This week I picked up a 6-pack of Paulaner Salvator Double Bock. Here’s what they say about it on their website: “This is the original Paulaner, the founding beer of Paulaner. The Salvator Double Bock is a bottom-fermented beer and has been brewed in almost exactly the same way since the end of the 18th century. It combines the most delicate of hops and dark barley malt to give a strong, characteristically malty taste and an inviting, gleaming copper colour.”
I was definitely impressed with the color. “Gleaming copper” is a pretty good description. Pours with a small, white head that dissipates fairly fast and leaves behind a light lace.
This is a nice, malty brew and it smells like it when you take a whiff! I expected a heavier feel when it hit my mouth, but as dark as it appears, it’s surprisingly light on the tongue. A decent amount of carbonation helps in that department. There’s a little fruitiness up front, but it quickly gives way and you’ll catch a hint of caramel that is well balanced with the hops. It’s easy for brewers to go overboard with a doppelbock, making it too sweet, but that is certainly not the case with the Salvator. There’s lots of flavor here from start to finish and is enjoyable all the way through.
It can catch you a little off guard – at 7.9% with this level of carbonation, it can hit your system quickly and give you a little buzz. I definitely suggest drinking this one during or after a meal!
This is another one I can see myself picking up from time to time and at $8.99 for the six, I’m happy to do it!
It’s not one of the best beers I’ve ever had, but it is rather enjoyable!
I’ll give this one a 5.5 out of 10!