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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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Photo of allengarvin
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a half-liter Paulaner stein-type glass.

Appearance: Clear reddish-brown color (just about exactly the same color as the varnish on my fiddle). Decent head of foam that settles down to about wafer-thin after a minute or so.

Aroma: Dark wheat toast (maybe buttered) aroma, with a touch of caramel.

Taste/Body; A lot of malt hits right up front, sweet and caramel-like, almost sticky. Very rich and soft mouthfeel, but not thin by any means. Long, lingering, slightly toasty finished.

Truly a classic, this is one of my favorite beers, espcially when fall rolls around. A week or two may pass without me buying one, but it's a rare month when I don't at least have a couple. On cold late-fall nights, by the gas fireplace with one of the cats in my glass, I love to have a full liter glass of Salvator.

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Photo of Doppel07
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice red, amber color and a sudsy beige head. Sweet, malty aroma with odd hints of citrus. Taste is sweet, malty, and faintly acetic. Decent but definitely a rung or two below the likes of Spaten Optimator, Weltenburger, and Celebrator on the doppelbock ladder.

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Photo of zodiacv1
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber / copper with a thick light cream head. Slight hints of fruit and caramel to the nose but the smell of alchohol is the most predominant. A fairly complex and flavorful mix that becomes sweeter and smokier as it warms. Easy to kick back a few pints, and with a abv of 7.5 you wont need to drink to many more.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a medium creamy head. Aroma is rich and tangy, caramel malt and hops.

Taste is rich and malty caramel, very sweet, almost like a thin barleywine. Hops are mild and lend a bit of a fruit-like twang, like raisins or currants or too-ripe plums. Spicy and smokey undertones, reminds me of a spice cake or rum-soaked fruitcake, followed by a slice of buttered pumpernickel.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and well-rounded, finishes clean. It's sweetness limits its drinkability more than anything else, but not by much.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Copper, maple syrup colored with a small head; not much lacing

Smell: Lots of sweet caramel malt on the nose; sweet applesauce and alcohol notes come through as well

Taste: Caramel malt dominates with flavors of dried fruits - I pick up apples and dates in the flavor; not much hoppiness, but just enough to cut through the sweetness; the finish is wet and sweet and the alcoholic warmth is defintely present

Mouthfeel: Thick and full-bodied with just a bit of carbonation

Drinkability: A nice sipping doppelbock.

This is the beer that opened my tastebuds to a whole new world of beer and started my beer quest. I drank it on tap at the brewery in Munich and fell in love with it. Now that I have tasted a lot of other beers, I'll need to return to the brewery and re-live the experience with a much more well-travelled palate.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a ruby highlight. Not much of a head. but then I made the mistake of pouring it in a seasoned glass. Smell is malty malty malty. Caramel, dark bread with a bit of sweetness. Well a bit more than a touch. Not really hops around to dry it out, but that isnt what this bier is for. Its rich and tasty..Carbonation is low. Given the ABV you cant have too many of these.. However its a good brew. Pair it with Roast Duck and Red Cabbage or Sauerbraten and Spaetzle. Its tasty and unnoticed!

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured very clear and very red in colour with almost no head at all. Decent lacing, however. The smell is absolutely fantastic. Very sweet, bready, and a little bit of a raisin like aroma, as well. The taste, too, is quite sweet. Not too sweet. Just more so than I had expected. The texture is fairly smooth and easy to drink, although there is quite a bit more carbonation in this than I would have thought there to be. Not my style, but not bad either. Paulaner does a good job on keeping the 7.5%abv on a leash on this stuff. It's really not that noticeable, taste-wise anyway. Something else I'd like to add. There is an interesting, quite tasty maple syrup like after-taste that shows up about 2 seconds after you take a sip. Nice.

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Photo of DrJay
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear ruby/amber. Head retention is a little on the low side, but a thin lace persists. Pleasant malty aroma, plum or prune fruitiness. Fruit flavours blend in with rich maltiness. Light alcohol warmth is present. Some bitterness underneath serves to balance the malt. Finish is very clean with a bit of sweetness. Medium-full body, medium carbonation.

300 mL brown bottle with freshness date clearly marked on the label.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was copper/mahogany with a one or one and one half inch head that quickly dissapated and left a thin white ring around the top of the beer.

The smell was quite fruity, very heavy with apricots and dates. Somewhere in the back of the nose was a hint of hop spice that became more evident as the beer warmed.

The drink started with a quite sweet jolt followed by a dose of fruit. The finish was a lingering fruit with just a hint of hops. After the beer had warmed slightly some alcohol warmth was evident.

All and all this was a quite enjoyable and drinkable beer. I think it would go great with fish and chicken, or hell just drink it to talk about it.

