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.

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Reviews: 1,365 | Ratings: 2,687
Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed in Roger Protz' CAMRA classic "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" (and other books to come.)
Listed in the "1001 Beers To Taste Before You Die", my review and possible re-rating comes after I Have this again.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a very toffee, caramel, and sugary concoction. I bit too much for me. It took me a long time to drink. The sweetness was too much. This beer reminds me so much of caramel popcorn. The caramel part that is. I happened to be eating (regular) popcorn while drinking the beer though too. Haha.

I'm not a big fan of this beer. Just too much for me.

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Photo of Squire123
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first doppelbock and one of the few bears I've ever tasted that made me say: Yes! Yes! Mahogany hue with an enticing aroma that just begs to join the company. Multi layered full flavor of blended malts with a complexity that is just short of astonishment. These guys are good, really good.

Worth the money, worth the effort, worth . . . aw heck, just go buy it.

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Photo of kitch
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a best before date of May 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured a deep red amber colour with a just under two finger light tanned head that dissipated quickly leaving sparse spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet honey, caramel, overripe banana, plum and fig.

Taste: Taste was also very sweet, probably over sweet for my palate. Lots of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, grape, plum and prunes.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.

Overall: If it was less sweet, this would have been really good. As it is, its not so sweet that I don’t want to drink it again, yet at the same time, I can’t finish a whole bottle myself due to its sweetness. Around half a bottle and I’m done. Or I just drink it really slowly. Because of this, I currently prefer both Ayinger Celebrator and Weihenstephaner Korbinian over Salvator.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Nice, deep amber color with ruby and orange highlights. Light head disappated very quickly. Beer is lightly turbid with readily apparent carbonation
S: Tons of toasty malts, toffee, caramel, and sweet dark fruit, like raisins and fig.
T: Toasty malts, like toasted cereal or granola. Touch of sweetness again like dark fruit. In general is smooth and finishes with a mild hop bite.
F: Smooth, with a crisp bite on the finish. Very rich body as well, yet not full or overwhelming. A little dryer than others though.
O: Solid doppel, looks and smells great.

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Photo of lastmango
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy nice honey brown color with a tan two finger head that dissipated quickly. Initial aroma was of faint malt but later was more of an intense honey bread aroma. Taste is sweet caramel malt with a hint of homemade bread. Carbonation is light but crisp. Medium feel on the tip of the tongue followed by a creaminess on the tail end. This is an excellent Doppelbock

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Photo of matcris
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APPEARANCE: A nice rich dark caramel in color. Plenty of medium sized bubbles ring in the pilsner glass. Nice creamy finger + of tan head that lingers a while and then settles to a thin layer on top of the beer. Mild lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet caramel, bread crust or toast, lots of sweet malt, and maybe some dried fruits like figs or raisins.
TASTE: Very sweet. And basically just as noted in the aroma.
FEEL: Thick, medium full body, a little sticky. Mild carbonation.
OVERALL: I much prefer Korbinian to this. Still it's pleasant to drink, very sweet, so It is not something I would drink more than one of in a sitting. I think it could use better balance in the bitterness/IBU side.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque reddish amber, smells of sweet malt and bread. Taste is right there with it, with a medium rich body. Still one of my all time favorites. Prost!

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color, with a moderate sized head. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smells of malts, caramel, and bubblegum.

Taste is full of a sweet bready malt flavor. The aftertaste is subtle, and the mouthfeel is crazy light. The most notable aspect of this is that it very much feels like a Munich lager - with an 8% ABV, which is quite crazy.

This is a good beer, and a very impressive achievement. I don't feel all to passionate about it though, but do recommend it.

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Photo of mncoinman
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am fixated on doppelbocks. I try every one I can get my hands on. I hate the mentality that says this is only a winter beer or a spring beer...probably invented by some hop loving, fruit infused, pseudo beer connoisseur from a hipster town. I consider this the benchmark doppelbock which all others are made to compare to. Excellent aroma, medium brown with good head characteristics. Mild carbonation. Best enjoyed by having only one in a session (and make it your first one). Rich, full flavor. I have been a long time fan of Salvator and prefer it over Celebrator initially because of the price (and I don't know what to do with all those cute little goat decorations you get on each bottle of Celebrator), and now because of the richer flavor (more Munich malt presence and slightly sweeter) Salvator has over Celebrator. Still left some room in my score for another dopplebock to challenge.

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Photo of erk0607
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer with a great history.

L: Light, almost chestnut brown, pretty clear, small head

S: Malty, bready, sweet

T: Same malty breadyness, some spiciness but not overwhelming. I don't get the fruityness others are mentioning, at least not obviously. A very traditional malty beer.

