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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Photo of reddomino
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, clear amber with a decent tan head that withdrew with a quickness. Smelled of deep roasted malts and fruity esters. Not a hint of hops coming through. Roasted malts are present again in the taste along with notes of fruits and honey; and a slight warming from the alcohol. I'm enjoying this very much. Raisins and grapes come through and it ends with a crisp, dry finish. Surprisingly light in body with a high drinkability, given the alcohol content.

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Photo of armock
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice amber color with an off white head that fades a little fast

S - Is of sweet fruity malt with only a hint of alcohol

T - The sweet fruit flavors come out first and finishes with a mild bitterness

M - This beer has a little thickness to it with medium carbonation to it

D - Another very good beer from Paulaner has great taste thats easy to drink the alcohol warmth is pretty light worth trying

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

On tap at the Paulaner im Roten Ochsen in Köln.

Poured into a 50cL mug, Salvator is a nice red/amber with a medium off white head. Mediocre retention.

Smells strongly of caramelized sugars, as well as malt and spices. This is all reflected in the taste. Dark malt up front w/ some plum-like esters. Very sweet. The alcohol is also pretty evident.

Good, thick mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall a pretty decent beer. A bit too caramel-sweet for my tastes, but a welcome change from the Kölsch that everyone seems to love so much.

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Photo of Deus1138
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, translucent red. Descent head retention. Good amount of carbonation visible throughout the glass. The smell is mostly malty sweetness and maybe a little yeasty. Taste is exceptional. Smooth, sweet malts and yeast come through. Not as flavorful as some other D. Bocks, like Spaten. Flavor is more subdued and balanced. Just the right amounts of everything. Alcohol is very well masked. It's not a HIGH Abv, but it's not exactly low either. The carbonation provides just the right amount of tingle and zest to the mouthfeel of this brew.

Highly drinkable, almost to a fault. It would be very easy to drink this too fast. Take your time and enjoy.

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

This beer was a beautiful ruby red color, but didn't quite have the head that I was hoping for. It had a delicious malty sweetness and tasted just like a true doppelbock should. You probably wouldn't want to sit around and drink a whole bunch of these things but if you are in the mood to be warmed up by a nice brew, definitely grab this one. To me, it tasted precisely like a fine doppelbock should.

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Photo of Mryup
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful amber/orange with reds and browns dancing about. A medium pour produces 1/2 inch of off white head that quickly dissipates into a thin sheet. Gorgeous beer. i just wish the head retention was a little better.

S: Wow. A very nice smell. Fruits hits you right off the bat. Pear dominates and almost comes off as citrusy. Also some fresh smelling toasted grains/wheat. Alcohol is there. Spice is mild enough to remain a mystery. Let us hope it comes out in the taste. A bready/bananaish yeast says hello.

T: Exciting. It is wonderfully balanced but on two levels. A first. The dominant is the bready/bananaish yeast with lots of pear. Both melded to perfection. Tier two is toasted grains and alcohol. That they made the alcohol take a back seat in this beer is impressive in and of itself. And the flavors don't all hit at once. It progresses.

M: Medium bodied mouthfeel. CO2 is a little high but spot on for the beer.

D: It is a crime to chug this. Take your time. Considering the alcohol content this beer is el drinkeebahl.

The balance isn't perfect, but the adventure makes up for it. An underrated beer by a long shot.

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Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve Oz. bottle with what looks to be a monk and some sort of public official circa 1700. The monk is giving a large stein of what one can only guess is Paulaner Salvator Dopple Bock to the blue clad, periwiged official. Interesting and classic art design.

The beer itself is clear and amber/brown in color. It has a thin white head. A bit lighter than usual for the style.

Smell is dominated by a light malt aroma with hints of caramel and esthers of sweetness. Not that full, but not bad.

Taste has a malt pull with a nice, if subtle, caramel finish at the back of the swallow. Again, not terribly full, but pretty well balanced. High a.b.v. goes almost unnoticed.

Mouthfeel is medium body with average carbonation. There is a nice bite at the back of the tongue.

On the whole this is an enjoyable beer. Easy to drink and hard to believe it packs a 7.9% punch. Be careful.

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Photo of philbe311
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Sleek buttery brown color... Slight head... Swirling carbonation... Translucent with interesting light refraction patterns...

