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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

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much head, but some. Don't drink it very cold. Very sweet and lots of character. Hits your head like a ton of bricks. I felt like speaking German (I do speak German).

This was another of my finds on the half price shelf. They hadn't been bought after sitting in the store for 11 months so they were marked down from 2.99/bottle to 1.50.They had about twenty of them. So after drinking a couple, today I think I'll go back and buy whatever they have left. Nicely pre-aged for me.

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Photo of livingregret
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Stopper bottle at 1pt .9fl oz

Appearance: Pours a dark clear red w/ no head. Might be because my bottle top was not secure for some odd reason. Still a lovely colour

Smell: Malt and a touch of sweetness. Also something else that can best be described as herbal

Taste/mouthfeel: Very creamy and crisp feel to it. Goes down very easy and leaves a nice warm sensation in the mouth from the alcohol. Caramel and malt are the main flavours I get. Sooo a sweet and malty beer. Not overly sweet but damn enjoyable

Drinkability: I'm not 100% sure if I should sit back and sip at this or just pound it down. It is very tasty and I will be looking for this one again. A very quaffable beer that goes down oh so nice and leaves you wanting more

Edit: I find as I finish the beer(aka it warms up some) a touch of bitterness comes through to really balance out the flavour. I think for this style of beer...this is a great offering. It is a very filling beer that is almost a meal unto itself. Very enjoyable

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Photo of giblet
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this stopper topped bottle poured nicely into my glass. a good head and carbonation that quickley settles. nice aroma, kinda fruity roasted malt.

the flava was very nicely balanced with the hop. i think that for a doppel i could drink multples of these without filling, very clean.

i really liked this one.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I live in a 6% cap state, this is the first Doppelbock I have encountered. Thankfully it somehow made it's way onto the shelves anyway.

A. Poured a beautiful Coca-Cola amber with a nice head. Leaves a beautiful belgian lacing on glass.

S. Great chocolaty smell with hints of fruits, dates, raisens and vanilla.

T. Tastes great. Chocoltely taste with a hint of malt. Being from a low alcohol state at first the alcohol was noticeable, but definitely complimented the overall warmness of the flavor.

M. Creamy, chewy chocolate cake finish. Carbonation was well balanced.

D. Great introduction to Doppelbocks. Until other examples are available in SC (Pop the Cap 2007!!!!), I will definitely revisit this brew often.

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Photo of Braudog
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the flip-top 0.5L bottle: Poured extra fizzy, almost soda-like, with an almost soda-like appearance: Reddish brown with a bubbly head. There’s a nice caramel-laced aroma, and I swear I almost get a smoky wisp. The first gulp is wonderful -- warming and silky, big and caramelly, toasty and almost nutty like an American Brown. I want a schweinschwank! Ausgezeichnet! (#2747, 3/14/2007)

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Photo of klewis
2.27/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a deep red with a small bubbly head that quickly disapears. No lacing.

S: Smells malty but stale and bland.

T: Acidic and sweet. I can't peg the flavors exactly. Some diacetyl maybe? A bit medicinal perhaps. Anyway, not good.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate-light carbonation.

D: Pass, pass, pass. I'm able to swallow this down, but just barely.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured beer into tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer was nice dark amber colored brew. light tan head spoted small fine bubbles. Very bready nose and slight sour smell. Slight sour taste followed with a light smoke taste that lingered. Alcohole was overpowering and tight. I will not purchase again I think.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Really nice artwork on the swing-top bottle....very pastoral and serene. Very German. This one is deep wood-stain brown with dark purple hues showing up when it's held to the light. It looks almost red at times. The tan head stars out at about two fingers and recedes to a firm cap....eventually the head disappears altogether. Nice frothy lacing is left on the glass.

S - Chocolate marshmallows...like Count Chocula. Nice understated chocolate scents with hints of vanilla also, and there is a faint smokey sausage aroma also....like smelling the campfire from a distance.

T - Milky chocolate icing flavors manage to be sweet and cake-batter like without being cloying. German chocolate cake, Little Debbie rolls, and all things baked and chocolate in nature. The faintest twinge of hop goodness wraps up the chocolate flavors and sort of cleans the palate. There are slightly woody and sausagey flavors too....slighty feral and wild.

M - Very low level of carbonation. Creamy and slick. The finish is like taking your last bite of German chocolate cake....then the alcohol warms you from the inside. My only complaint is that it's a bit thin.

D - Just about perfect. It's complex, interesting, sweet and scrumptious, but also understated and mild in a way. This is less balls out malty than some other doppelbocks, and IMO that adds to it's drinkability.