F: This is where it gets interesting. It doesn't feel thick immediately, but after it's hit your tongue, the bubbles and foam begin to develop, giving it a fluffy, creamy feel.

O: Very good, would not hesitate to get again for good sipping/enjoyment beer for things like movies, hanging out etc... you can't down it very fast, or at least it wouldn't make sense to do so.

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Photo of FBarber
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp brown with almost no head. Smells strongly of bread and malt, but a pleasant smell. Tastes very smooth, could not tell hope high the abv on this was by taste. Definitely get a bread-y filling taste in the beer, but the feel was a bit waterier that I expected - its not watery per se, but given the smell I expected more oomph to it.

Overall a very enjoyable doppelbock. Fun beer to drink during Lent (if thats your thing) given its long history with the Lenten season.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a narrow small glass: color is amber, transparent, head is light tan, fine bubbles, moderate effervescence.

Smell is subdued toast, chocolate are noted, light toffee.

Taste is so smooooth: nice light toast, moderate chocolate, notes of toffee, then some earthy/grassy notes from hops. Is this beer really 8%? Very good and very drinkable doppel bock.

As noted this lager is very smooth, cleanly fermented with great flavors and nice crisp carbonation, a great mouthfeel for a big beer.

Overall, this is an exceptional beer and a top notch doppelbock.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Salvator Doppel Bock pours a dark brownish color, with a very large lacing head. The aroma is sweet and malty, with a hint of spice. Taste is watery, light, cheap malty flavor, with a strange seasoning. Watery body, but nice feel. Overall, it tastes cheap and is watery, not the best.

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Photo of davidperez
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a shaker, it pours a dark copper, clear, with a lovely two-finger head, sudsy and creamy, with excellent retention.

Bouquet is assertive and delicious. Caramel, malty sweetness, very faint butterscotch, cherry and dried fruits, toffee.

The flavor follows the nose, and it adds a prominent herbal note to it. The cherry is also amplified. A lot of malty sweetness upfront, but then some slight, humble bitterness enters the frame along with just a little booze, almost unnoticeable.
Long finish. Medium to light body, but it is smooth. Pleasant carbonation.

A very nice doppelbock.

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Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 oz. bottle poured into a regular ol' pint glass (all I had available at the time). Best by date of August 2016, so this is still relatively fresh.

Pours a murky dark red with a thin, quickly dissipating head. Smells of raisins and caramel malts. Slight alcohol bite is noticeable as well. The taste is a nice blend of caramel malts, raisins, toffee, and bread. Alcohol is a bit more noticeable here than it is with the real titans of the style like Weihenstephaner Korbinian. Mouth feel is medium.

Overall, a very solid doppel bock, and certainly a classic. I actually enjoyed this more than Ayinger Celebrator, but that bottle may have been a bit oxidized or something given everyone else's rave reviews.

Weihenstephaner Korbinian remains my favorite of this style. A bit smoother and more luxurious than Salvator.

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Photo of Pantalones
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle I picked up at the local beer store today. Best-by date is February 2016... aka right now. So I figured I'd go ahead and drink this one tonight rather than waiting!

Pours a somewhat surprisingly light orangey-brown color, shifting into a darker version of the same color once in the glass. It's a little bit hazy, though it's just dark enough that it's hard to tell without holding up to a light or shining one through it. With a light, rising streams of little bubbles can be seen. Decently thick layer of foam on top, off-white with lots of big bubbles; within a couple minutes, though, this has shrank to a very thin coating, vanishing altogether in some spots (though there's still a thicker ring around the edge of the glass where the big bubbles are more present.) At around the halfway point, the thicker outside ring is all that's left. Foam leaves some trails shortly after drinking, but not really any lacing on the inside of the glass.

Smell is sweet and dark-bready; definitely a malty beer. Maybe a bit of alcohol present, but it blends in with the sweetness enough that it's difficult to say for sure. It's a nice smell.

Taste is loads of dark bread right away, bread-crusts and bread and more bread-crusts on top of that. Wow! I don't remember this beer being so strongly bready when I had it the first time. Also a noticeable alcohol warmth. The sweetness/possible alcohol from the smell is not as noticeable in the flavor, at least going by that first sip; a bit sweet on the aftertaste but not as up-front as in the smell. On the second sip the sweetness becomes more noticeable; I'm not entirely sure how to describe it (just "sweet" doesn't quite cover it, but I can't think of a word to describe it exactly), but there is definitely a sweeter flavor in there along with the breadiness now. Maybe a bit brown-sugar-like? Dates or something? I dunno. And speaking of the breadiness, it's so strong that just two sips and I'm tasting bread when I breathe! I really like it when the big, dark beers have that effect, so that's definitely a point in this one's favor. Not tasting anything that seems hop-derived to me, but that's no surprise considering doppelbocks are malt-focused beers to begin with and this one's right on the edge of its "best by" period.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter/thinner than expected for the color and ABV, but it still has a nice bit of "stickiness" to it. No prickly carbonation, a bit of alcohol warmth on the first sip or two but that becomes less noticeable after that.

