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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
86
very good

297 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a rich ruby brown with minimal head and a thin wisp of lace. Smells of a rich caramel. Toffee, raisin, plum and a bit af alcohol in the nose. Tatses of a rich caramel. Also has some raisin and plum. A bit of alcohol and a nice hop bitterness that doesn't linger much. Minimal carbonation. A bit thick and syrupy but still crisp and refreshing - nicely lagered. Very easy drinking for a doppel. A nice buy at $2.99.

05-30-2005 00:57:42 | More by sabrills70
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UnionMade

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

The beer is a dark leathery brown, tinged with ruby when held to light. Good clarity. No head at all. The aroma is pleasant enough. Rich, caramelized malt, some nuttiness and roasted malt qualities. Smooth and nicely lagered. Fairly clean. Some notes of plum and fig. Sweet, sweet caramel and molasses malt right up front. Hints of brown sugar. Latent notes of fig and plum ride into the finish. Negligible hops, just an earthy, wooden undertone in the finish. A bit of hazelnut. The mouthfeel is initially brief, but thickens later with syrupy molasses. Very, very soft carbonation, I thought it had gone flat on the first couple sips. Nice enough, but I'd like something with a bit more presence. No noticable alcohol. Alright, but I've had better.

04-19-2005 03:42:59 | More by UnionMade
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jpwild240

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

Bottle opened with quite an unexpected 'pop'. Immedately a subtle but sweet barley scent grazed my nose. The beer was poured into a pint glass. Very little head, left with a faint drizzle of lace around the outside.
Color is a dark burnt caramel. Very few bubbles, but the ones that do come up are large and rise very quickly. Worth a note.

When in the glass, the scent is surprisingly subtle.
Smell: Slight hint of raw soy and subtle raisen smell. Hops present, but not loud.
*sip*
Hmm! Very refreshing doppelbock! Crisper and lighter than I'm used to (Samuel Adams is my doppel bock of choice.) Believe it or not, when it first hits your mouth you almost get an instant feeling like ice cold milk... the mouthfeel is thick, like milk but the taste is light, a dichotomy. Obviously, very very little carbonation in the mouth.
Aftertaste is unique...has a slight woody characteristic about it with just the tiniest bit of sweetness that hangs in the sides of the back of your mouth. It's different from most doppelbocks, but I don't have the vocabulary yet to describe it better. This is my first review.

As far as drinkability goes, it's a doppelbock and pretty much meant to be sipped, but I find that the light taste (for a doppelbock) makes it more prone to being drank a little faster, but the consistency and mouthfeel pull back on the reins.

I would probably enjoy this beer more if it had a little more carbonation and just a little bit more of a kick in the mouth... but what do I know, I like extreme beers :)

BTW thanks to you who read this review. I'm new, so go easy on me. BeerAdvocate.Com means alot to me and I'm completely honored to be able to take a part in contributing to the site. Respect beer.

03-10-2005 06:03:49 | More by jpwild240
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avylover

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Poured out deep mahogany brownish. The head struggled to develop but with an agressive pour it came through, then died in to a film over top of my beer. Aroma nice & malty, but by no means over the top. The taste is actually more complex than the aroma. You've got the standard caramel maltiness - but there are nice fruity overtones here that add alot of depth and set this bad boy apart from the pack. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with anough carbonation to keep it full. This a very drinkable doppelbock - because it's on the lighter side - but not lacking in taste.

02-21-2005 21:44:23 | More by avylover
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paterlodie

Belgium

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

Best before17-10-05. Poors in ok but not to much foam cause of low carbonisation. Stays quiet well and has whiteyellow color. Beercolor is darkbrown anc clear. Not to much to smell also; some caramelmalt, buttery/diacethyl and litle yeastesters. Taste is malty, sweet, caramel and hints of roast. Going into (a litle hanging) bitterness rapidly. Drinkable but have the feeling this is not the best one they brought out. Can't imagine this buttersmell is wanted. Will give it a new try and hopefully get a better brew next time.

