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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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306 Ratings

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2001)
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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark leather brown/blackish hue (could've been the dim lighting) with a smallish had and little lacings. There were some hops springing to my nose and a faint smell of malt, but not really a good smell here. The taste, on the other hand, was phenomonal. One of the smoothest and creamiest beers I've had in a long time, but still manages to pack a malt wallop with bread, coffee/cocoa, caramel and I'm sure other things (like brown sugar) that I'm missing, but I hope the point comes across. Balanced well, it has a slightly dry aftertaste while also maintaing its sweetness. If it wasn't so filling after a bottle and also a little up there in ABV, I'd session this - nonetheless, if you haven't tried this do so ASAP.

clayrock81, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
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

brentk56, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Doppel-Hirsch poured a dark amber color with a solid two finger foam head and sea foam lacing.

The aroma was soft spiciness, like cinnamon and brown sugar.

The taste was malt all the way with chocolate and spice. It was a full bodied brew with a slight hop ness that countered the malt all day flavor. The 7.2 percent was somewhat apparent but it had the spiciness tied to it. I quite enjoyed the effort and care put in the brew.

cswhitehorse, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

PBRstreetgang, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- The color of the body is a brown amber sort of soapy looking. Minimal head and pretty much no lace. There is a little bit of a reddish hue to the brown body.

Smell- It smells bean like more than anything but slightly fruity and spicy.

Taste- The taste is not bad. There is sort of a tree bark flavor to it. Sweet and tar like with not much for hops or bitterness for that matter.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a little bit of a creamy follow up.

Drinkability- Medicore.

MTNboy, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of dnichols
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a swing topped cap into a chilled chalice.

A: It poured a dark brown body that when back lit was a clear cherry red. The modest large-bubbled head receded fast to a slight cover over the liquid and ring around the collar that supported limited lacing.

S: It had aromas of sweet chocolate malts and dark ripe fruits with hints of vanilla caramel.

T: It was sweet and malty with a creamy milk chocolate and caramel accented by vanilla and allspice.

M: It had a thin body with modest carbonation and a creamy malty richness followed by a warm alcohol back flavor. It ended very clean and crisp with virtually no aftertaste.

D: Nice clean and tasty dobblebock. A bit thin but well balanced with a clean finish. Nice ABV that warms without being unbalanced and overpowering.

dnichols, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of ojiikun
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found in the pictured 1/2 L swingtop with, as expected for an import, no date. Popped with the barest carbonation and no fanfare whatsoever.

Poured into my big, sassy goblet, body is coffe-dark and has reddish-orange edges. Head is medium off-white and falls to a lace of rainbow-tipped bubbles within moments. Crystal clear.

Smell is abrubtly grainy with lots of that east-european yeast that's so hard to use and use correctly. Not so much green peas as twice-cooked vegetable stock. Vaguely german bread, but not the dark-black sort. Malt is very caramel, but there's clearly some lighter sorts hiding out. Barest hints of dark-citrus hopping.

Body abandons the risky yeast notes for a much cleaner showing of fully-sprouted malts with a totally medium roast to them. Some cedar, some pine. Not so much bitter as alum-like astringincy in moderation. Actually fairly sweet and thin for something this dark. Has a dextrin character reminiscent of a trippel. Only fruity notes are dark orange peels.

Feels so clean on the tongue that you almost don't miss the nearly-absent carbonation. Only slightly coats the soft palate and lips.

Despite fairly progressive labeling, this is certainly an old-world brew. Though I'm not particular towards the strain of yeast used, credit is due for a very balanced brew. I fear the bottle I had may not have fared well in the trip overseas, but even saying that, it's a dopplebock pure and simple and a strong enough to stand on it's own.

ojiikun, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of rking
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

rking, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

czfreeman, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of maven2k
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to start out by saying that the reason I bought this beer without looking it up here first was the great looking bottle.

Okay, well, to me it looks like really strong iced tea in the glass. A nice dark brown, not opaque, and almost cloudy.

The first thing that popped into my head when I smelled it was a fresh ball of yeasty dough. After that I could get a slight whiff of alcohol. I really liked the aroma of this beer so much that every time I took a drink I would take a deep sniff.

The mouth feel is smooth with a creamy/crisp carbonation, not too much bite. I little more watery than I was expecting but not unpleasant.

Taste is a combination of bready sweet malts and then a faint hop to balance out the sweetness and then almost a tart black cherry or red wine. the warmer this gets the more you notice the hops but they are just right, not too much of a bite.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's hard to not gulp it down. I have to admit that I am still a little tipsy from this brew because I couldn't help drinking it so fast! I hope I can find another one of these (or several) and I highly recommend it, especially if you aren't real familiar to the style.

maven2k, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of soulgrowl
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pretty average-looking Doppelbock. Actually, judging by the color I would have guessed this was a bock; not terribly dark or thick, just a clear, cola-red brown with a fair beige head. Decent retention, but there is room for improvement.

