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 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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Photo of Everydayoff
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date.

The pour produces likely clear to slight hazy dark amber orange color with massive light tan creamy and silky head with good retention. There is no real lace from head’s dissipation but there are some during drink.

The smell consists roasted/caramelized malt, toffee, hint of honey, molasses, dough and some fruits mainly reminiscent of raisin.

The sweetness from treacle, molasses, alcohol, caramel and fruity sweet character sweep throughout the palate against the bready malt, lightly roasted trait and some hop bitterness that try to counterbalance that sweetness.

The body is full with smooth and a bit chewy mouthfeel, mild carbonation and very dry finish.

Yes, it’s really worth a try but maybe a bit too sweet sometimes.

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

cloudy copper goat pours into the handled. Smells of sweet malt, the faintest of alcohol, some toast, and a bit of vague fruit. The flavor is nice, mostly malty sweet alcoholic joy, not thick, just desperately pleasant. Cold and warm, it was delicious and damn sexy. Definitely a keeper, a bit of a sipper, but you need to slurp to enjoy appropriately. Preferably with your fly down and your compass out.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ripe amber-red with tan head. Some good lace.

Superb aromatic quality...I get candied fruit, biscuits, and caramel.

Rich flavor -- definitely malty and sweet, with hints of clove and bread, and a little bit of an alcohol burn in the finish.

Quite a nice brew, and quite flavorful, though my bottle (not past the "best by" date) seemed a little too heavy on the malts for my taste.

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


Poured a dark bronze amber with a 3/4" low retaining head. Color eventually settled to an orangy glow


Sweet and woody, almost a hickory scent with a slight spicy and citrus essence.


Incredibly sweet and very lightly hopped. Definitely a dominance of sweet malts with no initial taste of alcohol which I found surprising for a beer pushing 8% abv.


Watery in the mouth due to the lack of carbonation and bitterness. However, it does leave a spicy aftertaste on the tongue and a pleasantly warm feeling in the throat.


Sweet but not overwhelmingly so. The low carbonation level allows for smooth consumption. A large imbalance of malts and hops in favor of the malts, but expected for a dopplebock. Overall and enjoyable brew

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

16.9-oz bottle poured into glass mug

A - very cloudy orange-brown topped with 1 inch of very frothy cream-colored head

S - sweet roasted malts dominate the nose; slight note of bitterness; buttery, fruity character; hint of alcohol

T - Malty, quite sweet, with a bitter/fruity finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not so much as one might expect for 7.9%. Pretty decent doppelbock.

M - thick, full-bodied beer; light carbonation; alcohol warmth; feels quite good on the tongue!

O - Salvator is a solid dopplebock. For an import, it is quite reasonably priced (I believe the bottle was about $2.60). I'm sure I'll enjoy this brew again.

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Photo of McNealc31
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fuzzy copper. More orange than brown with not much head at all. Smells of butterscotch and sweet bread. The taste is big, smooth, and creamy. Lots of butterscotch, but a bit of a sour bite in the finish. Some late alcohol and sweetness, too.

It's quite good. I'd put it in the top tier of doppelbocks, but I wouldn't say it's my favorite.

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

A: Pours a deep copper with hints of amber in color with a very thin layer of head atop that dissipates to nothing. No lacing as you drink. Carbonation seems to be on the low side.

S: Smells sweet and nutty. Lots of caramel, toffee and praline. Some pecans in there. A bit of yeast comes through as well, lending a little bit of bitterness to the overall aroma. Not much in the way of hops. No alcohol either. Very pleasant and inviting, especially in the fall or winter.

T: Taste is heavily malt dominated, the hops are almost not detectable but come through especially in the finish. Lots of overlying sweetness here similar to the aroma; caramel, toffee and praline. Also some butter and a roasted nut and malt flavor. The alcohol sneaks in a little bit on the end, but is pretty well masked for an almost 8% ABV.

M: Overall this beer is medium bodied, but it's fairly light on the tongue. Low carbonation as noted in the appearance and not much substance to be found, though it does have a bit of a syrupy quality on the tongue. I could use a little bit more substance here, maybe a bit more chewiness.

D: For a higher ABV beer this is very drinkable, though perhaps a bit sweet for my tastes. A great example of the style, though certainly not the best in it's category. I would never hesitate to turn one down and I often seek this out when I'm in the mood for a solid doppelbock. Cheers!

