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 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 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 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 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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear pale golden color with a fluffy head that retains well but doesn't leave much lace

Smell: Modest banana and clove nose

Taste: Starts with a mild banana spice bread flavor that picks up in sweetness by mid-palate; after the swallow, some citrus tartness appears

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with fairly high carbonation

Drinkability: As a hefe, this is not great as the flavors are understated; not sure why this is categorized as a Euro Pale Lager, as it is not to that style; despite this, the beer is easy to drink and is a good crossover from Blue Moon

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Minimally hazy medium gold with a hint of orange. Since the beer is unfiltered, I expected at least a little yeasty murk. Because the head was semi-explosive, it took a quick reaction on my part to avoid a soggy coaster. The foam is soft, insubstantial and unimpressive. It also leaves almost no lace. [Note: the style has since been changed from hefe weizen to EPL.]

Back to respectability. The nose is good for the style, with sweetened banana far outpacing clove. It isn't that the former is so intense, it's that the latter is so muted. I'm hoping the upward trend continues on the palate.

Unfortunately, it doesn't. The flavor shares the nose's straightforward personality. Bohemian Wheat Lager is acceptably malted, with more sweetness than is typical. The biggest problem is that there isn't enough hefe flavor in this hefe weizen. Although sugared banana is noted, it isn't as prominent as it is in the nose. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is a rather pedestrian 2.0/5.0.

Clove is a near no-show. Since clove spiciness is such an integral part of the flavor profile for hefe weizens, I don't like this offering nearly as well as the better known versions. As I get farther into the bottle, the haziness of the beer doesn't increase, but the strength of the flavor does (but only a little).

The finish is as clean as possible for a beer this sweet. The mouthfeel is a few clicks shy of medium, has a pleasing slickness on the back end and is undercarbonated. All in all, nothing too impressive, but in keeping with the rest of the beer's attributes.

Bohemian (adj): the disregarding of conventional standards of behavior. By that definition at least, Herold Bohemian Wheat Lager is anything but bohemian. It's a mild-mannered, sweeter than normal, relatively light-bodied hefe weizen that doesn't stake out any new territory and doesn't demand much of its drinker. With so many better versions out there, this one won't be making a return visit to my weizen glass.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 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 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 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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 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 tgbljb
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium amber color, only slightly cloudy, with monstrous white puffy head that exploded from the glass, bur rapidly difell to only a slight ring. Smell is very nice with cloves and bananas dominating. Taste is dissapointing with only a slight spiciness that is overpowered by sweet caramel malt flavors.Finishes OK, but nothing great. Not bad drinking, but definitely not my favorite.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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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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 mmmbeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 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 yelterdow
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
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 Citadel82
3.17/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one did not do too much for me.

Poured a hazy pale gold with a short-lived, large bubbled, white head. Faint smell of cloves and fruit, some leather. Taste was not as clove and banana as one expects from the Bavarian Hefe Weizens. Not sure if that is a plus or a minus. Taste is fairly tame slightly fruity, some spice and a short doughy finish. Drinkable? Yes, will I seek this out again? Not likely. I may give it another try to be fair, but I was not impressed with this bottle.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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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