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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,174
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 110 | 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 ThatWineGuy
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Exp 11/07. A dark amber with dark red and cherry-hardwood hi-lites. Clear with a tan head, settled with lacing, wispy centre. Good carbonation with large bubbles sticking the entire height of the glass and a steady stream of smaller bubbles continuing through much of the tasting.

The aroma is of ripe cherries, sugar cane and european dark honey. Taste is pine nuts, resin, gooey figs. This reminds me of a rich, liquor-infused tort cake. Nice balanced taste with dates-figs fruit, nutty dryness and bitterness with a smooth texture. Similar to a good after-dinner liquer aftertaste, warmth and alcohol but not the least bit offensive. Sweetness overtones seem natural and unforced ... overall, a really tasty doppel bock. Nearing the end of the glass, the lacing and carbonation have all but disappeared but the overall impression remains positive.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of inbeertruth
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

Bottled, poured into my favorite pub glass

Appearance: Rouge and amber with a light head that goes away quickly, but leaves behind considerable residue.

Smell: Malty, toffee-ish, with tones of nut and caramel.

Taste: Sweet and malty, with rum overtones.

Mouthfeel: Not that heavy for a Doppelbock, but still satisfying.

Drinkability: Stout, solid, and with an alcoholic punch that will kick you in your keizter if you aren’t careful, Salvator is simply just a great Doppelbock.

inbeertruth, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%

Pours amber brown,with a thin tan head. Not much retention,but decent lacing. Aroma is of sweet dark fruits,and candy. Body is thin,and a bit watery. Taste is sugared,almost too sweet.Alchol is big in the finish. Not awful,but I was expecting better.

riversider76, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of Weizenmensch
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

I've had this one a few times in the past, and despite its immense historical influence and value, it's never struck me as a really great Doppelbock. In the bottle though, it warms me up on a chilly Canberra winter night at home, without the heating on. Served at around six degrees C, could probably do with being a bit warmer.

Appearance doesn't set it apart - no head whatsoever, but a nice dark amber-toffee colour belies the rich warmness of the alcohol. No sediment and little carbonation is evident. Aromas of sweet, chewy toffee-like malts, candied sugar, and definitely some Christmas pudding date smells abound. Definitely a winter beer. Taste is rich and complex but not necessarily pleasant: sweetness of aforementioned malts and sugars clashes with an obscure hop bitterness and a vinous taste I don't really like - it's almost sour. I don't know my wines so I can't really identify it. It's still very drinkable, but I don't think I'd have another one. Mouthfeel is smooth though.

Overall, this is such a classic and iconic beer that reviews are almost unnecessary. If you're a fan of Bock then drink it once in a while as a reminder of the rich history of central European beers. I don't drink too much Doppelbock, but I know there's better-tasting ones out there than Salvator... but I still have a lot of respect for this brew.

Weizenmensch, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
3.45/5  rDev -12%

Appearance: Blushing brandy brown with a short-lived pale off-white head.

Smell: Sniffing this beer is like getting punched up both nostrils by alcohol. Rough, rummy stuff. But not bad. Interesting fruit notes emerge the more you sniff around - dried strawberries, rhubarb, raisins - to make it seem rather vinous, almost port-like. Almost.

Taste: Lush with berries at the very beginning, but these evaporate just as soon as you notice them to leave you with a bland, boozy mess. Bitterness from the alcohol and hops careens around the palate like a drunk driver, while the sweet cherries jubilee/apple juice malts remain quiet, nondescript and unexciting like a sober pedestrian. A short rush of spice clenches the finish, like adding an exclamation point to an otherwise boring sentence. This beer is only eight percent ABV. There's no reason it should taste so boring.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, a tad thin, but the carbonation is even-tempered to fit the predominantly sweet-and-spicy flavor.

Drinkability: This beer is not worth its ABV. If I wanted something this strong, I'd go for something with a more intense flavor; if I wanted something less intense, I'd go for something with less alcohol. Next time, I'll make it an EKU 28 or a Yebisu Black. What a shame this beer is so popular.

soulgrowl, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Poured into my Einbecker Bock glass I received as a gift from the owner of Het Elfde Gebod in Amsterdam.

A - Pours a clear amber red with a one finger head that disipated quickly. The beer has a nice appearance though it does seem a bit light for a doppelbock

S - Nice malty aroma, though it is a bit faint. A bit of toastiness/nuttiness is in there as well.

T - Nice sweet taste, with a faint crisp bitterness at the end. This one starts to show its feathers a bit more as it warms (as well as a small hint of alcohol). However, If I didnt know this was a doppelbock, I would have thought it was just a bock. Nice balanced flavor, but nothing great.

M - Nice and light

D - Nice solid flavor, not overpowering ... exceptional drinkability. A very refreshing, balanced and flavorful beer.

