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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,493 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 1,261
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 62
Gots: 139 | 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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Kidspice


4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-13-2014 22:10:35 | More by Kidspice
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pvsob

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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!!

12-05-2006 02:20:07 | More by pvsob
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gelasin

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-22-2014 00:03:37 | More by gelasin
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Sellen

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-29-2014 00:52:48 | More by Sellen
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xbrettfavrex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-21-2013 03:04:42 | More by xbrettfavrex
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sparrowed

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-04-2012 18:48:05 | More by sparrowed
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xuptygm

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

09-24-2011 02:19:39 | More by xuptygm
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oldseacaptain

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-15-2012 23:29:23 | More by oldseacaptain
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Schwarzwald

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

02-16-2011 22:39:05 | More by Schwarzwald
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-23-2013 13:52:45 | More by Rekrule
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Lynn1451

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-16-2013 19:35:54 | More by Lynn1451
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bsiahma

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-09-2013 18:24:02 | More by bsiahma
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-25-2011 21:20:57 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-29-2011 18:21:53 | More by scootercrabb
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steelslug92

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-27-2013 04:47:41 | More by steelslug92
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

A- hasa dark brown rubyish color pretty dark didnt hold its head much

S- had a slightly sweet, but definitely malty scent allover

T- has a very enjoyable malt flavor throughout followed by a pretty strong bitterness to balance all the malt

M- pretty full body and medium carbonation

D- a solid beer that i love to drink

08-24-2007 12:53:47 | More by Atron67
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macpapi

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Have always passed over this beer, mainly due to the green bottle and perhaps even because of its wide availability. Just seemed like it would be run of the mill to me. Should have given it a taste sooner.

Spaten Optimator pours a nice dark brown color with a tannish head that dissipates pretty quickly. There is minimal lacing on the glass.

Smells of caramel sweetness and deep roasted malts. The candied presence in the nose melds with its maltiness to create a well-balanced aroma.

The taste is deep and flavorful. A bit bitter and very sweet. Roasted maltiness is right up front, followed by caramel on the back of the swallow. Alcohol sting is also present.

In the mouth the beer is full and biting. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall this is a well-balanced and smooth beer. It has a good deal of fullness, but is easy to enjoy at the same time. A very nice representation of the style.

03-03-2006 14:20:55 | More by macpapi
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csurowiec

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-26-2012 21:29:36 | More by csurowiec
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Antonius08

Florida

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-30-2011 03:32:10 | More by Antonius08
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fredmugs

Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-17-2013 19:34:37 | More by fredmugs
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-23-2011 00:35:23 | More by RoryOMoore
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Gagnonsux

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance- Nice dark cola color, has ruby color when seen in the light. Average head, which pours fairly creamy.

Smell- Nice malty caramel smell.

Taste- Malty with caramel taste. Fairly smooth, but tastes full, and not as filling as I would have thought.

Drinkability- Very good, I really enjoy this style nowadays. Definently a beer I'll be drinking again when the mood hits me.

Overall, there isn't much to say about this beer. Optimator is about what you'd expect from a company like Spaten, no big surprises here. It gets the dopplebock style down really well, but doesn't rise above the level of being very good.

07-23-2004 00:54:56 | More by Gagnonsux
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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-10-2013 04:57:12 | More by Auror
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-12-2011 22:14:16 | More by tbeq00
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

This is one of my favorite doppelbocks right behind Celebrator and the Asam Bock from Weltenburg. Granted I've only tried a dozen or so.

The beer poured a clear dark red color into my pint glass. It had an inch tall tan/brown head that was fairly thick and creamy. Decent retention, no lacing.

The smell was very sweet and included some grape and some plum. There was also the cara-malts and little bread/yeast. Pleasant and soft.

The flavor is more intense but along the same lines. Very little bitterness to balance the crazy sugary fruit flavors. Some dark fruits and some dark malts are present. There is the tiniest bit of alcohol in the flavor.

The body is moderately heavy for a german beer and goes down real smooth. Can be a sipping drink or something to drink a big stein of.

02-19-2008 05:21:58 | More by t0rin0
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,493 ratings.