Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium brown. A bit light for a doppelbock IMO. Nice tan head.

Smell is ok.

Primary flavor of malt. A bit overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. Not rich, not overly carbonated.

Finish is nice. All comes together well.

Not a first tier choice, but adequate.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grapey fruity esters with deep caramel malt. Toasted bread and biscuits. Brown sugar. Some spicy herbal hops, but pretty low. A hint of warming spicy alcohol.

Deep copper/amber with off white head that recedes quickly. Poor head retention, no lacing. Somewhat hazy, but that could just be chill haze.

Flavor begins with grapey esters and follows with toasty malt. Graham cracker and toasted pumpernickel bread. Clean lager character. Firm bitterness.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Fills the mouth. Some lingering toasty malt and bitter hops on the finish. Definitely on the dry side.

Very drinkable particularly for the ABV. Lots of character and drier than other doppelbocks.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was surprising: Very different and unexpected, both taste wise and visually. Pours a cloudy copper orange, as opposed to a darker, roastier beer like Optimator or the like. A very sweet beer from the start, with only a hint of bitterness at the finish. It took me about half the bottle to sort of resolve the surprise of it, but by the end, I found that I really liked it. Again, the sweetness is very forward and present--"fruity"--unlike other doppelbock's, where the sweetness might be underneath and come from more of a molasses/chocolate direction. For whatever reason, I found myself thinking this would be a great pizza beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that reduces to a thin line within 15 seconds. Lots of bubbles for the first minute then they pretty much vanish after. Has an abundance of small particles floating around making it extremely murky. Has a red/amber color with an orange hue. Lacing is practically absent. Has strong aromas of caramel with mild aromas of malts and fig and a hint of bitter hops (a fantastic aroma). Initial taste is strong with caramel, figs, and malt (kind of tastes like buttered bread) flavors. A very slight bitter hop flavor enters immediately after. Caramel and malt flavors persist well into the aftertaste as hop and fig flavors subside. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy, but I Iove it. Carbonation is perfect. Overall, an amazing beer and a spectacular doppelbock. Definitely my favorite thus far.

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Photo of 1Bonehed
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Poured into 25oz mug starting down side & finishing down the middle. Cloudy light Amber & Mahogany with a light caramel & slightly orange hue in color. Attractive Tan/Beige head which dissipated quickly leaving virtually no lacing. After finished drinking, mug looked clean, as if never used.

SMELL: Amazing smell, malty with nice fruity & slightly nutty undertones. A sweetness fairly similar to freshly baked bread, but much more complex. Absolutely incredible aroma, wished my entire house could smell like this beer.

TASTE: I enjoyed the flavor of this beer, I've always enjoyed malty beers with a nice complex blend of fruitiness & a slight but noticeable hoppy/chocolate bitterness to round it off. Had to take a noticeable swig to recognize the fruity tones to it, which I would have liked to tad more prevalent. Upon taking a larger swig, the alcohol became more noticeable as well. Hardly an issue in this particular case, just nit picking.

FEEL: I found it to have a refreshing lightness to it, not overly watery, but a bit thinner than I anticipated it being. Keep in mind that I haven't had many Double Bocks, so I'm likely at fault on this aspect (lack of experience), but for the smell & flavor, I expected a little more body from it. Expected it to be more hardy & heavier.

OVERALL: I Enjoyed this beer, fantastic Aroma & look appeal, mixed with a very complex flavor profile that kept me wanting more. Fantastic beer that I will definitely drink again. Would have no problem with recommending this beer to a friend.

Hope you enjoyed the review.....CHEERS

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; light to medium brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: sweet malt; dark fruit in the background; rich;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; very light bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; light to moderate carbonation; rich; smooth;

O: very flavorful;

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

Very malty doppelbock and really not a whole lot of sweetness to speak of. I'm a bit surprised at how noticeable the alcohol is given it's only 7.9%. Not exactly what I was expecting out of a doppel, but I've had much worse.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: very slight foam which dissipates quickly, beautiful amber color.
Smell:Faint, caramel, molasses.
Taste: Rich caramel on the front, Slight bitterness on the finish which lingers.
Feel: Thin, somewhat resiny.
Overall: For a much heralded doppelbock this left me wanting.

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Photo of drmeto
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-pours a clear copper with a small-medium,frothy,beige head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus spices,nuts and a toasty finish
-medium carbonation,medium-full body
-slight alcohol-warming
One of the best Doppelbocks around

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Photo of hreb
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle served in pub glass. Beer pours orange amber in color, and somewhat cloudy, showing evidence of bottle fermentation. Sweet, fruity aroma, a little plum. Flavor is on the sweet side, too, finishing with a small dose of German hops, but not at all dry. Fortunately that rules out any of the chalkiness sometimes associated with bock beers. Also the alcohol is not at all present. The parallels with a English Barleywine are somewhat remarkable: raisin, stone fruit, molasses. But this high gravity beer is unmistakably german. Easy to drink, but I'd prefer the former.

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

A: dark ruby brown lager, two fingers of tan head

S: mild fruits like dates and raisins, dark brown breads and molasses-sweetened malts

T: nice mellow fruits up front, modest spice and brighter fruit impressions; mildly sweet like watery molasses

M: medium-light, smooth and soft, barely perceptible carbonation

O: a well-crafted doppelbock that hits the marks you'd want from the style - a good frame-of-reference beer, and for fans of the style, no doubt a solid go-to lager

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +4.3%
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%
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 -4.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +22.2%
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%
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%
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 +0.3%
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 -29.3%
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 +12.5%

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 +1.5%
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 +14.8%

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 -2.3%
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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