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Light caramel head. One finger cream. Hazy red-brown amber body.

Smell - Delicious smelling. Definite bananas with a light hoppiness.

Taste - Banana with mild tobacco in the background. Alcohol finish with a bit of chocolate.

Mouthfeel - This is the weak point in this beer. Could have slightly more carbonation or bite.

Overall Drinkability - Flavor is a little off, so it's an interesting beer, and I'd recommend a friend tries it. But definitely not a session beer and probably not even a come-back-to beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock has a thin, off-white head and a very hazy, amber-orange apperance, with some lacing and a good amount of bubbles streaming up the glass. The aroma is strong on citrus and malt, and the taste is likewise citrusy and malty, but the hop character is minimal. Mouthfeel is heavy and thick, and Paulaner Salvator finishes harsh and not particularly easy drinking. However, I did like this and recommend giving it a chance. It's a sipper.


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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out the color of cherry fire! A double finger of orange tinted white head canopies the scene below...

Smells of sour cherries and moist sourdough bread, brown sugar

Yumma, good notes of yeast and molasses, definitely malts working the caramel, honey value of flavor but not its sweetness it is actually quite complicated, mind you I'm drinking it around fifty five degrees so it is quite opened

It yields a medium body with a slight chew, luxurious slow medium bubbles on the tongue and a slight warmth with the sip

I would recommend this to anyone and everyone! So cheap, a 2.50 bucks a pint, wow. And so much better than many beers I spend easily twice that amount on.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

A : thick amber with a caramel colored head

S : yeast and carmel

T : brisk refreshing almost bitter, balanced with caramel and sweet malt

M : large smooth taste with a slow complex fade

D : quite a drinker for a doppel bock. I got through two fairly quickly

not as heavy a flavor as some other doppels but quite enjoyable

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

This is the poster-representation of a doppel-bock and it shows. Golden and thick appearance that is inviting and aesthetically pleasing. Tall white head that reduces to a foam head that remains on top. Plenty of lacing.

Taste is malt and more malt. Rich and full that showcases near perfection in crafting. Low hops but a bitterness that is balanced well with the sweetness and alcohol. Smooth drinking and I recommend this highly especially on tap. One really can't get better than this doppel. Clean and crisp finishing.

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Photo of wcintula
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date/Code: 04/11 L10201K

Very good doppelbock. Hazy copper orange body with a sizable head that leaves minimal but some lacing. Big Crystal malt smell here. Big on the dark dried fruit aromas, figs/prunes. Little bittering hops noticed, Slightly boozy, but damn tasty. Very heavy body and totally a hard hitter. A big sipper.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orangey copper color, slightly cloudy, with a half-finger of fairly loose cream-colored head, which pretty quickly disappears, leaving only a bit of lacing.

S: This beer was one of my first craft beer loves. In college, I'd study over pints of it at my local English-style pub. One whiff of it takes me back, and reminds me why I loved it then (and still do). Strong, sweet, malty, sugary, full in the nose, and just as I remember it. Smells like a combo of brown sugar, bread, and dark fruits. Yum.

T: Not quite as much too it as I remember. Leads with delicious sweet light caramel malts, and there are other malt flavors around it, some bready notes, but that's about all I get. Not as much complexity as I'd hoped for. Lingers in the mouth for quite a while.

M: Classic rich, chewy-but-not-thick doppelbock mouthfeel. Coats the whole mouth and stays there for a good long while.

D: I still love this beer, but it's not quite as good as I remembered it. My tastes have changed, for sure, and I think I expect more out of beers now. It's still very solid, and a top tier doppelbock, but not up there with Celebrator, for example. But I'll certainly go back for more!

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Photo of daledeee
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A German doppel bock that I somehow have missed reviewing. should be good. I think I had it before just didn't review it.

It pours a reddish brown clear body with a slightly off white head that left a ring around the edges only.

Nose was hard to detect. My wife smelled it too and we found some brown sugar. After it aired a little, we got some caramel.

Taste was different than others I have had. I get some caramel, lots of malt and a blend of citrus. A very balanced flavor profile. The only issue is the finish which ends rather strongly on the malt end.

Carbonation is quite nice with some good bubbles on the tongue.

Pretty easy to drink other than the finish.

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Photo of Thads324
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint

A : pours a dark golden or almost brownish color with a solid, creamy tan head. Unfiltered with sediment and a hazy apperance.

