Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock
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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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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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber/ruby por with a large off-white head that quickly faded. Slightly hazy.
Loads on clean sweet malt aroma with caramel notes. Some chocolate hints and creamy alcohol.
Similarly malty flavour, quite sweet. Smooth alcohol presence. Low bitterness. Once you've got used to the strong sweetness and alcohol (or rather, the lack of balancing bitterness) it makes for quite an easy drinking beer.
Quite full body, low carbonation. Wouldn't have thought this would work with the sweetness but somehow it doesn't seem out of place.

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Photo of myost88
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from 1 pt .9 oz bottle into Nonic glass

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red. Creamy offwhite two finger head. Beautiful cascade effect. A few bubbles rising to the top. A little lacing, mostly small little circles.

Smell: Dried fruits is the first thing that comes to mind. Some figs and maybe apples. Hops are present as well. Smells very fruity on first whif.

Taste: The dried fruits really come out in the taste. Has an apple cidery taste to it, especially on the back of the tongue. Nice malty background, with hops coming to the front with the fruits. At first the alcohol doesn't show, but as it warms it comes out.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. Very creamy for a lager. Heavy body feels nice as it goes down. I really like the way this one felt. It was like a smooth porter, which I thought lent itself well to the lager style.

Drinkability: At 7.9% this certainly is not a session beer. But not a sipper either. I found myself taking nice slow quaffs. That's the best way to put it I think, quaffable. I'm drinking a second as I write this.

Overall: Very good, I loved the cider hints in the taste and the slight alcohol presence was nice as well. I will definitely be reaching for this again. A new favorite bock I think!

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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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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,763 ratings
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