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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 1,297
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 60
Gots: 209 | 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 ViveLaChouffe
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear mahogany with an inch thick lacy tan head. Smells of fruity malt, caramel. Earthy and touches of vanilla and raisin.

Tastes...like a dopplebock. This was my first doppelbock ever and when i think of doppelbock, this is the taste I use as the standard. Very malty with caramel and molassess, tart fruitiness and earthy. Woody. A lightly smoky and woody aftertaste. Velvet smooth and very drinkable.

One of my all time favorites. Can't believe it's taken me so long to review it.

Photo of alexgash
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I remember this beer from my early days of burgeoning beer enlightenment. Clear, ruby-brown body with a small, tight, khaki head. Nose of rich, sweet malts, caramel, stewed fruit, jam, and a light, spicy, vegetal hop presence. Taste is sweet caramelly cookie malt with notes of fruit and brandy. Mildly spicy, noble hop finish. Lasting bitterness with a sweetbread edge. Full-bodied, thick (not quite liquid bread though). A very good DB, but I don't know if I would fast on this alone (throw in some Celebrator, Bayern, and Autumnal Fire and then maybe...).

Photo of bashiba
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber with a thin white head that disappeared almost immediatly.

Smells of sweet dark fruits and a slight woodyness.

Taste is a very strong dark maltiness with a just a touch of sweetness and a great wood character, finishes with a very pronounced earthy hoppiness to it.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a slight slickness to it.

Drinkability is very good on this easy drinking Doppel. Alcohol is masked very well and this one goes down very well.

Photo of canucklehead
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favourite Doppelbock because it opens up with increasing complexity with every sip. Easier drinking than Celebrator it shows its versatility with meat and game. Lots of sweetness is eased off if the bottle is cellared for six months to a year.

Photo of Vipsanius
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark amber color with an inch and a half light tan head into a flute. Had decent lacing and decent head retention.

The aroma was mainly that of sweet figs. Could also smell plums, honey, and candied fruits. Tasted like it smelled. Figs, molasses, malt, honey, and some apples. Right before the end you could kind of pick up on some floral hops. The finish was mainly a prune and raisin flavor with a touch of unsweetened cocoa. That might sound bad but it's not.

The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. Very pleasant to sip and savor. Probably wouldn't want to drink too many of these in one sitting.

Photo of GreatLeo
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a 33cl bottle with best before date 08/2005
It was a reddish dark amber color with an off white head with good lace with hints of caramel and prunes possibly.
Sweet and medium carbonated with very little bitterness. Went down really smooth surprisingly for a bock beer considering that they tend to be more heartier beers I feel.
Full bodied and quite complex without being overbearing aswell as quite filling and easy to drink.
Another good candidate beer that would do good with a little proper aging I feel.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden reddish orange color with a sparse bubbling off white head. Some bits of lacing cling to the side of the glass. Big roasted nutty caramel aroma wafts up into the nostrils. Light cocoa along with a spicy breadiness. Quite a nice, full nose on this one.

Big sweet and caramelly nutty maltiness collides with hints of dried fruit and fresh baked bread. There some slight cocoa and toffee flavors and a bit of a metallic twang. An ever so slight hop bitterness appears on the way down. Tasty.

A rich, creamy body that flows over the palate nicely. Very full and satisfying. This is quite a nice doppelbock and one I'll be having again in the future. A nice example of the style.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky, ripe orange with tangerine peel trim. Salvator looks for all the world like a DIPA (or an orange creamsicle). The ice cream portion of the creamsicle is the dense, orange-tinted ivory cap perched atop the beer. The foam has enough inherent stickiness to last for a bit and to deposit thick strands of lace on the glass.

I'm not that impressed with the nose. It smells like sweet orchard fruit, a little musky perhaps, with a slight aroma of butterscotch. There's no hint of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, etc. In that respect, it's quite a bit different from most other doppelbock noses that I've run across. The bottom line is that it just isn't that impressive in terms of character or intensity.

Things improve once the beer actually comes in contact with the taste buds. Malt is the engine that makes Salvator go, no surprise there, but it's more of the toasted caramel variety than anything darker. Maybe my style expectations are just way off the mark here.

Sweet, musky fruit (ripe peaches and apricots) is also noted with a smattering of spiciness (cinnamon perhaps) that adds some much needed complexity. The body/mouthfeel is medium for the style, maybe a scosh more full than that, and gains some measure of lushness as the beer warms.

Salvator is a different sort of doppelbock. For all I know, though, it might be the standard bearer for the style. It was good and the bottle was empty almost before I knew it, but the word 'great' never even crossed my mind.

