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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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316 Ratings

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 Jason
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 don’t 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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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 GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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 wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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 liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle as part of LCBO winter release gift pack. 500ml swingtop into a pint glass. Slaughtered noobs on COD Black Ops while sipping this bitch.

Pours a dark brown with hints of rusty orange. Tan head, with some lace and retention. Dark fruits and raisin in the nose, prominent and clearly malt forward. Taste has this, with a greater notion of the malts here, toffee and caramel. Can sense the heat in the finish, but is more warming than harsh. Medium low carbonation, and a solid drink especially in the colder months.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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