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: 1,369 | Ratings: 2,695
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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Photo of Dravin
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Best by date is 03/16.

Look -- Pours a deep amber with one finger of rapidly dissipating lightly burnt orange head. The head doesn't stick around long enough to create any lacing.

Smell -- Sweet toffee, stone fruit with some light citrus component, and a bit of booze underneath it all.

Taste -- Toffee, bracing bitterness, and hints of that stone fruit and booze as in the nose.

Feel -- Moderate carbonation with a thinish medium body that finishes fairly crisp and dry.

Overall - A nice doppelbock. Nice complex malts and mild toasty flavors are complimented with some bitterness and hints of fruit. A solid and affordable I just wish the body was a bit more substantial but that may be a bias for Optimator showing through.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pours little to no head. Orange, red, brown body
S - fruity caramel
T - hoppy orange lemon zest up front then a caramel malty taste at the end
F - moderate coat of mouth and well carbonated
O - this is a ver distinct Doppelbock with the fruitiness coming from the hips and the the maltiness to really balance it out. A really good enjoyable beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Parmesan
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Cloudy Amber orange, with a small tan/white head

Smell: Lots of cranberry and cherry, a little toffee and chocolate

Taste: Hints of cranberry juice, stone fruit, a little malt

Feel: medium carbonation a kinda odd finish that leaves an odd taste

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into straight pilsner mug.

L) Deep copper colour, hazy, off-white fluffy 1 inch head. Dissipates very quickly to a thin bubbly film. Looks really good.

S) Big whiff of malt and alcohol, just like a scotch on the rocks!

T) Fairly harsh alcohol flavour, followed by a deep burnt malt flavour which is quite pleasant. No bitterness. Sugary-bonfire toffee aftertastes.

F) A noticeable alcohol afterburn... Soft bonfire toffe burnt aftertaste. And a good lager fizz. Lots to like here.

O) I like it, it has a rough Alchy edge, like a can of Special Brew. Only you know this is Reinheinsgebot, so you won't get a hangover. Seriously though, for a 7.9% bier, this goes down fairly easy. Not a big doppelbock expert, but this one passes muster with me.

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Photo of Zet
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice label of the prior and the king discussing current events while drinking Salvator. Lovely orange amber colour with a good head of beige foam. Promising smell of caramel, hops and yeast. The taste is quite rich, with caramel, vanilla, malt and prumes, while having resin and pine in the aftertaste. Is does get a bit bland after a while though: I guess 0.5 liter of this is just a tad too much. The mouth feel is also not as full and smooth as i expect of a german doppelbock, though the alcoholic warmth is quite pleasant.

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

Treated as a doppelbock, this was poured into a pilsener glass.
The appearance was a semi-dark ruddy burnt brown color with a two and a half finger-ed white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Lacing was somewhat messy yet stringy as it slides into the beer.
The smell started off with a gentle sweet raison-like breadiness. Light spices warmed into the aroma nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet with a score of spices filling the bready-like substances.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a good crisp slightly bready heavy feel showing some substance on my tongue. Carbonation felt good to me.
Overall, really liked the beer to me, but haven't had enough doppelbocks to tell ya how close it is to style. I'll look for more and hopefully edit this as needed.

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

L: poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Good looking amber color.
S: hint of alcohol and sweet toffee like smell just before sipping from glass -- not offensive nor surprising for this style (7.9% doppel bock).
T and F: smooth and uniform, has that bit of toasted toffee and almost molasses sweet taste you'd expect from this style.
O: overall, a decent doppel bock and I've tried many. First time having this brand. Good in Fall and Winter to warm you up while sipping on its own or to compliment a meal.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours reddish and very hazy with a big foamy, khaki colored head. Fruity alcohol smell. Taste was sweet malts with light hop finish. Mostly clean feel with some alcohol on the aftertaste. Not bad, if get again

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Photo of ricke49
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From half liter bottle dated best by 5/16. 7.9 ABV. Bready and quite delicious. Dark fruits, toffee and sugar without being overly cloying. A wonderful dopplebock for clear a fall afternoon. Hard to imagine how it manages to be so reasonably priced. Smooth with no alcohol burn (it stops just short of that sensation).

