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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,239 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,239
Reviews: 1,273
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 50
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 turamarth
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Starts with a good 3/4" head, and dissipated rather quickly, white in color. The body of the beer is copper/ deep amber in color.

Nose: Very malty at a fist whiff. Some fruity sweetness is noticeable. Some yeasty notes.

Taste: Again, very malty on the tongue. Some biscuityness. On top of that is a very nice fruity sweetness. A lot like apple juice. I think there are more complex dopplebocks out there, this one tastes pretty good though.

Mouthfeel: Has a light carbonation. Medium bodied. Leaves the mouth a little thick.

Drink: Goes down fairly smoothly. Could be a little deceiving with the slightly elevated ABV of 7.9%.

turamarth, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of cratez
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer on tap once and did not enjoy it, but I decided to give it another try. This time it was out of the bottle (330ml).

Appearance: orange/amber body with a paper thin tan head and very little lacing. Looks kind of flat.

Smell: Euro hopping, burnt grains, roasted malt, dried fruit, and prunes.

Taste: strong fruity malt, overpowering alcohol, and a cloying hop bitterness with some tartness in the aftertaste. The flavour is all over the place. Poorly executed.

Mouthfeel: crisp and carbonated body gives way to a grainy, sweet, and dry finish.

Overall: I do not see myself drinking this again. It baffles me as to why Salvator is held in high regard. The flavours don't work well together and the beer simply lacks good qualities. Avoid.

cratez, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of angelmonster
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin 1/2 inch head that dies down quickly. Beer is golden brown in color with lots of carbonation

Smells of sweet caramel malts with slight grapefruit, prunes also. Hops smell kinda piney , maybe a little spiced too. Very faint alcohol in the end

First taste is of the caramel malt followed by a grapefruit flavored hop taste. Sweet , a little bitter with an alcohol kick to it at the end

Mouth feel is somewhat over carbonated. Smooth, good going down , just wish it was a little less carbonated

Good offering from Paulaner, nice mix of malts and hops. Alcohol is apparent when you drink but isnt overwhelming, would buy again.

angelmonster, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 02/09, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: bright, light copper in colour, topped with a beige froth with hissing sound and good retention, while the carbonation remains semi-lively and never OTT.
S: extremely fruity and caramely, showing fragrant hints of pineapple+apple, sour plums, coconut shaving enticing syrupy maltiness firmly underneath. Sweet, but always with a refreshing touch of sourness like a well-lagered bier should have.
T: sour prunes, raisins, and rich caramel malts lead the chorus, underlined by lots of bitter hops and a lightly nutty & intensely aromatic malty backbone typical of a German malty brew. The moderately-chewy grassy (and somewhat herbal as well) hop bitterness lingers and expands at the tail, mingling well with the otherwise richly malty presence.
M&D: the carbonation comes light and soothing on top of a medium body, making this high-octave beer really approachable and easy to quaff. The overall bitter-sweet finish rounds up the whole wonderful drink ever so elegantly, hence this enters in my book a "quaffable" example of Doppelbock.

* Tasting Date: 02/10/05
BB date: Feb. 06.
4 A: served in a weissbier glass, it pours light mahogany hue, a very thin beer head against a low fizzy body, with medium-sized bubbles patiently ascending from the bottom of the glass... looking great, especially the colour, just elegant...
4 S: deep aroma of caramelised brown sugar, dried sweet plum + dried-longan-fruit + raisins, with a drop of honey... overall richly malty and sugary, with a refreshing fruity hoppyness at the back. A bit sweet overall...but manageable and pleasant.
4.5 T: a semi-rich texture as well as smooth palate of fruity/raisiny malts against very mild caramel and honey-drink flavour, gradually bringing out a softly sweet apple-ish hoppyness and chewy, bready texture of grains and a touch of cane-sugar--not particularly sweet compared to the nose, while a gradually prevailing floral bitter-sweetness surrounds the rear of the tongue, along with just a touch of welcomed alcohol feel on the swallow...extremely soft, juicy, and elegant.
4.5 M&4 D: quite smooth on the palate while also remaining refreshing, with the help of a nicely-carbonated body. The balance gears towards maltiness, of course, but not overdone and maintains its softness despite its relatively high alc. strength. A surprisingly easy-to-drink and lovable beer, this is my first-ever bottle of doppelbock and I immediately fall for it!

wl0307, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of Augustiner719
1.65/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured 3x 12 oz bottles into a 1L stein.

