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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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2,713 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,713
Reviews: 1,284
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 68
Gots: 234 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-06-1999

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3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 4/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark reddish brown, light tan head and lacing. Strong pleasant aroma of sweet malt, caramel. Moderately sweet, malty start and middle. Pleasant malt and caramel finish. Seems muted in flavor, but well balanced and quite nice. A definite buy again.

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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep, dark ruby brown with a light tan 2 finger head. Good retention. The resulting lace is thick, looks silky, and has good stick.

Smell - Faint whiffs of roasted malt, somewhat sugary, and some dry, earthy euro hoppiness. Subtle aroma.

Taste - Much bigger than the nose, fortunately. Roasted malts to start, with notes of raisin and fig popping up about mid-taste. A touch of brown sugar. Hints at earthiness and bread near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Somewhat silky carbonation.

Overall - A good doppelbock from Spaten. Not quite on the level of Ayinger Celebrator, but it might be more session friendly.

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2.97/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a transparent black, With a one finger head, Looks like a glass of Pepsi. the smell is of dark cherries, Cranberry fig newtons, And blueberries. Alright I guess, though I prefer nothing but the blueberries. the taste follows the smell, Except the cherry flavoring comes through a wee bit more. The mouthfeel matches both of the previous, And nothing else come's through. The beer was a large disappointment, Considering how highly my father and brother had talked about it

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours hazy dark amber with a one finger off white head.

S- I get a lot of yeast smells in this one, its heavy on lager yeast. There is a bit of caramel, toffee and a slight roasty malt. Smells more like a dark lager then a doppelbock.

T- A big yeast flavor up front with a slight bit of fruitiness. This beer has a dark fruit character in it. There is some toffee and caramel as well. Some dark malts and a little roasted flavor. This is rather light tasting doppelbock.

M- This beer has a slightly sour bitterness up front and the feel is a bit too light for my liking. A roasty aftertaste.

O- Somewhat disappointing to be honest. Not a bad beer but i would pick something else.

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Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,713 ratings.