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Salvator Doppel Bock | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
2,775 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
paulaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,086
Reviews:
1,389
Ratings:
2,775
pDev:
11.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of thehyperduck
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500 mL can from the LCBO; packaged Mar 7 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a clear copper-amber colour, supporting just under an inch of loose, soapy, cream-coloured foam. It dissipates fully within the next 2-3 minutes or so, with only a modest-sized collar and a thin, filmy cap remaining in place. Looks fine, although some lacing would improve the visuals. The nose is quite sweet and fruity, with brown sugar and molasses featured alongside notes of plum, raisin, red grape, syrupy cherry and a light hint of cocoa. A term like 'bready' doesn't quite do the aroma justice - it's more akin to a black forest / fruitcake, with the ethanol and hints of herbal hops becoming more noticeable as it warms.

The taste follows the aroma; very malt-forward and saccharine, with brown sugar and molasses present in an unwavering background role. Bready and cake-like, with raisin, prune and cherry, as well as a hint of chocolate towards the finish. An herbal, mildly bitter dénouement with some licorice flavour is wrapped up by a boozy-sweet maltiness that persists into the aftertaste. Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that start off feeling prickly, but soften up as the glass breathes. Half-way through the glass, the liquid becomes much softer, smoother, and chewier, which is more apropos IMO.

Final Grade: 4.14, an A-. Paulaner's Salvator has such a rich, dense malt flavour that it's not hard to imagine how the monks could have subsisted off of it for six weeks. Or course, whether or not their livers would be better off at the conclusion of that six-week period is another question entirely. Salvator is a classic doppelbock, and thus an appropriate bar for comparison with other examples of this style. Not necessarily my favourite of the big-name "-ator" bocks - the alcohol could stand to be a bit more well-integrated - but it's still a darn good one that I'm guaranteed to return to. Absolutely worth a try, especially at the rock-bottom price of $3.00 a can - you won't have much luck finding a better doppel for your dollars, at least in this province.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a frosty pint glass. Pours a deep rich brown with a thin white head that disappears quickly. Smells of caramel and chocolate and tastes the same. Smooth and drinkable with a hint of alcohol. My first beer from this brewer and I like it.

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

Photo of jglaw1
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ABabbidge
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Opaque copper color. Small crackling head that faded fairly quickly.

S: Bready malt and raisins.

T: Caramel malt, dark fruit, raisins, earthy, a little bit of alcohol. More dark chocolate and nutty flavors come out as it warms.

F: Low carbonation, moderate body. Dry finish.

O: Not what I was expecting compared to other dopplebocks I have had, so that threw me off a little at first I think. It got better as it warmed. Overall not a bad brew, but I probably won't get it again.

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Photo of Frankgabriel2383
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of unclekeith
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sjrider
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CenturionLXVII
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JustCamIt
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had 0.5l on tap at a Munich restaurant.
Arrived in a branded stein with a hazy brown-copper body and a tannish thick head. An aroma of molasses, cocoa and candied cherries. Tastes of canned brown bread, coffee and malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was full and chewy. I easily quaffed 2/3 before the meal and the last 1/3 to cut the grease on my veal schnitzel dinner.

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

Photo of ZEB89
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jnorris404
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mandrilo
4.99/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Photo of morrowd3
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emincems
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep amber color is nice, but head isn't strong. Sweet taste with some caramel, toffee and toasted malts. Full body. Abv is not hidden. Warming finish.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Salvator Doppel Bock from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 2,775 ratings
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