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 korene84
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of dsa7783
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
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 yelterdow
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the fridge at Andy's Corner in Bogota. Served at just under fridge temperature in the appropriate Ramstein glass.

Appearance- Pours a 14-K gold with light haze, a relatively thin fluffy head is left in the wake. Beautiful color, rich and vibrant.

Smell- Banana bread soaked in a molasses candy reduction. The malts make a phenomenal presence early on, reminding me of Ramstein's Winter Wheat and everything I love about that beer. Very distinctive smell, I could breathe this in forever.

Taste- A gustatory representation of the nose, with the bananas and what seems to be Bavarian malts taking center stage. A complex interplay of subtle spices and fruit mix wonderfully.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Medium body, moderately smooth carbonation. The unique tastes here make this Hefeweizen very different and far more interesting than most, and I can't wait to drink this again. Way to go Herold, great beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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 EPseja
4.39/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at just above fridge temperature in a weiss glass.

A - Pours a hazy, golden brown color with a solid white 1/2" thick head. Bubbles actively rise from different points of the glass. Slight sediment noticed in suspension. Head retention is OK but not fantastic.

S - Over-ripened banana pancakes and fried plantain. Light vanilla and spice. Candied malts. Huge smell for a hefe. Very surprising and very nice.

T - Starts off very easy and sweet on the tongue. Light with gentle carbonation. The sweet yeastiness and vanilla banana flavor spring to life in the middle along with a touch of lemon zest and a subtle peaty undertone. Absolutely delicious!

M - Gentle carbonation activates in the mouth, creating a bulging, round feel that flattens out just in time for a simple, slick swallow.

D - All you have to do is look at the Taste and Mouthfeel notes to understand that this is one smooth drinking hefeweizen.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 emerge077
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 imported i'm guessing :(

After the first few sips, my take on this is that it's 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.

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.

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

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Photo of ark57
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It is a cloudy golden color with a rocky head. There is some love in the aroma and some banana, a wheat twang, and a hint of sweetness. The medium body is almost juicy with some sweet banana, spicy clove, wheat, and slight apple. It has a lingering sweetness and is not as clean as one would expect from a lager. If I didn't know it was a lager, i would have thought it was a regular hefe. Nice and refreshing.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Lunruj
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Sigmund
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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 mmmbeer
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm... a wheat lager... sounds interesting. Big 500 mL bottle that pours into the weizen glass a translucent peachy/gold with a 3 finger white head of big noisy bubbles that reduce to a small collar and some spots on top. The first aroma is bubblegum, followed by a hint of metal, sweet bananas, wheat, sweetness, yeast, and maybe some molasses or toasty malts. The flavor is the same but with more phenols (medicine, some clove), piney or spicy hops that are mild in flavor and bitterness, and maybe a bit of wet paper. It has a body that starts light but becomes more full and stays crisp throughout. Good stuff. And an interesting style - I'd like to try more interpretations.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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 beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Chadbrew
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the three Herolds I tried this I found this one most to my liking.
There is a nice finger of dense white head on top of a hazy pale golden beer. There are plenty of things going on in the aroma, but mostly its dominated by banana and clove. There is a fairly nice dryness in the mouth that is followed by the same banana clove that’s in the nose. The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I had anticipated. The drinkability is pretty good, actually better than I had thought.

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Photo of bobes
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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 +1.1%
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 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 matjack85
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
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 ism
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin white head disappears quickly, no lacing whatsoever. Slightly hazy honey-bronze body, can easily make things out through the glass. Nose of bananas and some sweet wheat spices. Medium body, very low carbonation, full-on wheat flavors of banana, very slight acridity, hint of cloves, yummy yeasty flavors with subtle vanilla notes, refreshing, finishing crisp like a lager. Very easy-going and smooth, flavor satisfying hefeaddicts but not as complex or as captivating as others in the style. Straddles the two styles very well but cannot wow in either, which is okay since it's got its own niche.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark yellow with a 1 in foamy head. Columns of medium size bubbles, head dissipates to about 1/4 inch, some lacing. Smells like a wheat beer, with some fruit in the nose. Clarity of the beer and the relatively thinner mouthfeel come from lagering, maybe? Tastes, while not as aggressive as good hefe weizen, is fine for the style. This is an easy to drink beer that I found reasonably priced. I am happy to have most anything from Pivovar Herold around my home. Fine alternatives to the big beers.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured clear pale golden with a slight haze when held to light. The head was just slightly off white and lasted well to lace the glass.

The aroma was banana fruitiness and slight bubblegum. Some low clove spiciness was present and a slight wheat aroma.

The flavor was crisp, but slightly sour. The banana fruitiness was restrained and a sweet bubblegum flavor was more prominent with a citrusy (acidic) sourness in between. The spiciness in the aroma was almost nonexistent in the flavor. The bittering component was high enough to keep the sweetness in check and to dry out the beer.

The finish was dry after the bubblegum sweetness subsides. The dryness was pleasant and crisp in the aftertaste. The body was medium and the wheat mouthfeel was nicely accomplished.

16.9 ounce bottle. No sediment in bottle after pouring. If the sourness was not present this would be a pleasant yet restrained hefe.

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