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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,190
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 48
Gots: 116 | 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 Byeast
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear , reddish brown , with a very thin , tan head.

Smell: full malty aromas , bit of cherry and darker fruit , slightly bready and alcoholic.

Taste: malty , bit of caramel sweetness and roastiness , some balancing hop bitterness , slight roasted character , spiced cake flavor , a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: fairly chewy and full.

Drinkability: this doppelbock is quite drinkable , the taste seems to be on the fruitier side of dopplebocks i've had. The abv is well hidden.

Byeast, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of AmorousAngel
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very clear medium brown with a very small, off-white head.

Caramel aroma dominates with a bit of fruitiness.

Begins with a fruity flavor and finishes with caramel and roasted malt. Alcohol very apparent in the first sips, but as you get used to this, you notice the sweetness. A pleasant mix of flavors.

Light- to medium- bodied with some tingle from the carbonation. Leaves the mouth feeling a bit sticky.

Not the best Doppelbock I've had, but still quite good. A bit too sweet to drink more than one, but one at a time is nice.

AmorousAngel, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner's double bock pours a lighter color than most doppel bocks. That said, it's a very nice color, as it's a deep clear, mahagony. As this brew is consumed, it left little lacing on the glass.

The smell of this beer is the least impressive aspect of it, as it's mainly just a strong scent of sweet alcholol and a hint of nutty malt.

When I took my first sip, my first thought was that the flavor is drink surprisingly a little light for a double bock. However, this isn't to say its not good. It has an excellent blend of fruits, nuttiness, and just a hint of alcholol. The mouthfeel of this brew is not that heavy for the style either.

Overall, this is a good doppel bock, but not my favorite. It has a great flavor, but the flavor and mouthfeel are lacking just a little bit too much to rate this higher. Still, a very good beer, as I plan to try it in Munich, where I am headed tomorrow!

AustinBeerLvr, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darker copper color with off white head. Aroma is malts and bread like aroma, hops don't stand out. Taste is almost all malt, vague hop bitterness and some noticeable alcohol. Medium mouthfeel. I really enjoy this one and its difficult not to rate this highly since this is the originator of the style. For the ABV this is a very easy beer to drink.

Dizzy, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of bloberglawp
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Humm.... Salvator Doppel Bock,

My favorite of the great beers from Paulaner. Sweet malt aroma, deep cooper color, head dissipates fast, leaves nice lace. Clean lager, malty flavor folowed by earthy/grassy hop bitterness....

-mattt (damn the 250 minimum characters, I have nothing left to say).

bloberglawp, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of HopHeadKen
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a side by side Dopplebock tasting with Optimator-Celebrator & Salvator. A lot of fun and an interesting way to compare these classic rich beers.

Pours deep copper orange and clear, the lightest of the side by side comparision; with a light tan head that has some staying power.

Smell is malty & sweet

Taste is rich malty & sweet with complex dark fruits - plums & raisins
Alcohol is well masked but warming

Mouthfeel is full and viscous.

Very drinkable, I would especially like this as an after dinner (desert) beer (or three).

HopHeadKen, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Pours clear dark amber dark orange. Not much head which doesn't last long either. Settles into an egg-shell white rim along the glass. Not much lacing.

Very strong and sweet mollases smell which washes out any other scents. Very enticing.

Strong malt flavor with a bit of trailing bitterness. Malt flavor is somewhat breadlike. Sweet syrupy flavoring also show themselves. Warmness from the alcohol.

Full bodied and sticky. Not much carbonation which helps with the chewy feeling.

This beer is full bodied enough t be a meal. Forget that meal-replacement shake, just drink one of these. You will feel much better afterwards. Try this one.

BeerSox, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My second doppelbock. First was Celebrator.
Appearance was a deep ruby that was clear when held up to the light. Smell was a good carmel malt with plenty of sweetness, as well as some toffee smells. Taste was similar, but noticable alchohol. The tastes seemed to be fighting one another and not blending well with one another. Mouthfeel was much lighter than Celebrator. Drinkability was not great due to flavors.

rtratzlaff, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very clear golden orange color, scattered patches of off-white foam and numerous columns of small, fast-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, dark fruit, toasty malt, bitter cocoa, and slight sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with caramel and toasted malt notes, soon turns to sweet, slightly spicy alcohol, sweet caramel, bitter chocolate, and restrained hop bitterness. These carry to the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very pleasant. Very solidly drinkable, and like most doppelbocks, seems almost like a meal.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant, quite well-made, pleasing.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of gbarron
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle.

