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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
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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 ski271
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first doppelbock I ever had, many years ago at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love how chewy, big, and malty they are, and this is a good one. I had this in a bottle, but I’d love to try it on-tap.

This beer is a beautiful medium dark amber with a decent-sized, off-white, mostly diminishing, frothy head and only a little lacing early. The aroma is pungent and sweet. Caramel maltiness is strong followed by bready, smokey and fruity scents. The taste is like I like them: big and malty. There’s a wonderful candied fruitiness of raspberry and plum, and a pleasant little hop bitterness. The finish is long-lasting and sweet with bit of alcohol, kind of like a tawny port. The mouthfeel is a little oily and syrupy but still thinner and lighter in body than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed this beer and think that drinkability is high, though most would probably consider this to mealy and strong. But I would recommend trying this one.

ski271, Feb 16, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is light brown in color with an orangish tint. The head is a deep, off-white beautiful pillow that is very creamy and retentive.

Smell – The strong bock aroma jumps out of the glass. It’s heavy with molasses and maple. The malts are toasty and raw with some light sweetness.

Taste – The big maple and molasses mix well with the malts and light sweetness to form a terrific flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This DB is creamy and smooth on the palate. It is bigger than medium-bodied but not full.

Drinkability – This is a raw, edgy Doppelbock which is just the way that I like ‘em. It is true to the style and exceptionally creamy in the mouth.

RoyalT, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of kosmoraios
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was somewhat impressed by this Paulaner offering. 500ml bottle pours a golden-brown with ruby tints that sports a healthy head that lingers for a while. A very roasty aroma speaks of caramel, raisins, plums, and toasted sourdough bread. Taste has a little more hops than your average bock, if you ask me, which I enjoy. Balances out the malts. Again the caramel, raisins, mild hints of grapefruit. A bit of bite in the mouthfeel, and just right on the carbonation. Could use a bit more "pepperyness" for my taste. Not my favorite style, but for the style, I think it's a great, widely available beer. Pretty drinkable, also, a 500ml bottle will warm you up nicely.

kosmoraios, Feb 09, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle with something that looks like a freshness date or a batch number on the front label. Pours into the chalice a deep reddish-brown with a 1 finger head that reduces to almost nothing and leaves little lacing. Scents are bubblegum, diacetyl, golden raisins, and caramel. Tastes are alcohol, diacetyl, sweet malts, and bitterness that is there but overshadowed by the other flavors. Tastes good but almost too sweet and the alcohol is very prevalent, which both lower the taste score. Beer is thick and smooth, leaving a warming sensation as it goes down. Good but I couldn't drink more than a bottle of this at a time. Perhaps cellaring a bottle for a few months might help.

mmmbeer, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of Dotcubed
3.05/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this bottle in a wine/beer shop in New Orleans in the French Quarter. It was a few doors down from K-Paul's, you must eat there it's super good. Be sure to ask about a beer Menu I don't know if they have any.

I decided to check it out, I like Bock so why not this one.

I found it to be nicely roasted with a lively bubbleyness to it. I thougt it had a bitter finish to it I didn't really care too much for but it mad up for that in color. It had a nice dark redness to it that was pleasing.

I liked this beer but it didn't strike me as one that I'd buy all the time or keep around the house. I do like it enough that I'll get one in town and try it again. Who knows, could be an old bottle that got too many temperature changes.

Dotcubed, Jan 31, 2005
Photo of Stimack
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a long time since I had a Salvator and after having one this weekend I can honestly say I have no clue why! This brew pours to a clear dark amber color with a think off white head (Tan) head that breaks down relatively slowly, very nice looking! It left a nice amount of lacing through out the entire brew! The aroma is very pleasant with a sweetness from the malt which is probably leading to the notice of caramel or toffee smell that is excellent. The taste is very much dominated by the malt giving it a sweet flavor that gives way to a keen spiciness/bitterness ending with slight alcohol flavor. This is a nice brew and must thank the friend who left here the previous weekend!

Stimack, Jan 24, 2005
Photo of yankeeheel
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, clear, cherry-copper with a formidable beige-red head. Moderate lacing. Smells nicely sugary with a big amount of raisin to the nose. Has all the wonderful depth of flavor one would expect from a big malty beast like this. Brown sugar, plum, fig, raisin..it's all there. Finishes with a syrupy slickness that I just love. It's a keeper.

yankeeheel, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
4.85/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the tastier beer styles in my experience, I have had many BMC drinkers tell me that doppelbocks taste delicious.

