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 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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Photo of Dubblebock
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paulaner's Salvator is a good, and somewhat unusual doppelbock. A bit less of a heavyweight compared to some of the other beers in this style, but still quite palatable and enjoyable.

Salvator pours with a beautiful head, thick but not cloying. It delivers a clear appearance for a doppelbock, with an amber hue rather than the traditional dark caramel coloring typically associated with the style. Good nose, malty and sweet, a slight alcohol singe coming through.

The taste was quite good on this sample. Sweet malts on the forefront of the flavor, followed by slight fruit hints and a nice grain richness. Nothing bitter going on here. The alcohol is masked by the malt presence, only a slight warming influence tells you that this is a 7.5% ABV brew.

Sweet finish, malty aftertaste. Good mouthfeel, not too thick or grainy. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

All in all, another winner from the folks at Paulaner. This is a bit off of the beaten path for a doppelbock, but I'd say give it go if you come across it. It's a different take on a time-honored and sometimes all too predictable style.

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Photo of aracauna
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is on the pale side of doppelbock; it’s a dark tan and not really very clear. It's got a good head, though. The almost prune aroma and flavor dominates with a sweet caramel backup. It’s not too heavy but packs a definate punch. It does get a bit sweet, but not so much so that I had trouble finishing off a half liter.

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Photo of usualpulp
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a slightly tannish head.

The smells of this beer are somewhat complex, lots of malt and fruit tones to it, along with a strong alcohol smell.

The beer tastes very malty, strong banana flavors, and some clove, light hop bitterness. There is a bit of an alcohol aftertaste to the beer. Tastes like it would make a good winter beer.

Salvator is a good beer, rather complex, perhaps something that would take getting used to, definately not something I could drink a lot of, but seems like it would make a great beer to have on a cold night.

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Photo of avylover
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used to be one of my favorites, yet last time I had it it tasted "dumbed down." I was eager to give this one another shot...

Pours out a clear golden mahogony color with a hefty light brown head. Aroma is very sweet & malty, with almost a beef jerky type aroma. Nice spicy alcohol aroma. Unfortunately, the taste is not as full as the aroma. It seems most flavors are in the background. Starts off with a smooth mild maltiness, along with some somewhat blandish cardboard type taste. The taste is in the finish, where the maltiness turns sweet & sticky and the alcohol turns spicy. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin at first then becomes syrupy, which detracts from the drinkability. Good, but give me a Korbinian any day.

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Photo of DPMomutant
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is amber to copper in color....very clear. The head is fairly large, creamy, and has moderate retention. I see some stickiness as the head subsides.

The smell is not very strong, but I catch bits of banana here.

The taste is not quite as sweet as other doppelbocks I have tried. The alcohol is allowed to take over a bit here. Still some fruit in the front and the aftertaste though.

Good carbonation here but a bit more watery than others in this style. Very warming going down though.

This isn't the best dopplebock, but it isn't objectionable and it is certainly drinkable. Would rather have a Celebrator or even Sam Adams DB though.

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Photo of Ellbert
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very clear reddish brown color. There was a nice rocky tan head above this. Very light in color, this left something to be desired.

The smell was of molasses and a hint of alcohol.

The taste was of molasses and caramel. The alcohol was evident, moreso when it warmed. I could not find the hops in this beer. A very malty beer with an alcohol kick.

The mouthfeel was very good on this beer. It was meaty and rich with just enough carbonation.

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

This doppelbock was a brownish amber color, in fact a lot lighter than I expected from a bock. It had a long lasting off white head that clung to the sides of the glass. Im not really into bocks (too malty) so I didnt expect much from this brew. It smelled like prunes or figs, other fruits (apple?), and alcohol. The taste was very sweet and malty, but definitely not cloying. The flavors of prunes, figs and rum stood out. There was little discernable hoppyness and a strong alcohol taste. The alcohol was the most unpleasant part of the taste, Ive had much stronger belgian ales that taste lower in ABV.

This is a decent beer, just not my style. I want to try Celebrator.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one as a dessert after a meal of chicken and rice. Amber colored with a tremendous, frothy head. Great smell, apples and a touch of caramel. Very sweet smelling. Very smooth for a doppel bock. Mouthfeel was very smooth as well. A very tasty beer, very drinkable for a dopple bock.. I would have this one agian.

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Photo of Onceeven
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one's been on my "To Get" list for some time. Kept looking at it, and finally snatched one up.

