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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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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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours orange gold to ruby brown under a finely bubbled persistent clingy 2” white foam collar. S: Aroma: bready malt aroma but not boatloads, a little musty with a touch of fruit and chocolate.T: Strong malt flavors with melanoidins and a hint of fruit and chocolate. Liquid bread. Faint tartness, light bitter accent. F: Full body, medium carbonation, alcohol, clean and smooth. O: A big, full flavored, complex world class beer

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Photo of TH28
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: 10/15 code date. Appearance: Clear ruby red/brown, with a thick khaki foam head. Aroma: Toasted bread crust, figs, raisins, dark cherries Taste: Rich bready, toasted, chocolate malt. Very fruity, with notes of figs and cherries. Multiple layers of flavor here. Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate mouthfeel, with an underlying alcohol warmth. Finish: Leaves a warm toasted breadiness on the palate. Overall: A world class doppelbock. Rich malt breadiness and fruity character, that leaves you feeling

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Photo of 360logic
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a copper/amber hue with medium thick head that sticks around. Suprisingly light colored.

S: Sweet. Malt. Whole wheat bread, but not the darker kind. Brown sugar. Dried figs and apricots. Smells the way it looks, surprisingly non-roasty and bright.

T: First few sips are pretty sweet. But not quite toasted whole wheat bread-sweet, but more like french baguette. Fruity esters follow immediately after. Grapes and cherries. Maybe a little red/golden delicious apple. About half a dozen sips in you start picking up a tartness inter-playing with the sweetness. It's subtle, but noticeable. Eventually, the finish on this starts picking up a subtle bitterness that starts to help balance everything out.

M: Medium carbonation, medium chewiness. Like the color and taste, it doesn't take you to full on dark malt territory, and it doesn't quite feel as heavy as other doppelbocks.

O: Overall, this is pretty good beer. Somewhat unusual for the style, but taken on it's own terms it has a lot to offer. It's sweet, but moderately complex. It feels like it exists somewhere between a bock and a doppelbock.

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

Cellar temperature. Tulip.

It's got a fleeting head of tan foam, and a mahogany sort of red hue going on. I can see a lot of carbonation. Pretty.

A really nice aroma from this of sweet red fruits like cherries and apples, raisins, and even some cinnamon. Lovely.

Oh yeah, baby, give me that fruitiness! Now this is interesting: rather than the more roasted, stout-like maltiness of some doppelbocks, this brings the full-on fruitiness that the aroma suggests, very nicely balanced between sweet and tart. A sweet breadiness is apparent after the fruity burst. This reminds me of some of the red-hued Belgian ales I've sampled. Clean finish from the effervescence.

Highly carbonated, and full-bodied.

A fruit-forward dopplebock that immediately fires apples and cherries at you, and asks questions later.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium brown. A bit light for a doppelbock IMO. Nice tan head.

Smell is ok.

Primary flavor of malt. A bit overly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. Not rich, not overly carbonated.

Finish is nice. All comes together well.

Not a first tier choice, but adequate.

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Photo of sjccmd
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grapey fruity esters with deep caramel malt. Toasted bread and biscuits. Brown sugar. Some spicy herbal hops, but pretty low. A hint of warming spicy alcohol.

Deep copper/amber with off white head that recedes quickly. Poor head retention, no lacing. Somewhat hazy, but that could just be chill haze.

Flavor begins with grapey esters and follows with toasty malt. Graham cracker and toasted pumpernickel bread. Clean lager character. Firm bitterness.

Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Fills the mouth. Some lingering toasty malt and bitter hops on the finish. Definitely on the dry side.

Very drinkable particularly for the ABV. Lots of character and drier than other doppelbocks.

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Photo of Marraybay
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was surprising: Very different and unexpected, both taste wise and visually. Pours a cloudy copper orange, as opposed to a darker, roastier beer like Optimator or the like. A very sweet beer from the start, with only a hint of bitterness at the finish. It took me about half the bottle to sort of resolve the surprise of it, but by the end, I found that I really liked it. Again, the sweetness is very forward and present--"fruity"--unlike other doppelbock's, where the sweetness might be underneath and come from more of a molasses/chocolate direction. For whatever reason, I found myself thinking this would be a great pizza beer.

