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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,176 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,176
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 112 | 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 abcsofbeer
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle with a freshness date of 09/04. Pours out a apple cider thickness, reddish brown and a bit cloudy. There is a constant stream of rising bubbles and the taste indicates such as well.

Poured a tannish thin bubbly head about half a finger high that dissipates fairly quickly. There is no lace apparent so far. The aroma is fairly strong and noticeable with hints of fruit, grapes and a slight alcohol smell. The taste is similar, kind of grapey and alcoholic. The carbonation is high giving a lasting aftertaste that accompanies the slight maltiness and coffee flavors on the palate.

abcsofbeer, May 22, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/09/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle poured into my Aventinus weizen glass. Dated on the back label.

Appearance- Rather watery in color with a copper hue. Decent sized head and light lacing. Expected a thicker and darker pour.

Smell- Sweet malt with some kind of coffee/chocolate scent as well.

Taste- Heavier sweet malt than expected. Pretty hefty caramel taste with more than expected side of hop bitterness. Maybe a bit burnt and smoky with a "chewing on a tobacco leaf" sensation. Lots of goodies in here.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation with an average mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the better doppelbocks. More flavor than I thought this one would have. Not quite the thickness of a primo doppel, but at the very least, it's a pretty good standby to most.

GClarkage, May 11, 2005
Photo of whynot44
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish brown color and nice creamy head that hangs around well.

The aroma is all sweet malts, caramel and just a touch of floral hops..

Rich sweet malt flavor, caramel, maybe a touch of butterscotch up front. Yeasty/bready in the middle with a little hops bite at the finish.

Full bodied, strong but smooth. Serious beer!

whynot44, May 10, 2005
Photo of Litterbean
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this one again, and I find it to be a bit more drinkable. I can't put this one down! Also, I feel the smell now is more than good, it is a beautiful smelling beer. Delicious as always, but still very complex. Such a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The sweet malts still blow me away in this one. A delicious doppelbock and one that is surprisingly more drinkable than I remembered. Awesome.

Litterbean, May 08, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice brownish-red color that didn't have much of a head on it, but had some carbonated bubbles. It has a very nice malty caramel smell to it. Has a strong malty coffee like taste that is actually very good. You can really feel the strong alcohol presence to it. Overall this is an excellent brew that you can drink in moderation. This is one Doppelbock that everyone should try.

AltBock, May 03, 2005
Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice dark amber in appearance. Smells of faint malts. Tastes of smoky woods and sweet malts with biscuty finish. This is a good beer to sip on due to its full-bodied mouthfeel. Strong alcohal may keep me from going for thirds.

Overall, this is a damned good beer and one I plan on enjoying again.

NiceGuyMike, May 01, 2005
Photo of beersarang
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber ruby crystal clear lager with a tan head that recedes into a tiny collar.

Smells like caramel and sweet breads, some alcohol notes.

Enters the mouth with a strong malt presence and a nice blend of a spicy hop bitterness. Sweet bready caramel on the exhale is the best point of this brew.

Medium bodied and wonderful.
Great for the worlds original Doppel Bock, I'm impressed.

beersarang, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of BigRedN
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, coppery/orangish. Poured into a pilsner glass which resulted in a big head (about 2-inches). Head stuck around for a while before falling to a covering on the liquid. No lacing of note, some carbonation bubbles present.

Smell: All malt. Scent of sweetness, caramel, a little biscuity.

Taste: Malty outset, sweet as expected. There is a little bit of bite on the finish, not sure if this is the alcohol coming. I was taken aback by the sweetness of this beer, which is actually a little much for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to fuller bodied, lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very good in moderation. Not a high volume consumption beer, but that is fine. I will probably have this again, but not until late fall/winter. I don't think I would enjoy this as much in the summer heat.

BigRedN, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. I've had this beer only a million times, but I can't believe I haven't rated it here yet. So here goes. 7.5% ABV

Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep caramel with orange accents, forming a large creamy yellow head with very good retention and nice sticky clumps of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is all about ripe fruits...dates, figs, white raisins, and prunes, in that order. A floral, piquant German noble hoppiness is delicately intermingling with the abundance of malts. The mouthfeel is lightly syrupy with a medium-dense body. The taste begins with an ebb of floral hoppiness, followed by a fleeting dense malt body of dark fruits...this is quickly overtaken by a semi-abrasive and semi-metallic hop bitterness. The finish is a mixture of cereal malts, caramelized sugar, and chemical bitterness. Cleanly fermented with no off-flavors other than a touch of isopropyl feel (but not taste) in the finish.