Smell: At first, a nickel-like metallic aroma dominates. After a few swirls, the malts open up; roasted nuts, sunflower seeds, dark caramel, and no, I am not making this up: red cabbage. Some tart red wine and a hint of dark chocolate round things out. That red cabbage note is awfully weird, though.

Taste: Mmm, not bad. Sweet, very malty, with a brown ale-like character; plenty of toasted, candied nuts (especially pecans) and fruit (especially raisins and cherries), plus maple syrup, caramel, hints of cola and light rum, and a touch of chocolate that blossoms on the finish along with an edge of honey-roasted peanuts. Rum raisins and sweet bread dominate throughout. Tasty, and thankfully that red cabbage is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick and syrupy. Not enough alcohol, in my opinion, to balance the effect of the sugars. Needs to be better attenuated.

Drinkability: Surprisingly yummy after mediocre first impressions. This is sweet, yet interesting enough to make it enjoyable to quaff.

soulgrowl, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is extremely dark especially for a double bock. the head starts large and rocky but ends in a way that makes you ask why....

S: malty undertones for sure with an extremely mild caramel nothing too intense or memorable

T: decent, caramel malt this is a good beer, and you think bock beer, but you don't go "WOW" when you devour this brew

i must say i had this in my fridge for a while and while it is a good beer, its not the kind of thing that will make you crave it

Redwood21, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml into nonic

Deep mahogany with a one inch light tan head that lasts a while, and eventually dissapears to a bubby rim. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Deep brown sugar aromas with a bit of alochol spice. Maybe a bit of caramel as well.

Tasty dark caramel along with a sugary deep malt base. There isn't much hop flavor in this one, as usual. There is some light spice in the taste. Full bodied with slightly lower carbonation. The feel is smooth and thick. The finish is a little bit of bittering malt.

This one is pretty complex, and delicious. It's pretty easy to drink this one "too fast" without enjoying it. Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of schoolboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much head, but some. Don't drink it very cold. Very sweet and lots of character. Hits your head like a ton of bricks. I felt like speaking German (I do speak German).

This was another of my finds on the half price shelf. They hadn't been bought after sitting in the store for 11 months so they were marked down from 2.99/bottle to 1.50.They had about twenty of them. So after drinking a couple, today I think I'll go back and buy whatever they have left. Nicely pre-aged for me.

schoolboy, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of livingregret
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
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

livingregret, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this stopper topped bottle poured nicely into my glass. a good head and carbonation that quickley settles. nice aroma, kinda fruity roasted malt.

the flava was very nicely balanced with the hop. i think that for a doppel i could drink multples of these without filling, very clean.

i really liked this one.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I live in a 6% cap state, this is the first Doppelbock I have encountered. Thankfully it somehow made it's way onto the shelves anyway.

A. Poured a beautiful Coca-Cola amber with a nice head. Leaves a beautiful belgian lacing on glass.

S. Great chocolaty smell with hints of fruits, dates, raisens and vanilla.

T. Tastes great. Chocoltely taste with a hint of malt. Being from a low alcohol state at first the alcohol was noticeable, but definitely complimented the overall warmness of the flavor.

M. Creamy, chewy chocolate cake finish. Carbonation was well balanced.

D. Great introduction to Doppelbocks. Until other examples are available in SC (Pop the Cap 2007!!!!), I will definitely revisit this brew often.

MarkSCCOT, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Braudog
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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)

Braudog, Mar 15, 2007
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 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 pmcadamis
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

pmcadamis, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle this Doppel-Hirsch comes in. I like it. Pours a deep rich brown color, with some hints of ruby/orange at the base where the light shines in. Thin, foamy head on top which fades quickly. Big foamy bubbles collect along the sides as the head dissipates. Sweet, malty fruit aroma. Dates and raisins. Maybe some vanilla. Some plum hidden deep in there as well. Tastes sweet and malty as well, with some of the same raisiny-date flavors. Finishes tart, with a smokey aftertaste; I don't think I've ever quite had a beer finish like this before. It's interesting, if nothing else. Weird aftertaste, for sure. A little thin in the mouthfeel, but tends to become a bit chewier as it sits and warms up. This is not unusual for most doppels that I've had. The alcohol is slightly noticeable here, but does not detract from the overall odd characteristics of this beer. It's probably not one that I'll come back to, but it's worth checking out if you're a fan of doppelbocks. I am, and this one is unlike any others I've had.

Atlas1, Feb 13, 2007
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 TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a beautiful 0.5ml bottle with a Grolsch-style cap. The beer was clear and bronze-colored with a weak looking head (didn't last 1 minute). The smell was sweet and malty, not as aggressive as typical "-ator style" beers, but not bad. The flavor was malty and sweet also. Medium-thick mouthfeel and easy to drink. Good, but not worth seeking for too hard.

TurdFurgison, Jan 23, 2007
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