Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,294
Reviews: 1,277
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 163 | 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 IPAcraig
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Drew966
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nightcrawler
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of OKCNittany
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Lothore
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of biggmike
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BitteBier
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of zeff80
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of demcorhip
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Spikester
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of BucBasil
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cyrenaica
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Ungespundet
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!!!

Photo of JDBeer
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of basica
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my second Doppelbock to the Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel. This Doppelbock reaffirmed
my belief that the Doppelbock beers bear a certain ressemblance to the Belgian Strong Dark
Ales. This one's more distant than the Andechser though. The Salvator pours out dark amber
with a small head that quickly dissipates; it smells like the Belgian Dark Ales: Malty,
Yeasty and subtlely fruity. When I went on to my first sip, I was immediately hit by packs
of malt; the next mouthful guaranteed this and my first thought was YES! this would be a
true malt powerhouse which is what a Doppelbock should be and so it was. The finish was
bitter at the end of every mouthful and during the first few mouthful, the bitterness was
like a flavouring (somewhat like hops) which I appreciate. This same bitterness goes a
little to the high side when I was half way through but it was still ok; I got used to it
shortly and the rest of the beer did not have the bitterness affecting me at all. The mouth
feel was pretty close to full body with good carbonation; not too much not too little. 7.9
ABV did not feel 7.9 at all and this beer is pretty drinkable. However, this is a beer
which guarantees more enjoyment if sipped and not chugged; not a quaffing beer. The after
taste is again nicely malty but this time I could sense subtle fruity notes which was rather
pleasant. It could be worth an 8, I guess but I stayed at 7.5 as the bitterness could be
better worked out though it hardly disturbed me throughout most of the beer. I really enjoyed
the malt and I guess this would be what I expect of a Doppelbock. The Andechser was slightly
lighter on the malt but much stronger on the fruits which probably masked the malt till later
in the beer when I felt the malt kicking in. The Salvator is almost all about malt. It would
also be interesting to note that the Salvator is Paulaner's pioneer brew.

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

On tap from the Gate in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

A: Poured ruby dark red with a small head. Beautiful lacing.

S: Malt, malt, maltiness. Sweet as all get out.

T: Mmm, better than the aroma. sweet and fruity malt flavors. Sweet syrups. And a good alcohol character.

MF: Medium bodied and warming, great for a cool night. You can really feel the alcohol warming you as it goes down.

D: Booyeah, I’ll have another please. With all that flavor and alcohol, it still is highly drinkable. Not as great as Celebrator, but as the Original it gets heavy props.

Photo of grospopperino
2.78/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Salvator is the story of two beers-- the traditional Salvator before Heineken bought a large stake in Paulaner in 2006, and the current Salvator, which is found badly wanting in a number of respects. Salvator was the original Doppelbock-- it was a beautifully balanced beer of deep copper-red color, a distinctive sweet-malt taste, balanced by some alcohol warming and a touch of hops. Salvator had wonderfully complex, nuanced flavors, almost like a fine wine, and a full, rich, satisfying finish.

When I was in Bonn, Germany last summer, I ordered a half-litre mug of Salvator a the Paulaner pub there. I was surprised and disappointed. It did not taste like Salvator. It was lighter in color and taste, and lacked the distinctive finish. I later found out that Heineken had acquired a substantial holding in Paulaner. When I returned to the States, I was still able to buy Salvator that was from the 11/05 lot, brewed pre-merger. When that lot was no longer available, I bought a case of the "new" Salvator, dated 10/06. I can't express the degree of my disappointment. I and several fellow beer enthusiasts have compared the new Salvator with the remants of my 11/05 lot, and, to a person, reached the same conclusions.

The post-Heineken brew has initial taste of traditional Salvator. That taste quickly vanishes like a fleeting dream, dissipating to weak metallic tang with absolutely no finish. The abv is increased to 7.9%, but I don't buy Salvator to drink Colt 45. If one didn't know better, the current Salvator is a good beer. The crime is that it replaces a truly great beer, a beer with a history that began in 1634 and inspired many other Doppelbocks. I hope that Paulaner-Heineken sees fit to return to their traditonal recipe for Salvator.

Photo of irishkyle21
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer many times. Nice copper color. No head retention though. Very little lace work. Smell is nice malty sweet, caremel, and alcohol are noticeable one the nose. This beer is very drinkable and complex in mouthfeel, peppery after taste lingers hops are slightly noticable, caramel and malt flavours come through nicely along with the alcohol. All in all a very good doppelbock.

Photo of cbreitro
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner makes a fine Hefe wiezen, so I decided to try this German beer.
It has a great copper color and smelled very nice, kind of flowery, not super hoppy. The sweetness surprised me with the first sip. The beer is very smooth with a nice nutty aftertaste. Feels a bit watery in the mouth for me.

I would give it a higher rating if not for being oversweet for my taste.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,294 ratings.