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Salvator Doppel Bock - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock

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1,987 Ratings
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Ratings: 1987
Reviews: 1254
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.28%

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001)
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Photo of WissBrauSean


3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It poured at 55 degrees F into a pint glass an amber/brown colour with a nice one to two finger head that fades to a ring and a Friar Tuck center cap and leaves a little bit of lacing, but it's not very sticky.

The aroma is of caramel malts, quite sweet smelling with strong hints of fruits like pear and raisins. It also has a nice bready smell to it as well. Some molasses and alcohol are noticeable also.

The flavour starts off caramel sweet and pretty much stays for the duration until the end where hops are definitely noticeable. Along the ride are some spicy apple notes with a bit of tart, some bready notes and finally apparent alcohol nearing the end followed by some peppery hops and a bit of dryness. It's mostly sweet but not overly so. At the end of the pint glass as this beer warms up, I get an unpleasant corn taste in my mouth.

The mouthfeel is creamy sweet on the border of syrupy and the body which is full, but not enough to make annoying. There is a slick feeling on the tongue and the carbonation is light to moderate.

Overall, this is a good beer. It's affordable and a good example of a doppel bock, but I am not down with the corn taste. I will, however, score this beer fairly high because it seems to meet most of the requirements of a doppel bock and is, for the most part, pleasant. I'm going to say an average of 4 may be in order.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:27:43 | More by WissBrauSean
Photo of themind

New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well it's not a bad Bock beer but it's no legend in the making. I enjoyed the chance to try this brew but sadly I would not buy it again. Not because it's bad but because I would like to spend cash on others that I have not tried. My point is this beer was average...nothing more.

Bottom Line: Average Bock.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 02:16:27 | More by themind
Photo of FLima


3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with lots of off-white thick head with fair retention until it left just a ring.
Malty aroma with hints of vanilla and caramel.
Again malty flavor with lots of rum, oak (and it doesn’t say it is aged!) and some spices. Felt just a bit of hops but hard to be sure on their type, some pine. Alcohol is noticeable but enhances the overall beer. Dry aftertaste but not really bitter.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Solid Doppelbock, even better it gets a bit cold. This is a good example to differentiate between a doppelbock and a lame malt licquor.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 00:47:27 | More by FLima
Photo of mjurney


4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color, clear. Lots of fine bubble rising up. Thick beige head.

Sweet bread, deep caramel, toasted, sugary, molasses, some alcohol.

Very rich, deep barley malts, brown bread, caramel, toasted, spiced rum, touch of molasses. Bitterness is very mild. Soft, semi dry finish. Body is full, a little syrupy, warmth, smooth, easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:56:18 | More by mjurney
Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Hazy pumpkin-brown; off white head; no lacing.

Aroma: Buttery caramel and malts.

Taste: Spicy caramel, bitter, sweet malt notes. Faint hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight, dry.

Overall: Alcohol is hidden well and the caramel comes out well. A pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 20:35:34 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of 1234Jack

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

initial smell out of bottle is malt, cherries.

1/2 in. head, dissipates in about a minute.

color is beautiful brown at darkest to vibrant orange at lightest.

smell out of glass is sugary sweet malt.

initial taste brings toasted malt, a little bit of sweetness in the back.

tart on sides of tongue.

slight apple taste.

bitterness is strong.

alcoholic feel is definitely there.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 09:32:47 | More by 1234Jack
Photo of bat6

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tumbler, added vigor provides a creamy one-finger head w/out much retention. I caught myself staring at it trying to figure out the right words for the deep teak appearance that catches ruby reds in the light like mahogany... forget the head, the color is captivating.

There's a lot going on in the nose: brown sugar and molasses, maybe fig, black bread w/ a hint of musty earth... it smells rich and very deep, I'm intrigued

The taste is much sweeter than it smells. Candied nuts and brown sugar- maybe candied stone fruits too- are the first wave, then there's some bready molasses w/ a hint of sour to cut the sugar a bit. The hops barely start to dry things out but it lingers slick and fairly sweet on the palate. Definitely tastes a bit boozy. It's not balanced and it's not supposed to be.

