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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,226 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,226
Reviews: 1,273
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 49
Gots: 129 | 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 sleazo
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone Gardens. Arrived in a tulip glass a dark cloudy amber/red. Smell was caramalized sugars, cherries, alcohol. A strong smelling beer to say the least. The taste was more of the same and was perhaps a bit too sweet for me. Still this is very tasty beer, the warming effects are notcieable and i think this would be great on a late fall night in front of the fire. This is a one and done type, not one i could have that many of

sleazo, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 16.9oz bottle(room temp) a clear amber with a smallish head of foam that shrinks very quickly. Just a bit of foam in the center of the glass and a tiny bit of lacing.

The smell is of caramel malt and some alcohol.

The taste is of caramel malt up front and it's in big abundance. There's also some grain in the flavour as well as some bready notes and a bit of alcohol. This is defintely a nice tasting Doppelbock and has much more going on than the Optimator I tried yesterday.

Further sips in and the grain is really asserting itself and, combined with this really nice caramel malt that I'm getting, makes for a very tasty and drinkable brew. I like this one a lot! I'm going to have to get some more, for sure.

Bottom line: This example of the style hits my palate very well. I can only recommend it!

Bitterbill, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep slightly hazy orange with a decent head that was somewhat diminishing. The aroma was of burnt caramel with some molasses and dried fruits. Taste was also burnt caramel with some chocolate and a mild hop presence in the background. The alcohol was warming but well hidden and the beer was medium on the palate. This is a very enjoyable dobblebock.

atsprings, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Greenfloyd
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Any time I can get my hands on something referred to as "liquid bread", with a ABV of 7.90%, I'm going to be happy...

This dopplebock poured into my large tulip glass with a rich amber color. The glass I used allowed for a great, light tan, rich foamy head. It stayed around for enough time to really aid the great nose of malt and lingering streaks of toffee. Had a wonderful heavy malt taste, with slight bits of toffee, and fresh wheat bread with honey. This beer, for being so substantial, really had a very drinkable, medium bodied mouth feel. This beer is pairing great with my aged white cheddar, but don't rule out the schnitzel. Never rule out the schnitzel. I'll leave the fasting to the Monks...Enjoy

Greenfloyd, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of jwff
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

7.5% version, best by 07.06

Pours a burnt-orange leaning more towards red. Reminds me of the clay from my days in North Central Louisiana. Not much head to speak of, but I did give a gentle pour as I wasn't sure if it would all fit in the glass. Beautiful clarity with a few streams of carbonation floating upwards.

Huge molasses and fig aromas with a bit of straw to round it out. No alcohol noted, which "Is something I always liked about this beer" to quote a fellow BA. Mild cinnamon and brown sugar also noted.

The body on this one is not quite as fat as the smell would imply, but that doesn't take anything away from the beer. There's a juiciness here that is reminiscent of freshly sliced red apples that also come with a mild tart acidity. Molasses and brown sugar don't come in quite as strong as they do in the smell, and are replaced by a slight graininess about 3/4ths of the way through. Finish is a something akin to apple skins and a minor hop bite. Perfect bitterness to balance. Creamy mouthfeel rides all the way through.

This one drinks almost too easy, but the sweetness can get overbearing if not taken in moderation. Maybe have a glass of water on hand to balance.

jwff, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- 1/4" off white head quickly disappears, copper w/ red hues, fizzy bubbles throughout entire drinking experience, a thin foam ring does the same, thin film like lace

S- fruit, molasses, malty

T- much malt sweetness, fruit as nose foreshadows, caramel, toasted malt at first then sweetness hits, malty sweet after, alcohol awareness increases with warmth

M- medium body, very smooth 'til finish when carbonation kicks as well does heat from alcohol

D- very good dopplebock, drinkable over a long period of time, fills you up, recommended.

tonistruth, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Light reddish brown and perfectly clear with a fluffy one finger head that leaves lots of lace behind as it slides down the glass.

S - Brown sugar and caramel with some nice hay-like hop aromas balancing out the sweet scents. The smell is a little weaker than most dopplebocks, and I don't detect any of the rich chocolate flavors that I usually find in this style.

