Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
A very decent beer, and one of the superior choices of the LCBO, our local government largest buyer of alcohol in the world. Pours darkish, carbonation is high and mouthfeel not as smooth as could be,and on the sweetish side, but decent drinker.Average for its style.
04-19-2009 03:07:10 | More by Sammy
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
The color is a combination of orange, red and amber... which constitutes a rather fetching shade of bronze. The golden beige cap is too soft to last for long or to leave much lace. It's presently a featureless disk below a spick-and-span glass. I've seen better.
The nose is okay in the general sense, but it doesn't bring the doppelbock style to mind. The malty portion of the aroma is only very slightly 'dark', and there's almost nothing in the way of hops (which fits the style). There isn't much to grab and hold one's attention. Here's hoping the beer has more personality on the palate.
Doppel-Hirsch's flavor is a bit of an improvement on its nose, even if it isn't making me reach for the truly complementary adjectives. It tastes and feels a little malt-deficient and is more dark caramel-like than chocolate or cocoa-like. I can't escape the fact that it tastes artificially flavored, as if dark Karo syrup has been added. It's slightly dark fruity (more figs than raisins) and tastes Burton-on-Trent hard waterish.
The beer is lightly sweet with an underlying insistent bitterness that keeps things in grudging balance. I'm surprised to note an ethanolic harshness since the ABV isn't that high. While it's easily ignored, the unmasked alcohol adds to the notion that this is a somewhat raw, less than high-quality beer. Unfortunately, rounded and smooth aren't words to spring to mind when describing the mouthfeel.
The bottle certainly looks the part, with the swing-top and the fighting stags on the label. The contents of the bottle, however, are something less than impressive. A re-read tells me that this review is somewhat clinical in nature, but then that's to be expected when the beer is as sterile and as detached as this one is. I wasn't overly fond of Der HirschBrau's hefe weizen. Doppel-Hirsch does nothing to change my mind about the brewery as a whole.
07-15-2005 21:12:15 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.3/5 rDev -13.8%
Appearance: After a hard pour, I was finally able to create a head with some persistance but even then, it disappeared quickly with no stickage; clear amber color
Smell: Smells a bit like Karo; no fruity complexity
Taste: Sweet and caramel syrupy up front, with some alkaline phenols developing by mid-palate; after the swallow brings more of the same
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, somewhat slick; very low carbonation
Drinkability: Becomes cloying after a while; many other better doppelbocks out there
04-16-2008 01:41:13 | More by brentk56
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
Bottle: Poured a deep clear Burgundy color with large off-white foamy head with good retention and good acing. Aroma of banana ester and some cloves with notes of sweet malt. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester of banana with light cloves and some sweet malt and light dry fruits. Good carbonation with no traces of alcohol and an average body. Very well done but maybe lacking some body and slightly too dry.
03-09-2009 02:35:01 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich mahogany color with a rather thin off white head,the clarity and richness was nice,it overshadowed the lack of a head.Lighter aromas of caramel malt,plum-like fruitiness,and light iron,not a real assertive nose.One of the sweeter German made doppelbocks its heavy on the caramel and plum/prune sweetness,in saying that its warming and is what its supposed to be.Lighter in feel but it goes down easily without much alcohol presence.This would be good on a cold winters day wich we dont get here in NC very much.
03-02-2011 22:32:44 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
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!
06-29-2003 11:06:02 | More by NeroFiddled
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a clear dark ruby with a tan head. Nose is subdued. Basically just smells like sugar water. Flavor: has a decent profile that starts off sweet and ends a bit spiced. Overall you get a thick sugary aftertaste in the mouth. Feel is nothing out of the ordinary. Nice bubble to it and thick with ingredients. It is drinkable. A nice effort of the style. Worth trying and seems very well made.
12-30-2007 21:18:35 | More by RblWthACoz
4.25/5 rDev +11%
16.9 oz brown flip-top bottle with no freshness date from HDT Importers Inc.
Appearance: Deep reddish brown hue with a glowing clarity. Thin on the head minimal stickage on the glass.
Smell: Earthy malt with sweet melanoidin aromas. Hint of spice in the alcohol and faint herbal hop as well.
Taste & Mouth Feel: Very creamy with a battle between the crispness and a slickness in the full malty body. Fresh brown bread, pumpernickel crust and almost caramel malt flavor. Suggestions of black tea and chicory in the back. Touch of alcohol warms the mouth. Hops smooth things out with just enough to balance, finishes with a toasted malt sweetness that is not cloying at all.
Drinkability & Notes: Quite complex with a delicious readiness to it. I dont know whether to sip this or quaff it then the malt and alcohol reminds me it is a bigger brew. Went very well with the buffalo burger with mild cheddar on a bulky roll.
