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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,078
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 41
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of choyhosoi


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

I was introduced to this brand by a relative stationed in Germany. I have not looked back since then. This is a great beer when you want to sit back and watch a game without having to drink more than 12 beers. This will definetly make you feel stuffed. This is a darker beer not for light beer drinkers with a higher alchohol level.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 01:11:37 | More by choyhosoi
Photo of sacfly


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Did not see a date.
Pours a clear orange color with a thin head of small off white bubbles. Aroma is malty sweet with hints of dried peaches and plumbs. Full, creamy, tick mouthfeel. You may have to chew this one. Taste mimics the aroma. Dried peaches stand out to me. Lingers into the aftertaste. Dried fruit stays with you throughout the beer. Awesome winter beer, but one that you have to be in the mood for. Must be a very high final gravity… Since I’m a huge dork, I broke out the hydrometer. 1.022. High, but not quite as high as expected. Once again, a great beer and a must buy this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2007 18:33:57 | More by sacfly
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dark orange, reddish pour into a pint glass. Thought the head was going to disappoint, but it grew fast towards end of pour.
Smell of biscuit, malt and raisin. Some alcohol notes come through. Makes it smell like a beer.
Caramel, malt and some alcohol are straight off noticable in the taste. Soft fruits, a little banana it seems. Some nice crispness towards the finish.
I like this brew. More complex than most, not as complex as some.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2007 23:06:49 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of CU570M


2.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a cherry red almost like fresh brewed tea. Head vanished in just a couple seconds. Head was light tan smells like the barley was burnt or overroasted. Taste was a heavy malt flavor with burnt oat flavors. Also hints of honey. Mouthfeel was thick, but too much carbonation. Drinkability is average to a little under average.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2007 18:58:26 | More by CU570M
Photo of shivtim


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours translucent coppery orange with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet alcohol, some malts, and purple plums. Taste is malty and a bit smoky even, with alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly above average, and drinkability is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 04:34:41 | More by shivtim
Photo of msubulldog25


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16.9 oz. bottle to a pint. Produced on 05.06 & listed as 7.5% ABV on the bottle.

A: Clear deep amber, with a warm & inviting reddish glow. A considerable amount of carbonation but almost no head.

S: Loads of sugar, almost too sweet to be caramel alone. All malts, virtually no hops in this one.

T: Malty but not nearly as sweet. Dark, rich toasted grain, chocolate, brown sugar, hints of smoke, spiced honey and ripe fruit. Alcohol is detectable in the background. Finishes with some slight hopping and a faint herbal effervescence.

M: Starts with a medium to full mouthfeel and body, fairly active with the carbonation. As the beer warms and carbonation wanes, the mouthfeel becomes weaker and watery. Some lingering sweetness and a starchy stickiness remain. Warming alcohol lingers also.

D: An easy-drinking, smooth doppelbock - good flavors. This is one I've had several times before and will be sure to have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 02:21:29 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a short 1/2" head that falls immediately. Some mildlacing develops on the glass during the session.

Smell: nice amount of caramel candy sweetness and bread.

Taste: caramel, plums, red grapes, bread, and mild bitterness. Some alcohol tones are in the background. This is a solid beer that is not overbearing as some of its counterparts.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Long caramel aftertaste.

Drinkability: very easy quaffing beer. Worth picking this one up.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 12:33:15 | More by Gavage
Photo of peabody


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out red and clear with little to no head.
Smell is malty and sweet. Caramel and lots of malt.
Kind of watery but still pretty good. You can't tell the alcohol is as high as they say it is.
Mouthfeel is clean but the alcohol does make itself known in the aftertaste/burn. Not bad but you can tell it is there.
With such a high abv I wouldn't drink a lot of these at one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 23:34:22 | More by peabody
Photo of BurnsTau


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

Pours a medium copper-amber color, small amount of head that doesn't hang around too long.

Smell is a bit strong, mostly malts, bit of an alchoholic whiff in there. There is a bit of the alchohol in the taste too, but not too overpowering. Malty sweetness that finishes pretty clean, not too heavy.

I enjoyed it overall, for the alchohol content and style it's pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2007 05:09:10 | More by BurnsTau
Photo of SetarconeX


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown, though not as dark as other Doppelbocks can go. The smell is pure, unrefined malt syrup, and it is wonderful. I could smell this all day. The taste, surprisingly, is much lighter than the scent would have you think. Compared to all the malt on the nose, the beer itself seems a bit too light, if not straight up watery.

Which does, if nothing else, make this brew easy to drink. Far from my favorite Doppelbock, but I'm more than content drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 22:22:29 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl Brown bottle best before 08/2007, drank 12/2006.