T - Ahh. Much more assertive than the nose! Sweet caramel and brown sugar with a little bit of cinnamon and some very slight nuttiness in the background. These sweet flavors are balanced by a nice dose of hops that lean towards the grassy-hayish end of the hop-flavor spectrum.

M - Rich and creamy without being really full. I would say medium bodied with a slight dryness at the finish that is not what I usually find with dopplebocks.

D - Excellent. Although this is a little less full and rich than some of it's bretheren, it's very drinkable due to the less full body and the nice balancing hop flavors.

pmcadamis, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper with slightly off-white puffy head. Little retention and no lacing.
Smell is strongly fruity with some wine-like notes.
Taste as shows a strong sweet fruitiness, with some caramel essences also present
Finishes a bit thin in the mouth with rapidly disppearing taste sensation.
An average beer at best.

tgbljb, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Salvator pours out a nice deep amber color that’s not too dark with a nice smooth tan head and has a mild chocolaty smell. The head slowly dwindles into a thin layer with some decent lacing. It has a clean malty flavor that barely hides its alcohol which is really evident in its aftertaste, but it not bad at all.

vickersspitfire, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a dense, sticky beige colored head. Rich malt aromas of honey, caramel, vanilla, molasses, juicy fruits, and tea like herbals. Milder flavors than displayed in the nose with focus on toasted grains and subtle dry hops. Malt flavors of caramel and butterscotch lose ground to some alcohol burn. The finish is of sweet bread, mild fruit and malty. Medium body and low carbonation leaves a thin, silky mouthfeel that is fair at best, but I was wanting something more chewy. As it warms the alcohol becomes more noticeable and aids in enhancing a distracting metallic, phenolic taste.

cabsandking, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner's Salvator Double Bock pours out a white head that
collapses pretty quickly over a pretty amber brew. Carbonation
is pretty lively and the nose is of malt, yeast and vanilla. The flavor
is malt and grain with an herbal hop finish. The mouthfeel is dry and
crisp, and clean, the aftertaste of hops. Alcohol by volume is 7.5%.
For my money, my personal preference for a Double Bock is Ayinger's
Celebrator, but Salvator is a fine brew as well. I would recommend it
to people who like a lighter approach to the style. Very nice.

shadow1961, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big fluffy head that settles fairly quickly, nice dirty white color. Nice glassy burned copper color with amazing clarity. Very sparse splotches of lace are left.

Aroma is big on malt, as expected: rich, sweet and somewhat buttery. Also kind of fruity, like big juicy raisins, and vegetably, typical of lagers (but without the weird overcooked element of bad lagers).

Huge caramel notes in the flavor, with some burnt chocolate in the background. A somewhat bitter double bock, especially in the finish. Sturdy malt bigness that stays with you awhile after the sip. Just a hint of the alcohol too, a nice warming that reminds of very mild cough syrup.

Mouthfeel balances healthy carbonation and a buttery silkiness.

This is a really enjoyable double bock, and it goes down almost too easily. You really don't detect that 7.9% because it's the rich malt flavors that keeps the tastebuds' attention throughout the drinking.

Metalmonk, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a hearty dinner, how about a hearty beer to end the evening? On to the beer:

Poured into a pint glass, the beer is dark red copperish color with a fairly good head. As expected, it's a very sweet and heavy beer. Flavors such as chocolate chip and sweet bread are noticable through this meal in a bottle, which can make you feel full in your stomach. Recall that I finished a very big dinner, so by now I'm really starting to feel stuffed. A yummy beer, but not reccommended if you plan to eat large quantities of food beforehand. I think by now I've emphasized enough how much this beer can fill you up.

DoubleJ, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of lpayette
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Details- 1 pint, .9 fl. oz bottle. Produced on 6/06. Listed as 7.5% ABV, on my bottle, not the 7.9% listed here... maybe it changed?

Appearance- Pours a caramel amber with just a 1 finger head from a hard pour from mid bottle on. Much lighter in color than I like and a pretty weak head. No laving to speak of.

