Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock
2,763 Ratings
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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Photo of Sleestak
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish mohagany, head doesn't last long. Smells of dark fruits and caramel/toffee. Taste is much the same with a bit of smokiness towards the finish. Tons of sweet malts, mouth coating and enjoyable. My brother bought me a sixer of this years ago for X-mas when I was first getting craft beers and I just didn't "get it". Now years later it's a can't miss for sure! Cool bottle artwork too.

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Photo of cetherid
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass


a reddish brown color. small foamy tan head.


amazing. very malty with some fruity characteristics. I smell caramel apple. slight smell of the darker fruits like cherries or raisins.


similar to nose. malty with fruit flavors. a little caramel taste in there as well. not bitter at all.


Medium bodied. really coats the mouth good. perfect carbonation with this beer. very smooth going down. i love it.


high even for the high alcohol content. I wish I had more. Probably have a pretty decent buzz going on after drinking a liter of this however.

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

Overall, I quite liked beer. Easy to drink and a great example of a dopplebock

A: Amber in color, not much head, little to no lacing

S: Caramel apples is how I would best describe it.

T: Very complex. Largely tastes of fruits such as apples and grapes, sweet and strong.

M: Light-medium body, lingering fruit tastes. Tingles the tongue, though it has little carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink. Fruit taste lingers on. Great by itself or with a light meal.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish amber in color, with no head to speak of and heavily carbonated. Nose is light and subtle, and carries some alcohol, some tropical fruit notes and a little maltiness. Kind of weak. Flavor definitely makes up for it, though. Very robust and malty as one would expect. Rich and full mouthfeel too. Carries some alcohol, maybe a touch too much. However, I could find myself drinking quite a few of these in a row and getting well oiled up. Usually well priced, so worth trying if you see it but not elite.

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Photo of Schwarzwald
4.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a new favorite for me. What a fine example of a doppel in the true German style. Very clean pour with great head and smell. Rich fruit and high ABV make this beer something truly special. I have not been able to find this beer many places but was able to get hooked up with a case last week. What a great taste with food, can hold up to rich and mild foods alike... I will definitely add this to my list of must haves.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Beautiful slightly cloudy dark amber colour forming a huge and aired beige head when poured. Low retention and only few lacings left

S: Really good in the nose. Sweet and fruity. Very strong smell of toffee and caramel with notes of caramel malts and grapes. Yeasts and alcohol in the end

T: As the nose. Impressive. Toffee, caramel malts and grapes. Yeasts and hops. Good hoppy bitterness too. Upfront is slightly sweet. End is considerably bitter. Well balanced

M: Medium to heavy body. Sweet upfront and quite bitter end. Medium to low carbonation and almost no alcohol considering the reasoable ABV

O: Good drinkability which is a bit compromised by the sweetness. A good Paulaner specimen anyway...

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Photo of brewduck
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent example of this style, as far as mass produced beers go. Tastes like dark beer with raisins and currant flavors coming through. Is quite drinkable for the relatively high ABV. I use this as an example of the style when showing beers to friends who are new to Real Beer. I crave this beer in the winter and at night in the summer time.

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

A: Pours a tawny, glowing orange-brown color. The tall, similarly-tinted head has a dense, frothy and creamy texture. Retention is fairly persistent at first, but fades after a few minutes. An average amount of latticed lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Primarily sweet and fruity. Mostly orchardy (pears and apples) with some darker hints. Toffee/caramel and butterscotch are prominent. Lightly herbal hop character stays mostly in the background. Mildly toasty and spicy as well.

T: A flash of faintly toasted, sticky sweetness at first, with toffee/caramel and butterscotch again at the fore. A bit fruity - golden apple and red pear mostly. Hop bitterness is mild, with some lightly spicy and leafy flavor. Alcohol is noticeable, especially into the finish as it reveals some heat.

M: Medium-firm body. Carbonation is on the light side, lending a smooth, somewhat sticky mouthfeel. As mentioned, alcohol does play a little role here.

D: A pleasant, boldly (some might say simply) flavored profile. Despite that, drinkability is never an issue, and this is a welcome version of a very nice style.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pure amber color with a thin head, though I found the head retention to be rather lacking.
S- The aroma was somewhat caramel-malt based, as to be expected. There were some fruit aromas (apricot), but the deep malts I was expecting didn't really show up.
T- Toasty and nutty, and plenty sweet from the malt, but I expected a bit of depth in the maltiness that I didn't get. It was all caramel/butterscotch as far as I could tell. There was just a hint of spice and fruit.
M- The body was on the full side of medium, but I found it to be it to be undercarbed. I understand the style is supposed to be a weighty beer, but with it being undercarbed, it felt a bit syrupy.
D- This was a decent beer, but not my favorite doppelbock. I found it to be a bit one-dimensional, even within the supermalty realm, and that combined with excessively low carbonation, kind of left this beer underwhelming.

