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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 1,305
Hads: 2,490
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 72
Gots: 278 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

This unfiltered bottom fermented double bock beer has been brewed for over 375 years--always adhering to the original recipe. The taste is unmistakable, with its smooth chocolate flavor, robust dark caramel maltiness and a light note of hops--providing a nice intensity on the palate.
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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with a two finger tan head. Aroma is dark fruit and molasses. Taste is also dark fruit and molasses, with a slight rye bread character. Mouthfeel is medium, would like a bit more feel. Overall a very well done dopplebock, one of the go to's for the style.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Dark brown but lots light comes through giving the beer an amber color, off white creamy head that disappeared fairly quick.

A: Malts, caramel sweetness, some spice, no alcohol on the nose, smells great.

T: Caramel sweetness, nice bitter finish, getting real nice dark fruit sweetness, figs, prunes, very balanced, taste really good.

M: Little thin, great carbonation, nice sweet finish on the palate.

O: Very impressed with this beer, really balanced, nice caramel sweetness up front with some bitterness and dark fruits mixed in. Really good. The aroma is not as good as the taste. This is my second dopple bock, the first was Ayinger and this is just as good.

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Photo of arizcards
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this over at my bro's earlier this week. The base sweetness paired quite well with the German-Style dinner of Glazed Ham and German Potato Salad. Glad i tried!

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice caramel color with a thin tan head.
The aroma is loaded with caramel sweetness and a bit of spice.
Taste follows with plenty of caramel, a bit of spice and a bit of a warming alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel seems thin.
Overall, decent but not spectacular dopplebock.

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Photo of John_M
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Growler last night.

The beer pours a copper amber color with outstanding head retention and very good lacing. On the nose, I get some light sweet malt and vanilla, but that's about it. However, on the palate, this is really a pretty delicious beer. The beer is sweet and malty, as you would expect, and it imparts something of a canned, fruit cocktail flavor to the beer. However, the sweetness isn't over the top, and beer actually finishes with a bit of hoppy bitterness, something I wasn't expecting. That helps to balance the sweetness very nicely in this beer. The beer comes across as medium bodied, but it delivers plenty of flavor, with a long finish. Alcohol is very well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is quite good.

Very solid doppel bock from Paulaner... exactly what I would have expected.

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Photo of johnnycomelately
4.79/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

i just tried this for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. Reminded me of a Belgian. Very smooth and sweet, but the maltiness does eventually feel heavy on you. If I am gonna have just one beer this is a good one. Very satisfying.

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

A - Hazy brick red-brown body, with light tan head, fading slowly, and mild lacing.

S - Floral and caramel, slightly soured grains.

T - Sweetness, bread and honey, slight spice. Close has a touch of bitterness, but very mild.

M - Brisk, closing quickly with a light drying element.

O - An elemental brew. Doughy and sweet, delicious.

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Photo of jefegrande
4.9/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It is one of my favorites it turned me on to dopple bock. When the income tax refund comes in gonna get me some. Its not so expensive, I'm just el pooro.

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Photo of MisterGone
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from 16.9 oz into tulip. Hazy brown with light beige head. The aroma definitely highlights bready, sweet malts. Flavor is a bready, toasty malt up front with a brown sugar across and an ever so slight hop bitter in the finish. Tasty brew for my bent: as a hop head, ale heavy guy, this was a nice change of pace.

To demonstrate my lack of lager experience, I will say this compares to a Belgian Dubbel in its maltiness and sweetness (obviously distinct yeast profiles). More to dark sugars than dried fruits.

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Photo of Maloney1011
2.77/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: dark amber/light brown, cream colored head.

Aroma: sweet malts, little to no hop present.

Flavor: Toasty carmel, slight diacetyl.

Feel: highly carbonated, medium caramel body.

Overall: Drinkable beer, missing toasty character.

Side note: poured on draft at the new Fassler Hall in Oklahoma City, OK. It's an good beer, but would pass for other dopple bocks.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%

Nice little gem that surprised me. I am a fan of malt and this one hit me very well. A lot of malt but it really comes across as light and drinkable. I was really surprised that is was 7.9% ABV, it did not come across as that high. Full of flavor but very smooth and drinkable. Excellent beer that I hope to keep in my regular rotation.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle (best before 9/14, oops, didn't see that before getting it from my local beer store) poured into an Ayinger dobbel bock glass
A: Hazy caramel color with a one-finger head
S: Caramel, wheat, bread, brown sugar
T: Matches the nose; a bit sweet, definitely malt-heavy but tasty
M:Medium-bodied, somewhat sweet
O: A good example of the style. Tasty, but a touch sweet... if that were toned down just a bit it would go from very good to great. Still worth a try

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Photo of TheVillageIdiot
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

This is a great bier overall. Great head with minimal lacing, nice dark amber color and not bitter by any means. Smacks a bit of like an "oak" flavor if that makes any sense to you. Full bodied, great flavor and nice going down. With a alcohol content of 7.9% by volume, it only takes like three to make an excellent nightcap to the end of a long day. I've been living in Germany for about a month now and have lots of biers that I've yet to sample but, that said, this has become my most favorite regular brew for now.

