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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 1,314
Hads: 2,515
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 76
Gots: 290 | 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 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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Photo of MrBoz21
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Twelve oz bottle.

Poured red, slightly murkey with thick and creamy kakhi head that settled pretty quick. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Caramel malt, raison, nutmeg, slight alcohol.

Taste: Dry woodsy roast with spice, steady earthy hop bitterness brings balance.

Mouthfeel: Thick malt and astringent.

Overall: Pretty smooth and balanced doppel with complexities to explore.

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

Pours a finger and half of head on a dark straw colored body.
The aroma has lots of caramel and malty goodness.
The taste is caramel sweet from beginning to end, though some lemon bitterness balances it out a bit at the finish line.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
Always a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of dank203
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very nice smooth drink. looks good in a pils glass, dark red/brown amber, and an aroma of olive, earth, dark fruit, brown sugar. taste has a good balance of hop bitterness with caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, bubblegum, peach compote, lemon lime finish. Smooth bodied and well carbonated

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Photo of DesertRat
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nice amber brown color. Spotty lacing. Mild head.

S: Light chocolate notes. Moderate yeast aroma.

T: Choclate roasted malt. Nice medium body. Moderate yeast, Belgian yeast maybe? Very pleasant all around. Hides the 8% abv.

M: Medium body. Sweet, chocolatey and roasty.

O: I really enjoyed this dopplebock. Having tried a few here in Germany, I prefer it on top off all the heils, pils and export beers (lager) I have been drinking.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Boca-X
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a large tulip. Off white foamy head, little to no lacing. Deep cloudy amber in color.

Malty sweet breads on the nose.

First sip...chewy sweet caramel...medium carbonation, medium weight on the mouth feel. Hints of bitter dark chocolate, popcorn kernels and honey fade to burnt toast and caramelized sugar...the finish is quick and dry with a slight bitterness. As the beer warms the finish is left sweeter than bitter...with a hint of sour dough bread. Nice fuzzy, warmth lingers in my throat.

Back in the day this was one of my all time favorite beers. Many years have passed and it has lost some of it's shine...with so many great beers out there now to choose from this now gets lost on the shelf by me most of the time. Hadn't had it in a while so I thought Id review, not as good as I remembered but still pretty damn good.

A solid Doppel Bock at a very good price...cheers!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle
L - creamy ivory head tops a bronze colored body, good head retention
S - malty nose with toffee, caramel, brown sugar, bread, molasses, spicy noble hop
T - very sweet and malty, toffee, brown sugar, and caramel dominate followed by some pleasant spicy hops. Some toasted grain and bready flavors meld nicely, but is still a bit cloyingly sweet at times
F - creamy and on the fuller side if medium for body, alcohol is a bit hot on the finish, but otherwise clean
O - solid doppelbock. It may not be the best option, but is a good choice if it's available and looking for something sweeter

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/14, cellar temp, into imperial pint
Aroma of toasted malt, no hops
Head large (5 cm), off white to light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing
Lacing good
Body medium brown, hazy
Flavor begins with toasted malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl, distinctly sweet but not cloying, ends with slight bitterness
Palate medium to full, creamy, carbonation soft

An easy drinking OK doppelbock in which the alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Light brown in color head fades completely and leaves no lacing. Not attractive.

S: Soy sauce and chocolate

T: Taste when cold was chocolatey and a little roasty. As it warmed, it became more complex - soy sauce, very bready, and come chocolate.

M: Pretty thick and sweet.

O: Great Doppelbock - in the same league as the popular German ones - Korbinian, Celebrator.

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Photo of Wedgie28
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer tasted really germanie and yes I know it's from Germany and how to spell Germany. It's really malty and I never even seen or met a malt. I imagine this is what a malt would taste like. Ok maybe I've had a malted milk shake and a malted milk ball or two before but any way this is really good.

This tastes like beer, looks like beer and I'm pretty sure is beer, and a really good beer at that.

Thank you.

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Photo of BoilerMo
4.81/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Light tan to Copper

S: sweet smell, maybe oaken hints

T: Was accurate for a German Dopple, it was smooth and easy to drink. We drank at 57F (12 C)so the extra alchol wasnt apparent.

M: I smelled the and tasted like a heavy bier but the mothfeel was light, the appreance tricks the eye.

