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 Crayz
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice, rich deep copper color into a pint glass. Full off-white colored head to begin with, but quick dissipated to nothing with minimal lacing. Color is very inviting, but the head was a little disappointing with such a malty aroma.

S - Familar malty German bier smell (in a good way!). Sweet, burnt carmel, with a slight brown sugar tinge. Also has a slight fruity scent that I can't quite place... raisins maybe?

T - Strong malt beginning. A very nice slap in the face of sweet malt followed by sweet, slightly spiced fruity notes, with a light burning alcohol finish. You know the alcohol is there, but the transition from start to finish is pleasant. Overall this is a well balanced doppel bock from start to finish. I let it sit out about 20 minutes before pouring/drinking so I would guesstimate its about 55°-ish; I think it really brings out the fruit notes and spicy alcohol finish. Any colder and you might miss out.

M - Fairly light mouth feel for a high ABV, malty bier. Slight creamy near the end, very smooth, with the right amount of bubbly feel on the palate.

D - Maybe I am just used to high ABV brews, but this is very drinkable. Other than I slight buzz I had when I stood up, I could drink myself silly before I knew it. This is a nicely balanced bier, and a good representation of the style I could drink all night... if the liver would agree.

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Photo of EatsTacos
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thick and creamy head.

Smells a lot like ripe fruits; apricots, very ripe sliced apple, cider notes, with spices

The taste is very malt dominated, almost no hop flavour, but the complexity comes from a distinct cinnamon taste that is unique to this dopplebock. The malt flavour is fantastic though, classic German toffee and caramel flavours, nicely roasted flavours

Quite a highly carbonated beer no doubt, but a good full body rounds out the mouthfeel

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

A - A rich burnt orange colour with a tight off white head. Dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film. Minute lacing.

S - Quite robust with burnt toffee, alcohol and some spicy notes. A slight tangy twang is also present.

T - Very sweet, I am hit immediately with a sweet, caramel maltiness. Some fruit and spice notes also come through with the fruit presenting with a slight twang. A slight breadiness on the back of the palate and a warming alcohol note are also present.

M - Not as heavy bodied as it could be with a mild level of carbonation. It is neither cloying nor particularly dry. It could be more impressive but it isn't bad.

D - This isn't a bad beer by any means and offers a reasonable amount of flavour and interest for the 7.9% ABV it packs.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great head on top of a beautifully colored body of dark orange/ light scarlet. The lacing is fantastic and the beer lets you know where it has been.
Sour dough, caramel malt, slight alcohol presence and a hint of candy corn.
A yeast character is present along with lots of malt. Caramel with some alcohol but not overwhelming.
A very smooth body, very pleasant and soft.
A great dopplebock, a lighter color than many of the others but a good beer.

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

I had a pint of this while passing through the Bavarian Alpine town of Helen, GA and enjoyed it with a sausage platter w/ kraut. It was a phenomenal pairing, in my opinion.

I poured from a bottle into a pint glass and it had about 1/2" of a light tan head. The color was a deep, clear amber.

The most noticable smell is a burnt caramel sweetness with a tinge of alcohol. It has a toasty presence and the smell is robust.

The taste is sweet like brown sugar and is backed by that toasty malt. The alcohol presence is just right and gave this a nice kick.

Full bodied with good carbonation. There's a slight astringency going down, but it's not offensive. It leaves a sweet taste with an earthy spice.

I'm not very familiar with the style, but the drinkability is consistant with those I've tried and they all seem to go well with a meal.

It was a very enjoyable beer and one that makes me want to get a little more acquainted with the style.

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

A- slightly cloudy burnt-orange, with a tan head.

S- very strong caramel roast malt aroma. Not much else, but a whole lot of caramel-corn.

T- alcohol esters provide a sweet grape and cinnamon flavor, alongside some caramel from the malt. Roastyness on the swallow with a long, slightly spicy, bread-y, grainy aftertaste. The flavors contributed by the alcohol are fairly dominant, but not at all unpleasing. The over-all effect is very sweet, rimmed with bitterness, with a bitter/savory finish, and while the flavors involved aren't my favorite ever, they work together nicely and create a good over-all effect.

M- the body on this one isn't as heavy as you might think and the ample carbonation keeps it from being heavy, cloying, and unpleasant.

D- at 8% I would hesitate to drink many of these, but I do enjoy it and would consider buying it again. Finishing the 6-pack won't be a problem, and it certainly won't wind up one of those beers 'donated' to someone else's fridge.

EDIT: better a bit warmer, IMO, as the warmed temperature brings the malt flavors out more and balances the alco-esters more evenly.

