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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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293 Ratings

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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 RedDiamond


3.58/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 07:03:12 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2004 21:21:31 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
Photo of TinusTime


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

sampled from 1/2 litre swing top bottle. I wondered if this beer would still be good as when you put slight pressure on the swing top seal you could hear the hiss of escaping carbonation.

Poured a dark brown with a decent head that went away pretty quickly. Scents of dried fruits and dark malty bread. Taste was just OK. Typical Dopplebock malty sweetness, Mouthfeel was a bit undercarbonated leading to believe that the seal had been comprimised. The drinkability was OK . Overall there are 7-8 dopplebocks I can think of that I would rather have than this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 19:35:39 | More by TinusTime
Photo of Suds


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a half-liter bottle with a swing-type top. Sweet, malty, distinctively dopplebock-esque aromas escape on the pour. Appearance is a deep mahogany color in a clear, nearly still liquid. Slight, creamy head that quickly disappears…I shouldn’t have been surprised, since the carbonation is negligible. Toasted malt flavor throughout. Pleasing dopplebock sweetness, but not as well matched with the aroma as a Celebrator or Salvator. Also, the beer is a little lighter bodied than a top-notch dopplebock. Slightly annoying metallic tinge. Finish is lingering, but not really cloying. The bottom line is that this is a decent, but not outstanding example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 02:45:49 | More by Suds
Photo of mschofield


2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark copper-red with a short off-white head. Small streams of carbonation rising through the body
Roasted malt aroma, caramel and alcohol. Oddly fruity apple,pear,peach,tea, and cherry on top of the roasted malt taste.
Light-medium body, too light for the style.
Not very drinkable, not something I'd try again. Not a good doppelbock, not malty enough, too many off flavors. Not something I'd even like without weighing as a Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 22:42:21 | More by mschofield
Photo of counselor


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a chestnut brown with a thin head. The smell was all sweet malt sugary sweet and the taste was much the same. Plum and caramel flavors predominate. Paired with a hunk of parmesan regiano made for a nice contrast, Good body nice for the style. The fairly high abv was well disguised. Good beer for an occasional, but couldn't do too many more than two, maybe three.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 22:15:52 | More by counselor
Photo of jtw5877


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most obvious thing about this beer is the cool bottle, another great find at my local farm market that decided to become a craft beer store, no complaints here. pours a medium brown with a small tan head, chocolatey malty nose with a medium bodied malty taste. Not the most overpowering of the style, but a keeper none the less.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 00:46:17 | More by jtw5877
Photo of CharlesRiver


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't they say presentation is everything? Very cool flip top bottle that can easily be used again. Light brown in color with no head at all, even after a hefty pour. The smell is huge in terms of maltyness.

Taste is very smooth for a "bigger" beer (7.2%). Lower in carbonation than I expected for this style of beer. I wouldn't say under-carbonated, just not what I expected. The ending has a great balance of bitterness and sweetness. I would buy this beer again and will share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2003 02:02:12 | More by CharlesRiver
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown yet very transluscent. The head quickly subsided. When first poured it had a slight fruitiness, banana. Once the head subsided it has the malt, sweet, raisin aroma. The flavor is malt and alcohol. It is sweet on the tongue and then fades into caramel and alcohol in the finish. The body is big and round. The drinkability would be higher is there was not so much alcohol in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2003 02:49:10 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of RoyalT


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one foamed up like crazy. The head was kind of loose but went down slowly and laced the glass. The body was brown and seemed kind of thin though.

Smell – There’s the classic doppelbock aromas. The toasted malt and toffee/caramel came out nicely. Did I finally find a good ale from Der Hirschbrau?

Taste – Not quite. The taste was a real disappointment. The toasted malt was there, but the sugars wimped out and the offering took on a wimpy, water, flavor.

Mouthfeel – This was horrible. It was flat and unappealing.

Drinkability – If you know and love doppelbock, this is not for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 02:30:58 | More by RoyalT
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another sticky sweet doppelbock. Soy, caramel, toffee, with some roastyness/burntness and some chocolate, not much in the finish, minimal bitterness. Too upfront and sweet. Sometimes this style really impresses me (Andechser, Celebrator), and other times its one of my least favourite dark beer styles, but some nice flavours.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2003 00:55:17 | More by rastaman
Photo of woemad


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this was a good doppelbock, but nothing exceptional. Poured a dark mahogany, with a big tan head. Smell was dark and toasty, with hints of dark fruits and molasses. Taste was dark, toasty and a little bit chewy, but not as complex as some doppels I've had. This beer sneaks up on you. It doesn't seem to have the amount of alcohol it has, and I think a number of them could have quite an effect on you.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2003 21:52:43 | More by woemad
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 11:06:02 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my Shoreline Beverage score from last weekend.... Presented in a 0.5l swing-top bottle with a couple of jousting deer (Doppel-Hirsch, of course!) on the label.

Poured a medium-to-dark copper color, with crystal clarity throughout. Head was about 1" of tan fluff at first, but very rapidly shrank to near nothingness, with just a bit around the rim. Lacing was hard to find, too.
Nose was decent, with a semi-sweet, caramel quality. Similar, though on a lesser scale, to a Salvator aroma.
The body was doing all it could to get to medium on the scale. Very minimal carbonation allowed the fluid to pass relatively easily over the tongue.
Flavorwise, it was certainly acceptable as a D-Bock, but rather straight-forward and lacking complexity. Pretty much just a basic caramel-malty sweetness with a slight hint of bitterness at the finish. It goes down well once in front of you, but I might not put too much effort into finding this if other DB's are available. Zum Wohl!!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


Serving type: bottle

04-03-2003 17:29:31 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an unambiguous mahogany color with the head light tan and miniscule in size, the residual lace patchy. The nose is plummish, caramel, sweet and underpinned by the malt, fresh and pleasant I would say, start is cloyingly sweet, loaded with malt, the top is middling in its feel. Finish has a delicate hop spicy bite, the acidity assertive and the aftertaste dry and linger, a Celebrator or Optimator it ain’t, but drinkable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2003 16:42:47 | More by Gusler
Photo of Reidrover


4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle comes in a old -fashioned snap top..like all the Hirsch brews I have tasted
Pours a deep dark brown.very slightly hazy..head is small and dissapates to a fine lace quickly.
the scent of this beer is great i just love the malts and the hoppiness..great.
very buttery but not too sweet taste..creamy even..a slight warming hint of alcohol..delicious.
Feels good in the mouth just right.
quite drinkable i could have a few of these most cold nights.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 21:20:30 | More by Reidrover
Photo of John

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep ruby color. Fair/decent head following a vigorous pour. Aroma consists of dark ripe fruit, toasted caramel, molasses and chocolate. The flavors are intensifying as this warms. More pronounced are the chocolate malt and dark fruits, which have become more defined...prune-like. Alcohol warms the throat. A good doppelbock will leave you feeling as if you've just had a treat, and this one is no exception. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2002 17:37:06 | More by John
Photo of mattmaples


4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Redish Brown in color, this Doppelbock look more like a Salvator then an Optimator. It has a nice body to it but it could be better. Although it doesn't have the richness of an Optimator it have a beautifully deep and complex malt. Small bitter to balance and a nice little fruityness. All and all a good upstanding Doppel.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2001 17:08:20 | More by mattmaples
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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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