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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 112 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of throwitallaway
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle in a mug. Dark brown/red color. Small head that dissipated quickly. Smelled of dark fruit, apples, and malt. Taste is very similar to the aroma, with a touch of hops. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is medium and is nicely carbonated. This beer is surprisingly refreshing and very tasty.

throwitallaway, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was one of the most beautiful beers I've ever had the pleasure of viewing. It was a deep ruby red that almost seemed to have an light inner glow.

The smell was nothing special, and in no way impressive. A light hint of hops to it, but otherwise unnotable.

Taste was slightly above average, hops dominating the mouth and little else making itself known.

Was a little bitter in the mouth, and I felt that it was slightly over carbonated.

I would not call this beer particularly drinkable, as I found myself really nursing this one.

All in all, not a bad beer; extremely appealing to the eye but not so much to the mouth.

donteatpoop, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint, it produces a very nice looking amber colored brew, clear, with a fluffy white head, with little retention or lacing.
Aroma is very nice, malty, toffeeish, but the body is rather thin with the same taste but little depth or complexity.
I really like doppelbocks but this one is a shadow of its former self.

brdc, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of TYE
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a medium brown with an amber hue and creates a 1 finger white thick foam head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing.
S - Aroma of sweet fruit is the overwhelming sent with an undertone of grain. Maybe a hint of rose?
T - Highly alcoholic. The flowers come out more than the fruit with a hoppy bite and an alcoholic aftertaste that lingers. Finishes dry like wine.
M - About medium carbonation, medium body in the mouth, but lighter when swallowed, and a dry hop bite in the back of the tongue. Leaves a sandpaper feeling tongue and scratchy at the back of the throat.
D - Didn't care too much for this one. Too many unpleasant feels in the mouth and the alcohol taste is too strong. This is what a double bock is supposed to be, or close to I think. Just not my favorite personally, but a good example of the style.

TYE, Mar 10, 2008
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 1" beige head with decent retention. No lace. Amber orange with good clarity.

S - Rich bready malt. Spicy. Some fruit in the back.

T - Full of malty goodness. Layers of bready malt. Spicy. Alcohol. Hint of fruit (fig, raisin?). Brown sugar. Sweet, but the hops keep this from getting too sweet. Warming.

M - Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation.

D - Very good.

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

A: Tranluscent reddish-amber with very little head.

S: Strong sweet fruity smell with some malt undertones.

T: First sip is quite fruity, with tropical esters, pineapple, sugar cane and mild citrus. Malt backbone is a secondary flavor, rich and roasted.

MF: Syrupy and smooth with very little carbonation.

D: Tasty but I think the sweetness hurts its drinkability. That at the high alcohol. A good doppelbock, but not the best.

rxdrewthejew, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of shroompod
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear red , small head , no lacing.

Caramel sweetness is apparent in the nose.

Malty goodness melts nicely into this moderately hopped doppelbock.

Mouthfeel is medium , carbonation is good.

Overall a nicely balanced brew , maybe a little hoppy and light, but enjoyable.

shroompod, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of charlzm
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours a hazy golden brown with minimal head, though thin layer of foam does hang around a while.

Nose is strong and sweet, with brown sugar and pitted fruit (date, raisin, fig) notes.

Bready and nutty flavor; aroma components more subtle than expected on palate. Mildly bitter and barely astringent finish. A touch of alcohol fire to warm the belly.

Very nice, although a tad cloying.

charlzm, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of AleDrinkToThat
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep copper/mahogany hue, under a two finger beige head.

Smell: Caramel malts, dark fruit, hops and slight alcohol fumes.

Taste: Wonderfully chewy, tasting of molasses, caramel malt, and some roasted malt up front. There was also some plum-like fruit and a light hops bitterness toward the end. The alcohol was a bit more apparent here than in, say, a Celebrator.