IPAcraig, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

Bottle date of June 2006, Sampled August 2007
Hugely aromatic, with amplified malt character leaping from the glass as I pour this brew. Caramelization, Maillard components, toffee, hints of light molasses, toasted malt, browned-rustically-crusty bread and even something like a concentrated fruitiness (though not the kind contributed by ale yeast). The beer is topped by a frothy, initially two-finger thick tan colored head that sits on top of a brilliantly clear, cranberry hued, dark amber colored beer. I don't know why, but the malt focused aroma of this beer, at this moment in time, is hugely satisfying. Complex in its malt focus, it makes me seriously think that this is still a decoction mash, or at least they fake it quite well. The malt aromas are just so concentrated and enticing, it is almost pavlovian in the instinctual response that it generates in the olfactory portion of my brain.

Sweet, though not cloying; rich though not syrupy. Above all it still has that deep, rich, malt character that I was really craving. Flavors of caramelized brown sugar, and somehow a fruit character that has been unsweetened, yet still reminds me of dried figs and prunes. This beer is clearly all about the malt character, though there is a touch of hop here, noticeable as a trace of bitterness and perhaps an ephemeral phantasm of herbal notes. I really like how this beer is somehow not too sweet or cloying, despite clearly having a hefty level of residual malt sugars; chalk that up to the malt / mash / boil character.

I probably prefer the aroma over the flavor as it was just about perfect to me in this moment. This is still quite tasty & over all this is just a great Doppel Bock. I have had this beer a few times over the years and I don't remember it being so striking, but such is the nature of beer, sometimes you just have to be in the right situation for a beer and this happens to be one of those. This really captures that meaty malt character that I really like to find in a Doppelbock.

Gueuzedude, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of smttycty
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Poured a little too cold but I spent so long swirling in my snifter and enjoying the nose that it reached proper cellar temp by the first sip. A deep mahogany filled my glass with a dense tan cap. Long legs on the side of the glass. Scents of sweet grass mixed with damp hay and a knife-like edge of sherry, and a little molases and potpourri. Wonderful!

The balanced complexity made me smile before I got the first swallow down. Fresh sawn hardwood and pumpernickel bread swirled by a warm alcohol breeze. The finish was dry and mildly sour but the aftertaste was pleasantly clean leading the way to another swig. Creamy with a not-too-full body and a nice light carbonation. This superbly crafted lager made me sad that I only grabbed one out of the armful I left with from the bottle shop. That won't happen again.

smttycty, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Salvator Doppel Bock pours a reddish copper color with a thick off white head. There is a full, malty aroma. The flavor is sweet malt all the way, there are absolutely no noticeable hops. The flavor is sort of one dimensional, but it's not a bad dimension. Recommended.

Drew966, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a amber copper color, clear, a good half inch off-white head, pretty smooth, doesn't stick around that long, lacing is pretty decent. The aroma is decent, a good amount of toasty malts, some spiciness, its good but not much more than that.

The taste is classic, toffee and caramel from a hefty chewy malt base, toasty, slightly fruity and spices too, alcohol presence is obvious but not distracting. The body is smooth, clean, a bit crisp, round and medium or so. In all, its a classic, a goodie, a standard, and, oh ya, quite tasty.

objectivemonkey, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of nightcrawler
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

Coppery color when poured into a pilsner glass. I would have expected a double to be a bit darker, though. Small head that quickly disappeared with no lacing.

Smell was very malty with a sweetness on the back. Hint of a grainy, farm field scent.

Lots of malt in the taste, but more roasted taste than I think it should have had.

The beer left a syrup feeling in my mouth. No clean finish. Sort of annoying.

Better than some other doubles I've encountered, but my far not the worst.

nightcrawler, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

1pt.9oz bottle into a mug

A: Copper body with great clarity. 1/2" tan head that didn't hold. No lacing.

S: Excellent aroma of molasses and dark bread. Alcohol appears as it warms.

T: Taste much like the smell - molasses soaked bread. Some caramel present too. Excellent - unfortunately, acohol interferes with this a bit as it warms.

M: Medium body w/ a bit lighter than average carbonation. Smooth and creamy w/ a slightly dry finish.

D: Goes down easy despite the abv. Since I only bought one, I'm glad it was in a big bottle. Excellent brew - just shy of Ayinger Celebrator.

OKCNittany, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Lothore
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

A- Pours a deep reddish copper color with a small, brownish off-white head.

S- There is a subtle sweet smell. Hints of dark fruits. Very laid back but pleasant nose.

T- Tastes of darkened wheat, with an almost candy-like sweetness.

M- This brew has fairly light carbonation however it is somewhat thick. It leaves a syrupy coating in my mouth that feels a bit unpleasant.

D- This is fairly easy to drink taste wise but because of the way it coats your mouth i'd have to say drinkability suffers.

