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 WoogityBoogity
4.46/5  rDev +17.1%
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.


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 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 Braz
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Hopfenpeter
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice bottle. Poured a clear dark amber red, with two fingers of tan creamy head. Sticks around nicely and leaves some lacing.
Smell is of caramel, dark fruit and malt.
The tast is nicely starting out with dark fruits, being met with a good portion of malt and caramel flavors, yet balanced in the end by mild hops.
Very nice medium bodied Bockbeer, nothing outstanding , but very nice and drinkable.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.Pours a dark red-orange amber. Nice tan head with slight lacing. Looks nice. Sweet malt aroma. Sweet malts, dark fruit, hint of dark malt and light caramel. Taste fades quickly. Finishes light sweet malt with a slight astringency. A good standard doppelbock with no outstanding qualities. I'd like a bit more assertiveness. Nice bottle.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber with goo clarity. Massive and sticky off white head with a faint yellow tint. Raisin whole wheat bread on the nose along with figs and dark fruits. A rich nuttiness in the background with an overall earthiness. Some herbs and spice.

On the lighter side of being medium bodied. Surprisingly crisp and clean. Grainy bread like sweetness up front rides into a rich nuttiness that stays consistent to the finish followed by the perfect amount of dark fruit. Finish is slightly spiced and balanced by a moderate alcohol presence that warms the throat. Sweet but not cloying and is layered extremely well. The flavors get even deeper and more complex if you really want to get into them.

An extremely drinkable and well done doppelbock. So incredibly smooth with great complimentary flavors. Not one of those overbearing dark fruit bombs that some heavier malt beers can be.

Incredible subtlety, flavor, and balance.

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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 andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark ruby red, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Rich caramel, musty malts, brown sugar, hint of molasses and some dark fruits.

T - Much like the flavour with the caramel dominating, quite bready and reminiscent of a whole wheat loaf, brown sugar and molasses linger on the palette.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - A tasty doppelbock, loaded with flavours and fitting for the style. The higher ABV is well concealed and it was certainly a pleasurable able to enjoy.

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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 Digimaika2
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Reddish raisin colour with a very creamy brownish foam head. Great retention with OK lacing.

S: Caramel, light roasted elements (chocolate), butterscotch and vanilla, herbal, and sour balsamic quality. Varied aromas that blend together very well.

T: Subdued caramel backbone, herbal qualities, raisins, vanilla, and faint dark fruits (plums & figs). Nicely balanced and incredibly smooth and creamy.

M: Medium bodied with a low-med carbonation. Pleasingly viscous with a herbal finish.

D: A very smooth and tasty doppelbock. Not that familiar with the style but I like this quite a bit. Would not mind having this on a regular basis.

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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 StJamesGate
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruby-brown with a dense fawn carpet of foam that fades to film and trails. Brown bread toast, red currant jam and some humus on the nose.
Milk chocolate truffle, treacle and apple sauce, a diacetyl butterscotch hit, and a big toffee finish.
Nutty end and sour leafy linger.
Medium, a good bit of chew, creamy, some burn.

Nice flavor profile, but too sweet and clingy altogether. Not fruit to speak of, which is either wrong or just shows the range in the style. This is supposed to be Hirsch's best, which is damning with faint praise. There are better double bocks.

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Photo of PacNWDad
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber, brown. Very clear. Produces quite a bit of head on pour, that clings to the side of the glass. Bubbles continue to rise for quite some time from bottom of glass.

S - Aroma is malty, with some cherry in there. Alcohol is apparent. Really like the roasted barley, but not much hops.

T - Sweet, somewhat fruity. Hops is not prominent. Very little bitterness, if any.

F - A medium bodied beer. Not heavily carbonated. Finishes a bit heavy due to lack of carbonation. A rich beer.

O - Enjoyed it a lot. Nice doppel.

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

Reviewing a bottle cellared for a little under a year, and adding this to my old review of a fresh bottle.

A: Pours a deep, dark, but clear mahogany with a sizeable, fizzy head of dense tan foam. Good retention, gradually dissipating to a thick, foamy ring and leaving spotty lacing.

S: Rich Munich and biscuit malts with a toasted grain and toffee character, plus sweet fruit aromas: black plums, candied figs, and a surprising hint like lychee fruit (extremely appealing, actually). Mild, estery spiciness and faint noble hops.

T: Rich, robust, and sweet Munich malts with biscuity and bready undertones blends into brown spices and dark fruits, plenty of black plums, black cherries, and candied pears. Faint nutty yeast and grassy noble hops in the finish. Caramel undertone throughout.

M: Full-bodied with modest carbonation providing initial crispness followed by smoothness. The hops last well into the finish and balance the rich flavour profile without cutting into the style's characteristic sweetness. The ABV is barely detectable.

D: It's still sweet after aging, but the booziness is considerably toned down, it's exceptionally smooth-drinking, and generally shows more nuances. Or I may just be better at reviewing. Either way, it's worth grabbing a bottle whether you drink it now or toss it in the cellar for a while.

