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 SmasNadroj
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My dad brought me this beer from black mountain, NC. I got off work early and figured I'd celebrate with a bier review. I'm certain I've seen doppel hirsch before but I've never had it before

Poured out of a .5 L swingtop into my trusty Corsendonk tulip glass (shut up, real men drink from tulips). It looks good at first, a vibrant reddish brown color with a solid finger of head that dissipates to average foam. Lacing has no cling to it, runs down to nothingness in a few seconds. I was expecting a bit more out of the head when it poured so well...

The bouquet is rich, sweet malt and wheat bread crust with a hint of ruby port wine. Smells more alcoholic than the labeled 7.2%

It tastes like an abbey brown, but maltier than most. Hints of raison and blackberry are present behind the strong flavors of port and bread crust. The aftertaste seems like its going to fizzle out but it makes a strong comeback on the tongue after a few seconds. I almost wish it had around 8.5 or 9 percent alcohol, I think that would push it over.

It feels a bit biscuity and dry- in a good way. I really like this one, I'm sad I haven't picked it up before. The dryness can be a bit overwhelming for the inexperienced beer drinker, and some might call it "thick," which its not, evident by the minor lacing and magical vanishing head.

Definitely worth picking up. It would go really well with venison, elk or any other wild game for that matter- even has the bad ass deer on the label to prove it! (What is it with germans and deer?)


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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served into an Snifter glass.Enjoyed on feb´11
Pours dark copper in color crowned by a dense & close (small bubbles) yellowish white thick layer froth.Unfortunately doesn´t last.On nose dark fruit & sherry aromas with bready notes.On palate a crispy caramel overall.Alcohol mouthfeel, sweet not bothering warm.Well balanced malts & hops.Sweet hoppy aftertaste.Very good drinkability.Makes me remember an italian vermouth wine.

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Photo of jcance
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a .5L bottle from local Trinkgut. It was placed among the rest of the stronger and more quality-looking beers just to the right of the entrance, with rows of singles instead of the standard "grab a crate or pull one out of the crate in front" situation. I was unfamiliar with most of the beers (though a couple were produced by larger breweries known for other beers) so I looked mainly for high alcohol content brews of styles that I'm fond of. Ended up taking home mostly doppelbocks with a few exceptions (IPA's and imperial stouts don't seem to be that big in Germany, sadly).

I opened this one first as it looked promising, and since it displayed a "World Beer Cup Gold Award" from 2012 I figured it should be able to stand its ground without being chilled. It certainly did, but I wouldn't say I was blown away by this one.

The first thing I would point out is the sweetness. It is excessive to say the least - *almost* to the point of unpleasantness. Luckily the rest of the qualities of the beer save the experience. The malt has good flavor and is obviously of quality. The mouthfeel is quite smooth, and goes down without argument. There is otherwise nothing in particular about the flavor that stands out. It is very balanced, everything tastes right, but nothing makes me say "wow." A very pleasant beer and if I did not detesst sweetness as much as I do, it would be a great one. The caramel notes in the malt paired with its smooth, gentle texture might be very appealing to some. I may buy this again if I need something to pair with shortbread or some other mildly sweet dessert, or something milk based. It has qualities somewhat akin to coffee were all bitterness removed from the coffee. Far better than the majority of the dismal German beer market, but doesn't stand out among the better German microbrews. Recommended for those with a sweet tooth.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half litre brown swingtop bottle.

A - Deep, dark amber with glowing ruby hues. Frothy cream head, fading down fairly quickly.

S - Plenty of aromas of minerals and mineral water. A big batch of malt, honey and molasses present.

T - Bold malt profile, with sweet malt syrup and bitter chewy malt grains. Good deal of brown sweetness of honey, brown sugar, some dried brown fruits and malt. A nice balance here with the presence of dried bitter malt grains and a chewy nutty side. Underlying mineral twang and mineral water.

M - Medium bodied and sturdy enough for a DB yet not overly viscous. Medium carbonation for a smooth feel. Faintly dry on the backend.

O - Incredibly well balanced and complex DB.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark copper or brown body with a two finger off white head. Bright. No visible carbonation oddly.

S - Dark fruit is nice and lot's of bready malts are there to compliment it. Smells really nice.

T - Very nice up front. Dark fruit and a great malty texture. All malt there but not overly sweet. There is a nice mild sweet finish which seems spot on. Lot's of caramel is there too.

M - Medium carbonation in the mouth with a medium body.

D - I could definately drink alot of these in a night. I really wanted another once I was done and nothing about this got boring.

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Photo of TongoRad
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, mostly clear, chestnut brown with a small yet determined tan head. Not exemplary, but not bad either.

Aroma is textbook doppelbock- rich melanoidin-like caramel, dried fruit, some spices, bready malt and just a hint of warming alcohol. Really freakin' nice bouiquet.

The palate is borderline cloying, though it stays in fair territory as far as I'm concerned. Tons of malt are here, the bready and caramel qualities carry over from the nose but the spiciness seems to be overwhelmed. Again- the alcohol has a hint of a presence.