Mouthfeel: Thick and smooth. Carbonation was what I'd call medium, and the alcohol did fume in the mouth and throat just a little bit. Good warming, too, in the alcohol.

Drinkability: This is a really delicious doppelbock. Rightfully so. I'd still say Celebrator edges it out, though, in smoothness, chewiness, and complexity. I'd have no problem consuming a couple of these in a long evening.

AleDrinkToThat, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nice and clear and a deep red color. A small amount of white foam sits on top but doesn't last long.

The smell is mild but pleasant. It is of dark caramalts and some alcohol. Not overly complex but nice, other than the alcohol.

The taste is stronger and more of those dark malts. There is some dark fruit flavor in there and the whole thing has some hop presence. Mostly in the bitterness but also a very slight detectable amount in the flavor. The alcohol flavor is there but its mild.

This beer is pretty drinkable, the only real distraction is the alcohol on the nose and tongue.

t0rin0, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my very favorite doppelbocks, Celebrator is smooth, flavorful, and thoroughly enjoyable. An off-white cap covers a rich reddish-brown body that is just excellent. The nose is a little subtle, but nonetheless pleasant. Plenty of caramel, chocolate, and cocoa malt and some fruit protrude. The taste is straightforward but excellent. What's here is done very well and is just delicious. The caramel and a fairly sugary flavor blend well in a creamy stock that is a delight. Well carbonated and silky smooth, this is a genuine treat.

In a word, excellent.

Gehrig, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ojclark
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown. Excellent clarity. Fine tan headed diminished quickly. Malty, bready and yeasty flavors in the foreground with some rich melanoidin flavor. Some hop bitterness, spicy hop flavor and alcohol in the background. Medium-full body (gave a lighter impression due to carbonation). Warm finish from alcohol. Very nice beer.

ojclark, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of happygnome
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a dark amber brown color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears fairly quickly leaving a good amount of lacing
s: strong caramel and sweet toasted malt aroma, hints of alcohol and citrusy hop aroma
t: a good amount of sweet caramel toasted lightly hints of toffee as well
medium to light bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this but at $5 a pint at the liqour store, i think i can find better dopples

happygnome, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.25/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clearish reddish amber colored beer with off white head. Smell is sweet, sour malt, kind of like a maarzen or heller bock style smell. Taste is deep strong malt, a touch of bitterness and a definite noticeable alcohol taste that really detracts from the beer. Alcohol is more noticeable as it sits and really makes it less enjoyable. I was dissapointed by this beer.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of IgotsHops
4.95/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. Simply Wow. Probably my favorite beer yet. I was expecting something like the Celebrator, which is an amazing beer as well. I didn't expect the fruit and citrus that the Salvator gave me. I guess that's the difference between Belgian and German Dopplebocks.

Poured into a snifter. Modest 1/4 white head on a ruby and straw colored clear brew. I smiled just at the color. I also took some pictures because I was so impressed.

Smelled of tropical fruit like strawberry and guava. A little orange and lemon was also present. There was a nice sweet malt base too.

The taste was described by my wife as "liquid sunshine." It was just that. Fruity and a good yeast flavor, with a sweet but light malt character. Super well balanced, and full of fruit flavors like raspberry and strawberry and guava.

The mouthfeel was pretty good. Good carbonation with a clean aftertaste. It finished very clean and satisfying on the palate.

I could drink this stuff all day, and pretty much did.

IgotsHops, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half finger head faded quickly atop a transluscent yet deep reddish brown.

S- Very clean, delicate and complex malty aroma.

T- A little hop presence shows up just enough to add balance to what is a symphony of malts and a solid warming alchol note.

M- Decent per the style.

D- Its the original, nuff' said.

This beer is worthy of its benchmark status by being the dopplebock which all other dopplebocks are judged against. Surely in my top 5 for the style.

Pauly2X, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of bboven
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark amber body with very tiny bubbles in the head.

Smells of alcohol, dark, dark fruit, and a little caramel.

