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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,745 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,745
Reviews: 1,292
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 70
Gots: 259 | 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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

havent had a beer in 2 and a half months, trying to lose weight. but I saw this movie on TV
"how beer saved the world"
and it "inspired" me to have at least one for old time's sake:
so I found this dopplebock at the supermarket that I'd never tried before:

Poured from the 500 ml bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: color - just a bit blonder than a cola? with a nice ruby red hue when held to the light. also unexpectedly clear. forms a rocky head of only about 1 finger that settles really quick leaving barely any lacing.

S - Sweet malt to the nose, with just a touch of an ABV undertone.

T - HOO AHH - very nice. Malt and raisins? the alcohol burn is "discreet" on the tounge.

M not as heavy as I'd like/expect. also a very faint hoppiness appears on the aftertaste.

(as usual everything more pronounced as the brew warms, found myself deliberately trying to warm the goblet with both hands as I neared the halfway point.

D - Very Nice, but a bit heavy for sessioning.

Overall somehow better than the sum of its parts, definitely recommended.
oh and BTW thanks for the comfy buzz! maybe I'll have another come Thanksgiving.

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A: Nicely sized hazelnut-colored head quickly fades to nothing. Ruby/root beer colored body, flat looking after initial head.

S: Faintly metallic, but that fades quickly to malt, caramel, and licorice. Yeast and biscuit notes as it warms up, ultimately leading to burnt sugar.

T: Alcohol, caramel, and toast. Nice but nothing life-changing.

M: Tinglier than the flat body would suggest, with a pleasant amount of heat.

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12 ounce green bottle (no weenie 11.2 ounce Euro bottle). The label states that Optimator is a "MALT LIQUOR" with a 7.6 alcohol/volume. I like this beer's attitude. The label is different than the photo in the BA photo.

Appearance-A big, lumpy head that sticks around for a little while. Nice brown/amber color. This is one good looking beer!

Taste-Coffee. Nutty. Carmel. A bit of a bite that comes on after the fact.

Mouth-Good (but not great) presence. Pleasant.

Overall-A very enjoyable lager. I would place it half way between Bock and Doppelbock. I like this beer!

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear chestnut brown with a large foamy light tan head and a bit of lace.

S- lots of sweet and roasted malt, light notes of chocolate, a bit of herbal hop and a bit of skunk.

T- malt, and lots of it. Sweet grains, notes of fig, molasses and dark fruit. Nutty backbone, finishes slightly sweet with a malty linger. Bold flavors throughout.

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, goes down velvety smooth.

O- this one packs a malty punch! Now I know why they call this breakfast in a glass. Pretty interesting concept. I like it, but definitely couldn't drink more than one.

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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
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