Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: 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.

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Reviews: 1,364 | Ratings: 2,685
Photo of DallasK
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark amber with no head or lacing. Smells of bread and a hint of spices. Taste is watered down feeling. I fear this might have been a victim of travel.

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Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this beer many many times, but never rated it. This beer pours with a fairly average head, light brown color, with some lacing. It smells of sweet malts. The flavor is what you might expect...A slight chocolate note, but mostly lightly roasted malts. There is a little bit of bitterness at the very end from the hops, but not much. Leaves a malty, chocolate aftertaste that lingers. The carbonation is moderate and pretty normal for the style. This is a solid double bock, and very much a great example of the style--though I do prefer other German made beers of this style to this one. Very potable and easy to drink.

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Photo of D1noB
2.74/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A thick beer you can almost chew. heavy malts, sweet, and a bitterness you won't forget.

Taste Rating in Words: It's drinking coffee, tea, or beer when you are a child. You really want to try it, until you try it.

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Photo of PeatReek
4.66/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Deep amber, a bit darker than a typical Oktoberfest, and just the slightest tinge of haze.

Smell: Again reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Slightly sweet and very grainy! At the end a slightly raisiny character that tells me it's going to be strong.

Taste: Moderately sweet with a bite of hops and alcohol (and maybe a bit of tannins...) The grainy presence is definitely there in the flavor. Tastes bready, and floral, and like a dessert wine - all at once.

Feel: Prominent carbonation appropriate for a lager, but not Champagne-like or otherwise in your face. Just right. Nice prominent malty body, but not overly thick and chewy and also not syrupy.

Overall / other thoughts: When you like strong lagers, this is what you like! I could drink these until I pass out. Substantially lighter in color than other Doppelbocks, with correspondingly less roasty / chocolately flavor, but definitely a nice heavy winter bock and not a Maibock. Great beer.

Serving: decanted at home; bottle obtained from the local BevMo liquor store.

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Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 5/2017. 11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a murky burnt orange with a small white head that quickly fades leaving decent retention and little lacing. The aromas have lots of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. Black cherry is in the mix. Sweet caramel malts do their thing. The flavors basically follow the nose. The flavors are pretty clean. Lots of grains. More caramel and toffee. Hints of maple syrup. More dark fruits. It's slightly earthy. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with slick carbonation. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid doppelbock. It's a nice traditional example of the style. It's clean and well crafted.

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Photo of KCarr
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From draft, into a 1 liter mug. Looks beautiful, murky plum color. Well-balanced sweetness. The abv strength is hidden nicely ( although i love belgians, so i may be used to stronger stuff). Overall, a tasty German brew.

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

Bottle at home. Dark caramel pour with a thin tan head. Caramel, toffee, dark fruit, coffee. Medium bodied, smooth and silky texture, and a burnt caramel bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber and opaque with off-white head. Burnt caramel, toffee flavor dominates with some chocolate and fruits on the backend. Malt loaded with subtle hops leaves this brew on the sweet side. Smells and tastes like candied beer.

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

Poured on tap in a snifter, the beer is a hazy, opaque, toffee coloring, with a thin, wispy, white head. Aromas of rich toffee and caramel, date, fig, apple, and sugary highlights. Flavors are sugary sweet forward, with notes of burnt caramel, old world fruit, apples, toffee, and a solid bread backbone. Rich, smooth body, with a caramel and old world fruit aftertaste. Smooth, chewy finish. Classic.

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Photo of Trailboss76
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium head, somewhat cloudy tea color. Pretty good frothy lager-ish smell. Definitely a stronger taste than a lager - stong but not necessarily bitter. Wow - 7.9% ABV!! It seems strong, yes, but I wouldn't have guessed quite that high on the ABV. Maybe a little hint of a caramel-like flavor. As just a striaght "drinker" (no food) it is pretty demanding.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle

Appearance: clear orangey/reddish, beautiful creamy head of tiny bubbles, medium carbonation.

Smell: caramel, sweet malty goodness with a slightly fruity background. Some erathy hoppiness detected. Really nice and strong.

Taste: mainly sweet maltiness with a slight bitter end. Unidimensional but really good and strong.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, creamy, boozy warmth, slight bitter aftertaste. One to sit and enjoy.

Overall: I really liked this beer and prefered over Ayinger Celebrator, which I found more watery amd not so creamy. The Ayinger was more woody too. This one's sweeter and with a better feel in the mouth.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an orange hued brown with small head that left no lacing. Nose is sweet dark malts, some musty notes, rich. Taste follows with mostly rich sweet dark malt. Not a lot of complexity, but tasty. Full mouthfeel. Overall, a good but simple doppelbock.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured the color of stained wood with white bubbles.

Smell - The sweet grains of a Doppelbock are evident here.

Taste - The sweet chewy grains of a doppelbock comes through. There is a nice sweet toastiness. Caramel and burnt sugar notes are present. The beer grows more bitter toward the back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This coats and sticks nicely.

Overall - This beer is very appropriate for the style.

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

From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Watching Los Soprano 3x01. Typical profile of the style. Maybe not the best example but nice enough, cheap and easily available in supermarkets again.

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Photo of daydesiang
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color copper, no bread when it’s pour by the waiter. Smell of toffee. Some good dried fruit sweetness and very slight coffee bitterness. No alcohol taste despite its 7.9%. A good beer with white sausages!

