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 dbaker61
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very little head, a ring of bubbles persist though. Coppery color, a little cloudy.

Smell: Fantastic aroma! Complex sugars, figs, warm spice cake.

Taste: A mouthful of flavor. Full malty sweetness, with notes of dried fruits, yeasty bread. What hops there are are not obvious. It's all about the malt. As it should be for a doppel.

Mouthfeel: Very full, almost overpowering mouthfeel. The hops creep in at the end. Good balance, and great progression of flavors.

Drinkability: The dilemma: this is a beer you want to keep tasting, but the flavor is so intense that you will need a break. Then if you do go for more than one, the alcohol gently taps you on the shoulder as if to ask, "Are you sure about this?" Excellent example of the style, one of my favorite doppels.

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Photo of JMad
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle of this into my snifter...

It was a murky brown and copper color with a thin khaki head that disappeared quickly.

The smell was sweet with notes of raisin, fig, toffee and clove.

I tasted banana and clove with a hint of pepper and maybe some plum.

The mouthfeel was sharp on the back of the tongue with soft carbonation and a very smooth, wet finish.

This beer hides the alcohol well, it's complex and balanced, nothing overpowers.

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Photo of BigHeavy
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe (quickly becoming my go-to reviewing glass). Beer was consumed as part of my Doppelbock Shootout. The competitors? Salvator and Korbinian. Who will emerge victorious?

A: Beer pours an auburny brownish color (way to be non-committal, right?) with a dense one finger head. If you hold it up to the light you can see a little crimson around the edges. Beer is more cloudy than I remember it, but doesn't really detract from the overall pleasantness of the appearance.

S: Aroma is fairly intoxicating, really. Some dark chocolate covered dates or figs dominate the party here. I thought I detected a hint of cherry mixed in with some sweet alcohol. There is no discernible hop presence, which didn't surprise me.

T: There is a ton going here, and my palate had a hard time figuring out everything. Lots of sweetness, dark fruits, and chocolate. There was some floral-like notes as well as some peppery flavors, presumably from the hops. Malts are like some nice rich bread, and there is a little bite from the alcohol. Can be a smidge overwhelming, at times, but yummy nonetheless.

M: Full, creamy and a little chewy. Carbonation delivers flavors where they need to go. Rich, but not overly heavy on the palate.

D: Alcohol comes on in a hurry, which detracts a little form the drinkability. The problem is that you keep wanting to take more sips because it is so good.

O: When I lived in Germany, I drank a ton of Salvator. Now I wish I had access to it for $1 a bottle like I did there. Immensely complex and flavorful. Just be careful, it'll creep up on you if not careful. My clear choice as the winner of the Doppelbock Shootout.

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Photo of pinkano
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - little hazy dark orange with average head
S - first it goes with sweet malt, then followed by apples, figs and dark fruits
T - solid and creamy taste of caramel, malt with well balanced hoppiness and little tangy, but very compact. You can recognize dark fruits in the taste (raising, dark grapes, figs, etc.)
M - medium to high body with medium carbonation
D - nice and easy to drink, especially the curiosity to find other tones of the dark fruits in the body

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Photo of obrike
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bought a single for just over 2 bucks at Specs in Round Rock, Tx.

Poured a rich copper color, nice head that disapated slowly.

Malty scent, gets better as it warms...kind of sweet,mixed with a red grapes, pears...maybe raisins

Tasted like it smelled. Sweet, malty, a hint of grape or other dark fruits.

I actually liked this beer better once it warmed up a bit. I think the flavors meshed a bit better once I got to the last third of the beer.

I liked it. Not as much as Celebrator, but a very good Dopplebbock nonetheless.

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Photo of liamt07
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the LCBO, revisiting this one after a long absence from it. 330ml into a small pint glass.

