1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Not Rated.
Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

2,175 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,175
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 112 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,175 | Reviews: 1,269 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of watermelonman
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a bright and glowing blend of red and copper. The head and lace were minor but appealing.

The smell strong, consisting of malt and caramel. Grains were immediately apparent in the taste. The flavor is strong yet balanced. Bitterness is not a quality that sticks out at all.

The mouthfeel is full and definitely pleasing. Drinkability is great for its strength.

watermelonman, Nov 04, 2004
Photo of silenius
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal copper color with a huge puffy bone-white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell is sweet caramel malts, brown sugar, a hint of iodine and phenol band-aid.

Taste is a sweet carmel/brown sugar malt with snappy hop backbone. A little cloying at first, but then my tongue falls in line.

Mouthfeel is smooth and light, if a little thin.

Drinkability is just fine.

silenius, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of BrewMaster
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange to brown to amber color. Very good looking clear beer with a stiff tan head. The head thins slowly and can be revived with a bit of swirling.

The aroma is fruity and malty. The flavor brims with a sweet maltiness, diacetyl fruit flavors, and a clean, light hop ending. The caramel malt flavor is uniquely veiled by the lighter malt flavors and hops. A very well crafted taste to say the least.

The full but not overdone carbonation of the beer gives it a medium body and a crisp feel in the mouth.

BrewMaster, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A compact, golden-brown head of tiny bubbles 1" deep tops off this pour and does a pretty good job of sticking around. Beer is chestnut in color with orangish highlights, fairly translucent, and medium in viscosity. Sweet smells of toffee, buttered wheat dough, and gingerbread spices. Suggestions of maple syrup carry over into the flavor, although the main focus is still on toffee and butter. Dense flavors of allspice and cinnamon prevent the mellow, rich sweetness from ever becoming cloying. Walnut-skin dryness at the roof of the mouth leads into an aftertaste that recalls caraway seeds and woodsy hops. This is happily bitterer than I had expected. No tangible carbonation to a mouthfeel that is on the light side of medium in body and drier than the aroma would suggest. Drinkable, but the alcohol level makes this relaxing enough to enjoy one at a time--which is probably the point. No complaints.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a dark clean amber body with a creamy off white head. The aroma is an inviting malt sweetness with some tabacco in the background. The taste has a yummy toffee malt sweetness at the start and a dry licorice finish. There is something in the mouthfeel and taste that make you want to keep taking mouthfull after mouthfull.

ybnorml, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of brewQ
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tinged with red and possessed of incredible clarity, the tan head is fed by extremely fine bubbles. This is a well made brew.

The sweet scents in the aroma are unbelievable; candy and baked goods, dark berries and plum.

Amazingly, the flavor delivers on the aroma. And that happens without overpowering the palate.

Hints of the sweetness linger in the finish. This would be great with spicy foods or by itself as desssert!

Drinkable at 7.5% abv, this was a fresh and fun 1/2 liter.
Maybe I'm just relishing the style. The defunct microbrewer I worked for in Ohio made a delicious Dopplebock for the bar trade in Dayton. Brewmaster Steve Betts- where are you?

brewQ, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of TongoRad
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear saturated amber with a thick tan head.

Aroma is good but too faint for the style- bready malt with raisiny overtones.

Mouthfeel is full and malty with clean bitterness in the background.

Bottom line- though toned down this is still a very solid and well made doppelbock, quite enjoyable actually, but a bit light for the style.

TongoRad, Oct 08, 2004
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I spent the first Sunday of my most recent trip to Germany visiting the recently rebuilt Paulaner am Nockherberg Keller. Always had a hankering to try fresh Salvator. So I order a litre.... and the guy behind the counter whips out 2 half-litre bottles and pours them into a Maß-krug. I just went limp....
Salvator has a clear, dark copper color....really lovely looking! Slow, but plentiful bubbles within form a fine, tan, creamy, but short-lived head. Nice lacing, though. There's a caramelly, sweet nose, with a nice hint of hops. Medium body and nicely smooth, but not as full on the tongue as in days gone by. More caramel in the flavor....semi-sweet.... but the sweetness is kept in check with a little bit of a floral hop touch at the end. Not as sweet as I once recall, though. Still a good bier, though it seems racheted down a bit. Has lost a bit of zip off its fastball. Then again, quaffing a Maß in the warm sunshine with a big-ass pretzel does NOT suck!

overall: 4.1
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

Original review of 13JAN02: Nice copper color....though lighter than most D-Bocks, small, fine tan head. Some decent lacing, too. Nose is a hit...malty sweet, with, yes, plenty of caramel. Body is almost full, and mouthfeel is quite smooth. Sweet, warming, complex flavors. Maltiness, caramel and mild toffee notes compete for your favor. Das Bier schmecht sehr gut! Noch eins! (Have been fortunate to have sampled this on tap, also! Mmmmm!!) Prosit!!! (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.0/5.0 = 4.40)


Bierman9, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of Garin
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours beautifully clear, caramel and golden brown, with a pillowy white head that quickly shrinks, sticking to the glass on the way down.