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Photo of Atlas1
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle this Doppel-Hirsch comes in. I like it. Pours a deep rich brown color, with some hints of ruby/orange at the base where the light shines in. Thin, foamy head on top which fades quickly. Big foamy bubbles collect along the sides as the head dissipates. Sweet, malty fruit aroma. Dates and raisins. Maybe some vanilla. Some plum hidden deep in there as well. Tastes sweet and malty as well, with some of the same raisiny-date flavors. Finishes tart, with a smokey aftertaste; I don't think I've ever quite had a beer finish like this before. It's interesting, if nothing else. Weird aftertaste, for sure. A little thin in the mouthfeel, but tends to become a bit chewier as it sits and warms up. This is not unusual for most doppels that I've had. The alcohol is slightly noticeable here, but does not detract from the overall odd characteristics of this beer. It's probably not one that I'll come back to, but it's worth checking out if you're a fan of doppelbocks. I am, and this one is unlike any others I've had.

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Photo of Hampton73
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My bottle poured with almost no head, and carbonation very low. Aroma is not great, mostly of dark fruit. Malty sweet flavor, but not bad. It is too sweet to drink more than one, though. The fruit flavor is prominent- raisons and prunes. Mouthfeel is about right for the style. This beer is just OK.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a beautiful 0.5ml bottle with a Grolsch-style cap. The beer was clear and bronze-colored with a weak looking head (didn't last 1 minute). The smell was sweet and malty, not as aggressive as typical "-ator style" beers, but not bad. The flavor was malty and sweet also. Medium-thick mouthfeel and easy to drink. Good, but not worth seeking for too hard.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - this doppelbock pours a coca-cola dark brown color, with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly, being from Ct, and having regualr access to Hooker Liberator i hold doppelbock to a high standard, but i will review this objectively

S - roasted smokey characteristic up front and first, with the strong but subtle dark sweetness, like molasses, raisins or dates, nice blend, some doppelbock try to blend these and get a dog food type aroma, this one smells great and delicious

T - that dark sweetness comes to the forefront in the taste and the roasty toasty takes a backseat, but still accents the flavor nicely, but the smokiness is not as strong as in the aroma, damn good

M&D - smooth and roasted with great nearly chewy body, well blende, a great doppelbock, liberator is still the standard but this hold its own nicely

edit: just noticed this one puts beer in my mug, thanks to BA for a great site.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark brown beer with a nice creamy head that sticks to the glass.

Smell was awesome, extremely malty and slightly husky. A roasted smell and full of dark malts that remind me of chocolate.

Taste was malty and husky with burned, roasted notes which strongly remind me of chocolate. Body is very full and the beer is sticky and sweet. There is a bitter comig from both hop and maltbitterness. Drinkabilty was still very good, despite the beer being sweet and fiull. I really liked this beer!

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Photo of Shiredave
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flip top half liter bottle with golden lable showing 2 rutting stags with antlers locked in Patriarchal combat.

This Lager pours a deep, ruddish brown, very clear with occasional slow, lazy bubbles of carbonation rising sluggishly to the top. A low cap of off white head forms upon pouring and receeds quickly to a persistant ring around the perimeter of the goblet. Very little lace clings to my clean, dry glass.

Aromas are nearly absent untill a swirl brings a clean, woodsy caramel scent along side hints of cooked oatmeal and chocolate.

The flavor of this beer is exceptional for the style - soft and subdued ( especially cold - let it warm to @ 50 - 60 deg F) but comes forward as it warms. Lush, succulent flavors of fruit and fresh brown bread and herbal, earthy hop blend perfectly. Chocolate covered cherries and a hint of alcohol - but the flavors are deeper and more complex - not " in your face" with cloying sweetness as so many Dopple's tend to be. No dark grain harshness with the heavy malt base not at all obscured by the ever present hop flavor and mild bittering in the background.

Meduim - full bodied, the mouth feel is a tad watery, but with a clean, malt aftertaste and lingering hop bite. The 7% alcohol is completely intergrated and folded into the rich malt flavors of ripe fruit and coco and the herbal hop tingle on the tongue.

I am generally not a lager guy, but I do like my Bocks - and this one is excellent and possibly the most drinkable Dopple Bock Ive had to date. If Ayinger Celebrator stands as the opitomy of the style then this one comes close behind as its gentler, more refined cousin.

A perfect compliment to hearty game dishes to warm fruit or chocolate and carmel desserts. If only I had some Creme Burle' and fudge sauce...