Poured a golden orange/reddish, with a healthy head of a couple fingers. Light retention and minimal lace. Nose of candied sugar, toffee; very sweet overall and hard to pin down stuff in the nose. Taste contains more of the same, and almost resembles a candied apple in some forms (both candied sweetness and some light fruit/apple notes?). A slight bitterness is found also in the back of the mouth. Quite warming overall, and appropriate for the weather round here now. Bit of heat on the back end, but a good drinker.

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

Dark copper, almost toffee colored. Good tan-ish head fizzles out a bit after a while leaving nothing in our glasses at least. Smells like beer should smell like: toasty malt, caramel notes, some yeast aroma.

Tastes initially both sweet and tangy. Well-harmonized malt sweetness and hop bitterness, some grassy foundation, slightly detectable estery components (but perhaps I'm mistaking the high gravity for esters). After the initial burst of malt and hop, the hops take over and lend a lingering profile over the not-too-cloying double malt.

In my mind, and excellent specimen of the double bock style. Assertive in flavor, but not at all a flavor bomb or out of balance. I forgot how much I liked this beer, and I hop to never again forget. Definitely grab one or two - but not more - and enjoy.

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Photo of kstokem
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with Salvator Doppel Bock the very first time I drank it in Munich about 20 years back. I recall it was our first evening in Munich and we went to view the Rathaus-Glockenspiel of Munich as it chimed and marched thru its summer 5pm machinations. Afterwards we sought a place to drink and catch a bite to eat. We came upon the Ratskeller of the Rathaus. I asked the waiter for his recommendation for a beer to drink and he brought me a Salvator Doppel Bock. It was perfect choice. It has been a the top of my list ever since.

I wish I would come upon it in draught form. If I get back to Germany, I will seek it out on draught.

It is a most satisfying beer. I like it best in cold weather, but would never turn it down at any time of the year. It is the best of bock beers.

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

A: The pour is a dark copper color with a fizzy sand colored head that quickly fades away.
S: The nose starts of bready and mildly sweet with some slightly overdone toffee. There's a bit of sweet banana as well as a subtle spice (clove) character.
T: Toffee is again the primary contributor of sweetness with a surprising amount of bitterness for a doppelbock. There's a fair amount of (spiced) bread and an underlying earthiness.
M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth on the palate.
D: My favorite doppelbock. As it warms the alcohol begins to become more noticeable, but it's still good enough.

This is definitely my favorite doppelbock. Being one of my favorite beer styles, this doppelbock is one of the top brews I have ever had.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a bottle picked up at whole foods recently as an impulse buy. it was only $2.39, why not? drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a completely clear light amber colored body with a small bright white head on top. the head lasts for a while before falling, and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing.

S- the nose starts out with lots of fresh bread like malts and a little bit of sweet caramel. i also pick up some nuttiness, and alot more fruit than im used to in a doppelbock. figs, raisins, and pears. odd, yet nice.

T- the taste begins with the caramel and bready malts i could smell. very sweet. lots of fruits in the middle. pear, raisins, figs, and a hint of cherry. the alcohol makes an appearance towards the end.

M- medium bodied, almost full. the carbonation level is a touch too much. there is a definite warming from the alcohol.

D- the beer went down with ease. at this price, i can see working it into my regular drinking circle. i think the fact that this is readily available at all stores and is so cheap makes this less appealing to people than it should be. a solid example of the style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry malt and a small hint of fruit. In the taste, dry roasted malt, small fruit hints and just a hint of alcohol. A smooth and medium to big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry malt and hint of alcohol in the aftertaste. Hides the 8% quite well and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of csiewert
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy dark amber color with a finger off off white head that doesn't linger very long within the glass. The aroma is a little different than anything else I have had to this point. It is very sweet and vegetabley. The taste is similar but starts with some butteriness... Which isn't great. The mouthfeel and finish are very smooth.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber/orange colour with a very large frothy beige coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the haziness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, grapes, apples, caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer is perfectly carbonated and it feels very smooth and creamy on the tongue. It has a malty flavour mixed with lots of dark fruits. It also has notes of banana and a little bit of black licorice. It finishes with a dark fruit slightly bitter aftertaste.

