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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
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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 ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 01:55:38 | More by ybnorml
Photo of falloutsnow


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours somewhat thickly from the bottle, producing a dense foam that is about 2cm in height and off-white in color. The head deflates in a few minutes to a thin ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. The body is dark for a doppelbock, nearly as dark as the Celebrator. Not hazy, however, as the carbonation and brownish-orange color of the body are quite translucent.
Scents of brown sugar, prunes, figs, and a bit of alcohol. The taste is full of the familiar doppelbock qualities: deep, rich malt; buttery toffee; hints of fig; mild hop bitterness in the finish with a bit of alochol as well.
The body has a medium thickness to it with a carbonation level that is a bit too intense for the style, yet is still quite enjoyable. The beer has a semi-dry finish that enhances its drinkable qualities. A solid doppelbock all-around, true to the style and avoiding any glaring errors in its presentation.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 01:17:40 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grape jelly and Nutella, the combination may not sound appetizing but it certainly looks it. The beer is dark in colour but perfectly clear and transparent in complexion. It beams unto the surface laser like rays of ruby red. I had hardly enough time to observe the head that, over loud sounds of crackling, made it quite vocal that it was in a big rush to depart.

This scent of grainy, oven-roasted dark breads and brandy-soaked dark fruits is one I will never tire of. Although it may not be the most spectacular showing of those characteristics, Doppel-Hirsch more than does them justice. If what my nasal passage indicates is correct, then this will be one sugary, syrupy sweet lager full of rich flavours...

Which turns out to be a partial truth. Syrupy sweet? Yes. Rich flavours? Not exactly. There's enough malt to lend the typical nuances of dark fruits, caramel, and rye bread but there isn't enough to ensure the robust, thundering maltiness that should accompany them. As result, the balance tips more towards fruitiness (prunes, raisins) than it does maltiness.

Without that rich element of caramelization the beer becomes a little too nectar-like for my tastes. It is less quenching, less filling, and ultimately, less enjoyable. Some of this has to do the alcohol which, although never in plain sight, seems constantly peering from under the thin maltiness. That astringent bit of scorched caramel on the finish isn't helping either.

A good dopplebock should remind you to lift with your legs; I doubt anybody will be throwing out their back out with this one (getting a headache, maybe). I wasn't overly impressed. Then again, I love the style so I'll admit my expectations were high. All scrutiny aside, I wouldn't be reluctant to drink this again (but I might be to pay for it myself).

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 19:50:55 | More by biegaman
Photo of PacNWDad


3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber, brown. Very clear. Produces quite a bit of head on pour, that clings to the side of the glass. Bubbles continue to rise for quite some time from bottom of glass.

S - Aroma is malty, with some cherry in there. Alcohol is apparent. Really like the roasted barley, but not much hops.

T - Sweet, somewhat fruity. Hops is not prominent. Very little bitterness, if any.

F - A medium bodied beer. Not heavily carbonated. Finishes a bit heavy due to lack of carbonation. A rich beer.

O - Enjoyed it a lot. Nice doppel.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 04:34:59 | More by PacNWDad
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a swing-cap 500ml brown bottle, BB 20.03.06, consumed four months and two days "past the prime"~~ Served lightly-chilled in a weizen glass.

A: reddish brown to bright russet in colour; the hissing beer head comes extremely reluctantly, after force-pour it still manages to build up to 0.5cm only; very elegant, gentle and constant streams of carbonation.
S: brown-sugary and caramely maltiness dominates the nose, suggesting plenty of preserved dark fruits, mainly black dates and dried longan fruits, dragging a faint roasty tinge of dark malts as well as honeyish sweetness at the tail.
T: a smooth and softly-carbonated flow of semi-sweet amber+caramely malts hits the palate, slightly bready and pleasantly chewy in texture; quietly a faintly sour-sweet edge of pineapple(!!)+longan-fruit like fruity flavour along with a very mild chocolatey hint prevails, towards a residual sweet aftertaste of dark malts. Alas, the finish doesn't see enough hops or necessary bitterness to balance off the sweet foretaste.
M&D: quite refreshing for a 7.2%abv. double bock, much lighter in texture and body than other samples I've tried. Overall it suffers a bit from a lack of focus and a richer flavour profile, but this is a very quaffable double bock to me. Very easy-drinking despite its alc. strength.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 01:35:20 | More by wl0307
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

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 04:48:07 | More by Redwood21
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 AltBock


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

16.9oz bottle with a unique swing top cap. Around the cap was strip of sticky paper with a nice big Stein at the top and a big 12 point buck with a vine of leaves around him and a German saying at the bottom. The main label was really nice. That had two big bucks fighting over land or females in the forest during a beautiful sunset or sunrise. I found the label a bit unusual because most German doppelbocks have goats (bocks in German) on the label not deer. That's ok it's a nice label. The back label had no date but had a piece of art with some Germans? partying at a shack in the mountains during the middle ages?. Below that picture was the Govt. warning. They really put some effort into their bottle presentation.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was nice dark brown color with ruby highlights and a small skim of white foam. It dissipated away quite fast leaving very little rings and no sticky lace around the glass. At least it had a good doppelbock color, but the head of foam was disappointing. It's too bad that head of foam wasn't as big as the rack on the deer that was on the label.

