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 Lldeegan
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice deep burnt orange, copper color. A creamy off white head. This offering from Paulaner has a very enticing look to it. Not nearly as dark as I expected it to be as a doppelbock, but it is very beautiful to just stare at in the glass.

S- Earthy and malt notes hit the nose immediately creating a breadlike smell, followed by sweet caramel, maybe some dark fruit ( raisin, fig). Maybe some grassyness as the smell fades.

T- Bready taste upfront. Malt is definitely the star in this beer, as is expected. Not much else in taste. Tiny dash of hops as it leaves the palate but the caramel malt in this beer is here to stay. The alcohol is pretty well hidden, not sure if that's a good thing or not... I'll find out later.

M- Nice medium body with a major bready feel. Carbonation is perfect in my opinion

D- This beer is a very drinkable beer, the bottle itself I found to be easily polished off, but with the ABV at 7.9%, I can't say how many bottles would be in good judgement.

This, is a great beer to start off the Doppelbock section. Originally used for fasting, this easily quaffed, malty beer is a perfect example of "liquid bread."

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

Clear darkish copper/amber. About two fingers of cream/beige head after a pretty vigorous pour with no lacing at all. Sweet and malty smell. I also get a hint of bubblegum. There is also some booziness in the scent along with faint hops. This beer was made July '08. I don't know if that helped in the taste department or not, but it certainly didn't hurt. Seemed tastier than what I remember. Sweet malty caramel in the taste, and you can sense the alcohol. However, it's fairly easy drinking. Glad I gave this another shot.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

taste- toffeeish, dry finish

color- rich, deep, amber brown

clarity- clear

smell- buttery and malty

body- full and alcoholic

appearance- head like whipped cream

overall impression- world class beer, unbelievable

notes- this review is for a 2000 vintage. i bought a 3L of this beer from whole foods in berkeley and only drank 1/3 of the bottle for which i should be punished. one of my best memories of this beer is sitting in the tall grass of the yosemite valley watching a group of climbers scaling the nose...crazy!

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice caramel brown with a beige head that settles quickly. Good lacing. Lighter than your average doppelbock.

The smell is dark fruit and caramel malts. It's not knockout strong, but it's there.

The flavor is sweet caramel malts witha good dose of raisin. A little too much raisin for me, actually. Slightly smoky.

Mouthfeel is medium and almost a little sticky. Carbonation isn't too aggressive.

Drinkability is pretty high given the abv. It's not my favorite doppel, but it's definitely tasty.

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Photo of Marcrates
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This is a beautiful looking beer. A very deep red, with a creamy thick head.

S - The smell is prob the weakest part of the beer (IMHO). There really isn't much smell to it, but if you really concentrate, it sort of has a "sour apple jolly rancher" smell. Odd, I know, but that's what I'm smelling.

T - What it lacks in smell it most certainly makes up in flavor. It hits you with a rich malt taste... very smooth and refreshing, and tapers off with just a hint of hops. You can definitely catch a hint of the 7.9% alcohol, but it isn't at all overwhelming, and is amazingly drinkable for this high of a content.

M - Very "icy" feeling. Quite refreshing for such a strong beer. The flavor sits well, and feels great.

D - Almost too drinkable for 7.9%! Be careful with this one.. it's sort of a sleeper. I could see myself losing track of how many I had quite easily.

Overall I am very impressed. This is a completely drinkable, yet flavorful brew.

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Photo of greengorilla
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 500mL bottle into a pilsner glass. This is a beautiful beer. It is a dark cherry red with a thick cream colored head.

The smell is a little disappointing after seeing the beer in the glass. There just isn't too much there.

The taste is pretty good though. It is a smooth malty beer with little hops. It is very drinkable for a 7.9% abv.

I wouldn't exactly call this my favorite, but it is a great value. It is a great looking good tasting beer that I bought for $2.39 for a 500mL bottle. I will probably by a few more to have around for when I am in the mood for this one.

