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 PintOHops
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Glass - Mug

A - Clouded orange/coppery color with a 2-finger off white head. Retention seems to be good, a nice foamy/creamy ring held atop the beer, no lacing though.

S - Big sweet malty profile, love it! Lots of caramel & honey on the nose, bready, wonderful fruit cake like aroma as well. A little nutty, with prune/candied date/raisins/brown sugar notes everywhere, i get a bit of the alcohol as well. Very nice.

T - A bit of alcohol is noticeable upfront, very nice caramel/brown sugary notes follow, nice fruity date/raisin combo with candied/toasted sugary notes. A bit of biscuit and a pretty pronounced alcoholic burn on the finish, nothing lingers much at all, alcohol becomes more pronounced as it warms. Very mild bitterness, maltiness is king here!

M - Chewy & very very smooth. Very lite crispness on the tongue. Around full bodied.

D - Well this would be one easy beer to quaff if it wasn't for the alcoholic content, which begins to be a little off putting over time. I really like this, would love to have a couple mugs in the future, probably paired with some food because of the ABV. I'd buy it again for sure, delicious! Recommended. Cheers!

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

Appearance is a hazy orange-copper color with a 1 finger tan head, both fine and large bubbles are visible.

The smell is dominated by malt aromas. Slightly sweet with dark sugary fruit like dates and figs.

Mouthfeel is a nice medium body, smooth in the mouth with a little crispness on the tongue. The alcohol is noticeable but not so much to detract from the beer. Lots of dark fruit, date, fig, molasses and burnt sugar. It's slightly bitter and leaves the palette with a warming in the throat.

I like this beer. In an ideal situation, i wouldn't have more than two but i could definitely see myself getting this again.

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

Honest no nonsense brew, this paulaner. It's full and powerfull, as said on the label. Looks like middle of the road bockbeer, but it has power indeed.
Smells and tastes of good malts, hops and yeast.
Feel is not sweet but not dry either.

The brew could be far more complex. But it's balanced and decent. Sometimes that's all you need.

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

A - Clear amber garnet color with an average sized foamy off-white head with average retention and a good layer of foamy lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and apple malt with some bready smell. Some nutty smell and a subtle touch of alcohol. Lots of sweet malt.

T - A lot of sweet caramel malt. Also a good amount of apple, pear, and dates. Some nutty flavors, but it doesn't really bring an earthy taste along with it. A touch of spice is also present (mostly cinnamon like). Toasty flavor in the middle of the sip. Finishes with a slightly tart berry/dark fruit taste. Also a touch of warming alcohol on the finish.

M - Slightly above medium body with moderate carbonation. Quite smooth and fairly refreshing.

D - Good drinkability. Of course it is a touch sweet and pretty malty, so you have to be in the mood for that, but it is fairly balanced and not cloying. Easy to drink and although there is a slight alcohol warming, the alcohol taste is hidden quite well.

Notes: Solid doppelbock. It didn't necessarily blow me away but it was very nice. A lot of malt and sweetness. Definitely recommend trying this, especially if you are in the mood for a full, malty beer.

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Photo of imperialstout27
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.

A: Clear, brilliant, reddish chestnut color with a two finger light beige colored head. Pillowy, with fine bubbles, and a collar persists after the head dissipates.

S: Sweet caramel malt with a hint of earthy, slightly spicy hops. Hint of alcohol under the sweetness.

T: Smooth and very malt-forward as expected. Sweet caramel malt flavors drenched in fruity notes. The fruity sweetness hits first with caramel and toffee flavors rising immediately after. Hints of grain and alcohol occasionally, although for 7.9% it's hidden very well. Rum, figs, white raisins, sherry. Somewhat vinous at times. Lightly bitter on the aftertatse. A lot going on here.

M: Great feel to this beer. Full bodied with a nice soft roundness. Slick and slightly viscous. Medium carbonation.

D: This is a great, easy drinking doppelbock.

