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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 peensteen
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cola brown/ruby red colour, almost 2 finger of tan head, some lace. Smell is of dark bready malt, brown sugar, chocolate and hints of roast and coffee, some darker fruits, raisins, nice yeasty presence as well. Taste is quite sweet up front and almost unpleasant, once the sweetness subsides dark fruit and bread comes through, chocolate, coffee in the finish, some astringency as well, alcohol is quite noticeable at points. Tastes better about halfway through than it did at first. Light-med carb, full body, syrupy and sticks to your palate. For a style that I have started to gain lots of appreciation for in the last little while this offering is fairly mediocre, great nose but the taste leaves lots to be desired, average drinkability but wont be seeking this out again.

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Photo of jpwild240
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened with quite an unexpected 'pop'. Immedately a subtle but sweet barley scent grazed my nose. The beer was poured into a pint glass. Very little head, left with a faint drizzle of lace around the outside.
Color is a dark burnt caramel. Very few bubbles, but the ones that do come up are large and rise very quickly. Worth a note.

When in the glass, the scent is surprisingly subtle.
Smell: Slight hint of raw soy and subtle raisen smell. Hops present, but not loud.
Hmm! Very refreshing doppelbock! Crisper and lighter than I'm used to (Samuel Adams is my doppel bock of choice.) Believe it or not, when it first hits your mouth you almost get an instant feeling like ice cold milk... the mouthfeel is thick, like milk but the taste is light, a dichotomy. Obviously, very very little carbonation in the mouth.
Aftertaste is unique...has a slight woody characteristic about it with just the tiniest bit of sweetness that hangs in the sides of the back of your mouth. It's different from most doppelbocks, but I don't have the vocabulary yet to describe it better. This is my first review.

As far as drinkability goes, it's a doppelbock and pretty much meant to be sipped, but I find that the light taste (for a doppelbock) makes it more prone to being drank a little faster, but the consistency and mouthfeel pull back on the reins.

I would probably enjoy this beer more if it had a little more carbonation and just a little bit more of a kick in the mouth... but what do I know, I like extreme beers :)

BTW thanks to you who read this review. I'm new, so go easy on me. BeerAdvocate.Com means alot to me and I'm completely honored to be able to take a part in contributing to the site. Respect beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark amber 500 mL bottle at New Year's Eve tasting. One of my least favorite for the evening (although I liked the label of the two bucks ramming antlers into each other). Okay carbonation and head rentention. A hint of chocolate and caramel scents, not a great aftertaste. Very average.

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

Kind of a prune juice brown with a very weak, fleeting head. The aroma is that prune-like doppelbock aroma that many doppels have and plenty of sweet malt. The flavor is mostly brown sugar and caramel. There’s not a lot of complexity in this one. It’s a bit on the flat side. While not being all that great, it’s also not all that bad.

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

Hinge top bottle, pours light brown color with fairly weak head. Aroma is also pretty light with some sweet maltyness. Medium body mouthfeel could use more carbonation to hide some of the slick sweet maltyness. Taste is a bit of toasted grainy malt but somwhat on the sweet and fruity side. Not a bad doublebock but a bit too syrupy sweet for my taste.

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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 EatsTacos
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruby amber with a soft head

Aroma is caramel malt with dark fruits: cherries, plums, raisins and some black licorice

The taste is very sweet all the way through. Fruity again, with cherries and raisins. The maltiness is very pronounced, caramelly and sugary. Not very balanced at all, and too sweet for my palate.

Good mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Not extremely drinkable and I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one foamed up like crazy. The head was kind of loose but went down slowly and laced the glass. The body was brown and seemed kind of thin though.

Smell – There’s the classic doppelbock aromas. The toasted malt and toffee/caramel came out nicely. Did I finally find a good ale from Der Hirschbrau?

Taste – Not quite. The taste was a real disappointment. The toasted malt was there, but the sugars wimped out and the offering took on a wimpy, water, flavor.

Mouthfeel – This was horrible. It was flat and unappealing.

Drinkability – If you know and love doppelbock, this is not for you.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Short review today.

Appearance - Pours a murky and quite unattractive brown. No head and little lacing.

Smell - Sour funk and light malt. Plum fruits.

Taste - A light and springy fruitful doppelbock.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light bodied, fruity.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a dark leathery brown, tinged with ruby when held to light. Good clarity. No head at all. The aroma is pleasant enough. Rich, caramelized malt, some nuttiness and roasted malt qualities. Smooth and nicely lagered. Fairly clean. Some notes of plum and fig. Sweet, sweet caramel and molasses malt right up front. Hints of brown sugar. Latent notes of fig and plum ride into the finish. Negligible hops, just an earthy, wooden undertone in the finish. A bit of hazelnut. The mouthfeel is initially brief, but thickens later with syrupy molasses. Very, very soft carbonation, I thought it had gone flat on the first couple sips. Nice enough, but I'd like something with a bit more presence. No noticable alcohol. Alright, but I've had better.

