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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,266
Reviews: 1,276
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 51
Gots: 146 | FT: 1
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

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


Poured a dark bronze amber with a 3/4" low retaining head. Color eventually settled to an orangy glow


Sweet and woody, almost a hickory scent with a slight spicy and citrus essence.


Incredibly sweet and very lightly hopped. Definitely a dominance of sweet malts with no initial taste of alcohol which I found surprising for a beer pushing 8% abv.


Watery in the mouth due to the lack of carbonation and bitterness. However, it does leave a spicy aftertaste on the tongue and a pleasantly warm feeling in the throat.


Sweet but not overwhelmingly so. The low carbonation level allows for smooth consumption. A large imbalance of malts and hops in favor of the malts, but expected for a dopplebock. Overall and enjoyable brew

MonkeymooTJ, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of lwillitz
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9-oz bottle poured into glass mug

A - very cloudy orange-brown topped with 1 inch of very frothy cream-colored head

S - sweet roasted malts dominate the nose; slight note of bitterness; buttery, fruity character; hint of alcohol

T - Malty, quite sweet, with a bitter/fruity finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not so much as one might expect for 7.9%. Pretty decent doppelbock.

M - thick, full-bodied beer; light carbonation; alcohol warmth; feels quite good on the tongue!

O - Salvator is a solid dopplebock. For an import, it is quite reasonably priced (I believe the bottle was about $2.60). I'm sure I'll enjoy this brew again.

lwillitz, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of McNealc31
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fuzzy copper. More orange than brown with not much head at all. Smells of butterscotch and sweet bread. The taste is big, smooth, and creamy. Lots of butterscotch, but a bit of a sour bite in the finish. Some late alcohol and sweetness, too.

It's quite good. I'd put it in the top tier of doppelbocks, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite.

McNealc31, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of kflorence
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper with hints of amber in color with a very thin layer of head atop that dissipates to nothing. No lacing as you drink. Carbonation seems to be on the low side.

S: Smells sweet and nutty. Lots of caramel, toffee and praline. Some pecans in there. A bit of yeast comes through as well, lending a little bit of bitterness to the overall aroma. Not much in the way of hops. No alcohol either. Very pleasant and inviting, especially in the fall or winter.

T: Taste is heavily malt dominated, the hops are almost not detectable but come through especially in the finish. Lots of overlying sweetness here similar to the aroma; caramel, toffee and praline. Also some butter and a roasted nut and malt flavor. The alcohol sneaks in a little bit on the end, but is pretty well masked for an almost 8% ABV.

M: Overall this beer is medium bodied, but it's fairly light on the tongue. Low carbonation as noted in the appearance and not much substance to be found, though it does have a bit of a syrupy quality on the tongue. I could use a little bit more substance here, maybe a bit more chewiness.

D: For a higher ABV beer this is very drinkable, though perhaps a bit sweet for my tastes. A great example of the style, though certainly not the best in it's category. I would never hesitate to turn one down and I often seek this out when I'm in the mood for a solid doppelbock. Cheers!

kflorence, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light caramel head. One finger cream. Hazy red-brown amber body.

Smell - Delicious smelling. Definite bananas with a light hoppiness.

Taste - Banana with mild tobacco in the background. Alcohol finish with a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - This is the weak point in this beer. Could have slightly more carbonation or bite.

Overall Drinkability - Flavor is a little off, so it's an interesting beer, and I'd recommend a friend tries it. But definitely not a session beer and probably not even a come-back-to beer.

ZenAgnostic, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock has a thin, off-white head and a very hazy, amber-orange apperance, with some lacing and a good amount of bubbles streaming up the glass. The aroma is strong on citrus and malt, and the taste is likewise citrusy and malty, but the hop character is minimal. Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, and Paulaner Salvator finishes harsh and not particularly easy drinking. However, I did like this and recommend giving it a chance. It's a sipper.


RonaldTheriot, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out the color of cherry fire! A double finger of orange tinted white head canopies the scene below...