On the nose, boozy sweet malt,

The flavour is drier than I thought it would be, and clean finishing. A warming alcoholic bite rounds out a rummy sort of bitterness and molasses touch. I also find a smoky almost scotch depth to it.

It's very easy drinking and smooth, wonderfully made.

Garin, Sep 30, 2004
Photo of revdrjbob
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! POured with a rich toffee brown colour, and a tight fluffy white head. Aromas of rich dark malt, mollasses, alcohol, and toffee. Tasted of a toffee sweetness, a huge malt backbone, evident alcohol, and a dry longlasting finish, with slight hints of licquorice. The epitomy of the Doppel Bock style.

revdrjbob, Sep 29, 2004
Photo of FFudnam
4.97/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cascading into my Paulaner Weissbier glass, Salvator stretches his arms and presents a lovely amount of carbonation, as well as a distinctive cream-colored head. Lovely, copper-y sunset color to the brew. Sweet malt BACKBONE, fruity esters, minimal, although meaningful german hop presence. Almost champagne like in its' effervescence. Refreshing, as well as satisfying. Decieving as can be for a 7.5 ABV ale. My absolute favorite, and a steal at 2.59 for 16.9oz.

FFudnam, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of SaunaKing
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Salvator pours a reddish amber colour without too much head that recedes quickly without much lacing. The smell is stong and malty and smells like caramel - sweet and rich. The taste also has strong hints of caramel and quite sweet and malty. This beer really tastes great - like a rich dessert you get after a nice meal. The mouthfeel is very smooth, i dont detect any hop bitterness and the style of beer does not make for the greatest drinkability. I can't see myself using this as a session beer. Only a few at a time - really want to savor them. With Thanksgiving just around the corner this is going to be a great beer for cool fall days.

SaunaKing, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a half-liter Paulaner stein-type glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown color (just about exactly the same color as the varnish on my fiddle). Decent head of foam that settles down to about wafer-thin after a minute or so.

Aroma: Dark wheat toast (maybe buttered) aroma, with a touch of caramel.

Taste/Body; A lot of malt hits right up front, sweet and caramel-like, almost sticky. Very rich and soft mouthfeel, but not thin by any means. Long, lingering, slightly toasty finished.

Truly a classic, this is one of my favorite beers, espcially when fall rolls around. A week or two may pass without me buying one, but it's a rare month when I don't at least have a couple. On cold late-fall nights, by the gas fireplace with one of the cats in my glass, I love to have a full liter glass of Salvator.

allengarvin, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of Doppel07
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice red, amber color and a sudsy beige head. Sweet, malty aroma with odd hints of citrus. Taste is sweet, malty, and faintly acetic. Decent but definitely a rung or two below the likes of Spaten Optimator, Weltenburger, and Celebrator on the doppelbock ladder.

Doppel07, Sep 07, 2004
Photo of zodiacv1
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber / copper with a thick light cream head. Slight hints of fruit and caramel to the nose but the smell of alchohol is the most predominant. A fairly complex and flavorful mix that becomes sweeter and smokier as it warms. Easy to kick back a few pints, and with a abv of 7.5 you wont need to drink to many more.

zodiacv1, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a medium creamy head. Aroma is rich and tangy, caramel malt and hops.

Taste is rich and malty caramel, very sweet, almost like a thin barleywine. Hops are mild and lend a bit of a fruit-like twang, like raisins or currants or too-ripe plums. Spicy and smokey undertones, reminds me of a spice cake or rum-soaked fruitcake, followed by a slice of buttered pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well-rounded, finishes clean. It's sweetness limits its drinkability more than anything else, but not by much.

assurbanipaul, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper, maple syrup colored with a small head; not much lacing

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel malt on the nose; sweet applesauce and alcohol notes come through as well

Taste: Caramel malt dominates with flavors of dried fruits - I pick up apples and dates in the flavor; not much hoppiness, but just enough to cut through the sweetness; the finish is wet and sweet and the alcoholic warmth is defintely present

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied with just a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A nice sipping doppelbock.

