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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
86
very good

297 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

e-MoNeY, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%

A - Deep amber brown body. Excellent clarity. Pours large creamy head that quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing.

S - Strong malts with melanoidins present. Slight toasty note. A hop presence is detectable (Noble?). No fruity esters, chocolate, or 'burned' aroma.

T - Sweet malt presence with toasty flavor. Ever slight presence of chocolate. Slight pale finish is hidden by toasty notes. Alcohol flavor minimal with dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Low astringency.

O - Strong, rich, sweet lager. A very textbook example of a German Doppelbock.

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NOTES: Paid around $4.20 for this half-liter bottle with flip top - a solid value in my opinion if you are looking for an excellent German Doppelbock.

WoogityBoogity, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.48/5  rDev +17%

Very good beer. Glad to have gotten it from Let's Pour. Poured at a good temperature with a decent light tan head that soon settled down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear amber cherry with some bubble trails. Aroma is a pleasing blend of toffee, caramel, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor's much like nose plus coffee, toast, and just enough bitter and carbonic tang to balance. Body is great while carbonation is perhaps a touch light. Finish is average length and very easy drinking although after a bit some booze comes thru. Wish I could get more.

drpimento, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of warlust
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

This is a real doppelbock that is rich in flavor. The mouth feel is thick and malty. The smell is that of over ripe fruit. The taste is similar to the smell yet it finishes like a lager without the hops. I love all bock beers especially doppelbock so I can say with out a doubt this beer is going into my top 10.

warlust, May 22, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

Reidrover, Feb 12, 2003
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4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

From the flip-top 0.5L bottle: Poured extra fizzy, almost soda-like, with an almost soda-like appearance: Reddish brown with a bubbly head. There’s a nice caramel-laced aroma, and I swear I almost get a smoky wisp. The first gulp is wonderful -- warming and silky, big and caramelly, toasty and almost nutty like an American Brown. I want a schweinschwank! Ausgezeichnet! (#2747, 3/14/2007)

Braudog, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of bloberglawp
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours deep brownish red, little head and no lace. G<Huge malt aroma, some caramelised candy, walnut and alcohol in the nose.

Flavor, lots of melanoïd malty goodness, a firm but non-descript (other than maybe a little spicy/earthy) hop bitterness to balance the malt, a fair bit of alcohol warming that only makes the beer even better.

bloberglawp, Mar 19, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Had at The Soup Cellar in Leavenworth, WA, flip top bottle. Explosive pour. Ruby brown with giant bubbly tan head. Strong smells of fruity malt and alcohol. Quite a bit of malt sweetness and rather creamy. Very warming, definately a big beer. Towards the end it was a bit rich. I loved it but don't think I could drink two.

Braz, Dec 19, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

This is a great Doppebock, very drinkable, full bodied with a robust flavor. Yes, it is a filling beer as most Doppelbocks are, probably not a session beer for lightweights. This is the Doppelbock that caused me to favor Doppelbocks oer all other Beers. I have since found some I believe to be superior, but always return for more.

I always purchase as many of these as I can when I go to Ft Bragg as the class VI store usually has a great price, adequate supply and fast turnover thanks to the thirsty Paratroopers and retired Paratroopers that shop there.

K7M, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of mattmaples
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

mattmaples, Oct 06, 2001
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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

A: Pours a deep, clear, dark brown/mahogany color. The tan head is tall, with a fairly dense and foamy texture. Retention is solid, and a few sudsy rings of lacing cover the inside of the glass.

S: Some modest caramelized malt aromas. Quite distinctly fruity - vibrant notes of sweet apple and cherry, with some darker fruit aromas as well. A faint sort of musty/tangy scent is also detectable. A mild herbal hop note is present.

T: Firmly malty up front, with caramel/honeyish sweetness. Definitely a bit toasty as well. More darkly fruity in flavor, with notes of plum and overripe cherries. A mild balancing hop bite is accompanied by a spicy, almost peppery note. A slight hint of alcohol makes itself know at times but remains mostly concealed.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is light and creamy. A bit sticky-sweet, but not cloying. Somewhat dry and modestly alcoholic into the finish.

D: While this is obviously a sweet, malty beer given the style, I'm impressed by the fruity and spicy character this doppelbock has. A surprisingly fruity, perky nose in particular scores this one some points.

Clydesdale, Mar 22, 2010
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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.

sponberg, Aug 19, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 29, 2003
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a dark mahogany brown with amber highlights and magnificent clarity. A very dense and creamy one and half finger head of pale biege foam shows passing retention and spotty lacing. Deeply roasted crystal malts and fragrant honey aromas dominate, with a rich vinous scent and spicy german hops in the background. Dark caramel and rasin/berry phenols strike the tounge first, then robust and bready dextrins deepen the malt profile. The dark honey and wine character appear again, but are subtle and compliment the malt sweetness. Light but balancing noble hops in the aftertaste- soft and floral like Hallertau with a very mellow bitteness. A suggestion of alcohol further puts the formidable malt flavor in check while adding a degree of complexity and becomes more apparent as it warms. The body is full and the carbonation is light- allowing a residual sweetness to coat the tounge-only offset by mild hops and a hint of booze. The beer finishes rich with malt flavor and gentle steely caramel but not syrupy or cloying; it remains highly quaffable to the last sip due to its uncanny smoothness. An outstanding example of the style; luckily it is both common and inexpensive where I live!

