Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Reviews: 1,295
Hads: 2,453
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 63
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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

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 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. (1,009 characters)

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. (566 characters)

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. (1,288 characters)

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. (1,230 characters)

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. (400 characters)

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. (983 characters)

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FSW tulip glass. Serving temp: 52.5 degrees

A: Reddish copper tone when held to the light, deep autumn brown when not. Nice off white head when poured that quickly disappears.

S: Bit muted, even at a warmer temperature. Dark bread crusts, caramel malts and that's about it.

T; Sweet toffee caramel, bready backbone. Sweetness is almost akin to challah bread.

M: Full bodied, under carbonated so you don't get too full. Smooth with no surprises.

O: Very nice under assuming dobblebock. Enjoyable, could easily toss 3 of these back without thinking too much about it. Smooth, little on the sweet side, but bland enough that most could handle it. Bready sweetness to give the beer geek a bit of fun too. (730 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: It literally looks like a mug of melted caramel, sliver of head, slight carbonation visible.

S: Strong dark cherry scent throughout, hint of raspberry.

T: Dark cherry throughout, at times a flash of wood smoke, malt taste that lingers at the end.

M: Bighty at times, lighter body than I'd expect from a doppelbock, smooth, no pop, slightly creamy on back-end, warming alcohol sensation that accumulates as you drink.

O: Strong dark cherry scent and flavor, great warming accumulation that lingers longer than I like, a little lighter than body than I like, but overall pretty good. (588 characters)

Photo of anarchia
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ruby with a massive head, lots of lacing left on the glass. Sweet biscuity, nutty aromas. Thick on the tongue and very sweet. Bananas with hints of spice and some toffee. Some alcohol on the finish. Thick and chewy with lots of nutty, bready sweetness. (252 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.71/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
7.9% ABV, Best Before: 05/14

A - Salvator pours delicately cloudy but maintains it's brilliant color that starts with a golden orange color at the base, gradually shifting to a burnt orange in the more volumetric top where it's sturdy tan head slowly plateaus to leave little gobs of lace.

S - Smelling like wort brewing, Salvator consists of dense bread, bold caramel sweetness, toasted Vienna malts, and a perfect absence of hops. This is the kind of doppelbock aroma dreams are made of!

T - Perfectly malty, Salvator's gooey caramel sweetness has Vienna toasted bread notes with a fantastic lingering sweetness that never gets cloying or absentmindedly unbalanced. Again, the intentional lack of hops is very nice in this, letting the bready malt complexity shine.

M - Smooth and medium-full bodied with a lower carbonation level and almost creamy, sweet finish, I can't stress enough the importance and impact of how malty but balanced and not cloying this doppelbock is.

O - Malt lovers rejoice! This. Is. Exceptional. Paulaner's Salvator is one of the kings of the doppelbock kingdom and for good reason; perfect malt balance so as to not be overly sweet but still keep a fuller bodied feel that washes down with delicious bready complexity and a smooth finish. (1,316 characters)

Photo of IPA35
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A pretty beer. Clear amber with nice streams of carbonation flowing up to the top in this tall weizen glass. Slightly off-white head. The glass is 400ml and the bottle 500ml so I have little head. The head is big during the pour but fades away quickly. Some lacing.

A sweet malty beer. Grainly in a pleasant way. Spicy/nutty. Toffee.

The taste follows the nose, a rather sweet malty beer with a good breadiness. Quite bitter too with herbal/leafy mainland (German/Czech) hops.

Nice mouthfeel. Medium bodied and very smooth. The carbonation is gentle and pleasant.

Overall a good beer. Not my favourite style though. (619 characters)

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand. Label reads best by 10/14.

A: Solidly "amber" with very good clarity. 1 finger of caramel-colored head with good retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet malt with molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit, raisin and grape. Faint smoke.

