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Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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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 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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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Salvator Double Bock pours a decent amber color with a generous cap of foam overhead. The aroma is chock full of malt grains, toffee and ripe sweet fruit. A hint of booze clears the senses.

This is a smooth and creamy beer with a medium body on the palate. The flavor is a transformation of the aroma. Grainy, sweet malt leads through the juicy center and is balanced by the slightest touch of bitterness at the end. The perfect amount of alcohol is felt as the beer flows downward. The palate is left with a chalky dryness, begging for another sip.

This is a solid beer. It has decent complexity making it an enjoyable quaff. Bring on more Bocks!

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Photo of roddwolff
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Bright copper color, creamy and compact foamy head with two fingers thick, no bubbles and good lacing;

S: Complex, sweet malt, caramel and molasses, perfumed essences and spicy hops;

T: Malt, tamarind and maple syrup with spicy hops, there's a background of alcohol;

M: very notorious the ABV in the throat and nose, medium bitterness, robust body and low carbonation;

D: The best Paulaner i've tried.

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Photo of cloakNdaggar
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma is all malty, brown sugar, caramel.
Nice looking brown colour with a two-finger white head. Good head retention, little lace.
Taste is sweet and malty, very well defined malt flavours. No hops interfering with the malts.
Full bodied, average carbonation. Leaves the lips a bit sticky.

An excellent Doppel Bock!

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

Purchased this is in a frenzy, barely seeing what I grabbed. Time to settle down.

The beer is a great color, although different for a doppelbock--lightly amber colored, mostly translucent. An off-white-to-tan head sits nicely but has trouble lacing.

The aroma is honey, cider, raisins, malt.

The flavor is mild and balanced. A mix of caramel malt, cherry, the alcohol comes through in the finish. Mildly bitter from the hops, especially as the finish kicks in.

Creamy, almost under carbonated mouthfeel. Not as sticky as some doppelbocks I've tasted.

Pretty good beer, very balanced. Does not rise to amazing heights, but has good qualities all around.

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

Served from the bottle at a local beer bar. Poured into a nonic pint glass (for some reason). Beer is clear and amber to red in color. Barely any head but there still manages to be some lacing. Carbonation is low. Served at 55 degrees F.

Aroma is caramel and sweet. Smells great.

This beer is carmel and sweet but not overly sweet. It is full bodied and drinkability high. Great malt character, almost nutty. Its not yeasty or bready at all. Good midpalate character there is a slight bitterness at the end of the whole thing, overall a great beer, I truly enjoyed it.

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Photo of peterjk
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a trois pistoles goblet.

A: Bright amber and slightly cloudy with a tan head that fades quickly leaving small bubbles.

S: Even cold the beer is very aromatic. Fresh baked bread and yeast dominate. Notes of apricots and pumpkin pie spices.

T: Fresh baked bread and yeast also dominate the flavor. Slight notes of candy sugar and dried fruit. Hints of herbal bitterness on finish.

M: Thin up front has a frothy mid-palette that finishes tangy sweet.

D: Not as much sweetness as I remember (the bottle has been in the fridge for a month) Very easy to drink with a round and robust flavor profile, but it lacks the complexity I like in a dopple bock, needs more smokiness and more sweetness.

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Photo of pants678
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep, hazed mahogany and thick head.

Sweet bread, tinge of fruit.

Smooth front and harsh back. Vanilla and sweet bread with caramelized sugar--pastry-esque. Bitter, hopped finish that disguises the alcohol in a raisin flavor. It's cake in beer.

Light carbonation, thick and rich.

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

12oz bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: amber color, clear, huge tan head which dissipates quickly leaving a dusting behind. not much to speak of on the lacing side.

S: malty and bready. no hop aroma detected.

T: has a sweet character from the malts. basically a full on malt flavor with a sweet finish.

MF: full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: decent brew, very drinkable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.29/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Another beer that just isn't one of my favorite genres, but everyone says this is one of the best doppels. . .

Very surprised by the appearance, very light looking for a doppelbock. Looks like a pale brown ale at its darkest. Smells like a rauchbier. Ugh.

Taste is a little thin, not as maltbomby like some doppelbocks. Mouthfeel, not something that gets better, or is desireable in the mouth. Hence, it isn't so drinkable. A lot of alcohol, dark fruit notes, and metallic bitterness. I don't get it.

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Photo of aeminter
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hugh off-white almost tan head with good retention. Light golden brown.
S - mild, yeasty/bready and alcohol
T/M - full bodied, low carbonation, smooth and malty with a nice bitter edge and clean finish.
O/D - Honestly it's not as good as I remember, but it is still a good beer. Very drinkable even at 7.9%.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

SSource/Serving: 16.9oz bottle, produced March 2009

Smell: Raisins, brown sugar are prominent. Some slow cooked cherries and sometimes I get a whiff of cough syrup too.

