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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 1,314
Hads: 2,515
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 76
Gots: 290 | FT: 1
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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 Zet
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice label of the prior and the king discussing current events while drinking Salvator. Lovely orange amber colour with a good head of beige foam. Promising smell of caramel, hops and yeast. The taste is quite rich, with caramel, vanilla, malt and prumes, while having resin and pine in the aftertaste. Is does get a bit bland after a while though: I guess 0.5 liter of this is just a tad too much. The mouth feel is also not as full and smooth as i expect of a german doppelbock, though the alcoholic warmth is quite pleasant.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Treated as a doppelbock, this was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark ruddy burnt brown color with a two and a half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was somewhat messy yet stringy as it slides into the beer.
The smell started off with a gentle sweet raison-like breadiness. Light spices warmed into the aroma nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet with a score of spices filling the bready-like substances.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a good crisp slightly bready heavy feel showing some substance on my tongue. Carbonation felt good to me.
Overall, really liked the beer to me, but haven't had enough doppelbocks to tell ya how close it is to style. I'll look for more and hopefully edit this as needed.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Poured into a Duvel tulip. Fingerlength cola head, reddish amber body.

Smell: Banana, wheaty honey, notes of apple, pear, and caramel.

Taste: Wheat, banana, note of caramel. A bit of spiciness as well.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body. A bit rough feeling, the alcohol wasn't hidden very well.

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Photo of MorganJ
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Good looking amber color.
S: hint of alcohol and sweet toffee like smell just before sipping from glass -- not offensive nor surprising for this style (7.9% doppel bock).
T and F: smooth and uniform, has that bit of toasted toffee and almost molasses sweet taste you'd expect from this style.
O: overall, a decent doppel bock and I've tried many. First time having this brand. Good in Fall and Winter to warm you up while sipping on its own or to compliment a meal.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish and very hazy with a big foamy, khaki colored head. Fruity alcohol smell. Taste was sweet malts with light hop finish. Mostly clean feel with some alcohol on the aftertaste. Not bad, if get again

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Photo of ricke49
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From half liter bottle dated best by 5/16. 7.9 ABV. Bready and quite delicious. Dark fruits, toffee and sugar without being overly cloying. A wonderful dopplebock for clear a fall afternoon. Hard to imagine how it manages to be so reasonably priced. Smooth with no alcohol burn (it stops just short of that sensation).

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the half liter bottle, it pours a moderately dark amber with a moderate tan head. Roasted malt in the nose, which goes with the lovely malt flavor on the tongue. Well made Doppelbock!! Yum

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz, dated 07/15 (I bought it in 08/2015, So I wonder of that is the best by date?) . Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a full, creamy head; very nice lacing. Aroma is not very strong, but is malty, and good. Taste is of strong malts, and a bit of sweet caramel. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, smooth, and almost chewy, with a nice bite on the finish.

This beer is beautiful, and delicious. I am not a big fan of German beers (perhaps because most are not hoppy enough for me), but this is one of the best I have had. Very satisfying, and went down very easily. I bought a single, but I would be happy to buy a sixer of this.

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Photo of SStein
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown. Smells of fruit and dark sugar. Tastes of chocolate and dark fruits especailly raisins. There is a mild carbonation, would go easy easy but this beer seems much boozer than most 7.9% beers.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a: A gorgeous opaque, rusty orange amber colored body. Creamy 2 finger beige head.

s: Roasted malt, pumpernickel, cooked apple, chocolate.

t: Sweet malt, toasted bread, Spiced apple sauce, raisins followed by just enough hop bitterness. Slightly spicey and pepper hop finish. Ready for the next sip.

mf: Medium full body. Moderate carbonation. Very creamy mouth feel.

o: Probably the second best doppelbock I have had. The first being Andechser. Hard to compair the two as they are so different. This is definitely fruitier than Andechser.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Amber brown pour, tall tan head that dissipated to small ring, no laceing. Dark malt and plum nose. Rich toffee malt taste, fairly sweet. Some dark fruit as well. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

August 21, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, snifter

A – Very deep amber to light brown. Off-white to light tan head of about an inch, dissipates fairly quickly Settles and becomes very still, appears full-bodied.

S – Vienna-type amber malt and a ton of caramel and brown sugar, some slightly fruity aromas like peach or cherry. Biscuit and slightly toasty as well.

T – Caramel and biscuit malt flavor leads, very strong. Some low herbal hopping, and fruity flavors of cherry or peach pits as well.

M – Moderate-full body, it really coats the tongue and lingers. Medium carbonation, enough to break through the malt sweetness. Low bitterness but enough to provide a counterpoint.