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the half liter bottle, it pours a moderately dark amber with a moderate tan head. Roasted malt in the nose, which goes with the lovely malt flavor on the tongue. Well made Doppelbock!! Yum

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz, dated 07/15 (I bought it in 08/2015, So I wonder of that is the best by date?) . Pours a somewhat cloudy orange with a full, creamy head; very nice lacing. Aroma is not very strong, but is malty, and good. Taste is of strong malts, and a bit of sweet caramel. Mouth-feel is medium bodied, smooth, and almost chewy, with a nice bite on the finish.

This beer is beautiful, and delicious. I am not a big fan of German beers (perhaps because most are not hoppy enough for me), but this is one of the best I have had. Very satisfying, and went down very easily. I bought a single, but I would be happy to buy a sixer of this.

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

Pours a dark brown. Smells of fruit and dark sugar. Tastes of chocolate and dark fruits especailly raisins. There is a mild carbonation, would go easy easy but this beer seems much boozer than most 7.9% beers.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip.

a: A gorgeous opaque, rusty orange amber colored body. Creamy 2 finger beige head.

s: Roasted malt, pumpernickel, cooked apple, chocolate.

t: Sweet malt, toasted bread, Spiced apple sauce, raisins followed by just enough hop bitterness. Slightly spicey and pepper hop finish. Ready for the next sip.

mf: Medium full body. Moderate carbonation. Very creamy mouth feel.

o: Probably the second best doppelbock I have had. The first being Andechser. Hard to compair the two as they are so different. This is definitely fruitier than Andechser.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, Amber brown pour, tall tan head that dissipated to small ring, no laceing. Dark malt and plum nose. Rich toffee malt taste, fairly sweet. Some dark fruit as well. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

August 21, 2015

11.2 oz bottle, snifter

A – Very deep amber to light brown. Off-white to light tan head of about an inch, dissipates fairly quickly Settles and becomes very still, appears full-bodied.

S – Vienna-type amber malt and a ton of caramel and brown sugar, some slightly fruity aromas like peach or cherry. Biscuit and slightly toasty as well.

T – Caramel and biscuit malt flavor leads, very strong. Some low herbal hopping, and fruity flavors of cherry or peach pits as well.

M – Moderate-full body, it really coats the tongue and lingers. Medium carbonation, enough to break through the malt sweetness. Low bitterness but enough to provide a counterpoint.

O – Well-rounded, drinkable, hides the alcohol well. One of the better doppelbocks out there.

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Photo of ordybill
4.69/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. This is a mahogany colored beer with a fairly large white head. Has an aroma of malt, fruit and maybe some cocoa. The taste is big malt with some fruit, very good. This is a very good beer, highly recommended.

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Photo of katybee
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer several times and keep coming back to it for it's consistent standard of palatability...
Dark amber glassful, clinging foam head, medium body with slight creamy sweetness, hints of malty carmel light fruit and molasses notes...great to sip as it warms up and flattens out... yummy. Not bitter or hoppy, but slightly more 'beer-like' than a barleywine. Comparable to Spaten Optimater.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice looking brown and amber/red color with a big creamy head and good lace retention.
Sweet fruity aroma in the nose. Later becomes malty and grainy; reminds me of the smell of wort.
Very malt forward in taste, sweet, dark fruits. The sweetness is cloying at times. There is a dry finish which leaves some hops aftertaste, but not enough to balance it. Mouthfeel is full, creamy and smooth.
Not a bad beer but the cloying sweetness along with minimal hops and low carbonation lacked some balance.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Very carbonated clear amber body.
S- Strong sweet caramels and malt.
T- Same experience as smell. Sweet caramels and malt.
F- Rich, spicy, a bit fizzy.
O- Very nice beer, and also cheap!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very tasty doppelbock, looks deep redish amber, smells like tofee, caramel, sherry. Taste is complex and strong, Very nice beer. It´s the best commercial beer you can find in super markets in Mexico.

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Photo of qchic
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Threw this in a mix-a-six pack for variety sake. Pours mahogany with very modest head. Caramel, ripe fruit, spice, and ethanol in the aroma. More of the same in the malt-forward flavor. Slightly warming. Lacking complexity, but not bad.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,695 ratings.
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