T: Roasted, tangy malt notes transition into a light balancing hop bitterness and semi-dry finish. Nice nuttiness and subtle chocolate notes. Toffee. Sweetness is initially relatively tame, but surges as the glass goes. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Moderate/light carbonation with medium body. Smooth with some creaminess.

O: Very fine doppelbock. In typical Paulaner style, it's not the best in class, but it's damn tasty.

Prost! (740 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep red, appears black and opaquunless brightly backlit, only a scant ring of foam, no head
S: roasted malt, a sweetness like prunes
T: malt, caramel, hops, a tinge of bitter, fruity presence per the nose; malt finish
M: medium-full bodied; smooth; slightly dry
O: Impressively smooth for the relatively high abv. The alcohol is almost entirely masked by the rich malt, hops , and fruit. Well-balanced.

250mL / Tulip Glass / Schmankerl Stube, Hagerstown, MD (462 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the Paulaner Beer Garden in North Station.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger hear that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper caramel color with little clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the cup.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, mild hops, bready malts, and banana.

Taste: Bready, malty, caramel sweetness, mild hop bitterness, and banana.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, medium carbonation, smith, and drinks like a meal.

Overall: Pretty awesome take on the style from this classic brewery. Definitely having more of these in the future. (580 characters)

Photo of Alchemist
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured a very nice deep copper color with a small head. It did not have a murky appearance, but I have heard many describe it this way.

The aroma was light, but would best be described as dark fruits.

The taste was a definite light chocolate with a traditional bready taste. I found it very lightly alcoholic in that it would not be readily noticeable. I found it to be very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel was medium for a beer of this type.

This is an excellent example of the style and one that I would seek out again and again. (535 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy. A copper color.
S- I get mostly piney noble hops. Some malt aroma is certainly present. I get a strong bread and carmel aroma.
T- The flavor is very nice; I got a slight metallic taste in the finish. It drinks smooth though and has low bitterness.
M- Medium to medium full bodied.
O- A quality brew. This beer is perfect for the style as it has the strong malt backbone coupled with a low bitterness level; the drinkability may also be a result of the bock style doubled. (490 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Beautiful clear dark amber with an inch plus tan head which gradually receded to heavy surface foam.

s: Mild malt with slight fruit undertones. The malt aroma increases with each sip.

t: Caramel malt forward with dark fruit beneath and significant balance. Tasty and refreshing! Slightly bitter aftertaste.

m: Medium, smooth.

o: A wonderful Doppelbock and a perfect early autumn brew which would hold its own or outdo just about any Octoberfest beer I've had. And just the sort of malty change of pace I was looking for after the sour-fruity Grassroots Arctic Saison I drank earlier. (653 characters)

Photo of JCBears
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: almost orange coloring beautiful and opaque

smell: hits you from a distance, wheaty heady, nice all around really stays in the nostrils

taste: bit edgy with some spicy kick to it, a nice brew.

mouthfeel: bit watery but the smell keeps it with you, a lovely little brew

overall: ah a nice example of the beer. Not too strong and alcoholic a deffinate find and try (383 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into a shaker pint! I always wanted to try this.

Three finger off white head with dark brown to light amber body, featuring substantial carbonation

Smells of malt, bread, biscuits, and wheat

Taste: bread, biscuits, malt, chocolate, and hops at the finish

Mouthfeel: thick

Overall, this was a good beer, probably best enjoyed on a winter's night. (358 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky copper color. An incredibly fluffy head (about two fingers high, off-white in color) tops it off with amazing texture,and mediocre retention. As it fades away, some lacing is left on the glass.

S: My very first whiff of this brew made me wonder if it were lightstruck - it was a bit skunky. Once it warms up in the glass, however, it smells less like a skunk's ass and more like the dying presence of German hops. Also of note is plenty of caramel and brown sugar.

