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Doppel-Hirsch | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

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Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 236 | Ratings: 362
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very decent beer, and one of the superior choices of the LCBO, our local government largest buyer of alcohol in the world. Pours darkish, carbonation is high and mouthfeel not as smooth as could be,and on the sweetish side, but decent drinker.Average for its style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: After a hard pour, I was finally able to create a head with some persistance but even then, it disappeared quickly with no stickage; clear amber color

Smell: Smells a bit like Karo; no fruity complexity

Taste: Sweet and caramel syrupy up front, with some alkaline phenols developing by mid-palate; after the swallow brings more of the same

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and sticky, somewhat slick; very low carbonation

Drinkability: Becomes cloying after a while; many other better doppelbocks out there

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep clear Burgundy color with large off-white foamy head with good retention and good acing. Aroma of banana ester and some cloves with notes of sweet malt. Taste is a nice mix between some fruity ester of banana with light cloves and some sweet malt and light dry fruits. Good carbonation with no traces of alcohol and an average body. Very well done but maybe lacking some body and slightly too dry.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich mahogany color with a rather thin off white head,the clarity and richness was nice,it overshadowed the lack of a head.Lighter aromas of caramel malt,plum-like fruitiness,and light iron,not a real assertive nose.One of the sweeter German made doppelbocks its heavy on the caramel and plum/prune sweetness,in saying that its warming and is what its supposed to be.Lighter in feel but it goes down easily without much alcohol presence.This would be good on a cold winters day wich we dont get here in NC very much.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear mahogany body is capped by a short head of dense tan foam which fades away shortly but maintains a creamy collar and initially leaves some minor spotty lace. Although the nose is somewhat restrained and lacks the rich Munich malts found in many examples (ie. Optimator); it is fairly complex with a gentle touch of fruit (apple, soft prune, mild background cherry), deeply caramelized sugars, and a waft of mineral character. In the mouth it's very fine carbonation gently tingles the tongue; thinning and smoothing out the medium/just-bordering-on-full body. The flavor delivers some light fruit upfront; followed by a rich, deeply toasted and caramelized molasses-like maltiness as it warms across the palate. The bitterness is quite evident beneath the malt at this point - suggesting that it will finish bone dry - yet it oddly fades away as the sweet but deeply toasted malt steps forward to linger on the palate. It's crisp and refreshing then as the malt erodes and some dark fruit steps back in; leaving an impressive and complex finish! A very unique Doppelbock that holds enough malt to satisfy, and is exceptionally well-balanced. The alcohol is very well-hidden; and except for the fact that it does eventually hit you, this is a really drinkable doppelbock. Most impressive!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a combination of orange, red and amber... which constitutes a rather fetching shade of bronze. The golden beige cap is too soft to last for long or to leave much lace. It's presently a featureless disk below a spick-and-span glass. I've seen better.

The nose is okay in the general sense, but it doesn't bring the doppelbock style to mind. The malty portion of the aroma is only very slightly 'dark', and there's almost nothing in the way of hops (which fits the style). There isn't much to grab and hold one's attention. Here's hoping the beer has more personality on the palate.

Doppel-Hirsch's flavor is a bit of an improvement on its nose, even if it isn't making me reach for the truly complementary adjectives. It tastes and feels a little malt-deficient and is more dark caramel-like than chocolate or cocoa-like. I can't escape the fact that it tastes artificially flavored, as if dark Karo syrup has been added. It's slightly dark fruity (more figs than raisins) and tastes Burton-on-Trent hard waterish.

The beer is lightly sweet with an underlying insistent bitterness that keeps things in grudging balance. I'm surprised to note an ethanolic harshness since the ABV isn't that high. While it's easily ignored, the unmasked alcohol adds to the notion that this is a somewhat raw, less than high-quality beer. Unfortunately, rounded and smooth aren't words to spring to mind when describing the mouthfeel.

