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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,106 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,106
Reviews: 1,263
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 44
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a tawny, glowing orange-brown color. The tall, similarly-tinted head has a dense, frothy and creamy texture. Retention is fairly persistent at first, but fades after a few minutes. An average amount of latticed lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Primarily sweet and fruity. Mostly orchardy (pears and apples) with some darker hints. Toffee/caramel and butterscotch are prominent. Lightly herbal hop character stays mostly in the background. Mildly toasty and spicy as well.

T: A flash of faintly toasted, sticky sweetness at first, with toffee/caramel and butterscotch again at the fore. A bit fruity - golden apple and red pear mostly. Hop bitterness is mild, with some lightly spicy and leafy flavor. Alcohol is noticeable, especially into the finish as it reveals some heat.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is on the light side, lending a smooth, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. As mentioned, alcohol does play a little role here.

D: A pleasant, boldly (some might say simply) flavored profile. Despite that, drinkability is never an issue, and this is a welcome version of a very nice style.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:06:35 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of jsprain1


3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pure amber color with a thin head, though I found the head retention to be rather lacking.
S- The aroma was somewhat caramel-malt based, as to be expected. There were some fruit aromas (apricot), but the deep malts I was expecting didn't really show up.
T- Toasty and nutty, and plenty sweet from the malt, but I expected a bit of depth in the maltiness that I didn't get. It was all caramel/butterscotch as far as I could tell. There was just a hint of spice and fruit.
M- The body was on the full side of medium, but I found it to be it to be undercarbed. I understand the style is supposed to be a weighty beer, but with it being undercarbed, it felt a bit syrupy.
D- This was a decent beer, but not my favorite doppelbock. I found it to be a bit one-dimensional, even within the supermalty realm, and that combined with excessively low carbonation, kind of left this beer underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 01:41:30 | More by jsprain1
Photo of Snamnoum

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark orangish amber, produced one finger of head which died rather quickly, some sticky lace

Smell - tons of apple. Its smell just like apple cider. Dark toasted malt and doughy yeast.

Taste - very sweet and fruity upfront. Lots of honey and syrup tones, some slightly bitter toasted grain flavor some alcohol does come through on the back end

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, creamy feel and moderate to medium carbonation.

Drinkability - very sweet and with a high abv this would seem hard to drink and it is in large quantities but then again it was originally designed to be a meal in a glass. IMO an excellent Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 02:19:39 | More by Snamnoum
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange that is almost red. The head dissipates quickly leaving only a few bubbles across the top. Aroma of vague vanilla, booze, molasses, rubber, candied oranges. The flavor is more subtle than I thought it'd be: light citrus, slight licorice, wheat, and margarine. Light in body with light carb and surprisingly refreshingly.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:34:11 | More by JRed
Photo of cpetrone84


2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a cloudy dark amber, notes of orange edges with a brownish center, the head is very lightly tan in color and creamy in texture.

S-the nose is large, bready caramel and brown sugar in abundance with hints of molasses, notes of yeast lie underneath, a touch of banana and a good bit of green apple.

T-the taste is a bit of a malty mess, burnt brown sugar and caramel, lightly bready, a much stronger presence of molasses and hints of chocolate seem to not fit well with the poorly burnt sugars up front. the yeast and esters have faded and are almost an afterthought from the nose. light alcohol present in the back with a touch of grassy tea like hops in the finish.

M-this is thick and syrupy, too thick and syrupy. its rough to get down and the carbonation isn't strong enough to help curb that maple syrupy like texture.

D-the nose lead you to believe a much more yeasty estery beer, the flavors are a blend of burnt malts and dark sweet flavors. it just doesn't seem to work well together for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:25:18 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of nickhiller


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: ruby red, good head retention, decent lacing
S: so far the most exciting part--sweet fruit, intense malt (reminds me of juicy juice) cherry, red wine
T: malt! rich malt with just enough bitterness to curb the intense sweetness, toast on the backend
M: thick syrup, creamy foam, warm alcohol and slight bitterness on the finish
D: very interesting, a pleasant departure from my normally hoppy beers

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 07:29:24 | More by nickhiller
Photo of Nerudamann


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look - Creamy looking caramel color. Good 2 fingers worth of foam. Good carbonation.

Smell - As one would expect, very malty. Also sweet smelling, like maple sugar.

Taste - Malty indeed, but not overwhelmingly so. Aftertaste lingers on the back sides of the tongue, as well as a little bit on the top of the palate. There is a molasses type of taste, but not as thick and prevalent as I've tasted in some other bocks. Slightly filling, but again, not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick/creamy as I would have expected.

