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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
86
very good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website
Germany

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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1/5  rDev -73.9%

BGDrock, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of klewis
2.25/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep red with a small bubbly head that quickly disapears. No lacing.

S: Smells malty but stale and bland.

T: Acidic and sweet. I can't peg the flavors exactly. Some diacetyl maybe? A bit medicinal perhaps. Anyway, not good.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-light carbonation.

D: Pass, pass, pass. I'm able to swallow this down, but just barely.

klewis, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

beerhunter13, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of AlexJ
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was stoked to find a 7.2% beer on the shelves in NC, I was less stoked when I tasted it. Pours a chestnut color with a beige head that soon fades into a faint ring without leaving the slightest trace of lacing.

Mild aromas of sweet, nutty malts, vanilla, and that distinct German hop aroma. Nothing really jumps out at me here.

Taste is malty, leather, mild oak accents, and funky, bitter hops, Hops are rather unpleasant in this one. Needs a lot more balance to be tweaked into a good beer.

Mouthfeel is dissapointing for a dopple, definately on the thin side. Carbonation is OK, soft and smooth at least. Finish starts of with a touch of caramel malts fading into those funky hops. Hops have no real character, just bitterness. This beer is most definately past it's prime and may actually have been enjoyable whan it was fresh. At it's best it would still be mediorcre.

AlexJ, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of mschofield
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper-red with a short off-white head. Small streams of carbonation rising through the body
Roasted malt aroma, caramel and alcohol. Oddly fruity apple,pear,peach,tea, and cherry on top of the roasted malt taste.
Light-medium body, too light for the style.
Not very drinkable, not something I'd try again. Not a good doppelbock, not malty enough, too many off flavors. Not something I'd even like without weighing as a Doppelbock.

mschofield, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of Minkybut
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured beer into tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer was nice dark amber colored brew. light tan head spoted small fine bubbles. Very bready nose and slight sour smell. Slight sour taste followed with a light smoke taste that lingered. Alcohole was overpowering and tight. I will not purchase again I think.

Minkybut, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of ChrisTHE
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

ChrisTHE, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of rastaman
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another sticky sweet doppelbock. Soy, caramel, toffee, with some roastyness/burntness and some chocolate, not much in the finish, minimal bitterness. Too upfront and sweet. Sometimes this style really impresses me (Andechser, Celebrator), and other times its one of my least favourite dark beer styles, but some nice flavours.

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of paxkey
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

has a best before date of 15.11.11

that is a fun beer to open. rip pop fizz aroma.

cascades in the glass with a tonne of malt and hop aroma. burnt orange with stunning clarity. offwhite head.

i pull cherries and dark fruit and alchohol and malt. smells strong and tempting. very strong underlying malt aroma, carraway seed rye bread type aroma. smells like bread in a glass.

malt start malt middle malt finish malt aftertaste.

overkill. i might enjoy this if i was standing in an igloo in nunavut.

paxkey, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of DogFood11
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flip top bottle poured into a snifter it formed a meager head that doesn't leave much lacing at all. Brown body, carbonation sticks to the sides of the glass slowly peeling up.

First pull and I can tell this lacks the depth of alot of dopplebock's. Rather thin in the dark fruity malt department and hints of a lean, thin tea like aroma and taste mold w/ the malts becoming sweet. Bread crust forms some body in the middle of the brew. Oily mouthfeel that clashes w/ the spicey side creating an odd battle in the mouthfeel. Lingering malts stick to the palate all the way until the next pull.

Notes: One of the qualities I love about dopple's is the attractiveness of the offering and the depth of the malt character. Although this hits "ok" on the malt profile its really nothing to look at and is ho hum in the overall product. Worth your time for sure as it has an unusual bend to it.

DogFood11, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of beertaster13
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice copper color, the head is very dull, rises out most to about 1/2 inch then resides into the glass to nothing. The smell is clean, nice light toasted bread and butter. A nice hint of syrup. Very light. The taste is crisp and very light for a dopple. The taste is light, traces of fruit and caramel. A average beer.

beertaster13, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of ManekiNeko
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

.5 L bottle with a swing-top porcelain cap. Beautiful label of two stags doing that headbutt thing they do when it's time to get randy. One of the prettier labels I've seen in awhile. Served lightly chilled in a Trois Pistoles goblet.

Appearance: Clear dark burgundy brown (like a dark tawny port) topped by a scant offwhite head. No real visible carbonation. Was the bottle off, I wondered?

Smell: Well, it smells like a doppelbock, albeit a very mild one, casting doubts on the bad bottle theory. Faint cherries, apples, and prune fruits overlying toasty caramelized malts.

