Bavarian Fastenstarkbier is a dark, strong beer with a malty flavour. Its high extract content means that this "Doppelbockbier" is very full flavoured and rounded in taste. Alcohol content is over 7 %.
Doppelbockbier was initially brewed in 1629 by Paulaner monks in the "Neudeck op der Au" monastery on the outskirts of Munich and called "Sankt-Vaters-Bier". The monks wanted to compensate for the greatly reduced intake of solid food during the fasting period through appropriately nutritious drinks. However the manufacture of strong beer had to have the consent of the Pope. To communicate with this authority the impression of a tasty Doppelbockbier, the monks sent a small barrel of the ”fasting beer“ to Rome. However, its journey over the Alps and warming-up under the Italian sun led to the beer being already spoiled by the time it was delivered to the Holy Father. The Pope tasted the brew and saw no reason why he should forbid his brothers north of the Alps the enjoyment of the horrible-tasting strong beer.
Around 1770 the Swabian master brewer and monastery brother Barnabas Still improved the taste of the Doppelbock so much that it became known far outwith the borders of the monastery. The Bavarian Elector Karl Theodor was presented with the first tankard of Salvator beer, as the beer was also known, every year at the beginning of the fasting period in the monastery. This was a custom that pleased him so much, and the beer tasted so good, that on February 26, 1780 he officially permitted the Paulaner monks the general serving and sale of the beer to everyone. Twenty years later the monastery was deprived of its property during secularisation and the brewery was rented to the brewer Herrn Zacherl who mentioned the Salvator beer for the first time in letter written to King Ludwig I in 1836.
The present name of the Doppelbock beer “Salvator” was derived from the original "Sankt-Vaters-Bier". Other breweries also called their Doppelbock "Salvator" and this was then forbidden under the law. It is now only allowed to use the suffix –ator. Nowadays, the annual spring strong beer period is opened every year by the Mayor of Munich through tapping the first barrel of Salvator-Doppelbock. On the Munich Nockherberg the two week long ”fifth season of the year“ begins with the famous "Politiker-Derblecke".