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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,317
Reviews: 1,280
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 180 | 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 ProfessorHops
2.98/5  rDev -24%
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.

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

Pours clear copper with a tan head that dissipates to nothing but a thin ring.

Smell is toasted malt, alcohol, caramel, and light fruit aroma.

Taste is dominated by the toasted malt and caramel character. Fruit flavors (apple? pear?) really start to show themselves. Nice alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy.

I really enjoy this tasty brew. One of my favorite dopple bocks. It may be a tad sweet to some. However, the flavors really smooth together as it warms.

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

Salvator poured a clear red amber color with a light tan head. Aroma was very malty, almost like that smell of a fresh batch of wort. Tasty was wonderfully malty and sweet, with notes of caramel and chocolate poking through. I could also detect a little bit of alcohol. This beer is quite rich and filling, the way a doppelbock is supposed to be. Recommended for anyone who loves a malt bomb.

Photo of acrawf6
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice deep amber color with a tan head.

Smell. I get some roasted smells, but i'm not getting much other than that. dont know why.

Taste. Nice heaviness with the malts. sweet and slightly has an apple juice taste to it. Aftertaste is roasted malts and slightly alcoholic.

Mouthfeel is good. Good carbonation, very good balance. is creamy.

Overall a good doppelbock, very solid beer.

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

Ok, this was really interesting.
Poured a beautiful copper, amber with a light lacing (no head).
Aroma was raisins, prunes and a little alcohol.
Taste is really complex to describe. Sort of light, not too heavy, but raisins, prunes, sweet malt, followed by alcohol and maybe a hint of hops.
Mouthfeel is medium to heavy...tiny carbonation, not full....slight alcohol burning as you swallow.
Aftertaste of dried fruits and alcohol.
Nice dobblebock to finish the evening with.
Edit: 4/21/2006
I just had my second of this brew and my review is exactly the same.
Good stuff

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

I had this on tap at the Balentin Stuberl in Munich, on March 17, 2006. (Not your typical St. Patty's day beer!).

A: Served in a Stein, off-white head, some retention and lace.

S: Alcohol (sherry and wine), a little bready malt.

T: Raisins, prunes, plenty of alcohol, hint of spice (from the hops). Seems like it needs some time to mellow/round-out.

M: Moderate body, light to moderate carbonation.

D: It's strong & a little rough around the edges.

This may have been the first "Dopplebock", but I don't think it's the 'gold-standard'.

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

Comes in a half liter brown glass bottle and pours out a deep copper with a finger of off-white head, looking good !

Robust malt, alcohol and earthy bitter hops fill the nose, ahhh this smells like the real thing, complex and full of flavor...oh yeah.

The taste is of malty bliss, roasty, nutty and plenty of alcohol. Full rich flavor of premium malts dance around and tantilize your tastebuds, then warms you, and when you think what's next...it finishes with a perfect hop balance (bittering) that leaves you longing for more! This really is a tasty doppelbock that is right on target for the style.

The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and velvety. A full bodied beer that satisfies, this is a German beer of distinction.

A pleasure to drink and recommend...try this one, well worth it...cheers.

Photo of deuschbag
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint 9 fluid oz. bottle date 1.05

pours a beautiful ruby red color with a light tan head the fades away quickly with no lacing.

a nice malty aroma. also some cherry and caramel with a pinch of alcohol. a wonderful smell, i must say.

full boddied with some carbonation dancing around in the mouth. the taste is wonderful. perfect malt and hop balance. very fruity as well. leaves a good after taste too.

a very drinkable brew. the price just makes it even better. this will become a regular in my fridge now.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely dark red color - it almost seems to glow with its rich hue. Nice frothy bubbly head.

Very sweet malty nose. I love the smell of doppelbocks.

Doesnt taste as sweet as it smells, which is a good thing. Very calm and even. Extremely well balanced. Some faint smokiness/burnt flavors in the background. Alcohol flavors in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very mild. So perfectly balanced it almost seems neutral.

Obviously a very meticulously researched, quality crafted beer. Up there with the very best doppelbocks.

Photo of jayc333
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark and bright red with only a lace of off-white. Points for the awesome colour, but points taken off for the lack of head. Very few bubbles are seen rising to the top.

Smells very strongly of malt. Sweet caramel with somewhat of a biscuity backround.

Characteristics of the smell are in the taste. Raisins also make an appearance, as well a warming sensation from the 7.5 ABV. I must say that for such a strong beer, it masks the alcohol well.

