Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 1,294
Hads: 2,451
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 63
Gots: 249 | 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

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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Photo of AudioGilz
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of this style. And damn am I impressed! Copper in color with a small tan head, this beer smells amazingly of caramel, toffee, sweetness, and maybe even a hint of smoke. This is such a tasty brew; caramel and toffee come through strongly, as well as malt, and then a dry finish. No bitterness whatsoever and no hint of the 7.5% ABV, making it temptingly dangerous. :) I don't feel as if I could drink many of these in a row though. It was very thick in my stomach for some reason, which is odd since I have been known to down many stouts in a row sometimes. But regardless, I very quickly just became a fan of this style. (642 characters)

Photo of aaronh
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness dated 7-03.

This rich, reddish copper beer pours with a thick tan head that recedes to a fine layer of foam. The aroma is of roasted caramel, sweet and satisfying caramel. Nice roasted malt character and just a bit of floral hops in the nose. The first sip reveals strong malt sweetness, with caramel, brown sugar , and molasses flavors abounding. A bit of bitterness cleans the palate on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, with mild carbonation. Drinakbility is very good as well, especially for malt-lovers. I feel like I didn't say enough about this beer. It's pretty complex and top notch in every respect, but it defies description for me tonight. This is the original dopple-bock, and I imagine it would be tough to beat. Hundreds of years since it's creation, this is still a world-class bier. (815 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber in color with an off white head. Aroma shows the big malt body that lies within. Taste of toasted caramel malt. Malt flavor dominates as expected. Not as sweet as some dopplebocks. Hops chime in at the finish to prevent too much lingering sweetness on the finish. Decent mouthfeel, but seems a little thin for a dopplebock IMO. Good drinkability. This is not a style I'm really into, but this is a pretty good beer. (435 characters)

Photo of kunzbrew
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a sexy copper color with a nice creamy head that last the duration. The maltiness is strong and so is the %. This is a very good dopplebock. I am becoming a very big fan of this style. The hops are not to strong which is nice. The maltiness last the entire beer. The Germans know how to make a really good brew.

Cheers (337 characters)

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

Pretty beer! Yes you are. Nose of a cigar box stuffed with chocolate and cherries. Appropriately balanced sweet malts and steely hops finish with an herbal whisper. Mouthfeel is frizzy and unkempt, but a damn fine brew nonetheless. (231 characters)

Photo of ethosx19
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber color, nice head, caramel and fruit aroma. Taste is sweet caramel and raisons. Raison taste isn't too strong, but I don't like it in a beer. It goes down pretty smooth and the alcohol is well hidden. (209 characters)

Photo of yen157
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber and crystal clear beer with a 1/2 inch layer of nearly perfectly white foam consisting of medium-sized bubbles. Wonderful aromas flew out of the glass. Among them were fruit, rum, raisins, and caramel. Tasted sweet and dark and a tiny bit toasty with a nice touch of spicy hops for balance. Very slick in the mouth and not as heavy as might expect from a double bock, though I've never had one that was.

This was a very good beer, and IMO one of the best of the style. (486 characters)

Photo of Kwak
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head: Heavy, extra thick rich and creamy almost like a milkshake. Beautiful light tan color.

Body: Cloudy thick rich amber/brown color.

Taste: Buttery toffeish flavor with hints of malt, a little dry. Very dry and warming in the finish.
No strong alcohol taste even with the strong abv.! (294 characters)

Photo of MJR
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a regal-looking reddish-amber with crystal clarity. A light tan head starts strong, goes down quite a bit, but comes back easy with a simple swirl of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, toffee, and a touch of smoke. Great aroma on this brew...very intoxicating.

Taste: Complex with flavors of toffee and caramel coming through the strongest. Very powerful malt backbone, with only a touch of hops, which show up on the tail-end. As with the smell, there's a faint smoky flavor that accentuates the malt very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, with an oily, slick mouthfeel. Very warming and comforting...really opens up as it warms.

Drinkability: Good for a 7.5%abv brew. This is the kind of beer I buy by the bottle, as a six-pack would be overkill. In front of a roaring fireplace is where this beer shines. Doppelbocks are supposed to be spring beers, but I think they are more suited to winter weather.

A true classic, and the world's first doppelbock. If you want to learn about them and how they should taste, you should start here and then move on to others. A consistently fantastic beer. (1,126 characters)

Photo of ipogios
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber colour topped by a nice thick brown head that settles down rather easily. Aroma is dominated by malt. Flavour is malty and good carbonation. Tastes a bit sweeter than what i expected. Very good German brew (224 characters)

