Doppel-Hirsch - Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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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.
01-05-2008 06:23:13 | More by maven2k
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
Appearance: A pretty average-looking Doppelbock. Actually, judging by the color I would have guessed this was a bock; not terribly dark or thick, just a clear, cola-red brown with a fair beige head. Decent retention, but there is room for improvement.
Smell: At first, a nickel-like metallic aroma dominates. After a few swirls, the malts open up; roasted nuts, sunflower seeds, dark caramel, and no, I am not making this up: red cabbage. Some tart red wine and a hint of dark chocolate round things out. That red cabbage note is awfully weird, though.
Taste: Mmm, not bad. Sweet, very malty, with a brown ale-like character; plenty of toasted, candied nuts (especially pecans) and fruit (especially raisins and cherries), plus maple syrup, caramel, hints of cola and light rum, and a touch of chocolate that blossoms on the finish along with an edge of honey-roasted peanuts. Rum raisins and sweet bread dominate throughout. Tasty, and thankfully that red cabbage is nowhere to be found.
Mouthfeel: Quite thick and syrupy. Not enough alcohol, in my opinion, to balance the effect of the sugars. Needs to be better attenuated.
Drinkability: Surprisingly yummy after mediocre first impressions. This is sweet, yet interesting enough to make it enjoyable to quaff.
01-03-2008 08:24:09 | More by soulgrowl
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a clear dark ruby with a tan head. Nose is subdued. Basically just smells like sugar water. Flavor: has a decent profile that starts off sweet and ends a bit spiced. Overall you get a thick sugary aftertaste in the mouth. Feel is nothing out of the ordinary. Nice bubble to it and thick with ingredients. It is drinkable. A nice effort of the style. Worth trying and seems very well made.
12-30-2007 21:18:35 | More by RblWthACoz
3.6/5 rDev -6%
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
12-11-2007 04:48:07 | More by Redwood21
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.
11-11-2007 01:22:31 | More by BeerSox
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Not much head, but some. Don't drink it very cold. Very sweet and lots of character. Hits your head like a ton of bricks. I felt like speaking German (I do speak German).
This was another of my finds on the half price shelf. They hadn't been bought after sitting in the store for 11 months so they were marked down from 2.99/bottle to 1.50.They had about twenty of them. So after drinking a couple, today I think I'll go back and buy whatever they have left. Nicely pre-aged for me.
10-20-2007 13:26:28 | More by schoolboy
4.63/5 rDev +20.9%
Serving Type: Stopper bottle at 1pt .9fl oz
Appearance: Pours a dark clear red w/ no head. Might be because my bottle top was not secure for some odd reason. Still a lovely colour
Smell: Malt and a touch of sweetness. Also something else that can best be described as herbal
Taste/mouthfeel: Very creamy and crisp feel to it. Goes down very easy and leaves a nice warm sensation in the mouth from the alcohol. Caramel and malt are the main flavours I get. Sooo a sweet and malty beer. Not overly sweet but damn enjoyable
Drinkability: I'm not 100% sure if I should sit back and sip at this or just pound it down. It is very tasty and I will be looking for this one again. A very quaffable beer that goes down oh so nice and leaves you wanting more
Edit: I find as I finish the beer(aka it warms up some) a touch of bitterness comes through to really balance out the flavour. I think for this style of beer...this is a great offering. It is a very filling beer that is almost a meal unto itself. Very enjoyable
09-20-2007 04:35:53 | More by livingregret
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
this stopper topped bottle poured nicely into my glass. a good head and carbonation that quickley settles. nice aroma, kinda fruity roasted malt.
the flava was very nicely balanced with the hop. i think that for a doppel i could drink multples of these without filling, very clean.
i really liked this one.
suckem up and movem out.
07-28-2007 19:17:07 | More by giblet
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
As I live in a 6% cap state, this is the first Doppelbock I have encountered. Thankfully it somehow made it's way onto the shelves anyway.
A. Poured a beautiful Coca-Cola amber with a nice head. Leaves a beautiful belgian lacing on glass.
S. Great chocolaty smell with hints of fruits, dates, raisens and vanilla.
T. Tastes great. Chocoltely taste with a hint of malt. Being from a low alcohol state at first the alcohol was noticeable, but definitely complimented the overall warmness of the flavor.
M. Creamy, chewy chocolate cake finish. Carbonation was well balanced.
D. Great introduction to Doppelbocks. Until other examples are available in SC (Pop the Cap 2007!!!!), I will definitely revisit this brew often.