The mouthfeel is slick, smooth and massive like the dominating flavor profile. Almost gravity-bending. Impressive.

This beer commands immediate respect by asserting a brawny ego and aggressively pushing the senses. It makes me wish I could drink more than one of these so it wouldn't think I was lame, but in this case the heavy sweetness is a little overwhelming. I definitely recommend trying this beer

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 10:54:17 | More by bat6
Photo of Jimmys


4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. best before 08/13.

A: slightly hazed. however mostly bright chestnut hued. head is slightly off-white and bubbly. retention is average as is the slightly spotted lacing.

S: tons of chestnut and plenty of oak. there is a definite woodiness to this brew. brown sugar by the boatload.

T: wow this is a sweet malty brew. cherries, wood, blackberries. a little bit of apple juice. lingering meaty finish. plenty of grain, some wood all make a presence after the drink is gone.

M: a zesty carb. full and flavorful body.

D: a solid doppelbock. plenty of flavor for a lower abv doppel brew. for the availability, definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 03:08:53 | More by Jimmys
Photo of safaricook


3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought in a regular Rewe supermarket just across the border in Germany coming from Sittard, NL. Poured this right out of the fridge into my tall Zwettler Original Pilser glass and drank it cold.

Beautiful beige fine bubbled head of a few fingers and very steady. Body is clear dark amber with lots of carbonation visible. Can't believe this is unfiltered (according to label).

Malty aroma and some oak maybe. Molasses and hidden booze.

Malty and bitter in taste. Much more bitter than expected.

This foam can be bitten almost as whipped cream. Full body as well. Goes down with a dryness that sticks to palate. Enough carbonation to remove some of the heavyness.

Perfect beer on an Ash Wednesday. Nourishing and full flavoured. Alcohol content is well hidden. Leaves you satisfied and your taste buds busy for quite some time.

As the beer gets warm the alcohol aroma and taste gets stronger and a bit unpleasant. I prefer drinking this one cold, why not?

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2013 21:14:50 | More by safaricook
Photo of AmitC


3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 500 ml bottle into Weihenstephan hefe glass. Deep amber to almost brown color. About two finger thick off white to light tan colored head with excellent retention. Excellent lacing on the sides. A lot of bubbles. Hazy appearance.

Smell has a lot of raw and boozy malt. Some caramel and a lot of unattenuated mess. Smells very bad, similar to some of the poor Lithuanian beers i had. A hell lot of caramel and may be molasses kind of smell.

Taste is almost similar with dominant caramel and malt flavor. Melanoidins or something have a huge presence. Some apaprent booze. Finish is on the sweeter side.

Mouth feel is medium to very slightly full. A lot of carbonation that becomes somewhat astringent along with the hurting booze. A good amount of warmth.

I am disappointed, with this German product.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 00:24:37 | More by AmitC
Photo of kshizzle101


3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - Aggressive pour yields a 4 inch head. Reddish brown in color, slightly hazy.

S - bready, dark fruits like plums or cherries, also get a decent amount of hops

T - sweet fruits, plums and cherries again, good bready malt backbone. burst of hops and booze toward the end. booze is almost overpowering after a few sips

M - medium bodied, a nice stickiness to it, but not imposing

O - A good beer for a few sips, but halfway down, the booze starts to kill off other flavors in my mouth. Worth trying however.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 23:27:11 | More by kshizzle101
Photo of thrash420


4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours out very thin in a reddish amber color. Very little head that dissipates quickly. If this beer were a hooker, I would not pay her for this head. No froth, just a few bubbles to remind me of its carbonation.

Smell/Aroma: Reeks of malty caramel with light spices with a slight alcohol tinge. Upon hitting the nose, my senses gear up for a delightful treat. They are not let down.

Taste: Salvator is very bocky. A alot of malt, not very hoppy. It almost has an oak casket taste, not like the one my dead grandmother is buried in, but the kind they use for bourbon. A strong deep flavor with a kick that reminds you it is nearly 8%. Usually when reviewing, I savor my beers and enjoy them slow, this is so drinkable I found my schooner nearly empty in just a few minutes. I love the taste of this bock, and if this beer were a hooker, I would forgive her for her lack of head, because she tastes amazing.

