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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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88
very good

2,078 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,078
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 41
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Halcyondays

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber/red with a thick white head.

S: Outsanding, huge malt, molasses, banana bread.

T: Malt city, if you want to taste malt in beer, this is it, very tasty, but sweet. Caramel, big brown sugar.

M: Full-bodied, creamy, and chewy.

D: Very good for a dopplebock, this beer shows you that medieval monks did not mind their Lenten fasts. A quality production.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 17:55:36 | More by Halcyondays
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an auburn hue with ruby highlights, topped by two fingers of off-white head that slowly dissipates, leaving a little lace behind.

S: A bready and caramel nose, with hints of dark fruit and spice thrown in the mix. Smells like it'd be quite tasty.

T: Strong alcohol and roasted malt up front, lasting to a hoppy spike in the middle. This fades into a smooth finish, which is actually quite remarkable in the way it satisfies and leaves a pleasing aftertaste of leftover malt and a small trail of hops.

M: The mouthfeel is right on, with a good silky and bubbly feel, but not over the top to the point it kills the flavor. Great body somewhere in the middle, once again, spot on.

D: All in all, this is a rather well-balanced beer, which doesn't seem to be the case at first. But after it warms a bit, and the flavors come out more, the taste of alcohol fits in quite well. Overall, a pretty good dopplebock, true to style, tasty, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 19:19:53 | More by CharlieMopps
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Ungespundet

Germany

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I won’t bore with the stories about how monks use to drink this Bier during their time of fasting or even how the name Bockbier comes from the little town of Einbeck up in the North. I’ll just simply fill you in on the best way to enjoy this Starkbier. In March in München begins the Starkbierfest. The exact times differ from brewery to brewery but they generally go until the beginning of April. What is the Starkbierfest? For 2-3 weeks the local breweries serve up their Starkbier(doppelbock). You’ll probably familiar with the different ones from the big breweries here in München but what you might not be aware of is that they really are only served at this time of the year, unlike when I used to buy Salvator year round in the US. The average price for a liter is around 5.50 euro. It’s served up a traditional Steinkrug. Great time of the year and I am looking forward to next year’s fest!!! Speaking of Starkbierzeit here’s a little bit about one of the best examples in town….

Unlike during the Starkbierzeit I poured this Starkbier into a regular glass. This means I was able to enjoy one of the prettiest beer colors I have ever laid eyes on. Beautiful deep amber that looked like dark cherry juice. Unbelievably clear and almost as intoxicating to look at as to drink. The head was thin and faded quickly into is potent brew. Little lace was left behind but as you know this is not necessarily a flaw due to the head hindering properties of alcohol (esp. in this amount). After getting over the color I inhaled a very nice mixture of crystal malt that was very toasty and candy like. Very nice!!!This is followed by a subtle burn of alcohol in the nasal passages. Mild hop aroma lingers in the background and mixes nicely with hints of grains in the background. This Bier begins with a very smooth crystal malt candy flavor. It’s very well balanced and even has a slight bitterness overall. Very noticeable of course is the warmth felt by the alcohol. The mouth feel is full but as coating as other Starkbiers. Overall I think this is a great Bier. For two years now I have done blind taste test of all the Starkbiers offered in bottles in München during this time of year. Last Augustiner took first and Salvator second. This year it was Salvator but that’s partly because I had a “bad” bottle of Augustiner. Yes, I could of bought a another bottle, that’s the luck of the draw!!! 2007 Winner is Paulaner! See ya all again next year!!!
Zum Wohl!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 17:30:17 | More by Ungespundet
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JDBeer

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite style of beer, a Doppelbock is as close to heaven as I will get in a glass. I only wish more brewers would attempt to make this beer.

A: Nice dark red color with a decent amount of head

S: A very strong malt aroma rises off of the glass and into the nose :)

T: Very complex malt taste with an almost bread-like flavor to it, fruits, and other assorted goodies are also attached. Very syrupy taste while being very smooth. I don't detect any alchol flavor.

MF: Feels great to me. Very filling and rewarding to drink this. Again, no alcohol flavor.

