Thursday, January 14, 2010

Salvator Doppelbock

Salvator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Paulaner Salvator Thomasbraeu AG

7.90% ABV

Commercial Description:
The Paulaner Salvator with its strong,typically malty taste is the original Paulaner. The bottom-fermented Doppelbock-Bier unites the finest hops and dark barley malt. The Paulaner monks served Salvator as a replacement for food at Lent. Their most famous brewer was Brother Barnabas, who was the head of the Paulaner monastery brewery starting from 1773. Its original recipe is today almost the same as it was in Barnabas' time. In order to protect the original recipe, Paulaner had the trade mark "Salvator" patented in 1896.

This is actually review 96 but I seems to have lost it and posting it out of order.

Pours a slightly cloudy copper with an off white head. The head initially looked pretty rich but it did not stick around.

Nice toasted malts on the nose along with another sweetness, possible a floral hop aroma?

Nice Doppelbock. Sweet toasted malts up front. There is not much going on in the middle of the sip other than a pleasant effervescence. The back end and finish are full of a nice toasted malt flavors and somewhat nutty notes. The final aftertaste is a slightly lingering toasted malt flavor along with a slight malt and hop bitterness. It’s not really refreshing but it is very satisfying. I don’t usually use a term like drinkability but this is a very easy drinking brew.

There is an interesting malty bitterness on the finish.

The beer has warmed to 60 degrees and it has picked up a slight unpleasantness. Well, unpleasantness may not be fair. It’s tasking more German, if you know what I mean. The German malts seem to be picking up a more bitter and un-favorable taste as it warms.

OK, at this point there in only one thing to do. Finish this beer before it gets too warm and open another cold one.

Ah, a new cold one, that’s more better.

This is not a bad brew but like most lagers it doesn’t warm well. I also think the Paulaner Oktoberfest is a better beer then this one.

There is not much of anything to add to this review. I keep saying to myself “it’s not bad” but I have not said “it’s good” either. I have gotten so use to letting beer warm as a bench mark to how good they are. Since this one did not warm well can’t say this is a good beer. As for my gold standard for a Doppelbock, it’s Ayinger Celebrator and this beer doesn’t even come close to that.

I feel like I need to give this a rating, so it’s a C maybe even a C- not bad but I can’t say It’s good either. Also I am just coming off of having some of the best Belgians I’ve ever had.

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