Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
86
very good

328 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 8
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2001

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Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 227
Photo of kevinlater
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swing-top bottle into goblet. best before 26.01.16. consumed june 5, 2015

a: mahogany-caramel with a finger of tan head

s: sweet brown/dark bread, caramel-covered raisins, dates, hints of butterscotch

t: raisin bread backed by flavours of caramel and dates. an herbal bitterness somewhat cuts through the malty sweetness, making the beer taste medicinal

m: full-bodied with moderate carbonation. sweet and sticky but does dry well

o: deliciously sweet, but i could do without that herbal-medicinal feel

Photo of thehyperduck
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL swing-top picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan 26 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear chestnut-copper colour with some reddish amber highlights; seated atop is just over one finger's worth of creamy, off-white head that displays respectable retention. It holds its ground for five minutes or so, but eventually wilts down to a thin, foamy collar and a bubbly, filmy cap. No lace, but it looks good otherwise. The nose seems to favour syrupy-sweet dark fruit notes, with dates, figs, cherry and even a whiff of red grape skin melding nicely with the background caramel & molasses sweetness. The malts seem bready, maybe lightly toasted, with a faint hint of herbal licorice.

Very nice - the flavour profile is relentlessly sweet, but in that charming sort of manner that the best doppelbocks seem to manage so well. Bready malts, butterscotch and molasses provide a constant, baseline presence, while fruity flavours of plum, fig, raisin and cherry-flavoured red licorice candy pop up and tease the palate. The malts take a toastier tone toward the tail end, with an herbal, vaguely earthy bitterness and some licorice spice rounding the sip off nicely. A bit of boozy sweetness in the aftertaste, but it works well in this context. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that manage to provide a bit of crispness initially. Still, this bock excels once it has time to breathe and smoothen out more - it has a silky, tongue-coating quality that makes the whole experience of drinking it seem almost hedonistic in nature.

Final Grade: 4.28, a very solid A-. Doppel-Hirsch is one of the most compelling doppelbocks I've had in months, and should be considered a near-steal at its Ontario price point ($3.70/500 mL bottle). It's definitely on the sweet side of the spectrum, boasting a veritable avalanche of rich malt and dark fruit flavours, but that's nothing unusual for the style, so true fans should think of this as a definite must-try. I picked up a second bottle to stuff into the cellar, but I may need to make a return trip to London to grab a few more while it's still available.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml resealable bottle purchased from the LCBO for $3.70 CDN. Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Looking forward to enjoying this during the overtime period of this game 7 playoff game between the Capitals and Rangers.

Appearance - fairly clear mahogany coloured beer with amber hues. A finger of head is poured but it doesn't stick, around for long nor to the glass. Some carbonation is visible and carbonation was explosive from the bottle at the onset.

Smell -treacle, butterscotch and molasses. Rich and malty, some dark cherries in there too. Kind of like Samichclaus light. Smells just right for a doppelbock. Some grains in there too.

Taste - just like the nose, molasses treacle and butterscotch dominate yet again, but not one of the flavours overpowers the others. A bit boozy, but that's to be expected with a 7% + ABV doppelbock. Really balanced and really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a full body and enough carbonation to cut through to make this a true treat.

Overall - a great doppelbock, enjoyable, filling in that it nearly is a meal on its own and full of flavor and balance. Doppel- Hirsch hits ll the notes you expect a doppelbock to and does so in delicious fashion. Top notch beer.

Photo of drmeto
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

T:
-molasses and licorish upfront
-dates
-syrupy
-low carbonation (style-specific)
-slight alcohol warming
-caramel ,toffee and very bready finish

O:
o.k. One ,but i like my Doppelbocks with more of a dark fruit taste

Photo of Anker13
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Der Hirsch Doppel-Hirsch | 0.5L Bottle | Bottle Date Unknown

Appearance - Beautiful garnet, creamy off white head

Aroma - Raisins, figs, coffee cake

Mouthfeel - Very light carbonation, would have liked a little more, medium bodied

Taste - Dark fruit... Raisins and plums up front followed by chocolate covered caramel.

Residual - sweetness lingers, really could've used more carbonation

Overall - Great doppelbock, would recommend to anyone... My only gripe is that it's somewhat flat

Photo of Lifit
5/5  rDev +30.2%

An excellent beer.

Photo of JRed
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Murky reddish-purple in body with thin white head. Aroma of grapes, medicine cabinet, herbal notes, and alcohol. Tastes of grapes, herbal potion, dark fruit, and an alcoholic burn comes through towards the finish along with some more medicinal flavor. Light in body with light carbonation. Crisp and rather dry for the flavors presented.