Mouthfeel. It goes down easy and smooth. It lacks head and thickness, but still manages to feel creamy. I would say if this beer were a hooker, I like her in my mouth.

Overall this is a great beer. If anybody tells you otherwise, they have probably had some amazing hookers.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 06:33:26 | More by thrash420
Photo of alexipa


4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish red and crystal clear. Thick white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Very malty, lots of caramel and toffee. Can also pick up some alcohol.

T: If you were to serve this to me blind and tell me it was barrel aged, I would absolutely believe you. It's extremely malty and bready, with a wood character and something that reminds me of Bourbon. I almost feel like the heat is the best balance for the malt as hops seem to be an afterthought. For the record, I'm absolutely not complaining!

M: Under carbonated for sure, but I might blame that on being obviously a little on the old side. The alcohol is present but pleasant. Very creamy.

O: I honestly can't decide if I like this beer or absolutely love it. At the moment, I expected something a little easier to drink as that's what I'm in the mood for. Give me a chilly night after dinner and this would be the perfect sipper. A truly great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 22:31:10 | More by alexipa
Photo of scot_chale


3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Murky brownish orange color with a head the disappears almost immediately.

S- I could hardly smell anything. Maybe a little malt and diacetyl but it isn't potent.

T- I like the flavor. The alcohol content comes through in a pleasant warming way. The caramel malt is present. Not much for hops, but there is something subtle there.

M- It's a wash, just the way I like my lagers. Easy to kick down, carbonated as hell, and dry finish.

O- It's a good beer. It'd buy it again in a mix-your-own 6 pack, but i don't think i could commit to a full 6 pack of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 05:20:16 | More by scot_chale
Photo of Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 0z bottle poured into a Mug.

A- Dark with very nice head.
S- Light hop, malty, brown sugar.
T- sweet with toffee, licorice, and dark fruit. Some bitterness.
M-Creamy and thick. Medium body.
O-Good doppelbock, on the lighter side, but wasn't bad. Would get again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:31:01 | More by Damian74Shensky
Photo of acelin


2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a light caramel/amber, with a medium creme head that dissipates quickly. Leaves moderate lacing. What the hell? If this is the original doppelbock, which is ever other doppel dark brown? Doesn't make sense.

The nose is gifted with caramel malt, pale malt, some dark fruit, some apple cider.

The taste follows, but goodness is it weak for a doppel. None of the same dark caramel, hints of chocolate, and the malt is really tamed.

I'm not sure how this is the original doppel - Perhaps in alcohol, but not in body. Ayinger might have this game locked up for best doppel. Even Weihenstephaner's Korbinian is miles better.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 16:01:12 | More by acelin
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Vivacious copper orange body with small layer of creamy tan head.

S: Huge aroma of Whoppers chocolate malt balls, roasted toffee, salted caramel apples, prunes, milk chocolate and barley.

T/M: Hard apple cider soaked prunes, toffee, and finishes with dry salted caramel covered apples. Mouthfeel is actively carbonated and a creamy medium body.

O: A good beer that has great availability. It's s solid competitor for a go to dopple bock. The aroma when cold was awesome cause I was over whelmed by Whoppers and I love Whoppers. Anyone who doesn't really doesn't exist and I would rather not ever see them. Anyways this is a definite have to try. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 20:38:57 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of phishsihq


4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brew pours a clear, dark amber color, and it is capped by a dense, off-white head. A sweet nose features aromas of caramel, alcohol, toffee, and dark fruits. Malty sweetness dominates the pallet in the form of caramel, bread, and toffee while lesser flavors like spices, nuts, and alcohol dance on the tip of the tongue. Rich and creamy, the original dopplebock is medium bodied with just enough carbonation. Originally brewed for fasting monks, this beer is just right on a cold winter's night!


Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:26:51 | More by phishsihq
Photo of spoony


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle (best before 8/13) into a snifter.

A-The brew pours with a half-finger of khaki head that recedes rather quickly. The beer has a reddish, dark brown hue. Mostly opaque.