Photo of beertastegood
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This outstanding beer pours a golden brown from the bottle with a fluffy head that quickly dissipated. Smells of sweet caramel, malt and raisins. Taste is excellent, big bold malt flavor, as expected, with a delightfully smooth finish. That 7.5% ABV sneaks up on you! The golden standard against which most doppelbocks are measured

Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yeah, what everyone else said – (except for 2 reviewers). Finally got to quaff the standard among d-bocks. Exceptional brew, beautiful amber brown pour with tan head, very lacy. Malty, sweet, with a hop balance and finish. Nice alcohol presence to counter the sweetness (wifey said it tasted like whisky – HEH !!) Gimme a couple more

Photo of Bierguy5
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. The original dopplebock. Slight hazy bronze color. Thick tan foamy head. Good retention. Big sweet caramel malt aroma. Notes of molasses and dark bread. Toasty almost roasty aroma. Big malt flavor, sticky and sweet. Sweet dark bread flavor. Toasty caramel flavor. Very little hop bitterness. Medium body approaches full, moderate carbonation. Thick and approaching syrup like. Very satisfying and filling. This is a classic to measure against.

Photo of danadeny
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange-dark copper body with slight carbonation. Good off-white head. Smells sweet, a bit bread dough like, and a hint of fruit. As for tatse i can detect a bit of the grain up front, and an overall sweet and slightly fruity taste with a minor smokey finish. Mild alcohol in the middle, excellent ballance. I like the complexity, but on the other hand this beer is not too complex because i can still pick all of the flavors apart. Mild overall hops presence. Mouthfeel is watery at first, refreshing, but then leaves an oily coating as it evaporates in the mouth. Awesome ballance hides the alcohol very well and makes this highly drinkable.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bottle, just a bit over a pint.

Great red/amber color, big off-white head. That head went south awfully fast, though. Still a great color.

Tart fruits, sweet caramel, maple syrup, molasses in the smell.

Sweet caramel up front, in fact most of the way through. I expect that with this style, and find it charming. Not as dominate as in some doppblebocks, i.e. Samichlaus, Celebrator, but there for sure. Lots of malty goodness, lots. Tartness not unlike a green apple. Hops revealed in the finish, helping cleanse the palate for the next round. Alcohol warms your gut; "It's a special kind of stupid...".

Sure I've had better, but this is still a hell of a dopplebock.

Photo of gimmehead
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amber colored brew with a one finger head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma is outstanding: grassy like a fresh mowed hayfield, becoming sweeter as it warms and alcoholic when warm and agitated. Tastes of rich malts and the same grassiness as the nose, herbal and floral. Much more malt dominant as it warms, and alcoholic when rolled around on the tongue. Great session beer; medium bodied and a little carbonation, just right ABV. My favorite doppelbock.

Photo of mgdeth
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Deep copper color, off-white head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell - Huge malty sweetness, and not much else. Still, it smells pretty darn good.

Taste - As promised by the smell, this is a seriously malty beer. I also detect a smoky taste in the background. Hops hit in the aftertaste, but not too hard. There is some alcohol warmth and spiciness present as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium or medium-heavy in body. About what it should be.

Drinkability - This beer is pretty smooth, even with the smoky edge. I can see drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

Comments - Doppelbock is just not my style of choice. By my estimation this is a very good beer, but I just can't get really excited about it.

Photo of deejaydan
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a few times in the past, and just never put pen to paper. Pours a deep copper/light red color. Good head retention and sticky lace. The head clumps as you drink it. Smells carmelly and sweet. Taste is carmelly, munich malt up front. Spicy herbal hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is thick and lucious. I could down these all night if it wasn't 7.5%.

Photo of ski271
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the first doppelbock I ever had, many years ago at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love how chewy, big, and malty they are, and this is a good one. I had this in a bottle, but I’d love to try it on-tap.

This beer is a beautiful medium dark amber with a decent-sized, off-white, mostly diminishing, frothy head and only a little lacing early. The aroma is pungent and sweet. Caramel maltiness is strong followed by bready, smokey and fruity scents. The taste is like I like them: big and malty. There’s a wonderful candied fruitiness of raspberry and plum, and a pleasant little hop bitterness. The finish is long-lasting and sweet with bit of alcohol, kind of like a tawny port. The mouthfeel is a little oily and syrupy but still thinner and lighter in body than I thought it would be. I really enjoyed this beer and think that drinkability is high, though most would probably consider this to mealy and strong. But I would recommend trying this one.