Drink - This beer reminded me a little bit of the Floreffe Dubel I had a few nights ago, but I think I preferred that one more. I'm still happy I tried it though.

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

Salvator Doppel Bock | 500 ml. | 7.9% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Style: Doppelbock
Glass: Mug

Copper, with a foamy, two-finger head.

Caramelized malts, dark fruit, and a hefty dose of lager yeast.

Sugary malts backed by caramel and inarticulate dark fruit flavors.

Splendidly thick and medium/full-bodied.

Not a standout in its style, but a good drink regardless.

Would I get it again?:
No, but not because I didn't like it. The doppelbock style is simply overcrowded with tastier competitors.

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

Pours a nice, solid amber color with a quality head of fluff and good lacing. Overripe fruit in the nose, quickly followed by a sweet and malty fragrance, then a waft of alcohol. It has a very creamy, strong malty and sweet flavor at first sip, while being almost chewy in texture, with interesting nutty and ripe fruity notes that seem to make their way through the alcohol presence in spurts. No noticeable hop appearance that I could make out, just malt, malt and more malts. There are some very faint yeast notes that come through at the end of each sip, followed by a moderate amount of carbonation that tackles the larynx. I'd say the body on this one is med/heavy at best, very thick and creamy brew, chewy and delicious. Highly drinkable and filling.

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

Reviewed 07.01.10
Poured from bottle to New Belgium tulip.

A: Dark, cinnamon color. Moderate cloudiness. Thin layer of tan head. Deep orange brown ale. Few bubbles visible.

S: Deep toasted bread with buttery finish. Quite nice.

T: Lightly praline, good malty flavor.

M: Full body. Good thick body that falls over tongue and carbonation only takes hold upon swallow. Provides light burn at back of throat for a moment.

D: Good beer. Not the best doppelbock, but good substitute.

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Photo of wolfinthemirror
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy burnt orange color, very thick beige colored head. hazy and translucent. I was expecting something dark.

smells very sweet and malty. lots of caramel, candied yams, and sweet bread.

Like the smell, it tastes very malty. toasted caramel, breadiness. Reminds me a lot of an american malt liquor.

Surprisngly a little bit watery for 8%, I expected a little more body. moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable, fairly smooth taste. The ABV is very deceiving.

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Photo of Andrew644
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- medium brown with a touch of red that has a very nice long lasting head that completes the appearence of this beer.

S- a matly smell with a touch of hops it is not a very strong smell though and could use some more.

T- very malty with little hops, the hops are pretty much just to balance the beer a little. There is a very slight fruitiness from the hops. It is a little sweet but not to bad.

M- very smooth with good carbonation.

D- Its a little sweet, one is plenty so drinkability goes down a little.

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Photo of ludachris
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky and rich deep amber hue with golden honey highlights. About a finger of egg white creamy head is formed after an average pour that boils down to a ring of foam shortly after. Maybe that can be attributed to its higher ABV.

A big syrupy, sweet, and rich bouquet of dates, figs, over ripe plums, toasted breaded malts, and honey stream from the glass. Not overly sweet and cloying but well balanced and blended nicely. I can see why this style was once considered a meal in a glass.

Sweet and syrupy notes of dates and plums coat the tongue along with a subtle but fitting rum-like alcohol character. The toasted bready malts spread themselves across the rest of the palate; expanding and forming what I think of as an outer casing of the taste before it contracts leaving more syurpy notes of dark fruits with the alcohol being a bit more noticeable in the finish.

Medium bodied and very well balanced in the mouth. For the most part thre alcohol presence only contributes to rather than take away from the nose and taste, adding greatly to its drinkability.

