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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-23-2001

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

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head that stays at an inch and a half.Aroma is caramel,caramel and more caramel.Taste is also caramel,butter and real subtle fruit.Very tasty and goes down like water.I would recommend if you are a fan of caramel.I personally am a fan of caramel and will purchase again.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally the first double bock I ever had, found this random bottle in the room after buying this quite a while back. I'm sure its still fine.

Good 2 fingers of creamy whipped froth top, yellow cream/tan in color, is maintaining nicely and stuck around for a good while. Eventually receding to a good sheet a top. Good looking reddish amber. Some lacing as I drink, but not the clinging sticky kind.

Lots of maltiness, though I'm not positive exactly what kinds it is. Just a lot of dark/caramel maltiness, and oat/grain like. Its very German smelling, malts aromas like the other Flensburgers I had. A sweet honey-like quality.

The taste is similar, just an all around good tasting Double Bock. Doesn't compare to Celebrator but its up there. Celebrator and Salvator are probably the best Ive had in the category.

Ive had fuller bodied beers but I will call this full bodied, and creamy.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Saranac pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy, ruddy copper color with a great, three-finger head of fluffy caramel-colored foam. This dissipated quickly however, leaving little lace and a clingy set of legs for a beer. Expecting lots of fructose.

S: Smells sugary sweet with a bit of zesty coriander and herbal hop bitterness. Fine, candied sugar and mild fruity ale tones round it out.

T: Flavor is big, sweet, caramel malt sweetness up front with a clingy, toffee-like dextrose taste. This lightens a tad towards mid-palate revealing the nice, slightly bitter fruity ale component of the doppelbock. Hints of raisin, cherry and pineapple are picked up amongst the sweetness and slightly cloying, sweet, slightly alcoholic finish.

M: The alcohol isn't masked incredibly well, so there is that, and it's a big, full-bodied malty bock. carbonation is low making it seem a bit syrupy and viscous.

D: Nearing the 8% ABV mark, this bock isn't one to be abused. it's a tough pair too because of it's high alcohol and big sweet flavors with an unmasked ethyl flavor. Pretty solid all around, but it called it a night after a two-piece. Sweet, high ABV bock fans will return for more, and I wouldn't necessarily fault that decision.

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

A - Dark amber/copper, some lacing

S - Molasses, prunes, dates, honey, caramel, cherries

T - Sweet to start. A little bit of bitterness in the middle, but not overwhelming. Prunes, caramel, flavor are present. No aftertaste, dry.

M - low carbonation, smooth

D - Good for cold nights, drinkable.

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Photo of sitarist
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep amber/copper color. Couple inches of light tan head fades quickly to a ring and some spots, some spotty lacing.

N- Plum, grape juice(not wine like),caramel apple, fruit roll ups? Ripe sweet fruits with an earthy undertone.

T- The ripe fruits come first, turns to spice, hops come in the end but never overpower. The alcohol drys it out.

M- There is some body, but not heavy, kind of dry.

D- I could have a couple/few; Its a sipper though. Will drink again.

This beer would be good with a cigar! Or on winter nights.

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

Pours a burnished caramel color with plum colored highlights. A finger of fluffy, bubbly white foam holds itself on top of the beer for about a minute, then dissipates back into the liquid, leaving some decent lacing around the glass.

The smell of fruit dominates the nose. I can smell apples, plums, maybe a little peach in there, too. A thin caramel malt aroma backs the fruit up, but its mostly fruit in the nose.

The flavor is similar in formula to the nose, but with more of a malt background. Ripened fruit pervades the front of each sip, giving off a bit of a mustiness as well as fruitiness. A caramel maltiness takes over in the middle, giving a bit of a thicker backbone to the beer, then leaves room at the end for some spices and alcohol sizzle to make an appearance.

Good mouthfeel, a notch or two above medium with just enough carbonation to work in conjunction with the 7.9% abv. The flavor lingers on your tongue as you finish each draught.

This wasn't nearly as big or dark as other doppelbocks I've had, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. This was a good, solid beer with some interesting flavors I haven't had in other beers of the style. Give it a try; you won't want it by the case, but it's certainly not bad.

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Photo of Fladder
3.1/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A bright red, almost orange color. The head had a slight brown tint to it, but there was not much head retention. The carbonation was mild-medium.

The beer smelled quite a bit like honey. There was also a flowery quality to the smell backed with grain tones.

The taste and feel could both be described as slightly gritty. The taste has an earthy foundation with hints of wood topped with spikes of spiceness. However, the spicy quality was dull compared to what I've come to expect from doppelbocks.

There was not much in the way of aftertaste - it just died in the mouth. It did feel slightly sticky though and not refreshing even considering the higher alcohol content.

Overall, an average beer. Nothing to get excited about.

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

The original. We're sampling this out at work today so I thought I'd throw up a review.

