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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,232
Reviews: 1,273
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 50
Gots: 132 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 mooseisloose
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of malt and not much else. Pours to a brown orange with a slight head. Taste is sweet and tart. Pure malts no bitterness until the aftertaste and then only slightly. AC is not real evident only slightly in the middle of taste where it glides across the tongue and to a point just before the aftertaste. Super smooth and tasty brew.

mooseisloose, May 15, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was interested to learn that many Doppelbocks end in "ator" with Salvator (Savior) being the first brewed by the monks as "liquid bread." Others include Ayinger Celebrator, Spaten Optimator, and Tucher Bajuvator. I enjoyed this one chilled in a goblet. Poured a nice iced tea color. Aroma was of sweet malts, caramel, slight chololate. Taste was smooth of raisin, caramel, touch of hops, and a pinch of anise. Good brew to sip after dinner.

Portertime, May 12, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle poured into my GI tulip.

A - Is a reflective amber color with a good bit of carbonation trailing up this one. Has a small head that barely sits on top and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Smells a bit like a sweet chocolate; also has a hint of caramel malt and also a bit like cinnamon raisin bread. Also there is a slight tinge of orange peel and can even smell a bit of the alcoholic burn as well.

T -Taste is also initially sweet and I would say that it is a mix of vanilla, cinnamon and raisin bread to me. Matches the nose rather well. Does have that orange peel taste to it a bit on the back end and it seems a bit out of place to me. It really seems to be an aspect that you would either love or hate. It seems just a bit too much and makes the beer a bit unbalanced for my taste but I could see where some people could really like it. Actually, still taste a little hot to me as I can get a hint of the alcohol in there that really stands out a lot for only a 7% beer.

MF - Has a medium body and is a barely sticky. Actually this one is a bit on the thinner side. For the amount of carbonation in the beer, there really is hardly any carbonation at all in the mouthfeel.

D - Overall this is an okay Dopplebock that has a nice bit of flavor to it and is not overly complex. The one thing that would prevent me from buying this again is that Celebrator is just as easy to find and much better. Also that orange peel aspect gets to me after awhile.

jeonseh, May 09, 2008
Photo of batty
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank in Spain, May 2008.

330 mL bottle, poured into a glass. Nice off-white head looks thick and beautiful, but fails too fast for my blood. brew itself is a nice copper red-brown, very clear. not too much lacing, but decent.

smell is some alcohol along with nice syrupy malts, maybe a hint of fruity spice?

taste is all smooth bock, the medium-sweet syrupy malt smoothly balanced by the bitter hop, balance is great, actually.

medium body, carbonation works well, strong but not overpowering. maybe a bit thin, especially for a doppelbock.

drinkability is great, especially for a doppelbock, great carbonation coupled with the great balance ends with a smooth and refreshing bock that goes down great.

batty, May 06, 2008
Photo of umtox
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Creamy head with rapid disappearance. Carmel copper in color, rather translucent.

S: Light malt and spice.

T: Creamy on the palate, with moderate malt. A nice well rounded doppelbock and great introduction to this style of beer.

M: Creamy and malty..what more could be wanted.

D: A milder version of this style. Could enjoy multiples and would pair great with brie.

umtox, May 04, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a wonderful deep orange, with with an off-white head that slowly diminishes to a film. A steady stream of bubbles break the surface. Sticking the nose in there I get the expected sweet malty aroma, but there is also fruit at the edges. The flavour is sweet and bready, with brown sugar present throughout. What is a touch disappointing is the absence of some of the doppelbock elements that I really dig, like molasses and cocoa hints. The mouthfeel is oily, and almost more reminiscent of a decent barleywine.

This is really quite a delightful drink, and I can see how the monks would consider it a meal in itself!

bobsy, May 04, 2008
Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I have ever had this beer.
Pours a clear amber that has a thick jead that leaves very little trace
Not much complexity to the smell. little yeasty like a musty barrel
Tastes sweet up front has a bitter after taste
Drinkable but not likely I'll buy this again

jmacdaddy2008, May 02, 2008
Photo of GRPunk
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- There was a 1-1/2 finger tan head and medium brown body. It had medium-light carbonation and head fell to a thin bubbly lace that left light sticky spots on the glass.

S- It had a lot of sweet malts that came off smelling like caramel, raisins, and warm alcohol.

T- It was roasty and sweet with more raisins, caramel, and brandy flavors.

M- It was smooth and thick with light carbonation.

D- It's a good drinker. I could have 1-2 in a sitting.