Photo of WardOfAKind
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as part of a birthday present. Looked interesting as it(the bottle/label/cap) looked very different to common place beers, so much so in fact; that it even stood out when compared to other craft beers (In my local stores anyway). Other than "World Beer Cup© Gold Award 2012" and the word "beer" on the rear label, there were no English words whatsoever(to me this made it more interesting). So just judging by the bottle, I was impressed.
Aroma was very faint although to be fair, I may have used an inappropriate glass.
When poured, the head looked normal, nice off white colour and appropriate height in comparison to glass. However, the head didn't last very long and in turn, disappeared completely within 15/20 minutes.
Tasted delicious! and i can't exaggerate this enough, Im not very good at describing flavours (especially subtle ones) but it has a nice rish almost carmel sweet taste (side note: doesn't taste like 7.2%)

Overall a FANTASTIC beer, must have. I cant wait to buy more. Highly recommend.

Photo of Bedrocker
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber color. Kind of murky looking. Leaves a small white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells of dark fruits, raisins, some caramel, and malts.

T: Tastes pretty much just like it smells. Nicely balanced, has a little bit of hoppiness to it as well.

M: Medium-bodied, kind of creamy as well. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Good doppelbock, although there isn't really anything in this beer that "wows" me. Tastes kind of like Raisin Bran, which isn't a bad thing. Awesome bottle art, too.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep copper color and the medium-tall, beige head is very compact but bit light. Dissipates slowly into decent lacings.

S: Rich sweet, dark malt. Dark dried fruits, some bitter hops. Very bready, almost like Swedish rye crisp-bread. Some faint citric notes.

T: Syrupy sweet, very sweet. Lots of dark dried fruits, raisins and plums. Faint bitter hops in the back, but this is very sweet.

M: Smooth and thick, creamy body with low dissipation and a sweet, but short aftertaste.

O: Nice Doppelbock, perhaps a bit too sweet (!?!?) if that even is possible when it comes to Doppelbocks.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark chestnut; good head poured straight; head long lasting

Aroma: Malty; sweet; slightly hoppy; dried fruit

Taste: Juicy malt on start; good hoppy/sweet finish; not complex, but fairly well balanced

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of Axnjxn
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottling date.

Pours a medium brown color with a light white head. Smell is typical for the style - very malty with caramel, toffee and other similar notes. Taste is more of the same, and again very true to the style. very malty and a tad sweet. toasty. Mouthfeel is medium. maybe a bit lacking in this area as it doesnt go down smoothly. medium carbonation.

overall this is a very good representation of what a doppel bock is supposed to be. its not outstanding and wont blow you away, but if youre a fan of this style that not a lot of american breweries do right, then this beer will suffice nicely.

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was an unexpected surprise. Good looking deep-copper colour.

Thin head that rapidly cleared to the thinnest peripheral head of bubbles.

Fat molasses flavour rolling over the tongue. Smokey rich molasses, which at times can threaten to become a bit too too rich to my dry-favouring palette.

Would enjoy this again, but it's a bit too full-on for me to make this a session beer. People who favour the richer/stronger end of the spectrum might find it very interesting though.

Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Great mix of cola and fine carbonation through a fantastic looking red and burnt brown amber body. Head is off tan and very creamy and billows up to three fingers easily, and slowly settles with some ice cream whipped like character.

Nose smells classic doppelbock great. Lots of clove and caramel like sweetness, but that really great spicy character. Hints of black licorice hide just a little bit but comes out more malt sweet.

The mouthfeel on this is nearly perfect. A velvety big, but not thick and syrupy, creamy rich body, almost like ice cream lets the sweet malts carry throughout the palate. Clean finishing with a large density and chewy character. Creamy palate continues, with not much of the licorice sense coming, but balancing the spicy character out nicely. Some banana like esters a bit with hints of cream mingle also.

Overall just very impressed with this one, real tasty doppelbock.

Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Glad to have gotten it from Let's Pour. Poured at a good temperature with a decent light tan head that soon settled down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear amber cherry with some bubble trails. Aroma is a pleasing blend of toffee, caramel, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor's much like nose plus coffee, toast, and just enough bitter and carbonic tang to balance. Body is great while carbonation is perhaps a touch light. Finish is average length and very easy drinking although after a bit some booze comes thru. Wish I could get more.

Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an extra large beer mug

A- Pours a dark brownish red. Formed a good head, and lacing is evident.

S- Smells sweet, like toffee, and a little toasty. You can smell some of the alcohol.

T- Toasty, reminiscent of a sweet bread, with some notes of toffee and chocolate. Not much of an alcohol flavor, but it's there.