T: I pick up more in the way of dark fruits than I did on the nose, especially when it first hits the palate. The general flavors are caramel and brown sugar. I also get an apple note, distressingly similar to a macro lager - if I had to pick my least favorite part of the profile, this is it. On the plus side, I'm surprised how hoppy the finish is given its proximity to the 11/13 best-by date. It honestly does a good job of cleaning the palate up, and also provides a nice bitter-ish balance.

M: Like I said, the finish is drier than I anticipated - and that's a good thing! It helps to balance the syrupiness without killing the rich feel. Carbonation is low, but that's because I let it sit for a while before drinking.

O: A solid doppelbock, but it lacks the defined complexity to be a great one. Would drink again, though. (1,352 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Amber/chestnut color. Head looks a little yellowish white, which doesn't retain. Lots of carbonation popping up.

S- Notes of caramel and some roastiness. No hop character.

T- Sweet and roasty. Mild caramel, and a bit of a burnt taste.

M- Full, a little syrupy body. Carbonation is fine but noticeable.

O- This is a decent beer, some characteristics were a little off. A little too much roast, a little too syrupy. (460 characters)

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

Poured from a pint-plus bottle into a shaker glass. An aggressive pour produces a momentary 1/2 inch head that quickly reduces to little islets of lace hugging the edge of the glass or drifting forlornly in the center. The beer is a copper color with plenty of carbonation.

Lots of fruitiness on the nose and in the flavor, with only a touch of bitterness with a very mild citrus character. Also some spiciness, breadiness and a touch of yeast, with some alcohol warming. The aftertaste is likewise very fruity. The fruitiness is strongly suggestive of plums. The beer is medium in body and sticks to the insides of the mouth nicely.

Overall, this is a beer worth trying- doppel bocks can be hard to find around here. However, a local brewery (Bayern in Missoula) produces some bock beers which are better than this one. (822 characters)

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Beautiful bronze. Chunky light beige head.

S: Metallic and grainy. A touch of caramel.

T: Plenty of sweet caramel and treacle. Some dried figs and raisins. It's pretty sweet and a tad bitter. Has a pleasant prickliness. Fruity aftertaste. Very warming.

O: Very nice indeed. However, it's quite sweet and mollycoddling and not something I'd have again without food. (370 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from 2012.

A: Hazy deep chestnut body under a finger of frothy tan head that settles into a ring and leaves spotty lace. Ok..

S: Rich, sweet maltiness. Toffee, toast, brown sugar, and coffee cake. Sweet, caramelized, and really pleasant.

T: Follows the nose - sweet, caramelized, toasted, and fruity. Nice raisin and prune. Whole grain breadiness and brown sugar ahead of a slightly boozy, bittersweet finish. Delicious.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and pleasantly creamy. Borderline sticky, but lively enough to avoid the worst of it. Good stuff.

O: Excellent Doppelbock. I bought a sixpack about 9 months ago, and this is the first one I've opened since having one fresh. It's certainly gotten better, and I think it could continue to improve for at least a little while.

Cheers! (812 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a deep, rusty amber color. Lots of red comes through in the body when held to light. Small, 1 to 2 finger head forms and is off-white to tan in color. Slight haze in the glass, adding to the opaque nature of the beer that is given by the dark color. Lacing is good.

S- Starts with a bang of dark malts. Somewhat fruity in flavor, the malts are semisweet and pretty complex. Almost a brown sugar flavor in the scent before the dark fruity notes make an appearance.

T- Pretty much matches the smell on this one. More dark fruit flavors than in the scent, with an almost raisin-like flavor mixed in. Also, a hint of nuttiness is intermingled among the caramel and dark malts. Ends with a slightly bitter dark malt finish, which feels a little like a hop finish.

M- Medium to light in carbonation and thick and smooth in feel. This one feels pretty much like the liquid bread it is supposed to feel like. This isn't quite a sipper, but it will weigh you down and fill you up.

Overall, there is a reason that people think Salvator when they think doppelbock, This beer lives up to its reputation as a quality, delicious beer. (1,133 characters)

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.