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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
86
very good

311 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of NoLiberty
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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 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 Dentist666
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal brown body with tan resistant 3-finger head, some nice laces, nuts, malt, milk chocolate & caramel in aroma. Taste from sweet nutty malt to modest hop, rather dry & metallic. Light bitter & nutty palate. Easy to drink, easy to haze. Outstanding doppelbock!

Photo of ThirdGen
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into my snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice tan colored head. Color changes to a beautiful, deep red when held to the light. The head doesn't stay around for long. There seems to be little carbonation present.

S - A bit of alcohol right at first, not very harsh but present. Now that I'm passed that I'm smelling a lot of dark roast, or chocolate. May be some dark fruits as well.

T/M - Very smooth, little carbonation and goes down extremely easily. I can't detect any of the alcohol that I smelled at first (which is an accomplishment at 7.2% ABV). Bread, chocolate, and the fruit come through that first appear in the aroma. The aftertaste certainly leaves you wanting more, this is a very enjoyable beer. As it warms there is a much more apparent sweetness and malt character to it.

D - This is delicious, goes down easy, and was a great decision for my first beer of this style.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this doppelbock about this time last year. A good brew to (hopefully) close off the winter...

Pours a rich, dark ruby - lovely when held to the light. Despite an aggressive pour, only about a half inch of head that quickly dissolved into a ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is nutty and malts, with a touch of dark fruit and spice. Pumpernickel bread, caramel, and booze round things off.

Sweet caramel and chestnuts up front, then a fruity, spicy finish. A bit of warming alcohol creeps in here, but the taste of it isn't unpleasant. Rich, yet easy to drink. Definitely a sipper - hearty and delicious.

Thick carbonation, with a medium-thick body. Slighty creamy, chewy.

A great doppelbock, definitely one to keep in mind for cold winter/spring evenings. Might have to pick up a bottle or two for the cellar.

Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasty malts with some dark fruit and a caramely sweetness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice dark fruit sweetness with caramely notes, bready and roasty malts, spices and a very light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice sweet balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of John
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Mit
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pours a dark ruby colour with decent head. Nice lacing on the glass.

s-very sweet, dark malts and dark fruits dominate the bouquet. Slight nutty flavour.

t-Hmmm doughy tastes, malts, the dark fruits and malts come to the fore. Nice alcohol finish.

m-Thicker in keeping with higher abv.

d-quite drinkable despite the high abv and sweetness.

Photo of loren01
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color, slight head that disspiates quickly
S: Smell is sweet and malty, brown sugar/molasses slight yeast scent
T: Sweet and malty all the way!! Hides the alcohol pretty well, slight hop bitterness at the end
M: Pretty flat, lack of carbonation...medium bodied beer
D: I dig the cool flip top bottle on this one. The beer is also outstanding...I love dopplebocks and this one for sure did not dissapoint.

Photo of Shiredave
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flip top half liter bottle with golden lable showing 2 rutting stags with antlers locked in Patriarchal combat.

This Lager pours a deep, ruddish brown, very clear with occasional slow, lazy bubbles of carbonation rising sluggishly to the top. A low cap of off white head forms upon pouring and receeds quickly to a persistant ring around the perimeter of the goblet. Very little lace clings to my clean, dry glass.

Aromas are nearly absent untill a swirl brings a clean, woodsy caramel scent along side hints of cooked oatmeal and chocolate.

The flavor of this beer is exceptional for the style - soft and subdued ( especially cold - let it warm to @ 50 - 60 deg F) but comes forward as it warms. Lush, succulent flavors of fruit and fresh brown bread and herbal, earthy hop blend perfectly. Chocolate covered cherries and a hint of alcohol - but the flavors are deeper and more complex - not " in your face" with cloying sweetness as so many Dopple's tend to be. No dark grain harshness with the heavy malt base not at all obscured by the ever present hop flavor and mild bittering in the background.

Meduim - full bodied, the mouth feel is a tad watery, but with a clean, malt aftertaste and lingering hop bite. The 7% alcohol is completely intergrated and folded into the rich malt flavors of ripe fruit and coco and the herbal hop tingle on the tongue.

I am generally not a lager guy, but I do like my Bocks - and this one is excellent and possibly the most drinkable Dopple Bock Ive had to date. If Ayinger Celebrator stands as the opitomy of the style then this one comes close behind as its gentler, more refined cousin.

A perfect compliment to hearty game dishes to warm fruit or chocolate and carmel desserts. If only I had some Creme Burle' and fudge sauce...

Photo of brewskier
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fliptop Grolsch-style bottle (Love the antler-clashing label!) into a pint glass. Speckled sandy brown foam. Dark chestnut brown beer, with some nice golden highlights. Fairly hazy.

Pungent woodsy aroma, with some distinct nutty scents as well. Crisp and bracing, a hint of woodsmoke seems nice for winter.

Flavor is very richly malty, full of sweet brown bread, molasses, and hazelnut. Carob and a spicy hint of nutmeg and cloves are also present, and a nice caramel finish rounds it out. Would go well with either a reuben (or even just a block of nutty Swiss) or bread pudding.

Mouthfeel is hearty, with only a mild effervescence to break it up. Finishes fairly clean, however.

This is a versatile beer, with a robustness that would pair well with a number of foods, but it is not overpowering like some dopples. Smooth and rich, it goes down quite easily. Its alcohol over 7% could sneak up on you, though. A really nice dopplebock.

Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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