Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 1,313
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 63
Gots: 246 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of NWer
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice caramel color with a thin tan head.
The aroma is loaded with caramel sweetness and a bit of spice.
Taste follows with plenty of caramel, a bit of spice and a bit of a warming alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel seems thin.
Overall, decent but not spectacular dopplebock.

Photo of grynder33
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amberish color,surprisingly slight fruit aroma, first mouthful indicated chocolate carmel and some fruit, but none of them were very bold, doesn't seem as complex as described. A nice sweet taste stayed with you. Its nice, just wish it were a little heavier.

Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee with some dark fruit and a little alcohol.

The flavor is sweet caramel and toffee and nuts with a little fruit leading to a lightly grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a good example of a doppelbock. A little too much on the sweet side for me.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a mostly clear, reddish amber color with a nice inch-and-a-half creamy beige head that retained itself fairly well. Little lacing as well.

Aroma is of sweet, honey-like malts, fruitiness, cherries, yeast, loads of malty sweetness.

Flavor is full on honey sweetness. Almost to the point of too sweet. Alcohol is also apparent moreso in the finish. Sweetness in line with much honey, ripe fruits, those bright red cherries (i forget the name lol), brown sugary.

Mouthfeel is very syrupy with medium carbonation.

The drinkability factor on this beer is kind of low because of how sweet it is. The flavor is pretty good but it gets on the cloying side towards the end of just one 12oz. serving.

Photo of tjthresh
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a great aroma. Salvator features a big malt and light hop aromas. It pours a crystal clear garnet red with a big long lasting creamy head. My tounge was coated with big caramel malt flavor with some roast and hop bitterness. Salvator is very full bodied with pleasant carbonation. Quite mouth-filling. Outstanding.

Photo of merlin48
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with 06.04 on the bottom right of the label(don't know what this means). Pours an attractive clear cherry mahogany with a medium head that quickly dissipates. Small lacing doesn't hang around long either. Toffee and chocolate malty aroma grabbed my attention from three feet away. That got my attention. Taste is initially slight carbonation and sweet malts. Some smoky dried fruit flavors aren't far behind. A fine balance of several flavors here, as the alcohol content jumps aboard. Finish is a bit dry.

I had never heard of this one when I bought it last week. Needless to say, what a very pleasant surprise. Definitely a world class doppelbock that I would rate just a notch below my beloved Celebrator.

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "produced on" dating of 02/08 on the label. Pours clear, darker copper amber, under a quickly disappearing light tan head and then leaving next to no lacing. Nose is subtly of malt. Things pick up upon the first few sips this is a quite tasty, bold, smooth drinking, malty brew. Packing a punch at about 8%. Malt carries the freight here. Notes of dark honey, vanilla, dark bread. Yummy, smooth, thoroughly German and completely pleasurable. High quality, well crafted, go get some and enjoy.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I've had this one a few times in the past, and despite its immense historical influence and value, it's never struck me as a really great Doppelbock. In the bottle though, it warms me up on a chilly Canberra winter night at home, without the heating on. Served at around six degrees C, could probably do with being a bit warmer.

Appearance doesn't set it apart - no head whatsoever, but a nice dark amber-toffee colour belies the rich warmness of the alcohol. No sediment and little carbonation is evident. Aromas of sweet, chewy toffee-like malts, candied sugar, and definitely some Christmas pudding date smells abound. Definitely a winter beer. Taste is rich and complex but not necessarily pleasant: sweetness of aforementioned malts and sugars clashes with an obscure hop bitterness and a vinous taste I don't really like - it's almost sour. I don't know my wines so I can't really identify it. It's still very drinkable, but I don't think I'd have another one. Mouthfeel is smooth though.

Overall, this is such a classic and iconic beer that reviews are almost unnecessary. If you're a fan of Bock then drink it once in a while as a reminder of the rich history of central European beers. I don't drink too much Doppelbock, but I know there's better-tasting ones out there than Salvator... but I still have a lot of respect for this brew.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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