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 moose1980
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slighty hazy, orange-brown color; a bit lighter than I remember. Creamy, off-white head that dissipates a little too fast. Nice lacing. Malty, sweet, caramel apple aroma. Dark fruit-like, figs, but also similar to a red grape variety. Lovely. Flavors of rich, toasted malts, but not too heavy. More figs. Smooth, round body. Just a really nice Doppelbock.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a copper color, hazy, and medium carbonation. The head is thin and white. The beer smells of dark fruits, and a slight sweet smell. The taste is similar. The beer is not overly sweet or overly strong in the dark fruit flavor either. There is not much bitterness or other flavors either. The beer feels a little thin or watery in the mouth and has a slight stickiness to it. Good carbonation.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful amber colour with milky head about two fingers deep. This fades rather too quickly to a light film.

Flavor is burnt malt upfront with roasted and sweet malts following. Mosty toffee and caramels and light alcohol specific notes. Not overly carbonated.

Good but not great. Those in Montana would be better served by Bayern's doppel bocks.

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Photo of FreeTastingBuds
2.06/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drink this beer for its history. With my cassoulet it was dull but my palette was contaminated with a sour beer. When I had this beer with cinnamon donuts fresh fried, the lightness of the beer showed. I could tasted stratified layers of alcohol. Beer being cold, I still could taste the bread liken yeastiness giving a hint of sweet.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Amber-brown hazy body, thin white head.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Dark fruits, wheat, caramel, bubblegum. Almost like a doppelbock-hefeweizen hybrid.

Feel : Medium body and carbonation. Balanced finish.

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Photo of OlaB
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: gives a clear red-brown color , a nice medium top of creamy head that disolves in slow pace, nice thick lacings on s the sides of the glass.

S: caramel,roasted malts,bread,tofee,dark fruits like plums,dates and raisins, some hints of chocolate as well.

T&F: sweet and sugary with dark fruits with the malt heavy in the background, gets more flavour of spices in the middle before it finish of with a dry sweetness in the finish. The roasted caramel malts is in the background the entire time. medium bodied with medium carbonation, and it gives kind of a creamy feel. A little to sweet for my preferance

O: This is a great and highly drinkable doppelbock. a sipper to enjoy, I sure would try it again.

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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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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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