O – Well-rounded, drinkable, hides the alcohol well. One of the better doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. This is a mahogany colored beer with a fairly large white head. Has an aroma of malt, fruit and maybe some cocoa. The taste is big malt with some fruit, very good. This is a very good beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of katybee
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer several times and keep coming back to it for it's consistent standard of palatability...
Dark amber glassful, clinging foam head, medium body with slight creamy sweetness, hints of malty carmel light fruit and molasses notes...great to sip as it warms up and flattens out... yummy. Not bitter or hoppy, but slightly more 'beer-like' than a barleywine. Comparable to Spaten Optimater.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice looking brown and amber/red color with a big creamy head and good lace retention.
Sweet fruity aroma in the nose. Later becomes malty and grainy; reminds me of the smell of wort.
Very malt forward in taste, sweet, dark fruits. The sweetness is cloying at times. There is a dry finish which leaves some hops aftertaste, but not enough to balance it. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth.
Not a bad beer but the cloying sweetness along with minimal hops and low carbonation lacked some balance.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Very carbonated clear amber body.
S- Strong sweet caramels and malt.
T- Same experience as smell. Sweet caramels and malt.
F- Rich, spicy, a bit fizzy.
O- Very nice beer, and also cheap!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty doppelbock, looks deep redish amber, smells like tofee, caramel, sherry. Taste is complex and strong, Very nice beer. It´s the best commercial beer you can find in super markets in Mexico.

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Photo of qchic
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Threw this in a mix-a-six pack for variety sake. Pours mahogany with very modest head. Caramel, ripe fruit, spice, and ethanol in the aroma. More of the same in the malt-forward flavor. Slightly warming. Lacking complexity, but not bad.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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 TH28
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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 360logic
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a copper/amber hue with medium thick head that sticks around. Suprisingly light colored.

S: Sweet. Malt. Whole wheat bread, but not the darker kind. Brown sugar. Dried figs and apricots. Smells the way it looks, surprisingly non-roasty and bright.

T: First few sips are pretty sweet. But not quite toasted whole wheat bread-sweet, but more like french baguette. Fruity esters follow immediately after. Grapes and cherries. Maybe a little red/golden delicious apple. About half a dozen sips in you start picking up a tartness inter-playing with the sweetness. It's subtle, but noticeable. Eventually, the finish on this starts picking up a subtle bitterness that starts to help balance everything out.

M: Medium carbonation, medium chewiness. Like the color and taste, it doesn't take you to full on dark malt territory, and it doesn't quite feel as heavy as other doppelbocks.

O: Overall, this is pretty good beer. Somewhat unusual for the style, but taken on it's own terms it has a lot to offer. It's sweet, but moderately complex. It feels like it exists somewhere between a bock and a doppelbock.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellar temperature. Tulip.

It's got a fleeting head of tan foam, and a mahogany sort of red hue going on. I can see a lot of carbonation. Pretty.

A really nice aroma from this of sweet red fruits like cherries and apples, raisins, and even some cinnamon. Lovely.

Oh yeah, baby, give me that fruitiness! Now this is interesting: rather than the more roasted, stout-like maltiness of some doppelbocks, this brings the full-on fruitiness that the aroma suggests, very nicely balanced between sweet and tart. A sweet breadiness is apparent after the fruity burst. This reminds me of some of the red-hued Belgian ales I've sampled. Clean finish from the effervescence.

Highly carbonated, and full-bodied.

A fruit-forward dopplebock that immediately fires apples and cherries at you, and asks questions later.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium brown. A bit light for a doppelbock IMO. Nice tan head.

Smell is ok.

Primary flavor of malt. A bit overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. Not rich, not overly carbonated.

Finish is nice. All comes together well.

Not a first tier choice, but adequate.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grapey fruity esters with deep caramel malt. Toasted bread and biscuits. Brown sugar. Some spicy herbal hops, but pretty low. A hint of warming spicy alcohol.

Deep copper/amber with off white head that recedes quickly. Poor head retention, no lacing. Somewhat hazy, but that could just be chill haze.

Flavor begins with grapey esters and follows with toasty malt. Graham cracker and toasted pumpernickel bread. Clean lager character. Firm bitterness.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Fills the mouth. Some lingering toasty malt and bitter hops on the finish. Definitely on the dry side.

Very drinkable particularly for the ABV. Lots of character and drier than other doppelbocks.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was surprising: Very different and unexpected, both taste wise and visually. Pours a cloudy copper orange, as opposed to a darker, roastier beer like Optimator or the like. A very sweet beer from the start, with only a hint of bitterness at the finish. It took me about half the bottle to sort of resolve the surprise of it, but by the end, I found that I really liked it. Again, the sweetness is very forward and present--"fruity"--unlike other doppelbock's, where the sweetness might be underneath and come from more of a molasses/chocolate direction. For whatever reason, I found myself thinking this would be a great pizza beer.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.