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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,317
Reviews: 1,280
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 180 | 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 StaveHooks
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with red highlights. 1.5 finger tan head.

S - Lots of rich toasted caramel, almost like caramel melting in a pot, musty wheat bread, musty yeast, over ripened apples, sugary figs, nutty.

T - Toasted bread, fruity malt, caramel, alcohol does not hide, grassy bitterness shows up along with some dry nuttyness.

M - Full and slick, but drys out on the finish. Adequate carbonation.

The aroma is better around 52 degrees. After that the alcohol really pounces on things. The flavors were good but fell flat of what the nose describes.

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

Poured chilled from 0.33 L bottle into a chalice.

To be concise: I gave this wonderful doppelbock a 4.0-4.5 out of 5 mark in each of the rating categories. I'm not a bock / doppelbock fan but this particular specimen could make me change my attitude: it's a drinkable, fine, semi-wine tasting beer with beautiful dark-red color, non-agressive smell, interesting combination of caramel and faint fruits in taste and an exceptional aftertaste.
I'll have another one.

Photo of lordbrad1
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a nice redish orange into my trusty pint glass. Nice color. Fizzy thick head that dies down after a couple of mins.

Smell - Sweetness, and a bit of fruity caramel.

Taste - Lightly fruity, with a nice sweetness. The sweetness isn't overpowering, but well balanced and pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium body mouth feel. Goes down smoothly doesn't "stick" to the mouth. Very nice.

Overall - This is a very good representation of the dopplebock style. The higher alcohol content (7.9%abv) makes it go to my head a little faster than I'd like. However the overall sweetness, and drinkability make up for that. I wouldn't call it a session beer (unless you aim to be hammered after your sessions), but you could easily put down a few of these and be quite content.

Photo of adam42381
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep caramel brown with yellow-orange highlights and a 1/2 finger off-white head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, melons and a touch of dried dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet caramel and a touch of fruity sweetness up front followed by a more subdued malty sweetness in the middle before ending with a mix of toasted malt and a hint of bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and somewhat muted.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I could see myself drinking a couple of these under the right circumstances.

Overall: Good beer overall. Not the best dopplebock in the world, but it's still solid. I'd say it's worth a shot.

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

Aroma is malty with a fruity undertone and just a hint of spice. It pours a clear cola brown with a respectable light tan head. Flavor is quite strong, malty with undertones of spice and apple. Texture is fairly smooth and tingly, and it has a fair amount of body. Definitely worth seeking.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass, deep orange pour with a moderate white, sticky head. The aroma is full of yeasty sweet breads. The beer is sweet, bready, and it has a lingering sweetness. The body is full, good carbonation. A nice doppelbock, smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazed deep red-brown colour, with a very fine, but minimal head of slightly off-white. Body is really pleasantly thick, but with a fineness that makes it look very sophisticated. Carbonation is rather static in the heavy body, but where it streams, it's rather plentiful. Looks good.

Surprisingly, there's not a lot on the nose. Bit of bready malt, giving a floury tone, and just a touch of grain brightness. Very little sweetness, and not a lot of suggestion of depth. In some respects, it's very classically German, but it just doesn't have the excitement or complexity to catch my attention properly.

Taste is a little better, but it still relies heavily on that nice German bite through the centre, and actually doesn't have a lot of depth or complexity to pull it through. Thin metallic characters through the middle, with a malty sweetness and a slight organic bite on the back. It's good, but it's very generically good. It doesn't do anything awesome in and of itself.

I like it. It's really hard, probably, to not like this beer. But the more you drink it, the more generic it feels, and the less it seems to offer. I want it to be better.

Photo of jdense
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Medium amber brown body, white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing, on the light end of hues for this usually darker beer style. Nose features some sherryish esters and big malt hit, caramel, burnt brown sugar, not much in way of hops, a little floral. Taste is fairly complex, apple esters, more raisins than prunes, molasses. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side of medium, alcohol fairly noticeable. not sticky. Did this side by side with Celebrator, and to be honest this paled in comparison, re color and especially flavor-wise. Pretty good, but no world beater.

Photo of capeannbass36
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy, golden orange with a half finger cream colored head that dissapted rather quickly. Minimal lacing. Almost none.

S- Sweet malt, fruit, caramel and honey.

T- Sweet malt, more caramel and honey. Tiny, tiny bit of hops.

M- Slightly syrupy. Medium body. Smooth. Not a whole heck of a lot of carbonation...but not flat either.

O- Had been looking for this for quite some time. Rushed home to have with lunch. Very nice. But, really expected a bit more though. Wasn't this rated a lot higher last winter??!!
Will try again.

Photo of cbutova
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy red body pours into my glass. A frothy light tan head builds to a decent size but doesn't retain all that well. Frothy ring doesn't give me much in the way of lace.

S- Yeast spice and raisin hit me first along with a nice fruit note(strawberry vicinity but not obvious). Also buttery caramel, bread and slight banana. Dark fruit comes out with warmth.

T- Once again it opens up with a nice raisin, spice and caramel mixture, much stronger here. In addition to this, I get some nice sweets, dark fruit, buttery hints, clove, toasted nuts, bread and some banana.

MF- Very silky smooth carbonation in an oily moderately thick body. Slight alcohol warming.

Lots of nice things going on in this flavorful Doppelbock. Another good selection from the German section. After the fact, I realized the fruit aspect reminded me of the strawberry Christmas hard candies that have the seed wrapper and a jam-like filling.

Photo of codfeast
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to stein.

A: A hazy amber, small off white head, lots of bubbles rushing to the surface.