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

From a 500 ml. bottle poured into a large wine glass. Pours an orange red in color with a good bit of haze. An inch of off white foam settles to a surface cap, yielding some temporary lacing.

Smell is lighter in malts than the Optimator it stands next to, and is expected given the lighter color. Notes of light caramel are accompanied by fig and raisin and a light yeast and alcohol presence. Quite good.

Taste follows and offers a long pleasant finish. Malts are adequate but not overwhelming and mask the ABV fully. Touch of cinnamon, orange and nutmeg as well as light chocolate on the tongue. Well carbonated throughout, clean and soft on the palate. A light and smooth feel, lightly viscous yet easy drinking. Very nice example.

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Photo of kruse
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into nonix-style pub glass.
A: Beautiful amber-brown pour with fluffy off-white head.
S: Aroma of toffee and fresh-baked bread.
T: Malt, malt, and more malt. If you think beer has to be a hop-bomb, this isn't the brew for you.
M: Excellent mouthfeel. Full-bodied.
D: Very drinkable, but - as with all very malty brews - a couple go a long way.
A classic and one of my favorite cold-weather beers.

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Photo of boogyman
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured into a snifter. Amber to brown color. light head that dissipates fast. Got bubbles coming up the side which is cool.

S- Malty and bready like most have said. Very slight fruity notes like dark cherries or plums.

T- I will be honest, I definitely do not consider myself a fan of Lagers. This is the first time I have had a German Lager and first for a Doppelbock. I came into this as my first review of a German Lager and once I actually tasted this beer, I actually liked it. Nice and malty and bready and the fruit seems to come out even more. Very pleasant.

M- Smooth but slightly fizzy on the tongue. Feels nice going down.

D- As good as I thought this was, I don't know if I would want more then one of these. Feels a bit heavy on the stomach and hey, that 7.9% ABV is definitely masked well.

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

Serving type - 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance - a dark amber/orange color. Pours with very little head retention and minimal lacing.

Smell - Lots of caramel malts. Some toffee notes in there, as well as some possible chocolate.

Taste - A malt bomb for sure. Taste is pretty sweet, with lots of caramel and toffee flavor, and a nice breadiness to it. Some subtle hops add a bit of spice in the aftertaste. A bit of dark fruit is there as well. Slight alcohol presence towards the end (barely noticable for it's ABV).

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, and almost velvety. Minimal carbonation, full bodied.

Drinkability - This is more of a sipper than a session beer, but the ABV hides itself quite well. Still, I'd stick to a pint or two of this.

Overall - A very tasty (and strong) dopplebock. Fans of malt-bombs, or this style will enjoy this.

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Photo of Trappissed
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another beer I decided to revisit, which ended up being a bad decision. Especially when you compare this with something like Ayinger Celebrator. The appearance was pretty pathetic and basically looked like an amber/red with weak head and lacing.

Taste was of caramel, yeast, bread, toffee, and just a little alcohol. Sounds simple enough, but not very enjoyable for me. I was bored with the flavor after a few sips. Seemed like low quality ingredients if that makes any sense. Also seemed kind of watered down. It is hard to understand how someone could actually like this beer.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - deep orange colored body, w/ a very thin head that dissappears right before your eyes.

S - rich and buttery toffee and caramel malts. possibly a hint of choc. Malt heavy she is!!
alcohol is present, but combined w/ the other aromas, actually makes for a nice addition to the overall scent.

T - again, quite the malt bomb on our hands. hops are subtle @ best, but do add a welcome spice.
toffee and caramel flavors make for the main focus, with a slight nuttiness underneath it all. super clean finish, no aftertaste or unwanted lingering flavors.

MF - medium body, thinner than i was expecting/hopping for. low level of carbonation w/ a slippery and smooth feel.

D - very easy to see the bottom of the bottle without realizing it. At nearly 8 percent, this could be trouble, so drink w/ caution. this is one dangerously deliecious and very approachable dopple bock.

