Salvator
Paulaner Brauerei

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From:
Paulaner Brauerei
 
Germany
Style:
Doppelbock
Ranked #58
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
88
Ranked #14,604
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.7%
Reviews:
1,488
Ratings:
1,581
Status:
Active
Rated:
Friday at 07:16 PM
Added:
Apr 23, 2001
Wants:
  111
Gots:
  515
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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5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours a beautiful copper with a nice head. Bread and caramel notes with a good inhale. Malty, sweet and smooth with a thicker mouth feel. The grandpappy of all doppelbocks never disappoints.
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Rated: 4 by AbeO

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Reviewed by hmf05 from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a clear copper with a creamy head that dissipates relatively quickly. Looks gorgeous. Smell is bread, chocolate, and caramel. Taste mirrors the smell and there is a small but noticeable hoppiness to balance everything out. Fantastic dopple.
Nov 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by MrJones07 from Spain

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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Best By: 01-23

A - Dark chestnut colored pour with thin lacing and light carbonation.

S - Bready, biscuity dark caramel malt with a slight bit of chocolate added in the mix.

T - Follows the nose with toasted caramel malt, bread crust, and light chocolate while finishing on the sweeter side with low bitterness on the backside.

M - Big body with gentle carbonation that gives ways to a soft texture.

O - This is a pretty fantastic beer.
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle. Pours amber with tall, long lasting, fluffy off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, grassy hops and caramel. Body is full, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel malt, herbal hops, spices, hint of cherries and honey. Finish is long, dry and spicy. Nice brew.
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Rated: 3.68 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

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Reviewed by maltmaggot from California

4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I'm drinking this at room temperature after having a couple last night out of the fridge, and it seems to taste better this way. It's a beautiful shade of off-red, and it smells like a spicy caramel sea biscuit. Sweet with a modicum of brininess. There's some black tea notes alongside the malt, in addition to hints of dried stone fruit. Viscosity is middle thick, with a wonderful booziness wafting up from the glass. Definitely a well rounded and interesting beer, perfect for Autumn weather.. Of course I'm biased, because it's my favorite season.
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Rated: 3.8 by heymikew from California

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Rated: 3 by mpenske from California

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Reviewed by Hooded from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Notes from 7/2/2022.
Poured from a bottle into a Rastal nucleated Teku glass.
The body is dark reddish-brown with almost a finger of beige head. Retention is average.
The intensity of aroma is medium-low. There are notes of mostly sweet malt, milk chocolate and caramel malt. I detect a slight hop aroma.
The intensity of taste is medium-high. Wow! That's good! The flavor has a deep malty, chocolaty, caramel flavor with a mild hop finish. It's sweeter than other Doppelbocks I've had.
The feel is thick, fairly creamy, the carbonation is medium-low, the astringency is medium-low giving it a long dry finish.
Overall, I prefer that it's sweeter which is more to my liking than Celebrator. Although, I consider Celebrator a obviously superior Doppelbock. I will probably purchase this one more often.
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Reviewed by craftbeersafari from Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle purchased at Costco

Appearance: clear reddish amber, medium off white head
Aroma: molasses, prunes, roasty
Taste: brown bread, cola, not sweet
Mouthfeel: med.-light body, light carbonation
Overall: light feel belies ABV-watch out!
Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by Boone757 from Virginia

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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
1.5 x 0.33L Bottles
Bottle Best By: 2022-aug
Glassware: 0.5 L Stange
Temp at Pour: 55.8 F / 13.2 C


Look:
Light and clear mahogany that leans to the red side. Initial 1-finger beige head that dissipates to a very thing coating. Some lacing, but not a lot.

Smell:
Sweet and malty. Dark fruits, toffee, and some lightly toasted caramel. Notes of honey and light brown sugar. A faint earthy tone can be detected.

Taste:
Definitely sweet, but not as sweet as the nose. Dark fruits and toasted caramel. Hints of nuts. There is an noticeable underlying earthiness that is lightly bitter. I also pick up faint hints of dry chocolate here and there.

Feel:
Smooth and slick. Somewhat syrupy. The body is on the full side of medium.

Overall:
A solid doppelbock that is on the sweet side. In some respects, it reminds me of an Old Ale.
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Rated: 2.75 by Stratscott

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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. Most definitely an old bottle.

The look is a bit lighter than expected, a light brown to amber, with a very light haze. On the pour very little head formed, I am unsure why. What did form completely disappeared over a few minutes until zero head remained. Honestly a beer without any bubbles floating on top is a little offputting.

The aroma brings us back to normal here, although I can smell a bit of age, it's not skunked or anything, just perhaps more fermentation notes. Some caramel malts peek through. Perhaps even some dry fruit notes.

