Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,298
Reviews: 1,279
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 52
Gots: 168 | 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 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

Photo of funkengruven
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark red with a slight head and little lacing. Smell is potent, Smells somewhat like a Saison, interestingly enough. Taste is bold, evidence of herbal undertones, reminds me a lot of a Saison ale. Mouthfeel is a little heavy but unoffensive. This beer has a high ABV that is definitely evident. A good winter brew to keep you warm on those cold nights.

Photo of kingjames1
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber, with a solid though shortlived head. Smells wonderful: caramel, toasted malts, dark fruits, and brown sugar. MMM, tastes even better. Very well balanced, bready and sweet, yet not overly sticky, rounded out with a certain crispness. Malt-licious! Great mouthfeel, and very drinkable. One of the best dobble bocks out there.

Photo of AlexJ
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, chestnut brown with a creamy beige head that stays put and leaves delicate trails of lace.

Aroma is all malt! Tons of chewy caramel, sweet biscuits, brown sugar, dried fruit, yellow raisins, and nice floral notes.

Flavor is sweet caramel, stewed raisins, light fruit, and soft floral hops in the finish. Overall, a little too sweet and not enough complexity.

Body is between medium and large with a very mushy, creamy mouthfeel and slippery smooth texture. Would not want more than one bottle in a sitting due to the sweetness.

Photo of bearrunner44
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark copper color with a persistant, off-white head.

Smell- Smoky, tangy aroma of dark malt and prunes. Sweet, yet understated.

Taste- Medium-bodied, with ample carbonation. Sickly-sweet fruit taste; soft on the taste buds. Rich, brown-sugar flavors are also present. Caramelized malt adds to the sweet, fruity taste of the brew. Syrupy, sweet overall taste.

Verdict- This beer is quite a confection. It's sweet, but never cloying.

Photo of allergictomacros
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first dopplebock so this may be a review of the style to some degrees...

A - Clear red/brown with a respectable head, not much retention or lacing though.

S - Plums, hamster cage, floral hops. Big rich aromas.

T - Roasty, malty, almost sweet, but not really, mildly bitter. And lots of it. Fruit - dark red ones. hints of this and that that are gone before I can put a name to them. Very nice.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - It just tastes so damned good... gone before I knew it.

Photo of Optimat0r
2.85/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had this one on tap and i tried it. it was somewhat dark but almost amberish, but for the most part the appearance and smell seemed to indicate another great german dopplebock. however i was disappointed. i could tell it was a good quality beer and it was decent in most ways, but for one thing. its flavors didnt seem to mix well, one ingredient was especially prominent(i couldnt tell what it was) and it kind of ruined it for me. didnt taste as rich or complex as some other dopplebocks, certainly not as balanced, with a noticeable unpleasant aftertaste. this was the first german beer i had that i found difficult to finish. my friend tried a sip and in disgust compared it to dogfood.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A-This beer pours a warm ruby-brown body that is crystal clear. The carbonation is lots of tiny slow bubbles rising to a thick creamy beige head that last and last.

S- The smell of sweet caramel malt with a robust toasty flavor comes through, but as it warms more of a fresh light crystal malt aroma is predominate. The faint note of prunes pops out as it warms a bit in the glass.

T- This beer has a dark smooth malt flavor with a nice balance of slightly sweet caramel and dry toasted notes. There is a slight faint fresh grape note toward the finish that goes well with the malt. The finish a great Noble hops flavor with a dry pale malt flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a nice creamy texture. No astringency or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer has great depth in flavor but is a very clean and balanced lager. A great beer and a great doppelbock.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Edited 1-30-06:

I had another of the bottles from this sixpack last evening. I tasted a lot better than the first bottle I had that I reviewed. Better head, better lacing. The beer was still a bit "rough around the edges", but It seemed to be more of what I expected. Perhaps the first bottle I had from the sixpack was just a bad bottle?

1-27-06 Review below:

Poured a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Not nearly as dark as I was expecting. More of light amber color, similar to a marzen/Octoberfest. 3/8" head which dissipated quickly. No lacing.

Malty, alcohol smell. Not much hoppiness, as to be expected.

Sweet, malty taste, with a more bitter aftertaste than Celebrator or Optimator. Not as smooth. The beer is still quite cold, will have to wait for a while to let it warm and see how it tastes...
...becoming more malty as it warms...
...okay, it has been warming for a while. I can't believe how overpowering the alcohol has become. It really smacks you in the face, almost like rubbing alcohol!

Carbonation is quite pronounced. Kind of a thick mouthfeel followed by a dry finish. Alcohol was apparent. Not really clean feeling.

Not as drinkable as Celebrator or Optimator. I was a bit dissappointed. I've been waiting all day to get home from work to try this, but it's not as good as I was expecting. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good beer, but I think I prefer Optimator (for similar price, or Celebrator, if I splurge.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a remarkably clear amber color with a frothy tan head that retains alright. The aroma is intensely malty, with big toasted bread, caramel and dark fruit (fig, plum,and grape), as well as some noble hops and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is also quite malty with big caramel and toasted bread flavors upfront, as well as dark ripened fruit (fig, plum, grape), hallertau hops and some ethanol. The mouthfeel is a chewy medium with light carbonation and drinkability is excellent for a dopplebock. Quite enjoyed this dopplebock, more drinkable than most.

