Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock
2,763 Ratings
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 rslomin
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tasted the beer in a glass pint glass

Appearance: The beer has a dark amber color to it.
Smell: Caramel and molasses.
Taste: I get a taste of bread, raisins, spices. The beer has a great, long aftertaste.
Mouth feel: Very smooth beer.
Overall: A great example of a double bock beer. Definitely worth seeking out

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

12oz bottle served in a 14oz glass mug.

L - hazy orange/amber color with a beige head that remained as a thin layer with a foam cloud, lacing was good.

S - sweet malt, German lager bier aroma.

T - very good balance of sweet malt flavor combined with a good dose of German hop bitterness.

F - medium/full bodied beer with a mildly crisp carbonation feel.

D - Ya, das iss goot bier!

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

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head with slightl retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, strong lager, and a hint of spice. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. The mouth feel was smooth and crisp. There was an average carbonation level. A bitter and slighty tart quality that leaves a dryness on the palate. Tastes of sweet malt, good lager background, and slight alcohol flavor. Overall, a good beer, but not the best example of a Doppelbock.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear red/rust color. A finger and a half of head developed and dissipated to leave a ring of lacing on top.

Smell: It lacked potency; I had to put my nose deep in the glass a few times before sensing anything. Sweet barnyard-like malts and caramel. It reminded me of a märzen.

Taste: Very crisp and clean, also buttery. The malt sweetness from the smell was present as well as a hint of toffee, caramel, and fruit, possibly banana. No hop bitterness on the back of the tongue, but the alcohol became too dominant as the beer warms.

Drinkability: It truly is more like bread than beer. I want to say it's an energy bar in liquid form, but the smell and taste are much more deserving. It's decent and drinkable, but the monastic life is not for everyone.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Clear, rusty brown with about 2 fingers of light brown head. Retention is moderate to short; no lacing.

S - Great aroma full of complexity. Dark bread, molasses, anise, toasted malt, and caramel roughly in the order. Very nicely balanced and layered. Most interesting is the wonderful blend of molasses and unfermented wort, giving Salvator an edge over other doppelbocks I've tried. Absent is the usual metallic aroma in most bocks/doppelbocks, which is worth the 5 in my book.

T - Not nearly as complex as the nose, but thoroughly enjoyable. Molasses/dark bread semi-sweet flavor hits early on and segues into toasted/slightly roasted malt. An earthiness dries the beer out somewhat with a quick burst of alcohol. Some bitterness prevails with a grainy, semi-sweet finish.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nothing wrong here, but a bigger body would really bump this brew up to exceptional status.

D - Another fine offering from Paulaner. Great drinkability for the style without any overdone sweetness or excessive alcohol heat.

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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams sensory glass. Produced on 02/08.

Pours a thin slight tan that fizzles down quickly leaving splatters of lace. Color is a ruby bronze.

Smell is very malty. There is a chocolate smell with some raisins as well. Taste is fruity almost. The raisin taste is strong. There is also an alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is sweet and tarty. The alcohol is heavily present. The raisin taste is way to strong when you leave the beer in your mouth. It really hurts the overall taste of the beer.

Overall, this is a decent example of a dopplebock. I am not the biggest fan of this beer for the style, but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of Schwarz04
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Little lacing left behind after head..quickly dissipates. Very flat looking...Reddish brown in color.

Smell: Tough to place. Some grainy notes come through...that's about it.

Taste: Quite bitter in a strange way..almost to the point of sourness. A bit of spice comes through as well

Mouthfeel: Very bitter dry aftertaste...not very desirable...

Drinkability: At 7.9 abv drinkability is pretty descent. However I wouldn't drink more than two solely due to the strange sour bitterness.

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Photo of showell
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish amber. Has a nice head. Smell is nicely grainy. The taste is very good. I truly enjoyed the flavor. Very grainy as well. The mouthfeel was nice. Drinkability is okay. I wouldn't want more than a couple, but it was still a very nice beer. I'll get it again.

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

Bottle dated 06/08 but I figured it would still be good so I bought it anyway. Nice reddish color, smells and tastes bready, grainy, some sweetness, raisin brea. Overall a tasty and easy to drink dopplebock. I need to start drinking more of these German beers!

