Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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Reviews by NearerMyBeerToMe:
3.75/5 rDev -4.1%
A compact, golden-brown head of tiny bubbles 1" deep tops off this pour and does a pretty good job of sticking around. Beer is chestnut in color with orangish highlights, fairly translucent, and medium in viscosity. Sweet smells of toffee, buttered wheat dough, and gingerbread spices. Suggestions of maple syrup carry over into the flavor, although the main focus is still on toffee and butter. Dense flavors of allspice and cinnamon prevent the mellow, rich sweetness from ever becoming cloying. Walnut-skin dryness at the roof of the mouth leads into an aftertaste that recalls caraway seeds and woodsy hops. This is happily bitterer than I had expected. No tangible carbonation to a mouthfeel that is on the light side of medium in body and drier than the aroma would suggest. Drinkable, but the alcohol level makes this relaxing enough to enjoy one at a time--which is probably the point. No complaints.
10-26-2004 00:41:26 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
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4/5 rDev +2.3%
Has to be one of the best doppel bocks out there,oured a nice deep copper color with nice slight off-white creamy head,smell is very appetizing of alcohol and sweet caramel and slight burnt notes.Taste is sweetish of toffee and alcohol,and slight fruitiness.To me this is one of the standards of doppel bocks out there.
06-08-2003 07:58:04 | More by oberon
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
Appearance: a deep amber pour that seems moderately lively and has a medium tan head. The head fades down to a ring after a few minutes.
Smell: the nose is decent but subtle. some roasted malts are present and there is a dark molasses sweetness with hints of caramel and raw sugars.
Taste: malty and sweet up front. again, highlighted by molasses and caramel. the sweetness lingers very long and pleasantly. the finish maintains it rich sweetness towards the finish but also ends on a bitter, black licorice note. very pleasant.
Mouthfeel: very full and rich. a sort of heavy sweetness that leaves sticky trails of pleasure on the back of my tongue. an excellent, long-lingering mouthfeel.
Drinkability: a very, very good dopplebock. you can't go wrong.
01-09-2004 17:04:36 | More by Popsinc
3.68/5 rDev -5.9%
This beer is high gravity in disguise! Pours a transparent amber with a lively light tan head. Smells sweet and malty. Taste is dominated by malts, with only the slightest touch of hops. Very smooth for such a strong beer. This could be a good session beer if you desired a shorter session!
12-16-2006 01:56:20 | More by Marty
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
Appearance This one is light brown in color with an orangish tint. The head is a deep, off-white beautiful pillow that is very creamy and retentive.
Smell The strong bock aroma jumps out of the glass. Its heavy with molasses and maple. The malts are toasty and raw with some light sweetness.
Taste The big maple and molasses mix well with the malts and light sweetness to form a terrific flavor profile.
Mouthfeel This DB is creamy and smooth on the palate. It is bigger than medium-bodied but not full.
Drinkability This is a raw, edgy Doppelbock which is just the way that I like em. It is true to the style and exceptionally creamy in the mouth.
02-15-2005 01:49:29 | More by RoyalT
3.55/5 rDev -9.2%
LOOK: (3.5 / 5) Pours about 22-24*SRM/L, a deep caramel-mahagony colour with some nice garnet highlights when held to the light. Somewhat hazy, though not opaque (similar level of hazy as a kellerbier). The head was large, cream-coloured, and rocky in texture. It faded a bit too fast, leaving a decent cap and some lacing. Noticeable legs, either from a high FG or alcohol content or both.
SMELL: (4.0 / 5) Obviosuly, it was dominated by malts. This had some toastier and caramelized-sweet notes, but the real loadstone was the dark-fruit melanoidins. These reminded me of plums, with a bit of dried fruit gumminess like in dates or prunes. No real hop aroma and a cleaner yeast profile. Some alcohol warmth and a very slight hint of perfume/flowers.
FLAVOUR: (3.5 / 5) As with the nose, the melanoidins are central. Sweetness is really strong, and it errors towards being a bit too much for me (good for the style though). No real charred flavors, a slight coffee and chocolate note is added to the background flavours of toast and caramel. Some moderate hop bitterness (no real flavour) shows up and saves finish; yet, it is still a much sweeter brew. Some pleasant alcoholic warmth rounds it out.
FEEL: (4.0 / 5) Body was medium-full, though that was lighter than I would have thought given the rich taste and smell. Lighter carbonation produces a somewhat syrupy feel, despite the lighter body. This was a bit similar to the rich syrup feel of a scotch ale.
DRINK: (3.0 / 5) Not surprisingly, given that this was originally brewed by the monks to be a meal in a glass or liquid bread, it was not a highly sessionable brew. Rich and sweet, it's better for sipping on a cold night.
I think it might pair well with some desserts, owing to its sweeter flavours. I think it would add thinging interesting to a creme brulee or maybe a cheese cake with a caramel topping or something like that.
07-15-2011 15:01:57 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.86/5 rDev -1.3%
A: A medium copper colored beer with brilliant clarity. The head is made of low fine, off-white bubbles.
S: A moderate, crusty bread malt smells. There is a medium-low earthy, spice hops note and a moderate alcohol sweetness. Initially there is a moderate, metallic off-aroma that blends with the malt but blows off after a minute. There is a moderate plum fruit ester.
