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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,580 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 1,267
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 63
Gots: 168 | 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%

Greasy, Aug 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Prestonlegal, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

spatendan, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

UncleJimbo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's brilliant dark amberish brown in color with a fairly large head. The aroma is very malty and slightly alcoholic. It's toasty and medium bodied....doesn't really come across as "chewy" as other doppels. It's very malty nonetheless with a lingering sweetness. Alcohol shows up after it warms a bit and adds a nice touch.....great doppelbock.

AudioGilz, May 29, 2003
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

ndaniel, Apr 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Brew33, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

MisterE, Sep 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

1p5v, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

PhatAtUT, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of Patrick999
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Abraxas.

A - Pour came in a pint glass, a deep ruby. Minimal head but easily roused.

S - Aroma I find similar to many Belgian darks...lots of raisin, vanilla, maple.

T - Taste is exactly what you'd expect given the aroma. Kinda like drinking a loaf of raisin bread. Not quite as sweet as some others I've had in this style, which I appreciate.

F - Medium full bodied, but again, less sticky than others of this style, which I like.

D - Still a relatively full beer that can put a hurting on you. One is enough for me.

Patrick999, Jun 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

DioS, Aug 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

strongaf, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of dcook11
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of the fridge for about 15 mins, out of a pilsner.

A- Thick off white two finger haed with ample carbonation. Brown verging on dark red in appearance. Nice lacing.

S- Maple syrup, caramal sweetness. Some hop bitterness at the finish. A good tasting doppel bock.

T- Same as the smell.

D- moderate to high

dcook11, Jan 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

okeemahn, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

vince4953529, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Apr 15, 2012
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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 08, 2012
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,580 ratings.