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Photo of meday
3.19/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Part of the Weihenstephaner/Aventinus/Salvator Doppelbock tasteoff

Very little tan head over a clear dark amber color. MUCH lighter than the other two.

Slight cinnamon aroma.

Cinnamon taste, with some malt and cherry flavor

Very weak and watery mouthfeel compared to the other two. It did not have the feel of a dopplebock at all.

It was very pleasant and drinkable, but not quite to style.

Although this beer was barely in the competition against Aventinus and Weihenstephaner, I would still drink it again, but when I was a lighter dopplebock.

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Photo of thejewthatbrews
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber with a fairly thick, off white head. Sticky rings of lacing last, as well as a small, residual head.

Definitive malt upfront, with just enough bitterness to balance it out. Despite a slightly heavy mouthfeel, it retains the crispness of a lager. Has a sweet, slightly bready flavor to it, but not the caramel flavor you might expect from the color.

In the end, good, but not something I would drink back to back.

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Photo of jonziefle
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear dark red amber, with minimal to no head which quickly went away (might not have been an aggressive enough pour). Miminal carbonation and bubbles are present

Smell: Smells of sweet malts and a "juicy" aroma.

Taste: Overly malty and dark, with a slight lingering aftertaste The sweetness in the smell doesn't present itself in the taste. Doesn't seem very balanced, and tastes more like a pure lager than a Doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with more carbonation than it looks.

Drinkability: Not really something I could see drinking much of. I've just had many better Doppebocks. I will say though that it tastes better the more you drink, but not a good first impression. It is relatively easy to drink though, without much alcohol or "intensity" coming through.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack recently, and tried it in two different glasses. The first was a Celebrator Doppelbock glass, and the other was a seidel mug. Very light brown color, almost bordering on orange. Whispy white head, and a good amount of lacing. Carbonation only noticeable at the top half of the glass. The smell was a blast of malt and alcohol vapor. Pretty much the same in the flavor. Got some notes of raisins and peat/evergreen as I sipped it, but this is a very malty beer. Alcohol is a bit hot too, so it's definitely a sipper. I preferred this beer in the wide mouthed mug over the slender Celebrator glass. It seemed to let the beer breathe a bit more. A good try, but a beer that I'd only pick up once in a blue moon.

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

Salvator pours a deep amber color with a big, foamy off-white head. Foam is full of small bubbles with noticeable effervescence running up the inside of the glass. The head diminishes slowly to a thin layer just on top of the beer. Most of it clings to the rim of the glass. Minimal lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is sweet with an under lying scent of freshly harvested hay. Black cherry and banana notes are also observed. Salvator has a big, malty flavor with a prevalent yeast character. The alcohol is noticeable and warms the tongue and cheeks. Bitterness is tasted on the back of the tongue and in the throat. A slight fruitiness lingers in the mouth after swallowing. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and floats around the mouth. This beer goes down easy and is well balanced.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a great showing and a classic. I poured this one into a wheat beer glass but I think it could be served in a tulip easily.

Pours a dark brown with glowing edges in the light. The head is volumous and beautiful.

The aroma is light, biscuity, there is some banana and chocolate in the nose.

The taste is refreshing and smooth with a small twang and a breadlike flavor. I love the yeasty goodness!

Mouthfeel is full and this beer actually does make you feel less hungry - amazing! I think this might actually work as a way to hold to a fast.

I could probably drink three or four of these but I think I will just enjoy the one tonight. It is delicious though.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured amber red with 1" head that diminished to lace nicely

S - sweet malt, spice, cinnamon, very floral with molasses

T - malty, sweet, molasses, bitter tint of coffee and hops

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly chewy

D - quite drinkable, good carbonation/taste and alcohol is nicely hidden

Overall - A good beer that is quite representative of Doppelbocks. I must admit that Einbecker's Ur-Bock has a more balanced taste though.

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

Pours an amber color with a small white head that doesn't leave much lacing.
Smells kinda sweet and fruity with a bit of hops.
Tasts of caramel, little bit of fruit and hops with just a bit of bitterness. Tastes more alcoholic as it gets warmer.
Its a smooth drink and it stays crisp the whole time. Overall pretty tasty but fairly standard with no huge surprises.

