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Spaten Optimator - Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu

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87
very good

2,430 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 2,430
Reviews: 1,260
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 55
Gots: 113 | 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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ClimbStuff

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

02-02-2012 05:21:09 | More by ClimbStuff
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quintonmaximoff

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-31-2012 23:02:53 | More by quintonmaximoff
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2012 05:02:38 | More by TastyIsBeer
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jumbopanda

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2012 04:59:19 | More by jumbopanda
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-31-2012 04:24:01 | More by slimntubbs
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TobinMitnick

New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-30-2012 21:28:58 | More by TobinMitnick
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dcellis

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-30-2012 20:05:45 | More by dcellis
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VaterRoss

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into tumbler, no BB date.

Pours a beautiful brown that reveals notes of red when held to the light. Head on the pour is quite nice and even has some bubbles cascading downwards, nice. Head goes down to a slight ring after a relatively short amount of time, even the rings goes away. First smell to hit is the "lager smell." Has a very prominent malty/grainy sort of smell.The taste is deliciously malty featuring some light roasted notes, some hop spiciness and a tiny bit of alcohol near the finish. Mouthfeel is medium weight and medium carb, features a sharpness in the initial feel.

This is an excellent lager that is very malty. I've really found myself enjoying dark lagers lately and this one is exceptional. Surprisingly drinkable and hides its slcohol well. Only thing that bothers me at all is the sharp, metallic mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:22:30 | More by VaterRoss
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brandon911

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-29-2012 19:30:25 | More by brandon911
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-29-2012 10:41:49 | More by Texasfan549
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rogerthegill

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-28-2012 22:07:44 | More by rogerthegill
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Giggy

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. green bottle.

A: Looked like a cola. A clear dark brown with a hint of red. Light tan to off-white head. Carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

S: Caramel, toasted malts

T: Slightly sweet, Molasses, lots of dark roasted malts, dark caramels and fruits. Slight hops bitterness that develops in the back of the tongue after the swallow.

M: Initially a heavier carbonation that disapears after the first couple of swallows leaving a smooth and creamy brew.

O: Ayinger Clelebrator is my most favorite Doppelbock and it is hard not to compare the Optimator to that beer. But I did enjoy it and would drink it. I will call it the little brother to Celebrator.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 18:01:21 | More by Giggy
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Jamesthebrit

Michigan

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-28-2012 17:18:37 | More by Jamesthebrit
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lilnicky068

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-28-2012 06:05:37 | More by lilnicky068
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buckyp

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-28-2012 04:15:32 | More by buckyp
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-28-2012 01:49:22 | More by bootsdomino
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-27-2012 15:45:32 | More by Mantooth
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jk3

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-27-2012 00:33:51 | More by jk3
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AllenJasper

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Glass, not very cold.

A: Very dark red, one finger of off-white head that dissipated rapidly

S: Malty, floral goodness with a hint of skunk.

T: Roasted malt flavor with some zing.

M: Coarse

O: I know they aren't exactly in the same category, but i'm a bit of a noob, so i'll go there. I'll take this over Newcastle any day. This beer lives up to it's name, I feel optimized.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 05:16:02 | More by AllenJasper
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-23-2012 02:18:32 | More by fuzzcherry
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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-22-2012 23:02:59 | More by djaeon
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catfan2000

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-22-2012 12:09:24 | More by catfan2000
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wiscokid920

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-22-2012 05:19:32 | More by wiscokid920
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2012 19:29:12 | More by mquinn919
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gc4hokies

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe because this was my first doppelbock I tried about 10+ years ago, but this one is on my list of all time favorite beers. There's something about the aroma and flavor that makes me think of oompa bands and alpine hats.

As I sit here writing this review, I have a glass of Ayinger along side the Optimator. And I realize the Ayinger is a higher "ranked" beer and it might be a more "refined" beer, but to my untrained palate, the Optimator just tastes better.

Ok, on with the review...

It pours a very dark brown with cherry highlights (very similar to the Ayinger - can't tell the difference). Nice frothy white head.

Aroma is wonderful. Dark caramel malt aromas and sweetness. Taste is dark fruits, raisin, with roasting caramel notes. Sweet malt is predominant with very slight hop bitterness. At 7.6 abv this packs a punch but alcohol is faint.

Overall, this is my standard for what a double bock should be. Delicious

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:51:11 | More by gc4hokies
Spaten Optimator from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
87 out of 100 based on 2,430 ratings.