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Photo of Snamnoum
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark orangish amber, produced one finger of head which died rather quickly, some sticky lace

Smell - tons of apple. Its smell just like apple cider. Dark toasted malt and doughy yeast.

Taste - very sweet and fruity upfront. Lots of honey and syrup tones, some slightly bitter toasted grain flavor some alcohol does come through on the back end

Mouthfeel - medium to full bodied, creamy feel and moderate to medium carbonation.

Drinkability - very sweet and with a high abv this would seem hard to drink and it is in large quantities but then again it was originally designed to be a meal in a glass. IMO an excellent Doppelbock.

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

Pours a dark orange that is almost red. The head dissipates quickly leaving only a few bubbles across the top. Aroma of vague vanilla, booze, molasses, rubber, candied oranges. The flavor is more subtle than I thought it'd be: light citrus, slight licorice, wheat, and margarine. Light in body with light carb and surprisingly refreshingly.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a cloudy dark amber, notes of orange edges with a brownish center, the head is very lightly tan in color and creamy in texture.

S-the nose is large, bready caramel and brown sugar in abundance with hints of molasses, notes of yeast lie underneath, a touch of banana and a good bit of green apple.

T-the taste is a bit of a malty mess, burnt brown sugar and caramel, lightly bready, a much stronger presence of molasses and hints of chocolate seem to not fit well with the poorly burnt sugars up front. the yeast and esters have faded and are almost an afterthought from the nose. light alcohol present in the back with a touch of grassy tea like hops in the finish.

M-this is thick and syrupy, too thick and syrupy. its rough to get down and the carbonation isn't strong enough to help curb that maple syrupy like texture.

D-the nose lead you to believe a much more yeasty estery beer, the flavors are a blend of burnt malts and dark sweet flavors. it just doesn't seem to work well together for me.

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

A: ruby red, good head retention, decent lacing
S: so far the most exciting part--sweet fruit, intense malt (reminds me of juicy juice) cherry, red wine
T: malt! rich malt with just enough bitterness to curb the intense sweetness, toast on the backend
M: thick syrup, creamy foam, warm alcohol and slight bitterness on the finish
D: very interesting, a pleasant departure from my normally hoppy beers

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

Look - Creamy looking caramel color. Good 2 fingers worth of foam. Good carbonation.

Smell - As one would expect, very malty. Also sweet smelling, like maple sugar.

Taste - Malty indeed, but not overwhelmingly so. Aftertaste lingers on the back sides of the tongue, as well as a little bit on the top of the palate. There is a molasses type of taste, but not as thick and prevalent as I've tasted in some other bocks. Slightly filling, but again, not overwhelmingly so.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick/creamy as I would have expected.

Drinkability - Very good drinkability. Well-balanced on all ends. Could be slightly maltier for its type, but still quite very drinkable. Maybe not too many in a row though. Easy to come back to this one.

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Photo of ksimons
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-poured into a Snifter, is a ruby red with a decent amount of head that quickly disappears to leave a thin lacing on top

S-smells sweet, malty, and a bit boozey

T-smells better than it tastes, still sweet and malty but not as strong. Alcohol is very subdued. Ends with a bit of hop bitterness

M-low to medium carbonation, medium body, sort of a thin mouthfeel

D-I really like dopplebock's so was slightly disappointed. Still has the bready malts, but no real punch

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Photo of NODAK
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is sweet...caramel malts...brown sugar. Rich, and appetizing.

Taste is sweet and rich, but not overally thick or too cloyingly so. As expected, it's rich in caramel malts and molasses. On the finish, some dark fruit/raisin flavors appear as well. Hops pretty much non-existant here. Carbonation is low. Due to the thinner consistancy, aftertaste doesn't seem to hang around very long...cleaner than some other beers in this style. I think what impresses me is that this beer is almost 8 percent alcohol, and it is imperceptible.

Awesome dopplebock. It's one of the classics for a reason.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - chestnut brown colour with nice tan head - good lacing

smell - pleasant bready aroma, i'm picking up caramel, nuts, slight pine, red wine

taste - malty, slightly sweet, nuts, caramel, molasses

mouthfeel - medium to full body, bitter upfront, good finish, good carbonation, slightly bitter again on the aftertaste

drinkability - average, booziness comes thru towards the end of the drink, at this ABV kind of surprising

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Photo of SamN
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- A cloudy ruby red, with a very dark center, glowing with mellow and heavy body. An imposingly big beer, especially in my heavy Mikasa tulip glass. Pours thick and leaden, flowers with foam with an impressive two finger head of spotty, light desert tan head. Beautiful color, not what I expected from a doppelbock, but very, very impressive. Such character in this glass.

