Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Salvator Doppel BockSalvator Doppel Bock

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany | website

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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Reviews: 1,353 | Ratings: 2,656
Photo of garymuchow
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review gives good evidence to how my tastes have changed in the past several years. I've had this a couple of times in the years leading to this review and have always found it too cloy to enjoy and sometimes to even drink. Not anymore. This was really good. Even in my little burb I can get it easily and at $1.99 a bottle, to me a worthwhile price. I'm converted.

Aroma is quite sweet caramel malt aroma. Slight sourness in the mix. Seems fresh somehow and a slight grain quality.
Pours with an excessive head (a couple of inches) and settles slowly. Head stability is pretty good. Amber, very clear and attractive (other than the large head).
Taste is malty and sweet and somewhat cloy, but not disturbingly so. Because I let it warm some I think it had a less intense malt bite. Sweet and dry on the tongue simultaniously. Alcohol hidden. Mild dry finish. Rather short. Toffee notes more than caramel.
Really quite smooth, but not necessarily soft, although the carbonation is.
Took me awhile to get here, but I can now appreciate this beer and it's good ratings.

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Photo of claytri
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Salvator pours a clear amber with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. It's smell is malty and fruity. It tastes winey with a hint of malt, grapes, and raisins. It has a dry hoppy finish. It feels slightly oily, and has a nice light feel with a dry finish that has some hints of iron. It is a drinkable beer, but lacks some of the strength and complexity of other double bocks.

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Photo of twilight
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very drinkable dopplebock that pours a beautiful ruby red color with no head. The aroma is fruity, but too reminiscent of fruit punch to be necessarily great. The taste is malty, sweet and fruity, leading to a sour fruit aftertaste. Nice. Slight carbonation and light on the palate, but full in the body. A good beer, but has hardly any hoppiness. Still, a good drinkable dopplebock.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - Poured an amber colored brew with a medium size head. Retention is very average as well as the carbonation. A bit of caramel and sweetness with an above average body. ABV is well hidden. Not the best doppelbock I have tasted but bot bad either.

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Photo of kwalters
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew at all. I particularly liked the affordable price ($2.49 for a pint).

It poured a deep amber color with a nice foamy, off-white head. By appearance alone, it would be hard to distinguish this Salvator from a Killian's Irish Red. But one tip of the glass and drip of the brew on your tongue and you know it's something a step above. It's sweet and somewhat bread-like in flavor as others have noted, but I was reminded most of candy.

The flavor is a bit better than that of Sam Adam's Double Bock, but the body and feel are not quite as good. I could drink several Salvator's until the 7.5% kicked me.

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

Pours a clear amber with red highlights. Looked a little light to me.
Medium sized bubbly beige head. Aromas of sweet roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, a bit of coffee and a mild yeast presence.
Flavor was rich and sweet, almost cloyingly so. Big roasted malt taste with chocolate, dark caramel, some fruit and a mildly tangy/bitter aftertaste.
Medium bodied with a full, rich and creamy mouthfeel. Would make a great dessert beer, but still pretty drinkable.

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

Clear coppery orange. Couldn't get this beer to work up any head or give up any meaningful lace. Love the colour, but pretty bare otherwise.

Smells malty and sweet, some fuit under that and with a very distinct whiff of alcohol. A little sharp on the nose. Not unpleasant, but not enticing either.

Very sweet on the palate, lots of caramel. The alcohol is quite noticeable and warming. Makes it a touch edgy and rough. A touch of lingering bitterness closes it out.

Overall a just a touch too sweet for my liking and the alcohol a little too noticeable.

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

In your face carbonation and over-the-top unique flavour. Popular with mates. High alcohol and not that greatly masked but liked it. Need some food to not have to crawl away. Nice brown colour and bubbles. Aftertaste made it nicely drinkable. Chestnut chocolatley toasted malt.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Ruby caramel tone with a creamish tan head leaves nice lacing behind after the frothy head begins to dwindle down. Aroma: Mild alcohol with nice ripened fruit undertones seems a bit like a plum brandy tone, to sum it up this is all malt here some hops to touch it up but basically it's all malt here baby. Mouthfeel: Not as big as I once thought when I first started tasting different types of beer this was huge to us very complex not it's a very drinkable mass produced authentic German dopplebock with a lighter body for a d-bock but it's nice overall mild carbonation. Drinkability: A solid brew but I would go for a Celebrator before this one.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. brown bottle and had a clear dark amber color and a compact foamy off-white head that left no lace.
The smell was as full of caramel and earthy malt as a mega-IPA has hops. Redolent of grains and some fruit notes, this brew is all about the malt. The taste closely follows the nose - roasted malts and a solid molasses flavor dominate the taste to the almost complete exclusion of hops. There was a bit of rising bitterness in the finish. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and slick.
As much as hopheads would embrace a fine IPA, malt-lovers should welcome a doppelbock such as Salvator. This is one for those cold nights where you want a nice warming brew to sit back and relax with.

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

Appearance: a deep amber pour that seems moderately lively and has a medium tan head. The head fades down to a ring after a few minutes.

Smell: the nose is decent but subtle. some roasted malts are present and there is a dark molasses sweetness with hints of caramel and raw sugars.

Taste: malty and sweet up front. again, highlighted by molasses and caramel. the sweetness lingers very long and pleasantly. the finish maintains it rich sweetness towards the finish but also ends on a bitter, black licorice note. very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: very full and rich. a sort of heavy sweetness that leaves sticky trails of pleasure on the back of my tongue. an excellent, long-lingering mouthfeel.

Drinkability: a very, very good dopplebock. you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Ardon
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear burnt orange. Quickly dissipating head leaving a nice 1cm froth.

Smell: Very intense aroma, could smell it from a distance. Strong sweet malt and faint unidentifiable fruitiness. Flowery hops.

