Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #55
Ranked #17,980
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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ThaneMcC from Germany

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with freshness date of 26.22.19.
Pours a deep, almost cola colored with two finger breadth of soapy foam which quickly resolves
Smells of sweet toasted malt, molasses, dark fruits
Taste is incredibly sweet - malts forward, caramel, little leather and hint of hay and barnyeard -
Mouthfeel is medium to full - good carbonation provides some astringency and keeps it from becoming too cloying.
Abv well hidden - solid for the style- quite good.

Jul 13, 2019
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OlaB from Norway

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light-brown color with a medium top off beige head that dissolves very quickly.
Aroma is of bread, caramel, toffee, raisins, nuts and ripe bananas.
The taste is sweet with some notes of dark and ripe fruit, with a strong malty back with notes of dark bread and caramel. The finish has a slight bitterness while the back still has that malty tones. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with the alkohol well hidden. Medium carbonation with a medium body.
A really nice doppelbock.

Jul 05, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly cloudy, reddish, deep mahogany coloration with a medium, foamy head. Smells of bready, caramel malt with notes of dark fruits and light spice. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by toasted, bready, caramel malt and dark fruit: fig, date, with lighter notes of grains, molasses, licorice and just a hint of yeast esters of clove and banana. There's also a certain herbal/earthy hoppiness in the background. Finishes quite bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some toffee and estery spice lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This is a pretty nice doppelbock with a good complexity and balance, although it is quite sweet, bordering on cloying, which is kept somewhat in check by the bitterness and spices though.

Nov 05, 2018
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eberesford from Canada

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown, thin head modest lacing

Toffee, yeast, bread on the nose

Toffee, banana, burnt caramel, slightly acid finish to a very smooth pallet. Very restrained hop bitterness. Very drinkable

Full mouth with moderate carbonation.

Good overall, complex yet easily drinkable, rich malt sweetness not cloying.

Apr 03, 2017
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emmbrook from England

3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled purchased in Bavaria, in a straight pint glass. Pours with a reasonable head, dark chestnut colour like cola, a slight stout like flavour at first, well carbonated, very drinkable.

Sep 10, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Hipercor. 50cl. In Bavaria glass. Playing Tomb Raider 2015. A bit smokey but pretty drinkble and enjoyable anyways. It’d be good to repeat to be sure how much I like it.

23 Jul 2017. From Costco. 33 cl. In Teku glass. At lunch, with fried potatoes with eggs + cordom bleu. This time I didnt find the smokey notes but nice toffee notes

Jul 08, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, cola brown with no head, just an oily sheen on top. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and nuts. Taste is molasses, caramel, and sweet. Sweetness masks the alcohol content, which is sort of present in the smell ,but not at all in the taste.

Mar 24, 2016
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jonb5 from England

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: A bronze, reddish tint of auburn. Large tanned head made a quick getaway, low amount of lacing.

S: Caramel, banana and a hint of booze.

T: On the sweet side, dangerously drinkable as the booze was almost undetectable, finished with a hint of slightly burnt caramel.

M: Light body for the style, not much carbonation, smooth, slipped down well.

O: Probably the least boozy dopplebock I’ve ever had, also managed to be subtle for the high ABV.

Feb 29, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has toasted malts, dark sugar and rye bread. Taste starts malty, just slightly sweet with caramel notes and gets bitter on the finish with more roastiness. Body is medium, a bit soft at first but leaves your mouth very dry. Quite good overall. Easy to drink with a well hidden alcohol content.

Feb 21, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer offers rich malt complexity with chewy whole grain, toasted malts, caramel sweetness, some dark fruits, a light hop bitterness. Onto a crisp lager finish and a medium plus mouthfeel.

Jan 20, 2016
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at the COOP over the weekend.. Pours pretty clear dark walnut brown with garnet highlights where the light gets through.. no real head or retention.. Deep bready toast with big boy maltiness that never verges on too sweet, though I do suspect the bottle spent too much time on a boat.. just seems a bit flat tasting across the board.


Jan 14, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When you've had a couple lousy brews from a brewery, you start to think they won't produce anything worthwhile. This beer was a bit of redemption. Brown with a medium head and some lacing. Nose is sweet malts, leaving you expecting lots of caramel and dried fruits. Taste is sweet malts as expected. Some molasses and dark sweet breast notes. Not particularly complex, but pretty good. Overall, a surprisingly decent brew from a brewery I wasn't expecting much from.

