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Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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Photo of RBorsato
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice amberish-brown color with a nice creamy tan head. Nice malty, light buttery, aroma. Big malty flavor -- toffee and dark caramel notes. Medium-full bodied with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and a lightly dry, alcohol finish.

Very nice !! Not quite as flavorful as Celebrator but certainly a good buy in comparison from a cost perspective...

Per M.J.-B.C. book: 3 malts and Hallertau hops. 1072-1074 OG/18-18.5 Plato.

($2.24 / 16 oz. bottle)

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Photo of Gusler
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour a nice translucent amber color, the head preposterous in size, bright white in color, the consistency creamy and the residual lace a thick and clinging sheet, nose malt, sweet, fresh and pleasing with a thick malt start, sweet and the top skimpy in feel. Finish is mean spirited in its acidity, the hops “pops” you’re buds, the aftertaste very dry and long lasting, a good if a bit thin doppelbock, and a long time favorite.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass bottle: brewed in late 2002. This doppel-bock pours a nice coca-cola colour with a tan/beige head. The aromas are of various spices, dark fruits, bavarian pretzels, and alcohol. The taste is a boozy, bready, feast for the senses. The mouthfeel is thick, rich, chewy and creamy. The drinkability, you ask? Out of this world. When it's time for me to settle down with a good doppel, it has to be this bad boy or celebrator for me!


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

Served chilled in a pint glass. Bottle was labeled as a pint in quantity.

Appearance: Nice clear brown/copper color. Light tan head, about 3/4" tall. Head sticks around for a minute or so, but it leaves a cute little crown as the glass is emptied. Nice lacing!

Smell: Raisins, molasses, caramel, and toffe aromas. A sweet tooth's delight! Grassy and cereal notes upon warming.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt dominates the flavor. Toffee and dried fruit undertones. Light traces of smokiness. Definitely sumfin fer the maltoids amongst us. Alcohol can be sensed, but is very well masked.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy in body with sweet malt aftertastes.

Drinkability: Nice workhorse of a doppelbocck. Great one to introduce someone to the style, but I much prefer Celebrator (prolly due to the lil' goats). I'll probably snag this one every now and then for variety's sake. At 7% ABV, this is not one to be quaffed like an O-fest.

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

Presentation: 16.9oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning; purchased for $1.99 from the Beverage Warehouse down near Culver City.

Appearance: Absolutely brilliant; sparkling, clear; red-toned amber hue; fine, cream-colored head; light to moderate lacing; decent retention.

Aroma: Largely of molasses and toffee; a whit of grass.

Taste: Rich, toasted, caramel malts upfront and throughout; sweet, as per the style, but not cloyingly so; gentle hop bitterness in the finish; hints of black licorice and red apple; faintly roasty and nutty; medium bodied; smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Notes: Seven thumbs up.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange red color, medium head. Very malty and robust. Complex flavor, rich and flavorful. Malty and somewhat appleish and nutty. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is malty. There is some alcohol bite, but not to harsh. Nice beer.

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Photo of Rumrunner
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle.

A complex and well crafted beer. I really enjoyed drinking this one. I am finding my way slowly around the world of bocks and I am enjoying the ride.

It pours a clear deep brown copper color. A nice fluffy head with okay lacing. The smell is sweet caramel malt. A sugary molassass and some bread and grain follow up the scents.

A very malty bock indeed. Sweet malts of caramel and molassass. Very much like the scent. There is some grass flavors here as well. A grain and bread flavor followed by a bitter pinch of a hop bite and a sour note at the end. Very nicely done.

A medium body with a syrup quality to the mouthfeel. A crisp feel of carbonation to the aftertaste. A really nice and chewy feel in the mouth. Execllent all around for me. I am sure there is more to this bock than my limited experience with the style can figure out.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head is big, deep-cream-colored, dense and foamy. It leaves thick, sticky foam on the glass. The beer is a clear deep copper. Nice. The nose is sweet, malty, toffeey. The sweet, toffee front is almost sugary. But it turns creamy and deep malty in the middle. The finish shows alcohol, some chocolate and some grains. And it dries. If it weren't such a dorky word, I'd call this beer "sublime". Let's say "complex", "delicious", "comforting" instead.

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

Had to step back a bit in evaluating this offering. The head and appearance with lacing were very good. I'm don't usually try to sample these stronger brews...so here goes. Smell had a definite alcohol scent, but it was offset but a fruity aroma. Flavor was sweet, with a strong alcohol accent...reminded me of an after dinner cordial. Mouthfeel was very full and robust....don't guzzle! a definite sipping brew. For the alcohol content, very drinkable (if you sip). Not the kind of beer to drink all night, but I certainly would have one before bed to help me sleep.

