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

This was a dopple bock I could consistently get in the BX over in germany, so it always had a slight soft spot in my heart, but certainally not amongst my top picks. But these guys would market 4-bottle variety pack & I dug that

Pours chestnut with a 1" white head. Slight lacing and head retention

Smell: Rich maltiness. some fruitiness

Taste: Big malt, fruitiness, peppery spice and hints of licorice. Dry
fruitty & alcohol on the finish

MF: Chewy and balanced, slight under carbonation. Got a good pop when I hit the swing top, so don't think that was a factor

Very drinkable, the 7.2 abv doesn't factor too much. This actually tasted fresher than most samples (most weren't refrigerated) I drank in GE, go figure. Maybe alittle to light for the style, but not by much. Give this a shot

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

Appearance - A clear dark copper with red tone. The carbonation provides a good creamy head to start which recedes to a thin uniform layer that covers the surface. Very little lacing in my stein.

Smell - Very mild and clean. Some sweet maltiness but not a lot to pick-up.

Taste - sweet maltiness in the start with a light rum-nut-fruit flavour and yet a clean finish. Low bitterness and aftertaste in the finish.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy on the palate with medium body. Low carbonation makes it very drinkable but a little flat half way through the pint.

Drinkability - very drinkable and I could easily have another. This is a very good beer. I just wish it had a little more carbonation.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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 Jason
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown flip-top bottle with no freshness date from HDT Importers Inc.

Appearance: Deep reddish brown hue with a glowing clarity. Thin on the head … minimal stickage on the glass.

Smell: Earthy malt with sweet melanoidin aromas. Hint of spice in the alcohol and faint herbal hop as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very creamy with a battle between the crispness and a slickness in the full malty body. Fresh brown bread, pumpernickel crust and almost caramel malt flavor. Suggestions of black tea and chicory in the back. Touch of alcohol warms the mouth. Hops smooth things out with just enough to balance, finishes with a toasted malt sweetness that is not cloying at all.

Drinkability & Notes: Quite complex with a delicious readiness to it. I don’t know whether to sip this or quaff it … then the malt and alcohol reminds me it is a bigger brew. Went very well with the buffalo burger with mild cheddar on a bulky roll.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bottle with a beautiful label, it'll be a damn shame when I have to wash it off to reuse the bottle.
The appearance is a decent mahogany color without a trace of head and a small amount of carbonation.
The aroma is roasted malts, plums, and a little bit of raisins.
The taste is sweet with a small amount of hop bite to it; followed by a slight, make that very slight, chocolate hint to it.
Decent mouth feel, but this is very thin with little carbonation.
Overall this is very drinkable, light yet flavorful. Not too much to think about here, just an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal brown body with tan resistant 3-finger head, some nice laces, nuts, malt, milk chocolate & caramel in aroma. Taste from sweet nutty malt to modest hop, rather dry & metallic. Light bitter & nutty palate. Easy to drink, easy to haze. Outstanding doppelbock!

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Photo of ThirdGen
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into my snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown with a nice tan colored head. Color changes to a beautiful, deep red when held to the light. The head doesn't stay around for long. There seems to be little carbonation present.

S - A bit of alcohol right at first, not very harsh but present. Now that I'm passed that I'm smelling a lot of dark roast, or chocolate. May be some dark fruits as well.

T/M - Very smooth, little carbonation and goes down extremely easily. I can't detect any of the alcohol that I smelled at first (which is an accomplishment at 7.2% ABV). Bread, chocolate, and the fruit come through that first appear in the aroma. The aftertaste certainly leaves you wanting more, this is a very enjoyable beer. As it warms there is a much more apparent sweetness and malt character to it.

D - This is delicious, goes down easy, and was a great decision for my first beer of this style.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this doppelbock about this time last year. A good brew to (hopefully) close off the winter...

Pours a rich, dark ruby - lovely when held to the light. Despite an aggressive pour, only about a half inch of head that quickly dissolved into a ring. A few flecks of lacing.

The nose is nutty and malts, with a touch of dark fruit and spice. Pumpernickel bread, caramel, and booze round things off.

Sweet caramel and chestnuts up front, then a fruity, spicy finish. A bit of warming alcohol creeps in here, but the taste of it isn't unpleasant. Rich, yet easy to drink. Definitely a sipper - hearty and delicious.

Thick carbonation, with a medium-thick body. Slighty creamy, chewy.

A great doppelbock, definitely one to keep in mind for cold winter/spring evenings. Might have to pick up a bottle or two for the cellar.

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Photo of SebD
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark amber colour to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasty malts with some dark fruit and a caramely sweetness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice dark fruit sweetness with caramely notes, bready and roasty malts, spices and a very light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice sweet balance and flavor.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of John
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep ruby color. Fair/decent head following a vigorous pour. Aroma consists of dark ripe fruit, toasted caramel, molasses and chocolate. The flavors are intensifying as this warms. More pronounced are the chocolate malt and dark fruits, which have become more defined...prune-like. Alcohol warms the throat. A good doppelbock will leave you feeling as if you've just had a treat, and this one is no exception. Very nice.

