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Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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BA SCORE
86
very good

293 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 13.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-06-2001)
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irishmoss

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 04:47:16 | More by irishmoss
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DasBoot2112

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-10-2012 02:27:20 | More by DasBoot2112
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bifrost17

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-31-2013 10:05:56 | More by bifrost17
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ronbo5421

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-02-2014 04:35:27 | More by ronbo5421
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-16-2013 16:54:57 | More by Slatetank
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-09-2013 21:17:37 | More by NightINgale
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-07-2013 17:50:53 | More by BillRoth
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justinm4bama

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-23-2014 07:00:16 | More by justinm4bama
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Gakusei

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-22-2014 19:31:20 | More by Gakusei
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Richie71

Ireland

4.25/5  rDev +11%

01-01-2014 22:03:25 | More by Richie71
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ThirdGen

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 21:08:38 | More by ThirdGen
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TwoTrees

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-30-2013 18:53:26 | More by TwoTrees
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:32:50 | More by JohnnyBarman
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 21:34:30 | More by SebD
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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
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Shiredave

New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 17:14:24 | More by Shiredave
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 21:14:21 | More by Mit
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brewskier

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 00:09:21 | More by brewskier
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loren01

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 04:48:59 | More by loren01
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Dentist666

Russian Federation

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 18:18:09 | More by Dentist666
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-amber. Foamy head reduces to a very thin skin quickly, and all but disappeared soon after. Very slow carbonation. No lace.

Smells of sweet, robust malts, and ripened dark fruits such as plums and prunes.

Delicious. Very malty flavor with an essence of brandy. Alcohol is felt but warming, not cloying. Chocolate and caramel flavors zing through upon further sipping. Not too sweet.

Feels velvety smooth in the mouth with a mild fizziness. Reminds me of barleywine in this aspect.

A very easy sipper, delicious by itself or as an after-dinner dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 16:22:52 | More by Metalmonk
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on feb´11
Pours dark copper in color crowned by a dense & close (small bubbles) yellowish white thick layer froth.Unfortunately doesn´t last.On nose dark fruit & sherry aromas with bready notes.On palate a crispy caramel overall.Alcohol mouthfeel, sweet not bothering warm.Well balanced malts & hops.Sweet hoppy aftertaste.Very good drinkability.Makes me remember an italian vermouth wine.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 08:21:08 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool swing top bottle poured into pint glass.

A: deep brown purpleish hue with a thin and dense off white head, good amount of lacing, a cm of head retains throughout drink. Somewhat murky.

S: candied grapes, molasses, caramel, and other sweet malty notes with hints of chocolate in there as well. Smells very sweet, but something tells me that the sweetness will be well balanced. We shall see...

T: the sweet malts show up again, a little more restrained than on the nose, grape and molasses are the two biggest notes I'm picking up. Towards the finish, there is more of a caramel/presence and a nice balanced finish. Not a whole lot of hop character present, but I'm amazed at how well the sweetness is balanced.

MF: medium carbonation, medium body, velvety texture

D: this is a great example of the style. The problem I run in to with Doppelbocks is cloying sweetness. This one does a great job at balancing the flavors making for a drinkable brew with fairly well hidden abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 07:02:17 | More by homebrew311
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany body topped with a thick finger of slightly tan head, nice lacing on the DAB mug. Plenty for the nose--berry, cherry, light chocolate malt, a nod toward caramel--though none take charge of the aroma. Delicious though a bit understated taste that follows the nose closely. Primarily sweet from the fruit that provides much of its identity, chocolate (dark in flavor) lingers enough to make this more well-rounded. I wouldn't mind a bit more spice, maybe a snap of ginger or coriander to balance out the sweetness a bit more. Still, it's quite good. The alcohol emerges somewhat strongly as it finishes, but that does little to detract from a rather well done Dopplebock.

To me, the mouthfeel ups this beer's stock--creamy, smooth, durable, never flat but not too effervescent--really well done. It was hard to set the mug down, and I wish I had grabbed a second one of this instead of the Helles, which was a bit disappointing. Not so with the Dopplebock. Though I remain partial to others, such as Salvator and Korbinian, this is very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 18:12:36 | More by Gehrig
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SLeffler27

New York

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark auburn with lots of carbonation clinging to the pilsner glass, while a dark beige head rises half an inch before quickly fading, leaving a trace of lace.

Sweet malt with notes of brandy. The background contains raisins, dates, and possibly some cherry.

Fruity and earthy with overripe cantaloupe. This one is very sweet with plums and no significant finish.

A medium body with lively carbonation and a touch of alcohol. The texture is velvety and there is a sticky, residual left on the lips.

Sit and sip while enjoying a rib-eye. This one takes me back to crisp Thanksgiving days on my Grandfather’s porch -- he with a cigar and me with a healthy piece of pumpkin pie.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:13:18 | More by SLeffler27
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