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Photo of DerBayer
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HAd this one vom Fass recently and it is much better than the bottled stuff (who would have thought ;O)

It pours the same colour as the bottled brew which is pretty good but the smell and tatste are even more pronounced stronger fruitier and maltier.

It is one of those miracle beers where you just cannot feel the alcohol and I just kept on drinking it!

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner.

A- Clear copper reddish brown with an average sized off white head that fades down but not by much. Im getting a nice thick film that leaves good lacing in its wake.

S- Yeasty, bready, doughy with a bit of dark fruits. Over all a sweet smelling brew.

T- A lot like the smell. Yeasty and doughy. Sweet and toasty with dark fruity undertones. Theres a slight hit of the alcohol thats hiding there. Personally I wish it werent there, but you have to be looking for it to notice it most of the time.

M- Medium bodied and pretty juicy. Very little carbonation, just a nice smooth drinking beer.

D- I wasnt expecting a low ABV session with this one, but I got a lighter beer with a higher drinkability than I did expect.

Ive had a few other doppels, but it has been a long while and I havent reviewed them. To me this beer doesnt live up to the idea of a doppelbock that Celebrator gave me. A good beer nonetheless and great to kick off autumn.

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Photo of BrewDoc12
4.64/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man, this is truly a tasty brew. Picked it up in the bottle and poured into a glass.
A- Reddish brown; a little light for a double, but still pretty. Had a quick rising, light tan, two finger head that fell quickly but left some nice lace.
S- Had a warm, dark bread aroma. A sweet caramelly note came through as well.
T- Toasty malt and mild hoppy flavor. Starts off a lil bitter, but finishes off a lil sweet. Some dark fruits showed up at the end. 7.9% ABV is disguised well. Like a fresh baked Pumpernickel.
M- Pretty smooth with medium carbonation. Full bodied with some bite.
D- Goes down too easily; which can be risky considering I found myself F'ed up after four. I know I'll go back to this one again and again; just gotta remember to respect this one.

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

Enjoyed from the tap at Zum Paulaner in Stuttgart.

Appearance: dark copper with little head.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma.

Taste: The sweetness is nicely balanced with a hoppy presence. Goes well with the Grillteller Hölderlin (mixed meat plate!).

Mouthfeel: medium to full body.

Drinkability: High. Whether enjoying a krug with dinner or simply people-watching on the Fußgängerzone, this doppel bock will leave you with good memories. An excellent introduction into the style.

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Photo of saztheorybook
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Murky brown lighter than most doppelbocks. 1 finger creamy head that retained a little bit but left no lacing.
S- Yeast, bourbon, cloying sweetness, caramel and maybe a little bubblegum.
T- Caramelly maltiness. The alcohol assertively announces itself but does not take over. A few roasted malt notes in here. There is only a tiny kiss of floral hops. Toward the end, especially, it became more and more cloying. This is the flavor of a doppelbock, for sure.
M- MAybe a bit thing for a doppelbock but pretty smooth.
D- Since Celebrator is a similar cost and a remarkably more enjoyable beer, I probably will not buy this beer again for a very long time.

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Photo of foxbat2500
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark orange or caramel like color. Good head at first, but it seems to go away after a few sips. Very little lacing.

Smell is nice and subtle.

A true German beer the taste is good, but not overpowering. Its a refreshing drink. Oh so malty.

Very smooth and easy on mouth feel and etc. I could drink this all night. Hopefully with a plate of sausage.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml single bottle, procured at some LCBO or another in the past few weeks.

This beer pours a mostly clear, bright orange-brick amber colour, with a few fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy off-white head, which leaves some very spotty remote islet lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of strongly caramelized and semi-sweet grainy malt, oily bar-top nuts, soft black orchard fruit, brown sugar, a touch of earthy yeast, and spicy, floral, and grassy hops. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, a further rich toffee sweetness, mild yeasty spice, some prune, fig, and raisin dark fruitiness, musty and leafy noble hops, and a mildly astringent booziness kicking around.

