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: 2,783 |  Reviews: 1,392
Photo of TKempe
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber with plenty of carbonation and a rather big, but directly shrinking off-white head fills up my mug.

The aroma is quite full and strong and consists mainly of a sugary sweetness, some spicy hops and a slightly dry or grainy and salty touch of malts. Alcohol seems noticeable too. The smell offers a bit more than the typical Bock aroma and seems to be bordering on a Belgian or English fruity ale.

The taste is less strong and sweet, which I consider to be a benefit since it brings out more characteristics of the malt. Especially the finish and after-taste are highly enjoyable in their roasty bitterness and saltiness (leaving enough room for a subtle accent on the hops). The taste is closer to what I expect from and enjoy in a Bock than the smell is.

Mouthfeel is defined by a fine and slightly sharp carbonation and a medium-thin body.

A nice Doppelbock, but a bit too candy-like in its sweetness.

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

12 ounce bottle, "produced on" dating of 02/08 on the label. Pours clear, darker copper amber, under a quickly disappearing light tan head and then leaving next to no lacing. Nose is subtly of malt. Things pick up upon the first few sips this is a quite tasty, bold, smooth drinking, malty brew. Packing a punch at about 8%. Malt carries the freight here. Notes of dark honey, vanilla, dark bread. Yummy, smooth, thoroughly German and completely pleasurable. High quality, well crafted, go get some and enjoy.

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Photo of brushtachio
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I already feel like I am being too critical of this beer, especially since my experience with the style is limited to a single, albeit pretty definitive example, Celebrator. But, the truth is, I didn't enjoy this one as much as I hoped.

Looked nice. Smelled fair with a roasty and sweet aroma. The taste, however was one dimensional. Sweet syrupy taste with little else to balance it. After my second, I was done- sweetness was cloying and the thick consistency and low carbonation only further contributed to the impression that I was drinking syrup.

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Photo of bjoyce12
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This doppel pours gourgeously, but that's the high point. Not much a nose, very light, maybe a little citrusy, but that's it. Taste is flat; not much there at all. Some sweetness, a little hops, but that's the extent of it. At 7.9% ABV, a little burn too, but for that ABV I want and expect much more. Why have this when you can go for a Bernardus or another Belgian for the same ABV? If you're a German fan, then I'd much rather go with a Spaten Dark over this one.

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

I'm starting to think "doppelbock" is as nebulous a category as "weizenbock."

Appearance -- Paulaner Salvator pours a pleasant translucent amber, unlike most doppelbocks. I achieved a half-finger head with a fairly vigorous pour, but it dissipated quickly and lacing was minimal throughout drinking.

Smell -- I smell honey...and little else. It smells almost like an old ale or an English barleywine (specifically, I find it similar to J.W. Lee's Vintage Harvest).

Taste -- Not what I expected. Again, it has more in common with English barleywines and single bocks than it does with the doppelbocks I've tried. Still, it's certainly pleasant and honey-like...I just wasn't expecting that. I thought I would taste toasty malts and breadiness. Hops aren't perceptible, and -- again -- I taste mostly honey with a malt backbone.

Mouthfeel -- Again, think barleywine. Carbonation is minimal to moderate at best, and this stuff is fairly thick and viscous. Not quite "chewy," but heavy and mead-like.

Drinkability -- Not bad, once I got past its apparent disregard for its style. Compared to most English barleywines and old ales, this is pretty drinkable, and its ABV isn't immediately apparent. Compared to other doppelbocks, the ABV still isn't very apparent, but overall, it's just okay.

Personally, when it comes to doppelbocks, I prefer Celebrator and Korbinian. But I certainly wouldn't turn this beer down.

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Photo of SickBrew
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours gorgeous with an amber brown hue and fair head which doesn't stay for vary long. Nose is good with a toasted aroma and a slightly spicy background with little or no hopynes. Taste is fair and the toasted malts are the most prominent with a caramal finish backing them up. The brew has a medium body, is smooth and has a slightly creamy finish.

