's typical for the style. Very good Weizen.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up at the Total Wine in McLean VA as they usually have a range of this brewery’s product. The Bohemian Wheat Lager looked fine, definitely cloudy but picks up gold well in the light. However, there was little aroma no matter how far I stuck my nose into the glass. I’ve never had this kind of beer although I’ve a couple of their other syles. The Wheat Lager flavor is in the range that you’d expect of a blend of the two styles. It was nicely soft on the tongue and there was good lingering finish. It’s an outdoorsy tasting beer in an Adirondack chair sort of way, one of the advantages of a larger bottle. I liked it but I wouldn’t put wheats in my favorite beer styles either. I’d certainly order another, depending on the alternatives.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served into a half liter weissbier glass, pours a cloudy orange body topped by a large, pillowy head. Extreme carbonation is evidenced in the glass by thousands of top surging tiny bubbles. Head retention is very good, and lots of clingy vanilla lace is left to patch the glass.

Aroma is lemony citrus and overripe banana, with clove, coriander, and white pepper right behind. Wheat husk and a hint of earthy yeast and hops complete the appropriate style profile.

Mouthfeel is light medium, and the carbonation is a bit overwhelming.

Tastes like a very nice German Hefe. Lemonzest, old bananas, spicy coriander and white pepper, and a twangy yeast note melt into the wheat malt quite well. Wheat character begins a bit grainy, but segues into some damp and doughy wheat breadiness. Grassy and earthy hop bitterness balances things out very well. Slight yeast twang near the finish, but very tasty overall.

This is a nicely executed hefe weizen, very much in the German style, although brewed in the Czech Republic. Tasty and refreshing, a must try for fans of this style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Perhaps past its prime. Good wheat aroma. Lace, appearance. Light mouthfeel. Disapointed in that the taste may love lost some edge. The malt and caramel, bitterness and spice, maybe oxidation. Also sour finish. Shared with Radek, he found on one of the on-line beer sites.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Herolds weizen delivers the typical Bavarian appearance, although it is slightly clearer than most; and the head retention is excellent and leaves some nice lace about the glass. The nose is also typically clove-ish with a hint of soft, sweet banana and some mild plastic-like phenolics. It's medium-light bodied and surprisingly smooth across the palate with a fine-bubbled, gently effervescent carbonation that lends a mild zest. The flavor is as might be expected with softly sweet wheat-ish malt and banana/clove yeastiness. It appears cleaner than some of the other Herold beers, but that might just be because the weizen yeast masks and fermentation profile defects. It's balanced towards the sweet side, but still finishes nicely with some lingering weizen characteristics, a touch of fruit, and some sweet, sticky malt. Not bad! An enjoyable and very accessible weizen.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden color with a white head.
Big ripe banana aroma that is quite pleasing. Malts can be noted as well.

Taste was a let down from the aroma. Low yeast profile with only a slight ripe banana flavor. Light in body and relatively smooth. Pale malts and wheat. Seems to be lacking a bit in hops.

Lighter body shows in the mouthfeel.
Good drinkability although the beer's a little rough around the edges.

Overall, a solid beer, but not something I'd look for again.

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Photo of bobes
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this beer just to give it a shot. Herold describes it as a Bohemian Wheat Pils. Based on that I expected a BoPils-like hopping level on a wheat-based beer. While the beer is not what I expected, it is a very good beer and somehting I would definitely drink again.

Aroma: Light clove and banana with hints of flora hops in the background. Very light aroma, not agressive at all.

Apearance: slightly darker than a BoPils and a bit hazy probably from the wheat. the beer pours with a dense and effervescent white head but that dissipates quickly.

Taste: Clove dominates palate entry fading into a light spicy hop character. some of the wheat beer charcter comes thru in the mid-palate and transitiions nicely to a mild tart character. Appropiately bittered.

Mouthfeel: high levels of carbonation masks the slickness associated with a wheat beer. Finish is slightly drying but almost not worth mentioning. The residual wheat character coats the mouth and provided a richer than expected mouthfeel for a otherwise light bodied beer.

Drinkability: Fantastic... easy to drink and enjoy, could have several very easily.

