Doppel-Hirsch | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

very good
367 Ratings

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Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of K7M
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Doppebock, very drinkable, full bodied with a robust flavor. Yes, it is a filling beer as most Doppelbocks are, probably not a session beer for lightweights. This is the Doppelbock that caused me to favor Doppelbocks oer all other Beers. I have since found some I believe to be superior, but always return for more.

I always purchase as many of these as I can when I go to Ft Bragg as the class VI store usually has a great price, adequate supply and fast turnover thanks to the thirsty Paratroopers and retired Paratroopers that shop there.

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Photo of Domingo
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay.
I don't really see Hirch brews very often, but thus far I've really enjoyed them.
Pours a deep brown with brood red highlights and a surprising amount of head for a bottled DB. I think that flip-top does a good job of keeping the carbonation.
Smells really malty. That's pretty much the story with the smell, which isn't a bad thing.
The taste actually has a lot of depth. Sweet dried fruits (raisin, prune), dark bread, malt, caramel, rum, cocoa, and the tiniest hint of hops to keep it from being too sweet. This one is non-typical as it has some ale fruitiness to it that I've picked up in darker UK offerings. Think Old Peculiar.
The carbonation and lacing stick around for the life of the beer and the strength of the beer is hidden behind a wall of flavor that goes down easily.
I really dig this doppelbock as it's not cookie cutter at all. Clearly not modeled after other examples, this one is paving it's own path and doing a great job of it.

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

pours a vibrant amber brown with a quickly fading one-finger off-white head of fairly large bubbles. A light stream of carbonation keeps a touch of lace on the surface and leaves a thin collar which only deposits the occasional sticky blob of lace down the glass.

aroma of toasted bread, caramel, and spices. The malt dominates the aroma, augmented with the sweet and the spicy, with hints of wood and nuts coming through.

Strong on the malt, with an almost overwhelming malt sweetness. It's quickly balanced by a touch of hops and some interesting spicing. Definite nuttiness of hazelnuts and pecans, with pepper, mace, and ginger peeking through at times to give depth. Pleasantly delicious.

Mouthfeel is a tug of war between the syrupy sweet and the slighty drying, carbonated crispness. Traces of oils allow the spiciness and malt sweetness to linger on the tongue. A pleasant although slightly syrupy-sweet experience.

Beautiful on the whole. A bit sweet on its own, this one works beautifully well with some food. It's strong enough to be a solid sipper and it opens up beautifully as it warms, but the flavor profile and mouthfeel make it easily downable as well. A solid dopplebock with a good bit of character.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this bier in a flip-top, pint bottle.

A: pours a nice rich caramel-brown. Good head that stays for 4-5 minutes..thick.
S: Sweet, caramel smell that is very inviting.
T: Folows the smell nicely. Full body, rich in flavor, and smooth going down for a high alcohol dunkel.
M: Pleasing, no bitter feel.
D: For a 7.2% bier, this is an easy bier to drink. This could be a problem of course, but I find a way to make it.

Overall, this is a high quality bier that is a pleasure to drink. The Hirsch Brau brands are all very good and a pleasure to drink. I recommend it strongly. Prosit.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Pt. .9oz flip top bottle into a goblet.

A - Poured a brownish/red color, resembling iced tea. Thin off-white head. Not much in the way of lacing or carbonation.

S - Malty with hints of dark ripe fruit and chocolate. Slightly herbal with hints of alcohol.

T - Malty with a very slight sweetness up front. Hints of fruit and chocolate with a slight port/sherry flavor. Alcohol presence detected in the finish.

MF&D - Decent overall, but a little in the thin side. Paired well with knockwurst & kruat.

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Photo of froghop
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear dark brown with a ruby tint, thin light tan head, not much lacing.

smell is of caramel, malt, sweet corn, touch of grain, and some brown sugar.

taste is dry yet crisp, malt, corn, and a touch of sweet caramel, leaves the mouth on the dry side.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very clear red amber colored with a 1" head of small off white bubbles. Fades slowly and leaves quite a but of lace behind.

Lots of rich malt and plenty of melanoidins. Some dark caramel and a little oxidation adding clean sherry notes. A little biscuity.

