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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,550 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,550
Reviews: 1,265
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 64
Gots: 160 | 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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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep reddish-brown. Good 2.5 finger head that retains and laces well.

S- Prominent dark fruit aromas with roast hints. Not what I expected for my first doppelbock. Also hints of sweetness in there.

T- Great complexity of dark fruits intermingling with roasts. Frankly, not what I expected for a doppelbock being so strong in the dark fruit area and not so much in the malt/roast areas, but pretty darn good flavors are here.

M- Creamy and somewhat thick. Goes down fairly easy. Somewhat boozy feel from the dark fruits.

Overall, I am very impressed with this doppelbock. And for the $15 a case the local store was selling it for, who can complain?

boilermakerbrew, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of oliverwren
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

oliverwren, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of GirlLovesBeer
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

GirlLovesBeer, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

crob3888, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of QuakeAttack
4/5  rDev +2.8%

QuakeAttack, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

bigeyedfish89, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +2.8%

ChaseTheAce, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of nofalltoofar
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A: Beautiful, almost pure black. White head and the darkest brown at the bottom of the glass.

S: Rich dark caramel, sweet and full.

T: Immediate bitterness with a sweet middle and tangy after-taste. Strong caramel notes and thick grain flavor

M: Smooth, a little thick. Not at all oily or sticky. Excellent.

It's a delicious beer. I picked up a six-pack for the night from the local Southampton "The Beer Store" for $12 and expected nothing big. I was pleasantly surprised by a nuanced yet familiar doppelbock taste with that delicious warming effect so great on a Winter night. Too bad it's a balmy 62 in PA right now.

nofalltoofar, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of BraveGator
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

BraveGator, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of AceMan
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

AceMan, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Leschber, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -10%

thegerm87, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of DrGonzoDDS
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

DrGonzoDDS, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Fakexican
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Fakexican, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ML served into Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark russet copper with an active light tan head. Nice clarity.

S - Thick caramel malt, brown bread crust, iron, molasses, creamy marshmallow, prunes.

T - Roasted dark caramel malt, iron, molasses, vinous fruit-plums and grapes, nutty yeast, fresh ground brown bread, grainy bitterness toward the end.

M - Medium carbonation, syrup-like at times, dries off on the aftertaste.

A solid choice for a malty spring Dopplebock. This is widely available and priced right. Super malty and rough enough around the edges to keep it interesting.

StaveHooks, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of cates1tg
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

cates1tg, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of cmuir24
4/5  rDev +2.8%

cmuir24, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of donunrue
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

donunrue, Mar 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

DustyGreen, Mar 07, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

MortarPestle, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle into a pint glass.
A finger of off whilte/light brown head settles down fairly quickly. Transparent deep deep red/brown body.
Toasted malt and caramel/ molasses sweetness dominates the smell.
You get the same load of sweet and roasty malt and caramel in the taste. Some breadyness.
Mediumish mouthfeel that goes down pretty smooth with modest carbonation.
Haven’t had a doppelbock since München in September and this brings me back. Hits the spot.

MattSweatshirt, Mar 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

neckbracesub, Mar 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Peeves, Mar 06, 2012
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1/5  rDev -74.3%

GrandeJoe, Mar 06, 2012
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,550 ratings.