This beer pours a transparent dark amber color with a thick creamy head. Lots of sticky lace.

t has the wonderful doppelbock smell, phenolic, toffee, sweet malts and caramel.

This beer is easy to drink and has a malty doppelbock taste. It matches the complexity of Celebrator and is equally drinkable. No alcohol that I coul discern.

In my experience this beer and Abita Turbo - Dog are the beers for fried turkey. The maltiness offsets the sharp spicieness of the Zataran's Crab Boil that we inject into the bird.

Never had fried turkey? Sad.

Citadel82, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy brown in color with a substantial, quickly-fading brownish head. Chewy, malty aroma, supremely round and soft, with candied sweetness.

The taste is simply delicious. Round and very drinkable, with creamy, chewy, malty, caramel sweetness throughout and a bit of spicyness, almost like a drop of Worcestershire sauce and a touch of smoke. The complexity is wonderful without being intimidating.

I haven't had that many doppelbocks, but this has vaulted towards the top of the list--and why shouldn't it? It's the granddaddy of them all...

RockyTopHeel, Jan 12, 2005
Photo of tatterdash
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark coppery red with a tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma of toffee with a twinge of alcohol, with a bit of hops as it warmed. Some cherry and winey as well. Taste was an amazing roasted malt with a hoppy bitterness entering quickly. Very malty on the finish as well, and quite rich and smooth. The alcohol is rather well hidden, but not completely hidden. This is good, but certainly not the best I've had. Still, easy to find and easy drinking... Cheers!

tatterdash, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of longarm
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a invert-tapered pilsner glass. I find it difficult to imagine that a beer could appear any better than this one. Stunning in its clarity and color, the only minor defect is a short lasting head. Given the high alcohol content, however, this is expected and it's difficult to dock it points based on that.

Aroma entirely carried along wisps of munich malt and alcohol. No hops.

The munich malts again appear on the palate to carry the flavor. There isn't much else except a moderately hot alcoholic finish. I personally prefer a little more sweetness, just to help it balance better and bring-out the flavors a little more, but otherwise it has nothing else worth a complaint.

The dryness of this beer keeps it from entirely coating as well as I prefer in a doppelbock.

Salvator Doppelbock is greater than the sum of its parts. It's quite easy to drink several in a sitting, but the boomerang effect might hurt.

longarm, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a deep ruby coloration that is quite clear. The head was tight bubbles and bright white but lasted too short of time. Speaking of bubbles, they percolated through the beer after each sip.

It is hard to get past the caramel aroma to anything else. I found no off aromas and no hops. No roasted or other kinds of malt.

The caramel takes over the taste also. But there is a prune fruitiness that comes out in the finish. These flavors make this a complex beer. Sweet caramel morphing into sweet fruitiness. Never overpowering but always challenging the pallate.

The mouthfeel is medium but not memorable.

This is the classic doppel bock and a must for someone trying to figure out what these bocks taste like, but is does not push the envleope enough for me. I prefer bigger beers in aroma, taste and alcohol.

LarryKemp, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange brown color into a Paulaner glass. Smell is a combination of plums/raisins, and caramel/malts.

There is a really interesting flavor in here: a mix of raisin, blueberry, dark malts and dark alcohol. It isn't the thickest beer for a double bock, but its very drinkable.


GuinnessSmurf, Jan 02, 2005
Photo of Cwrw
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner and Erdinger have always been two of my favourite, larger breweries in Germany. Sniffing from the bottle after popping the cap I get a very peculiar leathery, seasoning salt smell. A cream-coloured, almost light red head forms, about 4 cm, leaving healthy thick patches of lace. The beer is almost red, but more of a dark orange, and extremely clear. The head narrows to a thin, but fine covering. The aroma is spicy, and extremely salty. I get massive whiffs of seasoning-salt here. Leathery, chemical-like, extremely unique. I smell tomato-juice, and celery salt. Some of the smells are hard to define. I do get some red-malt aroma, some butterscotch, and very pungent acidity. The taste is not half as full or mysterious as the aroma might suggest: instead of much spiciness, I get more of the leathery malt, and some astringent sour properties, and some basic caramel malt in the finish. Some taste akin to barbeque sauce, or tomato juice. Sweet malt, more salinity, butter, metallic notes, sour cheese. The mouthfeel is actually quite oily and dry, but very full. This was not my favourite beer when I first tried it a couple of years ago, but it has grown on me, especially after trying many different barleywines and old ales. I would still not drink more than two of these in a night, equally out of respect for its taste and its strong gravity.