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Photo of heinekenike
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured ruby brown with just about zero head--there was a tiny tannish crescent along one third of the glass, and it quickly dissipated.

Taste was pretty nice for a doppel, not as much roasted flavor as say Salvator but malty with a nice hint of vanilla. Seemed a little flat, but I may try it again if convinced it's a brand-new bottle.

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Photo of janubio
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

500 ml. bottle, porus a small brown head, amber colour. Smells of caramel, chocolate, banana and dark fruits, with hints of vanilla. Very sweet palate, though I found the body too light. Taste of dark fruits, chocolate, xerry or port wine and a hint of coffee in the end, though it keeps the sweetness.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark color, mahogany at best. Thick fat foam, no head/lace. Sweet malt aroma, caramel, and cane sugar, maybe plums on the nose. Taste is sweet malt flavor with tones of dark fruit, a bit bready flavor. Easy to drink and it hides the alcohol very nice. Nothing overwhelming with this brew. Average at best.

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

served in brown 19.9 oz fliptop bottle. rustic, homemade-looking label.

what a disappontment. poured very flat. no head at all. just didn't hold up with the carbonation, which hurt the appearance and mouthfeel. a chocolatey brown color. thin body. taste of chocolate, fruity esters. not pruney at all like a lot of other doppels.
overall, quite a disappointment.

i much prefer the tucher bajuvator for a traditional german doppelbock.

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Photo of paterlodie
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before17-10-05. Poors in ok but not to much foam cause of low carbonisation. Stays quiet well and has whiteyellow color. Beercolor is darkbrown anc clear. Not to much to smell also; some caramelmalt, buttery/diacethyl and litle yeastesters. Taste is malty, sweet, caramel and hints of roast. Going into (a litle hanging) bitterness rapidly. Drinkable but have the feeling this is not the best one they brought out. Can't imagine this buttersmell is wanted. Will give it a new try and hopefully get a better brew next time.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a decent, white foam-head about a finger deep. Fades quickly and spottily, leaving an okay collar. No real cling. Beer is penny copper in color; slightly luminous. Aroma starts very sweet with more caramel than toffee; then a butteriness lacking a biscuit/bread backbone; and finally strong acridity in the sinus. There is little "body" to the nosefeel: the aromas skim across the top of the nasal cavity without filling it. Flavor starts off cloyingly sweet but is quickly pushed aside by a very minerally body, like limestone and butter (seriously!). Then the acridness returns and really lingers. Not necessarily unpleasant flavors but they are not well-balanced. Thin, prickly, somehow greasy mouthfeel is very, very twangy; slightly sweet aftertaste. Drinkability starts out okay, but is impaired by the imbalances and my growing disinterest. At least the alcohol is well-disguised. Not awful, but nowhere even near worth the $5.50 I paid for a 1/2 liter bottle.

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Photo of drmeto
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

-molasses and licorish upfront
-low carbonation (style-specific)
-slight alcohol warming
-caramel ,toffee and very bready finish

o.k. One ,but i like my Doppelbocks with more of a dark fruit taste

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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 Matthew
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served out of a 22oz bottle. Pours a brownish color, when held up to the light there is a very present reddish color. Small frothy white head that disapears quickly. Smells sweet, slightly nutty and has a caramel smell. The taste up front is pleasant with a bready malt character and a sweet nutty flavor that matches its aroma. Taste turns from smooth nutty caramel to a slight bitter biting taste. Not the smoothest Dopplebock I've had by any means but its not bad either. The mouthfeel is heavy and matches the style for the most part. I would possibly consider trying it again.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice deep ruby brown color.Little or no carbonation and certainly no head to speak of.Malty aroma-somewhat vinuous.Treacle like.Malt sweetness dominates the flavor.Treacle like in tatse as well.Burnt currants.Ok mouthfeel-I like em a bit chewier myself.A decent enough beer to try-theres better ones out there.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass swing-top Euro-generic bottle, green/brown on yellow label

Appearance: reddish brown color, small off-white head, minor lacing

Smell: malt, yeast, herbs, spices, alcohol

Taste: full body, creamy mouth feel, toasted malt, hops, alcohol, fruitness

Notes: just an average brew

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Photo of Hampton73
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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 blackie
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Produces a thin white head when poured from the swing-top bottle. Color is a medium-dark brown with a hint of red showing through.

Smells of toasted sweet malt and a spattering of light hops. More malt sweetness is present than anything else. Some hints of caramel and maybe some plums and cherries.

Carbonation is moderate and the beer is medium to medium heavy in body.

The malt is there in body, but does not really come through in the flavor. Light caramel flavors and not really any hops worth noting. There is an astringent and metallic like aftertaste to this beer that really detracts from the drinking experience.


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