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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss


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very good

286 Ratings

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Ratings: 286
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.09%

Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2001)
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Photo of Bedrocker


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:50:30 | More by Bedrocker
Photo of Sunnanek


3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 18:52:28 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 12:25:31 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 23:59:27 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of JonnoWillsteed


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 17:54:45 | More by JonnoWillsteed
Photo of smakawhat


4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 21:58:22 | More by smakawhat
Photo of drpimento


4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 04:49:39 | More by drpimento
Photo of CuteZombieDoll

New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 03:31:39 | More by CuteZombieDoll
Photo of WoogityBoogity


4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
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.


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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 07:03:35 | More by WoogityBoogity
Photo of janubio


3.21/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 15:49:50 | More by janubio
Photo of Braz


4.43/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 08:17:37 | More by Braz
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:03:15 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:34:38 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 01:56:30 | More by jtierney89
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:13:18 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 18:24:59 | More by andrenaline
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 19:54:44 | More by peensteen
Photo of Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish raisin colour with a very creamy brownish foam head. Great retention with OK lacing.

S: Caramel, light roasted elements (chocolate), butterscotch and vanilla, herbal, and sour balsamic quality. Varied aromas that blend together very well.

T: Subdued caramel backbone, herbal qualities, raisins, vanilla, and faint dark fruits (plums & figs). Nicely balanced and incredibly smooth and creamy.

M: Medium bodied with a low-med carbonation. Pleasingly viscous with a herbal finish.

D: A very smooth and tasty doppelbock. Not that familiar with the style but I like this quite a bit. Would not mind having this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 00:30:43 | More by Digimaika2
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half litre brown swingtop bottle.

A - Deep, dark amber with glowing ruby hues. Frothy cream head, fading down fairly quickly.

S - Plenty of aromas of minerals and mineral water. A big batch of malt, honey and molasses present.

T - Bold malt profile, with sweet malt syrup and bitter chewy malt grains. Good deal of brown sweetness of honey, brown sugar, some dried brown fruits and malt. A nice balance here with the presence of dried bitter malt grains and a chewy nutty side. Underlying mineral twang and mineral water.

M - Medium bodied and sturdy enough for a DB yet not overly viscous. Medium carbonation for a smooth feel. Faintly dry on the backend.

O - Incredibly well balanced and complex DB.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:11:05 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-brown with a dense fawn carpet of foam that fades to film and trails. Brown bread toast, red currant jam and some humus on the nose.
Milk chocolate truffle, treacle and apple sauce, a diacetyl butterscotch hit, and a big toffee finish.
Nutty end and sour leafy linger.
Medium, a good bit of chew, creamy, some burn.

Nice flavor profile, but too sweet and clingy altogether. Not fruit to speak of, which is either wrong or just shows the range in the style. This is supposed to be Hirsch's best, which is damning with faint praise. There are better double bocks.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 20:37:55 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of PacNWDad


3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber, brown. Very clear. Produces quite a bit of head on pour, that clings to the side of the glass. Bubbles continue to rise for quite some time from bottom of glass.

S - Aroma is malty, with some cherry in there. Alcohol is apparent. Really like the roasted barley, but not much hops.

T - Sweet, somewhat fruity. Hops is not prominent. Very little bitterness, if any.

F - A medium bodied beer. Not heavily carbonated. Finishes a bit heavy due to lack of carbonation. A rich beer.

O - Enjoyed it a lot. Nice doppel.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:34:59 | More by PacNWDad
Photo of Kartoffeln

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing a bottle cellared for a little under a year, and adding this to my old review of a fresh bottle.

A: Pours a deep, dark, but clear mahogany with a sizeable, fizzy head of dense tan foam. Good retention, gradually dissipating to a thick, foamy ring and leaving spotty lacing.

S: Rich Munich and biscuit malts with a toasted grain and toffee character, plus sweet fruit aromas: black plums, candied figs, and a surprising hint like lychee fruit (extremely appealing, actually). Mild, estery spiciness and faint noble hops.

T: Rich, robust, and sweet Munich malts with biscuity and bready undertones blends into brown spices and dark fruits, plenty of black plums, black cherries, and candied pears. Faint nutty yeast and grassy noble hops in the finish. Caramel undertone throughout.

M: Full-bodied with modest carbonation providing initial crispness followed by smoothness. The hops last well into the finish and balance the rich flavour profile without cutting into the style's characteristic sweetness. The ABV is barely detectable.

D: It's still sweet after aging, but the booziness is considerably toned down, it's exceptionally smooth-drinking, and generally shows more nuances. Or I may just be better at reviewing. Either way, it's worth grabbing a bottle whether you drink it now or toss it in the cellar for a while.

Fresh, drunk on 11 March '11:

A: Dark ruby-amber with a modest but dense off-white head. It dissipates to a ring with nearly no lacing.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, candied fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Strongly sweet, bread-like maltiness dominates the taste profile with hints of caramel and earthy spices. Undertones of plums and alcohol become more apparent with a bit of warming.

M: Modest carbonation emphasises the smooth, hearty mouthfeel with slight chewiness. The finish is short and balances alcohol, mild hop bitterness, and plum flavours.

D: Personally, I'd only drink one in a sitting due to the rich taste, heaviness, and ABV, but that's entirely keeping with the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 04:47:37 | More by Kartoffeln
Photo of Jesse13713


3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short review today.

Appearance - Pours a murky and quite unattractive brown. No head and little lacing.

Smell - Sour funk and light malt. Plum fruits.

Taste - A light and springy fruitful doppelbock.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light bodied, fruity.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 03:48:22 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasty malts with some dark fruit and a caramely sweetness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice dark fruit sweetness with caramely notes, bready and roasty malts, spices and a very light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice sweet balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 21:34:30 | More by SebD
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown, with a very thin, barely there white no head.

The aroma is sweet with some fruitiness and toastiness like banana bread and prunes.

Taste is very sweet, very malty, but not in an English Ale way, bready but in a sweet way like honey wheat bread or something like that. Some caramel notes. Maybe some dried fruit like dates and prunes. Almost no bitterness whatsoever. Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied, not a thin beer. Coats the palette but does not feel heavy.

Overall a Very enjoyable beer. So sweet that I would recommend it after a meal, maybe as a dessert beer (...as I'm drinking it after some chinese takeout). I think this could be great paired with bread pudding, or donuts, or some holiday desserts.

I'd like to taste this with some more bitterness, but I guess this is very true to style. I'll have to keep my eye out for some American doppelbocks (read "hoppy").

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 04:36:32 | More by taulpepper
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