Cwrw, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head that fades to a whispy sheet after a moment. Some thin lacing but not much strength. Faded orange/light brown in color.

Caramel and molasses; sweet toasted malt profile. Dark fruit: plum and raisin. Moderate alcohol aroma as well. Very bold aromatics indicative of the style.

Dark fruit flavors and molasses along with a toffee tinged maltiness. A burst of carbonation that takes away from these bold flavors. A caramel, faint nut flavor, and alcohol make up the aftertaste.

Full bodied; a bit fizzy on the palate. Well balanced but not as smooth as I expected.

A solid version of the style; pretty much the standard for doppelbocks. Great aromas, good flavors, but not as smooth as I would have liked.

NEhophead, Dec 20, 2004
Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big beige head that dissipates slowly leaving behind moderate lacing. Lots of tiny effervescent bubbles rising continuously. it pours a clear deep amber, copper color...a little light for the style I think.

The aroma is small...a bit nutty with sweet malts and very light hop note.

The taste is caramel sweet with a good balance of hops. A piney hopness to the finish and a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

mouthfeel has good carbonation but a little lacking in body for the style.

Overall an average beer but nothing impressive.

Wolfsdenbrew, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Two European guys enjoying a carafe of beer.

Dark amber hued pour topped off with a scattered off white head cap that settles to a wafer thinness. Zero bubbles.

Rough and ready caramel and big biscuit candy corn malts.

First Swigs: Dang near barley wine style fig wild spread malts. Lingering malt maple syrup aftertastes. Cinamon and cloves spiciness. Some good ole malty vanilla ice cream character. Tons of root beer character.

Thick bodied syrupy (pourable on pancakes) feel. A bit too thick and overbearing malts to be drinkable.

Last Swigs: Woody bark like syrup malts. Eyes closed this is a cellared Barely Wine. Almost like an off aged Barley Wine. 7.5 % ABV is undetectable. Not a favorite style, so this is ok in the overall factor. 4.06 with 291 Bas.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of Dmann
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one badass Doppelbock. Many others are too thick and sweet for me but this one strikes a perfect balance. The apperance was great with a nice reddish brown color and great head. The smell was a bit subtle but I could detect some nice cinnamon and sweet fruit scents. The taste and mouthfeel were out of this world. Sweet malts dominate most of the flavor profile but not in a way that makes it undrinkable, and there is a great dry/hoppy character in the finnish that perfectly balances out the maltiness of the front end. A extremley drinkable Doppel goes along side the Celebrator as my favorite beers of the style.

Dmann, Dec 08, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard puff rises and sticks over a very nice looking, clear red body. Lasting, thick haze adds some appearance points.

Some spice bite behind the pungent, mulled-like malts. Reminds me of the cooked, buttery apples with cinnamon my Mom sometimes makes as a side dish.

Taste is balanced and well-done, jibing closely with the nose. Lots of baked apples and jumpy malts. A little sweet. Plums. Taste is small, but works -- which reminds me of other Paulaner experiences. Sweet, clean after. Alcohol adds more to the body as develops..nice effect.

Refreshing mouthfeel, thirst-quenching despite the 7 1/2 ABV. Probably an excellent session brew. And with the nice looks, I could imagine a liter of it, sitting in a large beer hall in Munchen...

I recall Paulaner being one of the few foreign beers sold in Chile, especially in the South, from their German heritage. But it's widely known and drunk down there.

donnebaby, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a goblet, Paulaner Salvator appears an amber/coppery colour. Nice to look at. Unfortunately, the head is a pathetic film that disipates to nothing. Lace is barely their. Just some strips of bubbles. Smells of caramel, malts, some fruit and earth. Taste starts out sweet. Caramel, sweet malts, and dark fruits. Middle is kind of earthy. Like dirt, but in a good way. Aftertaste is bittersweet. As it warms, it becomes much more earthy and hoppy. Nice sharp and bitter aftertase, and the sweetness becomes more mellow. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and light. Little, if any, of a carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. Beer I can drink again. Maybe not alot in one sitting, but that's what makes it a good beer. It's too complex to be quaffed.

slitherySOB, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of HochFliegen
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

HochFliegen, Nov 20, 2004
Photo of MrNuggets
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

MrNuggets, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

SheepNutz, Nov 17, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

HappyHourHero, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of elricorico
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

elricorico, Nov 09, 2004
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,176 ratings.