D: Very drinkable brew, one of my favorites. It makes a nice companion to Celebrator. That beer has the chocolate, toffee flavor down pat while this brew has less of the chocolate taste and more of the “bread” taste going for it. I could definitely drink this every night.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 02:07:47 | More by JDBeer
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basica

Singapore

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

This is my second Doppelbock to the Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel. This Doppelbock reaffirmed
my belief that the Doppelbock beers bear a certain ressemblance to the Belgian Strong Dark
Ales. This one's more distant than the Andechser though. The Salvator pours out dark amber
with a small head that quickly dissipates; it smells like the Belgian Dark Ales: Malty,
Yeasty and subtlely fruity. When I went on to my first sip, I was immediately hit by packs
of malt; the next mouthful guaranteed this and my first thought was YES! this would be a
true malt powerhouse which is what a Doppelbock should be and so it was. The finish was
bitter at the end of every mouthful and during the first few mouthful, the bitterness was
like a flavouring (somewhat like hops) which I appreciate. This same bitterness goes a
little to the high side when I was half way through but it was still ok; I got used to it
shortly and the rest of the beer did not have the bitterness affecting me at all. The mouth
feel was pretty close to full body with good carbonation; not too much not too little. 7.9
ABV did not feel 7.9 at all and this beer is pretty drinkable. However, this is a beer
which guarantees more enjoyment if sipped and not chugged; not a quaffing beer. The after
taste is again nicely malty but this time I could sense subtle fruity notes which was rather
pleasant. It could be worth an 8, I guess but I stayed at 7.5 as the bitterness could be
better worked out though it hardly disturbed me throughout most of the beer. I really enjoyed
the malt and I guess this would be what I expect of a Doppelbock. The Andechser was slightly
lighter on the malt but much stronger on the fruits which probably masked the malt till later
in the beer when I felt the malt kicking in. The Salvator is almost all about malt. It would
also be interesting to note that the Salvator is Paulaner's pioneer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 17:07:50 | More by basica
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AChamberlain

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A: Poured ruby dark red with a small head. Beautiful lacing.

S: Malt, malt, maltiness. Sweet as all get out.

T: Mmm, better than the aroma. sweet and fruity malt flavors. Sweet syrups. And a good alcohol character.

MF: Medium bodied and warming, great for a cool night. You can really feel the alcohol warming you as it goes down.

D: Booyeah, I’ll have another please. With all that flavor and alcohol, it still is highly drinkable. Not as great as Celebrator, but as the Original it gets heavy props.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2007 18:57:06 | More by AChamberlain
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grospopperino

Delaware

2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Salvator is the story of two beers-- the traditional Salvator before Heineken bought a large stake in Paulaner in 2006, and the current Salvator, which is found badly wanting in a number of respects. Salvator was the original Doppelbock-- it was a beautifully balanced beer of deep copper-red color, a distinctive sweet-malt taste, balanced by some alcohol warming and a touch of hops. Salvator had wonderfully complex, nuanced flavors, almost like a fine wine, and a full, rich, satisfying finish.

When I was in Bonn, Germany last summer, I ordered a half-litre mug of Salvator a the Paulaner pub there. I was surprised and disappointed. It did not taste like Salvator. It was lighter in color and taste, and lacked the distinctive finish. I later found out that Heineken had acquired a substantial holding in Paulaner. When I returned to the States, I was still able to buy Salvator that was from the 11/05 lot, brewed pre-merger. When that lot was no longer available, I bought a case of the "new" Salvator, dated 10/06. I can't express the degree of my disappointment. I and several fellow beer enthusiasts have compared the new Salvator with the remants of my 11/05 lot, and, to a person, reached the same conclusions.

