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 mcdevster
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice solid malty brew from paulaner.. the alcohol content is barely noticeable.. it doesn't drink nearly as easy as their hefeweizen but this is a very different style.
I get dark fruit in the nose maybe a touch of honey.. it looks nice and drinks pretty well. it leaves a slightly bitter sweet aftertaste.. but the body itself is pretty thin. Sweet with a little tang and dark fruit. recommended.. good sipper.

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Photo of perrinvv
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a brown bottle with a monk and a sort of George Washington looking fellow on it. Poured into a pokal.

Pours a very nice shade of red amber that you can see through. A good amount of tan head bubbles up during the pour. After the head fades the beer is still very well carbonated with bubbles floating around.

The smell isn't really strong enough to identify. Its not bad, sweet like molasses, just as you'd expect from bock. Its just a very faint aroma that I wish I could get a better whiff of, but its not there.

The taste is simple and straight forward. Tastes like coffee and malt. The taste balances out the alcohol to mask the kick.

A good beer in all respects but it didn't really stand out either.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish amber color with a tight off-white ehad that leaves little lacing.

Smells of sweet fruit and spice notes.

Tastes of a solid amount of toasted malt, fruit, and spice. Toasted malt is sweet some bread notes and caramel sweetness. Fruit has peach and apricot tones. Some spiciness comes through as well with a touch of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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

A- dark copper coloring with a thick haze when looking through the glass, A light head that leaves quickly

S- Dark Fruit and Malt with a small bit of the alcohol

T- The malt has a light roasted taste to it but mostly I am getting the sweet taste of the Dark fruit I was smelling with a little bit of spice added. Not sure about the after taste. Right after the main body there is a splash of some sour taste but it is still very good

M- Mild body and carbonation

D- Since I can buy this pretty cheap at a local shop I will buy more of it for sure.

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Photo of Briken
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany with a fine tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves poor lacing. Very faint floral sweetness that quickly degrades to a slightly offensive generic beer aroma. Taste is surprisingly complex. Molasses and brown sugar give way to a floral tea with light alcohol and even a little spiciness. A lightly bittering finish develops as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is very syrupy and a little oily.

This beer is all over the place. It doesn't look or smell very interesting and I'm kind of torn on the mouthfeel but the taste is quite good. Of course, I think this is an okay beer when it was colder but warmer it is much better so if you don't like your beer warmer this may just be a mediocre one for you.

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Photo of PonchoEquihua
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well! i tried today this excelent german beer and i was it succesfully expectative cover.

Very good head and cloudy amber aperance and smell of toasted malts & fruity citric and caramel aromas.
Excelent taste with the exact bitternes with caramel and toasted malt... the aftertaste y very long

Definitevly one of my new favorites from now on


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Photo of NWer
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.5 liter bottle poured into a pint glass.

A foggy amber that is a beauty to behold. Maybe I should have poured more aggressively, but I barely got a head and what I did get, died quickly. I couldn't smell anything. The beer or my nose? I don't know.

Aside from that, this doppel bock tastes wonderful. A thoroughly enjoyable change from my usual IPA preference - there are times when I just prefer more malt and less hops and this is as good as it gets.

Every bit as good as the Ayinger Celebrator but the bottle is bigger and you get more for the same price.

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Photo of Bizz88
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber with a nice creamy tan two fingered head that quickly faded to light lacing. Aromas of fruity carmel and chocolate and sweet malts. Flavors of malty fruits and sweet breads and a nice alcohol warmth. Medium body with decent carbonation. Desent enough brew that fit well with Bison burgers.

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

A - dark amber colored. Not as dark as many doppelbocks. Little head that goes away quickly. Not much carbonation.

S - Rich malty smell that you would expect from a doppelbock. Sugar, chocolate, and caramel are easy to pick out from the smells.

T - very nice tasting beer. Lots of sugar. Not as strong as some other doppelbocks in both alcohol and sugar. There is some fruit undertones as well.

Mf - lighter bodied for style. Little carbonation

D - love this style and you can drink many more of these than it's counterparts

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber to brown color, slightly cloudy, with not much head and little lacing. Still not at all bad to look at tho.

Smells of sweet caramel malts and a not so little bit of alcohol.

Little bits of honey/molasses, hops, and fruit. Ample malts. A mild spiciness that enhances the complexity of the flavours. Barely detectable, but still there alcohol flavor. A pretty good brew overall.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with some carbonation and a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Improves as temperature rises.

Drinkability is pretty good, but I'd stick with one per sitting. Still, I'd certainly drink this one again and again.

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

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a chalice glass.

A - Dark copper colour with negligible head.

S - Roasted malts and dark oak scents.

T - Sweet and malty with lots of dark roasted flavours present (nut and old wood). There's a dark cacao taste here as well which is enjoyable.

M - Smooth and soft on the palate.

D - Lovely dark beer, could drink all day.

