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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,341 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 58
Gots: 194 | 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 expatsteve
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer I love returning to, due to the nice complexity of the beer and its place as the progenitor of the doppelbock style (or at least of the way many doppelbocks are named).

Appearance: 1 inch head, dissipates to about 2/3 inch and finally heavy suds. Copper brown color, with medium visibility. Light lacing and low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Wonderful aroma of raisins, maple, and honey. Sweet brown sugar finish that develops as the beer warms. No booze, despite rich depth of the nose.

Taste: Front palate of bready malts, with moderate bitterness in the finish. Toasty honey notes, with some raisins. A nice grainy appeal, with an earthy foundation of peat and cloves apparent on the middle palate. These more bitter and earthy flavors balance the typical bock sweetness, rendering a perfectly drinkable beer.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body makes for a drinkable beer. Low carbonation and clean malt finish.

Drinkability: Great drinkability owing to the perfect balance of light/medium body, sweet maltiness and middle palate bitterness. Definitely a great representation of the style, with an earthiness not often found in other doppelbocks. Historically and flavorwise, a standard of the style.

Photo of tempest
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, but I'm not impressed. Comes off more like a stronger Maibock (like Summit's at 7% abv) than a doppelbock. An amber red in color, I'd say it looks a little light. Smells like dark malts and tastes of molasses with a bit of fruit and alcohol. Definately a warming flavor. Easy drinking and would probably go well with rich and sweet foods. Similar to Optimator, but not as dark. Give me a Celebrator.

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

Clear amber with a thin, bubbly off-white head. Heavy bready malt aroma - toasted caramel, butterscotch, molasses, and estery alcohol. Sweetened malty grain, caramel sweetness, dry fruit, spicy / leafy hops, and a smooth bitterness. Pretty rich with notes of apple and spice. Smooth, medium-full mouthfeel - light hint of alcohol lingers.

Lots of bready, fruity flavors going on here. A tasty doppel, though there are better.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.54/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had looked forward to this given the relatively high ratings by most BA's. I liked the looks of this, with its deep color and thick head. However, for me the aroma and finish were much too predominantly chocolate or toffee....seemed too sweet. This beer just did not do it for me.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this a damn good one! Very rich, firm, creamy head. One can drink a few of these without noticing his/her head hitting the floor. Nice caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate..maybe? Smells great, goes down with some hoppy goodness. One of the best of the style and nothing offensive about this one. A terrific bronski from a terrific brewer.

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

Light reddish body as you pour it into the glass. Has a smallish off-white head. Has a general malty smell. I can't pick out anything in particular. Very strong liquorice (sp?) taste. Quite sweet. A little alcohol noticeable, but it doesn't interfere with the overall flavor. The overt sweetness drops the drinkability down a bit, but this is pretty darn tasty.

Photo of thelagerheads
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my early twenties I had a girlfriend who was my high school sweetheart and I fully expected to marry her even though I knew that I couldn't and wouldn't just the same. One instance why in particular stands out. I had painstaking half put together an edges-only jigsaw puzzle of Monet's "Palazzo de Mula" on the coffee table in her little apartment's living room when we got into a minor squabble. I had been razzing her about whatever people do and she got so incensed that she smashed the puzzle off the table and my week of work went to shit. With nothing else to lose I put it to her real good and she ended up so angry that she finally stood on the couch and somehow kicked me full force in the chest. I had a little wheezy bubble of defeat and disgust in my windpipe. This is the kind of feeling I get from the old Salvator but in not so severe a manner. It's like what I imagine the aftertaste of smoking menthol cigarettes would be like but with a full body dark beer primary taste included. Kind of like what you get from Bailey's Irish Creme. I like it, it's good, but I didn't care for the little hiss of creamy citrus alcohol at the tail-end. Not from a woman or a double bock.

Photo of badbeer
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with virtually no head and no lacing, color was pretty nice though. Smell is pretty nice, strong smell of burnt caramel, molasses, and some dark fruit. Much of the same in the taste but with a pretty strong alcohol presence. Taste would be higher with less alcohol apparent. Very sweet, but a small, but seemingly correct amount of hops come through in the taste. Low carbonation, full body. A little too much alcohol warmth to have a lot of this, but it is still very tasty.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.38/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is lacking a bit with almost no head and a very weak lacing, the color is clear and brown to copper.

Smell is very malty and sour, but with hints of syrapy nuttiness in the backround.

Taste is very sour, then it has a honey flavor to it. It seems this bottle is old, but the original must've been mouth watering good.

Mouthfeel is ok, with a little smoothness and carbonation that finishes with a little flavor in your mouth.

I would love to find a fresher bottle and see how this was supposed to turn out, because it is seemingly great before time and weather get to it.

