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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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1,325 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,325
Hads: 2,552
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 81
Gots: 307 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany | website

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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Reviews: 1,325 | Hads: 2,552
Photo of woemad
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown amber color. Big, off-white head that disappeared after about three minutes, leaving a foamy ring. Moderate lacing. Smell was of toasted malt, with fruit and floral notes. Very creamy mouthfeel. Taste was of toasted malt, fruit, a hint of caramel, and a minor zap from the hops to wind things up, just enough to keep the malt from being overpowering. The fruity aspect reminds me a little of fruitcake, except it's good! A very satisfying beer, but a little filling, so I don't think I'd like to drink lots of them at a sitting.

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Photo of rabidawg
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500 mL capped bottle. Dated: 07.03

Appearance: Ruddy nut-brown with a frothy white head, slow in settling. A decent lace remained, coating my glass with speckled, sticky sweetness.

Smell: Heavy, dark malt aroma. Ripe, dark fruits; sweet, confectionery caramelized sugars; heavy earthiness; and slight biscuity notes. Slight rummy alcohol backbone.

Taste: Initial malty sweetness followed by a soft, overripe persimmons. Then other dark, sweet fruits. Gentle alcohol warming, and a slight aspartame, dry sweetness. Satisfying finish, leaving a slight coating on the mouth. Just enough of a hop profile to balance the heavy, toasted maltiness. Mouthfeel is exceedingly creamy and full, leaving little if anything to be desired.

Notes: One of my top two or three favorite doppels to date. Highly recommended, but I'd like to revisit it during the colder months. Excellent, though, even in July.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a doppel that I truly enjoy drinking and this is one of my favorite beers! To me it has a superb taste and goes down very smooth and easy. This beer poured a medium head with medium sized bubbles. The nose was malty and the body was clear and this beer had a brown hue.

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

This brew pours a very nice malty caramel aroma from a transparent light brown body with a medium head of fine to medium sized bubbles. It has a slightly fizzy initial mouth feel followed by a very nice smoky, slightly burnt, chewy full bodied spicy flavor. This is one of my favorite brews of all time. Next to Andechs, it was my favorite Doppelbock while I was overseas in Germany. Its high alcohol content can be felts even after just a few sips. It goes down very easy. I love it!

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Photo of Indybeer
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle Poured a dark copper with a biege head that quickly receded. No sign of lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty and sweet. Taste is again malty and to me overly sweet, the alcohol come through as well. I was unable to really enjoy this because of the overpowering sweetness. Not the best dopple bock I've had.

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

I had this on draught in Germany a few years ago and enjoyed it very much. This sample was a 12oz bottle that poured crystal clear brown with a thick tight head that dissapeared in a couple minutes leaving only a few tiny dollops of white foam. Only slight lacing as well. Aroma is super sweet and malty with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is also very sweet and nothing but malt. It improves as it warms and flavor loses a little sweetness. Not nearly as impressive as when I had it on draught but a fine Doppelbock none the less and probably the best German Doppel out there.

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Photo of tar
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear brown with a thick, foamy head. The head diminishes very quickly and leaves a very nice looking beer behind. The smell is rich and malty, with a hint of butter. Tastes sweet-almost caramel like, and malty. The finish is dry and very pleasant. Very smooth with a medium to full bodied feel. Very drinkable, but quite filling. A very good beer for relaxing with on a cool spring evening.

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Photo of taez555
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle

This beer poured a medium to light colored redish/brown cream soda colored body. It had a small finger sized off white/tan head that died down rather quickly.

The nose had a slight smokyness too it. Some caramel and sweet malt smells also. I couldn't smell any hops at all.

The initial taste was very smooth. Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Some sugary sweet caramel flavors as well, with even a touch of roasted/smoky flavors. It's a very dark malty beer, but at the same time completly subdued and never in your face at all. Finishing a lot stronger than it starts off.

Overall I found this beer to be a decent bock, but nothing to write home about. Although I'd really be interested to try it in Germany rather than imported to the U.S. I suspect this bottle might have been near the end of it's life and if fresh could be a lot better.

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Photo of TripelJ
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Salvator Doppel Bock caught my eye as I browsed the cooler at my local package store. Pour yielded a medium sized creamy tan head that quickly dispersed. Appearance is a most enticing copper-bronze. Smell is sweet with spicy alcohol notes and a buttery biscuit smell is also present--again, very promising. Taste reflects the nose, with a sweet start, bread or biscuit flavors in the middle and a very faint alcohol spicyness to finish--And that's just one sip! It is not the most complex beer I have ever tasted, but the flavors are in perfect balance. I have had only a few beers of this style, but this is by far my favorite thus far, and definitely my favorite Paulaner--Respect!

I will say no more, but let my perfect '5' be a clear statement, that although this beer could be changed, it could never be improved!

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Photo of GreenCard
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark copper brown, great clarity, thick tannish creamy head on hard pour, some lacing

Aroma: upfront banana-like fruitiness, big hit of caramelly malt, some molasses, no hops, touch of alcohol

Flavor: mellow sweetness initially with a rich melanoidin roundness to the palate, toasty caramel sweet smoothness balances out with just enough hop bitterness in the semi-sweet finish, sumptuously tasty

Mouthfeel: medium-full bodied but not syrupy, gentle carbonation and a tantalizing alcohol warmth without any burning sensation

Overall Impression: This is a supremely well-crafted beer, one of the hallmarks of the style. Robust, nourishing and complex. Mighty powerful, too.

