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 Stocean1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a two finger head not overly carbonated - colour of a dark raisin

S - slightly bitter, sweet, malty and with nice scent of dark fruit/caramel

T - similar to the smell, sweet malt with a little bitterness up front and in the finish - alcohol nicely masked

M - low carbonation light to medium body

O - I was not familiar with this beer and took a chance. Pleasant surprise and something I will go back to. I am now officially a doppelbock fan.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swingtop from the LCBO, pours a dark mahogany, totally clear, little khaki head with little retention.

Nose is best part, caramel fruit cake blends with dark fruits and a bit of roasty cocoa and coffee.

Taste can't match, easy drinking and simple. Bready malts, dark fruits, sweet and silky, brown sugar, cola, slightly musty. Little too sweet, doesn't have the dryness in the finish to balance out, just sweet and dies into thin nothing. Not the layers of depth you want from a good dopplebock. Hides the ABV well, silky mouthfeel.

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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 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 bryehn
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle and label are gorgeous and the snap top is tight but easy to open.

Pours a clear, rusty ruby colour with a slightly small head that surprisingly left no lace, but stuck around as a collar.

Slightly astringent aroma at first. Then quite boozy, smelling of fermented fruit and wet dark grains and malts. There is also a butter toffee smell in there.

Alcohol really comes through in taste, even when cold. It's very sweet and fruity, with a grainy tone and a deep malt backing and a definite woodiness.

Chewy mouthfeel, bready but smooth. Fruit and alcohol on the tongue and a surprisingly quick and clean finish.

This is a very heavy beer on my stomach, meaning I'd never drink more than one, however as a solo beer it's very satisfying. Rich in taste with the ABV being noticeable.

Not the most accessible bock, but feels like a serious beer for serious beer drinkers.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to Unibroue tulip glass.

A - Poured dark brown with a slight amber glow and half a finger of foamy cream coloured head.

S - Toffee, caramel and some hop bitterness.

T - Sweet caramel, toffee, hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, very chewy.

D - A very good example of the style.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 1/2 liter stein a rich mahogany color with a rather thin off white head,the clarity and richness was nice,it overshadowed the lack of a head.Lighter aromas of caramel malt,plum-like fruitiness,and light iron,not a real assertive nose.One of the sweeter German made doppelbocks its heavy on the caramel and plum/prune sweetness,in saying that its warming and is what its supposed to be.Lighter in feel but it goes down easily without much alcohol presence.This would be good on a cold winters day wich we dont get here in NC very much.

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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 CHADMC3
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich chestnut brown with reddish hues beneath a thin, light tan head that quickly gives way to nearly no lacing with just hints of carbonation below.

Sweet and caramel malts leap from the glass with a faint fruitiness resembling plum as well as a fair amount of yeast.

Similar sweet malts exist in the flavor including caramel as well as fruits such as plum or prunes that become quite pronounced as the beer warms.

Medium in carbonation and body; a bit warming, and slightly puckering due to the fruitiness. This is certainly unique.

Fruitier than most doppelbocks, yet still authentic to the style. I could use a touch more malt to offset the fruit, but very good. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of liamt07
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle as part of LCBO winter release gift pack. 500ml swingtop into a pint glass. Slaughtered noobs on COD Black Ops while sipping this bitch.

Pours a dark brown with hints of rusty orange. Tan head, with some lace and retention. Dark fruits and raisin in the nose, prominent and clearly malt forward. Taste has this, with a greater notion of the malts here, toffee and caramel. Can sense the heat in the finish, but is more warming than harsh. Medium low carbonation, and a solid drink especially in the colder months.

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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 spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear brown colour with an average size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, roasted nuts, dates, butterscotch, metallic

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and feels somewhat creamy on the tongue. The most noticeable flavours are malts, butterscotch, and a dark fruit sweetness. (possibly dates) There are also notes of roasted nuts and a slight metallic taste. The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste,

Drink - The beer tasted a lot like a scotch ale, which isn't one of my favourite styles. Still drinkable though; and I'm happy I gave it a shot.

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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 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 MattyV
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours an almost clear, reddish-brown colour with purple highlights and a decent creamy off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel malts, toffee, and raisins come to mind right away.