Photo of musingmonkey
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I drank this beer but a few days after another sampling of my favourite doppelbock - the Ayinger Celebrator... so I'm trying very hard to grade it on its own merits, as this is one worthy beer.
Poured amber-orange with a soft, attractive head that held itself together for a few minutes, leaving generous traces of lacing as it vanished.
Fragrance was its weakest link.... lightly toasted malt, and a spicy note I couldn't quite put my finger on.
Ahh, but what a creamy, delightful beer. Sweet malt... bread crust, and some honey. No noticeable alcohol flavours, just pure silky smooth pleasure.
While not as complex and interesting as the Celebrator, a fine beer that I look forward to drinking again soon.

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

This one pours into the glass an amber tea color topped with a fluffy tan head. As the head recedes a ring of fine lace graces the glass.
The nose is greeted with the pleasant aromas of freshly sliced green apples, toffee, molasses and alcohol.

Well done Paulaner!

I'd call this a medium bodied, well balanced double bock. Nothing overpowering with a nice hoppy finish. Quite drinkable.

Photo of jaluria
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer that places great emphasis on taste and smoothness.
Poured a lovely dark brown-orange color with an off-white colored head that dissipated in less than a minute, but left a small, 1 cm head throughout the session. Aromas of roasted malt, spiced candy, caramel, and dates were detectable. The taste followed the aromas with an explosion of sweetness. The texture was thick and bready, making it exceedingly rich and smooth. Delicate flavors danced across my tongue and generated varying levels of sweetness, coating my entire mouth easily. Excellent drinkability since the ABV is well hidden and the beer is so flavorful and smooth.

Photo of danielocean03
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a warm, clean copper color into a pint glass, thin head fell quickly to thin off white lacing. Smells of malt and caramel with hints of cinnamon and spice. Tastes like toffee and caramel, close to a winter warmer, less spice than that in the aroma. Mouthfeel slick and viscous, feels thicker than it appears. Excellent level of carbonation, making it very drinkable even with the seven and a half percent abv present. Might seek out again once I know more of the style, this is my first true doppelbock.

Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A—a deep brownish orange/caramel color; about 1 inch of cream colored head that leaves a nice lacing down the glass as I drink it

S—strong malty caramel and somewhat nutty smell, also faint spice and a little smoky

T—nice combo of caramel and spice, a little smoky as well, the bitter aftertaste is the best part. I think I had the beer a little too cold, it is tasting much better as it warms a bit.

M—very smooth and a little chewy

D—could easily have a few more, although the higher alcohol content would kick in. I am not very familiar with Doppelbocks, but enjoyed this one very much.

Photo of russpowell
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber/light copper with a light tan head that drops off pronto. No head retention/lacing

Smell: Alcohol, malt, slight spicyness (cinamon) and slighter smokiness

Taste: Maltiness dances with a slight alcohol tinged frutiness/spicyness. More nutty/toasty notes come through as the beer warms.

MF: Chewy and moreish, seems perfectly carbonated

Not close to my favorite, but tends to be hit & miss in Colorado, some bottles seem to hold up better than others. This beer didn't really wow me much more in Germany than now. A great beer to intoduce someone to dopplebocks though. never strays too far away from very goodness/greatness

Photo of stewart124
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber color with a medium sized head that doesn't last long and fizzes away. Smells of breads and a sweetness that reminds me of grapes. This seems to fit the typical dopple bocks style. Taste is smooth with a very sweet characteristic. Bready tastes with an almost sour undertone. Very nice blend of malts in this ancient brew. A great beer for the style that leaves a nice maltiness in the mouth. Very drinkable.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed into an imperial pint glass. A sufficient, one finger head is formed. Two or three bubbles a minute make their way to the surface every minute or so.

Smell is a bready, caramel malt. Overall aroma is quite subdued. Seems like there is a smoke aroma as well. Maybe I am wrong. Sweet smelling as well. All malt in this bad boy.

Alcohol sneaks up just a bit. Biggest flavor is the caramel malts. A bit bready and chewy too.

Chewy mouthfeel with a full body. Just the perfect amount of carbonation. A nice warming sensation to this beer. It doesnt taste much like a 7% plus. Very drinkable.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I mentioned in my prior review of this beer that it is perfectly balanced malt-bomb. I had no idea.

This particular example was brought back directly from Germany. The only difference I can discern is that all the writing on the bottle is German, and the bottle has re-use lines on it.

The head poofs proficiently but fails to create much of a head. Occasional lace clouds float by on the inside of my goblet. Amber transparency with rubied glints.

The nose is bready, full of whole-grain crackers, true to the Munich malt leanings. Slight pepperiness. Wheat. Nice herbal minty hop quality underneath butterscotch malt weight.

Directly fresh from Germany, this beer's a different beast. The mildly cloying sweetness I experience when sampling this beer in this country is gone: here its a footrace between malt sweetness and grassy Hallertaus, and its an even draw.

As usual, freshest is bestest!

Photo of bvanpelt
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this into one of those Corsendonk snifters. The head was a beige color that dissipated quickly. The beer itself was a red-amber color.

I didn't feel that this beer was extremely heavy or filling, but somewhat moderate in thickness (on a scale of 1 to 5 for thickness, with 5 being the thickest, I'd rate this a 3).

The taste was fairly sweet, but less so than the Sam Adams version of this beer style. The strong alcohol content was almost completely masked by the sweetness of the taste. It seems to me that I smelled and tasted a faint chocolate sensation when drinking this beer. There also seemed to be a little fruitiness to the smell and taste.

Overall, I enjoyed the beer and could drink several in a sitting without ever growing weary of the taste.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,298 ratings.