Very clean and malty with lots of earthy notes. Malt rules this beer and there is really no detectable hops. Some evident dark cherry in the finish. No alcohol noticeable at any time. This goes down as smooth as a trad Bock, and it is right on the border of the two styles at 7.2%.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased one bottle at Arrowine, Arlington, VA for $2.99 - had never seen it before.

A - Sports a decent dark root beer color with almost no cap, visible carbonation or lacing. A gentle swirl activates a modest, khaki head.

S - Faint caramel, vanilla, and perhaps a whiff of Scotch.

T/M - Delicious! Soft caramel, cola, peat, and a touch of light citrus. Medium bodied feel that adds creaminess as it creeps to room temperature. Minimal carbonation.

D - Very drinkable and a superb match to all sorts of foods, e.g., burgers, ribs, and probably any German-inspired fare.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A dark amber, on the orange side. Short lived head of white foams up and then fizzles away fairly quickly.

S: Fruit - both dark fruit and ripe berry scents, with some chocolate notes along with rum & butter alcohol.

T: Sweet and malty, though many of the aromas that come through aren't as subtle and complex on the palate. Fortunately, it's not cloying, but it certainly is sweet... tea-like qualities, a little twist of caramel, with some slightly citrus like qualities, which I don't often find out of this side of the pond.

M + D: I wouldn't mind a touch creamier, but not bad all around. It's got a bit of a creaminess to it, especially as it warms, and a nice tingling carbonation. It goes down very clean and easily, so I have to remind myself that it's got a bit of alcohol going on.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany body topped with a thick finger of slightly tan head, nice lacing on the DAB mug. Plenty for the nose--berry, cherry, light chocolate malt, a nod toward caramel--though none take charge of the aroma. Delicious though a bit understated taste that follows the nose closely. Primarily sweet from the fruit that provides much of its identity, chocolate (dark in flavor) lingers enough to make this more well-rounded. I wouldn't mind a bit more spice, maybe a snap of ginger or coriander to balance out the sweetness a bit more. Still, it's quite good. The alcohol emerges somewhat strongly as it finishes, but that does little to detract from a rather well done Dopplebock.

To me, the mouthfeel ups this beer's stock--creamy, smooth, durable, never flat but not too effervescent--really well done. It was hard to set the mug down, and I wish I had grabbed a second one of this instead of the Helles, which was a bit disappointing. Not so with the Dopplebock. Though I remain partial to others, such as Salvator and Korbinian, this is very good.

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a dark brown almost the appearance of a pop. Smelled slightly of scotch and dark roasted malts. Very malty on the pallate and a coffee taste with a slight hop presence. After I let it sit a little bit to warm the alchohol came through and it developed a caramel flavor. Mouthfeel was on the medium side. It was pretty drinkable to me but it was a little higher in ABV for more than about 2-3.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark leather brown/blackish hue (could've been the dim lighting) with a smallish had and little lacings. There were some hops springing to my nose and a faint smell of malt, but not really a good smell here. The taste, on the other hand, was phenomonal. One of the smoothest and creamiest beers I've had in a long time, but still manages to pack a malt wallop with bread, coffee/cocoa, caramel and I'm sure other things (like brown sugar) that I'm missing, but I hope the point comes across. Balanced well, it has a slightly dry aftertaste while also maintaing its sweetness. If it wasn't so filling after a bottle and also a little up there in ABV, I'd session this - nonetheless, if you haven't tried this do so ASAP.

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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 cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Doppel-Hirsch poured a dark amber color with a solid two finger foam head and sea foam lacing.

The aroma was soft spiciness, like cinnamon and brown sugar.