T - Follows the nose, predominantly a mix of caramel/toffee and dark fruit with a vague roasted character. Light metallic flavour as well. Slightly sweet and warming boozy finish.

M - Medium bodied, medium-to-light carbonation, which seems appropriate in this instance.

D - I would've liked this to be a bit drier, but on occasion I do enjoy big sweet malt bombs with flavours reminiscent of Mackintosh toffee, so all is not lost. And also on the plus side, I can add another swing-top to the homebrewing rotation.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.5L, Germany, best by 6/11.

Brilliant reddish brown with a short-lived, fizzy beige head. Lacing was average. Great color though.

Aroma is lacking, though it opens up a bit as the beer comes to room: light brown sugar and malt extract.

Flavor is top-notch: super bready, rich and full. Fat notes of caramel and toasted malt. This beer focuses on richly malty, molasses-like flavors rather than fruit or chocolate, but I love what it has to offer. A pure, clean malt bomb. Mouthfeel is slick, with fine carbonation.

Another delicious Doppelbock. With a bit of tweaking here and there to create a better head and coax out more interesting aromas, this would be a solid A- or A.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle into a pint glass. Love the rubber stopper mechanism.

Pours dark brown active foam, light layer of off white foam. Laces well.

Light wheaty smell, some fruit buried in.

Sweet taste, some chocolate, definitely caramel, toffee. Candy taste. Firm backed hop that tries to balance the sweetness, and only partially succeeds.

Overall, quite sweet. Smooth mouthfeel. Very good drinkability, another solid German brew.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this 500mL swing-top bottle for $3.99 at Amity Wine & Spirits in New Haven CT. Code 9943. Served cold in a chilled tulip.

Clear dark brown brew gives deep cherry red highlights against a light and a solid cake-like light tan head about an inch high. In smelling this I experienced something of a revelation: bocks often smell like baby food, and this one exceptionally so. Like boiled yams, especially before it has aired much. The mouthfeel can't make up its mind... it has a good thick viscosity but at the same time it feels thin and watery on the tongue, not much feel to the body, odd. Carbonation is light but appropriate, and it goes down very quickly. Taste is nice and toasty, warm brown sugar and molasses, starchy complex sugars, fig, hints of banana, cinnamon, and smoke. The head has left rings on the glass that give a clear record of the number of swigs I've taken.

Overall a bit mild for a doppel, but reasonably tasty and very easy to drink.

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

The 2010 LCBO spring release had some exceptional beers in it; some old friends, and some new ones also. And because its Friday, and its also so beautiful out, I decided to treat myself to an afternoon beer, and why not try something new from Germany. The Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau is among the beers that the LCBO so kindly brought to us for their spring release just recently. So, I grabbed my favorite German Goblet, the Doppel-Hirsch, and headed for the balcony.

The brewery's website is only in German so I could not find too much detail about them, or their beer. However if my German is correct, it seems like the brewery was originally built in 1891, but the Hirschwirt family has been brewing beer since 1657. Germany has a very rich brewing history of course, but Der HirschBrau's is not one lacking of drama; in 1945 the brewery was destroyed "by bombs", as the site exclaims, and was not built back to full operation until 1957. Now though, they are operating at full boil producing thirteen beers regularly available in Germany, and many of them available throughout Europe.

Regardless of history, origins, or bombings, it's flavor that really makes the beer - so lets go! The Doppel-Hirsch is a German Doppel Bock, and isntatly looked and smelled like one. It poured very smooth and cleanly with little carbonation present lifting a short quarter inch pale head which slowly faded to nothing. The nose is very sweet; while pouring, before even getting my nose close to the beer it was glistening with toffee, roasted malt, and nuts. When I got in closer more toffee and caramel came out, as well as a very specific malt sweetness. It is very German, instantly you can taste the history in the beer; there is no mistaking the scent of rich toasted German Malts. They are sweet, lightly alcoholic, and almost honey like. The beer was a deep rich auburn getting very close to brown. Held into the sun it glowed with ruby and amber.