The post-Heineken brew has initial taste of traditional Salvator. That taste quickly vanishes like a fleeting dream, dissipating to weak metallic tang with absolutely no finish. The abv is increased to 7.9%, but I don't buy Salvator to drink Colt 45. If one didn't know better, the current Salvator is a good beer. The crime is that it replaces a truly great beer, a beer with a history that began in 1634 and inspired many other Doppelbocks. I hope that Paulaner-Heineken sees fit to return to their traditonal recipe for Salvator.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2007 01:51:47 | More by grospopperino
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irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer many times. Nice copper color. No head retention though. Very little lace work. Smell is nice malty sweet, caremel, and alcohol are noticeable one the nose. This beer is very drinkable and complex in mouthfeel, peppery after taste lingers hops are slightly noticable, caramel and malt flavours come through nicely along with the alcohol. All in all a very good doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 07:00:33 | More by irishkyle21
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cbreitro

Massachusetts

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

Paulaner makes a fine Hefe wiezen, so I decided to try this German beer.
It has a great copper color and smelled very nice, kind of flowery, not super hoppy. The sweetness surprised me with the first sip. The beer is very smooth with a nice nutty aftertaste. Feels a bit watery in the mouth for me.

I would give it a higher rating if not for being oversweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 21:54:01 | More by cbreitro
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Redwood21

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paired this with a brandied mushroom ny strip steak great combo if any one is interested
A: love the deep amber brown color, hate the fact that after about 3 sips head is 100% gone.
S: there is a semi prominent aroma of alcohol with some sweet caramel aromas as well
T: very similar to aroma, there is a slight alcohol taste with some sweet caramel with a light to medium malt character.
M/D: very creamy with a nice smooth sensation that is medium bodied. very good very drinkable i enjoy it alot and at almost 8% you dont notice it

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 17:21:11 | More by Redwood21
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beeragent

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a snifter. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a 1 inch head that quickly faded. Medium spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is light, mostly of sweet malt. The flavor is roasted malt, with a slight hint of alcohol. Nothing too complex. Medium mouthfeel. Smooth enough finish, but not something I could consume all evening. Overall, a decent enough brew. Worth a try!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 04:58:50 | More by beeragent
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BadRockBeer

Colorado

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

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features produced on date.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep copper in color, crystal clear. Formed a nice 2 finger off white head that diminished rather quickly but still clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Intense maltiness, Dried fruits, alcohol.

Taste: Big, sweet maltiness up front. I taste some dried fruits prunes and raisins, kind of tart. I also taste alcohol, I guess at 7.9% what do you expect. I also taste a spicy note just can’t put my finger on it. The finish is some what cloying and sweet.

Mouthfeel: Chewy! Medium to full body, very light carbonation.

Drinkability: Great, for being 7.9% this is a very drinkable beer. Very smooth and a perfect balance of sweetness. This beer also follows the style guidelines quite well.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 04:26:08 | More by BadRockBeer
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yelterdow

New Jersey

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

Served in a traditional double bock glass at fridge temperature. Bottled in December, 2006.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light caramel, supporting a yellow-tinged creamy and very tight head. After the initial crown settles, the micro-thin flim offers a few larger bubbles that pop away until there's barely anything left. My glass shows nary a trace of lace.

Smell- A malt lover's delight, with buttery aromas of caramel, toffee, and sweet candied dates. It's a beautifully rich nose and I'm finding it hard to keep my face out of the glass.

Taste- A mouth-filling bouquet of supple, rich malts. There is some dark fruit jammed in there, and the alcohol is surprisingly evident during the swallow and afterwards. A bitter, lingering hop character loiters at the rear sides of the tongue, offering balance and providing a dryness that encourages the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Busy and lush, the texture here registers at the higher end of comfortable... it backswells in the mouth and goes down smooth and easy. I find doppelbocks in general to be "one-beer" beers, so I will score drinkability accordingly... this is a rich, hearty, tasty brew that will have VIP access to this refrigerator any old time.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 01:30:04 | More by yelterdow
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eberkman

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a bright, clear red/gold into a pilsner glass. Left a small head that diminished rapidly. Lots of carbonation bubbles racing to the surface and collecting on the lower reaches of the glass.

The smell was an overpowering sweetness with no hint of much else. Very strong aroma, basically pleasant but not irresistable.

The taste was a complex array of supersweet malts and hints of toffee giving way to an alcoholic bite in the finish, which fades out back into sweetness. A little too candylike for my taste in the end.

Good, crisp, carbonated mouthfeel with some body behind it.

Sessionability would be good for a beer of this strength, but it's way to sweet to have more than one of these in a sitting.