S- Sweet, vinous malt aroma. Interesting and fun complexities; alcohol soaked-fruits, thin port-like wine characteristics, creamy alcohol esters. Just a great smelling beer. Thick, rich, but not overwhelming or too strong. Lacking the nutty sweetness I like so much, but this is a different kind of great. Fruity and almost "light" smelling, with a big alcohol nose. Surprising for it's relative weakness (7.9%?).

T- Hmmmm, what happened here? Thin tastes, seeming almost watered down! Hazelnuts, sweet toffee flavors and some smokiness balanced by a noticeable hops presence. My first impressions were "weak" and "watery". Yes, it's got classic dopplebock malt complexities, but not in the booming quantities I'm used to. A fruity ending, landing on apples and dates. Somewhat dry finish, too.

I gotta say, this Doppelbock underwhelmed me quite a bit. The powerful flavors and strength just weren't there. There's that word again; "watery". I drink a lot of the style, and I know when something just ain't right, and something just ain't right with this one.

M- Mouthfeel is big and heavy, of course. Not chewy, more like molten smoothness, a thick runniness, like warm syrup. Very little carbonation, especially after this long nursing review. Ends up nearly flat.

D- Not a great tasting DB. Tastes are thin, faint and rather ghost-like. Looks great, smells great...just doesn't taste too great.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the first good beer I ever had... Nice to come back to it with a more developed palate.

A - Pours a caramel, semi-transparent, two finger head, gone quickly.

S - Dark fruits, raisins, molasses, brown sugar, slight alcohol presence, fruity/spicy hop aroma.

T - All the sweet side of the nose... An overall caramel impression with cherries coming in under the rest. Mild alcohol bite and hop bitterness.

M - Medium... On the lighter side for a doppelbock. Mild carbonation up front is gone before the swallow.

D - High.

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Photo of jsh420
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours clear dark amber with no head

smells of dark fruit roasted grains and carmel malt

taste figs banana carmel toffee and some cereal grains - a bit thin

mouthfeel - has a medium body very smooth and creamy

drinkability is ok but i would rather have a celebrator or a korbinian

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I wasn't sure what to expect really, though once I opened the bottle and took a whiff, I knew it'd be a bit stronger then expected. Apparently one should always look up the ABV first, eh?

Speaking of whiffs, as well as the corresponding taste, I felt I did a cannonball into a bowl of cherries and dates steeped in a heck of a lot brown sugar.

I was waiting for the absent bitterness to rear its head, but nope, just malt came through.

The brew wasn't too thick or too thin...but just right.

This offering would best be enjoyed slowly. One is enough. Recommended nonetheless.

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

Paulaner's doppelbock is a okay for bock but not my favorite style since they are kinda heavy beers.
the higher alcohol content for this beer wasn't very hidden because of the smell booze. caramel color okay head. The taste is not similar to Optimator the other bock I have had this is a little more boozy and hoppy. too boozy but okay beer to sip at the bar but one is enough

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

Review from notes taken a few months back. Drank this at my place in Germany, so my review might be more positive than most as the beer has not traveled far from its home in München.

A: Poured 2 half liter bottles into a Maß. Dark reddish brown, not a great head or lacing.

S: I can definitely smell the alcohol here, but it does not dominate the smell at all. There are BIG caramel malt and fruity smells. Actually, it smells like a large sweet date from Egypt, I had to remind myself that it was only beer. (Joke)

T: So, the alcohol taste is there but... what the hell can you do? It's masked pretty well actually. The taste is similar to the smell, just not quite as intense. Very toasty, full and sweet flavors.

M/D: Decent mouthfeel it coats your mouth nicely and remains quite sweet. With the higher alcohol content you will have to be careful not to drink to fast.

Not a big fan of Doppelbocks, but this one is excellent.

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Photo of karait95
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A pretty caramel - pale orange color, very bright attractive color, not prominent head, almost null head that disappears relatively fast.

S: Sweet smell, there is a fruit or fruits in there, toasted aroma that is not very strong but present.

T: Not as good as the smell, a little toasted, some bitterness very little sweetness.

M: Long light bitter ending you can feel some alcohol according to the style but not so pleasant.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Paulaner's doppelbock is a very good beer. I was surprised by the higher alcohol content for this beer, but it is really hidden very well. This beer has a nice caramel color with nice head that laces the glass. The taste resembles other doppelbocks, a little sweet but bitter at the same time. I reccomend trying this beer.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,763 ratings
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