02-19-2005 18:00:05 | More by paterlodie
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heinekenike

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured ruby brown with just about zero head--there was a tiny tannish crescent along one third of the glass, and it quickly dissipated.

Taste was pretty nice for a doppel, not as much roasted flavor as say Salvator but malty with a nice hint of vanilla. Seemed a little flat, but I may try it again if convinced it's a brand-new bottle.

01-30-2005 15:59:37 | More by heinekenike
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AlexJ

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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.

01-23-2005 03:29:37 | More by AlexJ
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Poured dark amber 500 mL bottle at New Year's Eve tasting. One of my least favorite for the evening (although I liked the label of the two bucks ramming antlers into each other). Okay carbonation and head rentention. A hint of chocolate and caramel scents, not a great aftertaste. Very average.

01-02-2005 18:57:59 | More by Backer2004
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nomad

Kansas

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

Though lacking some brightness, this beer is ruby enough though pours fairly flat. Comes down nutty and somewhat meaty, as the malt presents itself fair but not overwhelming. A little dry in the finish after a bit much hop flavor, to my taste, for the style. Not terribly smooth with a roasted/toasted element that doesn't integrate fully in to the malt and hop profile. Missing a balancing act, for sure.

Furthermore, a bit shy on the nose. Somewhat earthy or woody in a sense, the malt backbone is good but not assertive or alluring. A decent doppel. Liked the bottle and label design, though. Of the four doppelbocks I drank in a three day span, this was assuredly the least impressive (versus Arbor Terminator, Spaten Optimator, and Ayinger Celebrator).

12-20-2004 14:49:25 | More by nomad
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claytri

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

It poured a dark yet opaque brown, with a minimal amount of tan lacing. The aroma is a fine mix of toasted sour malt and dark fruits. It has a rich taste of toasted malt. It abounds with coffe and toffee flavors with just a hint of cherry and has a dry sweet finish. Maybe my bottle had lost some carbonation as it was a little flat. It was a light to medium body and dry. This is an interesting beer and more closely resembles an Irish dry stout than any dopple-bock I've had. A nice beer with some promise. If I can find it again I'll have to give it a try.

12-06-2004 04:39:31 | More by claytri
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

This is a dark amber beer with a small beige head that fades in a short while. The aroma is a sweet malty smell with a strong molasses backbone and just a hint of sourness. The taste is a good bock molasses malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little watery but warming after the swallow. A nice bock.

11-11-2004 01:55:38 | More by ybnorml
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Crosling

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Rich brown. Mostly diminishing head.

Chaulky nose, quite dry, with fragrances of plums, toffee, almonds and herbs.

Chewy malts along with a big body. Notes of hazelnut, caramel, cream, plums, mixed nuts and currants. Nice juicy malty sweetness. Flavorful brew.

10-19-2004 07:06:43 | More by Crosling
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

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
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

David and I shared this bottle. Little worried as the swing top came open without any struggle whatsoever, but relief when I saw that there was carbonation in the glass. Over-all I would say it was a wee bit flat however. No head to speak of, color was of root beer. Aroma was of alcohol, some roasted and malt notes. Mouthfeel was thinner than expected, I would give it a medium-. Taste is of roasted maltiness with some alcohol to scare me in the finish. Actually, I thought the alcohol was more present in the aroma, than in the taste, but at that abv, I was going to get some either way. Not oustanding.

09-05-2004 23:08:38 | More by PatandDavid
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

08-22-2004 02:00:43 | More by lackenhauser
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sponberg

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

08-19-2004 02:42:06 | More by sponberg
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

16.9 oz swingtop bottle, served into an imperial pint glass. Pours a clear, mahogany body with a small, beige head that is quickly falling, then suddenly disappearing as I accidently tilt the top inch of the contents onto my coffee table. Oops! No lacing, from either bottle.

