Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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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: 2,783 |  Reviews: 1,392
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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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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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,783 ratings
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