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

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-06-2001

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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 captaincoffee
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.

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Photo of GSS
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of raven_company
2.95/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kiro
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopley
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JVan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcance
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 123321123321
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Photo of chebode2
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mick303
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Silke_Neryn
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alpha309
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TimWakimika
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevinlater
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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

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Photo of iftcoach
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.08/5  rDev +6%
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-

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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