This is the beer that opened my tastebuds to a whole new world of beer and started my beer quest. I drank it on tap at the brewery in Munich and fell in love with it. Now that I have tasted a lot of other beers, I'll need to return to the brewery and re-live the experience with a much more well-travelled palate.

brentk56, Aug 13, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a ruby highlight. Not much of a head. but then I made the mistake of pouring it in a seasoned glass. Smell is malty malty malty. Caramel, dark bread with a bit of sweetness. Well a bit more than a touch. Not really hops around to dry it out, but that isnt what this bier is for. Its rich and tasty..Carbonation is low. Given the ABV you cant have too many of these.. However its a good brew. Pair it with Roast Duck and Red Cabbage or Sauerbraten and Spaetzle. Its tasty and unnoticed!

TinusTime, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very clear and very red in colour with almost no head at all. Decent lacing, however. The smell is absolutely fantastic. Very sweet, bready, and a little bit of a raisin like aroma, as well. The taste, too, is quite sweet. Not too sweet. Just more so than I had expected. The texture is fairly smooth and easy to drink, although there is quite a bit more carbonation in this than I would have thought there to be. Not my style, but not bad either. Paulaner does a good job on keeping the 7.5%abv on a leash on this stuff. It's really not that noticeable, taste-wise anyway. Something else I'd like to add. There is an interesting, quite tasty maple syrup like after-taste that shows up about 2 seconds after you take a sip. Nice.

SilentSabre, Aug 09, 2004
Photo of DrJay
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear ruby/amber. Head retention is a little on the low side, but a thin lace persists. Pleasant malty aroma, plum or prune fruitiness. Fruit flavours blend in with rich maltiness. Light alcohol warmth is present. Some bitterness underneath serves to balance the malt. Finish is very clean with a bit of sweetness. Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

300 mL brown bottle with freshness date clearly marked on the label.

DrJay, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of coasterfreak75
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was copper/mahogany with a one or one and one half inch head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white ring around the top of the beer.

The smell was quite fruity, very heavy with apricots and dates. Somewhere in the back of the nose was a hint of hop spice that became more evident as the beer warmed.

The drink started with a quite sweet jolt followed by a dose of fruit. The finish was a lingering fruit with just a hint of hops. After the beer had warmed slightly some alcohol warmth was evident.

All and all this was a quite enjoyable and drinkable beer. I think it would go great with fish and chicken, or hell just drink it to talk about it.

coasterfreak75, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First want to think aracauna with his help with my Atlanta trip where I aquired my Salvator. Haven't had this in years but enjoyed it while in CO pre Ba days a lot. Pours a clear amber with brownish tints head falls to a thin cap of foam, no lace to speak of. Aroma is malt fruit apples mainly hints of caramel spice. Taste is mallllty and complex big on malt, molassas, caramel with fruits flavors present along with a nice dose of hops. This is a good Doppelbock not as thick as some but a good medium bodied brew that is really drinkable. This is a good brew not as great as I thought it was from memory, but still a great beer.

mntlover, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber beer that smells of sweet malts and lots of them. There is little head and no lacing to speak of, but this seems to be the norm for this style. It's body is a bit thin and the malt is a bit subdued for a Doppel Bock, but it only makes the beer that much easier to enjoy. The Germans know how to brew beer... well their way, and that is not a bad thing at all.

RushLimbmalt, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of mattcrill
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This could become one of my favorite beers

Appearance: Pours a brick red/amber with a foamy white head. Head sticks around but not much in the way of lacings.

Smell: I definitely pick up the malts, some spice, and maybe a hint of alcohol at the end.

Taste: Syrup-like with a prominent malt sweetness. I also pick up the hops as I stroll through this lovely brew. A nice hoppy, bitter finish but very balanced with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy but not overpowering. Very complex. I'm not sure I'm smart enough to pick up all the complexities.

Drinkability: Very! A kick ass brew and a style that I'm definitely going to have to do more "research" on (wink, wink). Check this beer out. It's a good one.

mattcrill, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of rajendra82
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber aroma with a thin fizzy head that was gone before I was able to put the empty bottle in the trash. Aroma is very malty with a wood roasted grain tone that is a bit striking. There were also notes of orangey hops. The taste is robustly sweet, with a smoky peaty background supplemented by vanilla, apples, and oak. The hops are floral and peppery, but are definitely playing second fiddle here. The body feels a lot thicker in the mouth than the appearance first suggests. The alcohol is apparent from the beginning, and detracts a bit from drinkability. The father of the dopplebock style does not live to the initial expectation, as it has been surpassed by a more talented child (i.e., Celebrator).

rajendra82, Jul 23, 2004
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,175 ratings.