Overall- Great full flavor and aroma.

GRPunk, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of marc956
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of flavour almost a smoke like scent. I tend
to like bocks but didn't expect to like this one so much I can tell that it's a strong beer (7.9%) but it's not overwhelming. Highly recommended. I think I will look for a 6 pack so I can share it with friends

marc956, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Salvator Doppel Bock pours a lovely amber color with a solid 2 finger foam head that dissipates moderately fast.

The aroma is of caramel malts and apples. It is dense and complex with bready maltiness all the way through. It leaves its mark on the tongue as you are left with malted caramel barley feel. Overall it a good beer to savor and enjoy. You can barely taste the 7.9% abv. I found it was hidden well.

cswhitehorse, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

S: Malty with caramel sweetness and fruit on the nose, noticably banana.

T: A sweet malty bready taste with little to no hops and no bitterness at all. Loads of sweet fruit and caramel with what I picked out as banana. I am normally a hoppy IPA guy and this one is just the opposite. Not a bad beer, but just a tad too sweet for me.

M: Light to medium with nice carbonation and no oil or resin feel to it.

D: For me, low. I'm not a sweet beer drinker and this one has much more sweetness than anything else. Even so, if it were hoppier like some american dopplebocks I could drink it more easily.

Overall not my bag, but if you like this style I could see how it is quality brewed and probably a good brew. I'll leave these to someone else.

Kadonny, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of HardcoreKeith
2.95/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, that says "ale" in the corner. Certainly that must be by some silly definition of ale with which I'm unfamiliar.

Anyway, really appealing golden color, no head, low carbonation. Smells really sweet and brown sugary. Tastes similarly. There's some hop bitterness on the very front end, but after that it's all malt sweetness, brown sugar, caramel. It's easy to miss the hops because they're only there for a second, and if you do, it tastes really cloyingly sweet. Honestly, it's still going to be hard to get through this. It's very thick and syrupy.

HardcoreKeith, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderate head, levels fast; clear, crimson, low carbonation

Strong candy sweet aroma; slightly sour yeast

Taste & Mouthfeel
Medium mouthfeel; pretty chewy; not overly sweet like the smell seems; malty finish with just a splash of bitterness in the front; fruity end palate and pretty smooth overall

Sweetness is a factor and it becomes a little too much for me. Overall, it's tasty and a nice break from the norm.

JEdmund, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of edskirk3
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounces, brown glass bottle. Bottled 10/07.

Pours orange-amber with a whitish head (about a finger's worth).

Very bready and malty aroma. Toasty caramel, some darker fruits, spices and more hops than I was expecting.

Toasted caramel malt up front than a wave of spiciness and bitterness over the taste buds. Spicy as if from cinnamon or ginger or a combination of the two. Very hoppy for a Doppelbock. There's a period of sweetness towards the end, reminiscent of a sweet apple or apricot, before finally retiring to a soft lingering bitterness with a note of alcohol.

I can't not like a Doppelbock and this one doesn't buck the trend. Definitely more spiced and bitter than most I've had.

edskirk3, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of diamondc
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been enjoying this beer a lot lately. Which is kind of funny cause a year ago I couldn't finish a 12 oz'er.

Looks like an Oktoberfest beer ... reddish amber, a faint wisp of foam, medium carbonation.

Smell is of sweet molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate and apricot.

The taste is very bread like .. actually more like liquid rum flavored fruitcake. More of the cinnamon & cherry flavors come out when warm .. then some spicy chocolate. Just a bit of an alcohol kick to it. Hops are almost non-existant, but who's counting? The malt is the highlight here.

This one isn't as syrup-y as other dopplebocks I've had .. very smooth, almost butter-like mouthfeel. Pretty much one bottle gives me a warm happy buzz.

diamondc, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of dacrza1
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one comes with the weight of expectation--in my ten years of legality, I have somehow not imbibed this epitome of the genre...lighter brown orange effervescent body... white head is thin but bubbly and symmetrical...sweet, malty aroma with a lesser sense of soft hops... a soft palate with warming effects around the tongue--little fiz--surprisingly drinkable for a doppel... malt is pleasant, not intrusive; in fact, astonishingly tastes like a full-bodied, trumped-up lager... crisp and clean, with sugars appropriately placed... the name may precede itself, but the taste follows through--and I saved this bock sample for Good Friday... "liquid bread" indeed, and a little bit of soul food after a chocolate-free Lenten journey...

dacrza1, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a chilled pint glass. VERY dark amber color. Almost a perfect color for a doppel. Crystal clear, with light foam and good lacing.