This beer isn't a looker, but it delivers the goods where it counts.

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Photo of ludachris
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich and deep shade of amber with one and a half fingers of sticky cream coloured head that displayed mediocre retention and left spots of patchy lace.

Big nutty profile in the nose with deep notes of caramel, hints of raisons and other dark sticky fruits, and a subtle touch of alcohol. The smell really invites you to take a sip.

Sweet notes of caramel hit the palate first but are quickly followed by a rich and dry nutty character. The dark fruits are found more towards the back of the palate but provide a great balance with the dry notes of the nuts. Alcohol was a bit more pronounced in the taste, but its presence wasn't overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is medium to full with a rich and slick texture. Dry most of the time and very well balanced. Very pleasant and easy to drink, and one that is perfectly suited for a cold night.

This marks my first dopplebock, and it was great. Full flavoured, well balanced, and a joy to drink. The only downside stemmed from its weak head, but that's a minor complaint. I'd be glad to buy this again, as well as any other dopplebock for that matter. If you see it, make sure to pick one up.

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Photo of claytri
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It poured a dark yet opaque brown, with a minimal amount of tan lacing. The aroma is a fine mix of toasted sour malt and dark fruits. It has a rich taste of toasted malt. It abounds with coffe and toffee flavors with just a hint of cherry and has a dry sweet finish. Maybe my bottle had lost some carbonation as it was a little flat. It was a light to medium body and dry. This is an interesting beer and more closely resembles an Irish dry stout than any dopple-bock I've had. A nice beer with some promise. If I can find it again I'll have to give it a try.

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Photo of avylover
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out deep mahogany brownish. The head struggled to develop but with an agressive pour it came through, then died in to a film over top of my beer. Aroma nice & malty, but by no means over the top. The taste is actually more complex than the aroma. You've got the standard caramel maltiness - but there are nice fruity overtones here that add alot of depth and set this bad boy apart from the pack. The mouthfeel is slick and smooth, with anough carbonation to keep it full. This a very drinkable doppelbock - because it's on the lighter side - but not lacking in taste.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like the deer on the label, although the crest reminds me of Jagermeister. Pours a medium brown with ruby highlights and a quarter inch of tight bubbled head that holds the fort for quite a while. The nose is dark chocolate, licorice and figs. A little different, and appetizing.

I almost always like these authentic Bavarian dopplers, and this one is decent if not outstanding. Huge mmalt pprofile up front is loaded with sweet caramel and chocolate flavors and an underlying current of dark fruit. Slight burned note as well but the alcohol is kept under wraps, partially due to the molasses level of thickness in texture. For a lager especially, this is one hearty brew. It's not quite up there with Celabrator but this is good, honest Bavarian dark beer, and worth trying.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.04/5  rDev +6%
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 kwjd
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This looks exceptional. Cloudy brown with a brilliant foamy white head. Lots of lacing down the glass. Head still very present until the end.

It smells fairly sweet, almost nutty with caramel. I'm worried it will taste too sweet after the smell, but it has a great almost roasted malt taste without the sweetness overpowering. A little bit too boozy, but it is incredibly smooth. Nice level of bitterness. I wish we could get this all year round in Ontario.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer was an unexpected surprise. Good looking deep-copper colour.

Thin head that rapidly cleared to the thinnest peripheral head of bubbles.

Fat molasses flavour rolling over the tongue. Smokey rich molasses, which at times can threaten to become a bit too too rich to my dry-favouring palette.

Would enjoy this again, but it's a bit too full-on for me to make this a session beer. People who favour the richer/stronger end of the spectrum might find it very interesting though.

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Photo of PainkeepBrewing
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark ruby to brown, very strong head on pour

S - Malt, figs, candi sugar, alcohol. Very strong heavy caramel smell.

T - rich caramel and malt taste, slight alcohol notes, finishes nice caramel on back of tongue. Would have prefered a bit less of an alcohol note on a beer only 7.2%

M - Well attenuated and dried, a smooth lager thickness with a deceptively heavy mouthfeel. Really enjoyable in this aspect.

O - Not my favorite doppelbock but it was worth the $4 (if anything for the swing-top bottle to be re-used). Assertive on the malts, no hop aroma or flavor to speak of.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Anker13
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Der Hirsch Doppel-Hirsch | 0.5L Bottle | Bottle Date Unknown

Appearance - Beautiful garnet, creamy off white head

Aroma - Raisins, figs, coffee cake

Mouthfeel - Very light carbonation, would have liked a little more, medium bodied

Taste - Dark fruit... Raisins and plums up front followed by chocolate covered caramel.