T: A malt driven beer with a decent balance of hops bitterness. There is very little hop flavor, what is there is a spicy Noble hops. A good amount of malt with crusty bread and toast melanoidin character. The balance is moderately towards the sweet but still has a decent balance. The finish is of a little sweet with a fruity lingering aftertaste.
M: A somewhat creamy beer with a medium-full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation. A moderate amount of alcohol warmth.
O: A malt driven beer with some dark stone fruit character, on the paler end of the Double Bock style so a touch of hops aroma and flavor are in there. A very good example of the style, although this bottle it a little old it is still a wonderful beer.
07-23-2013 00:24:31 | More by MadScientist
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured into tulip.
A: Clear, brilliant, reddish chestnut color with a two finger light beige colored head. Pillowy, with fine bubbles, and a collar persists after the head dissipates.
S: Sweet caramel malt with a hint of earthy, slightly spicy hops. Hint of alcohol under the sweetness.
T: Smooth and very malt-forward as expected. Sweet caramel malt flavors drenched in fruity notes. The fruity sweetness hits first with caramel and toffee flavors rising immediately after. Hints of grain and alcohol occasionally, although for 7.9% it's hidden very well. Rum, figs, white raisins, sherry. Somewhat vinous at times. Lightly bitter on the aftertatse. A lot going on here.
M: Great feel to this beer. Full bodied with a nice soft roundness. Slick and slightly viscous. Medium carbonation.
D: This is a great, easy drinking doppelbock.
Overall, a very deep flavor profile, but not quite as much as some others in the category, and devoid of the deeper roasty flavors of some others. But, very, very nice nonetheless. This is an understated beer that doesn't demand your attention - it's very easy to drink and enjoy casually - but if you do pay attention there's a lot going on. Plenty enough to keep my palate entertained.
04-23-2010 03:22:43 | More by imperialstout27
4.15/5 rDev +6.1%
A - Dark amber, very clear, light carbonation. Poured with a 2 finger head just slightly off-white, faded quickly to a covering on top.
S - Sweet caramel, toasted malt, and dark fruit.
T - Mmmalty goodness, slightly sweet, can really taste the fruit notes, slight bit of licorice. Nice level of bitterness to counter the sweetness from the malt, not a lot of hop flavor but you pick up some spiciness in the finish.
M - This is a chewy one. Lots of unfermented sugars still in there, really adds a very nice feel to this beer. Some definite warmth on the way down.
D - For a bigger heavy beer I think this is very drinkable. Complex but doesn't wear on you.
I really liked this beer, great example of a Doppelbock. Will certainly have this again, but I do like Celebrator better.
04-28-2009 00:18:23 | More by steelerguy
4.78/5 rDev +22.3%
This is one badass Doppelbock. Many others are too thick and sweet for me but this one strikes a perfect balance. The apperance was great with a nice reddish brown color and great head. The smell was a bit subtle but I could detect some nice cinnamon and sweet fruit scents. The taste and mouthfeel were out of this world. Sweet malts dominate most of the flavor profile but not in a way that makes it undrinkable, and there is a great dry/hoppy character in the finnish that perfectly balances out the maltiness of the front end. A extremley drinkable Doppel goes along side the Celebrator as my favorite beers of the style.
12-08-2004 09:57:01 | More by Dmann
4/5 rDev +2.3%
Golden reddish orange color with a sparse bubbling off white head. Some bits of lacing cling to the side of the glass. Big roasted nutty caramel aroma wafts up into the nostrils. Light cocoa along with a spicy breadiness. Quite a nice, full nose on this one.
Big sweet and caramelly nutty maltiness collides with hints of dried fruit and fresh baked bread. There some slight cocoa and toffee flavors and a bit of a metallic twang. An ever so slight hop bitterness appears on the way down. Tasty.
A rich, creamy body that flows over the palate nicely. Very full and satisfying. This is quite a nice doppelbock and one I'll be having again in the future. A nice example of the style.
03-23-2005 04:11:24 | More by orbitalr0x
4.22/5 rDev +7.9%
Lovely dark red color - it almost seems to glow with its rich hue. Nice frothy bubbly head.
Very sweet malty nose. I love the smell of doppelbocks.
Doesnt taste as sweet as it smells, which is a good thing. Very calm and even. Extremely well balanced. Some faint smokiness/burnt flavors in the background. Alcohol flavors in the finish.
Mouthfeel is very mild. So perfectly balanced it almost seems neutral.
Obviously a very meticulously researched, quality crafted beer. Up there with the very best doppelbocks.
03-23-2006 23:16:46 | More by chOAKbarrell
4.4/5 rDev +12.5%
.5 liter bottle poured into a pint glass.
A foggy amber that is a beauty to behold. Maybe I should have poured more aggressively, but I barely got a head and what I did get, died quickly. I couldn't smell anything. The beer or my nose? I don't know.
Aside from that, this doppel bock tastes wonderful. A thoroughly enjoyable change from my usual IPA preference - there are times when I just prefer more malt and less hops and this is as good as it gets.
Every bit as good as the Ayinger Celebrator but the bottle is bigger and you get more for the same price.
06-26-2010 21:43:41 | More by NWer
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,144 ratings.