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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 56
Gots: 193 | 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 Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of ojclark
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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.

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

Photo of JDV
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of bboven
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of rye726
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of BeerTaster
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of albern
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of dirtsocks
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A fairly nice looking pour.. tawny, a little deeper than off-white head.

S: A little light for a doppelbock, it seems. Pleasant toffee and dark fruits in there, some light spicy notes.

T: Again, seemed rather light for its class, but a nice taste. Some caramel flavour, and a note of dark fruits with a somewhat bitter finish - though it is sweet all around. The alcohol makes its way through on the finish as well.

M + D: There's a bit of body to this, which saves it a fair bit and makes it into something I can find far more drinkable. It carries a touch of heaviness and a bit of a viscid quality allowing the flavour to fill out in the mouth. I would go with another one of these, but there are more robust out there as far as dopplebocks go.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle pours out a deep amber,with a fingers worth of off white head that disapates rather quickly leaving behind little to no lacing.The aromas are very strong there is a lot of sweetness,but it comes through with hints of tomatoe soup,and honey.The taste was not as complex as other doppels that I have enjoyed,this one is a bit tame and actually has a more intriguing aroma than taste,it does have a lot of tasty carmel malts,not sugary malts like i was excpecting,but darker and richer,with more texture than average.The mouthfeel is nicely done,very light,but you still know there is some quality in there.As far a drinkability for a doppel I think it is very drinkable,would love to down another,I enjoyed its simple structure.

Photo of cameraman
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A medium amber color with a touch of gold along the bottom of the glass. A quater inch thick head forms, cream in colored, dissolves away quickly. A strong malty fragrance dominates the aroma, touches of dried fruit, like raisons and currants follow. It does end the slight twinge of alchol at the end. As expected malty sweetness envelops the palate and dominates the flavor almost all the way through. That is when slight bit of bitterness at the end, but is almost non-existant. The feel is a medium-heavy feel, with a sticky texture, it clings to the palate. This is a very good beer, a big surprise the Germans make good beer. This brings strong malt flavor for a lager and would be a great counter to IPA or Double IPA in a tasting.

Photo of Gmann
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a decent tan head that dissipated fairly quick into nothingness. No lacing, no cap, no ring. Very light for a doppelbock. The smell is of lightly roasted malt and candied fruit. A bit surprised to smell a roasted aroma due to the light appearance of the brew. Salvator starts off with a big caramel malt blast, bready, which is followed by a subtle but noticable alcohol hit. There are some candied fruit notes. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, finishes on the sweeter side with a bit of an alcohol burn. Not what I expected in a doppelbock. The alcohol is there but I expected much more malt. The taste is fine and enjoyable but doesn't seem to be the same beer as other doppelbocks that I have had.

Photo of hwwty4
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Smokestack Goblet. Poured a clear red amber with a nice 1 inch head that left no lacing down the glass. Aroma is pretty straightforward. There are caramel malts up front with a slight aroma of spices. Taste is pretty much the same except there is a warming alcohol tinge at the tail of the beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight carbonation that dissipates. This is a decent beer but not one of my favorites of Paulaner.

Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite German brewer here.

Pours a little lighter than most doppelbocks but still a nice dark amber. No head.

Smells nice and roasty and dark just like a doppelbock should.

Nice smooth malty taste with a sweet character as well. Very drinkable brew here.

Don't like this one as well as the Ayinger Celebrator but this is probably my second favorite doppelbock.

Photo of dsa7783
2.88/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

After seeing this beer in Michael Jackson's great beer book, had high hopes for this rendition of Paulaner's doppelbock, especially after loving their Hefeweizen... unfortunately, this one did not live up to expectations... pours a ruby-red, mahogany brown color with a modest head... smell was full of figs and prunes... very malty, rich and thick, as the taste strongly resembled and complemented the aroma... flavor was way too sweet to be truly enjoyable... rich, thick, full of prunes, figs, slight caramel, and heavy maltiness failed to impress... very artificial essence... better examples of the style out there... Not recommended...

Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this 500 ml bottle on 19.12.07, best by 07.08. Brought the bottle back from recent trip to Munich.
Poured a dark ruby clear brew with an off-white head that dissapated to leave a coating with clumps of bubbles.
Smelled of subdued maltiness with some spice.
Tasted fairly robust; a malty brew with a rich earthiness to it. Spices evident.
This is a fine warming brew.

Photo of assmasterson
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep red, almost ruby color. head pours about a finger high, but quickly fades to a minor lacing around the edges.

S: Almost has a smell of fig and caramel. Extremely familiar, but I just cannot put my finger on what it resembles.

T: Almost unbeatable. Creamy, hoppy and filled with dark chocolate, this brew is a dessert in a bottle.

M: Nice and thick, yet smooth with a slight amount of carbonation.

D: The taste makes the drinkability very high, but the 7.9% ABV is something to watch out for. It's easy to go overboard.

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

Poured at 54F, it looks crystal clear and with a decent head of foam which dissipates rather quickly. As has been written before me, the malty sweetness rises into your nose along with some medium strong alcohol. Slightly reminiscent of old Dr. Browns black cherry soda gone flat. Taste is bready, of course. The carbonation plays very well with it, as do the easy going hops. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but not unpleasant. I really like this beer for a number of reasons. I'm normally a hop freak, but am starting my journey to the other side. This beer represents something that I can drink regularly. One of my favorite no-brainers right now.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.