Smell- Mostly caramel. A nice malty backbone with some hints of noble hops. Somewhat bready and definitely bold. Pretty good.

Taste- Again, the caramel takes center stage. A slight bready/yeast character. Some noble hops at the finish leave a slight bittering aftertaste in an otherwise malt-dominated brew. The malts seem to be lightly toasted. A slightly warming alcohol takes hold somewhere near the finish- it's just right for me... not 'boozy,' and not wimpy either... this is one of those 'drink and be merry alcohols.' Meanwhile, a light smoke characteristic interlaces itself throughout from mid-sip to near finish.

Mouthfeel- Just a tad too dry for me due to the yeast (I probably shouldn't have poured past a 90 for this one, but you never know). Otherwise, this is slightly creamy. Full flavored with a good amount of body for the style (I'd say just over medium).

Drinkability- On the lighter side of the spectrum of doppelbocks. This beer seems to bridge the gap between Maibocks and doppelbocks... not necessarily a good thing from my point of view, but it's a good representation of a "missing link." Overall, a solid choice, but I think I just expected more from paulaner. I'd put their hefeweizen up with the best of them, but this one just wasn't style-defining like I expected. Still, I can't deny that this was very easy to drink.

* I'd have to say that I enjoyed this beer more than other beers I ranked around the same number, but this one just fell short for the style for me.

lpayette, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Bottle
Health Mart
Produced on 3/06

Salvator poured a perfect caramel brown into my pilsner glass that sines with a reddish hue. Many tiny carbonation bubbles rise from everywhere to the small cap of head. The off white head started off about 1 finger on the pour but quickly fell down to the thin cap it's at right now. The clear caramel body really makes this beer attractive.

For me this was unexpected but the first smell I noticed was tart green apples. There's a solid caramel maltiness in the back but the apple really sticks out. Lightly toasted white bread shows up in there too. Fairly simple but unique and enjoyable.

The caramel shows up first in the flavor but drops to the background quickly and lets doughiness step up. This doughiness shows up mid-palate and is then taken over by the tart green apples and a hint of alcohol. As it warms the caramel gets deeper. Again, simple but very effective.

Body is medium with a thinner mouthfeel that actually compliments things nicely. Beer moves slowly through letting each flavor show itself. Small alcohol heat on the swallow.

This is definately an easy drinker. The body really helps this along with the simple flavors. The alcohol is a little too high to drink a lot but I could drink a few pretty easily.

Salvator is a quality doppelbock. Unique with the simple but interesting flavors. Good on this cold winter's night. An easily enjoyable beer that's also easy to find.

joe1510, Feb 16, 2007
Photo of bort11
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. It wasn't a hard pour, so only a mild half finger width tan head. Recedes to a prominent ring. Color is an warm amber with a lazy active carbonation.
Smell is malty sweet with herbal/bannana notes. Taste hits up front with a grape skin tartness but mellows to sweet malty character with floral undertones.
Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, full and filling.
I used to keep more of these on hand. Very approachable and affordable to boot.

bort11, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant, bright dark amber, very clear, with a luminous yellowed white head that forms generous lacing around the sides of the glass. Aromas are rich and supple. Generous caramel malt notes back up a slightly spicy/smoky note. On the palate, extremely smooth and highly carbonated, with some initial bitterness being replaced quickly by a burst of sweetness at the mid-palate. The finish dries out considerably, although it still leaves a slight trace of candy-like malts as a reminder. Very thick, very substantial beer here -- one that I would only want to drink a couple of. Still, it's an excellent example of the doppelbock style.

geexploitation, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this doppelbock pours a hazy medium brown, with a thin tan head that laxes to the rim quickly, medium swift carbonation

S - nice traditional doppelbock aromas, dark raisin, brown sugar, molasses and even some plum, layered and inviting a nice bouquet

T - sweet like a nice doppelbock should be, a dark sweetness, resembling the aroma, with a nice counteractive mild hop background, nice layered semi-complex taste, a quality doppelbock

M&D - worthy of quality doppel bock status, easy down, smooth, palatable, even the girlfriend liked it, paulaner sure brews some quality beers

sinstaineddemon, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my last beer of the day in Philidelphia. At the train Station (30th street) there is a bar, I don't even remember the name (it was the end of the day). For a train station bar it had a very decent selection. I decided to go with something simple after a day of crazy eating and drinking. To my surprise, Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock is actually more than solid it's pretty good. It is nowhere near the league of my coveted Celebrator Double bock but for a Paulaner I was satisfied.