Great dark bitter fruit in the flavor, a bit of cherry cough syrup stickiness and taste, tons of malt.

A little sticky, but almost sparkling carbonation.

Definitely a winner.

bboven, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of KodyBrannon
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originaly had this beer on-tap, decided to try it from the bottle. Poured this beer into a pint glass,It poured a dark amber color, with a 3 finger head, that went away quickly and left little to no laceing. There was a bit of an alcohol tasted in the first hit, but it smoothes out to a malty flavor with a bit of a friut aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer was a little heavy, with a bit of a dry feel after it leaves your mouth. Overall, this is another quality brew from paulaner. Recomended for fans of paulaner and fans of dopplebocks.

KodyBrannon, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber color with a full tan head.

Caramel malts and fruit. I detect cherries with some citrus and peppery hops.

Again nice caramel malts with sweet fruits. Good medium body and well carbonated. Smooth and drinkable, but not super complex. A bit of a bitting off flavor in the finish.

rye726, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Germans make awsom beer! I love Doppel Bock and this one is no exception. Red copper in color head was a little smale though. Taste was sweet malty a little medicinal. Mouthfeel was mediem to heavy in body though carbonation was moderit. Drinkability well lets just say I wish I hade another.

BeerTaster, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I remember this beer much more fondly than is probably warranted. I had this almost 20 years ago when anything over a 6% ABV was very hard to find in this country. The beer pours a reddish, copper color, not much head, no lacing, not much retention. The beer has a slight medicinal smell, malty, and that sweet caramel aroma that is very characteristics of marzen style beers. There isn't a heap of carbonation in this one, but thats quite characteristic of the style. The beer is tilted towards medium bodied. The taste is acerbic towards the finish, a bit flat throughout, sweet malts in the middle, and almost a candied fruitiness in the background. I let this beer settle hoping for better, but I still got that medicinal, slightly metallic, candied fruitiness, and flat taste. This is not my favorite by a stretch. I had much fonder rememberances of this and I almost wish I didn't re-try it. This is a complex beer, but that doesn't mean that I want to try it again.

albern, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of TheSarge
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gives off aromas of sweet sugary characteristics. There are hints of other spices, but I can't quite place it.

I gave this beer a good vigorous pour. Traditionally doppelbocks don't have much head that lasts. When I did pour though, it produced a good amount of light tan head, which gave way to fine lacing. The body is quite clear and is a dark ruby red color.

This tastes of vanilla, very sweet and malty.

This is definetly a warmer. It is also very smooth.

TheSarge, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of dirtsocks
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a nice amber color with about 2 fingers of tan head that dissipated slowly. It smells of sweet malts and has a nice flavor of malts. This beer is very delicious and i would recommend it. It has some nice lacing and leaves a pleasant taste with a good mouthfeel.

dirtsocks, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard 17 oz bottle from the Coop for about $2.75 poured into my New Belgium snifter.

Short lasting 1" head not alot of lacing atop a crystal clear orange/amber brew.

Aroma is deep maltiness.. a little raisin and toasted malts with just a touch of spiciness.

Flavor is more toasted malts... fairly good viscosity and low carbonation make for a fairly thick treat of a beer. Bready and a whiff of cocoa.. some fruitiness near the end of the palate.. overripe yellow peaches.. and a touch of date... more dark caramel as it warms without being too much. Very clean and very smooth.

I've had Salvator a smattering of times over the years, but typically only if I am brewing/drinking something in the same style... Really pretty good... alot better as it approached room temperature.

JohnGalt1, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a crystal clear, brilliant orange-amber with a finger of off-white head.

Aroma of molasses, caramel, prunes, and sweet malts.

The taste is sweet malts, bready, and with a touch of coffee at the finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

Light-to-medium mouthfeel, chewy, and moderately carbonated.

This is a very easy-to-drink and easy-to-enjoy Doppelbock from Paulaner.

Monkeyknife, Jan 19, 2008
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.