Paulaner Brauerei

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #24
Ranked #10,644
3.96 | pDev: 11.62%
Paulaner Brauerei
Very Good
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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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost crystal clear copper/amber. Limited head. Decent retention. Good lacing.

Caramel malts forward on the nose. Nice fruity and bready aromas as well.

Solid caramel malt sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Bready goodness along with some turbinado sugar notes that don't quite reach molasses level. Dark fruits in midstream (fig, raisin, date). A bit of nuttiness. Some welcome earthy and grassy hop at the conclusion, along with some warming booze. The hop level is higher than many others of the style, and it's welcome here.

Medium-full bodied. Slick and smooth.

An excellent expression of the style. Like many Paulaner brews, it isn't as complex as some of the style, but its simplicity lets each note shine. In particular, the hops on this one are impressive in how they provide balance without interfering with the malty goodness.

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DarkSideOfTheMoon from Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a case of Octoberfest Paulaner mix pack from Costco and luckily this guy was in there. I love Paulaner's beers (and doppelbocks in general) and kinda surprised I never had this before. Pours a reddish copper and has a faint head with little carbonation. Smells of caramel, roasted barley/malt, chocolate, and raisin. Taste follows the nose and it all melds together so well. Incredible how smoothly this goes down considering the high ABV. The epitome of the style

Oct 08, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle, says best by 04/20, poured into a mason jar at 43 degrees F:
L - opaque caramel with a head that quickly disappeared
S - caramel, toffee, biscuit
T - caramel and toffee flavors, almost becoming butterscotch, a bit of biscuit
F - medium mouthfeel and minimal carbonation
O - this beer may be past its prime, but it is still pretty good

Sep 20, 2021
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Iamaskier from Idaho

4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: copper body, big foamy cream colored head.
S: Malt dominant and sweet. Caramel, spice, hints of banana.
T: Big caramel upfront. Sweet like the nose, hints of banana, spices, and cherry; a small bit of yeast, becoming floral hops that add some bitterness, then becoming toffee, with just a note of coffee on the finish.
F: A tad sticky, with a nice warmth in the throat.
O: I didn’t know anything about this beer before trying, and I’m glad, it was a great surprise. Lots of complexity in the body, almost a bit of everything packed in there. The balance is great in this one. Wish I had a pint.

Sep 15, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very slightly hazy dark amber colour with a puffy two finger head that dissipates within a few minutes, likely due to the high ABV,eating little lacing. Both the nose and the taste are totally dominated by what I can only describe as fresh, gooey, chocolate chip banana bread. There's a hint of autumn spice, perhaps reminiscent of pumpkin pie seasonings. The real star is that wonderful fresh baked gooey chocolate chip banana bread with fresh butter flavour. Totally unique, I've never tasted anything like it in a beer, though I believe this is my first Doppelbock. The mouthfeel is full bodied, tiny bit sticky, but wonderfully smooth. The ABV is hidden very well and is totally unobtrusive. This is a filling beer. I can see why they Paulaner monks called this stuff liquid bread - by the way, I love the story behind this beer too. Look it up if you're not familiar. It's very moreish but the amount of flavour, the heavier mouthfeel, the high ABV, and the way it fills up the belly are all conducive to slow drinking, and I can't imagine having more than two of these in a sitting. Overall a powerful, flavourful, wonderful beer.

Sep 13, 2021
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber color. Off white head. Good retention.
Smells sweet, strong, malty and spicy.
Banana bread, toast, caramel syrup, walnuts, sweet red apple, cherry, allspice and clove. Slightly warming as it goes down. The palate is left slick with lingering caramel sweetness, and a tingle of clove spice.
Excellent doppelbock!

Aug 13, 2021
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: I like it. Simple, straightforward, and right to work. Poured opaque caramel toffee with mild carbonation. Glossy surface.

S: Barley roasted to sweetness.

T: It's nice. Sweet, like caramel/toffee, with a bit of residual colored by hop extract.

