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 MoreThanWine
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty 1.5" ecru head and had a hazy orangy amber body. The smell was mildly malty but as the beer warmed it came out more. Flavor again was mildly malty, and a moderate richness was reminiscent of some barleywines I've had. Taken by itself it's a good beer, but placed among the ranks of double bocks I personally think it was too light colored and weak to be among the top in that style.

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Photo of DIM
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: This was a dark chestnut brown with some dark orange around the edges. It poured with a large, long lived fizzy cap.

s: On the mild side, but that also means that the alcohol is well masked. Sweet brown sugar with perhaps some traces of butterscotch, coffee, or toffee.

t: There is a bit more going on here than in the nose, but it still falls pretty far for short of a great doppelbock. Sweet, sugary malts dominate with notes of toffee, caramel, and hint of chocolate cake batter. Again, the alcohol is extremely well masked.

m: Medium bodied and a bit chewy with gently fizzy carbonation.

o: This is a pretty good doppelbock that is very attractively priced. Even so, I don't intend to revisit this one. There are too many better examples out there.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a 1 finger head.

Wonderful aromas of sherry, raisins and orange peel.

The taste does not quite follow the nose, but still driven by orange peel. Toffee malts and brown sugar are balanced by moderate hops to finish.

Given the ABV, it is hugely drinkeable, with no noteceable alcohol... (!)

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

330ml bottle poured into tulip May,16,2011

A clear reddish amber with some very tiny suspended particles being moved around by a few bubbles that produce a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S fruity hard toffee with nuts in it with a little booze and brown sugar

T nuttier and more booze then the smell, a little earthy wet wood with some dried fruit and bread crust on top of all I smell

M fairly full bodied for the color but could use just a little more carbonation, still far from flat and just a little heat going down

O I'm not blown away by this one but I still found it to be quite enjoyable, good flavor and smell but I just couldn't give it a 4.5, yet another example of when I would use a 4.25 if it were an option

Something that I'd drink again if the price was right and available locally, thanks liamt07 for knocking this want off my list

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had this beer before… but I don’t remember the bottle being this big… maybe I am thinking about a different beer. At any rate, I have heard about this beer before. I mean, there are monks on the label… and we all know that monks make the best beers. (Speaking of monks, did you know that they are allowed to drink beer during Lent?)

The beer itself has a pretty high alcohol content, but when you pour it into a glass you’d never know it. Its pretty clear, and seems to be quite carbonated.

In the book they call this beer “dangerous”. I can see why. The beer is fantastic. The flavor actually changes on the palate starting quite strong, and then lingering off toward the back of your tongue. But it sticks around, leaving a sweetness in your mouth. (The book actually talks about this too.) I would love to find this stuff on tap… but I would be hard pressed to think they ship kegs of this stuff over here, especially with that high of an alcohol content.

Regardless, I LOVE this beer. I would drink this every day if I could afford it. (Speaking of that, I wonder how we are going to afford 1001 bottles of beer. This might get interesting!)

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

Bottle into Paulaner glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Acquired and served at the Salthouse. Reviewed from notes.

A: Five finger head of nice thickness, three minute retention, and a bit of cream. Nontransparent amber colour.

Sm: Caramel, dark fruit, alcohol. Quite lovely.

T: Dark fruit body, but too much alcohol. Too quick to be adequately complex. Built par for the style, but not without is flaws. Balanced.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but suitable for the style and flavouring.

Dr: The ABV presence it the biggest issue with this beer, but at 7.9%, it's an issue I can deal with. I wish the mouthfeel allowed the flavour to linger and come out more.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - gorgeous copper with a slight haze, nice off-white head about 2 fingers. some good volume to the head that leads to good lacing. also, very good carbonation present.

Smell - can pick up some metal, malts along with caramel, there is some good raisin smell as well, almost a little too much.

Taste - i pick up a lot of bitterness from the metallic and raisins, the malts add the warming touch. there isnt much sweetness to this beer either. little aftertaste, not much.

Mouthfeel - i can really pick up the alcohol on this one, combined with the increase metallic flavour. long aftertaste as well, very dry.

Overall - not an overly strong beer IMO, it has a strong emphasis on the raisin/metallic portion with a good amount of dryness.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. $2 from Pints O'Plenty.

Appearance: Slightly hazy amber color. Decent little off white head, but it fades to nothingness. Very little lacing. Meh.

Smell: Caramel malt. Sweet fruit, mostly raisins. A little breadiness and some alcohol.