06-28-2004 22:01:22 | More by Jason
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
This was a dopple bock I could consistently get in the BX over in germany, so it always had a slight soft spot in my heart, but certainally not amongst my top picks. But these guys would market 4-bottle variety pack & I dug that
Pours chestnut with a 1" white head. Slight lacing and head retention
Smell: Rich maltiness. some fruitiness
Taste: Big malt, fruitiness, peppery spice and hints of licorice. Dry
fruitty & alcohol on the finish
MF: Chewy and balanced, slight under carbonation. Got a good pop when I hit the swing top, so don't think that was a factor
Very drinkable, the 7.2 abv doesn't factor too much. This actually tasted fresher than most samples (most weren't refrigerated) I drank in GE, go figure. Maybe alittle to light for the style, but not by much. Give this a shot
03-03-2006 04:45:17 | More by russpowell
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
07-02-2004 22:27:37 | More by WesWes
3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
500 ml bottle:
Pours slightly hazed medium-brown with a thin tan head. Some trailing lace sticks.
The smell is of strong caramel, with an earthy, slightly fruity undertone.
The taste is of caramel. Sweet, yet not too...Balanced by an earthy bitterness, touch of fruit tartness and very light breadiness. Clean finish. Some alcohol shows, but is reasonably well-covered overall...(Almost gets higher of two scores I was torn between - taste is just a hair too thin to give it the higher score, especially considering that it is an authentic Bavarian Doppelbock).
The feel is smooth (despite a bit of alcohol, especially as it progresses. The body is medium-to-full. (Again, torn between two scores - but will give this the upper, as it is smooth and lends itself towards easy-drinking. It's a bit thin, but not watery, and certainly not fizzy.)
Despite some warming alcohol (that is usual for the style), this is easy to drink... It's caramelly, yet earthy - Not the richest or fullest of doppelbocks, but certainly a solid choice for one that is sweet-ish but not too sweet, has warmth, but yet easy-to-drink!
04-16-2010 16:51:00 | More by jwc215
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
09/13/05- Purchased at a specialty grocery store in Missoula, MT.
Presenation- 500ml bottle (I believe), poured into my Duvel tulip. No dating on the bottle.
Appearance- Dark copper colored pour, 1/2 inch head and average lacing.
Smell- Dark malt with just a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee beans are prevelant as well.
Taste- Somewhat of a bitter malt hit right off the bat, also a sort of corn sryup taste like you might find in a soda like Coke.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy carbonation with a drying mouthfeel.
Drinkability- A little different taste, but overall a decent doppel.
09-16-2005 01:39:15 | More by GClarkage
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a deep dark ruby/chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.
Caramel malt aroma that is slightly roasty with hints of toffee, bready yeast, chocolate and subtle hops.
Silky mouthfeel with a very pleasant caramel malt profile and hints of milk chocolate, toffee, hazelnut, dark fruit and a subtle dry hop finish. Also, there is a good bit of bready yeast giving this beer a nice feel without it being watered down. Slightly spicy with hints of clove and sweet alcohol. The sweetness overtakes the silky malt feel a bit but still pretty good.
09-28-2009 03:06:32 | More by corby112
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Appears a dark brown with a reddish tone. Small beige head that fades in a minute.
Smell is bready with lots of malt and a distinct banana like fruitiness with raisins as the biggest standout.
The taste is of the same beautiful aromas.
The mouthfeel is chewy and velvety smooth that reminds me of silky fudge candy. Nice medium body.
Drinkability is smooth and nice.
08-15-2005 18:20:22 | More by weeare138
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
Coming in a swing-cap 500ml brown bottle, BB 20.03.06, consumed four months and two days "past the prime"~~ Served lightly-chilled in a weizen glass.
A: reddish brown to bright russet in colour; the hissing beer head comes extremely reluctantly, after force-pour it still manages to build up to 0.5cm only; very elegant, gentle and constant streams of carbonation.
S: brown-sugary and caramely maltiness dominates the nose, suggesting plenty of preserved dark fruits, mainly black dates and dried longan fruits, dragging a faint roasty tinge of dark malts as well as honeyish sweetness at the tail.
T: a smooth and softly-carbonated flow of semi-sweet amber+caramely malts hits the palate, slightly bready and pleasantly chewy in texture; quietly a faintly sour-sweet edge of pineapple(!!)+longan-fruit like fruity flavour along with a very mild chocolatey hint prevails, towards a residual sweet aftertaste of dark malts. Alas, the finish doesn't see enough hops or necessary bitterness to balance off the sweet foretaste.
M&D: quite refreshing for a 7.2%abv. double bock, much lighter in texture and body than other samples I've tried. Overall it suffers a bit from a lack of focus and a richer flavour profile, but this is a very quaffable double bock to me. Very easy-drinking despite its alc. strength.
07-22-2006 01:35:20 | More by wl0307
4/5 rDev +4.4%
(served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a dense but clear brown body with a fizzy beige head and a racing carbonation.
S- The aroma is strong of black olives but as it warms it takes on more of a rich Munich malt aroma with some darker malts underneath.
T- The woody brown malt flavor has a freshly crushed Munich malt taste followed by some darker toasted malts and a dry roasted malt finish that lingers a bit. The melenoidins in the background grow as the beer warms and some pot caramel comes through as a nice sweetness.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft cleaning fizz and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice malt flavors like chewing on fresh grain but without the hulls getting stuck in your teeth. The nougat melenoidins were a nice support and weren't to strong making this beer full but very drinkable.
