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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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88
very good

2,291 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,291
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 156 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 spycow
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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 olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -55.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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 SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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 oberon
4/5  rDev +2%
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 biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a murky golden orange, with a few fingers of soapy off-white head, which leaves very spotty lace as it recedes. It smells of strong, boozy white grain malt, and floral, grassy hops. The taste is metallic white grain, and weedy hops, with some astringent booziness hanging around. The carbonation is fairly strong, the body moderately weighty and musty, and it finishes a bit off-dry, some mildly sweet white grain pushing through.

Not nearly as malty as the dopplebocks I've had before. More like a boozy strong ale, which I know sounds like splitting hairs...

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,291 ratings.