Brewery: Der Hirschbräu
Serving Style: Bottle
Primary Consumer: Ally
Consumption Companion: Wayne, Ally’s father
Sight: Clear dark amber, with a 1-inch thick, creamy, light beige head that settles to about 1/4 of an inch. Carbonation bubbles are seen throughout.
Scent: Sweet malts, with notes of maple and caramel.
Flavor: There is an artificial sweetness upon first sip. You taste the malts (in the form of caramel) that are present in the aroma, but no maple. A hint of yeast is also noticeable.
Feel: Thin, almost watery, with a dry aftertaste. Low-to-moderate carbonation.
Concluding remarks: Surprisingly, the Hirschbräu Doppel-hirsch, which is straight outta Germany, is weak–uncharacteristic of the usually rich Doppelbock. In fact, I would liken this to a cheap beer of the poor college keg variety. It also leaves a strange film on the teeth and roof of one’s mouth. All in all, not the most pleasant drinking experience; in fact, Wayne didn’t even finish his glass, which is the telltale sign of a lackluster brew.