Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,428
Reviews: 1,311
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 64
Gots: 242 | FT: 1
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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 Sammy
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In your face carbonation and over-the-top unique flavour. Popular with mates. High alcohol and not that greatly masked but liked it. Need some food to not have to crawl away. Nice brown colour and bubbles. Aftertaste made it nicely drinkable. Chestnut chocolatley toasted malt.

Photo of t0rin0
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and clear and a deep red color. A small amount of white foam sits on top but doesn't last long.

The smell is mild but pleasant. It is of dark caramalts and some alcohol. Not overly complex but nice, other than the alcohol.

The taste is stronger and more of those dark malts. There is some dark fruit flavor in there and the whole thing has some hop presence. Mostly in the bitterness but also a very slight detectable amount in the flavor. The alcohol flavor is there but its mild.

This beer is pretty drinkable, the only real distraction is the alcohol on the nose and tongue.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a semi-opaque amber with a 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. No lacing happened with this beer.

S - Smells of bread, raisins, and tart fruits.

T - Dark fruits (raisins, plums), bread/malt, and an astringent quality.

M - Beer was sort of flat and there was an acidic alchol feel as well.

D - Good beer that I would try again but wouldn't go out of my way to get. I think this might be really good on tap at a German restaurant with some sausages and kraut.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orangish brown with a thin white head that quickly disolves.

Sweet green pepper nose with pleasant vegetal character with light apple character and an end nose of fresh tortillas.

Mouth feel is very pleasant; a bit creamy and with only medium body and a short finish. However, it is very well balanced and the balance and medium fruit/malt/light carmel, light toffee flavors with hints of maple make this more pleasant and drinkable than it sounds.

Interestingly, the longer in the glass the less "sweet and fruity" it becomes and the more complexingly vegetal.

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured copper in color (somewhat light for this style) with lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of sweet, bready malts in the nose with notes of brown sugar and caramel plus some hints of fruits and spices.
T: The overall taste has lots of malty sweetness. A slight amount of hop bitterness is perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and very creamy and smooth. There is some warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The beer is quite filling and almost feels like you are having a snack. It's relatively easy to consume because the alcohol is for the most part hidden from the taste. The beer would go perfectly with brown bread.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a copper hue. There is a single-finger light tan head that sticks around for a bit before falling and leaving a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is pretty plain with a bit of sweet malt, bread, and caramel. Nothing too much in addition to that, and even those are pretty faint. The taste follows along the same lines--there really just isn't that much going on and I'm not impressed with the complexity of this one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much alcohol in the finish. Drinkability is okay, but nothing I'd seek out again.

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper, maple syrup colored with a small head; not much lacing

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel malt on the nose; sweet applesauce and alcohol notes come through as well

Taste: Caramel malt dominates with flavors of dried fruits - I pick up apples and dates in the flavor; not much hoppiness, but just enough to cut through the sweetness; the finish is wet and sweet and the alcoholic warmth is defintely present

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied with just a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A nice sipping doppelbock.

This is the beer that opened my tastebuds to a whole new world of beer and started my beer quest. I drank it on tap at the brewery in Munich and fell in love with it. Now that I have tasted a lot of other beers, I'll need to return to the brewery and re-live the experience with a much more well-travelled palate.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great traditional doppel bock. What I compare all other doppel bocks to. Looks solid brown with ruby and golden highlights. Has medium dense head that may fade, but should lace well. Smells carmelly and malty. Toasty and fruity of sweet dark fruits like figs, dates, and a bit nutty. Low buttery that gives body. Molassas and brown sugar that is offset by alcoholic heat and hop balance. Firm medium body that is unwavering and just under creamy. Finishes crisp and sweet. Abrupt bittering gives way to sweetness that lingers. Alcohoic throughout. A well balanced and matured beer. Always a treat.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of those beers that this rating system does no justice to, because by these qualifications, it doesnt really stand out, but when taken as a whole its one heck of a great beer. pours a less than amazing looking brownish red, with a small and rapidly fading off white head. smells like tons and tons of german malts, also a very interesting ale yeast. flavor is what i love here. tons of malt body, earthy springtime flavors, but no sweetness or any of that syrupy extract feeling so many big bocks have. thats why i love this one, its heavy and full bodied, but its also very drinkable despite its sturdy abv. normal carbonation and a very round finish. i think this is my favorite doppelbock out, its strong and satisfying without being sweet and tummy turning. deserves better scores i think.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Poured an amber colored brew with a medium size head. Retention is very average as well as the carbonation. A bit of caramel and sweetness with an above average body. ABV is well hidden. Not the best doppelbock I have tasted but bot bad either.

Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice dark brown color with red highlights, the head was thick and tan in color. The smell was sweet with malts, there wasn't much of a hop aroma at all. The taste of the beer had a lot of caramel malts and some roasted malts in the mix. The mouthfeel of the beer was a little thick, the body of the beer was about medium leaving a good feeling in the mouth. Overall this beer was quite enjoyable. 

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky, ripe orange with tangerine peel trim. Salvator looks for all the world like a DIPA (or an orange creamsicle). The ice cream portion of the creamsicle is the dense, orange-tinted ivory cap perched atop the beer. The foam has enough inherent stickiness to last for a bit and to deposit thick strands of lace on the glass.

I'm not that impressed with the nose. It smells like sweet orchard fruit, a little musky perhaps, with a slight aroma of butterscotch. There's no hint of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, etc. In that respect, it's quite a bit different from most other doppelbock noses that I've run across. The bottom line is that it just isn't that impressive in terms of character or intensity.

Things improve once the beer actually comes in contact with the taste buds. Malt is the engine that makes Salvator go, no surprise there, but it's more of the toasted caramel variety than anything darker. Maybe my style expectations are just way off the mark here.

Sweet, musky fruit (ripe peaches and apricots) is also noted with a smattering of spiciness (cinnamon perhaps) that adds some much needed complexity. The body/mouthfeel is medium for the style, maybe a scosh more full than that, and gains some measure of lushness as the beer warms.

Salvator is a different sort of doppelbock. For all I know, though, it might be the standard bearer for the style. It was good and the bottle was empty almost before I knew it, but the word 'great' never even crossed my mind.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah my first taste of Salvator. I have passed this by many a time just to go out and try stuff that isnt always around, well I am gonna try it today. Poured a very nice deep dark brown with a good two inches of off white tan colored head. This faded and nestled own leaving a thin film and some side glass lace. The smell was nce and smoky with a bit of an earthy grain mixed in. A touch of some caramel and sweetness as well. The flavor was very tight. Crisp clean and efficent flavor, lots of malt, nice smoky flavors with a touch of caramel. A great smooth feel with no sense of the alcohol at all. I could have easily had another of these. Overall this was awesome. I love German brews and this was no exception. It definitly deserves the rep it has, this is a really good dopplebock and something I am glad is readily avaibke to me whenever I want it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, procured at some LCBO or another in the past few weeks.

This beer pours a mostly clear, bright orange-brick amber colour, with a few fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy off-white head, which leaves some very spotty remote islet lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of strongly caramelized and semi-sweet grainy malt, oily bar-top nuts, soft black orchard fruit, brown sugar, a touch of earthy yeast, and spicy, floral, and grassy hops. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, a further rich toffee sweetness, mild yeasty spice, some prune, fig, and raisin dark fruitiness, musty and leafy noble hops, and some mildly astringent booziness kicking around.

The carbonation is fairly strong, manifesting in a palate-titillating frothiness, the body decently weighty, and generally smooth, the alcohol nosing its way in. It finishes a bit sweet, the caramel/toffee twin axe attack not to be denied, only moderated, by those earthy, leafy, and weedy hops, and a soupcon of boozy heat.

Not nearly as egregiously malty as a number of the doppelbocks I've yet experienced - more like a boozy Euro strong ale, which I know sounds like splitting hairs, or attempting to offend a venerable Munich brewing concern. Nothing of the sort, I assure you, it's just how it comes across this particular layman's view, is all - I'd have this again, given the chance.

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

A: The pour is a dark copper color with a fizzy sand colored head that quickly fades away.

S: The nose starts of bready and mildly sweet with some slightly overdone toffee. There's a bit of sweet banana as well as a subtle spice (clove) character.

T: Toffee is again the primary contributor of sweetness with a surprising amount of bitterness for a doppelbock. There's a fair amount of (spiced) bread and an underlying earthiness.

M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth on the palate.

D: Not my favorite doppelbock. As it warms the alcohol begins to become more noticeable, but it's still good enough.

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a burgandy/orange color with a bubbly, off-white, three-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and roasted malt. There was a alcohol aroma, too.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, sweet toffee and caramel. There was also a little spiciness, too.

M - It was smooth and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very fine dopplebock. One of the better beers in Paulaner's line.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, deep amber body with a medium-sized, though dense, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, lightly nutty nose of dried herbs, honey, pears, and even sugar-coated figs.

