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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 BeerAndFilm
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Tomesco
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark amber color. Kind of murky looking. Leaves a small white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Smells of dark fruits, raisins, some caramel, and malts.

T: Tastes pretty much just like it smells. Nicely balanced, has a little bit of hoppiness to it as well.

M: Medium-bodied, kind of creamy as well. Good amount of carbonation.

O: Good doppelbock, although there isn't really anything in this beer that "wows" me. Tastes kind of like Raisin Bran, which isn't a bad thing. Awesome bottle art, too.

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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 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 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 Jazzfan333
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 500 ml swing top bottle into a pilsner glass. No freshness/“best by” information on the bottle.

Appearance - Gorgeous dark brown with hints of ruby red/burgundy. Nice carbonation with 3 finger off-white head. Head recedes fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell – This is a complete malt bomb - dark bread, caramel and raisins.

Taste - Very sweet, bready malts and dark fruits – raisins, plums. Initially (cold) the alcohol is almost completely hidden and all you are left with is the wonderfully complex malts. As the beer warms, the alcohol becomes a bit more apparent in the nose and in the taste. However, the alcohol actually serves as a nice counterbalance to the sweetness from the malts. Little or no hop presence at all.

Mouthfeel – Nice/ample carbonation for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth and is one of the real strengths of the beer.

Drinkability - Initially the alcohol at 7.2 % ABV is almost completely masked. This is a smooth drinking beer and although the alcohol does come through a bit more as the beer warms, it does not hurt its drinkability. It would be easy to consume several of these beers in succession in spite of the ABV and its richness.

Conclusion – This is a high quality authentic German Doppelbock – rich, complex and satisfying. You can virtually taste the history behind this beer as you drink it. I would definitely buy it if it was available in my area. It would be particularly nice to drink as a fall seasonal.

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

I'm not going to lie, I bought this beer solely for the bottle that I could re-use for homebrewing. It was either this or Grolsch, but I'm happy that I went with my choice.

Appearance: Dark, mahogany brown.

Smell: Sweet malt and noticeable alcohol

Taste: Chewy malt from the start, fading to sweetness with a "barnyard" aftertaste. This aftertaste is like how newly harvested grains and cow shit smell, and to my surprise this is not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Very rich and smooth

Drinkability: Hides its ABV well. Not something that I'd session, but two or possibly three would be enjoyable.

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Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich brown. Mostly diminishing head.

Chaulky nose, quite dry, with fragrances of plums, toffee, almonds and herbs.

Chewy malts along with a big body. Notes of hazelnut, caramel, cream, plums, mixed nuts and currants. Nice juicy malty sweetness. Flavorful brew.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby brown with minimal head and a thin wisp of lace. Smells of a rich caramel. Toffee, raisin, plum and a bit af alcohol in the nose. Tatses of a rich caramel. Also has some raisin and plum. A bit of alcohol and a nice hop bitterness that doesn't linger much. Minimal carbonation. A bit thick and syrupy but still crisp and refreshing - nicely lagered. Very easy drinking for a doppel. A nice buy at $2.99.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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 TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent amount of dark tan head, with a clean dark ruby red looking body. Lacing doesn't hardly stick, but the head lasts a good bit.

The smell is of faint cherry, maple, and perhaps caramel.

The taste is light, and has a cherry chocolate like flavor, with a slight herbal finish.

MF is pretty good. It's a bit crisper and less syrupy than other doppels. The alcohol is masked and makes this an easy drinking dopplebock.

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Photo of jonb5
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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 jtw5877
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most obvious thing about this beer is the cool bottle, another great find at my local farm market that decided to become a craft beer store, no complaints here. pours a medium brown with a small tan head, chocolatey malty nose with a medium bodied malty taste. Not the most overpowering of the style, but a keeper none the less.

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Photo of eberesford
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reddish brown, thin head modest lacing

Toffee, yeast, bread on the nose

Toffee, banana, burnt caramel, slightly acid finish to a very smooth pallet. Very restrained hop bitterness. Very drinkable

Full mouth with moderate carbonation.

Good overall, complex yet easily drinkable, rich malt sweetness not cloying.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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 beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull marzen with a good clarity and a whipped-frothy beach sand colored head that was compact, though fairly sturdy. A strong showering of carbonation is observed within. The head levels off to a thin skim coating providing a light touch of stickage.

S: A light, semi-dry caramel malting is picked up on the nose. There is a nice flowery hopping with a sense of toasted grains as well.

T: The flavor opens up with a good deal of toasty grains that was dry and complimented by a dry flowery hopping. A bit of dried apple peels, some dried leaves, and a touch of dried citrus grind is also picked up on. The finish finds a nice dry touch of toasty grains with a moderate flowery hop appeal that provides a nice lingering fade.

M: A fairly thick and full bodied mouthful with some resistance on the tongue. Really smooth texture with not a lot of carbonation picked up despite its strong visual appeal. A soft dry and spicy alcohol fade is left behind.

D: Drinkability was fair per style. Malty with a good presence of hops on the close that suits this well. Worthy of a single purchase.

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Photo of rodrot
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear chestnut brown color with a tiny head that didn't stick around. Unfortunately, I think that the swingtop bottle this beer comes in doesn't do a good job of providing an airtight seal. The aroma was slightly sweet and malty with whiffs of caramel in the nose. Taste was also malty, but it was also quite fruity with a little bit of hop bite in the finish. Overall, this beer was rather thin in the mouthfeel and seemed like it was lacking something. This is one of the more disappointing doppelbocks that I've had.

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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 TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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 corby112
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark ruby/chestnut brown color with dark mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy off-white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.

Caramel malt aroma that is slightly roasty with hints of toffee, bready yeast, chocolate and subtle hops.

Silky mouthfeel with a very pleasant caramel malt profile and hints of milk chocolate, toffee, hazelnut, dark fruit and a subtle dry hop finish. Also, there is a good bit of bready yeast giving this beer a nice feel without it being watered down. Slightly spicy with hints of clove and sweet alcohol. The sweetness overtakes the silky malt feel a bit but still pretty good.

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Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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