Light mouthfeel on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation.

Great price, great beer. My first try of the Doppelbock style and I'm totally satisfied. Highly recommended.

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

This beer poured a a nice reddish brown/ruby color and was clear. An off-white head was created; it quickly dissipated. Many carbonation streams emanated from the bottom. Aromas of dried fruit and chocolate were noted. The taste contained hints of cherry, wine. A malty aftertaste ensued. Mouthfeel was smooth and balanced. Overall, this beer was right on the money for me. It was highly drinkable and more quaffable than some other doppelbocks I've had.

Photo of phisig137
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color, with a three finger head which slowly disappears, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smell consists of caramel, HUGE malty notes, prunes, raisons, grain, a hint of wheat, and yeast.

Flavor is a very smooth, grainy malt. Tastes literally of barley, caramel, and burnt sugar. A slight hint of tobacco is there, but may just be in my mind. Also, there is the faintest hint of diacetyl, but not enough to be unpleasant. No hops detected at all.

Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy, and full, just like a dopplebock should be. Drinkablity is high...despite the 7.5%, this beer goes down like water.

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

An excellent dopple bock overflowing with characer. I recently had this right after sampling another well-known beer of this style, and the Salvator won hands down. Pours a beautiful dark orange with high turbidity and good lacing. The taste was a malty, rich, and surprisingly fruity flavor with a full mouthfeel. Conveys just the right amount of alcohol aroma for a good double. Very enjoyable to drink.

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

This beer poured very pretty. Dark red with a fluffy white head. A beautiful red color.

A very heavy sweet and malty aroma, seemed a little fruity to me. My first sip was very refreshing. Same malty flavor with a good balance, the flavor lingered on the palatte in a good way. Had an excellent mouthfeel, very full with the malty flavor.

I would drink this beer very often if I wasn't so commited to trying new things, out of the dopplebocks I've sampled so far this was one of my favorites.

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

Purchased from Strong Bros. Liquor, Fayetteville, TN.

A: Dark brown body, slight reddish tinge on the edge of the glass, with a pretty nonexistent head.

S: Like roasted coffee beans, dark and malty. Sweet but not cloying. I don't usually like heavily malty aromas, but this one is very good.

T: Malty, a touch of hops very faint, with a nice roasty "bite" to the overall flavor. Leaves a sort of nutty flavor in the aftertaste. Enjoyable.

M: Thick, mild carbonation. Pleasant to wash around the palate.

D: Pretty drinkable. Hides the alcohol nicely.

Photo of Globetrotter
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For my 900th review I sampled one of my favorites from my Munich days. I made Salvator's reacquaintance at the Beer Market in Moscow. My old friend came out clear pale copper under a one finger off white head that lingered well and left some decent lacing. The brew came out too cold, but that just allowed me to feel the nose bloom as it warmed. Starting from nothing, first some grain came through, then the sweet caramel and finally some floral hops. Lovely. The mouth was very prickly, light and surprisingly clean - I had remembered more viscosity. The taste was much like the nose, starting off as little more than a dunkles with its sweet caramel, but slowly blossoming into something stronger, with more of an espresso bite. By the end, the brew was everything I had remembered, both sweet and bitter, with a bit of fruit behind. Very nice indeed.

Photo of 706Union
1.5/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

330 mL Bottle. Front label dated 05/06 at bottom right corner.

A: Pours a gorgeous super clean amber-red. 1-finger head dissipates quickly to a light, slightly sticky ring which leaves no lacing. Very light carbonation - just the odd rising bubble.

S: Smells strongly of rotting grass - pretty foul.

T: Tastes much like it smells. Grass and alcohol flavour is so dominant I can't really pick up anything else.

M: A little more carbonation than is visible. Fairly thin. Slightly warm going down. Up-front alcohol quickly numbs the tongue.

D: Meh. A pretty foul brew that I didn't care to finish.

Hello, headache. A bad bottle is possible here, but I'm not looking forward to trying this again.

Photo of a10t2
1.75/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Brown bottle marked for consumption by 11.06. Vigorous pour required to generate a thin, tan-brown head that rapidly dissipated. Deep brown in color, orange against the light, with no visible carbonation.

S: Ethanol, pure and simple. Other people at the table commented on the odor.

T: Actually fairly pleasant at first, smooth malt character with very little bitternes. The finish however was again overwhelmed by alcohol. After the first few sips my mouth was numbed to any other tastes.