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Photo of aluskungs
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off the swing type cap popped off real easy. I poured the beer into my glass and some bubbles appeared and then gone! Like looking into a big black void. Zero head. Looks like flat coca cola. Has the same color as the afore mentioned soda. Not appealing for a beer.

There is a bit of a malt sweet smell. Warming nose from the alcohol and a hint of licorice. Hard to get a nose off this beer (probably due to it being flat).

A silver lining to this beer is it's taste. It tastes pretty good. Velvety smooth, black licorice flavor, tobacco leaf? (I know it's sound weird but hey that what i'm getting). Big malt sweetness, dry without it being sticky sweet.

Probably a great beer when carbonated, this one wasn't. I'm now inspecting the cap. The rubber seal is still flexible and not cracked, but the porcelain cap was been chipped. There's the culprit. I will have to buy another or try to exchange this one because this beer has potential.

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Photo of RedHaze
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red tinged brown, with an off-white one finger head that fades pretty quickly to a thin cap, leaving behind a broken webbing of lace.

Smell; there's note of chocolate and coffee, with a little brown sugar. A little bit of a smokey aroma is present along with some dark fruits.

Taste; the dark fruits are much more prevalent in the flavor profile than in the nose. Plums, dates and figs are all present, and mix with the brown sugar, chocolate and a little roasted malt flavors. The coffee notes are there, they're just a bit overwhelmed by the sweetness. Once this closer to room temp, there's a bit of an alcohol burn in the bakc of the throat. Mouthfeel is definitely on the thin side for a dopplebock, and the drinkability takes a hit due to this being a bit to sweet for my tastes.

Overall this is a decent beer, but unfortunately becomes a bit hard to finish with the almost cloying sweetness. I could maybe the handle this beer a little more if the mouthfeel were a bit more robust, and the coffee and roasted malt flavors were a little stronger.

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Photo of AmorousAngel
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very dark, clear brown with a large, fluffy tan head from a 500 mL bottle with a cool swing cap top. No lingering lacing.

Wonderful roast malt and caramel smell.

Dominated by malt, and caramel. Also a slight fruitiness and spice. A bit of hops, but not overpowering. Overall, a very flavorful beer.

Medium bodied and low carbonation. Very smooth.

Very flavorful and easy to drink. I will likely start keeping this one on hand.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've got to preface this review with the fact that I'm not an expert on this style so my considerations here may not be with the best comparative palate. That said...

Pours from the ceramic topped bottle a deep copper-amber to brown color. Very little head if any and little carbonation. Coffee colored edging.
The aroma is of dried fruit, malt, caramel and alcohol. It smells sweeter than it tastes.
The taste is big and malty, but very clean. it's got a rounded malt-caramel flavor with a nice clean finish and some middle fruitiness. It settled right into my dessert of chocolate.
The mouthfeel has very little body for the full-strength in taste. It also lacks considerable carbonation which disappoints.
Pretty nice, would have another.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.87/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Flip top bottle poured into a snifter it formed a meager head that doesn't leave much lacing at all. Brown body, carbonation sticks to the sides of the glass slowly peeling up.

First pull and I can tell this lacks the depth of alot of dopplebock's. Rather thin in the dark fruity malt department and hints of a lean, thin tea like aroma and taste mold w/ the malts becoming sweet. Bread crust forms some body in the middle of the brew. Oily mouthfeel that clashes w/ the spicey side creating an odd battle in the mouthfeel. Lingering malts stick to the palate all the way until the next pull.

Notes: One of the qualities I love about dopple's is the attractiveness of the offering and the depth of the malt character. Although this hits "ok" on the malt profile its really nothing to look at and is ho hum in the overall product. Worth your time for sure as it has an unusual bend to it.

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Photo of wl0307
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coming in a swing-cap 500ml brown bottle, BB 20.03.06, consumed four months and two days "past the prime"~~ Served lightly-chilled in a weizen glass.