Taste: Sweet and raisiny upfront with caramel. The middle gets pretty bitter from alcohol and a little herbal noble hops-- a smooth bitterness, but pronounced. Finishes surprisingly dry with a slightly metallic twang.

Mouthfeel: Even though the beer looks flat and lifeless once the head recedes, it still has plenty of carbonation. Feels pretty slick and sticky at first, but the dry finish detracts a little.

Overall: Another OK beer from Paulaner. Not a first choice for a dopplebock, but a decent beer.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.03/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours a slightly hazy, copper color with half-inch head, no lace

S: aroma is fruity, nutty, and alcohol

T: the flavor is mainly caramel with some fruity notes and an alcohol bite

M: it has a light mouthfeel, thin for a doppelbock

O: Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock is a mediocre beer, bit of a disappointment, barely recommended

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Photo of bylerteck
2.73/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Kaisla Oluthuone in Helsinki. From notes.

A - Poured into a mug, creating no head except for a ring of soapiness around the top. Bright. Dark orange/copper colour with medium carbonation.

S - Bready, fruity maltiness. Seems faint. Nice but have to work to find something in there.

T - Bready notes combined with a good dark fruit element. Sweeter fruity notes. Seems kinda basic compared to the bottle which seems to have much more depth. This is fairly one dimensional. Maybe it's too cold but I can't get into it.

M - Strong carbonation might be a little excessive. Medium body. Carbonation makes you want to get it down as fast as possible since it's so aggressive.

O/D - Sadly I won't be revisiting this on tap. The bottled version was great but this seems quite plain and almost like a chore to get through. You could have a few of these casually but to sit and focus on it isn't worth the time.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Amber, with a frothy tan head that leaves little lacing. Very hazy.

Smell-A ton of sugar and malt. Definitely a good amount of spice present as well, hopefully it will balance out the assumed sweet taste.

Taste-So I get alot of sweet malts in the forefront, along with some sweet caramel. Followed by some peppery spice. The finish has a light hint of some dark fruits along with the malt sweetness. The sweetness takes over and almost becomes one dementional.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, somewhat syrupy. Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Taste-A good Doppelbock, one a done beer, maybe two because of sweetness. After drinking an Optimator last night, I definitely prefer that over this in the battle of the Munich Doppelbocks.

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Photo of zdk9
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark tan that's hazier than a foggy swamp day. About a finger of head, nothing too impressive.

S- This has quite the strong aroma, so kudos for that. And it's mostly sugary things I'm smelling- brown sugar, malt soda, malt balls, fake maple syrup. I wish there was more than all the sugaryness but it's still interesting to stick my nose into.

T- The sweetness continues with some additions- rum- actually quite a bit of rum flavor. Again, interesting. Maybe some milk chocolate too, along with raisins.

M- There's a bit of a kick from the alcohol, certainly not hidden, and the sugar lends to some syrup. But not bad.

O- This is kind of a malt bomb, but it's interesting and powerful and I think I'll have another.

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Photo of videofrog
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 12 oz bottle into my strictly functional and not pretentious Weihenstephaner stange.

A: Hazy amber color with a little burnt orange around the edges. Light carbonation rises to the top of the glass. Slight cream head that dissipates quickly. No white lacing.

S: I like the malty aromas that come with Doppelbocks, so no disappointment here. Buttery bread, caramel with some fruity sweetness in the background.

T: Sweet malts dominate, hops are just enough to let you know they're still there and bring some balance. Fruity smell becomes something like fig in the taste. Honey and caramel are present.

M: Syrupy, but not too much so. Alcohol there, but smoothness is nice.

O: Will pick this up again if the mood strikes for a sweet, sipping beer with moderate body. Would recommend to those exploring the Doppelbock style.

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Photo of pjohnston007
1.8/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Up front: I like doubles, tripples, and quads.

Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Our Army CL VI (shopette) gets a fairly good rotation of world beers in. There is a possibility that I had an old, skunky bottle, but it is not probable.

A: Crap brown--like Guatemalan water. Perhaps a hint of red dye #5.

S: Yeast and malt.

T: Sour grapes and bananas.

M: Nothing special.

D: Highly disgusting. Drank about 3/4 of it and had to pour it down the drain.

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

Since a long time, finally a brew from the home country again.
This Bock will pour a fine hazy amber color and builds a creamy tan head, which dissipates fast into little lacing.
Very inviting sweet smell. Of course malt is in dominance, with honey, caramel toffee present.
Tasting the beer the malt up front with all that sweetness of caramel and honey. In the middle some fruit tastes like fig and maybe little plum intensify the sweetness. In the back a little toffee leaves a nice sweet linger. You certainly can feel the alcohol in this beer.
The beer is syrupy, but very drinkable.just what you would expect from a good Bock!