A - golden chestnut, like maple syrup. Slight chill haze fades to a perfectly clear beer. Head is slightly off-white and dissipates very quickly, leaving no residue, no lacing.

S - sweet honey, sugary malt. Light notes of spicy noble hops, peppery. Notes of higher alcohols.

T - sugary sweet malt, caramel, toffee are dominant. Bitterness is there, but malt is in the forefront. Hop flavor hidden, slight bit of noble metallic. Warming from alcohol content.

M - a little chewy, sticky sweetness. Carbonation appears low.

D - I love a good tasty doppelbock and this fits the bill. Sweet, tangy malty beer. Better for the fall days.

gbarron, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pretty, dark, thick rust with a good head, for a beer with a 7.5.

Smells like light bock chocolate and bock caramel mixed with a kick of burny alcohol. The bockness is very light, even when it warms up.

Tastes pretty much like it smells. Rich, doppelbock sweetness up front that leads into a kick of harsh alcohol in the end. Not very strong or complex, and the alcohol burn takes everything down a notch.

An average beer; really a bit of a letdown.

mynie, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle produced on 11/05. Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Nice color. A deep, rich, orange-copper. Some very tiny bubbles rising up. Two finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel maltiness.

Taste: Smooth taste, much smoother than I was expecting with this level of alcohol. Once again, I can taste a sweet, caramel flavor, but not much else. Not very complex.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a little low, especially with the level of sweetness here. It makes the beer almost cloying.

Drinkability: I found this beer almost too sweet to enjoy more than at a time. That, coupled with 7.50% ABV would certainly limit the number of these bad-boys you would want to toss back.

beveritt, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- dark copper and crystal clear with a nice little white head and lots of lacing

S- malts with some alcohol and then a bit of smoke in the nose

T- good malt character with a bit of a warming fleeling from the alcohol. Finishes clean for a double bock nice

M- balanced, just the right amount of carbination

D- a very good sipping DB the higher ABV does not allow this beer to be a every day drinker, but it is a sipper that should be enjoyed slowly

Notes- all in all another soild offering from paulaner

mcarroll10177, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one cellared for a little bit now but the born on date makes this one year old. Pours absolutely gorgeous head and lacing. Just a bit of bubbles in this burnt orange brew. Alcohol seems mellowed a bit, but this one could wait another 6-12 months for a real nice treat.Malty and chewy, with a bit of hops in the finish

Backer2004, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Tulip.

A - Pours a clean trasparent ruby color with a fizzy tan head that settles rather quickly.

S - Cherris, dark melons, sweet malts with a touch of peppery Noble spice. Nice.

T - Overrripe melons combined with a roasted malt quality, A bit boozy too. Clean and not overly comlex in nature.

M - A little on the thin side and lacking carbonation.

D - Not bad. Easy drinker.

SethB2, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of vancurly
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange / light copper colour, with gold edges. Reasonable head that falls away fairly rapidly. Some bubbling evident.
Obvious malt...biscuity/caramel malt nose...almost a hint of rye bread.
Full body mouthfeel, again strong, complex malt flavour, alcohol evident at the end.
A medium bitterness rounding it off, with perhaps a late touch of a German noble hop bringing up the rear.

vancurly, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from 16.9 oz bottle.

This beer poured with a nice head that soon fell.

Smell has a hint of caramel. Hops aren't that noticeable.

Taste is somewhat sweet with esters noticeable.

Mouthfeel is full and cream with a cleaner finish than I would have expected from such strong flavors..

This would be a very drinkable beer - but deceptively strong.

barefootbrewer, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of Pepeton
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm. You don't try often a beer that is the first of it's style.

Typical European 330 ml dark bottle, with a best before date of August 2006.

Pours a nice dark amber, with matching tan head of tiny bibbles that dissolve rather quick to leave some lacing along the glass.

Smell is very malty, caramel with a sweet background and alcohol well hidden but present.