Fresh, drunk on 11 March '11:

A: Dark ruby-amber with a modest but dense off-white head. It dissipates to a ring with nearly no lacing.

S: Sweet malts, caramel, candied fruit, and a touch of alcohol.

T: Strongly sweet, bread-like maltiness dominates the taste profile with hints of caramel and earthy spices. Undertones of plums and alcohol become more apparent with a bit of warming.

M: Modest carbonation emphasises the smooth, hearty mouthfeel with slight chewiness. The finish is short and balances alcohol, mild hop bitterness, and plum flavours.

D: Personally, I'd only drink one in a sitting due to the rich taste, heaviness, and ABV, but that's entirely keeping with the style.

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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 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 taulpepper
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown, with a very thin, barely there white no head.

The aroma is sweet with some fruitiness and toastiness like banana bread and prunes.

Taste is very sweet, very malty, but not in an English Ale way, bready but in a sweet way like honey wheat bread or something like that. Some caramel notes. Maybe some dried fruit like dates and prunes. Almost no bitterness whatsoever. Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied, not a thin beer. Coats the palette but does not feel heavy.

Overall a Very enjoyable beer. So sweet that I would recommend it after a meal, maybe as a dessert beer ( I'm drinking it after some chinese takeout). I think this could be great paired with bread pudding, or donuts, or some holiday desserts.

I'd like to taste this with some more bitterness, but I guess this is very true to style. I'll have to keep my eye out for some American doppelbocks (read "hoppy").

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Thumbler.

A: Pours a beautiful dark amber to brown (nutty) color with a small light beige and aired head. Few lacings left

S: Delicious sweet and fruity smell. Toffee, caramel malts, brown bread and plums

T: Follows the nose: Toffee, sweet caramel and malts. Balanced sweet-bitterness. Fruity too (Plenty of plums and raisins). Yeasts

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation. A Bit molasses. Sweet toffee, moderate bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Good beer

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Photo of seanyfo
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Ambrosetti in Berlin 1 year ago, only drinking it now

BBE 2 Aug 2011

50cl bottle poured into Paulaner seidel

A- Mahogany body with ruby highlights. Excellent clarity. Head is a rocky 2 finger with good retention and average lacing.

S- Fruit cake, a little cinnamon like spice, some doughy maltiness.

T- Toffeish malts with a hint of a toasted biscuit quality, this is then dominated by a cloying saccharin like artificial sweetness in the finish. A hint of alcohol comes through but is smooth.

M- Moderate carbonation and full bodied. Lager clean finish.

D- Looks good, smells good but its just too sweet, artificial like, if the toasted melanoidin quality came through moreso it would be excellent!

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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 paxkey
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

has a best before date of 15.11.11

that is a fun beer to open. rip pop fizz aroma.

cascades in the glass with a tonne of malt and hop aroma. burnt orange with stunning clarity. offwhite head.

i pull cherries and dark fruit and alchohol and malt. smells strong and tempting. very strong underlying malt aroma, carraway seed rye bread type aroma. smells like bread in a glass.

malt start malt middle malt finish malt aftertaste.

overkill. i might enjoy this if i was standing in an igloo in nunavut.

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Photo of doughanson78
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Doppelbock. 0.5 liter bottle poured into snifter. Bottle has been sitting in fridge for about 8 months. Opened bottle and it foam spewed out for like 5 minutes.

A: Very nice dark brown color. Very clear. Tan two finger head with lots of huge bubbles in it. Great lacing. I would venture to guess that it has a lot of carbonation or else it's super flat now.

S: Dark fruits. Caramel. Slight roasted malt aroma. Very sweet.

T: Very sweet and malty (almost to sweet). Dark fruits. Caramel hints.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy.

O: Seems like it would be a decent beer for the style. I have nothing to compare to though. A lot sweeter than I would like my beer to be.

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Photo of warlust
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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 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 Roke87
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL swing top bottle poured into a Duvel tulip at cellar temperature.
Best Before Date: November.15/2011

Appearance- Pours a dark ruby colour with a very fluffy three fingers of off white head that very quickly resides to a thin ring leaving almost no lacing.

Smell- Interesting smells coming from this one its almost hard to put a finger on exactly what it is, but I do get some dark fruity scents, a tad of roasted malts, and some sweet caramel thrown in there as well.

Taste- Bready malts and dark fruit flavours dominate the palate, a bit of sugar, spice, and everything nice thrown in there as well, a very interesting tasting doppelbock.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied with under-average carbonation.

Overall- A very interesting doppelbock on all perspectives, sweet smelling and tasting with lots of bready malts and dark fruity flavours with a hint of spices in the finish. All in all a good doppelbock and one of the better ones that I have tasted. Good price point at the LCBO too bad it’s a seasonal release there.

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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
3.81 out of 5 based on 363 ratings.
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