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Photo of grynder33
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amberish color,surprisingly slight fruit aroma, first mouthful indicated chocolate carmel and some fruit, but none of them were very bold, doesn't seem as complex as described. A nice sweet taste stayed with you. Its nice, just wish it were a little heavier.

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Photo of Loki
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 1pt.9 bottle.

Poured an amber color with lots of bubbles just below the head. The pour created a huge sponge like head. Good lacing, but not great.

Aromas of candy, sweet malt, grain, yeast, and hints of spicy hops hidden behind the candy sweetness.

The taste was pure candy from go with candied malt accents, esters, fruit, and sweet and spicy hops. Medium body and the carbonation is fairly high and dancing on the tongue and all over the mouth. The drinkability is not very high for me as I thought it was a bit to sweet. But a great, and extremely complex beer.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is amber, with good head. The smell is very cereal maltish. The taste is a slight malt sweetness, but a lot drier and more cereal-ish than most other dopplebocks. The mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely drink quite a few of these!

Paulaner has definitely produced a good dopplebock. Not overly sweet, it manages to just hit the right balance. This is certainly one I'd have again!

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Photo of hyuga
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tasty looking reddish-brown brew with a cream colored head atop it. Pretty good head retention for a doppelbock. It does stay for a while, but it goes away for the most part eventually. Lots of caramel sweetness in the nose, and an almost candi sugar-like sweetness as well. Grainy undertones are also noticeable. On the palate, it's big caramel malt up front, very smooth. As it reaches the middle, it gets a bit more intense, and a cereal grain character is added to the mix. More caramel intensity at the back, with just a hint of hop leaves. This continues into the finish, which is suprisingly almost dry. Rich and malty throughout, as a doppelbock should be. Excellent, one of my favorites in the style. Can't wait to have another!

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

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick light tan head. The aroma is traditional lager , but with the presence of some crystal malts. The taste is good. The beer is light in mouthfeel and is carbonated well. There seems to be a hint of molasses here; also some dark lovibond crstal malts. The beer drinks well and is my favorite so far from the Paulaner brewers.

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

A very fine Doppel that looked, smelled and tasted good. The large egshell head left slowly and created good lacing. There was a very nice dark red amber body that is really quite lovely. The aroma is bready and malty and the taste fills in much the same way, ie., with nice breadiness. A very smooth and creamy body hel to make this a nuicely drinkable beer.

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

Thick off white head dissipated slowly leaving a little belgian lace. The color is a deep red with a little orange tint to it. Aroma is very complex with carmelly malts and a hop balance with a definte alcohol scent. Flavor is sweetish with carmel notes and a hallertauer hop character and a malty finish. Body is light and refreshing which seems to hide the strength of the alcohol. Very drinkable especially if you are going up against the catholic church over religious dogma or just thirsty for a fine complex doppelbock.

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Photo of far333
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shiny copper color with a thick, foamy head that rests about a half inch of beige foam on top of the liquid. As it slowly settles, it leaves a sheet of lace all around the glass. Nose is sweet and fruity, smacks of alcohol, sweet malt, fig, and cotton candy. Taste is sweet malt, bits of raisin, pear, and light molasses. An alcohol vapor rolls around the mouth. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Smooth for the ABV, but you do know it's there.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Matly/Breaddy feel at first, but creamy, like a cream pie. The fruitness reminded me of pie. mmmmmmmmmmm pie. Smelled like a bouquet. Little bit of hops, slight dryness to it, but notig really noticable. Nice bit of fizz through and through. the alchohol taste balances the sweet taste with the hops thrown in very nicely. Go, get yourself 5, enjoy

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Photo of ngandhi
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A thick ale. Salvator pours a deep amber, reddish-brown. Poor head retention and lace. Nose is all malt -- roasted but not burnt. The tongue begins malty, developing into a lightly sweetened cocoa. The finish is dry, of light citrus. It's a good balance, intentionally hop-heavy. The hop finish is a nice touch. Works with the cocoa, leaving you with an odd (but good) orange/chocolate taste. The heavy malt gives Salvator a gorgeous body and mouthfeel, close to ideal. Just barely astringent and phenolic -- expected, and allowable.

Bass Ale is along these lines, oddly enough. This is better. It'll give you a good understanding of doppel bocks. According to my brewman Drew at The Corkscrew in Urbana, IL, most doppel bock names end in "-ator" (e.g. Consecrator, Devestator) in homage to Salvator by Paulaner. Well worth the money.

Serve a little below room temperature.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of granger10
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red in color with a head that is small but lasted until near the final sip. Very nice appearance. Taste had a biscuity base to it. Some alcohol kick was noticed at the beginning but faded towards the end. Light caramel malts and other sweetened malt flavors were there. A hop kick showed in the aftertaste but wasn't really there in the body. Quite interesting.

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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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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 1,345 ratings.