F: Light weight for what it's doing. Highly drinkable.

O: I'm pretty sure that if one wants the /best/ Bock, they should get Einbecker, Ayinger, or Kulmbacher--Just a guess, we'll see, I'll have reviews in when they're available. For now, this will do, in fact, it's hardly a bad idea to have it, it's certainly more appealing than American options, despite the inclusion of hopfenextrakt.

Jul 05, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Single bottle from Wegmans. Delicious, not as good as Ayinger Celebrator (one of my all time favorites). Tried it along with Maximator and this one felt more lively and complex. I like how the flavor changes as it warms up. I would say that the maltiness turn into yeastiness,....

Jun 22, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 1/4 inch cream colored head, which fades. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, raisins, dates.

Taste is malty, caramel, raisin, cherries, dates.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. dry finish.

Another good German beer. Excellent!

Jun 16, 2021
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GrandpaMiltysMalts from Virginia

4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's just get this out of the way - I love German beers, I love doppelbocks, and I love Paulaner.

Poured from 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle. Produces a thick tan head, with some lacing, but it dissipated quickly. That could be due to the high heat/humidity that we have in the summer swamp of RVA (I'm drinking outdoors).
Look: Copper
Smell: Malt, yeast, bread ... mmmm, good
Taste: Kind of a barbell balance, heavy malt with medium roasted bitter. Minimal hops .
Texture: Good carbonation up front. Robust.
Overall: Fantastic, not boozy despite high ABV. Would certainly enjoy this more in cool weather but I needed some flavor. Salvator is Rheinheitsgebot compliant so you're getting genuine beer flavors, not gimmicks. You could knock back a few of these - not too sweet.

Jun 09, 2021
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SABERG from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with a best by date of 09/21 into the test mug.
A - Tawny, copper color, a touch of haze. Beautiful carbonation, tiny steady accumulates in a dense off white cap.
S - Sweet malt, some yellow raisan, a bit of brown sugar. A bit of fruity ester, and clove.
T - Those sweet dark fruits are up front, then a nice steady, dark bread, with a bit of fig spread.
M - Lite in body, carbonation is quick to clean up, excellent tight band on the palate. Lovely dry finish. Never strays.
O - A very good "Double-Bock" thier label. With all the requiste flavors, and a lighter body than many.

Apr 25, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a nice copper/amber color with a bitchin tall tan head with great retention.
S: Rich notes of sweet grain malts, slightly toasty, caramel, sweet like toffee & dark fruits.
T: Follows the nose, a much sweeter bock, but just enough bitterness to balance it.
F: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp, bitter finish.
O: Really good for it's style. I really enjoy the sweetness, but only because it is balanced with just the right amount of bitterness.

Apr 24, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle served in a tulip. Enjoy best before 10.21 1 L30005 S.

Pours a moderately hazy deep amber color with a smallish head and a respectable amount of carbonation. Smell is tea and dates.

Taste is moderate plum skin bitterness, moderate date/raisin, dark burnt toffee, maybe a little caramel.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly clean and dry. Overall, it's a nice beer.

Apr 13, 2021
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eric5bellies from Australia

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cloudy Mahogany colour with a thick Beige head that retains and laces
S - Mostly malts and molasses
T - Very malty notes with a bitter finish
M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation
O - Not a complex beer but an enjoyable one

Mar 26, 2021
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Anders91 from California

3.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: amber, pours with a thin cream head

Smell: malt, yeast, a little fruit

Taste: malt, yeast, some unpleasant iron flavor

Feel: smooth, medium carbonation

Mar 17, 2021
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Yorick from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just like the brewery notes say. Light, smooth chocolate followed by a solid hit of dark caramel malt. Sweet but not too sweet. slight booze kick on the exhale. Noble hop spice just under the surface.

Mar 14, 2021
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle.

