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 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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Photo of laituegonflable
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a red-tinged clear gold colour, very large, dense head. Head sinks a bit, but leaves very sticky lacing behind. Looks quite light for a doppelbock, but decent.

Smell is very musty. Quite tart with an acrid cherry aroma, a slight pinot character and quite hoppy with a grassy hint to it. Not as complex as I would expect, actually quite dominated by the hops. That's not such a bad thing but it leaves it a bit too simplistic.

Taste is quite ethanolic with a strong malt base, quite biscuity with strong fermented characters. Green apple and grape esters abound. A tartness on the back with a very drying finish, slightly puckering around the edges. There is a sweetness on the front palate that is a bit syrupy and excessive, and the malt that underlies the whole palate makes the whole thing a bit sweet.

Feel is nicely full, but a bit too sticky for my tastes, particularly combined with the dry finish.

I feel like this needs a bit more spice or a bit more sour character, it just seems a bit insipid because of the constant sweetness.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mintjellie
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reddish-copper body with two fingers of tight off-white head. Some lace is left behind as it fades away.

Rich scent of sweet caramel and lots of it. Smells kind of buttery as well. One dimensional.

Very sweet caramel flavour dominates. Buttery toffee. There's some dried fruit as well, and some very faint roasted malt flavour. Alcohol is slightly warm.

Medium bodied, with smooth carbonation. Easy to drink, yet filling and satisfying.

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

Found on tap at the Black Forest German restaurant in Minneapolis, MN, this dark brew shows a ruby mahogany color with a modest light tan head and very little lacing. The aroma is caramel malt wheat, not too definitive, but nothing displeasing about it. The flavor comes on much stronger with similar caramel domination swimming in a firm body of malt. As you go through it there is also some licorice alcohol in a mid-bodied blend with grain brightness. It's well carbonated, frisky but substantial with caramel and brown sugar. It has a little punch but is fairly drinkable. Enjoyable for the flavors at hand and also a refreshing dark beer.

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

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitdz

A- Coppery color, thin yet fluffy head.

S- Roasted carmel malts, slight popcorn like scent.

T- Roasted malts, notes of burnt pop corn, earthy dry bitterness. Warm, boozy spicyness adds some complexity.

M- Medium bodied, ample carbonation.

D- Nice earthy roasted malt flavors, but the boozy sweetness gets in the way just a bit. Appreciate the complexity, but wast just in search of a fresher, cleaner malt taste.

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Photo of AccidentalKate
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle, and consumed after an hour's work out on the recumbent bike.

Look: A nice dark copper/orange coloring, and the clarity that lagers are known for. The head is a light tan color that is quite full to start, but dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma: Very sweet, very malty. Not overly strong, but quite present. No hops anywhere. This is as it should be.

Taste: Sweet up front, and the malt is everywhere. Sits on the tongue for a bit and the finish can end up cloyingly sweet, but not to the point where it's dominating your palate.

Mouthfeel: It has the uniqueness of being both full bodied, but yet quite light on the carbonation. This is a feature with doppelbocks and not a bug. The sweetness on the finish can make you thick this beer is more viscous than it is.

Drinkability: If you like malt, this is the way to go.

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Photo of bsp77
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into half-liter mug.

Appearance: Rich orange-red with thin head.

Smell: Strong caramel, toffee and dark fruits.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, plum, some spiciness but no noticeable hops. Tastes like a regular bock but with a slight alcohol taste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, chewy heavy body.

Drinkability: Nice overall, but a basically a boozy bock.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled 500ml bottle.

A - Deep red in colour, . Head dissipated very rapidly, leaving a wispy covering.

S - Sweet and strong. Clear honey notes, with heavy malts very prominent.

T - The taste is like liquid toffee. The malts come through forcefully sweet and rich, making for incredibly moreish flavours. The aftertaste is a persistent praline that gives away the deceptively high alcohol content.

M - Heavy and chewy in the mouth, without the overly oily feel that sweet high ABV beers usually produce. It's sticky in the back of the mouth, which makes the aftertaste linger.

D - One of my favourite beers, it's a must for any beer lover.