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Photo of Mit
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a pours a dark ruby colour with decent head. Nice lacing on the glass.

s-very sweet, dark malts and dark fruits dominate the bouquet. Slight nutty flavour.

t-Hmmm doughy tastes, malts, the dark fruits and malts come to the fore. Nice alcohol finish.

m-Thicker in keeping with higher abv.

d-quite drinkable despite the high abv and sweetness.

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Photo of loren01
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown color, slight head that disspiates quickly
S: Smell is sweet and malty, brown sugar/molasses slight yeast scent
T: Sweet and malty all the way!! Hides the alcohol pretty well, slight hop bitterness at the end
M: Pretty flat, lack of carbonation...medium bodied beer
D: I dig the cool flip top bottle on this one. The beer is also outstanding...I love dopplebocks and this one for sure did not dissapoint.

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Photo of Shiredave
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 brewskier
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a fliptop Grolsch-style bottle (Love the antler-clashing label!) into a pint glass. Speckled sandy brown foam. Dark chestnut brown beer, with some nice golden highlights. Fairly hazy.

Pungent woodsy aroma, with some distinct nutty scents as well. Crisp and bracing, a hint of woodsmoke seems nice for winter.

Flavor is very richly malty, full of sweet brown bread, molasses, and hazelnut. Carob and a spicy hint of nutmeg and cloves are also present, and a nice caramel finish rounds it out. Would go well with either a reuben (or even just a block of nutty Swiss) or bread pudding.

Mouthfeel is hearty, with only a mild effervescence to break it up. Finishes fairly clean, however.

This is a versatile beer, with a robustness that would pair well with a number of foods, but it is not overpowering like some dopples. Smooth and rich, it goes down quite easily. Its alcohol over 7% could sneak up on you, though. A really nice dopplebock.

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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 dar482
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer offers rich malt complexity with chewy whole grain, toasted malts, caramel sweetness, some dark fruits, a light hop bitterness. Onto a crisp lager finish and a medium plus mouthfeel.

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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 SLeffler27
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark auburn with lots of carbonation clinging to the pilsner glass, while a dark beige head rises half an inch before quickly fading, leaving a trace of lace.

Sweet malt with notes of brandy. The background contains raisins, dates, and possibly some cherry.

Fruity and earthy with overripe cantaloupe. This one is very sweet with plums and no significant finish.

A medium body with lively carbonation and a touch of alcohol. The texture is velvety and there is a sticky, residual left on the lips.

Sit and sip while enjoying a rib-eye. This one takes me back to crisp Thanksgiving days on my Grandfather’s porch -- he with a cigar and me with a healthy piece of pumpkin pie.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of CanuckRover
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark copper, a thick tan head recedes quickly. Some spotty lacings, but nothing noteworthy.

Cinnamon laced fruit with some candied nuts in the aroma.

True to smell, loads of typical malt flavours. Rye bread, light caramel notes, jammy dark fruit, faint spice. Very tasty.

The mouthfeel is great, incredibly smooth and creamy for a lager. Moreover, this is dangerously drinkable, the strength is incredibly well-hidden.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool swing top bottle poured into pint glass.

A: deep brown purpleish hue with a thin and dense off white head, good amount of lacing, a cm of head retains throughout drink. Somewhat murky.

S: candied grapes, molasses, caramel, and other sweet malty notes with hints of chocolate in there as well. Smells very sweet, but something tells me that the sweetness will be well balanced. We shall see...

T: the sweet malts show up again, a little more restrained than on the nose, grape and molasses are the two biggest notes I'm picking up. Towards the finish, there is more of a caramel/presence and a nice balanced finish. Not a whole lot of hop character present, but I'm amazed at how well the sweetness is balanced.

MF: medium carbonation, medium body, velvety texture

D: this is a great example of the style. The problem I run in to with Doppelbocks is cloying sweetness. This one does a great job at balancing the flavors making for a drinkable brew with fairly well hidden abv.

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Photo of farrago
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big initial foam, settles swiftly down to a thin coating of off-white cream across the surface, no real lacing. Mahogany brown with strong red and lesser yellow tints, closer to transparency than opacity. Milk chocolate, rum raisin ice cream, molasses sweeten the nose immediately, finds balance in accents of rye bread, wheat, brazil nuts and almond slivers, while allowing for fig, date, plum fruit scents, stays full a good long while without getting tiring. Medium-bodied, active carbonation adds sizzle to the mouth entry so you can take more time to adjust to the newfound sweet thing swirling about your tongue. Probably less thick and syrupy than many any Doppelbock beers, not to say there's a paucity of caramel, brown sugar, chocolate goodness, same for the plum, date, fig, maraschino cherry fruit flavors. Here you get less of that rye, pumpernickel bread bite yet it's definitely there alongside unshucked corn, raw nuts and a soft yeastiness. Wouldn't call this chuggable per se but you can throw it back at a steady pace. Which, of course, is always a good thing.

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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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