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Photo of Phocion
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Surprisingly hazy (for a doppelbock) dark golden-amber. Very retentive finger and a half of beige frothy head. Thick walls of lacing once the head finally dissipates.

Very fruity and malty. Thick molasses with a ton of dark fruity esters. Figs. Brown sugar. Rich malts.

Very grainy/bready flavor. Syrupy and mildly cloying, though not overbearing. Tons of brown sugar and molasses. Slightly toasted/burnt. Dried dates. No astringency or sign of hops.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Creamy but slightly slick mouthfeel.

Overall this is a great Doppelbock. I had a Weihestephan Korbinian last night which likely taints my palate, and this does not quite stand up to that or the Ayinger examples. Nonetheless, this is a very solid and excellent beer, but not quite up to its fellow Munich counterparts.

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Photo of Kris450
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Extremely smooth beer to drink. Very light mouthfeel for being a bock beer. I felt like there were strong caramel notes and it finished with very little "alcohol" taste. One of the most drinkable beers I've ever tried, which is scary because it's 7.9%

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Photo of Furlinator
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours translucent dark amber. The one inch off-white head fades to a thin cap on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of bready malt and caramel with faint nutty accents.

The taste is of toasted bread, caramel, molasses and faint dark fruit.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation. This beer drinks velvety smooth.

Bread, malt and caramel dominate. A silky smooth texture adds character. A solid dopplebock for sure.

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Photo of utopiajane
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a hazy pastel orange with subtle honey hues in it. A fat head of tan foam that is slow to fall. Nose is malty. Brown crusty bread. Rich dry malt that is expansive on the nose. As the beer warms a hint of chocolate comes forward. Light caramel sweetness underneath There is a dark fruit presence. Some prune, raisin and a faint whiff of alcohol. Taste is malty and rich. breaddy malt, dry and crisp. The middle of the drink is fruity. The edges have some grassy hops in them and the finish has a touch of medicinal alcohol. The alcohol dries out the palate and the malt lingers with a light bit of that caramel sweetness. A bit of bitterness comes from grass and form alcohol to finish this one dry. Lighter mouthfeel than some dopplebocks but medium and full enough. Slight warming from alcohol.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Doppelbocks - I can't get enough of them lately, and the latest effort in the glass in front of my ugly gob is by the rather-average-by-German-standards-which-means-they're-actually-pretty-good Paulaner. In any case I'm not going to waste any more time talking about Doppels I'm just going to plunge right in.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a stein.

A: Clear copper body with more carbonation action going on inside than I've ever seen before and a 3 inch beige head. That's right - gargantuan head ahoy.

S: Dark fruits (plum, fig and date) caramel malts, typical heavy Doppel bread notes and a touch of grandma's sherry from the bottle that she keeps at the back of the cupboard behind the sacks of self-raising flour.

D: I waited for hours for that head to go down before drinking. When I finally did get a taste I was welcomed with open arms by an avalanche of grandma's sherry, dark fruits, caramel, bread notes and a dry but slightly herbal bitter finish. It certainly isn't as heady as Weihenstephaner Korbinian or Weißenoher Klosterbrauerei Bonator but it is appreciatively tasty enough. Perhaps a tad on the boozy side though (sorry grandma).

M: Mid to light bodied with a light but dense carbonation, a bit lacking in this respect compared to other Doppels, just saying.

D: Not quite as good as the aforementioned Weihenstephaner Korbinian and Weißenoher Klosterbrauerei Bonator, but nonetheless a tasty Doppel. The bottle size is a little disconcerting, and small, at 330ml compared to the much appreciated standard half litre. As it stands and due to these factors it is a bit of a middle-of-the-road Doppelbock from Paulaner, and after having their excellent Märzen on multiple occasions I would certainly recommend waiting for that 1 litre behemoth to rise from its March slumber if you want the best Paulaner has to offer.

Food match: Whatever grandma has cooked for you when you visit her next - get a taste of grandma's world for a change.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark caramel with a slight red hue. Almost no head produced.

Aroma- Big whiff of sweet toasty malts.

