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: 2,804 |  Reviews: 1,394
Photo of magictrokini
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its tough to rate another doppelbock after when the first one you ever had was a Celebrator. Pours is clear amber with a medium head. Malty aroma with some fruits and yeast. Taste is more sweet than bitter, like there is a pale ale hiding in there. The alcohol is masked well. A very good beer, but definitely not a Celebrator.

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear dark amber/red beneath a 2-finger beige head. Nice head retention and just above average lacing.

S - I get cherries and spicy alcohol right off the bat. Very aromatic.

T&M - Much lighter in body than Celebrator or Optimator. Smooth taste of sweet cherries with that spicy alcohol giving chase. I swear I actually get a hint of allspice as the beer warms further. Sweet and malty all the way with slick warming alcohol. Not hugely malty as I had expected/remembered but definitely within the style. A bit thinner in the taste and mouthfeel than I would have liked.

D - I could sip this for a while. Not sure I could do more than two in a sitting. Very nice and complex but not nearly as complex as Celebrator or even Optimator I think. Completely different from those two beers but just goes to show that beers can vary greatly within the same style. I really liked it and would love to drink again.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that hits in the aroma is spicy and flowery hops and some sweet maltiness and warm alcohol.

As it warms, it wofts dark fruits like prunes, raisens even maybe strawberries!

Has a thick but fleetung creamy tan head.

This pours a clear darker amber.

Tastes much like the aroma. It's pretty boozy though, which kinda throws it off alot for me.

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Photo of JoshuaCain
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a suprisingly light brown with 1.5 fingers of creamy head, nice retention. aroma is of malty banana-nut bread and toffee. taste is sweet and malty, aftertaste is a little on the bitter side for a beer of this style, but a fairly clean finish. alcohol presence is high, but not unpleasant, and comes to the front as it warms. body is a little thinner than I would like. all in all a really good, but not great, doppelbock. worth drinking if its on sale.

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour give little head. It has a dark brown caramel color with hues of red and some carbonation bubbles.
The aroma gives way to caramelized malt, coffee, toffee chocolate, and licorice.
The flavor is bursting with caramelized malt and molasses full body a bit nutty, hint of coffee, vanilla and alcohol and oak. Has a bitter finish. Not too bad for a doppel bock

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

This fine Doppelbock is said to be the original of all Doppelbocks. I read that somewhere.

So although I did have this some years ago, I thought I should try it again, and this time, also review it.

Luckily it is easily available in Northeast PA.

I poured it into a dimpled glass mug, and the colour looked already very pleasant. Reddish brown, dark. A beige-white head, thick foam, which did not stay for long.

The smell is fruity, full.

The taste is a bit ambiguous. Sour notes were in the front. Yes, sour. But sweet and malty at the same time. Really interesting!

The alcohol was not that present, at least it did not dominate the taste too much.

I really liked this beer, and I guess I will have more during the current Doppelbock season (the Bavarians call that the fifth season actually, starting on Nov 11 and lasting until Ash Wednesday, I believe).

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Photo of TeamSeabass
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with small light brown head that dissipates.
Smell is my favorite part. Smells of strong dried cherries. The smell does a lot for this beer.
The taste is interesting as the dried fruit smell translates to a sweet taste and then the malts come thru. Alcohol comes after the maltiness and its 7.90 abv is apparent, though very acceptable.
This beer has a nice amount of carbonation.
Drinkability is high

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

120z bottle in pint glass

A: Crystal clear, light ruby color with thin white head, leaves no lace. A very pretty beer.
S: Sweet malts with a hint of bread and some spices (like cookies). A little muted, maybe because there is no hops obviousness.
T: A bit of brown sugar combined with a spiciness with bready malts (no toastiness), no sign of hops. A little alcohol hotness comes through as it warms.
M: Very rich and mouthfilling but not heavy. With just enough carbonation to leave a tingle.
D: This goes down way too easy on a cold night. I would have no problem at all reaching for a second one. Any fan of malty beers should give this a try, recommended.

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Photo of steveh
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Waitaminnit... the Bros have never reviewed this classic? Odd.

Once again, reviewed to style.

A -- Clear, deep copper color with an off-white to light tan head that settles a little quicker than I'd like, but revives well.

S -- Toasty, bread crust melanoidin maltiness to vague caramel to vague DMS and then spicy alcohol.

T -- Sweet, bready maltiness then spicy alcohol. Toasted bread back with a slightly sweet then quickly dry finish. Something rather fruity lingering in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy, very smooth. Body is medium to medium heavy.

D -- Drinkability is very good, but you can tell that more than one of this will start to weigh on you.

Damn good brew.

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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass

pours a clear light brown with a steady light tan head

malt smell is fall smell to me. some light fruit smell, but mainly sweet bready delight.

taste is like a bite of spicey rich bread. more balanced than other malt bomb dopplebocks

nice mouthfeel and very drinkable beer considering the abv.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Appearance: Dark ruby body with a light tan head. Left pretty good lacing.

Smell: Loads of roasty malts. Very big and aromatic maltiness. No noticable alcohol even though it has a big 7.9% abv.

Taste: The taste is exceptional. Big creamy maltiness. Alcohol is there but doesn't get in the way. Also some dark fruitiness.

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

A: Pours a transparent, yet rich amber color, almost deep red...This brew produces a thin khaki colored head that retains nicely

S: Super malty nose, also notes of dark fruits, hops, and spices...pretty nice nose here

T: Again, malts dominate the palate (caramel and roasted/burned), but hops and fruit is still present and available...Spices linger in the taste as well..nicely balanced brew. A little grainy for my liking, but still good.