A: reddish brown to bright russet in colour; the hissing beer head comes extremely reluctantly, after force-pour it still manages to build up to 0.5cm only; very elegant, gentle and constant streams of carbonation.
S: brown-sugary and caramely maltiness dominates the nose, suggesting plenty of preserved dark fruits, mainly black dates and dried longan fruits, dragging a faint roasty tinge of dark malts as well as honeyish sweetness at the tail.
T: a smooth and softly-carbonated flow of semi-sweet amber+caramely malts hits the palate, slightly bready and pleasantly chewy in texture; quietly a faintly sour-sweet edge of pineapple(!!)+longan-fruit like fruity flavour along with a very mild chocolatey hint prevails, towards a residual sweet aftertaste of dark malts. Alas, the finish doesn't see enough hops or necessary bitterness to balance off the sweet foretaste.
M&D: quite refreshing for a 7.2%abv. double bock, much lighter in texture and body than other samples I've tried. Overall it suffers a bit from a lack of focus and a richer flavour profile, but this is a very quaffable double bock to me. Very easy-drinking despite its alc. strength.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark ruby red with an initial half-inch head of rocky light-tan froth. Good malty aroma of toasted bread-crusts, faintly toffeeish. Excellent maltiness: bready, with moderate caramel and perhaps a touch of chocolate. Emphasis is solidly on the malt, with low bitterness keeping this a fairly sweet example of the style. Finishes on a decidedly sweet note. Carbonation seems a bit low; it may be the swing-top cap, as I've had bad luck with them lately. In any case, it gives a bit too watery a mouthfeel to my taste.

Very tasty dopplebock, one that stands out well among the excellent versions available in the US.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a way cool .5L swing top bottle to a big glass stein. The liquid is a light brown semi cloudy color with a few faint orange and red highlights. The dead is small and fades quickly to nothing. Cool looking bottle, nice art, Just average looking beer.

The small is nice lightly roasted malt and Carmel.

The taste is ok at best, given what's in the keller I will be glad when I can open the next beer. This one tastes of Carmel and little chocolate but not real special. A faint coffee not or two. Kind of sweet and syrupy but thin.

Mouthfeel is not that great, thin and watery carbonation but not much going on

Drinkability is ok, but I was glad that is was over. If you were forced to drink Makro Swill all day, when you come home you would be glad this was in your fridge. But we're not so be glad there are better choices out there. I am saddened that this had to make such a long trip not to be loved. To much energy was spent they could have sent better. Basicaly they did not care, They should have. End rant. MK

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Photo of AltBock
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle with a unique swing top cap. Around the cap was strip of sticky paper with a nice big Stein at the top and a big 12 point buck with a vine of leaves around him and a German saying at the bottom. The main label was really nice. That had two big bucks fighting over land or females in the forest during a beautiful sunset or sunrise. I found the label a bit unusual because most German doppelbocks have goats (bocks in German) on the label not deer. That's ok it's a nice label. The back label had no date but had a piece of art with some Germans? partying at a shack in the mountains during the middle ages?. Below that picture was the Govt. warning. They really put some effort into their bottle presentation.

Appearance: When poured into a Pilsener glass, the beer was nice dark brown color with ruby highlights and a small skim of white foam. It dissipated away quite fast leaving very little rings and no sticky lace around the glass. At least it had a good doppelbock color, but the head of foam was disappointing. It's too bad that head of foam wasn't as big as the rack on the deer that was on the label.

Smell: The aroma wasn't as rich as I would have liked, but it was still good for a German Dopplebock. The smell was light in toasted malt, sweet caramel, and with a hint of dark fruits in the background. Not the most complex Doppelbocks I've smelled, but still good.

Taste: Basically it tasted like it smelled. There was plenty of toasted malt in the beginning, then comes the sweet caramel and the hint of dark fruits. What separates the taste from the smell, was that at the end of the taste comes the kick of alcohol. At least the alcohol was too overpowering, but you can still notice it. Overall a nice above average German Doppelbock taste.

Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, little carbonation, and with a slight aftertaste of alcohol. Well, at least the alcohol didn't kick or stab like the 12 point buck on the neck label.

Drinkability: Overall a nice above average German Doppelbock that I might consider buying again. If they put more into the beer like they did with the label, then this would be a kick-ass Doppelbock that would rival Celebrator. :-)

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Photo of jaluria
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown color with virtually no head and only the slightest bit of carbonation; making the beer appear flat. Aromas of plums, raisins, roasted malt, syrup, and bark were detectable. The taste was full of malt and fruit flavors; quite sweet with a smoothness normal for this style. Somewhat bread-like in texture with a rich and creamy finish. Quite tastey and enjoyable, but definitely needs more carbonation, unless I just got a flat bottle.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-amber. Foamy head reduces to a very thin skin quickly, and all but disappeared soon after. Very slow carbonation. No lace.

Smells of sweet, robust malts, and ripened dark fruits such as plums and prunes.

Delicious. Very malty flavor with an essence of brandy. Alcohol is felt but warming, not cloying. Chocolate and caramel flavors zing through upon further sipping. Not too sweet.

Feels velvety smooth in the mouth with a mild fizziness. Reminds me of barleywine in this aspect.

A very easy sipper, delicious by itself or as an after-dinner dessert.

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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 367 ratings
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