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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.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was quite a nice beer. It is a nice copper color, similar looking to a glass of whiskey. You can smell the alcohol when you open the bottle, and you can definately taste it as well. There are also some traces of caramel and maybe some other flavors hidden in there as well. A very nice beer, give it a go.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very complex beer and a bit hard for me to rate as I consider myself still somewhat of a novice beer geek. The appearance is copper in color, I expected it to be darker being a double bock. It poured with a nice thick head that lasted about 3 or 4 minutes. Aroma is malty with fruit and a bit of alcohol. Its taste is a bit like a barley wine, sweet, fruity and alcohol, but nicely balanced with the malt and hops - that is to say not overly fruity which really turns me off. It is not overly carbonated. It left a nice malty caramel aftertase. This beer is very drinkabe, although not everyday. This one to sit back relax and enjoy slowly - definately not a bar type of beer. Very enjoyable.

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

Pours a thin head, but has great lacing. Looks surprisingly light. Smells a little sweet. The aroma is decent, but nothing really special here. It doesn't taste as sweet as it smells. It's a very tasty brew. Very good aftertaste and incredibly drinkable. The overall feel of the beer is something like an oak barrel.

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Photo of nomad
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a gorgeous oranged amber color with a bubbly off-white head, good slow lace, and a little staining on the glass. Nose was of caramel, beauiful roasted wheat, and a nutty malt that also gave off a corn scent. Taste was a hearty malt, roasted only enough. Clear and clean, but with a creamy tone and one ounce of sweetness. Then came an opposing burnt sensation at the finish. Mouthfeel was fairly oily. Not the greatest tasting finish, became creamier with time. Quite mellow for a double bock.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep copper color with a small head that dissipated fairly quickly, but a bit of lace remained. The smell was very sweet malty with just a hint of caramel, roasted malt and perhaps some smoke. The taste was very malty, and there was a stronger alcohol flavor than I expected. The carbonation level was not great, it sort of felt like an alcoholic syrup covering the inside of my mouth. All in all, I thought it was pretty good, but I wasn't that impressed. This was however my first venture into a true doppelbock. Perhaps my review was slightly skewed because of my inexperience. I?ll try some more doppelbocks and then try this again to reevaluate.

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Photo of pheurton
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours a dark-reddish brown. decent head that lasts a while. the first sip reveals that this beer is all about the malt...as should be expected. rich, chewy, full bodied mouthfeel. a touch of european hops at the end to balance things out at the end. certainly not a session brew, but a full-bodied complex treat to sip on.

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Photo of maxpower
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber-copper color with a nice foamy lasting white head, sweet fruity and flowery aroma. Sweet and malty roasty caramel flavors very sweet in the finish, medium body with a sticky mouthfeel, alcohol well hidden, above average dopplebock worth a try always a good choice.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A true classic. Although I would give Celebrator a slight edge (in flavor), Salvator is as good a "winter warmer" as any. Has a smooth, almost honey-like texture. Hints of carmel in the flavor, reminds me a lot of thier Octoberfest, just a little fuller. Pours a deep, amber hue, decent sized head, some retention. I believe that Salvator is another world classic that has been overshadowed by more recent, over the top beers. I have never been disappointed by this beer. (re-review, 10/03 - just doesn't seem as good. Weaker, thinner? I don't know, but not as good as I remember).

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Photo of tavernjef
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice deep amber color with a super creamy-like head thats frothy and very tight. Looked like a lighter whipped cream and was light tan in color and nearly three fingers high. The lace clings in large patches that remain a long time on the glass. Smell is a very buttery roasted malt, like slightly burnt popcorn, but thicker. Is also somewhat sweet and toffeeish.

Taste is super subtle of toffee, roasted malt, sweet, and is kinda creamy/silky smooth, a little bit chewy, with a lingering dryness that settles in and goes into the finish, which gets lighter. The finish, again, reminded me of that dry mouth feeling you get from eating dry popcorn. I really liked the feel of this beer, its so complex and layered. The taste is well rounded and has great subtle complexities as well. Absolutely drinkable and enjoyable. Highly recommended as far as dopplebocks go.

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Photo of pezoids
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a clear and bright orange/cherry color with a thin white head. The aroma is very complex. Rich and heavy with sweet malt and a myriad of different flavors and fragrances.
I was getting toasted nuts,caramel,toffee,brown sugar,apple cider among other things. A strong beer that you want to drink and savor as you go. It is full bodied and heavy tasting,buttery, yet very drinkable. Hop presence and bitterness is low with the accent definitely on the malts. This beer pushes close to tasting like a barleywine. A special beer and a treat for any enthusiast.

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber/brown color with a huge creamy head that fades down slowly leaving a sticky lace on the glass. The aroma’s slightly smoky with sweet caramel and malt undertones. The taste was mildly sweet and malty with just a hint of spiciness at the end. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and I’m looking forward to my next one.

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Photo of texascarl
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance = Copper w/beige head & good lacing. Light to medium carbonation.

Nose = malt (caramel rather than molasses)

Taste = malt, sweet caramel, creamy mouthfeel. medium finish

The original dopplebock, brewed as 'liquid bread' by the monks for their fasts. In order to become a classic, beer really ought to taste this good

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Photo of doho95fu
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish copper color with a thin tan head and no lacing. The smell of malt, and cinnamon-raisin toast. Very pleasing smell overall. The raisin came through in the taste, but the cinnamon did not, rather it was replaced by a deeper flavor of brown sugar or molasses. The taste was malty, but with some slight hop tones (maybe I was just searching for them). There was no indication of ABV for my tastes. The beer was smooth with less carbonation than average, but was overall very drinkable. I think this is a better representative of its style than its rank indicates.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice dopplebock with malty highlight. I've had this one many times and everytime it seems a bit different. Very sweet for a dopplebock but also very alcoholic overtones and tastes. It is highly drinkable but dangerous, so remember to sip this beer as it does sneak up on you.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.