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

Poured 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

A: Nice bright golden amber. Medium heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger amber white head. Settles into spotty layer of light bubbly foam on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise.

S: Sharp malt and hops, peat, and herbs.

T: A mix of heavy malt and hops. Hops are not as sharp, but blunt and heavy. Very peaty.

M: Heavy syrupy feel. Carbonation. Really pungent bouquet filters up into the nose. Malt, then peat. Strong alcohol taste. Dry finish.

D: Pretty decent drinkability, as long as your not in a hurry. Doesn't go down as smoothly as you'd like.

Pretty good one. Strong aromatic nose, complex flavor. Doesn't quite have the right feel. Nevertheless, overall good quaff.

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

Pours a clear bronze color with copper highlights. Has about a two-finger cream colored head that recedes quickly to a thin layer of small bubbles that leaves minor, watery lace.

Pretty heavy, sweet molasses aroma evident on the nose, with some caramel and bourbon in the background as well as a hint of alcohol.

The flavor has a very heavy malt presence throughout, reminiscent of burnt caramel, bourbon, some biscuit/yeast evident in the background and finishes with an almost citrus bitterness, with some nice warming alcohol.

Full bodied with medium carbonation. I saw my local store had some Paulaner on the shelves and this doppelbock piqued my interest. I am very happy I picked this up and really good beer all around.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle ("Produced On" 08/08 marking) in a pokal. Displayed a bright autumn brown color, clear. Off white head, my pour coaxed a half inch or so that dissipated pretty quickly. Thin, whispiness on top. Nary a spot of lacing.

A very sweet, fruity nose before a whiff of sharp alcohol meanders in towards the end of the aroma. Honey. For fruit, I got raisins, apples and dates.

Alcohol contributes much more to the taste than to the aroma. Rum candied fruits - figs, and some citrus from hops. Also some grassiness. Toast notes. Medicinal quality makes itself known, sharpness and some alcohol drying.

Light and smooth. Very creamy feel, with subdued carbonation providing just a bit of prickliness at the outset.

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

Poured a deep amber with an off white one inch head that reduced to an off white ring and ample :leggy: lacing.

Smells of sweet dates, figs, raisins a slight earthy undertone. Malty with very litle to no hop profile.

Taste is sweet belgian-like candy. Very smooth and slightly warm.

Full bodied with good drinkability.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark, deep amber body with a medium-sized, though dense, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, lightly nutty nose of dried herbs, honey, pears, and even sugar-coated figs.

Taste: Lightly toasty, lightly nutty malt flavor with a definite sweetness, but it's kept in check by an herbal spice character, the certainly noticeable alcohol, and the bitter hops. Rum-soaked fruitiness. Still though, it finishes bready and sweet with warming alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, respectable doppelbock, but, truth be told, it's bit boozy for me.

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Photo of cvfish
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a deep, brownish gold color, that produced foamy white head that disappeared and left some lacing around the glass

S - Some malty taste, caramel (Caramellos), and prune scents

T - Starts with an alcohol, toasted malts and caramel tastes, and raisins and plums

M - Smooth medium bodied with moderate carbonation

D - Very good double bock, would recommend

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear light brown, small head, some bubbles

Smell: malty, some caramel, some alcohol smell
Taste: first taste is a bit sour, then with a sweet finish, definitely taste caramel

Mouthfeel: light, but there is much carbonation which lingers in the mouth, sweet going down

Drinkability: I could have several and will buy this again...After tasting several dopple bocks, my first impression tells me that this is one of my favorites in the style--while alcoholic, the alcohol is not overpowering.

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Photo of turamarth
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Starts with a good 3/4" head, and dissipated rather quickly, white in color. The body of the beer is copper/ deep amber in color.

Nose: Very malty at a fist whiff. Some fruity sweetness is noticeable. Some yeasty notes.

Taste: Again, very malty on the tongue. Some biscuityness. On top of that is a very nice fruity sweetness. A lot like apple juice. I think there are more complex dopplebocks out there, this one tastes pretty good though.

Mouthfeel: Has a light carbonation. Medium bodied. Leaves the mouth a little thick.

Drink: Goes down fairly smoothly. Could be a little deceiving with the slightly elevated ABV of 7.9%.

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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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