Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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86
very good

328 Ratings
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outstanding

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

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2001

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Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 227
Photo of tjd112
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith's pint glass

Appearance - Dark brown with white finger head and good lacing

Smell - Nuts, nuts, and more nuts

Taste - Nuts with a bit of toffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel - Very creamy, medium carbonation

Drinkability - Meal in a glass, drink steadily!!

Overall - Excellent

Photo of Lifit
5/5  rDev +30.2%

An excellent beer.

Photo of sb3000
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite Dopple Bock. It is very nutty with malt overtones. A malt lover's dream, but not overly sweet. Dryer than most in this style, but balanced. Nice color and presentation. It's actually better in Germany on tap. Doesn't taste as fresh in the US, but still wonderful beer!

Photo of rking
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I will say that this is a step up from the Neuschwansteiner. As soon as a poured this out of its bottle I was excited. The smell of dark chocolate and Coffee was a great greeting and the dark amber color head. The dark brown color of the beer is a warm inviting color on a cold day. The first sip was very smooth and I was very impressed with the taste also. Over all I must say this beer was a great choice.

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 pmcadamis
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Really nice artwork on the swing-top bottle....very pastoral and serene. Very German. This one is deep wood-stain brown with dark purple hues showing up when it's held to the light. It looks almost red at times. The tan head stars out at about two fingers and recedes to a firm cap....eventually the head disappears altogether. Nice frothy lacing is left on the glass.

S - Chocolate marshmallows...like Count Chocula. Nice understated chocolate scents with hints of vanilla also, and there is a faint smokey sausage aroma also....like smelling the campfire from a distance.

T - Milky chocolate icing flavors manage to be sweet and cake-batter like without being cloying. German chocolate cake, Little Debbie rolls, and all things baked and chocolate in nature. The faintest twinge of hop goodness wraps up the chocolate flavors and sort of cleans the palate. There are slightly woody and sausagey flavors too....slighty feral and wild.

M - Very low level of carbonation. Creamy and slick. The finish is like taking your last bite of German chocolate cake....then the alcohol warms you from the inside. My only complaint is that it's a bit thin.

D - Just about perfect. It's complex, interesting, sweet and scrumptious, but also understated and mild in a way. This is less balls out malty than some other doppelbocks, and IMO that adds to it's drinkability.

Photo of livingregret
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Stopper bottle at 1pt .9fl oz

Appearance: Pours a dark clear red w/ no head. Might be because my bottle top was not secure for some odd reason. Still a lovely colour

Smell: Malt and a touch of sweetness. Also something else that can best be described as herbal

Taste/mouthfeel: Very creamy and crisp feel to it. Goes down very easy and leaves a nice warm sensation in the mouth from the alcohol. Caramel and malt are the main flavours I get. Sooo a sweet and malty beer. Not overly sweet but damn enjoyable

Drinkability: I'm not 100% sure if I should sit back and sip at this or just pound it down. It is very tasty and I will be looking for this one again. A very quaffable beer that goes down oh so nice and leaves you wanting more

Edit: I find as I finish the beer(aka it warms up some) a touch of bitterness comes through to really balance out the flavour. I think for this style of beer...this is a great offering. It is a very filling beer that is almost a meal unto itself. Very enjoyable

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 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 WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a creamy malt scent that boasts of roasted barley and crystal malts; very sweet smelling. The taste is great as well. It has a rich, sweet, and toastey malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes creamy. It has a slight warmth to it, but nothing too bad. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Doppelbock. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good sessions brew.

Photo of warlust
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a real doppelbock that is rich in flavor. The mouth feel is thick and malty. The smell is that of over ripe fruit. The taste is similar to the smell yet it finishes like a lager without the hops. I love all bock beers especially doppelbock so I can say with out a doubt this beer is going into my top 10.

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

This bottle comes in a old -fashioned snap top..like all the Hirsch brews I have tasted
Pours a deep dark brown.very slightly hazy..head is small and dissapates to a fine lace quickly.
the scent of this beer is great i just love the malts and the hoppiness..great.
very buttery but not too sweet taste..creamy even..a slight warming hint of alcohol..delicious.
Feels good in the mouth just right.
quite drinkable i could have a few of these most cold nights.

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 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 Braudog
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the flip-top 0.5L bottle: Poured extra fizzy, almost soda-like, with an almost soda-like appearance: Reddish brown with a bubbly head. There’s a nice caramel-laced aroma, and I swear I almost get a smoky wisp. The first gulp is wonderful -- warming and silky, big and caramelly, toasty and almost nutty like an American Brown. I want a schweinschwank! Ausgezeichnet! (#2747, 3/14/2007)

Photo of bloberglawp
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brownish red, little head and no lace. G<Huge malt aroma, some caramelised candy, walnut and alcohol in the nose.

Flavor, lots of melanoïd malty goodness, a firm but non-descript (other than maybe a little spicy/earthy) hop bitterness to balance the malt, a fair bit of alcohol warming that only makes the beer even better.

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 K7M
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Doppebock, very drinkable, full bodied with a robust flavor. Yes, it is a filling beer as most Doppelbocks are, probably not a session beer for lightweights. This is the Doppelbock that caused me to favor Doppelbocks oer all other Beers. I have since found some I believe to be superior, but always return for more.

