Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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88
very good

2,297 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,297
Reviews: 1,278
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 167 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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 webbcreative
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Dark Amber Color, wasnt expecting that. 1 finger head that went away quickly. Really nice aroma, kinda nutty, kinda sweet. Lots of flavor in this one for sure. Getting more of that nutty flavor, some bitterness but well balanced. Not getting as much chocolatey flavor as im use to with a double bock, but this one is still pretty darn good.

Overall this is one solid brew. And if im using a value scale this one I would give it an A+, but take price out of the equation and this is a solid b+ maybe an A for me!

Photo of aceman60
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best dopplebock out there for sure. This is an exceptionally smooth beer with a great taste and finish. The abv makes it an exceptional value for the money. Available at most fine package stores, I highly recommend this tasty brew. I am looking forward to finding it on tap.

Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle and it was a very dark red/brown, had a nice, thick, foamy head with no bubbles and a slight lace. It had a thick nutty smell with a hint of fruit.

It was bitter at first. Smoothness to it and the malts come through. Good beer, but doesn't do anything great.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sometimes you re-review beers just out of sheer passion. This is one of those times. I'm not even going to follow protocol. This is my favorite beer. This is also not a biased review. The smell of alcohol is prominent, this is a very strong beer - I can imagine a 17 year old Schwarzenegger crushing two of these on his way to the gym in Austria. I've come to embrace a new nose with this one this time around, is that dried prunes? or aged apricots? You may have your arrogant bastard ale but it pales in comparison. You certainly are not worthy.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours clear, dark amber, with a creamy off-white head that fades into a thin cap. Very translucent, and a bit off from what I've come to consider as the norm for the style.

Nose is very malty, lots of toffee and caramel notes, with a big, fruity presence too - caramel covered apples, only with a bit of a toasty, molasses-like lightly bitter presence in there as well.

Taste is generally caramel sweetness, some lightly toasty bitterness in the back of the mouth that never emerges entirely from the malty sweetness, and resembles, again, molasses, or slightly-burned caramelized sugar. Toasty at points. A lightly fruity presence on the finish, which like the nose, comes across as caramel-covered apples. The nose and the taste with this one seem to mirror each other quite closely.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, low carbonation. Sticky. Maybe a bit undercarbonated.

Certainly not my favorite dopple bock. To me, this one almost comes across as a toasty English Barleywine. Still, It's a pleasant beer, and I wouldn't turn one down - there are just a number of examples of this style I'd pursue first (Curator, Korbinian, Celebrator, Troegenator...).

Photo of joshuadlight
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an 18oz Spaten mug, I'm surprised by the translucence. Not as dark as many other Doppelbocks I've seen, but looks much more like an Amber. Very sweet in the nose, I'm getting syrupy honey. The first taste is sweet as well, toasty malts with only a tiny bit of bitterness sneaking in at the end. This is one of the sweeter beers I've tasted. Its thicker than it would appear on sight, but the ABV is actually pretty high, keeping you from drinking too many of these.

Just compared to other doppels I've tried, this doesn't seem to fit into the style as I'm used to it, but is a decent offering nonetheless.

Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber, dense head.

Smell: Sweet, brown sugar, some fruitiness.

Taste: Nicely sweet, brown sugar and molasses balanced by some toasted and earthy flavors.

Drinkability: One of the less expensive double bocks and not too heavy.

Picked up a sixer on discount as I haven't had my usual share of double bocks this winter. Pretty good stuff, nicely balanced, stays away from being over-the-top sweet.

Photo of goatgoat
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark honey color with a 2 finger off white head. The head disappears quickly leaving a thin film of foam and no lacing.
Moderate malt aroma, but nothing specific. When drinking, it brings a bigger malt body, with a very light toastiness. There is a bit of hop bitterness that gives a good balance to the whole flavor. Slight lingering sweetness and alcohol. Nice medium body with moderate carbonation.
Very drinkable little package, but the alcohol can sneak up on you.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/24/2007 (16.9oz bottle):

Golden red in appearance, some bubbles. Whitish smallish head, lasting, good lacing. Malty aroma, earthy dark fruit aromas. Grape. Fresh taste, lively, woody, dark fruit on the aftertaste. Some alcohol, smooth balanced flavor, not real malty. Letting it warm up a bit...a little more malty flavor, but still well balanced. Some taste of flowers. Overall not too bad a beer. One of my first dopplebocks, so not sure what to look for.