Lothore, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%

Poured a copper-red with nice head that hung around for a while. Sweet maltiness, but with a bit of an offensive metallic taste. Fruity and malty aroma. Taste the alcohol on the finish. Its ok, but maybe this just isn't my style. Medium body and light carbonation.

biggmike, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of BitteBier
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Mostly clear and not as dark as most doppelbocks but nonetheless pours a rich, reddish amber with a generous amount of just-off-white head that falls away into a collar of tight foam. Carbonation is higher and more persistent than expected and carries over into a pleasant crispness in the mouthfeel that offsets the cling of the malts. Nose is medium-bodied yet bold and pretty complex with a solid malt base complemented with some medium-ripe fruit and spice. Those notes carry over to the taste, where the malts are the featured player but don't overshadow the other flavors. I don't think this fits the squarely in the style, but it's a fine, fine beer.

BitteBier, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Poured out a burgandy/orange color with a bubbly, off-white, three-finger head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of caramel and roasted malt. There was a alcohol aroma, too.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, sweet toffee and caramel. There was also a little spiciness, too.

M - It was smooth and soft. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very fine dopplebock. One of the better beers in Paulaner's line.

zeff80, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

A clear, chestnut hued dopple, somewhat light in colour compared to others i;ve enjoyed. A half finger light tan coloured head formed on the pour, and was supported by a fine, persistent, low level of carbonation. Well laced with somewhat thick, sticky, clumps of lacings.

A very rich malty nose, buttery toffee, hints of cherry, and faint, leathery and earthy hints also present.

Buttery toffee malt backbone to this dopple, as well as a creamy, nutty, toasted undertones. Very mild hints of cherry and vanilla, and a mild leathery and earthy character, perhaps from the hops. Warming alcohol quite evident on the finish.

A full, medium to full bodied malty brew. Almost approaches cloying, yet manages to finish somewhat dry, with just the mildest hint of earthy hops. A creamy and mildly carbonated lager, that packs a pretty big alcohol warming punch, especially considering its 7.9% ABV.

Its obvious alcohol and sweet, thick malty body reduce the drinkability of this dopple. Also somewhat one dimensional, the lack of depth also impacts the drinkability. It was a solid brew, and well worth trying. Next time i need a dopple fix ill be going to Ayinger's Liberator or Spaten's Optimator, as they both have more of the depth of malty character that i prefer from this style.

demcorhip, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of Spikester
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%

Dark amber color, high malt content, modest head.

Wonderful aroma, malty, mild yeast, moderately sweet. Started tasting at about 40 degrees F. Flavor improved as temperature increased. Would serve at about 50-55 deg. F.

Reminds me of a bit like Watney's Red Barrel draft.

Will purchase again. Price $2.39 for 12 ounce bottle. Good value.

Zero particulates.

Spikester, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Seems like this is the weakest looking of the doppelbock style - a style that I usally associate with a very dark and opaque appearance. A clear amber color, you can see right through it, giving it a deceptively weak appearance. Michelob Amber Bock is darker than this, which is a big negative. One finger head quickly dissipates (if it even forms at all). Not a strong point here. Way below average. Made me not want to drink it.

Smell: The aroma thankfully redeems this brew, and quickly. Classic doppelbock aromas - caramel and malts with faint hints of milk chocolate.

Taste: Better than I expected. Heavy malts up front, followed by smooth caramel in the finish. Good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much like the appearance, watery, but not as bad as the appearance. Medium bodied in my opinion, there was some substance to this brew. Quick hit of carbonation fades in a second, leaving only a slightly watery feeling in the mouth. Smooth on the way down.

Drinkability: Seems like this is the lightest of the doppelbocks. Goes down easily and has some great qualities, but for the price I personally would go for something with stronger characteristics of the style. I'd pick this up again, but not immediately. Seems more of a bock to me.

BucBasil, Jul 07, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured at 50 degrees into a snifter.
A - A deep clear garnet with shades of copper and a fluffy tan head that produces a minimal amount of sticky lace.

S -The smell of dark sugar, cinnamon + nut bread with a spruce like hop scent.

M - A medium bodied dark lager with sugar and spice in the feel. The creamy texture starts light but has a warming aspect with a big malty finish.

T - Sweet waves of sensuous dark malt with a nutty dry and earthy note. Lightly spiced and herbal hops are blended well. A bready and creamy mix of tastes and textures overlap. The German lager yeast is only very discreetly masked by the presence of a rum-like heat. Big in depth and strength dept. this is a lager to respect with many generations backing it high quality lagering.

D - A well made Double Bock that's reputation is well known. High standards of quality and great taste make this an easy choice in the bock category.

Slatetank, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

I tried this on July 5, 2007 after purchasing from my local LCBO store. It poured a beautiful translucent reddish into the glass with very little head. The aroma was that of malts and fruits (apricotish). The mouthfeel is full-bodied, very smooth and crisp with a hint of carbonation. The taste is smooth with hints of yeast, malt and some sweetness and goes down very well. One of those beers that tastes better at the finish than it does at the beginning. Nothing overpowering. A very nice beer.

cyrenaica, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

Halcyondays, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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.

CharlieMopps, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Ungespundet
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

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!!!

Ungespundet, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of JDBeer
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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.

JDBeer, Jun 27, 2007
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,174 ratings.