Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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3.92/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
paulaner.de

Style: German 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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#12,208
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1,402
Ratings:
2,845
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh Yeah

Years ago, before craft beer was popular, a local restaurant used to make its own beer. They still do. And one of the beers that they did better than anyone else was the dark beers, the bock, the porters, the stouts. They made and make some great stuff. Good times. Then IPA became the rave, and a craft beer joint opened right down the street. I was getting stoned on IPA and amber ale.

But this stuff takes me back. I'm going to tell you that this stuff in a bottle imported from who knows where is comparable to the local brewed bocks that I loved and still love. It's like syrup almost but not quite. It's a thicker darker beer, and it has a great taste. This is not for the summer. This is for a cold winter evening sitting down by the fire place.

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

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3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500 ml can served cool into a St. Pauli Girl mug. An LCBO purchase for the ridiculously low price of $2.95 CDN. I got six and wished I had bought more. Canning date is May 15, 2018.

Appearance - Pours a honey brown /amber colored brew with good clarity, modest carbonation and a triumphant three fingers of dense off-white head. Good head retention, coalescing in a half finger of foam and minimal lacing.

Smell - Plenty malty, caramel, loads of bready goodness, possibly prunes and grapes. Tons of malt and smells like a dense meal. Booze is disguised.

Taste - Deliciously malty, toasted bread, Bavarian rye, caramel, subtle bits of dark fruit like prunes, treacle and molasses are prominent here too. Filling, flavorful and nails what this style is to represent. I don't get much chocolate, but it is kind of there after a few sips in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-heavy bodied, carbonation is middling-low finish is robust and mouth coating.

Overall - Salvator has been on my wish list for a few years now, always seemed to be one of the better executed and traditional doppelbocks. After enjoying this hefty brew, I certainly agree with all the praise it has received. Excellent beer and certainly worth purchasing multiples.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This just an amazing beer!

Look: Pours a nice dark color with great head retention.

Smell: It smells like heaven in a bottle. Caramel, bread and molasses.

Taste: Chocolate, a bit of raisin, plus all maltiness that you expect from a Doppel Bock, but it’s not as cloyingly sweet as many other offerings.

Feel: Velvety smooth with a great finish, as I said before not as sweet with a little dryness on the end.

The funny thing about this beer is its overall rating. It’s the original Doppek Bock beer. It is THE example of the style. Now, you may not like it as much as another Doppel, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t the absolute best Doppel Bock on the planet.

This is it, the real deal. Other Doppel’s are just trying to get here. Which is great, as I like many of them. But this is by by far my favorite.

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

Poured bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look: Medium brown with no head. Brilliantly clear.

Smell: Malt and caramel sweetness. No hop aroma. A bit of alcohol.

Taste: Strong malt and caramel sweetness on front end and very slight bitterness on back end. Definitely malt forward with a touch of chocolate. No hop flavor. A bit of alcohol warmth. Lingering malty, cloying flavor, but pleasant.

Mouth Feel: Big body. Low on carbonation, leaving a flat impression.

Overall: Pleasant to drink but can only have one in a sitting. A sipper for sure.

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4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 500ml bottle into a Erdinger glass

Poured a 3 solid inches head with good retention

Taste and smells caramel banana. Very quaffable for a 8% doppelbock

Overall; a very nice offering - only better as it warms a a bit. Great beer.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,845 ratings