This beer has just the right balance of carbonation, bittnerness, malt and texture for me. There's something a little off on the nose, sort of solventy? Not sure. Nonetheless, this beer quickly demonstrates why people would want to copy it and why it's the progenator of an entire style.

Technically, this should get a perfect 5 because it is the style, but we'll look the other way on that.

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Photo of LucienDeRubempre
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Reddish gold, small head with delicate lacing
Smell - Maybe the best part of the beer; cherries and malty richness
Taste - Thick and rich with very little bitterness and pleasant aftertaste
Mouthfeel - syrupy
Drinkability - High ABV but not rough on the palate or the head
Saved a bottle for ageing, will try in a few months or so...

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Photo of Jethro6191
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brown/caramel color with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly. Subtle malt and caramel aromas at first, but as the beer warmed these aromas became stronger and I was also able to pick up a hint of cherries and alcohol. The flavor started off very sweet, German malts and caramel. In the middle there is hops, cherries, and alcohol (almost like cough syrup but in a good way not like medicine). The finish is dry with almost no aftertaste. This beer is thick, full-bodied, and rich. The warming alcohol effect makes it a nice after dinner drink on a cold winter night. I thought this was very enjoyable, drinkable beer.

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Photo of travolta
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

App: An appealing iridescent brown that lightens to a straw at the edges. Average head retention and lacing.

Nose: Candied fruits, dark fruits, grapes, cranberry, fruity, slightly floral.

Taste: Very soft. Some fig and carmel. It gets syrupy and sweet towards the end.

Notes: For the price, this is a well crafted doppelbock.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber brown color with a quickly dissipating head. Smells of mild plum fruityness with very minimal hops. Based on the smell, you expect all sweetness. However the smell is deceiving.

Taste: Up front taste of a sweetness from munich or vienna malts with a caramel like overtone. Developes into a German Hop sharpness that lingers on the tongue. Dry, crisp dobblebock. Less malty than i would expect.

To me, this is the Lager's of Dopplebocks, very crisp.

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

nice bold and hazy amber color with a cream and tan foam head that becomes minimal after a bit.

very nice malty and crisp aroma that has a hint of the hop charcteristic

flavor profile of malty and thicker body with a finishing hop and crisp dry mouthfeel. very delicious beer that i recommend overall, not mention its a good price for the beer.


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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paulaner Salvator poured hazy deep amber with a massive bubbly tan head that quickly dissipated leaving rings of lace that slid down, rather than stuck to, the glass.

The smell and taste were thick with dark fruit soaked in alcohol, with the flavor being much more pronounced than the aroma. There was a slight metallic after-taste. The feel was smooth, with a nice biting bitter finish.

Paulaner Salvator is a very good, but not quite great, Doppelbock. The color is beautiful, the flavor is sweet and delicious, and it's versatile enough to feel warming in cold weather and refreshing on a hot day.

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

Poured into duvel tulip.

A: pours brown. initial finger and a half head that fell to a thin lace.
S: very sweet malt aroma. molasses and honey. slight earthiness.
T: sweet malt, again with the molasses. earthy hops barely any hop bitterness.
M: slightly thick due to sweetness, light carbonation
D: would be easier if my new filling wasn't so cold sensitive. ill give it what id give if i were not in so much pain per sip. I think I could drink it by the liter very easily.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a dimpled Löwenbräu mug.

Pours a vibrant, mahogany-amber hue with a yeasty haze and equally-distributed carbonation level. The head, sawdust in color, builds to a sizable three fingers in height before slowly settling to a thick cap of foam. Aroma is light and fruity, with notes of plum, raisin, and white grape juice. Salvator could definitely use a bit more depth to its malt profile, as all I can pull out of this doppelbock is a lightly toasted caramel sweetness.

Better taste than the aroma lets on, with a chewy sweetbread malt note and yeasty fruit esters that suggest plum, fig, and browned apple flesh. Toffee and caramel from the malts get balanced by a late-to-the-party hoppiness that drops a nice floral bitterness on the sides and back of the tongue. A bit resinous? Breathy alcohol nips the throat as this beer finishes. Slick mouthfeel with a surprisingly mild carbonation level considering the fervor with which the bubbles are rising up through Salvator. A little oily, but crisp and moderately clean in the end. All in all, a pretty quaffable doppelbock, although the alcohol does make you sit up and take note halfway through the bottle. Crafty germans...

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Photo of irishking1977
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Surprised to find this one a murky amber/brown with a tan head and some decent lacing. I suppose I was expecting this to be darker, but still a good looking beer.

S: Lots of sweet bread and malt with a hint of alcohol.

T: Sweet malt and breadyness with a mild hops finish. This is one intensely tasting brew. Not too complex, but definitely full of flavor.

M: Moderate creamy MF with some middle of the road carbonation. Not too bad.

D: This is a good brew and more than one could certainly be enjoyed, however, the above average ABV and full flavor could catch up, and it seems like this one could be more filling than it initially appears.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,802 ratings