Photo of Liquids
2.66/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour a unique reddish glow but with a fizzy, cream colored head that quickly disipates into pond scum. The color is ultra transparent. Smells extremely sweet, syrupy, and mostly malts. Kind of odd aroma...oddly sweet...do I smell corn syrup?... Taste is also ultra syrupy and sweet, with a flash of alcohol. Now I see that there is a date on the beer that says it is about a year old, but there is no detectable skunking...this beer should age well, no? Very unappetizing. Hardly drinkable at first. People like this? Hmm. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonated...nothing too notworthy...light compared to other dopplebocks. If I actually enjoyed the taste of this, it's drinkability would be fair, but the high alcohol turns me off. And the sticky caramel sweetness. I was waiting all day to get home and pop this one open. Nothing salvific here for me, sadly. Your mileage may vary.

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

A: One finger of creamy head topping the copper-colored body. Looks beautiful and inviting against the sun setting in the background.

S: Caramel and sweet cereal malt aromas. 500 mL of crisp, sweet aroma.

T/M: Big focus on sweet malt with hops backing things up well. Slightly nutty and molassesy. Good body without being exceptionally heavy.

D: Easy to drink. Alcohol is not too strong, but the flavor and aftertaste are too sweet for me.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good doppelbock. Pours to a fairly clear amber color with very little carbonation to support a fine white head. Retention subesequently could be better, as could the lacing.

The smell is good. Has a rich caramelized malt aroma with a subtle backing of alcohol. Almost smells like a scotch ale with the dirtiness of the malt, along with some smoke and peat.

The taste is a bit rough, but good. Has a very muddy character to it, moreso than any other doppel I've tried. Huge roasty caramelized malt flavor. A bit of sweet comes through in the middle and dries off a bit in the finish when the alcohol burn hits.

The body is fairly full with a sharp carbonation. Very bold flavors coat the mouth for quite some time into the finish. This is a good beer, but not something I would drink often.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pt. glass. Nice deep dark orange color with. Not nearly as dark as its peers. Head is rich and creamy off white.
Smell is very strong of alcohol, some sweet malt.

Taste is full of sweet medium roasted malt with strong but smooth and warming alcohol . The hops mix with the malt to mask any unpleasant alcohol taste. What is left is a smooth very warming strong bock. Would be a perfect choice for a cozy winter evening. This beer is better warmer. Finish is also smooth but could be more bitter..

Mouthfeel is creamy, little carbonation, lots of body.

Drinkability- this is more of a sipping beer. MK

Photo of shererjt
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish-copper clear with a giant, billowy head. Beautiful. Nose was rich malt with some Munich and what smelled like the old Special-B malt. Unbelievably rich aroma. Medium-to-full body and sweet, sweet, sweet. I love malty beers as much as anybody, but this one was pretty close to being over-the-top. Still quite yummy, though. Mouthfeel was interesting; sweetness dominated but there was a bit of tartness that kept it from becoming overly cloying. Drinkability was also pretty good, though it's not something I'd want to drink pint after pint of due to the high alcohol and sweetness.

Overall, a great beer from a tremendous brewery.

Photo of BassBone
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from my local BevMo. The shelf-talker said "The original double bock: All the other -ators try and copy this." I don't know about htat, but I decided to give a try and slipped it into my basket with two bottles of Celebrator.

It pours very nicely with a rich golden-red, but clear liquid with a one-finger fluffy, white head that vanishes fairly quickly. There is a burst of carbonation as it pours that's quite attractive. There is little lacing.

There's a hint of alcohol in the nose and a sweet undercurrent that's enticing. Malt sweetness mixes with caramel and hint of hops.

The first taste is certainly a doppelbock. Sweet malts and caramel followed by alcohol and hop spice. Pretty complex stuff. Aftertaste is a little bitter with hints of more caramel. In the mouth there is some lively carbonation, but not too much. It goes down easily.

All in all a solid dopplebock. My money's still on Celebrator, but I'd definitely buy this again to have some variety.

Photo of brushpig
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle at Sam's wine and Liquor in Chicago.

At first appearance I noticed a small frothy white head with little to no lacing.The body was rather clear with nice amber orange and red hues. The head diminishing fully and quickly.

The aroma was moderatly hoppy with what smelled like pineapples and figs. The yeast smelled sweet.

To the palate the body was light to medium and the texture was watery. the carbination soft and smooth.

The initial flavor was moderatly sweet, finishing with a light bitter taste. Nice balanced taste of fruits, brown sugar, alcohol and hops.

I found it very satifiying. Recommended.

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

I consider this Paulaner a "no frills" double-bock, meaning -- it's pretty average, but potent and nothing distracting about it. The appearance is a medium brown with a slight white head which dissipates rather quickly. Very little lacing on the glass. A good amount of carbonation. The smell is sweet & potent from the abv. The taste is also sweety, malty, with a brandy overlay. Slight touches of caramel. It's rather smooth considering the high abv, which makes the drinkability of the beer good. Overall, a nice strong beer. Has a kick, but not overpowering. Try it.

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

The smell is rich and malty, with spicy coffee cake and alcohol. Lots of spice on the palate, plus caramel, enough bitterness to balance, and alcohol, the latter of which begins to assert itself more with progressive sips. Malt and spice linger in the finish. Medium-full body that displays characteristic lager "cleanliness." Inasmuch as Salvator is a "mainstream" beer, it certainly offers more than most. A solid choice when it comes to lagers.

