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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 42
Gots: 79 | 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 HochFliegen


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was dark copper with a tan colored head about 1 finger in thickness. Very rocky and frothy.
The smell was strong malt. Carmel, bread and nutty.
Taste was full of flavor. Big carmel taste upfront with a fruity taste after. Cherry hard candy like flavors as well. A hint of alcohol in the aftertaste along with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 02:57:28 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of MrNuggets


3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big off white head that goes away fast. Smell is big and malty. Taste is really sweet with a large carmel base. This feels extreamly thick in the mouth, wouldn't guess that by looking at it. The sweetness makes finishing the bottle a chore. I usually enjoy heavy beers, but there is something odd about this.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 06:14:07 | More by MrNuggets
Photo of SheepNutz


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark reddish-brown color with two fingers of head. There is a decent amount of lacing. The smell is rich and malty. Some toasted malt, bready aromas with caramel and a hint of alcohol. The taste is also malty, with more caramel sweetness. Some fruity flavors present as well, such as banana and cherry. A bit of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is very strong, yet smooth. The drinkability is pretty good for a 7.5% brew. A good example of the doppelbock style.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 05:14:52 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid, juicy malt aroma smells so damn good. Orange colored beer towards the bottom of the weizen glass but more of a ruby/mahoganny at the top, pretty cool effect if you ask me. Fine bubbled, dark cream colored head fades slowly to a film leaving strings of lace along the way. Malt from the aroma is very weak in the flavor and quickly overpowered by a mildly bitter and slightly alcoholic taste. Finish is bordering on dry, not the juicy malt bomb I was expecting. Didn't know much about the beer beforehand, but upon pouring it looked good, smelled great. The taste was dissapointing and it turned into a dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2004 04:40:09 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out brown with a reddish tint to it. About an inch of head that faded quickly to a thin film on top.

The smell is great! Like milk chocolate and cherries. Perhaps a hint of coffee in the background. Lots of aroma to this one.

Taste is fairly stout-like in how chocolaty it is. Very sweet beer, but not as complex as I would have hoped. The very final touch of flavour is a faint hop bitterness.

Very good mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and a bit creamy make an excellent combination. This beer is not hard to drink at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2004 06:27:38 | More by elricorico
Photo of beerceller99


3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear ruby color with a tan head. Sweet cinnamon roll smell. Lightly carbonated with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Mildly sweet taste of milk chocolate, molasses, spices. Finishes with a spicy alcohol tang.
This brew smells way better than it tastes.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2004 18:39:37 | More by beerceller99
Photo of watermelonman


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a bright and glowing blend of red and copper. The head and lace were minor but appealing.

The smell strong, consisting of malt and caramel. Grains were immediately apparent in the taste. The flavor is strong yet balanced. Bitterness is not a quality that sticks out at all.

The mouthfeel is full and definitely pleasing. Drinkability is great for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2004 05:59:34 | More by watermelonman
Photo of silenius


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal copper color with a huge puffy bone-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, a hint of iodine and phenol band-aid.

Taste is a sweet carmel/brown sugar malt with snappy hop backbone. A little cloying at first, but then my tongue falls in line.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, if a little thin.

Drinkability is just fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 02:29:15 | More by silenius
Photo of BrewMaster


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange to brown to amber color. Very good looking clear beer with a stiff tan head. The head thins slowly and can be revived with a bit of swirling.

The aroma is fruity and malty. The flavor brims with a sweet maltiness, diacetyl fruit flavors, and a clean, light hop ending. The caramel malt flavor is uniquely veiled by the lighter malt flavors and hops. A very well crafted taste to say the least.

The full but not overdone carbonation of the beer gives it a medium body and a crisp feel in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 22:22:35 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A compact, golden-brown head of tiny bubbles 1" deep tops off this pour and does a pretty good job of sticking around. Beer is chestnut in color with orangish highlights, fairly translucent, and medium in viscosity. Sweet smells of toffee, buttered wheat dough, and gingerbread spices. Suggestions of maple syrup carry over into the flavor, although the main focus is still on toffee and butter. Dense flavors of allspice and cinnamon prevent the mellow, rich sweetness from ever becoming cloying. Walnut-skin dryness at the roof of the mouth leads into an aftertaste that recalls caraway seeds and woodsy hops. This is happily bitterer than I had expected. No tangible carbonation to a mouthfeel that is on the light side of medium in body and drier than the aroma would suggest. Drinkable, but the alcohol level makes this relaxing enough to enjoy one at a time--which is probably the point. No complaints.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 00:41:26 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark clean amber body with a creamy off white head. The aroma is an inviting malt sweetness with some tabacco in the background. The taste has a yummy toffee malt sweetness at the start and a dry licorice finish. There is something in the mouthfeel and taste that make you want to keep taking mouthfull after mouthfull.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 01:19:32 | More by ybnorml
Photo of brewQ


4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tinged with red and possessed of incredible clarity, the tan head is fed by extremely fine bubbles. This is a well made brew.