I'm just NOT a sweet beer guy.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2007 04:01:09 | More by eberkman
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BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

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

Interesting label.
This is what dopplebock is meant to taste like. The aromas are amazing. It smells very malty, similar to that of a barley wine, or if you have ever smelled malt extract, that is what this Beer smells like. Flavour is very malty with little hop influence. The flavour reminds me of pecan pie. Colour is a mix between copper, red, amber, and brown.

Overall, I like it and I will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 19:51:43 | More by BrewSomerville
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therica

Maryland

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

A= nice red-brown color with more red tone than usual, very attractive, a fair head which doesn't last all that long.

S= very inviting, some fruity scents with almost a hint of smoke and a mild liquer-ish nose.

T= spectactular in every way. Enough bite to satisfy, yet so fully balanced that the bite is kindly mixed in and appropriate. Lots of subtle complexity-- light fruitiness, light honey, hints of apricot, strawberry, so many other tastes all nicely intertwined.

M= nothing whatsoever to put one off. Very kind, with a slight lingering honey-red-fruit taste.

D= At its 7.9ABV I'm not sure how session-drinkable this is, but it's definitely extremely drinkable so long as one's tolerance lasts.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 01:54:39 | More by therica
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PhiloPsych

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear orange out of the bottle and deep brownish orange in the glass. Not much head at all. Sweet malty smell as per the style. Very sweet flavor. Mouthfeel is just a bit thinner than other doppelbocks; but this isn't a knock against this beer. It's very crisp and clean without being watery. In the end, though, it's just too sweet without any other prominent flavors to balance it out. For me this is better than Celebrator, but not as good as Optimator.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2007 06:41:55 | More by PhiloPsych
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Quej

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brownish red, with very little head which quickly disappears. The beer is perfectly clear and there is much carbonation.

S - Mostly the copper smell of old pennies and rusted metals as well as the bitter, floral scents of hops. Through the rough bitterness there is a good sweet maltiness.

T - Strong bitter hops, and its accompanying floral sharpness is very strong. This beer has a quick finish with a sort of sweetish malt taste and some burned sugar. Has slight bit of acidic citrus, maybe orange. The alcohol is very well masked, but is less so as th beer warms.

M - Rather rough and drying. There is a sharpness from the alcohol and high carbonation. Well bodied, neither very thick nor thin.

D - Dangerously drinkable at 7.9%, When this beer is cold, its alcohol is virtually indistinguishable, and its thirst quenching bitterness make a great sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 18:54:03 | More by Quej
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vtfan77

Virginia

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

A- Pours a clear orange amber with a decent head that goes down rather quickly. Quite light for the style, but attractive nonetheless.

S- Toasted malt aromas emanate from the brew along with some spicy hop notes. Also a bit of a sour aroma, almost rye-like.

T- More toasted bread in the taste. A little bit of malt sweetness is evident, but overall this beer is pretty dry. Surprisingly assertive bitterness on the finish, but certainly not too much. Aftertaste is of bread and spicy hops. Almost like literally drinking liquid bread!

M- Nice medium-full body. Not a whole lot of carbonation, but the level seems just right for this beer. Smooth drinking.

D- Excellent. Considering this is a doppelbock with an ABV of nearly 8%, it's extremely drinkable.

I found this to be a very good beer. You could almost make a meal out of this sucker. Very tasty indeed. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 16:20:37 | More by vtfan77
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yemenmocha

Arizona

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

Hazy dark orange pour with thin white head. On the light side for a dopplebock.

Nose is a whiff of alcohol with holiday pie, maybe some caramel.

Palate has a fair amount of alcohol warmth with those little chocolate covered orange wedges. Malty to caramelly sweetness mid palate and then finishes with some dry chocolate and orange on the finish. Again, alcohol warmth.

Even with the alcohol detected it remains fairly drinkable somehow. Not a turnoff at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 04:28:15 | More by yemenmocha
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cyberbmcd

New York

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

MMM tasty.

This fine German brew pours a dark Amber almost red. surprisingly small head (1/2 finger) but excellent lacing.

The smell was a little subdued but didn't prove detrimental to the taste.

