Salvator
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #25
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,724
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
1,440
Ratings:
2,941
From:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  105
Gots
  492
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Notes: 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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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess I like this a bit more than than most reviewers. I find it to be a pretty good doppelbock with a good taste, smell, and feel. The chocolate flavor is not overpowering, very subtle, and it really has a nice finish in the mouth. I like it.

Apr 26, 2020
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Martin194 from Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear copper with a substantial off-white head.

Smell: Robust, sweet malts. Molasses, dark fruits, brown sugar, light hops.

Taste: Follows the nose, heavy bittersweet malts (less of the sweet than was in the smell), smoky notes, alcohol.

Feel: Medium-full body, normal carbonation. Leaves a warm, slightly sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: Hearty, enjoyable beer! Almost a little overwhelming for my tastes, but enjoying *one* was very nice.

Apr 20, 2020
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faraday326 from California

4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very pretty brown w/ a touch of red. Light head on pour (from bottle into glass).

Strong caramel, malt on the nose.

What a great flavor of pure malt, caramel, and a touch of smokiness!

Apr 04, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear, Saddle Brown. Develops a huge, fluffy tan head with persistent retention when poured properly.

Aroma: Malt forward. Caramel, dark fruits, hints of roasted dark malt. Alcohol smell not noticeable.

Flavor and Aftertaste: Caramel, dark fruits, pruny and roasted malt. Low sweetness. Restrained bitterness.

Palate: Low palate carbonation, finishes dry with a mild bitterness with a moderate length to it.

Overall: Reviewing this beer vs other Doppelbock beers. One of the world's great beers. Made from Pilsner and Dark Munich malt, Herkules and Hallertauer Traditional hops; this beer displays complexity and drinkability all at the same time. It drinks amazingly easy for a 7.9%
ABV and is quite dry, despite the huge dose of malt. This lager beer shows off German precision brewing at it's finest. I would love to have this beer available to me on tap! Anyone rating this beer anything below a 4.0 needs to revisit their beer schooling.

Feb 28, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Basics characteristic:s: Burnt orange amber and hazy color with one finger head that recedes quickly. Dominant malt, toasty and caramel flavours and aromas. Subjectively, just the right amount of sweetness. Medium carbonation, low bitterness. Despite its high ABV it feels light and crisp.

Feb 18, 2020
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AWiseman528 from Maryland

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Im lucky enough to work at a German restaurant where we always have this on tap.

Pours a very dark Amber, slightly more copper when held to light. Fluffy off white head dissipates rather quickly, just a slight ring where beer meets glass. No lacing.

Smells VERY malty, like sweet German bread. A bit of caramel undertones.

Taste is bread malt at first, followed quickly by a surprising dose of hops, finishing smooth with a slight stone fruit then malty taste. Hops also linger in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is solid, but a bit light imo. It might have just been my pour however.

Overall a very solid and well rounded dopp. There's a reason the recipe has lived for almost 400 years.

Feb 12, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From Notes:
O.G. Doppel. Looks nice: Deep rich amber, some ruby highlights. Smell is malty bread and some earthy elements under it all. Taste follows nose. Sweet up front, a bit of herb/earth but it is held in check. Finish is smooth and clean. Ready for more! Feel is medium bodied with carbonation that cleans it up. Not too sweet. Hearty. Overall, this is a fine beer to sip on. The alcohol makes itself known but overall it's a good, crisp beer.

Jan 12, 2020
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spectru from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

medium dark amber, light tan head; appealing rich aroma; mild but rich flavor, good; medium carbonation; this is a pleasant tasting beer, glad to have tried it. (one bottle as a Christmas gift.)

Dec 18, 2019
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gopens44 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold, solid beige head on top of this coppery, ruby, clear body. Lazy lacing is contrnt with slouching rapidly after each sip. Nose immediately comes across as really biscuity until a significant amount of alcohol overwhelms all else. Taste starts to head off in a raisiny direction, takes a slight towards crackers and caramel until the alcohol pushes its way in. Fairly thin body that leaves an alcohol bitterness behind in a moderately dry aftertaste

Nov 30, 2019
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weissbock from Alabama

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite bocks thus far! Admittedly i haven't had many bocks: celebrator, liberty, samiclaus, eku28, kulmbacher eisbock, optimator, aventinus weisen bock, aventinus eis bock, samual adams chocolate bock. Well after writing them down, more that i thought.!

Beer pours a translucent brown\copper. Decent off white head that doesn't stick around that long. slight aromas of dark fruit, bread, malt. medium mouth feel, just a tad light perhaps for bock. Taste is malt forward, lightly toasted bread, some chocolate. nice caramel! perfectly hopped IMO, more dark fruit in taste than aroma... alcohol very well hidden! I put this one a notch above celebrator, I'm sure many would disagree! celebrator is great, i just prefer salvatore, and still not my fave.

Nov 20, 2019
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ramseye4 from Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous tobacco color. Aroma of candied fruit, molasses. Tastes sweet on the tongue, with plums and mild cherry up front. Sweet but balanced. Excellent mouthfeel.