The sweet scents in the aroma are unbelievable; candy and baked goods, dark berries and plum.

Amazingly, the flavor delivers on the aroma. And that happens without overpowering the palate.

Hints of the sweetness linger in the finish. This would be great with spicy foods or by itself as desssert!

Drinkable at 7.5% abv, this was a fresh and fun 1/2 liter.
Maybe I'm just relishing the style. The defunct microbrewer I worked for in Ohio made a delicious Dopplebock for the bar trade in Dayton. Brewmaster Steve Betts- where are you?

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 21:33:14 | More by brewQ
Photo of TongoRad

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear saturated amber with a thick tan head.

Aroma is good but too faint for the style- bready malt with raisiny overtones.

Mouthfeel is full and malty with clean bitterness in the background.

Bottom line- though toned down this is still a very solid and well made doppelbock, quite enjoyable actually, but a bit light for the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2004 17:33:31 | More by TongoRad
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I spent the first Sunday of my most recent trip to Germany visiting the recently rebuilt Paulaner am Nockherberg Keller. Always had a hankering to try fresh Salvator. So I order a litre.... and the guy behind the counter whips out 2 half-litre bottles and pours them into a Maß-krug. I just went limp....
Salvator has a clear, dark copper color....really lovely looking! Slow, but plentiful bubbles within form a fine, tan, creamy, but short-lived head. Nice lacing, though. There's a caramelly, sweet nose, with a nice hint of hops. Medium body and nicely smooth, but not as full on the tongue as in days gone by. More caramel in the flavor....semi-sweet.... but the sweetness is kept in check with a little bit of a floral hop touch at the end. Not as sweet as I once recall, though. Still a good bier, though it seems racheted down a bit. Has lost a bit of zip off its fastball. Then again, quaffing a Maß in the warm sunshine with a big-ass pretzel does NOT suck!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

Original review of 13JAN02: Nice copper color....though lighter than most D-Bocks, small, fine tan head. Some decent lacing, too. Nose is a hit...malty sweet, with, yes, plenty of caramel. Body is almost full, and mouthfeel is quite smooth. Sweet, warming, complex flavors. Maltiness, caramel and mild toffee notes compete for your favor. Das Bier schmecht sehr gut! Noch eins! (Have been fortunate to have sampled this on tap, also! Mmmmm!!) Prosit!!! (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.0/5.0 = 4.40)


Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 17:44:17 | More by Bierman9
Photo of Garin

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours beautifully clear, caramel and golden brown, with a pillowy white head that quickly shrinks, sticking to the glass on the way down.

On the nose, boozy sweet malt,

The flavour is drier than I thought it would be, and clean finishing. A warming alcoholic bite rounds out a rummy sort of bitterness and molasses touch. I also find a smoky almost scotch depth to it.

It's very easy drinking and smooth, wonderfully made.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 06:21:30 | More by Garin
Photo of revdrjbob


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! POured with a rich toffee brown colour, and a tight fluffy white head. Aromas of rich dark malt, mollasses, alcohol, and toffee. Tasted of a toffee sweetness, a huge malt backbone, evident alcohol, and a dry longlasting finish, with slight hints of licquorice. The epitomy of the Doppel Bock style.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2004 08:42:49 | More by revdrjbob
Photo of FFudnam


4.97/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cascading into my Paulaner Weissbier glass, Salvator stretches his arms and presents a lovely amount of carbonation, as well as a distinctive cream-colored head. Lovely, copper-y sunset color to the brew. Sweet malt BACKBONE, fruity esters, minimal, although meaningful german hop presence. Almost champagne like in its' effervescence. Refreshing, as well as satisfying. Decieving as can be for a 7.5 ABV ale. My absolute favorite, and a steal at 2.59 for 16.9oz.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2004 06:50:29 | More by FFudnam
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Salvator pours a reddish amber colour without too much head that recedes quickly without much lacing. The smell is stong and malty and smells like caramel - sweet and rich. The taste also has strong hints of caramel and quite sweet and malty. This beer really tastes great - like a rich dessert you get after a nice meal. The mouthfeel is very smooth, i dont detect any hop bitterness and the style of beer does not make for the greatest drinkability. I can't see myself using this as a session beer. Only a few at a time - really want to savor them. With Thanksgiving just around the corner this is going to be a great beer for cool fall days.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 01:28:09 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of allengarvin