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Photo of NinjaDave
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep rich color and has a sweet dark amber-brown Color. sweet buttery syrupy taste yet has kind of a thick full flavor. this is a good beer and I pick this up at Bev Mo and was in the mood for some Double Bock, Has a nice kick and I give it two thumbs up.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz paper label bottle.

Pours a brilliant rusty red color with a ruddy cream colored head that leaves ample lacing.

Aroma is raisins and dates with a trace of honey and molasses.

Flavor is sweet abundant grain. Husky grain gives way to a sweet toffee release, with a hit of date and prune. Sweet rolls and sugar cookies with a small vanilla rider. Alcohol warms and gives way to the husky grain flavor once again. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation enough to cut the sweetness a little.

Very nice bock.

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Photo of justin7742
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this beer from a 12 ounce bottle to a sturdy pint glass. The foam came out very excitedly as an off-white color but only lasted for a bit. I was surprised to see the color as a dark amber instead of the usual black doppelbock.

The smell at first seemed a little light and fruity? Then the scent of the hops kicked in. It drinks very smooth with a malty flavor and then turns a little bitter on the back of the tongue. It still has an easy drinkability even though it is lighter than I would have thought.

Paulaner makes good beers, so I am not surprised at how easy this is to drink. I was a little surprised at how light and refreshing, but I am not complaining.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 1 pint, 9oz bottle date stamped 07/07 to my Hofrauhaus half-liter mug.

Appearance: Pours amber with a decent off-white head that didn't last very long.

Smell: Malts and alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, malty with the bite of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Decent dobble bock.

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Photo of techtatu
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color and not much head. Foam on the head was about a pinky finger width, and had a cream color to it rather than white. Very thick tasting and smooth. The smell was fairly decent, and it had a hint of bitterness.

It's not so filling like other beers I have tired and I will drink it again. This beer is definitely not for the average beer drinker.

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

Was excited to find this 6er. Pours smoothly into my glass with the ambery-red body of a scotch that's been soaking for ages in an oak barrel. Also, a fleeing 3/4 finger head.
Smells sweet and fruity. Makes me think of caramel brittle and gummy peaches. The malt hides underneath this until I swirl the offering around the glass a bit, which also unveils a grain alcohol scent.
Its hits my tongue first w sweetness, followed quickly by dense caramel malt. The alcohol politely bites at the back of my mouth, and I'm left with a fruity sweetness (muted raspberry?).
Great offering as usual. Amazingly drinkable for a Dopplebock of 8% ABV. It's a great sum of parts that made a great companion for a 3 hour tailgate at the Pats game this past weekend!
Looks like a scotch ale, smells like a scotch ale, tastes like a scotch ale! I guess there's a bit more alcohol & it's a bit heavier than a scotch ale, but I would've had trouble blindly categorizing this one.

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Photo of birchstick
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep amber with a tan head
S - dark fruits, caramel...almost smells like a caramel apple
T - dark fruits, caramel, and burnt malts dominate the flavor. As it warmed, tart green apple started to show up as well.
M - medium body and little carbonation. There is also a little alcohol burn as it goes down.
D - it is pretty good, however it is a little heavy on the alcohol.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a mostly clear light brown color with coppery orange highlights. 3/4 inch off-white head sinks down to a centimeter thick cap. Leaves some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma is full of sweet caramel malts and a bit of a raisiny fruitiness. It's very weak though and required intense sniffing to get anything out of it.

Taste is of dark fruits up front then lots of caramel. Finishes with more from the start but also a nutty, toasty characteristic as well as a light earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, very smooth. Very drinkable.

This was a very good Doppelbock. Not as good as say Celebrator or Korbinian, but it was close.

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Photo of jdubjacket
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown/amber color with no head. A nice sweet, sugary, dried fruit, and molasses aroma. Smell is pretty sweet to start and ends up slightly bitter. A little bit of carbonation in the mouth. A pretty drinkable doppelbock and a good example of the style. Refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BarleyMine
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an attractive pour with a beautiful Scotch brown color. Nice head that stuck around just long enough. Smells a bit hot with some malt and sweetness in the nose. Notes of brown sugar, dried apricots with a mildly sweet finish. Smooth mouth feel with great carbonation. very nice...