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Photo of fattyre
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy yellowish golden with a large billowy dissipating white head. The mouthfeel is firm and rounded. The smell is of sweet bubblegum and a rich earthiness. The taste is a pleasant earthiness with sweet bubblegum and a mild bannana flavor. This is a mild pleasing wheat.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a straw gold topped off by a slight off white head that was moderately lasting leaving a slight column lacing behind. There was some visible sediment suspended in the drink with a good strong carbonation factor.

S: The nose yielded a strong lemony aroma with some bananas and cloves.

T: a very prominent banana taste and big yeast bite up front with a peppery spicing. There was a nice overall crispness to the palate and had a nice lemony zest hopping to it as well some light traces of sweet grains. Bright lemons and bananas finish things out.

M: light-medium, slighty creamy and chewy while nicely hopped with a lemony zest with a tight carbonation.

D: I really liked this, as a euro-pale lager definitely one of the best ive had. I could definitely down a couple of these on a hot summer day.

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Photo of emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been drinking this beer for a few years, and it seems that it's no longer imported... based on the lack of recent reviews and scarcity in my area. edit: wikipedia says american owners were bought out in 2008, so no longer exported i'm guessing :(

After the first few sips, it feels more like an unfiltered "imperial" Czech Pilsener made with wheat. I used to prefer this to many other widely available Hefeweizens, but now this feels more like a souped up Czech lager. It could just be that the yeast has dropped out of the older bottles.

Deep and cloudy orange body, billowing head that settles to a reduced fluffy cap. Aromas of soft malt sweetness, caramel, cookie dough, and mild citrus zest.

Tastes really good, mild shortbread sweetness, with a doughy yeast, herb and mineral water characteristics. Effervescent body, with a dry finish. Clove and sweet cookie flavors. Maybe it uses a weizen yeast.

Overall a great beer, regardless of style, that I would love to drink fresh again.

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Photo of pbrian
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting take on a hefeweizen- a lagered version from Czech. Head is smaller, aroma is muted (too light on the clove, spices), body is thin. That being said, it's light, clean and refreshing with no real faults other than its failure to stand up to the real thing.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw and golf color with a creamy white head.
Aroma had the classic, banana and clove profile with some talc as well.
Flavor continued with banana and clove profile and added some cracked wheat and pale crystal malt to the mix.
Mouthfeel started well with a nice floral and malt base but had a sort of mineral water finish which seemed a bit out of place.
Drinkability was good except for aforementioned slight flaw. Fairly refreshing and enjoyable but wonder if the pH was a little off in the water.

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Photo of matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a finger high tan head.
S: There is a lot of sweetness in the nose, which has aromas of dark malts and some hints of cherries.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of dark toasted malts and cherries.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a lightly “Hazy” straw or light gold color, the head is expansive, frothy, brilliant white with thick sticky sheets of lace that cling mightily to the glass. Nose is malt, fruit sweet, earthy, clean and crisp. Front is malt sweet, the top skinny, the finish is scarcely acidic, sparsely hopped, dry, and to my taste buds, “Watery”. Drinkable, but once again it will suffer do to its lack of body, hops and its mediocrity. Ranks another dissappointing #906 on my current 1000 beer master list

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Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never heard of this brewery before in my life... went into a small mom-and-pop shop during my lunch break to take a look around and came upon a single, solitary 16.09 oz. Czech bottle which had the English words "wheat lager" imprinted on the label... being a fan of wheat beers, I decided to shell out the $2.99 and give this brew a try... Definitely worth it... was not dissapointed at all with a creamy, cloudy, straw-colored beer that poured with a substantial head and had a nice yeasty, wheaty aroma full of coriander, spices, and citrus... The taste was awesome... great fruity and creamy flavors that was an absolute pleasure to drink... never seen this beer in any other stores and would certainly cop this again if I could find it... A very sweet and vanilla taste that is outstanding... if you can find this one, try it... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of jwc215
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured semi-cloudy orange with a fairly well-retained white head that leaves virtually no lacing.
The smell was of sweet caramel and wheat.
The taste was of sweet caramel, spiced wheat and a tinge of hoppy bitterness in the background. Malt dominated the hops. a slight orange citrus emerges as the drink progresses.
The tastes are suddenly muted by watery thinness as it swirled in the mouth. As the drink warms, it does thicken a bit. But, the yeast adds a sour tang that leaves a bit of an odd aftertaste as a whole.
It's not a terrible brew at all, but one that I would not particularly seek out again. The flavors have possibilities, but something seemed to be keeping them together, leaving an odd, but again not bad, taste after the drink is finished.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not the biggest fan of wheatbeers, but I did enjoy the harold. I found this beer along with many other fantastic Czech beerrs at Pivni Gallerie in Prague.

