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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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very good

2,110 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,110
Reviews: 1,263
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 44
Gots: 87 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Salvator Double Boca!
It pours a deep red amber with a full beige head.
A full sweet malt and lightly smoky smell mix with a fruity and slightly perfumy scent.
The biscuity malt is thick and rich, with caramel sweetness and chock full of nuts.
It's abundantly hopped. Lots of citrus notes with just a touch of a metallic tang.
The well-hidden alcohol effect comes on as a sensation before you know it.
This is a robust and complex brew!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 14:55:13 | More by BeerResearcher
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brew but nothing special.
The colour was a medium golden/red with a limited crown leading to a light ring. The body is a medium+ with very little carbonation.
The nose has a roasted maltiness to it.
The taste is of fruits, raisins and plums are the most obvious, in a mash like setting and ending to a bready like quality.
Definite malty continuance.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2004 00:38:07 | More by Shiloh
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer from a world class brewery. Pours a dark copper with a nice head and a nice lace.

Nice nose! Big and malty with dark fruits, raisins, figs and apples, somewhat tart as well.

Very Very caramelly and unbelieveably malty. Pretty hoppy as well. Awesome for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 06:48:42 | More by Crosling
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3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured clear with a reddish copper color. A slight to medium sized head (depending on your pour) quickly dissipates. It left no evidence in the glass that it contained a beer.

The smell was malty with maybe a slight odor of yeast. Not unpleasant in the least. The first impression of the taste was the sweetness, almost a caramel candy taste. I detected a slight hint of alcohol. I can say that this beer does not accompany a white garlic pizza very well.

The mouthfeel is slighty above average. It was refreshing, sort of medium bodied with just enough carbonation.

I thought this was a drinkable brew, but again not with garlic pizza.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 02:12:07 | More by trekbiker3000
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: A bit of a stale odor, I did cellar this for at least 9 months waiting for a good reason to pop it. It turned out the “Wednesday” was the reason I was waiting for. Some malt in the nose, but it’s faint.
Appearance: Clear orange amber with an amazing big fluffy tan head that rapidly collapsed to a thin film of head that slowly disappeared without lace
Flavor: WOW, what a malt punch from such an innocent glass! Some very mild spiciness and caramelized banana deep in the taste, but this is all about the sweet toasted malt. No hops noted, and the balance is a bit heavy on the sweet, but this is a double (doppel) bock.
Mouthfeel: Odd, it starts a bit thin and seems to solidify in the swallow. Overall, have to give it a medium-heavy body that leaves a slightly oily coat that lets the malt linger.
Overall Impression: As for drinkability, the taste says yes, the thick mouthfeel and alcohol say no. This is a meal, and while I want another meal… in a few hours, not another one right now, thanks. I find this is in the same class as a Celebrator, which is a good class to be in. I would recommend finding this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2004 06:30:19 | More by HardTarget
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review gives good evidence to how my tastes have changed in the past several years. I've had this a couple of times in the years leading to this review and have always found it too cloy to enjoy and sometimes to even drink. Not anymore. This was really good. Even in my little burb I can get it easily and at $1.99 a bottle, to me a worthwhile price. I'm converted.

Aroma is quite sweet caramel malt aroma. Slight sourness in the mix. Seems fresh somehow and a slight grain quality.
Pours with an excessive head (a couple of inches) and settles slowly. Head stability is pretty good. Amber, very clear and attractive (other than the large head).
Taste is malty and sweet and somewhat cloy, but not disturbingly so. Because I let it warm some I think it had a less intense malt bite. Sweet and dry on the tongue simultaniously. Alcohol hidden. Mild dry finish. Rather short. Toffee notes more than caramel.
Really quite smooth, but not necessarily soft, although the carbonation is.
Took me awhile to get here, but I can now appreciate this beer and it's good ratings.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2004 16:52:28 | More by garymuchow
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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Salvator pours a clear amber with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. It's smell is malty and fruity. It tastes winey with a hint of malt, grapes, and raisins. It has a dry hoppy finish. It feels slightly oily, and has a nice light feel with a dry finish that has some hints of iron. It is a drinkable beer, but lacks some of the strength and complexity of other double bocks.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 02:51:37 | More by claytri
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable dopplebock that pours a beautiful ruby red color with no head. The aroma is fruity, but too reminiscent of fruit punch to be necessarily great. The taste is malty, sweet and fruity, leading to a sour fruit aftertaste. Nice. Slight carbonation and light on the palate, but full in the body. A good beer, but has hardly any hoppiness. Still, a good drinkable dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 00:11:09 | More by twilight
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Bottle - Poured an amber colored brew with a medium size head. Retention is very average as well as the carbonation. A bit of caramel and sweetness with an above average body. ABV is well hidden. Not the best doppelbock I have tasted but bot bad either.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 14:10:38 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew at all. I particularly liked the affordable price ($2.49 for a pint).