Photo of haz77
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear dark copper with an off-white head which receded to a thin layer. Lively-looking carbonation.

S - Sweet, fruits, caramel, brandy.

T - Sweet, juicy malts, dried figs. Touch of alcohol warmth from the middle to the end.

M - Smooth and creamy. Not as much carbonation as the appearance would suggest.

D - Worth a try. Not something I'd want more than two in a row of.

Photo of goochpunch
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep amber with a bubbly off-white head. Head doesn't last too long and thins out to a ring. Smells isn't as in my face as I'd like. The strongest scent I find is a mix of alcohol and nutty, fruity malt. Flavor is very bready, nutty, and somewhat of dried fruit. There is some perceived noble hop flavor as well as slight bitterness. Alcohol makes itself known, but it is not too assertive. Leaves a long malty aftertaste. The mouthfeel on this one could have been a little thicker, but it leaves a pleasant sugary coating on the tongue. This is definately one of the most easy-drinking doppelbocks I've come across.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a tan head of slightly over 2cm in height, very dense foam that lasts several minutes before collapsing to a half-centimeter layer of bubbles atop the beer. Good lacing with clusters of bubbles left along the sides of the glass. Lighter in color than most other doppelbocks I've had: moderately dark brown when removed from light, but an orange-red-amber color when held up to source of illumination. Carbonation is visible, but appears moderate as it rises up the clear body.
Bready scent, like many Paulaner beers seem to have, a very faint version of what's come to be the classic doppelbock aroma. Some indistinct spiciness, perhaps a bit of cloves or cinnamon. Classic doppelbock tastes of toffee, caramel, and dried figs, a bit of chocolate, but then bittered with alcohol and hops. The bitterness is rather potent in the closing taste and aftertaste, which is rather offputting and detracts from overall enjoyment in the beer.
Medium-bodied, quite rich and heavy. Carbonation is noticeably present, but a bit too weak to do much for the thick, chewy body. Finish is relatively dry. While this may be the originator of the style, I find this version not exactly up to par. The taste was not as sharp or defined as other varieties, nor as deep, and the lingering bitterness does not assist in forming a more positive opinion. Aside from the appearance, there's not much here above average in this beer.

Photo of Domingo
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Ah, the original Doppelbock. Tough to criticize innovation isn't it?

Pours a medium-brown color. Reminds me a little bit of cola. Head naturally forms with a moderate pour, right around 1/2 inch.

Smell is very sweet. Caramel, almond, and with the alcohol a little rum.

There's a lot of depth. I recommend drinking about 1/4 of the bottle fairly cool and making note of how the flavors change as it warms. It starts out sweet like brown sugar but as it warms up you get more of the caramel and rum flavors. Alcohol is there, but well hidden compared to some DB's. Not picking up a lot of the chocolate flavor that characterizes some other DB's, but there's a little in there.

Mouthfeel is great. Just the right level of thickness here. Even the best Doppels in the world tend to be hit or miss there. As a result, this beer is good for anything from a Winter evening to a spring BBQ. I'd say the drinkability is relatively high. I had 3 in one sitting and after a few hours I was definitely feeling it. At the same time, that's not the beer's fault!

Not the best DB, but one you can find almost anywhere. Word has it that this brew isn't as good as it once was, but it's still better than 90% of the other beers out there. Still, if you're looking for a Doppelbock that is readily available, I'd look to Optimator or especially Celebrator/Korbinian.

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

So this is the celebrated Paulaner Salvator. Pours fairly impressively into my stein with respectable head and lacing on top of a reddish amber body. Not cloudy but somewhat translucent. The nose is sweet and very malty, as you might expect. Solid enough looking doppelbock.
Taste is clean and hides the alcohol better than I thought it would. Maybe a little overcarbonated but it doesn't really affect the taste. Tastes like both dark and crystal malts, doughy and a little dry, but delicious. Not much hop action here but I think thats okay for lent and all..
This is the week to be downing this action like a man dying of thirst in the desert so it gets a slight pump in the drinkability quotient. Definitely go check this one out if you like German beer, dark beer, or beer.

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would like to start off by saying that I would enjoy this more had it hidden the alcohol flavor better. It poured lighter than expected from this style - an orangish amber, with moderate carbonation and a moderate head that quickly dissippated. It smell was of sharp, fruity alcohol. The taste had fruit flavors that were covered, again, but alcohol. Overall, I thought that this was overrated. Maybe I missed something. I think this is decent, but there are more delicious doppelbocks on the market.

Photo of ProfessorHops
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- brownish red. Very handsome. No sedimentation. Looks like the brewers have been doing this a long time.

Smell- tart, spicy, and slightly transparent.

Taste- nice and full of oak. Well malted. Has an aged rustic quality in the finish.

Mouthfeel- watery and moderately thin, not syrupy or uncomfortable. Low carbonation.

Drinkability- beer drinks well for a full flavored beer. Punishing burn in the finish, when drank fast.

A very comfortable double bock. A good strong beer that can be drank casually. The brew stacks well with it's self. But the thought of having 99 bottles of this guy on your wall is scary though.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.