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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | 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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Photo of JArami


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Came to me in a pint glass with about one finger of off white head that dissipated in about half a minute's time.

A: Not as dark as I expected, a deep copper in the light provided by Mr. Dunderbak's (its pretty dim in there). I could see my fingers clearly through it.

S: Sweet caramel-like malts with some hints of alcohol. Comes across a little on the fruit side with a little yeast and bitter hops.

T: Sweet and malty, an assortment caramel and a mild taste of raisins. Very full flavor, with an alcohol finish that reminded I had to drive home eventually. This is an excellent beer, the bitterness is evident and kept in check by the dominating malt flavors. Very enjoyable.

M: Very full body, lighter on the carbonation than I expected. Leaves the mouth relatively clean with a slight bitter sweet on the back of the tongue. The alcohol doesn't show through too much, but you can definitely tell it's there.

D: Very drinkable, and to be enjoyed with consideration of its ABV. I will definitely explore this style some more, maybe at home next time.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2007 05:04:11 | More by JArami
Photo of hellcatsjg


3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber beer with a lot of carbonation to start. A fingers worth of head that does not last long.

Smell: Smells like a sweet caramel brew with a bit of maltiness. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Bit of a disappointment. The caramel and malt from the nose are there, but not as full as I would like. Everything comes off a bit understated and thin. Not bad, but not great, somewhere in between.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than I would like. The carbonation adds a nice touch, but there is not enough substance here.

Drinkability: Good beer, but nothing to go out of your way for. I would try if you were a fan of the style, but not a must buy. Also, I let it sit for a long while, and it improved a lot as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2007 02:45:40 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of svraines


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and beautiful pitcher of reddish-brown Salvator with off-white head. Aroma of maltiness and alcohol. Sweetness hits your palate immediately followed by a little alcohol kick ending with a hint of caramel and lasting malty goodness. Slightly on the thin side, but the never ending carbonation gives right amount of pop on your tongue. Surprisingly drinkable down to the bottom of the first pint, the alcohol staying mellow and not overbearing, but you don't really crave another by itself. Another pint might be great with a saucy pizza though.

Had this on tap a second time. Increased the drinkability to reflect how good a pint is with some food. Less sweetness this time and a bit more toffee richness. This is one elegant beer on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2007 22:58:51 | More by svraines
Photo of czfreeman


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured out quite dark as expected. this was the first double bock that I had tried and was pleasently suprised. The taste is very sweet at first and begins to mellow out as the beer warms up. The higher alcohol content comes through with the warm aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite heavy, as this is a double-bock. I really enjoyed drinking it however and look foward to exploring other doubles

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 23:46:42 | More by czfreeman
Photo of sfoley333


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12oz bottle into Biere du Boucanier snifter. Poured a clear copper brown color with thick foamy whit head. Smells of bread maltness, alcohol, with a slight dried fruit aroma. Taste is heavy on the malt and sweetness of carmel and toffee with a sticky thick mouthfeel. Alcohol is there with very little bitterness. This sipper is pretty sweet and has a very present alcohol feel which makes this beer a moderate level of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 09:38:24 | More by sfoley333
Photo of MarzenMan


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Best bottle ever, a portly monk serving an overflowing stein.

A - Dark amber brown with a 1 1/2 finger head. Some good lacing.

S - Strong alcohol, roasted malt and fruit.

T&M - Sweet very dark roasted malt and maybe some dried fruit up front gives way to strong alcohol and a bitter, not floral, hop bite. Good carbonation and slightly oily. A slight fruity taste lingers long after.

D - The only knock on drinkability is that its pushing 8%. Got to take this one a little slower.

This is one of my favorite beers. Like nothing else I've had. Very distinct flavors. Great!

Update 11/12/08:

Got to have this on tap at the Flying Saucer. As good as it gets. Not as complex on tap but lots of maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 01:40:25 | More by MarzenMan
Photo of billybob


3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear bright copper color with a two finger light tan head that fades quickly to just beer. smells of caramel, alcohol, with a hint of fruit. salty at the tip of the tongue then sweet then the taste of alcohol and caramel. mouthfeel was light, mild, carbonation turned flat, which i do not like. a little disappointed with this beer but have not tried any other double bocks to compare.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 03:16:14 | More by billybob
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was out buying beer for the night and saw single pints of this and had to try it. Poured into a PBR Pint Glass one evening while watching a movie.

A: The color was a very rich brown with a very thin light tan colored head that finally nestled down from about 1/2" to about 1/4" and stayed there the rest of the time.

S: When smelling I could pick up some caramel smells, and some definite malt smells. Overall a delicious smelling beer.

