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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 1,288
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 59
Gots: 194 | 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 longarm
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a invert-tapered pilsner glass. I find it difficult to imagine that a beer could appear any better than this one. Stunning in its clarity and color, the only minor defect is a short lasting head. Given the high alcohol content, however, this is expected and it's difficult to dock it points based on that.

Aroma entirely carried along wisps of munich malt and alcohol. No hops.

The munich malts again appear on the palate to carry the flavor. There isn't much else except a moderately hot alcoholic finish. I personally prefer a little more sweetness, just to help it balance better and bring-out the flavors a little more, but otherwise it has nothing else worth a complaint.

The dryness of this beer keeps it from entirely coating as well as I prefer in a doppelbock.

Salvator Doppelbock is greater than the sum of its parts. It's quite easy to drink several in a sitting, but the boomerang effect might hurt.

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

This beer has a deep ruby coloration that is quite clear. The head was tight bubbles and bright white but lasted too short of time. Speaking of bubbles, they percolated through the beer after each sip.

It is hard to get past the caramel aroma to anything else. I found no off aromas and no hops. No roasted or other kinds of malt.

The caramel takes over the taste also. But there is a prune fruitiness that comes out in the finish. These flavors make this a complex beer. Sweet caramel morphing into sweet fruitiness. Never overpowering but always challenging the pallate.

The mouthfeel is medium but not memorable.

This is the classic doppel bock and a must for someone trying to figure out what these bocks taste like, but is does not push the envleope enough for me. I prefer bigger beers in aroma, taste and alcohol.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange brown color into a Paulaner glass. Smell is a combination of plums/raisins, and caramel/malts.

There is a really interesting flavor in here: a mix of raisin, blueberry, dark malts and dark alcohol. It isn't the thickest beer for a double bock, but its very drinkable.


Photo of Cwrw
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner and Erdinger have always been two of my favourite, larger breweries in Germany. Sniffing from the bottle after popping the cap I get a very peculiar leathery, seasoning salt smell. A cream-coloured, almost light red head forms, about 4 cm, leaving healthy thick patches of lace. The beer is almost red, but more of a dark orange, and extremely clear. The head narrows to a thin, but fine covering. The aroma is spicy, and extremely salty. I get massive whiffs of seasoning-salt here. Leathery, chemical-like, extremely unique. I smell tomato-juice, and celery salt. Some of the smells are hard to define. I do get some red-malt aroma, some butterscotch, and very pungent acidity. The taste is not half as full or mysterious as the aroma might suggest: instead of much spiciness, I get more of the leathery malt, and some astringent sour properties, and some basic caramel malt in the finish. Some taste akin to barbeque sauce, or tomato juice. Sweet malt, more salinity, butter, metallic notes, sour cheese. The mouthfeel is actually quite oily and dry, but very full. This was not my favourite beer when I first tried it a couple of years ago, but it has grown on me, especially after trying many different barleywines and old ales. I would still not drink more than two of these in a night, equally out of respect for its taste and its strong gravity.

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

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy off white head that fades to a whispy sheet after a moment. Some thin lacing but not much strength. Faded orange/light brown in color.

Caramel and molasses; sweet toasted malt profile. Dark fruit: plum and raisin. Moderate alcohol aroma as well. Very bold aromatics indicative of the style.

Dark fruit flavors and molasses along with a toffee tinged maltiness. A burst of carbonation that takes away from these bold flavors. A caramel, faint nut flavor, and alcohol make up the aftertaste.

Full bodied; a bit fizzy on the palate. Well balanced but not as smooth as I expected.

A solid version of the style; pretty much the standard for doppelbocks. Great aromas, good flavors, but not as smooth as I would have liked.

Photo of Wolfsdenbrew
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big beige head that dissipates slowly leaving behind moderate lacing. Lots of tiny effervescent bubbles rising continuously. it pours a clear deep amber, copper color...a little light for the style I think.

The aroma is small...a bit nutty with sweet malts and very light hop note.

The taste is caramel sweet with a good balance of hops. A piney hopness to the finish and a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

mouthfeel has good carbonation but a little lacking in body for the style.

Overall an average beer but nothing impressive.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Label Lingo and bottle babble: Two European guys enjoying a carafe of beer.

Dark amber hued pour topped off with a scattered off white head cap that settles to a wafer thinness. Zero bubbles.

Rough and ready caramel and big biscuit candy corn malts.

First Swigs: Dang near barley wine style fig wild spread malts. Lingering malt maple syrup aftertastes. Cinamon and cloves spiciness. Some good ole malty vanilla ice cream character. Tons of root beer character.

Thick bodied syrupy (pourable on pancakes) feel. A bit too thick and overbearing malts to be drinkable.