It poured a deep amber color with a nice foamy, off-white head. By appearance alone, it would be hard to distinguish this Salvator from a Killian's Irish Red. But one tip of the glass and drip of the brew on your tongue and you know it's something a step above. It's sweet and somewhat bread-like in flavor as others have noted, but I was reminded most of candy.

The flavor is a bit better than that of Sam Adam's Double Bock, but the body and feel are not quite as good. I could drink several Salvator's until the 7.5% kicked me.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 15:17:56 | More by kwalters
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with red highlights. Looked a little light to me.
Medium sized bubbly beige head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, a bit of coffee and a mild yeast presence.
Flavor was rich and sweet, almost cloyingly so. Big roasted malt taste with chocolate, dark caramel, some fruit and a mildly tangy/bitter aftertaste.
Medium bodied with a full, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Would make a great dessert beer, but still pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 02:15:33 | More by rkhaze
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Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear coppery orange. Couldn't get this beer to work up any head or give up any meaningful lace. Love the colour, but pretty bare otherwise.

Smells malty and sweet, some fuit under that and with a very distinct whiff of alcohol. A little sharp on the nose. Not unpleasant, but not enticing either.

Very sweet on the palate, lots of caramel. The alcohol is quite noticeable and warming. Makes it a touch edgy and rough. A touch of lingering bitterness closes it out.

Overall a just a touch too sweet for my liking and the alcohol a little too noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2004 02:45:10 | More by TerryW
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In your face carbonation and over-the-top unique flavour. Popular with mates. High alcohol and not that greatly masked but liked it. Need some food to not have to crawl away. Nice brown colour and bubbles. Aftertaste made it nicely drinkable. Chestnut chocolatley toasted malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 03:55:22 | More by Sammy
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West Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby caramel tone with a creamish tan head leaves nice lacing behind after the frothy head begins to dwindle down. Aroma: Mild alcohol with nice ripened fruit undertones seems a bit like a plum brandy tone, to sum it up this is all malt here some hops to touch it up but basically it's all malt here baby. Mouthfeel: Not as big as I once thought when I first started tasting different types of beer this was huge to us very complex not it's a very drinkable mass produced authentic German dopplebock with a lighter body for a d-bock but it's nice overall mild carbonation. Drinkability: A solid brew but I would go for a Celebrator before this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2004 19:23:21 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. brown bottle and had a clear dark amber color and a compact foamy off-white head that left no lace.
The smell was as full of caramel and earthy malt as a mega-IPA has hops. Redolent of grains and some fruit notes, this brew is all about the malt. The taste closely follows the nose - roasted malts and a solid molasses flavor dominate the taste to the almost complete exclusion of hops. There was a bit of rising bitterness in the finish. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and slick.
As much as hopheads would embrace a fine IPA, malt-lovers should welcome a doppelbock such as Salvator. This is one for those cold nights where you want a nice warming brew to sit back and relax with.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2004 23:59:10 | More by Boilermaker88
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Appearance: a deep amber pour that seems moderately lively and has a medium tan head. The head fades down to a ring after a few minutes.

Smell: the nose is decent but subtle. some roasted malts are present and there is a dark molasses sweetness with hints of caramel and raw sugars.