Appearance: Poured a reddish auburn brown color that was clear and yielded little head.

Smell: Smelled like cherry robotussin. Literally this beer is almost undrinkable. If it werent for the minor hints of what a double bock should taste like, this would get a zero from me.

taste: tastes like cherry robotussin mixed with budweiser. Totally one of the worst beers I have had.

Mouthfeel: Its got nice carbonation, and a good backbone, but flavorwise its so terrible.

Drinkability: I would say no to this beer over and over again. Its nothing like the other german stronger beers ive tried. Mayber i got a bad batch but this is one beer I hope to never drink again.

Augustiner719, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of Vendetta
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:

Pours dark, clear red, thin to middle sized head that dissipates quickly. Looking diagonally into this beer -- it's red as Mars. Nice looking brew thanks to the color. Syrupy, sugary, slightly alcoholic, malty aroma. Taste... Syrupy caramel malt, a bit of breadiness, a tad alcoholic. Tingly carbonation, slightly watery, but not drastically so. Solid, solid effort. Thumbs up.

Vendetta, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Guzzler78
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice Doppelbock.
Pours a crystal clear amber/copper color. A nice beige head rises quickly, doesn't stick around too long. Some limited spotty lacing.
Smells of lightly roasted malts, slight fruity overtone.
Tastes, much like the smell, of lightly roasted malts, caramel, bit of toffee, slight ripe fruitiness.
A medium body, bit of a creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable aftertaste.
A smooth drinking brew, could definitely enjoy a few of these.

Guzzler78, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of TommyW
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Beautiful light brown and amber. About a half inch, off-white head that fades to nothing.

S- Sweet, roasted malt.

T- Sweet, roasted malts and a touch of caramel start it off. Then comes a fruity tartness. Has a spicy finish with a slight note of alcohol.

M- Smooth and kinda syrupy with a slight bitterness towards the finsih.

D- It's a strong beer, but not overpowering.

Overall, this is a decent doppelbock. Not the best, but pretty good.

TommyW, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This beer is a light brown/dark amber with very minimal head.

Smell is sweet and reminds me of spent grain. Perhaps a bit of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste is again sweet malts. A bit of caramel with a noticable hint of tart fruit. Alcohol is perceivable, but only briefly.

Overall, this is a fine brew. In my top 3 dopplebocks. Very easy to drink yet complex enough to keep the palate entertained.

bluegrassbrew, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a clear, amber-orange with a thin, fizzy, sand colored head that almost immediately dissipated leaving no lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: a sweet caramel fruitiness of apples and pears with some nuttiness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet caramel and frutiness of apple juice, cherries and fresh pears. There was some caramel raisins, nuttiness, light honey toasted grains, and toffee all adding to create a beautiful, mellow sweetness. The finish really brings out the pears and apple fruitiness with sweet raisins. The overall flavor is very well refined and polished finishing cleanly and leaving you looking forward to the next, sweet, fruity sip.

M: light, oily and very smooth with a soft carbonation. Pears, and caramel raisin traces are left behind on the swallow with only mild hints of alcohol on the fade.

D: Probably one of the better drinking beers per style. Extremely smooth, light, fruity and sweet. The clean malt palate truly shows the craftsmanship behind this great drink making this a must try. Could easily drink in multiples. A dream to drink.

beerthulhu, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its tough to rate another doppelbock after when the first one you ever had was a Celebrator. Pours is clear amber with a medium head. Malty aroma with some fruits and yeast. Taste is more sweet than bitter, like there is a pale ale hiding in there. The alcohol is masked well. A very good beer, but definitely not a Celebrator.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear dark amber/red beneath a 2-finger beige head. Nice head retention and just above average lacing.