Taste- Malt dominates this one with big caramel flavors and dark fruit like raisins and plum.

Feel- For such a malt bomb this is very clean and very drinkable.

Overall- Great beer and while heavy on the malt it works perfectly. Incredibly drinkable especially at 8%, which could make this a little dangerous. Definitely worth a try, and I know Ill be getting this again. (90/100)

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Photo of Mojo
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.something ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A - bright red with an initial one finger like tan head. There is no retention and no lacing.

S - grassy, bready, and some alcohol

T - very sweet and malty up front with caramel, raisins, plums, and cherry notes. The finish is dry and understated except for the alcohol warming.

M - a bit thin with not much carbonation. The aftertaste is an alcohol warming.

O - Not particularly a fan. The alcohol should be a bit better hidden for a 8.something ABV.

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Photo of dmgeng
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had never had a double bock but a strong imported beer seemed like a promising endevor.

A - Gorgeous garnet color that looked like a mix between an amber and a brown. Fine off-white head that had some staying power.

S - Delicious malt and caramel notes held your nose. Some alcohol and lager yeast tones were there but in much less quantity.

T - A powerful mixture of malt, caramel, and smooth lager flavor. No real hops to this beer just the malty flavors come through. The characteristic lager flavor is also present but isn't as predominant since it is mostly masked by the full malt assault. There is a light bitterness but it is definitely on the sweet sided making it a good desert beer or as the monks used it, liquid bread!

M - Medium mouth-feel but it should be heavier with the malt bill but the lager yeast really smooths it out. The substantial body and sweetness make this beer not something I could drink more than a couple of but would enjoy it up until then. Moderate to light carbonation is perfect for this style because you don't want acidity to fight the malty goodness.

Overall, a delicious beer if you want a sweet beer that has an amazing lineage. It's definitely a great beer for the price at only $2.50 a pint it's a steal if you like to get drunk on craft beer. I would recommend this to anyone

Glass- German Stein

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium to dark copper in color with light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some golden amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy sudsy tan head that slowly reduces to large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of sweet bready malts with moderate notes of brown sugar and caramel. Lighter aromas of spices and just a hint of dark fruit (fig).

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of sweet bready malts with moderate notes of brown sugar and caramel contributing to the sweetness. There are hints of spices and dark fruit (fig) as well as a light amount of earthy hops which contribute just a hint of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium to full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth. Hints of alcohol warming as the beer warms.

O: Very enjoyable and a very good example of the style - nice complexity of flavor and just enough sweetness without there being too much sweetness and it getting cloying. Alcohol is well hidden making this one pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown/bronze color with a rich creamy head. Beautiful in the glass.

S - Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, a hint of chocolate.

T - Mild sweetness, with tastes following the nose. Malts stand tall and are counted. Alcohol heat is very much in the background and makes this so easy to drink.

M - Medium body, with fairly low carbonation.

O - When I first had this many years ago, I was blown away. But after having many other great doppels, I may not be able to rank this right at the top. But without a doubt, it is near the top of this style. I'm never disappointed with Salvator, and I'll keep coming back to this outstanding beer again and again.

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

I just realized how long it's been since I had this, and then realized I've never reviewed it! Let's begin...

Picked up the Paulaner mixed six for about $8 - great deal for what you get, but only one Salvator in it! Please replace the Munich Lager with another Salvator in the future, Paulaner.

Anyway, unassuming enough, 11.2 oz bottle that you really don't expect to contain an almost 8% abv beer, but it does. Pour created some head, and halfway through it's still sporting a light blanket of bubbles. Seems clarified but we've been having a lot of rain and there's condensate all over the glass, so I can't say for sure.

Aroma is sweet, pomme fruit, candy, with a bit of sour yeast. Light whiff of sweet-tinged alcohol. Maybe a little soft vanilla. Smells just awesome. Great balance of fruit and malt. Flavor comes in hard with malt, and not in a bad way. Sweet, apple, mildly bitter, alcohol is subdued for being as up there as it is. Syrupy mouthfeel, with light effervescence.

This. Is. Good. Great in the mix pack, too, just need one more!

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Photo of silverking
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- hazy deep amber with lots of fast rising carbonation. It has a thick tan head with poor retention and very little lacing.

S- grassy, caramel. There are some light hints of dried fruits, mainly raisin. It smells a little sweet, and there is a gentle touch of alcohol that comes through as it begins to warm up.

T- earthy, a little bit of spice, dried fig, toffee. Finishes clean with a faint, herbal hop bitterness.

M- light bodied, crisp, active carbonation. Clean, refreshing.

O- it's a pretty solid doppelbock.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 1,305 ratings.