Drinkability - Very good drinkability. Well-balanced on all ends. Could be slightly maltier for its type, but still quite very drinkable. Maybe not too many in a row though. Easy to come back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 04:27:19 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-poured into a Snifter, is a ruby red with a decent amount of head that quickly disappears to leave a thin lacing on top

S-smells sweet, malty, and a bit boozey

T-smells better than it tastes, still sweet and malty but not as strong. Alcohol is very subdued. Ends with a bit of hop bitterness

M-low to medium carbonation, medium body, sort of a thin mouthfeel

D-I really like dopplebock's so was slightly disappointed. Still has the bready malts, but no real punch

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:33:16 | More by ksimons
Photo of NODAK


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet...caramel malts...brown sugar. Rich, and appetizing.

Taste is sweet and rich, but not overally thick or too cloyingly so. As expected, it's rich in caramel malts and molasses. On the finish, some dark fruit/raisin flavors appear as well. Hops pretty much non-existant here. Carbonation is low. Due to the thinner consistancy, aftertaste doesn't seem to hang around very long...cleaner than some other beers in this style. I think what impresses me is that this beer is almost 8 percent alcohol, and it is imperceptible.

Awesome dopplebock. It's one of the classics for a reason.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:33:38 | More by NODAK
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - chestnut brown colour with nice tan head - good lacing

smell - pleasant bready aroma, i'm picking up caramel, nuts, slight pine, red wine

taste - malty, slightly sweet, nuts, caramel, molasses

mouthfeel - medium to full body, bitter upfront, good finish, good carbonation, slightly bitter again on the aftertaste

drinkability - average, booziness comes thru towards the end of the drink, at this ABV kind of surprising

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:57:55 | More by keithmurray
Photo of SamN


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- A cloudy ruby red, with a very dark center, glowing with mellow and heavy body. An imposingly big beer, especially in my heavy Mikasa tulip glass. Pours thick and leaden, flowers with foam with an impressive two finger head of spotty, light desert tan head. Beautiful color, not what I expected from a doppelbock, but very, very impressive. Such character in this glass.

S- Sweet, vinous malt aroma. Interesting and fun complexities; alcohol soaked-fruits, thin port-like wine characteristics, creamy alcohol esters. Just a great smelling beer. Thick, rich, but not overwhelming or too strong. Lacking the nutty sweetness I like so much, but this is a different kind of great. Fruity and almost "light" smelling, with a big alcohol nose. Surprising for it's relative weakness (7.9%?).

T- Hmmmm, what happened here? Thin tastes, seeming almost watered down! Hazelnuts, sweet toffee flavors and some smokiness balanced by a noticeable hops presence. My first impressions were "weak" and "watery". Yes, it's got classic dopplebock malt complexities, but not in the booming quantities I'm used to. A fruity ending, landing on apples and dates. Somewhat dry finish, too.

I gotta say, this Doppelbock underwhelmed me quite a bit. The powerful flavors and strength just weren't there. There's that word again; "watery". I drink a lot of the style, and I know when something just ain't right, and something just ain't right with this one.

M- Mouthfeel is big and heavy, of course. Not chewy, more like molten smoothness, a thick runniness, like warm syrup. Very little carbonation, especially after this long nursing review. Ends up nearly flat.

D- Not a great tasting DB. Tastes are thin, faint and rather ghost-like. Looks great, smells great...just doesn't taste too great.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 21:00:07 | More by SamN
Photo of Swill5786


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the first good beer I ever had... Nice to come back to it with a more developed palate.

A - Pours a caramel, semi-transparent, two finger head, gone quickly.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, slight alcohol presence, fruity/spicy hop aroma.

T - All the sweet side of the nose... An overall caramel impression with cherries coming in under the rest. Mild alcohol bite and hop bitterness.

M - Medium... On the lighter side for a doppelbock. Mild carbonation up front is gone before the swallow.

D - High.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 01:50:23 | More by Swill5786
Photo of jsh420


3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours clear dark amber with no head

smells of dark fruit roasted grains and carmel malt

taste figs banana carmel toffee and some cereal grains - a bit thin

mouthfeel - has a medium body very smooth and creamy

drinkability is ok but i would rather have a celebrator or a korbinian

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:41:24 | More by jsh420
Photo of IRONRakkasan


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't sure what to expect really, though once I opened the bottle and took a whiff, I knew it'd be a bit stronger then expected. Apparently one should always look up the ABV first, eh?

Speaking of whiffs, as well as the corresponding taste, I felt I did a cannonball into a bowl of cherries and dates steeped in a heck of a lot brown sugar.

I was waiting for the absent bitterness to rear its head, but nope, just malt came through.

The brew wasn't too thick or too thin...but just right.

This offering would best be enjoyed slowly. One is enough. Recommended nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 18:33:46 | More by IRONRakkasan
Photo of exonthebottle


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner's doppelbock is a okay for bock but not my favorite style since they are kinda heavy beers.
the higher alcohol content for this beer wasn't very hidden because of the smell booze. caramel color okay head. The taste is not similar to Optimator the other bock I have had this is a little more boozy and hoppy. too boozy but okay beer to sip at the bar but one is enough

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 07:20:56 | More by exonthebottle
Photo of EwaldEichstaett


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken a few months back. Drank this at my place in Germany, so my review might be more positive than most as the beer has not traveled far from its home in München.

