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 skypup
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L bottle served in a beer Krug.

A- Clear, Light brown with one finger head, mild retention, slight patchy pacing.

S- Light yeastiness, tint of alcohol and freshly cut grass.

T- Lightly toasted malts, crereal grains, touch of alcohol at the end.

M- medium body, mild carbonation.

D- Pretty good strong beer.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Did not pour with much head at all. Is a cloudy amber in color with small, large carbonation visible here and there.

-Smell 4.0:! Big barley bouquet with caramel overtones and lots of sweet, sugary smells. Very hopeful for the taste after this.

-Taste 4.5: Immediate (but slight) alkaline hoppiness that is followed by a rich, bold, barley taste. This is followed by a slight caramel taste, but there is a remarkably dry finish. Long aftertaste of hops and barely. No hint whatsoever of alcohol or metal in the taste. Really delicious.

-Mouthfeel 4.0: Good mouthfeel, just the right level of carbonation; would almost believe this is a bottle conditioned ale, but it is not.

-Overall 4.0: Excellent beer. Good smell, taste, mouthfeel. Similar to Optimator, but all the good elements of ol' Opty are amplified by five or so with none of the bad elements. Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

$8.99 for a 6 pack in Atlanta, GA.

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Photo of dunit697
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this beer was great. A great darker German beer with the classic German soul that make German beer my favorite. Even with that feel to it, it manages to stand on its on. This is a beer I would keep in my fridge and have available for when I want a solid German Dark Beer. I believe it trumps the Spaten Optimator, and I had the Opimator on tap!

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Photo of fx20736
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle with a best used by date of 5/12. Served at room temp in a mug.

Clear Mahogany hued amber with a thin tan head that recedes quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma of toasted caramel, molasses, cordial peaches and some alcohol esters. No Hops detected.

Mouthfeel: velvety smooth.

Taste: exactly like the nose; rich caramel malt, molasses, cordial peaches. Finishes dry with no bitterness.

Notes: This seems like a higher gravity version of a Marzen. Malty, sweet but with a real warming from the alcohol in the belly. I like the dark fruit flavors in my Doppels and this has none of that. Still this is a good beer and supposedly the original Doppelbock.

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Photo of samie85
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy chestnut color with two fingers of off white head.

S-Smells of rich Munich malt with some dark fruity notes and a bit of herbal hops.

T-Taste follows the nose with rich toasty and molasses notes with some dark fruit and a crisp, herbal bitter finish.

M-Slick and smooth with moderate carbonation and a medium to full body.

D-Very easy drinking; however, I was looking for a slightly more complex malt profile.

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

A: very nice dark ruby color, completely traslucent, when served it generates an abundat foam, a light tan color head. There is constant carb, the crown presents nice retention and good signs of waste on the glass

S: very nice smell, caramel, toast, spicy

T: you get some sweet notes, then there is a bittersweet taste on the end, the alcohol presence is noticeable, warming.

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Photo of vincicle
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a great stripped down dobbelbock that has a very pure flavor with a malty sweetness and rich chocolatey feel. It is sweet, but not overly so and there is a slight disconnect between the sweetness and the phenol flavors that become more noticeable on the second bottle. The head is smooth and consistent and compliments the slow drinking character that the beer offers. This is a safe bet when looking for a solid Bock to accompany a hearty meal.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken. A classic, traditional German Doppelbock I have drank many times in bottled form. It’s a hazy dark orange/brown colored brew with a smallish head that falls pretty quickly and leaves decent lacing. Rich aroma of alcohol, dark malt, and dark fruit (figs, prunes, plums). Sweetness is evident in the nose as well as the taste. This sweet flavor is offset by a mild alcohol presence, a bit of yeastiness, and lots of fruit flavor. Wonderfully complex with excellent biscuity malt. Carbonation is fairly low, with a very soft, rounded mouthfeel that’s easy to drink and has just the slightest amount of creamy stickiness. Medium-full body. I’ve always enjoyed this beer in the bottle but the draft version is noticeably better and more complex, with flavor subtleties that are easier to pick up. A must-try for doppelbock fans and a good warming beer for a cool evening. Big but not over the top. Very tasty.

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

I was really excited to see this on tap at Brotzeit in KL. I really enjoyed the bottle, so I was pretty happy to order a 0.5 litre of Salvator to start the evening. It was served in a tall Paulaner flute with the tan coloured head almost puffing out of the rim. The beer was a magnificent maroonish brown colour, with plenty of visible carbonation jets. The beer smelt smoky, with a solid backing of dark, roasted malts. There was evidence of yeast, making it almost smell like a BDA, but the smokiness was the differentiator here. I remember this characteristic was not noticeable in the bottled version. Also there was a ripe fruit character present in the nose which created a harmony of aromas in a way. So far, so good !
The beer was way up ahead on taste too. Rich, smoky and sweet malt panning to a bittersweet end with almost everything in between. A lot of caramel and toffee, plums and figgs and yeast breadiness made it a mouthful. Just about the right amount of carbonation made it buoyant enough to be engulped within no time. This beer was a real screamer, and by the end of the 500 mil, I was feeling pretty happy. The 7.9% hides well enough under the guise of high drinkability to set you in motion.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First off I am reviewing this beer as i had it on tap. I have had it in a bottle before, but the draught is amazingly better! The bee`r `pours a dark maroon-brown color and has the look and feel of red wine. The beer has practically no carbonation, which is awesome and smells of a hint of red wine, bordeaux possibly and goes down smooth with a hearty dinner. I am very impressed with this beer as it is exponentially better on tap. If you see this on tap, try it!