S - I get cherries and spicy alcohol right off the bat. Very aromatic.

T&M - Much lighter in body than Celebrator or Optimator. Smooth taste of sweet cherries with that spicy alcohol giving chase. I swear I actually get a hint of allspice as the beer warms further. Sweet and malty all the way with slick warming alcohol. Not hugely malty as I had expected/remembered but definitely within the style. A bit thinner in the taste and mouthfeel than I would have liked.

D - I could sip this for a while. Not sure I could do more than two in a sitting. Very nice and complex but not nearly as complex as Celebrator or even Optimator I think. Completely different from those two beers but just goes to show that beers can vary greatly within the same style. I really liked it and would love to drink again.

MrIncognito, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that hits in the aroma is spicy and flowery hops and some sweet maltiness and warm alcohol.

As it warms, it wofts dark fruits like prunes, raisens even maybe strawberries!

Has a thick but fleetung creamy tan head.

This pours a clear darker amber.

Tastes much like the aroma. It's pretty boozy though, which kinda throws it off alot for me.

hoplover82, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of JoshuaCain
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a suprisingly light brown with 1.5 fingers of creamy head, nice retention. aroma is of malty banana-nut bread and toffee. taste is sweet and malty, aftertaste is a little on the bitter side for a beer of this style, but a fairly clean finish. alcohol presence is high, but not unpleasant, and comes to the front as it warms. body is a little thinner than I would like. all in all a really good, but not great, doppelbock. worth drinking if its on sale.

JoshuaCain, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour give little head. It has a dark brown caramel color with hues of red and some carbonation bubbles.
The aroma gives way to caramelized malt, coffee, toffee chocolate, and licorice.
The flavor is bursting with caramelized malt and molasses full body a bit nutty, hint of coffee, vanilla and alcohol and oak. Has a bitter finish. Not too bad for a doppel bock

colts9016, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of Bierfreund
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine Doppelbock is said to be the original of all Doppelbocks. I read that somewhere.

So although I did have this some years ago, I thought I should try it again, and this time, also review it.

Luckily it is easily available in Northeast PA.

I poured it into a dimpled glass mug, and the colour looked already very pleasant. Reddish brown, dark. A beige-white head, thick foam, which did not stay for long.

The smell is fruity, full.

The taste is a bit ambiguous. Sour notes were in the front. Yes, sour. But sweet and malty at the same time. Really interesting!

The alcohol was not that present, at least it did not dominate the taste too much.

I really liked this beer, and I guess I will have more during the current Doppelbock season (the Bavarians call that the fifth season actually, starting on Nov 11 and lasting until Ash Wednesday, I believe).

Bierfreund, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of TeamSeabass
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with small light brown head that dissipates.
Smell is my favorite part. Smells of strong dried cherries. The smell does a lot for this beer.
The taste is interesting as the dried fruit smell translates to a sweet taste and then the malts come thru. Alcohol comes after the maltiness and its 7.90 abv is apparent, though very acceptable.
This beer has a nice amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is high

TeamSeabass, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of wspscott
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

120z bottle in pint glass

A: Crystal clear, light ruby color with thin white head, leaves no lace. A very pretty beer.
S: Sweet malts with a hint of bread and some spices (like cookies). A little muted, maybe because there is no hops obviousness.
T: A bit of brown sugar combined with a spiciness with bready malts (no toastiness), no sign of hops. A little alcohol hotness comes through as it warms.
M: Very rich and mouthfilling but not heavy. With just enough carbonation to leave a tingle.
D: This goes down way too easy on a cold night. I would have no problem at all reaching for a second one. Any fan of malty beers should give this a try, recommended.

wspscott, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of steveh
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waitaminnit... the Bros have never reviewed this classic? Odd.