It comes in a pretty standard half liter Euro bottle with an attractive green label. Cap is plain white.

pours a ruddy orange with a quickly dissipating head. Leaves only a little lacing on the glass.

The smell comes off as a failry band wheat beer. Perhaps smells a touch sweeter than other wheat beers.

Taste hits with some mild hops and the yeast/wheat flavor at first. As the beer hits the back of the tongue the sweetness comes through. The hops all but dissapear at this point. A touch malty, some fruit can also be identified. A bit of banana and citrus linger as the beer goes down. After swallowing the beer leaves a slightly oily mouthfeel. The spicy czech hops come back to leave a pleasant spice on the mouth.

Mouthfeel was probalby my biggest complaint. The oily feeling left in the mouth knocked it down a notch.

Overall decent, not a bad wheat beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite an interesting beer. It has all the qualities of a traditional hefe, but it's also a lager as opposed to an ale.

The beer pours to a light, very slightly hazed, clear golden color with a thin white head. Carbonation is quite noticable, quite distinct of a lager. The cap even opened with a massive hiss. Looked good, but nothing particularly special.

Smells quite good. The banana aroma is in the forefront, along with some clove and wheaty aromas. The banana flavor has even subsided a bit since I first sampled it, before the heatwave hit our basement stock room of an old 1840 building.

The flavor is quite good as well. On par with the aroma for sure. The banana is in the forefront, accompanied by a crisp wheat bite and a bit of clove. I can tell this is a lager from the crispness. Very highly drinkable and very highly recommended for banana-hefe-heads.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rmcnealy
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Herold - Bohemian Wheat Lager

Pours a dark gold / amber color. Consistent fluffy lace dissapates almost immediately. Scents of orange and other fruits. Tastes border that of ales more than lagers. Surprisingly low 5.1% ABV. This beer is moderately heavy, not overwhelming. Decent beer. Bought at Binny's in Elmwood Park, IL.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, bought at Pivni Galerie, Prague. Label says " Herold hefeweizen Bohemian Wheat Lager Kvasnicové psenícné pivo - kvasnícový svetlý lezák 12 degrees plato unfiltered blond lager ABV 5.1%". So is this a "real" hefeweizen (which I thought were technically ales?), or is it a wheat lager with hefeweizen yeast added in the bottle? Or am I asking stupid questions? Anyway, the beer is "murky golden" with a large to moderate head. Aroma is fairly sweet and fruity (blackberries/brambles, blackcurrants?) with hints of sheepshed and old leather. Lagerish elements. Some cloves too, but not as strong as with most German hefeweizens. Flavour is a strange combination of a typical premium lager and a typical hefeweizen. Moderately spicy. Dusty finish. Not bad.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with nice white head and consistent slow bubbles of carbonation. Big fruity banana aroma and taste. Little to no spiciness. Creamy full mouthfeel from the unmalted wheat.

Labelled as an "Unfiltered blond lager"

[16.9 oz -- 12 degrees plato]

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Photo of jdhilt
2.88/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades almost instantly - no lace. Ugly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Lemon/cider nose. Starts sweet with apple cider/lemon flavor, hints of wheat and apple pie at finish. Strange wheat. $2.49 for a 500ml bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, Ia.

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Photo of horndecker
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Honey-colored, with a fine bit of foam lapping the top of the glass. Oddly, the head doesn't stick around very long for a hefe-weizen.

The nose is ultra-banana, spicy and earthy. A hint of cabbage. Pretty interesting.

The taste starts mineral, then fruit hits, a lot of banana, something citrus, then malt and pleasing grain flavor. Peppery and dry at the end, with a soapy tea-like aftertaste.

Medium to light body and drinkable. I would not search this out when there are so many better weizen readily available.

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