Smells of sour cherries and moist sourdough bread, brown sugar

Yumma, good notes of yeast and molasses, definitely malts working the caramel, honey value of flavor but not its sweetness it is actually quite complicated, mind you I'm drinking it around fifty five degrees so it is quite opened

It yields a medium body with a slight chew, luxurious slow medium bubbles on the tongue and a slight warmth with the sip

I would recommend this to anyone and everyone! So cheap, a 2.50 bucks a pint, wow. And so much better than many beers I spend easily twice that amount on.

JoeAmerican77, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of Extrajoker00
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A : thick amber with a caramel colored head

S : yeast and carmel

T : brisk refreshing almost bitter, balanced with caramel and sweet malt

M : large smooth taste with a slow complex fade

D : quite a drinker for a doppel bock. I got through two fairly quickly

not as heavy a flavor as some other doppels but quite enjoyable

Extrajoker00, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of MinnesotaRIS
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the poster-representation of a doppel-bock and it shows. Golden and thick appearance that is inviting and aesthetically pleasing. Tall white head that reduces to a foam head that remains on top. Plenty of lacing.

Taste is malt and more malt. Rich and full that showcases near perfection in crafting. Low hops but a bitterness that is balanced well with the sweetness and alcohol. Smooth drinking and I recommend this highly especially on tap. One really can't get better than this doppel. Clean and crisp finishing.

MinnesotaRIS, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of wcintula
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date/Code: 04/11 L10201K

Very good doppelbock. Hazy copper orange body with a sizable head that leaves minimal but some lacing. Big Crystal malt smell here. Big on the dark dried fruit aromas, figs/prunes. Little bittering hops noticed, Slightly boozy, but damn tasty. Very heavy body and totally a hard hitter. A big sipper.

wcintula, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of zeledonia
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orangey copper color, slightly cloudy, with a half-finger of fairly loose cream-colored head, which pretty quickly disappears, leaving only a bit of lacing.

S: This beer was one of my first craft beer loves. In college, I'd study over pints of it at my local English-style pub. One whiff of it takes me back, and reminds me why I loved it then (and still do). Strong, sweet, malty, sugary, full in the nose, and just as I remember it. Smells like a combo of brown sugar, bread, and dark fruits. Yum.

T: Not quite as much too it as I remember. Leads with delicious sweet light caramel malts, and there are other malt flavors around it, some bready notes, but that's about all I get. Not as much complexity as I'd hoped for. Lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

M: Classic rich, chewy-but-not-thick doppelbock mouthfeel. Coats the whole mouth and stays there for a good long while.

D: I still love this beer, but it's not quite as good as I remembered it. My tastes have changed, for sure, and I think I expect more out of beers now. It's still very solid, and a top tier doppelbock, but not up there with Celebrator, for example. But I'll certainly go back for more!

zeledonia, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of daledeee
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A German doppel bock that I somehow have missed reviewing. Paulaner...it should be good. I think I had it before just didn't review it.

It pours a reddish brown clear body with a slightly off white head that left a ring around the edges only.

Nose was hard to detect. My wife smelled it too and we found some brown sugar. After it aired a little, we got some caramel.

Taste was different than others I have had. I get some caramel, lots of malt and a blend of citrus. A very balanced flavor profile. The only issue is the finish which ends rather strongly on the malt end.

Carbonation is quite nice with some good bubbles on the tongue.

Pretty easy to drink other than the finish.

daledeee, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Thads324
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint

A : pours a dark golden or almost brownish color with a solid, creamy tan head. Unfiltered with sediment and a hazy apperance.

S : A bready, heavily yeasty aroma coupled with a tart finish. A hint of white pepper and dried apricot baked into a hearty whole grain bread.

T : Remarkably smooth. It starts out sweet, followed by a medium body blend of bread and honey. A mildly sweet brew from start to finish. It finishes easy and not tart at all, with a slightly fruity flavor left on the tongue. It appears to me to be an almost candied apricot taste. Very little hop flavor to speak of. The alcohol hits at the very end, but blends with that full subtle sweet malt flavor, almost raw honey like, giving it a great finish. the booze is there, but blended so well.