The carbonation is fairly strong, manifesting in a palate-titillating frothiness, the body decently weighty, and generally smooth, the alcohol nosing its way in. It finishes a bit sweet, the caramel/toffee twin axe attack not to be denied, only moderated, by those earthy, leafy, and weedy hops, and a soupcon of boozy heat.

Not nearly as egregiously malty as a number of the doppelbocks I've yet experienced - more like a boozy Euro strong ale, which I know sounds like splitting hairs, or attempting to offend a venerable Munich brewing concern. Nothing of the sort, I can assure you, it's just how it comes across this particular layman's view, is all - I'd have this again, given the chance.

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

Poured from a refrigerated bottle into a 14-oz. tumbler. Small head fades away fast. Almost amber, a light hue for a dopplebock, and a little hazy.

Aroma has a notable buttery, diacetyl note amid the malt. It's also up front in the taste, along with a measure of bittering hops.

From there the malt takes over, ending with a slightly astringent pucker and the warmth of alcohol. Medium bodied.

The temptation is to compare this brew with the other popularly priced Munich dopplebock, Spaten Optimator. Salvator is a little less malty and hoppier but equally potent at 7.9% ABV. The buttery note is a detriment but seems to be a consistent part of the flavor profile.

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Photo of Kromes
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with really no head that I could see. A thin line of bubbles maybe. Smells like sweet toasted caramel malt, some noble hop aroma, and slight alcohol. The taste is sweet caramel malt flavor followed by an alcohol flavor and slight bitterness in the finish. Of course the noble hop flavors don't really appear. Mouthfeel is rather heavy and thick. It was funny watching the carbonation bubbles struggle to make it to the surface. Definitely a heavier beer. The beer is tasty, but due to it's syrupy thickness it may be hard to drink in quantity. I wouldn't go to the bar specifically for a double bock, but every once in a while they are nice to drink. This one in particular.

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Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a rich amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Aroma is mild, some hints of caramel. Taste is mild, notes of caramel and alcohol. Feels creamy in the mouth. A bit heavy on the stomach to drink to many of these. Overall this is a decent brew.

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

Initial pour into the pilsener glass was pretty, with a tight bubbled foamy head and a clear red golden brew. But the head was very short-lived leaving no table, no islands, no lace, and a smattering of lonely dots along the edge.

The smell was rather routine, no significant malt, nothing inviting, just an oh so faint hint of bread, fleeting like the bubbles before it.

The taste improved things a bit, with a dark bread flavor coating the tongue. A bit watery on the edges, subdued toward the finish and weak.

The mouthfeel was more like a smaller beer, could be considered lightweight. Perhaps this is a doppelbock for the masses.

To that end, of course, it is certainly easy to drink. An easily accessible, easy to find doppel that won't turn any heads, but isn't bad. Maybe a good one to use as an introductory brew for the BMC-oriented.

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

Pours a rich, dark clear amber with a nice off white head that diminishes slowly throughout.

The nose is toffee and brown sugar with a slight hop sting and a light dollop of spice and sultana raisins.

The taste follows as sweet bready toffee and brown sugar are well met by a light, crisp bitterness. There's a nice hit of alcohol and a dash of peppery spice warming things up in the finish, with some nice hints of dried fruits and bitterness topping things off nicely in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is rich, velvety, slick and highly satisfying.

This is a great beer, one that I pick up any time I stumble across it. It's a highly drinkable and highly satisfying in a way that makes it easy to stop at just one. But in a good way.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled on 8-3-09
Bottled in July 2007

Pours a hazy orange/brown color, with almost no head but sticky rings of lacing.

Smell is sweet malt, only slightly aged, with a good bit of toffee. Light, and surprisingly refreshing.

Taste is just like the smell, but with a peaty, earthy edge. The finish is very nutty and a little off, with bitter slightly boozy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, slick and sticky wil low carbonation.

Drinkability is decent, maybe a fresh one would be better.

Overall, a beer that I'll try again, this one is a little past its prime.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,740 ratings.
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