The taste was malt all the way with chocolate and spice. It was a full bodied brew with a slight hop ness that countered the malt all day flavor. The 7.2 percent was somewhat apparent but it had the spiciness tied to it. I quite enjoyed the effort and care put in the brew.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany brown with amber highlights and magnificent clarity. A very dense and creamy one and half finger head of pale biege foam shows passing retention and spotty lacing. Deeply roasted crystal malts and fragrant honey aromas dominate, with a rich vinous scent and spicy german hops in the background. Dark caramel and rasin/berry phenols strike the tounge first, then robust and bready dextrins deepen the malt profile. The dark honey and wine character appear again, but are subtle and compliment the malt sweetness. Light but balancing noble hops in the aftertaste- soft and floral like Hallertau with a very mellow bitteness. A suggestion of alcohol further puts the formidable malt flavor in check while adding a degree of complexity and becomes more apparent as it warms. The body is full and the carbonation is light- allowing a residual sweetness to coat the tounge-only offset by mild hops and a hint of booze. The beer finishes rich with malt flavor and gentle steely caramel but not syrupy or cloying; it remains highly quaffable to the last sip due to its uncanny smoothness. An outstanding example of the style; luckily it is both common and inexpensive where I live!

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Photo of MTNboy
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- The color of the body is a brown amber sort of soapy looking. Minimal head and pretty much no lace. There is a little bit of a reddish hue to the brown body.

Smell- It smells bean like more than anything but slightly fruity and spicy.

Taste- The taste is not bad. There is sort of a tree bark flavor to it. Sweet and tar like with not much for hops or bitterness for that matter.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a little bit of a creamy follow up.

Drinkability- Medicore.

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Photo of dnichols
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a swing topped cap into a chilled chalice.

A: It poured a dark brown body that when back lit was a clear cherry red. The modest large-bubbled head receded fast to a slight cover over the liquid and ring around the collar that supported limited lacing.

S: It had aromas of sweet chocolate malts and dark ripe fruits with hints of vanilla caramel.

T: It was sweet and malty with a creamy milk chocolate and caramel accented by vanilla and allspice.

M: It had a thin body with modest carbonation and a creamy malty richness followed by a warm alcohol back flavor. It ended very clean and crisp with virtually no aftertaste.

D: Nice clean and tasty dobblebock. A bit thin but well balanced with a clean finish. Nice ABV that warms without being unbalanced and overpowering.

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

Found in the pictured 1/2 L swingtop with, as expected for an import, no date. Popped with the barest carbonation and no fanfare whatsoever.

Poured into my big, sassy goblet, body is coffe-dark and has reddish-orange edges. Head is medium off-white and falls to a lace of rainbow-tipped bubbles within moments. Crystal clear.

Smell is abrubtly grainy with lots of that east-european yeast that's so hard to use and use correctly. Not so much green peas as twice-cooked vegetable stock. Vaguely german bread, but not the dark-black sort. Malt is very caramel, but there's clearly some lighter sorts hiding out. Barest hints of dark-citrus hopping.

Body abandons the risky yeast notes for a much cleaner showing of fully-sprouted malts with a totally medium roast to them. Some cedar, some pine. Not so much bitter as alum-like astringincy in moderation. Actually fairly sweet and thin for something this dark. Has a dextrin character reminiscent of a trippel. Only fruity notes are dark orange peels.

Feels so clean on the tongue that you almost don't miss the nearly-absent carbonation. Only slightly coats the soft palate and lips.

Despite fairly progressive labeling, this is certainly an old-world brew. Though I'm not particular towards the strain of yeast used, credit is due for a very balanced brew. I fear the bottle I had may not have fared well in the trip overseas, but even saying that, it's a dopplebock pure and simple and a strong enough to stand on it's own.

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Photo of rking
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I will say that this is a step up from the Neuschwansteiner. As soon as a poured this out of its bottle I was excited. The smell of dark chocolate and Coffee was a great greeting and the dark amber color head. The dark brown color of the beer is a warm inviting color on a cold day. The first sip was very smooth and I was very impressed with the taste also. Over all I must say this beer was a great choice.

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

Poured from a .5 liter flip-top. The pour yelds a very creamy head capping a deep-brown brew. Not as dark as other dopples I have had. Smell is fantastic, malty,caramels, pumpernickel.Taste is great, matching the smell profile. This is not the heaviest dopplebock by far, but very creamy mouthfeel to savor. The drinkablity is fantastic, I have to make myself put it down. Great nightcap or cold night-by-the-fire Deutch brew.

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Photo of maven2k
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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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 Redwood21
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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.

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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
3.81 out of 5 based on 367 ratings.
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