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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
86
very good

316 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 9
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2001

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Ratings: 316 | Reviews: 224
Photo of AlexJ
2.49/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nomad
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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).

Photo of claytri
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ybnorml
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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!

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 vitesse
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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 Afterburner
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of irishmoss
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark color, mahogany at best. Thick fat foam, no head/lace. Sweet malt aroma, caramel, and cane sugar, maybe plums on the nose. Taste is sweet malt flavor with tones of dark fruit, a bit bready flavor. Easy to drink and it hides the alcohol very nice. Nothing overwhelming with this brew. Average at best.

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So-so appearance... root beer-like hue and nothing in the way of a head. The taste begins with a bang--strong doppelbock flavor with a balanced sweetness--but quickly tapers off. So does the mouthfeel. In fact, it goes from syrup to watery in about 4.5 sips. A decent beer, to be sure... but presumably just like that of the entangled bucks on the label, its energy simply deflates.

Photo of JISurfer
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a good beer, but nothing super crazy. I found it to be similar to most doppels, which is not a bad thing, but I was expecting something a little more out there, if you know what I mean. The appearance was nice, with the caramel color that got darker as you went closer to the top. It's head was nice and frothy at first, but then died out to a laceing, eventually going into nothing. It had a deep fruit/malt taste with little hop there. I wasn't really looking for any hoppiness though, since it is a doppel. The bottle had a kick ass logo, something that would make a good tattoo!

Photo of ManekiNeko
2.92/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells green with a fat malty body. Deep walnut brown, headless, and still. The taste has a caramel-molasses sweetness and is buttery. A little too sweet for my tastes. A complimentary bitterness never emerged. Also, it seemed a little flat to me though it's difficult to say just how much the character of this beer might have changed since leaving the brewery in the Bavarian Alps. I suspect the ceramic swing top may have had something to do with this. The lack of carbonation creates a heaviness in the mouthfeel which comes across as weighted but serene.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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