The bottle certainly looks the part, with the swing-top and the fighting stags on the label. The contents of the bottle, however, are something less than impressive. A re-read tells me that this review is somewhat clinical in nature, but then that's to be expected when the beer is as sterile and as detached as this one is. I wasn't overly fond of Der HirschBrau's hefe weizen. Doppel-Hirsch does nothing to change my mind about the brewery as a whole.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a dopple bock I could consistently get in the BX over in germany, so it always had a slight soft spot in my heart, but certainally not amongst my top picks. But these guys would market 4-bottle variety pack & I dug that

Pours chestnut with a 1" white head. Slight lacing and head retention

Smell: Rich maltiness. some fruitiness

Taste: Big malt, fruitiness, peppery spice and hints of licorice. Dry
fruitty & alcohol on the finish

MF: Chewy and balanced, slight under carbonation. Got a good pop when I hit the swing top, so don't think that was a factor

Very drinkable, the 7.2 abv doesn't factor too much. This actually tasted fresher than most samples (most weren't refrigerated) I drank in GE, go figure. Maybe alittle to light for the style, but not by much. Give this a shot

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Photo of Jason
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle:

Pours slightly hazed medium-brown with a thin tan head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of strong caramel, with an earthy, slightly fruity undertone.

The taste is of caramel. Sweet, yet not too...Balanced by an earthy bitterness, touch of fruit tartness and very light breadiness. Clean finish. Some alcohol shows, but is reasonably well-covered overall...(Almost gets higher of two scores I was torn between - taste is just a hair too thin to give it the higher score, especially considering that it is an authentic Bavarian Doppelbock).

The feel is smooth (despite a bit of alcohol, especially as it progresses. The body is medium-to-full. (Again, torn between two scores - but will give this the upper, as it is smooth and lends itself towards easy-drinking. It's a bit thin, but not watery, and certainly not fizzy.)

Despite some warming alcohol (that is usual for the style), this is easy to drink... It's caramelly, yet earthy - Not the richest or fullest of doppelbocks, but certainly a solid choice for one that is sweet-ish but not too sweet, has warmth, but yet easy-to-drink!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Great mix of cola and fine carbonation through a fantastic looking red and burnt brown amber body. Head is off tan and very creamy and billows up to three fingers easily, and slowly settles with some ice cream whipped like character.

Nose smells classic doppelbock great. Lots of clove and caramel like sweetness, but that really great spicy character. Hints of black licorice hide just a little bit but comes out more malt sweet.

The mouthfeel on this is nearly perfect. A velvety big, but not thick and syrupy, creamy rich body, almost like ice cream lets the sweet malts carry throughout the palate. Clean finishing with a large density and chewy character. Creamy palate continues, with not much of the licorice sense coming, but balancing the spicy character out nicely. Some banana like esters a bit with hints of cream mingle also.

Overall just very impressed with this one, real tasty doppelbock.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half litre brown swingtop bottle.

A - Deep, dark amber with glowing ruby hues. Frothy cream head, fading down fairly quickly.

S - Plenty of aromas of minerals and mineral water. A big batch of malt, honey and molasses present.

T - Bold malt profile, with sweet malt syrup and bitter chewy malt grains. Good deal of brown sweetness of honey, brown sugar, some dried brown fruits and malt. A nice balance here with the presence of dried bitter malt grains and a chewy nutty side. Underlying mineral twang and mineral water.

M - Medium bodied and sturdy enough for a DB yet not overly viscous. Medium carbonation for a smooth feel. Faintly dry on the backend.

O - Incredibly well balanced and complex DB.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/13/05- Purchased at a specialty grocery store in Missoula, MT.

Presenation- 500ml bottle (I believe), poured into my Duvel tulip. No dating on the bottle.

Appearance- Dark copper colored pour, 1/2 inch head and average lacing.

Smell- Dark malt with just a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Coffee beans are prevelant as well.

