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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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87
very good

2,430 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,430
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 55
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999)
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RedSpecial1

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out a dark brown, with very little off white head, and even this little bit dissipates rather quickly. Lots of malt and caramel scents come off of this beer, as well as just a hint of alcohol which, fortunately, stays mostly in the background. This beer tastes very malty and to a lesser degree has some caramel flavor to it. The mouthfeel for this one is pretty good, not as heavy as you'd expect from a beer at this ABV, but I wouldn't call it thin by a long shot. The main reason I think this beer suffers is because its high ABV impairs its drinkability somewhat. While tasty, this isn't a beer you're going to sit down and drink through a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 18:44:52 | More by RedSpecial1
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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,430 ratings.