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 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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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Upon pouring I was under-impressed with this beer because it is the lightest dopplebock I've seen, even my wife thought so. There wasn't must for aroma but some malts. For flavor the was some slightly sour hops with plum. It's fairly smooth but that very mild sourness stays with you. I'm definitely not impressed here.

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Photo of bsherb
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice hazy copper. After pouring, some silt left at the bottom of the bottle, attributing to the haze - not a bad thing.

S - Very sweet, date-like.

T - Sweet but not as much as the nose picks up. Not a lot of complexity, malty, rich with a bit of bitter on the finish.

M - Nothing to complain about here. Sticks to the palate, as it should, with plenty of carbonation.

D - Another reviewer referred to this aspect, along with mouthfeel, as (I do not quote) one of the last or secondary things to consider. Not me. The sum of this beer's parts add up to a little bit more than the whole of its pieces. Overall, for the price and smoothness, a very drinkable, highly prized doppelbock. Try it.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, frothy head tops this beer, poured full blast into a half liter glass stein. Large and medium size bubble lacing on the sides. Very small bubbles rise slowly from the bottom. The beer is a dark amber/orange brown color with yeasty sediment giving it a hazy, translucent appearance.

The yeast is evident in the smell, giving it a bready aroma with a few floral notes in the esters.

Mellow for a big beer, a mouthful delivers full grain flavor with just enough hops to add interest. The taste of raisins and caramel are picked up, with a little citrus in the finish. The high alcohol content is barely noticeable in this well-balanced brew.

Worthy of the "liquid bread" reputation, this is a favorite and paired nicely with some smoked whitefish and chips.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance> hazy, red. Poured with a medium ivory head which dissipated at the speed of light, or darn near close to it. Low liveliness. No lacing.

Smell>Absolutely fabulous. I want to eat the nonic glass.
It's malty and rich. Sweet like turbinado sugar, with a smidge of alcohol. mmm

Taste>Pretty delicious. A good representative of what I like in a dobbelbock, but the hang is just TOO sweet for me, and the alcohol heat, a little too hot.

Mouf>a little flat. Not terrible, but just under average.

Drinkability> sure. I'd love to try it on tap sometime... let's head back to Munchen....

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, reddish brown with a creamy tan head that leaves plenty of fine lace on the glass. Sweet,caramel apple and raisin with a distinct tootsie roll quality and warming alcohol in the finish, good stuff. Full bodied and highly carbonated. A simple yet complex brew that is really smooth and drinkable. One of my all time faves for the style.

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

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: Not my favorite doppelbock. As it warms the alcohol begins to become more noticeable, but it's still good enough.

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

Appearance: A full bodied, brown-copper with tan thick one-finger head.

Smell: Sweet and fruity. A bit bready. Some grassy notes.

Taste:Has fig/date taste, that is pretty sweet. Light hoppiness throughout. Faint bit of tartness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Round smooth and sticky. Balanced level of carbonation.

Drinkability. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. $1.99 for a single. Pours a slightly opaque carmel copper color with a minimal white head that collars around the glass. The nose is fruity, caramel, toffee, and a slight biscuity. Almost has an artificial banana smell as well. Medium mouthfeel. Now, this is a pretty sweet beer, maltwise. Caramel and biscuity tasting with a slight bitterness to it in the end. For 7.9% the alcohol is pretty hidden but as this warms you get a slight warming effect in the end.

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

A- looks very thick as it pours. Color is copper and it is very cloudy. No head. Low carbonation.
S- Caramelly sweet smell. A bit of sweet alcohol in the smell.
T-When it sthe beer is cold out of the fridge it is remarkably sweet. The sugary taste fades to a malty alcohol taste as it warms. It didn't take much temperature varation to make the taste change.
MD- Thick and creamy like it should be. It goes down easy . i am a fan of this style and would probably try it again, but there are a few others I would choose first.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I'm looking to use this new mug of mine... so why not buy a beer for it? Poured it in, and here are the results:

A: Nice, dark amber with a red hue. Pours with a great looking head, but that disappates all too soon. Surprisingly foggy, but the carbonation sparkles nicely. Very faint lacing all of the way down the glass.

S: Nice, sweet malts covering up a light, fruity aroma. Some very vague hops underneath to bring out a bit of balance... It's one of those beers that smells decent without really standing out. Not bad.

T: Sweet dominance... A sort of caramel flavor, I guess. I never thought I'd say this for a beer: buttery. Butter and caramel. Not much else beyond that. Tasty in a unique way... Warms nicely, which is a definite plus.

M: Very slick body (butter-smooth, even!), easy to toss around in the mouth. Carbonation is spot-on, and the finish is a nice, warming sensation. Finish is about as clean as a beer can be.

D: Yeah, it's drinkable. Shoot, I'd call it "swigable" if I could. Easy to take down in high portions, not that I'm openly suggesting it!