Taste: Weak, pruny malt sweetness. Light bread and metallic aftertastes. Not all that impressive, but certainly not putrid. Overall, a shallow tasting doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Flat, thin, and watery.. certainly not characteristics of the better doppelbocks I've had in my time. Pretty crisp, though.

Drinkability: I don't believe this was a bad bottle since the place I got it from knows their stuff. The distributor is primarily a wine house but, then again, the rep in the store buys kegs of Duchesse Bourgogne for his own consumption, so they at least pay attention to the product. Overall, a handicapped pedestrian attempt at a doppelbock. At least it was cheap, and the cat seemed to like it.

ManekiNeko, Feb 21, 2004
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2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Produces a thin white head when poured from the swing-top bottle. Color is a medium-dark brown with a hint of red showing through.

Smells of toasted sweet malt and a spattering of light hops. More malt sweetness is present than anything else. Some hints of caramel and maybe some plums and cherries.

Carbonation is moderate and the beer is medium to medium heavy in body.

The malt is there in body, but does not really come through in the flavor. Light caramel flavors and not really any hops worth noting. There is an astringent and metallic like aftertaste to this beer that really detracts from the drinking experience.

meh

blackie, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of Jredner
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is molasses, sweet pastry and dark fruits. Red/brown body holds a mostly diminishing pinky thick tan head. Fairly still and malt sweet fore. Needs just a touch of carbonation because flavor wise it is decent enough, but it feels wrong that still. Finish is pretty bready and honey tinged.

Jredner, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of TerryW
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a moderate head that quickly settles to a heavy film. No lace to speak of, so overall rather plain looking.

Malty nose and very malty and sweet in character. Sweet enough that it will not be to all tastes. Noticeable molasses flavour. Slightly spritzy to start, but overall very sweet, bordering on treacly. Fairly heavy going.

Drinkable, distinctive, but not something that you would be able to put away a ton of.

TerryW, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -21.7%

virinow, Feb 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

cfalovo97, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -21.7%

ncstateplaya, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of BeerBeing
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass swing-top Euro-generic bottle, green/brown on yellow label

Appearance: reddish brown color, small off-white head, minor lacing

Smell: malt, yeast, herbs, spices, alcohol

Taste: full body, creamy mouth feel, toasted malt, hops, alcohol, fruitness

Notes: just an average brew

BeerBeing, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of yaksurf
3/5  rDev -21.7%

yaksurf, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of Hampton73
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle poured with almost no head, and carbonation very low. Aroma is not great, mostly of dark fruit. Malty sweet flavor, but not bad. It is too sweet to drink more than one, though. The fruit flavor is prominent- raisons and prunes. Mouthfeel is about right for the style. This beer is just OK.

Hampton73, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of Matthew
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served out of a 22oz bottle. Pours a brownish color, when held up to the light there is a very present reddish color. Small frothy white head that disapears quickly. Smells sweet, slightly nutty and has a caramel smell. The taste up front is pleasant with a bready malt character and a sweet nutty flavor that matches its aroma. Taste turns from smooth nutty caramel to a slight bitter biting taste. Not the smoothest Dopplebock I've had by any means but its not bad either. The mouthfeel is heavy and matches the style for the most part. I would possibly consider trying it again.

Matthew, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep ruby brown color.Little or no carbonation and certainly no head to speak of.Malty aroma-somewhat vinuous.Treacle like.Malt sweetness dominates the flavor.Treacle like in tatse as well.Burnt currants.Ok mouthfeel-I like em a bit chewier myself.A decent enough beer to try-theres better ones out there.

lackenhauser, Aug 22, 2004
Photo of froghop
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear dark brown with a ruby tint, thin light tan head, not much lacing.

smell is of caramel, malt, sweet corn, touch of grain, and some brown sugar.

taste is dry yet crisp, malt, corn, and a touch of sweet caramel, leaves the mouth on the dry side.

froghop, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a decent, white foam-head about a finger deep. Fades quickly and spottily, leaving an okay collar. No real cling. Beer is penny copper in color; slightly luminous. Aroma starts very sweet with more caramel than toffee; then a butteriness lacking a biscuit/bread backbone; and finally strong acridity in the sinus. There is little "body" to the nosefeel: the aromas skim across the top of the nasal cavity without filling it. Flavor starts off cloyingly sweet but is quickly pushed aside by a very minerally body, like limestone and butter (seriously!). Then the acridness returns and really lingers. Not necessarily unpleasant flavors but they are not well-balanced. Thin, prickly, somehow greasy mouthfeel is very, very twangy; slightly sweet aftertaste. Drinkability starts out okay, but is impaired by the imbalances and my growing disinterest. At least the alcohol is well-disguised. Not awful, but nowhere even near worth the $5.50 I paid for a 1/2 liter bottle.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Jan 28, 2004
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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
86 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.