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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,174 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,174
Reviews: 1,269
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 46
Gots: 110 | 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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Photo of TerryW
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

TerryW, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

Sammy, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 11, 2004
Photo of Boilermaker88
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Boilermaker88, Jan 10, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

Popsinc, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of Ardon
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Ardon, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of BeefyMee
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

BeefyMee, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

GeoffRizzo, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of heinekenike
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

heinekenike, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of BigPapaLager
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

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

BigPapaLager, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of Redrover
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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!!

Redrover, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

CharlesRiver, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%

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.

TastyTaste, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of crookedhalo
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

crookedhalo, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of mschofield
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Red with hints of bronze.
2 finger yellowish head dissolves into a small cap with good lacing
A very smoky earthyness in the aroma and taste. Hints of dark fruits, brandy, bread and apple?. Very malty. A medium feel, approaching full. Sneaky alcohol as I didn't taste or smell anything hinting at the 7.5% abv.

I couldn't see myself drinking this all the time, but it would be fun to return to, and see what else I get from it.

mschofield, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

12 oz bottle with 06.04 on the bottom right of the label(don't know what this means). Pours an attractive clear cherry mahogany with a medium head that quickly dissipates. Small lacing doesn't hang around long either. Toffee and chocolate malty aroma grabbed my attention from three feet away. That got my attention. Taste is initially slight carbonation and sweet malts. Some smoky dried fruit flavors aren't far behind. A fine balance of several flavors here, as the alcohol content jumps aboard. Finish is a bit dry.

I had never heard of this one when I bought it last week. Needless to say, what a very pleasant surprise. Definitely a world class doppelbock that I would rate just a notch below my beloved Celebrator.

merlin48, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of RedBaron
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

This beer has been one of my favorite doppelbocks in the world for many years. It's a world classic, cherised by many, so I'll keep my review succinct.

This particular bottle poured nice and vigorous, the head sustained nicely, the look was a clean but deep bronze, it smelled like a great combination of toasted malts and toffee, started on the tongue nice and easy, carried a great body throughout, and finished like the archetype German lager--very smooth and clean. The aftertaste was immense. I wish I could carry an aftertaste like this with me all day, though I'd probably have to consume way too many of these for my own good.

Paulaner is probably my favorite Munich brewer, and with consistent home runs like Salvator, they will probably remain so.

RedBaron, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours to a generous off-white head that sticks around with patchy foam and lace. Nice orange-amber color. Aroma is smoky malt. Flavor is smoky malt, alcohol and sweet Munich malt. finishes sweet and with lingering bitterness and alcohol warmth. Very balanced and drinkable.

EagleTalon, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of putnam
4.47/5  rDev +14%

Caramel brown, clear, with an even, 1/4 inch-tall meniscus of off-white foam.
Aromas of vanilla, toasted nuts and broiled sugars are subtle and balanced.
On the palate it is admirably dry, with teasing notions of tiramisu, honeyed, roasted almonds and eggy pastry. This is a completely attenuated beer, but there are lots of "dessert"-like flavors. Orange-infused brandy (ie. Grand Marnier) battles with charred, bitter tannins. Calvados, cigar box, nutmeg, cream and chestnut flavors are included as it warms.
Delicious stuff. Uncomplicated.

putnam, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of bighops
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

I had this one on tap at a local Flying Saucer while tasting a number of other German beers, and I really enjoyed it so I decided to look for it in the bottle so I could take it home.
Pouring it up, I noticed a warm brown (almost amberish) color, maybe with a touch of chestnut in appearance. The aroma reminded me of sweet things like honey or apricot. It left a pretty average head, but the bubble action was fun. The first taste was surprising; a little more tangy/metallic than I remembered from the tap, but it wasn't bad - if there could be a cross between something like pineapple and caramel, I think you could find it here. The sweetness sort of pervaded, perhaps just a little too much. I think this one should be enjoyed with certain meals, maybe involving sausage or steak... definately steak. I don't know if I would drink a lot of this, but it's a nice change-of-pace type of beer when it's available.

bighops, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: clear, gorgeous, deep garnet hue, with a fine, fuzzy cocoa-colored head.
Aroma: bready, yeasty, but soft, slightly hoppy and spicy, with some traces of fruit.
Taste: smooth flavor, but soon fruity flavors, derived from malt, dominate the palate. Tasty,. tasty, rich and malty, improving exponentially as we go!
Bright, shiny, delicious, with alcohol content eventually rearing it's powerful head. Flavor feels burnished, roasted, still fruity, and let us never forget, delicious. A world class beer, a champion doppelbock, and surprisingly approachable.

feloniousmonk, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%

Appearance: bright red copper color with light effervescence. A full fluffy beige head with limited retention and a sticky lace. The taste is very astringent with a sweet middle (malt, caramel) and a lingering bite. Aroma: Malt, spices, caramel and aroma hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, some effervescence and a lingering bite. IMHO: Too abrupt with the astringent bitterness. Not well balanced with other (sweeter) characteristics.

SeanChouffe, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of barleypop
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

This pours a soft, clear, light amber colour. The lazy carbonation reluctantly rises to make a pencil thin mustache of a head. A very pungent nose of prunes and caramel with just a whiff of alcohol. The silky sweet malts fill your mouth and leave just a taste of leather. A very filling and rich bock. Can’t go wrong with this one. It sure packs a punch so be careful.

barleypop, Oct 30, 2003
Photo of stoutman
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Irregular size bubbles, Red/orange color fully diminishing fizzy off-white head. Sweet aroma with malts mixed in and heavy malty nose, with hint of dark bread, toasted, nutty, honey aromas. Light hoppy, flowers, weak citrus (orange) note. Floral nose from alcohol. Bittersweet character, full flavor of toasted malt. Full body, syrupy texture, soft carbonation. Pleasant warming beer. The flavor again was very malty, some fruits, and a bit of spice near the end. Very tasty.

stoutman, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of marcobrau
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Achtung: this is a potent brew, but remarkably quaffable if your thirsty. Pours deep amber hue with intense malt aromatics. Definitely all about the malt, but yet somehow in the middle of tasting this beer, I find a balance between the malt and hop. Salvator exhibits remarkable complexity for a lager beer, with bits of sweet candy and fruity flavors; bits of toffee and fig and a subtle nuttiness. Or, maybe I'm just nutty. This is a great dopplebock and probably the easiest drinking one (danger!) I've sampled.

marcobrau, Oct 23, 2003
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,174 ratings.