Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #62
Ranked #20,245
3.87 | pDev: 12.14%
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Jun 28, 2004
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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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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, roasted nuts, dates, butterscotch, metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. The most noticeable flavours are malts, butterscotch, and a dark fruit sweetness. (possibly dates) There are also notes of roasted nuts and a slight metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste,

Drink - The beer tasted a lot like a scotch ale, which isn't one of my favourite styles. Still drinkable though; and I'm happy I gave it a shot.

Dec 29, 2010
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paxkey from Canada (ON)

2.91/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

has a best before date of 15.11.11

that is a fun beer to open. rip pop fizz aroma.

cascades in the glass with a tonne of malt and hop aroma. burnt orange with stunning clarity. offwhite head.

i pull cherries and dark fruit and alchohol and malt. smells strong and tempting. very strong underlying malt aroma, carraway seed rye bread type aroma. smells like bread in a glass.

malt start malt middle malt finish malt aftertaste.

overkill. i might enjoy this if i was standing in an igloo in nunavut.

Jul 01, 2011
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StephenRich from Canada (ON)

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 2010 LCBO spring release had some exceptional beers in it; some old friends, and some new ones also. And because its Friday, and its also so beautiful out, I decided to treat myself to an afternoon beer, and why not try something new from Germany. The Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau is among the beers that the LCBO so kindly brought to us for their spring release just recently. So, I grabbed my favorite German Goblet, the Doppel-Hirsch, and headed for the balcony.

The brewery's website is only in German so I could not find too much detail about them, or their beer. However if my German is correct, it seems like the brewery was originally built in 1891, but the Hirschwirt family has been brewing beer since 1657. Germany has a very rich brewing history of course, but Der HirschBrau's is not one lacking of drama; in 1945 the brewery was destroyed "by bombs", as the site exclaims, and was not built back to full operation until 1957. Now though, they are operating at full boil producing thirteen beers regularly available in Germany, and many of them available throughout Europe.

Regardless of history, origins, or bombings, it's flavor that really makes the beer - so lets go! The Doppel-Hirsch is a German Doppel Bock, and isntatly looked and smelled like one. It poured very smooth and cleanly with little carbonation present lifting a short quarter inch pale head which slowly faded to nothing. The nose is very sweet; while pouring, before even getting my nose close to the beer it was glistening with toffee, roasted malt, and nuts. When I got in closer more toffee and caramel came out, as well as a very specific malt sweetness. It is very German, instantly you can taste the history in the beer; there is no mistaking the scent of rich toasted German Malts. They are sweet, lightly alcoholic, and almost honey like. The beer was a deep rich auburn getting very close to brown. Held into the sun it glowed with ruby and amber.

It really was a pleasure to drink. First came toffee, creamy caramel, a whole whack of rich malt, roast, nuts, and dark sticky fruit. Like prunes, dried plums and raisins. The malt sweetness is what really dominates here and provides the toffee and caramel. While the malt engulfs your entire mouth nuts like walnuts, chestnuts and almonds play around the sides of your tongue and across the back of your throat. There really is a lot in this beer. The roast and toasted malt is resting in the background to help balance the creamy sweetness of the malt. I really enjoyed this beer as a classic German Doppel Bock, so if you are looking to introduce yourself to this beer style, this is a great choice. However, if you are new to richer beers, or are trying to show someone something interesting this beer may be too much for you. The alcohol isn't overly dominant, but the malt richness is so distinct and precise that some people will be overwhelmed by it. It really is that exact factor that makes me enjoy the beer, but I can see some people shying away from the style.

There is very little hops to speak of, but it does finish clean and robust. There is even a slight spice hidden at the end to help clean this beer off your palate. I wouldn't serve this beer too cold or you will numb all of the malts. Try it between 8 to 12 Celcius (45-54F), on its own or with grilled red meats, dishes featuring caramelized onions , mushrooms, or rich herbs.

Aug 23, 2010
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Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish raisin colour with a very creamy brownish foam head. Great retention with OK lacing.

S: Caramel, light roasted elements (chocolate), butterscotch and vanilla, herbal, and sour balsamic quality. Varied aromas that blend together very well.

T: Subdued caramel backbone, herbal qualities, raisins, vanilla, and faint dark fruits (plums & figs). Nicely balanced and incredibly smooth and creamy.

M: Medium bodied with a low-med carbonation. Pleasingly viscous with a herbal finish.

D: A very smooth and tasty doppelbock. Not that familiar with the style but I like this quite a bit. Would not mind having this on a regular basis.

Feb 29, 2012
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fostachild from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Apr 02, 2012
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Hopfenpeter from Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bottle. Poured a clear dark amber red, with two fingers of tan creamy head. Sticks around nicely and leaves some lacing.
Smell is of caramel, dark fruit and malt.
The tast is nicely starting out with dark fruits, being met with a good portion of malt and caramel flavors, yet balanced in the end by mild hops.
Very nice medium bodied Bockbeer, nothing outstanding , but very nice and drinkable.