Overall, a very deep flavor profile, but not quite as much as some others in the category, and devoid of the deeper roasty flavors of some others. But, very, very nice nonetheless. This is an understated beer that doesn't demand your attention - it's very easy to drink and enjoy casually - but if you do pay attention there's a lot going on. Plenty enough to keep my palate entertained.

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Photo of ocmpoma
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice amber-bronze into a hefe glass. As it was pouring I caught a distinct whiff of cherries. Thick amber-white head faded to a thin film; no real lacing.

The nose is quite complex; malt-heavy but with lots of fruit and spices. I get some apple and cherry, maybe plum; lots of cinnamon and nutmeg and a bit of licorice. All of this is layered upon a thick malt-sweet base. Smells pretty good. Tastes good, too: malt up front, as expected. It teeters close to being off-balanced toward being too sweet, saved at the very last moment by the licorice tang. The fruity flavors trail alongside the whole while.

It's rather drinkable; goes down well and not over-carbonated. The mouthfeel is excellent. I could easily see having one of these as dessert. Who needs cake? Then again, this would make an awesome vanilla float, I think.

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

Poured a cloudy cooper color with a nice pancake head that held for a while.

Smell: Very fruity due to the malts present. A sweet aroma of caramel lingers... Bread.

Taste: Burnt caramel and toasted malts as the alcohol blends in afterwards.

Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter like bitting into a grapefruit but as the flavor of sweet malts and warming presense of alcohol, it all blends well pleasing the palate.

I would have to say a good double bock to warm the soul. To much one dimentional.

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Photo of rdub
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. This was delicious. I've had doppel's which were too sweet but this seemed to have a good balance. Appearance was copper with a half inch head, quickly dissipated. Nice sweet smell and a balanced taste. Mouthfeel was medium and drinkability was surprisingly high for a 7.9% brew. I'd have a few more of these, no problem. Good balance for the style.

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

Poured into my Grateful Dead Stein
Listening to:
Phil Lesh and Friends 03/29/02
My Favorite Things > Eyes of the World

A= A nice light copper hue, white white head which stays for a good bit after pour.

S= Hops at the first smell, then a warm bock like smell that is the European yeast.

T= Tastes good and strong, a nice nutty after taste.

M= Glossy mouthfeel, a nice well balanced silk with a long lasting flavors.

D= Good drinkablity, I would not get this one all the time, but when I am running low on cash and beer, this one for a pint at 2$ is a fare price.

Overall= Good beer, not a everyday drinker, not enough hops, but a good pint to grab and enjoy during a rain storm such as this one tonight.

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Photo of Bestuurder
4.61/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely blown away. I can not believe this brew!

Poured from a long neck Munich-style brown 33cl bottle. Colouration was red, with shades of brown. The head was prominent for a minute of so, light, white and fluffy, but dispersed quickly. Carbonation is balanced it seems, Some bubbles rising when using a clear beer mug.

Aroma is hoppy with balanced maltiness, but lacks something. Smells a bit metallic.

Flavour is balanced and fairly fruity, comprised of peaches, apricots and strawberries. The almond back bone is pleasant and sharp and distinct. The alcohol can hit you a bit if you take too big of a sip, but is not overpowering.

The palate dances with the slipperiness and chewiness of this brew! It simply is something of wonder.

This is a brew that most certainly can be enjoyed time and time again, I think I may have a another. Also, definitely a winter-warmer if you know what I mean.


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Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a red- tinged light brown. Two fingers of tan- cream colored head that quickly dissipates. Almost no carbonation to be seen.

S: Grapes, almost like a sweet red wine. A hint of tobacco and alcohol underneath. Also a little bit of smokey oak that I didn't get until about 4 or 5 good sniffs.

T: Like brandy spiked coffee. Also some earthy wood tones along with a bit of plum in the after taste.Bready notes come out as it warms a bit

M: Pretty thin with no bubbles. a slight bit of alcohol burn. At the same time it's got an oily viscosity that coats your tongue as contradictory as that may sound.