M: Smooth and thinner than I expected. Again, the alcohol character in the back of the mouth is the strongest attribute.

D: I was unable to finish this beer. Based on the other reviews, this must have been a bad batch or bottle. I'll definitely be trying it again in another location.

Photo of mrmanning
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle- A deep copper liquid is at first topped by a billowing, off white cap, which receds to a fine ring.

Aroma-Smokey peat, roasted malt, molasses, and brown sugar all fill the nose, and deliver what is surely meant to appeal to fans of the style.

Taste- Sweet sugared roasty malt, accompanied with a subtle smoked woodiness, and a slight hops bitterness that balances well.

Palate- Medium bodied, with a smooth finish, leaving a lingering and interesting bitter smokiness.

Overall-A good example of the style.

Photo of skillerified
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An orange beer with a small head, but a head that lasts a long time. Thick lacing. Small, slow moving carbonation bubbles. Just seems kind of light in color to me.

Lots of scents going on in here. Toffee, chocolate, alcohol, a little citrus, a distinct bread like smell. It all seems to come at once. Dark berries, almost vinous. It's quite a mix.

The palate seems to linger for a minute on a dark berry flavor, trying to decide what it's going to taste like. Then it hits with a strong bread-like, biscuit-like flavor. The finish slightly spicy. There's a few other flavors bouncing around in there too. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel is actually surprisingly light. I expected more by the look of this beer. Light to medium bodied, with a solid carbonation prick on the tongue. Starts sweet and fades to a medium-length, spicy finish.

This is pretty good, but I wouldn't go out of my way for another. The combination of the spicy character and the bread-like flavor is starting to feel a little strange. They're not playing off each other in a particularly appealing way for my taste buds.

Photo of seebus
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This dopplebock has beautiful orange amber color. The smell was rich and malty with an apple cider undercurrent. You start to taste dried fruit, then a big complex malty body, and an aftertaste that changes with each swallow. it had a nice full mouthfeel, and a good drinkability. i will definitely pick this up again.

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

Almost a marshmallow texture to the mouthfeel with a hint of smokeyness from the malts. Smells sweet, a bit like fruit cake. Some fruit cake in the flavor as well. Nearly sticky sweet but doesn't cross over into being unpleasant. Very malty. Very german. This'll give you a beer gut to be sure.
Good for the style. Kinda like eating a pastry.

Photo of nathanho
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A chilled pint bottle poured into a 14 oz. unflared tulip glass. Tea brown, two fingers of light tan head settles down to a few carbonation islands amongst a thin film of frosty foam. A finger of lacing clings to the glass.

Smells of sugar, caramel, alcohol, straw & detectable florals.

Warm flavors of caramel, earth, malt, straw finish with some pleasant bitterness. Compares favorably with the Celebrator.

Excellent mouthfeel. I "ruined" this tasting by munching on peanutbutter filled pretzels (from Trader Joe's) throughout but, I must say, the pairing is phenomenal.

BTW - Trader Joe's is now stocking an expanded craft beer selection. I didn't buy any, because I've had bad wine experiences there. I will have to investigate further at a later time.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very clear and distinctly scarlet color almost devoid of any visible rising bubbles, and with a fluffy head which quickly caves into itself and becomes a thin ring.

Allow to warm, and the scent bursts forth with butterscotch, caramel, and bready malts topped with estery alcohol. No hop presence to note. Strong, buttery doppelbock scent.

Very smooth flavor; Slight cranberries are led up with caramelized malt sugars in huge quantities; Alcohol finishes the taste, and hop bitterings are only slight - maybe a bit of grassy flavor on top of the syrupy caramel of the malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth, perhaps a bit too thin for a doppelbock; I expect a bit thicker, creamier mouthfeel. It begins with a warming trickle of alcohol and continues with only vague carbonation. Nothing bad, just had better.

This is a pretty nice doppelbock. I'd love to try it on draft.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, cascading off-white head tops a clear reddish-honey coloured very clear liquid.

The smell, to me, is malt and over-ripe bananas. Not bad though- and there's just a bit of hop spice in there, too.

The flavour is deep malty sweetness with a hint of black licorice. Theres some building spice in the middle, and a bit of wood at the end.

Mouthfeel is nice...liquid is a touch thick, but not overbearing. The carbonation is tight, but stays back until the swallow, when it blossoms.

Quite drinable to me. Not the most complex, but good and solid.

Be well

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,317 ratings.