This is fantastic beer. Relatively complex, and incredible for a lager, showing just how strong and solid a lager can be.

Oct 11, 2019
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Rubicj from Massachusetts

3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good, but I don't like it as much as some of the other bocks and doppelbocks I've tried. The taste is strong in caramel and malt, with a touch of bitter at the end.

Sep 30, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap. Dark amber color with tan head. Smells of caramel malts and dried fruit. Medium to heavy feel. Caramel sweetness and bready malt flavors. Very nice!

Sep 21, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From old, undated notes. Poured from the bottle.

Murky rust color.

Off-white head; no lacing.

Candied sugar, smoke & fresh bread nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Caramel & fresh bread flavor; a touch watery.

I' d have another, but wouldn't go out of my way.

Sep 08, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep amber-copper hue with a wide ivory ring for a head and lacing that slinks back to the glass.

S: Honey, Sweet caramel malt, Raisins.

T: Honey, Sweet caramel malt, Apple, touch of hops.

F: Med-heavy body, smooth, low carbonation and nice balance.

O: Great for style as expected for a 375yr old recipe.

Aug 28, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a nice amber color with a slight head and lacing
A- Aroma has nice chocolate and caramel malt hints
M-The taste follows the nose with a generous Chocolate and caramel malt flavor
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A well done Doppelbock

Aug 25, 2019
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octortus from Canada

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL Can. ABV 7.9%.
Appearance: Red copper, Half a finger of cream head, Very slight carbonation, Dissipates quickly, Broken cap remains.
Aroma: Sweet bready malts, Raisin, Apple, Slightly nutty.
Mouthfeel: Above medium body, Smooth, Detectable carbonation, Alcohol warmth, Somewhat sticky finish, Well balanced.
Flavour: Sweet bready malts, Caramel, Raisin, Apple, Slight hops.
Overall: Highly drinkable. It's boozy, but I like that. Great introduction to Doppelbock.

Review: 54

Aug 10, 2019
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jdurey from Korea (South)

4.89/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Allowed to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes before drinking. Pours a dark brown and even looks a bit red. Thin head that lingers for awhile. Smell is amazing with strong caramel notes. Taste doesn’t disappoint and is complex and satisfying. Includes flavors of raisins, chocolate, more caramel, and slight alcohol burn. Feels full bodied yet not filling. That said I wouldn’t have more than two in a session. Aftertaste is fleeting but despite high abv alcohol is barely present. A phenomenal beer and one I will return to if given the chance. Had this at Wish Beer in Bangkok and this is the only place I’ve seen this beer.

Jun 28, 2019
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eberesford from Canada

3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper colour with modest head that dissipates quickly.Aroma is light: some must over malt sweetness. Flavour: Raisins, dried fruit, plum. Balanced by light noble hops.

Jun 22, 2019
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours great medium brown with a nice, foamy 1 head. Smell is a little funky but that's true of a lot of double bocks. Taste and feel are great. Very full-bodied and malt forward with some raisins.

May 03, 2019
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Explorer_Bill from Kentucky

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great German bock beer. I love the haze, the malty smell and taste. It’s really everything you want in a bock. The back story is interesting as well. The monks creates this beer nearly 400 years to help them through their Lenten fasting. Good choice brothers.

May 01, 2019
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cwm51662 from Indiana

4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my second time with this beer, and I do enjoy it. Deep amber color, definite hint of fruit in aroma. A lot of people are mentioning the chocolate in the taste. I'm not getting that so much, but definitely an interesting flavor. Another go to beer for me.

Apr 14, 2019
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elnachooo from Spain

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

De color ámbar oscuro, una buena cabeza espumosa; ligera y de carbonatación media. Aroma a malta, frutos secos y un poco de caramelo. En boca es dulce, destacando el caramelo pero de a momentos se hace empalagosa.

Mar 30, 2019
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Ryan8008 from Canada

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: pours a deep nutty brown with a finger of head. Beer is hazy and opaque - no light getting through this bad boy.

S: mix of raspberry and malt at first smell, followed by a nuttiness you might find in a brown ale. Some plums and cloves, and maybe even welch's grape juice?

T: the plums really come through when you taste it. Other tastes include tobacco, some light nuttiness, and a lingering bitterness after the initial sweetness of the plums.

F: very light, not overly carbonated, definitely the consistency of a lager if not the usual taste.

O: I like it. My first experience with beer of this style, and I can't complain. The taste is certainly interesting, and I can see myself drinking this in late autumn.

Mar 23, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml brown bottle, with best by date marked on label as '09.19'.
Cloudy, deep amber colored body. Full pour produces one finger of off white head, which recedes to a thin bubbly cap and ring. Just a few spots of lacing are left behind.
Faint aroma of cocoa and caramel malts.
Taste is bready malts, with caramel, molasses, and raisins. Slight touch of bright hops at the end.
Medium plus mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Very smooth drinking beer, with the heavier touch of caramel and molasses. Great with steak and sausages.

Mar 11, 2019
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2941 ratings