This was my first exposure to the wonderful world of dopplebocks. Since then, I've had many, and I'll still pick Korbinian or Celebrator over this. Still, it's a tried and true classic and holds fond memories as one of the first beers I've had which led me down the wonderful halls of beerdom.

Mitchster, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mahogany with an inch thick lacy tan head. Smells of fruity malt, caramel. Earthy and touches of vanilla and raisin.

Tastes...like a dopplebock. This was my first doppelbock ever and when i think of doppelbock, this is the taste I use as the standard. Very malty with caramel and molassess, tart fruitiness and earthy. Woody. A lightly smoky and woody aftertaste. Velvet smooth and very drinkable.

One of my all time favorites. Can't believe it's taken me so long to review it.

ViveLaChouffe, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I remember this beer from my early days of burgeoning beer enlightenment. Clear, ruby-brown body with a small, tight, khaki head. Nose of rich, sweet malts, caramel, stewed fruit, jam, and a light, spicy, vegetal hop presence. Taste is sweet caramelly cookie malt with notes of fruit and brandy. Mildly spicy, noble hop finish. Lasting bitterness with a sweetbread edge. Full-bodied, thick (not quite liquid bread though). A very good DB, but I don't know if I would fast on this alone (throw in some Celebrator, Bayern, and Autumnal Fire and then maybe...).

alexgash, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of bashiba
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber with a thin white head that disappeared almost immediatly.

Smells of sweet dark fruits and a slight woodyness.

Taste is a very strong dark maltiness with a just a touch of sweetness and a great wood character, finishes with a very pronounced earthy hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a slight slickness to it.

Drinkability is very good on this easy drinking Doppel. Alcohol is masked very well and this one goes down very well.

bashiba, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite Doppelbock because it opens up with increasing complexity with every sip. Easier drinking than Celebrator it shows its versatility with meat and game. Lots of sweetness is eased off if the bottle is cellared for six months to a year.

canucklehead, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of Vipsanius
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber color with an inch and a half light tan head into a flute. Had decent lacing and decent head retention.

The aroma was mainly that of sweet figs. Could also smell plums, honey, and candied fruits. Tasted like it smelled. Figs, molasses, malt, honey, and some apples. Right before the end you could kind of pick up on some floral hops. The finish was mainly a prune and raisin flavor with a touch of unsweetened cocoa. That might sound bad but it's not.

The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. Very pleasant to sip and savor. Probably wouldn't want to drink too many of these in one sitting.

Vipsanius, Mar 31, 2005
Photo of GreatLeo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 33cl bottle with best before date 08/2005
It was a reddish dark amber color with an off white head with good lace with hints of caramel and prunes possibly.
Sweet and medium carbonated with very little bitterness. Went down really smooth surprisingly for a bock beer considering that they tend to be more heartier beers I feel.
Full bodied and quite complex without being overbearing aswell as quite filling and easy to drink.
Another good candidate beer that would do good with a little proper aging I feel.

GreatLeo, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden reddish orange color with a sparse bubbling off white head. Some bits of lacing cling to the side of the glass. Big roasted nutty caramel aroma wafts up into the nostrils. Light cocoa along with a spicy breadiness. Quite a nice, full nose on this one.

Big sweet and caramelly nutty maltiness collides with hints of dried fruit and fresh baked bread. There some slight cocoa and toffee flavors and a bit of a metallic twang. An ever so slight hop bitterness appears on the way down. Tasty.

A rich, creamy body that flows over the palate nicely. Very full and satisfying. This is quite a nice doppelbock and one I'll be having again in the future. A nice example of the style.

orbitalr0x, Mar 23, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky, ripe orange with tangerine peel trim. Salvator looks for all the world like a DIPA (or an orange creamsicle). The ice cream portion of the creamsicle is the dense, orange-tinted ivory cap perched atop the beer. The foam has enough inherent stickiness to last for a bit and to deposit thick strands of lace on the glass.

I'm not that impressed with the nose. It smells like sweet orchard fruit, a little musky perhaps, with a slight aroma of butterscotch. There's no hint of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, etc. In that respect, it's quite a bit different from most other doppelbock noses that I've run across. The bottom line is that it just isn't that impressive in terms of character or intensity.

