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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 1,325
Hads: 2,551
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 81
Gots: 306 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock | 7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

This unfiltered bottom fermented double bock beer has been brewed for over 375 years--always adhering to the original recipe. The taste is unmistakable, with its smooth chocolate flavor, robust dark caramel maltiness and a light note of hops--providing a nice intensity on the palate.
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Photo of pandashaver
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - clear body looks like dark apple juice (or like apple juice with a reddish tint to it) w/ off white yellow foamy head. 2 finger head dissipated rather quickly, but left heavy lacing and kept a thin ring throughout.

S - Yeast, grains, and sweet malts. Very basic, nothing crazy, but it's all there. Like bread, a lot like

T - Sweet, very sweet. Caramel presence. Slightly sour in the aftertaste (sour dough?).

M - Well carbonated, sticky. Thin and even a bit watery, but the sweetness helps this as does the sticking to the palate. Very smooth and lively carbonation. Creamy as you progress through it. Also, there is a definite warming presence on the way down due to the alcohol, but none is really there in the nose so watch out!

D - Very light body, and probably the most easily drinkable doppelbock I've had yet. I could see my self having several of these with a meal or on their own. Also - very cheap! <$2.50 for a 0.5L bottle!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours orange gold to ruby brown under a finely bubbled persistent clingy 2” white foam collar. S: Aroma: bready malt aroma but not boatloads, a little musty with a touch of fruit and chocolate.T: Strong malt flavors with melanoidins and a hint of fruit and chocolate. Liquid bread. Faint tartness, light bitter accent. F: Full body, medium carbonation, alcohol, clean and smooth. O: A big, full flavored, complex world class beer

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
7.9% ABV, Best Before: 05/14

A - Salvator pours delicately cloudy but maintains it's brilliant color that starts with a golden orange color at the base, gradually shifting to a burnt orange in the more volumetric top where it's sturdy tan head slowly plateaus to leave little gobs of lace.

S - Smelling like wort brewing, Salvator consists of dense bread, bold caramel sweetness, toasted Vienna malts, and a perfect absence of hops. This is the kind of doppelbock aroma dreams are made of!

T - Perfectly malty, Salvator's gooey caramel sweetness has Vienna toasted bread notes with a fantastic lingering sweetness that never gets cloying or absentmindedly unbalanced. Again, the intentional lack of hops is very nice in this, letting the bready malt complexity shine.

M - Smooth and medium-full bodied with a lower carbonation level and almost creamy, sweet finish, I can't stress enough the importance and impact of how malty but balanced and not cloying this doppelbock is.

O - Malt lovers rejoice! This. Is. Exceptional. Paulaner's Salvator is one of the kings of the doppelbock kingdom and for good reason; perfect malt balance so as to not be overly sweet but still keep a fuller bodied feel that washes down with delicious bready complexity and a smooth finish.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%

Nice little gem that surprised me. I am a fan of malt and this one hit me very well. A lot of malt but it really comes across as light and drinkable. I was really surprised that is was 7.9% ABV, it did not come across as that high. Full of flavor but very smooth and drinkable. Excellent beer that I hope to keep in my regular rotation.

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Photo of BoilerMo
4.81/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Light tan to Copper

S: sweet smell, maybe oaken hints

T: Was accurate for a German Dopple, it was smooth and easy to drink. We drank at 57F (12 C)so the extra alchol wasnt apparent.

M: I smelled the and tasted like a heavy bier but the mothfeel was light, the appreance tricks the eye.

O: This is one of great Dopplebock's, but drink it just below room tempature to get the wonderful real experience. Grabbed one from the fridge after our tasting and the cold (42 F) changed the taste, it needs to warm to truely be at its best.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (best before 9/14, oops, didn't see that before getting it from my local beer store) poured into an Ayinger dobbel bock glass
A: Hazy caramel color with a one-finger head
S: Caramel, wheat, bread, brown sugar
T: Matches the nose; a bit sweet, definitely malt-heavy but tasty
M:Medium-bodied, somewhat sweet
O: A good example of the style. Tasty, but a touch sweet... if that were toned down just a bit it would go from very good to great. Still worth a try

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Photo of BierJager89
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep hazy orangeish brown, fairly dark, with a creamy tan head.

S: Nose is full of malt, bready, with a bit of red apple.

T: Malt has you up front, followed by a touch of alcohol. Finish and aftertaste are malty.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: My favorite bottom fermented beer. It's a malt bomb, and for a long time it was my favorite beer. If you like malty beers, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of TH28
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 10/15 code date. Appearance: Clear ruby red/brown, with a thick khaki foam head. Aroma: Toasted bread crust, figs, raisins, dark cherries Taste: Rich bready, toasted, chocolate malt. Very fruity, with notes of figs and cherries. Multiple layers of flavor here. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate mouthfeel, with an underlying alcohol warmth. Finish: Leaves a warm toasted breadiness on the palate. Overall: A world class doppelbock. Rich malt breadiness and fruity character, that leaves you feeling

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Popsinc
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Marty
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of davemarc87
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of RoyalT
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. It’s 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.

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Photo of cam477
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Spaten454
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of imperialstout27
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of joemetric
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of steelerguy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Dmann
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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