D: With the somewhat higher alcohol content and the little bit of burn i probably wouldn't make a session out of these. wouldn't be bad for a cold winter night, but definitely not good for a hot summer day.

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

Look: Light amber color, fluffy off white head, nice lacing

Smell: Bread, malt, toffee, honey, chocolate

Taste: Up Front: Malt, alcohol, caramel, spice. Finish: Alcohol and then a hit of malt

Mouthfeel: Dry and chewy, almost like eating a dark sweet bread

Drinkability: I'm not a big lager fan, but this is the style I can drink during the cold winter months

Overall Impression: This is a beer that is the benchmark for the style and it's a great value to boot! If I had to drink this during lent, I'd be one happy monk!

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Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kind of an orangy-brown color, like iced tea with a very thin head that is gone in no time.

Has a malty nose to it with a hint of hops.

Strong maly flavor dominates...a man's beer.

Very smooth in the mouth. A lot of flavor with little bittering and a smooth, easy finish.

This beer goes down easy despite a high ABV. Goof stuff.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About a year and half ago I had bought two of these. I drank one immediately and didn't think much of it. The other one I cellared until last night. This time around I thought the world of it.

A: Did not look like a typical dark doppelbock. It rather poured a lighter brown almost dark Baltic amber. The head was a little disappointing as well. Some lacing, no retention.

S: As I opened this bottle I got knocked upside the head by the smell. Hints of bread, yeast, cocoa, and some coffee lingering. A nice smell.

T: Malty and roasty. Good bready taste as well. Got some alcohol bite.

M: Nice flow for a doppelbock. Real smooth with good coating.

D: Overall a good doppelbock, however I don't think I will ever find a db I like more than Celebrator.

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

Dark ambery brown color, way light for a dbock. Creamy white head leaves some peppered amoeba skim. Smells...fruity? Apricot and cantaloupe is not something I'd expect to find in a dbock but I'm going with it. More familiar sweet caramel and rum raisin undertones. Taste is again fruity. Subtle, smooth vanilla gathers up cantaloupe, dried apricot and maybe even a nice fuzzy peach. Screwdriver-esque alcoholic warmth.

Kind of like a summer barleywine. If I were a BCJP judge I'd fail this beer due to style irreverence but I'm not and I like it.

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

Appearance - 4.0 - Beautiful dark copper. Very clear. Thin and wispy foam, but it is fairly long-lasting in that state.

Smell - 4.5 - Malty, bready, toasty. Nothing recognizable as hops, but there is something running around in the smell that adds complexity. Very appetizing like a batch of dinner rolls straight out of the oven.

Taste - 4.0 - Warm, full, biscuity malt flavor. Some faint hops bitterness, but no overt hop flavor. Slight alcohol burn. There is an astringency that arrives as an aftertaste that detracts a little.

Mouthfeel - 3.5 - Slightly chewy and thick, which is fine considering all the flavor. Slightly cloying after swallowing.

Drinkability - 4.0 - Great aroma and nice flavor, but a little too cloying for me to want to have more than one. A good beer, but not the best of the style, in my opinion. Spaten Optimator is very similar, but I think it is more drinkable and has a smoother palette of flavors.

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Photo of Thomajt
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper color with slight head which quickly dissipates.

S - Strong fermentation smell, but still pleasant

T - Pretty strong taste, I think it gets better as it gets slightly warmer.

M - Same as taste, not over carbonated, and lingers on the tongue

D - I'm on my second one already =)

Overall a good beer, not over-priced, and not too strong to limit yourself to just one.

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Photo of backfat
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pretty copper, crisp and brilliant with a fluffy white one finger head. smells like donuts, haha. also, aromas of candied yams, and biscuity bread with a hint of caramel malt. the taste is roasty and toasty with some more caramel malt. ends with a nice small spice. kind of a watery mouthfeel, but a good beer for the price.