This is a very nice beer. Although again I've got a Paulaner from a bottle without any head I still think these beers are under-rated. Good example of the style without being overly complex.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours an orangey-brown, a bit hazy. The head is off-white, creamy, but wispy. It shows some staying power, leaving a ring to the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is a sort of soft sweet fruitiness with a toasted grain aroma. I don't really get heavily caramelized sugars; weird.
whereas I am getting sweet fruit in the aroma the flavor is a little tart. Some orchard fruits, a little bit of caramel, a bit of a darker raisiny flavor in the back.
Body is actually pretty thin, but the finish is sticky with a pleasant finishing bitterness. Carb is a little spritzy.
not that great, and not what I remember. Hmm...

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into 23oz Mets branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Deep caramel color with slight amber hues with a fairly large slightly orange-tinged head that dissipates quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt aromas with some sugary and phenolic aromas as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel and molasses flavors throughout, with a bittersweet alcohol.malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy body, although not quite as thick as many other doppelbocks. Balanced carbonation and a sticky, warming finish. Filling once swallowed.

Drinkability: A very good doppelbock and one of my favorite beers overall. Definitely worth a try, although this is definitely not a beginner doppelbock! Also, a sipper (as many of this style are).

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured copper in color (somewhat light for this style) with lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of sweet, bready malts in the nose with notes of brown sugar and caramel plus some hints of fruits and spices.
T: The overall taste has lots of malty sweetness. A slight amount of hop bitterness is perceptible in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and very creamy and smooth. There is some warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The beer is quite filling and almost feels like you are having a snack. It's relatively easy to consume because the alcohol is for the most part hidden from the taste. The beer would go perfectly with brown bread.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a reddish brown with a big light tan head
S-sweet bready malts with tons of fruit and caramel maybe even alittle bit of chocolate notes with no hop bitterness
T-very sweet and bready malts with a nice mix of fruit caramel and molasseswith no hop bitterness and very little alcohol evident
M-a full body with a nice amount of carbonation but still a liquid bread beer
D-overall a great tasting doppelbock, one of my favorites for the style

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

Poured into my Bodum pint glass. One of several German offerings in the Class VI (that's Military parlance for "liquor store" generally). Says "double bock," possibly because the importer is afraid of people being confused and frightened by too many syllables. I've had and enjoyed several Paulaner brews.

Bottled October 2009, batch L28091.

Pours a coppery amber like iced tea, moderately cloudy. Almost no head, foam is cream colored and laces the glass a bit. Fairly active carbonation. Mild nose with caramel and biscuit, some tartness. Slight yeast. Reminds me of Newcastle Brown with more biscuit; doesn't quite belong on a dopplebock.

Sweet malts, caramel and biscuit. It's immediately followed by a warming alcohol presence which caused me to check the ABV; it seems like more than 7.9% and gives it a somewhat 'winter warmer' quality. Some dark fruits and honey on the back end, very mildly hopped.

Slightly chewy texture with a dry, warm finish due to alcohol. Not a spring or summer beer, but if I couldn't decide between a nut brown and a bock, this would be a good choice.

Heavy malts here, appropriate sweetness from the style, and there's some deviation but it's balanced and pleasant enough.

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

22oz bottle courtesy of my boy Ron Lee who brought it back from germany.

A: poured a caramel brown with a half finger head that dissipated really quickly with hardly any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: up front I get a combination of molasses and booze with faint vinous and brown sugar notes.

T: boozy molasses flavor like the nose that has a little sweetness at the end of a sip.

M: medium body with a fair amount of bubbly carbonation that has an oilt finish.

D: I've had this beer numerous times but you can't beat one from it's native land. Goes down good but a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a semi-opaque amber with a 1/2 inch head that fades to nothing. No lacing happened with this beer.

S - Smells of bread, raisins, and tart fruits.

T - Dark fruits (raisins, plums), bread/malt, and an astringent quality.

M - Beer was sort of flat and there was an acidic alchol feel as well.

D - Good beer that I would try again but wouldn't go out of my way to get. I think this might be really good on tap at a German restaurant with some sausages and kraut.

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4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle to pint glass. My bottle reads "Doublebock" instead of doppelbock. Produced on 08/09 and consumed 03/10. Batch # L 23691 F.

A: Pours with a 1 finger high, creamy light-brown head that becomes fizzy and diminishes fairly quickly. The film that is left disappears eventually but the bubbles continue to actively float through the glass. The body is 95% clear and a cross between amber and orange in color. No lacing. Very illuminating, capturing the light from my lamp and becoming, sort of, it's own new light source.

S: Heavily malted with caramel and sweet toasted grains. Lightly hopped. Aromas of resin and out of season fruits barely waft out of the glass. Lightly yeasty. Definitely not your typical doppelbock nose but still pleasant and very well incorporated.

T: The Salvator Doppelbock has wonderful flavor. Again, not exactly doppelbock-like but very appealing in it's own way. Pronounced fruity esters of unripe plum and red grape. Their is a hint of either nutmeg or cinnamon to create balance, add complexity and keep this brew from becoming overly fruity.

M: Not textbook but the mouthfeel works in perfect tandem with the flavors. Medium light body with a slick, minerally texture. Fine fizzy carbonation, semi lively. Moderately sweet.

D: The beer drinking experience continues to improve culminating with a drinkability that is through the roof. Palates trained and untrained can find plenty to appreciate. This beer is as approachable as they come.

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