Salvator Doppel Bock
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock
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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #25
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,200
Avg:
3.95 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
1,421
Ratings:
2,887
From:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
 
Germany
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Year-round
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SCORE
88
Very Good
Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock
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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Photo of octortus
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.

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Photo of jdurey
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.

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Photo of eberesford
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.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
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.

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Photo of Explorer_Bill
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.

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Photo of cwm51662
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.

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Photo of elnachooo
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.

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Photo of Ryan8008
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of AleManDan
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, dark, malty and light—all at the same time. That’s the beautiful thing about this style. A beer that’s this good and has been around this long is a staple and I respect it, but I also enjoyed this doppelbock because to me it’s a more enjoyable style than a stout.

I get chocolate, dark fruits and toasted malts with a very light hop spice bittnerness.

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Photo of MKV
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange-brown. Magnificent smell. Heavy caramel and molasses on the nose and the beginning of the body, through which it dissipates. Medium bodied. Decent carbonation with balanced taste at first, but dominates at the end, leaving a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Thesupe
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little too much molasses puts it on the verge of cloying, but, maltiness comes to the rescue. I agree this is a winter beer, as it is definitely heavy. Over all well done (history on its side! 300+ years in production), but, there are better double blocks out there.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours a deep mahogany/ruby color with flashes of amber. There's a nice rocky head that gets to about three fingers heavy.
S- I get immediate smells of buttery biscuit, sweet molasses, grainy breads, sweet sugary malt, brown sugar, dried apricots and raisin. A big meld of great aromas.
T- The taste follows the nose. Very sweet notes of molasses, brown sugar, grainy earthy notes, and dried sugary fruits such as apricot and raisin. A great cracker/biscuit flavor follows. Almost savory.
F- The mouthfeel is okay. It's a bit on the heavier side of medium. A low carbonation makes for an awkward mouthfeel in my opinion.
O- Really well made Dopplebock. It misses some key notes for me, but overall the flavor is very well pronounced and the the beer is very enjoyable.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So on me - a little less than fresh but....not bad.
Pours a golden orange amber with short lived half finger head.
Aroma sweet bready malt, caramel, raisin, plum.
Taste follows with caramel, bready, a bit of brown sugar, dark fruit.
Creamy mouthfeel with surprisingly bright but at same time subdued carbonation. Tasty sweet and drinkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a ruby color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades quite fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strong of dark fruit smells with lots of cherry, plum, and raisin being present. Along with these aromas comes some big bready smells as well as some nice caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla smells. There is also a decent showing of an alcohol smell, which with the rest, creates a nice warming smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a quite bready and malty flavor that has a good deal of sugary sweetness upfront. The malty flavors is a mix of a grainy bread and doughy taste, while the sweet is strongest of a brown sugar and caramel taste. There is also a good showing of dark fruitiness upfront, with plenty of raisin, plum, and harvest fruit present. As the taste advances the sweeter flavor increase as the malty decreases a little bit. All the while a hint of grass and herb come to the tongue, along with a moderately strong warming boozy taste, which with the increase in sweet and decrease in malt, creates a very rich and warming taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For a doppelbock of its strength, and for the mix of bread, fruit, and alcohol, the feel is a little bit on the thinner side. The carbonation level is rather moderate to low, which for the style, is quite nice, so overall the feel is pretty decent.
Overall - A rather easy drinking doppel at it’s abv. Approachable, warming, and still rather drinkable. All in all, it is a good brew that doesn’t weigh you down like most doppel’s, but still has a good level of flavor.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Definitely on the sweeter side - notes of raisin, date, etc almost like a quad, there is some classic darker malt flavor too but that could have been accentuated more

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
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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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of Brynomite
5/5  rDev +26.6%
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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Photo of LDjr
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of Shanex
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of timon
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yes! This is a nice one. My gramps used to tell me about the "doppel bock", he was German to the core, and would have enjoyed this one, I'm sure. Very nice reddish-brown look. Awesome smell. Banana-booze smell and a VERY balanced caramel-banana-booze flavor. Simply delicious, and underrated, imho. I think this one is better than many high-rated Germans.

Edit: now I see why gramps said you have to drink beer warm. I don't always agree with that, but in the case of the doppelbock, he might be right. The one I had yesterday was much more special than the cold one I'm having today. The sweet and caramel flavor and smell is subdued and more hops are present. Takes it from a 4.3 to a 3.9, imo.

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Photo of stcules
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber, dark white creamy foam.
In the smell the malt dominates, with caramel touches, a bit of toasted and nuts and dry fruit.
Taste: malt and caramel, that give a good warming, but without being too sweet.
Average body, a bit of alcohol in the aftertaste, again nuts.
Founder of the style, it is still a great representative of the category.

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Photo of monkist
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had plenty of Austrian Bocks, Festbocks and the like, Doubles I am not that familiar with yet. Are they all like this or is it just the German kind?
It reminds me a bit of Barleywines, kind of similar in taste and feel.kind of round bodied, thick, syrupy and boozy - which is great. Never thought I would be praising a German beer but here we go. This one is just great, great balance between booziness and sweetness, does not overdo either. As good as it would get, or rather: I am quite satisfied with this.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium - dark amber. 1 Inch cream head. Aroma is sweet malts, brown bread (think pumpernickel) and toast. Taste is somewhat toasty with chewy raisin. Low-medium carbonation. Overall, it's a solid example of the style as it should be considering its history.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 2887 ratings