Beer of the Weekend #45: Paulaner Salvator

The beer this weekend is Paulaner Salvator brewed by Paulaner of Munich, Germany.

Serving type: Six 12-ounce bottles.

Appearance: Poured a clean, clear red/rust color. A finger and a half of head developed and dissipated to leave a ring of lacing on top.

Smell: It lacked potency; I had to put my nose deep in the glass a few times before sensing anything. Sweet barnyard-like malts and caramel. It reminded me of a märzen.

Taste: Very crisp and clean, also buttery. The malt sweetness from the smell was present as well as a hint of toffee, caramel, and fruit, possibly banana. No hop bitterness on the back of the tongue, but the alcohol became too dominant as the beer warmed.

Drinkability: It truly is more like bread than beer. I want to say it’s an energy bar in liquid form, but the smell and taste are much more deserving. It’s decent and drinkable, but the monastic life is not for everyone.

Fun facts about Paulaner Salvator:

-Serving temperature: 48ºF. Finally! — a beer that is profiled in one of my beer books. Check that —
both beer books, and each profile is oddly similar.

-Alcohol content: 7.5 percent ABV. I’m unsure, but that may be the highest ABV of any beer profiled on BotW. (BeerAdvocate pegs the alcohol content even higher: 7.9 percent!) I haven’t had a beer since last Saturday so I’m really feeling it.

-Food pairings: I finally (finally!) wised up and gave the food pairings their very own standalone category. It only took me nine months. Anyway,
Beers of the World has this for a food suggestion: “A meal in itself.” What a cop-out, though it is factual, which I will explain below. Michael Jackson makes no recommendations in Great Beer Guide, but BeerAdvocate suggests German cuisine, buttery cheese (Brie, Gouda, and Swiss), chocolate, and game meat. Not too specific, are they?

-Paulaner was founded in 1634 by monks of the order of St. Francis of Paula. To sustain them during Lenten fasting, the monks brewed an especially malty beer to be a type of liquid bread, which they called “salvator,” Latin for “the savior.” For a while, “salvator” was used to describe beers of the same type before they became known as dopplebocks. (Paulaner Salvator is the original dopplebock.) In 1894, Paulaner trademarked the Salvator name so no other brewery could use it, yet they still imitate it by labeling their dopplebocks with names ending in “-ator.” Spaten Optimator, for example, is guilty.

The Quite Man’s grade: B-.

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