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

First want to think aracauna with his help with my Atlanta trip where I aquired my Salvator. Haven't had this in years but enjoyed it while in CO pre Ba days a lot. Pours a clear amber with brownish tints head falls to a thin cap of foam, no lace to speak of. Aroma is malt fruit apples mainly hints of caramel spice. Taste is mallllty and complex big on malt, molassas, caramel with fruits flavors present along with a nice dose of hops. This is a good Doppelbock not as thick as some but a good medium bodied brew that is really drinkable. This is a good brew not as great as I thought it was from memory, but still a great beer.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber beer that smells of sweet malts and lots of them. There is little head and no lacing to speak of, but this seems to be the norm for this style. It's body is a bit thin and the malt is a bit subdued for a Doppel Bock, but it only makes the beer that much easier to enjoy. The Germans know how to brew beer... well their way, and that is not a bad thing at all.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This could become one of my favorite beers

Appearance: Pours a brick red/amber with a foamy white head. Head sticks around but not much in the way of lacings.

Smell: I definitely pick up the malts, some spice, and maybe a hint of alcohol at the end.

Taste: Syrup-like with a prominent malt sweetness. I also pick up the hops as I stroll through this lovely brew. A nice hoppy, bitter finish but very balanced with the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy but not overpowering. Very complex. I'm not sure I'm smart enough to pick up all the complexities.

Drinkability: Very! A kick ass brew and a style that I'm definitely going to have to do more "research" on (wink, wink). Check this beer out. It's a good one.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange amber aroma with a thin fizzy head that was gone before I was able to put the empty bottle in the trash. Aroma is very malty with a wood roasted grain tone that is a bit striking. There were also notes of orangey hops. The taste is robustly sweet, with a smoky peaty background supplemented by vanilla, apples, and oak. The hops are floral and peppery, but are definitely playing second fiddle here. The body feels a lot thicker in the mouth than the appearance first suggests. The alcohol is apparent from the beginning, and detracts a bit from drinkability. The father of the dopplebock style does not live to the initial expectation, as it has been surpassed by a more talented child (i.e., Celebrator).

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Photo of baiser
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 330 ml bottle, with no best before date. BEWARE, poured a huge head. Too bad it disappeared so soon. Was a deep, yet vibrant amber/red colour, with a dirty white coloured head. Not much lacing.

Smelled of cherries, apples and alcohol

Tasted of caramel, molasses. Very sweet, but the alcohol sorts of becomes a bit overwhelming towards the end. Also, a bit acidic if you ask me. Takes away from the drinkability of this beer.

Mouthfeel is quite syrupy, coats your tongue.

Great to sip slowly. Definitely a nice doppel bock.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Comes in 500ml brown bottle with with a slightly different label than the BA picture shows. Pours a nice, vibrant cherryish amber with a short-lasting, sticky white head. Deep, beautiful aroma of malt, malt, and more malt. Essence of molasses, cherry, caramel, and alcohol. Sweet palate contains notes of sweet malt, treacle, biscuit, and sweet fruit. Alcohol comes through in the back of the mouth, then reaches up and smacks you on the top of the head. Rich, thick, slightly syrupy body. Had trouble finishing the bottle by myself, you have to watch the 7.5 abv. Nevertheless, I'm a fan.

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Photo of carln26
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This may have been one of the 1st Dopplebocks I ever drank, and it is still one of my favorites. I believe Paulaner continuously puts out great German beer. The color is a deep brown/red. It pours with just a bit of a head, and a lace when drinking. The aroma is a heavenly blend of malt, malt, and a hint of hops. The taste is a complex mix of the malt, maybe a little caramel, and the alcohol on the back end. As with all beers of this style, I think it is difficult to drink more than 2 or 3, but this is a great beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
1.94/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a gorgeous cheery wood dark amber with a phenomenal tannish head that is magnificent. Lacing is excellent. The smell is strong of fruitiness and traces of alcohol. Strong cider apple with not bitterness to speak of, no hops present. The taste was very dissapointing. It was to sweet, to syrupy strong with no hop bitterness to blend it all together. It was like sucking on apple syrup, that is great on pancakes but not in a beer glass. Nice medium bodied smooth feel but the taste of this does not refect what I want in a beer.

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Photo of Oahu
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Dopplebock ever, but I was pleasantly surprised. Pours a dark amber, head dissapates rather quickly- leaves a pleasant lather on the side of the glass.

I made the mistake of drinking it too quickly, it needs to warm up a bit before it loses it's bite. Once it does so it's a phenomenal beer. I was stunned by it's lack of bitterness. Almost fruity and light. Goes down too easy. I could've had a bunch of these. Best with a heavy meal, not for the faint of heart. Taste hits you in several layers.

