Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 1,312
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 63
Gots: 242 | 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 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.

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 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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 Pint 9 fl.oz. bottle. Label illustration mimics a carved wooden sign board featuring a jolly rotund monk offering a noble a stein of beer. Label dated 10 | 03.

Pours a clear copper in color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma consists of malt, biscuit and sweet caramel. The mouthfeel is thin to medium-bodied, but seems inline with a lagered doppelbock. Delicious sweet malt and caramel flavors dominate the palette. Alcohol comes through lightly in the finish. An excellent, easy-drinking and flavorful doppelbock. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style. Would love to seek this one out on draft.

Photo of Sixpack595
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fairly light for a doppel, pours an amber body with almost white head. Sweet and malty its a bit less flavorful than some other doppels. Very drinkable, and it won't kill your wallet like drinking celebrator all night will. A solid #3 doppel in my book, only Celebrator and Optimator are better for over all drinking pleasure.

Photo of budgood1
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a re-review.
pours out a clear dark amber colour....a thin head fades quickly, leaving little lace. very strong aromas of sweet toasted munich malts. tastes of sweet malts, brown sugar, sweet burnt fruitcake, spicy hops and alcohol. smooth and creamy mouthfeel. beefy malt goodness here. sweeter than celebrator...more complex than optimator. it's so balanced it's scary in it's drinkability. an exceptional dopplebock.

Photo of Andreji
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was first impressed by its beautiful appearance. a coppery, reddish translucent fliud poured softly into my 0.5l glass, with about an inch of slightly tan, thick foam. however, as i drew it nearer to my mouth the strong, malty and soury smell became more perceptible and less attractive for my first impression. i took a sip, nonetheless. a sweet, malty taste combined with a perceptible alcoholization and a considerable bitterness. a good taste, but not the best mouthfeel; i wouldn't drink three in a row.

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich coppery color with a creamy white lace. Very aromatic with overpowering alcohol and caramel. Taste is very malty with obvious alcohol and some caramel and smoke. This is a crazy, crazy brew. Oh so complex and intoxicating, but oh so good. Definitely one of my favorites.

Photo of Reidrover
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At last my final beer of the night..and i kept the best for before bed..
Bought this in the brown pint bottle .
The beer pours a nice deep copper/red colour with a fine 3 quater inch head which dissapates down to a lace on top.
The aroma of this beer is excellent..i loved the strong malt..very very nice.
taste is warm and rich..but for such a stong beer..not too "alcoholic"..very smooth on the tongue with a nice lingering aftertaste in the back of the mouth. Warming as it goes down
This is a very drinkable Double would need to be careful of how much is consumed because I am sure this will get you tipsy very quickly..but overall I loved this beer..

Photo of AudioGilz
4.72/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of aaronh
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of kunzbrew
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.


Photo of inebrius
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of ethosx19
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of yen157
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of Kwak
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
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.!

Photo of MJR
4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.