PBRstreetgang, Mar 12, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a .5 liter flip-top. The pour yelds a very creamy head capping a deep-brown brew. Not as dark as other dopples I have had. Smell is fantastic, malty,caramels, pumpernickel.Taste is great, matching the smell profile. This is not the heaviest dopplebock by far, but very creamy mouthfeel to savor. The drinkablity is fantastic, I have to make myself put it down. Great nightcap or cold night-by-the-fire Deutch brew.

czfreeman, Jan 12, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

This was a dopple bock I could consistently get in the BX over in germany, so it always had a slight soft spot in my heart, but certainally not amongst my top picks. But these guys would market 4-bottle variety pack & I dug that

Pours chestnut with a 1" white head. Slight lacing and head retention

Smell: Rich maltiness. some fruitiness

Taste: Big malt, fruitiness, peppery spice and hints of licorice. Dry
fruitty & alcohol on the finish

MF: Chewy and balanced, slight under carbonation. Got a good pop when I hit the swing top, so don't think that was a factor

Very drinkable, the 7.2 abv doesn't factor too much. This actually tasted fresher than most samples (most weren't refrigerated) I drank in GE, go figure. Maybe alittle to light for the style, but not by much. Give this a shot

russpowell, Mar 03, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

A- copper/amber color, crystal clear big foamy head that doesn't last long
S- big malt, sweet, worty, bready, hints of alcohol,
T- warm alcohol but not at all overwhelming, low hop bitterness, very malty, very sweet
M- thick body, very dextrine's, low carbonation, mouth coating
D- wonderful beer, big malty character that suits the style, great representation of a doppelbock

GoBrewOrGoHome, Mar 22, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Appearance - A clear dark copper with red tone. The carbonation provides a good creamy head to start which recedes to a thin uniform layer that covers the surface. Very little lacing in my stein.

Smell - Very mild and clean. Some sweet maltiness but not a lot to pick-up.

Taste - sweet maltiness in the start with a light rum-nut-fruit flavour and yet a clean finish. Low bitterness and aftertaste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy on the palate with medium body. Low carbonation makes it very drinkable but a little flat half way through the pint.

Drinkability - very drinkable and I could easily have another. This is a very good beer. I just wish it had a little more carbonation.

ecoastman, Mar 16, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

I have to start out by saying that the reason I bought this beer without looking it up here first was the great looking bottle.

Okay, well, to me it looks like really strong iced tea in the glass. A nice dark brown, not opaque, and almost cloudy.

The first thing that popped into my head when I smelled it was a fresh ball of yeasty dough. After that I could get a slight whiff of alcohol. I really liked the aroma of this beer so much that every time I took a drink I would take a deep sniff.

The mouth feel is smooth with a creamy/crisp carbonation, not too much bite. I little more watery than I was expecting but not unpleasant.

Taste is a combination of bready sweet malts and then a faint hop to balance out the sweetness and then almost a tart black cherry or red wine. the warmer this gets the more you notice the hops but they are just right, not too much of a bite.

I really enjoyed this beer. It's hard to not gulp it down. I have to admit that I am still a little tipsy from this brew because I couldn't help drinking it so fast! I hope I can find another one of these (or several) and I highly recommend it, especially if you aren't real familiar to the style.

maven2k, Jan 05, 2008
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4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

I've got to preface this review with the fact that I'm not an expert on this style so my considerations here may not be with the best comparative palate. That said...

Pours from the ceramic topped bottle a deep copper-amber to brown color. Very little head if any and little carbonation. Coffee colored edging.
The aroma is of dried fruit, malt, caramel and alcohol. It smells sweeter than it tastes.
The taste is big and malty, but very clean. it's got a rounded malt-caramel flavor with a nice clean finish and some middle fruitiness. It settled right into my dessert of chocolate.
The mouthfeel has very little body for the full-strength in taste. It also lacks considerable carbonation which disappoints.
Pretty nice, would have another.

NoLiberty, Aug 25, 2006
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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.

Jason, Jun 28, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

JeffreyJDavis, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

500ml into nonic

Deep mahogany with a one inch light tan head that lasts a while, and eventually dissapears to a bubby rim. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Deep brown sugar aromas with a bit of alochol spice. Maybe a bit of caramel as well.

Tasty dark caramel along with a sugary deep malt base. There isn't much hop flavor in this one, as usual. There is some light spice in the taste. Full bodied with slightly lower carbonation. The feel is smooth and thick. The finish is a little bit of bittering malt.

This one is pretty complex, and delicious. It's pretty easy to drink this one "too fast" without enjoying it. Recommended.

BeerSox, Nov 11, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

foxyaardvark27, Mar 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Jackbiersh, Nov 06, 2013
Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.