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Photo of erz316
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt. 9 floz with date of 03/08, served in brooklyn brewery pokal.
this review is after my home brew hiatus from buying other beers, so I have not reviewed a beer in a couple of months.

A - good appearance; head is solid and forms nicely, and the body is a dark burnt orange

S - an incredibly malty nose, with sweet fruit undertone (the beer is not ice cold). the scent immediately reminded me of the samichlaus from 06, in the overall nose

T - the malts come out in full fury as their sweetness breaches my ill prepared palate, bringing fair alcohol in the rear to watch to onslaught. the finish lets lady alcohol make her prowess known: she brings her companions fruitiness and burn. She bites, lingering on my palate as the sweet malts re-envelop my throat, fruit now march in time with the matly force.

MF&D - the MF is nice, just the right amount of low level carbonation; it takes some agitation to get a big response from the bubbles. the drinkability is fine, the alcohol is not impedance to the drinking process, quite the contrary: it mixes very well with the malts. the only complaint is that the feel is a bit thin, maybe I just like a syrupy dopple bock.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type- bottle poured into two 0.25L Tulips

appearance- a very reddish glow to it. very clear with a nice cream colored head. not much lace, but was in tulip, not pint.

smell- a very dark fruit smelling beer, but not much to it. some hint of botterscotch

taste/mouthfeel- can taste the malt and dark fruits. a bit sweet hint very mild spices. medium feel, was expecting/hoping for something creamier

drinkability- seemed a bit off for a dopple, but good any way. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut,small head and practically no lace.

The aroma of caramel, malts,dates and some alcohol.

The taste was malty with semi sweet flavors of raisins and.

The feel was light to medium body,low carbonation and a dry finish.

Notes: A very fine example of the style with a good balance.

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Photo of HeroJH
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was ok. Worth trying if you see it. Everything Pauliner seems pretty good consistent quality.

A - Copper, no head. Maybe it was just mine.
S - Light/med caramel, malt, barley. Good smell really, but you really had to get your nose in there.
T - Malt, dry lagerish barly flavor. Sweet on the front. Enjoyable.
M - ok. Sweet linger. Smooth carbonation.
D - ok, tangy sweet hangs a bit.

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Photo of Teeter
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a tulip. The beer itself has a nice mahogany color.

A-Thick head with an off-white hue

S-Verry malty and a bit spicey some kind of earhty thing going on as well.

T-smooth at first with a small amount of bitterness creeping in. Plenty of grain flavor that accounts for the earthy aroma."liquid bread" might be too harsh of a description but not by much. Finishes with an aftertaste that is not unpleasant.

M-Warm, lightly carbonated, crisper than you might expect.

D-I will be keeping some of these on hand. Not really sessionable as much as a frequent treat.

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

Style of the month at homebrew club meeting.

A - Pours copper with a 2 fingered cappuccino head. Dissipates slow and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Honey and toffee dominate. No odor of hops.

T - Honey, toffee, breadiness, and slight alcohol.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and had some light alcohol.

D - Great beer. Would be perfect, but the alcohol is noticable and resilient.

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

Went to my beer store picked up a six pack of this.
wow great beer where to begin.

appearance: Nice amber with a tan fluffy head
smell: very sweet and malty little bit of caramel to it
taste: very sweet caramel nutty taste finish little warm alcohol taste but very satifying and ritch
mouthfeel: thick kind of chewy pretty much what you would expect from this beer.
drinkability: great beer strong but still a very good session beer glad i bought six

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

A - clear body looks like dark apple juice (or like apple juice with a reddish tint to it) w/ off white yellow foamy head. 2 finger head dissipated rather quickly, but left heavy lacing and kept a thin ring throughout.

S - Yeast, grains, and sweet malts. Very basic, nothing crazy, but it's all there. Like bread, a lot like

T - Sweet, very sweet. Caramel presence. Slightly sour in the aftertaste (sour dough?).

M - Well carbonated, sticky. Thin and even a bit watery, but the sweetness helps this as does the sticking to the palate. Very smooth and lively carbonation. Creamy as you progress through it. Also, there is a definite warming presence on the way down due to the alcohol, but none is really there in the nose so watch out!

D - Very light body, and probably the most easily drinkable doppelbock I've had yet. I could see my self having several of these with a meal or on their own. Also - very cheap! <$2.50 for a 0.5L bottle!

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I had this a few months ago, and my opinion of this beer has increased dramatically. The beer poured a rich amber -- the body was great, but the head was definitely lacking. What little head there was was white in color. Perhaps the pour wasn't vigorous enough, because whatever was there initially faded quickly. The smell was great also, with big fruit notes and a bit of malt. No hops whatsoever. Some strong carbonation that leads to a sweet finish with maybe the tiniest hint of hop bitterness. I have to say that I thorougly enjoyed this beer.

