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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,276 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2276
Reviews: 1247
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%


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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Reviews by lawlerj:
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lawlerj

Nebraska

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A - pours a translucent dark ruby when held up to light. Tannish, off white head. About two finger width with a moderate pour. Appears to be moderately carbonated - some bubbles but not a ton.

S - lots of thick, bready malt mixed with some herbal hops. Caramel and a touch of alcohol as well - maybe even a little funky? Not sure but I like it.

T - cramel, biscuity malt, and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish round this one out. Very big and bold malt - that is the real star here. Some dark fruits and smokiness. I'm not usually a fan of malt bombs but I enjoy this guy. There's an interesting aftertaste - I can't really describe it, so I'll leave it at that.

M - medium bodied, with a nice crisp finish. Not as much carbonation as I had anticipated, but not bad at all.

O - overall, a very nice beer. My first foray into the style and I enjoyed. Highly drinkable (watch that ABV!) but still complex and very interesting. I'll be coming back to this.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 23:25:19 | More by lawlerj
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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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