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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 60
Gots: 205 | 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 aforbes10
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this for the first time at our MCD meeting this month. Poured very red ruby-colored...sparkly. short white head, nice lacing, looks very pretty. peaty, slightly smoky odor. fruity, alohol. Smokiness in the taste too. nice and malty and full-flavored beer. Fruity, smoky finish. supurb flavor. Full and almost syrupy mouthfeel. well balanced. easy to drink...nice and warming on a cold day. a definite go-to beer.

Photo of BassAssassin
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep brownish amber with a creamy, off white head. Carbonation is minimal.

S: Malty and boozy are the first thoughts that come to mind. Undertones of fruit and caramel are also present. Hops are undetectable.

T: Sweet malt and caramel. Slightly fruity with a warming alcoholic finish. Hops are present, but minimal. Excellent example of the style.

M: Thick and chewy. Very full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: Although it would be tough to drink more than a couple of these in one sitting, this is a very good doppelbock. It always seems to be a regular in my fridge. I'd love to cellar several bottles if I could only keep myself from drinking them too soon.

Photo of dbalsock
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a light vanilla head (about 1/2 finger to start) that dissapates into the medium amber body after a few seconds. As I look down from above I realize I might rather be blindfolded for this glass.

Smell: Bready notes mix with sweet brown sugar and a hint of mocha to make this pretty nice.

Taste: Honey or Brown sugar with light breadiness dominates the taste. There's a toffee character as well as an aftertaste of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Thin on the intake but heavy on the aftertaste, this is a rollercoaster. The alcohol is present but not very intense.

Drinkability: It's somewhat more drinkable than other doppelbocks, but that's probably because the taste and mouthfeel aren't as overbearing as others.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Decanted into pint glass- served at cellar temperature. Appearance was a solid, dark copper with tan lace that disappeared within minutes.

An intense malt aroma, which was a complex mix of toffee, sweet caramel,alcohol and spice. This lager began with a sweet toffee front end. The middle was dominated by a strong whiff of alcohol, toffee, and some spice. The finish began to dry out, but a residual sweetness remained.

This is a wonderfully complex beer, but it is slightly out of balance. While DBs are dominated by the malts, there should be enough noble hops to offset any sweetness. The alcohol should only be apparent after standing up. Both residule sweetness and alcohol crept up on this beer. Otherwise, a decent after-diner sipping beer.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: thick head, decent retention.

Smell: caramel malts with a nice hop backbone. Alcohol comes out strong.

Taste: nice malt flavor, not overly thick but thick enough. Bitterness to balance, BUT the alcohol flavor is overbearing and needs balance.

Mouthfeel: not very crisp, and could cling better.

Drinkability: easily a sessionably beer in the fall time.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very easy drinking example of the style that is lacking in the stronger malt flavors and syrupy body texture.

Poured a slightly hazy--but still clear--brown in color. Thick and foamy head that dissolved to the thinnes of films. Nose is toffee candy that has been soaking in a liquor, such as a scotch.

Flavor is a bit of a disappointment. Candy flavors are subdued and the malts are thing. Not strong and bold. No particular syrupy flavors for the style. And the alcohol is kind of prevailing above all. Medium body that is thin. or maybe it just feels thin thanks to the alcohol. However, very easy to drink because sometimes I find doppelbocks are a bit too sweet.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no date. Pours an amber color with bronzed hue. The the three finger head is off-white and creamy, shwoing good retention and leaving slight trails of lacing.

The aroma offers strong strains of caramel malt, grain, and a little bread dough. The taste is more of the same, along with some molasses and maple syrup, though not overly sweet, giving the overall impression of rootbeer.

The mouth is light, and not terribley complex. It is very drinkable. Not bad, but think the Celebrator easily trumps it.

Photo of Mechphisto
1.82/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

(A) - Deep, rich amber. nearly opaque. A dirty amber. The head was a nutty tan--very nice. A minimal amount of lacing, but it stayed awhile.

(S) - The smell is unappealing. Sour and citrusy. A little smoky as it warms up.

(T) - Tastes a lot like a very weak whisky. Even has that alcahol aftertaste and back of pallate clench. Also tastes a little sour, like an over-ripe fruit. Hmm, sort of like a bad whisky diluted by the last third of a Coors that's been sitting out for a while.

(M) - I almost don't want to drink any more of this in order to analyze the mouthfeel.... Eh, not bad. Would be just fine if not for that awful cringing feeling in the back of the mouth from the weird whisky taste.

(D) - No, not at all. Didn't care for it one bit. I tried to drink it at all temperatures from cold to warm, and all it did was change ways in which it was sour and flat and not the good kind of bitter.