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

A - Dark amber, very clear, light carbonation. Poured with a 2 finger head just slightly off-white, faded quickly to a covering on top.

S - Sweet caramel, toasted malt, and dark fruit.

T - Mmmalty goodness, slightly sweet, can really taste the fruit notes, slight bit of licorice. Nice level of bitterness to counter the sweetness from the malt, not a lot of hop flavor but you pick up some spiciness in the finish.

M - This is a chewy one. Lots of unfermented sugars still in there, really adds a very nice feel to this beer. Some definite warmth on the way down.

D - For a bigger heavy beer I think this is very drinkable. Complex but doesn't wear on you.

I really liked this beer, great example of a Doppelbock. Will certainly have this again, but I do like Celebrator better.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass. Red in color. Light, white head which dissipated quickly and left little to no lace. Smells like alcohol, and toasty malts. Tastes about the same. Large amounts of sweet malt, tempered with a lot of hop bitterness. From reading other peoples reviews I expected less, frankly. I liked this beer and it wasn't too expensive, would buy again.

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Photo of bfields4
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear amber with a lacy head.

dark fruits dominate the smell.

a little bitter bite fades very quickly to a caramel backed by dark fruits. hints of alchol warm the tounge.

smooth very chewy low on the carbonation. The Germans know how to do it.

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

Pours a brownish amber. Nice white head pokin off the top, about finger and a half of head.
Smells nicely of toffee, some slight bitterness from underlying hops (more pine than citrus). The taste is very nice. Get a toasted toffee intial flavor coming through, bit of warmth in there. Very solid flavors here. Very buttery mouthfeel, slides down easy.

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

Beer pours a dark caramel color with a thin head that quickly disappeared. Decent lacing is left in glass. Smell is a dark malt and caramel, virtually no hop aroma. Taste is of dark roasted and caramel malt with some dark fruit notes in the background. Beer finished with a nice malt taste on tongue with a slight hint of alcohol. Alcohol is well hidden in this beer.

Nice doppel bock, and though not my favorite, a solid offering none the less. A decent representation of the style.

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Photo of thain709
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A light amber body...a one inch caramel head...good lacing

S - A little light here...some malts...faint alcohol

T - Solid malt flavor throughout...caramel and toffee notes are big...a mellowed bitterness at the end

M - Medium body...smooth

D - A great doppelbock...I would recommend this one if you are looking for a beer that is true to style

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Photo of srrn
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogony with a fluffy tan head that reduces to a ring with lacing. Smell is mostly malt and a little dried fruit. Taste is sweet malts, carmel. A bit later a mild spice comes through (alcohol?) and finally a bit of hop bitterness to almost balsnce everything out. The brew is a tad on the sweet side hurting drinkability a bit. Mouthfeel is full and a bit chewey. A nice brew. Makes me miss Germany, where I drank this fresh.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dopplebock, but of the readily available German dopplebocks I prefer Celebrator. This one is lighter and has more caramel rather than toffee notes. Pours a clear caramel with very little head and what there is fades to nothing. Malty with caramel scents and a bit of fruit. Clean and a bit yeasty and quite bready. Similar in the mouth. Slightly sweet with quite a bit of caramel, followed by a dryer maltiness that is almost chewy and very, very smooth. Slight notes of plum and cherries from the malt. This is very nuanced and clean. A worthy dopplebock.

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Photo of Offa
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a flavourful, engaging and nicely complex doppelbock.

Reddish amber, it has a small creamy pale tan head very slowly shrinking and leaving a weak hint of lace.

The aroma is rich and pungent, fermented and caramelised raisin, plum, fresh whole wheat bread with hints of licorice.

The taste is rich, sweet but with balancing bitterness and a bit spicey with a light bite and with a dryish, slightly bitter-zesty finish. It has rich, caramelised & fermented whole wheat bread, raisins, hint of burnt caramel building near the finish, a light peppery quality.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish orange. Beige head did not last, no lacing.

Nice dark bread and sugary scents. Good toasted malt aromas.

A very typical doppelbock, but with some nice twists. Good brown sugar, dark dried fruit elements, with nice toasted malt and dark bread elements. Sweet, spicy, sugary, then the bitter creeps in.That is the one part that I kept finding, sip after sip -- and not a mellow bitterness, but a sharp bite -- and maybe it seems that way because it is sugar, sweet bread, sugar, then sharp bitter. A nice flip flop between flavors. Didn't notice the alcohol at all.

Nice chewy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Overall, a great brew. I found the bitterness a little offputting, enough to make me slow down on consumption, but not enough to turn me off. Very worthy and enjoyable.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,722 ratings.
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