I always purchase as many of these as I can when I go to Ft Bragg as the class VI store usually has a great price, adequate supply and fast turnover thanks to the thirsty Paratroopers and retired Paratroopers that shop there.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear, dark brown/mahogany color. The tan head is tall, with a fairly dense and foamy texture. Retention is solid, and a few sudsy rings of lacing cover the inside of the glass.

S: Some modest caramelized malt aromas. Quite distinctly fruity - vibrant notes of sweet apple and cherry, with some darker fruit aromas as well. A faint sort of musty/tangy scent is also detectable. A mild herbal hop note is present.

T: Firmly malty up front, with caramel/honeyish sweetness. Definitely a bit toasty as well. More darkly fruity in flavor, with notes of plum and overripe cherries. A mild balancing hop bite is accompanied by a spicy, almost peppery note. A slight hint of alcohol makes itself know at times but remains mostly concealed.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is light and creamy. A bit sticky-sweet, but not cloying. Somewhat dry and modestly alcoholic into the finish.

D: While this is obviously a sweet, malty beer given the style, I'm impressed by the fruity and spicy character this doppelbock has. A surprisingly fruity, perky nose in particular scores this one some points.

Photo of mattmaples
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Redish Brown in color, this Doppelbock look more like a Salvator then an Optimator. It has a nice body to it but it could be better. Although it doesn't have the richness of an Optimator it have a beautifully deep and complex malt. Small bitter to balance and a nice little fruityness. All and all a good upstanding Doppel.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with amber highlights and magnificent clarity. A very dense and creamy one and half finger head of pale biege foam shows passing retention and spotty lacing. Deeply roasted crystal malts and fragrant honey aromas dominate, with a rich vinous scent and spicy german hops in the background. Dark caramel and rasin/berry phenols strike the tounge first, then robust and bready dextrins deepen the malt profile. The dark honey and wine character appear again, but are subtle and compliment the malt sweetness. Light but balancing noble hops in the aftertaste- soft and floral like Hallertau with a very mellow bitteness. A suggestion of alcohol further puts the formidable malt flavor in check while adding a degree of complexity and becomes more apparent as it warms. The body is full and the carbonation is light- allowing a residual sweetness to coat the tounge-only offset by mild hops and a hint of booze. The beer finishes rich with malt flavor and gentle steely caramel but not syrupy or cloying; it remains highly quaffable to the last sip due to its uncanny smoothness. An outstanding example of the style; luckily it is both common and inexpensive where I live!

Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red-copper, maybe a mahogany. I'd love to have hardwood floors this color. Aroma is like a decoction malt heaven - sweet malt-o-plenty. Head disperses quickly, leaving little lace.

Deep sip - ahh! A sweetish decocted malt attack consisting of dark caramel-dipped fruit (figs? dates?), with some maple and pumpernickel flavors. Distant underlying noble hoppiness to balance. Almost criminally drinkable for the strength as the body is deceptively light for a doppelbock. Aftertaste is like a caramel apple sandwich on pumpernickel. Which, oddly enough, is a signature I look to - and love to - find in a good doppel.

A very nice effort - not nearly as chewy as an Andechs or a Paulaner, but eminently more drinkable for it. A couple of liters of this would leave me a happy boy.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear mahogany body is capped by a short head of dense tan foam which fades away shortly but maintains a creamy collar and initially leaves some minor spotty lace. Although the nose is somewhat restrained and lacks the rich Munich malts found in many examples (ie. Optimator); it is fairly complex with a gentle touch of fruit (apple, soft prune, mild background cherry), deeply caramelized sugars, and a waft of mineral character. In the mouth it's very fine carbonation gently tingles the tongue; thinning and smoothing out the medium/just-bordering-on-full body. The flavor delivers some light fruit upfront; followed by a rich, deeply toasted and caramelized molasses-like maltiness as it warms across the palate. The bitterness is quite evident beneath the malt at this point - suggesting that it will finish bone dry - yet it oddly fades away as the sweet but deeply toasted malt steps forward to linger on the palate. It's crisp and refreshing then as the malt erodes and some dark fruit steps back in; leaving an impressive and complex finish! A very unique Doppelbock that holds enough malt to satisfy, and is exceptionally well-balanced. The alcohol is very well-hidden; and except for the fact that it does eventually hit you, this is a really drinkable doppelbock. Most impressive!

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a .5 liter flip-top. The pour yelds a very creamy head capping a deep-brown brew. Not as dark as other dopples I have had. Smell is fantastic, malty,caramels, pumpernickel.Taste is great, matching the smell profile. This is not the heaviest dopplebock by far, but very creamy mouthfeel to savor. The drinkablity is fantastic, I have to make myself put it down. Great nightcap or cold night-by-the-fire Deutch brew.

Photo of GoBrewOrGoHome
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- copper/amber color, crystal clear big foamy head that doesn't last long
S- big malt, sweet, worty, bready, hints of alcohol,
T- warm alcohol but not at all overwhelming, low hop bitterness, very malty, very sweet
M- thick body, very dextrine's, low carbonation, mouth coating
D- wonderful beer, big malty character that suits the style, great representation of a doppelbock

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