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Photo of rypkr
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

More like water bock. It tastes good but for 7.9% it feels like coors light. There's no substance to this, no chewy indulgence that should accompy this heavy style.

I would not buy again.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L : Pours the color of iced tea, with a short lived popcorn head of 2 fingers. Opacity is about 60%.

S : Mostly brown bread crust and dusty grain bin, with a touch of dark fruit here or there. As it warms the plum and fig aromas start to come out more.

T : Like a Fig Newton out front, with fried nougat and dried fig/plum, some vinous qualities with grape stems, and a taut, slightly hot, dark bready finish. In the background you can sample some banana as well.

F : On point, very carbonated, a light creamy crispness, and a hot, dry finish.

O : One of my new favorite Doppel Bocks. I like this one quite a bit, I may pick up another.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Gives a nice coppery brown color that reminds me of rust....color that is! The head is dense, yet not overly thick....just being a thickish layer over the beer itself. The lacing is very good, with plenty of small bubble patches clinging to the side of the glass, and carbonation is slow and lumbering to the top of the brew!

S- Milk Chocolate and malty sweetness make up the base of the aroma profile, with muted hints of toffee, molassess, brown sugar and a slightly bitter hop finish. I will say as this warms up there is a much more robust bready yeast/caramel smell about this that is quite yummy!!

T- Dark brown maple sugar that isn't really about the sweetness, but rather the essence! Very nice.....there is nice yeasty bread/biscuits noted and roasty caramel malts balanced by chocolatey nuttiness on the body....the finish just has a slight hop cleanliness about it that helps clear the palate for the next taste!

M/O- This has a solid medium body, that leans towards full, and a creamy mouthfeel, with velvety carbonation.....I find this quite the enjoyable Double Bock! The alcohol is well hidden and I would definitely enjoy this one again....with some meat and cheese....or chocolate cake! Recommended!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one came in lighter than expected, thought it was one of those big bad ass doppels but instead it came across like a heartier brown more than anything. The aroma was tons of alcohol and smoke. Not my cup of tea.

Taste was just another relatively thin bodied, heavy alcohol dark beers. The mouthfeel was nothing I like, just smoke, alcohol, meat, dark fruit. Its even bitter without being hoppy.

Some call it world class, some just call it ass.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pint bottle into seidel mug. Very little in head. Looks like murky brown jelly.

Nose is sweet bread.

Taste, business as usual in the doppelbock community (dark fruit, malts, milk chocolate) but with some heartier nut qualities like English brown ale, particularly granola taste too.

Mouth is fine.

In all a strong doppelbock. It has character, though sometimes subtle. Fans of brown ale, dubbel, extra bitter, scotch ale, and, of course, doppelbock.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a dimpled mug. Paid £3.09 for a single bottle.

Pours a clear, dark, brown coloured body with plenty of ruby tones. Fine, sluggish carbonation, is visible near the edges of the glass. A light, bubbly, one-finger in height, off white head quickly reduces to a thin film, leaving behind absolutely no lace of any kind.

The modest but slightly sweet nose leads primarily with a mixture of bready and caramel malts above faint fruity aromas of raisin and overripe plum. Slightly darker roasted malts, subtle grassy hops and rum-like alcohol are also evident in the background. Taste follows suit, leading initially with sweet bread and faint traces of toffee, before transitioning to dried dark fruits and soft plum profiles. Mid-palate, hints of darker roasted malts build in combination with assertive grassy hops towards a warm, earthy and moderately bitter finish. In the mouth, a medium body and excellent carbonation give a soft and smooth feel. Lingering roast, earth and grassy hop profiles give a drying finish, with noticeable alcohol providing a fair amount of heat.

Overall this is a decent beer. The lack of complexity (compared to others in the style) is a little disappointing, and obvious alcohol detracts from drinkability. Ultimately it’s good, but not worth seeking out specifically to try.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful ruby-brown translucence topped by off-white head. Nose could be stronger but is an enticing blend of malty sweetness and yeasts. Taste is sweet but not too simple; super caramelly. The depth of flavor keeps it from being dismissed too soon or being too candy-like. Enduring bready malts. Mouthfeel substantial but not distracting. Wonderful beer.

Tasted 2 May 2016 from a bottle with a best before date of "09/16."

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.07/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I like the bottle. Looks nice and old fashioned. Beer tastes better when you know that it is more than just some brewery company's special quick brew recipe mixed with hops.

Nice colour, head goes down quite fast.

I love the aroma. It's unique.Like sultanas and raisons. Mince pies. Very christmassy. Even on the 2nd May.

Tastewise, a bit too sweet. Not enough hops, or depth of flavor. This would be good for cooking though perhaps...

The taste is currents, mince pie, similar to aroma.

This would be good as a desert beer, or to cook with. Not for me though, however respectfully it deserves average marks


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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A murky mahogany red with a thin white head. No carbonation.
Smells of dark fruit and malt.
Sweet, dark fruits of cherry, dates hit you up front, then everything fades to a wonderful Carmel malt. Just a little hop hits you at the end. What a wonderful brew!the right amount of everything that results in a smooth, light to medium body bock.

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and other books to come.)
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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