Thursday, March 26, 2009

Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock (2009 original review)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (569) - Albany, USA - MAR 28, 2010
There are certain types of beers that only the most discriminating of connoisseurs geek out over and German-style “doppelbock” is one of them. Having only had one beer of this type which was American (and past its expiration date) I never understood the appeal, so I decided to try the “original” beer of the style – Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock. Now that I drink it I can definitely understand what all the hubbub is about, but I’m not going to join in on it.


This beer pours smoothly to form a clear body that is dark amber/ruby red. There is very little carbonation noticeable. It also does not form much of a head, either. About a 1-finger, almost yellow, fizzy head which dissolves quickly and doesn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly skunky, but I’ve smelled much worse. A strong malty presence can be detected from the nose alone.


I didn’t know what to expect out of Paulaner Salvator since my last experience with a beer of this type was unpleasant – what would the “real deal” be like? Fortunately, it was surprisingly sweet with caramel, toffee and butterscotch being the most prominent flavors.

However, as richly-flavored as this beer is, I would describe the overall taste as quite mild. The flavors are a little subdued because of the strong alcohol content.


I had no trouble at all finishing this beer, but I did notice a warming effect as the beer went down. There’s also a distinct dryness to the palate and the beer leaves a strong dry aftertaste, similar to a dry red wine. Easy to swallow, but not necessarily enjoyable.


At 7.9% ABV, Paulaner Salvator is a very heavy beer. At times I thought I could detect the alcohol in the taste, but other times I found it was rather sweet and delectable. It didn’t seem to overwhelm me, but for a beer that is much more malty than it is bitter, I’m not sure I understand the reason behind the high potency.


I was hoping Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock would be the beer of this niche type to win me over, and although I found it to be a good beer, I know I’m not going to become a doppelbock geek anytime soon. Regardless, it’s a tasty beer that’s fairly easy to drink, but is much more likely appreciated by those who have acquired the taste for it.

Grade: 7/10

NOTE: Read (and watch) my 2015 re-review here:

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