Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock

Reviewed by on May 19, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

  • Origin: Munich, Germany

  • Rated On: May 19, 2015

  • Best Before: February, 2016

  • ABV: 7.9%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

There is plenty of evidence to suggest that Paulaner’s version is the oldest doppelbock currently being made, as the story of its creation goes all the way back to the Paulaner Friars in the late 17th century.

This 330ml bottle pours a mostly clear, bright orange-brick amber colour, with a few fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and soapy off-white head, which leaves some very spotty remote islet lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells of strongly caramelized and semi-sweet grainy malt, oily bar-top nuts, soft black orchard fruit, brown sugar, a touch of earthy yeast, and spicy, floral, and grassy hops. The taste is bready, doughy caramel malt, a further rich toffee sweetness, mild yeasty spice, some prune, fig, and raisin dark fruitiness, musty and leafy noble hops, and some mildly astringent booziness kicking around. The carbonation is fairly strong, manifesting in a palate-titillating frothiness, the body decently weighty, and generally smooth, as the alcohol noses its way in. It finishes a bit sweet, the caramel/toffee twin axe attack not to be denied, only moderated, by those earthy, leafy, and weedy hops, and a soupcon of boozy heat.

Not nearly as egregiously malty as a number of the doppelbocks I’ve yet experienced – more like a boozy Euro strong ale, which I know sounds like splitting hairs, or attempting to offend a venerable Munich brewing concern. Nothing of the sort, I assure you, it’s just how it comes across this particular layman’s view, is all. Suitably warming, and good stuff – something to ward off those last niggly cold bits of Spring.

Brady White

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