S: biscut, caramel, hints of chocolate, and alcohol.

T: Big malty sweetness, gets cleaned out with a little warming alcohol on the back end.

M: Big, smooth, and creamy, booze delivers a nice dry finish.

O: I really like this one. Malty sweet but not to sweet, just enough alcohol to cleanse the palate to make each sip taste like the first. a real nice balance of the booze you know it is there, but it does not taste like 7.7%

Photo of MEsoJD
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful amber/copper color. Slightly transparent.

S: Right off the bat, it smells malty and slightly sweet.

T: Hit with hops, followed by sweet and malt taste. Alcohol presence is noticeable.

M: Smooth and crisp.

O: Very enjoyable and would recommend. Great Price as well.

Photo of Brabander
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

To start with; this is a good Germanbeer. I bought this beer a few weeks ago when i was in Germany. Because of the bigger ABV than normal this beer caught my interest. Best before januari 2012.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer looks normal to good. Nice brown fluid with a decent but very small head. The beer is a bit cloudy.

Light roasted malt smell. Good taste with a bit of sweetness. The 'extra' alcohol give the beer an extra bite but for half a liter this is a bit too much, i drank 90 percent of the bottle and then got bored with this beer. This however is on the better beers you can find in Germany, not THE best but pretty decent.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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 musicforairports
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle into a tulip.

Ruby-brown in color--I was expecting darker--with a small head that doesn't last. Lacing is alright.

Smells of rich caramel malt, some hints of dark fruit.

Taste is the same, pretty much. Not a very complex beer. Very sweet caramel malts dominate.

Medium mouthfeel. Bit creamy and rich.

Not awfuly but not one of the best doppelbocks I've had. Lacks complexity and a darker malt character. The sweet caramel malt is a bit cloying.

Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a perfect pint glass, produced on 07/09 (hope stuff ages well).

The appearance is a copper red color, some haziness caused by the yeast, with an off white / light brown head. The smell is of sweet malts, mostly caramel. Mouth feel medium thickness. The taste is of double sweet caramel malts with slight hop bitterness and an off taste bitterness as an after flavor. Overall a decent beer, I'm only just now starting to like these higher malts beers, I'll be sure to try it again in a few months as I acquire more of a taste for them.

Photo of StoutToGetYa
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a 1pint bottle. Nice amber pour with head that disappeared almost immediately. Not a lot of aroma to it but what was there was nice. Hit the tongue very smooth and has a nice feel. Very smooth finish with the perfect mix of malts and hops. I was surprised at how easy this beer is to drink.

Photo of FrankenBeerStein
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a caramel/brownish red color with maybe a one finger head that vanishes FAST. Not sure if it's my nose, but I don't get much of a smell off this beer. Maybe a slight hint of grain, but I'm not getting much. The taste, on the other hand, is phenomenal. Rich malts balanced well with the spice of the hops, with a small kick from the slightly higher abv make this a pretty damn tasty dopplebock. I would definitely drink this one again, AND share it with friends.

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 CwrwAmByth
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper/amber brown with a short lasting head.

S: Sweet malty smell

T: A hoppy refreshing hit before the sweetness and maltiness, and a strong taste of alcohol.

M: Quite smooth on the mouth with maybe a bit too much carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but I don't think i'll get it again.

Photo of peensteen
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep orange, one finger off white sticky dense head, dissipates quickly. Smell is big and malty, sweet caramel and toffee, biscuit, grassy hops are there deep down. Taste is malty, sweet notes of toffee and caramel, long lasting bitterness present throughout, alcohol notes are there but not too strong. Medium-full body, syrupy at points, full weight, med-high carb. Not bad, solid stuff, enjoyable but not the best for the style.

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

Reddish amber, hazy with tints of orange copper in liquid. Finger sized head that stays okay

Sweet fruits, caramel, bread & hints of alcohol. The aroma is quite strong & malty.

Sweet malts and to a lesser extent caramel, there also appear to be a hint of honey and bread. There is a lingering sweetness which is very nice.

Smooth, medium bodied beer with almost no carbonation. Very easy to drink despite the high alcohol content. Crisp and well balanced.

A strange, new combination to me but one that I enjoyed &hope to find again.

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Photo of anakar
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

App - Pours a bronze color, with a goldy light head

Smell - Nice sweet smell, caramel and toffee

Taste - Very sweet, candy beer. It's not very carby so you can have it in big swigs and it's pretty smooth. You don't feel the 7.9 ABV in the flavor and there's no sting like you get with some heavy beers

Generally a very tasty beer, but not heavy like some other high-alc beers.

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty 1.5" ecru head and had a hazy orangy amber body. The smell was mildly malty but as the beer warmed it came out more. Flavor again was mildly malty, and a moderate richness was reminiscent of some barleywines I've had. Taken by itself it's a good beer, but placed among the ranks of double bocks I personally think it was too light colored and weak to be among the top in that style.

Photo of DIM
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark chestnut brown with some dark orange around the edges. It poured with a large, long lived fizzy cap.

s: On the mild side, but that also means that the alcohol is well masked. Sweet brown sugar with perhaps some traces of butterscotch, coffee, or toffee.

t: There is a bit more going on here than in the nose, but it still falls pretty far for short of a great doppelbock. Sweet, sugary malts dominate with notes of toffee, caramel, and hint of chocolate cake batter. Again, the alcohol is extremely well masked.

m: Medium bodied and a bit chewy with gently fizzy carbonation.

o: This is a pretty good doppelbock that is very attractively priced. Even so, I don't intend to revisit this one. There are too many better examples out there.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,317 ratings.