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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 EPseja
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
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 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 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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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 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 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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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 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 ark57
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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 RocketWidget
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy yellow, not much carbonation and not much head. Smells wheaty and hoppy. Taste is much like other wheat lagers, wheaty, and hoppy, not very complex but still quite good for the style. Overall, not bad, but I'm not sure if I would get one again, because there isn't much that is unique about this brew.

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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 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 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 packetknife
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

After have the Black I was really looking forward to this, unfortunatly I was dissapointed. Not bad just nothing notable.

Golden w/ amber hues. Dense bleached head that stuck around. It most reminded me of vanilla and lemon. Some people mention banana but maybe my banana-tasting-cells are out of commision because I didn't get that. Slightly acidic in taste and on the nose. Thinner than I expected.

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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 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 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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