Doppel-Hirsch | Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss

Doppel-HirschDoppel-Hirsch
BA SCORE
3.85/5
367 Ratings
Doppel-HirschDoppel-Hirsch
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
Germany
hirschbraeu.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 10-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,502
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
367
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
4.24
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
27
Trade:
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Ratings: 367 |  Reviews: 237
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Antnyd82
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of RevCraig
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of plickxt
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of WesWes
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a translucent dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a creamy malt scent that boasts of roasted barley and crystal malts; very sweet smelling. The taste is great as well. It has a rich, sweet, and toastey malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes creamy. It has a slight warmth to it, but nothing too bad. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine Doppelbock. It has excellent flavor and aroma; a good sessions brew.

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Photo of MacStinson
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of e-MoNeY
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of BeerQuebec
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of warlust
4.48/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is a real doppelbock that is rich in flavor. The mouth feel is thick and malty. The smell is that of over ripe fruit. The taste is similar to the smell yet it finishes like a lager without the hops. I love all bock beers especially doppelbock so I can say with out a doubt this beer is going into my top 10.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle comes in a old -fashioned snap top..like all the Hirsch brews I have tasted
Pours a deep dark brown.very slightly hazy..head is small and dissapates to a fine lace quickly.
the scent of this beer is great i just love the malts and the hoppiness..great.
very buttery but not too sweet taste..creamy even..a slight warming hint of alcohol..delicious.
Feels good in the mouth just right.
quite drinkable i could have a few of these most cold nights.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer. Glad to have gotten it from Let's Pour. Poured at a good temperature with a decent light tan head that soon settled down and a bit of lace. Color is a clear amber cherry with some bubble trails. Aroma is a pleasing blend of toffee, caramel, malt, roast, fruit. Flavor's much like nose plus coffee, toast, and just enough bitter and carbonic tang to balance. Body is great while carbonation is perhaps a touch light. Finish is average length and very easy drinking although after a bit some booze comes thru. Wish I could get more.

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Photo of WoogityBoogity
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep amber brown body. Excellent clarity. Pours large creamy head that quickly dissipates. Almost no lacing.

S - Strong malts with melanoidins present. Slight toasty note. A hop presence is detectable (Noble?). No fruity esters, chocolate, or 'burned' aroma.

T - Sweet malt presence with toasty flavor. Ever slight presence of chocolate. Slight pale finish is hidden by toasty notes. Alcohol flavor minimal with dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation. Low astringency.

O - Strong, rich, sweet lager. A very textbook example of a German Doppelbock.

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NOTES: Paid around $4.20 for this half-liter bottle with flip top - a solid value in my opinion if you are looking for an excellent German Doppelbock.

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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 bloberglawp
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brownish red, little head and no lace. G<Huge malt aroma, some caramelised candy, walnut and alcohol in the nose.

Flavor, lots of melanoïd malty goodness, a firm but non-descript (other than maybe a little spicy/earthy) hop bitterness to balance the malt, a fair bit of alcohol warming that only makes the beer even better.

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Photo of Braz
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at The Soup Cellar in Leavenworth, WA, flip top bottle. Explosive pour. Ruby brown with giant bubbly tan head. Strong smells of fruity malt and alcohol. Quite a bit of malt sweetness and rather creamy. Very warming, definately a big beer. Towards the end it was a bit rich. I loved it but don't think I could drink two.

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Photo of K7M
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Clydesdale
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, clear, dark brown/mahogany color. The tan head is tall, with a fairly dense and foamy texture. Retention is solid, and a few sudsy rings of lacing cover the inside of the glass.

S: Some modest caramelized malt aromas. Quite distinctly fruity - vibrant notes of sweet apple and cherry, with some darker fruit aromas as well. A faint sort of musty/tangy scent is also detectable. A mild herbal hop note is present.

T: Firmly malty up front, with caramel/honeyish sweetness. Definitely a bit toasty as well. More darkly fruity in flavor, with notes of plum and overripe cherries. A mild balancing hop bite is accompanied by a spicy, almost peppery note. A slight hint of alcohol makes itself know at times but remains mostly concealed.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is light and creamy. A bit sticky-sweet, but not cloying. Somewhat dry and modestly alcoholic into the finish.

D: While this is obviously a sweet, malty beer given the style, I'm impressed by the fruity and spicy character this doppelbock has. A surprisingly fruity, perky nose in particular scores this one some points.

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Photo of Shaneox
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattmaples
4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Redish Brown in color, this Doppelbock look more like a Salvator then an Optimator. It has a nice body to it but it could be better. Although it doesn't have the richness of an Optimator it have a beautifully deep and complex malt. Small bitter to balance and a nice little fruityness. All and all a good upstanding Doppel.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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 sponberg
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep red-copper, maybe a mahogany. I'd love to have hardwood floors this color. Aroma is like a decoction malt heaven - sweet malt-o-plenty. Head disperses quickly, leaving little lace.

Deep sip - ahh! A sweetish decocted malt attack consisting of dark caramel-dipped fruit (figs? dates?), with some maple and pumpernickel flavors. Distant underlying noble hoppiness to balance. Almost criminally drinkable for the strength as the body is deceptively light for a doppelbock. Aftertaste is like a caramel apple sandwich on pumpernickel. Which, oddly enough, is a signature I look to - and love to - find in a good doppel.

A very nice effort - not nearly as chewy as an Andechs or a Paulaner, but eminently more drinkable for it. A couple of liters of this would leave me a happy boy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clear mahogany body is capped by a short head of dense tan foam which fades away shortly but maintains a creamy collar and initially leaves some minor spotty lace. Although the nose is somewhat restrained and lacks the rich Munich malts found in many examples (ie. Optimator); it is fairly complex with a gentle touch of fruit (apple, soft prune, mild background cherry), deeply caramelized sugars, and a waft of mineral character. In the mouth it's very fine carbonation gently tingles the tongue; thinning and smoothing out the medium/just-bordering-on-full body. The flavor delivers some light fruit upfront; followed by a rich, deeply toasted and caramelized molasses-like maltiness as it warms across the palate. The bitterness is quite evident beneath the malt at this point - suggesting that it will finish bone dry - yet it oddly fades away as the sweet but deeply toasted malt steps forward to linger on the palate. It's crisp and refreshing then as the malt erodes and some dark fruit steps back in; leaving an impressive and complex finish! A very unique Doppelbock that holds enough malt to satisfy, and is exceptionally well-balanced. The alcohol is very well-hidden; and except for the fact that it does eventually hit you, this is a really drinkable doppelbock. Most impressive!

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Photo of mishi_d
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of czfreeman
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 GoBrewOrGoHome
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- copper/amber color, crystal clear big foamy head that doesn't last long
S- big malt, sweet, worty, bready, hints of alcohol,
T- warm alcohol but not at all overwhelming, low hop bitterness, very malty, very sweet
M- thick body, very dextrine's, low carbonation, mouth coating
D- wonderful beer, big malty character that suits the style, great representation of a doppelbock

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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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