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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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2,102 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,102
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | 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 Winter


4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1 Pint 9 fl.oz. bottle. Label illustration mimics a carved wooden sign board featuring a jolly rotund monk offering a noble a stein of beer. Label dated 10 | 03.

Pours a clear copper in color with a creamy off-white head. Aroma consists of malt, biscuit and sweet caramel. The mouthfeel is thin to medium-bodied, but seems inline with a lagered doppelbock. Delicious sweet malt and caramel flavors dominate the palette. Alcohol comes through lightly in the finish. An excellent, easy-drinking and flavorful doppelbock. I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys the style. Would love to seek this one out on draft.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2003 07:57:39 | More by Winter
Photo of Sixpack595


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fairly light for a doppel, pours an amber body with almost white head. Sweet and malty its a bit less flavorful than some other doppels. Very drinkable, and it won't kill your wallet like drinking celebrator all night will. A solid #3 doppel in my book, only Celebrator and Optimator are better for over all drinking pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2003 00:47:11 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of budgood1


4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a re-review.
pours out a clear dark amber colour....a thin head fades quickly, leaving little lace. very strong aromas of sweet toasted munich malts. tastes of sweet malts, brown sugar, sweet burnt fruitcake, spicy hops and alcohol. smooth and creamy mouthfeel. beefy malt goodness here. sweeter than celebrator...more complex than optimator. it's so balanced it's scary in it's drinkability. an exceptional dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2003 16:36:32 | More by budgood1
Photo of Andreji


3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was first impressed by its beautiful appearance. a coppery, reddish translucent fliud poured softly into my 0.5l glass, with about an inch of slightly tan, thick foam. however, as i drew it nearer to my mouth the strong, malty and soury smell became more perceptible and less attractive for my first impression. i took a sip, nonetheless. a sweet, malty taste combined with a perceptible alcoholization and a considerable bitterness. a good taste, but not the best mouthfeel; i wouldn't drink three in a row.

Serving type: can

02-16-2003 10:05:13 | More by Andreji
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very rich coppery color with a creamy white lace. Very aromatic with overpowering alcohol and caramel. Taste is very malty with obvious alcohol and some caramel and smoke. This is a crazy, crazy brew. Oh so complex and intoxicating, but oh so good. Definitely one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2003 20:52:14 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of Reidrover


4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At last my final beer of the night..and i kept the best for before bed..
Bought this in the brown pint bottle .
The beer pours a nice deep copper/red colour with a fine 3 quater inch head which dissapates down to a lace on top.
The aroma of this beer is excellent..i loved the strong malt..very very nice.
taste is warm and rich..but for such a stong beer..not too "alcoholic"..very smooth on the tongue with a nice lingering aftertaste in the back of the mouth. Warming as it goes down
This is a very drinkable Double bock..one would need to be careful of how much is consumed because I am sure this will get you tipsy very quickly..but overall I loved this beer..

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2003 23:13:10 | More by Reidrover
Photo of AudioGilz


4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer of this style. And damn am I impressed! Copper in color with a small tan head, this beer smells amazingly of caramel, toffee, sweetness, and maybe even a hint of smoke. This is such a tasty brew; caramel and toffee come through strongly, as well as malt, and then a dry finish. No bitterness whatsoever and no hint of the 7.5% ABV, making it temptingly dangerous. :) I don't feel as if I could drink many of these in a row though. It was very thick in my stomach for some reason, which is odd since I have been known to down many stouts in a row sometimes. But regardless, I very quickly just became a fan of this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 16:25:25 | More by AudioGilz
Photo of aaronh


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness dated 7-03.