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Photo of jhtipton
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a six pack for about eight bucks which seemed reasonable. Had tried once at the airport in Seville and was okay with it then so I have it another shot. Nice dark orange brownish cloud free pour into my Tusker pilsner glass. Slight head which went away quickly but laced mildly. Rich malty smell. Taste is not overly complex but pleasant malty breast flavor. The high alcohol is somewhat masked. Medium body for a beer that is supposed totaled me through Lenten fasting. I imagine I would be rather imbibed if I did not eat and relied on this for sustenance but overall a pleasant but non sessionable beer.

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Photo of jbakajust1
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pint Glass

A - Pours a clear chestnut with a thin beige ring, no head.

S - Smells of toasty biscuit dough, chocolate, light spicy hops, alcohol, and raisins.

T - Taste is much the same as the nose, alcohol, biscuit dough, raisins, chocolate, toffee, spicy alcohol, bitter finish

M - Med/Full body, smooth, rich, sweet full finish, bitterness to balance it out.

O - Enjoyable beer, nicely balanced, good, rich, deep dopplebock. Very drinkable. The head failed, but that my ahve been me or the glass (at a party, no proper glassware).

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour of this beer surprised me a bit. It poured a hazy, translucent, orange colour with a small white head. I was expecting a much darker colour. The smell is a bit citrusy, yeasty, and of old fruit, maybe figs. It's got that sweet, grainy, yeasty scent that often reminds me of cat food. That's not necessarily a good or bad thing. It depends on how it is balanced. Just a random anecdote I thought I'd throw in.
The taste is very sweet and figgy with an aftertaste of sour fruit and hops. It's a pretty good beer. Very fruity. Not what I was expecting for the style, but delicious nonetheless.

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

Pours a light copper with a medium-sized frothy head that fizzles down to a thin lacing after five minutes or so. Aroma is sweet malts, which follows through in the taste as well. Bubbly and a bit thin in mouthfeel, it leaves a crisp, dry, roasted malt presence lingering on the tongue.

Not as dark or complex as other varieties, but tasty and easy drinking nonetheless. Can't say it's my favorite DB, but it's price/quality ratio makes it a nice six-pack choice when in the mood for one.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - it pours a deep amber, essentially brown. The clarity is great, but the color isn't inspiring. A faint white film tops the beer after settling from the pour.

A - I'm really not picking up anything in the nose. Some faint Munich malt notes permeate as the beer drinks, but nothing overwhelming.

T - Continental base malts at their finest. This beer is never chewy, but the rich flavor of Munich and Vienna flow over the palate. The sweetness is restrained, never exceeding where a beer should go. Pleasant from first sip to last. I really like Paulaner's yeast strain, and I'm happy to enjoy a Lager without a grainy finish.

While I can't call this the most complex Doppel Bock I've had, and certainly not the most complex beer I've had, the flavor profile develops from sip to sip. Whatever insufficiency the drinker realizes when comparing this beer to others is made up for in sessionablity. It's very hard to put this one down, and the exceptionally well-hidden alcohol deceives the drinker into believing he's enjoying something much milder.

M - This beer is girthy, but never sticky and it finishes dry. I wanted to cry when I realized the ABV, since it drinks way too easy.

O - I have been enjoying some bigger beers recently so I question my perception of this beer. I had it several days separate from any other Bock, and alone today. However, I might try it following a smaller beer next time.

Generally, this is a well-crafted beer where complexity does not compromise drinkability. This beer straddles the territory between fizzy, yellow macro-lager and pretentious, snifter-swirling small batch Barleywine. I like what it brings, but I can't call it "unforgetable."

I would make this my go-to beer, were it regularly available.

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Photo of Herky21
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Maple brown with white lacing. Served it in a crystal Celebrator glass and the beer laced all of the way down, sticking to the glass.

Smell: Bready with a pungent alcohol fragrance on the end. It also smells sweet in general, with the great scent of the malt on the end.

Taste: Alcohol is right on the forefront, along with good sharpness from the hops. The slightest nuances are: caramel, smoke, and Bavarian Purity.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a rolling carbonation. Lacks a little on this part. Would definitely benefit if it were a heavier beer, just to hold up the strong sharp alcohol flavors.

Overall: Paulaner continuously delivers and is a great brewery. This is one of their beers that keeps you coming back. Its almost as interesting as a quad, but somewhat more drinkable in that it's abv is lower. This is a beer that I would say you can truly taste the freshness of the grain, which isn't necessarily attractive like a fruit metaphor, but it's more accurate. THis is just a solid beer. Buy it.