Photo of Doomcifer
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a mostly clear, reddish amber color with a nice inch-and-a-half creamy beige head that retained itself fairly well. Little lacing as well.

Aroma is of sweet, honey-like malts, fruitiness, cherries, yeast, loads of malty sweetness.

Flavor is full on honey sweetness. Almost to the point of too sweet. Alcohol is also apparent moreso in the finish. Sweetness in line with much honey, ripe fruits, those bright red cherries (i forget the name lol), brown sugary.

Mouthfeel is very syrupy with medium carbonation.

The drinkability factor on this beer is kind of low because of how sweet it is. The flavor is pretty good but it gets on the cloying side towards the end of just one 12oz. serving.

Photo of 51mmz0rz
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 0.5L Duvel Tulip. Bottle date says 12.05

A: Off white head of medium thickness. Deep red color, and perfectly clear. Head fades quickly to thin lace; some mild lacing on the sides, but not much

S: Mostly malt some strong honey-like sweetness and general lager smell. Sweetness becomes stronger as it warms.

T: Big malt sweetness with a touch of bitterness and alcohol. Complex malt flavors penetrate the sweetness

M: Medium carbonation and decent mouthfeel, but I was hoping for more.

D: Pretty mild for 7.5% pleasant to drink in large sips at first, but the sweetness starts to overtake my mouth after awhile.

Photo of Pooba001
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber shade with good carbonation and little head that dissipates quickly. Smell is sweet and appealing, pear, grape, hint of sourness.

Taste is of sweet malt, caramel, toast, molasses, apple, slight trace of alcohol. Definitely one of the finer Doppelbocks I've found.

Mouthfeel is good for the style, a little dry, but not damning by any means. Drinkability is good as well, especially for a stronger beer.

Photo of ryanismean
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz bottle. Head is a rather nice light tan color, leaving a surprising amount of lacing down the sides of the glass as it recedes, with a nice if thin touch of foam floating atop the brew. A good sign, I figure. The beer sits in the glass a dark amber color, totally clear but a very attractive reddish brown.

The smell is super caramelly, with a slight hoppy acidity in the nose. Rather what I'd expect from a dopplebock, and altogether a pleasant and inviting aroma. Taste is not a disappointment, with sweet caramel malts rushing in first followed by a brief hop note to round it all out. The hops are there but mild, probably hallertau but subtle enough that I really have no idea. Mouthfeel for me is really great, it's thick and sweet and sticky and just about perfect. Carbonation is not excessive, it's just about right. My only complaint, and it is minor, is that it's not quite thick enough, but I bet if I got this on cask it would be as good as they come.

Drinkability is good, although the relatively high alcohol content would keep me from throwing back too many. (Un?)fortunately the alcohol is well-hidden, and it goes down without so much as a burn to remind you. In some ways this is good, in others perhaps a bit dangerous. After even just a few of these I'm ready for a nap. Reminds me of some of the better Belgian beers in this regard. Definitely not a session beer, more like put the kids to bed and have one or two.

All in all, it is true to the style and quite tasty. Perhaps a little unrefined, which I approve of wholeheartedly!

Photo of jettjon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome ruby red color with no bubbles. One-finger darkish tan head fades quickly to a heavy cap with good lacing. Nose of sweet malt and banana yeast. Sugary sweet, nearly syrupy malt flavor typical of my experience with the dopplebock style, a bready presence followed by light bitterness. Very well balanced overall yet on the sweet side; a good enjoyable sipping beverage. Mouth is of average consistency, not watery yet not thick; drinkability is very good.

Overall: A solid dopplebock, definitely recommended.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear light ruby-amber. Dense two-finger head with decent retention and light spotty lacing. Toasted pale malt nose with a herbal tea aroma. Very sweet pale malt and toasted notes upfront, followed by strong caramel and sorghum flavors. The sugar creates a slick but not cloying aftertaste, that is slowly dried by an earthy english hop flavor and timid bitterness that appropriatly balances the overall profile. The light carbonation and nearly full body allow a smooth mouthfeel, rich with malt flavor. Finshes residual but not overly so, with a touch of tea-like hop flavor. This has exceptional drinkability, and would make a great introduction to the style.

