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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,729 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,729
Reviews: 1,286
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 69
Gots: 245 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

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Photo of George2744
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into clear german style beer stein.

A deep brown almost black with red highlights to the body,relatively small white head that did not last long.Tasted very much of dark fruitcake!(Nice)a hint of clove perhaps? The alchohol is well hidden.

Photo of markdrinksbeer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of SeattleBoB76
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of erushing
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IceAce
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, deep amber with a dark tan collar of tightly knit sturdy foam with a half-life of three minutes. Clarity is very nice and lacing minimal.

Nose is robust earthy, roasted malts with a cloying sweetness.

Entry is solid and forceful, showing a palate-pleasing mouthfeel. Midtaste is malty sweet showing a depth of at least five malt varieties. The finish show a soft roastiness with little hop presence.

Photo of Redwood21
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think i am becoming a big doppelbock fan.
A: This beer has a great dark brown color with red undertones, i wish the light tan head would last longer, but the beer color is great
S: there is a sweet malt caramel smell, very nice a little ester in the nose, not much or overpowering though.
T: Great taste creamy medium bodied with caramel and malty tastes. the estery aroma does not carry over to the taste, very smooth. maybe even a hint of coffee, but not strong at all.
M: creamy medium bodied goodness.
This is a great beer, another quality doppelbock. i must admit this is becoming a new favorite of mine, and this beer is a great example of the style. YUM!

Photo of KGarrett
2/5  rDev -48.6%

Photo of DoubleMalt
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer revealed a darker brown beer with a 1/2" head that left some lacing down the glass.

Smells were malty and sweet with German hop spice.

Taste is similar to smell with more of cocoa flavor and alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel was medium and I did not mind.

Drinkability was fine. It is higher alcohol though. Oddly enough it went with my turkey on wheat.

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.

Photo of cfadams17
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of pburland23
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Gaffel Kolsch glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a cola colored brown with about two fingers of off white head. No lacing and not much in the realm of head retention either

Smell: Lots of grassiness and sweet malts. Touch of molasses.

Taste: Really nice tasting doppelbock. Sweet malt is the dominating flavor but it's well balanced and not overpowering. Little hint of bittersweet chocolate on the tail end. Smooth and full of flavor

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is full bodies. Not a lot of carbonation but it works. At 7.2% it's not sessionable but the alcohol isn't noticeable.

Overall: I love a good doppelbock and Optimator fits the bill. A malt lover's dream.

Photo of cj8311
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of stella77artois
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Weizen glass.

As a long time fan of Spaten Original and being a fan in general of Bock's and Doppelbocks, I naturally wanted to try this. Unfortunately, no local stores carry it. Was lucky enough to find some across the lake in VT.

A - Average looking doppelbock. A very dark red-brown, slightly lighter in the light. A very thin off-white head which dissipated quickly, but left some residual. No carbonation noticed.

S - Not a whole lot here. Lot's of malt, some caramel and a general creaminess. A nice smell, just a little on the light side.

T - Damn, this tastes good. A very good representation of a bock. Malt and caramel noticed in the taste as well. Also some toffee, and even some cinnamon. A very creamy and malty taste, without the huge amount of sweetness that many bocks carry. A very, very good taste beer.

F - This is where the beer seperates itself. This is one of the more drinkable bocks. Don't get me wrong, I do greatly enjoy the thickness and feel and a normal doppelbock, but sometimes it can get a little heavy. Not the case here. Still a thick and powerful feeling beer, but a lot of carbonation was felt on the tongue, and the beer wasn't as heavy feeling. First doppelbock I've tried that I consider crisp.

O - A damn good doppelbock. Plenty of taste, not so heavy that you can't drink a few. Highly recommend this beer to any bock fans, or anyone who enjoys dark lagers in general.

Photo of digitalflood
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of mquinn919
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of canders0927
1.5/5  rDev -61.4%

Photo of mnrider
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. Green Bottle. Pry-Off. Some numbers on bottom of the bottle.

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a creamy off-white head. Nice retention with adequate lacing.

S: A mixture of malts and hops. The high alcohol of the beer comes through in the aroma.

T/M: Nice malty caramel. On the toasted side. Herbal hops try to balance as an alcohol taste comes in. Goes down smooth and finishes on the dry side.

O: A solid Doppelbock. Good taste, high ABV and easy to drink.


Photo of ElijahRivera
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sinewave
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of iceball585
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark reddish brown color, semi-transparent, this white creamy head that lasted well

S- Very malty, dark fruits, alcohol, bit of hops

T- Roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits, alcohol, bready, slightly burnt taste

M- Medium weight, low/medium carbonation, smooth, warming feeling of alcohol throughout

D- Definatly good but couldn't drink too many

The alcohol in this beer will definatly creep up on you if you're not careful.

Photo of yokken
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of GuitarIPA
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,729 ratings.