T: The only way to describe the taste is full, rich, and delicious. The balance was definitely more on the malt side, with more caramel flavors starting to come to the top, and I especially enjoyed the slightly bitter kick at the end. Surprisingly enough, with such a high ABV, there was only a faint, faint taste of alcohol. Very good.

M: It really had a nice bite to it, very well carbonated and crisp. It was very rich as well, leaving a little bit of a coat on the inside of my mouth.

D: Overall this is a beer to be enjoyed one at a time, at the end of a day. It is almost too rich to even try another one. This is one to sit down and enjoy slowly while doing some thinking...or not thinking...just enjoying!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2007 17:13:12 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of cdrogers


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found it very good, but very strong and not something I would drink on a regular basis because of this. Maybe something as a treat every now and again for sure. The appearance, smell, taste, and mouthfeel were very good and I found the drinkability a little better; it did not get a 5 only because of how strong it is. I know, I know. Great beer though.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 07:16:59 | More by cdrogers
Photo of Shaw


4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been years and years since I had this beer, my first Doppelbock. The style is one of my favorites.

This is a lovely amber color with a cream-colored and foamy head.

The excellent aroma is of caramel, a bit of toasted grain and straw.

The taste is good. It has the main requirement for the style: heavy malt flavors. Salvator has that in spades but keeps it nicely balanced. This isn't a syrupy beer like some of the style. Paulaner has a nice amount of hop bitterness to work with the large malt bill.

The body is glassy and smooth and just glides over my palate.

Overall this is a very good beer and an excellent and well-rounded example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 04:16:34 | More by Shaw
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah my first taste of Salvator. I have passed this by many a time just to go out and try stuff that isnt always around, well I am gonna try it today. Poured a very nice deep dark brown with a good two inches of off white tan colored head. This faded and nestled own leaving a thin film and some side glass lace. The smell was nce and smoky with a bit of an earthy grain mixed in. A touch of some caramel and sweetness as well. The flavor was very tight. Crisp clean and efficent flavor, lots of malt, nice smoky flavors with a touch of caramel. A great smooth feel with no sense of the alcohol at all. I could have easily had another of these. Overall this was awesome. I love German brews and this was no exception. It definitly deserves the rep it has, this is a really good dopplebock and something I am glad is readily avaibke to me whenever I want it.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 00:33:31 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brewintheLou


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer had about a 1inch head that quickly disappeared. There is a rich amber coloring and I can see the carbonation rising to the top of the glass. Has a sweet smell and a smooth taste with a hint of bitterness.

I do like the beer but it is not something that I would want more than one in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 19:55:27 | More by brewintheLou
Photo of champ103


3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark Orange/ copper with a small white head that fades fast. Clear
S: Sweet malt and fruit. Burnt cherry and other fruits, sweet caramel
T: Not heavy at all (like i thought it was going to be) and sweet. Can taste malt and hops. A lot of burnt cherry that bothers me a little.
D: At first I was very impressed at the drinkability, but after a while this was a chore to drink. Alcohol is noticable. Not a session beer.

Worth a try, but not one of Paulaner's better beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 03:44:34 | More by champ103
Photo of 77suburban


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden brown color, develops decent tan lacing which doesn't stick a round very long.

Smell: As soon as the cap came off the bottle I smelled the yeast, like fresh bread. The beer itself has a sweet, cider-like aroma - still a bit of yeast and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste: Wow, much bigger taste than I expected. Butterscotch, almond, the alcohol comes through a little, but not in a distasteful way. Full and sweet with a cleaner than I expected (although not squeaky by any means) finish. Smoky/cedar afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Very syrupy, like taking a swig from Aunt Jemima. Intense flavor, which hits you as its going down.

Notes: Complex flavor, it's a treat to have something different like this. I don't think I'd want a second one due to the heavy, syrupy nature, but wouldn't mind having a few in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 01:20:06 | More by 77suburban
Photo of thierrynantes


3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer (33cl), tasted in 2001. Well known beer from Paulaner.
Appearence : dark amber in colour
Smell : toffee and hop aroma
Taste : sweet bitterish taste with caramel and hop
Mouthfeel : bitterish finish with dates, cream and hop aroma
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Dopple Bock, but not complex enough

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 20:34:33 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of KI9A


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful amber red. Little head, giving the carbonation it has.

Sweet molasses, and caramel smell.

Tastes like a carmel candy bar. Very sweet. Maybe the sweetest dopple I have yet to have.

Finishes with a hit of liquor.

Not something I would like to have more than one of, at a sitting, but, a very good--but different dopple.

EDIT: just noticed the "produced date" is 11/06. A year old beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 00:57:49 | More by KI9A
Photo of bark


3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is deep amber; the finger thick head is pale beige. The lacing is massive.