Residual - sweetness lingers, really could've used more carbonation

Overall - Great doppelbock, would recommend to anyone... My only gripe is that it's somewhat flat

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Photo of Domingo
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Burger Bar in Mandalay Bay.
I don't really see Hirch brews very often, but thus far I've really enjoyed them.
Pours a deep brown with brood red highlights and a surprising amount of head for a bottled DB. I think that flip-top does a good job of keeping the carbonation.
Smells really malty. That's pretty much the story with the smell, which isn't a bad thing.
The taste actually has a lot of depth. Sweet dried fruits (raisin, prune), dark bread, malt, caramel, rum, cocoa, and the tiniest hint of hops to keep it from being too sweet. This one is non-typical as it has some ale fruitiness to it that I've picked up in darker UK offerings. Think Old Peculiar.
The carbonation and lacing stick around for the life of the beer and the strength of the beer is hidden behind a wall of flavor that goes down easily.
I really dig this doppelbock as it's not cookie cutter at all. Clearly not modeled after other examples, this one is paving it's own path and doing a great job of it.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Doppel-Hirsch poured a dark amber color with a solid two finger foam head and sea foam lacing.

The aroma was soft spiciness, like cinnamon and brown sugar.

The taste was malt all the way with chocolate and spice. It was a full bodied brew with a slight hop ness that countered the malt all day flavor. The 7.2 percent was somewhat apparent but it had the spiciness tied to it. I quite enjoyed the effort and care put in the brew.

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Photo of dnichols
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a swing topped cap into a chilled chalice.

A: It poured a dark brown body that when back lit was a clear cherry red. The modest large-bubbled head receded fast to a slight cover over the liquid and ring around the collar that supported limited lacing.

S: It had aromas of sweet chocolate malts and dark ripe fruits with hints of vanilla caramel.

T: It was sweet and malty with a creamy milk chocolate and caramel accented by vanilla and allspice.

M: It had a thin body with modest carbonation and a creamy malty richness followed by a warm alcohol back flavor. It ended very clean and crisp with virtually no aftertaste.

D: Nice clean and tasty dobblebock. A bit thin but well balanced with a clean finish. Nice ABV that warms without being unbalanced and overpowering.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So the appearance on this beer was a bit disappointing. I like foam. This beer had little to none, and dissipated quickly. What's left is a dark copper colour beer that almost seems flat. Very little carbonation. odd. Still, nice bit of lace. Well, appearances are deceiving. This is another delicious brew. Nice aroma of dark fruits, raisins, nuts, earthy malts, bit of spice and some caramel. Good, strong flavours without it being overpowering or bold. Lots of caramel throughout, with the fruits and malts rounding out. Very little bitterness; what is their seems to be from roasted malts. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Quite soothing, actually. Deceptively drinkable. One could view this as a session beer, until the 7.2ABV kicks in. Asides from a poor appearance, a wonderful beer.

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear chestnut brown colour with very little head and decent lacing. A bit of a sweet fruity smell with plenty of malt. Sweet at first with a bit of a dry nutty finish. Lots of malt. I thought it was quite tasty. The mouth feel was very nice, too. Very smooth and easy to drink with a very "pleasant" amount of carbonation. As it settled in my stomach, it felt a bit heavy to me. I like this, typically, but this seemed really filling. As much as I enjoied this one, I don't think I could handle a whole lot of it.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into an extra large beer mug

A- Pours a dark brownish red. Formed a good head, and lacing is evident.

S- Smells sweet, like toffee, and a little toasty. You can smell some of the alcohol.

T- Toasty, reminiscent of a sweet bread, with some notes of toffee and chocolate. Not much of an alcohol flavor, but it's there.

M- Full and a little heavy.

O- A good one, goes down pretty easy, but I think next time I see this brewery in a liquor store I'll give one of their other beers a try.

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

(served in a dimple mug)
A- This beer has a dense but clear brown body with a fizzy beige head and a racing carbonation.
S- The aroma is strong of black olives but as it warms it takes on more of a rich Munich malt aroma with some darker malts underneath.
T- The woody brown malt flavor has a freshly crushed Munich malt taste followed by some darker toasted malts and a dry roasted malt finish that lingers a bit. The melenoidins in the background grow as the beer warms and some pot caramel comes through as a nice sweetness.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft cleaning fizz and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer has some nice malt flavors like chewing on fresh grain but without the hulls getting stuck in your teeth. The nougat melenoidins were a nice support and weren't to strong making this beer full but very drinkable.

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Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the arrival of spring comes the arrival of the LCBO's spring release and the return of this fine bock.

A Thick light brown head tops the deep amber brown body. Medium carbonation supports some good retention of the head.
The nose is immediately of all things dark and baked. Ripe banana bread, dates, molasses, caramel and bran muffins all perfume nicely.

Sweetness abounds, unrefined sugar and burnt toffee fill in nicely without being cloying. Rye bread, molasses and cinnamon back up the malty tones and richness of the beer. A slightly astringent finish balances well with the high level of malt.

Prickly body coats the tongue watery slightly oily long malty finish.

Despite the heavy flavours this beer still manages to show its lager side being easily quaffable. This is definitely a nourishing brew that would see one through lent and beyond.

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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
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