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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 58
Gots: 194 | FT: 1
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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 patril
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm just starting to get into bocks and doppelbocks. After drinking this one, I've fallen deeper into the rabbit hole.

A - Brown/amber color, very clear, a little head when pouring, not much lacing in the glass.

S - Subdued fruitiness hits the nose and it's very inviting.

T - Maltiness is the first quality to hit my tastebuds, followed immediately by a fruitiness that resembles fig and raisins. It's not at all overbearing, but just enough to make it interesting. There is also a definite alcohol presence in the taste. Not much aftertaste to note - a little fruit and alcohol on the back of my tongue.

M - Medium density, low-to-medium carbonation. Above average but not particularly memorable mouthfeel.

D - Considering the ABV, not bad at all. I don't think I could do more than one in a sitting, but it went down smoothly and pleasantly, and I'll definitely be buying this one again.

Photo of cdrummer
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber like a fine maple syrup topped with a finger's width of beige foam. The head dissipates rather quickly in the middle, but laces around the rim nicely.

S: A robust combo of caramel and apple are right up front followed by a touch of woodiness (cedar, perhaps).

T&M: What a rush of caramel malt and spicy hops all up in my face! It's really a complex interaction of caramel, vanilla, and an apple brandy-like warmth. The somewhat chewy nature of the mouthfeel makes the body feel a lot thicker than it is, even at 7.9% abv. The carbonation is crisp and bold, allowing the hops wash over the tongue at first, leaving behind an aftermath of glorious, rich caramel sweetness.

D: This beer is truly impressive in that it is fully rich and robust, and at the same time possesses the ability to be consumed very quickly due to its ridiculous malty goodness.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. label states "produced on 04/08"

clear, deep amber. light tan head fades to wisps and ring. sparse to moderate lacing, with a good amount down towards the middle of the glass.

fruity aroma, almost like apple juice, then solid caramel. faint alcohol and whiff of hops. hints of brown sugar or molasses in the back.

malty caramel flavor upfront but also alcoholic and almost phenolic for a moment. then back to raisiny fruit and apple. more caramel and dark rum. gentle to moderate noble hop bitterness, with grassy note, lingers into a malty, rum-like finish.

lightly syrupy, with mild to moderate carbonation that rounds things out.

other than what seem to be slightly "off" pehnolic notes in the flavor, and perhaps hints of booziness, this isn't all that bad. but maybe what i really need is a fresher sample?

Photo of Beerislife652854
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear mahogany amber color with a thin off-white, almost tan head. The head fades to broken patches. No lacing.

The smell is of sweet aromatic herbs.

The taste is sweet with a strong hop aftertaste. Some cinnamon or other spices.

I bought this totally at random from the imports section of one of the 2 "big box" liquor stores that I frequently visit. Very pleasantly surprised, I must say!


Photo of skrib09
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

straight and true brown color with a darkish-tan head. good appearance for a doppelbock.

smells malty and bready.

taste plays off the smell. i mainly get a crisp malty backbone with plenty of bread influence.

mouthfeel is a bit heavy and may influence the drinkability.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a personalized lager glass.

Pours a ruby-mahogany hue, raising a thick two fingers of light tan head that falls away to a thick cap that displays just a bit of cling, leaving small patchy rings of lace on the glass.

A sweet, malty aroma possesses notes of figs and dark fruits interspersed within.

Rich and full-bodied, but not so heavy as some Doppelbocks, it has a bit of a lightness of mouthfeel that serves to aid in its drinkability. Flavors of sweet caramel and figs toy with the tastebuds, with the faintest hint of grassy, bitter hops that serve to balance what would become cloyingly sweet. Finish is pleasantly sweet, lingering for a short while.

The progenitor of the style remains a sturdy, well-crafted brew, showing a "liquid bread" quality true to its roots as a piece of monastic sustenance. Delightful.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: copper/amber. little lacing and minimal white head

Smell: toffee like malts, fruity, hints of hops.

Taste: crisp, robust malts ... and more hops than you would expect from the smell, a little bit spicy/bitter as the carbonation hits you, ends slightly dry and bittersweet (you can taste the alcohol). made me kind of thirsty afterwards.

Mouthfeel: slightly sticky, medium body, light/medium carbonation

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink even with its ABV, but not something I would go out of my way to have anytime soon. It was also my first doppelbock so that could be a factor. I prefer ales over lagers too.

Photo of RollingRocker
2.51/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this is the first Paulaner Munchen beer i have ever tried, pours pretty flat with a miniscule amount of lacing. the aroma is a faint sourish, hoppy smell. the flavor is leans more to the hoppy side with a slight malty flavor with a bitter finish. mouthfeel is flat with hardly any carbonation not sure if that has anything to do with the high ABV (7.9%) or the fact the label says 07/08...i'm going to the finish the 6 pack on principle and thats about it.


Photo of cpmau11
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The paulaner salvator is an exquisite version of a dopplebock(double bock). Very little head and very amber in color. Clear but in appearance but not completely see through. Smooth taste thats feels comfortbaly in your mouth. Not overwhelming and not overly impressive and doesnt have a strong aftertaste. A crisp taste that only comes with centuries of experience.