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Photo of gtermi
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Salvator Doppel Bock pours a nice redish gold color with a nonexistent head.

S: I am picking up some sweetness with some caramel and maltness.

T: The taste is pretty weak for a beer that has 7.9% alcohol content. It has a nice biscuit taste with some malt.

M: The mouthfeel is very carbonated for how flat the beer looks. It isnt bad, but not great.

O: This is a great beer for the price. I paid 8 dollars for a 6 pack and it is nice tasting. I will def buy it again.

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

Poured 8oz of a pint bottle into tulip glass after sitting out of fridge x10mins.

App: Moderate hazy (not appropriate for style) amber with bright orange highlights. Large beige pillowy head with good retention. Thick lacing around entire glass noted as it fades.

Sm: Sweet, rich caramel and toffee with a whiff of alcohol but no fruity esters or diacetyl.The malt is sweet, without roasted aromatics. No hop spice or floral notes detected.

Flavor: Typical caramel up front with a moderate amount of alcohol mid-way through. This is prominent but isn't necessarily harsh and fades into a smooth, dry, bready finish. No fruity esters. Appropriately dominated by malt with no detectable hop characteristics and mild bitterness.

Mouth: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Warm, oily texture during mid-drink associated with alcohol flavor.

Overall: After the very nice, sweet aroma, I was expecting more of those sweet caramel and toffee notes in the mouth, but this was fairly mild and quickly gave way to alcohol. There were no solvent flavors that made it unpleasant, but this held me back from a higher rating. The lack of clarity is also inappropriate (if BJCP grading) but didn't take away from the enjoyment.

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Photo of dcook11
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick two finger off white head. The color of the beer itself is amber. No visible carbonation. Nice lacing. The smell is of malt and soy sauce with a hint of toffee and hops at the finish. A touch of alcohol is present as well. The taste is malt dominant. Very little hops present, but still a strong hit of soy sauce. A very good Dopplebock, would gladly purchase again.

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Photo of rundocrun
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of 05/12

A - Pours a hazy copper color with ruby highlights. Has a finger of off-white head with tight bubbles. Head fades to a thin film within a minute or so. No lacing. Bubbles slide slowly down the glass in thick sheets.

S - Has a rich candy sweetness--reminiscent of the old-school hard candies you'd get in your stocking at Christmas (if you celebrate it). Has a subtle chocolatey hint to it. Mild banana-like esters are present too.

T - The taste is somewhat fruitier than indicated by the nose. Up front I get lots of berry-like sweetness mixed with a deeper caramel flavor. Some hop bitterness eeks in toward the middle along with a darker dried plum and fig character. Flavors of semi-bitter cocoa and mildly fruity alcohol take over in the finish.

M - Has a medium body--honestly I'd prefer something a little thicker for a doppelbock. Good carbonation. Sweet syrupy feeling left after each sip.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium hazy brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is toffee and biscuit malt with a little bit of dark fruit. The flavor is very malty. I get a lot of toffee and caramel malt with some dark fruit and grass from the hops mixed in. There is a nice grape flavor, as well as some warming from the alcohol. Very easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light coppery color with a thin yet fluffy head.

Aromas begin with lightly roasted carmel malts, sweet bready malts, light toffee and dark fruits.

The tastes begin with caramel, toasted bready malts, with light fruity plum. There is some spiciness but no noticeable hops in the finish. Warm, boozy spiciness adds some complexity.

Mouthfeel is quite chewy and heavy in the body with moderate carbonation, to help balance out the sweeter heavier malt profile. High ABV bite also helps to balance out the sweeter flavors.

Overall this is s decent Doppelbock but comes across kind of one sided with spicy, boozy flavors dominating. It could use some more hops or deeper dark malts to also help balance the flavors but the simple grain bill here leaves a lot to be desired. "A meal in a glass," not really, there are much better and more balanced and more full flavored examples available. One and done for me.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours a non-transparent amber/copper color with a billowing white head. Retention is decent.

S - Heavy, sweet maltiness. Doughy, almost. Some sweet fruits and noticeable alcohol on the nose.

T - Biscuity, sweet malts. Very clean. You can taste the alcohol, but it works well with the beer. Built well, but I feel like it's missing something.

M - Heavy and smooth. Ideal for the style.

D - Very nice beer that exemplifies the style. You probably can't drink too many of these in a sitting, but it's well worth a try.

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

Dark amber, nice clear. Real nice to nose. This beer is real good to the mouth. Smooth, with a slight hint of creamy finish. The taste is not offensive at all and leaves you wanting more. Will go well with any German meal. We think a good weisswurst would be the best friend to this beer. Overall this is a good beer that stays within it tradition.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy oarange/brown in color, poured about 2 inches of white head.

Smell: Malty, caramel, hints of orange and apricot, very sweet.

Taste: Malty, caramel, apricot, very sweet, just like it smells.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, viscous, good carbonation.

Overall: A very tasty doppelbock, I'm not a big German beer fan, but this was very drinkable.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,749 ratings.
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