4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a half-liter Paulaner stein-type glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown color (just about exactly the same color as the varnish on my fiddle). Decent head of foam that settles down to about wafer-thin after a minute or so.

Aroma: Dark wheat toast (maybe buttered) aroma, with a touch of caramel.

Taste/Body; A lot of malt hits right up front, sweet and caramel-like, almost sticky. Very rich and soft mouthfeel, but not thin by any means. Long, lingering, slightly toasty finished.

Truly a classic, this is one of my favorite beers, espcially when fall rolls around. A week or two may pass without me buying one, but it's a rare month when I don't at least have a couple. On cold late-fall nights, by the gas fireplace with one of the cats in my glass, I love to have a full liter glass of Salvator.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 20:27:32 | More by allengarvin
Photo of Doppel07


3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice red, amber color and a sudsy beige head. Sweet, malty aroma with odd hints of citrus. Taste is sweet, malty, and faintly acetic. Decent but definitely a rung or two below the likes of Spaten Optimator, Weltenburger, and Celebrator on the doppelbock ladder.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2004 20:40:58 | More by Doppel07
Photo of zodiacv1


3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber / copper with a thick light cream head. Slight hints of fruit and caramel to the nose but the smell of alchohol is the most predominant. A fairly complex and flavorful mix that becomes sweeter and smokier as it warms. Easy to kick back a few pints, and with a abv of 7.5 you wont need to drink to many more.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2004 00:04:37 | More by zodiacv1
Photo of assurbanipaul


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a medium creamy head. Aroma is rich and tangy, caramel malt and hops.

Taste is rich and malty caramel, very sweet, almost like a thin barleywine. Hops are mild and lend a bit of a fruit-like twang, like raisins or currants or too-ripe plums. Spicy and smokey undertones, reminds me of a spice cake or rum-soaked fruitcake, followed by a slice of buttered pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well-rounded, finishes clean. It's sweetness limits its drinkability more than anything else, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 03:55:28 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper, maple syrup colored with a small head; not much lacing

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel malt on the nose; sweet applesauce and alcohol notes come through as well

Taste: Caramel malt dominates with flavors of dried fruits - I pick up apples and dates in the flavor; not much hoppiness, but just enough to cut through the sweetness; the finish is wet and sweet and the alcoholic warmth is defintely present

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied with just a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A nice sipping doppelbock.

This is the beer that opened my tastebuds to a whole new world of beer and started my beer quest. I drank it on tap at the brewery in Munich and fell in love with it. Now that I have tasted a lot of other beers, I'll need to return to the brewery and re-live the experience with a much more well-travelled palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 22:56:42 | More by brentk56
Photo of TinusTime


4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a ruby highlight. Not much of a head. but then I made the mistake of pouring it in a seasoned glass. Smell is malty malty malty. Caramel, dark bread with a bit of sweetness. Well a bit more than a touch. Not really hops around to dry it out, but that isnt what this bier is for. Its rich and tasty..Carbonation is low. Given the ABV you cant have too many of these.. However its a good brew. Pair it with Roast Duck and Red Cabbage or Sauerbraten and Spaetzle. Its tasty and unnoticed!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 03:35:17 | More by TinusTime
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very clear and very red in colour with almost no head at all. Decent lacing, however. The smell is absolutely fantastic. Very sweet, bready, and a little bit of a raisin like aroma, as well. The taste, too, is quite sweet. Not too sweet. Just more so than I had expected. The texture is fairly smooth and easy to drink, although there is quite a bit more carbonation in this than I would have thought there to be. Not my style, but not bad either. Paulaner does a good job on keeping the 7.5%abv on a leash on this stuff. It's really not that noticeable, taste-wise anyway. Something else I'd like to add. There is an interesting, quite tasty maple syrup like after-taste that shows up about 2 seconds after you take a sip. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 03:24:30 | More by SilentSabre
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.