Photo of soupermirl
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear amber color kind of pale. Not much head but a lasting ring. Not much to the smell, malty, bocky. Taste is easy, good, I like it. Again it is bocky but not overly bocky. Hops come in toward the mid range. Mouthfeel is good, pretty good after. Malty and hoppie. Easy to drink.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours clear copper with a medium ecru head.

S - Sugary, caramel roasted malts overpower any hop presence here.

T - The same sweet caramel maltiness with some more hop backing than the aroma gives away.

M - Slightly less than medium bodied, slightly sticky, decent carbonation.

Photo of Frosty80
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: sits clear, dark copper

Smell: great candy malt sweetness. perfect alcohol presence to compliment the tart sweetness and fruity notes

Taste: moderate malt sweetness and dark fruit with just a hint of hops to counter. little bit of yeastiness in the finish. a fleeting presence of alcohol towards the finish, but mostly stays hidden

Mouthfeel: rich, med body. little carbonation

Notes: love dopplebocks. gotta respect originals of any style.

Photo of BirdFlu
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This seems to represent the German doppels which are much more expressive of the overall lager characteristics than the majority of doppels you come across, having more of the "imperial" flair to them, making them much more like ales in flavor and such.. It smells malty, like brown sugar a bit and caramel with a slight bit of hop presence in there.. The appearance is extremely light for the style, its an amber color with some orangish hue to it, totally clear with very little head. Taste is malty, a bit of caramel. ITs very crisp, more like your typical lager or such (think Sam Adams with some extra malt?) Its very light in mouth, not watery though. Its super crisp and easy to drink but its lacking in the richness of flavor and feel that you find in most doppelbocks. If I was blind tasting it I might guess it was a maibock.. I don;t know if its due to exposure to the more American "big beer" type of stuff that you come across more often, but its overall not just rich enough compared to otehr doppelbocks. Its certainly easy to drink, though, and definitely not bad.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish copper color with a 1 finger tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves a medium amount of lacing.

Aroma is caramel and some light fruit.

Taste is very malty. Caramel and toffee come out along with some nutty, fruity and light buttery characteristics.

Medium bodied and light/medium carbonation, but mostly smooth. Pretty drinkable given the abv level but this is a meal in itself so beyond that one 16.9 oz. offering, I wouldn't be drinking another right away. Still this is a fine doppelbock that I would not mind having again some other time.

Photo of beertunes
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured a bright, clear orange-amber, much lighter than most Dopplebocks. Had about an inch of light tan head that left no lacing. A relatively neutral aroma, nothing stands out. A solid malt foundation leads to a slightly sweet finish, with just a little tang on the end. Smooth, even body that's easy to drink. Very drinkable, having several would be easy as long as you're aware of the sneaky alcohol. Overall a lighter, easier drinking Dopplebock that gives up somethings for those traits.

Photo of Jeffo
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: A redish-brown colour, perhaps mahogany, with a small thin off-white head that disappears immediately. Very clear with a decent amount of carbonation. Nothing unappealing, but nothing special.

SMELL: Some sweet caramel malt, toffee, and some nice red fruit and apples. Scent is medium strong and nice.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, and some fruit as well, much like the nose advertised. A touch of spicy alcohol at the end as well. A mild but long lasting sweet caramel malt aftertaste is pleasant, with a little spicy bit there as well. Solid.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation and slightly creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth with a slight little alcohol bite at the back of the throat. Finishes ever so slightly sticky. Pretty solid here as well.

OVERALL: An enjoyable enough brew that I'd go back to, but don't think I'd go out of my way to get it. The alcohol is pretty noticeable so it'd be hard to have a few in one sitting. Definitely a nice warming brew for the winter, however.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a seethru copper body with a minor head and not much lacing. Caramel and burnt malts, maybe toffee, dominate the aroma although there are citric hops (fruit smells) tucked in there also. Medium-bodied but smooth and creamy, sweet malts like caramel (and other sugariness) mix with some roasted/toasted malts for balance and there are some fruit flavors in there as well (apple, pear, orange are all kind of noticeable). Beer finishes somewhat dry w/ a mix of roasted malts and a syrupiness/stickiness in the beer, but overall I would say it is a sweet tasting beer. A definite sipper that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper or medium brown color. Nice clarity. Pretty large and fluffy head.

Aroma of earthy malts, notes of beef broth, brown sugar, molasses, dark grainy bread.

Taste is mostly sweet and slightly bitter. Not a whole lot of hop flavor that I could notice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Decent dopplebock.

Photo of washburnkid
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear body, deep amber hues; small tan/red head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.
S: Pleasant fruits, sweet apples
T: Malts and a fruity/apple hop finish with a hint of alcohol
M: Balanced carbonation but terribly thin and watery, which is what bothered me about this beer.
D: Though light-bodied, I still found this brew pleasant to drink. I would likely recommend a few other DBs before this one.

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
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.