Jan 02, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle. Poured lighter than most Doppelbocks I have had. Smell is sweet, estery and fruity. I also get the same three things in the flavor. Solely sweet. Caramel and butterscotch. Some raisins and other darker fruits. Body is a bit light for my liking. Pretty forgettable but there is not more to really hate upon.

Dec 12, 2015
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jcance from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a .5L bottle from local Trinkgut. It was placed among the rest of the stronger and more quality-looking beers just to the right of the entrance, with rows of singles instead of the standard "grab a crate or pull one out of the crate in front" situation. I was unfamiliar with most of the beers (though a couple were produced by larger breweries known for other beers) so I looked mainly for high alcohol content brews of styles that I'm fond of. Ended up taking home mostly doppelbocks with a few exceptions (IPA's and imperial stouts don't seem to be that big in Germany, sadly).

I opened this one first as it looked promising, and since it displayed a "World Beer Cup Gold Award" from 2012 I figured it should be able to stand its ground without being chilled. It certainly did, but I wouldn't say I was blown away by this one.

The first thing I would point out is the sweetness. It is excessive to say the least - *almost* to the point of unpleasantness. Luckily the rest of the qualities of the beer save the experience. The malt has good flavor and is obviously of quality. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, and goes down without argument. There is otherwise nothing in particular about the flavor that stands out. It is very balanced, everything tastes right, but nothing makes me say "wow." A very pleasant beer and if I did not detesst sweetness as much as I do, it would be a great one. The caramel notes in the malt paired with its smooth, gentle texture might be very appealing to some. I may buy this again if I need something to pair with shortbread or some other mildly sweet dessert, or something milk based. It has qualities somewhat akin to coffee were all bitterness removed from the coffee. Far better than the majority of the dismal German beer market, but doesn't stand out among the better German microbrews. Recommended for those with a sweet tooth.

Sep 18, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swing-top bottle into goblet. best before 26.01.16. consumed june 5, 2015

a: mahogany-caramel with a finger of tan head

s: sweet brown/dark bread, caramel-covered raisins, dates, hints of butterscotch

t: raisin bread backed by flavours of caramel and dates. an herbal bitterness somewhat cuts through the malty sweetness, making the beer taste medicinal

m: full-bodied with moderate carbonation. sweet and sticky but does dry well

o: deliciously sweet, but i could do without that herbal-medicinal feel

Jun 05, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL swing-top picked up at the LCBO; best before Jan 26 2016 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear chestnut-copper colour with some reddish amber highlights; seated atop is just over one finger's worth of creamy, off-white head that displays respectable retention. It holds its ground for five minutes or so, but eventually wilts down to a thin, foamy collar and a bubbly, filmy cap. No lace, but it looks good otherwise. The nose seems to favour syrupy-sweet dark fruit notes, with dates, figs, cherry and even a whiff of red grape skin melding nicely with the background caramel & molasses sweetness. The malts seem bready, maybe lightly toasted, with a faint hint of herbal licorice.

Very nice - the flavour profile is relentlessly sweet, but in that charming sort of manner that the best doppelbocks seem to manage so well. Bready malts, butterscotch and molasses provide a constant, baseline presence, while fruity flavours of plum, fig, raisin and cherry-flavoured red licorice candy pop up and tease the palate. The malts take a toastier tone toward the tail end, with an herbal, vaguely earthy bitterness and some licorice spice rounding the sip off nicely. A bit of boozy sweetness in the aftertaste, but it works well in this context. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with middling carbonation levels that manage to provide a bit of crispness initially. Still, this bock excels once it has time to breathe and smoothen out more - it has a silky, tongue-coating quality that makes the whole experience of drinking it seem almost hedonistic in nature.

[Updated Jun 7 2017]

Another bottle, best before Dec 2017. It's definitely on the sweet side of the beer spectrum, boasting a veritable avalanche of rich malt and dark fruit flavours, but that's nothing unusual for the style, so true fans can consider this one a safe purchase. I tried this right after a Salvator for comparison, and they were pretty even to me - this one isn't as boozy or sweet, but Salvator had a more compelling and complex flavour profile.

Final Grade: 4.08, a very respectable A-

May 21, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml resealable bottle purchased from the LCBO for $3.70 CDN. Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Looking forward to enjoying this during the overtime period of this game 7 playoff game between the Capitals and Rangers.

Appearance - fairly clear mahogany coloured beer with amber hues. A finger of head is poured but it doesn't stick, around for long nor to the glass. Some carbonation is visible and carbonation was explosive from the bottle at the onset.

Smell -treacle, butterscotch and molasses. Rich and malty, some dark cherries in there too. Kind of like Samichclaus light. Smells just right for a doppelbock. Some grains in there too.