It really was a pleasure to drink. First came toffee, creamy caramel, a whole whack of rich malt, roast, nuts, and dark sticky fruit. Like prunes, dried plums and raisins. The malt sweetness is what really dominates here and provides the toffee and caramel. While the malt engulfs your entire mouth nuts like walnuts, chestnuts and almonds play around the sides of your tongue and across the back of your throat. There really is a lot in this beer. The roast and toasted malt is resting in the background to help balance the creamy sweetness of the malt. I really enjoyed this beer as a classic German Doppel Bock, so if you are looking to introduce yourself to this beer style, this is a great choice. However, if you are new to richer beers, or are trying to show someone something interesting this beer may be too much for you. The alcohol isn't overly dominant, but the malt richness is so distinct and precise that some people will be overwhelmed by it. It really is that exact factor that makes me enjoy the beer, but I can see some people shying away from the style.

There is very little hops to speak of, but it does finish clean and robust. There is even a slight spice hidden at the end to help clean this beer off your palate. I wouldn't serve this beer too cold or you will numb all of the malts. Try it between 8 to 12 Celcius (45-54F), on its own or with grilled red meats, dishes featuring caramelized onions , mushrooms, or rich herbs.

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

A- Dark brown with a light copper tint, decent head on pour but dies quickly to a thin sustaining level

S- sweet roasted malt with a hint of metallic, toffee/caramel, a little bit of the alcohol comes through too

T- just like the smell it opens with the roasted malt, a bit of the caramel taste in there with some dark fruits too. A tiny bit of the alcohol in it but not noticeable unless your looking for it really. Nice solid doppelbock taste

M- Thick with a light-medium carbonation

D- If you like this style I think this is def one to try!

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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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Photo of pootz
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Swing top bottle:

Decants a deep chestnut brown lager with lively ruby highlights.
2 finger rocky off-white cap reduces quickly to a surface lace that scores the glass modestly.

Aroma is liquid chocolate bundt cake...some earthy-woody undertones.

Rich malt spine, big chew on Munich malts in the front and a detectable wonderful "mellowness" in the character of this beer that allows all the intense flavors to meld together but very subtly...the only sharp edge is from a nearly cloying sweetness that seems to have a molasses signature to it that suggests adjuncts.

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Photo of matjack85
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

T found this 500ml swing top brown bottle at Sal's in Addison, IL for $3.99. There was no freshness date on the bottle but I never saw this particular selection at Sal's before so I'm assuming it's pretty new and fresh.

The beer poured a clear, reddish brown color that made a 1½ finger creamy light tan head, but it didn't last very long and it didn't leave any lacing on my glass.

The smell was interesting. Caramel sweetness for sure, but also loaded with dark fruit smells, baked bread, a little alcohol, and a bit of smoke.

The taste was as interesting as the smell. It had a mix of various malts with roasted flavors with the caramel perhaps dominating. Fruit flavors are also present - some are tart and some are sweet. Bready grains add to the complexity and yet still enough hop bitterness for balance. I didnt notice the alcohol as much as some reviewers but I guess that could be a good thing.

This has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel but I found the carbonation level so low that it almost feels flat. It also surprised me how thin this was for all it has in it. It's not watery by any means, but it's not the full bodied beer that I was expecting from a doppelbock. This is medium bodied at best.

If it wasn't for the low carbonation I could enjoy a bunch of these. As it is it's still pretty good stuff.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a dull marzen with a good clarity and a whipped-frothy beach sand colored head that was compact, though fairly sturdy. A strong showering of carbonation is observed within. The head levels off to a thin skim coating providing a light touch of stickage.

S: A light, semi-dry caramel malting is picked up on the nose. There is a nice flowery hopping with a sense of toasted grains as well.

T: The flavor opens up with a good deal of toasty grains that was dry and complimented by a dry flowery hopping. A bit of dried apple peels, some dried leaves, and a touch of dried citrus grind is also picked up on. The finish finds a nice dry touch of toasty grains with a moderate flowery hop appeal that provides a nice lingering fade.

M: A fairly thick and full bodied mouthful with some resistance on the tongue. Really smooth texture with not a lot of carbonation picked up despite its strong visual appeal. A soft dry and spicy alcohol fade is left behind.

D: Drinkability was fair per style. Malty with a good presence of hops on the close that suits this well. Worthy of a single purchase.

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Doppel-Hirsch from Der HirschBrau/Privatbrauerei Höss
3.81 out of 5 based on 364 ratings.
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