S : A bready, heavily yeasty aroma coupled with a tart finish. A hint of white pepper and dried apricot baked into a hearty whole grain bread.

T : Remarkably smooth. It starts out sweet, followed by a medium body blend of bread and honey. A mildly sweet brew from start to finish. It finishes easy and not tart at all, with a slightly fruity flavor left on the tongue. It appears to me to be an almost candied apricot taste. Very little hop flavor to speak of. The alcohol hits at the very end, but blends with that full subtle sweet malt flavor, almost raw honey like, giving it a great finish. the booze is there, but blended so well.

M : full bodied, yet ends quickly and smooth. While the flavor stays, nothing ancillary remains.

D : I could drink this beer forever and ever, smooth, flavorful and easy to drink, espcially for an almost 8 percenter.

Big thumbs up to an imported masterpiece. I usually stay away from imports because of their poor transportation conditions, but this guy was a winner all the way.

So mad I only bought a single! On a side note, the date of the label is 07/09.

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

Pour from 11.2 oz bottle into glass mug. Sweet picture on the front of label of German monk with a mug of Doppelbock. Note on the back that it's brewed to the standards of the Reinsheitgebot.

A - Medium amber, almost orange in appearance when the light shines through. Huge head on this beer.

S - Smell of some floral hops, honey, light caramel, and unidentified fruit.

T - Alcoholic booziness noticeable from the first sip. Very sweet. Tastes of honey, dark fruit: plums and figs. And some other sweetness I can't really identify. Bittering hops are very subdued.

M - Pretty viscous, but about typical for what I'd expect from the style.

D - Delicious, but I don't think I'd go for more than one in a sitting, due to the heavy body. Liquid bread, this one.

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Photo of plfahey
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep amber in color with a slight haze. Very tall, creamy, beige head with moderately good retention.

Aroma-Awesome dark/dried fruits-plums and prunes with secondary notes of fig. Toasty, bready malts also apparent with a hint of caramel.

Flavor-Low prune flavors, moderate toast and molasses flavors before being overtaken by licorice/burnt sugar alcohol flavors. After the alcohol clears out there are some very nice bread/biscuit/toast notes that linger on the palate. Gets a bit sweeter and fruitier (more prunes) as it warms.

Mouthfeel-Medium full with moderate carbonation. Super smooth with pleasant alcohol warmth.

The aroma on this sucker is awesome. However, the flavor is not nearly as complex, with the alcohol playing too much of a role too quickly. Nonetheless, still pretty damn good.

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass. Purchased on sale at Beers of the World for $1.58. Saw that it was past drink by date of 1/11 but decided to roll the dice because it was so cheap. A somewhat cloudy brown caramel color with roasted malt aroma with a hint of banana. Tastes of roasted malt, brown sugar,some fruit. Very happy with this purchase- will have to try fresher sometime

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Drink-by date on bottom right of front label.

Pours an opaque-ish copper. A tan head soon rings up (nicely tho). Smell is all sweet toffee and brown sugary malts. Taste is defintely more roasted, and skews into a nutty, acrid feel at the end. A sharp, bitter aftertaste. Drinks OK, but this is a hearty, fulfilling beer that also masks its alcohol well.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a copper hue. There is a single-finger light tan head that sticks around for a bit before falling and leaving a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is pretty plain with a bit of sweet malt, bread, and caramel. Nothing too much in addition to that, and even those are pretty faint. The taste follows along the same lines--there really just isn't that much going on and I'm not impressed with the complexity of this one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit too much alcohol in the finish. Drinkability is okay, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma-Mainly malt scent coming through, some caramel or light toffee

Mouthfeel-Relatively light in carbonation, with a fairly light body and slightly creamy mouthfeel Weight is maybe like a light nut brown

Appearance-Poured a nice reddish amber to a short 1/4" head which quickly dissipated, no real lacing to speak of

Taste-Having a hard time believing this, it's a really light flavor with the alcohol not very present (7.9% abv). It's mainly malt overtones which are toffee/caramelish but I get a bit of the bitterness from the hops. Nice.

Drinkability-For this abv, it's very drinkable. With the alcohol hidden I think I could get through a number of them, rather surprising.

Overall-I really think this is one of the first bock beers I've really liked. I'll likely buy this again, the 'german' hop/yeast taste is there but not overbearing as with some of the lagers. I'm impressed...

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,747 ratings.
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