Appearance: Served a deep transparent amber color with a frothy white cap and moderate lacing.

Smell: The beer was served to cold but as it warmed the rich caramel malt began to show up. Originally I thought the aroma was missing. Since we had to catch the train home I did not give it much time. If I had let it warm more maybe there could have been more aroma. Americans and cold beer grrr! ;-)

Taste: Sweet caramel malt and hints of smoked apples, toffee, some grain and a bit of alcohol make a simple but tasty Double bock flavor. It has a nice dry finish and lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A large medium body that became more smooth as it warmed as much as I could get my hands to heat it up.

Drinkability: I am a sucker for the double bocks. I am easily pleased and could drink them all day. This is a simple beer, but approachable and drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber color, clear. Massive head, dense and bubbly. Mild carbonation.

Yeasty, bananas toffee/caramel. Nutty/buttery-bread. Grape/apple fruitation. Honey. Mild orange/lemon citrus. Smells like apple juice on drugs (a good thing, I assure you).

Grape apple. Lightly bread-like. Mild grassy esters. Alcohol edge. Creamy banana. Sticky candy sugary – honey. Very slight citric lemon/hop edge.

Thick and heavy. Almost no carbonation, mild foamation.

Fun brew. It seems to float around with many flavors not knowing which direction to head. If Salvator took root and grew a little, it would blossom.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of jmbranum
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(The ratings above are of my most recent tasting)

Review from May 11, 2012: I decided to re-review this beer, as I think I may have had a bad bottle before.

Incredible rich malty aroma. Pours a thick dark honey-colored liquid with an orange hue. Has a short but respectable tan head.

Lots and lots of malty goodness. Lots of maple. Some spices. Just a little bit of hops. Some dark wheat bread. A little bit of fruityness in there too. Lingering rich aftertaste. Very well-balanced.

Medium to thick mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

Overall, an excellent beer. One of my favorites --- mostly because it is just a little different than anything else. Salvator just has something special about it that makes it all come together.

Maybe the key for this beer is to buy it fresh?

Review from Feb. 5, 2007:
Ratings: AP 4.0/S 4.5/T 4.0/MF 4.0/D 4.0

A nice amber brew, almost clear, with very little head.

The aroma is this beer's best aspect. It has a real freshness with some hops and some malt sweetness.

The flavor is not as rich as I remembered in the past, but there is a fair bit of maple and some hop notes which is nice.I also really like this balance of this beer.

jmbranum, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

-25 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass

A - Very red color, half-inch head that disappears too quickly, crystal clear beer with no real lacing

S - Very sweet scent, with an almost sweet-corn aroma that's a little like molasses

T - Sweetness is not quite as overpowering as the smell, nice nutty/raisin sweeet malt taste that dominates, mild alcohol taste; fairly complex flavor

M - Good carbonation, fairly thin to medium body, solid feel

D - A good beer, with a solid and unique flavor; the alchol will get you (I was feeling it after a half a bottle), so that would limit you

soupyman10, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of dfried
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Redish toffee color in the center, yellowing at the edges, thin off white film and ring for head. The aroma first reminded me of apple juice, then some plum and pear crept in, some grainy notes. The taste was again grainy apple juice up front. Some raspberry and caramel notes. The mouthfeel was too sweet, pretty flat and off putting, the 'produced on' date was 6 months earlier than the date enjoyed, which I don't think was too long.

Verdict: I was suprised with the lack of complexity given the recognition this beer gets, but the flavors that were there were good atleast. It's possible my bottle was too old but I was disapointed with the flat, cloying mouthfeel.

dfried, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of choyhosoi
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

choyhosoi, Jan 23, 2007
Photo of sacfly
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

sacfly, Jan 20, 2007
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,226 ratings.