Once again, reviewed to style.

A -- Clear, deep copper color with an off-white to light tan head that settles a little quicker than I'd like, but revives well.

S -- Toasty, bread crust melanoidin maltiness to vague caramel to vague DMS and then spicy alcohol.

T -- Sweet, bready maltiness then spicy alcohol. Toasted bread back with a slightly sweet then quickly dry finish. Something rather fruity lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, very smooth. Body is medium to medium heavy.

D -- Drinkability is very good, but you can tell that more than one of this will start to weigh on you.

Damn good brew.

steveh, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass

pours a clear light brown with a steady light tan head

malt smell is fall smell to me. some light fruit smell, but mainly sweet bready delight.

taste is like a bite of spicey rich bread. more balanced than other malt bomb dopplebocks

nice mouthfeel and very drinkable beer considering the abv.

aubuc1, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Dark ruby body with a light tan head. Left pretty good lacing.

Smell: Loads of roasty malts. Very big and aromatic maltiness. No noticable alcohol even though it has a big 7.9% abv.

Taste: The taste is exceptional. Big creamy maltiness. Alcohol is there but doesn't get in the way. Also some dark fruitiness.

BierFan, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent, yet rich amber color, almost deep red...This brew produces a thin khaki colored head that retains nicely

S: Super malty nose, also notes of dark fruits, hops, and spices...pretty nice nose here

T: Again, malts dominate the palate (caramel and roasted/burned), but hops and fruit is still present and available...Spices linger in the taste as well..nicely balanced brew. A little grainy for my liking, but still good.

MF/D: Good body on this one, clean aftertaste, smooth finish...Good drinkability for its style

Definitely not the finest example of a DB, but still OK

scottyshades, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear reddish-orange body with a thick cap of off-white foam atop. The head settles to a grainy sheet that leaves only the barest scraps of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and fruity, with notes of bruised apples, dark caramel, and a nutty toastiness.

More bruised apples sweeten the taste of rich toasted malts. A note of semi-sweet mocha and a crisp, persistent, bitter flash of dry light-roast coffee darken the flavor profile.

Salvator is lush and on the fullish side of medium-bodied. Nice Dopplebock; nice drinkability.

cvstrickland, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember this being one of my "regulars" a couple of years ago because it was a great deal at $5.99 a six pack. It's gone up a buck since then but it's still great.

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle a perfect amber red color with excellent clarity and a good amount of fine white head. The head fades but leaves some lacing. The color is truly exceptional.

Aroma is slight fruits and nuts with a bit of roastiness to it as well.

Flavor is rich in malts but also has a good bitter kick half way through. It finishes clean and slightly sweet. It has a mild earthy quality that makes it an interesting all-around good beer.

Mouthfeel is nice in that it's not too bitter or sweet, not overly carbonated, and smooth & clean on the palet.

Drinkability is very good and is really only hindered by the alcohol content at almost 8% ABV.

A great beer and one that I'm glad I came back to. I'm sure it won't be the last time.

GilGarp, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of etherashe
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely orangy-dark amber color. A decent head. Substantial carbonation. No lacing.

The smell is of sweet fruit-rot.

The taste goes from silky-smoothness to dark roasted grain to a slight hint of alcohol - all built on a foundation of tacit sweetness from the genus Prunus. Like a seasoned chamber orchestra playing an introspective Beethoven sonata to the palate.

The mouthfeel is smooth and bitter - a lesson in irony - and the texture is a bit syrupy.

This is a thick and powerful beer, nearly a meal in itself. The more I drink of it, the more I like is. Seriously drinkable for a Dopplebock. The taste is commanding, but not heavy-handed in any way. It's too good and strong to session, though very well worth revisiting on special occasions.

A very worthy respresentative of the historic Doppelbock style.

etherashe, Oct 30, 2008
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,239 ratings.