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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,317
Reviews: 1,280
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 180 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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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...

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of hyland24
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- It poured a perfect clear amber with tiny ubbles slowly drifting to the top. It formed a 2 inch cream tan foam head that remained until the first sip. Nice lacing that stuck to the sides of the glass.

S- Sweet smelling with hints of raisin and fig.

T- The taste was sweet with hints of raisin and malt mixing and then finishing with a warm alcohol bite. The alcohol taste was clear but not overpowering.

MF&D- The beer is medium bodied although light for this style. It has an initial hop spice with a slightly sticky feel that coats the mouth with a warm alcohol finish. The beer leaves behind a sticky syrup like coat after it has been swallowed. This beer is top notch and a great example (taste wise) of this style. Jump on this if you get a chance, but beware of the 7.9 ABV. I drank one of these and started to get that warm happy feeling.

Photo of mattster
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opened 16.9 fluid ounce bottle (dated 06/06), poured into pilsner.

Pours a nice head of 1", slowly dies down to 1/4" of foam across top of glass. Nice translucent Caramel brown

Smell first of caramel malts, some fruity notes also. Taste is somewhat sweet, something savory I just can't place, very mild hops. Finish is nice with little to no aftertaste; bubbles are present and refreshing (for a brew of this style).

Definitely one I will be adding to my list of favorites.

Photo of nasty15108
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Deep amber color. Foamy off-white head that quickly dissipated and leaving good lace work throughout. Decent amount of carbonation.

S - Fruity. Smell of ripe fruits and nuts.

T - Slightly sweet and creamy tasting up front. I got slight hints of ripe fruit and toffee, followed by the classic German alcohol finish.

MF&D - A little thinner than I'm used to for a Double Bock, but don't be fooled the 7.9% ABV packs a punch. This is a delicious beer, although I wouldn't recommend sessioning this one. Great cool weather option.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass, and enjoyed (after a while) with a slice of German chocolate cake.

Appearance: A hazy, burnt, rusted ruby brown with lazy, rolling effervescence and a billowy, frothy head that stayed with me for a minute or two before taking its leave. Spotty freckles of lace dot the sides of the glass.

Smell: Sweet toasted malts, herbal, peppery but mild hops, sticky, dark fruits, and spicy alcohol. Distinct.

Taste: Caramel, spicy phenols, springlike hop notes, mild alcohol, and lots of fruity notes - banana esters, figs, and raisins. A lot of them are barely noticeable, but they're all there. Not a bad tasting brew, but I can't help but feel like something's missing.

Mouthfeel: Velvety on the tongue, and the carbonation isn't that heavy. Feel itself is a little thin though, perhaps a little too thin.

Drinkability: It's pretty tasty, the alcohol isn't too strong - despite the fact that it's actually quite high - and you can't beat the price. On the other hand, the taste isn't all it should be, and it is a little slick/thin on the tongue, which gets distracting near the end.

Not half bad, but not great either. The Celebrator is still my doppelbock of choice, which perhaps makes all other comparisons unfair, but for its price this beer is great to enjoy either with some particularly heavy fare, smooth cheese, or even on its own. Or a slice of German chocolate cake.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this double bock the other night while sitting down and listening to Brahms' Symphony No. 1. I have heard before that one should not listen to music while reviewing beer, as your sense of hearing may in fact color your sense of taste. This is understandable, but a little background music wouldn't change much in the quiet context of my room.

A: This bock was a clear deep golden color tinged with ruby. The off-white head was fluffy, but did not last long at all.

S: It had a sweet malty aroma, with a very subdued spicy hop aroma that was slow to arrive.

T: The first sip had a sweet malty taste which is instantly joined by the warming alcohol content. I felt like there was a caramel taste to the malt. The hop flavor was not strong, as should be in a traditional doppelbock. It ends the way it started...sweet!

M: The mouthfeel is kind of heavy. I guess it could be considered "chewy." The level of carbonation is perfect throughout most of the glass. It thins towards the end, but that didn't bother me at all.

D: It is a very drinkable beer. The relative high alcohol content means that I would stop after a few, but I would always revisit this beer.

Photo of rodenbach99
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml. brwon bottle

bought at the SAQ for the rediculous price of 2,25$CAD

A: copper - amber colour, some head,
S: a lot of malt, some hops, caramel
T: nice malt flavour, some spices, alcohol,
M: roud, full body
D: some alcohol, nice winter sipping beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,317 ratings.