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Photo of malthead
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great color, the head's not as big as i would like, (although i may have poured it cooler than it should be) Smell is very malty, maybe a little caramel. As others have said, taste is pretty complex, a lot going on... starts with sweet malt, then a little hops, almost spicy, then maybe a little of the 'sour apple' that Venom mentioned (i can't exactly put my finger on the taste, so that's as close as i can get...) followed with caramel and a little bitterness for the long finish. Good mouthfeel, really sticks around, although maybe thinner than I would prefer. Drinkability would be around one or two at the end of the night - not my session brew, but a great nightcap.

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Photo of canadianbarman
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

--330 ml bottle with no freshness/bottled date. $2.99 cdn.
--Poured a caramel/copper in color. Great, fluffy white head that stayed not bad but left nice lacing.
--Slight smell of caramel, even slighter smell of fruit.
This was my first foray into the Dopplebock style and I must say that I was truly impressed. I had no expectations whatsoever and will definetally try more of this style. That said, I think that it will be tough to top this particular beer. I liked everything about it. The one thing I would change is the alcohol content...only so I could drink more if it without feeling the effects so fast. I say give this one a try.

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Photo of euskera
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this as I write..

Purs out a caramel reddish brown with a nice fluffy off-white head with plenty of staying power..

Smell has a malty overtone with a little astringency in there.

Taste is good, but not great. The astringency is there with some alcohol overtones. I was expecting a little more malt sweetness, and find myself wanting more. An excellent brew for sure, but the Celebrator is much more my style. That said, I would never turn one of these down if offered one..

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Photo of diablo14
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

they just got a new round of these puppies in after a few years of being unsighted and let me tell you, ive been going heel for leather on them. a classic bock by any standard, i can drink these to the point of excess and it still dont matter. karlos and i savored a couple of these not long back and it was a great experience. always a pleasure to see the look on someones face when they are trying a new beer and are clearly moved by it.

amazing look in the glass. almost angry orange brown color with a spectacular golden head that wont let go. the bubble action is there but not going too crazy. big time nose that screams malt, fruit, and roasty goodness. the flavor is complex yet marvellously balanced. the initial malt hit gives way to a raisiny fruit flavor with a rum butter and cookie dough taste. some tart cherry and caramel presence also. the hops are dry, floral, and provide more than adequate crispness and balance. as karlos suggested in his review, despite this it merely provides a supporting role that brings everything together in a brilliantly balanced package. its too easy to get a few of these under the belt before you know youve done it too.

one of the beers on this planet that any discerning beer drinker has to have tried, salvator is one of the benchmarks for the style. many have endevored to copy this little beauty, and not come within an elephants trumpet of succeeding. if you havent had this, and have the good fortune to come across it, it should be purchased and consumed no questions asked.

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Photo of WetCoaster
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A surprisingly pale amber with gold undertones; looks more like a WCPA than a bock. Still, it's a nice-looking beer that pours with a finger of rocky off-white head. The head fades quickly. Surprisingly active carbonaton. Thin lacing.

Smell: Wow. Rich and incredibly complex. Starts with rich sweet malt and apple yeast esters. Soon, wave after wave emerges, chocolate, caramel, cherry, buttered rum, vanilla--it would take a nose more trained than mine to pick out everything. Superb.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ohhoho YEAH. Rich malt and chocolate coats the tongue, with hints of caramel, black raspberry, cherry brandy--it never ends. There's a bit of alcohol heat at the finish and perhaps the slightest hop bite. The mouthfeel is equally fantastic, smooth and chewy, with just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue. Where all of the initial fizz went, I have no idea.

Drinkability: Smooth mouthfeel, fragrant, delicious... just keep 'em comin'. Oh wait, it's 7.5% ABV--don't.

IMHO, this is THE dopplebock. I can't imagine how it could be any better, absolutely fantastic. One of the best beers I've had, period.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nice dark amber with ample head

Smell- Sweet smelling, fairly complex, detected caramel or molasses smell

Taste- A sweeter beer than I normally like, but I have to admit it tasted really, really good. The sweetness had caramel or molasses flavor.

Drinkability- Probably this isn't a summer brew or something I could drink a lot of in one session. Salvator is a little too filling for a session drink. I really did like this beer a lot though.

I think a beer like this would go better in colder weather than in the humidity of a Houston summer. I will return to this beer again in colder weather and see how I feel then.

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

Pours with a two-finger head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Deep, clear amber color. Low carbonation. Nose is malty. Medium bodied. Starts sweet, very smooth, the high ABV is not noticable. $1.90 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,675 ratings.
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