The taste follows the smell but much more malty. The fermentation flavor is there alongside the dry fruits. But right behind that is a malt explosion. It's not a very sweet beer and a wave of dryness and bitterness hit at the same time but it rounds out the beer well.

Feel is largely dry, but somehow it seems like a head forms nicely with each sip only in your mouth where you can't see it. I'm not sure what happened here exactly.

Overall a nice tasty doppelbock. Would be better fresh I'm sure but some beers are just hard to get fresh so that does factor into the score a bit. Malty as a Doppelbock should be.
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Rated: 3.98 by Myboymi from Kansas

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Rated: 3.76 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 27, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Finally picked this up in a variety pack, always wanting to try more dopplebocks when I can as they are infrequently stocked here. This one drinks very light for its abv, a tad thin. Some decent flavors of sweet malty goodness. Going to enjoy all 4, but won't likely seek this out again if it required purchasing 8 other beers I'm not jazzed about. If sold separately, this is a pretty darn good dopplebock.
Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a ruddy brown, hazy copper with a thigh two inch thick head that dissipates over a few minutes. Aromas are mild but pleasant, mostly sweet malt, caramel, a little bit nutty. I only get very mild fruity notes myself.

Interesting and straightforward, but subtle and complex tastes. The thing that distinguishes this from other Doppelbocks I’ve had is a bit of this savouriness in the middle. It’s a little funky in spots like a lambic or saison, and a little sweet, nutty and savoury like a thick bodied very sweet beer. Almost a cheesy like thickness and aftertaste. I’ve tasted this in a few other German beers so I’m not sure what it is. I’m still new to all this, so I’m sure I’ll discover it as I go on, but for now I just don’t know what it is.

Malt forward with mild bitterness, very doughy, yeasty flavours that are particularly sweet. Roasted caramel malt notes abound, and strong toffee. No fusel alcohol notes here. There is a very mild dried fruit flavour of dried raisins and figs. Not as strong as Aventinus (regular or Eisbock) which particularly features these types of fruity notes. In comparison to that and other doppelbocks, Salvator is more sweet, sticky, and sticks to the bready desserts. I do notice some enjoyable banana flavour here as well, especially as it warms. As with many complex beers, a lot of notes are strengthened by it warming up, particularly the dark fruit notes.

Very much medium bodied, slightly on the heavier side, the feel is thick and creamy, and just a tad oily. Feels like you can chew on the doughy malt. Mildly carbonated, which really allows the flavours to rest on your palate, giving it a nice long evolution of tastes with a lasting finish. Very creamy sip, it gently foams on the back of your tongue on the way down. As I noted above, the alcohol/abv% is not noticeable.

Paulaner brews are definitely ones that pick styles and a few good flavours and aim to hit the bullseye on them. So they’re not as complex as some others out there, but excellent benchmarks of whatever style they choose to brew. Salvator is a very interesting Doppelbock. If your favourite thing in the world is sweet, malty beers, your rating will likely be higher than mine. If you like more hop notes, or bocks that are mostly fruity, more dry and less sweet, you will likely rank this lower.

Salvator has a lot of great flavours that are melded together quite well, subtly complex, with a unique sweet savouriness. This makes it feel less clean and crisp than the slightly more boozy, less sweet, more dry examples of doppelbocks. But what it doesn’t have in those arenas, it makes up for in its creamy, less biting drinkability, malty sweet tastiness.
Mar 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.76 by lonestarshield from Texas

Feb 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked this up over the holidays at Gary's in Wayne, as I hadn't had anything from Paulaner in years. Love their beers and the ability to get them in these parts, and this was a great example of a Doppelbock as it was true to form, well-rounded, and easy to drink. In other words, it was fitting on a chilly winter's night such as this!

This had a lovely, almond hue to it with a frothy and full tan head that settled beautifully and evenly. Loads of bread, caramel, and chocolate in the nose as the taste contained some plum and fig along with a bit of toffee, dark nuts, and apple. Slick, moderately cloying, and nicely carbonated, this felt great on the palate as it went down nicely with a hidden alcoholic presence. Smoke, banana, and raisins lingered in the aftertaste as the warmth settled in once I finished this off.

Loved this beer and it's underlying potency as it was plenty strong but wasn't overt in it's heft. Without even realizing it, the "Enjoy best before" date on the corner of the label was 2/22 as this tasted great and held up well since it's bottling. The complexity of this emerged as it warmed up as this has me wanting more examples of the style - most of which would not measure up to a benchmark such as this.
Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 3.83 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
 
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Reviewed by samciatu from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Personal notes only: Needn't buy again. Has a bit of that Lambic Ale flavor I don't care for. Maybe it's the higher alcohol. Very caramel malty, but there are a lot of other options.
Feb 09, 2022
Salvator from Paulaner Brauerei
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 3069 ratings