Taste - just like the nose, molasses treacle and butterscotch dominate yet again, but not one of the flavours overpowers the others. A bit boozy, but that's to be expected with a 7% + ABV doppelbock. Really balanced and really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - smooth with a full body and enough carbonation to cut through to make this a true treat.

Overall - a great doppelbock, enjoyable, filling in that it nearly is a meal on its own and full of flavor and balance. Doppel- Hirsch hits ll the notes you expect a doppelbock to and does so in delicious fashion. Top notch beer.

May 14, 2015
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drmeto from Germany

3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-molasses and licorish upfront
-low carbonation (style-specific)
-slight alcohol warming
-caramel ,toffee and very bready finish

o.k. One ,but i like my Doppelbocks with more of a dark fruit taste

Mar 20, 2015
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Anker13 from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Der Hirsch Doppel-Hirsch | 0.5L Bottle | Bottle Date Unknown

Appearance - Beautiful garnet, creamy off white head

Aroma - Raisins, figs, coffee cake

Mouthfeel - Very light carbonation, would have liked a little more, medium bodied

Taste - Dark fruit... Raisins and plums up front followed by chocolate covered caramel.

Residual - sweetness lingers, really could've used more carbonation

Overall - Great doppelbock, would recommend to anyone... My only gripe is that it's somewhat flat

Feb 20, 2015
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JRed from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Murky reddish-purple in body with thin white head. Aroma of grapes, medicine cabinet, herbal notes, and alcohol. Tastes of grapes, herbal potion, dark fruit, and an alcoholic burn comes through towards the finish along with some more medicinal flavor. Light in body with light carbonation. Crisp and rather dry for the flavors presented.

Sep 28, 2014
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WardOfAKind from Ireland

4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as part of a birthday present. Looked interesting as it(the bottle/label/cap) looked very different to common place beers, so much so in fact; that it even stood out when compared to other craft beers (In my local stores anyway). Other than "World Beer Cup© Gold Award 2012" and the word "beer" on the rear label, there were no English words whatsoever(to me this made it more interesting). So just judging by the bottle, I was impressed.
Aroma was very faint although to be fair, I may have used an inappropriate glass.
When poured, the head looked normal, nice off white colour and appropriate height in comparison to glass. However, the head didn't last very long and in turn, disappeared completely within 15/20 minutes.
Tasted delicious! and i can't exaggerate this enough, Im not very good at describing flavours (especially subtle ones) but it has a nice rish almost carmel sweet taste (side note: doesn't taste like 7.2%)

Overall a FANTASTIC beer, must have. I cant wait to buy more. Highly recommend.

Jun 10, 2014
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Bedrocker from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber color. Kind of murky looking. Leaves a small white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells of dark fruits, raisins, some caramel, and malts.

T: Tastes pretty much just like it smells. Nicely balanced, has a little bit of hoppiness to it as well.

M: Medium-bodied, kind of creamy as well. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Good doppelbock, although there isn't really anything in this beer that "wows" me. Tastes kind of like Raisin Bran, which isn't a bad thing. Awesome bottle art, too.

Mar 26, 2014
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Evil_Pidde from Sweden

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep copper color and the medium-tall, beige head is very compact but bit light. Dissipates slowly into decent lacings.

S: Rich sweet, dark malt. Dark dried fruits, some bitter hops. Very bready, almost like Swedish rye crisp-bread. Some faint citric notes.

T: Syrupy sweet, very sweet. Lots of dark dried fruits, raisins and plums. Faint bitter hops in the back, but this is very sweet.

M: Smooth and thick, creamy body with low dissipation and a sweet, but short aftertaste.

O: Nice Doppelbock, perhaps a bit too sweet (!?!?) if that even is possible when it comes to Doppelbocks.

Aug 05, 2013
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IchLiebeBier from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark chestnut; good head poured straight; head long lasting

Aroma: Malty; sweet; slightly hoppy; dried fruit

Taste: Juicy malt on start; good hoppy/sweet finish; not complex, but fairly well balanced

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Jun 15, 2013
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ML bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottling date.

Pours a medium brown color with a light white head. Smell is typical for the style - very malty with caramel, toffee and other similar notes. Taste is more of the same, and again very true to the style. very malty and a tad sweet. toasty. Mouthfeel is medium. maybe a bit lacking in this area as it doesnt go down smoothly. medium carbonation.

overall this is a very good representation of what a doppel bock is supposed to be. its not outstanding and wont blow you away, but if youre a fan of this style that not a lot of american breweries do right, then this beer will suffice nicely.

May 07, 2013
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