Aroma has a powerful maltiness, appropriate for style. Molasses, caramel, and brown sugar combine with a dark fruitiness of figs and dates, with a hint of spicy anise, to produce a powerful bouquet. Very nice!

Mouthfeel is very light bodied for style, with low to medium carbonation.

Taste is complex with lots of malt character. Molasses and maple syrup front a strong component of dark fruity figs, dates, and raisins. Definitely, a hint of spice is lurking here..seems to be anise. Hops are understated, and lend a balancing bitterness, floral in a retro-olfactory sense. Alcohol is cleverly concealed all the way through. Finish has some chocolate malt character, and the aftertaste features a dark fruit tartness.

The lighter body makes this very drinkable for a doppelbock. Certainly, not as heavy or filling as its more celebrat(or)ed, cousins. Definitely,worth a try!

08-10-2004 03:16:32 | More by merlin48
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WesWes

New York

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
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vitesse

Georgia

3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

served in brown 19.9 oz fliptop bottle. rustic, homemade-looking label.

what a disappontment. poured very flat. no head at all. just didn't hold up with the carbonation, which hurt the appearance and mouthfeel. a chocolatey brown color. thin body. taste of chocolate, fruity esters. not pruney at all like a lot of other doppels.
overall, quite a disappointment.

i much prefer the tucher bajuvator for a traditional german doppelbock.

06-30-2004 19:26:55 | More by vitesse
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aracauna

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

Kind of a prune juice brown with a very weak, fleeting head. The aroma is that prune-like doppelbock aroma that many doppels have and plenty of sweet malt. The flavor is mostly brown sugar and caramel. There’s not a lot of complexity in this one. It’s a bit on the flat side. While not being all that great, it’s also not all that bad.

06-30-2004 06:23:23 | More by aracauna
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Jason

Massachusetts

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 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.

06-28-2004 22:01:22 | More by Jason
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Afterburner

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Deep mahogany with a prominent undertone. I had to work to get a good head, but after some vigorous pouring, I found myself with a moderate, velvety beige head. Moderate head retention, no lacing.

Smell: Nicely rounded malt character, with some hints of orange and sugar cane.

Taste: Subtle. Nothing jumps out at you, but the result is still quite good. Toasted malt appears at the beginning and sticks with you clear through to the finish, where it picks up some toffeeish notes a touch of hop bitterness, and some husky, tannin bitterness (though not much).

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smallish bead.

Drinkability: I don't know that this rates as a good doppelbock, but it's a good beer. It's how I imagine a really good, malty mild ale should taste.

06-09-2004 18:44:39 | More by Afterburner
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

Pours a dark brownish amber with a minimal beige head and very little lacing. Strong caramel and malt in the aroma. Medium-bodied with a kind of slick mouthfeel. Toasted malt, caramel and sour fruit in flavors. The finish is both creamy and fruity. A fair Doppelbock but it is a little too glassy-smooth throughout.

06-04-2004 17:04:59 | More by Dogbrick
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a nice amber brown with tan head that falls to cap. Smells of toasted malt, caramel a touch of hops. Tastes creamy malt and caramel touch of the bitterness to excite, decent enough but not the richness of a other dopplebocks I have sampled. Medium slightly heavy side of mouthfeel, alcohol warming your belly. Drinkable beer but there are better choices for this style.

05-20-2004 14:24:26 | More by mntlover
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irishmoss

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%

Great bottle with a beautiful label, it'll be a damn shame when I have to wash it off to reuse the bottle.
The appearance is a decent mahogany color without a trace of head and a small amount of carbonation.
The aroma is roasted malts, plums, and a little bit of raisins.
The taste is sweet with a small amount of hop bite to it; followed by a slight, make that very slight, chocolate hint to it.
Decent mouth feel, but this is very thin with little carbonation.
Overall this is very drinkable, light yet flavorful. Not too much to think about here, just an easy drinking beer.

05-19-2004 04:47:16 | More by irishmoss
Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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