Photo of BlindPig
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- 1/2" light tan head. Clear dark copper/amber body. Thin lacing, doesn't cover the whole top, just kind of in globs.
S- Hints of alcohol. Yeast, and caramel malts come out most though. Also some dark fruits seem to make their way through. Plums and maybe some cherries.
T- The caramel malts come out along with hints of alcohol. Get a light warming in back of throat in aftertaste from alcohol too. The plums come through a bit also, along with other darker fruits. The malts are the main thing in this though. Kind of bready yeast taste comes out. Some underlying hops also give the beer a dry light grassy kind of tone.
M- Medium body, light carbonation.
D- Not one of my favorites. I prefer the Celebrator and the Optimator. Don't think it's to easy to drink either.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a mug, the beer pours a copper/red color with a thick tan head. The main aroma I can smell is caramel, but there's some roasted malt, alcohol and nuts too. The taste is very malty and bready, with some caramel and hop bitterness along with a noticable alcohol taste. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit syrupy. The drinkability would be higher except for the noticable alcohol in the beer. Overall it's good, but I expected a bit more out of this beer.

Photo of Dukeofearl
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually do an analytical review with all the details, sometimes, I just want to enjoy a beer and skip the detailed notes. It usually happens with something I really like. Maybe I'll analyze it another day. But for now, I just want to enjoy the goodness of this beer.

Mighty tasty with a slight alchohol burn at the back of the throat (kind of like a smoky whiskey) overlying a sweet bready malt base. Roasty goodness that slides down the throat very easily.


Photo of hunteraw
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Possibly the reddest-looking beer I've had. Good head with good retention and lacing. Very nice.

Smell: This is probably the weak point, if there is one. Lager yeast and not a lot of hops, so the aroma is fairly subdued. Some caramel malts, but not much.

Taste: Good bit of caramel presence. Biscuity finish that accompanies some alcohol warming. I like it. None of the smokiness of Celebrator, but I'm surprised to see they're so far apart in terms of ratings. This one is just as good, if different.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with good carbonation.

Drinkability: This was a very good beer, I was pleased. Underrated.

Photo of ultralarry2006
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head that quickly recedes to long lasting surface skim, slight lacing. Body is a clear copper-red-orange. Looks really good.

Smell - apples, apricots, plums, and bready malt. Hint of alcohol. Mouthwatering.

Taste - like the smell, but with a few more things. The apples, apricots, plums, and bready malt, but also caramel and sour cherries, especially on the finish. Alcohol well hidden in the taste, occassionally lending some spicy warmth, but no harshness.

Mouthfeel - medium to thin bodied, rather fluid, drying.

Drinkability - this is very good beer and I'd say it's fairly sessionable since abv is less than 8 %.

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

Pours a clear dark brown with a tannish head. The smell is spicy and reminicent of pine needles. Tastes very complex and on the malty side. I taste malt and some vanilla with a bit of vegetable matter. That would be the token appearance of hops i suppose. The hops are just there to keep the sweetness of the malt in check I presume. The mouthfeel is as thick and chewy as any and goes down easily.This is definitely a great winter beer. I somehow found this stuff in a 6 pack and snapped it up right quick. I think soaked some steaks in this stuff before grilling once. What a waste that was. Save guinness for that job.

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

This beer had a tawny body capped by a thin head that dwindled to a ring in short time. The aroma leans heavily to roasted malt, but there are also some vinous notes present, too.

The taste is definitely malty and smoky — though more subtle than the standard-bearer for this style, Ayinger Celebrator. There's a gentle port taste before caramel kicks in. The finish is dry and all dark malt. The carbonation is low and the mouthfeel wasn't quite as full as I thought it should be.

Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass, it appeared a slightly cloudy coppery/orange with a fluffy, 3-finger off-white head that settled quickly and left virtually no lacing. A nice looking beer, even if I was surprised by how orange it was.

S: All malt -- sweet, caramel malts with a hint of yeasty citrusy orange.

T: Like the nose: sweet, caramel malts at first, followed by a fruity, almost buttery sweetness in the middle. No real hop bitterness in the flavor, but the aftertaste did leave a dry bitter feeling on the back of the tongue. I didn't really taste the alcohol, but I could feel the warmth on the way down.

M: Somewhat chalky and I thought it was a tad thin for the style.

D: Solid for the style, I suppose, but a tad bit too one-dimensional for drinkability purposes. Some more bitterness would give it more balance, in my opinion, and make it more drinkable.

Note: I knew this beer had been sitting in the back of my fridge for awhile; I didn't realize just how long until I saw the "produced on" date of 10/04 stamped on the lower right of the label. That extra aging (it was almost 2 years old when I drank it last night) may have affected the taste, but I honestly didn't think I sensed any real "off" flavors, and my general experience seems to be consistent with what other reviewers have found.

Photo of Byeast
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of AmorousAngel
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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!

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.