This rich, reddish copper beer pours with a thick tan head that recedes to a fine layer of foam. The aroma is of roasted caramel, sweet and satisfying caramel. Nice roasted malt character and just a bit of floral hops in the nose. The first sip reveals strong malt sweetness, with caramel, brown sugar , and molasses flavors abounding. A bit of bitterness cleans the palate on the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, with mild carbonation. Drinakbility is very good as well, especially for malt-lovers. I feel like I didn't say enough about this beer. It's pretty complex and top notch in every respect, but it defies description for me tonight. This is the original dopple-bock, and I imagine it would be tough to beat. Hundreds of years since it's creation, this is still a world-class bier.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2003 16:41:53 | More by aaronh
Photo of PhantomVodoo


3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber in color with an off white head. Aroma shows the big malt body that lies within. Taste of toasted caramel malt. Malt flavor dominates as expected. Not as sweet as some dopplebocks. Hops chime in at the finish to prevent too much lingering sweetness on the finish. Decent mouthfeel, but seems a little thin for a dopplebock IMO. Good drinkability. This is not a style I'm really into, but this is a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2003 22:48:57 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of kunzbrew


4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a sexy copper color with a nice creamy head that last the duration. The maltiness is strong and so is the %. This is a very good dopplebock. I am becoming a very big fan of this style. The hops are not to strong which is nice. The maltiness last the entire beer. The Germans know how to make a really good brew.


Serving type: bottle

01-08-2003 17:40:26 | More by kunzbrew
Photo of inebrius


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty beer! Yes you are. Nose of a cigar box stuffed with chocolate and cherries. Appropriately balanced sweet malts and steely hops finish with an herbal whisper. Mouthfeel is frizzy and unkempt, but a damn fine brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 21:48:53 | More by inebrius
Photo of ethosx19


3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber color, nice head, caramel and fruit aroma. Taste is sweet caramel and raisons. Raison taste isn't too strong, but I don't like it in a beer. It goes down pretty smooth and the alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2002 15:28:19 | More by ethosx19
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish amber and crystal clear beer with a 1/2 inch layer of nearly perfectly white foam consisting of medium-sized bubbles. Wonderful aromas flew out of the glass. Among them were fruit, rum, raisins, and caramel. Tasted sweet and dark and a tiny bit toasty with a nice touch of spicy hops for balance. Very slick in the mouth and not as heavy as might expect from a double bock, though I've never had one that was.

This was a very good beer, and IMO one of the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 20:11:40 | More by yen157
Photo of Kwak

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head: Heavy, extra thick rich and creamy almost like a milkshake. Beautiful light tan color.

Body: Cloudy thick rich amber/brown color.

Taste: Buttery toffeish flavor with hints of malt, a little dry. Very dry and warming in the finish.
No strong alcohol taste even with the strong abv.!

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2002 23:14:08 | More by Kwak
Photo of MJR


4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a regal-looking reddish-amber with crystal clarity. A light tan head starts strong, goes down quite a bit, but comes back easy with a simple swirl of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel, toffee, and a touch of smoke. Great aroma on this brew...very intoxicating.

Taste: Complex with flavors of toffee and caramel coming through the strongest. Very powerful malt backbone, with only a touch of hops, which show up on the tail-end. As with the smell, there's a faint smoky flavor that accentuates the malt very well.

Mouthfeel: Medium thickness, with an oily, slick mouthfeel. Very warming and comforting...really opens up as it warms.

Drinkability: Good for a 7.5%abv brew. This is the kind of beer I buy by the bottle, as a six-pack would be overkill. In front of a roaring fireplace is where this beer shines. Doppelbocks are supposed to be spring beers, but I think they are more suited to winter weather.

A true classic, and the world's first doppelbock. If you want to learn about them and how they should taste, you should start here and then move on to others. A consistently fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 14:04:09 | More by MJR
Photo of ipogios


4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber colour topped by a nice thick brown head that settles down rather easily. Aroma is dominated by malt. Flavour is malty and good carbonation. Tastes a bit sweeter than what i expected. Very good German brew

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2002 07:09:59 | More by ipogios
Photo of rockdick


