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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,321
Reviews: 1,281
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 53
Gots: 181 | 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 ReebShorts
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a nice 2 finger head, that faded to a thin layer slightly off-white. Color was a nutty brown some hints of orange.

Smell was definately malty, rich, and a bit of caramel. Also picked up some mixed floral scent.

It feels a bit creamy on the intake, then there is some spice to balance that out, which is a nice touch. However I couldn't help feeling that this went down a little watery (to the point of seeming a bit flat). Also it left a rich, carmelly sweet kind a pastiness in the back of my mouth. I'll have to try some more Dopplebocks, to see if it's just this style of beer, or this particular brand that I did not fancy.

<Update> ok, just had the Celebrator last night (review forthcoming), and must say it's not the style of this I did not care for, it was this beer in particular, as I loved the Celebrator.

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

Pours a dark amber/ copper color, with a white lacy head. Smell is dark carmel malt. Taste is of complex malt, finished of with some light hop sweetness. Goes down smooth for such a dark beer. Definitly a quality beer, one I will be sure to enjoy again.

Photo of Higravity
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an outstanding beer. Always on tap at the local german bar. A dark brown beer with a small head that leaves some lacing. The aroma is of dark roasted malt caramelized through a long hard boil leaving trails of complexity and enjoyment, finished off by a nice noble hop spice that gives a little tartness to all the sweetness. Very drinkable and when the serve them in 1 liter steins the room can get fuzzy fast.

Photo of jmc44
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a dark red-hued brown, with a slightly off-white head. Most of the head dissapears but a constant white layer stays atop the brew.

Aroma is malty with hints of caramel and roasted malts.

Taste is sweet and malty; alcohol content is not pronounced. Medium-full mouth feel.

Drinkability is very good for a beer this strong; watch out.

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

Please pardon the brevity of this review, I am attempting to catch up (between work assignments) from weeks of tasting based on notes...

Beer has a thick white head that fades to a thin film' crystal clear, amber brown body and pour

Smell is precisely that of freshly warmed sweet bread

Starts with a robust hop bitterness; settles full-boided with slight honey-lemon flavor atop a malty-smooth caramel base; finishes with a powerful bitter flavor that lacks a specific equivalent elsewhere in the world of flavors, in my opinion

The beer's strong aftertaste doesn't last.

Photo of DogFood11
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance for a bock was average.... hadrly any lacing but the color was a perfect dark cherry.

The best part of this was the taste which is a great place to excell. fruity, with some wood undertones. Malty but not part of the big picture....I had this beer for the first time today so maybe I need to have it more to understand it completely. The mouthfeel was nice as the carbonation curls around your tongue and lingers for a bit but not so much that its annoying like some beers.

Edit: Just re-sampled this brew August 13 '05 and enjoyed it more as I suspect my palate is expanding a bit. Noticed more of the smoke/burnt smell and taste and enjoyed it.

Photo of mdagnew
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast

Poured a ruby brown colour with hints of bronze... Head was slightly off white - pours quite large but disappears quickly...

Aroma - Toffee, malts, caramel. Some vanilla notes....

Taste – Malty, chocolate hints, butterscotch. Slight spiciness. Also nuts ?

Feel - Smooth but with slight sharpness. Quite thick feeling. Extremely drinkable...

Overall - another exceptional beer from Paulaner.... one not to be missed...

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

Clear ruby-brown with lots of soapy lacing, this has a strong aroma. Smells of dark malt, leather, herbs, slightly medicinal.

Taste centers on malt, with a medium-full body. Fairly sweet without quite being syrupy. Alcohol is aggresive for its percentage. Brown sugar with hints of nuts and marshmallow.
Aftertaste is slightly sour.

A good beer that I found difficult to enjoy on a hot summer evening...best left to the colder months.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great traditional doppel bock. What I compare all other doppel bocks to. Looks solid brown with ruby and golden highlights. Has medium dense head that may fade, but should lace well. Smells carmelly and malty. Toasty and fruity of sweet dark fruits like figs, dates, and a bit nutty. Low buttery that gives body. Molassas and brown sugar that is offset by alcoholic heat and hop balance. Firm medium body that is unwavering and just under creamy. Finishes crisp and sweet. Abrupt bittering gives way to sweetness that lingers. Alcohoic throughout. A well balanced and matured beer. Always a treat.