With the staple characteristics of this style being sweet, syrupy, and sticky, it seems easy for its interpretations to get a little out of hand, for Paulaner however, they kept everything in check quite nicely. From when I first started drinking "good" beer to now, the LCBO seems to have only improved in their quality of offerings and this beer attests to that. In the mood for a Dopple? This one should easily satisfy.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an orangey, amber-brown color, with an actively foamy one and a half finger off-white head. Its big bubbles disappear quickly, leaving soft foam to coat the beer for the remainder of the session. The beer is otherwise murky, with no evidence of carbonation whatsoever. A sniff reveals a malty aroma, with the subdued sweetness of molasses and esters. There is a light balance from citric hops, and the faint suggestion of alcohol. The taste begins with the combination of grains and the faintest metallic notes. This falls, quickly, to a sugary sweetness. Throughout the middle, this is joined and, likely contributed to, by dark fruits of black cherries and plums. These carry into a sweet and fruity aftertaste that is otherwise dominated by faint vanilla, a chalky graininess, and the slight burn of alcohol. The beer has a medium body, with medium to high carbonation. Despite the drying aftertaste, the mouth is satiated and nicely coated. The mouth is also left with a cooled affect. The drinkability of this beverage is respectable, due to both the creaminess and smoothness of the feel.

Overall, the best thing about this brew is the unique fruit flavoring throughout the taste profile. While many doppelbocks take on dark fruit flavors, very few of them are able to incorporate and blend them as well as Paulaner, making for a Wunderbar experience all around.

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Photo of boudreauxgg
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a dark copper color with a fizzy sand colored head that quickly fades away.
S: The nose starts of bready and mildly sweet with some slightly overdone toffee. There's a bit of sweet banana as well as a subtle spice (clove) character.
T: Toffee is again the primary contributor of sweetness with a surprising amount of bitterness for a doppelbock. There's a fair amount of (spiced) bread and an underlying earthiness.
M: The body is medium with a medium level of carbonation. Fairly smooth on the palate.
D: My favorite doppelbock. As it warms the alcohol begins to become more noticeable, but it's still good enough.

This is definitely my favorite doppelbock. Being one of my favorite beer styles, this doppelbock is one of the top brews I have ever had.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown almost red in color....with a small almost no head....

The nose indicates alcohol almost fruity....plum...very malty smell..

Alcohol is very much in the taste...very fruity taste...there is a sort of harshness as well...not really sure where that is coming from...

This beer feels very good in the mouth....smooth and velvety....

not highly drinkable due to the alcohol content...and "dark" taste it has

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Photo of Brewmeist
2.94/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 12oz snifter class.

Decent head, darker amberish in color. Smelled heavy of german wheat. Would probably go good with some pork, saurkraut, and apple sauce. Definitely not 'salavating' over this beer in my opinion, but it's not bad. Has the look of a belgian dark triple (i.e. bornem) An okay beer, but definitely nothing to write home about, but then again i'm not a huge fan of german beers in general.

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Photo of scottakelly
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium redish amber in color with a pillowy off-white head that lasts. This beer has just a touch of haze to it. Aroma is of sweet grains and toasted grains. Flavor is well integrated, and is dominated by toasted grains. There are no chocolate notes with this beer that are common in other brews of this style. The alcohol is very well hidden for a 7.9% abv beer, and at this high of an abv, this beer is amazingly drinkable. Available in six packs, this is one of my go-to winter beers.

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

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. This bottle is best before 3/2011.

Appearance: murky amber hue with two fingers of frothy tan foam. A good looking beer.

Smell: rich malt aroma which has quite a bit of nuttiness. Hazelnut, caramel and plum are all present; an interesting combination of flavors.

Taste: the flavor is a little bit more fruity than the aroma, possibly due to the alcohol. The musty plums remain, and the nuttiness is pared back from the aroma. There's a bit of an astringent aftertaste, and the alcohol is definitely present, but overall this is a pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: pretty sizable body with a nicely well-integrated carbonation. The texture is silky and it goes down smooth; I like it.

Drinkability: a tasty and drinkable doppelbock. It's a bit alcohol-forward, but I'd definitely drink this beer again.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,739 ratings.
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