O: This is one of great Dopplebock's, but drink it just below room tempature to get the wonderful real experience. Grabbed one from the fridge after our tasting and the cold (42 F) changed the taste, it needs to warm to truely be at its best.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of constantine_272
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper and brown with light tan head. Highly carbonated looks great. Slight haze adds a touch of muddiness.

S: A bit of sweetness and a lot of alcohol. Lots of malt, honey and a wee touch of bread and vanilla. Notes of aged oak barrels, and rich balsamic. Smells like big beer.

T: This beer starts off rich and malty with grain, bread, oak, dark roasted walnuts, honey, molasses and dark oily firms red tobacco. It tries to finish crisp with a touch of hops, but the sweetness drowned it in the end. I like everything but the big sweetness on the finish. After it warmed up a little, the sweetness flattened out a bit. Refrigerator temperatures were clearly too cold.

M: Medium body. Maybe leaning more full. I little viscous but not too much. Juicy without much dryness on the end. Aftertaste is minimal at most.

O: Like I said in the taste section, I don't like the big sweetness on the finish. But let it warm up a little and it mellows. Besides that, it's big and full and has a lot to offer.

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Photo of BastardKing24
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the first german beers I ever had, and my first doppelbock. Classic beer here I have enjoyed many times.

Pours a bright red with orange highlights, and a sticky head that falls to a ring with some suds.

Smell is rich toffee, caramel, toast, dates, plum, and a port like smell.

Taste is full of sweet malt, dark fruit like prunes, raisins, and figs. Toasty quality along with brown sugar and caramel. Also some yeasty esters in there as well.

Feel is spot on, but it's sort of light on the palate for the style. Medium carb.

I love this beer its so clean.

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Photo of slusk
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep copper with a good amount of tan head.

S: Really nice aroma of malt with what appears to be a bit of pilsner. There's an underlying citrus hop at work but it's in the background. Dark fruits are prominent with a raisin sweetness in the forefront.

T: Not a lot going on in this doppelbock. A bit of caramel sweetness but it's subdued. It's actually a bit more balanced than I would have expected and a bit one dimensional. I would expect a tad more sweetness and a bit more caramel or complex dark fruit notes. It just doesn't linger on the palate long enough to have much of an aftertaste. I would almost venture as to say it's a bit bland for a doppelbock. It does have very mild spice, maybe a tiny bit of orange peel in the background and a little alcohol burn which is nice.

M: Medium bodied with a low carbonation.

O: I find this doppelbock a bit too thin for my taste. It's somewhat one dimensional characters leave a bit to be desired. The bitterness is about right but it lacks the malty hit I like to see in a doppelbock. Overall I would choose this over any mass market product and it does fit the style, just not as exciting as I would have liked. May be one of the few doppelbocks I;ve ever tried that I would almost consider a session beer. I like it.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/2013. Pours lightly hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, pear, plum, apple, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice aromas with good balance of malt and fruity yeast notes with solid complexity; and good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, plum, pear, apple, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, pear, apple, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish. Nice balance and solid complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice doppelbock. Good balance and solid complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep hazy orangeish brown, fairly dark, with a creamy tan head.

S: Nose is full of malt, bready, with a bit of red apple.

T: Malt has you up front, followed by a touch of alcohol. Finish and aftertaste are malty.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: My favorite bottom fermented beer. It's a malt bomb, and for a long time it was my favorite beer. If you like malty beers, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - A beautiful chocolate brown during the poor, but more amber when in the light. A medium head (low two fingers, eggshell colored) which dissolved relatively quickly. A little bit of carbonation bubbling. A very attractive beer.

S - Not overly full. Definitely a malty and somewhat bready smell hinted with a molasses. Good smell but not a lot of it.

T - A very warm molasses taste to start, quite sweet, with a malty body which ends with a mix of slightly bitter hops and raisin. Definitely conceals the high alcohol content better than quite a few doppelbocks (e.g., Lowenbrau's triumphinator for example).

M - not overly textured, even for a doppelbock. A little more weight could be desired. Despite this, the sugars tingle and it goes down very smooth.

O - a classic doppelbock; not as complex as Augustiner Maximator, but certainly a must for any German beer novice. Historically, its the first "goat" beer in Bavaria and it certainly holds that distinction nobly today.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.