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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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87
very good

2,499 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,499
Reviews: 1,262
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 62
Gots: 142 | 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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Ratings: 2,499 | Reviews: 1,262 | Display Reviews Only:
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Scott_Thomas

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -74.3%

08-13-2014 20:49:15 | More by Scott_Thomas
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Schnitzengiggle


1/5  rDev -74.3%

10-14-2012 19:02:09 | More by Schnitzengiggle
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GrandeJoe

North Carolina

1/5  rDev -74.3%

03-06-2012 16:10:34 | More by GrandeJoe
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JohnBeerRun

Georgia

1/5  rDev -74.3%

02-03-2012 14:44:00 | More by JohnBeerRun
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Cr0wBait

Florida

1/5  rDev -74.3%

02-17-2012 04:52:31 | More by Cr0wBait
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MortarPestle

Indiana

1/5  rDev -74.3%

03-07-2012 02:03:07 | More by MortarPestle
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apanloco

Sweden

1/5  rDev -74.3%

05-18-2013 20:04:17 | More by apanloco
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Blind

Missouri

1/5  rDev -74.3%

08-04-2012 00:31:20 | More by Blind
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uziangis

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

01-13-2012 02:21:28 | More by uziangis
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canders0927

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

04-03-2012 01:52:18 | More by canders0927
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Utica_Brew_Review

New York

1.94/5  rDev -50.1%

First off, this beer has an awesome color--dark amber. Green bottle is followed naturally by a skunky aroma. Taste matches the smell. Mouthfeel isn't that bad apart from taste. Our sample may be old or spoiled since our review differs so much and if this beer knew our opinion it'd be embarrassed.

01-30-2013 05:07:35 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -48.6%

09-17-2013 00:53:30 | More by rusty3335
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KGarrett

New York

2/5  rDev -48.6%

11-19-2011 01:33:01 | More by KGarrett
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soonerlight

Oklahoma

2/5  rDev -48.6%

01-15-2012 03:34:46 | More by soonerlight
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EvanTJ


2/5  rDev -48.6%

07-20-2012 10:55:19 | More by EvanTJ
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kevinm2342

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -48.6%

05-07-2014 00:36:19 | More by kevinm2342
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MetalBoozingBen

California

2.08/5  rDev -46.5%

i purchased a pint bottle of this, since im a fan of spaten beers like their oktoberfest beer,pilser ect.. btu this bock beer was just way too syrupy to me taste wasnt that bad but overwhelming. this is good beer to try a few sips but after a while the strong syrupy taste does get to you

03-04-2008 04:19:00 | More by MetalBoozingBen
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Amalak

New York

2.1/5  rDev -46%

App: very dark redish color. mild head.

Smell: I don't care for this brand of beers smell. Kind of reminds me of dog food.

Taste: I just don't care for this brand of beer. I love Spatens, especially the Octoberfest, but the Optimator just doesn't do it for me. Very strong, nuttyish flavor.

Mouthfeel: Bad after taste, that lingers for a long time.

Drinkability: Bubbly, but again, this taste is not my style.

I just don't care for this style of beer, and of its kind, it is definitely the worst I have had so far.

09-22-2007 03:07:01 | More by Amalak
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.13/5  rDev -45.2%

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/18/12

Deep tobacco brown with a copper sheen. Ambitious head of over three fingers that drops moderately slowly.

The nose finds aromas of plum, dark fruits, dusty yeast, husk and buttered bread. Hints of toffee. Something odd is going on, though the bread comes to the fore over time.

Leading off are dark fruit flavors are a bit too juicy for my liking and they have a tangy bent that doesn't jive. The middle finds hints of faint, earthy hops and decay. Toasted grains and bread pick up on the back half, but not enough to salvage this one.

The first aspect of the feel that come to mind is a pervassive booziness that stays long on the finish; it isn't gnarly hot, per se, but the modest heat doesn't subside. The body is medium-thin and a touch on the watery side.

Overall impression - Could be worse, but I'm not particularly impressed with this one.

05-16-2012 01:35:54 | More by Ryan011235
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

2.2/5  rDev -43.4%

After reading the reviews here i thought i would enjoy this one as i enjoy others of the same style. Recents had a 5oz. sampler of it at Sunset Grill and Tap and I'm glad it was only 5oz.

The appearance looks great; a nice copper/dark brown with a thick one finger head that lasted the entire serving

Smell was okay, a little off what i expected, smelled a bit sweet and some caramel as well.

Taste was not good, at first could not quite detect what it reminded me of then i realized it was molasses. I very thin but similairly flavored type of molasses, almost tempted not to finish it.

Mouthfell was close to the taste, a thin molasses that if left to long on the palate became almost "un-swallowable"

Drinkablity was nearly impossible, i finished the 5oz but it was indeed a chore, will not have again any time soon and can't in good conscience recommend this brew

12-14-2004 03:05:46 | More by Sycodrummer
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Luiz0930

California

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

05-31-2013 07:47:22 | More by Luiz0930
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wanker

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

This was a tough beer for me to drink. I love stouts and porters, but I don't have much experience with doppelbocks. If this is what doppelbocks are like, I'll stick with stouts and porters.

No head.

I found the beer tasted burnt and somewhat sour/bitter. Not a crisp, hoppy bitter, but rather an unpleasant stale bitter I can't put my finger on. Because this is a different taste than that described in some other reviews of this beer, maybe I didn't get the freshest bottle. I don't know.

Not for me. Your mileage may vary.

11-29-2006 01:43:30 | More by wanker
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Cris4545

Indiana

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

06-27-2012 22:37:11 | More by Cris4545
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BraveGator

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

03-15-2012 04:17:54 | More by BraveGator
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

2.34/5  rDev -39.8%

I think this one may have been skunky so maybe not accurate. Reading other reviews that were favorable but I really didn't care for this one

Appearance: Initially poured like a true dopplebock. Small tan head. Little carbonation. Deep copper. Clear amber in the light. No retention/lacing. After a little while I honestly thought it looked like sewage. Not very inviting but maybe its my overall impression clouding my judgment.

Aroma: No surprises here. Smells like yeast and sweet caramel. A tad hoppy?

Taste: This is where it tanks in my opinion. Way too hoppy for the style and it tastes skunky. Tastes more like a maibock - which wouldn't be bad if it wasn't a dopplebock. Sticky resin hops with slight char malts but virtually no sweetness. No detectable alcohol. Really not a fan.

Mouthfeel: Feels more carbonated than you'd think. Really coats the mouth. Sticky and if I thought it tasted better I wouldn't mind.

Overall: Like I said, if it said it was a maibock I'd probably enjoy it but I was let down. Not a terrible beer just a bad representation of the style

05-12-2013 23:30:05 | More by MistahBeah
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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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