Part of a six-pack purchased while in Bavaria for the Munich O'fest during 2006, sad to break them up really. I shall have to drink the rest before they get lonely!

See through reddish brown, sat in a Palm beer tulip glass, no head, which in my opinion ruins the look of a beer, no matter what style.

Sweet aroma of caramel malts, getting stronger as the beer warmed in the glass.

Fine balance of flavours and alcohol content, but the mouthfeel is watery for the strenght of this beer, which is why my scores are all over the place. I don't understand how the first taste of every sip is so good, but the mouthfeel is so weak, strange.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 22:24:23 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Estarrio


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear copper with ruby tones. The medium charcoal head gave way to fine, grainy lacings.

Huge, sweet malt in the nose with some caramel, orange rind, bread and tea like qualities.

Sweet, chewy malt flavor with doughy yeast, caramel, honey, brown sugar and fruity esters. There is a tea-like hop profile, akin to a scotch ale. The alcohol is well masked in this unique tasting dopplebock.

The palate is somewhat lighter than I would normally expect in a dopplebock, still it is viscous and well carbonated. The lighter body contributes to a high level of drinkability.

This is perhaps the most drinkable dopplebock that I've enjoyed. While it's not my favorite of the style, it is quite an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 05:26:09 | More by Estarrio
Photo of seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml in Paulaner Seidel

A- Lovely copper amber body with some nice beady. 3 finger head proud to attention, some good brussels lace throughout.

S- Interplay of toasted/toffee and caramel malts with some vanilla.

T- Sweeter toffee malts up front with toastier notes coming through toward the finish to give nice balance. Lager clean finish, alcohol well hidden. Toasted malts linger on and on.

M- Modarate carbonation, slightly chewy full mouthfeel.

D- Only second to Korbinian in my mind. Looks,smells and taste is moreish. Could drink all night, just beware the alcohol content. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 20:43:42 | More by seanyfo
Photo of Marty


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is high gravity in disguise! Pours a transparent amber with a lively light tan head. Smells sweet and malty. Taste is dominated by malts, with only the slightest touch of hops. Very smooth for such a strong beer. This could be a good session beer if you desired a shorter session!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 01:56:20 | More by Marty
Photo of RedChrome


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Body was copper in color and crystal clear. Half inch off white head shrunk over a few minutes. Average amount of miniscule carbonation rising in the glass.

A deep malted aroma. The first note blends a bready grain not with a dark plum scent. First whiff is sweet. An additional smell of figs still had no bittering quality.

Very sweet initial taste had a bready flavor. There were additional flavors of plum and dark cherry that developed on the tongue. A second sip had a peat moss quality. Much more sweet then bitter.

An average thickness in this beer. A light carbonation tingling helps the flavors change and develop on the tongue.

A nice beer with only some tradional qualities of the style. Would go well with smoked mozzarella. A nice beer to have in the right situation. Too sweet to have multiples, but worth it to highlight flavors during a multiple course meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 21:10:21 | More by RedChrome
Photo of Nesued

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured an amber color with a clear appearance. A moderate head formed which quickly regressed to a thin layer. Carbonation is present as small "filler" to the head.

Smell - Malty aroma with a bit of a fig-like aroma. I did smell a bit of a yeasty aroma which gave a "warm bread" appeal.

Taste - Caramel with a bit of a fruit taste. The alcohol is present (as expected) but is tempered well. I was expecting more of a "hit", but I was glad to not have that stifle this fine brew.

Mouthfeel - Dense presence that is causing me to write this section prior to the "taste" section! As someone mentioned previously, the alcohol is present, but very much mellowed by the long "follow-thru" of this beer. This is a well-balanced beer.

Drinkability - I like this beer. I would like a second and that would be good enough for any evening. A nice steak would pair will with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 02:47:38 | More by Nesued
Photo of aforbes10


4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this for the first time at our MCD meeting this month. Poured very red ruby-colored...sparkly. short white head, nice lacing, looks very pretty. peaty, slightly smoky odor. fruity, alohol. Smokiness in the taste too. nice and malty and full-flavored beer. Fruity, smoky finish. supurb flavor. Full and almost syrupy mouthfeel. well balanced. easy to drink...nice and warming on a cold day. a definite go-to beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2006 14:45:04 | More by aforbes10
Photo of BassAssassin


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

A: Pours a deep brownish amber with a creamy, off white head. Carbonation is minimal.

S: Malty and boozy are the first thoughts that come to mind. Undertones of fruit and caramel are also present. Hops are undetectable.

T: Sweet malt and caramel. Slightly fruity with a warming alcoholic finish. Hops are present, but minimal. Excellent example of the style.