Smell: The aroma wasn't as rich as I would have liked, but it was still good for a German Dopplebock. The smell was light in toasted malt, sweet caramel, and with a hint of dark fruits in the background. Not the most complex Doppelbocks I've smelled, but still good.

Taste: Basically it tasted like it smelled. There was plenty of toasted malt in the beginning, then comes the sweet caramel and the hint of dark fruits. What separates the taste from the smell, was that at the end of the taste comes the kick of alcohol. At least the alcohol was too overpowering, but you can still notice it. Overall a nice above average German Doppelbock taste.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, little carbonation, and with a slight aftertaste of alcohol. Well, at least the alcohol didn't kick or stab like the 12 point buck on the neck label.

Drinkability: Overall a nice above average German Doppelbock that I might consider buying again. If they put more into the beer like they did with the label, then this would be a kick-ass Doppelbock that would rival Celebrator. :-)

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 20:52:33 | More by AltBock
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very decent beer, and one of the superior choices of the LCBO, our local government largest buyer of alcohol in the world. Pours darkish, carbonation is high and mouthfeel not as smooth as could be,and on the sweetish side, but decent drinker.Average for its style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 03:07:10 | More by Sammy
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 GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark red/brown with a nice tan head that quickly settles to a thin layer.

Smells very nutty at first, malty with some dark frutiness and molasses.

Very nutty/earthy upfront, some sweet maltyness, molasses. Almost tastes like a nut brown ale mixed with a dark belgian ale or something.

Not too much carbonation, sort of syrupy, I was not to crazy about this beer..

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 16:56:51 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of MattyV

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours an almost clear, reddish-brown colour with purple highlights and a decent creamy off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel malts, toffee, and raisins come to mind right away.

T - Follows the nose, predominantly a mix of caramel/toffee and dark fruit with a vague roasted character. Light metallic flavour as well. Slightly sweet and warming boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied, medium-to-light carbonation, which seems appropriate in this instance.

D - I would've liked this to be a bit drier, but on occasion I do enjoy big sweet malt bombs with flavours reminiscent of Mackintosh toffee, so all is not lost. And also on the plus side, I can add another swing-top to the homebrewing rotation.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 06:05:44 | More by MattyV
Photo of Hopfenpeter


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bottle. Poured a clear dark amber red, with two fingers of tan creamy head. Sticks around nicely and leaves some lacing.
Smell is of caramel, dark fruit and malt.
The tast is nicely starting out with dark fruits, being met with a good portion of malt and caramel flavors, yet balanced in the end by mild hops.
Very nice medium bodied Bockbeer, nothing outstanding , but very nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 03:03:15 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of GClarkage


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/13/05- Purchased at a specialty grocery store in Missoula, MT.

Presenation- 500ml bottle (I believe), poured into my Duvel tulip. No dating on the bottle.

Appearance- Dark copper colored pour, 1/2 inch head and average lacing.

Smell- Dark malt with just a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee beans are prevelant as well.

Taste- Somewhat of a bitter malt hit right off the bat, also a sort of corn sryup taste like you might find in a soda like Coke.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy carbonation with a drying mouthfeel.

Drinkability- A little different taste, but overall a decent doppel.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 01:39:15 | More by GClarkage
Photo of dcurrin


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-17-2011 03:44:00 | More by dcurrin
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle: Poured a deep clear Burgundy color with large off-white foamy head with good retention and good acing. Aroma of banana ester and some cloves with notes of sweet malt. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester of banana with light cloves and some sweet malt and light dry fruits. Good carbonation with no traces of alcohol and an average body. Very well done but maybe lacking some body and slightly too dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 02:35:01 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of st9647v3

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-23-2012 03:03:01 | More by st9647v3
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 mntlover


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2004 14:24:26 | More by mntlover
Photo of seagis


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tried this out of a bottle I purchased at a local beer shop, and was pleasantly surprised. The bottle opened to a pleasantly light aroma, and I was really looking forward to drinking this as a result.

The beer drew a small to nonexistent head, almost to the point of me thinking that it was flat in the bottle, but such was not the case, thankfully. It poured to a nice copperish-ruby color in the glass, and the first taste had a noticeably nutty - pecan, specifically - flavor. There was a distinct pecan flavor to the beer. This isn't a complaint, mind you. I found it a very pleasing sensation.

The mouthfeel is rather light. There is a hint of smoke (your mileage may vary) and coffee in the finish.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer. Despite the fact that I had to go close to 30 miles out of my way to purchase this beer, it is something that I would be willing to search out in order to purchase again.

Overall, a very good beer. Not something that I would want to drink multiples of in a single sitting, but something that would complement a good meal, say a steak, very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 03:48:14 | More by seagis
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, roasted nuts, dates, butterscotch, metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. The most noticeable flavours are malts, butterscotch, and a dark fruit sweetness. (possibly dates) There are also notes of roasted nuts and a slight metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste,

Drink - The beer tasted a lot like a scotch ale, which isn't one of my favourite styles. Still drinkable though; and I'm happy I gave it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 13:47:47 | More by spinrsx
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-28-2012 00:21:15 | More by jnjander
Photo of rredshift


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-16-2013 14:51:25 | More by rredshift
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-05-2013 20:50:30 | More by gwydno
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-14-2014 17:24:15 | More by twelveinches
Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
86 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.