It is smooth and malty I love ALL dark brews so I counted on this one being tasty and it was. The smooth mouthfeel and malty musky taste were a perfect match. The aftertaste comes just a tiny bit bitter and hinting orf the alcohol

All in all a fine German brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 03:05:43 | More by cyberbmcd
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Call me crazy, but I remember Paulaner Salvator being a little bit darker. The sandy, nontransparent golden liquid before me seems much less intimidating (or impressive) than I recall, but does make an interesting and highly presentable beer in its own right. The tiny specs of white head present look like nothing more than antiperspirant stains.

Salvator also smells less intimidating and impressive than it once did. Some of that may simply be due to my changing, ameliorated palate. Where as once it was rich and malty, now it smells like maple syrup and mulled orchard fruits. It is true, however, that the recipe has been toned down over the years (*see the link at the bottom for more info).

The short version is that the beer starts off with almost a quarter less malt, but ends up with a quarter more alcohol. In other words, modern Salvator has much less body and much more alcohol than it did a hundred and fifty years ago. Big deal, right? Except it also has much less flavour than, by my recollection, it did even as early as five years ago.

When I started drinking beer, Salvator was a god. Now, it tastes more like an agreeable, unusually clean malt liquor. Sticky-sweet notes of mulled apples, plums and pears prevail with a dry toastiness budding in on the finish. Some earthiness is perceived but not in the same quantity of the alcohol esters. The maple syrup taste grows and grows.

The dryness in the mouthfeel is somewhat oak-y, and leaves the faint taste of maple wood. A light caramel sweetness wraps around the tongue and becomes firmly tangled. When warm, the alcohol vapors become more volatile, shifting the beer's disposition from that of 'quenching lager' to 'brutish slow-sipper'. Either way, it works for me!

It is said that during the middle ages, Christian monks in Germany would subside over the period of Lent on nothing but beers like this. Tell me I'm not the only one thinking that that wouldn't be such a bad 46 days? Sure the actual reality of it was probably awful, but still, copious daily rations of a beer like this? Make Lent my new favourite holiday.

*Beer blogger Ron Pattinson shares an interesting article on the history of the Salvator recipe on his site here: http://barclayperkins.blogspot.com/2008/06/salvator.html

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 21:39:53 | More by biegaman
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a .5L mug. Made on: 7/06. The body was a clear golden amber color. Three fingers of head that was the color of an old phone book page.

Smell was fruity and sweet. Stewed plums and malts.

Taste vert much reflected the aroma. Sweet malts and fruits. Minimal hops. Unlike many others I did not note the alcohol presence. Very drinkable, not especially complex.

Mouthfeel was smooth with mild carbonation. Medium body.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2007 02:20:50 | More by Cresant
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jmp491

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in a bottle.

Good doppel bock with a solid, chocolately flavor. It is a dark amber color. Very smooth, but has a slight alcohol aftertaste. I'm not a dark beer drinker, but this has a great, unique flavor. It almost has a smoky taste to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 00:11:12 | More by jmp491
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younger35

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from a tulip shaped Weizen glass. Came in a 16.9 oz bottle that is pretty cool looking. Pretty sure that the monk on the label is drunk....

Appearance- Pours a clear ruby orangish red. Breaks to very light shades of yellow and has very gentle carbonation bubbles rippling throughout. Nice fluffy white head that fades quickly leaving zero traces that a head was once there. No lacing.
Smell- Sweet doughy malts dominate the nostrils. A fruity candy sweetness with whiffs of alcohol linger. Very subtle spices hang in the background.
Taste- Big lightly toasted caramel malts dominate the palate. This beer is sweeter than I expected and has nice fruity tones. Apricot and plum tones compliment the subtle nutty spiciness. Lots of warming alcohol here.
Mouthfeel- Starts out very crisp and carbonated. The carbonation quickly dissipates and this beer gains more pronounced body as it warms.
Drinkability- The alcohol dominates this beer, especially as it warms. I think it makes it a bit unpleasant to drink at times. Has a decent flavor and when the mood strikes, this is a pretty decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 00:54:12 | More by younger35
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,078 ratings.