Looks a deep orange amber, clear with a thin white head that fades away.
Smells of toasted raisins, light chocolate and caramel.
Tastes great, malty flavors of toasted caramel, sweet bread and mild earthy hops.
Feels medium-light bodied yet full of flavor, rich yet well balanced and very drinkable with a clean finish.

Excellent beer, reminds me I need more doppelbocks in my life.

Mar 01, 2021
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario 500ml at 7.9%.
poured a 1finger head into glass leaving a lace as you drink it.
smooth malty flavor with a hint of caramel or toffee.
overall a very enjoyable bock beer from Germany.
probably would buy it again.

Feb 22, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Opaque amber with a quick-forming off-white head that settles rapidly to a film, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Freshly baked brown bread, toffee, light melanoidin, yeast notes, toasted cereal grains, dried dark fruit, and some mild earthiness
Taste: A huge and deep wave of bread, malt, toffee, and melanoidin crashes onto the palate with some toasted grains and earthiness following suit. More sweet bready notes surface throughout along with dark fruit notes and closes with a yeasty and slightly sweet fruity and yep, bready notes
Mouthfeel: Full, very soft and clean throughout, medium-high carbonation, and a full, soft, and clean finish with no detectable alcohol heat
Overall: This is tasty stuff. A classic, delicious, and well made doppelbock with tons of bready and sweet malt flavor throughout and all while staying very clean tasting. A malt-head’s dream and still a damn fine beer. Recommended

Feb 22, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a nearly clear deep ruby-amber, small ring of off-white head, mild lacing. Nose is dark fruit, stewed fruit, pumpernickel, baking spice, dark brewed tea, faint grapefruit and citrus oils. Pleasant roasted malts dominate flavor at first - brown bread, light molasses, leather. The bitterness is well-balanced here as well, with grassy, earthy hops settling in to ensure a drier finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Not as deep in roasted flavor as Celebrator, but a great alternative in its own right.

Feb 07, 2021
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DanO1066 from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finished off a sixer of 11.2oz bottles ("Enjoy best before: 09.21"): pours a cloudy red-gold with a creme colored head; smell of malts & Spring; taste like a good brown bread; medium body with nice carbonation; a nice example of the style

Jan 30, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque bronze appearance with a small off white head and modest lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, licorice and toffee with a hint of soy sauce. Earthy, fruity taste, some molasses, moderately hopped. Full-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering sweetness.

Jan 19, 2021
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LupulusLucas from Iowa

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

L: translucent, caramel amber.
S: chocolate, lingering sweetness.
T: chocolate, caramel, slight straw.
F: silky, lightly carbonated, light as a malt forward lager should be for the ABV.
O: One of my favorites. A historical gem that doesnt need spectacle or recipe deviation to keep drinkers wanting more.

Jan 18, 2021
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ThaneMcC from Germany

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky amber/copper color with off white head that resolves quickly
Smell is burn caramel, toffee, some fig/prune
Taste is sweet dark fruits forward, some cocoa, some leather with more dark fruits, plum, raisin, figs, nice biscuity notes with a mild mid note bitterness and fairly clean finish with only a small sweet residue/tackiness.
Mouth feel is medium bodied, fair amount of astringency from the carbonation
Well hidden ABV, easy drinking and solid representative of the style.

Jan 04, 2021
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mikeinportc from New York

4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly orangey, hazy chestnut brown , with slight pale tan head.

Smell is toffee, caramel, dried fig, date and raisin.

Taste is brown bread/molasses, date, fig, prune,and raisin, finishing with light toasted caramel, toffee, and light bitterness. Lighter,dryer, and not as sticky as the aroma.

Feel is smooth, medium, slightly syrupy, with very fine light carbonation tingle.

Overall, enjoyable and easy-drinking. Doesn't seem like 7.9%abv. I haven't had enough doppelbocks to assess where this should rank, but it is good, and encourages me to try more examples of the style.

Nov 17, 2020
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