Photo of rockdick
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first dopplebock to try and I must say I was very impressed. The smell was a nice, not too strong, sweet malty flavor. The head could have been a little better. It was gone after the 3rd or 4th sip. Flavor was a bitter sweet, caramel, malty taste. Overall, a good, easy to drink, creamy beer. I'll be drinking more of this one. (338 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner Salvator Double Bock has another antique looking label, a well dressed City Burger and a rather well fed Monk, toast each other with a stein of bier. 1 Pint Bottle.
I poured this beer so that I intentionally got a large frothy brown head, but this neither aided retention, nor extended its existence, for it soon diminished to a badly broken thin layer, reminiscent of pond scum. Not detrimental, but the German beers I have had, I prefer with a head. Color however was nothing short of magnificent, a very deep brown, a cross between cherry wood and mahogany that winks at you with deep red eyes. Clarity is exceptional, for this is not bottle conditioned as far as I can tell.
The nose was of deep malt, with some sweetness that tickled the sinus, but it was of average strength. Tastes are overwhelmingly of deep biscuit malt, caramel, with some alcohol presence that fades in the middle and makes way for a nice bitter sweet, but short, finish. I expected a bit more I think for a beer of 7.5% ABV.
Nevertheless, a good beer all round.
I must try this on draft I feel to truly appreciate it I think. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a reddish hue. Off white head that starts off decent and settles into a half inch sheet, leaving some lace. Toasty malt aroma with hints of alcohol, fruit, and carmel. Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Rich flavor of toasted malt and light caramel, and the alcohol does not hide. Finishes with some hop flavor and a smokey aftertaste. A nice beer on a cold night as it warms you up. (426 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Salvator Double Bock pours to a beautiful mahogany color, with a think off-white head. The nose is toasty, biscuity, and malty. The taste is wonderful, with toffee notes and malty sweetness. It has an alcoholic warmth and a dry finish. Overall, I think this is an excellent Double Bock, with a superb toasted maltiness, and nice alcoholic warmth. (350 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear mahogany. Very little carbonation with hardly any head at all.

Malty aroma, toffee, caramel sweet.

Flavor is nutty, figgish with an alcohol spiciness. Very sweet. Full bodied with a pleasant creminess. Slightlty sweet finish is held in check by a mixture of peppery alcohol and slight hop bitterness. Very pleasant evening nightcap. (357 characters)

Photo of nathi
4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking beer with a nice thick head that sticks around suprisingly well for the amount of alcohol. Aroma is full of rich, complex malt. Nice toasty chatacter. A slight fruityness from alcohol and malt...not esters. Very complex and just BIG!

Good toasty malt flavor with high alcohol providing most of the balance. Just a touch of hops to add a crisp finish. Sweet, but does not linger to long.

A wonderfull beer, with excellent malt character. (463 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep copper with a fluffy white head. Smells of spice and alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel which is quite pleasant.

I found the initial taste to be quite filled with delicious hops and a definite alcohol flavor, but that was not overpowering. Heavy bitterness at the end which I didnt like so much, making it much less drinkable. Nevertheless, its a quality brew, but I dont know if I would be having many more of these.

Thanks to ElGuapo and the infamous Daniel Miller for the free sixer. (490 characters)

Photo of BeerBob
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Salvator Double Bock draft was drawn right in front of me and had a deep copper colour with a substantial light tan head that was let to settle out and then toped off for a perfect presentation.

Nose was a pleasant sweet and spicy malt with alcohol. Palate was a creamy, sweet spicy caramel malt with a light hops. There was hardly any perception of alcohol, really remarkable for a Brew with an alcohol by volume of 7.5 %.

Never get left alone with any large quantity of this fluid as it surely will be your down bring. (526 characters)

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

delicious. malty aroma with hint of alcohol. pours beautifully, and goes down the chute smooth and rich. you can find the alcohol, but it is not overpowering. an absolute winner. thanks to one of my buddies for special ordering it from the store (245 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just enjoyed my last Celebrator last night and I sat down with one of these before I started my homework. It struck me as a very similiar taste as celebrator (as I guess the type would make it so) but was significantly weaker. Thats not to say that is a detriment in the beer. I look at it as enabling me to drink more of these than I could Celebrator and though I enjoy the taste of Celebrator more, the lighterness of this brew in comparison helps it's drinkability. Now as for the beer it has a very unique red tint to its dark amber color. The head is light and cabornation is even lighter. The taste is a rich toasted malt with a trace of an alcohol aftertaste. Leaves a slight lace around the ale glass I am drinking out of. I like this brew and I think I might have thought more of it had it not been for the two six packs of celebrators I have been enjoying all weekend. I will definetly give it a retry in the future. (937 characters)

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

This may be the beer that launched the Dopplebock genre, but I personally think Celebrator blows this away. Not overly complex, but it does pack a punch like any doppelbock should. Great amber color with apartment wall-colored head. Decent smooth finish despite the alcohol flavor. Malt and caramel undertones. Not too bad. (323 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (577 characters)

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

Salvator Double Bock: Deep brown color, very clear, with a coffee and cream head. Cocoa aroma, with a hint of booze. Biscuit malt flavor, with but a hint of hops. Rye bread, and a hint of alcohol warmth on the way down. Thick, strong brew. I’ll buy it again when the temperature drops. (297 characters)

Photo of jtw5877
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark copper with an eroding white head, good malty taste, Easy drinking . It will sneak up behind you and knock you out. So treat it with the respect it deserves. (177 characters)

Photo of BeerAngel
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Superb! Has to be my favorite brew from Paulaner. Pours a very clear caramel color almost like a dark tea. The 2 finger head is a light tan and dissipates fairly quickly, but still leaves a lace down the glass. The taste is a slight caramel with a slight earthy tone and well balanced hops. This a light to medium bodied brew that is very very drinkable! Prosit! (374 characters)

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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