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

I tasted the beer in a glass pint glass

Appearance: The beer has a dark amber color to it.
Smell: Caramel and molasses.
Taste: I get a taste of bread, raisins, spices. The beer has a great, long aftertaste.
Mouth feel: Very smooth beer.
Overall: A great example of a double bock beer. Definitely worth seeking out

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

12oz bottle served in a 14oz glass mug.

L - hazy orange/amber color with a beige head that remained as a thin layer with a foam cloud, lacing was good.

S - sweet malt, German lager bier aroma.

T - very good balance of sweet malt flavor combined with a good dose of German hop bitterness.

F - medium/full bodied beer with a mildly crisp carbonation feel.

D - Ya, das iss goot bier!

Photo of Tone
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head with slightl retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong lager, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. The mouth feel was smooth and crisp. There was an average carbonation level. A bitter and slighty tart quality that leaves a dryness on the palate. Tastes of sweet malt, good lager background, and slight alcohol flavor. Overall, a good beer, but not the best example of a Doppelbock.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear red/rust color. A finger and a half of head developed and dissipated to leave a ring of lacing on top.

Smell: It lacked potency; I had to put my nose deep in the glass a few times before sensing anything. Sweet barnyard-like malts and caramel. It reminded me of a märzen.

Taste: Very crisp and clean, also buttery. The malt sweetness from the smell was present as well as a hint of toffee, caramel, and fruit, possibly banana. No hop bitterness on the back of the tongue, but the alcohol became too dominant as the beer warms.

Drinkability: It truly is more like bread than beer. I want to say it's an energy bar in liquid form, but the smell and taste are much more deserving. It's decent and drinkable, but the monastic life is not for everyone.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Clear, rusty brown with about 2 fingers of light brown head. Retention is moderate to short; no lacing.

S - Great aroma full of complexity. Dark bread, molasses, anise, toasted malt, and caramel roughly in the order. Very nicely balanced and layered. Most interesting is the wonderful blend of molasses and unfermented wort, giving Salvator an edge over other doppelbocks I've tried. Absent is the usual metallic aroma in most bocks/doppelbocks, which is worth the 5 in my book.

T - Not nearly as complex as the nose, but thoroughly enjoyable. Molasses/dark bread semi-sweet flavor hits early on and segues into toasted/slightly roasted malt. An earthiness dries the beer out somewhat with a quick burst of alcohol. Some bitterness prevails with a grainy, semi-sweet finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nothing wrong here, but a bigger body would really bump this brew up to exceptional status.

D - Another fine offering from Paulaner. Great drinkability for the style without any overdone sweetness or excessive alcohol heat.

Photo of mothman
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams sensory glass. Produced on 02/08.

Pours a thin slight tan that fizzles down quickly leaving splatters of lace. Color is a ruby bronze.

Smell is very malty. There is a chocolate smell with some raisins as well. Taste is fruity almost. The raisin taste is strong. There is also an alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is sweet and tarty. The alcohol is heavily present. The raisin taste is way to strong when you leave the beer in your mouth. It really hurts the overall taste of the beer.

Overall, this is a decent example of a dopplebock. I am not the biggest fan of this beer for the style, but I did enjoy it.

Photo of Schwarz04
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Little lacing left behind after head..quickly dissipates. Very flat looking...Reddish brown in color.

Smell: Tough to place. Some grainy notes come through...that's about it.

Taste: Quite bitter in a strange way..almost to the point of sourness. A bit of spice comes through as well

Mouthfeel: Very bitter dry aftertaste...not very desirable...

Drinkability: At 7.9 abv drinkability is pretty descent. However I wouldn't drink more than two solely due to the strange sour bitterness.