Overall, this is a really nice beer -- I remember not being super impressed with it the first time I had it (as in, it was still really good, but I was expecting something on another level from what I got), but I have to wonder if that was just my expectations throwing things off... like an "oh hey, this is the ORIGINAL doppelbock! and every other doppelbock I've had has been great! I bet it's going to be ridiculously good!" sort of thing and then it would be hard for the actual beer to ever live up to the idea of it I had in my head beforehand. Glad I took a second look at it, because this is definitely a very enjoyable beer -- will have to have more at some point, especially if fresh bottles start to turn up as we move into "bock season!"

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Photo of Wasu
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L:nice amber color, not so clear, cannot see through. 1 inche head and not stay for long.
S: nice smell of caramel malt. high alcohol can be detected from smell.
T: Like the smell, high alcohol with taste of caramel and dark fruits with a touch of hop, low carbornation. You definitely fell the warm. Short sweet after taste.
O: not sure if I wanna drink again. Not sessionable, one bottle is enough for the night. Good after dinner. Quite balance and smooth. But cannot beat Celabator from Ayinger.

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Photo of KevinRut
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Agree with the overall reviews, and what a great history this beer has. For me though it gave me a bad headache, must be allergic to some part of it.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber and slightly cloudy with fine head. Aroma is definitely malts, roasted nuts. Taste is very traditional, slightly sweet and only a touch-up of hops. A good, filling, beer for a cooler weather treat. Recommend with Bavarian knackwurst and a hearty German mustard as this has some considerable flavor punch.

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Photo of BigBry
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

6 pack of brown 330 ml bottles, received as a belated Christmas present.
Pours a clear deep amber brown color, short white head. Foam floats but doesn't last long, disappointingly little lace.
The smell has some dark caramel, quite a hot alcohol aroma.
The taste has more going on than the smell. Caramel malt, dark fruit flavor, slight chocolate and maybe even a touch of smoke. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness. Same alcohol as noted in the nose.
Mouth feel was a bit flat, but still smooth.
This beer is pretty drinkable, but be ready for the alcohol burn, not necessarily a bad thing, but not for everyone.

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Photo of Act25
4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #725. Buy 12.
Really good Double Bock, only bested by Ayinger.
Eeeeks out a 4.

A: Copper, maple syrup, winter ale, with small head; not much retention or lacing.

S: Mostly sweet caramel malt on the nose. Black bread. Mollasses, chocolate. Sweet applesauce, dark fruit cake, and alcohol.

T: Caramel malt dominates, then spread with dark fruits - some dried, some jam but all reduced - raisins, apples and dates and a little bump of hoppiness to cut through the sweetness. The alcoholic warmth is present in the long, enjoyable, almost after dinner drink like finish.

F: Thick and full-bodied, syrupy w mid carbonation.

O: A sipping doppelbock, traditional, one of the best, but second to Ayinger.

A world-class beer all the same. Buy 12.

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Photo of jw4free
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. L: light brown, slight haze, poured a big 2 finger head that fades quick. Slight ring remains throughout and no lacing. S: tea or tobacco aroma. Some honey maltiness. T: peppery hops, molasses and yeast, alcohol. F: great creaminess full body, alcohol tingle. O: good looking beer, enjoyable and a good import.

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Photo of Steev-o
3.36/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 12/29/15 from a 11.2 Oz bottle with a date of 01/16.
Copper-orange color with a two finger tan-colored head, which disappears quickly. No lacing.
Alcohol taste with somewhat bitter aftertaste.
Good but not my favorite.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler in a snifter. This legend pours a murky reddish brown with a moderate head of quickly dissipating foam that settles to a very light ring with no lacing. Nose of raisins, fresh sweet bread, brown sugars, subtle cherries and peaches, and strong booze. Flavors follow the nose with brown sugars and fresh raisin bread to the front, light cherry notes fill the middle, and warming booze with a touch of grains comes through on the back. Finish is sweet with low carbonation that makes for a slick coating brew. Solid for the style. A standard from the Paulaner line, and a delicious brew. Happy to have had it on tap.


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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,687 ratings.
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