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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,528 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,528
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 63
Gots: 150 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.8%

dsl72701, Mar 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

RKel888, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bmoney, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

aqualung23, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/red with some a small amount of bubble and tiny bit of off white head.

The smell is malts, treacle and dark fruits like raisins, plums and figs. There's also a bit of alcohol on the nose.

The taste is big on sweet malts, prunes, grapes a bit of alcohol and little bit of bitter grassy hops.

The mouth feel is smooth and slick with a medium body and very little carbonation. The also a bit of a tingle from the alcohol.

Overall a pretty enjoyable beer with a high abv. The abv is hidden slightly but the taste and nose definitely contain some alcohol. Not the best dopplebock I've ever had but is reasonably easy to find.

Dave1999, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

V3XX069, Nov 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

adkrogue, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BradShook, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

BrownAleMale, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of TommyW
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark, copper body with a fading off-white head.

S- Toasted and bready malts with a quick whiff of alcohol.

T- Big malt backbone (bready, caramel and toasted), just a touch of alcohol, and hops to provide a little balance, slight mineral note sneaks in for a bit too.

M- Big, full feel due to the ton of malts used.

D- A filling beer to say the least; like eating a meal.

TommyW, Jan 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Anvilfarm, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

PopnLoads, Sep 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Jeff1121, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

bennettj1087, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

deapokid, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

drummermattie02, Jan 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Kidspice, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of pvsob
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - A deep brown color with a two finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice thin film with decent lacing.

Smell - Big-time malt with hints of coffee and alcohol. The alcohol and coffee become more prevalent as the beer warms.

Taste - Sweet malt flavor at the start, middle, and finish with just enough bitterness and alcohol to even it out before it becomes too sweet to handle.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth with some carbonation.

Drinkability - A good example of the style and well worth a try. I don't think this six pack is going to last very much longer. Prost!!

pvsob, Dec 05, 2006
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

gelasin, Jul 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Sellen, Jul 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

xbrettfavrex, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

sparrowed, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of xuptygm
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. green bottle.

Appearance: Rich dark copper with a light cream colored head. Pretty standard for the style.

Smell: Caramel, lots of sweet malt.

Taste: Full bodied with a ton of sweet roasted malt, caramel, rounded toasted malt. Hops for balance. Bit of a dry finish.

Notes: If you like malt...which I do, you will love this beer. Really nicely balanced. A stellar brew.

xuptygm, Sep 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

oldseacaptain, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Schwarzwald
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this doppelbock. I am surprised at some of the low reviews that it gets. The ABV seems perfect for the brew and it pours a beautiful dark ruby/brown color. Smells of caramel, raisons, bread and rich fruit. Very little head, but I didn't give it much of a chance to get one. Drank it with some light apps and enjoyed it so much, had a second. Definitely will add this to my stash. Enjoy!

Schwarzwald, Feb 16, 2011
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,528 ratings.