Aug 17, 2012
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heebes from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +3.4%

Mar 05, 2012
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misteil from Ireland

4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

*edit 06/05/21

love this beer. been a personal favourite of mine in the style for a while now. lovely malt flavour, brown bread, lightly smokey, oaky, nutty, a sort of syrupy sweetness to it which i really like, caramel, molasses, a hint of some dark fruits, medium bodied and super drinkable, always a pleasure to have.

Aug 14, 2019
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plickxt from California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Dec 23, 2011
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bryehn from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle and label are gorgeous and the snap top is tight but easy to open.

Pours a clear, rusty ruby colour with a slightly small head that surprisingly left no lace, but stuck around as a collar.

Slightly astringent aroma at first. Then quite boozy, smelling of fermented fruit and wet dark grains and malts. There is also a butter toffee smell in there.

Alcohol really comes through in taste, even when cold. It's very sweet and fruity, with a grainy tone and a deep malt backing and a definite woodiness.

Chewy mouthfeel, bready but smooth. Fruit and alcohol on the tongue and a surprisingly quick and clean finish.

This is a very heavy beer on my stomach, meaning I'd never drink more than one, however as a solo beer it's very satisfying. Rich in taste with the ABV being noticeable.

Not the most accessible bock, but feels like a serious beer for serious beer drinkers.

Mar 10, 2011
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Nov 15, 2011
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TheBeeraholic from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Jun 16, 2013
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JVan from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 03, 2015
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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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Roke87 from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL swing top bottle poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.
Best Before Date: November.15/2011

Appearance- Pours a dark ruby colour with a very fluffy three fingers of off white head that very quickly resides to a thin ring leaving almost no lacing.

Smell- Interesting smells coming from this one its almost hard to put a finger on exactly what it is, but I do get some dark fruity scents, a tad of roasted malts, and some sweet caramel thrown in there as well.

Taste- Bready malts and dark fruit flavours dominate the palate, a bit of sugar, spice, and everything nice thrown in there as well, a very interesting tasting doppelbock.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied with under-average carbonation.

Overall- A very interesting doppelbock on all perspectives, sweet smelling and tasting with lots of bready malts and dark fruity flavours with a hint of spices in the finish. All in all a good doppelbock and one of the better ones that I have tasted. Good price point at the LCBO too bad it’s a seasonal release there.

May 08, 2011
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jnjander from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Jan 28, 2012
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Jesse13713 from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short review today.

Appearance - Pours a murky and quite unattractive brown. No head and little lacing.

Smell - Sour funk and light malt. Plum fruits.

Taste - A light and springy fruitful doppelbock.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light bodied, fruity.

Dec 01, 2011
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JeffreyJDavis from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Feb 06, 2013
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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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warlust from Oregon

4.48/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

May 22, 2011
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Kartoffeln from Canada (ON)

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

Reviewing a bottle cellared for a little under a year, and adding this to my old review of a fresh bottle.

A: Pours a deep, dark, but clear mahogany with a sizeable, fizzy head of dense tan foam. Good retention, gradually dissipating to a thick, foamy ring and leaving spotty lacing.

S: Rich Munich and biscuit malts with a toasted grain and toffee character, plus sweet fruit aromas: black plums, candied figs, and a surprising hint like lychee fruit (extremely appealing, actually). Mild, estery spiciness and faint noble hops.

T: Rich, robust, and sweet Munich malts with biscuity and bready undertones blends into brown spices and dark fruits, plenty of black plums, black cherries, and candied pears. Faint nutty yeast and grassy noble hops in the finish. Caramel undertone throughout.

M: Full-bodied with modest carbonation providing initial crispness followed by smoothness. The hops last well into the finish and balance the rich flavour profile without cutting into the style's characteristic sweetness. The ABV is barely detectable.

D: It's still sweet after aging, but the booziness is considerably toned down, it's exceptionally smooth-drinking, and generally shows more nuances. Or I may just be better at reviewing. Either way, it's worth grabbing a bottle whether you drink it now or toss it in the cellar for a while.

Fresh, drunk on 11 March '11:

A: Dark ruby-amber with a modest but dense off-white head. It dissipates to a ring with nearly no lacing.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, candied fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Strongly sweet, bread-like maltiness dominates the taste profile with hints of caramel and earthy spices. Undertones of plums and alcohol become more apparent with a bit of warming.

M: Modest carbonation emphasises the smooth, hearty mouthfeel with slight chewiness. The finish is short and balances alcohol, mild hop bitterness, and plum flavours.

D: Personally, I'd only drink one in a sitting due to the rich taste, heaviness, and ABV, but that's entirely keeping with the style.

Dec 23, 2011
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dcurrin from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Dec 17, 2011

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Aug 21, 2011
Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 380 ratings