Taste: malty and sweet up front. again, highlighted by molasses and caramel. the sweetness lingers very long and pleasantly. the finish maintains it rich sweetness towards the finish but also ends on a bitter, black licorice note. very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: very full and rich. a sort of heavy sweetness that leaves sticky trails of pleasure on the back of my tongue. an excellent, long-lingering mouthfeel.

Drinkability: a very, very good dopplebock. you can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2004 17:04:36 | More by Popsinc
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Ontario (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear burnt orange. Quickly dissipating head leaving a nice 1cm froth.

Smell: Very intense aroma, could smell it from a distance. Strong sweet malt and faint unidentifiable fruitiness. Flowery hops.

Taste: Much less malt flavours than was present in the nose. Slight toffee flavours with a long smoky bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Smoother and much less sticky than other doppelbocks. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Smoother and easier drinking than is typical for the style. Except for its strong bitter finish, could make an excellent session beer.

Edit: Used this to marinate a steak with cracked black peppercorns, garlic and olive oil. Turned out fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 02:23:09 | More by Ardon
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transparent with a great reddish color to it. The generous head left a nice lace but but didn't retain well. Smells and tastes like malt heaven with a wonderful, lasting aftertaste. A little hop bite also comes through in the end.

Some beers get worse as you drink them and some get better. This one just keeps getting better and better. I might be able to drink it as a session beer if it doesn't get too sweet after a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2004 06:08:43 | More by BeefyMee
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4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intimidating pour, bright, opaque amber, with a thick, bubble-bath tan head. Up front, not a beer to be toyed with. Has a large chewy/malty/sticky body, alcohol immediately noted. Spicy in the body, hints of caramel and even apple notes. Creamy and dangerously slick as it warms, more flavorable as it ages. Medium warming effect that bites back; very tasty and enjoyable, stands on it's own as a world class doppelbock, simply incredible.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 14:33:29 | More by GeoffRizzo
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New York

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

Much more drinkable than other double-bocks I've had.

Smoky malt with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. The high ABV is noticeable, but it doesn't knock you back.

A nice dark brown color, a very fine choice. I can see why this beer has such a good reputation.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 04:05:58 | More by heinekenike
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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle was brown with an old school label. What looks like a date is smudged. Poured a mohagany red . The best smelling beer I've ever had the chance to test. Some sweet notes in the brew that I could not recognize. Maybe Raisin? Fine brew. Enjoy

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2003 01:38:39 | More by BigPapaLager
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4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with the classic label.

Beer pours a nice translucent brown with a fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing on the glass.

Great aroma!! I get lots of slightly smokey malt, caramel and some sweet almost cookie aroma.

What a great beer, I can believe I waited so long to have more. Taste is layered. Some sweetness that is kept in check by the toasty malts. I also get a bit of fruit and I swear a molasses type thing going. Excellent creamy smooth mouthfeel. What a well made and easy drinking beer.

This is an example of the brewer’s art!!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2003 01:01:23 | More by Redrover
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4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head that stays. Extremely effervesant, almost champagne like. Smell is pure malt. Raisins and figs are other things that I pick up. Explosive bubbles continue in the mouth as expected. Taste is very smooth and creamy. Solid malt backbone with a more raisins and figs coming in. I also pick up something earthy?

A great beer that I will sample again.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2003 21:08:44 | More by CharlesRiver
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4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very beautiful looking beer, only it seems to be a little light in color for a dopple bock. It is a rust brown color, with a huge white head. Has a sharp flavor, with lots of carbonation, a tinge of alcohol, and a smooth, slick finish. This is a very good beer. Not quite like the other dopplebocks I have had, but full of flavor, and something that needs to be tried by all.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2003 20:03:03 | More by TastyTaste
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4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent copper colored with decent beige head that thins out rather quickly. Caramelly sweet malt aromas with yeast notes consistent with a bock beer. Not a lot of hops noticable. Chewy, crystally malt flavor backed with a significant alcohol punch. Smooth malt profile. Very drinkable, but a touch on the sweet side. One of the finer doppelbocks I've tried. The malt is definitely the best part of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2003 09:41:52 | More by crookedhalo
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,110 ratings.