Taste: Much less malt flavours than was present in the nose. Slight toffee flavours with a long smoky bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Smoother and much less sticky than other doppelbocks. Soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Smoother and easier drinking than is typical for the style. Except for its strong bitter finish, could make an excellent session beer.

Edit: Used this to marinate a steak with cracked black peppercorns, garlic and olive oil. Turned out fantastic.

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

Transparent with a great reddish color to it. The generous head left a nice lace but but didn't retain well. Smells and tastes like malt heaven with a wonderful, lasting aftertaste. A little hop bite also comes through in the end.

Some beers get worse as you drink them and some get better. This one just keeps getting better and better. I might be able to drink it as a session beer if it doesn't get too sweet after a few.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Intimidating pour, bright, opaque amber, with a thick, bubble-bath tan head. Up front, not a beer to be toyed with. Has a large chewy/malty/sticky body, alcohol immediately noted. Spicy in the body, hints of caramel and even apple notes. Creamy and dangerously slick as it warms, more flavorable as it ages. Medium warming effect that bites back; very tasty and enjoyable, stands on it's own as a world class doppelbock, simply incredible.

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

Much more drinkable than other double-bocks I've had.

Smoky malt with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. The high ABV is noticeable, but it doesn't knock you back.

A nice dark brown color, a very fine choice. I can see why this beer has such a good reputation.

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Photo of BigPapaLager
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle was brown with an old school label. What looks like a date is smudged. Poured a mohagany red . The best smelling beer I've ever had the chance to test. Some sweet notes in the brew that I could not recognize. Maybe Raisin? Fine brew. Enjoy

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

16.9 oz brown bottle with the classic label.

Beer pours a nice translucent brown with a fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing on the glass.

Great aroma!! I get lots of slightly smokey malt, caramel and some sweet almost cookie aroma.

What a great beer, I can believe I waited so long to have more. Taste is layered. Some sweetness that is kept in check by the toasty malts. I also get a bit of fruit and I swear a molasses type thing going. Excellent creamy smooth mouthfeel. What a well made and easy drinking beer.

This is an example of the brewer’s art!!

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

Pours a dark copper with a 1/2 inch fluffy white head that stays. Extremely effervesant, almost champagne like. Smell is pure malt. Raisins and figs are other things that I pick up. Explosive bubbles continue in the mouth as expected. Taste is very smooth and creamy. Solid malt backbone with a more raisins and figs coming in. I also pick up something earthy?

A great beer that I will sample again.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very beautiful looking beer, only it seems to be a little light in color for a dopple bock. It is a rust brown color, with a huge white head. Has a sharp flavor, with lots of carbonation, a tinge of alcohol, and a smooth, slick finish. This is a very good beer. Not quite like the other dopplebocks I have had, but full of flavor, and something that needs to be tried by all.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent copper colored with decent beige head that thins out rather quickly. Caramelly sweet malt aromas with yeast notes consistent with a bock beer. Not a lot of hops noticable. Chewy, crystally malt flavor backed with a significant alcohol punch. Smooth malt profile. Very drinkable, but a touch on the sweet side. One of the finer doppelbocks I've tried. The malt is definitely the best part of this beer.

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

Red with hints of bronze.
2 finger yellowish head dissolves into a small cap with good lacing
A very smoky earthyness in the aroma and taste. Hints of dark fruits, brandy, bread and apple?. Very malty. A medium feel, approaching full. Sneaky alcohol as I didn't taste or smell anything hinting at the 7.5% abv.

I couldn't see myself drinking this all the time, but it would be fun to return to, and see what else I get from it.

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Photo of merlin48
4.34/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with 06.04 on the bottom right of the label(don't know what this means). Pours an attractive clear cherry mahogany with a medium head that quickly dissipates. Small lacing doesn't hang around long either. Toffee and chocolate malty aroma grabbed my attention from three feet away. That got my attention. Taste is initially slight carbonation and sweet malts. Some smoky dried fruit flavors aren't far behind. A fine balance of several flavors here, as the alcohol content jumps aboard. Finish is a bit dry.

I had never heard of this one when I bought it last week. Needless to say, what a very pleasant surprise. Definitely a world class doppelbock that I would rate just a notch below my beloved Celebrator.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been one of my favorite doppelbocks in the world for many years. It's a world classic, cherised by many, so I'll keep my review succinct.

This particular bottle poured nice and vigorous, the head sustained nicely, the look was a clean but deep bronze, it smelled like a great combination of toasted malts and toffee, started on the tongue nice and easy, carried a great body throughout, and finished like the archetype German lager--very smooth and clean. The aftertaste was immense. I wish I could carry an aftertaste like this with me all day, though I'd probably have to consume way too many of these for my own good.

Paulaner is probably my favorite Munich brewer, and with consistent home runs like Salvator, they will probably remain so.

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

Pours to a generous off-white head that sticks around with patchy foam and lace. Nice orange-amber color. Aroma is smoky malt. Flavor is smoky malt, alcohol and sweet Munich malt. finishes sweet and with lingering bitterness and alcohol warmth. Very balanced and drinkable.

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

Caramel brown, clear, with an even, 1/4 inch-tall meniscus of off-white foam.
Aromas of vanilla, toasted nuts and broiled sugars are subtle and balanced.
On the palate it is admirably dry, with teasing notions of tiramisu, honeyed, roasted almonds and eggy pastry. This is a completely attenuated beer, but there are lots of "dessert"-like flavors. Orange-infused brandy (ie. Grand Marnier) battles with charred, bitter tannins. Calvados, cigar box, nutmeg, cream and chestnut flavors are included as it warms.
Delicious stuff. Uncomplicated.

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Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
3.92 out of 5 based on 2,656 ratings.
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