4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first dopplebock to try and I must say I was very impressed. The smell was a nice, not too strong, sweet malty flavor. The head could have been a little better. It was gone after the 3rd or 4th sip. Flavor was a bitter sweet, caramel, malty taste. Overall, a good, easy to drink, creamy beer. I'll be drinking more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2002 05:27:42 | More by rockdick
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner Salvator Double Bock has another antique looking label, a well dressed City Burger and a rather well fed Monk, toast each other with a stein of bier. 1 Pint Bottle.
I poured this beer so that I intentionally got a large frothy brown head, but this neither aided retention, nor extended its existence, for it soon diminished to a badly broken thin layer, reminiscent of pond scum. Not detrimental, but the German beers I have had, I prefer with a head. Color however was nothing short of magnificent, a very deep brown, a cross between cherry wood and mahogany that winks at you with deep red eyes. Clarity is exceptional, for this is not bottle conditioned as far as I can tell.
The nose was of deep malt, with some sweetness that tickled the sinus, but it was of average strength. Tastes are overwhelmingly of deep biscuit malt, caramel, with some alcohol presence that fades in the middle and makes way for a nice bitter sweet, but short, finish. I expected a bit more I think for a beer of 7.5% ABV.
Nevertheless, a good beer all round.
I must try this on draft I feel to truly appreciate it I think.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2002 18:23:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of Lupe

New York

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color with a reddish hue. Off white head that starts off decent and settles into a half inch sheet, leaving some lace. Toasty malt aroma with hints of alcohol, fruit, and carmel. Medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Rich flavor of toasted malt and light caramel, and the alcohol does not hide. Finishes with some hop flavor and a smokey aftertaste. A nice beer on a cold night as it warms you up.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 18:13:10 | More by Lupe
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Salvator Double Bock pours to a beautiful mahogany color, with a think off-white head. The nose is toasty, biscuity, and malty. The taste is wonderful, with toffee notes and malty sweetness. It has an alcoholic warmth and a dry finish. Overall, I think this is an excellent Double Bock, with a superb toasted maltiness, and nice alcoholic warmth.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2002 06:10:42 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of mzwolinski


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear mahogany. Very little carbonation with hardly any head at all.

Malty aroma, toffee, caramel sweet.

Flavor is nutty, figgish with an alcohol spiciness. Very sweet. Full bodied with a pleasant creminess. Slightlty sweet finish is held in check by a mixture of peppery alcohol and slight hop bitterness. Very pleasant evening nightcap.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 21:01:27 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of nathi


4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good looking beer with a nice thick head that sticks around suprisingly well for the amount of alcohol. Aroma is full of rich, complex malt. Nice toasty chatacter. A slight fruityness from alcohol and malt...not esters. Very complex and just BIG!

Good toasty malt flavor with high alcohol providing most of the balance. Just a touch of hops to add a crisp finish. Sweet, but does not linger to long.

A wonderfull beer, with excellent malt character.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 20:41:16 | More by nathi
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep copper with a fluffy white head. Smells of spice and alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel which is quite pleasant.

I found the initial taste to be quite filled with delicious hops and a definite alcohol flavor, but that was not overpowering. Heavy bitterness at the end which I didnt like so much, making it much less drinkable. Nevertheless, its a quality brew, but I dont know if I would be having many more of these.

Thanks to ElGuapo and the infamous Daniel Miller for the free sixer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2002 19:17:47 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of BeerBob


4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Salvator Double Bock draft was drawn right in front of me and had a deep copper colour with a substantial light tan head that was let to settle out and then toped off for a perfect presentation.

Nose was a pleasant sweet and spicy malt with alcohol. Palate was a creamy, sweet spicy caramel malt with a light hops. There was hardly any perception of alcohol, really remarkable for a Brew with an alcohol by volume of 7.5 %.

Never get left alone with any large quantity of this fluid as it surely will be your down bring.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2002 23:39:39 | More by BeerBob
Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

delicious. malty aroma with hint of alcohol. pours beautifully, and goes down the chute smooth and rich. you can find the alcohol, but it is not overpowering. an absolute winner. thanks to one of my buddies for special ordering it from the store

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 09:44:26 | More by ElGuapo
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,102 ratings.