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Doppelbock is a very malty, highly alcoholic, "Doppel" or "Double" bock. By German law, any beer with a starting gravity of at least 18 plato (1.072) can be called "Doppelbock" regardless of color. Names of Dopelbocks often end in "-ator."


The Paulaner brewery in Munich created Doppelbock as a style. According to Wikipedia a group of Italian monks crossed the Alps to settle near Munich, eventually establishing the Pailaner brewery in 1634. They brewed a strong beer with local German influence that we now know as Doppelbock. The beer was first made available to the public in 1780 under the name Salvator. Other breweries soon followed suit also carrying the suffix "-ator" on many of their names.


Full bodied, very malty beer. No hop aroma or flavor. Slight choc/roast flavor OK for darker versions. Low fruitiness, ester and diacytl. Amber to dark brown in color. Low to moderate carbonation.


  • Color Range: 6.0-25.0 SRM
  • Original Gravity Range: 1.072-1.120 SG
  • Final Gravity Range: 1.018-1.030 SG
  • Bitterness Range: 16.0-30.0 IBU
  • Alcohol by Volume Range: 7.0-12.0 %
  • Carbonation Range: 2.3-2.6 vols
  • BJCP Style Number: 5 C


  • Pale lager malts
  • Munich and Vienna malts to achieve desired color
  • Very little dark malts in dark versions only
  • German noble hops for bittering only
  • German lager yeast
  • Moderate water hardness
  • Decoction mash traditionally used


  • Paulaner Salvator, Ayinger Celebrator, Spaten Optimator, Tucher Bajuvator, Moretti La Rossa, Weihenstephaner Korbinian

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