The smell is rather mild. Some fruity sweet notes.

The smell is balanced, large bodied and generous: Lots of sweet caramel/toffee, Hints of sweet and bitter almonds, apricot jam and marzipan. The aftertaste is dry with some alcoholic notes.

The carbonation is strong and fresh. The liquid is smooth.

A good example of a often misused style.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2007 17:49:04 | More by bark
Photo of seaoflament


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty red color with a half an inch or so of foam. Absolutely no head or lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some slight chocolate and hints of grape. Has a sweet dark fruit candy smell, like cotton candy or sweet dried fruit. Also get some sweet potato or caramelized yams.

It tastes much like the aroma, sweetness and dark fruits upfront with a caramelized sugar in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 03:46:09 | More by seaoflament
Photo of dnichols


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 740 ml bottle purchased at Fred Meyer in Richland, Washington into a chilled tulip.

A: It poured a light ruby, almost a reddish copper, with a very slight head that quickly nearly disappeared leaving a scummy layer across much of the top of the liquid. The head, such as it is, was a light tan and it produced a surprisingly rich lacing.

S: It had the aroma of sweet malts, toffee, and roasted almonds.

T: Simply complex. It was simple in that the flavors followed the aroma closely...toffee and roasted almonds. Complex in that flavors tracking the aroma were enhanced by a touch of caramel and a very modest and well balanced early hop flavor.

M: Light to medium body with a smooth and sweet front followed by a dry, warm finish. It leaves a very clean palate.

D: I'm enjoying this fine brew on a cool fall night with a wet damp breeze sweeping through my living room. I only have one but I am wishing I had another one or two to top of my tank.

Comment: Great winter beer...warming and sufficiently complex to be entertaining.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 04:57:04 | More by dnichols
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a nice amber with a decent which eventually just laces the edge of the glass. Aroma is very malty, biscuity with some light caramel. taste is fruity but not very sweet, a little alcohol is noticeable with some hops there to balance the brew. Very dry and grainy finish but smooth. Still not as good as Celebrator, but a classic and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 08:15:33 | More by saintwarrick
Photo of Trueant1


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a medium "carmel" color. Thin head that does not stay around.Some lacing that does not stick around.
S. Malty. Light alcohol.
T. Malty, camel. Short bitterness at malt wears off the tounge.
M. A good balance of malt, bitterness and alcohol. Nice!
D. I would like to drink this one with my favorite light cigars...This drinks almost of a light brandy. I liked it and some day would like to taste again.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:26:10 | More by Trueant1
Photo of adamette


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A moderately dark golden brown with generous yellow white head which remained for about one minute in my glass...there are still remnants as I write this

S nutty with a whole grain bread smell. Very pleasing. Certainly not the nothingness that I smell with most popular lagers

T very smooth initially with a powerful alcohol sting after first swallow which lingers for about 30 seconds. After that a very pleasing, muted whole grain bread after taste follows. Very pleasing, interesting.

M as suggested above, very smooth followed by tangy alcohol sting but then very smooth after taste, mouthfeel.

D really exceptional. one of the top 5 beers I have ever tasted.

Salvator was recommended by another "ba" reviewer of my favorite beer, Spaten Optimator and I am glad that I followed through with it. I rated Optimator better but really Salvator is quite good. Highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 03:02:53 | More by adamette
Photo of BDIMike


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a good amount of this beer on tap at the German Beer Fest last night. I really like the cascading appearance of the rich, red color. The smell was strong, as is the taste. Very rich and full taste. A mouthfeel very strong and full and very nice. The high ABV makes it not incredibly drinkable. You can drink it all night, like I did last night, but it won't do you very good the next day. I know from current experience.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2007 13:45:13 | More by BDIMike
Photo of berserker256


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears reddish brown with a thin tan head. The beer smells sweet like carmel but also has an alcohol-type aroma much the way wine does. It tastes sweet too. Malty and carmely. There's a hint of an alcohol-warming afterglow down the throat soon after you swallow it. There's a low amount of carbonation. I see very few bubbles rising to the top of the glass and it seems to be a little on the flat side. I like this beer but I wouldn't drink too many of them in one day. That would be like gorging yourself on Milk Duds. The 7.9% alcohol would catch up with you quickly, too, I presume.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 16:08:15 | More by berserker256
Photo of brendan13


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, deep red toffee colour with an inch of beige head that quickly falls away.
S - Strong caramel smell up front with a slight floral touch. A bit of alcohol tries to hide in the backgorund
T - Sweet caramel dominates the taste with some slight roasty notes.
M - Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.
D - A tasty beer thats worth trying. Good every now and then but nothing I'd rush for again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 12:09:23 | More by brendan13
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.