Photo of showell
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber. Has a nice head. Smell is nicely grainy. The taste is very good. I truly enjoyed the flavor. Very grainy as well. The mouthfeel was nice. Drinkability is okay. I wouldn't want more than a couple, but it was still a very nice beer. I'll get it again.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 06/08 but I figured it would still be good so I bought it anyway. Nice reddish color, smells and tastes bready, grainy, some sweetness, raisin brea. Overall a tasty and easy to drink dopplebock. I need to start drinking more of these German beers!

Photo of meday
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Part of the Weihenstephaner/Aventinus/Salvator Doppelbock tasteoff

Very little tan head over a clear dark amber color. MUCH lighter than the other two.

Slight cinnamon aroma.

Cinnamon taste, with some malt and cherry flavor

Very weak and watery mouthfeel compared to the other two. It did not have the feel of a dopplebock at all.

It was very pleasant and drinkable, but not quite to style.

Although this beer was barely in the competition against Aventinus and Weihenstephaner, I would still drink it again, but when I was a lighter dopplebock.

Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a fairly thick, off white head. Sticky rings of lacing last, as well as a small, residual head.

Definitive malt upfront, with just enough bitterness to balance it out. Despite a slightly heavy mouthfeel, it retains the crispness of a lager. Has a sweet, slightly bready flavor to it, but not the caramel flavor you might expect from the color.

In the end, good, but not something I would drink back to back.

Photo of jonziefle
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear dark red amber, with minimal to no head which quickly went away (might not have been an aggressive enough pour). Miminal carbonation and bubbles are present

Smell: Smells of sweet malts and a "juicy" aroma.

Taste: Overly malty and dark, with a slight lingering aftertaste The sweetness in the smell doesn't present itself in the taste. Doesn't seem very balanced, and tastes more like a pure lager than a Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with more carbonation than it looks.

Drinkability: Not really something I could see drinking much of. I've just had many better Doppebocks. I will say though that it tastes better the more you drink, but not a good first impression. It is relatively easy to drink though, without much alcohol or "intensity" coming through.

Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack recently, and tried it in two different glasses. The first was a Celebrator Doppelbock glass, and the other was a seidel mug. Very light brown color, almost bordering on orange. Whispy white head, and a good amount of lacing. Carbonation only noticeable at the top half of the glass. The smell was a blast of malt and alcohol vapor. Pretty much the same in the flavor. Got some notes of raisins and peat/evergreen as I sipped it, but this is a very malty beer. Alcohol is a bit hot too, so it's definitely a sipper. I preferred this beer in the wide mouthed mug over the slender Celebrator glass. It seemed to let the beer breathe a bit more. A good try, but a beer that I'd only pick up once in a blue moon.

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

Salvator pours a deep amber color with a big, foamy off-white head. Foam is full of small bubbles with noticeable effervescence running up the inside of the glass. The head diminishes slowly to a thin layer just on top of the beer. Most of it clings to the rim of the glass. Minimal lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is sweet with an under lying scent of freshly harvested hay. Black cherry and banana notes are also observed. Salvator has a big, malty flavor with a prevalent yeast character. The alcohol is noticeable and warms the tongue and cheeks. Bitterness is tasted on the back of the tongue and in the throat. A slight fruitiness lingers in the mouth after swallowing. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and floats around the mouth. This beer goes down easy and is well balanced.

Photo of PerzentRizen
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a great showing and a classic. I poured this one into a wheat beer glass but I think it could be served in a tulip easily.

Pours a dark brown with glowing edges in the light. The head is volumous and beautiful.

The aroma is light, biscuity, there is some banana and chocolate in the nose.

The taste is refreshing and smooth with a small twang and a breadlike flavor. I love the yeasty goodness!

Mouthfeel is full and this beer actually does make you feel less hungry - amazing! I think this might actually work as a way to hold to a fast.

I could probably drink three or four of these but I think I will just enjoy the one tonight. It is delicious though.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured amber red with 1" head that diminished to lace nicely

S - sweet malt, spice, cinnamon, very floral with molasses

T - malty, sweet, molasses, bitter tint of coffee and hops

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly chewy

D - quite drinkable, good carbonation/taste and alcohol is nicely hidden

Overall - A good beer that is quite representative of Doppelbocks. I must admit that Einbecker's Ur-Bock has a more balanced taste though.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,297 ratings.