Things improve once the beer actually comes in contact with the taste buds. Malt is the engine that makes Salvator go, no surprise there, but it's more of the toasted caramel variety than anything darker. Maybe my style expectations are just way off the mark here.

Sweet, musky fruit (ripe peaches and apricots) is also noted with a smattering of spiciness (cinnamon perhaps) that adds some much needed complexity. The body/mouthfeel is medium for the style, maybe a scosh more full than that, and gains some measure of lushness as the beer warms.

Salvator is a different sort of doppelbock. For all I know, though, it might be the standard bearer for the style. It was good and the bottle was empty almost before I knew it, but the word 'great' never even crossed my mind.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 19, 2005
Photo of beertastegood
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This outstanding beer pours a golden brown from the bottle with a fluffy head that quickly dissipated. Smells of sweet caramel, malt and raisins. Taste is excellent, big bold malt flavor, as expected, with a delightfully smooth finish. That 7.5% ABV sneaks up on you! The golden standard against which most doppelbocks are measured

beertastegood, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, what everyone else said – (except for 2 reviewers). Finally got to quaff the standard among d-bocks. Exceptional brew, beautiful amber brown pour with tan head, very lacy. Malty, sweet, with a hop balance and finish. Nice alcohol presence to counter the sweetness (wifey said it tasted like whisky – HEH !!) Gimme a couple more

Vancer, Mar 15, 2005
Photo of Bierguy5
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. The original dopplebock. Slight hazy bronze color. Thick tan foamy head. Good retention. Big sweet caramel malt aroma. Notes of molasses and dark bread. Toasty almost roasty aroma. Big malt flavor, sticky and sweet. Sweet dark bread flavor. Toasty caramel flavor. Very little hop bitterness. Medium body approaches full, moderate carbonation. Thick and approaching syrup like. Very satisfying and filling. This is a classic to measure against.

Bierguy5, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of danadeny
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-dark copper body with slight carbonation. Good off-white head. Smells sweet, a bit bread dough like, and a hint of fruit. As for tatse i can detect a bit of the grain up front, and an overall sweet and slightly fruity taste with a minor smokey finish. Mild alcohol in the middle, excellent ballance. I like the complexity, but on the other hand this beer is not too complex because i can still pick all of the flavors apart. Mild overall hops presence. Mouthfeel is watery at first, refreshing, but then leaves an oily coating as it evaporates in the mouth. Awesome ballance hides the alcohol very well and makes this highly drinkable.

danadeny, Mar 03, 2005
Photo of Shultzerdugen
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, just a bit over a pint.

Great red/amber color, big off-white head. That head went south awfully fast, though. Still a great color.

Tart fruits, sweet caramel, maple syrup, molasses in the smell.

Sweet caramel up front, in fact most of the way through. I expect that with this style, and find it charming. Not as dominate as in some doppblebocks, i.e. Samichlaus, Celebrator, but there for sure. Lots of malty goodness, lots. Tartness not unlike a green apple. Hops revealed in the finish, helping cleanse the palate for the next round. Alcohol warms your gut; "It's a special kind of stupid...".

Sure I've had better, but this is still a hell of a dopplebock.

Shultzerdugen, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber colored brew with a one finger head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma is outstanding: grassy like a fresh mowed hayfield, becoming sweeter as it warms and alcoholic when warm and agitated. Tastes of rich malts and the same grassiness as the nose, herbal and floral. Much more malt dominant as it warms, and alcoholic when rolled around on the tongue. Great session beer; medium bodied and a little carbonation, just right ABV. My favorite doppelbock.

gimmehead, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep copper color, off-white head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Huge malty sweetness, and not much else. Still, it smells pretty darn good.

Taste - As promised by the smell, this is a seriously malty beer. I also detect a smoky taste in the background. Hops hit in the aftertaste, but not too hard. There is some alcohol warmth and spiciness present as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium or medium-heavy in body. About what it should be.

Drinkability - This beer is pretty smooth, even with the smoky edge. I can see drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

Comments - Doppelbock is just not my style of choice. By my estimation this is a very good beer, but I just can't get really excited about it.

mgdeth, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a few times in the past, and just never put pen to paper. Pours a deep copper/light red color. Good head retention and sticky lace. The head clumps as you drink it. Smells carmelly and sweet. Taste is carmelly, munich malt up front. Spicy herbal hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and lucious. I could down these all night if it wasn't 7.5%.

deejaydan, Feb 18, 2005
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.