Not much much of a smell at first, maybe because it's too cold. Should let it warm a bit before trying...

Malty, bready nose becomes more prevalent as it warms.

Super malty flavors! Very delicious. The sweet caramel malts jump out and give away to a dry, warm finish. Light carbonation make this a smooth beer but not lacking in body.

Fantastic doppelbock. Good any time of year.

KeefD, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of beautifulday
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drunk from a Jever, tall & cylindrical stange-type glass with handle.

A: Beautifully tawny red/dark amber colour. Clarity is 100%. Minimal carbonation and rather poor head retention, despite promising initial formation.

s: Refreshing malty nose and minimal ethanol aroma. Very fruity/floral (NOT citrus) aroma.

t: yeasty, plum pudding taste, biscuity notes and bags of alchohol dryness in the finish.

m: Sufficient carbonation on the palate despite a seeming lack of visual carb. very full in the mouthfeel due the malt and dextrin.

d: Very smooth. Nice beer. Hard to disagree with a classic of the doppelbock genre!

beautifulday, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the classic Doppelbocks.

A: Deep amber color. Moderate carbonation. Offwhite head starts out strong, but dissolves to small whisps fairly fast. Left no lace.

S: Sweet overall. Caramel, toffee and a bit of smoke.

T: Very balanced. Toffee sweet malt up front is followed by intense spicy bitterness. Sweet finish is somewhat dry. Nice alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium body is slightly syrupy. Carbonation level is right.

D: Perfect for the start of cool spring days. Strength limits me to one at a time.

Rayek, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nice reddish brown brew with a thin off white head

S - fruity bouquet, sugar/molases like sweetness

T - smooth malty start that quickly winds up to a whopping spiciness, doesn't go over the edge, but it's solidly there

M - mild carbonation, nice body - very tasty

D - not my style, but, this was very tasty and easily enjoyable

SaltyLime, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice sized, light brown head that settles quickly and leaves good lace. The body is deep amber and very clear.

S - Big, malty aroma with lots of caramel and some dark fruit. No hop aroma to speak of.

T - Very malty with some toasty caramel up front. Some noticeable, brandy like alcohol in the middle. Some dark fruity notes and a smooth, malty finish.

M - Thick, creamy body with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - An excellent and easily drinkable example of the style. The malt character is great, and the alcohol notes are rich and rum like without being hot.

nickfl, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A = Clear reddish amber, foamy off white, yellowish head of two fingers, light carbonation of medium sized bubbles.

S = Crisp grain and light yeast smell, fresh bread dough, some light floral hops, very light scent of black pepper.

T = Dark wheat bread only half cooked, maple syrup with coriander and other spices, enough bitterness to balance the strong malt flavors.

M = Medium to medium-heavy body, good mouthcoating, pleasant level of carbonation, it's there it doesn't foam but it doesn't sting either.

D = a Very drinkable doppelbock, kind of rough around the edges but that's what gives it it's charm. I like that it is a little less refined than some other German doppelbocks. definitely recommended.

Traquairlover, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of joezak5
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; deep and clear burnt orange brown. Three finger dense head. No lacing and little retention.

Smell: Spicy orange peel and malt.

Mouthfeel: Light body with medium carbonation, a little watery.

Taste: Caramel dry malt, very nice. Citrusly and hoppy on the swallow. Just a little spice on the finishing exhale.

Drinkability: This really is a good, drinkable double bock. It's straightforward but tasty. The alcohol is well hidden and this is easily enjoyed.

joezak5, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an amber color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is of big caramel, with hints of dark fruit. The taste is a lot like the aroma. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation, and a syrupy texture. Overall, this is a fine doppelbock. I will certainly drink this again.

KarlHungus, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of trackstar1043
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep golden reddish hue with a half inch head that could have had better retention, perfectly clear.

S - Oh my this one has an aroma of smoky wood and earthy flavors, you can smell the extra hops, malts and alcohol that make it so strong.

T - Spicy and alive, you can taste the smokey character and the spices and hops bring this beer alive. I can smell rasins and plum in the aroma but is quickly overwhelmed by sweet males molasses and bitter hops, great flavors strong but balanced.

M - Med to full bofied beer with good carbonation and an almost syrpe like thickness to the finish.

D - Pleasant surprise and can't wait for another.

trackstar1043, Mar 27, 2008
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.