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

Bottle. pours A slightly hazy, copper-amber body, slightly off white head. nice and fluffy. doesn't really stick to the side at all. though.

smells rich with dark fruits, almost a caramel scent. breads.

Tastes a bit spicy. still has that caramel taste that it smells of. still tastes a bit of dark fruits as well to me.

mouthfeel was soft and smooth full bodied.

Drinkability: I don't know if it's the beer or my thirst, but i just threw back the 33c bottle.

good brew. not the best. but a great representation of a dopple bock.

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

Appearance: A slightly hazy, copper-amber body capped by two fingers of off-white head that sticks around for a good amount of time and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: A complex mix composed of dark bread, butterscotch, molasses, banana peel, sweet malt, and mild alcohol.

Taste: Some mild spiciness over rich, sweet caramel malt with plenty of dark bread notes. The alcohol profile is robust but never brash. As for the aftertaste, it's all sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slick with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Faster than a sipper, but slower than a session beer - just about right for a Doppelbock.

Verdict: Salvator is a solid Doppelbock and it's easy to see why it's one of the most popular examples of the style. It's nicely drinkable while still being complex and rich with a nice alcohol edge.

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Photo of vdread
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Salvator Doppelbock pours a clean amber/dark red color with a 1+ finger head. light lacing

smells of sour milk, some caramel malt. vey sweet, slightly fruity.

tastes of caramel and ripe fruit are strong. overall very sweet and buttery. there is a slight earthy hop twang near the end. nothing extravagant here, but solid for the style. not the most aggressive doppelbock, and well balanced.

mouthfeel medium, with a creaminess to it. alcohol bites, but not hard.

my first review of this was horrible because it was my first doppelbock. i've wised up a bit since then, and realized that i enjoy beers with depth and flavor, of which this most definitely is.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orangish brown with a thin white head that quickly disolves.

Sweet green pepper nose with pleasant vegetal character with light apple character and an end nose of fresh tortillas.

Mouth feel is very pleasant; a bit creamy and with only medium body and a short finish. However, it is very well balanced and the balance and medium fruit/malt/light carmel, light toffee flavors with hints of maple make this more pleasant and drinkable than it sounds.

Interestingly, the longer in the glass the less "sweet and fruity" it becomes and the more complexingly vegetal.

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

Poured it into a pint glass. Pours a nice reddish brown color with a decent head that dissipates quite rapidly leaving a thin layer on top. Aroma of mostly dark sugars and it does smell nice. Starts off sweet and ends with a very nice bitternes that lingers for a while. Very easy to drink. A very good dopple bock. One of the better ones.

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

The color is a surprisingly bright coppery brown. I'm used to bigger, darker doppelbocks, I suppose. It's pretty inviting. It pours a nice head that leaves a dense, rocky film when it dissipates, but I thought it would leave more lacing than it did.
The aroma and flavor are pretty standard doppelbock. It seems, from what I know of the history, that this was a standard for the style long ago and what came was based upon this one. It doesn't have as much of the big, bold flavor or the black licorice that I taste in some, but all the foundational aspects of the style are in this brew. I think some others have built upon it and improved with bolder, richer flavors and a stronger malt back, and a thicker, fuller body adding some richness, but this is a solid, tasty brew and well worth emulating and building upon as others have.

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

I had always wanted to try this beer, but didn't want a six pack so I was excited to see a single. It poured from the bottle to reveal a nice maple color. The aroma was moderatly sweet and had a maple component to it as well. The taste was moderately sweet with a hint of what I would call clover. The beer also had an earthy taste that seems to be common in european beers. The mouthfeel was moderate and a little buttery.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into trumpet glass.

A: An amber colored beer with an off-white 1 finger head.

S: fruity, caramel smell

T: sugary, sweet upfront, with hints of apple, fades with a spicy bourbon flavor

M: Medium body that is slightly oily at first but leaves the mouth a little dry

Overall, a drink of the gods. My first and favorite dopplebock and favorite of all Paulaner brews. Almost too easy to drink considering ABV.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,749 ratings.
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