Photo of numenor1
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep red with a quickly dissipating head. Eh, i prefer my doppels a bit darker than this.

Smell: Sweet malts.

Taste: sweet malts up front with a slight raisin and molasses flavor. Very well integrated flavor, moves into an alcoholic, slight hop kick before the malts come back for the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Nice thick and chewy, very good.

Drinkability: The alcohol is noticeable but doesnt get in the way too much, quite drinkable at 7.5.

A very nice doppelbock, though it doesn't hold a candle to the Andechs doppel in my mind.

Photo of IceAce
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium-dark copper body capped with a full finger of semi-dense light tan foam. Clarity is outstanding, lacing is < 25%, and head retention is slightly less than average.

The nose is deeply malty with an earthy edge. Hallertau hops and a slight yeasy presence play nicely together in the background.

Entry is smooth as the sides of the tongue are gently scrubbed by supportive carbonation. The rich earthy malts go to work in the midtaste, providing a hearty mouthfeel. The finish begins with a crisp hop bite, quickly followed by a beautiful, German malt fade.

Some smokiness appears as the temperatre of the beer reaches the 50° mark.

Lip-licking goodness...

Photo of mobyfann
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .85EUR + .15EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 28.04.2005

The beer pours a beautiful clear amber color with a medium white head, average rentention and no true signs of lacing. The smell is rich of aromatic malts.

The taste is a staple in terms of doppelbocks, smooth malt delivery; however it is noticeably a bit heavy/thick. Absolutely amazing how well this beer goes down, and it clenses the palette everytime. No alcohol aftertaste at all, this is maybe the best doppelbock in terms of being able to drink them one after another.

Final Thought: This is a great beer to have before you go to bed, not extremely heavy like a Weizen, but it clearly gets the job done.

Photo of drunkensailor
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass, poured from the bottle. Amber in color, lighter than expected. Creamy white head about an inch thick. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is a bit winey, with some caramely sweetness to it. The first taste that hit me was an herbal or fruity tang, that dried my mouth. Aftertaste is ok, nothing to really savor. Almost a syrupy texture that I didn't find overly pleasant. All in all, not a personal favorite. I could drink it again, but would purchase another doppelbock before this one. What I did really enjoy was the contrast of the two ends of the doppelbock spectrum; comparing this beer to the celebrator. based on the standard definition of a doppelbock provided by BA, I would say this definately fits the bill, and is a good example of Doppelbock diversity.

On a second note this is my very first review on BA so I hope I covered all the basics.

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

The bottle has a black and red label with a monk and aristocrate drinking beers.

A: One finger head. Clear amber color that is darker than lighter.

S: Winey aroma. Sweet.

T: Nice malty and caramel flavor. Very good flavor.

M: Smooth.

D: Good beer. Much better than the other doppel bock I reviewed.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. Very nice. Poured out to a gold / auburn color with a nice white faomy head. No lace noted. Aromas of caramel and fruits were present, and a touch malty. Flavor was quite smooth, with overtones of roasted sugar, malt and fermented grapes or plumbs. Also had a brandy like aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel, but was slightly weak. Aftertaste and finish were sweet, with a slight bite. Not bad. If you can find this brew, I would recommend giving it a try.

Photo of Noxious26
2.81/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle served in pint glass.

Dark cherry, Red-Brown hue and is nice and clear. Head, although an inch tall and beige at the pour, reduces to a thin splotchy layer. The colour is really dazzling.

Aroma is strongly malted. Through the roasted malts light scents of wood and smoke appear. Smells a little like cough syrup.

The taste is the same as the aroma, strong roasted malts. This is very sweet with tones of molasses and a light touch of smoke. I found the alcohol to be too strong and almost overbearing at times. I needed to break up the taste with a little fruit to help dim the sweetness and subdue the alcohol flavour. Aftertaste doesn't hang around long.

The mouthfeel is another turn off. Feels like I just drank cough syrup. It's thick and full, but very syrup-like in consistency.

This is definitely a sipping beer. You would need to stretch it out over a period of time, preferably matched with some food. Also I don't think I'd want more than one in a night. Salvator would definitely do better with less alcoholic bite and without making my mouth feel coated in syrup.