Last Swigs: Woody bark like syrup malts. Eyes closed this is a cellared Barely Wine. Almost like an off aged Barley Wine. 7.5 % ABV is undetectable. Not a favorite style, so this is ok in the overall factor. 4.06 with 291 Bas.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of Dmann
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one badass Doppelbock. Many others are too thick and sweet for me but this one strikes a perfect balance. The apperance was great with a nice reddish brown color and great head. The smell was a bit subtle but I could detect some nice cinnamon and sweet fruit scents. The taste and mouthfeel were out of this world. Sweet malts dominate most of the flavor profile but not in a way that makes it undrinkable, and there is a great dry/hoppy character in the finnish that perfectly balances out the maltiness of the front end. A extremley drinkable Doppel goes along side the Celebrator as my favorite beers of the style.

Photo of donnebaby
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard puff rises and sticks over a very nice looking, clear red body. Lasting, thick haze adds some appearance points.

Some spice bite behind the pungent, mulled-like malts. Reminds me of the cooked, buttery apples with cinnamon my Mom sometimes makes as a side dish.

Taste is balanced and well-done, jibing closely with the nose. Lots of baked apples and jumpy malts. A little sweet. Plums. Taste is small, but works -- which reminds me of other Paulaner experiences. Sweet, clean after. Alcohol adds more to the body as develops..nice effect.

Refreshing mouthfeel, thirst-quenching despite the 7 1/2 ABV. Probably an excellent session brew. And with the nice looks, I could imagine a liter of it, sitting in a large beer hall in Munchen...

I recall Paulaner being one of the few foreign beers sold in Chile, especially in the South, from their German heritage. But it's widely known and drunk down there.

Photo of slitherySOB
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a goblet, Paulaner Salvator appears an amber/coppery colour. Nice to look at. Unfortunately, the head is a pathetic film that disipates to nothing. Lace is barely their. Just some strips of bubbles. Smells of caramel, malts, some fruit and earth. Taste starts out sweet. Caramel, sweet malts, and dark fruits. Middle is kind of earthy. Like dirt, but in a good way. Aftertaste is bittersweet. As it warms, it becomes much more earthy and hoppy. Nice sharp and bitter aftertase, and the sweetness becomes more mellow. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and light. Little, if any, of a carbonated mouthfeel. Drinkability is good. Beer I can drink again. Maybe not alot in one sitting, but that's what makes it a good beer. It's too complex to be quaffed.

Photo of HochFliegen
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color was dark copper with a tan colored head about 1 finger in thickness. Very rocky and frothy.
The smell was strong malt. Carmel, bread and nutty.
Taste was full of flavor. Big carmel taste upfront with a fruity taste after. Cherry hard candy like flavors as well. A hint of alcohol in the aftertaste along with a nice bitterness.

Photo of MrNuggets
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Big off white head that goes away fast. Smell is big and malty. Taste is really sweet with a large carmel base. This feels extreamly thick in the mouth, wouldn't guess that by looking at it. The sweetness makes finishing the bottle a chore. I usually enjoy heavy beers, but there is something odd about this.

Photo of SheepNutz
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a dark reddish-brown color with two fingers of head. There is a decent amount of lacing. The smell is rich and malty. Some toasted malt, bready aromas with caramel and a hint of alcohol. The taste is also malty, with more caramel sweetness. Some fruity flavors present as well, such as banana and cherry. A bit of alcohol on the finish. The mouthfeel is very strong, yet smooth. The drinkability is pretty good for a 7.5% brew. A good example of the doppelbock style.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid, juicy malt aroma smells so damn good. Orange colored beer towards the bottom of the weizen glass but more of a ruby/mahoganny at the top, pretty cool effect if you ask me. Fine bubbled, dark cream colored head fades slowly to a film leaving strings of lace along the way. Malt from the aroma is very weak in the flavor and quickly overpowered by a mildly bitter and slightly alcoholic taste. Finish is bordering on dry, not the juicy malt bomb I was expecting. Didn't know much about the beer beforehand, but upon pouring it looked good, smelled great. The taste was dissapointing and it turned into a dissapointment.

Photo of elricorico
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out brown with a reddish tint to it. About an inch of head that faded quickly to a thin film on top.

The smell is great! Like milk chocolate and cherries. Perhaps a hint of coffee in the background. Lots of aroma to this one.

Taste is fairly stout-like in how chocolaty it is. Very sweet beer, but not as complex as I would have hoped. The very final touch of flavour is a faint hop bitterness.

Very good mouthfeel, lightly carbonated and a bit creamy make an excellent combination. This beer is not hard to drink at all.

Photo of beerceller99
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear ruby color with a tan head. Sweet cinnamon roll smell. Lightly carbonated with a rich, creamy mouthfeel. Mildly sweet taste of milk chocolate, molasses, spices. Finishes with a spicy alcohol tang.
This brew smells way better than it tastes.

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.

Photo of silenius
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of BrewMaster
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of ybnorml
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of brewQ
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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?

Photo of TongoRad
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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

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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)


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.

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 2,341 ratings.