08-31-2010 03:25:53 | More by rhoadsrage
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
Pours with a one-finger head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Deep, clear amber color. Very low carbonation. Nose is malty. Medium bodied. Starts sweet, raisiny, very smooth, the alcohol just comes through in the aftertaste. $3.00 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
10-11-2004 22:37:52 | More by jdhilt
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
Grape jelly and Nutella, the combination may not sound appetizing but it certainly looks it. The beer is dark in colour but perfectly clear and transparent in complexion. It beams unto the surface laser like rays of ruby red. I had hardly enough time to observe the head that, over loud sounds of crackling, made it quite vocal that it was in a big rush to depart.
This scent of grainy, oven-roasted dark breads and brandy-soaked dark fruits is one I will never tire of. Although it may not be the most spectacular showing of those characteristics, Doppel-Hirsch more than does them justice. If what my nasal passage indicates is correct, then this will be one sugary, syrupy sweet lager full of rich flavours...
Which turns out to be a partial truth. Syrupy sweet? Yes. Rich flavours? Not exactly. There's enough malt to lend the typical nuances of dark fruits, caramel, and rye bread but there isn't enough to ensure the robust, thundering maltiness that should accompany them. As result, the balance tips more towards fruitiness (prunes, raisins) than it does maltiness.
Without that rich element of caramelization the beer becomes a little too nectar-like for my tastes. It is less quenching, less filling, and ultimately, less enjoyable. Some of this has to do the alcohol which, although never in plain sight, seems constantly peering from under the thin maltiness. That astringent bit of scorched caramel on the finish isn't helping either.
A good dopplebock should remind you to lift with your legs; I doubt anybody will be throwing out their back out with this one (getting a headache, maybe). I wasn't overly impressed. Then again, I love the style so I'll admit my expectations were high. All scrutiny aside, I wouldn't be reluctant to drink this again (but I might be to pay for it myself).
03-12-2009 19:50:55 | More by biegaman
4.53/5 rDev +18.3%
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.
03-19-2013 21:58:22 | More by smakawhat
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Poured a dull marzen with a good clarity and a whipped-frothy beach sand colored head that was compact, though fairly sturdy. A strong showering of carbonation is observed within. The head levels off to a thin skim coating providing a light touch of stickage.
S: A light, semi-dry caramel malting is picked up on the nose. There is a nice flowery hopping with a sense of toasted grains as well.
T: The flavor opens up with a good deal of toasty grains that was dry and complimented by a dry flowery hopping. A bit of dried apple peels, some dried leaves, and a touch of dried citrus grind is also picked up on. The finish finds a nice dry touch of toasty grains with a moderate flowery hop appeal that provides a nice lingering fade.
M: A fairly thick and full bodied mouthful with some resistance on the tongue. Really smooth texture with not a lot of carbonation picked up despite its strong visual appeal. A soft dry and spicy alcohol fade is left behind.
D: Drinkability was fair per style. Malty with a good presence of hops on the close that suits this well. Worthy of a single purchase.
04-28-2010 22:44:40 | More by beerthulhu
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
500 ml swingtop bottle from the LCBO.
Pours a clear dark ruby red, light brown away from the light, chestnut hue, thick light tan head forms, very tight, drops some nice lacing on the glass and keeps up a solid layer, looks pretty good. Smell is pretty rich and malty, caramel, honey, raisins, lots of dark fruit, biscuit and graham wafer toastiness, light bit of alcohol, grape juice, nice maltiness. Taste is neat, raisiny, very oxidized, some sweet caramel and honey, biscuit, grapes, quite earthy, jammy fruit, pretty neat, nice toasty finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, slight alcohol warmth but otherwise well put together. Not too sweet, pretty good stuff.
03-08-2009 23:35:24 | More by Viggo
3.33/5 rDev -13.1%
Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a dark reddish-brown with a thin tan head that had no retention and minimal lacing.
A very rich, full and smooth malt aroma greets the nose, basically what you would expect for the style. The flavors were also what I expected, but with the addition of a clove taste I can't remember in other examples of the style, due to the yeast perhaps? The clove was most noticeable in the sticky finish.
I found the body and drinkability to both be fairly typical for the style. I picked this up at the local food coop and wasn't either thrilled or disappointed in this brew. I'll probably try it agin, it's worth at least a shot for you as well.
01-05-2010 11:39:32 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
A: Deep amber with a light tan head, some retention, great lacing.
S: Some mineral, caramel, toffee and bready malt.
T: Very bready with a caramel sweetness. There's a light spicing, but the bitterness is VERY mild, allowing the sweetness to really come through. The water seems hard, with plenty of minerals. I'm guessing that Pilsner is the main malt here, with a good portion of munich, decocted with rests favouring plenty of dextrins. Not conventional, but I like it.
M: Moderate to full body is very smooth... there's some nice protein in this liquid bread.
D: Quite drinkable.
03-23-2009 21:09:36 | More by Derek
Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
86 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.