MF/D: Good body on this one, clean aftertaste, smooth finish...Good drinkability for its style

Definitely not the finest example of a DB, but still OK

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

A 12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear reddish-orange body with a thick cap of off-white foam atop. The head settles to a grainy sheet that leaves only the barest scraps of lacing on the glass.

The smell is sweet and fruity, with notes of bruised apples, dark caramel, and a nutty toastiness.

More bruised apples sweeten the taste of rich toasted malts. A note of semi-sweet mocha and a crisp, persistent, bitter flash of dry light-roast coffee darken the flavor profile.

Salvator is lush and on the fullish side of medium-bodied. Nice Dopplebock; nice drinkability.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember this being one of my "regulars" a couple of years ago because it was a great deal at $5.99 a six pack. It's gone up a buck since then but it's still great.

Pours from a 12oz. brown bottle a perfect amber red color with excellent clarity and a good amount of fine white head. The head fades but leaves some lacing. The color is truly exceptional.

Aroma is slight fruits and nuts with a bit of roastiness to it as well.

Flavor is rich in malts but also has a good bitter kick half way through. It finishes clean and slightly sweet. It has a mild earthy quality that makes it an interesting all-around good beer.

Mouthfeel is nice in that it's not too bitter or sweet, not overly carbonated, and smooth & clean on the palet.

Drinkability is very good and is really only hindered by the alcohol content at almost 8% ABV.

A great beer and one that I'm glad I came back to. I'm sure it won't be the last time.

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Photo of etherashe
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely orangy-dark amber color. A decent head. Substantial carbonation. No lacing.

The smell is of sweet fruit-rot.

The taste goes from silky-smoothness to dark roasted grain to a slight hint of alcohol - all built on a foundation of tacit sweetness from the genus Prunus. Like a seasoned chamber orchestra playing an introspective Beethoven sonata to the palate.

The mouthfeel is smooth and bitter - a lesson in irony - and the texture is a bit syrupy.

This is a thick and powerful beer, nearly a meal in itself. The more I drink of it, the more I like is. Seriously drinkable for a Dopplebock. The taste is commanding, but not heavy-handed in any way. It's too good and strong to session, though very well worth revisiting on special occasions.

A very worthy respresentative of the historic Doppelbock style.

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

Tawny, slightly hazy, with some orange highlighting and burnishing. Head is pretty white with a little orange tinting. Decent stick.

The biscuity, slightly sweet malt aroma is not as prominent as I would like to see from this style, and it's very 'light' in character. Not very roasted at all, mostly floral and fruity.

I like the flavor a little more, as the malts are smooth, peppery and full of caramel, toast, and fruit flavors. Slightly spicy.

Pretty damn good, but nothing terribly impressive.

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into US Pint

A. Copper brown with caramel colored foam that diminished quickly and left little lacing

s: chewy caramel and a hint of licorice

t: full flavor with caramel flavor that rises into the nose with the alcohol. a bit of licorice on the aftertaste

m: smooth with minimal bite for so much alcohol, low carbonation helps that

d: flavor wise it would be a pleasure but two bottles will kill productivity due to abv. however, this is going to be a winter wonder for me as it pushes the flavors out to a bit less traditional ways yet is warming in potency.

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Photo of kshankar
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark copper color, some ruby tinges to it, thick foam with great retention

Aroma: Malts, caramel..some sweetness. Rather powerful aroma.

Taste: Sweetish, subtle hop bitterness, and heavy on the malts. The malt is what the taste focuses on, and the hops and sweetness balance out with the malts very well. Alcohol taste is minimal

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Good balance. Doesn't feel like a heavy beer.

Drinkability: Considering the hefty ABV, its still drinkable. Don't let it get ahead of you though, its easy to drink.

Overall, a good doppelbock. I liked the Korbinian better, and I have yet to try the Celebrator (which is in my fridge waiting to be tried). Def. a great beer

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

Poured from 16.9oz brown bottle into a clear short pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Velvety red-brown hue with oatmeal-colored 2-finger head with minimal lacing.

S: Mostly caramel and toffee aromas with extra butter thrown in. There is some leafy hops in there and a bit of sour apple fruitiness too.

T: Dark fruits and phenolic flavors are most present but not unpleasant. I enjoyed this beer as the hops sneak in there and are more drying than you'd imagine. Caramel and liqueur-like flavors are in the mix as well.

M: The dryness of this beer doesn't hit you until some time has passed. It has a fairly coating feel with medium body and even carbonation.

D: A drinkable and enjoyable doppelbock that is good but is missing a little bit of character to push it up into a higher echelon.

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

okay tonight i seem to be finally getting this one. taste upped to 4 from 3.5, drinkability and m/feel to 3.5 from 3. seems a bit fuller-bodied and more integrated than celebrator, and this bottle went down so easy i'm wishing i had another. the flavor may still be mostly mid-palate, but that's not such a terrible thing really.

clear ruby copper color. 2-3 finger head hangs on a while then settles to a cap. some bits of lace.
smells of molasses, caramelized malt and something like peat or tobacco
still having some trouble warming up to the flavor experience. copper pennies, molasses, and some tobacco, but the taste is concentrated mid-palate, leaving the sides and back lonely. the finish is roasty and sticky though not terribly sweet.
pour this one carefully or there will not be enough carbonation to go around.
enjoying this more than on earlier occasions, but still not one of my favorites.

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Photo of sevopie
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Mahogany in color with a fair tannish-white head.

Smell - Smells of bitter caramel malts with a touch of honey.

Taste - Caramel and molasses dominate the flavor with light hints of malt and a very faint bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Very light on the carbonation, and sliky smooth on the tongue

Drinkability - Fantastic. This is one of my absolute favorite beers, its so smooth and the slight sweetness to it makes it oh so enjoyable, particularly after a meal.

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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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Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,804 ratings