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

Appearance – This one is light brown in color with an orangish tint. The head is a deep, off-white beautiful pillow that is very creamy and retentive.

Smell – The strong bock aroma jumps out of the glass. It’s heavy with molasses and maple. The malts are toasty and raw with some light sweetness.

Taste – The big maple and molasses mix well with the malts and light sweetness to form a terrific flavor profile.

Mouthfeel – This DB is creamy and smooth on the palate. It is bigger than medium-bodied but not full.

Drinkability – This is a raw, edgy Doppelbock which is just the way that I like ‘em. It is true to the style and exceptionally creamy in the mouth.

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

I was somewhat impressed by this Paulaner offering. 500ml bottle pours a golden-brown with ruby tints that sports a healthy head that lingers for a while. A very roasty aroma speaks of caramel, raisins, plums, and toasted sourdough bread. Taste has a little more hops than your average bock, if you ask me, which I enjoy. Balances out the malts. Again the caramel, raisins, mild hints of grapefruit. A bit of bite in the mouthfeel, and just right on the carbonation. Could use a bit more "pepperyness" for my taste. Not my favorite style, but for the style, I think it's a great, widely available beer. Pretty drinkable, also, a 500ml bottle will warm you up nicely.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle with something that looks like a freshness date or a batch number on the front label. Pours into the chalice a deep reddish-brown with a 1 finger head that reduces to almost nothing and leaves little lacing. Scents are bubblegum, diacetyl, golden raisins, and caramel. Tastes are alcohol, diacetyl, sweet malts, and bitterness that is there but overshadowed by the other flavors. Tastes good but almost too sweet and the alcohol is very prevalent, which both lower the taste score. Beer is thick and smooth, leaving a warming sensation as it goes down. Good but I couldn't drink more than a bottle of this at a time. Perhaps cellaring a bottle for a few months might help.

Photo of Dotcubed
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this bottle in a wine/beer shop in New Orleans in the French Quarter. It was a few doors down from K-Paul's, you must eat there it's super good. Be sure to ask about a beer Menu I don't know if they have any.

I decided to check it out, I like Bock so why not this one.

I found it to be nicely roasted with a lively bubbleyness to it. I thougt it had a bitter finish to it I didn't really care too much for but it mad up for that in color. It had a nice dark redness to it that was pleasing.

I liked this beer but it didn't strike me as one that I'd buy all the time or keep around the house. I do like it enough that I'll get one in town and try it again. Who knows, could be an old bottle that got too many temperature changes.

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

It has been a long time since I had a Salvator and after having one this weekend I can honestly say I have no clue why! This brew pours to a clear dark amber color with a think off white head (Tan) head that breaks down relatively slowly, very nice looking! It left a nice amount of lacing through out the entire brew! The aroma is very pleasant with a sweetness from the malt which is probably leading to the notice of caramel or toffee smell that is excellent. The taste is very much dominated by the malt giving it a sweet flavor that gives way to a keen spiciness/bitterness ending with slight alcohol flavor. This is a nice brew and must thank the friend who left here the previous weekend!

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

Pours a deep, clear, cherry-copper with a formidable beige-red head. Moderate lacing. Smells nicely sugary with a big amount of raisin to the nose. Has all the wonderful depth of flavor one would expect from a big malty beast like this. Brown sugar, plum, fig, raisin..it's all there. Finishes with a syrupy slickness that I just love. It's a keeper.

Photo of Citadel82
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the tastier beer styles in my experience, I have had many BMC drinkers tell me that doppelbocks taste delicious.

This beer pours a transparent dark amber color with a thick creamy head. Lots of sticky lace.

t has the wonderful doppelbock smell, phenolic, toffee, sweet malts and caramel.

This beer is easy to drink and has a malty doppelbock taste. It matches the complexity of Celebrator and is equally drinkable. No alcohol that I coul discern.

In my experience this beer and Abita Turbo - Dog are the beers for fried turkey. The maltiness offsets the sharp spicieness of the Zataran's Crab Boil that we inject into the bird.

Never had fried turkey? Sad.

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

Creamy brown in color with a substantial, quickly-fading brownish head. Chewy, malty aroma, supremely round and soft, with candied sweetness.

The taste is simply delicious. Round and very drinkable, with creamy, chewy, malty, caramel sweetness throughout and a bit of spicyness, almost like a drop of Worcestershire sauce and a touch of smoke. The complexity is wonderful without being intimidating.

I haven't had that many doppelbocks, but this has vaulted towards the top of the list--and why shouldn't it? It's the granddaddy of them all...

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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