Taste- Somewhat of a bitter malt hit right off the bat, also a sort of corn sryup taste like you might find in a soda like Coke.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy carbonation with a drying mouthfeel.

Drinkability- A little different taste, but overall a decent doppel.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with a slight amber glow and half a finger of foamy cream coloured head.

S - Toffee, caramel and some hop bitterness.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee, hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, very chewy.

D - A very good example of the style.

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Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a creamy malt scent that boasts of roasted barley and crystal malts; very sweet smelling. The taste is great as well. It has a rich, sweet, and toastey malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes creamy. It has a slight warmth to it, but nothing too bad. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Doppelbock. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle as part of LCBO winter release gift pack. 500ml swingtop into a pint glass. Slaughtered noobs on COD Black Ops while sipping this bitch.

Pours a dark brown with hints of rusty orange. Tan head, with some lace and retention. Dark fruits and raisin in the nose, prominent and clearly malt forward. Taste has this, with a greater notion of the malts here, toffee and caramel. Can sense the heat in the finish, but is more warming than harsh. Medium low carbonation, and a solid drink especially in the colder months.

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Photo of stevoj
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.Pours a dark red-orange amber. Nice tan head with slight lacing. Looks nice. Sweet malt aroma. Sweet malts, dark fruit, hint of dark malt and light caramel. Taste fades quickly. Finishes light sweet malt with a slight astringency. A good standard doppelbock with no outstanding qualities. I'd like a bit more assertiveness. Nice bottle.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.


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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grape jelly and Nutella, the combination may not sound appetizing but it certainly looks it. The beer is dark in colour but perfectly clear and transparent in complexion. It beams unto the surface laser like rays of ruby red. I had hardly enough time to observe the head that, over loud sounds of crackling, made it quite vocal that it was in a big rush to depart.

This scent of grainy, oven-roasted dark breads and brandy-soaked dark fruits is one I will never tire of. Although it may not be the most spectacular showing of those characteristics, Doppel-Hirsch more than does them justice. If what my nasal passage indicates is correct, then this will be one sugary, syrupy sweet lager full of rich flavours...

Which turns out to be a partial truth. Syrupy sweet? Yes. Rich flavours? Not exactly. There's enough malt to lend the typical nuances of dark fruits, caramel, and rye bread but there isn't enough to ensure the robust, thundering maltiness that should accompany them. As result, the balance tips more towards fruitiness (prunes, raisins) than it does maltiness.

Without that rich element of caramelization the beer becomes a little too nectar-like for my tastes. It is less quenching, less filling, and ultimately, less enjoyable. Some of this has to do the alcohol which, although never in plain sight, seems constantly peering from under the thin maltiness. That astringent bit of scorched caramel on the finish isn't helping either.

A good dopplebock should remind you to lift with your legs; I doubt anybody will be throwing out their back out with this one (getting a headache, maybe). I wasn't overly impressed. Then again, I love the style so I'll admit my expectations were high. All scrutiny aside, I wouldn't be reluctant to drink this again (but I might be to pay for it myself).

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with a light tan head, some retention, great lacing.

S: Some mineral, caramel, toffee and bready malt.

T: Very bready with a caramel sweetness. There's a light spicing, but the bitterness is VERY mild, allowing the sweetness to really come through. The water seems hard, with plenty of minerals. I'm guessing that Pilsner is the main malt here, with a good portion of munich, decocted with rests favouring plenty of dextrins. Not conventional, but I like it.

M: Moderate to full body is very smooth... there's some nice protein in this liquid bread.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with a reddish tone. Small beige head that fades in a minute.
Smell is bready with lots of malt and a distinct banana like fruitiness with raisins as the biggest standout.
The taste is of the same beautiful aromas.
The mouthfeel is chewy and velvety smooth that reminds me of silky fudge candy. Nice medium body.
Drinkability is smooth and nice.

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Photo of dar482
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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