Photo of chrisms86
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paulaner never fails me so I picked this up with high expectations. Tastes very sweet and feels syrupy in the mouth. High alcohol content goes unnoticed in the taste, but extremely fruity flavor makes this one too much like a slurpy for me. A good beer but I doubt I'll buy it again.

Photo of jdm
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

wow. dopplebocks are where IT is at. color is reddish-copper, like an old indian-head penny your grandpa saved for ya. very creamy 1 finger head that doesn't give up too easily if let set for a while, if you can wait. smell is malty, malty, malty. you can catch the scent of alcohol in the nose as well. hop bittering is not absent but somewhat under-stated. too sweet and too thick for me. this is definetely a one or two in a night kind of beer, as it is a little sweet and heavy, but it is a truly tasty and interesting adventure in malt imbibement.

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

A: Clear amber with an initially huge head that's now just a collar. Head's probably smaller now due to the higher alcohol content.

S: Sweet malts, slightly fruity. No hop smell. No alcohol smells. Malt smells are light rather than toasty.

T: Sweet malt flavor with no toasty flavors. There's an almost fruity alcoholic flavor here. Hop bitterness is very low and way in the background.

M: Crisp carbonation and a nice creamy feel. Sounds contradictory, I know, but that's what I'm getting. Nice warmth. Sweetness is below a level to make this feel syrupy.

D&N: Perhaps not as complex as a Celebrator dopplebock. The malts, while sweet and tasy, could have done with a little more depth. Still, a very tasty beer and very drinkable. Not a beer for a dedicated hop head, this beer is right in line for someone who likes a rich malty beer. Recommended.

Photo of sitbooboosit
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours copper red
head is dark creamy colour, nice, thick and dense, even sized bubbles. heavy legs form on the glass when swurled
aroma of whole wheat bread or pumpernickel
toffee, sweet caramel malt tast, very light on the hops, peppery alcohol heat, anise, licorice.
finishes very smooth and clean

great beer that i'm still developing a taste for.

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle with a freshness date of 09/04. Pours out a apple cider thickness, reddish brown and a bit cloudy. There is a constant stream of rising bubbles and the taste indicates such as well.

Poured a tannish thin bubbly head about half a finger high that dissipates fairly quickly. There is no lace apparent so far. The aroma is fairly strong and noticeable with hints of fruit, grapes and a slight alcohol smell. The taste is similar, kind of grapey and alcoholic. The carbonation is high giving a lasting aftertaste that accompanies the slight maltiness and coffee flavors on the palate.

Photo of GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

05/09/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle poured into my Aventinus weizen glass. Dated on the back label.

Appearance- Rather watery in color with a copper hue. Decent sized head and light lacing. Expected a thicker and darker pour.

Smell- Sweet malt with some kind of coffee/chocolate scent as well.

Taste- Heavier sweet malt than expected. Pretty hefty caramel taste with more than expected side of hop bitterness. Maybe a bit burnt and smoky with a "chewing on a tobacco leaf" sensation. Lots of goodies in here.

Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation with an average mouthfeel.

Drinkability- One of the better doppelbocks. More flavor than I thought this one would have. Not quite the thickness of a primo doppel, but at the very least, it's a pretty good standby to most.

Photo of whynot44
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice reddish brown color and nice creamy head that hangs around well.

The aroma is all sweet malts, caramel and just a touch of floral hops..

Rich sweet malt flavor, caramel, maybe a touch of butterscotch up front. Yeasty/bready in the middle with a little hops bite at the finish.

Full bodied, strong but smooth. Serious beer!

Photo of Litterbean
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just had this one again, and I find it to be a bit more drinkable. I can't put this one down! Also, I feel the smell now is more than good, it is a beautiful smelling beer. Delicious as always, but still very complex. Such a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The sweet malts still blow me away in this one. A delicious doppelbock and one that is surprisingly more drinkable than I remembered. Awesome.

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

Pours a nice brownish-red color that didn't have much of a head on it, but had some carbonated bubbles. It has a very nice malty caramel smell to it. Has a strong malty coffee like taste that is actually very good. You can really feel the strong alcohol presence to it. Overall this is an excellent brew that you can drink in moderation. This is one Doppelbock that everyone should try.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,321 ratings.