M: Thick and chewy. Very full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Although it would be tough to drink more than a couple of these in one sitting, this is a very good doppelbock. It always seems to be a regular in my fridge. I'd love to cellar several bottles if I could only keep myself from drinking them too soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 03:22:24 | More by BassAssassin
Photo of dbalsock


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a light vanilla head (about 1/2 finger to start) that dissapates into the medium amber body after a few seconds. As I look down from above I realize I might rather be blindfolded for this glass.

Smell: Bready notes mix with sweet brown sugar and a hint of mocha to make this pretty nice.

Taste: Honey or Brown sugar with light breadiness dominates the taste. There's a toffee character as well as an aftertaste of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Thin on the intake but heavy on the aftertaste, this is a rollercoaster. The alcohol is present but not very intense.

Drinkability: It's somewhat more drinkable than other doppelbocks, but that's probably because the taste and mouthfeel aren't as overbearing as others.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 17:14:13 | More by dbalsock
Photo of jpkoch1962


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted into pint glass- served at cellar temperature. Appearance was a solid, dark copper with tan lace that disappeared within minutes.

An intense malt aroma, which was a complex mix of toffee, sweet caramel,alcohol and spice. This lager began with a sweet toffee front end. The middle was dominated by a strong whiff of alcohol, toffee, and some spice. The finish began to dry out, but a residual sweetness remained.

This is a wonderfully complex beer, but it is slightly out of balance. While DBs are dominated by the malts, there should be enough noble hops to offset any sweetness. The alcohol should only be apparent after standing up. Both residule sweetness and alcohol crept up on this beer. Otherwise, a decent after-diner sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 16:43:14 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: thick head, decent retention.

Smell: caramel malts with a nice hop backbone. Alcohol comes out strong.

Taste: nice malt flavor, not overly thick but thick enough. Bitterness to balance, BUT the alcohol flavor is overbearing and needs balance.

Mouthfeel: not very crisp, and could cling better.

Drinkability: easily a sessionably beer in the fall time.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 01:48:59 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very easy drinking example of the style that is lacking in the stronger malt flavors and syrupy body texture.

Poured a slightly hazy--but still clear--brown in color. Thick and foamy head that dissolved to the thinnes of films. Nose is toffee candy that has been soaking in a liquor, such as a scotch.

Flavor is a bit of a disappointment. Candy flavors are subdued and the malts are thing. Not strong and bold. No particular syrupy flavors for the style. And the alcohol is kind of prevailing above all. Medium body that is thin. or maybe it just feels thin thanks to the alcohol. However, very easy to drink because sometimes I find doppelbocks are a bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 20:43:08 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Osiris9588


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no date. Pours an amber color with bronzed hue. The the three finger head is off-white and creamy, shwoing good retention and leaving slight trails of lacing.

The aroma offers strong strains of caramel malt, grain, and a little bread dough. The taste is more of the same, along with some molasses and maple syrup, though not overly sweet, giving the overall impression of rootbeer.

The mouth is light, and not terribley complex. It is very drinkable. Not bad, but think the Celebrator easily trumps it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2006 20:52:44 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of Mechphisto


1.78/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(A) - Deep, rich amber. nearly opaque. A dirty amber. The head was a nutty tan--very nice. A minimal amount of lacing, but it stayed awhile.

(S) - The smell is unappealing. Sour and citrusy. A little smoky as it warms up.

(T) - Tastes a lot like a very weak whisky. Even has that alcahol aftertaste and back of pallate clench. Also tastes a little sour, like an over-ripe fruit. Hmm, sort of like a bad whisky diluted by the last third of a Coors that's been sitting out for a while.

(M) - I almost don't want to drink any more of this in order to analyze the mouthfeel.... Eh, not bad. Would be just fine if not for that awful cringing feeling in the back of the mouth from the weird whisky taste.

(D) - No, not at all. Didn't care for it one bit. I tried to drink it at all temperatures from cold to warm, and all it did was change ways in which it was sour and flat and not the good kind of bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 05:02:11 | More by Mechphisto
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a mostly clear, reddish amber color with a nice inch-and-a-half creamy beige head that retained itself fairly well. Little lacing as well.

Aroma is of sweet, honey-like malts, fruitiness, cherries, yeast, loads of malty sweetness.

Flavor is full on honey sweetness. Almost to the point of too sweet. Alcohol is also apparent moreso in the finish. Sweetness in line with much honey, ripe fruits, those bright red cherries (i forget the name lol), brown sugary.

Mouthfeel is very syrupy with medium carbonation.

The drinkability factor on this beer is kind of low because of how sweet it is. The flavor is pretty good but it gets on the cloying side towards the end of just one 12oz. serving.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 00:31:38 | More by Doomcifer
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,078 ratings.