22oz. bottle. This is one great looking beer. Head didn't last too long, but the color is brilliant. Clear sparkling mahogany, with tons of bubbles rushing to the surface. Smells of fresh malt & spice. Mouthfeel is sufficiently chewy, par for the course for doppelbocks from what I've experienced. Couldn't get past the fresh malt taste. It brought back memories of my first homebrewing experience and smelling the roasted malt for the first time. Tasted pretty clean to me, not too much going on, but there was a pleasant spicey note coupled with the smooth alcohol finish. Could also detect a sensation of peppermint on one occasion? Anyone else?
Good beer, immensely drinkable. Could be a session beer for me if not for the 7.5% abv!

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Photo of crackerpooch
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer presents in a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. It pours a 2 finger beige head that is thick in consistency. The head has good retention and laces beautifully. A stunning looking beer. Color is a crystal clear reddish-amber. It looks a little light compared to the Sam Adams doppel bock that I am used to.

The aroma is very sweet. Almost smells like gingerbread cookies. A very pleasant aroma. The first taste overwhelms and I have to go for another to get a grasp of it. Definitely a sweet bready taste. A hint of alcohol can be detected. The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and seems a little thin for a doppel bock. Not my favorite doppel bock, but not a bad drink.

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Photo of kegerator
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a amber/brown color witha nice sized head that dwindled slowly leaving a good bit of lacing
smelled very nice, caramel, some faint citrus and spice and a bit of smokiness to this one
tasted just about the same as the smell, but it was a bit lighter and not as complex in the taste. Comparing to Celebrator this one left a bit to be desired but it is still a very nice beer. I enjoyed this one with a nice brat off the grill. It was good night.
mouthfeel was lighter then expected and a littel fizziness.
quite drinkable. I woudl buy this one again, but if i had my choice i would probably opt for celebrator

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally limpid copper hue with a small off-white head that is quickly limited to a ring. Honest malty aroma with a light floral hops note. Mainly geared toward caramel, white chocolate, cashews, vanilla and not so well-hidden alcohol. Very sweet palate. Hazelnuts and crème caramel, licorice and marshmallows. Interesting flavor profile, but that's just because I love the style and this one doesn't have any of the balancing elements (smoke, light bitterness) that top examples like celebrator can boast about. It's all about the malt which can become rather cloying at the end of the bottle. Smooth creamy medium body displaying particularly low carbonation.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I see that a German brewery brews a doppelbock, it is usually regarded (either by the brewery, myself, or other beer drinkers) as the "crown jewel" in the brewery's lineup. In this instance, I found Paulaner's Salvator to be a respectable brew, but I would favor their hefeweizen the most. Salvator claims to be the originator in the style, but I was expecting a fairly complex brew here and in the end, I didn't find it in this brew.

Salvator pours a really nice reddish/amber (almost brown) color with a 1 finger off-white head that disappears within 30 seconds, leaving no lace. The smell was quite neutral and unsensational. Some sweet, malty aromas, caramel-like notes and some alcohol were detectable in the nose. The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than expected with a light carbonation. The flavors that were present were good, albeit a bit simplistic. The dark, caramel like malt flavors were the main attraction, with some "dark fruit" notes to accompany it. The flavor of alcohol was present as well. Some nice citric hoppy presence added a slight bite to this beer, but make no mistake this beer is more malty (and alcoholy) than anything. A nice dryness shows up in the finish and continues into the aftertaste, along with some more continued alcohol flavors and graininess. A decent warming sensation finishes out the beer.

I did not find the complexity I was looking for in this beer, and I thought the alcohol was more present than it should be. It struck me as around on par with Samuel Adams Double Bock, but I still like Optimator the best out the doppelbocks I've tried (I've yet to try Aventinus or Celebrator). A respectable brew by all accounts, but I've had better.

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

This was a decent beer, but nothing super crazy or anything. It had many great smells with it, as well as tastes. It was fairly sweet, but still had the bold malt flavor that is associated with this style. The alcohol was a little strong for the other tastes, but it wasn't anything too unbearable. There was the flavors of "dull" or "dark" fruits, but they kind of took a side stage to the malt. I am a big malt guy, so this was a drinkable beer to me. The head was a little disappointing, but I guess you can't have everything all of the time.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Danke schoen" to Bierman9 for allowing me the opportunity to sample this winner of a Bier...

This Bier, vibrantly bubbly and copper in color, presented with a decent head at the start, and held on to some of it throughout the tasting of this brew. The aroma was sweet. Maybe some fruit, but I cannot make out specifically which one(s). Definately notes of caramel in the nose. The flavor carried through with the caramel theme, and offered a good dose of the (in)famous Hallertau hops, which I love dearly. A solid example of this style. One I will be visiting again soon. Well worth seeking out.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After all the reviews I've read, I was expecting this to be some kind of nectar. Hmmm, well, it wasn't. I've got five more bottles to drink, and I hope to have my initial impression changed by them, but though the first one was good, it certainly was not a "4.13" in my book. From a doppelbock, I had expected more complexity, more depth, and a denser mouthfeel. It for sure didn't taste like a $1.69-per-11.6-ounce-bottle beer.

