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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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Ratings: 2,763 |  Reviews: 1,386
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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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy opaque brown with a small short lived tan head. Aroma and Taste of toasted dark caramel malt, sweet dark fruit, dates, yeasty, with some sweet alcohol esters and hops. Medium to full body with nice carbonation and a lightly creamy texture on the palate. Finish is toasted dark malts, yeasty, dark fruits, dates, ending with a sweet fruity alcohol taste with a slightly bitter ending for balance. Overall a good, flavorful and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BryanRex
4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If you like doppelbocks and quads then you probably already know this one. If not, you've been missing out. Although you hopheads out there probably won't appreciate the caramel malt flavor explosion, I think most folks can appreciate the delicious malty flavor and great aroma. It pours out a caramel color with decent carbonation and lacing that persists for a few minutes. The smell is somewhat seasonal with hints of nutmeg, fig, raisin and bread. Once it touches your lips the malty flavor hits you like a ton of bricks, which makes it much fuller bodied than about anything I've tasted short of Ayinger Celebrator, Chimay Grand Reserve, or Aventinus Eisbock. Considering it only costs $2.29 for a 16.9 oz bottle (at 7.9%) it's cheaper than Coors Light (by alcohol volume), and it tastes better than all but the top ten beers on Earth. You absolutely cannot get a better beer for that cost. Hands down best bang for the buck, and delicious.

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Photo of medic25
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Salvator has a caramel-brown color with the pour, initially a medium-sized tan head that doesn't stick around for very long. The smell is a great malty one, like you're baking bread. Taste is a sweet malt bomb, with hints of fig along with the alcoholic presence. Fairly dry finish. although over time it seems to linger more and more in my mouth. One of my favorite Doppelbocks.

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

A) A nice golden amber color with single finger head poured into a pilsner glass. Good carbonation flows from the bottom.

S) Sweet malt smell light floral

T) Rich malty flavor up front and barley and a clean back end with hints of honey

M) Smooth mouth with a pleasant malt that hangs on the back

O) This beer drinks smooth and has a sweet caramel malty taste to it. A bit on the high end to be a session beer but very easy to drink. A good double bock.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.

A - Light brown/orange color. Light tan head. A little lacing.

S - Brown sugar, dark fruits, slight bit of alcohol.

T - Dark brown sugar/molasses, figs. A slight bit of alcohol burn, but works nice with the sweetness to mellow both out. Alcohol also drys out the finish a bit.

M - Medium low carbonation. Has a slight watery feel.

D - Medium low. Intense flavor and slight alcohol burn makes you want to take your time.

Solid beer. Good flavor, just not complex enough to be world class.

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

Pours a thick, off-white fluffy head into my Imperial pint glass. Deep garnet, almost light brown in color.

Smells of fresh toasted malt, somewhat sweet but very pleasant. Simple but very enjoyable aroma here.

Flavor is very rich, follows the aroma with notes of sweet malt and a lightly toasted, bready character; extremely smooth and not overpowering. So easy to drink for 8% abv.

Carbonation is light, but the body is med- full, sits nicely on the palate. Feels like candy in the mouth.

This was one of the most enjoyable malt-focused beers I've ever had. Although its somewhat fuller in body, its low bitterness, toasty character, and light carbonation makes this a pleasure to drink. There's a reason they've been brewing this for hundreds of years! I think it'd be great to pair with food too.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled mug at my friend's house. (Don't mind me taking notes, dude. I'm doing my beer homework.)

Appearance: Sweet tea brown, 2 finger head that lingers. Lace that glass, little Salvatore.

Smell: Malt, caramel and figs. Hazelnut pops up, too.

Taste: Big taste; brings on the bready malt and figs with caramel undertones. Cherry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium, great carbonation.

Overall: What I look for in a doppelbock: crisp, rich, and oh, so German. Fraulein, fetch me another one, schnell!

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper with red highlights. 1.5 finger tan head.

S - Lots of rich toasted caramel, almost like caramel melting in a pot, musty wheat bread, musty yeast, over ripened apples, sugary figs, nutty.

T - Toasted bread, fruity malt, caramel, alcohol does not hide, grassy bitterness shows up along with some dry nuttyness.

M - Full and slick, but drys out on the finish. Adequate carbonation.

The aroma is better around 52 degrees. After that the alcohol really pounces on things. The flavors were good but fell flat of what the nose describes.

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

Poured chilled from 0.33 L bottle into a chalice.

To be concise: I gave this wonderful doppelbock a 4.0-4.5 out of 5 mark in each of the rating categories. I'm not a bock / doppelbock fan but this particular specimen could make me change my attitude: it's a drinkable, fine, semi-wine tasting beer with beautiful dark-red color, non-agressive smell, interesting combination of caramel and faint fruits in taste and an exceptional aftertaste.
I'll have another one.

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Photo of lordbrad1
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured a nice redish orange into my trusty pint glass. Nice color. Fizzy thick head that dies down after a couple of mins.

Smell - Sweetness, and a bit of fruity caramel.

Taste - Lightly fruity, with a nice sweetness. The sweetness isn't overpowering, but well balanced and pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium body mouth feel. Goes down smoothly doesn't "stick" to the mouth. Very nice.

Overall - This is a very good representation of the dopplebock style. The higher alcohol content (7.9%abv) makes it go to my head a little faster than I'd like. However the overall sweetness, and drinkability make up for that. I wouldn't call it a session beer (unless you aim to be hammered after your sessions), but you could easily put down a few of these and be quite content.

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Photo of carolinabeerguy
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Pours a deep caramel brown with yellow-orange highlights and a 1/2 finger off-white head. Very little lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, melons and a touch of dried dark fruit.

Taste: Sweet caramel and a touch of fruity sweetness up front followed by a more subdued malty sweetness in the middle before ending with a mix of toasted malt and a hint of bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and somewhat muted.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. I could see myself drinking a couple of these under the right circumstances.

Overall: Good beer overall. Not the best dopplebock in the world, but it's still solid. I'd say it's worth a shot.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,763 ratings
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