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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,175 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,175
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 112 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of Nerudamann
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Nerudamann, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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

ksimons, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of NODAK
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

NODAK, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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

keithmurray, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

SamN, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Swill5786
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Swill5786, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
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

jsh420, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

IRONRakkasan, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of exonthebottle
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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

exonthebottle, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

EwaldEichstaett, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of karait95
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

karait95, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Cubsfan1087, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of mcdevster
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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.

mcdevster, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of perrinvv
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

perrinvv, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

ocelot2500, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of BeerShirts
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

BeerShirts, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Bfarr, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of PonchoEquihua
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
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


PonchoEquihua, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of NWer
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

NWer, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber with a nice creamy tan two fingered head that quickly faded to light lacing. Aromas of fruity carmel and chocolate and sweet malts. Flavors of malty fruits and sweet breads and a nice alcohol warmth. Medium body with decent carbonation. Desent enough brew that fit well with Bison burgers.

Bizz88, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of hangh
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark amber colored. Not as dark as many doppelbocks. Little head that goes away quickly. Not much carbonation.

S - Rich malty smell that you would expect from a doppelbock. Sugar, chocolate, and caramel are easy to pick out from the smells.

T - very nice tasting beer. Lots of sugar. Not as strong as some other doppelbocks in both alcohol and sugar. There is some fruit undertones as well.

Mf - lighter bodied for style. Little carbonation

D - love this style and you can drink many more of these than it's counterparts

hangh, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber to brown color, slightly cloudy, with not much head and little lacing. Still not at all bad to look at tho.

Smells of sweet caramel malts and a not so little bit of alcohol.

Little bits of honey/molasses, hops, and fruit. Ample malts. A mild spiciness that enhances the complexity of the flavours. Barely detectable, but still there alcohol flavor. A pretty good brew overall.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with some carbonation and a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Improves as temperature rises.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I'd stick with one per sitting. Still, I'd certainly drink this one again and again.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice glass.

A - Dark copper colour with negligible head.

S - Roasted malts and dark oak scents.

T - Sweet and malty with lots of dark roasted flavours present (nut and old wood). There's a dark cacao taste here as well which is enjoyable.

M - Smooth and soft on the palate.

D - Lovely dark beer, could drink all day.

This is a very nice beer. Although again I've got a Paulaner from a bottle without any head I still think these beers are under-rated. Good example of the style without being overly complex.

xylophonica, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an orangey-brown, a bit hazy. The head is off-white, creamy, but wispy. It shows some staying power, leaving a ring to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is a sort of soft sweet fruitiness with a toasted grain aroma. I don't really get heavily caramelized sugars; weird.
whereas I am getting sweet fruit in the aroma the flavor is a little tart. Some orchard fruits, a little bit of caramel, a bit of a darker raisiny flavor in the back.
Body is actually pretty thin, but the finish is sticky with a pleasant finishing bitterness. Carb is a little spritzy.
not that great, and not what I remember. Hmm...

udubdawg, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep caramel color with slight amber hues with a fairly large slightly orange-tinged head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt aromas with some sugary and phenolic aromas as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel and molasses flavors throughout, with a bittersweet alcohol.malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy body, although not quite as thick as many other doppelbocks. Balanced carbonation and a sticky, warming finish. Filling once swallowed.

Drinkability: A very good doppelbock and one of my favorite beers overall. Definitely worth a try, although this is definitely not a beginner doppelbock! Also, a sipper (as many of this style are).

Mosstrooper, Jun 02, 2010
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,175 ratings.