Blind tasting review
Paulaner Salvator
Paulaner Salvator

Family Strong Beer Style Doppelbock
Country Germany ABV 7.9%
Price $$$ Packaging 12oz/355ml, 16.9oz/500ml bottle
Characteristics Malty, strong, unusual

Overview Before doppelbock was thought of and named as a double-strength version of bock beer, the style was called Salvator, after the original version developed by the Paulaner monks nearly 400 years ago to be a filling, nourishing beer to consume during religious fasting.

Flavors and aromas One of our two samples of Salvator seems to have undergone some oxidation, with honey and sake notes. A second bottle was much fresher, showing lots of spices, dried fruits, and alcohol in the nose. The heart of this beer, though, is the deep, dark fruit/caramel notes which have both a density and a clarity that points to the single-minded approach to doppelbock flavor— long boils to caramelize and reduce a lot of light grain to a dark, dense beer.
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