Overall/notes: This might be the first beer where I'd give credit of success to the "residual" categories: mouthfeel and drinkability. On first glance and scent, I was really shrugging this one off as another, middle-of-the-road-not-doing-much kind of German beer, but hey! It really got better as I went on. For the price, you can't do much better than this, so get out there and find one!

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

I was in the mood for a little German malt liquor so here we go.
It's about the same color as some dark maple stain.
The smell brings the promise of sweet malty goodness with an alky punch.
My-oh-my, if I didn't know better, I'd think I was drinking a barley wine or a malt liquor.
This beer has a nice, smooth and gulpable gulpability.

I'd love to be able to sit down and drink these like a lumberjack on payday night, but just 1 will have to do for now.
This is a nice beer to throw into your drinking program as a special treat or to have as a change of pace.

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Photo of mariposafan
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, rich amber with two fingers of head. The head recedes fairly quickly but lacing persists.

The smell is very sweet with a little fruitiness but little else that I can detect.

The taste is somewhat sweet, but not so much as the smell. Some toffee/caramel notes but also some dried fruit. Residual bitterness fades as it warms and the complexity of the flavor builds. Goes from being so-so to excellent as it warms up. A very little alcohol heat shows up as it warms.

The mouthfeel is a bit sticky, with moderate to low carbonation.

Drinkability is very nice. There's enough going on along with the sweetness to add nice depth. Given the amount of alcohol it's definitely one and done for me on this beer, though. I definitely will be having this one again.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle (best by 1/2011) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange-red (not quite coppery) beer with a off-white thin foam across the top. Poured 1/8" thick foam but this died down fast. Some lacing, but this would drift back down the walls of the glass.

Smell: A rich buttery toffee is what I get, and all I get mostly. There are few mild fruit-like notes in there, but it's mostly caramel malt that comes across as buttery toffee for me. For a single note beer it's quite appealing.

Taste: Oh wow - it really is a rich buttery toffee in flavor too. While on the sweet side, it is not cloying and really damn tasty. Dangerously smooth and appealing - an outstanding beer in that single taste. There are some tiny hints of alcoholic notes (dark fruits) at the end, but they are fleeting.

Mouthfeel: Some carbonation on the tongue, but otherwise thick and somewhere between very smooth and slightly sticky. I go back and forth on this one. Either way it goes nicely with the richness of the beer flavor.

Drinkability: This one went really fast, and at this high of an ABV, is really dangerous with how smooth it is. While I wish I had the 500mL bottle, 12oz is enough for one sitting. Still, I would not mind having another one. Went well with a meal (burger and fries) but I could have this one alone to sip and savor....although its so tasty it's hard to sip and savor, I really want to keep drinking more. An outstanding beer in flavor and drinkability. I will definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Reddish copper body with minimal visible carbonation. The head is a few inches tall in a cloak of light tan. The head has average stamina but fades to nearly a trace.

S - Malty roasted caramel and sweet subtle plum.

T - Slight roasted malts with a sweet caramel accent. There's a presence of alcohol that's noticeable but not overwhelming.

M - The feel offers a slight warming sensation in the far back top of my mouth. It leaves a sticky residue on my lips and a general comfortable feel as it goes down. This is its best characteristic.

~ As far as Doppelbock beers go this is a very drinkable one. However, I think there are better brews available in this style but I think the test of time is a sure good sign that this beer is one that all should enjoy.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- brown to amber in color and somewhat murky, light white head, low carbonation

Smell- malty sweet and sugary

Taste- caramel, brown sugar, and a whole lot malts, a little bit of hop bitterness at the end just to slight keep this in check and balanced, a very rich malty brew,

Mouthfeel- low amount of carbonation, very heavy and smooth

drinkability- I do like the overall flavor of this beer and did enjoy drinking it but certainly not one you can slam through and just drink a ton of its just to big and heavy and malty to rush through but its enjoyable in its own right not a bad beer

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark slightly hazy amber. Smell of figs, brown sugar, raisins, roasted malts.

Taste of nice mild not overly sweet brown sugar. Thick roasted malts, figs, raisins, wheat bread and some caramel. All of the flavors in this Doppelbock really come together well. This is a fantastic example of the style and a great deal at under $10 a six pack. Carbonation is on the light side which I think is ideal for the style, bringing out more of the roasted malt and raisin flavors.

Overall a very well put together Doppelbock. I think they have mastered making this beer over the three hundred years it has been being brewed. Great job.

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Photo of Soonami
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner Salvator Doppel Bock is a nice beer. Now that it's getting colder, I definitely enjoy these thicker, heavier beers. Salvator poured a cloudy orange amber with a rocky tan head. The beer smelled deeply richly malty with a figgy fruit aroma. The beer had a fruity, apple flavor that was sweet with a bready finish. It tasted clean and the alcohol was well-hidden.

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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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