Malt and hops dominated the aroma and the taste, pleasant enough, but it was nothing like the rich roasted darkness or chocolate-spice-raisin taste you might expect from a much touted d-b, not at all like what I find in say, a St Martin Dunkler Doppelbock by Aktien-Brauerei in Kaufbeuren (which is just a few dozen miles from Paulaner house in Munich) or the wonderful d-b brewed by the monks at Andechs.

Mind you, this is a nice-looking, very drinkable beer. Indeed, it is really pretty in the glass -- nice light-tan head, though not very long lasting, and a lovely red-brown color.

Really easy to drink as well -- could this be one of the few "light" doppelbocks? [;-)

Okay, here's a second go-round: 3-29-2004. Just finished a Celebrator -- it's my birthday, so I'm Celebrator-ing! -- and wanted to compare it with the Salvator.
I must say this is certainly a pretty beer! Nice clear amber color and a full head with good lacing that gives way quickly. Really lovely to look at. Unfortunately, it's in the tasting that it fails to stand up to its name -- it doesn't save me from anything.
A lot more hops-bite to this brew than Celebrator, not nearly as much character or depth. After this comparison taste-test, I'm standing by my earlier numbers -- a nice beer, but too hoppy and light-feeling to stand with its superiors. This is a "light" doppelbock!

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Photo of soper2000
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first doppel. Picked it up pretty much on a whim and I'm glad i did. It pours a nice amber color with a white head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma is of malt and alcohol. On first taste the alcohol is definetly present but so is a ton of malt. This is a malt monster, notes of raisin are also apparent. Mouthfeel is decent. I just don't know how drinkable this one is. 1 will do me for a long time. Maybe it's just not my style so i can't mark it too low.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I keep thinking about the favorite beer listing they have on this website. I thought I loved Imperial stouts best. Then I thought Imperial IPAs. Opening a bottle of Salvator, I'm starting to like dopplebocks all over again.
Smell: The smell on this beer does it for me. Its so malty and fruity and pungent. I love it. It reminds me how great this is going to taste. I bet if you let a plum change to a prune and then to rotten mass of leather fruit skin it would smell like this. That's a good thing too, so we're not misunderstood.
Taste: I must admit, I like it better on draft. But out of this bottle comes all the dopplebock favorites: thick German malts, soft chewy dull cherry, rich prune and raisin, sweet phenols just beginning to mature. I often wonder how this might taste after say 5 years? I'd put it on my waffles. Very earthen flavor. Moss, faint smoke, earth. YUMMM.
It looks good, it smells great, and the only thing I can fault it with is that I couldn't throw them back all night. But who would want to cheapen the beer with binge drinking it? Moderation in all things. Wonderful.

I just picked up a Celebrator, so I should have a nice comparison soon.

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Photo of Zorro
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange brown brew.

Smell is sweet with a strong smell of malt and bananas.

Flavor is sweet malt with a caramel and banana flavor. Bitterness mellows the sweetness into a nice finish. Fruity flavors are in here too.

Mouthfeel is full almost syrupy.

Super drinkable, a super German Bock beer.

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

Appearance: Rich russet color. Starts with a thick, foamy head that leaves a minimal lacework as it diminishes.

Smell: Very malty nose. Minimal esters.

Taste: The start delivers the malty promise made by the aroma. A thick, rounded malt flavor dominates the palate. Some fruityness evident, but not much. The low-to-moderate hop bitterness becomes apparent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. Full-bodied.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. This is one of my "session" beers

Notes: I have a personal predilection for sweet, malty, full-bodied beers. So doppelbocks tend to be among my favorite beers. Salvator is certainly an archetype of the style.

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Photo of tjd25
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color. The beer is kind of transparent. A nice smell of coffee, caramel and malt. The taste is all about malt. Very well balanced with the 7.5% abv. Some sweetness too, light hints of lemon. Some spices too. The mouthfeel is thick. The alcohol became more noticeable as I was drinking. A nice brew, but I couldn't sip on that all night long.

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Photo of pootz
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The original dopplebock...still the standard. Poured a crystal clear deep burnished copper. Low effervescence. Creamy off white head with moderate retention and lacing.

Odors of sweet malt with a distinct dried fruit and coffee tone, light smoke overtone and detectable alcohol wisp.

Starts with an oily mouth full of cocoa-malty sweetness not impaired by the detectable spalter hops until the finish which is herbal hop pronounced with the smokey roast coming in in the final stages. Relatively clean finish for shich a big lager...but that is part of this bock's signature....everything in moderation

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,657 ratings.
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