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Photo of jggibbs
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A deep coppery amber. Very slight haze. Creamy two finger tan but quickly dissipating head. Pretty.

Dominant malt scent. Sweet and caramel. Some bready yeast too.

The taste is of malt right away and goes kind of flat from there. After taste is a bit bitter and ever so slightly hoppy.

On the thicker end of medium bodied. Slight syrup consistency.

I can't compare this to others of the Bock variety because this was the first one I've had. It was enjoyable but not something I'd seek out again in the future.

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

Poured into my NB mug. A somewhat hazy ruby amber color with two finger head and lots of carbonation. Smells great. Figs, dark cherries, plum, and candied sugar seem present. Tastes thick and syrupy. Lots of chewy caramel & bready malt flavors in the taste. Hints of chocolate & cocoa. Very nice complexities. A little thick, or heavy tasting, due to the heavy malt flavors. A great sipping beer. I love bocks and this one sure measures up!

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Photo of dmbsteve
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass with thin head that was gone in seconds. Hazy amber color.

Smells of sorghum molasses and faint alchohol

Molasses taste follows the nose. Not much hops that I can detect except for just a hint of bitterness. Overall very sweet.

Body is a little thin with almost no carbonation. I would say it's flat.

Overall not bad, but a little sweet. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting because I'm already feeling it from just this one. I will probably have to pass on this next time, but glad to say I've tried it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep amber red with a lot of bubbles. Big tan bubbly head slowly fades into light tan layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Strong scent of roasted caramel malts, spice, and bready yeast followed by a hint of hops.

Taste: Sweet roasted caramel malts up front followed by banana, spices and a touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a medium to high carbonation. Creamy and smooth.

Overall: A decent version of a bock.

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Photo of mdunman
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown-amber with a thick tan head and some good linger.

S: Roasted malt, lemon, caramel and some slight hoppiness

T: Roasted caramel malt up front, plenty of spices on the side and a fairly dry complementary finish.

M: Medium-full body with plenty of carbonation

Very enjoyable beer for any day of the year. Full of flavor and aroma. I'll be back for more soon.

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dusky brown with lots of sediment. You aren't going to see thru this beer. Its not transparent at all. Has about a one finger head that goes away fast.

Taste... Well it was very unique and pretty pleasant but man, is it wierd. Imagine if someone made a syrup beer and thats what you have here. The taste is very sweet at first and you like it right away but has a bitter aftertaste that I can't really decide if I like or not.

Very thick mouthfeel but also very light carbonation adds to the feeling that your drinking syrup beer. Mouthfeel was a bit unsavory.

I honestly don't really know how to rate this one. Its different and not bad but my best description would be lightly carbonated syrup with 7.9% abv.

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Photo of xodin
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish-amber, with about a finger of head fading fast. Has a soft biscuity, caramel aroma that fades with the head. Somewhat creamy, with a modest amount of caramel, some mild fruit overtones--perhaps apricot and banana, and a hint of peppery alcohol. Smooth and sweet throughout the swallow, with a dry, slightly bitter finish. While it lacks prolific complexity, it is overall very enjoyable, and worthy of your taste buds.

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Photo of DStave
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It looks good, but I'm just not feeling the taste of this beer. Maybe Ayinger's Celebrator has spoiled me, but this doesn't compare at all. In fact, I rather dislike this beer for some reason.

A - Color looks really nice
S - Pretty decent. Gives you a hint that it tastes bad but not fully.
T - Yuck
M - Didn't bother me at all. Pretty good actually.

Not buying a bottle of this ever again.

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Photo of AlexF
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a beautiful dark orange colour. Little head that quickly vanishes. Very bubbly.

Fragrance of banana bread. Yummy. I am expecting a good brew!

Upon tasting, i experienced a little deception. Very syrupy. Not quite complex either. Honest, at most. The beer was however 1 month past its "expiration date".

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

I served this at around 55F. It had a quarter-inch off-white head. Color's a fine chestnut brown. A little cloudy.

Odor is bready, with a hint of spicy hop aroma.

The taste is sweet over all. The alcohol doesn't make much of an impact on the taste. There is a hint of fruitiness, but the main taste is medium spicy hop bitterness. It goes down easy, and would make an interesting session beer if the ABV weren't so high. So it's best to savor it a while or pair it with food.

Doppel Bocks aren't as common as they used to be; this one is well worth a try as one of the originals.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,719 ratings.
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