S - Caramel... Malt... Butter... Mild hops...

T - Alcohol is noticeable from the get go... Malt... Grains... Hops... Bitter... Complex...

M - Smooth... Heavy... Bitter...

D - Enjoyable and potent... Seems like more than 7.5% ABV going down... Excellent brew to unwind with a savor...

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Photo of Kyle987
2.65/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very thin head and zero lacing, but impressive color - a dark but clear reddish brown. Light but pleasant aroma. Unfortunately, the taste was very disappointing, especially since I typically enjoy both Doppelbocks and Paulaners; there was little flavor at first, and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was fine, but drinkability suffered from the taste.

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

this beer pours a deep reddish amber with a thick rocky head that fades to lacing the aroma is a sweet carmel with traces of fruit esters. the taste follows suite with a sweet maltiness and the caramel flavor really comes through there, the little bottom feeders produce quite a nice dry bite to counterpoint the malt. I'd love to sit in Munchen and pound down a few.

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Photo of julian
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: very clear amber color with a nice fizziness and little head. I had to pour aggressively to get even 1 finger head. it's a soft fluffy almond white head. interesting lacing too, it's kinda "wet" looking and coats the glass nicely. EDIT: but it doesn't stick for long :)

S: good scent, lotsa yeasty and malty tones, spicey with a mild alcohol lingering in the nostrils. slight toffee to the nose too. notes of diacetyl.

T&M: very rich, creamy taste. somewhat thickness to it. slightly alcoholic but well complimented and guised by the floral hops and caramely malt.

D: yeah, this is good stuff, nice balanced dopplebock, with medium abv...could pound these down no problem!

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Photo of bcgoldtoe
1.93/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Beautiful creamy head but lacing disappears fast.

S: Flowery scent, hint of plums

T: Terrible. Overpowering ethanol taste makes me have bitter beer face.

M: Thin, but it's hard to tell because I don't want to keep this in my mouth.

D: 1 sip maximum.

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

A: Bright red and clear with a reddish-white head. Head is 2 fingers, but disappears fast with barely any lacing.

S: Fruit, a hint of alcohol, apple, banana.

T: Tart - fruit, alcohol background, and strong banana flavor. Sweet aftertaste of alcohol and fruit. This is reaching my upper bound of cloying, but it still falls into the acceptable range. For a sweet and very alcoholic fruity beer, this tastes pretty good.

M: Fairly non-astringent, perfectly carbonated, medium-bodied.

D: Very refreshing - would be wonderful on a hot day when you want to get drunk! It's pretty light, so I could see myself drinking a lot of it.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a thin off white head.

Aroma is very estery and fruity with suggestions of banana, pear, and prune.

Palate is sweet overall, but not cloying. The fruit on the nose comes through with underpinnings of bread and caramel. Dries up a bit in the finish with some earth notes, but still on the sweet side with a bit of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is heavy side of medium with smooth carbonation.

My first try of the dopplebock style and I am impressed. This is a nice estery, malty brew that would be good with some gruyere. Cheers.

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Photo of grub
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sampled on tap at volo may 29/08.

pours reddish copper with a big fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is great. big caramel and fruity blast. bit of pear. hints of dark fruit. toasted wheat bread. biscuit. hint of alcohol. light earthy component. traditional bock yeast character.

taste is great. light alcohol. low bitterness level. big caramel and malt character. toasted wheat bread. cracker. biscuit. bit earthy too. touch of smoke. nice fruity component. bit of pear and a touch of dark fruit again.

mouthfeel is great. medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is great. perfect balance. great fruit and malt character. an excellent example of the style. i'll be looking forward to a few more glasses of this one while it's available.

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Photo of avalon07
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer had a deep amber color and a middling texture. There was a large amount of head and decent lacing.

S: Malty aroma, along with some sweets and a bit of hops.

T: High amount of malt, some caramel and other sweets. There was something off-putting in the taste, a harshness about it.

M: This one had an above average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this beer was OK, but it didn't do much for me. Like I said, there was a harshness about it that took the fun out of it.

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

Smells of malt and not much else. Pours to a brown orange with a slight head. Taste is sweet and tart. Pure malts no bitterness until the aftertaste and then only slightly. AC is not real evident only slightly in the middle of taste where it glides across the tongue and to a point just before the aftertaste. Super smooth and tasty brew.