M : full bodied, yet ends quickly and smooth. While the flavor stays, nothing ancillary remains.

D : I could drink this beer forever and ever, smooth, flavorful and easy to drink, espcially for an almost 8 percenter.

Big thumbs up to an imported masterpiece. I usually stay away from imports because of their poor transportation conditions, but this guy was a winner all the way.

So mad I only bought a single! On a side note, the date of the label is 07/09.

Thads324, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of scelesti
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from 11.2 oz bottle into glass mug. Sweet picture on the front of label of German monk with a mug of Doppelbock. Note on the back that it's brewed to the standards of the Reinsheitgebot.

A - Medium amber, almost orange in appearance when the light shines through. Huge head on this beer.

S - Smell of some floral hops, honey, light caramel, and unidentified fruit.

T - Alcoholic booziness noticeable from the first sip. Very sweet. Tastes of honey, dark fruit: plums and figs. And some other sweetness I can't really identify. Bittering hops are very subdued.

M - Pretty viscous, but about typical for what I'd expect from the style.

D - Delicious, but I don't think I'd go for more than one in a sitting, due to the heavy body. Liquid bread, this one.

scelesti, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep amber in color with a slight haze. Very tall, creamy, beige head with moderately good retention.

Aroma-Awesome dark/dried fruits-plums and prunes with secondary notes of fig. Toasty, bready malts also apparent with a hint of caramel.

Flavor-Low prune flavors, moderate toast and molasses flavors before being overtaken by licorice/burnt sugar alcohol flavors. After the alcohol clears out there are some very nice bread/biscuit/toast notes that linger on the palate. Gets a bit sweeter and fruitier (more prunes) as it warms.

Mouthfeel-Medium full with moderate carbonation. Super smooth with pleasant alcohol warmth.

The aroma on this sucker is awesome. However, the flavor is not nearly as complex, with the alcohol playing too much of a role too quickly. Nonetheless, still pretty damn good.

plfahey, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of mendonjoebeer
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass. Purchased on sale at Beers of the World for $1.58. Saw that it was past drink by date of 1/11 but decided to roll the dice because it was so cheap. A somewhat cloudy brown caramel color with roasted malt aroma with a hint of banana. Tastes of roasted malt, brown sugar,some fruit. Very happy with this purchase- will have to try fresher sometime

mendonjoebeer, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Drink-by date on bottom right of front label.

Pours an opaque-ish copper. A tan head soon rings up (nicely tho). Smell is all sweet toffee and brown sugary malts. Taste is defintely more roasted, and skews into a nutty, acrid feel at the end. A sharp, bitter aftertaste. Drinks OK, but this is a hearty, fulfilling beer that also masks its alcohol well.

sixerofelixir, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a copper hue. There is a single-finger light tan head that sticks around for a bit before falling and leaving a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is pretty plain with a bit of sweet malt, bread, and caramel. Nothing too much in addition to that, and even those are pretty faint. The taste follows along the same lines--there really just isn't that much going on and I'm not impressed with the complexity of this one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much alcohol in the finish. Drinkability is okay, but nothing I'd seek out again.

Thorpe429, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of jerryjeff
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma-Mainly malt scent coming through, some caramel or light toffee

Mouthfeel-Relatively light in carbonation, with a fairly light body and slightly creamy mouthfeel Weight is maybe like a light nut brown

Appearance-Poured a nice reddish amber to a short 1/4" head which quickly dissipated, no real lacing to speak of

Taste-Having a hard time believing this, it's a really light flavor with the alcohol not very present (7.9% abv). It's mainly malt overtones which are toffee/caramelish but I get a bit of the bitterness from the hops. Nice.

Drinkability-For this abv, it's very drinkable. With the alcohol hidden I think I could get through a number of them, rather surprising.