Taste: Lightly toasty, lightly nutty malt flavor with a definite sweetness, but it's kept in check by an herbal spice character, the certainly noticeable alcohol, and the bitter hops. Rum-soaked fruitiness. Still though, it finishes bready and sweet with warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, respectable doppelbock, but, truth be told, it's bit boozy for me.

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

A - Nice sized, light brown head that settles quickly and leaves good lace. The body is deep amber and very clear.

S - Big, malty aroma with lots of caramel and some dark fruit. No hop aroma to speak of.

T - Very malty with some toasty caramel up front. Some noticeable, brandy like alcohol in the middle. Some dark fruity notes and a smooth, malty finish.

M - Thick, creamy body with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - An excellent and easily drinkable example of the style. The malt character is great, and the alcohol notes are rich and rum like without being hot.

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

Clear, deep amber with a reddish cast, and an off-white head that holds fairly well but eventually drops to a minimal collar and leaves limited lace. It offers a bright, clean, toasted malt aroma with a soft background spiciness (that's probably more from alcohol than hops). The body is medium with a moderate carbonation level and a smoothly creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is of a rich, toasted malt with a light caramel side, and some obvious alcohol. There's little hop flavor but it's balanced bitterness leaves a dry finish. Not really complex, but very rich and enjoyable.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some alcohol.

T: The taste is sweet and malty with strong flavors of dark fruits and caramel up front. There's a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. There's also a touch of an alcohol sting which is surprising for a beer with an ABV below 8%. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer that is worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for the style, but it's not the first one that I would select.

Photo of jlindros
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter fluffy 1/2 finger head that sticks around for a while, with a bit of lacing, slight clear orange-red slight ruby colored beer.

Nose starts with nice candy, pure toffee, nutty toffee, caramel, a bit of wheat and darker malts, molasses, bit of biscuit and chewy caramel toffee, and a touch of lager fruity aromas with nice bock aromas.

Taste starts with syrupy dark malt flavors, chewy caramel, lots of toffee, chewy darker wheat flavors, a little bananas foster, light biscuit malt. It has some sweetness with a light booze warmth and even tingle, big and thick beer that drinks slowly. Finish adds a bit of earthy bitterness, more toffee, caramel, syrupy flavors, and little wheat.

Mouth is med to heavier bodied, decent carb, a bit of warming booze.

Overall it's not bad, nice malts, lots of tasty toffee and caramel, a bit syrupy, nice wheat and banana like flavors, a bit boozier than it seems like it should be, but otherwise a nicely done typical German doppelbock.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at 50 degrees into a snifter.
A - A deep clear garnet with shades of copper and a fluffy tan head that produces a minimal amount of sticky lace.

S -The smell of dark sugar, cinnamon + nut bread with a spruce like hop scent.

M - A medium bodied dark lager with sugar and spice in the feel. The creamy texture starts light but has a warming aspect with a big malty finish.

T - Sweet waves of sensuous dark malt with a nutty dry and earthy note. Lightly spiced and herbal hops are blended well. A bready and creamy mix of tastes and textures overlap. The German lager yeast is only very discreetly masked by the presence of a rum-like heat. Big in depth and strength dept. this is a lager to respect with many generations backing it high quality lagering.

D - A well made Double Bock that's reputation is well known. High standards of quality and great taste make this an easy choice in the bock category.

Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber/light copper with a light tan head that drops off pronto. No head retention/lacing

Smell: Alcohol, malt, slight spicyness (cinamon) and slighter smokiness

Taste: Maltiness dances with a slight alcohol tinged frutiness/spicyness. More nutty/toasty notes come through as the beer warms.

MF: Chewy and moreish, seems perfectly carbonated

Not close to my favorite, but tends to be hit & miss in Colorado, some bottles seem to hold up better than others. This beer didn't really wow me much more in Germany than now. A great beer to intoduce someone to dopplebocks though. never strays too far away from very goodness/greatness

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby caramel tone with a creamish tan head leaves nice lacing behind after the frothy head begins to dwindle down. Aroma: Mild alcohol with nice ripened fruit undertones seems a bit like a plum brandy tone, to sum it up this is all malt here some hops to touch it up but basically it's all malt here baby. Mouthfeel: Not as big as I once thought when I first started tasting different types of beer this was huge to us very complex not it's a very drinkable mass produced authentic German dopplebock with a lighter body for a d-bock but it's nice overall mild carbonation. Drinkability: A solid brew but I would go for a Celebrator before this one.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,428 ratings.