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

I was interested to learn that many Doppelbocks end in "ator" with Salvator (Savior) being the first brewed by the monks as "liquid bread." Others include Ayinger Celebrator, Spaten Optimator, and Tucher Bajuvator. I enjoyed this one chilled in a goblet. Poured a nice iced tea color. Aroma was of sweet malts, caramel, slight chololate. Taste was smooth of raisin, caramel, touch of hops, and a pinch of anise. Good brew to sip after dinner.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle poured into my GI tulip.

A - Is a reflective amber color with a good bit of carbonation trailing up this one. Has a small head that barely sits on top and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Smells a bit like a sweet chocolate; also has a hint of caramel malt and also a bit like cinnamon raisin bread. Also there is a slight tinge of orange peel and can even smell a bit of the alcoholic burn as well.

T -Taste is also initially sweet and I would say that it is a mix of vanilla, cinnamon and raisin bread to me. Matches the nose rather well. Does have that orange peel taste to it a bit on the back end and it seems a bit out of place to me. It really seems to be an aspect that you would either love or hate. It seems just a bit too much and makes the beer a bit unbalanced for my taste but I could see where some people could really like it. Actually, still taste a little hot to me as I can get a hint of the alcohol in there that really stands out a lot for only a 7% beer.

MF - Has a medium body and is a barely sticky. Actually this one is a bit on the thinner side. For the amount of carbonation in the beer, there really is hardly any carbonation at all in the mouthfeel.

D - Overall this is an okay Dopplebock that has a nice bit of flavor to it and is not overly complex. The one thing that would prevent me from buying this again is that Celebrator is just as easy to find and much better. Also that orange peel aspect gets to me after awhile.

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Photo of batty
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank in Spain, May 2008.

330 mL bottle, poured into a glass. Nice off-white head looks thick and beautiful, but fails too fast for my blood. brew itself is a nice copper red-brown, very clear. not too much lacing, but decent.

smell is some alcohol along with nice syrupy malts, maybe a hint of fruity spice?

taste is all smooth bock, the medium-sweet syrupy malt smoothly balanced by the bitter hop, balance is great, actually.

medium body, carbonation works well, strong but not overpowering. maybe a bit thin, especially for a doppelbock.

drinkability is great, especially for a doppelbock, great carbonation coupled with the great balance ends with a smooth and refreshing bock that goes down great.

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Photo of umtox
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Creamy head with rapid disappearance. Carmel copper in color, rather translucent.

S: Light malt and spice.

T: Creamy on the palate, with moderate malt. A nice well rounded doppelbock and great introduction to this style of beer.

M: Creamy and malty..what more could be wanted.

D: A milder version of this style. Could enjoy multiples and would pair great with brie.

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

This beer pours a wonderful deep orange, with with an off-white head that slowly diminishes to a film. A steady stream of bubbles break the surface. Sticking the nose in there I get the expected sweet malty aroma, but there is also fruit at the edges. The flavour is sweet and bready, with brown sugar present throughout. What is a touch disappointing is the absence of some of the doppelbock elements that I really dig, like molasses and cocoa hints. The mouthfeel is oily, and almost more reminiscent of a decent barleywine.

This is really quite a delightful drink, and I can see how the monks would consider it a meal in itself!

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Photo of jmacdaddy2008
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First time I have ever had this beer.
Pours a clear amber that has a thick jead that leaves very little trace
Not much complexity to the smell. little yeasty like a musty barrel
Tastes sweet up front has a bitter after taste
Drinkable but not likely I'll buy this again

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Photo of GRPunk
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- There was a 1-1/2 finger tan head and medium brown body. It had medium-light carbonation and head fell to a thin bubbly lace that left light sticky spots on the glass.

S- It had a lot of sweet malts that came off smelling like caramel, raisins, and warm alcohol.

T- It was roasty and sweet with more raisins, caramel, and brandy flavors.

M- It was smooth and thick with light carbonation.

D- It's a good drinker. I could have 1-2 in a sitting.

Overall- Great full flavor and aroma.

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Photo of marc956
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of flavour almost a smoke like scent. I tend
to like bocks but didn't expect to like this one so much I can tell that it's a strong beer (7.9%) but it's not overwhelming. Highly recommended. I think I will look for a 6 pack so I can share it with friends

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,748 ratings.
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