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Photo of gfreed
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A highly drinkable beer as we head into a New England autumn. Poured with a low, tan head that sat for a brief period before dissolving. Nice looking in the glass, a bit darker than amber. Aroma carried plenty of malt with notes of cherries and honey. But the taste! Nicely malted, a bit sweet, subtly fruity and a bit of bitterness at the end. Something to savor as the weather gets colder.

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

A: Beautiful, clear amber color. Poured a one finger off-white head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet fruity malts with a hint of alcohol.

T: Sweet dark fruit flavors up front, finishes with a very mild bitterness.

M: Medium/full-bodied and thick. Medium carbonation.

D: Another absolutely solid beer from Paulaner. Great taste and pleasantly warming alcohol make it a good one to sink into.

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

Pours a deep amber hue, almost ruby-like. A pretty beer. However, the head and retention were poor. Aroma of dark, bready malts and sharp alcohol.

Very rich and malty overall, as it is a Doppelbock. Some bitterness and tangy hops, but the malts dominate-- roast, caramel, and a very subtle chocolate. Finish is clean and alcoholic, and boy, this beer does have a kick. Medium fine carbonation. Mid-weight, with a nice creamy feel.

Tasty and rich. More alcoholic than most beers in the style, but also dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of changeup45
2.91/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a amber color with a decent off-white head that settles down to patches. Aroma is floral with a little perfume, light fruits, and some malt and molasses. Ditto on the flavor although it all seems too light. Finishes a little sour and bitter with the rest of the flavors rather bland. It's okay but it all seems light and a little unbalanced.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruits, caramelized malts, lager yeast and some alcohol.

T: The taste is sweet and malty with strong flavors of dark fruits and caramel up front. There's a hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. There's also a touch of an alcohol sting which is surprising for a beer with an ABV below 8%. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it's a good beer that is worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for the style, but it's not the first one that I would select.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- It is wonderful bronze amber with a great red hue. The head doesn't stick around long but there is some real nice lace.

Smell- Earthy herbal but mainly sweet mildly roasted hops.

Taste- It has great taste roasted malt, dry fruit/banana like. It does have a very small trace of metal in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Watery than you might think but still full.

Drinkability- A great meal beer or I love to cook with it.

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Photo of Poser
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep orange with an enthusiastic top. Lots of carbonation going on. Aroma is a light caramel with even lighter fruit aromas. It has a noticeable alcohol bite and goes down with a bit of malty stickiness. It's well-balanced and there's some fruitiness throughout.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks beautiful once poured. A nice dark, amber presence with a decent amount of Belgium Lace left on the glass. This is what beer should look like.

The smell is nice. An oak scent is almost present.

Salvator tastes perfect. This is what other Dopplebocks strive to be (with the possible exception of Korbinian).

The beer is smooth, but it definitely lets you know there is nearly 8% ABV making its way into your bloodstream.

I tend to keep my Salvator sessions to two or three glasses (i.e. bottles). The beer is strong and can sneak up on you if you're not paying attention.

Delicious with most meals during any season (but especially the colder months).

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.52/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

2.5 A: Dark orange. Poor head retention. No lacing to speak of.

3.0 S: Grapes and hamster (I'm not sure that's what they were going for, but it's definitely a new smell to me and I actually like it). Really though, it smells alright.

2.5 T: Wood chips (as in the kind used for hamster bedding), orange peel. Again, not too bad though it should be.

2.5 M: Smooth. Carbonation is there, but isn't overwhelming.

2.0 D: Didn't enjoy this one all that much and wouldn't want another one.

By the way, I cleaned the glass I used by hand (like I always do) and don't have a pet, so I didn't in any way taint the beer with outside hamster flavors.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,783 ratings
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