Overall-I really think this is one of the first bock beers I've really liked. I'll likely buy this again, the 'german' hop/yeast taste is there but not overbearing as with some of the lagers. I'm impressed...

jerryjeff, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of rpardon7
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle a amber hued orange with an off white one finger sticky head that disapated into small clouds that remained for the beer. Smell was bready and malt heavy dominated by sweet caramel malt. Taste was smooth malt all the way through very sweet but not too sweet loads of caramel and maybe munich malt. Taste reminded me of a bigger maltier negro modelo. Mouthfeel was smooth and sticky heavy in body due to the amount of grain in this beer. Drinkability is superb for a 7 percent beer that I can't wait to have on a summer cookout!

rpardon7, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of seamusmceagan
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance, gourgeous deep misty honey, tan head that disapates fairly quickly, but very frothy while it's there. Almost no lace on mine.

Smell, it smells about how you expect a bock to smell, hint of hops, malts, very very subtle fruit smell.

Taste, a lot going on here. Theres a strange sweetness in there that I can't quite define, I'm not sure if it's like a date/apricot or a natural honey sweetness. The hops is pretty mild, almost no bitterness at all, which I like. Slight yeast in the finish if you look for it. But over all a very smooth flavor for a double.

Mouthfeel, this is suprising me, for such a mild smooth flavor, it sits a little heavy on the toungue. Not unpleasant or hard to drink, but it's pretty thick. Slight dryness afterward. Not very carbonated either.

Drinkability, this beer while having a nice well blended smoothness in the flavor, is a little heavy in the stomach, which is kind of to be expected for a double. I'd say this beer is surely worth a try, but at 7.9% abv I don't think this is a very sessionable beer.

This beer was enjoyable, After a long hard day at work it went down well. Like i said i couldn't drink a bunch of it but one is nice.

I had a 1pint.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

seamusmceagan, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of drtth
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an 0.5 liter mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lighly hazed caramel, almost orange, color with a 1/8" head that soon recedes and disappears. There is no lacing on the glass for most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma has some malt character to it but also shows some orchard fruit characteristics as well.

Taste: The flavors are lightly toasted malt with an admixture of orchard fruits that temper the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate good carbonation and a soft, slightly creamy mouthfeel. The finis is medium length and the lightly toasted caramel malt flavor just disappears with no signs of hop or alcohol except in the touch of sweetness and warmth.

Drinkability: I enjoyed sipping my way through this one and while its not my favorite doppel bock I'd certainly be willing to have it again. The second half of the beer was also a nice compliment to the Pub Egg coated in ground venison which I had for lunch.

drtth, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of GeneralZod
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a dark orangerownish color with a thick head. Retention was good.

It has a malty smell to it. Also sweet, maybe with chocolate or caramel.

It was slightly sweet and malty. Also a bit fruity.

Thick, but not too coarse. Average carbonation.

It was actually better than most bocks I had in the pass. Would definitely have another.

GeneralZod, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of AEK
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle poured into a Hobgoblin pint pot.

A. Hazy blood orange coloured with a solid off-white head. Colour is similar to a rauchbier.

S. Prunes, syrup and figs.

T. Red wine, brandy/cognac flavours, syrupy, hints of toffee apple. A nice hop bite and pleasing alcoholic warmth.

M. Medium, slightly chewy.

D. Lovely stuff. One of the best German beers around IMHO.

AEK, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of bigrzman
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a German 500ml bottle a personal favorite bottle for my homebrewing hobby. Translucent deep mahogany color, moderate carbonation, head poured thick and reduced to a 1/4 inch for the remainder of the beer. This beer leaves little in the ways of lace.

Very clean with chocolate and caramel malts and bready notes.

T: Roasted malts, bready malts, berries, and coffee. Earthy Tettnanger hops come out in the back. It has a bready/fruity aftertaste. It is complex and delightful.

Very wetting for a Doppelbock. Bity and strong. Medium body and tingly.

Wow I will drink this all the time! This is a wintertime warmer and a beer that will give you a good feeling without having to feel full. By the way it is POTENT!

Overall I give this beer an excellent. This is a great example in its class. Outsanding job great beer!

bigrzman, Feb 12, 2011
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,266 ratings.