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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,366
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 60
Gots: 207 | 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 shadow1961
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of lpayette
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of bort11
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of geexploitation
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Photo of Phatz
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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.

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.

Photo of jmbranum
4.92/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Photo of soupyman10
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of dfried
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of choyhosoi
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of sacfly
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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

A dark orange, reddish pour into a pint glass. Thought the head was going to disappoint, but it grew fast towards end of pour.
Smell of biscuit, malt and raisin. Some alcohol notes come through. Makes it smell like a beer.
Caramel, malt and some alcohol are straight off noticable in the taste. Soft fruits, a little banana it seems. Some nice crispness towards the finish.
I like this brew. More complex than most, not as complex as some.

Photo of CU570M
2.71/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a cherry red almost like fresh brewed tea. Head vanished in just a couple seconds. Head was light tan smells like the barley was burnt or overroasted. Taste was a heavy malt flavor with burnt oat flavors. Also hints of honey. Mouthfeel was thick, but too much carbonation. Drinkability is average to a little under average.

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

This brew pours translucent coppery orange with a thin tan head. Nose is sweet alcohol, some malts, and purple plums. Taste is malty and a bit smoky even, with alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly above average, and drinkability is pretty good.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16.9 oz. bottle to a pint. Produced on 05.06 & listed as 7.5% ABV on the bottle.

A: Clear deep amber, with a warm & inviting reddish glow. A considerable amount of carbonation but almost no head.

S: Loads of sugar, almost too sweet to be caramel alone. All malts, virtually no hops in this one.

T: Malty but not nearly as sweet. Dark, rich toasted grain, chocolate, brown sugar, hints of smoke, spiced honey and ripe fruit. Alcohol is detectable in the background. Finishes with some slight hopping and a faint herbal effervescence.

M: Starts with a medium to full mouthfeel and body, fairly active with the carbonation. As the beer warms and carbonation wanes, the mouthfeel becomes weaker and watery. Some lingering sweetness and a starchy stickiness remain. Warming alcohol lingers also.

D: An easy-drinking, smooth doppelbock - good flavors. This is one I've had several times before and will be sure to have again.

Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear dark amber color with a short 1/2" head that falls immediately. Some mildlacing develops on the glass during the session.

Smell: nice amount of caramel candy sweetness and bread.

Taste: caramel, plums, red grapes, bread, and mild bitterness. Some alcohol tones are in the background. This is a solid beer that is not overbearing as some of its counterparts.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Medium-heavy in body. Long caramel aftertaste.

Drinkability: very easy quaffing beer. Worth picking this one up.

Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out red and clear with little to no head.
Smell is malty and sweet. Caramel and lots of malt.
Kind of watery but still pretty good. You can't tell the alcohol is as high as they say it is.
Mouthfeel is clean but the alcohol does make itself known in the aftertaste/burn. Not bad but you can tell it is there.
With such a high abv I wouldn't drink a lot of these at one sitting.

Photo of BurnsTau
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium copper-amber color, small amount of head that doesn't hang around too long.

Smell is a bit strong, mostly malts, bit of an alchoholic whiff in there. There is a bit of the alchohol in the taste too, but not too overpowering. Malty sweetness that finishes pretty clean, not too heavy.

I enjoyed it overall, for the alchohol content and style it's pretty drinkable.

Photo of SetarconeX
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark reddish brown, though not as dark as other Doppelbocks can go. The smell is pure, unrefined malt syrup, and it is wonderful. I could smell this all day. The taste, surprisingly, is much lighter than the scent would have you think. Compared to all the malt on the nose, the beer itself seems a bit too light, if not straight up watery.

Which does, if nothing else, make this brew easy to drink. Far from my favorite Doppelbock, but I'm more than content drinking this one.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

33cl Brown bottle best before 08/2007, drank 12/2006.

Part of a six-pack purchased while in Bavaria for the Munich O'fest during 2006, sad to break them up really. I shall have to drink the rest before they get lonely!

See through reddish brown, sat in a Palm beer tulip glass, no head, which in my opinion ruins the look of a beer, no matter what style.

Sweet aroma of caramel malts, getting stronger as the beer warmed in the glass.

Fine balance of flavours and alcohol content, but the mouthfeel is watery for the strenght of this beer, which is why my scores are all over the place. I don't understand how the first taste of every sip is so good, but the mouthfeel is so weak, strange.

Photo of Estarrio
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured clear copper with ruby tones. The medium charcoal head gave way to fine, grainy lacings.

Huge, sweet malt in the nose with some caramel, orange rind, bread and tea like qualities.

Sweet, chewy malt flavor with doughy yeast, caramel, honey, brown sugar and fruity esters. There is a tea-like hop profile, akin to a scotch ale. The alcohol is well masked in this unique tasting dopplebock.

The palate is somewhat lighter than I would normally expect in a dopplebock, still it is viscous and well carbonated. The lighter body contributes to a high level of drinkability.

This is perhaps the most drinkable dopplebock that I've enjoyed. While it's not my favorite of the style, it is quite an enjoyable brew.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,366 ratings.