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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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: pours a (very) hazy amber color, with a creamy, off white head (decent retention), mild lacing.
S: sweet and malty, with a nuttiness to it that I find to be common in doppelbocks.
T: first impression, I find this beer to be excessively sweet and chewy, moreso than I feel is appropriate, with a strong caramel note, along with some butterscotch and not a whole lot else (reminds me of jw lees harvest ale just not as good).
M: a tad sticky and viscous.
O: to me, as a doppelbock, it's kinda meh. I'm certainly not an expert on the style, but it would seem to me that this misses the mark. Not a straight up bad beer, just not to expectation in any way.

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Photo of StormAles
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hos
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Copper color with excellent head and lacing. Fragrant aroma with a toasty sweetness. The taste is nicely malty with caramel, toast, and a hint of chocolate. This is a great "everyday " German beer!

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Photo of Tundra335
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thomasdidymus55
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BCborn
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nullbort
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jtee
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 500ml can served at 12 degrees Celsius into a pilsner glass. Three degrees Celsius above the recommendation but man I just don't like overly cold beer. Best before date: 07.03.2018.

Look: The beer pours a clear copper with 6cm of tan head that dissipates in four-ish minutes. Pretty nice.

Smell: Moderate intensity and sweet. Dominated by malty-sweet toast, caramel, and milk chocolate with a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: Very much like the aroma with the same notes as mentioned above and slightly less sweet.

Feel: Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Smooth and wet with a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall: Rich and malty. A worthy brew that falls somewhere in the middle of my enjoyment spectrum. Certainly not disappointing but I don't see much reason to choose this over other options... maybe I'm just not a huge fan of doppelbocks?

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Photo of Samlover55
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle into Nonic Pint
a bit old BB 3/16
L- pours a bright brown, with a neat tan head
S- super sweet, tons of a caramel, figs as well
T- this is great all date & figs up front, sweet caramel on the follow, with a beautiful crisp finish
F- medium-bodied, a bit heavy w/ the sweetness but balanced out by the crispness of the lager yeast
Overall I can't be more thrilled with this one, full and flavor like a quad with the great drinkability & crispness of a lager

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Photo of jkroese
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of andrenaline
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a lager glass, it has a dark amber/red colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dies within a minute, one ring of sporadic lacing is left at the top and clings throughout the entire drink.
The aroma has a spicy and sweet through some malts and coriander.
The taste is spicy and sweet again throughout the entire consumption. Mobile smooth aftertaste with a quick malty sort of finish.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionable smoothness to it. Carbonation felt fine, somewhat low. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, an absolutely wonderful doppelbock well worthy of having again.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - Poured a beautiful hazy ruby color with lighter orange highlights, a thin ring of off white lace.
Aroma - Cherry, apple skin, honey, earth.
Taste - Starts out with notes of overly ripe fruit, juicy red apple, fruit skins, golden raisin. Malty towards the middle with loads of bread crust. The finish is grainy and slightly dry with a hint of bitterness. Really nice balance.
Feel - Medium bodied, a tad chewy, fine and crisp carbonation, mostly dry.

Overall - Excellent beer. It hides it's abv remarkably well but doesn't skimp out on flavor.

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Photo of Tomesco
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Exeter
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cramshawbar
2.19/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Oh, I don't like this! The sweetness is so bizarre with this style. Makes the taste shoot off in all kinds of uncomfortable directions, 375 years be damned.
I have tried, I have learned and now we'll part.
I highly prefer Belgian monks.

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Photo of Krusader
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mousel
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; packaged Mar 7 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour, supporting just under an inch of loose, soapy, cream-coloured foam. It dissipates fully within the next 2-3 minutes or so, with only a modest-sized collar and a thin, filmy cap remaining in place. Looks fine, although some lacing would improve the visuals. The nose is quite sweet and fruity, with brown sugar and molasses featured alongside notes of plum, raisin, red grape, syrupy cherry and a light hint of cocoa. A term like 'bready' doesn't quite do the aroma justice - it's more akin to a black forest / fruitcake, with the ethanol and hints of herbal hops becoming more noticeable as it warms.

The taste follows the aroma; very malt-forward and saccharine, with brown sugar and molasses present in an unwavering background role. Bready and cake-like, with raisin, prune and cherry, as well as a hint of chocolate towards the finish. An herbal, mildly bitter dénouement with some licorice flavour is wrapped up by a boozy-sweet maltiness that persists into the aftertaste. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that start off feeling prickly, but soften up as the glass breathes. Half-way through the glass, the liquid becomes much softer, smoother, and chewier, which is more apropos IMO.

Final Grade: 4.14, an A-. Paulaner's Salvator has such a rich, dense malt flavour that it's not hard to imagine how the monks could have subsisted off of it for six weeks. Or course, whether or not their livers would be better off at the conclusion of that six-week period is another question entirely. Salvator is a classic doppelbock, and thus an appropriate bar for comparison with other examples of this style. Not necessarily my favourite of the big-name "-ator" bocks - the alcohol could stand to be a bit more well-integrated - but it's still a darn good one that I'm guaranteed to return to. Absolutely worth a try, especially at the rock-bottom price of $3.00 a can - you won't have much luck finding a better doppel for your dollars, at least in this province.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a frosty pint glass. Pours a deep rich brown with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Smells of caramel and chocolate and tastes the same. Smooth and drinkable with a hint of alcohol. My first beer from this brewer and I like it.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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