Direct from Germany, via a journey of several hundred of whichever distance you prefer, comes Paulaner Salvator, a doppelbock which seems to rate quite highly with the beer ratings sites.
|Paulaner – Salvator; 7.9%|
|Freshly baked wholegrain bread with a mix of dried, autumnal fruits and some hops. Clear, brown, with a tan frothy head that quickly goes. Full on, full bodied beer – this is really full on and quite a departure from some of the most recent beers I’ve been drinking. Heavy on the alcohol side with a bitterness that seems milder than it probably is because of the alcohol. Some fruitiness. Not much in the way of carbonation, quite flat.|
In the end I found that the heavy alcohol just drowns out the taste, and all you are really getting a bready, alcohol taste, which is probably the point but then again my tastes have changed since I last had anything from Germany. Still, it is good enough to be enjoyed. One interesting note here, this beer is highly rated on RateBeer (95%) but not too highly by me, as Evan Rail noted in his wonderful new offering Why Beer Matters, this is the fabulous thing about beer, it is wonderfully democratic.
|Website – Paulaner||RateBeer|