S-Smel is quite sweet for the style with sweet alcohol and lightly roasted malts. There is a little bit of chocolate to be found, but dark, overripe fruit is more prevalent.

T-The taste, like the smell, is quite sweet and full of dark fruit. There is just a hint of nutty chocolate and roasted malts on the mid-palate.

M-Light for the style with a smooth and creamy feel. Quite drinkable.

O-This beer was not a bad beer, but if you're a fan of big, malty, rich doppelbocks, prepare for disappointment. Nevertheless, it has some unique qualities (the dark fruit is interesting and almost Belgian quad in style) that make it worth a sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 04:23:34 | More by spoony
Photo of hoppyweasel311


3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light, hazy copper color with quick disappearing head

Aroma- banana bread,

Flavor- Sweet, malty... slight hop bitterness... not much else going on

Mouth feel- Low carbonation and a tad thin

Overall- Not that good... was expecting much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 07:21:43 | More by hoppyweasel311
Photo of BrownAleMale


2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass.

Appearance- A dark copper with 2 fingers of frothy off white head that quickly dissapates.

Smell- A very generic very strong sweet smell.

Taste- follows the nose. An overly sweet generic flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very Very watery ecspecially for the style.

Overall- Probably the worst Doppelbock that Ive ever had. The overly sweet flavor with zero balance and a watery mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:08:15 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of RichardMNixon


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

Poured bottle into seidel.

Thin offwhite head that doesn't stick around. Copper body with slowly rising bubbles. Smells of sticky caramel and alcohol. Taste is brighter and more acidic than other doppelbocks I've had. More apricot than plum and chocolate. Mouth is low in carbonation with sweet, acidic tingling.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 02:48:00 | More by RichardMNixon
Photo of WilliamAlbrecht


5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Each time I sample a doppelbock, I thank GOD for gifting us humans with beer. This is definitely my favorite type of beer.

Appearance: Darkish, reddish, with a nice thick head! It screams of quality!

Smell: Almost like liquid heavenly perfume, but in a good delectable way. Smells very appealing

Taste: Quality bread, aged fruits, quality liquid nutrition--as the Monks called it-LIQUID BREAD! So delicious. One of the highest quality beers you're going to ever taste

Mouthfeel: I say this, surprisingly, because of its high alcohol level--and yet this brew is so tasty and delicious and not overpowering. It almost feels like a king to be enjoying this wonderful brew. Thanks to Christ our KING!

Overall: This delicious brew goes well with just about anything. Alone, it's a wonderful nutritious treat. With food, it's an amazing complement. This is a beer that one must taste to truly behold the wonders of Paulaner. I am a huge fan of Paulaner. Their Oktoberfest, their Original, and their Hefe are quality brews---but their Salvator--the ORIGINAL DOPPELBOCK....brother it's on a WHOLE other level!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 05:29:56 | More by WilliamAlbrecht
Photo of Raven3464


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a beautiful dark red, ruby body with a small half finger head.

Smell: A candy store is the first thing that comes to mind after the initial pour. Sweet licorice and caramel mix with a raisin and plum aroma. This is followed by a hint of grassy hops.

Taste: It follows the nose. Sweet malt and dark fruit notes are followed by a touch of hop bitterness. Spicy licorice can be noticed in the aftertaste.

Mouth feel: It is medium to full bodied with a very small amount of carbonation. It has a thick buttery sensation going down that feels wonderful.

Overall: Many Doppelbock brews tend to be overly sweet but this one is wonderfully balanced. It is good to know the father of the style still brews them right.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 14:13:54 | More by Raven3464
Photo of bogggyboys


4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark lager is sweet, malty with some spices and little toffee as well. It’s smooth tasting and pours a creamy head. Oh, by the way, a Salvator will pack a punch. This is no summer-time-grilling-burgers-hopping on the riding lawn mower lager. This beer is alcohol heavy and meant to warm you up on a cold Bavarian night – and it does the trick nicely. The flavor of a Salvator goes really well with a good steak or any other food with substance. It’s a great ski lodge brew and I heartily recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 21:42:44 | More by bogggyboys
Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
88 out of 100 based on 1,987 ratings.