It’s that time again, what time? Deutsch Bier Wednesday time! And, yes, I know it’s Thursday, but I got caught watching the Human Centipede last night, and didn’t get a chance to write up this review. Anyone who knows what the Human Centipede is should understand. With that said let’s get to it. This week’s beer is Paulaner’s Salvator Double Bock. Now, I haven’t had a lot of double bocks or bocks, because it just hasn’t been a style that has stood out for me to try. So, when I was looking for Deutsch biers for March and saw this double bock I had to give it a go. You can visit Paulaner’s website with this link, but it looks to be in German.
Salvator comes in at an ABV of 7.9%, and pours a short, somewhat creamy, off-white head that quickly dissipates. The look is an unfiltered cloudy dark honey/amber color with red hues. Much like the hefe-weisse from last week, there are a lot of little goodies floating around. Head – 6, Look – 15. The smell is very complex, it hits with a sweet aroma of light honey and dried fruit with hints of citrus acid. The malts follow strongly behind with an array of roasted and sweet malt. The characteristics of the smell remind me of some sweeter or more tart Belgium beers, which leads me to believe that the yeast is playing a strong aromatic role here. Smell – 23.
The Salvator hits the palate with a strong presence of malt, a good amount of roasted malt, with some bitterness from the hops behind the malt, and the sweetness tasting like it is coming from the yeast. The aftertaste is a dry bitter, but after a few drinks becomes more of a tart bitterness. Palate – 8, Aftertaste – 8. The sweetness of this bier is what surprised me the most. I expected more of a bitter roasted flavor, but tart fruitiness mixed with the darker malts provides for a tasty balanced bier. The hops are behind those two strong flavors, and plays the role of what could be called a catalyst. The texture is thick and full, which is to be expected with its cloudy complexion. Flavor – 28.
Malt and I have a love hate relationship. I like malt, because it gives me alcohol and the ability for my favorite brews to exist., but I’m not the biggest fan of malt being the overall flavor. Biers like this however are starting to change my opinion. This beer is very well crafted to provide a complexity with malt that I’ve only recently experienced in a couple other brews (Iron Horse’s Malt Bomb to name one), but this Salvator does so with really no hop characteristics. If you are a fan of malt, or want to give a smooth complex Deutsch bier a try pick up this double bock. With an Overall Flavor of 44/50 the Beer Fusion gives Paulaner’s Salvator…