Paulaner Salvator


In the early 17th century, a small order of monks migrated from Italy to what is now the city of Munich. These were the Paulaner monks. During the Lenten season, the monks were mandated to maintain abstinence of all foods other than bread and water. One enterprising young monk, Brother Barnabus, reasoned that since bread contains grains, yeast and herbs it was permissible to brew a hearty, nourishing beverage to help sustain them while not violating their Lenten observance. Being in Munich, the natural beverage of choice was a beer. Since this brew was created to observe Lent, it had to be special. So just after the celebration of Easter, Brother Barnabus started to brew his beer for consumption during the next Lenten period, 41 weeks away. The beer had to be hearty and full-bodied to stand up to the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Such a well-balanced beer would require extremely long lagering time and a new brewing process. Thus, the dopplebock (double bock) brewing style was born. The beer was named Salvator, in honor of Our Savior, and it became a tradition. Today, Paulaner Salvator is the benchmark for double bock brewing. It is still referred to, among beer aficionados as, “Liquid Bread.”

  • Style: Doppelbock
  • Origin: Czech Republic
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