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

Pours a translucent reddish-orange with a thick tan head.

Smells of sweet toffee, caramel, and malty heaven.

Taste is deeply malty with a hint of roastyness. There's a tinge of sweet and spicy alcohol, but just a bit. I enjoy a pleasant aftertaste of fresh bread and lots of fruitiness.

Medium-full mouthfeel, very drinkable, as the big doppelbocks go.

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

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of tan head. It is dark amber in color. It smells of sweet roasted malt, caramel and toffee. The taste matches the smell quite nicely with the addition of a slightly burnt flavor to the sweetness. I'd prefer the mouthfeel to be more viscous. Overall, I am very happy with this choice for this evening. It was not quite what I expected in a good way.


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

12oz bottle poured into a collins glass. Bottled on date of 07/09.

Significant custard head with decent retention. The beer itself is orange amber, think of physical amber in a necklace. There isn't any lacing unfortunately.

Large whiffs of toffee, cracker, and clean lager yeast.

A mix of caramel and toffee with some nuttiness overlay a saltine cracker base. There is literally a hint of salinity on the front of the tongue. Other than this, the whole of Salvator is clean and expected for a lighter doppelbock.

The carbonation is below average for the style. It could be crisped up considering the thicker consistency.

Salvator falls just outside the characteristics of the other doppelbocks in my experience. The color is lighter, as is the flavor. I don't mean that flavor is lacking here, only that the darker flavors are. I like this, but price and flavor wise, Optimator and Celebrator are better.

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Photo of NewGeneric
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my Grimbergen goblet.

A: Pours a hazy copper/rust color with touches of orange around the trim. Plenty of foam that fades quickly leaving a thin layer on top and very little lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy malts, caramel, slight tartness. A nice mix of light and dark fruits wafts through the whole thing. Nothing overly powerful though.

T: Tastes just like it smells but amplified. Flavors are big, bold, uncompromising, and unapologetic. There's also some nice spiciness coming through. Wonderful.

M: This is what sells me on this beer. Simply amazing. Very smooth, carbonation is just right, leaves my mouth feeling hydrated. Not sure it can any better.

D: One of those beers that I could drink over and over. Love it.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark cloudy amber, with just a slight head forming. It leaves quickly, though, and leaves no appreciable lacing. It smells of caramel, and there's a hint of some sweetness that almost seems fruity. The caramel flavors come out pretty strongly as I taste this beer, there might be a slight yeast flavor as well, which isn't unpleasant, and seems to offset the sweet caramel flavors pretty well. This is a very drinkable beer, though I could see it getting heavy after 2 or 3.

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Photo of LyonsHead
2.67/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark orange with red hues. Looks like a cloudy irish red. Not sure why this lager is not clear (wheat maybe)... who knows. Creamy off-white head that left pretty quickly. No significant lacing

S: Good does of munich malt and the bready aromas that come along with it. There is also a strong scent of clove. this seems more like a bavarian wheat than a doppelbock

T: The flavor is right along the lines of the scent. A bit of maltiness with a semi sweetness. There is a big banana/clove presence that just seems odd for this style. There is a lot of ester character as well

M: medium light body, harsh tasting

D: Im a little confused. This does not at all represent a doppelbock in my mind. There is a hot alcohol, with clove and banana esters in a cloudy, wheat-like beer. If i was guessing blind I would say this is a bavarian wheat beer... weird

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

Aroma of hops is a first event that follows the cap removal. BBE 01.2011, into tulip. Clear, very deep coppery reddish-brown topped by abundant off-white resistant head that eventually drops to a stable cover. Swirls create thick & stable lacing on the walls. Malty aroma with some melanoidins, toast, plums and obvious alcohol breaking through. The malty body is sweet and toasty, verging on lightly burnt; evident alcohol presence and bitter hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied, although quite light for a doppel bock, with limited carbonation. Decent, but not nearly as good as best examples of the style.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,719 ratings.
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