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Photo of Myotus
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours with a fingers worth of off-white foam that reduces to a thin line within 15 seconds. Lots of bubbles for the first minute then they pretty much vanish after. Has an abundance of small particles floating around making it extremely murky. Has a red/amber color with an orange hue. Lacing is practically absent. Has strong aromas of caramel with mild aromas of malts and fig and a hint of bitter hops (a fantastic aroma). Initial taste is strong with caramel, figs, and malt (kind of tastes like buttered bread) flavors. A very slight bitter hop flavor enters immediately after. Caramel and malt flavors persist well into the aftertaste as hop and fig flavors subside. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy, but I Iove it. Carbonation is perfect. Overall, an amazing beer and a spectacular doppelbock. Definitely my favorite thus far.

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Photo of 1Bonehed
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: Poured into 25oz mug starting down side & finishing down the middle. Cloudy light Amber & Mahogany with a light caramel & slightly orange hue in color. Attractive Tan/Beige head which dissipated quickly leaving virtually no lacing. After finished drinking, mug looked clean, as if never used.

SMELL: Amazing smell, malty with nice fruity & slightly nutty undertones. A sweetness fairly similar to freshly baked bread, but much more complex. Absolutely incredible aroma, wished my entire house could smell like this beer.

TASTE: I enjoyed the flavor of this beer, I've always enjoyed malty beers with a nice complex blend of fruitiness & a slight but noticeable hoppy/chocolate bitterness to round it off. Had to take a noticeable swig to recognize the fruity tones to it, which I would have liked to tad more prevalent. Upon taking a larger swig, the alcohol became more noticeable as well. Hardly an issue in this particular case, just nit picking.

FEEL: I found it to have a refreshing lightness to it, not overly watery, but a bit thinner than I anticipated it being. Keep in mind that I haven't had many Double Bocks, so I'm likely at fault on this aspect (lack of experience), but for the smell & flavor, I expected a little more body from it. Expected it to be more hardy & heavier.

OVERALL: I Enjoyed this beer, fantastic Aroma & look appeal, mixed with a very complex flavor profile that kept me wanting more. Fantastic beer that I will definitely drink again. Would have no problem with recommending this beer to a friend.

Hope you enjoyed the review.....CHEERS

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

A: slight haze; light to medium brown; 1 finger light brown head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: sweet malt; dark fruit in the background; rich;

T: follows the nose from start to finish; very light bitterness at the end;

M: medium to full bodied; light to moderate carbonation; rich; smooth;

O: very flavorful;

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

Very malty doppelbock and really not a whole lot of sweetness to speak of. I'm a bit surprised at how noticeable the alcohol is given it's only 7.9%. Not exactly what I was expecting out of a doppel, but I've had much worse.

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Photo of Get_Lowell
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: very slight foam which dissipates quickly, beautiful amber color.
Smell:Faint, caramel, molasses.
Taste: Rich caramel on the front, Slight bitterness on the finish which lingers.
Feel: Thin, somewhat resiny.
Overall: For a much heralded doppelbock this left me wanting.

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Photo of drmeto
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-pours a clear copper with a small-medium,frothy,beige head
-low-medium carbonation visible
-Follows the nose plus spices,nuts and a toasty finish
-medium carbonation,medium-full body
-slight alcohol-warming
One of the best Doppelbocks around

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Photo of hreb
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle served in pub glass. Beer pours orange amber in color, and somewhat cloudy, showing evidence of bottle fermentation. Sweet, fruity aroma, a little plum. Flavor is on the sweet side, too, finishing with a small dose of German hops, but not at all dry. Fortunately that rules out any of the chalkiness sometimes associated with bock beers. Also the alcohol is not at all present. The parallels with a English Barleywine are somewhat remarkable: raisin, stone fruit, molasses. But this high gravity beer is unmistakably german. Easy to drink, but I'd prefer the former.

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

A: dark ruby brown lager, two fingers of tan head

S: mild fruits like dates and raisins, dark brown breads and molasses-sweetened malts

T: nice mellow fruits up front, modest spice and brighter fruit impressions; mildly sweet like watery molasses

M: medium-light, smooth and soft, barely perceptible carbonation

O: a well-crafted doppelbock that hits the marks you'd want from the style - a good frame-of-reference beer, and for fans of the style, no doubt a solid go-to lager

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

Pours a reddish brown with a two finger tan head. Aroma is dark fruit and molasses. Taste is also dark fruit and molasses, with a slight rye bread character. Mouthfeel is medium, would like a bit more feel. Overall a very well done dopplebock, one of the go to's for the style.

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