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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
87
very good

307 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 307
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2001)
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Photo of sponberg
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

sponberg, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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!

merlin48, Aug 10, 2004
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.

WesWes, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of vitesse
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

vitesse, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

aracauna, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Jason, Jun 28, 2004
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.

Afterburner, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Dogbrick, Jun 04, 2004
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.

mntlover, May 20, 2004
Photo of irishmoss
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

irishmoss, May 19, 2004
Photo of Stubbie1
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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.

Stubbie1, May 10, 2004
Photo of 86MonteSS
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

86MonteSS, May 01, 2004
Photo of JISurfer
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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!

JISurfer, Apr 14, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

ManekiNeko, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

RedDiamond, Feb 18, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

TinusTime, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of Suds
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Suds, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

mschofield, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of counselor
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

counselor, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of jtw5877
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

jtw5877, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

CharlesRiver, Nov 26, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

RoyalT, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of rastaman
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

rastaman, Sep 09, 2003
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