04-16-2007 22:57:17 | More by MarkSCCOT
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. Theres 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)
03-15-2007 00:07:10 | More by Braudog
2.25/5 rDev -41.3%
A: Pours a deep red with a small bubbly head that quickly disapears. No lacing.
S: Smells malty but stale and bland.
T: Acidic and sweet. I can't peg the flavors exactly. Some diacetyl maybe? A bit medicinal perhaps. Anyway, not good.
M: Medium-bodied with moderate-light carbonation.
D: Pass, pass, pass. I'm able to swallow this down, but just barely.
03-07-2007 04:26:26 | More by klewis
2.68/5 rDev -30%
Poured beer into tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer was nice dark amber colored brew. light tan head spoted small fine bubbles. Very bready nose and slight sour smell. Slight sour taste followed with a light smoke taste that lingered. Alcohole was overpowering and tight. I will not purchase again I think.
02-19-2007 22:23:23 | More by Minkybut
4.58/5 rDev +19.6%
A - Really nice artwork on the swing-top bottle....very pastoral and serene. Very German. This one is deep wood-stain brown with dark purple hues showing up when it's held to the light. It looks almost red at times. The tan head stars out at about two fingers and recedes to a firm cap....eventually the head disappears altogether. Nice frothy lacing is left on the glass.
S - Chocolate marshmallows...like Count Chocula. Nice understated chocolate scents with hints of vanilla also, and there is a faint smokey sausage aroma also....like smelling the campfire from a distance.
T - Milky chocolate icing flavors manage to be sweet and cake-batter like without being cloying. German chocolate cake, Little Debbie rolls, and all things baked and chocolate in nature. The faintest twinge of hop goodness wraps up the chocolate flavors and sort of cleans the palate. There are slightly woody and sausagey flavors too....slighty feral and wild.
M - Very low level of carbonation. Creamy and slick. The finish is like taking your last bite of German chocolate cake....then the alcohol warms you from the inside. My only complaint is that it's a bit thin.
D - Just about perfect. It's complex, interesting, sweet and scrumptious, but also understated and mild in a way. This is less balls out malty than some other doppelbocks, and IMO that adds to it's drinkability.
02-13-2007 05:49:14 | More by pmcadamis
3.43/5 rDev -10.4%
Cool bottle this Doppel-Hirsch comes in. I like it. Pours a deep rich brown color, with some hints of ruby/orange at the base where the light shines in. Thin, foamy head on top which fades quickly. Big foamy bubbles collect along the sides as the head dissipates. Sweet, malty fruit aroma. Dates and raisins. Maybe some vanilla. Some plum hidden deep in there as well. Tastes sweet and malty as well, with some of the same raisiny-date flavors. Finishes tart, with a smokey aftertaste; I don't think I've ever quite had a beer finish like this before. It's interesting, if nothing else. Weird aftertaste, for sure. A little thin in the mouthfeel, but tends to become a bit chewier as it sits and warms up. This is not unusual for most doppels that I've had. The alcohol is slightly noticeable here, but does not detract from the overall odd characteristics of this beer. It's probably not one that I'll come back to, but it's worth checking out if you're a fan of doppelbocks. I am, and this one is unlike any others I've had.
02-13-2007 01:41:10 | More by Atlas1
3/5 rDev -21.7%
My bottle poured with almost no head, and carbonation very low. Aroma is not great, mostly of dark fruit. Malty sweet flavor, but not bad. It is too sweet to drink more than one, though. The fruit flavor is prominent- raisons and prunes. Mouthfeel is about right for the style. This beer is just OK.
02-11-2007 00:46:08 | More by Hampton73
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a beautiful 0.5ml bottle with a Grolsch-style cap. The beer was clear and bronze-colored with a weak looking head (didn't last 1 minute). The smell was sweet and malty, not as aggressive as typical "-ator style" beers, but not bad. The flavor was malty and sweet also. Medium-thick mouthfeel and easy to drink. Good, but not worth seeking for too hard.