Taste is naturally of caramel and roasted malts, some sweetness too, half bodied with a little twang on the finish due to some noble hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy. This one leaves you a good malt aftertaste.

Well, I'll have it again, no doubt. But Salvator with it's 7.5% ABV is not a session beer.


Pepeton, Jul 23, 2006
Photo of BrSpiritus
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased from Enchantd Forest Wine and Spirits

Pours a dark brown colour with minimal head that soon dissipates to thin lace. The smell is very heady, a mixture of caramel, light coffee notes and some alcohol hiding in the background. The taste is quite different from normal dark beers, rather sweet with a rich caramel sugar character that is not quite balaced out by the hops which finally leaves with a slight alcohol finish. This is a rather potent beer and the higher alcohol limits drinkability. Overall a rather interesting beer, in moderation.

BrSpiritus, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of Fuller
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice clear copper red color with off white creamy head that had little retention and left no lacing. Very sweet malty smell with some fruit. Alcohol is also very noticeable. Taste is of sweet fruit and malt followed by some alcohol and bitter hops. Mouthfeel is creamy and thick with little carbonation.

Overall a very good brew. Not as good as Celebrator as far as doppelbocks go, but still very good.

Fuller, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep cordial amber, frothy head from agressive pour, lines of lacing line the glass.

S - Caramel/Chocolate/Toffee malts.

T&M - Taste upfront is sugary candys. Fruit esters pop through, along with caramel, chocolate, toffee, and small earthy tones. Quaint spicy hops balance out the flavor. Delicious. Full to mid bodied, with lovely mouthfeel - almost chewy. Refreshing on the palate, and a meal in itself.

D - A beer that you can drink all night long.

Excellent Doppelbock, and definitely one I will be revisiting in the near future.

HoustonTX, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of wjimson
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer aggressively just to see a bit of head. The reddish brown colour is beautiful. A smell of honey and hops, and a slight bit of fuity apple. The best is yet to come.

Very malty in flavour with a slight millet like taste. Then comes the sour and bitter after effect. Can't really taste the alcohol, but only noticed it in the momentary aftertaste. The mouthfeel was rather thin.

On a personal note, this beer is great to mark the end of those dreadfully tiring days. It seems to have this taste of antiquity to it, which is unlike the beers of our time.

wjimson, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of andrewmartin
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this with a sausage, escarloe, and bean stew, and nice gallic/germanic marriage.

A: Pours a beautiful coppor color with a thick white head

S: Notes of malt and carmel with a hint of alcohol. Aftter it sat for a minute I detected some barnyard aromas.

T: Very smooth, sweet toasty candied flavors with warming alcohol throught. A slight hops presence as well.

M: Oily and very smooth

D: Very rich and enough alcohol flavors to prevent this from being confused with a sessions beer.

So monks used to live off this during Lent, eh? Lucky buggers.

andrewmartin, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of phishgator
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Medium foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. The color is a pale copper. The aroma is alcohol soaked dried fruit and leather. The taste is SWEET, very malty, and not much else. The taste is better as the brew warms or as the alcohol is warming me. The body is on the thinner side, but the brew coats your entire mouth a little too much. Not a bad brew and one that should be tried. I would seek out other dopplebocks to purchase.

phishgator, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I love returning to, due to the nice complexity of the beer and its place as the progenitor of the doppelbock style (or at least of the way many doppelbocks are named).

Appearance: 1 inch head, dissipates to about 2/3 inch and finally heavy suds. Copper brown color, with medium visibility. Light lacing and low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Wonderful aroma of raisins, maple, and honey. Sweet brown sugar finish that develops as the beer warms. No booze, despite rich depth of the nose.

Taste: Front palate of bready malts, with moderate bitterness in the finish. Toasty honey notes, with some raisins. A nice grainy appeal, with an earthy foundation of peat and cloves apparent on the middle palate. These more bitter and earthy flavors balance the typical bock sweetness, rendering a perfectly drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body makes for a drinkable beer. Low carbonation and clean malt finish.

Drinkability: Great drinkability owing to the perfect balance of light/medium body, sweet maltiness and middle palate bitterness. Definitely a great representation of the style, with an earthiness not often found in other doppelbocks. Historically and flavorwise, a standard of the style.

expatsteve, Jul 10, 2006
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,190 ratings.