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: 2,799 |  Reviews: 1,394
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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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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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,799 ratings