A: Poured 2 half liter bottles into a Maß. Dark reddish brown, not a great head or lacing.

S: I can definitely smell the alcohol here, but it does not dominate the smell at all. There are BIG caramel malt and fruity smells. Actually, it smells like a large sweet date from Egypt, I had to remind myself that it was only beer. (Joke)

T: So, the alcohol taste is there but... what the hell can you do? It's masked pretty well actually. The taste is similar to the smell, just not quite as intense. Very toasty, full and sweet flavors.

M/D: Decent mouthfeel it coats your mouth nicely and remains quite sweet. With the higher alcohol content you will have to be careful not to drink to fast.

Not a big fan of Doppelbocks, but this one is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 14:28:02 | More by EwaldEichstaett
Photo of karait95


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A pretty caramel - pale orange color, very bright attractive color, not prominent head, almost null head that disappears relatively fast.

S: Sweet smell, there is a fruit or fruits in there, toasted aroma that is not very strong but present.

T: Not as good as the smell, a little toasted, some bitterness very little sweetness.

M: Long light bitter ending you can feel some alcohol according to the style but not so pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 03:54:10 | More by karait95
Photo of Cubsfan1087


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner's doppelbock is a very good beer. I was surprised by the higher alcohol content for this beer, but it is really hidden very well. This beer has a nice caramel color with nice head that laces the glass. The taste resembles other doppelbocks, a little sweet but bitter at the same time. I reccomend trying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:48:55 | More by Cubsfan1087
Photo of mcdevster


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice solid malty brew from paulaner.. the alcohol content is barely noticeable.. it doesn't drink nearly as easy as their hefeweizen but this is a very different style.
I get dark fruit in the nose maybe a touch of honey.. it looks nice and drinks pretty well. it leaves a slightly bitter sweet aftertaste.. but the body itself is pretty thin. Sweet with a little tang and dark fruit. recommended.. good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 03:20:30 | More by mcdevster
Photo of perrinvv


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a brown bottle with a monk and a sort of George Washington looking fellow on it. Poured into a pokal.

Pours a very nice shade of red amber that you can see through. A good amount of tan head bubbles up during the pour. After the head fades the beer is still very well carbonated with bubbles floating around.

The smell isn't really strong enough to identify. Its not bad, sweet like molasses, just as you'd expect from bock. Its just a very faint aroma that I wish I could get a better whiff of, but its not there.

The taste is simple and straight forward. Tastes like coffee and malt. The taste balances out the alcohol to mask the kick.

A good beer in all respects but it didn't really stand out either.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 16:36:09 | More by perrinvv
Photo of ocelot2500


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

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a tight off-white ehad that leaves little lacing.

Smells of sweet fruit and spice notes.

Tastes of a solid amount of toasted malt, fruit, and spice. Toasted malt is sweet some bread notes and caramel sweetness. Fruit has peach and apricot tones. Some spiciness comes through as well with a touch of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 02:18:10 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of BeerShirts


4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark copper coloring with a thick haze when looking through the glass, A light head that leaves quickly

S- Dark Fruit and Malt with a small bit of the alcohol

T- The malt has a light roasted taste to it but mostly I am getting the sweet taste of the Dark fruit I was smelling with a little bit of spice added. Not sure about the after taste. Right after the main body there is a splash of some sour taste but it is still very good

M- Mild body and carbonation

D- Since I can buy this pretty cheap at a local shop I will buy more of it for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 23:11:46 | More by BeerShirts
Photo of Bfarr


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany with a fine tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves poor lacing. Very faint floral sweetness that quickly degrades to a slightly offensive generic beer aroma. Taste is surprisingly complex. Molasses and brown sugar give way to a floral tea with light alcohol and even a little spiciness. A lightly bittering finish develops as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is very syrupy and a little oily.

This beer is all over the place. It doesn't look or smell very interesting and I'm kind of torn on the mouthfeel but the taste is quite good. Of course, I think this is an okay beer when it was colder but warmer it is much better so if you don't like your beer warmer this may just be a mediocre one for you.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:29:29 | More by Bfarr
Photo of PonchoEquihua


4.78/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well! i tried today this excelent german beer and i was it succesfully expectative cover.

Very good head and cloudy amber aperance and smell of toasted malts & fruity citric and caramel aromas.
Excelent taste with the exact bitternes with caramel and toasted malt... the aftertaste y very long

Definitevly one of my new favorites from now on


Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 05:03:36 | More by PonchoEquihua
Photo of NWer


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 21:43:41 | More by NWer
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,106 ratings.