01-23-2007 00:26:33 | More by TurdFurgison
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
A - this doppelbock pours a coca-cola dark brown color, with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly, being from Ct, and having regualr access to Hooker Liberator i hold doppelbock to a high standard, but i will review this objectively
S - roasted smokey characteristic up front and first, with the strong but subtle dark sweetness, like molasses, raisins or dates, nice blend, some doppelbock try to blend these and get a dog food type aroma, this one smells great and delicious
T - that dark sweetness comes to the forefront in the taste and the roasty toasty takes a backseat, but still accents the flavor nicely, but the smokiness is not as strong as in the aroma, damn good
M&D - smooth and roasted with great nearly chewy body, well blende, a great doppelbock, liberator is still the standard but this hold its own nicely
edit: just noticed this one puts beer in my mug, thanks to BA for a great site.
01-17-2007 15:38:13 | More by sinstaineddemon
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
A dark brown beer with a nice creamy head that sticks to the glass.
Smell was awesome, extremely malty and slightly husky. A roasted smell and full of dark malts that remind me of chocolate.
Taste was malty and husky with burned, roasted notes which strongly remind me of chocolate. Body is very full and the beer is sticky and sweet. There is a bitter comig from both hop and maltbitterness. Drinkabilty was still very good, despite the beer being sweet and fiull. I really liked this beer!
11-12-2006 16:17:25 | More by Absumaster
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
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...
11-11-2006 17:14:24 | More by Shiredave
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
First off the swing type cap popped off real easy. I poured the beer into my glass and some bubbles appeared and then gone! Like looking into a big black void. Zero head. Looks like flat coca cola. Has the same color as the afore mentioned soda. Not appealing for a beer.
There is a bit of a malt sweet smell. Warming nose from the alcohol and a hint of licorice. Hard to get a nose off this beer (probably due to it being flat).
A silver lining to this beer is it's taste. It tastes pretty good. Velvety smooth, black licorice flavor, tobacco leaf? (I know it's sound weird but hey that what i'm getting). Big malt sweetness, dry without it being sticky sweet.
Probably a great beer when carbonated, this one wasn't. I'm now inspecting the cap. The rubber seal is still flexible and not cracked, but the porcelain cap was been chipped. There's the culprit. I will have to buy another or try to exchange this one because this beer has potential.
11-11-2006 03:39:45 | More by aluskungs
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
Pours a dark red tinged brown, with an off-white one finger head that fades pretty quickly to a thin cap, leaving behind a broken webbing of lace.
Smell; there's note of chocolate and coffee, with a little brown sugar. A little bit of a smokey aroma is present along with some dark fruits.
Taste; the dark fruits are much more prevalent in the flavor profile than in the nose. Plums, dates and figs are all present, and mix with the brown sugar, chocolate and a little roasted malt flavors. The coffee notes are there, they're just a bit overwhelmed by the sweetness. Once this closer to room temp, there's a bit of an alcohol burn in the bakc of the throat. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side for a dopplebock, and the drinkability takes a hit due to this being a bit to sweet for my tastes.
Overall this is a decent beer, but unfortunately becomes a bit hard to finish with the almost cloying sweetness. I could maybe the handle this beer a little more if the mouthfeel were a bit more robust, and the coffee and roasted malt flavors were a little stronger.
09-29-2006 00:51:12 | More by RedHaze
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured very dark, clear brown with a large, fluffy tan head from a 500 mL bottle with a cool swing cap top. No lingering lacing.
Wonderful roast malt and caramel smell.
Dominated by malt, and caramel. Also a slight fruitiness and spice. A bit of hops, but not overpowering. Overall, a very flavorful beer.
Medium bodied and low carbonation. Very smooth.
Very flavorful and easy to drink. I will likely start keeping this one on hand.
09-04-2006 01:03:28 | More by AmorousAngel
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.
08-25-2006 17:46:49 | More by NoLiberty
2.88/5 rDev -24.8%
Flip top bottle poured into a snifter it formed a meager head that doesn't leave much lacing at all. Brown body, carbonation sticks to the sides of the glass slowly peeling up.
First pull and I can tell this lacks the depth of alot of dopplebock's. Rather thin in the dark fruity malt department and hints of a lean, thin tea like aroma and taste mold w/ the malts becoming sweet. Bread crust forms some body in the middle of the brew. Oily mouthfeel that clashes w/ the spicey side creating an odd battle in the mouthfeel. Lingering malts stick to the palate all the way until the next pull.
Notes: One of the qualities I love about dopple's is the attractiveness of the offering and the depth of the malt character. Although this hits "ok" on the malt profile its really nothing to look at and is ho hum in the overall product. Worth your time for sure as it has an unusual bend to it.
08-05-2006 04:32:43 | More by DogFood11
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
07-22-2006 01:35:20 | More by wl0307
Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
86 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.