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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Ratings: 2,788 |  Reviews: 1,392
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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Photo of AmberMan22
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this last weekend up at a buddy's cabin. It was welcomed respite from the cold.
Poured out of a 12oz bottle into what I'm pretty sure was an Irish Coffee glass.

The color was kind of a reddish bronze, and I'd hoped for a bit darker out of a doppel bock. The head recedes quickly but leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The smell is overwhelmingly of roasted malt. Little bit of chocolate perhaps, definitely caramel. The smell is an almost breadlike quality.

Taste was solid, but again felt somewhat lacking. More, More!

The mouthfeel was fairly creamy considering the style, but that wasn't a put-off.
All in all, a fairly good doppelbock. Fairly pricey considering that it felt lackluster in certain areas, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into goblet.

Appearance: Dark amber and ripe apricot color. Very light amount of head that wispily covers the top. Pours with a pleasant viscosity, hinting at body.

Smell: Grapefruit spritz and orange peels, candied apples, slight biscuit scent that is evasive. A warmed brown sugar aroma and increased maltiness develops strongly as the beer warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Grapefruit bitterness and sweetness carried on a delicate, sweet, and malty background. As the beer warms, a good dose of sweet malt carries the hops down. Low amount of carbonation adds body.

Aftertaste: Pleasant sour and bitter grapefruit, watermelon seed bitterness, ethereal alcohol lingering. Slight earthiness.

Drinkability: The alcohol content steadily creeps up, especially since it is so well-masked by the flavors and smells of the beer. Multiple beers of this would be enjoyable, but would result in a decreased capacity to fully appreciate the beer. This is a beer that would probably be best enjoyed in limited quantity--and enjoyed very well.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, pours an orangish, brown color with a light tan head that dissipated quickly to a crown around the top. Aromas were somewhat faint but malty. Taste is slightly stronger but still malty, with little hop presence. Feel in the mouth has a little bit of light crisp carbonation, with some alcohol warming. Drinkable for sure with about average flavoring, nothing says overpowering about this beer.

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

Poured a light brown with a very small tannish head to it. Nose was rather complex malty aroma, very rich malty flavor with caramel overtones. This brew is like a meal but like the other reviews stated it is very drinkable and smooth. A great doppel but would drink over and over again.

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Photo of breweski15
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got finished drinking this beer. When pouring the beer appears to be a light amber/brown color. The smell is a assortment of different flavors depicted.

When tasteing the beer, one's presented with a smooth taste with a slight aftertaste present afterwards. I enjoyed this beer, though probably wouldn't drink more than one at a setting.

My rating for this beer is a B+

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Photo of EtOHMD
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Expected much more from Paulaner. Good appearance -- amber in color, 1 finger white head, quickly dissipates. Minimal aroma, didn't pick much up at all. Hints of banana and caramel in the taste but not a particularly complex / tasty beer. Definitely sneak up on you as they are fairly light but have a sizable ABV.

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Photo of EskimoDave
2.35/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours an orange mahogany. I don't know if that make sense, but that's how I felt it looked when I poured it. I thought doppelbock were suppose to a lot darker. Anyways, this orange mahogany brew was topped off with pillowy white head.
It has a sweet fruit smell and then it hit me - Christmas Cake! This beer smells Christmas cake.
Paulander takes a step farther and makes it taste exactly like a beery Christmas cake.
Salvator has a nice medium body to it and the carbonation was spot on.
The only downside to this beer is that I loathe Christmas cake. If I didn't pay money for it I would have been the first beer I poured down the drain.

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Photo of froghop
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-cloudy orange-brown with a medium size beige head, and a little lacing.

smell is of sweet malt, caramel, some roasted nuts, and hops way in the back.

taste is of caramel, malt, a roastiness comes through, grain, and a little sweet, ends nicely thick.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a nice dark reddish brown. Not a lot of head, and it dissipates quickly. Alcoholic aroma with hints of what seems like cranberry and apple but are rather masked by the alcohol. Alcohol isn't prevalent in the taste surprisingly. Roasted malts seems to be the star with notes of coffee, chocolate and a little bit of caramel. runs to a smooth finish.

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

Translucent, more red than brown with a quickly dissipating off white head. A sweet scent of alcohol and malts resound. Mild sweetness, roasty, malts, subtle coffee notes. mild mouthfeel, light carbonation. A pleasant brew but not something outstanding.

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Photo of burnerfinger
1.99/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

a orangey with a thick head that dissipated almost completely. not even a little but of lacing, none at all. a bit hazy

s sweet like a cheap wine. no hops at all

t: as per the nose, sweet like cheap wine honestly I wonder if this went bad on me.

m failty full body. medium cargonation. siginificant alcoho lbite.

d very poor indeed. I could not finish this
and that's in spite of the fact that I had no other cold beer to tun to .

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

Bottled March 09

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a great creamy white colored head.

Strong spicy bread like nose. Yeasty and with some light fruit notes.

Taste is creamy up front, and slightly sweet. Beer then settles into spicy bread dough flavors. Finish has a mineral like quality, and a touch of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is good. Well carbonated, thick, and smooth feeling.

Drinkability is ok. This beer is a little too rough around the edges to be one that I'd like to drink more than one of in a session. But with that said, I certainly wouldn't turn one down, this is a nice strong Doppelbock.

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

Pours a nice dark amber color, with a lasting large head.
Smells of malts, lots and lots of delicious malts. Toffee as well, a sweet toffee.
The taste is of a nice sweet toffee malty flavor that works just well with the beer!
Not as carbonated as many other beers and tastes great.

I would buy again.

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Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow...can't believe I've never rated this. First time I had this was about 10 years ago.

Appears a semi transparent, orange toned amber with a small off white head that quickly fizzles away. Small streams of carbonation quickly rise. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of almonds, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, marshmallows, and a touch of coconuts.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a hint of sweet molasses pulling through. A gentle smidge of bitter, noble hops found in the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, sweet, warming, wth a tiny bit of bitter hops lingering.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,788 ratings