M- Full and a little heavy.

O- A good one, goes down pretty easy, but I think next time I see this brewery in a liquor store I'll give one of their other beers a try.

Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber brown body. Excellent clarity. Pours large creamy head that quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing.

S - Strong malts with melanoidins present. Slight toasty note. A hop presence is detectable (Noble?). No fruity esters, chocolate, or 'burned' aroma.

T - Sweet malt presence with toasty flavor. Ever slight presence of chocolate. Slight pale finish is hidden by toasty notes. Alcohol flavor minimal with dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Low astringency.

O - Strong, rich, sweet lager. A very textbook example of a German Doppelbock.

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NOTES: Paid around $4.20 for this half-liter bottle with flip top - a solid value in my opinion if you are looking for an excellent German Doppelbock.

Photo of janubio
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml. bottle, porus a small brown head, amber colour. Smells of caramel, chocolate, banana and dark fruits, with hints of vanilla. Very sweet palate, though I found the body too light. Taste of dark fruits, chocolate, xerry or port wine and a hint of coffee in the end, though it keeps the sweetness.

Photo of Braz
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Soup Cellar in Leavenworth, WA, flip top bottle. Explosive pour. Ruby brown with giant bubbly tan head. Strong smells of fruity malt and alcohol. Quite a bit of malt sweetness and rather creamy. Very warming, definately a big beer. Towards the end it was a bit rich. I loved it but don't think I could drink two.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bottle. Poured a clear dark amber red, with two fingers of tan creamy head. Sticks around nicely and leaves some lacing.
Smell is of caramel, dark fruit and malt.
The tast is nicely starting out with dark fruits, being met with a good portion of malt and caramel flavors, yet balanced in the end by mild hops.
Very nice medium bodied Bockbeer, nothing outstanding , but very nice and drinkable.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.Pours a dark red-orange amber. Nice tan head with slight lacing. Looks nice. Sweet malt aroma. Sweet malts, dark fruit, hint of dark malt and light caramel. Taste fades quickly. Finishes light sweet malt with a slight astringency. A good standard doppelbock with no outstanding qualities. I'd like a bit more assertiveness. Nice bottle.

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with goo clarity. Massive and sticky off white head with a faint yellow tint. Raisin whole wheat bread on the nose along with figs and dark fruits. A rich nuttiness in the background with an overall earthiness. Some herbs and spice.

On the lighter side of being medium bodied. Surprisingly crisp and clean. Grainy bread like sweetness up front rides into a rich nuttiness that stays consistent to the finish followed by the perfect amount of dark fruit. Finish is slightly spiced and balanced by a moderate alcohol presence that warms the throat. Sweet but not cloying and is layered extremely well. The flavors get even deeper and more complex if you really want to get into them.

An extremely drinkable and well done doppelbock. So incredibly smooth with great complimentary flavors. Not one of those overbearing dark fruit bombs that some heavier malt beers can be.

Incredible subtlety, flavor, and balance.

Photo of SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark auburn with lots of carbonation clinging to the pilsner glass, while a dark beige head rises half an inch before quickly fading, leaving a trace of lace.

Sweet malt with notes of brandy. The background contains raisins, dates, and possibly some cherry.

Fruity and earthy with overripe cantaloupe. This one is very sweet with plums and no significant finish.

A medium body with lively carbonation and a touch of alcohol. The texture is velvety and there is a sticky, residual left on the lips.

Sit and sip while enjoying a rib-eye. This one takes me back to crisp Thanksgiving days on my Grandfather’s porch -- he with a cigar and me with a healthy piece of pumpkin pie.

Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Rich caramel, musty malts, brown sugar, hint of molasses and some dark fruits.

T - Much like the flavour with the caramel dominating, quite bready and reminiscent of a whole wheat loaf, brown sugar and molasses linger on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty doppelbock, loaded with flavours and fitting for the style. The higher ABV is well concealed and it was certainly a pleasurable able to enjoy.

Photo of peensteen
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cola brown/ruby red colour, almost 2 finger of tan head, some lace. Smell is of dark bready malt, brown sugar, chocolate and hints of roast and coffee, some darker fruits, raisins, nice yeasty presence as well. Taste is quite sweet up front and almost unpleasant, once the sweetness subsides dark fruit and bread comes through, chocolate, coffee in the finish, some astringency as well, alcohol is quite noticeable at points. Tastes better about halfway through than it did at first. Light-med carb, full body, syrupy and sticks to your palate. For a style that I have started to gain lots of appreciation for in the last little while this offering is fairly mediocre, great nose but the taste leaves lots to be desired, average drinkability but wont be seeking this out again.

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