Name: Paulaner Salvator
Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: Not Applicable
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.9%
First Brewed: 1773
Salvator is dark amber in color with a strong, malty taste n the palate. There is also, however a sweetness that is well balanced by a light and fine hop character. The alcohol is shy to emerge, which makes it very drinkable but also dangerous after more than a few pints.
I have had this beer before… but I don’t remember the bottle being this big… maybe I am thinking about a different beer. At any rate, I have heard about this beer before. I mean, there are monks on the label… and we all know that monks make the best beers. (Speaking of monks, did you know that they are allowed to drink beer during Lent?)
The beer itself has a pretty high alcohol content, but when you pour it into a glass you’d never know it. Its pretty clear, and seems to be quite carbonated.
In the book they call this beer “dangerous”. I can see why. The beer is fantastic. The flavor actually changes on the palate starting quite strong, and then lingering off toward the back of your tongue. But it sticks around, leaving a sweetness in your mouth. (The book actually talks about this too.) I would love to find this stuff on tap… but I would be hard pressed to think they ship kegs of this stuff over here, especially with that high of an alcohol content.
Regardless, I LOVE this beer. I would drink this every day if I could afford it. (Speaking of that, I wonder how we are going to afford 1001 bottles of beer. This might get interesting!)
Although apparently “Salvator” means “Savior”, the word makes me think of “salivated”. From what the book had to say about this beer and the fondness people in Germany have for it, maybe people do salivate over it!
When poured, it didn’t have much head at all and flowed into the glass almost bubbly, as if it was carbonated. I found the color of it very different. It’s a thick beer, but instead of being a brown, black, or yellow, it seemed almost orange to me. It was actually a pretty nice color and made me wonder even more what it would taste like.
The smell of the Salvator seems to me to be very rich and kind of nutty. It doesn’t have a very strong smell, but it is definitely there. At first sip, it has an almost spicy, but fruity flavor. It finishes with an aftertaste, though – you can catch the hops then. In fact, it’s almost hard to keep up with the change in taste from start to finish. The taste at the beginning doesn’t last too long, but the finish sticks with you.
I enjoyed this beer and can see why it’s popular in Germany. Not too light, but for me it would be a special occasion kind of beer – one I would expect to pay more for… just not every day.
999 bottles of beer on the wall…