Taste: Syrupy, sweet raisiny maltiness. Rich, smooth and caramelly. Dark, but not at all roasty....Slightly bready. Slightly bitter at the finish. A little spicy as it warms up. No hops and while 7.9% alcohol it doesn't show any sign. Very drinkablechilled, but as it warms up the sweetness becomes overbearing for me.... However, that's appropriate for the style.

Notes: The Prototypical Double Bock. Gotta give it a try.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first doppelbock...made me think they'd all be like this. Brown sugar, molasses, spices, and other flavors danced on my tongue...mmm. Definitely my favorite of this style as I haven't had another that comes close to comparing. I could say more, but if you haven't tried it, go get it...especially if you can get it on tap.

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Photo of hoppough
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- I poured it into a nonic pint glass. Low-Medium head retention. The color is a very nice looking reddish brown. It looks the way a true dopplebock should look.

S- The smell is very malty as it should be, toffeeish, and alcoholic.

T- This is delicious. Many sweet malt flavors, brown sugar, toffee, with a very syrupy sweet finish and a little bit of warm alcohol in there. I love this beer. One of the best, if not the best dopplebock I've ever had.

M- No prickly carbonation feel to it at all. Very smooth and syrupy.

D- Very drinkable. I plan on drinking many of these for a while. I would highly recommend picking up this beer.

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Photo of bump8628
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Amber-copper in color with a finger of tan head eventually fizzles into a small ring around the glass.

Plenty of bready and toasty malts in the aroma with dark sugar notes. The alcohol also come through a little in the nose.

Munich-type malts are readily apparent in the taste with some rich toastiness and notes of caramel and toffee. Hops barley come through in the way of slightly spicy hop flavor.

Definitely a rich and warming brew, but it's tad one-dimensional without the depth of flavor that other Doppelbocks have.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Paulaner pils glass.

A: Deep brown with a reddish tint.

S: Some sweetness in the form of brown sugar along with some dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits such as prunes and figs. Some light sweetness in the form of brown sugar and molasses. Very malty.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A very good doppelbock, very drinkable.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a very balanced and somewhat pale doppelbock. a copper pour of some head that doesn't stick around that long. nose of apple pie and maltose. a palate of that but lighter in body than most. and a bitter finish i wasn't expecting in comparison to most of the style. not bad. i would say it a great beer in flagship form. a good way to understand what a doppelbock does as light as it may be.

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Photo of ecoastman
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first doppelbock this season so I might need to adjust my tastebuds again. I enjoyed this one but I might try some others again before coming back to finish the other two I bought.

Pours hazy with a light copper tone. The head starts nicely with a light tan colour and recedes to a thin layer with little lacing.

Interesting... A distinctive sweet honey and butterscotch malt aroma is prominent with some smoked meat in the background. This is like a good german meal...

The mouthfeel has a heavy body that feels slightly syrupy. There's a light alcohol warming in the finish that isn't too course. The carbonation is lower than I personally prefer but more would be unsuited with the alcohol presence. The feel is sticky on the lips after the drink.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I would have to say this one is a good beer, I am starting to figure certain beers are really close, as far as the double bocks they are really close in taste ( from the ones that I have tried) although there is a good but distinct subtle flavor in each one, a smoothness if you will. I try to stay away from crap beers but I am slowly realizing that certain beers maintain very close flavors with mild subtle hints.

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Photo of gatornation
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at burger jones into a pint glass that had beautiful amber hazy color with a somewhat thin head minimal lacing til the end..the smell was toffee and brown sugar some malts and toast..the taste is warming its malts and some grassy hops followed by some roasted malts and some biscuits it has a strong medium mouth feel with a good drink ability factor it went well with the robust burger and onion rings i had..MMM ill have this again

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass (a had to take a couple of sips to get the all of it in). It poured with the slightest of slight haze with an orange creamsycle like colored head. No lacing at all, the foam dissipates pretty quickly. The color itself is pretty nice, a good amber color. The smell is good heavy on the malts and sort of a sweet smell. The taste is similar to the smell, but on steroids. One of the sweetest beers I've had in quite awhile. Again very heavy on the malts. There are certainly some caramelized malts. Another sweet taste I can't quite put my finger on. Maybe some type of sweet dehydrated fruit followed by a hint of alcohol. This has quite a unique taste. I find the mouthfeel pretty good, a little on the lighter side, and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful amber body. Orange maple syrup. Nice head when poured from a little height.

S - Smells sweet and malty. Caramel and sugar notes present. Can tell this one might be very malty.

T - Tastes so rich and sweet. Big complexity of malted flavors, sweet cramel sugars and a honey flavor. Reminds me of toast with lots of honey.

M - A medium mouthfeel with some light carbonation. The alcohol offers a nice warmth. Slick feel on the palate.

O - This beer is delicious. Doppelbocks are among my favorite styles and I'm glad i tried this one.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,767 ratings
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